Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Blackmar-Diemer Games 5 Book

My Blackmar-Diemer Games 5 book has just been released. It includes 155 more BDG games mostly from 2016 and 2017. This book was planned to fill a hole in my BDG collection. Four books are in my Blackmar-Diemer Series: Books 1-4. I hope to have a second Series II collection soon with Games 5, the BDG Puzzles book, and Playbooks 6 and 7. If you already have those books and just want Games 5, it's now available in Kindle digital eBook, in Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback.

“Leveller” played a Blackmar-Diemer Lemberger Counter Gambit against “chessabc” on the Internet Chess Club. The chances are equal after Black’s move 3...e5. White responded very naturally by pushing with 4.d5. For those not familiar with this position, the fourth moves most favored by top BDGers are 4.Nge2 or 4.Nxe4. White remained a pawn down but did win the Exchange. The position was complicated when Black ran out of time. If the game opens up, White rooks could cause trouble for Black’s knights.

Leveller (1464) - chessabc (1397), ICC 2 12 Internet Chess Club, 28.08.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 [4.Nge2; or 4.Nxe4 ] 4...Nf6 [4...f5!?=/+] 5.f3 [5.Nge2!?] 5...exf3 [5...Bb4!-/+] 6.Nxf3 Bb4 7.Bc4 0-0 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qd6 10.Kh1 Bg4 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Nbd7 13.a4 Nb6 [13...Nc5-/+]
14.Ba3! Qd7 [14...e4! 15.Qf2 Qe5 16.Bxf8 Rxf8=/+] 15.Bb5 [15.Bxf8 Rxf8 16.Bb3=] 15...Qxd5 16.Bxf8 Rxf8 17.Qxd5 [17.c4 Qxf3=/+] 17...Nbxd5 18.c4 [18.Rfe1 e4] 18...Nc3 [18...Ne3-/+] 19.c5 c6 20.Bc4 Nce4 21.Rfe1 Nd2 [21...Re8-/+] 22.Bb3 [22.Bd3+/=] 22...Nde4 23.Kg1 [23.Re3=] 23...Re8 24.Rad1 Nxc5 25.Kf2 Black forfeits on time 1-0

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Aim At King in Philidor Defence

Ray Haines defeated a Philidor Defence in a recent game. White's human approach was to focus on the kingside and virtually ignore the queenside. His single minded focus was rewarded with checkmate on move 36. This whole situation kind of reminded me of driving down the road with your kids squabbling in the back seat of the car. Your focus is on the main task of looking ahead and driving safely. You may know stuff is going on in the back seat, but if it isn't too terrible, you just keep driving ahead to your goal. Gambit play can be like this. In many a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, my opponent is chopping off a stray pawn or two on the queenside while I am lining up a checkmate on the kingside.

[My Philidor 2.Nf3 Playbook recommends a plan for White after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 against 2...d6, 2...d5, 2...f5, 2...f6, 2...Bc5, and 2...Qe7.]
[Just released: Blackmar-Diemer Games 5: Gambit Accepted and Declined.]

Haines - pecadj (1560), Live Chess, 20.08.2017 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 h6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.h3 a6 [8...c6 9.Bf4+/=] 9.a4 Bd7 10.Qd3 c6 [10...Nc6=] 11.Qg3 Kh8 12.Be3 [12.Rd1+/-] 12...b5 [12...c5 13.Nf3+/=] 13.Ba2?! [13.axb5! cxb5 14.Bxb5 Bxb5 15.Ndxb5+-] 13...b4 14.Nce2 c5 [14...Nxe4=/+] 15.Nf5 Bxf5 16.exf5 Qd7 17.Rad1 Qxf5 18.Nf4 [18.Bb1=] 18...Qxc2 19.Qf3 [19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.Bxd5 Ra7=] 19...Nbd7 [19...Ra7-/+] 20.Nd5 [20.Rd2 Qe4=/+] 20...Qxb2 [20...Ne5-/+] 21.Nxe7 [21.Rd2 Qe5 22.Bf4=] 21...Qxa2 22.Nf5 [22.Rxd6 Qb2=/+] 22...Qxa4 [22...d5!-+] 23.Qg3 [23.Rxd6 Rg8 24.Nxh6=] 23...Rg8 24.Nxd6 Rgf8 [24...Qb3-+] 25.Nf5 Nh5 26.Qg4 [26.Qh4=] 26...Ndf6 27.Qf3 Rad8 28.Rxd8 [28.Nd6=] 28...Rxd8 29.g4 Nxg4 [29...b3 30.Nxg7 Kxg7 31.gxh5 Nh7-/+] 30.hxg4 Nf6 31.g5 hxg5 32.Bxg5 c4 33.Bxf6 gxf6
34.Qh5+ Kg8 35.Qh6 Rd1 36.Qg7# 1-0

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Sicilian Defence Sozin vs Sogin

Who was Sozin? The Russian master Veniamin Innokentevich Sozin was an opening theoretician. He was born in 1896 and died in 1956. Sozin is known for the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Be3 a6 9.f4. The name “Sozin Sicilian” may mean any classical line with 6.Bc4. Black may have pawns at d6, e6, and a6. Black’s knights may be at Nf6 and at Nc6 or Nbd7. Master Sozin castled kingside and pushed f4-f5 to attack e6. Bobby Fischer played 6.Bc4 with great success.

