Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Harry Potter and Wild Chess Gambit

When I was making my return to competitive chess play in 1988, I was blessed to be assigned to play a little known chess opponent named Harry Potter. Little did we know that his name would become very famous ten years later thanks to author J. K. Rowling. My opponent Harry Potter was rated 1460 and I 2184 at the time our game finished.

This week I am blogging the games I played in the USCF Postal Chess Golden Knights event 88N12. After not playing much chess for a few years following the death of my first born son, I was finally ready to play again. When I returned to chess play, I was much less serious-minded than I had been in my younger years. Now I wanted FUN!

Gone were the main line openings that I had played following grandmasters for 17 years. It was obvious that I was not the next Bobby Fischer. Playing proper chess had gotten me to Class A level (1900) in tournament play and Expert level (2100) in postal chess. That was nice and I was happy. But I wanted more. Since I was already in my mid-30s, I was not going to rocket up several levels. Indeed, a slow slide was likely due to age.

Then I happened upon gambits. I had dabbled in them a little from time to time, but in this event I would play a gambit in EVERY game. It was wild and crazy, but radical means were needed to jump start myself. It worked. I handled some games brilliantly and just got rewarded for boldness in other games like the one below vs Harry Potter.

Within two years of switching to gambits, my tournament rating jumped to Expert and my postal rating jumped to Master. Eventually age will catch up with me, but I have had an enjoyable ride. Of course back in 1988, computers were not strong. My opponents could not simply plug the position into a chess engine and get a great evaluation. Back then computers were notorious for misreading the compensation of a gambit.

In a recent episode of Nikita on television, it was said: "Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn to motivate your knights." Today's game sees me do just that. Harry Potter plays well for a while and even eliminates one of my knights. But the other horse does him in. I play the wild Englund Gambit, Soller Variation, sort of a Blackmar-Diemer in reverse.

Potter-Sawyer, corr USCF 88N12, 1988 begins 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 f6 4.e4 fxe5 [Picture a Scotch Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 f6 4.dxe5 fxe5 and here we have a perfect transposition.] 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Bc5 7.0-0 Rf8 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 d6 10.Nd5 Bg4 11.Nxf6+ gxf6 12.h3 Bh5 13.Qd2? [13.c3! would keep my knight from d4 when White stands better.] 13...Bxf3 14.gxf3 Qd7 15.Qxh6 [15.Kh2 Nd4 16.Qd3 f5!=] 15...Qxh3 16.Qg6+ Kd7 17.Bxf6 [17.Qg7+ Ne7 18.Qg4+ Qxg4+ 19.fxg4 d5!=] 17...Nd4 18.Qg7+ Kc6 ["I overlooked Nd4! Good game. Harry."] 0-1

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tim TKO's Timko in Blackmar-Diemer

One of my favorite early Blackmar-Diemer Gambit wins was against James Timko. It was another in the USCF Golden Knights postal tournament that marked my comeback to competitive chess in 1988. In this game I was rated 2093 and my opponent had been given a postal rating of 1800.

Inspired by this and a few other BDG wins, I would spend three years 1989-1991 writing my first Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook of 700 games. This was Game 678, which means it was close to the main line of the most common variation in the entire BDG. Earlier this year I did a complete re-analysis of all the original 700 games as part of a future project.

In today's game White works up a mating attack against the Black kingside. Just as the attacker prepares to give the Knock Out punch, Black throws in the towel. At pretty short game that is both pretty and short.

