Monday, April 17, 2017

Ted Bullockus Bishop Sacrifice

“Knights before bishops” is the rule of thumb for bringing out your pieces in the opening. Generally, that works well, but there are some dangers too. In the Queens Knight Attack, it can appear that White is horsing around a little too much. The game Laird vs Bullockus began 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Bc5 3.Nxe5. What can Black do? The answer is a bishop sacrifice 3…Bxf2+! 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ and the Black queen will regain the piece on e5.

In this postal game between two California players, the master Scott W. Laird has White. Dr. Theodore Bullockus was an international arbiter and longtime postal chess player. His peak ICCF rating was 2299. Ted Bullockus was a teammate of mine in the 10th Correspondence Olympiad. We represented the USA in the 1980s.

This Queens Knight Attack opening line is actually the reverse of an Alekhine Defence variation. Ted Bullockus was an expert in the Alekhine. Ted influenced me to study and play it. One Alekhine line goes 1.e4 Nf6 2.Bc4 Nxe4 3.Bxf7+ Kxf7 4.Qh5+ when White regains the piece on e4 with equal chances. The Queens Knight Attack adds 1.Nc3.

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Laird - Bullockus, USA corr 1980 begins 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Bc5!? 3.Nxe5 Bxf2+! [3...d6 4.Nf3+/-] 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ 5.g3 [Or 5.Kg1 Qd4+ 6.e3 Qxe5 7.d4 Qe6 8.d5 Qe5 9.d6+/-] 5...Qd4+ 6.e3 [6.Kg2 Qxe5 7.d4 Qh5 8.e4 Qxd1 9.Nxd1 Nc6 10.c3+/=] 6...Qxe5 7.Qf3 [7.d4 Qf5+ 8.Qf3 Qxf3+ 9.Kxf3+/=] 7...Nf6 8.d4 Qe7 9.e4 d6 10.h3 [10.Bg5!? Ng4+ 11.Qxg4 Bxg4 12.Bxe7 Kxe7 13.Nd5+ Kd8 14.Ne3+/=] 10...0-0 11.Bc4?! [11.Bg5+/=] 11...Nc6 12.Be3 Re8 [Here Black count equalize with 12...Be6=] 13.a3 Kh8 [13...h6 14.Bd3+/=] 14.Bd3 Be6 15.g4 [15.Rae1+/-] 15...Nd7 [15...h6 16.Rae1+/-] 16.d5 1-0

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