Friday, April 7, 2017

Alapin French 3.Be3 Webster

USCF Master Peter Webster won a French Defence in the 3.Be3 Alapin Diemer Gambit. Peter was one of Wisconsin's strongest masters in the 1970s and 1980s. Webster is a long time Blackmar-Diemer Gambit player. Peter also played the Alapin Gambit, as well as the BDG, in a slightly different way than many gambiteers, i.e. he often castled on the queenside. Although his variations appear less popular, remember Peter Webster played many games before there was any book knowledge available. And, there is the wisdom of more than twenty years in Webster's selections.

Peter Webster doubtless has played the same lines against the same players year after year because of his geographical location in small-town Wisconsin. Therefore, he could rarely benefit from the "surprise" factor of his gambits. This may have kept his master rating somewhat lower than it would otherwise have been. Here Webster’s opponent was T. Moore. The players castled on opposite sides. Then they commenced the race to attack their opponents king. White won in fine fashion.

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

Webster - Moore, Janesville, WI 1979 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 Nd5 6.Qe2 Nxe3 7.Qxe3 exf3 8.Ngxf3 Be7 9.Bd3 Nd7 10.0-0-0 This normally leads to a position where the players castle on opposite sides and race to attack the opponent's King. 10...Nf6 11.Ne5 0-0  [Another try is 11...Nd5 12.Qf3 0-0 13.Rhf1 f5 with chances for both sides in Bullockus - Velasco, American Open 1976] 12.Rhf1 c5 13.dxc5 Qd5 [Black is still in the game with 13...Qa5=] 14.Nb3 Qxg2 15.Rg1 Nd5 16.Qd4 [White has many ways to win. Another is 16.Bxh7+! Kh8 17.Rxd5+-] 16...Qh3?! [16...Qxh2 17.Rxg7+!+-] 17.Rxg7+ Kxg7 18.Rg1+ Kh6 19.Ng4+ Kh5 20.Qg7 Bg5+ 21.Kb1 h6 22.Qxf8 [22.Nxh6!+- leads to mate in a few moves.] 22...f5 23.Nxh6 Qe3 24.Rxg5+ [Or 24.Be2+ Qxe2 25.Nf7+-] 24...Qxg5 25.Be2+ Kg6 26.Nf7 Qe7 [If 26...Qg1+ 27.Nc1 Qxh2 28.Qg8+ Kf6 29.Nd6+-] 27.Qg8+ Kf6 28.Qh8+ 1-0

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