Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wade Defence 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4

The Wade Defence is a two move chess opening. This method of development helps Black avoid main lines. The inventor International Master Robert Wade played it for 30 years. He was a mainstay in British circles. Bob Wade served as an editor for Batsford. He won the New Zealand championship three times and the British championship twice. Robert Wade passed away in 2008 at the age of 87.

Years ago I played Rick Toenies in this rare chess opening after 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4. I thought about playing main ideas such as 3.e4 or 3.c4. During that time period, however, I was trying to play the London System 1.d4, 2.Nf3 3.Bf4 whenever possible. Here if I tried 3.Bf4, Black could double my pawns with 3...Bxf3.

Therefore I hit upon a new idea: 3.Qd3!? My queen removes herself from any bishop pins. She simply protects the knight all by her little lonesome. Rick Toenies clarifies the situation. After 3...Bxf3 4.Qxf3, White has a more active queen and more space in the center. The immediate threat is to b7. White stands better, but it is still a game.

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Sawyer (2003) - Toenies (1788), corr APCT N-328, 1993 begins 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4 [Black could transposes into the Modern Defence with 2...g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Nc3 c6 or 4...a6; 2...Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 is a Pirc Defence.] 3.Qd3!? [This move is rare, but certainly not bad. 3.c4 Nd7 4.Nc3 e5 5.g3 Bxf3 6.exf3+/=; or 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.h3 Bh5 6.Qe2+/=] 3...Bxf3 [Taking unprovoked. This is the only time I have ever seen this move played. White threatens Qb5+ and Qxb7, so a logical continuation might be 3...c6 4.e4 Nd7 5.Be2+/=] 4.Qxf3 Nc6 5.c3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.e4 Nf6 8.Bg5 Nd7 9.Bb5 f6 [9...a6 seems like a better way to relieve the pressure.] 10.Be3 c6 11.dxc6 bxc6 12.Bd3 Rb8 13.b3 Nc8 14.0-0 Be7 15.Qg4 g6 16.Nd2 Nc5 17.Bc2 Qd7 18.Qe2 d5 19.exd5 cxd5 20.Rad1 0-0 21.f4 Qb5 [White is only slightly better after 21...exf4 22.Bxf4 Bd6 23.Bxd6 Nxd6 24.Nf3+/=] 22.Qxb5 Rxb5 23.fxe5 fxe5 24.c4 Ra5 [This walks into a pawn fork, but Black position was becoming difficult to handle. If 24...dxc4 25.Nxc4 e4 26.Rxf8+ Kxf8 27.Rd5+/-] 25.b4 Rxa2 26.Bb1 Rxd2 27.Rxf8+ 1-0

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