Friday, September 29, 2017

Alekhine 1...Nf6 Playbook Series

Databases have millions of games. It's a blessing and a curse. Masters play so many different lines. It's hard to choose. I've spent more than 40 years developing repertoires. My Playbook series tells you what to play. There are 200 key positions plus the critical lines for the next 3 to 6 moves. The diagrams illustrate the positions that you probably will reach. Under each diagram, you find what move to play next and how to continue.

My Alekhine 1…Nf6 Playbook gives you a complete repertoire for Black against 1.e4. This book narrows your choices and saves time. It answers the question of what do you play when I get there? Play this as Black. There are no games in this book. There is no explanation of strategy or tactics here. This book has deeper chess engine analysis than “The Alekhine Defense Playbook” published in 2000. I’ve played the Alekhine hundreds of times as White and thousands as Black. At first, I wrote this as a repertoire for myself.

Grandmaster Babu M.R. Lalith of India won this Alekhine Defence against Mohan Kushagra. Black defended queenside and pushed for a mating attack on the kingside.

Kushagra (2159) - Lalith (2529), 55th ch-IND Challengers Ahmedabad IND (5.9), 16.08.2017 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.0-0 Be7 7.h3 Bh5 8.c4 Nb6 9.exd6 cxd6 10.a4 a5 11.Qb3 0-0 12.Be3 Na6 [12...Nc6=] 13.Qb5 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 d5 15.c5 Nc4 16.Na3 [16.Bc1=] 16...Nxe3 17.fxe3 Nb4 18.Rac1 Bg5 19.Rfe1 [19.Rc3=] 19...Qc7 20.Nc2 Nc6 21.Rb1 f5 22.b4 axb4 23.Nxb4 Na5 24.Nc2 Bd8 25.Rb4 Qe7 26.Reb1 Bc7 27.Qd3 [27.Qe2 Rfb8=] 27...Qh4 28.Na3 [28.Qe2 g5-/+] 28...g5 29.Nb5 Bg3 30.Nd6 [30.Bd1 g4 31.R4b2 Nc4-+] 30...g4 31.Nxf5 Rxf5 32.Bxg4 Rf6 33.Rb6 [33.e4 Rg6 34.Qd1 dxe4-+] 33...Bf2+ 34.Kh1 Qxg4 0-1

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Diemer Duhm Gambit by Delpire

Jason Delpire sent me this win in a Diemer-Duhm. White played this gambit against the French after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.c4. When Black accepted the gambit by 3...dxe4 4.Nc3 f5 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3, the game took on the character of a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Poehlmann (1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 f5 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 which is also a Dutch Defence.

The Diemer-Duhm difference is the move 3.c4. This helps control the center with pawns, but it delays piece development. White usually prefers to bring out a piece against the French Defence by 3.Nc3, 3.Nd2, 3.Be3, or 3.Bd3. Diemer-Duhm is an excellent choice for the enterprising player in blitz chess. Black lands in unfamiliar territory where threats can easily be missed due to the quick pace of play.

My Queens Gambit Playbook gives White an easy repertoire after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.cxd5. Not covered in that book is 3.e4!? which is the Diemer-Duhm Gambit.

Delpire (1506) - shubik (1551), Rated Blitz game, 03.09.2017 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 [Diemer-Duhm] 3...dxe4 4.Nc3 f5 [4...Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3] 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3 Bb4 [6...Nf6] 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.Qe2 0-0 9.0-0 
[White controls e5.] 9...Bxc3 [9...c5] 10.bxc3 Nc6 11.Bg5 h6 12.Be3 Re8 13.Bf4 b6 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 Ng4 16.Rae1 Nxe5 17.Qxe5 Bb7 18.Re3 Qg5 [18...Qd7 19.Bc2 Rad8 20.Rfe1 c5=/+; 18...Qd6 19.Rfe1 Qxe5 20.Rxe5 Kf7=/+] 19.Rg3 Qe7 20.Re1 Qd6? [20...Qf7 21.a4=] 21.Qxg7# 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Monday, September 25, 2017

12 Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Books

My Blackmar-Diemer author journey was influenced by six key people. Anders Tejler brought the gambit to my attention. Tom Purser convinced me to play it. Bill Campion motivated me to write on it. Bob Long published that my first Keybook. Sid Pickard published my Keybook II. The sudden death of my friend and co-worker Ronnie Taylor led me to retire early and use my time to publish 10 more BDG books. They are:

