Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Benoni Defence by Zintgraff

Gary Zintgraff got sidetracked from the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and Smith-Morra Gambit. Jonathan Rea took the game into a Benoni Defence. Zintgraff wrote:

"Dear Tim: Below is a game of mine from the May 2017 Methodist Hospital Chess Club. I believe the development and attacking principles learned from BDG games helped me develop the attack in the opening of this game. My opponent had defeated me the prior month when he had the White pieces. Sincerely, Gary D. Zintgraff"

[My Main Line 1...c5 Playbook is available in Kindle and paperback. This covers the Sicilian Defence Najdorf and the King's Indian Defence both for Black.]

Zintgraff - Rea, Methodist Hospital CC, 05.2017 begins 1.d4 c5 2.Nf3 [I played 2.Nf3 with the idea of possibly transposing to a Smith-Morra Gambit.] 2...e6 3.e4 g6? [This response leads me to open up the game and forget the Smith-Morra Gambit.] 4.d5 exd5 5.exd5 Bg7 6.d6 Nf6 7.Qe2+ Kf8 [My last two moves were to prevent castling.] 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 Kg8 11.0-0-0 a6 12.Nd5 Kh7? [This gets the King into relative safety and frees the Rook, but leaves f7 undefended. 12...g5 12...g5 would have been better.] 13.Qc4 [The Queen feints at the c5-pawn, but is really attacking f7.] 13...b6?? 14.Bd3 [White should have played 14.Nxf6+! Qxf6 15.Bxf6 Kg8 (15...Bxf6?? 16.Qxf7+ Bg7 17.Ng5+ hxg5 18.h4 mates) 16.Bxg7. After the game continuation of...] 14...Bb7 [White wins the Queen or mates.] 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6?? [15...Qxf6 16.Bxf6 Rhf8 avoids the immediate mate but is still losing.] 16.Qxf7+ Bg7 17.Bxg6# 1-0 [Notes by Zintgraff]

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