July 11th, 2013
My friend Patrik tried the 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 gambit twice:
1 d4 Nf6 2 g4 Nxg4 3 e4 Nf6 4 e5 Ng8
This is favorable for White because 3…Nf6 enables White to play e4-e5 for free, which gains the space for Nb1-c3-e4. More importantly, e4-e5 opens the diagonal for a bishop on d3 to hit the critical square g6. For example:
1 d4 Nf6 2 g4 Nxg4 3 e4 Nf6 4 e5 Ng8 5 Bd3 g6 6 h4 Bg7 7 h5 d6 8 hxg6 fxg6 9 Rxh7 Rxh7 10 Bxg6+ Kd7 11 Qg4+ e6 12 Bxh7 Qe7 13 Bxg8 1-0
Then there was:
1 d4 Nf6 2 g4 Nxg4 3 e4 d5 4 Be2 Nxf2 5 Kxf2 dxe4 6 Nc3 f5
Black can't exploit the white king position because he doesn't have any pieces out. White can castle by hand with 7. Nh3 plus Rf1 and Kg1, and White is better. Similar to:
1 d4 Nf6 2 g4 Nxg4 3 e4 d5 4 h3 Nxf2 5 Kxf2 e5 6 Nf3 dxe4 7 Nxe5 Qh4+ 8 Kg1 f5 9 Nc3 e3 10 Rh2 Bd6 11 Qd3 Bxe5 12 dxe5 f4
It might look menacing, but Black is too far back in development.
13 Qd5 c6 14 Qd6 Bf5 15 b3 Nd7 16 e6 Nf6 17 Ba3 1-0
Patrik asked me if I get good results with 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 because the gambit is good, or because I play decently. I think the gambit helps much — for the price of a pawn, White implements the framework "better center / better development / attack on an open file", from which tactics flow naturally.
Black contributed early mistakes with 4…Ng8 in the first, and 4…Nxf2 in the second. Skeptics say their opponents don't play as weakly as that, but their opponents do play as weakly as that.
|Date:||July 11th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)|| |
Very interesting! Thank you for sharing! Cheers, farbror the Guru