Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Craig Jones French Alapin Gambit Accepted

Craig Jones is one of the few players that I played in postal chess and over-the-board in USCF. At the time he was one of Pennsylvania's best masters. Master Craig Jones is not to be confused with contemporary Master Curt Jones of Tennessee, whom I also played.

Here Craig Jones handles my French Defence Alapin Gambit 5.f3 exf3 by defending better than I attack. Most of the time Black develops a bishop on move six. Craig Jones instead played for a quick central counter attack with 6...Nbd7 and 7...c5. This variation has to be considered a critical line for the 3.Be3 Alapin-Diemer French.

My new French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.

Sawyer (2070) - Jones (2061), corr USCF 89NS20, 02.11.1990 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Ngxf3 Nbd7 [ More common is a bishop move, such as 6...Be7.] 7.Bd3 c5 8.c3 [In light of what follows, this seems to close. Maybe 8.0-0 or 8.Qe2.] 8...Be7 9.Qe2 0-0 10.0-0 b6 11.Bg5 Bb7 12.Qe1?! [This is too slow. 12.Rad1 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5 14.Bc2 Nd5 15.Bxe7 Qxe7=/+] 12...cxd4 13.cxd4 h6 14.Qh4 Re8 15.Rae1? [15.Bf4 Nd5 16.Qg3 Nxf4 17.Qxf4 Rc8-/+] 15...hxg5 16.Nxg5 Nf8 17.Rxf6? [Or 17.Ndf3 Bxf3 18.Rxf3 Ne4 19.Rh3 Qxd4+ 20.Ree3 Qxe3+ 21.Rxe3 Nxg5-+ and for the sacrificed queen Black has two knights, a rook and a pawn.] 17...Bxf6 0-1

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Richard Wade Brooks Sacs Rooks

In the 2010 action movie "Three Kingdoms" about fighting factions in China in 228 A.D. (based on "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" by Luo Guangzhong), one wise man advises his troops with these words: "A battle is like chess. Instead of standing pat, playing defensively... you must sacrifice a rook to take a king."

While I am not sure how a chess rook in China compares to medieval castles of Europe 1000 years later, the quote works for me. My postal chess game vs Richard Wade Brooks in the 1989 USCF Golden Knights Semi-Finals saw the Latvian Gambit. After I sacrifice one rook, my opponent sacrifices two rooks. One can give up too much material.

[My Philidor 2.Nf3 Playbook includes the Latvian Gambit]

Brooks (1909) - Sawyer (2030), corr USCF 89NS20, 04.03.1991 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 b5 4.Bb3 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Qg5 6.Nf7 [A better line is 6.d4! Qxg2 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Bf7+ Kd8 9.Qg5+ Qxg5 10.Bxg5+ Be7 when White could try 11.h4+/=] 6...Qxg2 7.Rf1 d5 8.Nxh8 Nf6? [8...Bg4!-+ wins] 9.Bxd5? [Giving Black another option. 9.d4 Bg4 10.Qd2=] 9...Bh3! 10.Bf7+ Ke7 11.Qe2 Nc6 12.Qxb5 Rb8 13.Qc4 Rb4 14.Qe2 Nd4 15.Qa6 [White is running out of ways to defend f1 and e2. 15.Bc4 Nxe2 16.Bxe2 Qxh2 17.Nc3 Bxf1 18.Bxf1 Ng4-+] 15...Nxc2+ [15...Qf3!-+ with mate threats.] 16.Kd1 Nxa1 17.b3 Qxf1+ [17...Bg4+!-+] 18.Qxf1 Bxf1 0-1

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Emil Josef Diemer Wins His Last Game

Eventually we will all play our last chess game. Emil Josef Diemer died over 20 years ago. Tom Purser met Diemer and corresponded with him. Here is Tom Purser's announcement in his BDG WORLD, October 1990 and two quotes from BDG WORLD, January 1991:

                                             Emil Josef Diemer 1908-1990
            "We deeply regret to report the death of Emil Josef Diemer on October 10, 1990. A remarkable and unique personality is gone, and chess is much the poorer for it. We received the news just before sending this issue to the printer, much too late to include more than this brief notice. Our December issue will be dedicated to the life and chess of E.J. Diemer." [the next BDG WORLD issue ended up being January 1991]

