Blumenfeld GambitIvan Sokolov
Romantic Blumenfeld Gambit survived into new century and is relatively often guest in modern tournament practice.
White main dilemma is – to accept the gambit or not?
Present theoretical state of affairs does not offer a clear guideline on this question.
Our “Mr Gambit’s Killer” thinks…the challenge should be taken and provoking pawn eaten!
The following comments are of the author himself…
Blumenfeld Gambit [E10]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5!?
The Blumenfeld Gambit. It was played in the beginning of the 20th century by Rudolf Spielmann. One of the world champions who adopted this variation from time to time was Alexander Alekhine. I used to play the Blumenfeld myself with black when I wanted to play for a win from the very beginning. Now white has many options but the one which I like the most is to accept the gambit with 5.dxe6! We will follow the steps of one of the famous ‘modern time’ World Champions in this variation.
[5.Bg5!? it’s the main line nowadays, but there are few lines which are not so clear.
5…exd5!? (5…b4!? interesting as well, but maybe white has some chances of advantage with very accurate play.)
6.cxd5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 maybe white is slightly better here, but nothing special.;
5.Bf4!? it’s becoming popular in recente years but after 5…exd5 6.cxd5 Bb7 the position is really complicated and I couldn’t find a clear path for white.;
5.e4!? Very interesting gambit, but 5…Nxe4 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Nc3 bxc4 8.Bxc4 Ba6 the position is not so clear.]
The most principal decision in Blumenfeld is to take the pawn and see what black is ready to show. After all, the way to refute the most of the gambits is to accept them!