Tuesday, December 31, 2013

David Cofer Wins Dutch Staunton Gambit

My Dutch Defence this week ends the year with a final Staunton Gambit post from my games in the 1989 USCF Golden Knights Postal Chess Tournament. It's a quickie, and from my perspective, the wrong side won. When it was time for clutch, my play was such in facing the Dutch I did not get much. My opponent David Cofer did not let me get away with superficial play. He outplayed me in the opening and maintained the gambit pawn with advantage to Black. On my 17 I tried to initiate some exchanges that would leave me only down an e-pawn. But David Cofer turned down my wishes. His eagle eyes spotted a powerful threat 17...Rf6! intending 18...Rh6+. I would have to give up a lot more material to avoid immediate checkmate, so I threw in the towel. Nice game by David Cofer.

Sawyer - Cofer, corr USCF 1991 begins 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 [4.Bg5] 4...d5 5.fxe4 dxe4 6.Bg5 Bf5 7.Bc4 Nc6 8.Nge2 e6 [8...Qd7] 9.0-0 Na5 10.Bb3 [10.Bd5=] 10...Nxb3 11.axb3 Bd6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.d5 Qh6 14.Ng3 Qe3+ 15.Kh1 Bxg3 16.hxg3 0-0 17.dxe6? Rf6! 0-1

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Index: Blackmar-Diemer Gunderam 7...Bg6

The most solid Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Gunderam 5.Nxf3 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 is the variation 7.g4 Bg6 where Black defends both his light squared bishop and his f7-pawn. When it seems appropriate, White will capture the bishop with his knight leaving Black with double g-pawns. This makes Black pawn advantage minimal. The game still has to be won by the pieces on either side of the board. This solid Gunderam line is similar to the BDG Teichmann Retreat lines after 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 e6 where the only difference is the move number and the location of the White h-pawn (h2 or h3). Other Gunderam lines were covered earlier, such as the natural 6.Bc4, the sharp 7.g4 Be4 and the very sharp 7.g4 Ne4.

This line begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.g4 Bg6:
8.Qf3 Bb4
     8...c6 9.g5 Qxd4
    9...Nd5 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.0-0 Qe7 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.c4 0-0-0
Last Revised April 30, 2014.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bob Muir Plays King's Indian Attack from Sicilian

Bob Muir often played closed openings from 1.e4. I tried many different openings against him like the Alekhine Defence or Caro-Kann Defence, or 1.e4 e5 Open Game playing either the Elephant Gambit or the Ruy Lopez. In the game below I venture the sharper Sicilian Defence. Generally players prefer the Open Sicilian with 2.Nf3 / 3.d4. In this game Bob Muir plays 2.d3 / 3.Nf3 when we transpose to the King's Indian Attack. Early in his career Bobby Fischer sometimes adopted this set-up. The position is closed. Black expands and grabs space by advancing all his pawns on the queenside. Black applies pressure and White drops a pawn. When Black is about to win more, White resigns.

Muir (1800) - Sawyer (2011), Williamsport,PA 1995 begins 1.e4 c5 2.d3 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 b5 8.b3 a5 9.c4 dxc4 10.dxc4 b4 11.Bb2 0-0 12.Qe2 Qc7 13.e5 Nd7 14.Rfe1 Bb7 15.Bh3 [15.Ne4=] 15...a4 16.bxa4 Nb6 17.Rac1 Rxa4 18.Ra1 Rfa8 19.a3 bxa3 20.Bc3 Nb4 21.Ne4 Bxe4 22.Qxe4 N4d5 0-1

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

John Blood Sr. in Caro-Kann 5...gxf6

After missing a chance to defeat John Blood Sr with my Latvian Gambit, now a year later I chose to defend against his 1.e4 with the Caro-Kann Defence. Normally after 4.Nxe4, I play the classical 4...Bf5. Thirty years ago I preferred the sharper and riskier 4...Nf6 line, intending 5.Nxf6+ gxf6. Jeremy Silman wrote a book on this line called "The Dynamic Caro-Kann: The Bronstein Larsen and the Original Caro Systems" a couple years before this game was played. To be aggressive, I tried a throwback to those thrilling days of yesteryear. Black's plan in this line is to castle queenside and to attack in the center or to use the g-file as a base of operations. This was my original plan, but this time the execution failed badly. White found more effective play on the b-file than Black did on the g-file. John Blood wins, again reversing my earlier success vs him.

