Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Too Much Chess vs King's Indian

Most years I could play more chess than I do. But one year, in 1983, I played too much. At one point I was playing over 100 postal chess games at a time. I was overextended. Then I lost a job through company reorganization. My son became terminally ill. Chess went on. Many of my games that had begun well ended poorly as life happened to me.

I began with an English Opening. Bernie Hagerty played the King's Indian Defence. I responded with the Saemisch Variation 5.f3. I got an okay position, but I did not make the best use of my chances. We agreed to a short draw in the early middlegame, which was probably a good thing for me. I included another short draw in the notes.

This was my favorite APCT events, the Regional Team tournament. Helen Warren divided the country up into seven geographical sections. I was playing Board 6 for the Southwest region that included Texas, where I lived at the time. We played opponent from other parts of the USA.

The King's Indian is the subject of this week's Chess Training Repertoire for those that sign up for my email list. Also, I plan two KIDs per month throughout 2016.

Sawyer (2050) - Hagerty (2003), corr APCT 83RT-6, 1983 begins 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 c6 [5...0-0 6.Be3 b6 7.Bd3 1/2-1/2 Sawyer - Sitarek, corr ICCF 1985] 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Nge2 b5 [Black could also castle first: 8...0-0 9.Qd2 b5=] 9.a4?! [White might do better simply preparing for future action with 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qd2 (or 10.b3=) 10...e5 11.Rad1=] 9...b4 10.Nb1 a5 11.Nd2 Ba6 12.Qc2 e5 13.0-0 0-0 14.b3 Qc7 15.Rad1 Rfe8 16.Rfe1 exd4 17.Bxd4 Ne5 18.Nf1 [18.Nf4 Nfd7=/+] 18...Rad8 [18...d5-/+] 19.Nc1 Nfd7 20.Bb2 Nc5 21.Ne3 Bb7 22.Bf1 Qe7 23.Kh1 h5 24.Qe2 1/2-1/2

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Accelerated Pawn Push vs Sicilian Dragon

In my early chess years I studied the main line Dragon Sicilian Defence (5...g6) more than the Accelerated Dragon (4...g6). David Levy wrote a pamphlet on the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon (2...g6). In my youth I thought that was too risky, but now I know that almost anything is playable. Most opponents do not study much opening theory beyond a pet line here or there.

Richard Zdun was a regular at the chess club in Williamsport. I think he was in his 60s for most of the nine years we played. Dick played a wide variety of openings. I know Zdun was originally from Europe somewhere. He possessed some general knowledge and a certain amount of practical experience.

In this Sicilian Defence Accelerated Dragon Variation the players castled opposite sides. Black traded off his bishop on g7 by 12...Bxd4. A few moves later White was able to a pawn to g7 with a winning position. This is the first of several similar wins I plan to show in the next couple months.

Sawyer (2010) - Zdun (1634), Williamsport, PA 11.02.1998 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Nc3 Bd7 6.Be3 g6 7.Bc4 Bg7 8.Qd2 Ne5 9.Bb3 [9.Be2!?] 9...Nc6 [9...Rc8=] 10.a3 a6 11.f3 Nxd4 [11...Nf6=] 12.Bxd4 Bxd4 13.Qxd4 Nf6 14.0-0-0 0-0 15.g4 Bc6 16.h4 Qc7 [16...Qa5 17.h5 g5 18.Nd5+/-] 17.h5 Rad8 [17...Qa5 18.hxg6 Qg5+ 19.Kb1 hxg6 20.Rh3+-] 18.hxg6 e5 19.Qd2 Be8 20.g7 1-0

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Blackmar-Diemer Bogojlubow Win!

Merry Christmas! I celebrate with a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit win! Herbert Neubauer pulls off a nice victory with a checkmate. White gets a nice kingside attack. Currently I am writing a new Blackmar-Diemer book, so I love to see such games.

The Black pieces were handled by Robert Spitzl who chose the BDG Bogoljubow 5.Nxf3 g6 variation. In my early years this was my personal choice as Black. I still think this is one of Black's best choices to counter attack the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

Early in this game chances were equal. White slipped up on move 14 to give Black the advantage. A slugfest ensued. After another 14 moves, the tables were turned again.

