In this video, international master Miodrag Perunovic calls the Philidor Counter Gambit "complete trash."
He adds to the litany of other such negative comments about the PCG including "absolutely unsound", "busted", "junk", "execrable", "dilapidated", "unprincipled", "coffeehouse", and (my personal favorite) "wild West chess."
Instead of, after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.d5 playing the move6...Ne7, Steinitz gave 6...Nb8 7.Nc3 fxe4 8.Ncxe4 Bf5=.
I came across your blog the other day, with a guest post from candidate master Lev Zilbermintz showing a win against me with Black in the Philidor Counter Gambit in a correspondence game.
For the sake of fairness and accuracy, I would like to point out that this game was an anomaly. Lev chose to share this game while neglecting to show the games in which I beat him easily in the same opening. He is a big proponent of this variation, which I consider highly dubious. My attempt to "refute" this line with 7.Bd3 was misguided. The natural 7.Nxd4 instead leads to a positionally winning endgame for White. To avoid misleading your readers, I'd like to see the White wins published as well.
This year, to ensure that the competition is contested by the absolute strongest members of the club, the Board approved a plan to hold the event as a closed round robin.
The field that was ultimately selected includes six grandmasters and four international masters, including former club champions GM Mark Paragua and GM Leonid Yudasin, seven-time U.S. women's champion GM Irina Krush, and top scholastic player IM Hans Niemann.
Your favorite chess websites will be displaying the event!
So you can follow along in real time on the Marshall homepage, as well as on:
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