Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wall One Slip In Critical Euwe Line

In the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Euwe game Bill Wall vs Guest5794, Black plays a critical line that left White in some trouble. One slip with 12...Nd5? and White was able to draw by perpetual check.

Wall-Guest5694, Internet .03), 2005 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.Bb5 [8.a3 h6 9.Bf4] 8...Bd7 9.0-0 a6 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bf4 0-0 12.Qd2 Nd5? [This allows a draw. Black would be better after 12...Nb4!-/+ ] 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Bxh6 gxh6 15.Qxh6 f5 16.Qg6+ Kh8 17.Qh6+ Kg8 18.Qg6+ Kh8 19.Qh6+ Kg8 1/2-1/2

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Tactical Trick or Dutch Treat? Staunton Gambit

Happy Halloween 2012! Here is a cute little game where I sacrifice a piece for a speculative attack to leave the Black king naked. It turned out that my opponent did not use all his pieces. I won my piece back with interest. Short and sweet. Like taking candy from a baby. As for the opening, I backed into the Dutch Defence Staunton Gambit after 1.Nc3.

Sawyer-vespa2, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 30.10.2012 begins 1.Nc3 f5 2.d4 e6 3.e4 fxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 Bb4 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 0-0 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bd2!? [Best was 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Qd2 Kg7 12.Qf4+- with a strong attack.] 10...Nc6 11.Qc1 d6 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.Qxh6 Qe7 14.Ng5 Qg7 15.Qh4 Qh8 16.Qg3? [This gives Black a good way to play. The correct continuation is 16.Nh7! Nxh7 17.Bxh7+ Kg7 18.Rxf8 Qxf8 19.Rf1+-] 16...Qg7 17.Rf3 Nh5? [Black can defend the position with 17...Ne7!= ] 18.Rxf8+ [18.Bh7+!] 18...Kxf8 19.Rf1+ [19.Nh7+!+-] 19...Ke7? [19...Ke8 20.Qe3+/-] 20.Qh4 Nf6? 21.Ne4 Black resigns 1-0

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BDG: Sugar Pie Jukilop Ryder Retreat

In the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ryder 5.Qxf3 Qxd4 game Bill Wall vs Jukilop, Black prematurely opened the center and then forgot about a lost tempo check in a combination that picked off the dark queen.

Wall-Jukilop, Internet .24), 2004 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Qxd4 6.Be3 Qd8 7.Rd1 Bd7 8.Bc4 Nc6 9.Nge2 Ne5 [9...e6] 10.Qf4 Nxc4 [10...Nfg4! 11.0-0 e6-/+] 11.Qxc4 e5 12.0-0 Be6? [12...c6=/+] 13.Rxd8+ Rxd8 14.Qxc7 1-0

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Petroff Defence Knights Back Up!

There is an old saying: I forgot more than I know. This can be very true of opening variations that I used to know, but that I have not played for a while. When the memory is rusty, I miss opportunities to punish inaccurate play, especially in blitz games. When you review your blitz game openings, you will improve your knowledge.

Below is a game in the main line Petroff Defence. We are rattling off the opening moves and I expect 7.0-0 Be7. My opponent played the blunder 7.Bg5? protected by his knight, attacking my queen. In a 3 minute blitz game it is usually most effective to play something safely quickly. I forget my knight can back up and pick off his bishop for free!

Shafkat-Sawyer, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 20.10.2012 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Bg5? [The main line is 7.0-0 Be7] 7...Be7? [So intent was I on playing developing my Black bishop that I missed 7...Nxg5!-+ winning White's bishop.] 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 [11...Bxf3! 12.Qxf3 Nxd4=/+] 12.c3 f5 13.Na3 a6 14.Nc2 Qf6 15.Ne3 g5? 16.Nxd5 Qd6 17.Bc4 Kg7 18.Rc1 Rae8 19.Re3 [19.Qc2+/=] 19...g4 20.hxg4 Bxg4 [20...fxg4!-/+] 21.Qe1 b5 22.Bb3 Re6? [22...Na5=] 23.Nxc7 [23.Nh2+-] 23...Rh6 24.Rxe4? [24.Ne6+ Rxe6 25.Bxe6 Qxe6 26.Nh2+/-] 24...Bxf3? [24...fxe4 25.Qxe4 Bxf3-+] 25.Re7+? [25.Ne6+ Kh8 26.Rf4 Rxe6 27.Bxe6 Qxf4 28.gxf3 Re8=] 25...Nxe7 26.Ne6+ Kh8 27.Nxf8? Qh2+ 28.Kf1 Qh1# 0-1

