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Look­ing for an ag­gres­sive open­ing when fac­ing 1 d4, or per­haps want­ing to spice up the Queen’s Gam­bit from Black’s point of view? Then the Hen­nig-Schara Gam­bit might be the ideal choice. It was named af­ter Hein­rich Von Hen­nig, who used it suc­cess­fully in a tour­na­ment in Duis­burg, Ger­many in 1929.

Af­ter 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 Black does not con­tinue into the well charted if tran­quil wa­ters of the Tar­rasch Vari­a­tion with 4...exd5 but in­stead plays the more volatile 4...cxd4 which leads to very sharp play.

The games be­low give a good idea of the tac­ti­cal rich­ness of this line that also has the ad­van­tage of not be­ing too well known. Esser­man,M (2391) - Ga­reev,T (2590) [D32] Cop­per State Int Mesa USA (7), 2009 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd1 exd5 7.Qxd5 Bd7 8.Bd2 Nf6 9.Qg5 Be7 10.Qxg7 Rg8 11.Qh6 Qb6 12.0–0–0 0–0–0 13.f3 Be6 14.e4 Ne5 15.Nh3 Rxg2 16.Kb1 Nxe4 17.Bxg2 Nxc3+ 18.Bxc3 Bf5+ 19.Ka1 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 0–1 And now a feisty en­counter be­tween two of our elder states­men… De Vil­liers,C (2252) - Bha­woo­d­ien,S (2135) [D32] RSA Closed 2014 Cape Town RSA (8.2) 2014 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4!? 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qxd4 exd5 7.Qxd5 Nc6 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.Qd1 Bc5 10.e3 Qe7 11.Be2 0–0–0 12.0–0 g5 13.b4 g4 (A less played al­ter­na­tive to

the usual 13…Bxb4) 14.bxc5 gxf3 15.Bxf3 Ne5 16.Bd5!? Rhg8 17.e4 Bh3 18.g3 Bg4?! (Af­ter 18…Bxf1 White has two pawns and rea­son­able play for the ex­change, thus Black chooses to en­ter murkier chan­nels) 19.Qa4 Nxd5 20.Nxd5?!

(20 exd5! Qxc5 21 Be3 and White’s at­tack is ir­re­sistible)…Nf3+ 21.Kh1 Rxd5! 22.exd5 Qe2 Alexan­dre, Aaron (1766-1850) was the au­thor of En­cy­clo­pe­die des Echecs, the first book con­tain­ing the col­lec­tion of all open­ing vari­a­tions then known. Pub­lished in 1837, he in­tro­duced the al­ge­braic no­ta­tion and the castling sym­bols O-O and O-O-O. He also wrote The Beau­ties of Chess in 1846, the first large com­pi­la­tion of chess prob­lems and endgames. He was a Jewish rabbi who worked in­side the au­tom­a­ton, the Turk.

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