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The Aussie Attack
Whatever happened to the Aussie Attack?
This is the question from Michael Ridge from Scotland. The American currently residing in Europe e-mailed because he remembered the article I wrote about a strange line against the Sicilian and had recently read a copy of the book Secrets of Opening Surprises, Vol. 6 by Jeroen Bosch where it receives a mention.
I have to admit to not following its progress, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that White had some success in recent years. The position occurs after 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Bg5. It looks ridiculous, but the reason I named the opening will soon become apparent. In 2002 at the Bled Olympiad I was at lunch with the Australian Olympiad team and one of the players, Alex Wohl, wondered aloud if there was anything new and unknown to play against the Sicilian, because he had studied all morning and still was unsure what to play. I suggested something sensible in the Closed Sicilian, another player had a bright idea in the c3 Sicilian, while one player had the whole table laughing after he revealed what he played in Internet blitz games.
I think you can guess that Alex ignored his preparation and decided to take on instead the obscure Internet line after a brief study. This might have worked well if it was against one of the lower-rated countries such as Papua New Guinea, but we were up against the might of Lithuania with a team stuffed full of established grandmasters. The first time I noticed something was wrong was when our captain, Manuel Weeks, who is normally ice cool started clutching his head which was swiftly followed by a gathering of players near the board who were all smiling. There was no happy ending as Wohl lost to Kveinys, but White was adamant the opening was not so bad and the more we analysed the more we thought the opening had some merit as a surprise weapon. I later followed up with an opening article in a magazine about the line and I thought that was that, but the Aussie Attack is back!
The English grandmaster Simon Williams likes to try something different in the opening and in the following game he uses the Aussie Attack to beat a 2600+ player:
Simon Williams – Boris Avrukh
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5!?
This looks crazy, but it is good enough to beat a 2600 player, so it can't be all bad. The idea for White is to take Black out of his comfort zone and plunge him into an unknown position away from the much more analysed main lines. Yes, such an opening is risky, but if you have an individual spirit and don't want to follow the crowd, then it could be the perfect opening. The obvious fear is to be a pawn down, but from the few games I have tracked down the tendency is for Black to waste a lot of time thinking about trying to refute the opening and then end up just developing their pieces. 4...Qa5+ 5.Nbd2 White's basic plan is to get the pieces out and restore the material balance by taking back the d4-pawn. The resulting position might be level, but at least it will be one that Black has no previous knowledge of and is left without the help of memorised games. There have been a couple of examples of White willing to make it a proper gambit with 5.c3. For instance, a) 5...dxc3 6.Nxc3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nf6 8.e5 Nd5 9.Nxd5 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 Qxd2+ 11.Kxd2 exd5 12.Nd4 a6 13.Nf5 g6 14.Nd6+ (14.Ne3 d4 15.Nd5 favours White) 14...Ke7 15.g3 f6 with an edge for Black, A. Borsato-M.Martins de Aguiar, Rio de Janeiro 2012.b) 5…Nc6 6.b4 Qc7 7.b5! h6 8.Bd2 dxc3 9.Nxc3 Ne5 with roughly equal chances, U.Reyer-M.Dargel, Werther 2009. 