My first ever tournament game. Round 1 Sennelager 1972
I got the trap idea from The Chess Companion
Then I met a strong player who advised me 2.f4 was unsound.
I never played the King's Gambit again.
45 otb Latvians yes - King's Gambits: P.1 W.1
The Kings Gambit has never been a main weapon in any World Champs armoury.
See Lasker to Kramnik.
What right do you have to expose your King like that on your 2nd move
when there is a perfectly good move (2.Nf3) in the position.
Any good player who is willing to answer 1.e4 with 1...e5 will have
a line against the King's Gambit.
Faced it quite a few times. 2...d5
It's Black who sacs for the attack.
And if your nice I might just show you my Black brilliancy that was published
all over the world from Moscow to Montreal, from Brisbane to Bristol.
This came from a Falkbeer (2...d5).
Your jaws will drop,
Your shoulders will sag.
Some of you will pinch yourself and think you are dreaming.
What a game.
The ghost of Frank Marshall appeared and covered my
board with the very gold coins he picked up from his Qg3 game.
They stopped the clocks in the tournament to applaud me
as my opponent wept with joy at being mated in such a beautiful way.
One day all the greatest games of chess will appear on a CD.
(Not some knocked up quick-make-a-buck database full of cute girly type wins).
Proper games - sharp, in your face, dare devil over the top games.
This game will be the first on the CD.
Just had a thought - If I show it, Russ will remove it.
Because once you wood pushers see this, you will realise you could
never obtain such heights. You will cancel your subs and give up chess.
I don't want that to happen - you will have to wait until the CD comes out.