Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Davies Dutch Defence Classical

USCF Master Jim Davies of Missouri was one of the best APCT postal chess players 30-40 years ago. My rating rose up close to his for a while in the early 1980s. In our first meeting Jim offered me the chance to play White in a French Defence. We moved into a Classical Variation of the Dutch Defence. It brought back memories of my game in this line was against Ray Haines back in 1974. In 2012 I posted my win vs Jim Charette in the Caro-Kann Defence James Davies had written about in the APCT News Bulletin.

Play in my Davies game revolved around e4. The position opened up to my advantage. Alas, I missed the critical move 19.Bd5+! Later I blundered on move 32 and lost quickly. In the notes I include another game that I won quickly as White vs Ussery.

Sawyer (1900) - Davies (2200), corr APCT 1978 begins 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 [This is the most common 7th move for Black. While it may not be the best, 7...Qe8 is certainly better than 7...Nbd7? 8.Qc2 Nh5 9.e4 fxe4 10.Nxe4 Nhf6? 11.Nfg5 Nxe4 12.Nxe6 d5? 13.Nxd8 1-0 Sawyer-Ussery, corr APCT 1981] 8.Re1 Qg6 9.e4 fxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Rxe4 Nc6 12.Qe2 Bf6 13.Bd2 e5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Bc3 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Bd7 18.Re7 Rae8 19.Bxb7 [19.Bd5+!+/=] 19...c6 20.c5 Rxe7 21.Qxe7 Qf5 22.Qe3 Re8 23.Qd2 Qxc5 24.Re1 Rf8 25.Qd4 [25.Ba6=] 25...Qxd4 26.cxd4 Rb8 27.Ba6 Kf7 28.Bc4+ Kf6 29.Bb3 [29.Re3=] 29...Rb4 30.Re4 g5 31.f4 h6 32.h4? [32.fxg5+ hxg5=/+] 32...gxh4 33.gxh4 d5 0-1

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Philidor Mixed with Scotch

The Philidor Defence has a crossover line that after three moves could transpose to a Ruy Lopez, an Italian Game or a Four Knights Game. This Philidor Defence begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4. With Black's next move 3...Nc6 we arrive at a position that could be reached in a Scotch Game after 2...Nc6 3.d4 d6. This line is never recommended but club players try this logical continuation all the time.

In theory two responses give White a slight edge: 4.dxe5 and 4.d5 leaving Black with a difficult position. I play both moves as White. I chose to capture with 4.dxe5 vs a young David Lau. He played a bold but risky sacrifice against me in club game. David's active and creative play led to equal chances until he dropped the Exchange on move 23. In the end I offered the rook back so I could queen my g-pawn.

Sawyer (2011) - Lau (1414), Williamsport, PA 1994 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nc6 4.dxe5 Qe7 5.Bg5 f6 6.exf6 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 gxf6 8.Bc1 [8.Nc3! Qg6 9.Be3+/-] 8...Bf5 9.c3 Bh6 10.0-0 0-0-0 11.Nbd2 Bxd2 12.Bxd2 Nge7 13.Re1 Qd5 14.Bh6 Qxd1 15.Raxd1 Rhg8 16.Nd4 Nxd4 17.Rxd4 Nc6 18.Rd2 [18.Rf4+/-] 18...Rg6 19.Bf4 Re8 20.Kf1 Reg8 21.Bc4 R8g7 22.Be6+?! [22.Bg3+/=] 22...Bxe6 23.Rxe6 Rxg2?  [23...Kd7! 24.Re1=] 24.Bg3 R2xg3 25.hxg3 Rg6 26.Re8+ Kd7 27.Rh8 Rg7 28.Kg2 Ne5 29.Rd4 c5 [29...Rf7 30.Ra8+-] 30.Rh4 h5 31.R4xh5 Nd3 32.R5h7 Rxh7 33.Rxh7+ Kc6 34.Rf7 Nxb2 35.Rxf6 Na4 36.g4 Nxc3 37.g5 Ne4 38.Rf5 Kd7 39.g6 Ke6 40.g7 1-0

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Walter Browne vs Fischer Alekhine

Walter Browne faced Bobby Fischer in a tournament game and Browne almost won. Leading to his world championship run, Fischer played the Alekhine Defence as Black instead of his normal Sicilian Defence Najdorf. Probably Bobby Fischer did not want to reveal secrets to his future opponent Boris Spassky.

