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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