Thursday, April 14, 2016

Englund Gambit vs Hardon McFarland

Hardon McFarland was an encouragement to me at a difficult time in my life. I had quit playing chess for a while. One of my children died. After that, I found it hard to want to do anything. Come to find out, Mr. McFarland had been through a similar situation.

For him, it had been years before. Hardon McFarland was a fine example of a man who learned from life. Pain hurts. Scars heal. Life goes on. Maybe you were checkmated in the last game, but you might win the next game, if you play. It's your move.

When I returned to chess, I played wild openings. We played this little Englund Gambit. Before, I was afraid to play gambits. Now, I didn't care. Stomp. Pedal to the metal. Zoom! I became dangerous on the board! And so, I won pretty games like this one. The line 2...f6 is called the Soller Gambit. It resembles a Reversed Blackmar Gambit.

McFarland (1800) - Sawyer, Hatboro, PA 1988 begins 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 f6 3.exf6 Nxf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.e3 d5 6.Bd3 [6.Nf3 0-0 7.Be2 c6 8.0-0 Qe7 9.Nd4 Bd6 10.f4+/=] 6...0-0 7.Nge2 c6 8.Ng3 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Ne5 10.Bd2 [10.h3 Bd6=] 10...b5 [10...Nfg4!=/+ can be played immediately.] 11.a3 Nfg4 12.h3 [12.f3 Bd6=/+] 12...Rxf2 [Black does even better if he chops off the bishop with 12...Nxd3+! 13.cxd3 Rxf2-+] 13.Qd1? [White must sacrifice his queen to trap Black's king. 13.Bxh7+! Kh8 14.hxg4 Rxe2+ 15.Ncxe2 Nxg4 16.Nf5 Bd6=/+] 13...Qh4 14.hxg4 Qxg3 15.Rh3 Qxg2 16.Bxh7+ Kf7 0-1

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