The Fabulous Budapest Gambit
288 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 2. edition 2017, first edition 2007
Viktor Moskalenko has done what many readers have asked him to do: he has completely reworked, fully updated and extended The Fabulous Budapest Gambit .
What’s new in this edition? In Moskalenko’s own words:
- all games and introductions have been revisited
- my new 6 Symbols system, refining and categorizing the comments
- nearly 50 extra pages
- 18 games have been replaced by new ‘jewels’
- updates and, where necessary, expansions in every chapter
- hundreds of improvements, alternatives and new ideas (my italics, AH)
- proof that the Fajarowicz Gambit is entirely playable!
As always, Moskalenko is right on the ball, or as the German magazine Rochade Europa said about the first edition: “He doesn’t dish out endless variations but concentrates on the details of the principal and most aggressive plans.”
The Budapest Gambit is popular with club and internet chess players all over the world, and it is easy to see why. It has surprise value, it’s not hard to learn, and it leads to sharp and dynamic play from the very start of the game. But what about its strategic value?
When Grandmaster Viktor Moskalenko started playing the Budapest many years ago, its all-round appeal struck him, and since then he has won many games with it. This book contains quite a few of Moskalenko’s own games, as well as games by other star players from the past and the present. They illustrate perfectly the dynamic character of this gambit as well as its solid strategic foundations.
Moskalenko does not shower you with long computer-generated variations but clearly explains the plans for both White and Black.
This New Edition is completely reworked and fully updated from the original 2007 publication; it has been extended by 25% and contains new analysis, new games, new ideas and lots of novelties.
Viktor Moskalenko (1960) is an International Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. The former Ukrainian champion is the author of Revolutionize Your Chess (2009), The Wonderful Winawer (2010), The Perfect Pirc-Modern (2013), The Diamond Dutch (2014), The Even More Flexible French (2015) and Training with Moska (2017).
007 Six symbols
008 New In Chess code system
011 Statistics report
017 Chapter 1: Bishops against knights
020 Part I: The Schlechter Knight
058 Part II: The solid Nbd2
096 Part III: Black Jet, or The Fianchetto
129 Chapter 2: Pawns against pieces
132 Part I: The Attacking Machine
148 Part II: Knight jumps
185 Chapter 3: Classical style
187 Part I: Beyond Rubinstein
192 Part II: The Maroczy Attack
221 Chapter 4: War and Peace
222 Part I: War
231 Part II: Peace
237 Chapter 5: Black knight fiction
241 Part I: The Trojan Horse
249 Part II: Knight poker
261 Part III: The Milky Way
277 Index of variations
281 Index of games
285 A brief biography