Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bobby Fischer Loses Latvian Gambit

Bobby Fischer lost a tournament game to the Latvian Gambit. That amazed me, but there is more to the story. The game was played at the 1955 U.S. Junior Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the time Pupols was 20 and Fischer was 12. This was two years before Fischer won the first of eight US Championships. Bobby's time was devoted to daily long hours of detailed chess opening study.

The day Fischer was to play Pupols in the evening, they were all together in the home of Aleks Liepnieks where the older guys were playing poker. When Viktors Pupols would drop out of a poker game, he played blitz vs Fischer, beating Bobby repeatedly with the Latvian Gambit. Viktors told him that he would play the Latvian that night vs Bobby in their tournament game. Fischer did not believe him and continued to study the Ruy Lopez and Giuoco Piano all day long.

In the Larry Parr book Viktors Pupols: American Master, we read that Viktors said, "Bobby lost more Latvian Gambits that afternoon than in all the rest of his life!"

Fischer - Pupols, USA-chJ, 1955 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.Ne3 Nf6 8.Bc4 [A critical line is 8.Be2 c6 9.0-0 Be7 10.f3+/-] 8...c6 9.d5 Be7 10.a4 Nbd7 11.a5 Ne5 12.Be2 0-0 13.0-0 Bd7 14.Kh1 Kh8 15.Nc4 Nfg4 16.Qe1 [16.Nxe5=] 16...Rf7? [Black is winning after 16...Nf3!-+] 17.h3 Nf6 18.Nxe5 dxe5 19.Bc4 Rff8 20.Be3? [20.dxc6 Bxc6 21.Be3= Stockfish, Rybka, Fritz] 20...Nh5 [20...cxd5!-+] 21.Kh2 Bd6 22.Bb3 Nf4 23.Bxf4? [23.Rg1=] 23...exf4 24.Qxe4? [24.f3 Rae8-/+] 24...f3+ 25.g3 Bf5? [25...Qh5!-+] 26.Qh4 Rae8 27.Rae1 Be5 28.Qb4 Qh6 29.h4 g5 [At various points Black had a mating attack with 29...Bxg3+! 30.fxg3 Qd2+ 31.Ne2 Rxe2+ 32.Kg1 Rg2+ 33.Kh1 Rh2+ 34.Kg1 Qg2#] 30.Rh1 gxh4 31.Kg1 h3 32.dxc6 bxc6 33.Qc5 Qg7 [Again 33...Bxg3!-+] 34.Kh2 Qf6 [34...Bd4!-+] 35.Qxa7 Bd4 36.Qc7 Bxf2 37.Rxe8 Rxe8 38.Rf1 Bd4 39.Rxf3? [39.Qf4!=] 39...Bxc3 [39...Bg1+!-+] 40.bxc3 Re2+ 41.Kh1 Be4 42.Qc8+ Kg7 43.Qg4+ Qg6 44.Qd7+? [44.Qf4!=] 44...Kh6-+ White lost of time. 0-1

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blackmar-Diemer Retreat Return Bishop

In a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Teichmann variation where the bishop retreats 6...Bh5, it is reasonable to return with 10...Bh5 attacking White's Qf3. The two normal responses are 11.Qf4 and the better 11.Qf2. The Gunderam and Teichmann positions of this opening are almost identical after move 10 with the exception that here White's h-pawn is on h3 covering g4 instead of on h2 in the the Gunderam (after move nine).

In this game "jack638" returned his bishop to 10...Bh5. I gained advantages and returned them for other better advantages. I won the Exchange and returned it for an outside passed pawn in a rook ending. I returned the extra pawn for a winning king endgame. My opponent played it out until mate, but that is normal in a three minute game since until time pressure stalemate is very possible for the slightly careless attacker.

