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ccmcacollister ♡ 135 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess MINIATURE GAMES : This thread is to display any games that you have played, or someone else did that but you "Found" and enjoyed it, and would so like to share it with others. Notes are great, but optional.
DEFINITION: MINIATURE = traditionally a Chess miniature is 20 moves or less to mate or Resignation occurring. HOWEVER, in this case I want to liberalize the definition a bit and say 25 moves or less. Or a few more than that if you Really like the game.
And now, here is what brought-on this thread ... Alex Dunne does a column yearly about corr. Chess miniatures, for Chess Life [the USCF magazine]. While reading thru some, I happened upon the following effort from a GK player. So here is chuckventimiglia smashing his way thru the defense of a Sicilian. ~!
SICILIAN DEFENSE [B34] W: Charles Ventimglia (1696) B: J. Mason Jones (1502) IECC, 1998

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Be3 d6 7. Bb5 Bd7 8. 0-0 Nf6 9. Qe2 Ne5 10. f4 Neg4 11. Bxd7+ Qxd7 12. Bd2 Nh5 13. Qd3 0-0 14. h3 Nh6 15. Rae1 Rae8 16. f5 gxf5 17. exf5 Bxd4+ 18. Qxd4 e5 19. Qh4, Black resigns.

The remaining column, with more great games is at this hyperlink ... I hope you enjoy them. Alex D. is one of my own favorite Chess Writer/Authors.


heinzkat ♡ 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Just a fun game, you can find & replay it here => ->
W: Heinzkat himself (1590) B: Mr. Anonymous (1563) GameKnot, 2005

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. O-O
b5 9. Bd3 O-O 10. Re1 Bb7 11. a3 Nxe4 12. Bxe7 Nxc3 13. Bxh7+ Kh8 14. Qh5 1-0
ccmcacollister ♡ 52 ( +1 | -1 )
heinzkat ... Great COMBO & Game~!!
As you know; BL might have gone ahead & Take the Bishop, to Lose his Queen if he wanted to prolong it just a bit. I think he was just being practical to hope for an oversight, rather than add a few moves to the mate. Understandable ...
The Bishop Sac must have been quite a shocker! A REAL SHOT, as Bobby says ...

[It also proves again what Someone once said, "ZWISHEN-ZUGS Win Games!"
I can't recall Who that was .... perhaps twas "Oboy-Won-CanNoBe~!" ?! ] :)
tim_b ♡ 29 ( +1 | -1 )
To dramatically lower the standard... Here's a Trompovsky attack I played recently in which, for once, everything seemed to go right. I'd like to know what high rated players think, or anyone else interested.

board #7398508

tonylemesmer ♡ 237 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm not that great a player, but here are my two best miniatures on gameknot (warts and all, many mistakes I'm sure):

[White "tonylemesmer"]
[Black "neeeng"]
Vienna game

I find it interesting to follow these games in the gameknot database afterwards, to get a crude idea how others have fared in the same positions.

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. Bc4 d6 4. f4

For white, Nf3 or d3 are popular here, but I was feeling aggressive that day! Database: 5 games, 80% white wins.

4..Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3

After this move the database swings in favour of black: 5 of 7 games were black wins.

6...Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Nd4 8. Qg3 Qf6 9. Nd5

At this point the game is unique in the database (the only other matching game diverged at this point with 9. fxe5, leading to a black win in 21 moves).


I think Qg6 would have been better here. This way he has wasted 2 moves and my attack has progressed.

10. Rf1

My favourite move of the game. Rather than grab the g7 pawn, I increase the pressure. Castling would lead to a disastrous discovered check, so the rook moves to the f-file directly.

10...g6 11. b4 Nxc2+ 12. Kd1 Nxb4 13. Nxb4 Bxb4

This exchange nets black 2 pawns, but his king is still in the centre, the f7 square is attacked, and he is underdeveloped.

14. fxe5 f5 15. exf5 Ne7
16. Bf7+

Bishop sacrifice to bring his king onto the dangerous f-file.

16....Kxf7 17. fxg6+ Kg8

He would survive a little longer with Ke8. A satisfying finish:

18. gxh7+ Kxh7 19. Rf7+ Kh6 20. d4+ Kh5
21. Qg5#

[White "philross"]
[Black "tonylemesmer"]
Queen's pawn game

1. d4 Nf6 2. d5 d6 3. f3 e5 4. e4 Nxe4

The position reminded me of Damiano's defence, but with reversed colours, so I figured this sacrifice might be worth a try. The database was strongly in favour of black until this move.

