Thursday, August 4, 2016

Schoppmeyer in Queens Gambit

Herbert Schoppmeyer of Germany had an ICCF rating of 2137. His name appeared in many gambit opening chess books. I was familiar with his name. Schoppmeyer played postal chess for 40 years. I have almost 100 of his games in my database.

Schoppmeyer played a wide variety of openings. It appears that he tried everything from main lines to unorthodox variations. In the 1950s he lost two games as Black to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Back then I still didn’t know anything about the BDG. Many of his games seem to be thematic events. Herbert played the King’s Gambit Falkbeer Counter Gambit and Latvian Gambit.

Herbert Schoppmeyer is listed as having been born in 1940, but I don’t know if that is accurate. The earliest Schoppmeyer games in my database are from 1955. His peak years of tournament success were 1959 to 1973. He stopped playing around 1992.

We played a Caro-Kann Defence Panov Attack. It transposed to Queens Gambit Semi-Tarrasch from a Caro-Kann. The Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Tarrasch move order would be 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 cxd4 7.exd4 Be7. The Schoppmeyer move 8.Bd3 was better than my 8.Bb5 against Edward Sawyer.

Schoppmeyer - Sawyer, corr ICCF 1982 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bd3 [8.Bc4 Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Bf6 11.Ne4 b6=] 8...Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Bf6 11.Be4 Qd6 [11...Nce7 12.Ne5 Bd7 13.Qh5 g6 14.Qf3 Bg7=] 12.Bxd5!? [12.Bc2 Qb4 13.a3+/=] 12...exd5 13.Nb5 Qd8 14.Bf4 Bg4 15.Bd6?! [15.h3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 a6 17.Nc7 Rc8 18.Qxd5=] 15...Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Nxd4? [The only move is 16...a6! 17.Bxf8 axb5 18.Bc5 b6=/+] 17.Qd3 Nxb5 18.Bxf8 Bxb2 19.Rab1 Bc3 20.Re3 Qxf8 21.Rxb5 d4 22.Rh3 g6 23.Rxb7 Re8 24.g4 Re1+ 25.Kg2 a5 26.Rf3 Re7 27.Rb6 [27.Qb5+/-] 27...Kg7 28.Qc4 Qa8 29.Rc6 Ra7? [29...Qb8 30.Qd5+/=] 30.Qd5 Qe8 31.Rd6 Re7 32.g5 [Or 32.Rd8!+-] 32...Rc7 [Black is busted.] 1-0

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