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Poison Pawn

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Introduction
A) Unusual Moves
B) Poison Pawn Variation
C) Strautins Variation
D) Blackburne Variation
E) Svedenborg Variation
F) Philidor Countergambit
Dimock Theme Tournament
Annotated Games
Links & Acknowledgements

3....fxe4 4.Nxe5 Qg5?! (This is rightly called the Poisoned Pawn Variation, since Black probably loses if White plays precisely) 5.d4! Qxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Bf7+ Kd8 (7....Ke7 8.Bg5+! Nf6 9.Qh4 Qxh1+ 10.Kd2! e3+ 11.Ke2! Bg7 12.Nc3 Qg2 13.Ne4! +- Kozlov-Svendsen, Correspondence 1991) 8.Bxg6! Qxh1+ 9.Ke2 c6 (9....Qxc1 10.Nf7+ Ke8 11.Nxh8+ hxg6 12.Qxg6+ Kd8 13.Nf7+ is also advantageous for White) 10.Nc3! e3! (10....Nf6 11.Qh4 [11.Qg5! Purins-Eglitis, Correspondence 1974] 11....Be7 12.Bg5! Qxa8 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Qxf6+ Kc7 15.Nc4!! b6 16.Qe5+ d6?! 17.Nb5+!! 1-0 Purins--Englitis, Correspondence 1971; 10....Kc7 11.Bf4 hxg6 12.Qxh8 Qxa1 13.Qxg8 d6 14.Qxf8 +- Gubats-Vitomskis, Correspondence 1970) 11.Nf7+ Kc7 12.Qg5 Be7 13.Qg3+ d6 14.Be4 Bg4+ 15.Qxg4 Nf6 16.Qe6! +- Falkowski-Leisebein, Correspondence 1988.

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