5. fxe4 Qh4+
6. Ke2

I think this hands me the initiative. If white plays 6. Kd2 here, he has more options for his next move, and can start chasing the black queen around.

6...Qxe4+ 7. Be3 f5 8. Nc3 Qb4 9. Qc1 f4 10. Bf2 Bg4+

The white king, still on e2, allows me to develop a bishop for free..

11. Kd2 e4 12. a3 e3+ 13. Kd3 Bf5+ 14. Ke2 Qc4+ 15. Kf3 Qd4
16. Be1 Nd7 17. Nge2

Natural move that develops a piece and attacks the Queen. Unfortunately, it also takes away a rather important square for the white King...


Let me know what you think of these games, and if I have missed any glaring mistakes.
tag1153 ♡ 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Ok Craig....... ......since you said a few extra moves was OK, here is a favorite "mini" of mine:)


heinzkat ♡ 19 ( +1 | -1 )
tonylemesmer... The second game is pretty brutal :-)
tag11andsomeothernumbers: that mating sequence took far too long to be called a miniature ;-)
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tag1153 ♡ 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the shout out..... ......ketchupnamebrandandhousepet:)

tonylemesmer ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
I fixed the link to my second game:

Nice king hunt by tag1153 there.
bucklehead ♡ 40 ( +1 | -1 )
A favorite Not mine (on the giving or receiving end!), but one a friend pointed out to me a while back, and which I spent some time trying to analyze as deeply as possible. Thus the annotations are a little thick, but the game itself is very compelling (and only 13 moves!).


PS: Craig, can you see the hand of our old, departed friend in this?
himu ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )

I like this one :)
himu ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
also this one ->
ionadowman ♡ 165 ( +1 | -1 )
The dear old Wilkes-Barre! ... One of my favorite openings. I have won an 11-mover on GK in the 5.Nxf7ch line, but that was against an unbooked opponent who retreated his king to the wrong square in the ensuing counterattack. The game I've included here doesn't quite make miniature status but it has its moments... It was a pickup game, played on the Christchurch Square giant chessboard about 12 or so years ago:

White: N.N. Black: Self; Two Knights' Defence, Wilkes-Barre Variation
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Bxf7ch Ke7
6.Bb3 Rf1 7.0-0 h6 8.Nc3 d6 9.d3?! (Better is the "book" line 9.h3)
9...Bg4! 10.Be3 Nd4
11.Bxd4 Bxd4 12.c3 Bb6 13.Nbd2 Qd7 14.Qc2 Rae8 15.h3? (He hasn't had much luck with this h-pawn...)
16.gxh3 Qxh3 17.Nh2 (17.d4 was the other try)
17...Ng4 18.Nxg4 Qxg4ch 19.Kh1 Qh3ch 20.Kg1 Rf4
21.Qd1 Qg3ch 22.Kh1 Rh5#

For a real miniature, here's one from a correspondence game nearly 25 years back...
White: Me, the undersigned Black: J.E.J; English Opening, Caro Defence, Jarmin Gambit
1.c4 c6 2.Nc3 d4 3.e3 b5?! (My opponent was given to bizarre gambits, such as this eccentric line...)
4.cxb5 a6 5.bxc6 (Ordinarily one might take out the a-pawn, but I preferred to leave Black with a weak isolated pawn on the flank)
5...Nxc6 6.Nf3!? (6.d4)
6...e5 7.Qa4?! Bd7 8.Nxd5 Nb4 9.Qb3 Be6! 10.e4 Rc8?! (10...Bd6!)
11.Nxe5?! (11.Bc4)
11...Nc2ch 12.Kd1 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nxa1 (Black has won a rook for 3 pawns, but it has cost him a lot of time...)
14.Qa4ch Ke7 15.Nc6ch (wins back the exchange, but 15.Qe4! was even better)
15...Rxc6 16.Qxc6 Nf3? (Up to here Black is still in the game, with White only a little better placed. But this natural move gives White a big edge.)
17.Bxa6 Ne4? (Now Black is lost...)
18.Re1 f5? (Shortens the game by several moves...)
The final position:
Strange sort of game...
ionadowman ♡ 288 ( +1 | -1 )
Mea culpa... ... Every now and then one has to tell a story against oneself - an act of humility, so to speak. This disaster happened in an Auckland Labour Weekend tournament 1979 - a 5 round Swiss with a field of 30-odd. I had been doing OK, 2 from 2 going into the 3rd round, and indeed went on to finish with 4/5 and a (very small) share of the minor prize money (2nd-6th places). I can't remember whether my opponent in this game won the event (4.5/5) or also took a share of the minor money. At any rate he was a deal stronger than I was. Still that's no excuse for what happened:
White: Self, Black: D.B. Alehkine's Defence... 21/Oct/79
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd4 3.Nc3 (This was my standard response to the Alekhine's)
3...Nxc3 4.bxc3? (The punctuation is less a comment on the value of the move, which is indeed unobjectionable, and I've always thought likely to be preferable objectively to the alternate recapture that I always played. Now, against this opponent, was not a good time to try an unknown line...)
4...d6 5.f4 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.Bc4 (probably delaying d4 a little too long...)
7...0-0 8.0-0 c5! (Already I had no high opinion of White's game...)
9.d4 Nc6 10.Rb1?! Bg4!
11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 cxd4 13.cxd4 dxe5! 14.d5 Nd4 15.Qd1? (By now I'd completely lost the plot..)
15...Rc8 16.Qd3? e4 17.Qxe4 Rxc4 18.Rxb7 Rxc2 19.Ba3 Re2 0-1
After the queen moves 20...Qxd5 is a killer. One of those really horrible games that I'd come up with from time to time...

