Game with the Hennig-Schara Gambit

I invite all readers to share with me your successful games, played with the Gambits !Here one of the e-mails I got a few days ago….

Dear Mr. Alterman

I just tried the Hennig-Schara Gambit on ICC (blitz 2 12), and the game was so crazy that I thought you might enjoy it.

White: weiran (1775) Black: mrjoker (1778)

Blitz ICC 2 12, September 6, 2008

 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qxd4 exd5 7.Qxd5 Nf6?

I didn’t pay enough attention to the right move order.

 8.Qxb7 Nc6 9.Bf4 Nb4 10.O-O-O?

10. Rc1! was much better.

 10…Rc8 11.Kb1 Rxc3?!

A little too fancy. I saw 11…Bf5+! 12.e4, but simply missed 12…Qxd1+! 13.Nxd1 Bxe4+.


I was expecting 12.Rxd7. Even with the help of Fritz I cannot find anything better than a perpetual check after 12…Qa5 13.a3 Qf5+ 14.e4 Nxe4 15.Ka1 Nc2+ 16.Ka2 Rc5 17.Bb5 Nc3+ 18.bxc3 Nb4+ 19.axb4 Qc2+ etc.

 12…Bf5+ 13.Kb2 Qxd1 14.Qb8+ Kd7 15.Qxa7+  Kc6 16.Qc7+ Kb5 17.c4+??

Again it seems as if a perpetual check should be the logical outcome after 17.Qb7+ Kc4 18.e4+ Qxf1 19.Nf3 Nd3+ 20.Kc2 Nb4+ 21.cxb4 Qd3+ 22.Kc1 Qc3+ 23.Kd1 Nxe4 24.Nd2+ Nxd2 25.Qxf7+ Kd3 26.Qxf5+ Ne4 27.Qh3+ etc.


Sorry, no more checks.

18.Kc3 Qc2+ 19.Kd4 Qb2+ 20.Ke3 Qc3 mate

 Thanks again for your gambit videos on ICC

 Louis Morin

Montreal, Canada

3 Responses

  1. I’am from Brasil !!! Congratulations for the excellent blog.

  2. 7.-Nf6 is playable, probably it is as good as the main line 7.-Nc6. I have played it in many internet games with good results.

    After 8.Qxb7 Nc6 9.Bf4 Black gets full compensation for the sacrificed two pawns with 9.-Bb4! (instead of 9.-Nb4?), as pointed out by Stefan Bücker in Kaissiber, issue 32.

  3. Good morning, or Evening,

    When are you going to release the Alterman Gambit Guide for Black. I really enjoyed the gambit guide for White.

    Mr. Ruffin

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