Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simons vs Brusey in Vienna Kampars

Martin Simons played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit in several games of the British championship last month. Alan Brusey chooses the gambit declined line 4.f3 Bf5 known as a BDG Vienna. After the typical Hara-Kiri continuation 5.g4 Bg6 6.g5 Nd5, Simons avoids the Tartakower variation 7.Nxe4 and selects the Kampars Gambit 7.fxe4 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bxe4. This 7.fxe4 variation was invented by Nikolajs Kampars, a creative idea, though Nick also played 7.Nxe4 many times.

On page 132 in Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook II after 8...Bxe4, I wrote:
"What does White have for his gambit pawn? White is behind in development and his rook is under attack. I must confess that I am skeptical of the Kampars Gambit, but White does have open lines and that can sometimes prove quite effective."

I had not written on the BDG Vienna Kampars Gambit 7.fxe4, but now we are blessed with a recent tournament game. Black had some more promising choices on more 9 and 11. White missed an unusual tactical shot 23.Qf1!, heading up the f-file while threatening Black's Na6. All in all, this is a good example of real life chess.

Simons (2087) - Brusey (1951), 101st ch-GBR 2014 Aberystwyth WLS (5.27), 23.07.2014 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6 6.g5 Nd5 7.fxe4 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bxe4 9.Nf3 e6 [or 9...Qd5 10.Bg2 f5=/+] 10.Bg2 Be7 11.Qe2 Bxf3?! [11...Bd5=/+] 12.Qxf3 c6 13.0-0 0-0 14.Rb1 b6 15.Qh5 Qc7 16.Rf3 g6 17.Qh6 f5 18.gxf6 Rxf6 19.Bf4 Qd7 20.Be5 Bf8 21.Qh3 Rxf3 22.Bxf3 Na6 23.Bg4?! [23.Qf1! Nc7 24.Bxc6 Qxc6 25.Qf6 Bh6 26.Qh8+ Kf7 27.Rf1+ Ke7 28.Qxh7+ Kd8 29.Bxc7+ with a winning attack.] 23...Re8 24.Re1 Nc7 25.Qg3 Nd5 26.c4?! Ne7 27.Qf4 [Draw agreed, although Black could play on with 27...Nf5.] 1/2-1/2

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