Today’s blog entry is from Thursday night’s G90 tournament at the local chess club. I was paired against a class A player and wanted to avoid his prepared opening lines. Playing black, defense was a gambit line that recently came to my attention. The first 3 moves were from memory, the remainder was ad-libbed Over-The-Board. The game was fun to play and provided chances for both white and black (see chart at bottom).
The variations and move symbols are Houdini’s (1.5 w32), diagnosed with ‘Scid vs PC’ at 10 seconds per ply. The opening book reference is Stockfish. The verbal comments are my thoughts during the game and my interpretations of the analysis provided by Houdini. The score chart is at the bottom of this entry.
This Blackburne Gambit (aka Blackburne-Kloosterboer) has potential and will be tried again soon. I have been using the Petroff/Stafford Gambit in response to 1.e4, but too many games have followed the refutation lines. What do my readers think?