Saturday, November 26, 2016

Scotch Steinitz Win by Karpatchev

The Scotch Game 4.Nxd4 Qh4 was played by Staunton in the 1840s. Steinitz and others played it a lot from 1860 until 1905. Then the Scotch and the Steinitz 4…Qh4 took a 60 year break when hardly anyone played it. GM Lev Gutman and Sid Pickard specialized in this line and wrote books on it.

It is not a well-known line. If you are new to the Scotch Game, the Steinitz 4…Qh4 quickly poses a serious challenge for you. The first thing to notice after 4…Qh4 is both the White pawn on e4 and knight on d4 are under attack. None of the moves White might first think of are playable, such as 5.f3, 5.Bd3, or 5.Nf3. The most common choices are 5.Nc3 or the gambit 5.Nb5.

My initial assessment of this line was that White could easily lose a pawn. To hold onto the extra pawn, the Black king may have to slide over to Kd8 (to protect c7) and lose castling privileges. There is real risk for both sides, and real reward in the form of victories. The prepared player profits most.

Roland Schmaltz is a German grandmaster and 1-minute bullet chess champion. That requires a quick mind for fast play. Here the Russian Grandmaster Aleksandr Karpatchev won quickly. The game began as a Queens Knight Defence.

Schmaltz (2390) - Karpatchev (2505), Cappelle op (5), 1993 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e5 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qh4 5.Nc3 [5.Nb5 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bc5 7.Qf3 Bb6 8.Be3 Ba5+ 9.c3 a6 10.Nd4 Ne5 11.Qg3 Qxg3 12.hxg3 d6 13.Nd2 Bb6=] 5...Bb4 6.Ndb5 [6.Be2 Qxe4 7.Ndb5 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Kd8 9.0-0 Nf6 10.Nd4 Nxd4 11.cxd4 d6 12.Bg5 Qf5 13.Bh4 Bd7 14.Qd2+/=] 6...Ba5 7.Bd3 [7.Be2 a6 8.Nd4 Qxe4 9.Nxc6 dxc6 10.0-0 Qe7 11.Bc4 Nf6 12.Re1 Be6 13.Bg5 0-0 14.Qf3 h6=] 7...a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bd2?  [9.Nab1 Ne5 10.0-0 Nf6 11.Nd2 0-0=] 9...Nf6 10.g3 Qh3 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 0-0 13.dxc6  [13.Bxa5 Re8+ 14.Be2 Qg2 15.dxc6 Qxh1+ 16.Kd2 Qxh2-/+] 13...Re8+ 14.Be2 dxc6 15.Rf1 [15.c3 Qg2 16.Rf1 Bh3 17.Be3 Qxh2 18.Bf3 Rxe3+ 19.fxe3 Qxb2 20.Nc2 Qxc3+ 21.Kf2 Bxf1 22.Kxf1 Qf6-/+] 15...Bg4 16.f3 [16.Bxa5 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 Rxe2+ 18.Kxe2 b4-+] 16...Qxh2 17.Bxa5 Rad8 18.Bd2 Qxg3+ 19.Rf2 Bh3 0-1

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