Ponziani Update #2


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Ponziani Update
January 4th 2001
[David Taylor]

by David Taylor

This update has to do with a line found in the Ponziani and also (via transposition) in a Goring Gambit Declined: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 [ 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 Nf6 5.e5 [Goring Gambit Declined]] 3...Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 Diagram

[Ponziani] For this update we are examing this follow up: 5...Ne4 [ 5...Nd5 is also possible] 6.Qe2 f5 [ 6...d5 is inferior. The refutation can be found in my book or in most books on the Goring Gambit Declined]] 7.exf6 d5 8.Nbd2 d3 [ 8...Qxf6 ; and 8...Bf5 are often seen also. Recent analysis gives White some advantage] 9.f7+ [ 9.Qe3 is a reasonable alternative] 9...Kxf7 10.Qxd3 Diagram

and here we branch off with 10...Bf5 [ 10...Nf6 according to Watson and Schiller the idea behind this move is this follow up: 11.Be2 Bd6 12.Ng5+ Kg8 13.0-0 Ne5 14.Qc2 g6! planning 15.-- Bf5 and 16.-- Kg7 however this line is untested as far as I know; 10...Nf6 Here is what I suggest: 11.Be2 Bd6 12.Ng5+ Kg8 13.Nde4 Diagram

the knight cannot be taken 13...Be5 14.Ng3 some White advantage; 10...Nc5 11.Qc2 Bd6 12.Nb3 Diagram

and now we branch off with: 12...Bg4 ( 12...Re8+ 13.Be3 Nxb3 ( 13...Kg8 14.0-0-0 White advantage) 14.Qxb3 Kg8 15.0-0-0 White advantage; 12...Nxb3 13.Qxb3 Re8+ ( 13...Bc5 14.Ng5+ Kg8 15.Bc4 White advantage) 14.Be3 Kg8 15.0-0-0 White advantage) 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Be3 Qe8 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Qxe2 Nxb3 17.axb3 h6 18.Nf3 White advantage] 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.Ng5+ Qxg5 13.Bxg5 Bxd3 14.Bxd3 Kristov claims White has the advantage here 14...Re8+ 15.Be3! Diagram

[ 15.Kd2 Bc5 16.Bh4 Ne5= Harding] 15...Bc5 16.0-0 Bxe3 17.fxe3+ Ke7 18.e4 d4 19.Bb5 dxc3 20.bxc3 some White advantage *