5...Nc6 6.Bd3 Be7 A reliable response to the new situation by looking to exchange pieces so that one can quickly castle kingside. There is an interesting alternative for Black, but you would need strong nerves to play it at the board with no prior experience, as it involves perilously advancing the kingside pawns. The game D.Fernandez-M.Paul, Zurich 2011 continued 6...h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 g4 this is hardly standard stuff in the Sicilian which is why it is difficult for Black to handle the opening 9.Nh4 Bb4 (maybe 9...Nf6 just to defend the g-pawn might be a good idea) 10.a3 Bxd2+ 11.Qxd2 Qxd2+ 12.Kxd2 It makes sense for Black to enter an ending a pawn up, but White has nothing to fear thanks to his advance in development 12...Nge7 13.Bd6 b6 14.b4 Rg8 15.h3 f6 16.hxg4 Rxg4 17.Nf3 Rxg2 18.Ke2 (I prefer 18.Bg3! to trap the rook when Black's position crumbles) 18...Rg7 19.Rxh6 Kf7 20.Rg1!? (20.e5 f5 21.b5 Na5 22.Nxd4 favours White) 20...Ng8? (20...Rxg1 21.Nxg1 e5 is a sterner test of White's play) 21.Rhh1 Bb7 22.e5 Nce7? a big mistake which allows a forced checkmate 23.Rxg7+ Kxg7 24.Rh7+ Kf8 25.Bg6 1-0. 7.Bxe7 Ngxe7 8.0-0 d6 9.Nb3 Qb6 10.Nfxd4
The position is level, but some would argue that it is a triumph for the opening to steer the game into relatively unknown territory. White has won back his pawn and can now think about trying for more. 10...0-0 It is worth remembering that Black needs to resist the urge to grab material with 10...Nxd4 11.Nxd4 because 11...Qxd4? fails to 12.Bb5+ with a discovered attack on the black queen. 11.Nb5 Williams decides to increase the pressure by targeting the d6-pawn and, although accurate defence can rebuff it, there is a need to play precisely. 11...Ne5 12.a4 Bd7 Or 12...Nxd3 13.Qxd3 Rd8 14.a5 Qc6 15.e5 with an initiative. 13.a5 Qc6 14.N3d4 Qc5 15.Nb3 Qc6 16.N3d4 Qc8!? It would be interesting to know whether Avrukh declined to play ...Qc5 in fear of repetition resulting in a draw, because, after all, that would be embarrassing having witnessed the Aussie Attack in action. 17.Be2 Or 17.Nxd6 Qc5 18.N6b5 Nxd3 19.Qxd3 e5 20.Nf5 Bxf5 21.exf5 Rfd8 22.Qa3 Qxa3 23.Rxa3 Nxf5 with equal chances. 17...d5 18.f4 Nc4 19.Bxc4 dxc4?! After 19...Qxc4, White can apply some pressure. For instance, 20.Nd6 Qa6 21.e5 Nc8 22.Nxc8 Raxc8 23.Rf3 and White can have some attacking ambitions on the kingside. 20.Nd6 Qc5 If 20...Qc7, then 21.e5 Nc8 22.Ne4 is slightly better for White. 21.Nxb7 Qc7 22.a6 The knight is supported on b7 with the idea being that Black will waste time on ousting it, allowing White to conjure up activity on the kingside. 22...Bc8 23.f5 e5 Or 23...exf5?! 24.exf5 Bxb7 25.axb7 Qxb7 26.f6 disrupts Black's kingside pawn cover which is similar to the actual game. 24.Ne2 Bxb7 25.axb7 Rad8 If 25...Qxb7, then 26.f6! gxf6 27.Ng3 looks promising for White. 26.Qc1 Qxb7 27.f6! gxf6 After 27...Ng6, White has the excellent 28.Nc3! with the knight heading for d5 with a strong initiative. 28.Ng3 Qb6+ Instead, 28...Kh8 might be best to admit the position has gone downhill and start defending. For instance, 29.Rxf6 Ng8 30.Rfa6! Rd7 31.h3 with the superior chances. 29.Kh1 Kh8 30.Nh5
30…Rg8? This invites trouble, but Black is admittedly in a difficult position. The best chance is 30...Rd6, although after 31.Qh6 Rg8 32.Nxf6 Rg7 33.Qh4 with the better position. 31.Rxf6 Qd4 32.Qf1 This is good, but 32.Rxf7 Ng6 33.Qf1 looks even better. 32...Qxe4 33.Rh6? I suspect time-trouble is the reason why Williams rejected 33.Rxf7! which just seems to win easily upon 33...Nd5 34.Nf6 Qg6 35.Rxh7+ Qxh7 36.Nxh7 Kxh7 37.Qf5+ Kh8 38.Qh5+ Kg7 39.Rxa7+ with checkmate to follow. 33...Nd5? The best defence starts with 33...Qf5 when 34.Nf6 Qxf1+ 35.Rxf1 Rg7 results in a level position. 34.Nf6 Qxc2 35.Rc1 1-0
It is worth giving credit to Wohl who had the nerve to play the line in a big game encounter. It is also to his credit that he still gives the opening the occasional whirl, but prudently employs it against lower-rated players. He has playing it in the last couple of years, but I have decided to include an entertaining game and will put his other examples in the notes. Here is another glimpse of how to win with the Aussie Attack:
