Monday, February 2, 2015

Glen Wilbur vs Albin Counter Gambit

Here is the 24th Albin Counter Gambit published in this blog. Most were played by me, like the game with Glen Wilbur below. I played my childhood friend and former college roommate Glen Wilbur in an Albin Counter Gambit in a postal chess game in 1977. That year Glen served as best man in my wedding. I shall always be grateful to him.

As I recall, Glen Wilbur headed up our high school chess team and played the board ahead of me when we played other schools. His cousin Ronald Robinson won the state high school championship on tie breaks over Mike Eldridge.

They were all better than me back then, but I kept playing and eventually got the highest rating among my old teammates. All these guys are from New England, home of the Super Bowl NFL football champion Patriots.

Wilbur (1550) - Sawyer (1750), corr, 22.06.1977 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 Bg4 6.g3 Qd7 7.Bg2 0-0-0 8.0-0 Bh3 9.a3 Be7 [9...Bxg2! 10.Kxg2 Nge7 11.b4 Ng6 12.Qa4 Kb8 13.Bb2 Qg4 14.b5 Ncxe5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Rad1 Bc5=] 10.b4 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Qf5 12.Bb2 h5 13.b5 [13.Qb1+-] 13...Nxe5 14.Nxd4 Qg6 15.Qa4 Kb8 16.N2b3 [16.N2f3+/-] 16...h4 17.c5 hxg3 18.fxg3? [Correct is 18.hxg3 Ng4 19.Rh1 N8f6 20.Rxh8 Rxh8 21.b6!=. Black meets White's attack with perpetual checks.] 18...Qe4+ [18...Ng4! 19.Nf3 Ne3+ 20.Kg1 Nxf1-/+] 19.Kg1? [19.Rf3 f5=/+] 19...Qe3+ 20.Rf2? [Black is also winning after 20.Kg2 Nf6 21.Bc1 Rxh2+ 22.Kxh2 Nfg4+ 23.Kg2 Qe4+ 24.Rf3 Qh7!-+] 20...Ng4 [Or 20...Rxh2!-+] 21.Raf1 Nxf2 22.Rxf2 Rxh2 23.Kxh2 Qxf2+ 24.Kh3 Qf1+ 25.Kh2 Nf6 26.Nc6+ bxc6 27.Bxf6 Bxf6 28.bxc6 Rh8+ 0-1

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