On a different note, have you been in a situation in which you see that your opponent thinks he has you on toast, and you know he's overlooked your killer response? Isn't it great to prick that balloon? Deflation can be very rapid after that. Mind you, I've been on the receiving end more than once on GK in which an apparently satisfactory game became very unsatisfactory very rapidly! But it was my opponent's bubble that burst in this Wellington club tournament game less than a fortnight after the previous game:
White: Me again, Black: E.S. King's Pawn Game 2/Nov/79
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Bc5 4.d4?! exd4 5.Nd5 Nf6
6.Bg5 0-0 7.Bd3 Bb4ch?! 8.c3 dxc3 9.bxc3 Ba5 10.0-0 Re8
11.Re1 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Rxe5 13.f4 Rxg5 14.fxg4 Nxd5 15.exd5 Bxc3
At this point I glanced up at my opponent, who was looking back at me to see my reaction to the sting in the tail of his combination: the fork that would recover the exchange, leaving Black a pawn ahead. He must have overlooked White's retort, though it's not hard to spot.
16.Bxh7ch (POP!)
16...Kxh7 (16...Kf8 is no better)
17.Qd3ch g6? 18.Qxc3 d6 19.Qf6?! Bf5? 20.Re7 Kg8 21.Qxf7ch 1-0
Black certainly could have put up stronger resistance (19...Qxf6) but was clearly demoralised. Well: it's happened to all of us.

Finally: one for laughs. This happened to me, not too long after learning the game, against my brother, who barely knew the moves and wasn't much interested in Chess anyhow. But, having seen for the first time the Anderssen-Kieseritzki Immortal Game, I just had to try out the Bishop's Gambit.
White: I.A.Dowman Black: J.G.Dowman c.1966 Bishop's Gambit (the first 3 moves agreed on beforehand)
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Qh4ch 4.Kf1 Bc5 5.Nf3 Qf2#

tag1153 ♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Here is another good one:) ->

Paul has been kicking me around like a soccer ball lately, and I finally return the favor:)

kansaspatzer ♡ 13 ( +1 | -1 )
Here's a game I came across today:

irishswine vs. hennie

1. e4, c6
2. d4, d5
3. exd5, cxd5
4. c4, Nf6
5. Bg5, Nc6
6. Bxf6, exf6
7. Nc3, dxc4
8. d5, Qe7+
9. Qe2, Ne5
10. Qe4, Bf5
11. Qxf5, Nf3+
12. Kd1, Qe1+
13. Kc2, Nd4#
ganstaman ♡ 65 ( +1 | -1 )
Great games so far. I really enjoyed them.

One that I liked playing just makes it in 25 moves. I had the white pieces:

1. f4 d5 2. e3 c5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. b3 g6 5. Bb2 Nf6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Re8 9. Ne5 e6 10. Nd2 Qc7 11. Nxc6 Qxc6 12. Bf3 Bd7 13. e4 Rad8 14. e5 Nh5 15. Bxh5 gxh5 16. Qxh5 b5 17. Rf3 c4 18. Rh3 h6 19. Bd4 cxb3 20. Nxb3 Rda8 21. Rg3 Kh8 22. Qxf7 Reg8 23. Nc5 Rad8 24. f5 exf5 25. Rxg7 1-0 Black resigns.