Sawyer - Timko, corr USCF 88N12, 1988 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.0-0 Be7 11.g4!? [This usually will transpose to 11.Rf2! but not always. 11...0-0 The most accurate move order would transpose to the game after: 12.Raf1 Nb6 13.g4! Nbd5 14.Nxd5! cxd5] 11...0-0 12.Rf2 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Raf1 Nf6 "White successfully pinpointed h7 for a winning attack." Gary Lane 15.Rg2 [White's alternative is 15.c3!? Rc8 16.g5 Ne4 17.Rg2 Nd6 18.h4 and the attack moves forward.] 15...Qd6 [15...Qb6!? 16.c3 and White has compensation for the pawn in the form of pressure on the kingside.] 16.g5 Nd7 [Black should return the extra pawn via 16...Ne4 17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.Qxe4 with equal chances.] "White wins with the classic combination 17.Bxh7+ " Hodgson in Trends 1992. 17...Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 Timko wrote: "I think I got a pair against a full-house. So, 19.Rf4! Resign." 1-0 Sawyer - Timko, corr USCF 88N12 1988 [White wins as follows: 19.Rf4 g6 20.Qh6 Ne5 21.Kh1! Nf3 22.Rgg4! Bxg5 23.Rxg5 Nxg5 24.Rh4 Qh2+ 25.Kxh2 Nf3+ 26.Kg3 Nxh4 27.Kxh4 Rac8 28.Bg5 f6 29.Qxg6+ winning.] 1-0

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Offbeat Unorthodox Wild Gambits

From time to time life gets in the way of my chess play. Due to some family issues in the mid-1980s, I had quit playing chess while I worked on other things. Eventually I found the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. By 1987 I began to plan a return to correspondence play. During this time I entertained myself with wild unorthodox offbeat gambit openings.

In 1988 I entered one section of the USCF Golden Knights Postal Chess Tournament. For the next few days I will blog about those six games that I played. My first opponent was Sal Calvanico. My opponent was rated 2007 and I was rated 2124. Calvanico tried the English Opening and I threw out the Flank Opening relpy of the Macho Grob 1.c4 g5?! Of course back then there were no strong computers to show a human how White gets a big advantage in such a position by force. We were on our own.

Calvanico-Sawyer, corr USCF 88N12 1988 begins 1.c4 g5?! 2.d4 Bg7 3.Bxg5 c5 4.Nf3 Qb6 [4...cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qb6 6.Nb5 a6 7.Be3 Qa5+ 8.N5c3+/=] 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nd5 Qa5+ 7.Bd2 [7.Qd2!+-] 7...Qd8 8.Bf4 Kf8 9.Bc7 Qe8 10.Bg3 Qd8 11.e3 b6 12.Bc7 Qe8 13.Bxb6? [13.Bf4+-] 13...axb6 14.Nc7 Qd8 15.Nxa8 Bb7 16.Be2 cxd4 17.exd4 Qxa8 18.0-0 h5 19.a3? Nh6 [19...Rh6!=] 20.Rb1 Ng4 21.h3? [21.d5 Nce5=] 21...Qb8 22.g3 Ne3 23.Qd2 Nxf1 24.Bxf1 Qd6 25.d5 Ne5 26.Nxe5 Qxe5 27.Qb4 Qd4 28.Re1 Be5 29.Rxe5 Qxe5 30.Qxb6 Kg7? [30...Bc8!-+] 31.Qxb7 Rb8 32.Qxd7 Rxb2 33.Qa7 Ra2 34.a4 Ra1 35.Qa5??-+ ["I realized after I mailed the move how awful 35.Qa5 was; should have played 35.Qe3= with some chances to trade down and draw. Good luck in your next round. Regards, Sal"] 35...Rd1 0-1

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Felber Game from Jego's New BDG Book

In the past five days I have reviewed Eric Jego's latest book on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. My third and final game in the book is against Robert J Felber. There are two Felbers who played in the BDG thematic correspondence tournaments in the 1990s. I played them a total of 10 games.

From 1995-1997 I played Josef M. Felber three times. Black won every game. The first game I was White in an Alekhine Defence. Yes, since I have played 1.e4 thousands of times, there were games where I face my beloved Alekhine. The last two games were BDGs and we both won as Black.

Against Robert J. Felber, I played seven BDGs during the same time period, 1996-1997. I was White twice and Black five times. I won one as Black and all the other games were drawn. Today's game was the longest of the batch. Black kept his king in the center while my bishops were actively placed on Bc4 and Bg5. When Black pushed his queenside pawns, I broke up his kingside pawns. The notes below vs Robert are mine.

