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Player: Chile  Ferdyrojo Subject: The Medusa gambit.

2006-03-24 21:32:26
Why the Medusa gambit is not included in the thematic tournaments? The Medusa gambit goes like this: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g5(!?). Like any gambit, the sacrificial pawn can be capture or not; thus we speak of the accepted or declined play.

KR (Kind Regards),
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1Poland  Mekk2006-03-24 21:46:33
There are mainstream openings not included (for instance Sveshnikov Sicilian).

I think that maintaining database of all openings is more or less hopeless, it would be better if players could just setup initial postion (by move list or by position, TBD)....

2Sweden  mattafort2006-03-25 01:10:57
I agree with both Ferdyrojo and Mekk.
More openings in thematic option, thank you! because are some very nice Openings missing ....

When I setup a tournament, I most often make it a thematic.
I want to try this special opening, if it is good, and maybe other players can find it is fun to play a new (gambit) opening.

I have for example started 'Budapest Gambit' tournament.
This is a 'correct' and a good gambit for black,
if does not want to play usual way after:
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 <- Budapest Gambit
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g5 <- Medusa Gambit, in Ferdyrojo post.

I agree with Mekk, BEST WOULD BE, if setup thematic position
by playing the opening moves, like in AnalyzerWindow.
This is also the way for thematic setup at

3United  timelord2006-03-25 11:25:56
I thought this forum was for topics other than chess?-



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