Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Albin Counter-Gambit in Question

The Albin Counter-Gambit by Dorian Rogozenco at ChessBase (from CBM #134) offers everything you need as White (including full games and analysis) to learn how to put the onus on Black in this line with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nbd2! (see diagram).  As I indicated in The Albin Counter-Gambit with Nge7: Morozevich-Mengarini Variation and Albin Counter Gambit Bibliography, 5.Nbd2 is definitely the most difficult move for Black to meet since it prepares to assail the d-pawn by Nb3 and allows White to meet the fashionable 5....Nge7 (preparing to defend by Nf5) with the forceful 6.Nb3 Nf5 7.e4! dxe3 (7...Nh4!? may be a better try) 8.Qxd8+ Nxd8 (8...Kxd8 9.Bxe3! Nxe3 10.fxe3 += Bilguer!) 9.fxe3 += with an easy endgame advantage as proven in many games.  Interestingly, Rustam Kasimdzhanov fails to mention this possibility in discussing this line on video.  But I think the ball is back in Black's court and I don't see a very good way to proceed.

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