Saturday, March 29, 2008

Urusov Gambit - A Rare Practical Example of 8...d5!? 9.O-O-O Be6 10.Nxd5!

White to Play: 10.Nxd5!

I have posted the fascinating correspondence game Legendre (Agashak)-NN (TheKing), France 2008, which offers a rare practical example of NM Victor Baja's idea 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qxd4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Qh4 Be7 8. Bg5 d5!? 9. O-O-O Be6 10. Nxd5!

The real treat of this game, however, is in Black's wonderful improvement on my published analysis, by which he finds an incredible draw by perpetual check in what appears to be a completely lost position. You can see the original game online at the EchecsEm@il website. It was played at 5 days + 36 hours per move.

draw Black to Play and Draw

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