Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Staunton Gambit My Best Brilliancy

I played a brilliant quick crushing win. What a beautiful open field mate! It's too bad we cannot play these types of quick crushes more often. I sacrificed a rook on move 9. Seven checks in a row and it's checkmate against John Hathaway in Dutch Defence.

I played the Staunton Gambit before I began playing its cousin, the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. This is the best one I ever played in my life. After 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6, White has a choice to make. The move 4.Bg5 often allows White to regain the pawn.

When I am in a gambit mood, I go for 4.f3. It worked great this time! Lots of people have won pretty games with the Staunton Gambit. This was my best.

John and I were friends who played at the North Penn Chess Club. We had some fun times. Hathaway became the Pennsylvania state chess champion a few years later.

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Sawyer - Hathaway, Lansdale, PA 24.07.1981 begins 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 [Against me most players have declined the gambit with 4...d5.] 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 b6 [7...0-0= is much safer.] 8.Ne5 Bb7 [Black is calmly developing, but now...] 9.Rxf6! [or 9.Bxh7 Rxh7 10.Qd3!+-] 9...Bxf6 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Bxg6+ hxg6 12.Qxg6+ Ke7 13.Qf7+ Kd6 14.Nb5+ Kd5 15.c4+ Ke4 16.Qg6# 1-0

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