Forty-five years ago there was a gap of knowledge in the games of Robert J. Fischer. His awesome book My 60 Memorable Games covered up to 1967. Games from the period 1968-1971 were not widely available in English language books, but in those gap years Fischer won tournaments and won matches vs Taimanov, Larsen and Petrosian. Nowadays those Fischer gap games are easy to find, but in 1972 they were not.

Commentators on the 1972 World Championship match were surprised Fischer played the Alekhine Defence. In reality Bobby Fischer played both openings. After Spassky crushed his Najdorf Sicilian in Game 11, Fischer reasonably chose the Alekhine Defence to win Game 13 and draw Game 19. Fischer drew other Najdorfs in Games 7 and 15. In the Browne game Fischer stood better in the opening but his f-pawn plans bombed.

Browne - Fischer, Rovinj/Zagreb (15), 03.05.1970 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.c4 Nb6 7.exd6 cxd6 8.Nc3 [8.0-0 0-0 9.Nc3 transposes.] 8...0-0 9.0-0 [9.h3= would prevent the pin.] 9...Nc6 10.Be3 Bg4 11.b3 d5! 12.c5 [12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Qxd5= saddles White with an isolated d-pawn.] 12...Nc8 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 e6 15.Qd2 [15.b4 a6 16.Ne2=] 15...N8e7 16.Nb5?! Nf5 17.Bg4 a6 18.Bxf5 axb5 19.Bc2 Ra3 20.b4 [20.Qd3 Qh4-/+] 20...f5 [20...Qh4!?] 21.Bb3 Qf6 22.Qd3 f4 [22...Ra7 23.Rad1 f4=/+] 23.Bc1 Ra6 24.Bb2 f3 25.g3 Qf5 26.Qxf5 gxf5 27.Rad1 Nxb4 28.Rfe1 f4?! [This bold attack should lose. Correct is 28...Kf7!= when Black is fine.] 29.a3 Nc6 30.Rxe6 fxg3 31.Bxd5 gxf2+ 32.Kxf2 Kh8 33.Re3 b4 34.axb4 Nxb4 35.Bxf3 Ra2 36.Rb3 Nc6 37.Kg3 Rg8 38.Kf4 Rf8+ [38...Na5!?] 39.Ke4 Rf7 40.Bg4 Re7+ 41.Kd3 [Houdini and Stockfish prefer 41.Kd5+- ] 41...Ra4 42.Ra1 Rxd4+ 43.Bxd4 Bxd4 44.Ra8+ Kg7 45.Rb5 Bf2 46.Bf5 Ne5+ 47.Kc3 Be1+ 48.Kd4 Nc6+ 49.Kc4 Bh4 50.Bc8 Nd8 51.Ra2 Rc7 52.Bg4 Be7 53.Kd5 Nc6 54.Rab2 Nd8 55.Rb1 Bf8 56.R1b2 [56.Rg1+-] 56...Be7 57.Rg2 Kh8 58.Ra2 Kg7 59.Ra8 Bh4 60.Rb8 Rf7 61.Rb2 Kh6 62.Rb6+ Kg7 63.Rb3 h5 64.Bc8 Be7 65.Rb5 [65.Rg3+ Kh7 66.Rg2+-] 65...Rf3 66.Bxb7 Rxh3 67.c6 Rc3 68.Ra8 h4 69.Ra4 h3 70.Rc4 h2 71.Rb1 Rxc4 72.Kxc4 Bd6 73.Kd5 Bg3 74.Bc8 Kf7 75.Bh3 Ke7 76.Rc1 Kf6 77.Ra1 Ke7 78.Rf1 Nf7 79.Bg2 Ng5 80.Kc5 Ne6+ 81.Kb6 Bc7+ 82.Kb7 Bd6 83.Bd5 Nc5+ 84.Kb6 Na4+ 85.Ka5 Nc5 86.Kb5 Kd8 87.Rf7 Kc8 88.c7 [Now Black is able to reach a drawn ending. At this critical point 88.Rh7!+- seems to give White winning chances since the Black bishop is overworked covering c5, c7, and h2.] 88...Nd7 89.Kc6 h1Q 90.Bxh1 Ne5+ 91.Kb6 Bc5+ 92.Kxc5 Nxf7 93.Kb6 Nd6 94.Bd5 Kd7 95.Bc6+ Kc8 96.Bd5 Kd7 97.Bb3 Nc8+ 98.Kb7 Ne7 1/2-1/2