Sawyer - jack638 (1586), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 17.09.2014 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qf3 c6 10.g5 Bh5 11.Qf2 Nd5 [11...Nfd7 12.Be2+/-] 12.Be2 Bg6 13.Bd3 [Correct is 13.Nxd5! cxd5 14.0-0+/-] 13...f6 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.Bxg6+ Kd7 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.gxf6 gxf6 18.Bd3 Bb4+ 19.Bd2 Bxd2+ 20.Qxd2 Nc6 21.c3 Rc8 22.Qf4 e5 23.dxe5 fxe5 24.Qf7+ Qe7 [24...Kd6 25.0-0-0=] 25.Bf5+ Kc7 26.Qxe7+ Nxe7 27.Bxc8 Rxc8 28.0-0-0 Kb8 29.h4 d4 30.Rh3 Nd5 31.Kb1 [31.h5!+-] 31...Ne3 32.Rd3 Rf8 33.b3 Rf1+ 34.Kb2 dxc3+ [34...Rf2+ 35.Kc1 Rf1+ 36.Kd2 Rf2+ 37.Ke1 Rxa2 38.Rdxe3 dxe3 39.h5+/-] 35.Kxc3 Nd1+ 36.Rxd1 Rxd1 37.h5 Rd8 38.h6 Rh8 39.h7 Kc7 40.Kc4 Kd6 41.Rh6+ Ke7 42.Kd5 Kf7 43.Kxe5 Kg7 44.Rh2 Rxh7 [44...Re8+ 45.Kd6 Kh8 46.Rc2+/-] 45.Rxh7+ Kxh7 46.Kd6 Kg7 47.Kc7 Kf6 48.Kxb7 Ke5 49.Kxa7 Kd5 50.Ka6 Kc5 51.Ka5 Kc6 52.b4 Kb7 53.Kb5 Ka7 54.a4 Ka8 55.Kc6 Ka7 56.Kc7 Ka8 57.b5 Ka7 58.b6+ Ka8 59.b7+ Ka7 60.b8Q+ Ka6 61.Qb6# Black checkmated 1-0

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Alexis vs Purser in Elephant Gambit

Ray Alexis takes on Tom V. Purser in the Elephant Gambit 2.Nf3 d5 in postal chess. Until I ran into the games and analysis of Tom Purser, I never used to take this gambit seriously. Then I saw the Emil J. Diemer won a lot of games with it as Black. Various players take it up and do amazingly well, whether in tournament, blitz or postal play.

Below Black plays the 3...Bd6 variation that Rogers favored. The positional evaluation in this game has Black very close to equality the entire game against a strong player. Some years later Tom Purser would publish a book on this opening with Jensen and Pape.

Alexis - Purser, corr, 1979 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 Bd6 [The most common line is 3...e4 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.d3 Bb4+ 6.c3 0-0 7.dxe4 Bc5 8.Bg5+/-] 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5 [5.Nfd2!?] 5...Ne7 [5...Nf6 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Nxd7 Nbxd7 8.Bg5+/=] 6.Bb5+ Kf8 7.Qh5 Bxe5 8.Qxe5 Qxd5 9.Bf4 Qxe5 10.Bxe5 c6 11.Bc4 Nd7 12.Bd6 Nb6 13.Bb3 Ke8 14.c3 [14.Nd2 Bf5 15.0-0+/-] 14...Ned5 [14...Kd7 15.Bg3+/=] 15.Nd2 [15.c4+/-] 15...Bf5 16.0-0 Kd7 17.Bg3 h5 18.h3 Rae8 19.Bc2 Bh7 20.Bb3 Re7 21.Rfe1 Rhe8 22.Nf1 g5 23.a4 a5 24.h4 g4 25.Ne3 f5 26.Bxd5 Nxd5 27.Nxd5 cxd5 28.Bf4 Rc8 29.Ra3 Rc6 30.Rb3 Ke6 31.Ra1 Ra6 32.Rc1 Bg6 [32...Rd7 33.Rb5+/=] 33.c4 dxc4 34.Rxc4 1-0

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Bishops Quick Quinones Blackmar-Diemer

Once again we receive an interesting Blackmar-Diemer Gambit game by our chess friend Jorge Victor Quinones Borda. This time his opponent was Jerzy Motyka. Last week I received this email note with a game in the Blackmar-Diemer Vienna:

"Hello Mr. Sawyer, I´m sending you a game that I finished today, maybe you like it: hope you are okay! :) Greetings, Jorge Quiñones"

Thanks Jorge! I love to receive reader games. Those played on a server over a period of time can be produced at a high quality. Both kingside bishops move a little more quickly than usual in this game. Black play 8...Be7 instead of 8...c6. White's move 11.Be2!? appears to be a novelty. It makes sense to develop the bishop here. The key point of White's play is the timing of 21.d5! and 22.d6 which gained a big advantage.

