Thursday, July 10, 2014

e-mail from GM Henrik Danielsen

On Saturday, I received this e-mail.

Hello, James West! 

I find your analyses in the Philidor Gambit fascinating.  Might be you are ahead of your time.  I will soon study your book deeply and test it on ICC.  All the best and thanks for your original analyses and for breaking out of the box! 

GM Henrik Danielsen

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My prediction is that you will find the Philidor Counter Gambit to be Philidor's crowning achievement, exceeding his many other accomplishments.

In the opening, Philidor's variation in the King's Gambit Accepted is highly regarded.  In the middlegame, he contributed the smothered checkmate known as Philidor's Legacy.  In the endgame, Philidor demonstrated a draw in rook and pawn versus rook endings, as well as a win in rook and bishop versus rook endings.

The Philidor Counter Gambit is every one of these, writ large, involving all 32 pieces on the board!