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The Fabulous Budapest Gambit: Much More Than Just a Sharp Surprise Weapon [Paperback]

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The Budapest Gambit leads to sharp and dynamic play early on, and is therefore very popular with club and internet chess players. This book not only shows the many tactical finesses, but also the relatively unknown strategic values of this system. Does not propagate a superficial repertoire, but this is a deep, complete, and crystal clear book. Viktor Moskalenko is an International Grandmaster living in Spain, and has published in many international periodicals.

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Studio: New In Chess
Pages   241
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 25, 2008
Publisher   New in Chess
ISBN  9056912240  
ISBN13  9789056912246  

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Good Book on a Not-So-Good Opening  Mar 29, 2008
No doubt, the book is a labour of love, but suffers some serious flaws.

Setting aside the fact that the opening is not good for Black if White plays the most promising line that includes Nc3, allowing Black to double the c-pawns (but with little else compensating the gambit pawn), Moskalenko does a less than stellar job on his formatting and and layout of the book. It is not an opening primer, or a repertoire book, but more a historic look at the Budapest Counter Gambit with some new ideas thrown in to justify its existence.

The photos and stories are nice, but the chapter layout and headers are confusing and not at all helpful to guide the reader to specific info and lines. They are quirky and cute, but ultimately not informative. The reader needs to bounce around a bit and even use some brute force searching methods to find what he/she wants.

There is a index of players, but no index of lines or variations.

BTW: Here is the line that even the author states is good for white and not so good for black: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nf3 Bc3 7.bc Qe7 8.Qd5 f6 9.ef Nf6 10.Qd3 d6 11.g3! After white plays the freeing move of c5, White's advantage is "very clear" according to Moskalenko (p. 22).

Play the Budapest at your peril hoping White is ignorant of the truth and maybe you can win with it.

An excellent modern chess primer on the Budapest Gambit  Feb 23, 2008
I used to answer 1 d4 with 1...d5 or 1...f5. But in a couple of tournaments, I decided to try the Budapest Gambit, which I thought was unsound at the time.

It is not unsound. As a matter of fact, my opponents, when they were not busy avoiding my gambit with 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 (which generally led to a Queen's Indian Defense), made a bizarre array of bad moves, hanging material and even getting mated quickly a couple of times.

As Moskalenko explains, the stem game of the Budapest was Adler-Maroczy, in 1896. After 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 Nf3 Bc5 5 e3 Nc6 6 Qd5 Qe7 7 Nc3 Nge5 8 Be2 d6 9 Ne4, Maroczy could have played 9...Nb4 with an excellent position. In fact, he played 9...Be6 and still won very quickly. In my first game with the Budapest, I played the same initial six moves as Maroczy. The game continued 7 e6 dxe6 8 Qh5 e5 9 Nc3 Nb4 and I won easily against a higher rated opponent. "How come everything is better than what I played?" she asked after the game.

In Adler's attack, a better line is 6 Nc3 O-O 7 Be2 Re8 8 O-O Nxe5 9 Nxe5 Nxe5 10 b3 a5 11 Bb2 Ra6. Yes, that piece on a6 is "Drimer's Rook," or as I call it, the "Budapest Castle." And Moskalenko shows us that once on a6, it tends to sail across the board to h6, where it threatens the White King. An example is 12 Ne4 Ba7 13 Qd5 Rh6 14 Bxe5 c6, which the author tells us about in detail.

I had always thought that Black would be in trouble if White played the following attack: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 Bf4 Nc6 5 Nf3 Bb4+ 6 Nbd2 Qe7 7 e3 Ngxe5 8 Nxe5 Nxe5 9 Be2. But Moskalenko has some suggestions here, including 9...d6 10 O-O a5 11 Nb3 a4 12 a3 Bc3 13 bxc3 axb3, which I think is just fine for Black.

Of course, White can play 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 d5. Here, the author recommends 3...b5. I like this: we continue in the Hungarian tradition by switching to a sort of Benko Gambit!

In one of my Budapest games, White tried 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 Qd4 d6 5 exd6. Here, Moskalenko wants 5...Bxd6 (if 6 Qxg7? 6...Be5! wins for Black). But I played 5...Nc6 6 Qe4+ Be6 7 dxc7 (if 7 f3 Nf6 8 Qc2 Bxd6 9 e3, I think 9...Nb4 is good for Black) 7...Qd1+ (I found this move, which I called the "Jill Gambit," over the board in an earlier game, unable to resist the prospect of a family plan fork) 8 Kxd1 Nxf2+ 9 Kc2 Nb4+ (it's interesting to see how often Black plays 9...Nb4 in the Budapest) 10 Kb3 Nxe4 11 Nh3? a5! (this mate threat wins material) 12 Nc3? Nc5+ 13 Ka3 Nc2 mate.

In any case, this book is up-to-date and includes a great deal of explanatory material about strategies for both sides in this interesting gambit. I highly recommend it.
The best book so far on the Budapest  Dec 10, 2007
The Budapest is mostly played by club players (experts and above shy away from it because of its dubious reputation). And for these club players, Moskalenko's book is ideal. Moskalenko avoids turgid analysis of variations within variations and sketches the main ideas involved for both sides. The games are well-chosen and exemplify the main themes, which have been given names such as "The Schlechter Knight," "The Black Jet," and "The Trojan Horse." Nor are many of the games recent (and so hard to follow): the stem games of Rubinstein, Reti, and Alekhine are presented, where the ideas of the Budapest first saw the light of day. The games are explained with words. Recurring themes are identified as they occur. The book is a fun read. Granted, it won't make you an IM, but most players aren't aiming for that and just want to have a good time playing real chess.This book will inject some new life in their game. I've never played the Budapest so far (I usually go for Nimzo-Indian and Queen's Indian setups), but I'll be taking up this defence after reading Moskalenko's book.

A 5-star book for all players rated less than 2000 USCF.


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