Neubauer (2055) - Spitzl (1753), 24th Feffernitz Open 2015 Feffernitz AUT (1.17), 16.08.2015 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qe1 c6 [8...Nc6 is the normal continuation.] 9.Qh4 Nd5 10.Bh6 f6 11.Rae1 Rf7 12.Ne4 Qf8 13.Bd2 [13.Bxg7 Qxg7 14.Nc3+/=] 13...Bf5 14.Neg5? [14.Bb3=] 14...fxg5 15.Bxg5 Bf6 16.g4 Bxc2 17.Ne5 Bxg5 [17...Bxe5!-+] 18.Qxg5 Rf6 19.Qd2 Ba4 20.Qa5 b5 21.Bxd5+ cxd5 22.b3 [22.Qc7=] 22...Bxb3 [22...Qc8!-/+] 23.axb3 Rxf1+ 24.Rxf1 Qe8 25.Qc7 Na6 26.Qb7 Nb4 27.Rf7 [27.Nd7 Rc8 28.Rf8+ Qxf8 29.Nxf8+-] 27...Qc8? [27...Nc6-/+] 28.Qxe7 Qc1+ 29.Kg2 Qd2+ 30.Rf2 Qxd4 31.Qe6+ Kg7 32.Qf6+ [White has a mate in four. 32.Rf7+ Kg8 33.Rxh7+ Kxh7 34.Qxg6+ Kh8 35.Nf7#] 32...Kg8 33.Qe6+ Kg7 34.Rf7+ Kh6 35.Rxh7+ Kxh7 36.Qxg6+ Kh8 37.Nf7# 1-0

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ruy Lopez Pieces Need Free Squares

The Ruy Lopez allows both sides to keep their pieces on the board. A fight with many pieces increases the tactical and strategical possibilities. This makes the Ruy Lopez a favorite with stronger players the world over. More possibilities means more mistakes and more chances for the more careful player to win.

In this game from our early years, the future chess master Ed Sawyer had all his pieces protected. White played the standard attack on b5 with 20.a4. Clearly if 20.axb5 axb5, the rook on a8 was protected by the knight on b6. Everything was safe.

Then Black apparently intended to redeploy his dark squared bishop to the queenside via d8. With one move Black nudged the queen ahead to free up d8. There was just one problem. She moved to d7 which was the only retreat square for his knight. White pushed to a5 and the knight was lost.

Sawyer, Tim (1900) - Sawyer, Edward (2000), Postal correspondence 1978 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 12.dxc5 dxc5 13.Nbd2 f6 14.Nh4 Nb6 [14...g6= would keep White's knight out of f5.] 15.Nf5 Kh8 16.g4!? [16.b3+/=] 16...Nac4 [16...Qc7=] 17.Nxc4 Nxc4 18.Qe2 [18.Qxd8 Bxd8 19.b3+/=] 18...Rf7 19.b3 Nb6 20.a4 Qd7? [Black overlooks one little detail. 20...bxa4 21.bxa4 a5 22.Rd1+/=] 21.a5 1-0

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Attack Reti Opening with Gruenfeld

Recently I saw Magnus Carlsen open a chess game with 1.Nf3. This flexible move stops the immediate reply 1...e5. The ball is now in Black's court. How will he  declare his defensive intentions? Usually White will follow with d4 or c4 and maybe both.

As a young man I played the Gruenfeld Defence frequently. Thus my Black reply to 1.Nf3 was 1...Nf6, 2...g6 and an eventual ...d5. What began as a Reti Opening vs Herbert Carswell eventually transposes to an irregular Queen Pawn Game.

White chose early moves such as Nf3 and d4, but not c4. Instead he fianchettoed both bishops and followed with 8.Nbd2 and 9.e3. Carswell developed his pieces in a very solid manner. Play moved on to the middlegame fight. Eventually Black won a pawn. Pieces were exchanged all the way down to a pawn ending. These are simplest of all endgames to win.

