[Event "Stafford Gambit Refutation: Black plays 5...Ng4"] [Site "https://lichess.org/study/xPtyfpg1/ezNMNRHU"] [Result "*"] [UTCDate "2022.09.14"] [UTCTime "16:15:20"] [Variant "Standard"] [ECO "C42"] [Opening "Russian Game: Stafford Gambit"] [Annotator "https://lichess.org/@/Juggernaunt"] [Source "https://lichess.org/study/xPtyfpg1/ezNMNRHU"] [Orientation "white"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nc6 4. Nxc6 dxc6 5. e5 Ng4 { This is another tricky idea of Black, trying to combine the pressure on the e5 and f2-pawns. } { [%csl Ye5,Yf2][%cal Yg4e5,Yg4f2] } 6. d4 { We're still playing the same move, protecting the pawn on e5 and closing the g1-a7 diagonal. And here, once again, Black is in trouble. You are preparing to play h3 and kick the g4-knight away. Let's check the full analysis of this line. } { [%csl Gd4,Ge5][%cal Rc5f2,Rf8c5,Gd4e5] } 6... c5 { Putting pressure in the center. } { [%csl Ye5,Yd4][%cal Yc5d4,Yg4f2] } (6... Be6 7. h3 { [%csl Rg4][%cal Rh3g4] } 7... Nh6 (7... Qh4 { [%csl Rf2][%cal Yh4f2,Yg4f2,Rh4h1] } 8. g3! { [%csl Rh4,Rg4][%cal Rg3h4,Rh3g4] } 8... Qh5 9. Bg2 \$18 { [%csl Rg4,Rh5][%cal Re5f6] }) 8. Bxh6 gxh6 9. Nc3 \$18 { [%cal Yd1d2,Ye1c1] }) 7. h3 { A simple move, pushing the knight away from g4. } { [%csl Rg4][%cal Rh3g4] } 7... Nh6 { [%csl Gd5,Ge5] } 8. d5! { Taking total control over the center. Black's position is completely passive. } { [%csl Gd5,Ge5,Rh6][%cal Ra8h8] } 8... Nf5 { Improving the knight. } 9. Nc3 Nd4 10. Be3 { Kicking the knight away immediately. } 10... Nf5 11. Qf3 { Protecting the bishop on e3 and preparing queenside castling. } { [%csl Ge3][%cal Ye1c1,Gf3e3] } 11... Nd4 { Trying to complicate matters. } { [%csl Rf3,Rc2][%cal Rd4f3,Rd4c2] } (11... Nxe3 12. Qxe3 Be7 13. Bb5+ Bd7 { Puzzle of the day! It's White to move and he wins. }) 12. Bxd4! { This simple move is the best. } 12... cxd4 13. Bb5+ { Counterblow! } { [%csl Re8][%cal Rb5e8] } 13... Bd7 { [%cal Rd7b5,Rd4c3,Rf8b4] } 14. e6!! { This is another boom!!, winning the game immediately! } { [%cal Rf3f7,Rb5d7,Re6d7] } 14... fxe6 15. dxe6 \$18 { [%csl Re8][%cal Rf3f7,Re6d7] } *