Sawyer-Felber, corr Internet 1996 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 c6 O'Kelly Variation is often reached via the Caro-Kann Defence. 5.Bc4 [This bishop development is standard and can easily transpose as noted. Other lines are also playable such as: 5.Nxe4; 5.fxe4; 5.Be3] 5...b5 6.Bb3 exf3 [If Black does not want to accept the f-pawn, he can play 6...e6] 7.Nxf3 [We have reached a line in the BDG Ziegler Variation (5.Nxf3 c6)] 7...Nbd7 8.0-0 e6 9.Bg5 a5 10.Qe2 Nb6 [10...Be7!=/+] 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.a3 f5 13.Qe3 Rg8 [White grabs the open g-file for attack.] 14.Ne5 Qg5?! 15.Qf3 Bb7 16.Nxb5 Rc8 17.Nc3 Nd5 18.Rf2 Bg7 19.Rd1 Bxe5 20.dxe5 Rc7 21.Bxd5 exd5 22.Qxf5 Qxf5 23.Rxf5 Bc8 24.Rf6 Be6 25.Rh6 Bf5 26.Rd2 Rg5 27.h4 Rg4 28.Ne2 Bg6 29.Nd4 [29.h5 Rh4 30.Nd4 Rxh5 31.Rxh5 Bxh5=] 29...Kf8 30.h5 Kg7 31.hxg6 Kxh6 32.gxf7 Rxf7 33.Nxc6 Rb7 34.b3 Rb5 35.e6 Re4 36.Nd4 Rb6 37.Kf2 Kg6 38.Re2 [38.Rd3+/=] 38...Rxe2+ 39.Kxe2 Kf6 40.Ke3 Rb7 41.Kf4 Rc7 42.g4 h6 43.Ke3 Rc3+ 44.Kf4 a4 45.e7 Kxe7 46.Ke5 Kf7 47.Kxd5 Rxc2 48.bxa4 Rc3 49.Nb5 Rg3 50.Nd6+ Kf8 1/2-1/2

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Battle BDG Declined Brombacher 4...c5

Back on July 10, 2011 I posted another blog on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Declined 4...c5 line known as the Brombacher Variation. There I played the most common move 5.d5! This time we look at a game where I follow the 5.Bf4!? analysis found in IM Christoph Scheerer's book. Of course, this game was played long before Scheerer wrote his excellent book. I wrote a review of Scheer's book the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (published by Everyman Chess) for Tom Purser's blog.

Here I quote the Scheerer summary of this line:
"Most critical here is the Brombacher Counter-Gambit with 4...c5, a line that was frequently adopted by Efim Bogoljubow. White can try Gedult's enterprising 5.Bf4!?, but ultimately this should not be correct. Objectively best is to play 5.d5, which usually transposes to the Kaulich Defence ... after 5...exf3 6.Nxf3."

Today's game comes from Eric Jego's new book on the BDG which I reviewed two days ago. Jego chose to avoid the old commonly known games for his book, so most of my better played efforts are off limits. Most of the games in Jego's book are by very strong players. He only included three of my games, which was fine with me. Below the notes are mine, except for one little phrase that I quote from Jego's notes to this game.

One of my favorite BDG sparring partners was Nico Vandenbroucke. We played three games in 1995 and Nico won them all. Then in 1997 we played an 8-game BDG thematic match which we split 2-2 with four draws. This is one of the drawn games.

Sawyer-Vandenbroucke, corr BDG thematic 1997 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 c5 Brombacher 5.Bf4!? [5.d5 is almost always correct and good vs ...c5 in d4 openings; 5.dxc5 is playable, but hardly inspiring after 5...Qxd1+ 6.Kxd1=; 5.Bf4!? was a favorite reply by Gedult vs almost any ...c5 in the BDG.] 5...Qxd4 6.Qxd4 [6.Nb5 Qxd1+ 7.Rxd1 Na6 8.fxe4 Nxe4 9.Nc3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Bd7 11.Nf3 f6 12.Bc4 (this position was cited in both my BDG Keybook II and Scheerer, but) 12...0-0-0!-+ an improvement not mentioned in the books; 6.fxe4!? e5! 7.Bg3 with compensation for the gambit pawn.] 6...cxd4 7.Nb5 Na6 8.Nxd4 Nc5 [8...e6!? BDG Keybook II] 9.fxe4 Nfxe4 10.Nb5 Ne6 11.Be3 a6 12.Bd3 Nd6 13.Nxd6+ exd6 14.Nf3 d5 15.0-0 ["15.0-0-0 posed more problems for Black because of the P/d5." Jego] 15...Bc5 16.Bxc5 Nxc5 17.Rae1+ Be6 18.Ng5 Nxd3 19.cxd3 0-0 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxe6 Rac8 22.Rxf8+ Kxf8 23.Rb6 Rc7 24.a4 Ke8 25.Kf2 Kd8 26.Kg3 Rf7 27.Rd6+ Rd7 28.Rxd7+ Kxd7 29.Kf4 Ke6 1/2-1/2

