Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Blindfold King Wins GW Gambit

Timur Gareyev won a Gibbins-Weidenhagen Gambit while he was setting the record at the Blindfold King. This gambit begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4!? White's plan is to gain time at the cost of the g-pawn. Black is usually surprised and totally on his own at this point. The natural continuation is to accept the gambit followed by moving the d-pawn to protect his knight.

Humphry Bogart played a famous game in this opening. Diemer, Bronstein, Gibbins, Krabbe and a host of Blackmar-Diemer Gambit players have ventured this gambit against Black's invitation to play the Indian Defences. I've played it a few times myself in blitz games just for something different. In this game, Gareyev faced James Stuart. Black played pretty well for the first dozen moves. Then the grandmaster's skill took over.

Gareyev (2618) - Stuart, Gareyev Blindfold Simul Las Vegas USA (1.33), 03.12.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4 Nxg4 3.e4 d6 [3...d5 4.Be2 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Nf3 Nb6=/+] 4.f3 Nf6 5.Be3 e5 6.Nc3 c6 [6...Nc6=/+] 7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.0-0-0 Qc7 9.f4 Ng4 10.Bh3 [10.Nf3!?] 10...Nxe3 [10...Nb6=/+] 11.Qxe3 Be7 12.Nf3 h6 [12...exf4 13.Qxf4 g6=] 13.Rhg1 Rg8 [13...exf4 14.Qxf4 g5=] 14.dxe5 [14.fxe5 dxe5 15.Kb1+/-] 14...dxe5 15.Bxd7+ Bxd7 16.Nxe5 Rd8 [16...Be6! 17.Nf3+/=] 17.Qxa7 [17.Nxd7 Rxd7 18.e5+-] 17...g5 18.Nxd7 Qxf4+ 19.Kb1 Rxd7 20.Rxd7 Kxd7 21.Qxb7+ Qc7 22.Rd1+ Bd6 23.Qb3 Ke7 24.Rf1 Rg7 [24...Kf8 25.Qe6+/-] 25.h3 Kf8 26.a4 Qc8 27.Ne2 Qa6 28.Qf3 [28.Rd1 Qxe2 29.Rxd6+-] 28...Be7 [28...Qxa4 29.Qd3+/-] 29.Nd4 Qc8 30.Nf5 Rh7 31.Nxh6 Qe8 [31...Qe6 32.Nf5+-] 32.Ng4 Qd7 33.e5 Qc8 34.a5 Qa6 35.Qf5 Kg8 36.Nh6+ [Or 36.e6+-] 36...Kh8 37.Nxf7+ 1-0

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