Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dale O'Connell Bird Opening From Gambit

Dale O'Connell met my Bird's Opening with the From Gambit. Of course White can fall for the From Gambit Lasker Trap and get checkmated, but there is no need to do that. After 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6, Black's queen aims at h4 and bishop at g3. It is best for White to answer 4.Nf3 g5 with 5.d4 or 5.g3. If played perfectly, the 5.g3 line is a sharp complicated variation where White has a big pawn center. This forces Black to play aggressively. In theory, White has a small edge but Black is constantly making serious threats. In practice, White often blunders, leading to a sudden Black victory.

In this North Penn Chess Club tournament game played in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, I obtained a big opening advantage. However, I began the game with a bad attitude about the pairings. My reaction to that issue led me to foolishly play rapidly and superficially. My opponent held on and stuck around long enough for me to blunder on move 23. Then Dale O'Connell played a great tactical finish and won very convincingly. Thus, I got what I deserved. Don't let your attitude affect your aptitude for good chess.

Sawyer (1981) - O'Connell (1763), Lansdale PA (3), 1985 begins 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.g3 g4 6.Nh4 Be7 [The main line is 6...Ne7 7.d4 Ng6 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.Qd3 Nc6 10.c3+/=] 7.Ng2 h5 8.d4 h4 9.Rg1 [9.Bf4! hxg3 10.Bxg3 Bd6 11.Nf4+/- is better.] 9...hxg3 10.hxg3 Bd6 [10...Nf6! 11.Nf4 Bf5 12.Bg2 Nc6 13.c3 Qd7 14.Nd2 0-0-0=] 11.Bf4 Nf6 12.Qd3 [12.Nc3!?+/=] 12...Nc6 13.c3 Nh5 14.e4 [Now White can slide the rook back to the open h-file with advantage: 14.Rh1! Bf8 15.Nd2+/-] 14...Bxf4 15.Nxf4 Nxf4 16.gxf4 Qh4+ 17.Qg3 Bd7 [White is also better after 17...Qxg3+ 18.Rxg3 f5 19.Nd2 Ne7 20.Kf2+/=] 18.Nd2 [The winning idea is 18.f5! 0-0-0 19.Nd2 Kb8 20.0-0-0+- and White should pick up a second pawn.] 18...0-0-0 [18...f5! 19.0-0-0+/-] 19.0-0-0 [Again 19.f5+-] 19...Qe7 [19...f5!] 20.f5 Qg5 21.Kb1 Rdg8 22.Nf3!? [Too cute. Better is simply 22.d5+-] 22...Qe3 23.Re1?? [Hanging a piece?! Ugh?! 23.Nd2+- White would maintain a big advantage.] 23...Qxf3 24.Bc4 Qxg3 25.Rxg3 Nd8 26.Reg1 Rh4 27.Be2 Rh2 [Or 27...c5!-+] 28.Bxg4 Rgh8 29.d5 Rd2 30.R3g2 Rxg2 31.Rxg2 Rg8 32.e5? [A second blunder is too much. At least if White tried 32.Bh3 Rxg2 33.Bxg2 f6-/+ Black would have to prove he had the endgame technique to make his knight worth more than White extra two pawns. Instead Black plays a crushing move.] 32...Rxg4! 0-1

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Frickmann BDG at Chatturanga Chess Club

When I was learning the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, I tried it out vs many players in blitz, postal and club games. Today we look at a game I played in the Chaturanga Chess Club which has met for a long time in Hatboro or Warminster, Pennsylvania. Vs Eric Frickmann after 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 we transposed to the BDG with 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3. Here Black chose to decline the gambit with 4...Bf5 BDG Vienna. I followed Diemer's idea of 5.fxe4 Nxe4 6.Qf3 attacking both the Bf5 and b7 in a manner similar to that chosen by Lev Zilbermints in a recent BDG Gunderam post.

The main line defence is 6...Nd6, but the natural 6...Nxc3 7.bxc3 Qc8 chosen below is common and critical. I focus my army toward Black king. I swapped off his defending bishops and push my g-pawn and h-pawn. With the moves h4-h5xg6 were like using an old can opener. I crank open the h-file to obtain a winning attack. Black would have to give up massive material to avoid immediate checkmate. Eric Frickmann raised his rating to 2018 and played in various tournaments in the Philadelphia area over 30 years.

Sawyer (1981) - Frickmann (1948), Hatboro, PA 1989 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 Bf5 5.fxe4 Nxe4 6.Qf3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Qc8 8.Bc4 e6 9.Ne2 [9.Rb1] 9...Bd6 10.0-0 [10.Ng3] 10...0-0 11.Bf4!? Bxf4 [11...Bxc2!-/+] 12.Nxf4 Bxc2? [12...Nd7=] 13.Rac1 [13.Nxe6!+-] 13...Bg6 14.Nxg6 [14.Nxe6!+-] 14...hxg6 15.g4? [15.d5!+-] 15...Nc6 16.Rce1 Na5 17.Bd3 Qd7 18.g5 Nc6 [18...c5!-+] 19.h4 Ne7 20.h5 gxh5? [20...c5!=] 21.Qxh5 g6 22.Qh6 Qd6 23.Rf3 1-0

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