Aleksandar Wohl – Thomas Wanderer
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5 Be7 The queen is attacked so why not block it? One can follow the logic, but at the same time Black makes no attempt to punish White for his outrageous opening. Also possible is a) 4...Nf6 5.e5 h6 and now White may continue 6.Bd2!? this was played in the original top level game in this line 6...Ne4 7.Qe2 Nxd2 8.Nbxd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d6 10.Kb1 Be7 11.exd6 (instead, 11.Nb3 deserves some attention) 11...Qxd6 12.Ne4 Qd5 13.Nc3 Qc5 14.Nb5 0-0 15.Nbxd4 Nxd4!? (15...Rd8! gives Black a strong initiative upon 16.Nxc6 Rxd1+ 17.Qxd1 bxc6 18.Qe1 Rb8) 16.Rxd4 Bf6 17.Rd1 Qb6 the debate is whether Black can use his bishop-pair to maximum effect or if White can contain their influence to ensure equality 18.Ne5 Rd8 19.Rxd8+ Qxd8 20.Ng4 Be7 21.Qf3 (perhaps 21.g3 Bd7 22.Bg2 is level) 21...Bd7 22.Bd3 Bc6 23.Qg3 Bh4 24.Qh3 Bg5 25.Rd1 Qc7 gave Black the superior opportunities, A.Wohl-A.Kveinys, Bled 2002. a2) 6.Bc1 certainly makes more sense for those who are nervous of giving away a pawn, because White can restore the material balance: 6...Nd5 7.Qxd4 Nc6 8.Qe4 d6 9.Be2 Bd7 10.0-0 led to equal chances, T. Hansen-E.Lobron, Stockholm 2003.) 4...Qb6 we can quickly conclude that Black is not trying to refute the opening, but is happy to trade queens 5.Qxd4 Nc6!? (5...Qxd4 6.Nxd4 a6 is the solid continuation for Black) 6.Qxb6 axb6 7.c3 (White is prepared to allow the black queen's rook to roam on the a-file in return for saddling him with double-b-pawns) 7...f6 8.Bf4 e5 9.Be3 Bc5 10.Bxc5 bxc5 11.Na3 (White reveals why he is content to unravel the doubled b-pawns, because now White develops smoothly and Black has a backward d-pawn) 11...Nh6 12.Bc4 d6 13.0-0-0 Ke7 14.Rd2 Be6 15.Bxe6 Kxe6 16.Nb5 Rxa2 (16...Rhd8? loses to 17.Nc7+) 17.Kb1 Ra5 18.Nxd6 Rha8 19.Kc2 Nd8 20.Ne8! (the threat of a fork on c7 and g7 forces Black into a passive position) 20...Kf7 21.Nc7 Rc8 22.Rd7+ Kf8 23.Rhd1 with an advantage thanks to the powerful rook on the seventh rank, A. Wohl-T.Fantinel, Condom 2011. 5.Bxe7 Nxe7 6.Qxd4 I would argue that the opening has been a success for White, who has presented Black with a position where they cannot reply on prior knowledge and must think for themselves. 6...0-0 7.Nc3 Nbc6 In the game R.Van Kampen-L.Ootes, Dieren 2007, the top Dutch player with the white pieces had to face 7...d5, but was able to make the most of fighting against an isolated pawn after 8.exd5 exd5 9.0-0-0 the game continued 9...Nbc6 10.Qd2 Bf5 11.Nd4 Bg6 12.h4! h5 13.f3 (13.Bd3!? is another option) 13...Rc8 14.g4 Nxd4 (14...Qb6 is an improvement) 15.Qxd4 Qc7 16.gxh5 Nf5?! 17.Qd2 Bxh5 18.Bh3 (or 18.Nxd5 Qd6 19.Bh3 looks like good news for White) 18...d4 19.Nb5 Qc5 20.Bxf5 Qxf5 21.Nxd4 when the extra pawn gave White all the winning chances. 8.Qd2 a6 9.0-0-0
An aggressive continuation and the fact that neither side can rely on computer checked analysis means that the position is a real test for the ability of the players. 9...b5 10.Kb1 Qc7 11.h4 Rd8 The players are shuffling their pieces around knowing that simultaneous attack on both sides of the boards are likely. 12.Bd3 Bb7 13.Qg5 I quite like 13.h5 when 13...h6 14.g4 gives White a clear plan of attack by preparing g4-g5. 13...h6 14.Qg4 Rac8 15.Rh3 It might look basic, but in practical play such direct action can panic the opponent. 15...Ne5 I reckon 15...d5 is the best reply. 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.f4 f5! Instead, 17...Qc7 leaves his kingside neglected of defensive sources which can be exploited upon 18.Rg3; for instance, 18...g6 19.h5 Kg7 20.Qh4 d6 21.hxg6 fxg6 22.e5 dxe5 23.fxe5 Rf8 24.Rh1 and Black is busted. 18.Qf3 Qc5 19.g4 Qb4?!
