Friday, August 31, 2012

BDG: Black Tinkers with 5.Qxf3 Nc6

When I was  a kid, I spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours tinkering with the old wooden "Tinker Toys" (or "tinkertoys"). These were sticks and spools that comprised a children's construction set. More than 50 years ago, Tinker Toys came in natural wood, but later the pieces came in other colors. As an adult, I cannot build anything, but I sure had fun building things as a kid.

In the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ryder 5.Qxf3 Nc6 game between Bill Wall vs "Tinker", the players castled on opposite sides. Both sides took steps to open up the opposing king. Black played the typical tempting move 12...h6. This gave White targets for attack. When Black wavered a little, the White pieces swarmed in for victory.

Wall-Tinker, Internet .21), 1997 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Be3 [More common is 7.Nge2 a6 8.Ba4 b5 9.Bb3 Na5 10.Nd5+/-] 7...e6 8.0-0-0 Bb4 9.Nge2 0-0 10.Rhf1 Re8 11.Bg5 Be7 12.h4 h6 13.Bf4 [13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Ne4+/=] 13...a6 14.Bd3 Bb4 [14...Nb4=/+] 15.Bxh6 Bxc3 [15...gxh6 16.Ne4 Be7 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Qxf6 Qxf6 19.Rxf6+/-] 16.Nxc3 Nxd4? [16...gxh6 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Qxf7+ Kh8 19.Qh5 Rf8 20.Qxh6+ Kg8 21.Qg6+ Kh8 22.Bxe4+/=] 17.Qg3 g6? [17...Nh5 18.Qg4+-] 18.Bxg6 Kh8 19.Bxf7 1-0



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Sawyer Beats FM Rahman Budapest

How do I win against a FIDE Master in 3 minute blitz chess? Here's MY plan:
1. Always stay at least 10-20 seconds ahead of my opponent on the clock.
2. Avoid at all cost getting checkmated before my opponent runs out of time.
3. Always keep enough material on the board so his time forfeit is my victory.
4. Attack anything and everything that would make my opponent think more.
5. Aggressively play openings that I know well or that I am trying to learn.

FIDE Masters are good chess players. They earn their titles in slower tournament play. Given normal time controls, FMs calculate well and perform at a 2300 level. Most FMs also play blitz chess well. Tournament play requires visualization and depth of analysis. Blitz play rewards knowledge and intuition. A grandmaster would have all of that!

I rarely play the Budapest Gambit, but since I had a good performance rating with it in the past, I decided to play it in a recent 3 minute ICC blitz game. If I lose, the performance rating would drop and I would try something else. If I win, well that can be fun too!

My ICC game "trsumon" (2063) vs Sawyer (2035) was an exciting and wild affair. My opponent's finger notes says: "HI..This is FM Md. Taibur Rahman." Looking him up in FIDE, I see that FM Rahman is from Bangladesh and a generation younger than I. His current rating is an excellent 2328. As you can see below, our game seesawed back and forth. He avoided the Budapest Gambit theory that I hardly know with his modest 4.e3. I managed to win a piece while losing all my kingside pawns. We got to a fascinating rook and pawn ending. I had 3 pawns to 1, but his 1 was far advanced. Alas, we both missed chances to win. Eventually all the pawns disappeared. I won on time with 8.6 seconds left.

