Sunday, June 21, 2015

Birds Opening Schlechter Gambit

Bird Opening Schlechter games look like the From Gambit. Instead of 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6, Black develops with 2...Nc6 immediately attacking the White e5 pawn. The Bird's Opening Schlechter might take a 1.f4 Birds Opening player out of his comfort zone to positions he does not know quite as well as From's Gambit.

Statistically the Schlechter scores better than the From. Tim Taylor recommends 3.Nc3 instead of the natural 3.Nf3 g5! when as Taylor notes, "Black gets an improved Lasker without even sacrificing a pawn!" My own practice backs up Taylor's comments.

When Lance Roberts ventured a Bird vs me in an APCT postal chess game, White picks off a rook and keeps Black from castling. On the other hand, Black grabs a bishop and traps both White knights. The net result of this sharp unbalanced line is that Black wins three pieces for his rook.

Roberts (1100) - Sawyer (2000), corr APCT 92R-40 (3), 12.1992 begins 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 Nc6!? 3.Nf3 g5 [3...d6 4.exd6 Bxd6 5.d4+/=] 4.d4 g4 5.Ng5 d5 6.exd6 Qxd6 [Or 6...Bxd6 7.d5 Nce7 8.c4+/=] 7.c3 [7.d5!+/=] 7...f5 [7...Qe7!?] 8.Na3 [8.d5 h6 9.dxc6 hxg5=] 8...h6 9.Nb5 Qe7 10.Bf4? [10.d5 hxg5 11.dxc6 bxc6 12.Bxg5 Qxg5 13.Nxc7+ Kf7 14.Nxa8 Qe7=] 10...hxg5 11.Nxc7+ Kd8 [Even stronger is 11...Kf7!-+ ] 12.Nxa8 [12.Nd5 Qe4 13.Bxg5+ Nce7=/+] 12...gxf4 13.d5 Ne5 14.Qd4 b6 15.0-0-0 Qd6 16.e3 fxe3 17.Bb5 Bb7 18.Nxb6 axb6 19.Rhf1 [If 19.Kb1 Bh6-+] 19...Ne7 20.Bc6 e2 21.Qxb6+ Qc7 0-1

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