Wednesday, January 16, 2013

BDGer Quinones + Thoughts on Scheerer

My second posting from Jorge Quinones is a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ziegler 6.Bc4 e6 variation. As is common, the game in this line between Jorge Victor Quinones Borda and Claudio Correa De Almeida transposes to what could be reached via a BDG Euwe 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bc4 c6. White works up a very powerful attack. Jorge Quinones writes:

"On a different topic, I have been checking Mr. Scheerer´s book for some days, and I have found until now at least two or three really bad suggestions (that lose the game or at least leave you much worst), do you also found some bad lines suggested there?"

Yes. However I remember that Christoph Scheerer published improvements to his book in It is hard to write perfect commentary. What I really appreciate from Scheerer is that he wrote the book at all! I know from the four books that I wrote that the whole process is very hard, and one gets paid very little. Probably if an author got a job at McDonalds he would make far more money per hour than by writing chess books.

Clearly he revised it. The publisher announced the coming book many times, each with a larger number of pages. Another good thing I like about Scheerer's book is that he has clear evaluations and expresses definite opinions. Since he IS an International Master, Scheerer's assessments are more accurate than most chess players. Most of the book seems good to me. I am sure some of the games cited would have turned out better if one of the players had played differently. It is hard to write perfect commentary.

There are "some bad lines suggested" in every chess book. Even Larry Kaufman who writes computer perfect opening books changed some of his lines from his first book to the second. For me, some of those lines Scheerer covers have given me many creative and beautiful victories. I play some "bad" lines because (1) I am more comfortable in them that in "better" lines, and (2) Black often misplays these "bad for White" lines.

Quinones (1896) - Correa De Almeida (1660), ZI-2012-0-01430 Lechenicher SchachServer, 24.11.2012 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 e6 [6...Bf5] 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bg5 0-0 9.Qd2 [9.Qe2!?] 9...Nbd7 10.Qf4 Qb6 11.Bd3 Qxb2 [11...Rd8 12.Qg3=] 12.Ne2!? [12.Ne4! Nd5 13.Qg3] 12...Qb4 [12...c5 13.Qh4 Re8 14.Rab1 Qa3 15.Rb3+/=] 13.Qh4 Re8 14.Kh1 h6 [14...Bd8=/+] 15.Bxh6 gxh6 16.g4 Bf8 [16...e5 17.g5 e4 18.gxf6+-] 17.g5 hxg5 18.Qxg5+ Bg7 19.Rg1 Qf8 [19...Kf8 20.Qxg7+ Ke7 21.Ng5+-] 20.Qh6 Re7 21.Rxg7+ Qxg7 22.Rg1 Qxg1+ 23.Kxg1 Ne4 24.Ng3 f6 25.Bxe4 Rg7 26.Kf2 Rxg3 27.hxg3 Kf7 28.g4 Ke7 29.g5 1-0

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

BDGer Jorge Quinones vs Litos Polbete

This week I am posting several Blackmar-Diemer Gambit type games from readers of this blog. Thank you! The analysis of the games is mine. We begin with Jorge Quinones.

"Good Morning Mr. Sawyer! I have been reading most bdg pages since almost 13 years ago when I started to play chess, and yours and Mr. Purser pages are the ones that I remember the most :)    ...    Jorge QuiƱones"

The game between Jorge Victor Quinones Borda and Litos Poblete is notable for logic, accuracy and creativity. The deeper I analyzed it, the more beautiful the game became. The bishop sac 17.Bh7+! sped up the attack. The variation is the BDG Huebsch.

Quinones (1919) - Poblete (1674), ZI-2012-0-01428 Lechenicher SchachServer, 23.11.2012 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bf4 [This move has the advantage of preventing an immediate ...e5. The alternatives are 5.Bc4, 5.f3, 5.Be3 and 5.c3.] 5...e6 [5...Bf5 is also common.] 6.Qd2 Bd6 7.0-0-0 0-0 8.f3 exf3 9.Nxf3 Bxf4 [Swapping pieces when up a pawn is almost always a good idea. Scheerer gives a game with 9...b6 10.Bd3 where White has compensation for the pawn in a potential kingside attack.] 10.Qxf4 Qd6 11.Qh4 Nc6 12.Bd3 h6 13.a3 [13.c3!? also keep the Black knight out of b4 and protect d4.] 13...Rb8 14.Rhf1 b5 15.g4 b4 [When castling opposite sides, you want to keep attacking and spend as little time as possible defending. Here redeploying for defence with 15...Ne7 16.g5+/= still allows a strong White attack.] 16.g5 bxa3 [Black presses on with the attack. If 16...g6 17.gxh6+/-] 17.Bh7+! Kxh7 18.gxh6 axb2+ 19.Kb1 f6 [If 19...gxh6 20.Ng5+ Kg7 21.Ne4+-] 20.hxg7+ Kxg7 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.dxe5 Qxe5 23.Rg1+ Kf7 24.Qh7+ Ke8 25.Rg7 1-0

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

20 Favorite Chess Posts of 2012

Happy New Year 2013! This is a revision of this post on 12/31/2016 with updated numbers as of May 2017. Here is my top 20 Favorite Chess Blog list for the year 2012. I wrote a total of 580 posts for this blog in 2012. Many of these old posts have been deleted. Only the most popular remain. Enjoy!

1 - 10

2105. Brian Wall's Fishing Pole Trap in Ruy Lopez

1691. 101 London System Repertoire Queens Indian

1177. Joy of Alapin-Diemer Gambit French Defence

943. Lakdawala on 2.Ne2!? vs Caro-Kann Defence

874. 102 London System Repertoire: Kings Indian

819. Bond Wins Snyder Anti-Sicilian Defence 2.b3

800. From Gambit Lasker Trap In Bird's Opening

767. Eric Rodriguez Cub Roars Black Lion System

754. Tom Purser draws World Champ Euwe in BDG


741. Winning with Koltanowski Max Lange Attack

715. How to win easy blitz chess Caro-Kann Defence

708. 103 London System Repertoire 1.d4 d5 variations

682. Tricky Queens Gambit Cambridge Springs Def.

678. Basic White Chess Repertoire 1.e4 & KEBU

590. 105 London System Repertoire Exchange Slav

577. New Book GM Avrukh Beating 1.d4 Sidelines

515. Romantic Chess Return of Tom Purser's Blog

499. 104 London System repertoire 1.d4 d5 Classical

495. Ray Haines wins with Classical Dutch Defence

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