Friday, June 3, 2016

Ultimate Ullrich Evans Gambit

The Evans Gambit presents both players with some significant challenges. White needs to develop his pieces quickly, attack the center, make constant threats, and keep Black’s weak points weak. Black needs to fight back to keep from getting completely run over. The placement of his center pawns and queen are critical. Usually White is ready, willing, and able to sacrifice a second pawn after 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4. Black may take the second pawn and then return it as I did vs “blik” in the notes.

I played a postal chess game against Juergen Ullrich in the Evans Gambit. I do not remember which part of Germany he lived in. DDR was East Germany, and BRD was West Germany. I faced many postal opponents from each side of the Berlin wall.

The International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) lists J├╝rgen Ullrich of Germany with a rating of 2159 in 308 games. His peak rating was 2220 in 1994. My ICCF rating is 2157 based on 65 games. I have been inactive there for 20 years.

I don’t think I played badly at first, but I chose a line that is too passive for my own good. Later in the game, I was outplayed.

Ullrich - Sawyer, corr ICCF 1985 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 [Another critical line is 6.0-0 Nf6 7.d4 exd4 8.Ba3 d6 9.cxd4 Nxe4 10.d5 Ne7=] 6...d6 [6...exd4! 7.0-0 Nge7 8.cxd4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 and 1/2-1/2 in 152 moves. blik - Sawyer, Internet Chess Club 2009] 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5 dxe5 [8...Bb6!=] 9.0-0 [9.Ba3!?] 9...Bb6 10.Rd1 Qe7 11.a4 [11.Rd5!?] 11...a6 12.Bd5 Nf6 13.Ba3 Bc5 14.Bxc5 Qxc5 15.Bxf7+ Ke7 16.Bd5 Nxd5? [16...Rd8 17.Nbd2+/-] 17.Rxd5 [17.exd5! Na5 18.Qc2 Bg4 19.Nbd2 Qxd5 20.h3 Bxf3 21.Nxf3 Qe6 22.Nxe5+-] 17...Qb6? [17...Be6 18.Rxc5 Bxb3 19.Nbd2+/-] 18.Qxb6?! [White is winning after 18.Qa3+! Ke8 19.a5 Qa7 20.Nxe5+-] 18...cxb6 19.Nxe5 Be6 20.Nxc6+ bxc6 21.Rd2 Rhd8 22.Kf1 Bc4+ 23.Ke1 Bd3 24.f3 Rd6 25.Na3 Rad8 26.Rad1 b5 27.axb5 axb5 28.Kf2 b4? [Blunder. Black is still in the game after 28...c5 29.Rb2+/=] 29.cxb4 1-0

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