Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Burke Jessee Wins Dutch Leningrad

Good-bye to good ole 2014. Tomorrow I list the 40 Favorites of 2014 from my blog. It is a look back to see which posts you clicked the most. Burke Jessee III from a beautiful farming area in southern Virginia defeats my Dutch Defence in a USCF Golden Knights Postal Chess Tournament. Shortly after this game I went on a 26 game winning streak.

That year I entered ten sections of seven players each in a two round event. Thus, in each section I was playing six opponents, which meant I was playing sixty games simultaneously from just the first round of this tournament alone. Spread so thin, I found myself playing too quickly and missing some important tactics.

My opening repertoire for that year was the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit as White. As Black I played the Latvian Gambit and any variation of the Dutch Defence. Below I chose the 7...Qe8 Malaniuk Variation of the Leningrad Dutch. I missed chances to equalize and walked into a loss. Jessee did well, shut down my counter play and won.

Jessee III (1870) - Sawyer (2082), corr USCF 1989 begins 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.Re1 Qf7 9.Qd3 h6 10.b3 Nc6 11.Ba3 Ne4 12.e3 Nxc3 [12...e5!=] 13.Qxc3 e5 14.Rad1 [White could try 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nd4+/=] 14...e4 15.Nd2 b6 16.f3 exf3 17.Bxf3 Bb7? [Defending against only one of the two threats. 17...Qd7!=] 18.Bd5! Kh7 19.Bxf7 Rxf7 20.Qa1 Raf8 21.Bb2 g5 22.d5 Bxb2 23.Qxb2 Ne5 24.Qb1 1-0

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Delayed d4 Alekhine vs Dick Zdun

Early in Alekhine Defence games, White pushes pawns while Black develops pieces. However, there are a few lines where White delays pawn play and makes tactical threats with pieces, especially vs the vulnerable f7 square. The Alekhine Defence is designed for Black to aggressively counter attack, but it is easy to get carried away. Here White set a trap and I fell for it when I got too frisky with my undefended bishop.

When you play the same club player over and over again, you have certain expectations. Dick Zdun was as older player against whom I had the Black pieces 75 times. I lost only two, drew seven, and won all the rest. I expected Dick Zdun to play solid openings and then either make a tactical mistake in the middlegame or to head for a lost endgame. This pattern repeated itself frequently.

In most chess games, White pushes his d-pawn, often to d4, on move one, two or three. Below in a Williamsport club game at Lycoming College vs the Alekhine Defence my friend Dick Zdun held back d2-d4 until move seventeen! Both of us hang a bishop in this game. My blunder came first in an opening I played thousands of times. It illustrate the Grandmaster Dr. John Nunn saying, Loose Pieces Drop Off.

Zdun (1634) - Sawyer (2010), Williamsport PA, 01.1998 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Bc4 Nb6 4.Bb3 d6 5.Nf3 Bg4? [5...Nc6=] 6.Bxf7+! Kd7 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 [Or 8.e6+ Kc8 9.Qxf3+-] 8...c6 9.Qf5+ Kc7 10.0-0 g6 11.Qf4 N8d7 12.exd6+ [12.d4!+-] 12...exd6 13.Bb3 Bg7 14.Nc3 Rf8 15.Qg4 Ne5 16.Qd1 [16.Qg3+/-] 16...d5 17.d4 Ned7 18.Bf4+? [Hanging a bishop. 18.Qg4+/-] 18...Rxf4 19.Ne2 Rf7 20.c3 Qh4 21.Qd3 Raf8 22.f3 Bh6 23.c4 [Or 23.Rad1 Re7-+] 23...dxc4 24.Bxc4 Nxc4 25.Qxc4 Nb6 26.Qd3 Re7 27.b4 Rfe8 28.Rae1 Re3 29.Qc2 Nd5 30.b5 Nf4 31.bxc6 Nd3 32.cxb7+ Kb8 0-1

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Index: Blackmar-Diemer Vienna 7.bxc3 Qc8

This Index on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit covers the Vienna Defence 4.f3 Bf5 where Black chooses the common continuation 5.fxe4 Nxe4. Below we cover in some detail the popular variation 6.Qf3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Qc8. In the New Year 2015, I plan to post two more BDG Vienna indexes: 6.Qf3 Nd6 and eventually 7.Bf4 e6, however I have at least eight additional games to post before I am done them. Previously we considered the Hara-Kiri lines 5.g4 Bg6 6.h4 and 5.g4 Bg6 6.g5. Then we moved on to 5.fxe4 Bxe4 and other 5.fxe4 Nxe4 6.Qf3 Nxc3 lines without 7...Qc8.

It begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.fxe4 Nxe4 6.Qf3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Qc8:
8.Ba3 Qe6+ 9.Kd2 Nc6 10.Bb5 Be4
8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.cxd3 e6 10.Nh3 Be7
8.Bc4 Bg6 9.Nh3 Nd7 10.0-0 Nf6
8.Bc4 e6 9.Ne2 Bd6 10.0-0 0-0

8.Bc4 e6 9.Rb1 c6 10.Nh3 and now:
10...Bxc2 11.0-0 Bg6
10...Bd6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.cxd3 Nd7 14.Ng5
10...Be7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.cxd3 Nd7 14.Qg3
Last Revised December 29, 2014.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pelle Lingsell in Caro-Kann Bishop Retreat

My Caro-Kann Defence game today is vs Pelle Lingsell of Sweden. Below I chose the Advance Variation with 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3. Here 94% of the time Black captures on move four with 4...Bxd3 to exchange his bad bishop for White's good one. Black's choice to retreat to 4...Bg6 may have been an attempt to complicate matters or to take White out of the book. Whatever the reason, it worked in this game when I missed a tactic.

Also back in 2012, I had defeated Pelle Lingsell in the Four Knights Game and also in a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Bogoljubow variation. It seems fair that I present a game where he won. The past couple years I have experimented with many different openings for fun. In 2015, I plan to make a push to raise my rating back up. That will require a lot of games vs higher rated players, as opposed to playing mostly lower rateds in 2014.

Also in 2015, I plan to revise my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook. That project will not be done instantly or overnight, but as Dr. Irving Jensen of Bryan College taught us, the key to write a little bit every day. As of 2014, Goodreads lists 69 Irving L. Jensen books and only four Tim Sawyer books. With my blog, that is a lot of writing in my spare time! However, in 2015 I resumed books writing with Kindle ebooks.

Sawyer (1962) - Lingsell (2053), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 17.11.2012 begins 1.d4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bg6 5.f4 [5.e6!+/-] 5...e6 6.Nf3 Ne7 7.Nh4!? [7.0-0=] 7...c5 8.c3 Nbc6 9.Be3?! [9.dxc5=] 9...Qb6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.b3 Nf5 12.Bxf5 gxf5 13.Qd2? [13.0-0 Rc8=/+] 13...cxd4 14.Bxd4 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 Bc5 16.Qd2? Be3! 17.Qd3 Bxf4 18.g3 Bxe5 19.Nd2 Rc8 20.Rc1 Qa6 21.Qxa6 bxa6 22.c4 dxc4 [For one move Black misses 22...Bxg3+!-+] 23.Nxc4 Bxg3+ White resigns 0-1

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Zilbermints vs Gagan in Teichmann

Lev Zilbermints played a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit in an Internet Chess Club blitz game vs "Gagan". Black chose the popular BDG Teichmann 5.Nxf3 Bg4 variation. Here White grabbed a second pawn with the 8.g4 Qxd4 Seidel-Hall Attack. When my friend Lev Zilbermints plays a Seidal-Hall 8.g4, I think of Seton Hall which is a New Jersey university founded in 1856 back in the days of Paul Morphy.

The Seidel-Hall Attack is named after two players. First is Norbert Seidel of Germany who played from the 1950s through the 1970s. Second is Arthur Hall of England who played about 100 published BDG games from the 1960s through the 1990s. Reportedly Arthur Hall wrote a book on the BDG, although I never saw it published in print. I know how that goes, because I have written a lot that has never been in print. I am blessed that the four books that were published in print all sold out. Currently I am working on a updated BDG Keybook for 2015. I think it is time. Stay tuned.

White offers a second pawn. When Black grabs it by 8...Qxd4, White counter attacks. This game is a good example of how complicated the BDG is to play in blitz. Good players will miss tactical shots, and thus they can be defeated from either side. Both sides come close to winning, but in the end Lev Zilbermints finds a mate!

Zilbermints (2072) - Gagan (2170), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 25.11.2014 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.g4 Qxd4 9.Be3 Qb4 10.0-0-0 e6 11.g5!? [11.Nb5; 11.Rd4; 11.Kb1; 11.Bd4!?] 11...Nd5 12.Nxd5 [12.Bd4=] 12...cxd5 13.Rd4? [13.c4!=] 13...Qa5 14.a3 Nc6 15.Rd1 Bxa3?! [15...Bc5-/+] 16.bxa3 Qxa3+ 17.Kd2? [17.Kb1 Rc8=/+] 17...Rc8? [17...d4!-+] 18.Bd3 Ne5 19.Qf4 Nxd3 20.cxd3 0-0 21.Ke2 e5 22.Qf5 g6 23.Qf6? [23.Qxe5+/=] 23...d4 [23...Rc2+!-/+] 24.Bd2 e4 25.dxe4 Rfe8 26.Qxd4 Rcd8 27.Qe3 [27.Qc3 Rxe4+ 28.Kf2=] 27...Qa4 28.Kf3 Rd4 29.Ra1? [29.Kf2 Red8-/+] 29...Qc6 [29...Qd7!-+] 30.Rac1 [30.Qxd4+-] 30...Qd7 31.Rc7 Qd6 32.Qf4 Rd3+ [32...Qe6=] 33.Be3 Qe6 34.Qg4 [34.Rb1+-] 34...Qe5 [34...Rxe3+! 35.Kxe3 Qb6+!-+] 35.Qf4 Qe6 36.Qg4? [36.Rb1!+-] 36...Qxg4+ [again 36...Rxe3+!-+ ] 37.hxg4 b6 38.Rhc1 Re6 39.Rc8+ Kg7 40.R1c7 h6 41.Rb8 hxg5 42.Rbb7 Kf8 43.Rxf7+ Ke8 44.Rh7 Kf8 45.Rh8# Black checkmated 1-0

