Saturday, June 30, 2012

Checkmalt in Huebsch Gambit

I wrote a detailed book on the Alapin French Gambit. While the book was being prepared for publication (1995) by Bob Long of Thinkers' Press, I had the opportunity to play that gambit vs two opponents. One took me out of the book on move 5 and the other on move 4. It always happens. Books cannot cover everything. Note: I was able to add those two games in the Addendum of that book. At some point one must stop writing and publish.

Our chess friend Eric Jego recently published really nice book on the Huebsch Gambit. Jego's book is very good, a big upgrade over the pamphlet on the Hubsch published by our gambit heroes Pape, Jensen and Burk over 20 years ago.

Peter Mcgerald Penullar recently played the BDG Huebsch Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4). After the standard 5.Bc4, his opponent "checkmalt" plays simply 5...f5!?, a cousin of the BDG Poehlmann without the knights on the board.

So do I find 5.Bc4 f5 in the book? any book? any database? No. Nope. No way. 6.Nh3 is a good reply. Penullar continues in thematic BDG fashion with 6.f3 and is blessed with 6...exf3?! 7.Nxf3 giving him a good game. Peter applies checkmate to checkmalt.

penullar-checkmalt, Live Chess, 27.06.2012 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 f5!?N 6.f3 [6.Nh3 Nc6 7.Ng5 e6 (7...Qxd4? 8.Bf7+ Kd8 9.Be3+-) 8.c3 Qf6 9.Qb3=] 6...exf3?! [6...Nc6! 7.c3 e5 8.d5 Na5 9.Qa4+ c6 10.dxc6 Nxc6=/+] 7.Nxf3 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.c3 c6 10.Ne5 0-0 11.Qh5 b5 12.Bb3 Qe8 13.Qh3 [Penullar chooses to play for a mate. The alternative is to regain the gambit pawn with 13.Qxe8 Rxe8 14.Rxf5+- and White stands much better.] 13...g6 [13...Kh8 14.Re1+/-] 14.Bh6 Rf6 15.g4 fxg4 16.Qxg4 Rxf1+ 17.Rxf1 Bd6 18.Rf6! Leading to a forced mate. 18...c5 19.Nxg6 hxg6 20.Rxg6+ Kh7 21.Rg7+ Kxh6 22.Qg5# 1-0

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Dine on Danish Goring Gambit Way

The Danish and Goring Gambits are left-handed versions of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Sometimes Black loses very quickly. The story goes like this:

Both sides begin with the same central pawn. White offers the tasty morsel of the other center pawn. Black devours it with its capture on move 2. Then White attacks this newly advanced Black pawn with a bishop pawn on moves 3 or 4. Black eats the bishop pawn and White uses the time to lead in development. That's the plan.

Below I get to it by transposition after 1.d4 e5 2.e4. Of course White could opt to defend against an Englund Gambit, but on this day I chose to offer my own gambit. It is amazing that one wrong move led to a forced tactical win of a short order cook.

Sawyer-vt, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 29.06.2012 begins 1.d4 e5 2.e4 [2.dxe5] 2...exd4 3.c3 dxc3 [The Danish Declined goes 3...d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Qc4=] 4.Nxc3 [4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5 6.Bxd5 with some compensation.] 4...Bb4 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.Nf3 d6 7.Qb3 [The main line here is 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Nf6 9.e5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 dxe5 11.Qb3 Qe7 12.Ba3 c5 and Black must choose a response to some likely check along the a4-e8 diagonal.] 7...Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Ne5? [Black must defend f7 with the queen. One way transposes to 7.0-0 after 8...Qe7 9.0-0 Nf6 10.e5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 dxe5] 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Bxf7+ Kf8 [10...Ke7 11.Ba3+ Kf6 12.Rd1 Bd7 13.f4+- cannot be appealing for Black.] 11.Bxg8 Rxg8 12.Ba3+ Ke8 13.Qxg8+ Black resigns 1-0

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Your Most Famous Chess Game

What is your most famous chess game? That would be a hard question for me to answer. That is a different question than asking for your favorite game or your best game.

My own most famous game would likely be a one that has been published in books or magazines. One of my games was in a newspaper in 1972. Some games are posted on the internet, in a video or in databases. Some losses made it into books as great games by my opponents. I collected books with my games, but that got expensive after a while. Bill Wall put one of my 1980 games into his first collection of 500 French Miniatures.

