Named chess openings can rapidly change from one to another with each new move. Arthur J. Stobbe (1916-2008) was a librarian who conferred on me the honorary title of "Doctor" because I got my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook published in 1992. Arthur thought that anyone who got a book published ought to be given an honorary PhD. As I recall, we had an enjoyable year of conversation on our weekly postcards. Arthur Stobbe was a veteran postal chess player who preferred gambits or offbeat openings.
Here Arthur started with a Bird's Opening. After I offered the From Gambit, Mr. Stobbe settled on the King's Gambit. I countered with the Falkbeer Counter Gambit. Thus in the matter of two moves, we flipped openings four times. In our contest the opening and middlegame were roughly equal, but I had the better chances in the endgame. Eventually, White blundered on move 42 and ran out of steam by move 50.
Stobbe - Sawyer, corr USCF 1992 begins 1.f4 e5 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Nc3 [The main line of the Falkbeer is 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 Nxe4 6.Nf3 Bc5 7.Qe2 Bf5 8.Nc3 Qe7 9.Be3+/=] 4...Nf6 5.d3 Bb4 6.Bd2 e3 7.Bxe3 0-0 8.Be2 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Nxd5 10.Bd2 Qf6 11.c4 Nxf4 12.Bxf4 Qxf4 13.Nf3 Re8 14.Qd2 Qxd2+ [Black may wish to keep the queens on the board with 14...Qd6 ] 15.Kxd2 Nc6 16.Rab1 b6 17.d4 Ba6 18.Bd3 g6 19.Rhe1 Kf8 20.d5 Na5 21.c5 Bxd3 22.cxd3 Nb7 23.c6 Nd6 24.Ne5 f6 25.Ng4 Kg7 26.Ne3 Kf7 27.Nc2 Rxe1 28.Rxe1 Re8 29.a4 [29.Rxe8 Nxe8 30.Kc3=] 29...Rxe1 30.Kxe1 Ke7 31.Ke2 Ne8 [31...Nc8 32.Ne3 Kd6 33.Ng4 f5 34.Nf6 Ne7 35.Nxh7 Kxd5-/+] 32.Ke3 f5 33.Kd4 Kd6 34.Na3 a6 35.h4 h6 36.Nc4+ Ke7 37.g3 Nf6 38.d6+ cxd6 39.Nxb6 Kd8 40.Na8 Kc8 41.Nb6+ Kc7 42.Nd5+? [Better to keep the knights on with 42.Nc4 Kxc6-/+] 42...Nxd5 43.Kxd5 g5 44.a5 gxh4 45.gxh4 f4 46.Ke4 Kxc6 47.Kxf4 Kb5 48.Ke3 Kxa5 49.Kd2 Kb4 50.Kc2 a5 0-1
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