January Kings Of The King’s Gambit

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

 

There are of course many chess players who have their birthday in January, but two King’s of the King’s Gambit immediately come to mind.

 

1916-01-07 – Paul Keres

1937-01-30 – Boris Spassky

 

 

Paul Keres

 

Event “URS-ch12”
Site “Moscow”
Date “1940”
White “Keres, Paul”
Black “Petrovs, Vladimirs”

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. d3 Nf6 5. Nd2

{This is Keres’ move; his variation of the Falkbeer Countergambit.}

exd3 6. Bxd3 Qxd5 7. Ngf3 Bc5 8. Qe2+ Qe6 9. Ne5 O-O 10. Ne4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 g6 12. b4 Be7 13. Bb2 Bf6 14. O-O-O Nc6

( 14… Qxa2 15. Bc4)

15. h4

(15. Nxc6 Bxb2+ 16. Kxb2 {may be stronger.})

15… h5 16. g4

({And here perhaps} 16. Bc4)

16… Bxe5 17. fxe5 Qxg4 18. Qe3 Nxb4 19. e6

{Long diagonal mating themes arise.}

Nd5 20. exf7+ Rxf7 21. Bc4 c6

( 21… Nxe3 22. Rd8+ Kh7 23. Rh8#)

22. Rxd5 Qxc4

(22… Be6 23. Rg5)

23. Qe8+     1-0

Final Position

 

 

Boris Spassky

 

Event “Candidates Tournament”
Site “Montpellier”
Date “1985”
Round “9”
White “Spassky, Boris V”
Black “Seirawan, Yasser”

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Ne7 4. d4 d5 5. Nc3 dxe4 6. Nxe4 Ng6 7. h4 Qe7 8. Kf2

{The Sucker Defense.}

Bg4

(8… Qxe4 9. Bb5+ Kd8 10. Re1)

9. h5 Nh4 10. Bxf4 Nc6 11. Bb5 O-O-O 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Qd3 Nxf3 14. gxf3 Bf5 15. Qa6+ Kb8 16. Nc5

{It’s astounding how the King’s Gambit can positionally bankrupt so many strong players.}

Bc8 17. Qxc6 Rxd4 18. Rae1

{All pieces harmoniously in play and Black’s pieces are tied in knots; either defending/passive or stepping on each other’s toes.}

Rxf4 19. Qb5+ Ka8 20. Qc6+ Kb8 21. Rxe7 Bxe7 22. Rd1 Rf6 23. Nd7+ Bxd7 24. Qxd7 Rd8 25. Qb5+ Kc8 26. Rxd8+ Bxd8 27. Qa4 g5 28. Qxa7 Rf4 29. Qa6+ Kb8 30. Qd3 Be7 31. Qxh7 g4 32. Kg3 1-0

Final Position

 

Happy Birthday ! !

 

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