As you know, I usually pick a suitable game from my game site, BrainKing.com, to demonstrate the strategy and tactics of the opening in question. However, there was no real selection this time, as the only Spielmann Gambit game in the BrainKing.com database wasn’t actually played by strong players, so the commentary will be a little longer to highlight all blunders and suggest stronger lines.
This is probably one of the easiest variants to learn, as the rules are elementary. The game is played exactly like the standard game, with one key difference – players must count how many times they managed to place the opponent’s king in check. The one who gives a check for the third time, wins the game. A standard checkmate is considered a win as well.
As a general rule, doubled pawns are considered a weakness due to their inability to defend each other, and it is usually a good strategy to exchange at least one of them to strengthen the position. On the other hand, if the opponent is unable to effectively attack the doubled pawns, their inherent weakness may be of little or no consequence.
Robert James Fischer, the eleventh World Chess Champion (1972-1975), once said that the rejection of any gambit begins with accepting it. After losing a game to Boris Spassky in 1960 (Fischer, as black, chose the Kieseritzky gambit), he decided to refute the king’s gambit once and for all.
There are literally thousands of chess variants to choose from, and many sites to try them online. And if you are not certain about specific rules or just want to observe some variants before playing them, I created a playlist on one of my YouTube channels to publish videos of 25 selected types of chess games.
The material is almost even, but the white queen will turn out to be more mobile than the black rook/knight combo. I could have resigned at this very position. However, you know, I wanted to find out if my queen-side pawns were or weren’t capable of threatening White in any way. So, let’s make a few more moves.
The game was played at the World Junior Chess Championship in Stockholm (August 1969, Anatoly Karpov dominated the finals). If you click through the moves, you can observe that the first capture really happened at the move 94. Until then, white kept a positional advantage, but for reasons unknown didn’t manage to open any attack.