A game of giveaway chess

In case you don't know the game the rules are very simple.

More detailed rules can be found at the chess variant page. There is now a new site devoted solely to giveaway chess with discussion of theory, problems, game databases, and much other information. (Both recommended)

The following story is recounted in "Les Echecs à l'infini" by Karpov and Guik.
Guik was one day challenged to a game of giveaway chess by David Bronstein.
He obviousely jumped at the opportunity.

Here is the game Guik, E - Bronstein, D

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3

Here Guik sat back preparing himself for the long fight to come.

Bronstein said "I am sorry to disappoint you but you are now going to take all my pieces... The giveaway chess equivalent of announcing mate in 16.

3 ... Qxg2 !! ....all the rest is forced.

4. Bxg2 b6 5. Bxa8 Nc6 6. Bxc6 a5 7. Bxe8 Nf6 8. Bxf7 Be6 9. Bxe6 Nd7 10. Bxd7 e6 11. Bxe6 Rg8 12. Bxg8 g6 13. Bxh7 c5 14. Bxg6 a4 15. Nxa4 c4 16. Nxb6 Bc5 17. Nxc4 Bxf2 18.Kxf2 and white has lost.

Guik's first move, e4, is by the way a serious mistake at this game. Unlike normal chess 1.e4 and white loses!

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Last modified january 1997.