Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alexey Bezgodov in Extreme Caro-Kann 3.f3

The book by GM Alexey Bezgodov is entitled "The Extreme Caro-Kann: Attacking Black with 3.f3". It provides White an approach against the Caro-Kann Defence using the Fantasy Variation move 3.f3 in a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit style. This system is really an aggressive attempt to hinder the development of Black's light squared bishop, which is so key in this opening. The book by the Russian grandmaster is published by New In Chess in 2014 with 272 pages. The back covers reads:

"This strange looking move was already played by former greats Gena Maroczy and World Champion Vassily Smyslov, but the idea has come to fruition in the hands of modern world-class players like Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich and Judit Polgar."

I was surprised by the move 3.f3 from "blik" in one of our games Internet Chess Club blitz games. Below I got into trouble combining the natural logical moves 5...Bg4 with 6...Nf6. Our game demonstrates one idea that can lead White to a quick tactical victory.

blik (2441) - Sawyer (2155), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 23.03.2012 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 [If 6.c3 Nd7 White has 7.Bd3 by Hou Yifan or 7.Be2 by Houdini] 6...Nf6? [6...Nd7=] 7.Bxf7+! Kxf7 8.Nxe5+ Kg8 9.Nxg4 Nxg4 10.Qxg4 Qd7 11.Qxd7 Nxd7 12.e5 Be7 13.0-0 Rf8 14.Rxf8+ Nxf8 15.Be3 Ne6 16.Nc3 a6 17.Ne4 Kf7 18.Rf1+ Ke8 19.c4 Rf8 20.Rxf8+ Kxf8 21.d5 Black resigns 1-0


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Invent New Opening 1.Nh3!?

How can you invent a chess opening? Look for rarely played early moves around which you can develop a reasonable plan for all your pieces. Focus on the center of the board for a good chess opening. I am impressed at how my Internet Chess Club opponent "stemli" developed 1.Nh3 into a sensible system. His plan is: 2.g3 with 3.f4. Moves like 4.d4 and 6.Nf2 and 8.Bg2 are common. His pawns fight for dark squares and his pieces for light squares, like a reversed Modern Defence 1...g6 with Nh6-Nf7.

Nothing is completely original. Charles Amar and Dr. Tartakower played this in Paris, France in the 1930s. But "stemli" makes it his own, having played many of his 26,000 blitz games in this line. Experience allows him to play his moves rapidly. Our hero "stemli" is rated in the 1800s, but ICC blitz ratings fluctuate. Three weeks after this game, "stemli" reached a rating of 2034. Most players would love to perform at the Expert level, even if only occasionally. He executes a reasonable plan quickly. After he completes his development, White aggressively attacks his opponent's king.

His ICC finger notes quote Capablanca: "A good player is always lucky". 1.Nh3 is risky but great for blitz! We all miss stuff and his opening is threatening. The notes below include some lines from other games we played. This time I won, but not always.

stemli (1820) - Sawyer (1921), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 24.07.2014 begins 1.Nh3 d5 [1...Nc6 2.g3 d5 3.f4 e5 4.fxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Nc6 6.Nf2 Nf6 7.Bg2 Bd6 8.0-0 0-0=] 2.g3 e5 3.f4 e4 [3...Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.0-0 fxg3 6.hxg3 Nf6 7.d4 Bd6=/+] 4.d4 exd3 5.cxd3 Nf6 [5...c6 6.Nf2 Nf6=] 6.Nf2 Bc5 7.e3 0-0 8.Bg2 Re8 9.d4 Bd6 10.0-0 c6 11.Qf3 h5 12.Nc3 Bg4 13.Nxg4 hxg4 14.Qf2 Ne4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.f5 Nd7 17.Bd2 Nf6 18.Bc3 Nd5 19.Qe2 Qg5 20.Rf2 Qxe3 21.Qxe3 Nxe3 22.Rf4 [White had to play 22.Bh1 Nd5 23.Re2 Bb4=/+] 22...Nxg2 [Obviously I should have grabbed the rook instead of the bishop. 22...Bxf4 23.gxf4 Rad8-+] 23.Rxg4 Ne3 24.Rg5 Nd5 25.Re1 f6 26.Rg6 Kf7 27.g4 Nf4 [White resigns] 0-1


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