Wild and Wicked – The Mason-Keres Gambit in 60 Minutes

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You thought the usual King’s Gambit was crazy? Try this variation. On the third move, after 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4, White plays 3 Nc3 – discouraging …d5, but allowing 3…Qh4+ pushing the king up the board: 4 Ke2. But there is method in this madness – White is going to play the knight to f3 to gain time against the queen. Korchnoi and Zak described 3 Nc3 as ‘A risky move leading to great complications in which a single inaccurate move by either side can have fatal consequences.’ If that’s the kind of chess you like playing, you are in the right place.

German, English
Advanced Tournament player Professional
Oct 2020
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