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Friday, November 25, 2011

How to Eat an Elephant Gambit

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. After I left the Thanksgiving table stuffed with turkey, and after I watched the Dallas Cowboys win over the Miami Dolphins by one point, I sat down to a feast at the chess table. This time it was on the Internet Chess Club where I played my old favorite "blik" whose rating had bounced back to 2410 again. My ICC blitz rating is currently running around 2100, bouncing over and under and over.

This week I saw my best all-time winning percentages as Black after 1.e4 were 58% with both 1...e5 and 1...Nf6. Most of my other first move attempts are running at 55%, although 1...Nc6 and 1...d5 are hanging tough for me at 56%. Well, 1...e5 just dropped to 57% with some losses vs strong computers, so today I decided to focus more on 1...Nf6.

My game begins as an Alekhine Defence with 1.e4 Nf6 but after 2.d3 e5, we have an Open Game. Then White surprised me with 3.d4!? which is an Elephant Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5!?) with colors reversed. This gambit was a favorite of the famous BDG player Diemer, so I have some knowledge of the opening. My general opinion is that White (in my game Black) does best to play 3.exd5 e4 4.Qe2 and the fight is on.

I am going to push off the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit game I was going to post one more day. I did do a lot of work on the BDG today, small steps in big projects. Someday there may be something I can share with others. This Elephant Gambit game came on Thanksgiving. Since I won as Black, it seems fitting to post this on Black Friday.

blik-Sawyer, Internet Chess Club, 24.11.2011 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.d3 e5 [Nine times out of 10 I play 2...d5 challenging e4 immediately, which is what I recommended in my Alekhine Defense Playbook.] 3.d4 exd4! [This is the best chance of keeping an edge vs the Elephant Gambit. 3...Nxe4 is also playable.] 4.e5 Qe7 5.Nf3 [5.Qe2 Nd5=/+] 5...d6 6.Bb5+ c6 7.0-0 dxe5 8.Bc4 Be6!? [8...Bg4! 9.Nbd2 Nbd7-/+] 9.Nxe5 Nbd7 10.Bxe6 Qxe6 11.Nf3 0-0-0 12.Nxd4 Qg4! I like my chances of drawing or winning endgames against this opponent. 13.Qxg4 Nxg4 14.Nf5 g6 15.Ng3 Bg7 16.Nc3 f5 17.h3 Ngf6 18.Be3 Nb6 19.Bxb6 axb6 20.Rad1 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Kxd8 23.Na4 Kc7 24.Nc3 Nd7 25.Nge2 b5 26.g3 Nc5 27.f3 Na4 28.Nxa4 bxa4 29.c3 [29.b3 axb3 30.axb3 Kd6=/+] 29...Be5 30.f4? [30.Kf2! Kd6 31.Ke3 Kd5 32.Kd3 b5=/+] 30...Bf6 31.g4?! fxg4 Decision time. My clock dropped below two minutes while I thought. 32.hxg4 Kd6 33.Kg2 b5 34.Kf3 h6 35.Ng3 [35.Ke4 Ke6=/+ still leaves White with the inherant weakness of the outside passsed pawn.] 35...Kd5 36.Ne4 Be7 37.Ke3 Bc5+ As I pondered this move, my clock dropped below one minute. 38.Nxc5 Kxc5 39.f5 gxf5 40.gxf5 Kd5 41.Kf4 c5 42.b3 axb3 43.axb3 b4 44.c4+ [44.cxb4 cxb4 45.Kf3 Ke5 46.Kg4 Kf6 47.Kf4 h5-+] 44...Kd6 45.Ke4 Ke7 46.Kd3 Kf6 47.Ke4 h5 48.Kf4 h4 At this point I had 38 seconds left. 49.Kg4 h3 50.Kxh3 Kxf5 51.Kg3 Ke4 52.Kf2 Kd3 53.Kf3 Kc3 54.Ke2 Kxb3 55.Kd3 Ka2 56.Kd2 b3 57.Ke3 b2 58.Kf4 b1Q 59.Kg5 Qd3 60.Kf6 Qxc4 61.Ke5 Qd4+ 62.Kf5 c4 63.Ke6 c3 64.Ke7 c2 65.Kf7 c1Q 66.Kg6 Qce3 67.Kf7 Qdf4+ 68.Kg6 Qeg3+ 69.Kh5 Qfh4# 0-1 White is checkmated; Black had 27 seconds left on his clock. 0-1

