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I was reading A Bust to the King's Gambit by Bobby Fischer. The game starts with

1 P-K4 P-K4 2 P-KB4 PxP 3 N-KB3


  [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppp1ppp/8/8/4Pp2/5N2/PPPP2PP/RNBQKB1R b KQkq - 0 3"]

Bobby Fisher commented that

"the move I played 3...P-KN4 against Spassky, but this is inexact because it gives White drawing chances in the ensuing ending: e.g., 4 P-KR4 P-N5 5 N-K5 N-KB3 6 P-Q4 P-Q3 7 N-Q3 NxP 8 BxP B-N2 and now 9 P-B3! (replacing Spassky ’s 9 N-B3) 9...Q-K2 10 Q-K2 B-B4 11 N-Q2 leads to an ending where Black’s extra Pawn is neutralized by White’s stranglehold on the dark squares, especially KB4."

It seems that the move 3...P-KN4 is still played frequently even today (even more popular than Fisher's recommended move P-Q3). So does this mean that Fisher's conclusion that "3...P-KN4 ... is inexact" inexact?

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    Fischer's "bust" to the King's Gambit was written in the 60's, way before the advent of computers in chess. The analysis in the article is not exhaustive, and the conclusions reached in it are to be taken with a grain of salt. Moreover, at the time of writing that article Fischer was on a mission to find "the refutation" to the opening, no matter if a refutation existed or not. – Scounged Dec 8 '18 at 7:49
  • @Scounged, I understand the first part of your comment. As Fisher was on a mission to find the refutation to the opening, if he can prove that the move 3...P-KN4 refutes King's gambit, his mission is completely. Instead, he concluded that is 3...P-KN4 is inexact. – Zuriel Dec 8 '18 at 13:17
  • @Zuriel Perhaps accept the current answer to benefit everyone? – Rewan Demontay Apr 9 at 12:58
  • @RewanDemontay, accepted just now. Thank you for reminding me! – Zuriel Apr 9 at 13:08
  • You’re very welcome! I’m just going through the unanswered questions list to see which askers have been active lately to see who can accept given answers. – Rewan Demontay Apr 9 at 13:10
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Apparently instead of 5...Nf6 in the line Fischer gave, 5...d6 6.Nxg4 Be7 is superior for Black.

You might look to Shirov for what is best in the King's Gambit. He gave 1.e4 e5 2.f4? in his book and said "Prove me wrong". In the past I saw him play a 3-minute game against 3000 rated computer on ICC in the King's Gambit and he crushed it.

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