Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cavicchi Wins vs GM Dreev in Budapest Gambit

Grandmaster Alexei Dreev agrees to play at odds on the clock and drops a game to our Italian friend Francesco Cavicchi. This begins as an Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5 and transposes to the Budapest Gambit after 2.c4 Nf6.

"Hi Tim, This is the Englund gambit declined I've played in a master challenge on FSI Arena chess site (5 minutes for me, just two minutes for the higher-rated master) against a very well known opponent: beware, for the Russians are coming! Top Russian GM Alexei Dreev (Elo 2701). More psychological than theoretical value, but we do not see GMs beaten by Englund gambits every day, we go: White: "igrok64" (Alexei Dreev, RUS, 2701) - Black: "mistercrowley" (Francesco Cavicchi, ITA, 1833) FSI Arena online, August 6, 2014"

"This game reminds me of the charge of the Italian cavalry regiment at Isbuscenskij, august 1942. They shouted "Savoia!" and charged the soviet t34 tanks of the 812th Siberian regiment with their horses..finally, they won that battle. the last cavalry charge of History."

I replied: Wow! I did not know about that. I knew about the Polish cavalry vs the German tanks about September 1, 1939. I did not know someone else tried it too. Very interesting. Reminds me of humans vs Fritz & company in chess.

Francesco added: Yes, they did it because they took the sleeping Soviets by surprise. I read the Germans, watching this, were disgusted and at the same time admired, saying "we do not know how to do these things anymore".

Yes, today we battle on the chess board instead of the horrors of flesh and blood in war. We are blessed to compete online from the comfort of home in our own country. Enjoy!

igrok64 (2701) - mistercrowley (1833), FSI Arena online, 06.08.2014 begins 1.d4 e5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 e4 [from Englund to Budapest, from Budapest to reversed French's curious to see how the gm refuses every pawns' offer in the opening] 4.Nfd2 c6 5.e3 d5 6.Nc3 Bd6 7.Be2 0-0 8.Qb3 Bc7 9.Qc2 Na6 10.a3 Bf5 11.h3 [I guess Dreev delays castling to confuse me..well, i keep playing french theoretical moves and we'll see, i still feel safe] 11...Qd7 12.b4 Rac8 13.Bb2 h6 14.g4 Be6 15.c5 Rfe8 16.0-0-0 [finally a target] 16...Nb8 [preparing pawn advance on the queenside] 17.Nb3 b6 18.Rdg1 a5 [the game becomes interesting, both sides attack now] 19.cxb6 Bxb6 20.Na4 Bd8 21.bxa5 Qa7 22.Bc3 Nfd7 [to avoid g5 forking f6 and h6] 23.h4 Na6 24.g5 h5? [first mistake, here i totally forgot the White bishop] 25.Bxh5 [maybe g6 was better] 25...c5 [trying to open the c-file and create a pin on his king..his queen is badly placed too] 26.dxc5 Ndxc5 27.Nb6 Bxb6 28.axb6 Qxb6 29.Nd4 Nd3+ [29...Bd7! was preferable] 30.Kd2 Nxf2 31.Be2 Nxh1 32.Rxh1 Nc5 33.g6 fxg6 34.h5 gxh5 35.Rxh5 Bf7 [White's already in zeitnot. I keep menacing to move very fast] 36.Rg5 Na4?? [too fast! very bad mistake, but paradoxically the queen's deviation will be useful to my attack because her majesty no more defends the White king..I should have played Qh6 or Nd3] 37.Qxa4 Rxc3 38.Kxc3 Rc8+ 39.Kd2 Qb1 40.Nc2? [40.Nc6! was the correct move] 40...Be8 [Here white lost on time] 0-1

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