Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Alekhine Anti Cambridge Springs

In contrast to a Queen’s Gambit Exchange Variation which clarifies the pawn structure, I chose not to capture his pawn on d5. Instead I maintained and increase the tension with 6.e4!? This was my Anti-Queens Gambit Cambridge Springs line. It is an optimistic frisky line. Napier played it vs Teichmann in 1904.

It caught my attention because I studied the games of Alexander Alekhine. In the 1920s and 1930s he frequently played 6.e4!? The line appears about once a year. The better players win more often. It’s not powerful or bad, just lesser known and different. That’s me. Lesser known and different. When I found myself headed toward a Cambridge Springs Variation with 6.e3 Qa5, I veered off with the interesting Alekhine move 6.e4!?

Of course I was not prepared. This was postal chess. I played it to see what would happen. Maybe my opponent would blunder. Al Roberge was an above average postal chess player in APCT in the early 1980s. We played twice, one game with each color.

This Alekhine line worked well. I got an advantage with good chances to win. But Black fought back. Then I could not figure out how to win. I gave up. We drew by repetition.

Sawyer (2100) - Roberge (1983), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Nf3 c6 6.e4!? [6.e3 Be7=] 6...dxe4 7.Nxe4 Bb4+ [7...h6 8.Nxf6+ Nxf6 9.Bf4=] 8.Nc3 Bxc3+ [8...h6=] 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bd2 [10.Qc2 c5 11.Bd2=] 10...Ne4 [10...e5!=] 11.Bd3 Nxd2 12.Qxd2 Nf6 13.0-0 0-0 14.Rfe1 Bd7 15.Re5 Qc7 16.Qf4 [16.Rg5! h6 17.Rg3+/-] 16...Rfe8 [16...b5 17.c5+/=] 17.Qh4 h6 18.Rae1 [18.g4!+/-] 18...Kf8 [18...b5 19.Nd2+/=] 19.g4 Ke7 20.g5 hxg5 21.Nxg5 Rh8 22.Qf4 Rac8 23.d5 Kf8 24.dxe6 Bxe6 25.Bf5 [25.Nxe6+ fxe6 26.Qg3+/-] 25...Bxf5 26.Qxf5 Rd8 27.Qf4 Qd7? [27...Rh6=] 28.Re7 Qxe7 29.Rxe7 Rd1+ 30.Kg2 Kxe7 31.Qe3+?! [I missed the winning power of the move 31.Qe5+ Kd7 (31...Kf8 32.Qc7!+-) 32.Qe2 Rd6 33.Nxf7+-] 31...Kf8 32.Qc5+ Ke8 [32...Kg8 33.Qxa7+/-] 33.Qe3+?! [33.Qe5+!+-] 33...Kf8 34.Qc5+ Ke8 35.Qe3+? [35.Qe5+!+-] 1/2-1/2

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