What I like best is the end:

With black to move and choose from: 25...Qg6 26. Rxg6 Rxg6 27. e6+ Rg7 28. Qxg7# (or 27...Rf6 28. Bxf6#) or 25...Rxg7 26. e6 Rdg8 27. Qg6 with Qxh6# to follow, or Qxg7# if the g8 rook moves (possibly with ...Qxe6 Nxe6 thrown in).
ccmcacollister ♡ 114 ( +1 | -1 )
ccmcollister-handsomewino I just played this one at GK in the blitz room, so want to get it up here before I forget ... I Really wish these games were recorded to just Copy/Paste off of that page. As it was, had to recreate it as a personal annoted and then copy/paste to here.

1. e4 d5
2. exd5 Qxd5
3. Be2
My own Silly-Willy Gambit that always seems to produce well. Mostly I think that people fear Qxg2 is a trap ... or just dont want to pawn grab. Of course Ive mostly been winning when they DO take there too. But mainly as few choose the retreat of Qg6 after Bf3. After that I think its just an interesting game, perhaps not worth a pawn that weakens my kingside at the same time! But its ten minutes after all. ...

3. ... Nf6
4. Nc3 Qd8
5. d4 b6
6. Bf3 c6
7. Ng-e2 Bg4
8. Bf4 Nb-d7
9. Bxc6 Bxe2
10. Qxe2 Rc8
11. Ba4 e6
12. Rd1 Bb4
13. O-O Bxc3
14. bxc3 Rxc3
15. Bd6! Nd5! Bind and counter bind~! He keeps me from doing much in the center.
16. Rd-e1 Rc8? He unbinds me. If nothing else now I get to shove c and d pawns
17. c4 Nc3
18. Qg4 Nxa4 ?
19. Rxe6+ the point of Qg4, which I saw several moves ago, but dismissed then due to his Nd5 being able to retreat to Ne7.

.... fxe6
20. Qxe6+ Qe7
21. Qxe7+ #

Thanks to my opp for an interesting game there!

ionadowman ♡ 134 ( +1 | -1 )
Interesting blitz game Craig! It is surprising how suddenly an even game can turn into a miniature disaster! I've enjoyed playing through the many games in this thread (great idea!).

I last played competitive chess in August 1986. Looking back through my "archives" I've discovered in that month 3 miniatures, two played in Club tournaments, one in the South Island Champs. Enjoy...

White: I.A.Dowman Black: R.W.; 19/8/86 English Opening ("Schoolboys don't always have it their own way")
1.c4.e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Bb4 5.a3 Bxc3
6.bxc3 d6 7.d4 0-0 8.Rb1 Qe8 9.Bg5 Nd7 10.Qd3 h6
11.h4 hxg5 12.hxg5 g6 13.Qe4 f6 14.Qh4 Kf7 15.Qh7ch 1-0
It's mate in 3: 15...Ke6 16.d5ch Kf5 17.e4ch Kany 18.Qh4mate.

White: S.A. Black: Ion A. Dowman; c.13/8/86 French Defence:
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc3 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7
6.c3 f5!? (A pet line. I don't thionk anyone ever failed to take e.p. and thus transpose into normal lines...)
7.exf6e.p. Qxf6 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.0-0 e4 10.dxe5?! Ndxe5
11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Re1?? 0-0 13.Bc2 Qxf2ch 14.Kh1 Bg4 0-1
White is about to drop a piece without the slightest abating of the attack.

White: Ion A. Dowman Black: J. van G. 27/8/86 (S.I. Champs) English Opening
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 c5 4.e5 Ng8 This looks pretty dire, but so eminent a Master as Aron Nimzovitch thought this line was fine for Black!
5.Nf3 Nc6
6.d4!? cxd4 7.Nxd4 f6!? 8.Nd-b5 fxe5 9.Bd3 Nf6 10.Bg5 a6
11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Qh5ch Ke7 13.0-0-0? axb5 14.cxb5 Nd4! 15.Rhe1 Qe8
16.Qh4 d6 17.f4 Kf7 18.Qh5ch Ke7 19.Qh4 Kf7 20.Qh5ch Ke7 21.Qh4 Draw!
(I was in acute time trouble, but I think White ought to be happy with the split point anyway!)

