Wednesday, October 15, 2014

French Defense, Winawer Fingerslip Variation - Kunin Double Gambit

Moscow, 1958

1. e4, e6
2. d4, d5
3. Nc3, Bb4

The Winawer Variation of the French Defense.

4. Bd2, dxe4
5. Qg4, Qxd4

The Kunin Double Gambit of the French Defense.  White sacrifices two central pawns to open up attacking lines.

6. 0-0-0, f5
7. Bg5, Qe5

An exchange of Queens would favor White.

8. Rd8+, Kf7
9. Nf3!!, Qa5

If 9....exf3, then 10. Qxb4 c5, 11. Qb5 Nc6, 12. Rxc8 Rxc8, 13. Qxc7+ and White gains materials.

10. Bb5!! ....

Despite dangers to his Queen and Knight, White presses on with the attack. This subtle move actually has two mating threats.  One is Be8+ followed by Bg6 or Bh5 mate, and the other is Ne5 (also mate).

10. .... Nc6?

Black might prolong the game with 10....Nf6 but the end result is also mate.   The game would continue:  11. Ne5+ Ke7, 12. Bxf6+ Kxf6 (not 12....gxf6, 13. Qg7+ Kxe8, 14. Qxf6+ Be7, 15. Qxh8 and mate next move.), 13. Nxe4+ Kxe5 (if 13....fxe4 then 14. Qf4+ Ke7, 15. Qg5 mate.), 14. f4+ Kxe4, 15. Qf3 mate.

11. Ne5+!!, Resigns

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