Saturday, February 1, 2014

Stepan-Blechzin Battle Huebsch

One logical way to meet the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is by playing the Huebsch idea with a Gruenfeld Defence approach. The Huebsch Gambit begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4. Now after the standard 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 Black can play 5...g6. In a recent game from Prague in the Czech Republic in January of this year continued with the above suggested defence. IM Igor Blechzin who has often been rated over 2400 usually plays the King's Indian Defence or Benoni Defence. The Huebsch 5...g6 is a reasonable defence and it is the recommendation by Roman Dzindzichashvili in the book "Chess Openings for Black, Explained" with Lev Alburt, Eugene Perelshteyn and Al Lawrence. That book gives 6.f3, but 6.c3 Bg7 7.Qe2 allows White to regain the gambit pawn with a good game. Michal Stepan as White varied with 6.Be3. The players castled opposite sides, and Blechzin got significant pressure against d4. The master mustered a quick attack leading to the checkmate of a weakened White king.

Stepan (2111) - Blechzin (2390), Prague Open CZE (2.11), 11.01.2014 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 g6 6.Be3 [6.c3 Bg7 7.Qe2!= Scheerer] 6...Bg7 7.Qd2 [Another possible set-up is 7.Ne2 0-0 8.0-0 Nc6=/+] 7...c5 8.c3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Nc6 10.0-0-0 0-0 11.Kb1 Na5 12.Be2 Qd5 13.b3 Be6 14.g4 [Or 14.h4 Rfd8-+] 14...Nc6 15.Nh3 Qd6 16.Nf4 Rad8 17.Qc2 [White is lost. Black wins the d-pawn after 17.Nxe6 Qxe6 18.Qb2 Qd6-+] 17...Nxd4 18.Qxe4 Nxe2 19.Nxe2 Qa6 20.Nf4 Bxb3 21.axb3 Qa1+ 22.Kc2 Qb2# 0-1

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