Quite an exciting month...
tag1153 ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Here's a good one....... ....from the 4th round of GK #30.


ionadowman ♡ 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Fascinating! But I think you could have shortened the game by a couple of moves or so:

14.Qc7ch Ka8 15.Qxd8ch Bc8 16.Qxc8 mate.
himu ♡ 55 ( +1 | -1 )
if 25 moves are allowed then what do you think about these sicilian games ? I had real fun with these :)


but this following one is real miniature and a good one too, all the time I was thinking I am abiding bye the book until the very late.


masros ♡ 40 ( +1 | -1 )
This is my worst game..checkmate is 13 move.I think there is bishop on g7 :(
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Nd-b5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. Bd3 Be6 12. O-O Ne7????? 13. Nf6#

Position after 12..Ne7???
replay board #3108372
tag1153 ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Another mini...... ->

ccmcacollister ♡ 74 ( +1 | -1 )
There is a trick for use viewing games ... that are in text. (like on this thread or the Dunne article, etc ... which is why i mention it here...)You can just copy them and paste to Annotate Game function as a pgn import, in order to view them online. Then keep if desired or just delete after viewing. The trouble with this is that it seems you cant analyze. It would be great if GK gave us each an analysis board that we could import or enter to then analyze, and save to varioius places (you can use the analysis board from one of your games, but afterward if you tried to save, it would use the real game that it belongs to rather than the one you were looking at.) Or is there some way to do this that I dont know?
tag1153 ♡ 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Thread revival:) ->
tag1153 ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
ionadowman ♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Not bad, Thomas! ... I particularly liked the bishopsings game - the fish wriggled very hard on the hook! ;-)
ionadowman ♡ 82 ( +1 | -1 )
Over-reliance on the Book... ... a cautionary tale, played on GK, with Your Obdt Svt as party of the first part...
White: cruiseylee Black: ionadowman (2005)
1.e5 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6
4.d3 ... An unpretentious move that has become fairly popular in recent years, I gather. So I outs wi' me trusty Estrin, checks out p.125 and play:
4...d5?! Not so good, as it happens...
5.exd5 Nxd5 6.0-0 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5
8.Re1 About here, I was beginning to suspect something wasn't quite right...
8...Bc5 9.Nxe5! Bxf2ch 10.Kxf2 Qh4ch 11.g3 ... Uh..mmmm
I had planned ...Qd5ch here, but it was obvious Black is busted after 12.Kg2, so...
11...Qxh3 12.Nf3ch 1-0 What a way to lose one's first game on GK!
Turns out I misread the book anyhow: Estrin does observe that 4...d4 is premature...

chessnovice ♡ 253 ( +1 | -1 )
... This thread got me looking into my old chess database, which I haven't done in years. I saved literally hundreds of games where I played 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 b5, and planned to analyze the legitimacy of the opening. Unfortunately, I got preoccupied with other projects and life goals, and chess had to take the back seat for a while.

One of the interesting short games I had with this opening was on this site, against a person that no longer seems to have an account here.
board #2100192

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 b5
3. cxb5 a6
4. bxa6 Bxa6

Accepting the initial gambit is the smartest choice. As Steinitz said, "The refutation of a gambit frequently lies in its acceptance". I think it's probably true in this case. Whether black chooses to capture the pawn on a6 is really a matter of preferences. Two for the price of one is a good deal, but this has the very slight gift of tempo by letting me hyper-fiancetto my bishop while recapturing rather than doing a fiancetto and then recapture.

(My thoughts are sort of scrambled tonight, sorry.)

Personally, I found that my more frustrating games arised when white allows delays the capture of the a6 pawn.

5. Nc3 e6
6. f3

I considered this move a waste of time. e4 is already sufficiently protected, so I would push the pawn 6. e4 Bxf1 7. Kxf1. It sacrifices the castle, but the move is kind of inevitable when you do bxa6 from the get go, anyway.

6. ... Bb4
7. e4?

This mistake is why I found the game interesting enough to keep. I think this mistake is fairly subtle (at least, compared to blunders I've made in the past). But I guess it's common enough when you start messing around with the f-pawn.

7. .. Nxe4

I'm generous with question marks in my annotation, but stingy on exclamation points (I'm a pessimist). But this is rather pretty, I think. I sacrifice the knight to get it the heck out of my queen's way. I saw the h4 square and saw a good opportunity to make all my sacrifices worth it.

