Thursday, October 27, 2016

English Opening Queens Knight

What does the 1...Nc6 player do if White does not head to the main lines with 1.e4 or 1.d4? What if White develops more quietly on the flanks with 1.c4 or 1.Nf3? What about 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3? Just play good moves.

In 2007 Christoph Wisnewski wrote one of my favorite books on the Queens Knight Defence called “Play 1…Nc6!: a complete chess opening repertoire for Black.” In 2011 Christoph Scheerer wrote one of my favorite books on “The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: A modern guide to a fascinating chess opening.”

This game was played when Christoph still used the last name of Wisnewski. I believe he changed it to Scheerer when he married. International Master Christoph Scheerer played 1…Nc6 with the basic intention of following it up when feasible with 2…d5. Here Christian Laqua played the English Opening. Clearly the move 1…Nc6 is easy to play against such an opening.

Laqua - Scheerer, German League 2006 begins 1.c4 Nc6 2.g3 [2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 Bc5 4.Bg2 d6 5.e3 Bf5=; 2.Nf3 e5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bxc3 6.Qxc3 Qe7=] 2...d5 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Qh5 6.d3 Bh3 7.Bxh3 Qxh3 8.Qb3 0-0-0 9.Be3 [9.Qxf7 e6-/+] 9...e6 10.Ng5 Qh5 11.Qa4 Nd5 12.g4 Qg6 13.h4 [13.Qe4 Qxe4 14.Ngxe4 Be7=] 13...Nxe3 14.fxe3 h6 15.Nf3 Bc5 16.Kd2 f5 17.Rhg1 Qf6 18.g5 hxg5 19.Rxg5 Ne5 20.Rf1 Ng4 21.Nd1 [21.Rxg4 fxg4 22.Qxg4 Rd7=/+] 21...Rxh4 22.Qc4 [22.Rg1 Kb8 23.Rxg7 Qxg7 24.Nxh4 Qe7-/+] 22...Nxe3 23.Qxh4 Nxf1+ 24.Ke1 Ne3 25.Nc3 Bb4 26.Kd2 Nd5 27.Qc4 Rd6 28.e4 fxe4 [Or 28...Rc6-+ ] 29.Qxe4 Nxc3 30.bxc3 Qxc3+ 31.Ke2 Qc2+ 32.Ke3 Bc5+ 33.Kf4 Qf2 34.Rxg7 Rd4 35.Rg8+ Kd7 36.Rg7+ Ke8 37.Rxc7 0-1

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