18 ( +1 | -1 ) Vietnamese_girl-18The 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 %
68 ( +1 | -1 ) Short & the Cochrane GambitShort 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 !!