trsumon-Sawyer, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 29.08.2012 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.e3 Bb4+ [4...Nc6 5.Nf3+/=] 5.Bd2 Qe7 6.Bd3 Nxd2 7.Nxd2 Nc6 8.f4 f6 9.exf6? [9.Qh5+! Qf7 10.Qxf7+ Kxf7 11.a3+/-] 9...Qxe3+ 10.Qe2? Bxd2+ 11.Kd1 Qxe2+ 12.Nxe2 Be3 13.fxg7 Rg8 14.Bxh7 Rxg7 15.Be4 Nd4 [15...d6-+] 16.Re1 Kf8 17.g3 d6 18.Nc3? [18.Nxd4 Bxd4-+] 18...Bf2? [At this point a chess friend had sent me a text and I got sidetracked for one move. Stupid of me to check it out DURING the game. 18...Bg4+! 19.Re2 Re8-+] 19.Rf1 Bxg3 20.hxg3 Rxg3 21.Ne2? [21.Ke1=] 21...Nxe2? [21...Bg4! 22.Kd2 Bxe2 23.Rg1 Rxg1 24.Rxg1 Bxc4-+] 22.Kxe2 Bg4+ 23.Kf2 Rh3 24.Rg1 Be6 25.b3 c6 26.Rad1 Rd8 27.Rg6 Bf7 28.Rgxd6 Re8 29.Bf3 Rh2+ 30.Kg3 Rxa2 31.Rf6 Rb2 32.Rd7 Re7 33.Rd8+? [33.Rd3=] 33...Kg7 34.Rf5 Rxb3 35.Rg5+ Kf6 36.Kf2 Bxc4 37.Bg4 Rb2+ 38.Kf3 Be2+ 39.Kg3 Re3+ 40.Kh4 Bxg4 41.Kxg4 Rg2+ 42.Kh4 Rh2+ 43.Kg4 Rg2+ 44.Kh4 Rh2+ 45.Kg4 Rg2+ 46.Kh4 Rxg5 47.fxg5+ Ke7 48.Rb8 Rb3 49.Kh5 Rb1 50.Kg6 a5 51.Kg7 a4 52.g6 a3 53.Ra8 Rb3 54.Ra7 c5 55.Kh6? [55.Kh8=] 55...Rh3+? [Black gets a winning position with 55...Kf6! 56.Kh7 Rh3+ 57.Kg8 Kxg6-+] 56.Kg5 Rg3+ 57.Kf5 Rf3+ 58.Ke5 Rg3 59.Rxb7+ Kd8 60.Kf6 Kc8 61.Ra7 c4 62.g7 Rf3+?+- [62...a2 63.Rxa2 Kb7 with decent drawing chances for Black.] 63.Ke5 Rg3 64.Kd4? [This leads to a dead draw on the board, although White is down on time. Correct is 64.g8Q+! Rxg8 65.Ra8+ Kd7 66.Rxg8 c3 67.Kd4 c2 68.Rg1 and White wins.] 64...Kb8 65.Rxa3 Rxg7 66.Kxc4 Rc7+ 67.Kd5 Rh7 68.Ke6 Rh6+ 69.Kf5 Rh5+ 70.Kg6 Rh1 White forfeits on time when Black has 8.6 seconds left. 0-1



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Thursday, August 30, 2012

BDG: Let's Make It Snappy!

The term "Snappy" according to thefreedictionary.com means "Lively or energetic; brisk." The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ryder 6.Be3 Qb4 game Bill Wall vs Snappy is all of that, and short. The lines 6...Qb4 leads to many very short White victories. This is another.

Wall-Snappy, Internet .18), 1997 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Qxd4 6.Be3 Qb4 [6...Qg4!] 7.0-0-0 Bg4 8.Nb5 Na6 9.Qxb7 Rb8 [Black falls for a mate in 2. The only move is 9...Qe4! 10.Qxa6!? Qxe3+ 11.Kb1 Qc5 12.Nf3+/-] 10.Qxb8+ Nxb8 11.Nxc7# 1-0



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No Bored Benoni Defence For Old Men

In the August/September issue of AARP The Magazine, the actress Meryl Streep (who is age 63) was asked, "But have you become more intent on approaching each moment as you've gotten older?" Her reply:

"I don't think it's unusual for my friends and people my age [to feel the way I do]. I really don't. I only see bored 20 year olds. I don't see any bored 60-year-olds. People may get crotchety, mean, but it's because they hold life to a high standard. I try to curb that instinct myself, but it's there. You just want things to be better."

In the Benoni Defence game below, my Internet Chess Club blitz opponent is "charlypapa". The term "papa" is usually reserved for fathers or grandfathers. Indeed, some call me "Papa." For all I know, "charlypapa" might be an old guy like me. He does not settle for boring chess, going with the unbalanced Benoni. I sharpen things with 5.f4 and 7.e5 but completely miss the win of a piece by 8.exf6! At least I analyzed the game after I played it and wrote about it here so I might remember next time.

Sawyer-charlypapa, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 26.08.2012 begins 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 g6 5.f4 Bg7 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.e5 Bxb5 8.Nxb5? [Here I completely missed the whole point of the line. White wins a piece with 8.exf6! Bxf6 9.Nxb5 Qa5+ 10.Nc3 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 Qxc3+ 12.Bd2+-] 8...Ng8 9.e6?! [9.Nf3+/-] 9...f5 [9...fxe6 10.dxe6 Qa5+ 11.Nc3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Qxc3+ 13.Bd2 Qf6=/+] 10.Nf3 Nf6 11.0-0 0-0 12.c4 a6 13.Nc3 Qa5 [13...b5!=] 14.Bd2 b5? 15.Nxb5 Qb6 16.Nc3 Qxb2 17.Rb1 Qa3 18.Rb3 [18.Rb7+-] 18...Qa5 19.Ne4 Qd8 20.Neg5 a5 21.a4 Na6 22.Nf7 Qc7 23.Bc3 Nb4 24.N3g5 Qc8 25.h4 [The best way to continue the attack is 25.Bxf6! exf6 (25...Bxf6 26.Rh3+-) 26.Nxd6+-] 25...Qe8 26.Bxf6 Bxf6 27.h5 Qxa4 28.hxg6 hxg6 29.Qf3 Bxg5? [Black's last chance is 29...Kg7!=/+ ] 30.fxg5 Rxf7 31.exf7+ Kxf7 32.Qe3 [32.g4!+-] 32...Nc2 33.Qe6+ Kf8 34.Qxg6 Qxb3 35.Rxf5# 1-0


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

When The Meak Did Not Inherit

Jesus said, "The meek will inherit the earth." This week a Meak was more weak than meek. Black might normally perform better than this, but here online things quickly fall apart. In the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ryder 5.Qxf3 game with Bill Wall vs "Meak", Black played too boldly with aggressive move such as 5...Bg4 and 6...Qxd4. Unfortunately for him, the active play was not safe play and Black lost a rook.

