Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Zilbermints Wins Duras Gambit

Can you play a Dutch Defence against the King Pawn opening? Well, yes and no. You can play 1.e4 f5 as Black, but it won't be a Dutch. That is, not unless White wants to play a Dutch Staunton. Enterprising players play this opening for fun in blitz or against very weak opponents. Or weak players might play it themselves. In the notes below, I cite two early games from 100 years ago.

The Czech master Oldrich Duras played it several times against strong competition in Prague in the 1930s. The opening is called the Duras Gambit. Lev Zilbermints won with “the Fred” as this is also called. After 1.e4 f5, here are the main possibilities:

2.d4 is a Dutch Defence Staunton Gambit 1.d4 f5 2.e4.
2.Nf3 is a Lisitzin Gambit usually reached by 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4.
2.exf5 is the Duras Gambit. Black usually plays 2…Nf6 or 2…Kf7.

Other options are 2…d5 and 2…e5. Zilbermints has tried many moves. In this game Lev chose 2…Nh6. His opponent “duarni” is listed as a Women’s International Master.

duarni (1957) - Zilbermints (2041), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 10.06.2016 begins 1.e4 f5 2.exf5 Nh6 [2...Kf7 3.d4 d5 4.Qh5+ g6 5.fxg6+ Kg7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Bh6+ Kg8 8.gxh7+ Nxh7 9.Qg6+ Bg7 10.Qxg7# 1-0 Pillsbury - Magana, Germany 1902; 2...Nf6 3.d4 (3.g4!+/-) 3...d5 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 e5 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.Nf3 Bxc5 8.Nxe5 0-0 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.0-0 Bxf5 11.Nxc6 Qd6 12.Nd4 Ng4 13.Nf3 Bxc2 14.Qxc2 Rxf3 15.g3 Rxg3+ 16.Kh1 Rg1+ 17.Kxg1 Qxh2# 0-1 Schwartze - Hartlaub, Hamburg 1905] 3.g4!? [White plays this like a King's Gambit reversed. 3.Qh5+! Nf7 4.Nf3 e6 5.Ne5+/-] 3...e6 4.fxe6 d5 5.d4 Qh4 6.Nf3 [6.Nc3+/-] 6...Qxg4 7.Rg1 [7.Ng5+/=] 7...Qxe6+ 8.Be2 Nf5 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.Bf4 Bd6 [10...Bb4=] 11.Bxd6 [11.Ng5!+/=] 11...Qxd6 12.Qd2 0-0 13.0-0-0 a6 14.Rg5 Bd7 15.Rdg1 Rae8 16.Bd3 Re7 17.h4 Kh8 18.h5 Ncxd4 19.Nxd4 Nxd4 20.Bxh7?[Chances were equal after 20.Rxd5 Qh2 21.Re1 Nf3 22.Rxe7 Nxd2 23.Rdxd7 Qf4=] 20...Nf3 21.Qxd5 Qf4+ 22.Kb1 Nxg5 White resigns 0-1

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