Wanderer goes on the offensive by threatening to play ...Rxc3 when the b-pawn is pinned, but 19...b4 20.Ne2 and now 20...Rf8 to boost the defence looks a better choice. 20.a3! Qc5 21.gxf5 Nxf5 Instead, 21...exf5 is probably a tougher response, but White still has all the fun after 22.Rg3. 22.Qh5 Ne7 It is true that 22...Nd4 adds another piece to the black attack, but look at how he has neglected his king, because after 23.e5 Kh8 24.Rg3 Black has a terrible position. 23.e5 Rf8 24.Rg3 Wohl has a number of threats such as Qxh6 or even just doubling the rooks on the g-file, while Black's counterattack in still far away. 24...Nf5 25.Bxf5 Rxf5
26.Rxg7+! A pretty finish wins the game. 26...Kxg7 27.Rxd7+ 1-0
Simon Wood from England has dabbled with various gambits when facing 1 d4 such as the Budapest Gambit (1 d4 Nf4 2 c4 and now 2…e5) and the Albin Counter-Gambit (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e5), but is still looking for something different. I was wondering if I could convert him to something sensible such as the King's Indian Defence or the Slav, but help came from a reader who sent in an entertaining game. Lev Zilbermintz from the USA is a renowned connoisseur of gambit play and once again comes up trumps by promoting the obscure Soller Gambit. This involves a pawn sacrifice in order to open up the game and steer it towards less analysed positions.
The following game might be an inspiration:
Juan Tica – Lev Zilbermintz
1.d4 e5!? This move tends to be known as the The Englund Gambit if you want to look it up in your books. Basically, Black wants to play an open game and gives away a pawn to get his own way. It has a poor reputation amongst elite players, but amateurs like the obscure positions that can arise. 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 f6
This is the position known as the starting point of the Soller Gambit. It just looks to me like a Reversed Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. This makes more sense if you know that the opening I am referring to starts as 1 d4 d5 2 e4 3 dxe4 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 f3. However, the name became popular after Karl Soller from Germany played it a lot in the 1950s and spread the word. It has also received a mention or two in chess literature such as the book Unorthodox Chess Openings by Eric Schiller. The Black-Diemer Gambit is risky for White, so to play it a move behind as black is controversial. The motive in this game is that Zilbermintz is an expert in gambits and always wants to challenge his opponent in the opening. 4.e4 4.exf6 when 4...Nxf6 gives Black some active play, but probably not enough to justify a pawn deficit. 4...fxe5 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.0-0 Perhaps 6.Ng5 is worth a go, when a sample line runs 6...d5 7.exd5 Na5 8.Bb5+ c6 9.dxc6 Qxd1+ 10.Kxd1 Nxc6 11.Re1 with a decent ending thanks to the extra pawn. 6...d6 7.Ng5 Qe7 8.Bf7+ The tempting 8.Nf7 runs into 8...Na5! which lessens White's influence on the position. For example, 9.Nxh8 (9.Bd5 Nxd5 10.Qxd5 Qxf7 11.Qxa5 is about level) 9...Nxc4 when the white knight on h8 is trapped and can be picked up later upon ...g6 and Bg7. 