Gambit & Counter-Gambit Tournaments

From 2018, these tournaments will be webserver only. Each tournament has a  choice of openings available within each section i.e. (a) Gambit Openings (as White) and (b) Counter Gambit Openings (as Black).

Each Tourney usually consists of five players in All-Play-All format, so eight games in all, one with White and one with Black against each of the others. *** Occasionally the Gambit and Counter Gambit Tourneys may be combined if there are insufficient entries.
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Gambit Tournaments
In each game White selects the opening from the Gambit list*. In other words in each pairing of two games each player chooses the opening in the one game where he has White. You can choose any combination of Gambits, from the same Gambit in all games to four different Gambits.
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Counter-Gambit Tournaments
In each game Black selects the Opening to be played from the Counter-Gambit list*. Thus, in each pairing of two games, each player chooses the Opening in the game where he is Black. Once again you can choose any combination of Counter Gambits, from the same in all games to four different gambits.

* The lists of Gambits & Counter-Gambits changes every season to provide variety of play. The list for each season is given in the Summer issue of the magazine.

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NB. ‘The best way to refute a gambit is to accept it’ (Steinitz) Give it a try!

Contact the Tournament Director Alex Relyea for more information.

Gambit Openings (as White) and (b) Counter Gambit Openings (as Black). I am pleased to announce that we think we have figured out how to run these events on the server.
I have decided to descend further into the game this year (2019-20) as well as increase the amount of material being gambitted in hopes of sparking more interest If anyone has a suggestion for a gambit or counter gambit that might be interesting, please contact me and I will attempt to put it on the list for next year. I hope the selection below gives an idea of the breadth of scope I am interested in developing.

The themes for the season 2019-20 are as follows:-

Gambit Tournaments.

In each game White selects the opening from the following Gambit list. In other words in each pairing of two games each player chooses the opening in the one game where he has White. You can choose any combination of Gambits, from the same Gambit in all games to four different Gambits.

(1) French Defense Advance Variation 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Na3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bb4+ 8. Bd2 Nge7 9. Nc2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 Qxb2

Is the b-pawn poisoned?

(2) Queen’s Gambit Accepted 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3

An extremely topical opening.

(3) French Defense Winckelmann-Reimer Gambit 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 dxe4 6. f3

A cousin of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

(4) Sicilian Kan 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qc7 7. Be2

Black can win a pawn by taking on c3 and e4. Does he dare?

(5) Scotch Gambit 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. Ng5

An unusual way to handle the Scotch Gambit, but how much venom is aimed at f7?

(6) Catalan 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. O-O Nc6 7. e3 Bd7 8. Qe2 b5 9. b3

Something of a main line in the Catalan. With 9.b3 White abandons a plan of recovering the c4-pawn. What compensation?

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Counter-Gambit Tournament 
In each game Black selects the Opening to be played from the following Counter-Gambit list. Thus, in each pairing of two games, each player chooses the Opening in the game where he is Black. Once again you can choose any combination of Counter-Gambits, from the same in all games to four different Counter-Gambits.

(1) Senegalese Sacrifice Variation 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 b5

This is an interesting way to meet the French Tarrasch, but is it sound?

(2) Elephant Gambit 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5

Chessbase lists 32(!) moves that have been tried as Black’s second. 2.. d5 is an unusual idea that may be worth a try. Note that Quality Chess has a book coming out called The Electrifying Elephant Gambit. That suggests it might be worth a try.

(3) Vaganian Gambit 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d5 6. cxd5 Bc5

3. Nf3 is a way for White to sidestep the Benko Gambit which has been popular the past two years here. Perhaps this gambit offers a nice counterpoint for your repertoire.

(4) English Opening 1. c4 e5 2. g3 c6 3. d4 e4 4. Qa4 d5

4. Qa4 is admittedly a rare move here, but this gambit is recommended by Mikhalevski in his GM Repertoire. Are you bold enough to try it?

(5) Grob 1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 d4

Duda decided to gambit the exchange against the Grob in the World Rapid Championship. Is the gambit playable at Correspondence time controls? Interestingly, ChessBase has just nine games with 3..d4, all of which are decisive. A good choice for a fighting player.
(6) Alekhine Voronezh Variation 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. exd6 cxd6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Be3 Bg7 8. Rc1 O-O 9. b3 d5 10. c5 Nc6
And so Black offers a piece. As always, the question is is their sufficient compensation?