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Pirc Defence 4.Bg5 Assault Blacula

The Pirc Defence lends itself to being attacked by virtue of the pawn on g6. Below my own army weaves it way through and past the Black fortress. White's pieces and pawns carve a path like a hot knife through melted butter. Black's defensive set-up is pawn on g6, bishop on g7 and king on g8. When White gets a pawn on g6, and advances to g7 with an unstoppable threat of g8=Q, you know Black's original Pirc plans fell far short.

The choices White has often revolve around what he does with the his own f-pawn. White can aggressively grab space with the advance 4.f4 like when I trapped a queen. Or he can play 4.f3 (or first 4.Be3) and the 150 Attack with g4 and h4 to storm the kingside. Finally, he can leave the pawn on f2, play 4.Nf3 and 0-0 focus on the center.

Below against Blacula I played 4.Bg5 and after 4...h6, I retreated with 5.Be3 and opted for a 150 Attack set-up. The pawn on h6 becomes a target. Once I play 10.g5, I force open lines. His rook pawn advance to 15...a4 never amounted to much. My rook pawn advance to 19.h5 continued my assault on the Blacula king because of the target on g6. White won material and the game when my g-pawn made it to 26.g7 with 27.Rh8 forcing a new queen. Previously I had defeated Blacula in a Sicilian Dragon as Black.

Sawyer (1924) - Blacula (1515), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 07.08.2014 begins 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.f3 0-0 7.Qd2 Kh7 8.0-0-0 c6 9.g4 [White could also try 9.h4 h5 10.Kb1+/= and then attack.] 9...b5 10.g5 [10.h4+/=] 10...hxg5 11.Bxg5 Rh8 [11...Nbd7=] 12.h4 Nh5 [12...Nbd7=; 12...Kg8=] 13.Nce2 a5 14.Nh3 Bxh3 15.Bxh3 a4 16.Bg4! Kg8 17.Bxh5 Rxh5 18.Nf4 Rh7 19.h5 Qa5 20.Qxa5 Rxa5 21.hxg6 [21.Bxe7!+- may leave White up two pawns instead of one.] 21...Rxh1 22.Rxh1 f6 23.Bh6 e5 24.Ne6 [Or 24.Bxg7!+-] 24...Bxh6+ 25.Rxh6 Nd7 26.g7 Kf7 27.Rh8 Black resigns 1-0

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Daniel Callahan King's Gambit Falkbeer

Merry Christmas! My game today is a King's Gambit played by Daniel Callahan. I chose the Falkbeer Counter Gambit approach with 2...d5. However, after 3.exd5 c6 4.Nc3 exf4 5.Nf3 Bd6 we reach a line also possible after 2...exf4 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 from the King's Gambit Accepted. White delayed d2-d4, and I got a good game.

When I see the name "Callahan" (common in Florida), for some reason I think of the character Peggy Callahan (played by Jennifer Darling) from the 1970s both in the TV series "The Six Million Dollar Man" and later "The Bionic Woman". Darling went on to become the voice of many animated characters in movies and television shows.

During my final APCT years, Helen Warren and Jim Warren offered e-mail sections where games were played much faster than the old postal chess that I played for 20 years. Many of my e-mail games were played superficially by me, but once in a while I enjoyed a nice gift. They were as treasured as a wrapped present under the tree.

Charles Wesley wrote Hark, the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new-born King!" as sung by Carrie Underwood in this YouTube link. On this day we celebrate the birth of the King who was foretold by the prophets. I hope you all have a blessed day!

Callahan (1868) - Sawyer (1969), corr APCT EMN-A-1, 28.12.1996 begins 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 c6 4.Nc3 exf4 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.Bc4 [6.d4] 6...Ne7 7.dxc6 [7.d4] 7...Nbxc6 8.d4 0-0 9.0-0 Bg4 10.Ne4 Rc8 [10...Bc7 11.c3] 11.Bb3 Bb8 12.c3 Ng6 13.Bc2 Nh4 14.Ned2 f5 15.Qe1 Bxf3 16.Nxf3 Nxf3+ 17.Rxf3 Nxd4 18.Rd3 Nxc2 19.Qe6+ Kh8 20.Rxd8 Rcxd8 21.Rb1 Rfe8 22.Qc4 [22.Qf7 a6-/+] 22...Rd1+ 0-1

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