Monday, May 29, 2017

Dutch Defence Staunton Zintgraff

Gary Zintgraff sent me this note with some short attacking games. The Dutch Defence Staunton Gambit occupies our thought this time. Zintgraff wrote:

"Dear Tim: I just signed up for your chess site and have found a lot of great material to keep me busy. I have your 3 BDG "books" which opened my eyes to an exciting way to play chess. It was very fun to see bits of 2 of my games in your 2nd book.
"Here are a couple of games that use the aggressive approach I learned from the BDG. I just started playing weekly tournaments recently after a long lay off. David Nightingale is a strong advocate of the Dutch Defense so I played a Staunton Gambit to open up the game. When I offered the second Bishop sacrifice, he took over 25 minutes (in a game 90) to study his options. Of the 3-4 choices he had, taking my Bishop was the best.
"Sincerely, Gary D. Zintgraff"

Thank Gary! The comments below are by Zintgraff except where noted.

Zintgraff - Nightingale, MHCC, 2016 begins 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.Qe2 b5 8.Ne4 Bb7 9.Nxf6+ Bxf6 10.0-0 Qe7 11.Ne5 0-0 12.Bxh7+ [12.c3 d6 13.Ng4= Sawyer] 12...Kxh7 [This unsound sac was knowingly made by me because I wanted to prevent him from getting his favorite Dutch setup.] 13.Qh5+ [13.Qd3+ Kg8 14.Ng6 Qd6 15.Nxf8 Qxd4+ 16.Qxd4 Bxd4+ 17.Kh1 Bf6 18.Ng6= Sawyer] 13...Kg8 14.Bg5 Qe8 [I had analyzed this Bishop move and 14...Bxg5 as being favorable for White during the game, but did not see 15.Ng6 Rxf1+ 16.Rxf1 Be3+ 17.Kh1 Bxg2+ the sac move which would have probably won for him.] 15.Ng6 Be4 16.Qh8+ Kf7 17.Rxf6+ gxf6 18.Qh7# 1-0

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