Monday, June 20, 2016

Larry Wadsworth Plays 1.Nh3

I met a fine rural southern gentleman. Larry Wadsworth found out that I played chess. He wanted to play me in a game. Arrangements were made. When he arrived, he brought a nice gift of pickled squash. I set the board up. Then I took a pawn in each hand. Larry selected the hand with the White pawn.

Mr. Wadsworth said he had never played a professional chess player before. I started to say that I was not a professional, but I have made a small amount of money over the past 25 years. Some were tournament winnings. Some came from coaching. Some were royalties from writing. Most years I spent more on chess than I earned from it. For many, chess is our fun hobby that we wish was our job except for the hard work and low pay.

Larry began the game with 1.Nh3. I countered 1…e5. I dreamt of 2.f4 d5 3.fxe5? Bxh3 4.gxh3 Qh4 Fools Mate. Larry was no fool. Instead he played 2.e4. We transposed to 1.e4 e5 2.Nh3. All our knights came out quickly. With 4.Ng5 and 5.Bc4 White took aim at f7. This told me that he does know something about chess.

After Black castled, I half expected White to give up two minor pieces on f7 for a rook and a pawn. There followed 6.Na4 Be7 7.b3 h6 when White had one last chance at attacking glory with 8.h4! I did not expect it, but I realized during the game that the knight on g5 could not be captured under such circumstances. Instead, White lost a pawn with 8.Nh3 Nxe4. Soon he dropped a piece on d5. I set a trap on e5 which netted me the a1 rook. Then I pushed for checkmate until he dropped his final knight.

Wadsworth - Sawyer, Florida 18.06.2016 begins 1.Nh3 e5 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Bc4 0-0 6.Na4?! [6.d3 Nd4=/+] 6...Be7 7.b3? [7.d3 d5=/+] 7...h6 8.Nh3 [8.h4! d5 (8...hxg5? 9.hxg5 Nh7 10.Qh5 Re8 11.Qxh7+ Kf8 12.Qh8#) 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Ne4 a6-/+] 8...Nxe4 9.Qf3 Nf6 10.0-0 d5 11.Bxd5 [11.Be2 Bg4 12.Qe3 d4 13.Qd3 Nb4 14.Qc4 Be6 15.Qb5 a6 16.Qxb7 Bd5-+] 11...Qxd5 12.Qxd5 Nxd5 13.Re1 Bxh3 14.gxh3 Rad8 15.Bb2 a6 16.f3 Nf4 17.Bxe5 [17.Rad1 b5 18.Nc3 Nd4-+] 17...Nxe5 18.Rxe5 Bf6 19.Rf5 Nxh3+ 20.Kg2 Rxd2+ 21.Kxh3 Bxa1 22.Nc5 Bd4 23.Rd5 c6 24.Rxd4 Rxd4 25.Nxb7 g5 26.Na5 Re8 27.Nxc6 Rh4+ 28.Kg3 f5 29.Nd4 Rxd4 0-1

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