Friday, December 2, 2011

Bill Campion and the Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5!?

William Campion was one of those people who had a profound impact on my chess life. Bill was a typical club player who showed up regularly at the Chaturanga Chess Club, a few miles north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dan Heisman also played there. Bill and his friends played anyone they could. Bill beat the lower rateds and lost to the higher rateds. I played him myself in unrated or blitz games from time to time.

Don't confuse my friend William Campion with the much stronger American international correspondence player named William R. Champion. I plan to show my ICCF game vs Champion in this blog, which was played in a different tournament at a later date.

One day I showed Campion my hand written analysis and games on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Bill took them and entered them into his computer. Then he ran nice printouts and gave them to me. That whole process was much more difficult back in the 1980s. He was a great encouragement to me. Campion was a champion in my book. Thanks again!

From that point on, I started what would become the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook. At first I set up the 700 games format for my own use and enjoyment. In 1989 I contacted Bob Long of Thinkers' Press; he agreed to publish my first book. I spent three years writing it. It first appeared in print in February 1992. The USCF listed it as its 4th best selling chess book for 1992.

I got paired against Campion in my USCF Golden Knights postal event 88N12. Since I played postal chess against people from all 50 states and 30 countries, it was rare to play someone from my own little chess club. Kinda cool though. I continued my boldness with an Englund Gambit that ended up being sort of a reversed BDG Teichmann.

Campion-Sawyer, corr USCF 88N12 1988 begins 1.d4 e5 Englund Gambit 2.dxe5 f6 Soller Variation 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.exf6 Nxf6 This becomes a sort of reversed BDG, but a move behind in development. Black has compensation for about half a pawn, but he is down a full pawn. 5.c4 White fights for control of the d5 square. 5...Bc5 6.Nc3 d6 7.Bg5!? White has two other excellent choices which give him an advantage. [7.Bf4; 7.e3] 7...0-0 8.e3 h6! This is the thematic approach in the BDG Teichmann after 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3! 9.Bf4 [9.Bxf6 Qxf6 with compensation for the gambit pawn.] 9...g5 10.Bg3 Bg4 Black is ahead in development. 11.h4 Nh5! 12.hxg5 Nxg3 13.Qd5+ Kh8? [13...Kg7! 14.gxh6+ Kh8 15.fxg3 Nb4!=/+] 14.Rxh6+ [14.fxg3! Nb4 15.Qe4 Bf5 16.Qh4 Bxe3 17.Qxh6+ Kg8 18.g4!+- and White would be winning.] 14...Kg7 15.fxg3 [15.Bd3 Nf5 16.Bxf5 Bxf5=/+] 15...Nb4 16.Qd1? [16.Qe4! is a better idea. 16...Bf5 17.Qh4 Bxe3 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.cxd5 Qe7 20.Re6 Bxe6 21.Qh6+ with some possible perpetual checks.] 16...Bxf3? [16...Qe7!-/+] 17.gxf3? [17.Qb1!!+- threatening mate wins!] 17...Qxg5 18.Re6 Rae8 19.Rxe8 Rxe8 20.Ne4 [20.e4 doesn't help. 20...Qxg3+ 21.Kd2 Qf4+ 22.Ke1 Rh8-+] 20...Rxe4 Obvious and good. 21.Kf2 Here I announced mate in three: 21...Qxe3+ 22.Kg2 Qg1+ 23.Kh3 Qh1# 0-1


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