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Solid Slav Defence Draw vs 2410

The weather here in Florida is beautiful this time of year; it is a great time to visit Disney World. Usually in November for most of the day that temperature outside is about the same as the temperature inside, say 70-78 F degrees for the daytime highs. Today was a little warmer than that outside, but sometimes is stays about 10 F degrees cooler.

Happy Thanksgiving! This is a holiday in the United States where people visit with family and friends, eat food and enjoy sports. So as to give myself a little more free time, I am going to simply post a draw in the Slav Defence that I just played today vs the computer "blik" which was rated 2410 at the time.

Tomorrow I plan to post another Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. I am trying to keep a balance (for my own enjoyment and hopefully yours) between BDGs and all other openings, between recent and older games, and between OTB (Over The Board), correspondence, blitz and computer play. I like them all. Next week I am going to blog my way through another tournament I played in.

A positive thing about the game below is that when I did a blunder check on the game, there were NO BLUNDERS! If I could always play a 64 move game, or a 34 move game, without blunders, it would be awesome. Anyway, it raised my ICC blitz rating. Usually this opponent does not play this line, so when it did, I happily took advantage.

blik-Sawyer, Internet Chess Club, 23.11.2011 begins  1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Bd3 [This is usually a sign that White is content with a draw, which fits well with the cxd5 idea. If he wants to try to take advantage of the extra move he tries one of the following: 8.Bb5; 8.Ne5; 8.Qb3] 8...Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Bd6 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Rac1 Rac8 13.a3 a6 14.e4 Breaking the symmetry. 14...dxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Rfd8 17.Rc3 Qd5 18.Re1 Qxe4 19.Rxe4 Ne7 20.Ne5 Nd5 Great post for the knight. 21.Rc5 b6 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Kf1 Rc1+ 24.Re1 Rc2 25.Re2 Rxe2 26.Kxe2 Kf8 At this point Black has to make sure he does not drop a pawn to a White knight move. 27.g3 Ke7 28.h4 f6 29.Nc4 a5 30.b3 Kd7 31.h5 h6 32.Kd3 Kc6 33.Kd2 Nc7 34.f3 Nb5 35.Kd3 Nd6 36.a4 Nf5 [36...Nxc4? 37.bxc4+/- may very well be winning.] 37.g4 Ne7 38.Kd2 Nd5 39.Kd3 Ne7 40.Ne3 Nd5 41.Nxd5 exd5 After this White's only entry point is via f4-f5. 42.f4 Kd6 43.f5 Kc6 44.Kc3 Kd6 45.b4 Kc6 46.Kb3 Kd6 47.Kb2 Kc6 48.Kb3 Kd6 49.b5 Kd7 When the position is drawn and closed, when I am working my way toward the Fifty Move Rule at blitz speed, I often place my king on the same color as my opponent's king. That way I am more likely to get a repetition of moves earlier. 50.Ka2 Kc8 51.Kb3 Kd7 52.Kc2 Ke8 53.Kd3 Kf7 54.Ke3 Ke7 55.Kf2 Kf8 56.Ke2 Ke8 57.Kf2 Kf8 58.Kg3 Ke7 59.Kg2 Ke8 60.Kf1 Kf7 61.Ke1 Ke7 62.Kd2 Kd8 63.Ke1 Ke7 64.Kf1 Kf7 Game drawn by mutual agreement 1/2-1/2

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Following Grandmasters in Petroff

In the 1974 Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi played match to see who would play Bobby Fischer for the World Championship in 1975. As it turned out, when Karpov won, Fischer would not play at all. Indeed Bobby had stopped playing everybody after his 1972 match. He only returned in 1992 to play a rematch with Spassky.

