Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lev Zilbermints Wins Englund 1.d4 e5

Our gambit friend Lev Zilbermints launched another successful Englund Gambit. Lev demonstrated once again that constant aggressive tactical play pays off. Zilbermints knows how to attack. It shows in his frequent Internet Chess Club blitz wins.

A FIDE Master with the handle "ScacchicAgelast" played the White pieces. Naturally a higher rated titled player wins most of the time. I am sure that if Zilbermints played the main line of any popular opening, the master would be well-prepared. That's the point.

Lev Zilbermints takes players out of the preparation. His offbeat unorthodox methods of attack surprise good players. Here Lev employs his pet line 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nge7. I don't know when he started playing it.

The earliest game I have of his in this line is from 1996. I played it in 1997 and 1998. My collection has over 100 of his games in this line, only a fraction of what he had actually played. In theory White might have improved. In actual practice, Black won.

ScacchicAgelast (2317) - Zilbermints (2181), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 06.04.2016 begins 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nge7 4.Bf4 Ng6 5.Bg3 Qe7 6.Nc3 Qb4 [6...Ncxe5 7.Nxe5 Nxe5 8.Nd5 Qd6 9.Qd4+/-] 7.Qd2 Qxb2 8.Rb1 Qa3 9.Rb3 Qa5 10.Nd5 [10.Rb5 Qa3 11.Nd5+-] 10...Qxa2 [10...Qxd2+ 11.Kxd2 Kd8 12.e3+/=] 11.Nxc7+ Kd8 12.Nxa8 Bb4 13.Rxb4 Qa1+ 14.Qd1 Qc3+ 15.Nd2 Nxb4 16.e3 Nxc2+ 17.Ke2 d6?! [This move is risky but tricky. Black could have played 17...b6 18.Qb1 Bb7 19.Kd1 Nb4 20.Ne4+/=] 18.Ne4? [White falls for a mate. Correct is 18.Nf3! Bg4 19.Qd2+-] 18...Bg4+ White resigns 0-1

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  1. Lev....such an imaginative player....

    1. Yes, that makes his games fun for us!

  2. My first games with the Zilbermints Gambit are from 1993. Please check BDG World 61-63 for the articles.

    1. Thanks Lev. You have been playing this a long time!


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