Saturday, January 17, 2015

Creative Chicago Tate BDG Von Popiel

IM Emory Tate heads towards a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit vs GM Evgeni Vasiukov and then veers off into the Von Popiel with the move 4.Bg5.

After the normal 4...Bf5, White has several options:
5.f3!? playing delayed BDG like James Sherwin.
5.Qe2 threatening a check like Szadkowski.
5.Bxf6 eliminating a defender like Markus.

The Wikipedia entry on Emory Tate includes this quote:
"Tate has earned a reputation as a creative and dangerous tactician on the U.S. chess circuit, where he has won about 80 tournament games against Grandmasters. Tate won the United States Armed Forces championship five times. He is one of the highest-rated African-American chess players."

A Wikipedia entry on Evgeni Vasiukov includes this quote:
"During his peak years, from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s, Vasiukov scored wins in individual games over many top Soviet players, such as Smyslov, Bronstein, Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, Paul Keres, Mark Taimanov, Efim Geller, and Lev Polugaevsky. He was unable to defeat top-ranking Soviet stars such as Viktor Korchnoi, Anatoly Karpov, Spassky, or Stein."

Grandmaster Vasiukov was playing in the Soviet Championship before Emory Tate was born. In the battle below, Tate chooses an active offbeat opening in a three minute game. Both sides have chances for advantage. Eventually Vasiukov gives perpetual check.

Tate (2054) - Vasiukov (2033), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 25.11.2014 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 [This is the Von Popiel. The main alternative is 4.f3 Blackmar-Diemer Gambit] 4...Bf5 5.f3 exf3 [5...Nbd7 is a critical move that gives White many interesting options, such as 6.Bc4, 6.g4, 6.fxe4, 6.Qe2 or 6.d5] 6.Qxf3 [Or 6.Nxf3=] 6...Qc8 7.Bc4 [Rybka, Komodo and Houdini all like 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3= with compensation for the pawn.] 7...Nc6 [7...Bxc2!?] 8.Nge2 h6 9.Bxf6 exf6 10.Bb5 [10.0-0+/= Houdini] 10...Bd7 11.Qe3+ Ne7 12.0-0-0 Bxb5 13.Nxb5 Qd7 14.Nbc3?! [14.Qb3!=] 14...0-0-0 15.d5 Kb8 16.Nd4 [16.d6 cxd6 17.Nd4] 16...g6 17.Ncb5 [17.Kb1 Nc8-/+] 17...Nc8 [17...Nxd5!-+ picks up the pawn and attacks the queen, leaving Black up two f-pawns.] 18.Qb3 Bc5 19.Nc6+ bxc6 20.Nd4+ Bb6 21.Nxc6+ Ka8 22.c4 Qd6 23.Nxd8 Rxd8 24.Rhe1 Qxh2 25.Qc3 Qd6 26.b4 a5 27.c5 Qf4+ [27...axb4! 28.cxd6 bxc3 29.dxc7 Bxc7-+ is promising by complicated.] 28.Qd2 Qc4+ 29.Kb1 Ba7 30.a3 axb4 31.axb4 Nd6 32.cxd6 Rb8 33.Qc2 Rxb4+ [Black is winning after 33...Qxb4+ 34.Kc1 Qa3+ 35.Kd2 Rb2-+ wins] 34.Kc1 Qf4+ 35.Qd2 Qc4+ 36.Qc2 Qf4+ 37.Qd2 Qc4+ 38.Qc2 Qf4+ Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

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  1. You got it all wrong, Tim! By transposition, this is the Vienna Defense, Polish Attack! That line goes 1 d4 d5 2 e4 dxe4 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 f3 Bf5 (Vienna Defense) 5 Bg5 (Polish Attack) ef3 6 Qxf3 Qc8. Here I usually play 7 Bxf6 ef6 8 000 with an attack.

    I have beaten Vasiukov myself as well on ICC. Also, I defeated Tate on ICC a few times too.

    1. Ah, tis so sad when the writer is always the wronger and never the righter. Of course, as you know, I post several of your games here as well. I follow Freidl and others who list the this under the Von Popiel instead of the Vienna because it is usually reached after 4.Bg5 and the Vienna usually goes 5.g4 or 5.fxe4.

    2. When Georg Danner won the first BDG thematic postal chess tournament 1968-1975, he often played 4.Bg5 as White, scoring wins over Soller, Nolte, Meyer, Grant, Hall and Sneiders. He lost to Richter Mendau and drew Fechner.

    3. We remember Fechner, because he was the first guy bold enough to play vs Euwe 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.0-0!? with a beautiful win over Schneider in 1968. 25 years later Zilbermints turned it into a viable variation with much success.

  2. Glenn Knight writes: "IM Tate is the most exciting chess player in the U.S. He crush GMs with beauty and grace. Although, not the strongest black chess player (U.S.) which goes to GM Ashley but IM Tate is definitely the most gifted chess player. Just imagine if he was sponsored when he was coming up the ranks, the black chess community would be far ahead of where it is now. We would probably have a contender for the world title."

  3. Yes Glenn, I figured Maurice Ashley is stronger, but Tate is very exciting and Tate is closer to my age. 2200 is comparatively easy for a kid with deep drive, trained talent and strong support. Most level off near 2400. Above that takes constant hard work. Few make it to 2600 and contend for the US champ and beyond, but Tate seems like he could have been one in the 1970s Fischer boom. Most from that era quit playing long ago. Great to see Tate still playing!

  4. Yes, Fechner was the first to win with what years later became known as the Zilbermints Gambit in the Euwe Defense to the BDG. I credited him with that in my writings. But the true Von Popiel Gambit is one without f3. Try 1 d4 d5 2 e4 dxe4 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Bf5 5 Bxf6 exf6 6 g4 Bg6 7 Qe2!

    1. Your 7.Qe2 line allows White to answer 7...Qxd4 with 8.Nf3! because the pawn on e4 is pinned, or try 8.Qb5+!? Interesting.


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