Attack ’em with the Albin

Following on from my posts on the Budapest’ and Caro-Kann, I realized that these were in alphabetical order but that I had missed out A. To put this right here’s another dodgy line for Black, the Albin Counter Gambit with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5. As with the Budapest I have some sympathy with Black’s attempt to show that 2.c4 is not a developing move but it still looks somewhat dubious. Alexander Morozevich tried to rehabilitate the Albin with 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 followed by 5…Nge7, but this seems hopeful after 5.Nbd2 Nge7 6.Nb3 Nf5 7.e4 dxe3 8.Qxd8+ Nxd8 9.fxe3, with Black being a doubled pawn down in the endgame.

The following game features another decent fourth move for White in 4.a3, though after 4…Nc6 he should then play 5.e3 as covered by Mikhail Shereshevsky in The Soviet Chess Conveyor. This line has also been played by Alexei Alexandrov, and it has the advantage of doubling as a line against the Chigorin via the move order 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.e3 e5 4.dxe5 d4 5.a3.

I think I might make this into an alphabetic series, but there could be a problem with ‘X’. I thought I might cheat with X-terminate ’em with the English but if anyone has a better idea please let me know.

Nigel Davies

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer living in St. Helens in the UK. He works as a chess coach and author and Nigel runs the Tiger Chess Academy which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos, courses and a regular blog. His students include his 18 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: View all posts by NigelD

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