Saturday, July 26, 2014

Albin Counter Gambit Sawyer Mate

The Albin Counter Gambit is one of my most successful defences to 1.d4, especially in blitz play. Both sides attack each other, so attacking and defending tactics must be employed simultaneously. My Internet Chess Club opponent today is Willy809 whom I have played to date 11 times, scoring +9 -2 in a variety of sharp openings. Generally he comes right after my king, which is a smart thing to do in blitz. His aggressive play is not always accurate, but in a three minute game Willy809 is potentially dangerous.

In this example White played the natural move 5.Bf4. However, Black can gang up on both this bishop and the e5 pawn with 5...Nge7 and 6...Ng6. Typically in this line, White has a weak doubled pawns on e3 and e5. Black gets very free development and regains the gambit pawn with a good position. White continues to press against my king in the middlegame and I fight back. His checkmate does not work, but mate does.

Willy809 (1733) - Sawyer (1960), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 28.06.2014 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bf4 [More common are either 5.g3 or 5.a3] 5...Nge7 6.e3 Ng6 7.Bg3 Bb4+ 8.Nbd2 dxe3 9.fxe3 Bg4 [Even better may be 9...Qe7! 10.a3 Bc5=+] 10.Be2 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Ncxe5 12.Qa4+ c6 13.0-0-0 [If 13.Qxb4? Nd3+ wins the White queen.] 13...Bxd2+ [13...0-0=] 14.Rxd2 Qe7 15.h4 [15.Rhd1=] 15...0-0 16.h5 Nxf3 17.gxf3 Ne5 18.Qc2 Nxf3 19.Re2 Rfe8 20.Qf5 [20.Qc3 Qe4-/+] 20...Nd4 21.exd4 Qxe2 22.Rf1 Qe3+ 23.Kc2 Qxg3! [For a moment I thought about swapping into a winning ending with 23...Qe4+ 24.Qxe4 Rxe4-+ but then I saw he did not have a mate, I grabbed his bishop to be up a rook.] 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.h6 Qg6+ 26.Qxg6 hxg6 27.hxg7+ Kxg7 28.Rg1 Re2+ 29.Kd3 Rae8 30.d5 c5 31.Rg3 Kf6 32.b3 Kf5 33.a3 Kf4 34.Rxg6 R8e3# [White checkmated] 0-1

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