Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Philidor Counter Gambit vs Lawson

Is chess a sport or not? Competitive chess places the focus on the battle, not just the study. Check out this blitz game where International Master Eric Lawson of Canada takes on our gambit hero Lev Zilbermints in a Philidor Defense Counter Gambit.

In slower play IM Lawson with his FIDE rating of 2371 would have a big advantage in the depth of calculation and accuracy of evaluation. However in fast play Lev Zilbermints the playing field with his great feel for fast attack and defense levels.

Lev Zilbermints wins when IMs played three different sixth moves for White in a critical Philidor Defence Counter Gambit after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5. Previously we looked at 6.Nc3. Below 6.e6 is covered. Planned for next week is 6.c4. Each of these give a slight edge to White with perfect play. Since this line is less likely known by most players of the White pieces, Black has great practical chances.

Lawson (2148) - Zilbermints (2132), ICC 4 0 Internet Chess Club, 02.06.2015 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Nh6 [Another idea is 6...Bc5 7.Nxe4 Bb4+ 8.c3 dxe4 (8...Be7 9.Qg4 g6 10.Ng5+/-) 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.cxb4 Bxe6 11.Nc3 Nf6 12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.Nxe4+/-] 7.c4 [The IM could have tried 7.g3 c6 8.Bh3 Na6 (8...Qf6 9.e7+/-) 9.0-0 g6 10.c4 Be7 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Qxd8+ Bxd8 13.Bxh6+/-] 7...Bb4+ [7...d4! 8.Nxe4 Bxe6=] 8.Nc3 d4 9.Qa4+? [From here the attacking skills of Lev Zilbermints shine bright. White could have played 9.a3! e3 (9...dxc3 10.Qxd8+ Kxd8 11.axb4+/-) 10.axb4 exf2+ 11.Kxf2 0-0+ 12.Kg1 dxc3 13.Qxd8 Rxd8 14.bxc3+/-] 9...Nc6 10.a3 e3!? [10...dxc3! 11.axb4 cxb2 12.Bxb2 Qxg5-+] 11.Nf7 [11.axb4 Qxg5-+] 11...Qf6 12.axb4 Qxf2+ 13.Kd1 Bxe6 14.Nxh8 dxc3 15.Be2 0-0-0+ 16.Kc2 Qxe2+ 17.Kb3 Qxc4+ 18.Ka3 cxb2 19.Kxb2 Qd4+ 20.Kb1 Bf5+ 21.Ka2 Nxb4+ 22.Kb3 Be6+ 23.Ka3 Qc3+ White resigns 0-1

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