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Monday, October 29, 2012

BDG: Winning With Weak Move

In the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ryder 6.Be3 Qb4 game Bill Wall vs Guest8673, White avoided the main line with 7.0-0-0! and tried 7.Rb1?! In the end Black made a couple serious blunders allowing White to win.

Wall-Guest8673, Internet .28), 2003 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Qxd4 6.Be3 Qb4 7.Rb1?! [7.0-0-0!=] 7...Bg4 8.Qg3 Na6 [8...Nc6 9.Qxc7?! Nd5-+] 9.Bxa6 bxa6 10.Qxc7 Nd5? [10...Rc8!-+] 11.Qc6+ Kd8 12.Qxd5+ 1-0

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ICCF Master Humberto Cruz

Finally I play an older guy. I judged Humberto Cruz to be about 10 years my senior. We have been beaten up by the kids and find ourselves well back in the pack. Humberto Cruz is a strong correspondence master. This was one of those times when life got in the way of my chess. I thought I might get an advantage with my London System, but I wanted to be elsewhere. I decided to play for two hours (of the four hour session) and then offer a draw unless I had a huge quick win. I had a positional edge when we agreed to a draw.

The Minnesota Twins were in St. Petersburg (site of this event) for a baseball game vs the Devil Rays. My wife had a ticket; I wanted to go with her, too. I used to be a chaplain for the Rays. One of my old friends was pitching for the Rays. Also, if I withdrew from this event, we could drive back to the Orlando area before the traffic (Labor Day) got worse. He both had to work the next day. We enjoyed the baseball game and were relaxing at home long before the 6th and final round finished. Sad and wonderful at the same time.

Sawyer-Cruz, FL State Championship (5), 04.09.2006 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 cxd4 7.exd4 Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 Qf4 [10...e5!? 11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Re1 would leave Black with an isolated queen pawn but a more active bishop.] 11.Re1 Re8 12.Qe2 Bd7 13.g3 Qh6 14.Ne5 Re7 15.f4 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Nh5 17.Nf3 f5 18.Qe3 b6 19.Kf2 g6 20.h4 Qf8 21.Nd4 Kh8 22.Rh1 Qf7 23.Be2 Rg8 24.Rh2 Qe8 25.Rah1+/=. 1/2-1/2

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spamsky Tries Blackmar-Diemer

With the popularity of the Gruenfeld Defence, it is quite natural for a BDGer like me to play a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Bogoljubow from time to time. In the current game my ICC blitz opponent "Spamsky" had his knight wander off with 7...Nh5 in an attempt to trade of minor pieces when Black is up the gambit pawn. When it was time to come back with 13...Nhf6, Black instead wasted time. This set up an eventually thematic fianchetto pin tactic which forced checkmate.

Sawyer-Spamsky, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 24.10.2012 begins 1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.Qd2 Nh5 [7...0-0 8.0-0-0=] 8.Be3 0-0 9.0-0-0 Nc6 10.Bh6 Nb4 11.a3 Nd5 12.Ne4 Bg4 13.Be2 b6? [It is time for 13...Nhf6 14.Bxg7= Nxe4? 15.Qh6+/-] 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Rc8? [Dropping a piece, but if 15...f5 16.Bxg7 Nxg7 17.Ng5+/-] 16.Bxh5 gxh5? [White is also winning after 16...f5 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Ng5+- when the fork threat on e6 allows White time to rescue the Bh5.] 17.Qg5 1-0

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