Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Van Kerkhof in Huebsch 5.Bf4

FIDE Master David Van Kerkhof wins as White in a Huebsch Gambit. The Huebsch has increased in popularity. This is partly due to the fact that Blackmar-Diemer Gambit has a reputation of being dangerous ground to enter. If the gambit was refuted, masters would never play it as White, and defenders would accept the BDG pawn with glee as Black.

So, White gambits a pawn on e4. The basic difference between the BDG (3...dxe4 4.f3) and the Huebsch (3...Nxe4 4.Nxe4) is Black's kingside knight. In the BDG it sits on Nf6. In the Huebsch that knight is quickly exchanged for White's queenside knight.

This tournament game played in the Netherlands sees Van Kerkhof vs Renzo Ducarmon. White's choice for developing a bishop on move five is 5.Bf4 vs the Huebsch. Both 5.Be3 and 5.Bc4 are common alternatives.

The move 5.Bf4 has the advantage that it prepares a quick queenside castle. I am unsure about the strength of the move 8.Qe3!? It worked this time. Further tests are needed.

Van Kerkhof (2318) - Ducarmon (2091), 9th OGD Prinsenstad 2016 Delft NED (2.5), 26.03.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bf4 e6 6.Qd2 c5 7.0-0-0 Nc6 8.Qe3!? Qd5 9.c4 Qf5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Ne2 e5 12.Bg3 h5 13.f3 exf3 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Qxe5+ Qxe5 16.Bxe5 Bg4 17.Rxd4 [17.Bxd4 fxg2 18.Re1+ Kd7 19.Bxg2=] 17...f6 18.Bg3 Bc5 19.Rd3 h4 20.Bf4 g5 21.Be3 fxg2 22.Bxg2 Rc8 23.Bxc5 Rxc5 24.Re1+ Kd7 25.Rd4 h3 26.Bh1 f5 27.b4 Rcc8 28.d6 Rhe8 29.Rxe8 Rxe8 30.Bxb7 Rb8 31.Ba6 Rxb4 32.Bb5+ Kd8 33.Rd5 a6 34.Bxa6 [34.a3+/-] 34...Ra4? [34...Be2 35.Rc5=] 35.Bb5 Rxa2 [Or 35...Rb4 36.Re5+-] 36.c5 Ra5 37.c6 1-0

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