Originally posted by gorookyourself
Could someone please explain some of these moves?
3.Bc4? That just invites the Queen check.
4...b5? Why? Develop a piece you re-re. (If you don't know what re-re is don't ask)
11.Rg1? Saccing the Bishop? Is the game over already? I'd like to play black after white sacs the Bishop, I bet I can win this game after that.
19...Bxg1? Take with the Qu ...[text shortened]... 6?
Those were the ones I saw with a quick analyses. Can someone explain them?
5 edits. 😞
Your post seems very judgmental, but I am going to assume that I am reading too much into it.
3. Bc4 is still a main line of the King's Gambit, and the queen check is still a debatable approach. If you think this is bold, check out the Cunningham Defense and especially the Muzio Gambit in the KG, where white sacs his f3 knight- by leaving it on f3!
4. ... b5 has won 58% of the time with a 2711 performance rating in my database. It wouldn't be my choice, but someone is doing well with it. (the usual database caveats apply, of course).
At move 11, the bishop sac leaves a dynamically equal position, but white has lots of practical play. Black's queen is awkwardly placed, and white gets lots of time and positional trumps while he pushes it around.
They were playing OTB as well, so that should be considered. I'm not sure I would do it CC, but in OTB such play is hard to meet sometimes.
And at move 19. remember that Anderssen was not too shabby as a player, and neither was Kiezeritzky. Taking with the queen gives white a mate in two. Now that you know to look for it, I'm sure you'll find it quickly- sort of a neat puzzle.
For what it's worth, my first instinct would be to capture with the queen as well- I just hope I wouldn't have blundered with it in a real game!
As for 20. ... Na6, playing ...Ba6 would have been relatively best, but black is still lost anyway, so it's really a matter of picking your poison.
This game was a historical original, and it has been analyzed to exhaustion with numerous improvements or alternatives for each player. The beauty is in the conception of the ideas, and the bravery of each player to offer and accept the other player's challenges.
It's very much a "Do you see what I see?" "Oh yeah? Well show me!" kind of game between two strong players.
Hope this helps!