The venerable French Defence Winawer appears in my games via many move orders. Here I begin with 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4. Other times I start 1.d4 d5 2.e4, but either case we transpose to the position normally reached by 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4. The French Winawer has proven to be an excellent defence for Black and always popular. White has many opening options, but nothing wins by force. The Winkelmann-Reimer Gambit is similar to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Piece set-up resembles the Euwe Varation. In that line Black may play ...Bf8-Bb4-Bxc3 which strengthens White's d4. Sometimes White plays an early 6.a3 to keep Black from playing a piece to b4. In other games both players snatch off their opponent's h-pawns leaving the kings open to checks.
This week I got a win with the WRG gambit vs Zephyr in a recent Internet Chess Club three minute blitz game. Black put a reasonable defence at first. Our 13th moves were unlucky. I just kept aiming for his king. Both players are trying to move quickly due to the short time limit. "Zephyr" implies something that moves like the wind and my opponent was fast. Black spent a total of five seconds on moves 18 and 19. Suddenly it was over. Zephyr was a good sport and kindly sent the following: "thx gg".
Sawyer (1961) - Zephyr (1810), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 10.04.2014 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 e6 3.d4 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 dxe4 6.f3 exf3 7.Nxf3 b6 [7...Nf6 8.Bd3=] 8.Bd3 [8.Bb5+!? might be the best move, but I preferred to just focus on kingside targets in a 3 minute game.] 8...Bb7 9.0-0 Nd7 10.Bg5 [10.Qe1 Ngf6 11.Qg3 0-0 12.Bg5 Be4 13.Rae1+/=] 10...Ngf6 11.Qe1 [Or 11.Qe2=] 11...h6 12.Bd2 0-0 13.Qh4? [13.Qg3=] 13...Nd5? [Right idea, but wrong square. White's plans are foiled by 13...Ne4!-/+] 14.Qg3 Kh8 15.Rae1 [15.Qh3!+/-] 15...N7f6 16.Ne5 Qd6 17.Qh3 h5 18.c4 [Black is losing and behind on the clock. Here he played obvious logical moves and spent a total of 5 seconds on his next two moves. There was no good defence.] 18...Ne7 19.Rxf6 gxf6 [19...Qxd4+ 20.Kh1 Kg8 21.Qxh5 g6 22.Qg5+- leaves Black way ahead in material with an overwhelming position.] 20.Qxh5+ Kg7 21.Qh7# Black is checkmated. 1-0
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