The Bill Wall game that I know the best was a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit which I included in my original 1992 Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook (as Game 227). This Bill Wall vs Cliff Aker postal chess game was started in 1986 and finished in 1987. The variation is from the critical BDG Ryder 6.Be3 Qg4 line. Bill's final combination picks off a queen.

Wall-Aker, Postal .01), 1986 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Qxd4 6.Be3 Qg4 7.Qf2 Ne4 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Bd3 Qa4 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.0-0 f6 12.b3 Qg4 13.Rad1 e5 14.Ng5 Bd7 14...Be7 15.Be2 Qf5 16.Qh4 16.Qxf5 16...Qxc2 16...fxg5 17.Bh5+ g6 18.Rxf6 0-0-0 18...Bf5 19.Rxd7 19.Bg4 19...gxh5 19...Rxd7 20.Rf2 20.Rxc6 bxc6 21.Rxd8+ Kxd8 22.Nf7+ 20...Qc3 20...Qxf2+ 21.Bxf2 Rxd7 21.Rxd8+ Nxd8 22.Qh3+ Kb8 23.Bxa7+ 1-0 [Notes by Wall]

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Bond vs Tremblay Alapin French

A note from Jocelyn Bond on the French Diemer-Alapin variation (3.Be3):

"Now it a more serious as BDG game!!! Hello Tim, I just began this summer event, the Jonquiere club championship in Quebec province in Canada. In the second of twelve rounds (2 games a week against the same player) each 6 Wednesday night game in June and July months) I won as White with a big attack in an Alapin Diemer French in just 21 moves. It's an interesting game."

"I surprised my opponent {Tremblay} who laughed at me when I played the first moves of the game, but less some moves later (hehe). The control time is 30 minutes to do mate in this event. Actually I lead in the event 2 wins in a row! Thanks for the publication!"

Jocelyn Bond, (1957) - Serge Tremblay (1500) [C01], Jonquiere club championship (2), 27.06.2012 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Be3 dxe4 4.f3 [4.Nd2 is the alternative 4...Nf6 5.f3 etc. ] 4...Nf6 5.Nd2 Nc6 [5...c5!? 6.dxc5 Qc7 is possible ] 6.c3 exf3 7.Ngxf3 Bd6 [7...Nd5!? Or 7...Be7] 8.Bd3 h6(?!) 9.0–0 a6?! 10.Qe2 0–0 11.Ne4 [11.Nc4] 11...Re8?? [Hum, not that; 11...Nd5!? Deep fritz.] 12.Nxf6+! (wins) Qxf6? [12...gxf6 is unappetizing] 13.Ne5 Qh4 [or 13...Bxe5 14.Rxf6 Bxf6+-] 14.Rf4 Qd8 [14...Qg5 15.Nxf7 ] 15.Nxf7 Qd7 [15...Bxf4 16.Nxd8 +-] 16.Nxd6 [a difficult choice to do: 16.Nxh6 was a big temptation but 17.Qg4 and now I saw 17...Qg7 so I played the risk zero move 16.Nxd6 ] 16...cxd6 17.Qh5 e5? 18.Bc4+ d5 19.Bxd5+! Déviation: e8 19...Qxd5? [19...Re6 20.Bxe6+ Qxe6+ covering e8 square] 20.Qxe8+ Kh7 21.Rf8! [the mate will come] 1–0. [Notes by Jocelyn Bond and Deep Fritz (30 minutes to do mate)]

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Diemer's Bayonet Attack Pirc

There are many ways for White to attack the Pirc Defence. One of the least known is the Bayonet Attack preferred by Emil Josef Diemer, of Blackmar-Diemer Gambit fame.

The standard Pirc Defence position is reached via 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6. The German master Diemer would play the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6.

The Bayonet Attack idea with 4.Be2 Bg7 is quite an unassuming move where Black might reasonably expect 5.Nf3 reaching a Classical Variation. Diemer's point is to play 5.g4! Now if 5...0-0 6.g5! and White has the makings of a kingside attack. My early games in this line have been very successful. Here is a recent example.