Blood - Sawyer, corr USCF 1992 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Be2 e6 8.0-0 Qc7 9.c4 Nd7 10.d5 Rg8 [10...0-0-0! 11.Nd4 Be4=] 11.Nh4 Bg6 [11...Be4=] 12.Nxg6 hxg6 13.dxc6 Qxc6 14.Bf4 Ne5 15.Qc2 0-0-0 16.Rad1 Be7 17.Qc3 [17.a3+/-] 17...Nd7!? [17...Rxd1 18.Rxd1 Qe4=] 18.Bf3 Qc5? 19.b4 Qf5 20.Bxb7+ Kxb7 21.Qf3+ Kb6 22.c5+ Nxc5 23.bxc5+ Bxc5 24.Rb1+ 1-0

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Friday, December 27, 2013

French Fries to Sicilian Defence

The famous French Defence begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 and the normal continuation is 2...d5 attacking e4. In a recent game my "yellow" opponent played 2...c5 attacking d4. My new menu changed from French Fries to either Benoni Burger 3.d5 or Sicilian Pizza 3.Nf3. Forced to make a decision at ICC blitz speed, I went with pepperoni. It had been a while since I had dined on a Sicilian Defence, but chess is chess. We castled on opposite sides in a typical English Attack formation. My kingside attack was faster than his on the queenside. A few of our moves were Sloppy Joes, as happens sometimes in unrated blitz. In a rook ending, I devoured all his pawns. My three pawns on the queenside were ready for a cup of coffee, but Black had no desire to stick around for dessert.

Sawyer (2020) - yellow (1526), ICC 5 0 u, 05.12.2013 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5 3.Nf3 [Benoni Defence is 3.d5 exd5 4.exd5 d6 5.Nf3+/=] 3...cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nxd4?! [More common are 5...Qc7 or 5...Nf6] 6.Qxd4 Nf6 7.Be3 [7.e5+/-] 7...Be7 8.f3 [8.e5+-] 8...0-0 9.0-0-0 b6 10.g4 a5 11.h4 [11.Qxb6+/- is certainly good, but I was focused on the kingside attack.] 11...Ba6 12.h5 Bxf1 13.Rdxf1 h6 14.g5 Bc5 15.Qd2 Bxe3 16.Qxe3 hxg5 17.Qxg5 Nh7 18.Qg3 Qg5+ 19.Qxg5 Nxg5 20.f4 Nh7 21.h6 g6 22.f5 [22.e5+/-] 22...exf5 23.exf5 g5 24.f6 Rfe8 25.Nd5 b5? [25...Rab8 26.Ne7+ Kh8 27.Rhg1+/=] 26.Ne7+? [26.Nc7+-] 26...Kf8 [26...Kh8=] 27.c3 [27.Rf5!+/-] 27...Nxf6 [27...Ra6=] 28.Rxf6 Kxe7 29.Rf5 f6 30.Rxb5 Rh8 31.h7 a4 32.a3 Kf7 33.Rd5 Ke6 34.Rd4 d6 35.Re1+ Kf7 36.Rh1 f5 [36...Ra6=] 37.Rxd6 f4 38.Rh5 g4 [38...Ra5 39.Kd2+/=] 39.Rf5+ Ke7 40.Rg6 Rxh7 41.Rxg4 Rf8 [41...Rh1+! 42.Kc2=] 42.Rgxf4 [42.Rxf8 Rh1+ 43.Kc2 Rh2+ 44.Kb1 Kxf8 45.Rxf4+ Ke7 46.Rxa4+-] 42...Rxf5 43.Rxf5 Rh1+ 44.Kc2 Rh2+ 45.Kb1 Rh1+ 46.Ka2 Rh2 [46...Rh4 47.Rd5+-] 47.Rf4 Black resigns 1-0

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pawn Arrow Attack Advance Alekhine

Today I continue my Alekhine Defence presentations after 2.e5 Nd5. Below is another example of 3.Nc3 Nxc3 4.bxc3. Here I treated the position as somewhat similar to an Advance Variation of the Caro-Kann Defence by playing a Bf5 and putting pawns on d5, c5 and e6. Blocked pawns in the center give each side what is called a Pawn Arrow, pointing in the direction where success is most likely to come. White's arrow goes from c3-d4-e5 pointing toward an attack on the Black king. The Black arrow goes from f7-e6-d5-c4 pointing to action on the queenside. Against my ICC opponent WetDog, I was able to carry out my strategy on the queenside, keeping White so busy that he never seriously threatened the Black king.

