Friday, December 30, 2016

Elephant Gambit by Tom Purser

Once upon a time Purser talked to his private investigator buddy Peter Atzerpay about the opening 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5. Peter asked if the opening was called either “Queen's Pawn Counter Gambit” or “Mittelgambit im Nachzug”. But Purser called it, “An Elephant.”

When Tom Purser passed away, I was reminded of how much he enjoyed playing the Elephant Gambit. This opening as Black has some of the same characteristics that the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit has as White. His original book on the Elephant Gambit book was published on July 3, 1988 by Blackmar Press. The authors who compiled this book were Niels J. Jensen, Tom Purser, and Rasmus Pape.

Tom Purser played in an Atlanta tournament in 1983. There Tom won an Elephant Gambit vs “A. Sheehan”. The USCF lists a player from Georgia named Andrew Sheehan. I am guessing that he may have been Tom Purser’s opponent here. I provide my own detailed analysis of this line.

Sheehan - Purser, Atlanta 1983 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 [3.exd5 e4 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.d3 Qxd5 6.Nbd2 Nc6 7.dxe4 Qe6 8.Qc4 a6 9.Qxe6+ Bxe6 10.a3+/=; 3.Nc3 d4 4.Ne2 f6 5.Ng3 Be6=; 3.d3 dxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 5.Be2 exd3=] 3...dxe4 [3...Nf6 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Bd3 Nd7 6.Nxd7 Bxd7=] 4.Nxe5 Bd6 5.Bf4 [5.Nc4 Nf6 6.Nxd6+ Qxd6 7.Be2 Nc6 8.c3 0-0=; 5.Bc4 Bxe5 6.Qh5 Qe7 7.Qxe5 Qxe5 8.dxe5 Nc6+/=; 5.Nc3 Bxe5 6.dxe5 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Bf5 9.Bd3 Nge7=] 5...Nf6 6.Nc3 [6.Bc4 0-0 7.0-0 Qe7 8.Nc3 Be6=] 6...0-0 7.f3 Bb4 8.Bc4 Nd5 [8...Nc6 9.0-0 Qxd4+ 10.Qxd4 Nxd4 11.Nxe4=; 8...exf3 9.Nxf3 Qe7+ 10.Qe2 Qxe2+ 11.Kxe2=] 9.Bxd5 Qxd5 10.0-0 Bxc3 11.bxc3 f5 [11...exf3 12.Qxf3 Qxf3 13.Nxf3=] 12.c4 Qd8 13.Qd2 [13.Rb1+/-] 13...Nd7 [13...Nc6 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Be5+/=] 14.Bg5 [14.fxe4 fxe4 15.Qe3 Nxe5 16.Bxe5+/-] 14...Qe8 15.Nxd7 Bxd7 16.fxe4 [16.Rae1+/=] 16...fxe4 [16...Qxe4=] 17.Rxf8+ Qxf8 18.Rf1 Qe8 19.Qf4 [19.d5+/=] 19...Qg6 [19...c6=] 20.Be7 h6 21.g3? [21.Qxc7+/=] 21...Re8 22.Bb4 e3 [22...Bh3-+] 23.Qxc7 [23.Rf3 Re4 24.Qxc7 Rxd4 25.Rxe3 Bc6-/+] 23...Bh3 24.Qxb7 [24.Qd6 Qxc2 25.Qd5+ Kh7 26.Qf3 Bxf1 27.Qxf1 e2 28.Qe1 Qxc4-+] 24...Bxf1 25.Kxf1 [25.Qd5+ Kh7 26.Qf3 Bxc4-+] 25...Qxc2 26.Qd5+ Kh8 27.Ke1 Qf2+ 0-1

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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