Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Howard Stern, Gambiteer

Although I've never met a gambit I didn't like (just some more than others), I've never played the Budapest Countergambit. However a friend and contributor to my magazine BDG World, Niels Jørgen Jensen, wrote the first book exclusively devoted to the Fajarowicz-Gambit (his title), so I've had a bit more than a passing interest in the opening. Now comes the news that non other than the so-called shock jock Howard Stern, a student of the game, plays the Budapest Countergambit. Look here: Anonymous (1900) - Stern,Howard (1600) Blitz Internet Chess Club, 2008 Budapest Countergambit [A51] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5
3.d5 Bc5 4.h3 Bxf2+ 5.Kxf2 Ne4+ 6.Kf3 Qh4
7.g4 f5 8.gxf5 Rf8 9.Ke3 Rxf5
10.Nf3 Qf4+ 11.Kd3 Nf2+ 0-1
Oh my! You can play through this game with analysis by Michael Goeller at his blog, The Kenilworthian.