Wednesday, December 10, 2003


Sugar Land Chess; Wilson Gambit Busted?

From Mark Dejmek via email:
I will try to send an article or annotated game for your newsletter one of
these days. It's just good to see someone doing something to promote
Houston chess.

One thing I will send in to your website is just an ad for my little club in
Sugar Land. (Monday nights 7-10 pm, 3232 Austin Parkway). Mostly casual
blitz and king-of-the-hill, but I was thinking I might have a blitz
tournament there one of these weeks, just to give people who haven't been
there an excuse to check it out.

Regarding your gambit against the Center-Counter, I'm not so sure. You're
right that it is basically an Englund reversed, and that is the good news as
well as the bad. It seems to me that Black may be able to steer the game
into waters where the extra move with b2-b3 is more harmful than helpful,
because it takes away a flight square from the queen. For example, 1.e4 d5
2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qe2 Bf5 5.Qb5+ Bd7 6.Qxb7 Nc6 looks just awful for
White; in fact, he'll have to be very careful over the next few moves just
to save the game. Bucker is always interesting, but he does recommend some
weird stuff.

Is this line playable? What do you think? Click comments under this post (I'm experimenting with this free commenting system, but it seems to work), or send me email.

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