8...Kd8 9.Bb3 Ke8 10.Nc3 h6 11.Nd5 Qd8 The reason why White is so keen on this line is that he has had success before – and against the same opponent. Apparently, it was only after the game that Black realised that he had improved on a previous game that went 11...Nxd5? 12.Qh5+! with a clear advantage, Tica-Zilbermintz, New Jersey 2012. 12.Nxf6+ This looks normal, but it allows Black to unravel his pieces, so maybe 12.Nf3 is the right approach, intending Nh4 heading for the g6-square, when 12...Nxe4? fails to impress upon 13.Qd3! Bf5 14.Re1 Ng3 15.Qc4 with a big advantage. 12...Qxf6 13.Nf7 Rh7 14.f4 exf4
15.e5!? I can understand why Tica is confident enough to go for a quick kill, because with a knight on f7 it is perfectly reasonable to try to open more lines against the black king. However, 15.Bxf4 is also worth investigating when 15...Qd4+! 16.Kh1 Qxd1 17.Raxd1 Bg4 18.Rd2 gives White a favourable ending. 15...dxe5 16.Bxf4? An ambitious move motivated by attack, but White does not really have enough compensation to justify giving away a piece. The star move has to be 16.Nxe5! which gives Black some serious problems do deal with at the board, because the position is so complicated. For example, a) 16...Nxe5 17.Bxf4 and now a1) 17...g6 18.Bxe5 Qxe5 19.Re1 Bc5+ 20.Kh1 Be3 21.Qd3 Re7 22.Qxg6+ Kd8 23.Rad1+ Bd7 24.Qg8+ Re8 25.Qg4 with good play. a2) 17…Nc6 18.Be3 Bf5 19.Qf3 g6 20.g4 regains material. b) 16…Qxe5?! 17.Re1 Bc5+ 18.Kh1 Be3 19.Bxe3 fxe3 20.Qf3 with a tremendous game for White. 16...exf4 17.Qh5 g6 Perhaps White overlooked the strength of this move which blocks out White's ambitions on the h5-e8 diagonal and also has the bonus effect of bringing the king's rook back into the action. 18.Rae1+ Be7 19.Rxf4
19...gxh5? A practical move which ensures Black's advantage in the ending thanks to the extra bishop, but he can win much quicker after 19...Qxf4! 20.Qxg6 Rxf7 21.Bxf7+ Qxf7 when White needs to count the pieces and resign. 20.Rxf6 Nd4 When a piece up swap off pieces! 21.Rxh6 Rxh6 22.Nxh6 Nxb3 23.Ng8 Nc5 24.Nxe7 Be6 White's vague counterplay has faded away and now Black wraps up the game in an efficient manner. 25.b4 Kxe7 26.bxc5 Rd8 27.Re5 Rd5 28.Re2 Rxc5 29.Kf2 Kf6 30.a3 Rc3 31.Ke1 Rxa3 32.Kd2 Ra2 33.Kc3 Bf5 34.Rf2
34...Rxc2+ 35.Rxc2 Bxc2 36.Kxc2 c5 37.Kc3 b5 0-1
This all looks good for Black, but what happens if White just grabs the pawn on move four? I certainly think this is critical, but gambit players should not despair, because I found a game where a 2400+ player was not able to cope with the weird-looking opening. Here is what happened:
Goran Pavlovic – Balind Nadj Hedjesi
1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 f6 4.exf6 Nxf6
This is the sternest test of the line; after only four moves White is a pawn up. 5.e3 A steady reply with White happy to have the extra material and then catch up on development. Other moves are a) 5.Bg5 h6 (5...d5!? is also reasonable, but Tom Purser is something on an expert in this line, so his style is worth noting) 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 d6 8.e3 Bg7 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Be2 Qe7 11.Qd2 0-0-0 12.0-0-0 Qf7 13.Kb1 Rhe8 14.h3 Bd7 15.Rhe1 Nb4 16.a3 Ne4! 