Sunday, December 25, 2016

French Leaping Knight Mate

I played several openings against Bob Muir with a tendency to gradually move to the right. Most often I began 1.d4. This led to some Queen’s Gambit Declined games as well as some Blackmar-Diemer Gambits. We played a lot over maybe eight years time.

Shifting to right further I played 1.e4 quite a few times with the French Defence and the Ruy Lopez. Once in a while I played the Bird 1.f4. One rare occasions I even played 1.g4, but the Grob is further to the right than I like to go.

His French Defence choice led me to play a typical Tarrasch Variation. We continued 4.exd5 cxd4. The game reminded me of the von Hennig Schara Gambit. That opening begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4.

Black plays the same exact first four moves. White starts with 1.d4 in both cases. After that he attacks Black’s d5 pawn on move two. White develops a knight on move three. And finally White captures on d5 with a pawn on move four. Soon after the queens come off the board in both openings.

Here Black lost his stranded pawn on d4, although he had some compensation. Black castled queenside. White castled kingside. Then the pieces started flying with attacks threats and counter threats. White maintained the one pawn advantage. Black kicked a White knight, expecting it to retreat. Instead the knight leaped over the pawns for checkmate!

My new French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.

Sawyer (2010) - Muir (1800), Williamsport, PA 03.1998 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 cxd4 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.dxe6 Qxe6+ 8.Qe2!? [8.Ne2!+/-] 8...Qxe2+ 9.Nxe2 Nc6 10.Nb3 0-0-0 11.0-0 Bb4 [11...Nge7 12.Bf4=] 12.Rd1 Nf6 13.Nexd4 Ne5 [13...Nxd4 14.Rxd4 Rxd4 15.Nxd4+/=] 14.c3 Be7 15.Bf4 Nc4 16.Nb5 [16.Nf5+/-] 16...Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 a6? [17...b6 18.Re1+/-] 18.Na7# 1-0

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