Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Queen's Knight Advance 3.e5

Do you prefer to develop a piece, open up the center, or grab a space advantage on move three? In the Queen's Knight Defence after 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 White can choose between 3.Nc3, 3.exd5 or 3.e5.

The Queen's Knight Advance 3.e5 Bf5 looks just like the Caro-Kann Advance Variation 3.e5 Bf5 except for what Black piece in on c6. The difference is perspective. The c6 pawn protects d5 while the Nc6 attacks e5.

Black must determine on which side to castle. In a game between young rapidly improving Catalin-Lucian Patrascu against WGM Suzana Maksimovic, Black castled kingside and attacked kingside. This works in part because White's e5 pawn blocks some of his own attacking prospects. Maksimovic found a nice checkmate to finish.

Patrascu (2069) - Maksimovic (2238), 25th Seacoast Trophy 2015 Eforie Nord ROU (8.5), 30.06.2015 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Ne2 e6 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 f6!? [6...h5 7.Be2 Nb4 8.Na3 c5 9.c3 Nc6=/+] 7.Bb5 Qd7 8.0-0 a6 9.Ba4 fxe5 10.dxe5 b5 11.Bb3 Bc5 12.h5 Bf7 13.Bf4 Nge7 [13...g6!?] 14.c3 Nf5 15.Nxf5 exf5 16.Re1 Be6 17.Nd2 0-0 18.h6 Rad8 19.Nf3 g6 20.Nd4 Be7 21.Qd2 Na5 22.Bg5 c5 [22...Bxg5 23.Qxg5+/=] 23.Nf3 [23.Nxe6 Qxe6 24.Bxe7+-] 23...Nc4 24.Bxc4 bxc4 25.Bxe7 Qxe7 26.b4 d4 27.bxc5 dxc3 28.Qxc3 Rd3 29.Qa5 Bd5 30.Qxa6 Rxf3 31.gxf3 [31.Qd6!=] 31...Qg5+ 32.Kf1 Bxf3 [32...Qh5-/+] 33.Qxc4+ Kh8 34.Red1 [34.Re3!+-] 34...Qxh6 35.Ke1 Qh1+ 36.Kd2 [36.Qf1!=] 36...Rd8+ 37.Ke3 Bxd1 38.Qf4 Qe1# 0-1

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