Friday, October 31, 2014

Scary Halloween Blackmar-Diemer Gambit

I won a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit that got scary in a three minute blitz game played a year ago today. In a BDG Teichmann after 5.Nxf3 Bg4, White can develop a bishop with 6.Bf4 or 6.Bc4, but I played 6.h3 on Halloween, I pulled off a trick and got a treat. Black played 9...Bd6 which allowed White to gain time attacking the bishop with 11.Ne4. Then I started an early queenside attack to encourage Black to castle kingside where all my pieces were aimed. Playing logical moves quickly, we missed a couple moves. To keep from losing the Exchange, Black played 17...f5 and suffered a worse fate. It was short and sweet as chocolate candy from Hershey where I won once a chess tournament.

My opponent "Pawnivore" is someone that I have played once a year for three years. Before I won this BDG, I won a 1.e4 c6 Caro-Kann Defence as Black in 2012, and in 2014 I won as White with 1.Nc3 c5 Queens Knight Attack without transposing into the Sicilian Defence. I did not post the other games. I have published about 2% of my games on this blog, but if I can keep writing long enough, that will go up over time.

Sawyer (2133) - Pawnivore (1773), ICC 3 0 u Internet Chess Club, 31.10.2013 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.Bd3 Bd6 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne4 Be7 12.c3 Qc7 13.b4!? [While 13.Bf4 was tempting and is good, my idea was to begin action on the queenside to talk Black into castling kingside.] 13...0-0 14.Bg5?! [14.Bf4 e5=] 14...Rae8 [14...Nd5!=/+] 15.Rae1 [15.Nxf6+! Nxf6 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Qe4 and with the mate threat White wins a piece, since 17...g6 18.Rxf6+-] 15...Nxe4 16.Qxe4 g6 17.Bh6 f5? [17...Nf6 18.Qf3+/= and White will pick up the Exchange.] 18.Qxe6+ Rf7 19.Bc4 [A more efficient mate follows 19.Qxf7+! Kxf7 20.Bc4+ Kf6 21.Re6+ Kf7 22.Rxc6#] 19...Ne5 20.Rxe5 Black resigns 1-0

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chris Dunworth on Alekhine Defence vs Taylor

FM Chris Dunworth first caught my attention with his 1988 annotation of 100 games in his booklet entitled "Developments in the Alekhine Defence 1985-1987". In the olden days, databases were rare, so thematic opening monographs were helpful. They were generally more focused and a lot cheaper than buying every copy of Chess Informant. Later Chris Dunworth did one of the Foxy Videos on the Alekhine Defence. All of us who write books on the Alekhine Defense have our own approach; his is very good.

On page 51 of his Developments booklet, Dunworth writes of 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 in part:
"With 2...e5 Black may transpose into the Vienna Game, but 2...d5 is more in keeping with the spirit of the Alekhine... After 3.e5 Black... can play 3...Ne4 entering less well-trodden paths, with greater scope for innovative play."

In an Alekhine Defence video, Christopher Dunworth recommends Black to play 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Ne4, which has long been my favorite. Allen V. Taylor Jr tries a unique idea 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Qe2!? which threatens both e4 and a check on b5. The queens come off quickly and I mount pressure on his center. A tactical shot ends the contest. The next year Allen Taylor played a Najdorf Sicilian Defence vs me in a simultaneous exhibition where I scored +35 =1 -1; Allen was the one who beat me.

Taylor (1514) - Sawyer (2011), Williamsport PA 1995 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Ne4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Qe2!? Qd5 6.Qb5+ c6 7.Qxd5 cxd5 8.d3 Bf5 9.Be2 Nc6 10.g4 Bg6 11.Bf4 exd3 12.cxd3 Nb4 13.Rc1 Bxd3 14.Kd2 Bxe2 15.Nxe2 Nc6 16.a3 [16.h4 e6=/+] 16...e6 17.Bg3 Be7 18.h4 Kd7 19.f4 Rhc8 20.h5 Na5 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.b4 [If 22.Kd3 Nc4-+] 22...Nc4+ 23.Kc3 Nxa3+ 24.Kb3 Nb5 25.Rc1 Nd4+! 0-1

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