My expectation was 8. fxe4 Qh4+ 9. Kd2 Qf4+ 10. Kc2 Qxf1 11. Qxf1 Bxf1, etc. etc. The game would be even at that point (not bad for starting out with a pawn handicap).

8. Bxa6 Nxc3
9. bxc3 Bxc3+
10. Bd2 Bxa1
11. Qxa1 Nxa6
12. Ne2 O-O
13. h4 Qe7
14. g4 Nb4

Bxa6 was a mistake pretty much because of what expired. If I give the knight for a pawn, you'd be crazy not to take it! (Actually, keiserpaul might take issue with that comment...) :p

Nice, quaint little game that was worth saving because of lucky move #7.
kansaspatzer ♡ 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Today, I worked a chess booth at a festival. I played the black side of the following game:

1.h3 e5 2.f3 Qh4+ 3.g3 Qxg3#
ionadowman ♡ 144 ( +1 | -1 )
Here's a curiosity... ... Played against my buddy ronald46 about 18 months ago. I'm wondering if there's any theory behind it. Incidentally, I tried to find this on the GK database, but it seems to have disappeared.

White: ronald46 Black: ionadowman From Gambit 2006
1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.e4 ...
Already I like White's game. Unfortunately, I'm Black. What can be done about the formidable pawn centre?
Played partly to avert the pawn fork on e5, partly to induce a weakening in White's K-side.
7.d4 ...
Threatening to advance the e-pawn, then to force the knight back to h6, when White might choose to exchange B for N and break up Black's castled position.
7... Bxh2
A find, really, but it does make me wonder if we are still in a theoretical line. The position looks pretty weird...
8.Nxh2 Qh4ch
9.Kd2 Nxh2
Of course, there's nothing doing with 9...Nf2? 10.Qe1
10.Kd3 ...
Presumably to free the c1-bishop.
10... Qg3ch
11.Be3 Nxf1
12.Qxf1 f5
13.Qe1 fxe4ch
White dare not take: 14.Kxe4 Qg6ch 15.Kd5 Qc6ch 16.Ke5 Qe6#
14.Kc4 Qd6
15.Qh4 ...
15... Qc6ch
16.Kb3 Be6ch
17.Ka3 Qa6ch
18.Kb4 Nc6ch
0-1, as 19.Kc3 Qa5ch 20.b4 Qxb4#

I don't think I'll be playing any more From gambits in a hurry...
bucklehead ♡ 65 ( +1 | -1 )
Run with that From, Ion! Just last night I came across an interesting From Gambit miniature from Schlechter, who mates white in 14 moves. Mind you, white's 14th is a blunder, but he's well lost before then. It's worth a look.

[Event "Vienna"]
[Site "Vienna"]
[Date "1894.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Fried"]
[Black "Carl Schlechter"]
[ECO "A02"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "28"]

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.exd6 Bxd6 5.d4 Nf6 6.Bg5 h6
7.Bh4 g5 8.Bf2 Ne4 9.e3 g4 10.Bh4 gxf3 11.Bxd8 f2+ 12.Ke2 Bg4+
13.Kd3 Nb4+ 14.Kxe4 f5# 0-1

Mate with a pawn, in the center of the board, after a queen sac!
ionadowman ♡ 68 ( +1 | -1 )
H'mmm... ... seems to be a feature of the gambit. Obviously from Schlechter's younger days, when he would have gone in for these Wild West attacks!
Reverting to my game, I find it hard to believe that the very eccentric line I found myself playing is really the answer to White's d3,e4 seizure of the centre. Bent Larsen (referring to a From Gambit Newspaper game he was involved in - the opening played "on request") once remarked that he didn't like giving up a centre pawn for nothing. In this line, Black gives up both centre pawns for a flank one and an early lead in development. Maybe 7.d4 isn't the best for White?
Any thoughts?
ganstaman ♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 )
ionadowman: Well, 5. d4 would have been better (and consistent with theory). Then white wouldn't even need to waste time with 7. d4 as the pawn would already have been there.
ionadowman ♡ 61 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks, ganstaman... ... I did a bit of checking (as a reminder), and the main line (5.d4) is certainly more active. On the other hand, such theory I have indicates that White's central pawn majority is left as an isolated pawn couple after White's c-pawn disappears (pawn exchanges on d4). An interesting battleground for the coming middlegame. Mind you, the pawn couple might not be as vulnerable as it looks at first sight. Food for thought...
My opponent's restrained choice, seemed to be safer, provided White could contain Black's K-side attack. Maybe we have opened up new ground in that game!?