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Friday, June 18, 2010

Carlsen beats Wang Yue in a King's gambit at Kings Chess Tournament

Hello everyone!

The King's gambit - 1.e4 e5 2. f4 is rarely played at top-level chess. But talented Fide No. 1 Magnus Carlsen had a logical reason to use it against Wang Yue in the fourth round at the Kings Tournament, in Medias, Romania, on Thursday.

"Things weren't going so well in the tournament. I thought I'd just try it and see how it goes," Carlsen told journalists after the game.

The Gambit certainly did go well considering Carlsen won the full point in 54 moves. Here is the pgn of the nice game that you can run through our pgnplayer.

PGN: 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 exf4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bc4 Nxd5 6. O-O Be7 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8. Nc3 Qd8 9. d4 O-O 10. Bxf4 Bf5 11. Qe2 Bd6 12. Bxd6 Qxd6 13. Nb5 Qd8 14. c4 a6 15. Nc3 Nd7 16. Rad1 Bg6 17. Qf2 Re8 18. h3 Rc8 19. Rfe1 Rxe1+ 20. Rxe1 c6 21. d5 Nf6 22. Qd4 cxd5 23. Nxd5 Nxd5 24. cxd5 Qd6 25.Ne5 Re8 26. Re3 Rd8 27. Nc4 Qf6 28. Re5 h6 29. d6 Bf5 30. Nb6 Be6 31. d7 Kh8 32. a4 g6 33. Qc3 Kg7 34. a5 h5 35. h4 Rxd7 36. Nxd7 Bxd7 37. Qd4 Bc6 38. b4 Bb5 39. Kh2 Ba4 40. Rd5 Bc6 41. Qxf6+ Kxf6 42. Rc5 Ke6 43. Kg3 f6 44. Kf2 Bd5 45. g3 g5 46. g4 hxg4 47. h5 Be4 48. Rc7 f5 49. h6 f4 50. h7 g3+ 51. Ke1 f3 52. h8=Q f2+ 53. Ke2 Bd3+ 54. Ke3 1-0

The King's Gambit is one of the oldest-known chess openings detailed in a manuscript attributed to Lucena dating back to the 11th Century!

Carlsen and Teimour Radjabov have 2.5/4 followed by Grandmasters Nisipeanu, Ponomariov and Gelfand after four rounds at the tournament. Wang Yue is in sixth place with 1 point in the double round-robin tournament this year.

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