Thursday, April 22, 2010 Podcast #54 - King's Gambit Revisited


  1. Why don't you move your Queen out of danger (from the bishop) when Black's bishop forks the Queen and Rook? And why would black take the rook instead of the queen if you didn't?


  2. Hi Charles,

    Well spotted! I do check these lines with the computer, but not carefully enough here. It seems that after the Bishop fork, the White Queen should go to 12.Qg2 putting pressure on the Knight at d4. If Black tried to win the exchange straight away with 12...Bxh1 then 13.Qxd4 Bf3 (or 13...Bg2) allows 14.Rg1 and White has a huge attacking advantage (+1.65 according to the computer, even being the exchange down). So, Black would have to play 12...Ne6 - with a typical continuation of 13.Bg5 Bxh1 14.Qxh1 Nxg5 15.hxg5 Nd7 16.h4, and Black is better.

    Thanks for the comment and correction.


  3. When Black plays d6, does White have time for h3 delaying Bxf4? This avoids the annoying pin if White can get away with it.