Saturday, May 9, 2015

Macho Grob Traps Bird in Delayed Hobbs

Lev Zilbermints once again shows how bold gambit play leads to exciting blitz chess. The Bird's Opening often sees White plan for a slow build up. Lev Zilbermints uses his g-pawn to force White into fast action that allows Black attacking threats against the Nf3 and the White monarch.

Some time ago I wrote on the Hobbs Gambit with 1.f4 g5!? Here Black chooses a delayed Hobbs with 1...h6 and 2...g5. This game illustrates just how a tactical fight gives both sides chances in rapid play, and how quickly the advantage can change sides. Lev Zilbermints keeps throwing punches and pulls off a crushing victory.

vabol (2113) - Zilbermints (2141), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 04.05.2015 begins 1.f4 h6 2.Nf3 g5 3.fxg5 hxg5 4.d4 [Usually White plays 4.Nxg5 e5 5.d3 d5= and Black has great practical chances for the pawn.] 4...g4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e4 dxe4 [6...f6!-/+ looks like an improvement for Black.] 7.Bc4 Nh6 8.0-0 f6 9.Nxe4 Nc6 10.c3 Bg7 11.Bf4 e6? [White is only up a pawn in complications after 11...e5! 12.dxe5+/-] 12.b4 [12.Qe2!+-] 12...f5 13.Ng5 Qe7? 14.Re1 Nd8 15.Qb3 Bf6 16.Nxe6 Nxe6 17.d5? [17.Bxe6!+-] 17...Nf7? [17...Nxf4!-/+] 18.dxe6 Nd6 19.Bd3 Qh7 [19...a5 20.Nd2+/-] 20.Nd2 b6 21.Nc4 Bb7 22.Bxd6 [22.Nxd6+! cxd6 23.Qa4+ Kf8 24.e7+ Bxe7 25.Qd7!+-] 22...cxd6 23.Nxd6+ Kf8 24.Nxb7 [Houdini gives an incredible line to save the game: 24.h3 gxh3 25.Bxf5 Qg7 26.Bxh3 Rxh3 27.e7+ Bxe7 28.Nxb7=] 24...Qxh2+ 25.Kf2 Bh4+ 26.Ke2 Qxg2+ 27.Kd1 Bxe1 28.e7+ Kxe7 29.Kxe1 Rh1+ White resigns 0-1

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  1. This is the Hobbs-Zilbermints Gambit. The difference is that after the immediate 1 f4 g5 2 fxg5 h6 White plays 3 g6! declining the gambit, and creating a weakness on Black's Kingside. However, after 1 f4 h6 2 Nf3 g5! 3 fxg5 hxg5 White no longer has the option of chickening out.

    1. I figured that you would have a good name for it. Thank you for the additional information!


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