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Play the Budapest Gambit

Andrew Martin



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28 May 2021
The Budapest Gambit (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5) is an aggressive, dynamic approach for meeting 1 d4 and is a great line for throwing opponents onto their own resources. It is certainly double-edged as Black moves the same piece twice early on and also sacrifices a pawn. This pawn is often quickly regained but one of the great advantages of the Budapest is that if White tries to hang on to the pawn (and many players do) Black can quickly whip up a ferocious attack. A great number of materialistic but unprepared White players have found themselves swiftly demolished by Black's tremendously active pieces. When White is more circumspect and allows Black to regain the pawn, play proceeds along more sedate strategic lines where Black enjoys free and easy development.

Experienced chess author and coach Andrew Martin examines all key variations of the Budapest. There is an emphasis on typical middlegame structures and the important plans and manoeuvres are demonstrated in numerous instructive games.

* Includes complete repertoires for Black with both 3...

Ng4 and 3...

Ne4 * Comprehensive coverage featuring several new ideas * Take your opponents out of their comfort zone!
Imprint:   Woodslane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 170mm, 
ISBN:   9781781945889
ISBN 10:   1781945888
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

International Master Andrew Martin is a FIDE Senior Trainer. He is the current head of the English Chess Federation Academy, which provides elite training for strong, young players. He teaches in twelve schools and is well known as a chess writer and commentator.

Reviews for Play the Budapest Gambit

In summary, play the Budapest Gambit is a comprehensive look at the main line and the Fajarowicz Gambit in a refreshingly objective way. The wealth of annotated games is a joy in itself and these are combined with the author's ideas in keeping this enterprising gambit afloat within the unfriendly world of examination by engines. One of the author's best works. - John Upham, British Chess News; this balanced and honest volume should be essential reading for anyone wanting to add the Budapest to their armoury. Sean Marsh, CHESS Magazine

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