Lou Sogin was an active postal chess player from the 1960s to the 1990s. Sogin was often on the losing side in those games. I played the Sozin against Lou Sogin in APCT. Note that I played 7.Bb3 to avoid the pawn fork. On move 13 he dropped a piece.

[Sicilian Defence is 1 of 5 books in Chess Games 1.e4 Series]

Sawyer - Sogin (1683), corr APCT 94R-29, 1994 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bc4 a6 7.Bb3 e5 [The most popular continuation is 7...b5 8.0-0 Be7=] 8.Nf3  [Stronger players go for the tactically unbalanced 8.Nf5! Bxf5 9.exf5+/=] 8...Be7 9.h3!? [If I played 9.0-0 0-0 10.Be3 Black might put a bishop or knight on g4. I decided to avoid that.] 9...0-0 10.Be3 Nc6 11.Qd3 Be6 12.0-0 Qa5 [Black has played well so far. A reasonable idea would be to play the rook to the half open c-file with 12...Rc8=] 13.Nd5 [13.a3+/=]
13...Nxd5? [This drops a piece. Black must play 13...Bxd5! 14.exd5 (14.Bxd5 Nb4 15.Qd2 Bd8 16.Bxb7 Rb8 17.a3 Rxb7 18.axb4 Qxb4=) 14...e4 15.Qd2 exf3 16.dxc6 Qxd2 17.Bxd2 bxc6 18.Rfe1 Rfe8 19.gxf3=] 14.exd5 Nb4 15.Qd2 Bxh3?! [Black sacrifices another piece out of desperation, but there was not escape. 15...Bxd5 16.Bxd5 Qxd5 17.Qxb4+-] 16.gxh3 1-0

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Attack Against The Grain in KID

Gunter O. Heinrich of Denmark played 7.d5 in the King's Indian Defence Saemisch Variation. As White, I usually play 7.Nge2. The blocked pawns allow Black to expand on the kingside and White on the queenside. Heinrich had a different plan. White castled queenside and opened up the kingside against the grain. Such a sharp approach was rewarded by his attacking skill. The bad side of my space advantage after 11...f4 was demonstrated by White’s move 15.g3. I had played some other games where I survived and even won as Black when I allowed an open g-file. But in this case, White was far more ready to use the file. I activated my queenside at the risk of allowing White a passed d-pawn. My game limped along until I accidentally dropped my e-pawn. Two protected passed central pawns was too much for me. I threw in the towel.

There was no sense spending a small fortune on international postage to continue a game that I would almost certainly lose. White performed like the master he was. We played in the large World Tournament Master Class section WT/M/GT/156. The 15 player postal event had us playing all 14 opponents at the same time from early in 1984 until 1988. A decade later I won a different ICCF Master tournament, but that was not this time. G.O. Heinrich ended up with an ICCF rating of 2287. My ICCF rating is 2157.

[Indian Defences is one of five books in my Chess Games 1.d4 Series box set.]

Heinrich - Sawyer, corr ICCF 1984 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 c6 8.Bd3 cxd5 9.cxd5 Ne8 10.Qd2 f5 [10...Qh4+!?] 11.0-0-0 [11.exf5+/=] 11...f4 12.Bf2 Bf6 13.Kb1 Rf7 14.Nge2 b6 15.g3
15...g5? [15...fxg3 16.hxg3+/-] 16.gxf4 gxf4 17.Rdg1+ Kf8 18.h4 Ba6 19.h5 Bxd3+ 20.Qxd3 Nd7 21.Nc1 Nc5 22.Qf1 a6 23.h6 b5 24.Bxc5 dxc5 25.Nd3 Qd6 26.Rg2 Rc8 [26...c4 27.Nf2 b4 28.Na4+/-] 27.Rhg1 c4? 28.Rg8+ Ke7 29.Qh3 [29.Nb4!+-] 29...Qd7 30.Qxd7+ Kxd7 31.Nb4 Ra8? 32.a4 Be7 33.Nc6 1-0

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Anti-Larsen Chess Opening

Dick Zdun chose a rare defense to Larsen's Opening with 1.b3 f6!? George Koltanowski and Aron Nimzowitsch played 1.b3 several times in the 1920s. Bent Larsen made 1.b3 his own playing it over 30 times from 1968 to 1972. Dick Zdun played 1.b3 f6!? It is better to play 1...e5 as Black and later defend e5 with ...f6 if need be.

