Monday, July 9, 2012

An interesting Hubsch gambit game

I am back from a short holiday and, as a follow up of my last post, am posting a Hubsch gambit game I played against an IM. I am adding some additional analysis.

Guido De Bouver - IM Steven Geirnaert
Kappelle-Op-den-Bos, 2012.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.c3 e5 7.d5 Nb8 8.f3
My last move was not so strong - f3 is thematic but black does not have to take.

8...Bf5 (diagram)

Threatening to gain back the pawn

Blocking g4

10.Be3 Bxh4 and I duly resigned here ( after 10 moves... )

So it is clear that the combined 8.f3 and 9.h4 is bad. But what to play after 8...Bf5 ? Seems there is nothing, so the error lies with 8.f3.

Maybe 8.Ne2 is better - but it seems to me black is simply a pawn up after Bd6 ?

Sure there is room for improvement, but it seems this line puts the heat on white.

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