Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is It Too Late for a Comeback in Chess?

What does it take to make a chess comeback later in life? I read of a grandmaster making a comeback who is much younger than I. "The return to form of Alexander Morozevich with a win with 8/11 in the higher league of the Russian Championship is a relief for those of us who admire his unique style and thought we might have seen the best of him... After a period where he hasn't played much and when he has he has played poorly Alexander Morozevich returned to top form winning with 8/11." [TWIC 868]

Based on the fan mail I have received over the past 20 years and my recent play, four of the phrases used to describe Morozevich could also be used to describe me:
          (1) "those of us who admire his unique style";
          (2) "we might have seen the best of him.";
          (3) "a period where he hasn't played much"; and
          (4) "when he has he has played poorly".

Still I have a dream that someday I will return to good form and WIN with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit! To begin these adventures, I decided to play some blitz games on ICC for a few minutes a day while I am working on other chess projects. 10-15 years ago, I was pretty good on ICC, with blitz ratings in 2300s and 2400s consistently for several years.

Below is a BDG Ziegler. God Bless & Good Chess! Tim

Sawyer-stemli, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 27.06.2011 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 e6 It is amazing how common this move is. I didn't plan to cover this again so soon, but that is what was played against me. 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bg5 One of the most interesting lines is 8.Qe1. 8...Nbd7 9.Qe1 h6 10.Bf4 0-0 11.Qd2 [11.Bd3!? c5!=/+] 11...Nb6 12.Bd3 Nh7 13.Bxh6 gxh6 14.Qxh6 f5 15.g4 [In a similar position (N/e8 there vs N/h7 here) vs Shocron, I played 15.Ne4!? but here after 15...Rf7-+ Black has a defensible position and an extra bishop.] 15...Bg5 16.Qg6+ Kh8 17.gxf5 exf5 18.Rae1?! [It would be wise to get my king off the open file with 18.Kh1 Qf6 19.Ne5~~] 18...Rg8 19.Qh5 Bd2+ 20.Kh1 Bxe1 21.Rxe1 Qf6 Okay, I am down a rook for a rook pawn. This is getting ugly. 22.Re8 Be6 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Ne5 Qg5 25.Qxg5 Nxg5 26.h4 Ne4 27.Nxe4 fxe4 28.Bxe4 Bd5 29.Bxd5 Nxd5 30.c4 Ne3 31.c5 Nd5 [Now two pawns for the rook, but I am running out of pieces. I was hoping he'd walk into a knight fork after say 31...Rd8?? 32.Nf7+] 32.a3 Rf8? Glory Hallelujah! 33.Ng6+ Kg7 34.Nxf8 Kxf8 35.Kg2 Kg7 36.Kf3 Kg6 37.Kg4 Ne3+ 38.Kf4 Nd5+ [38...Nc4!-+ picks off a pawn and looks winning.] 39.Ke5 Kh5 40.Kd6 Kxh4 41.b4 Kg4 42.b5 Kf4 43.bxc6 bxc6 44.Kxc6 Ne3 45.d5 Ke5 46.d6 Nc4 47.a4 [Just 47.d7!+- ] 47...Ke6 48.Kc7 Ne5 49.c6 Nc4 [49...Kd5!! 50.d7 Nxc6= draw] 50.d7 1-0

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's on the Horizon for Sawyer Chess Blog?

In earlier days, playing the BDG vs computers was fairly easy, especially in blitz. The chess engines did not see very far ahead in a short time. This allows us mere mortals to sacrifice material for a position that leads to a likely checkmate even though we are a piece or more behind. Over the past 16 years, I have played many such games on the Internet Chess Club. Even in recent times I can catch the odd computer here and there.

What a fun opening! God bless and good chess! Tim

Sawyer-ChickenBot, ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 07.02.2009 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 The Euwe Defence is very popular and highly recommended by noted chess authors. In theory it is strong. In practice, White scores better than most other lines. 6.Bg5 Bb4 Both computers and humans love this Nimzo-Indianish move. 7.Bd3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Black has doubled the White c-pawns, but this only helps White better defend d4. 8...0-0 9.Qd2 Headed to h4. Another path is Qd1-e1-h4, but the White king is in the way. The point of Qd2 is to be able to take on h6 if Black tries to kick the bishop. 9...Nbd7 10.0-0 c5 11.Qf4 Qa5 Black breaks the pin on f6 and goes fishing for c3. 12.Qh4 Qxc3 13.Rad1 cxd4 14.Ne5 Nxe5 Now White threatens mate in 1 three times in a row. 15.Bxf6 Nxd3 16.Qg5 g6 17.Qh6 Qxc2 18.Qg7# 1-0

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Playing the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit

Wow! My first blog post. Here I plan to share the journey of playing the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit chess opening for the past 25 years. I begin with a blitz game that I just finished.

My game began 1.d4 (The normal path to reached a BDG.) 1...d5 2.e4 c6 (Black tries to avoid the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with the Caro-Kann Defence. The main line of the BDG continues 2...dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3. Here 5...c6 would transpose to the game.) 3.Nc3 (Other popular choices vs the Caro-Kann Defence are 3.e5 and 3.cxd5) 3...dxe4 (3...g6 is a variation of the Modern Defence.) 4.f3!? (I like to head back toward the BDG. 4.Nxe4= is the normal Caro-Kann.) 4...exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 (Now we have the BDG Accepted, Ziegler Variation).

6.Bc4 (Played about 80% of the time. 6.Bd3 is the most common alternative.) 6...e6?! (This is not a major blunder. Black protects the diagonal from the Bc4 to the vulnerable f7 square. However, usually when Black plays this, he is thinking very passively trying to hide in a shell like a turtle. More natural is to develop first 6...Bf5 and then 7...e6.)

The game takes on the character of a BDG Euwe. 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bg5 (.) 7...0-0 9.Qe1 (This queen is eyeing the e-file and h4, depending on what Black does.) 9...b5 10.Bd3 (Black has forced White to play the bishop to a better diagonal aiming directly at h7.) 10...b4 11.Ne4 Bb7 12.Qh4 (White's army is bearing down on the Black king.) 12...h6 13.Bxh6! (A thematic sacrifice that rips open the Black kingside. I have probably played this capture 100 times. Black is in a heap of trouble.)

Sawyer-OZDENOZ, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 17.06.2011 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 c6 Caro-Kann Defence [2...dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 BDG 4...exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 transposing.] 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3!? [4.Nxe4=] 4...exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 e6?! 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bg5 0-0 9.Qe1 b5 10.Bd3 b4 11.Ne4 Bb7 12.Qh4 h6 [12...Nbd7? White wins as follows: 13.Nxf6+ Nxf6 (13...Bxf6? falls for 14.Qxh7#) 14.Bxf6 g6 15.Bxe7 Qd5 16.Bxf8 and White is up a knight.] 13.Bxh6! gxh6 14.Qxh6 [More accurate is 14.Nxf6+! Bxf6 15.Qxh6 Bxd4+ 16.Kh1 f5 17.Ng5+-] 14...Nxe4 15.Bxe4 f5 16.Qxe6+ Kh8 [16...Kg7 17.Bxf5 Bf6 18.Qe4 Rf7 19.Ne5+- still leaves White with a big advantage.] 17.Qh6+ Kg8 18.Qg6+ Kh8 19.Bxf5 Rxf5 20.Qxf5 Qf8 21.Qh5+ Kg8 22.Ng5 Qg7 23.Rf7 1-0

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