Thursday, July 22, 2010

From Denmark with Love

The From Gambit (1.f4 e5!?) is named for Martin Janus Severin From (1828-95) of Denmark, one of its early advocates. I have played it many times with great success, mostly in blitz games but also in my shortest-ever tournament win (1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.h3?? Bg3# Napetschnig (1722)-Rhine, Gompers Park Fall Championship 1977). It often leads to sparkling play, as in this brilliancy, won by the great Carl Schlechter. Schlechter drew a match for the world championship against Lasker in 1910, and edited what David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld call "the eighth, last, and best edition of Bilguer's Handbuch (1912-16), a classic of more than 1,000 large pages." Tragically, he died of pneumonia and starvation at the end of World War I.

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