Saturday, December 10, 2016

Per Ofstad in Lisitzin Gambit

Per Ofstad was born in 1934. Ofstad won the Norwegian Chess Championship in 1961. He had a long career with many games against notable grandmasters. A famous brilliancy that Ofstad won as White against Wolfgang Uhlmann in a French Defence Tarrasch Variation at Halle in 1963.

Writing for the Huffington Post in 2013, Grandmaster Lubomir Kavalek called Per Ofstad “a talented attacker with a plethora of wild ideas”. Kavalek noted that he used one of Per Ofstad’s ideas to win vs Khodos in 1965.

Per Ofstad played a Reti Lisitzin Gambit against me to avoid my Dutch Defence. This time I came up with my own “wild idea” in the novelty 6…Bc5!? The notes include a game against Otis Johnson, Jr.

Ofstad - Sawyer, corr ICCF, 1982 begins 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Ng5 e5 4.d3 e3 [4...Nf6 5.dxe4 c6 6.Nc3 Bb4=] 5.Bxe3 Nc6 [5...d5 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 Nc6 8.Qd3=] 6.c4 [6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 d5 8.c4 dxc4 9.Qa4 Bb4+ (9...h6! 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.Ne4 cxd3 12.Qxc6+ Bd7 13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14.Qe4 Kf7=) 10.Nc3 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 Bd7? (11...h6=) 12.Qxc4 Qe7 13.Rb1 (13.Bc5!+- wins at least a piece immediately.) 13...Ng4 14.Bd2+/- and 1-0 in 32. Johnson - Sawyer, corr APCT 1982] 6...Bc5!? [Here I found this original move. Even now 30 years later I have never seen anyone else play it. More normal would be 6...Nf6 7.Nc3 Nd4=] 7.Bxc5 Qxg5 8.Nc3 d6 [8...Nf6 9.Nb5 Kd8=] 9.Be3 Qg6 10.Be2 Nf6 [I did not dare play 10...Qxg2! 11.Bf3 Qh3 12.Rg1 g6 13.Nd5 Qd7= but maybe I should have played this.] 11.Nd5 Qf7 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.0-0 0-0 14.Bf3 Nd4 15.Bxd4 exd4 16.b4  [16.Qb3!?] 16...c5 17.Rb1 Rb8 18.Be4 b6 19.Qh5 g6 [19...Bf5 20.Bxf5 Qxf5 21.Qxf5 Rxf5 22.Rfe1 cxb4 23.Rxb4 Kf7=] 20.Qh6 Bb7 21.f3 Rfd8 22.bxc5 dxc5 23.Rbe1 Rd7 24.Re2 Rf8 25.Rfe1 Qg7 [25...Qf4 26.Qh3+/=] 26.Qg5 Qf6 27.Qxf6 Rxf6 28.Bxb7 Rxb7 29.a4 Kf7 30.Re5 Rc6 31.Kf2 Rcc7 32.f4 Kg7 [I did not dare to swap rooks because after 32...Re7 33.Rxe7+ Rxe7 34.Rxe7+ Kxe7 35.g4+/- this materially equal pawn ending is probably a win for White.] 33.g4 Rf7 34.Kf3 Rbc7 35.h4 Rb7 36.h5 Rbc7 37.f5 gxf5 38.g5 Rc6 [38...Rf8 39.Kf4 Kf7 40.a5+/-] 39.Kf4 Rc8 40.Re8 Rxe8 41.Rxe8 Rb7 [Or 41...h6 42.g6 Rb7 43.Kxf5+-] 42.h6+ Kf7 43.Rh8 Ke6 44.g6 1-0

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