The Karpov-Korchnoi battles in 1974 usually centered around games where Korchnoi was Black in the French Defence 3.Nd2 c5 Tarrasch Variation. One game however was a flashback to a famous Capablanca-Kostic line in the Petroff Defence. Here is the part of that earlier 1919 game with some of Capablanca's notes:

Capablanca-Kostic, Havana 1919 continued: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Re1 Bg4 9.c3 f5 10.Nbd2 This, I believe, to be my own invention, and I think it is the best move in this position, if White wants to play for a win and avoid the well-known paths. 10...0-0 11.Qb3 Kh8 White threatened Nxe4, followed by Bxe4. After the text move I considered the situation for a long time, about forty minutes. I could not quite make up my mind as to whether I should play Qxb7 and risk the attack to which I thought there would be a good defence, or play as I did, Nf1, which also subjected me to an attack, but of a different sort, and where my opponent would not have had benefit of his extraordinary memory (he knows by heart every game played by a master in the last twenty years, and a considerable number of games of much older date), but here he would, so to speak, be thrown on his own resources, and whatever combinations he made would have to come out of his own head, and not out of the heads of others. 12.Nf1 Qd7 Immediately vindicating my judgment as expressed in my previous note. My opponent not being an attacking player, and fearing complications in which he felt certain he would be outplayed, chose what he thought to be a safe developing move. The only way to continue the attack would be: 12...Bxf3 13.gxf3 Nxf2 14.Kxf2 Bh4+ 15.Ng3 f4. 13.N3d2 Nxd2 Further evidence that my adversary fears complications. 14.Bxd2 f4 Apparently Black has an excellent game, but in reality White will obtain the upper hand through his next move, which will make his position unassailable. 15.f3 [and 1-0 in 48].

Today's game I tested the line vs the 3098 rated computer HOTBIT which almost always beats me. When it does, I search for an improvement and go back for another game.

HOTBIT-Sawyer begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 [The old move order was 6...Be7 7.0-0 Nc6] 7.0-0 Be7 8.Re1 Bg4 9.c3 f5 10.Qb3 0-0 11.Nbd2 Na5 [I have tried to follow Korchnoi with mixed results after 11...Kh8!? 12.h3 (12.Qxb7 Rf6 13.Qb3 Rg6 14.Bb5+/=) 12...Bh5 13.Qxb7 Rf6 14.Qb3 Rg6 ? (14...g5 !? 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Rb6) 15.Be2 ! 15...Bh4 16.Rf1 Bxf3 17.Nxf3 Bxf2+ 18.Rxf2 Nxf2 19.Kxf2 Qd6 20.Ng5 ! 20...Rf8 21.Qa3 Qd8 22.Bf4 h6 23.Nf3 Re8 24.Bd3 Re4 25.g3 Rf6 26.Qc5 g5 27.Nxg5 hxg5 28.Bxg5 Ree6 29.Re1 Qg8 30.h4 Rg6 31.Rxe6 1-0 Karpov,A-Korchnoi,V/Moscow 1974] 12.Qc2 [HOTBIT is out for blood. Yesterday I played this game for the more peace loving "blik" computer: 12.Qa4 Nc6 13.Qb3 Na5 14.Qa4 Nc6 15.Qb3 Na5 Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2. blik-Sawyer,T/Internet Chess Club 2011] 12...Nc6 13.b4 a6 14.a4 Bd6 [14...h6! 15.h3 Bh5=] 15.Rb1 Kh8 16.b5 axb5 17.axb5 Na5 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Bh5 [19...Qh4 20.Nf1!+/=] 20.c4 Nxc4 21.Nxc4 dxc4 22.Bxc4 Bf7?! 23.e6 Bg6 24.Rd1 Qf6 25.Rd7 Rac8? 26.Bb2 Black resigns 1-0

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