Carswell (1690) - Sawyer, Hatboro, PA team, 14.11.1981 begins 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.d4 d5 6.b3 c5 7.Bb2 [7.dxc5 Ne4 8.Nd4 Nxc5 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.Be3=] 7...Ne4 8.Nbd2 Nc6 9.e3 Bg4 10.h3 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 Bf5 12.Ne5 Be4 13.Rad1 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Nxe5 15.dxe5 e6 16.Qe2 Qc7 17.f4 Rfd8 18.c4 dxc4 19.Qxc4 Qc6+ 20.e4 Bf8 21.Qe2 Rd7 22.Rxd7 Qxd7 23.Rd1 Qc7 24.Qd3 Be7 25.Qd7 Rc8 26.f5 gxf5 27.exf5 exf5 28.e6 Qc6+ 29.Qxc6 Rxc6 30.exf7+ Kxf7 31.Rd7? [This allows Black to be completely up a pawn. A better try is 31.Rd5 Ra6 32.a3 Rb6 33.Rxf5+ Kg6 34.Rf3 c4=/+] 31...Rd6 32.Rxd6 Bxd6 33.Kf3 Ke6 34.g4 Be5 35.gxf5+ Kxf5 36.Bc1 b5 37.Bd2 c4 38.bxc4 bxc4 39.Bc1 c3 40.Ke2 Ke4 [Or Black could win a bishop with 40...Bf4 41.Ba3 c2 42.Kf3 c1Q 43.Bxc1 Bxc1-+] 41.Kd1 Kd3 42.Bh6 Bd4 43.h4 Be3 44.Bxe3 Kxe3 45.h5 h6 46.Kc2 Kd4 47.a3 Kc4 48.a4 a5 49.Kd1 Kd3 50.Kc1 c2 0-1

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Queen's Knight Looks Like King Pawn

Thank you to all who get my Chess Training Repertoire weekly updates. I send them to those of you who sign up for my email list. A new opening is covered each Thursday. As for my blog, today we return to the regular presentation of annotated games.

You may find Queen's Knight Attack (1.Nc3) may resemble the King Pawn (1.e4 e5) openings. Consider the moves 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 e5 4.Bc4. Note the similarities between this position and the Vienna Game / Bishop's Opening complex.

The Portuguese Masters in 2013 had a game in this variation. Luis Sousa Reis and Al Fernandes (I assume Al is Alberto) continued 4...Nc6 5.d3 Be7 6.Nf3 which looks a lot like a King Pawn opening. Did you notice that White played his d-pawn only to d3? That is typical.

White pushed his kingside pawns. Then both sides castled queenside. White had the slightly better position. When tactics broke out, White outplayed his opponent and won quickly.

Reis (2232) - Fernandes (2139), Portuguese Masters Sintra POR (5.5), 13.06.2013 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 e5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.d3 Be7 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bd2 [7.Bb5+/=] 7...Nf6 8.Nc3 a6 9.a3 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Qe2 Qd6 13.0-0-0 0-0-0 14.Rhe1 Rhe8 [14...Nd7 15.Ne4+/=] 15.Nxe5 Bf8 16.f4 Nd7? [16...Nxe5 17.fxe5 Qc5 18.Qf3 Rxe5 19.Bxh6 gxh6 20.Qxf6+/-] 17.Ne4 Bxe4 18.Nxc6 [18.Nxf7+-] 18...Qxc6 19.dxe4 Nc5 20.Bd5 Rxd5? 21.exd5 Nb3+ 22.Kb1 Rxe2 23.dxc6 Nxd2+ 24.Kc1 1-0

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

4 Chess Repertoire books for Christmas

Today we look at four of my favorite opening repertoire books. The first two comprise the repertoires of Larry Kaufman. The last two books cover repertoires of famed chess teacher Roman Dzindzichashvili. I have studied all these books in great detail. I personally played all of these lines many times, often from both sides.

While other books examine single openings, these set forth a repertoire using specific variations from many different openings. You must be prepared against the full range of openings and defenses your opponent may throw at you. Books such as the ones below provide you with ideas to improve your play. These books give you good plans, strategies and tactics to win.

1. The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White: A Complete, Sound and User-friendly Chess Opening Repertoire by Larry Kaufman
The author goes with 1.d4 and 2.c4 for White and the Gruenfeld and Breyer as Black.

2. The Chess Advantage in Black and White: Opening Moves of the Grandmasters by Larry Kaufman
He focuses on Ruy Lopez Exchange as White and the Semi-Slav and Berlin as Black.

3. Chess Openings for White, Explained: Winning with 1.e4, Second Revised and Updated Edition by Lev Alburt, Roman Dzindzichashvili, and Eugene Perelshteyn
These authors promote Dzindzi's 1.e4 Scotch Gambit and Sicilian Grand Prix Attack.

4. Chess Openings for Black, Explained: A Complete Repertoire (Revised and Updated) by Lev Alburt, Roman Dzindzichashvili, and Eugene Perelshteyn
The Black focus is on the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon and the Bogo-Indian Defence.

My Chess Training Repertoire covers many openings with a new sheet sent out each Thursday only to may email list. You can sign up and start getting it.

You may also like: King Pawn (1.e4 e5) and Queen Pawn (1.d4 d5)
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