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Walter Browne Najdorf Sicilian

In memory of the late Walter Shawn Browne we look at a win the grandmaster had in his beloved Sicilian Defence. Browne played every line in the Najdorf Sicilian with great success for over 40 years. Many of us followed and played the openings of World Champion Bobby Fischer, but Walter Browne was one of the most successful.

GM Browne was a very successful poker player who excelled in competitive battles. He excelled in playing time scrambles in tournament games. Here Browne takes on one of his contemporaries, the Dutch grandmaster Jan H. Timman. The game involves a very sharp line where Black castles on the queenside. Browne outplays Timman in the center and wins on the kingside.

Timman (2540) - Browne (2575), Hoogovens Wijk aan Zee (6), 1974 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.Bd3 h6 [Or 10...b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qg3=] 11.Qh3!? [More common is 11.Bh4 g5 12.fxg5 Ne5 13.Qe2 Nfg4=] 11...Nb6 12.Rhe1 e5!? [12...Rg8=] 13.Nf5 Bxf5 14.exf5 0-0-0 15.Bh4 exf4 16.Bf2 Rhe8 [16...Rd7=] 17.Bxb6 [17.Bd4=] 17...Qxb6 18.Bc4 d5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Bxd5 Bf6 21.Qb3 Qxb3 22.Bxb3 Rxe1 23.Rxe1 Bg5 24.Kb1 Rd2 25.Rg1 f3 26.gxf3 Rxh2 27.Bxf7 h5 28.f6?! [28.c3 Bf6=/+] 28...Bxf6 29.Rd1 Kc7 30.a3 Rh3 31.Bg6 h4 32.Bh5 Rg3 33.Bg4 Be5 34.Ka2 Kc6 35.Rh1 g5 36.Rd1 [36.b4 Rg2=/+] 36...h3 37.Rh1 Rxg4 38.fxg4 h2 39.b4? [39.c4 Kc5-/+] 39...Kd5 40.Kb3 Ke4 0-1

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Walter Browne Petroff Defence

Grandmaster Walter S. Browne passed away in his sleep this week. Vegas Chess Festival posted on Walter Browne. I like this comment:
Mike Anderson says: On the way to Reno 2014 he told me: “If you lose you learn, then you win and earn” – GM Walter Browne

Browne was a six time US chess champion and a leading player from my generation. I was one of his many Facebook friends and followed his career since the early 1970s. Walter Browne wrote The Stress of Chess: My Life, Career and 101 Best Games.

In memory of Walter Browne, I decided to post three games. His Petroff Defence win from 1974 was mentioned by me 2011. Walter Browne found the move 14.Bh6! vs the long time Petroff Defence expert Arthur Bisguier. This game led me to think for years that the Petroff was not sound, but in reality Black just missed the way to equalize.

