"THE WING GAMBIT"
by John Hurt, 1973 Tennessee Chess Champion
However, for the past seventy years, it has been used to denote the move b4 by White against the Sicilian Defence (after 1.e4 c5).
The main line of the Sicilain "Wing Gambit" goes as follows: 1.e4 c5 2. b4 cb4 3. a3 d5 4. ed5 Qd5 5. Nf3 e5 6. ab4 Bb4
Now White has three moves: A) 7. c3 B) 7. Na3 C) 7. Ba3. We will give one example from each:
On his third move Black may try 3. . . e6,
Or 3. . . Nc6,
Or 3. . . ba3,
Or 3. . . e5,
Or 3. . . d5,
This gambit may be declined by Black on his second turn with 2. . . b6 or 2. . . d6 or 2. . . e6 or 2. . . Nf6 or 2. . . d5 or 2. . . e5, but none of these moves give White trouble.
Some (including Keres) consider it even stronger for White to delay the Gambit one move as follows:
Addendum to Variation B (7. Na3) - In "Larry Evans on Chess" in Chess Life and Review Feb. 1974 the sub-variation 9. Nc7 (Instead of 9. Be2) is examined. This line proceeds thusly:
(Editor:) In conclusion we give some of the games John has played with this gambit, some of which have appeared in previous TCN issues and others that have not seen print. (Click on the bar above the Black pieces to examine more than one game.)
(On a Wing and a Gambit: WWII phrase On a Wing and a Prayer.)
The gambit generated much discussion, after the post. Check out these links:
John Hurt Memorial
June 25, 2011
June 25, 2011
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