Jun 18, 2010

King's Gambit!: Carlsen v. Wang Yue 1-0

Carlsen plays and wins with the King's Gambit against Wang Yue, a player who recently ran a non-losing streak to the longest anyone's seen of late. (Wang Yue went 85 games without a loss.  The record belongs to Tal with 92.) The game feints in the direction of the Falkbeer Counter-Gambit, but then settles into the Modern variation by a rather standard move order that avoids 3.Bc4, the Bishop's Gambit.  It's not a spectacular game, but it gives future Carlsen opponents additional homework, as if they needed it.