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  1. 06 Sep '10 20:56
    1.d4 f5 2.g4 hxg4 3.h3 g3! nearly put an end go 2.g4. That is until a shabby pawn sac was discovered. After the standard 4.fxg3 Nf6, there is 5.e4!? . This is probably a TN (Theoretical Novelty)!



    5. ... Nxe4 (5. ... d5!?) 6.Bd3



    A.) 6. ... Nxg3



    Black has gone too far. Sure, he stops Qh5, clips a pawn, and threatens the rook but ...

    7.Qg4!



    The knight is lost (7. ... Nxh1 8.Qg6+ and mates).

    B.) 6. ... Nf6



    7.g4!?



    This is one interesting way to go. Obviously, there are other 7th moves for white as well.

    C.) 6. ... d5



    7.Bxe4 dxe4 8.Nc3



    As you can see, all these variations lead to interesting untested positions.

    All you have to do is keep an open mind and an eye out for a shabby pawn sacrifice, and you are in business.

    Share your shabby pawn sacs here.
  2. 07 Sep '10 01:03 / 1 edit


    I don`t know how to put annotations in the pgn.

    4.Qh4+ isn`t forced but I am mostly a blitz player not a correspondence player so my play is kinda more practical than scientific.

    Usually black doesn`t notice that the bishop on f3 will be protecting the h1 rook until after they have already played Qh4+.

    Another move of note is 2.Be2 since this is actually a very good move but will likely be thought of as more or less useless.
    Its similar to in a Pirc where white moving to c4 with his bishop might not be better than moving it to e2.
    On e2 the bishop is less of a target than on c4.

    I kinda think of these gambits as inspirational instead of shabby though.
  3. 07 Sep '10 01:54
    More stodge fighting !

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bd3!?



    This one was used by Alekhine against Winter at Hastings 36/37.
    The following game is an attempted improvement (8.Qxe4 over Alekhine's 8.Bxe4).