Newsletter Issue # 29 Tactics Time 
Pantelakis Counter

Theory regards this opening as incorrect, but it is impossible to agree with this. Out of the five tournament games played by me with the King's Gambit, I have won all five.  ~ David Bronstein

tactics position 29
 his position comes from the "Thematic tournament" that was played on Red Hot Pawn.
   In the position on the right it is Black to move
   Answer below.
   A thematic tournament is one where every game is started from the same opening position.  In this case it was the "Pantelakis Counter Gambit of the King's Gambit", which I had never heard of.
   A counter gambit occurs when black gambits a pawn of his own in response to White Gambiting a pawn.
   This counter gambit occurs after the moves 1. e4 e5 2. f4 f5!?
   This does not seem like a very sound move to me, but I have no doubt that it leads to some fun, and tactical games.
   Often thematic tournaments will feature odd or off beat openings, that players do not feature on a normal basis, but want some practice playing against.  In years of playing the King's Gambit, I have never seen the response 2. ..f5.
   Here is the complete game:
[Event "King's Gambit - Pantelakis Counter Gamb"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2011.05.30"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Gapa, Sylwia"]
[Black "Probey"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1147"]
[BlackElo "1230"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppp2pp/8/4pp2/4PP2/8/PPPP2PP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "52"]

1. exf5 exf4 2. Qh5+ Ke7 3. Qg5+ Nf6 4. Qxf4 Nc6 5. Bc4 d5 6. Be2 Kf7 7. Nc3
Bd6 8. Qf3 Re8 9. Nxd5 Nxd5 10. Qxd5+ Kf8 11. Nf3 Bg3+ 12. Kf1 Qxd5 13. d3 Qc5
14. hxg3 Bxf5 15. b3 Qe7 16. Bd1 Bg4 17. Rh4 Bxf3 18. Rf4+ Kg8 19. gxf3 Qe1+
20. Kg2 Qxd1 21. Bb2 Qxc2+ 22. Kh3 Qxb2 23. Rf1 Re2 24. Kg4 h6 25. Rf5 Ne5+ 26.
Kf4 Qd4# 0-1
   You can play through this game here:
   11. ..Bg3+ is a check that discovers an attack against the undefended White Queen.  This kind of attack where the bishop moves out of the way with check leaving an attack against a hanging Queen is actually very common.  Often the checks are with the light squared bishops on the h2 and h7 squares.  This is a good tactical motif to know.
   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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