Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ted Dunst Attacks 1.d4 Nc6

New York was the hub to US chess in the days of Marshall, Reinfeld, Fine, Reshevsky, and Fischer. Most cities have a significant chess scene with local masters, but New York also had books and magazine publications in the days before the Internet. I think Ted Dunst wrote for Chess Review. Theodore Alexander Dunst (1907-1985) was a New York master famous for playing offbeat or less popular opening lines. Among those openings were both 1.Nc3 as White and 1…Nc6 as Black.

I have only a small selection of his games, less than two dozen. About have the time Dunst played 1.Nc3 or 1…Nc6 as Black. The rest of his games were in a variety of other openings. I have seen only a few games by W. Radspinner. Ted Dunst played his favorite Queens Knight Defence this time with 1.d4 Nc6.

[My new Queens Gambit Playbook covers lines after 1.d4 d5 2.c4.]

Radspinner - Dunst, New York 1957 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.e4 [4.Nc3 Ng6 5.Nf3 Bb4 6.Bd2 a5 7.e3 d6=] 4...Ng6 5.Bd3 [5.Be3 Bb4+ 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.Bd3 b6=] 5...Bc5 6.Nf3 d6 7.Be3  [7.0-0 a5 8.Bg5!?=] 7...Bxe3 8.fxe3 Nh6 9.Qe2 0-0 10.h3 f5
11.exf5 [11.Nc3=] 11...Nxf5 [11...Bxf5 12.Nbd2 e4 13.Nxe4 Re8=] 12.Bxf5 Bxf5 13.Nc3 e4 14.Nd4 Qh4+ 15.Kd2 Ne5 16.Raf1 Bd7 17.b3  Nd3 18.Nd1 [18.Rxf8+ Rxf8 19.Rf1=] 18...a6 19.a4 b5 20.Rxf8+ Rxf8 [20...Kxf8=/+] 21.Rf1  [21.axb5 axb5 22.cxb5 Qg5 23.Rf1=] 21...Rb8 [21...Ra8!-/+] 22.Kc3 [22.cxb5 axb5 23.axb5 Bxb5 24.Nc3 Bd7=/+] 22...bxa4 23.Nf2 Ne5 24.b4 c5 25.dxc6 Nxc6 26.Nxc6 Bxc6 27.Nd1 [27.Qd2 Qf6+ 28.Qd4 Qxd4+ 29.exd4 Rf8-+] 27...Qe7 28.Qh5 [28.Qb2 Qe5+ 29.Kc2 Qxb2+ 30.Kxb2 Rxb4+ 31.Kc3 Rxc4+ 32.Kxc4 Bb5+ 33.Kb4 Bxf1-+ and White is down three pawns in a minor piece endgame.] 28...d5 29.cxd5 Qxb4+ 30.Kc2 Qc4+ 31.Kd2 Qxf1 32.dxc6 Rd8+ 33.Kc1 Qc4+ 34.Kb1 Qd3+ 35.Kb2 Rb8+ 0-1

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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