This 1...f6 reminds me of a Saemisch Kings Indian Defense in reverse. It becomes difficult to safely play a pawn to e5. White took aim at e5 with 2.f4, 3.Nf3, 4.Bb2 and 5.d4. That might be overkill on White’s part. After all, Black need only to play the other central pawn. If he had played instead 6…d5 Black would have had equal chances.

[Rare First Moves is one of five books in my Chess Games 1.d4 Series box set.]

Sawyer (2010) - Zdun (1634), Williamsport, PA 1998 begins 1.b3 f6!? 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nh6 4.Bb2 Nf7 5.d4 e6 6.e4 
6...d6 [6...d5 7.Bd3 dxe4 8.Bxe4 Bd6 9.g3 0-0 10.0-0=] 7.Be2 [7.d5 Ne7 8.dxe6 Bxe6 9.Nd4 Bd7 10.Bc4+/-] 7...Be7 [7...d5 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.Qd3+/=] 8.0-0 [8.d5 Nb4 9.Qd2 c5 10.a3 Na6 11.dxe6 Bxe6 12.Nc3+/-] 8...0-0 [8...d5 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Qd2 Bb4 11.e5+/=] 9.d5 exd5 10.exd5 Nb8 11.c4 [11.Nd4! c6 12.Nc3+/-] 11...Nd7 [11...f5 12.Nc3+/-] 12.Nd4 Nc5 13.Bg4 [13.b4! Na6 14.a3+-] 13...Nh6 14.Bxc8 Qxc8 15.f5 c6 16.Nc3 cxd5 [16...Nf7 17.b4 Nd7 18.Ne6+/-] 17.Nxd5 Bd8 18.Qf3 [18.b4! Na6 19.Ne6+-] 18...Nf7 19.Rad1 Ne5 20.Qh5 Nf7 [20...a6 21.Ba3+/-] 21.Rfe1 Ne5 22.Re3 Qd7 23.Rh3 h6 24.Bc1 Qf7 [24...Rf7 25.Qh4+-] 25.Qh4 Bb6 26.Bxh6 gxh6 27.Qxh6 Qd7 28.Rg3+ Kf7 29.Qh5+ 1-0

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Haines Wins a Sicilian Defence

The Sicilian Defence English Attack 6.Be3 is a race. Players castle opposite sides. They rush to push pawns and to attack targets. It makes for exciting chess. Compare this line to running a mile. It is easy to start well. Most can run hard for the first 10 yards, the first 100 feet, or the first 100 yards. Then we feel tired. We want to take a break and rest.

Ray Haines sent me a Sicilian Defence game from the Houlton Open. Ray writes, “I was black against Roger Hardison. I won the game, He traded Queens early, but I still had a lot of play. He made two big mistakes losing a piece each time.”

Thanks, Ray. That sums it up. After 10 moves most attackers prefer 11.g5 or 11.h4 as Roger Hardison played last time. Here White chose the slower 11.Rg1. It's not a blunder, but it seems like a waste of time. The rook might be better on h1 than g1. When White played 13.Qb6, his intention to swap queens made it clear that he no longer intended to attack kingside. There are easier paths to an even endgame than the Open Sicilian. The game result was still up for grabs until White’s position fell apart tactically.

Hardison - Haines, Houlton ME (2), 05.08.2017 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 Be7 8.Qd2 a6 9.g4 Qc7 10.0-0-0 0-0
11.Rg1 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 b5 13.Qb6 [13.g5 Nd7 14.f4 Bb7 15.Kb1=] 13...Qxb6 14.Bxb6 Bb7 15.Be3 Rac8 16.a3 Rfd8 17.Bb6 Re8 18.Bd3 [18.g5 Nd7 19.Bf2=] 18...Nd7 19.Be3 Bf6 20.Ne2 Ne5 21.Rgf1 Nxd3+ 22.Rxd3 d5 23.g5 [Better is 23.exd5 Bxd5 24.Rd2 Red8=/+] 23...Be7 [Black could insert the move 23...dxe4!-/+ attacking the rook.] 24.e5 b4 25.axb4 Bxb4 26.Kb1 a5 27.c3 Ba6 28.Rd2 Be7 29.Nd4 [29.Kc2 a4=/+] 29...Bxf1 30.f4 Bc5 31.Rd1 Bh3 32.Rd2 Bxd4 33.Bxd4 Bf5+ 34.Ka1 Rb8 35.Ka2 a4 36.Bc5 Rec8 37.Bb4 Rc4 38.Rd4 Rxd4 0-1

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