Browne (2575) - Bisguier (2435), USA-ch Chicago (9), 1974 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.c4 Nb4 9.cxd5 [9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3=] 9...Nxd3 10.Qxd3 Qxd5 11.Re1 Bf5 12.Nc3 [12.g4!? Bg6 13.Nc3 Nxc3 14.Qxc3=] 12...Nxc3 13.Qxc3 c6? [Black should play 13...Be6!=] 14.Bh6! Rg8 [14...gxh6 15.Re5+/=] 15.Re5 Qd7 16.Rae1 Be6 17.Ng5 0-0-0 18.Nxf7 Bxf7 19.Rxe7 Qxd4 20.Rxf7 [20.Qh3+!?+/-] 20...Qxc3 21.bxc3 gxh6 22.Rb1 Rg5 23.h4 Rb5 24.Rxb5 cxb5 25.Rxh7 Rd1+ 26.Kh2 Rd2 27.Rxh6 Rxa2 28.h5 Rxf2 [Or 28...Kd7 29.Rh7+ Ke6 30.Rxb7+-] 29.Rh8+ Kc7 30.h6 Kb6 31.Kh3 a5 32.g4 b4 33.cxb4 axb4 34.Re8 Rf1 35.Kg2 Rf7 36.g5 Rf5 37.h7 Rxg5+ 38.Kf3 Rh5 39.h8Q Rxh8 40.Rxh8 1-0

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Huebsch Gambit Leningrad Cowboy

Andre Fleischmann writes the following in part 4:

Hello Mr. Sawyer,
Every day i have a look on your wonderful website about the Blackmar Diemer. I send a few interesting games. Two are hübsch gambits against strong players. Greetings from Germany and a big Fan of our Gambit

The Huebsch Gambit is a logical 1.d4 Nf6 defense to avoid the BDG. White will not be denied open lines for attack and boldly continues with 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4!? which would transpose to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 3...dxe4 4.f3.

Instead Black takes first with 3...Nxe4 and after 4.Nxe4 dxe4 White usually develops a bishop with 5.Bc4 (aiming at f7), 5.Bf4 (preventing ...e5) or 5.Be3 (protecting d4). Often White castles queenside, depending on Black's set-up. "Leningradcowboy" brings his bishop to 5...Bf5 presenting a target for Andre's attack.

Ichsehnix (2092) - Leningradcowboy (2324), Großer Spielsaal Großer Spielsaal, 07.06.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Be3 Bf5 6.g4 Bg6 7.Ne2 h5 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Bc4!? [9.Nxh5= regaining the pawn is obviously good.; 9.d5 hxg4 10.Qxg4= is more active.] 9...e6 10.Nxh5 Nd7 11.a4 [11.Qe2= with intent to castle queenside soon.] 11...Nf6 [11...Nb6=] 12.g5 Nxh5? [Black does better with 12...Nd5=/+ ] 13.Qxh5 Bb4+ 14.c3 Bd6 15.g6 fxg6 16.Qg4 Qf6 17.Bxe6 g5 18.Bd7+ [Or 18.Bxg5!+-] 18...Ke7 19.Bxg5 Leningradcowboy abbandona 1-0

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Omega Gambit Alekhine Indian

The risky Omega Gambit sees White sacrifice the e4 pawn for open lines after 1.d4 Nf6 2.e4 Nxe4. This gambit can be successful, but it cannot be recommended. The risk does not match the reward. I faced this as Black 13 times in the Alekhine Defence after 1.e4 Nf6 2.d4 Nxe4 which reaches the same position. Usually 2.d4 was a blitz pre-move. Francesco Cavicchi wrote that he was "not particularly happy" with this gambit.

If White plays this on purpose, he is a fast player who wins on time or entices Black to blunder in blitz. In my database of 300 Omega Gambits, White's average rating is 2219 scoring 40% with a performance of 2172. My personal score as Black is +11 =1 -1.

guest - Sawyer (2000),  ICC 0 1 u, Internet Chess Club, 1999.03.24 begins 1. e4 Nf6 2. d4 Nxe4 3. Bd3 [3. Nc3 Nxc3 4. bxc3 d5-/+] 3... Nf6 4. Nf3 d5 5.O-O Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 c6 8. c4 Nbd7 9. Nc3 e6 10. Bg5 [10. c5 e5!=] 10... Be7 [10... dxc4=+] 11. Rfe1 dxc4 12. Bxc4 O-O 13. Rac1 Qa5 [13... Nb6!-/+] 14. Bb3? [14. Bd2 Qb6 =+] 14... Qxg5 [Unregistered player White disconnected and forfeits] 0-1

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