Sawyer-MarkusP, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 27.06.2012 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.Be2 Diemer's move. 4...Bg7 5.g4 This is the point of 4.Be2. 5...0-0 6.g5 Nfd7 7.f4 [7.h4! has been the most popular choice here.] 7...e5 8.Nf3 exf4 9.Bxf4 f6 10.gxf6 [10.Qd2!+/-] 10...Nxf6 11.Qd2 Re8 12.0-0-0 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Rxe4 14.Ng5 Re7 15.Bf3 Nc6 16.c3 [Preventing counter play vs d4. Another direct approach is 16.Bd5+ Kh8 17.h4+/-] 16...Bf5 17.h4 Bf6 18.h5 Rg7 19.hxg6 hxg6 20.Bd5+ Kf8 21.Nh7+ [Even stronger is 21.Rh8+! winning lots of material.] 21...Ke7 22.Nxf6 Black resigns, as taking the knight leads to mate in one. 1-0

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BDG Not The Mama Teichmann

20 years ago there was a classic television show "Dinosaurs" that ran from 1991-1994. In this show, the baby calls his father: "Not The Mama"! Check out this YouTube clip.

The most popular variation of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3) is the Teichmann Variation (5.Nxf3 Bg4). Below we have an example of the Black trying to play this line vs the Ryder Gambit (5.Qxf3 Bg4) - Not The Teichmann!

The move shows a gap in the thought process where it appears that Black did not take into account how his 5th move would change the position. Specifically, when moving the bishop away from c8, it leave b7 unprotected.

Ask yourself before making your move, "How will my intended move change the position? Is there anything that will NOT be safe?" After 5.Qf3 Bg4, there are two things that are clearly not safe. First is the queen on f3; second is the pawn on b7. This practically forces White to play 6.Qxb7 when the Ra8 is not safe. In the game Bill Wall vs Robert Smith, White takes over the initiative.

Wall-Smith, Dayton, OH .06), 1984 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Bg4 5...Qxd4 6.Qxb7 Nbd7 7.Nb5 Rc8 8.Bf4 c6 9.Nc7+ 1-0

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wall You Can't Back Up In Chess

You can't back up in chess. Ever start to play a variation, only to find part way into it that your idea does not work? That is what appears to have happened in the game Bill Wall - Chris Campelli in a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Teichmann variation (5.Nxf3 Bg4).

White chooses the main line with 6.h3 about 90% of the time. Bill Wall chooses the interesting 6.Bc4 (seen 5% of the time). Fortunately here Black is most co-operative, taking on f3 without being forced. I am guessing when Black took 6...Bxf3, the capture 7...Qxd4? was planned in an effort to capture the hanging Bc4. Then Black might have noticed now that 8.Qxb7 Qxc4 9.Qc8 is mate! Cannot back up now. Thus 7...e6.

Bill Wall just added some new comments to his notes below:
"22.Be3 allows me to get out of checks after 22...Qh5+, now 23.Kd2. 7...e6 had to be a dubious move instead of 7...c6, but probably not fatal. Perhaps 10...Ng4 is the losing move with 10...Nd5 being better for Black., but instead of my 11.Nc6, perhaps 11.Nb5 threatening 12.Nxd6 could be an improvement (11.Nb5 Qh4+ 12.g3 Bxg3+ Ke2 should be good for White). Now 13...Bxh2? is the losing move instead of 13...Nb6 first, then ...Nxh2."

Wall-Campelli, Dayton, OH, 1984 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 e6 7...c6 8.Qxb7 Nbd7 9.Nb5 Bd6 10.Nxa7 Ng4 11.Nc6 Qh4+ 12.g3 Bxg3+ 13.Ke2 Bxh2 13...Nb6 14.Qxa8+ Nb8 15.Qxb8+ Kd7 16.Ne5+ Nxe5 17.Bb5+ c6 18.Qb7+ Kd8 19.Qb6+ Ke7 20.Qc7+ Nd7 21.Qxc6 Rd8 22.Be3 1-0 [Notes by Wall]

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Stomped by an Elephant Gambit

What is your attitude when facing questionable gambits? Mine is to accept gambits and make them pay for material sacrificed. Of course, sometimes the gambiteer wins!

Almost any grandmaster would consider the Elephant Gambit to be questionable. The fact that I used to play it as Black reveals my non-grandmasterness quality.

Recently I was playing some 1.e4 blitz games and two different players played the Elephant Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5). I remembered the main line is 3.exd5 e4 4.Qe2 and White stands better. I found the gambit to be very tricky in a 3 minute blitz game when one does not remember the exact moves. I had played it correctly Thanksgiving 2011.

