Friday, March 18, 2016

Sheldrick Attacks IM in Huebsch Gambit

Kevin Sheldrick sends us another interesting Blackmar-Diemer Gambit in the form of a Huebsch Gambit. Sheldrick writes:
"Hi Tim
"The Ballarat Begonia Open in Australia is very conducive to Blackmar-Diemer Gambits, as you may remember, Tim. In fact, at the closing ceremony, the MC (master of ceremonies, not Magnus Carlsen) mentioned a club stalwart as being a BDG fanatic."

"I got a chance to play the BDG against the 2013 Chess Champion of Japan, IM Junta Ikeda (AUS), in round 6. He spent a lot of time in the opening trying to work out how to play against it, but played very admirably."

"At move 16 I decided, instead of trying to defend a slightly worse position with unlikely prospects against an International Disaster, to go in for a piece sacrifice in true BDG spirit. Unfortunately, though, it was completely losing, oops :). Was fun though."

"As it was the 50th anniversary of the Ballarat Begonia Open, the organizers had tried extra hard to attract some noteworthy entrants. The tournament was won jointly by World Championship finalist GM Nigel Short (ENG), world under 14 champion IM Kanan Izzat (AZE) and world under 12 champion IM Bobby Cheng (AUS). Junta himself came equal fourth with 5 others."

Thanks Kevin. I enjoyed that game. Not many openings allow you to build up such an attack against a title player!

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Sheldrick (2139) - Ikeda (2397), Ballarat Begonia Open, 14.03.2016 beings 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 Bf5 6.c3 e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Qb3 Qc8 9.Ne2 Bd6 10.h4 h5 11.Rg1 Nc6 [11...a6 12.gxh5 Bxh5 13.Nf4 etc., with compensation for white (Sheerer); or 11...hxg4 12.Rxg4 a6? 13.Rxg6+- (Scheerer) but Ikeda's move seems to be more combative] 12.gxh5 Bxh5! [12...Rxh5 13.Rxg6!+/= and the attack on the black e-pawn creates great compensation] 13.Rxg7 [This costs time, which is more important than re-establishing material parity] [Stockfish gives 13.Nf4=] 13...Kf8 14.Rg1 Na5 15.Qb5 Nxc4 16.Qg5?! [Losing, but the "best" move 16.Qxc4=/+ is unlikely to trouble the IM, with white having a sickly isolated h-pawn and black having 2 lovely crisscrossing bishops] 16...e3! [I had hoped for something like 16...Bg6 17.Qf6! Rg8 18.h5 Bxh5?? 19.Bh6+ Ke8 20.Rxg8+ +-; or 16...Be7?? 17.Qg7+ Ke8 18.Qxh8+, but 16...e3! crushes as it takes white's c1-bishop out of the action and I'm a piece down for nothing.] 17.b3 [Now the International Disaster clinically punishes me.] 17...Nd2 18.Bxd2 exd2+ 19.Kxd2 Qd8 20.Qg7+ Ke7 21.Ng3 Bf4+ 22.Ke1 Rg8 23.Nxh5 Rxg7 24.Rxg7 Qd5 25.Nxf4 Qh1+ 26.Ke2 Qxa1 and white resigned. 0-1 [Notes by Sheldrick]


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