                                                    From Schach Echo
            "on 10 October the well-known Baden chess theoretician and tournament player, Emil Josef Diemer, died n south Baden Fussbach at the age of 82. ...born on 15 May 1908 in Bad Radolfzell ... work best known to many gambit friends... contributed authoritatively through his exploration of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit."
                                                From Schach Magazin 64
            "In Emil Josef Diemer one of the last 'chess originals' left us. In chess generally and in gambit play especially, to which he dedicated his entire life, his ardent, shining life was fulfilled."        

Here is the last known game Emil Josef Diemer played: BDG Ryder 5.Qxf3 Qxd4. Most greedy computers back then did not analyze deep enough to consistently defeat masters.

Diemer - Mephisto, Fussbach, Germany 1990 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Qxd4 6.Be3 Qh4+ 7.g3 Qg4 8.Qg2 [Keeping the queen, aiming at b7 and avoiding a future ...Ng4 fork on Be3 and Qf2.] 8...e5 9.Nf3 Bd6 10.h3 Qf5 11.0-0-0 Nc6 12.Bd3 [12.g4 Qd7 13.Bc4 0-0 14.Ng5= is an alternative.] 12...Qe6 13.Ng5 Qe7 14.Bc4 0-0 15.g4 h6 [A complicated position. 15...Bc5 16.Bd2 Nd4 17.Nce4 Ne6 18.Bxe6 Bxe6 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Nxc5 Qxc5 White has some compensation for the double sacrificed e-pawns. 21.Qxb7 Rab8=/+] 16.h4 [16.Nge4 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Be6 18.Bd3 f5! 19.gxf5 Bxf5 20.Qg2 Bxd3 21.Rxd3 Qe6-/+] 16...hxg5? [Taking this knight is fatal. The modern day Houdini 3 points out that Black has 16...Nxg4! 17.Qe4 Nf6 18.Qg6 Be6 19.Bxe6 fxe6-+ and White does not have enough compensation for three pawns.] 17.hxg5 Nxg4 [Sharp to the end, Diemer has a forced mate in seven and finds his way correctly.] 18.Qe4 Nh6 19.Rxh6 Bf5 20.Qxf5 gxh6 21.Qg6+ Kh8 22.Qxh6+ Kg8 23.Qg6+ Kh8 24.Rh1# 1-0

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Diemer Goes to Amsterdam Ryder Gambit

Emil Joseph Diemer went to Amsterdam for a little chess. On January 17, 1956 he played this well known Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Ryder 5.Qxf3 e6 6.Bf4 gem vs J. ten Have. Four months later on May 15, 1956 E.J.D. finished the introduction of his book where on page 10 Diemer gave his own name as: "EMIL JOSEF DIEMER". Alas, our hero did spell his middle name "Joseph" at times. Our chess friend Mr. G. Brunold prefers "Joseph".

Diemer was a master of inconsistencies, but it served him well. He intended to write two books on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. The book cited above covered the gambit declined and accepted 5.Qxf3 lines. The second book (never published) was going to cover lines with 5.Nxf3 which Emil Josef Diemer played four times as much as he played 5.Qxf3.

Diemer - Ten Have, Amsterdam 1956 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 e6 6.Bf4 Bd6 7.Bg5 [White wants to keep his bishop for later tactics.] 7...Nbd7 [7...h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Qxf6 gxf6 10.Nf3 a6-/+] 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.Bd3 c6 [9...e5!=/+] 10.Ne4 Be7 11.h4!? b6 [11...Nd5=/+] 12.Nh3 Bb7 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Qe4 g6 15.Rdf1 Rb8 [15...Be7! 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.h5=] 16.Rxf6 Nxf6 17.Qf3 Kg7? [This loses a piece and the game. 17...c5 18.Qxf6+/=] 18.Rf1 Kg8 19.Bxf6 Qd5 20.Qf4 Qh5 21.g4 1-0

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