Both Elephants stomped on me pretty hard. In the main game, I was crushed but managed to survive and win. In the notes is a game I played well, but blundered and lost.

Sawyer-chelsee, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 23.06.2012 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 e4 [3...Bd6 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5+/=] 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.d3 Bb4+ [5...Bd6 6.dxe4 0-0 7.Bg5 (More common is 7.Nc3 Re8 8.Bg5+/-) 7...Nbd7 8.Nc3 a5 9.0-0-0 a4 10.a3 Qe7 11.Qd2 Bxa3 12.bxa3 Qxa3+ 13.Kb1 Qb4+ 14.Ka1 a3 15.Na4? (In one move I go from winning with 15.Rb1!+- to losing.) 15...Qxa4 16.Qc3 Nxe4 17.Qb3 Qa5 18.Bd3 Ndc5 19.Qc4 Nxd3 20.Rxd3 Nxf2 21.Rb3 Nxh1 22.Bd2 Qa6 23.Qd4 Qf1+ 24.Ka2 Qxg2 25.Ne5 Nf2 26.Rg3 Here things get a little sloppy. 26...Qf1? (26...Qe4-+) 27.Rxg7+? (27.Bh6!+-) 27...Kxg7 28.Ng4+? (28.Nxf7+ Kxf7=) 28...f6 29.Bh6+ Kg6 30.Nxf2 Kxh6 31.Qh4+ Kg6 32.Qg3+ Kf7 33.Qxc7+ Kg8 34.Qg3+ Kh8 35.Qh4 Bf5 36.Nd3 Bxd3 37.cxd3 Qe2+ 38.Kb3 Qxd3+ 39.Kb4 Qxd5 40.Qc4 Qxc4+ 41.Kxc4 a2 White resigns 0-1 Sawyer,T-jethro369/Internet Chess Club 2012] 6.Bd2 0-0 7.Bxb4 [7.dxe4! Re8 8.e5!+/=] 7...exf3 8.Qxf3 Re8+ 9.Be2 Bg4 10.Qg3 Bxe2 11.Kd2 Bh5 12.Na3 Nxd5 13.Bc3 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Qf6 15.Nc4 Qh6+ [15...Re2+! 16.Kc1 Qxc3-+ and Black would be mated in a few moves.] 16.f4 Re2+ 17.Kc1 Qg6 18.Qxg6 Bxg6 19.g4 h5 20.Ne5 hxg4 21.Nxg6 fxg6 22.Rg1 Rxh2 23.Rxg4 Rh1+ 24.Kb2 Rxa1 25.Kxa1 Nc6 26.Rxg6 Re8 27.c4 Kf7 28.Rg2 Re1+ 29.Kb2 Nd4 30.Kc3 Nf3 31.Rf2 Ng1 32.Kd2 Ra1 33.a4 Nh3 34.Rf3 Ng1? [This allows White back into the game. 34...Rh1-+ ] 35.Rf2 Kf6 36.Ke3 Rxa4 37.Rg2 Ra1 38.Rg3 Re1+ 39.Kf2 Rc1 40.Rxg1 Rxc2+ 41.Ke3 g6 42.Rh1 b5 43.cxb5 Rb2 44.Rh7 Rxb5 45.Rxc7 a5 46.Ra7 Kf5 47.Rf7+ Ke6 48.Ra7 Kf5 49.Rf7+ Kg4 50.Ke4 Rb4+ 51.d4 a4 52.Ra7 Kg3 53.Ke5 Kf3 54.d5 Rxf4? Now White is winning. 55.d6 Rf5+ 56.Ke6 Rf4 57.d7 Re4+ 58.Kf7 Rd4 59.Kxg6 a3 60.Rxa3+ Kf4 61.Ra7 Kg4 62.Kf7 Rf4+ 63.Ke7 Re4+ 64.Kd8 Kf5 65.Ra1 Ke6 66.Rd1 Rh4 67.Kc8 Rc4+ 68.Kb7 Rb4+ 69.Kc6 Rc4+ 70.Kb5 Rc1 71.d8Q Rxd1 72.Qxd1 Ke5 73.Qf3 Kd4 74.Qe2 Kd5 75.Qe3 Kd6 76.Qe4 Kd7 77.Qe5 Kc8 78.Qe7 Kb8 79.Kb6 Ka8 80.Qd8# Black is checkmated 1-0

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