Thursday, July 9, 2015

Petroff Defence 5.Nc3!? Attack

Petroff Defence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 holds a solid reputation among chess openings for good reason. White must work hard to find winning possibilities. The 5.Nc3 Attack leads to castling on opposite sides and corresponding pawn assaults. In the popular book Chess Openings for White, Explained, the GM authors Alburt, Dzindzichashvili and Perelshteyn note: "The knight move leads to dynamic and interesting play."

This assumes White wants to play for a win. The pawn structure remains essentially symmetrical. If White is content with a draw vs a much higher rated opponent, and if White can avoid weaknesses, then White may split the point. Such was the case vs my ICC opponent "UlyssesSGrant". His 2500+ rating proves that Black is a frequent winner, but I managed to hold him off this time.

That handle is based on the Union General in the American Civil War who fought to win when other generals in the North were either incompetent or afraid. General Grant rose quickly through the ranks by actually winning in battle. The war ended when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia, a place I visited years ago. Later Ulysses S. Grant became President of the United States.

Sawyer (2203) - UlyssesSGrant (2512), ICC 0 6 u Internet Chess Club, 24.04.2009 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Bf4 [7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.0-0-0 Nf6 10.Kb1 Re8=] 7...Nd7 [7...0-0 8.Qd2 Nd7=] 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Nc5 10.Bc4 Be6 [10...Bf5=] 11.Bxe6 Nxe6 [11...fxe6 12.Be3=] 12.Be3 Qd7 13.Ng5 [13.Kb1=] 13...Nxg5 [13...Bxg5 14.Bxg5 Qa4=/+] 14.Bxg5 Bxg5 15.Qxg5 Rae8 16.Rhe1 h6 17.Qd5 b6 18.f3 Rxe1 19.Rxe1 Re8 20.Rxe8+ Qxe8 21.Qd2 Qe6 22.b3 Qe5 23.g3 a5 24.Kd1 Kf8 25.Qe1 [Or 25.f4=] 25...Ke7 26.f4 Qxe1+ 27.Kxe1 Ke6 28.Kf2 Kd5 29.Ke3 f5 30.h4 h5 31.c4+ Kc5 32.c3 d5 33.cxd5 Kxd5 34.Kd3 b5 35.c4+ bxc4+ 36.bxc4+ Kc5 37.a3 Kc6 38.Kd4 Kd6 39.c5+ Ke6 40.a4 c6 41.Kc4 Ke7 42.Kd4 Kf6 43.Kc4 Ke6 44.Kd4 Kf6 1/2-1/2

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