Positional Theme against the Budapest Defense

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In the following rapid game played at ICC, Black essayed the Budapest Defense which was an opening featured by Nigel Short against Karpov in a ¬†past World Championship chess match. Short equalized out of the opening only to be ground down by Karpov’s well known Boa Constrictor style.

The Budapest Defense might be properly called a gambit as Black gives up his e5 pawn early in the game and plays Ng4 expecting to recapture the pawn at e5 with his Knight. White usually does not try to hang on to the pawn as the second player invariably gets excellent compensation.

In the diagrammed chess position, the Black Horse is well placed at e5. A good option for White is to slowly prepare f4 to evict the insolent steed. In my view, this plan is completely justified as Black has made a federal case out of creating a strong point at e5 for his Knight.

Also this patient positional  idea might frustrate the second player since chess players who essay the Budapest Gambit are looking for a tactical skirmish right out of the opening AND want White to attempt to hang on to the extra pawn!

Positional Theme for White against the Budapest Defense
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