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How Bad Is The King's Gambit?

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the regulars on Tuesday night:  Brian Rountree and Mark McGough.  They are the primary reason we play G/90+30, and the main benefactors of the slower, one-game-a-night system.  Their published ratings are only 20 points apart, and they have split their 22 games against each other equally (7 wins, 8 draws, 7 losses).

If a prediction had to be made, the most likely outcome would have been a draw.

However, Brian decided he was willing to risk a decisive game after a rough day on the job.  He was not in the mood for a long, slow, positional battle where he loses on time.  Mark was in a similar mood after a rough day at his job as well.  So, they found themselves on move 2 in the King's Gambit opening.

The irony was that earlier in the day Life Master Brian Wall had written about the King's Gambit in his newsletter:

"How bad is the King's Gambit if you can't punish 2 ... h5!?"

LM Brian Wall, May 19, 2015

Unfortunately, Mark failed to play the unpunishable h5.  Instead, he played f5.  Now the question was, "Can you punish f5?"

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

How Bad Is The King's Gambit?


[Event "CSCC May Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.05.19"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Rountree, Brian"]

[Black "McGough, Mark"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C35"]

[WhiteElo "1761"]

[BlackElo "1782"]

[PlyCount "85"]

[EventDate "2015.05.05"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7 4. Bc4 d6 5. O-O

g5 6. d4 f5 7. Nxg5 Bxg5 8. Qh5+ Kd7 9. Bxf4 Qf6 10. e5 Qg6 11. Qxg5 Ne7 12.

Nc3 Qxg5 13. Bxg5 c6 14. exd6 Kxd6 15. Bf6 Rf8 16. Bg7 Rd8 17. Rae1 Ng6 18. a4

a5 19. Be5+ Nxe5 20. dxe5+ Kc5 21. Bf7 Bd7 22. e6 Be8 23. e7 Rc8 24. Rxf5+ Kd6

25. Ne4+ Kc7 26. Bxe8 Rxe8 27. Nf6 Nd7 28. Nxe8+ Rxe8 29. Rxa5 Nb6 30. Rf5 Nd5

31. Rf7 h5 32. c4 Nb6 33. Rf8 Kd7 34. Rd1+ Kxe7 35. Rxe8+ Kxe8 36. b3 Ke7 37.

Kf2 Ke6 38. Kf3 Kf5 39. Rd8 Ke6 40. Kf4 Nd7 41. Rxd7 Kxd7 42. c5 Ke6 43. Ke4



This Week In Chess

On May 19th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club hosted the May Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30, $10 entry). 6 players battled on 3 boards this evening.

Here are the standings:

Score, Player

2.0 Paul Dou Anderson

2.0 Mark McGough

2.0 Brian Jo Rountree

1.5 Jordan Myers

1.0 Aleksand Bozhenov

1.0 Dean W Brown

1.0 Dan Prutz

0.5 Justice Myers

Two Great Tournaments

By Ray Fourzan

Hi, I have been to Colorado twice to play in tournaments. Now I invite Colorado players to travel down to El Paso and play in a tournament. We have two great ones coming up in June. To see the dates and details of these tournaments go to: The first one is June 6&7 and the second tournament is June 12&13. Both will have masters and experts playing as well as class sections. I hope some of you can make it. Good luck.

Ray Fourzan, [email protected]

Denver Chess Club Game Of The Week

By J.C.MacNeil

Tony Phillips has been doing a Game of the Week for the DCC for a couple of months now. Don't you think it would have been appropriate to mention that in your newsletter?

Just wondering, J.C.MacNeil

Categories: 2015

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