Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Danish Endgame Analysis

Karsten Mueller devotes today's Endgame Corner column at ChessCafe (permanent link to PDF here) to the interesting endgame that arises out of the Capablanca Defense to the Danish Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 d5!) This line is recommended by Nigel Davies in his book Play 1.e4 e5! as an easy way of avoiding the complications of the Danish and Goring Gambits. Mueller had examined these lines previously in his excellent book (with Martin Voigt) Danish Dynamite (which, by the way, discusses some of my work on the Urusov), so he has an interest in countering Davies. I have some interest too: after all, it is called the "Capablanca Defense" after the game Marshall-Capablanca, Lake Hopatcong 1926, which I have annotated in depth as part of my series on the Lake Hopatcong tournaments. Anyone interested in learning more about these lines would do well to read Mueller's column, which carries his previous analysis quite a bit further and updates it with recent games.

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