0-1, M.Shefler-T.Purser, Correspondence 1980. b) 5.c4 Bc5 (Tim Sawyer has written some good books on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, so it is no surprise that this system appeals to him) 6.Nc3 d6 7.e3 0-0 8.Be2 Qe8 9.0-0 Bg4 10.Nd4 Bd7 11.Ncb5 Bb6 12.b3 Ne4 13.Bb2 a6 (a significant improvement is 13...Nxf2! when 14.Rxf2 Qxe3 15.Bf3 a6 favours Black) 14.Nxc6 Bxc6 15.Nd4 Nxf2 16.Qd2 Ne4 with the initiative and Black eventually won, F.Nash-T.Sawyer, Correspondence 1989. c) 5.Nc3 Bc5 6.e3 0-0 (6...d5 is preferable) 7.Bc4+ Kh8 8.0-0 d6 9.h3 Bd7 10.Na4 Bb6 11.Nxb6 axb6 12.b3 Qc8 13.Bb2 Bxh3 14.gxh3 Qxh3 15.Nh2 (15.Ng5 looks stronger, when a sample line runs 15...Qh4 16.f4 h6 17.Bxf6 hxg5 18.Kg2 is winning) 15...Ra5! 16.Qf3 Qh6 17.Kh1 Rh5 18.Qg2? (18.Qf4 Qxf4 19.exf4 Ng4 20.Kg2 is much better White) 18...Ng4 19.Qxg4 Rxh2+ 20.Kg1 Rh1+ 21.Kg2 Qh2 checkmate 0-1, R.Kaufman-J.Demaria, Internet 2009. 5...d5 6.Be2 I prefer 6.Bd3 which looks more aggressive. 6...Bd6 7.0-0 Bg4 8.Nc3 Qe7 9.Nb5 White is wary of Black's attack, so prepares to exchange the bishop on d6. Or 9.Nxd5 Nxd5 10.Qxd5 0-0-0 threatening a discovered attack with ...Bxh2+ with excellent compensation for the two sacrificed pawns. 9...h5 10.Nxd6+ Qxd6 11.c4 0-0-0
A natural reply to offer a double-edged position where Black is confirming his desire to attack on the kingside. 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.Qc2 Qf6 Maybe 13...Ne5 immediately is better with play similar to the game. 14.Bd2 Ne5 15.Nxe5 Bxe2 16.Rfe1 Qxe5 17.Rxe2 If you want to be really precise, then 17.e4 is the best chance to give back the extra pawn in return for a safe middlegame: 17...Bb5 18.exd5 Qxd5 19.Bc3 with equal chances. 17...Nf4 18.Ree1
18…Nxg2! A nice touch to expose the white king, and Black can quickly regain the material balance by exploiting the power of his rook on the d-file. 19.Kxg2 Qd5+ 20.Kf1 Rhf8! This is inspired stuff to present more problems for White to solve. Instead, 20...Qxd2 21.Qxd2 Rxd2 22.Re2 leads to a level ending. 21.e4 Qxd2 22.Qxd2 Rxd2 23.Re2 Rd3 The purists will say it is a draw, but Black might as well carry on searching for an edge. Of course, how much time White consumed trying to fathom the name of the opening let alone how to reply is just as likely to be crucial. 24.Rc1 b6 25.Rec2 Rf7 26.Ke2?!
26…Rh3 Now the position looks very winnable for Black because of the weakness of the h-pawn. 27.Rc3 27.Rh1 is logical, but 27...Rf4! threatening the e-pawn and Rf-h4 is very irritating for White. 27...Rxh2 28.Rf3 Re7 29.Ke3 g5 It makes perfect sense to start advancing the pawns on the kingside in support of the h-pawn. 30.Rf5 g4 31.e5 h4 32.Rb1 This looks like a typical time-trouble move when White has quickly scanned trouble looming after ...g4-g3 and plays passively. 32...h3 An obvious and good move to carry on trying to promote the h-pawn. 33.Ke4 Rg2 34.Rh1 Rh7 35.e6 h2 36.Kd5 Kd8 Even if White tries to wriggle out of the dire situation after the casual 36...Rg1, there is still no joy after 37.Rf8+ Kb7 38.Rxh2 Rxh2 39.e7 Re1 40.e8Q Rxe8 41.Rxe8 Rxf2 and Black is winning. 37.Kc6 Ke7 38.Rd5 0-1
If anyone else has played an interesting gambit recently, then send the game to me.
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