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Ive played this variation a few times and wondered if anyone knew the variations and had any references.
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Nxe5 d6
4. Nxf7 Kxf7
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the cochrane gambit
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What kind of results do you get with that opening?
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I thought I had a game with this gambit in a collection of Vladimire Kramnik games, but I can't find it...
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.ok, you getthe center, an attack, adn 2 pawns for a peice-but from what i have seen, if black can play Rf8 and Kg8 and start a attack on you center he usually wins
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The Kramnik game was Topalov-Kramnik , Linares, 1999 and ended in a draw.
Also Short has played this gambit (and won).
Based on a DB-collection of 743 games chances are equal :
1-0 : 44 % ; 0-1 : 43 % ; 1/2 - 1/2 : 13 %
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short lost with it...
and here's the topalov-kramnik game
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Short & the Cochrane Gambit
Short himself says that he has played the Cochrane Gambit dozens of times in blitz games and is convinced that the gambit can be played at a slower tempo. His data records give White a 58% winning percentage.
The leading exponent of the Cochrane Gambit is Latvian IM Alvis Vitolinsh. Nigel has annotated one of Alvis's games and upon studying this analysis I was tempted to follow suit in one of my Tournament games...winning with some difficulty...but there again I am no Nigel Short !!
It is definately worthy of consideration against the Petroff, it leads to a wild game and an early finish, not many draws with this gambit !!