WetDog (1704) - Sawyer (2412), ICC 5 7 u Internet Chess Club, 20.12.1999 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 Nxc3 4.bxc3 [4.dxc3] 4...d5 [4...d6] 5.d4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.h3 [7.Be2=] 7...Bf5 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 [Or 9.cxd3 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxe5=] 9...e6 10.0-0 c4 11.Qe2 Be7 12.a4 Qa5 13.Qd2 b5 14.Ba3 Bxa3 15.Rxa3 b4 16.cxb4 Qxb4 17.Qxb4 Nxb4 18.c3 [18.Rb1=] 18...Nc6 19.a5?! [19.Rb1 0-0=] 19...Ke7 20.Rb1 Rhb8 21.Rxb8 [If 21.Rc1 Rb2 22.Kf1 Rab8-/+] 21...Rxb8 22.Kf1 Rb3 23.Rxb3 cxb3 24.Nd2 Nxa5 25.Ke1 b2 26.Kd1 Nc4 27.Nb1 [White resigns as Black can simply push his a-pawn to force a win.] 0-1

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Bob Muir: Alapin-Diemer Gambit in French Defence

Merry Christmas! Here we celebrate the birth of Jesus, often with our family. In today's game Bob Muir avoids the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with the French Defence. In this case I responded with the Alapin-Diemer Gambit 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3. My old buddy Bob Muir went after my unprotected Be3 with 5...Nd5 which is a good alternative to the main line 5...exf3. We castled opposite sides. Normally the proper strategy in such situations is to push pawns toward the opponent's king. This worked wonders for me. I was given present, a marvelous gift: checkmate of his king by my pawn.

Sawyer (2010) - Muir (1800), Williamsport,PA, 01.1998 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 [Alapin used to play 5.c3!?] 5...Nd5 [This is a good alternative to the main line, which runs 5...exf3 6.Ngxf3 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0] 6.Qe2 exf3 7.Ngxf3 Bd6 8.Ne4 0-0 9.0-0-0 Qe7 10.c4 Nf4 11.Qf2 Ng6 12.c5 Bf4 13.h4 c6 14.h5 Bxe3+ 15.Qxe3 Nh8 16.Bd3 Nd7 [16...f6 17.Nd6+/-] 17.g4 e5 18.Neg5 Nf6 19.Qxe5 Qd7 20.Qxf6 gxf6 [Trying to get the knight out of the corner also loses. 20...Ng6 21.Nxh7 gxf6 22.Nxf6+ Kg7 23.Nxd7 Bxd7 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Ne5+-] 21.Bxh7+ Kg7 22.h6# 1-0

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

David Tabaska in Dutch Staunton Gambit

About once a week I go to the grocery store and walk up and down all the aisles. Here in America we are blessed with choices. One item I found this week was Pennsylvania Dutchman Canned Mushrooms, which is now made in China instead of by the Amish. I do not usually eat mushrooms, but their products remind me of the 20 years I lived near the Pennsylvania Dutch (actually Deutsch - they are of German descent). PA is so very beautiful throughout the Christmas season. I had many wonderful friends there. Some of them have passed away, but our times together live on in my memories.

In this Dutch Defence Staunton Gambit my opponent David Tabaska returned the gambit pawn by move 10. I missed a good continuation on move 12 and Black stood better for a few moves. Gradually I maneuvered to a position where I had a better center and the more active knight. On move 31 he missed a tactic and you could stick a knight fork in him.

Sawyer - Tabaska, corr USCF 1991 begins 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 d5 5.fxe4 dxe4 6.Bg5 Be6!? [6...Bf5] 7.Nge2 g6 8.Nf4 Bf7 9.Bxf6 exf6 10.Nxe4 Qe7 11.Qe2 [11.Bb5+!? c6 12.0-0! Nd7 (12...cxb5? 13.Re1+-) 13.Ba4 0-0-0 14.Re1=] 11...f5?! [11...Nd7 12.0-0-0 0-0-0=/+] 12.Nf6+?! [12.Ng5] 12...Kd8 13.Qxe7+ Bxe7 14.N6d5 Re8 [Better for Black is 14...Bd6 15.c4 c6 16.c5 Bxd5 17.cxd6 Kd7-/+] 15.Nxe7 Rxe7+ 16.Kd2 Nc6 17.c3 Kd7 18.Bb5 a6 19.Ba4 b5 20.Bb3 Rae8 21.Bxf7 Rxf7 22.Rae1 Rfe7 23.Nd5 Re6 24.Rhf1 Nd8 25.Rxe6 Rxe6 26.Rf3 Nc6 27.Re3 Rd6 [27...Rxe3 28.Kxe3 h6=] 28.Nf4 b4 29.Nd3 bxc3+ 30.bxc3 h5 [30...Ne7 31.Nc5+ Ke8 32.Re6+/=] 31.Nc5+ Kd8? 32.Nb7+ 1-0

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