Monday, April 24, 2017

Matthias From Gambit Reversed

Thomas Matheis attempted the From Gambit reversed from a Queens Knight Attack with 1.Nc3. Jo A Wharrier responded with the Dutch Defence move 1…f5. Strong International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) players generally excel in opening preparation. White could certainly have a good game with 1.d4 which transposes to the Dutch 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 line. However White opted for a more enterprising approach.

From Gambit normally begins 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6. The From Reversed gives White the extra move Nc3. The From Gambit is sound with the extra move, especially if White plays 5.Nf3. However here he chose 5.g4!? to mirror the regular From Gambit Lasker Variation 4…g5. White got into trouble with 7.Ne4?! Better would have been 7.Nge2 with equal chances. Black played well and won.

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Matheis (2354) - Wharrier (2341), BFCC-45 ICCF, 15.09.2007 begins 1.Nc3 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.d3 exd3 4.Bxd3 Nf6 5.g4 [5.Nf3 e6 (5...g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.Qe2 Nc6 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.h4=) 6.Ng5 d5 7.Qe2 Qe7 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Re1+/=] 5...g6 [5...d5 6.g5 Ne4 7.Nxe4 dxe4 8.Bxe4 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 Nd7 10.Be3 e5=] 6.g5 Nh5 7.Ne4?! [More in line with the From Gambit is 7.Nge2 Bg7 8.Ng3 Nxg3 9.hxg3 d6 10.Qe2 Nc6 11.Rxh7 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Rxh7 13.Bxg6+ Rf7 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 15.Qh5+ with a possible perpetual check.] 7...d5 8.Ng3 Nxg3 9.hxg3 Qd6 10.Bf4 e5 11.Qe2 Nc6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Be3 Nb4 14.Bc4 a5 15.c3 Qe6 16.cxb4 dxc4 17.b5 0-0 18.Rh4 Qf7 19.Qxc4 Be6 20.Qe4 Bxa2 21.Ne2 Bb3 22.Rdh1 h5 23.Nc3 Qf5 24.g4 hxg4 25.Rxg4 Kg7 26.Rf4 Qxe4 27.Rxe4 Rf5 28.Reh4 Rd8 29.Rh7+ Kf8 30.R7h6 Bxg5 31.Rxg6 Bxe3+ 32.fxe3 b6 33.Ne4 Rd7 34.Ng5 [34.Rh8+ Ke7 35.Rg7+ Rf7 36.Rxf7+ Bxf7-/+] 34...Rd3 35.e4 Rf2 36.Rc6 Rh2 37.Rf1+ Ke8 38.Rxc7 Rg2 39.Nh7 Rf2 40.Re1 a4 41.Rg1 Rdd2 42.Nf6+ Kd8 43.Rc6 Rxb2 44.Ng4 Rfc2+ 45.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 46.Kb1 Rc5 47.Kb2 Rxb5 48.Ka3 Rc5 49.Ne3 Rc3 50.Ng4 Kc7 51.Nxe5 Re3 52.Rg7+ Kd6 53.Ng4 Rxe4 54.Nf6 Re1 55.Rg4 Kc6 0-1

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