Thursday, July 17, 2014

Francesco Cavicchi and 3.c3 Modern Defence

Francesco Cavicchi shows us his win vs a female master in the Modern Defence:

"Hi Tim, as we all know, every BDG player has to deal -more often than we'd desire- with the (in)famous Pirc-Modern complex. My suggestion to unleash the fury against it in pure "keep the flame alive"-style is the Bronstein variation of the Austrian attack, combining f4 with h4 (see Bronstein-Palmiotto, Munich 1958; David's fireworks are definitely worth a look). In the following example the victim is, one more time, a top female player: WGM M.Fierro Baquero (elo 2338). It's amazing to see how often they're totally unprepared to face sound, poisonous sidelines: the surprise effect fully works and after 20 moves it's all over."

This is a very nice game vs Martha Fierro Baquero of Ecuador who holds titles as both an International Master and a Woman Grandmaster. Francesco plays an inspired game with beautiful mating attack that makes blitz chess a lot of fun!

Cavicchi (1915) - Fierro Baquero (2367 fide blitz rating), Fsi Arena online 5 min game, 24.06.2014 begins 1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.c3 [Here Bronstein played 3.Nc3 but I prefer c3, sustaining the centre against ...c5 in French Advance-style; with Nf6 still to come, there's no immediate danger on e4.] 3...d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.e5 Nd5 6.Nf3 0-0 7.h4 Bg4 8.Be2 c5 9.Qb3 [double pressure on d5 and b7] 9...Nb6 10.Be3 cxd4 11.cxd4 Be6 12.Qd1 Nd5 13.Bd2 Nc6 14.Nc3 Nxc3 15.bxc3 dxe5 16.fxe5 Rc8 17.h5 Na5 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Qc1 Nc4? [Here Stockfish recommends 19...Qc7; after 19...Nc4? White launches a classic, automatic-pilot attack against Black fianchetto. See how weak the dark squares are. White moves are so natural.] 20.Bh6 Bh8 [20...Bxh6 21.Qxh6 and White mates in 3] 21.Bxf8 Qxf8 22.Ng5 [pressure on e6 and h7] 22...Bf5 23.Qf4 f6 24.Rxh8+! Kxh8 [If 24...Kg7 25.Rxf8 fxg5 26.Qxf5 gxf5 27.Rxc8 is also winning for White] 25.Qh4+ [Black resigns, it's mate after 25...Qh6 26.Qh6 Kg8 27.Qh7 Kf8 28.Qf7 mate] 1-0 [Cavicchi]

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