Budapest Gambit Refutation [A52]Ivan Sokolov
“Evergreen Budapest” gambit has been romanticized in a number of opening books, pages and pages spent to inspire Black to go for this daring opening choice. White has (theoretically) known options to obtain some advantage, but far from enough to dissuade Black’s adventerous spirit. The “Salgado refutation” is (once seen) very logical and safe. The idea itself is little played and unknown to many (including myself prior to this DVD!).
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 So, we have “Evergreen Budapest” …-let’s see how is our “gambit’s killer” going to deal with this?!
[3…Ne4? is a “tricky” Fajarowich gambit -right?! Ivan Salgado refutes it in a mere 5 moves! 4.a3! the knight is not stable on e4. 4…d6 now “straight play” kills Black in a few moves!
a) 4…Bc5 5.e3+/- black Ne4 is more of a liability than an asset here;
b) 4…b6 5.Nf3! (Being greedy with 5.Qd5? Nc5 6.Qxa8? results in being sorry, as white queen gets trapped 6…Bb7 7.Qxa7 Nc6-/+) 5…Bb7 6.g3 Bc5 (6…Nc6 7.Bg2 f5 8.exf6 Qxf6 9.Nbd2+/-) 7.e3 0-0 8.Bg2+/-;
5.Qc2! This is the key move. (5.exd6?! Bxd6 6.Nf3? Nxf2!-+) 5…Bf5 6.Nc3! White is not afraid of the “ghosts”, as appears that black Ne4 has nowhere to jump 6…Nxf2 (6…Ng3 7.e4 Nxh1 8.exf5+-) 7.Qxf5 Nxh1 8.g3+-]
4.e3! Forcing to move the knight.
[4.e4 Nxe5 5.f4 Nec6 white is a bit overextended.]
[4…Bb4+ 5.Bd2! (5.Nd2!? Nxe5 6.f4 Ng6 7.a3 Be7 8.Bd3 d5 9.Ngf3 Bc5 10.cxd5 Bxe3~~) 5…Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 Nxe5 7.f4! and the plan is very easy. 7…Nec6 8.g3! 0-0 9.Bg2 Re8 10.Nc3 d6 11.Nge2+/-; 4…h5?! 5.f4! Bc5 6.Qf3+/-]
5.f4! This is the idea!
Ivan Salgado explains it in detail and shows the road to a safe, no-complications advantage for White
[5.Nc3!? Was played by noone less than the famed 13th World champion! Kasparov way is, according to Salgado, not accurate -as Black play can be improved!
5…Nbc6 6.a3 Be7 7.f4 Ng6 8.g3!? d6 9.Bg2 Be6 10.Nd5 Qd7 11.b4 this kind of set up should be rememebered.
11…Bg4 12.Qd3 0-0 13.Nf3 a5 14.b5 Nd8 15.Bb2 Ne6 16.0-0+/- 1/2 (37) Kasparov,G (2795)-EuropChess Madrid 1997 (16)]