Friday, April 15, 2016

French Defense Tarrasch Queen Trap

Timid Timmy. That was me. I was afraid of gambits. If I offered a pawn to my opponent, you could bet that it was a trap. I had to know how I was getting my material back. Later I learned about compensation for sacrifices. Then I added gambit play to my repertoire.

John Hathaway played the French Defence. I like the active Tarrasch Variation. In this short game Black falls for a trap and loses his queen. He gets some compensation, but not nearly enough. The placement of 3.Nd2 temporarily blocks White's control of g5. My chess friend John jumped at the chance to threaten my g2 pawn with 7...Qg5.

The queen trap comes from a hard to see backwards bishop move 10.Bf1 Qxh1 11.Nxh1. Here Sawyer saw your Hathaway plan. Black hath my rook but away with your queen. White castles with check and mates next move.

Sawyer - Hathaway, Lansdale, PA 04.03.1981 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qg5 [7...cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.0-0=] 8.Nf3 Qxg2? [8...Qd8 9.0-0+/=] 9.Ng3 cxd4 10.Bf1 Qxh1 11.Nxh1 dxc3 12.bxc3 Ndxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Bf4 Ng6 15.Bg3 h5 16.h4 Bd7 17.Qb3 b6 18.Bb5 Bxb5 [18...Rd8 19.Qa4+-] 19.Qxb5+ Kd8 20.c4 Be7 [20...Bc5 21.cxd5+-] 21.cxd5 Nxh4 [21...e5 22.Rc1+-] 22.dxe6 fxe6 23.0-0-0+ Kc8 24.Qc6# 1-0

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