The Daily Review, Sunday, August 13, 1967


Richard Shorman

The King's Gambit in the hands of an attacking player presents the defender with difficult problems to solve whether or not White's Pawn offer is accepted. The following game illustrates how easily Black can go wrong by opening up the position too soon.

White: Everett McNally, Black: Lawrence Vadnais.
Hayward Chess Festival, Rapid Transit Tournament.
King's Gambit Declined.

1.e4 e5

2.f4 d6 (a)

3.Nf3 Nc6

4.Bc4 (b) Be7

5.0-0 Nf6

6.c3 (c) Bg4

7.d4 Nxe4 (d)

8.fxe5 dxe5 (e)

9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 (f)

10.Nxe5+ Kg8 (g)

11.Qxg4 Nf6 (i)

12.Qe6+ Kf8


(a) Considered inferior to 2Bc5, but virtually "unbooked."
(b) Also good is 4.d4 or 4.Bb5.
(c) White does not fear 6Ne4 because of 7.Bd5 Nf6 8.Bc6+ bc 9.fe de 10.Ne5.
(d) Risky. Staunton's "Handbook of Chess" (1859!) recommends 7...Bf3 with only a slight advantage to White.
(e) With 8d5 Black can still defend himself.
(f) Black survives longer with 9...Kf8.
(g) "Better" but still hopeless is 10Ke8.
(h) White has a sure mate with 11.Qb3+.
(i) Black's last chance to play on is 11h6.

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