Quinones Borda (2091) - Motyka (1748), Lechenicher SchachServer CP-2014-P-00033, 2014-2015 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.fxe4 Nxe4 6.Qf3 Nd6 7.Bf4 e6 8.0-0-0 Be7 [The main line is 8...c6 9.g4=] 9.g4 Bg6 10.h4 h5 11.Be2!? [The main alternative is 11.g5= Stockfish] 11...Nd7 [The most active defense is 11...hxg4 12.Qxg4 Bf6 13.Nf3 Qe7=/+ with dreams of castling queenside.] 12.gxh5 Bxh5 13.Qg2 g6 [13...Kf8!?=] 14.Nf3 c6 15.Ng5 Bxe2 16.Qxe2 Nf5 17.Nce4 Qa5 18.Kb1 Rh5 19.c4 Nb6 [This cuts off the Black queen's possible retreat. Maybe 19...Rc8!? 20.d5+/=] 20.b3 Nd7 [Houdini gives 20...a6 21.Rde1+/=] 21.d5! e5 [Trying to open up the White king with 21...cxd5 does not seem to help much since after 22.cxd5 e5 23.d6+- the Black king is in more danger.] 22.d6 Bd8 23.Bd2 Qb6 [If 23...Qa3 24.Bc1 Qb4 25.Qg4+-] 24.Rdf1 Nd4 25.Qg4 f5 26.Ne6 Nf8 27.Rxf5 1-0

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Index: Birds Opening 1.f4 Nf6

The Bird's Opening 1.f4 has been a fall back favorite of mine from time to time. It is a Dutch Defence Reversed. The extra move for White can prove to be very important. Below is the index of Birds Opening games I have posted as of the latest revision. This covers Bird's Opening 1...Nf6 (and other first moves). Later will come Bird's Opening From Gambit 1...e5 and finally the main lines with Bird's Opening 1...d5.

This variation begins 1.f4:
1...f5 2.e4
1...h6 2.Nf3 g5 3.fxg5 hxg5 4.d4
1...g5 2.fxg5 h6 3.d4 hxg5 4.Bxg5
1...b6 2.Nf3 Bb7 3.e3 c5 4.Be2
1...Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.e3 e5 4.Bb5
                            3...g6 4.Be2 Bg7
1...Nf6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 e6 4.e3 b6
1...Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.e3 c5 6.c4
1...Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 and now:
4.d4 d6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Bd3
4.Be2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.c4
Last revised May 9, 2015.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blackmar-Diemer Tasmanian Toronto

George Francis on the Internet Chess lists himself as "A Tasmanian living in Toronto". His handle of "TassieDevil" made me think of the Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoon character that acts crazy and eats everything in sight.

I wonder if he will eat my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit pawn? Our opening zigzags from a quiet Queen Pawn Game on move one, to a Blackmar Gambit on move two, to a French Defence on move three, to the BDG Euwe by move five. The fast paced blitz game sees me gain a winning advantage. But I played faster than I calculated and missed several crushing wins. We finished with a wild time scramble before he resigned.

Sawyer - TassieDevil (1844), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 02.10.2014 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 e6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 c6 8.0-0 h6 9.Bf4 Nbd7 10.Qd2 a6 11.Rae1 b5 12.a3 Bb7 13.Ne4? [13.Rxe6! fxe6 14.Bg6+ Kf8 15.Qe2+/-] 13...Rc8? 14.Nd6+! Bxd6 15.Bxd6 Nb6 16.Bc5?! [16.Qf4!+-] 16...Nbd5? [16...Na4! 17.b4+/=] 17.c3 Ne7 18.Ne5 0-0? [18...Rc7 19.Qe3+-] 19.Qf4 [More accurate is 19.Rxf6!+-] 19...Re8 20.Qh4 Ned5 21.Ng4 [Another beautiful win follows 21.Nxf7! Kxf7 22.Bh7 Rg8 23.Rxe6 Kxe6 24.Bg6!+-] 21...Nxg4 22.Qxg4 Qg5 23.Qe4 g6 24.h4 Qh5 25.Rxf7 Kxf7 26.g4 Nf6 [Clocks 1:54-1:34] 27.Rf1 Kg7 28.gxh5? [I miss another crushing win with 28.Rxf6!+-] 28...Nxe4 29.Bxe4 gxh5 30.Bd6 Rg8? [30...Ba8=] 31.Kh2? [31.Be5#! Checkmate in one would have been more efficient.] 31...Rgf8 [Clocks 1:31-0:31] 32.Bxf8+?! Rxf8 33.Rg1+ Kf6 34.Rg6+ Ke7 35.Rxh6 Rf2+? [After this Black is lost all the way, but we head into a wild time scramble. 35...Rf4 36.Bg2+/=] 36.Kg3 Rxb2 37.Rh7+ Kd6 38.Rxb7 Rb3 39.Kf4 Rxc3 40.Rh7 Rxa3 41.Rxh5 a5 [Clocks 1:21-0:17] 42.Rh8 b4 43.h5 b3 44.Rb8 a4 45.h6 Ra2 46.Kg5 Rg2+ 47.Kf6?! [47.Bxg2!+-] 47...Rh2 48.h7 Rxh7 49.Bxh7 Kd5 50.Rd8+ Kc4 51.Bb1 a3 52.Kxe6 a2 53.Bxa2 bxa2 54.Ra8 Kb3 55.Kd6 Kb2 56.Kxc6 a1Q 57.Rxa1 Kxa1 58.d5 Black resigns 1-0