Wall-Meak, Internet .18), 1997 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Bg4? [Black should just take a pawn instead of attacking the queen. 5...Qxd4! 6.Be3 Qg4-/+ favors Black] 6.Qxb7 Qxd4? [For better or worse, Black should try 6...Nbd7 7.Nb5 Rc8 8.Bf4+/-] 7.Bb5+ Kd8 8.Qxa8 1-0



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Lucky You! French 6.h4 Alekhine Gambit

Recently I had Chess.com do a computer analysis of one of my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit wins. In a certain position the computer spit out the following comment:
"BLUNDER - Lucky you! Your opponent blundered! The best move was..."

Below is a game where I decided I would try to learn the French Defence Classical 6.h4 Alekhine Gambit. I screwed up the opening, but the game itself gives me a point to analyze. That is the blessing of blitz chess. After the game you analyze the opening and give yourself at least one new move. If I ever get here again, I plan to play this, etc.

The French Defence variation after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 usually has its main line continue 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 which I have played 67 recorded times as White. Now I am trying to learn 6.h4!? I figured that I would just play it in blitz games whenever it came up and see what happens.

So what did I learn? In the 3 minute game Sawyer (2034) - gdesportes (1855), play went 6.h4 c5 and I opted for 7.dxc5?! Clearly that was not right. Looking it up after the game I see that the best continuation for White is 7.Bxe7! Kxe7 (or 7...Qxe7 8.Nb5 0-0 9.Nc7+/=) 8.Qg4 Kf8 9.Nf3+/=. So, now I know. In the actual game, as we were playing quite fast, I decided to try to find a perpetual or maybe more if I got lucky. Man, would I get lucky at the end! I am sure the Chess.com computer would say "Lucky you!"

Sawyer-gdesportes, Live Chess Chess.com, 26.08.2012 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4 c5 7.dxc5?! [I see now that the best continuation for White is 7.Bxe7! Kxe7 (or 7...Qxe7 8.Nb5 0-0 9.Nc7+/=) 8.Qg4 Kf8 9.Nf3+/=] 7...Nc6 8.Qg4 Ndxe5 9.Qg3? [White still has 9.Bxe7!= ] 9...Bxg5 [9...f6!=/+] 10.hxg5 Ng6 [10...Qa5] 11.Nf3 [11.Nb5!+/=] 11...Bd7 12.0-0-0 [The move 12.Nb5!+/- was not registering with me.] 12...Qa5 13.Kb1 0-0-0 14.Bd3 [14.Nb5!+- threatens to check on d6 and fork on f7 with discovered check.] 14...Qxc5 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Rxh8 Rxh8 17.a3 Rh5 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Qxe5 Qxf2 20.Qxg7 Rxg5 21.Qf8+ Kc7 22.Qc5+? [We were playing quickly and I just looked for check. I had a draw here with 22.Ne4! Qe2 23.Qd6+ Kc8 24.Qf8+ Kc7=] 22...Bc6? [Black naturally blocks the check. Stronger would have been to grab the free queen with 22...Qxc5-+ Now I was contemplating the power of 23.Nb5! when all of a sudden I saw the simple...] 23.Qxf2 1-0


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

BDG: Stepping On The First Mine

Bill Wall plays a nice Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Bogoljubow variation. This is the traditional main line. In my database with over 3000 games with 6.Bc4 White scores 50% with a performance of +29 rating points. The whole variation is a mine field of tactics and mate threats. The main line is 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qe1 intending Qh4. If Black misses all the mines for about 20 moves, then he gets an endgame up a pawn.

In the game Wall-Jamesrf, Black steps on a mine right off on move 6, losing the gambit pawn and castling rights. Bill Wall does a good job playing out the attack.

Wall-Jamesrf, Internet .10), 1997 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg4 7.Bxf7+ [I like this better than simply 7.Ne5 Be6 8.Bxe6+/= because there are not so many targets in this line, despite the doubled e-pawns.] 7...Kxf7 8.Ne5+ Ke8 9.Nxg4 Nxg4 10.Qxg4 Nc6 11.d5 Ne5 12.Qe6 Bg7 13.0-0 a5 14.Bh6! Bxh6 15.Qxe5 Rg8 16.Qe6 Rg7 17.Ne4 1-0



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