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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