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Top 50 Favorite Sawyer Chess Post 1600

Welcome to my Top 50 for post number 1600. My blog now has over 200,000 total hits. I add five to my all-time "Top" list every 100 days. The fastest moving are at the top. The new ones are at the bottom. Prior top lists include my Top 45 (post 1500 from January 2015), my Top 40 (post 1400 from October 2014), my Top 35 (post 1300 from June 2014), my Top 30 (post 1200 from March 2014), which and Top 25 (post 1100 from December 2013), my Top 20 (post 1000 from September 2013) and Top 10 list from April 2013. Thanks for clicking!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

How Ray Haines Colle Controls Center

The Colle System gives White simple solid development. Consider the first 11 moves of Ray Haines in the game below: 1.d4, 2.e3, 3.Bd3, 4.Nf3, 5.0-0, 6.Nbd2, 7.e4, 8.Nxe4, 9.c3, 10.Bg5, and 11.Re1. His army takes its initial position but the battle's final outcome depends on specific actions as they continue to forge ahead aiming at e5, d5 and c4.

This is the second match game of the day. Roger Morin seems to prefer dynamic play where he can attack from a positional advantage. I guess Roger hoped to win by avoiding early equalizing simplification lines in his Gruenfeld Defence set-up. Roger Morin might do better with a King's Indian (...d6) against this Colle System that Ray Haines likes.

How you use what you have matters more to your score that how accurately you played the first 10 moves. Chess games are full of miss opportunities. As Black, Roger Morin could have fully equalized on moves 8, 15 or 21.But the final result is determined to how each of these players handles the middlegame in a given moment. Here White ended up with an extra protected passed d5 pawn leaving Black in deep trouble. As far as ratings were concerned, in this match Ray gained 8 points and Roger lost 7 points.

Ray added: "Thank you for posting my last games. I know both players made a lot of mistakes. You have to limit your thinking time when you have a clock running. We both moved quickly and were never in time trouble tho. I cut off the last moves of game two."

[Editorial Note: Moves 36-45 added to text. Diagram has original moves.]

Haines (1850) - Morin (1950), Game/75 Houlton, ME (2), 16.04.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 g6 3.Bd3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.0-0 d5 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 c6 [Black hopes to find more dynamic winning chances in a slow build up rather that the immediate equality of 8...Nxe4 9.Bxe4 c5 10.c3 cxd4=] 9.c3 [9.Nxf6+ Nxf6 10.Re1+/=] 9...Qc7 10.Bg5 Re8 11.Re1 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 c5 13.d5!? [13.Bd3+/=] 13...Nf6 14.Qd2 Nxe4 15.Rxe4 Bf5?! [15...e5=; 15...f6=] 16.Re2?! [Haines points out he should have played 16.Rxe7 Rxe7 17.d6+/-] 16...Rad8 17.Rae1 f6 18.Bf4 Qd7 19.c4 Bg4 20.Qd3 e5 21.Bg3 f5? [21...b5 22.b3=] 22.Bxe5 Bxe5 23.Rxe5 Bxf3 24.Qxf3 Rxe5 25.Rxe5 Qa4 26.Qb3 [Ray Haines gives 26.Qe2+- with Fritz analysis.] 26...Qa6 27.f4 [27.Re7! Rf8 28.Qxb7 Qxb7 29.Rxb7+-] 27...b6 28.a3 [Again 28.Re7+- leads to a crushing win.] 28...Kf7 29.Qd3 [29.Qh3! h5 30.Qh4+-] 29...Rd6 30.Qe2 Qb7 31.Re6 Qd7 32.Rxd6 Qxd6 33.Qe5 Qd7 34.b4 Qa4 35.Qc7+ Kg8 36.Qd8+ Kf7 37.Qc7+ Kg8 38.Qe5 cxb4 39.axb4 Qxb4 40.Qe6+ Kg7 41.d6 h5 42.Qe5+ Kh7 43.d7 Qb1+ 44.Kf2 Qd3 45.Qe7+ 1-0

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