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook (1992)
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook II (1999)

Blackmar-Diemer Games 1 (2016)
Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 (2016)
Blackmar-Diemer Theory 3 (2016)
Blackmar-Diemer Theory 4 (2017)
These four books in one volume are:
Blackmar-Diemer Series (2017)

Blackmar-Diemer Puzzles (2017)
Blackmar-Diemer Games 5 (2017)
Blackmar-Diemer Playbook 6 (2017)
Blackmar-Diemer Playbook 7 (2017)
These four books in one volume are
Blackmar-Diemer Series II (2017)

Jorge Victor QuiƱones Borda sent me this BDG Bogoljubow against Peter Leisebein. It's a critical example of the 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bg5 line.

QuiƱones - Leisebein, RSS7E top-96, 26.05.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.Qd2 0-0 8.0-0-0 c5 9.dxc5 Qa5
10.Bb5 [10.Bc4 Qxc5 11.Qe2 Nc6=/+] 10...Be6 [10...a6!?] 11.Nd4 Bxa2 12.Rhe1 e5 13.Nf5 gxf5 14.Bh6 Bxh6 15.Qxh6 Ng4 16.Qg5+ Kh8 17.h3 f6 18.Qh4 Qb4 19.Nxa2 [19.Rf1 Bg8 20.Rxf5 Nc6 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.Qxg4 Qxc5 23.Rd7=] 19...Qxb5 20.hxg4 Qxc5 21.gxf5 Qc7 22.Nc3 Nc6 23.Ne4 Nd4 24.c3 Rf7 25.Nxf6 [25.Qf2 b6 26.Kb1 Nb3 27.Qh4=] 25...Nxf5 26.Qg5 Raf8 27.Qxf5 Rxf6 28.Qxe5 [28.Qe4 Qg7 29.Qxe5 Rf2 30.g4 Qxe5 31.Rxe5=] 28...Qxe5 29.Rxe5 Kg7 30.Rd2 1/2-1/2

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Max Lange Attack by Zintgraff

Gary Zintgraff sent me this background of his attempt to reach a Max Lange Attack:
"Dear Tim: I have always had a fascination with the Max Lange Attack ever since IM George Koltanowski gave a simultaneous exhibition in San Antonio about 57 years ago. He graciously stayed and talked with 3 of us 16 yr. old kids for 2 1/2 hours about all aspects of chess. I asked him why he played the Max Lange Attack so frequently in simuls. His response was that the many traps and tactics allowed him to defeat many of his opponents quickly so he could concentrate on the remaining players. I have mostly had to play the Max Lange from the Black side as few of my opponents enter it when they have Black."
"Here is an ICC game where I have White against a solid opponent who has beaten me a bit more often than I've beaten him. My opponent played the correct move on 4...Bxd4, which leads to the Koltanowski Variation, but makes a mistake at 7...Nxe4? and remains on the defensive. I like taking the e-pawn with my f-pawn as it gives White an open f-file as in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. 9.Qf3! would have kept him on the defensive, but I played 9.Qg4? instead. [It seemed like a good idea at the time.] I was able to regain the offensive with his King in the center and got all my pieces developed to finish the game."

[My new Queens Gambit Playbook covers lines after 1.d4 d5 2.c4.]

Zintgraff - wslich2, ICC 2 + 12, 08.2017 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d4 Bxd4 [4...exd4 5.0-0 Nf6 6.e5 d5 is the Max Lange Attack] 5.Nxd4 Nxd4 6.0-0 Nf6 7.f4
7...Nxe4? [7...d6! is the only correct move.] 8.fxe5 Ne6 9.Qg4? [9.Qf3! is correct.] 9...d5 10.exd6 Nxd6 11.Bxe6 Bxe6 12.Qxg7 Kd7 13.Bf4 Qf8?! [Better is 13...Rg8 ] 14.Qd4 Rd8? [Better is 14...Rg8 ] 15.Nc3 c6? [Better is 15...Rg8 ] 16.Rad1 Bd5? [Better is 16...Rg8 ] 17.Nxd5 cxd5 18.Qxd5 Kc7 19.Qc5+ [Notes by Zintgraff] 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ted Dunst Attacks 1.d4 Nc6

New York was the hub to US chess in the days of Marshall, Reinfeld, Fine, Reshevsky, and Fischer. Most cities have a significant chess scene with local masters, but New York also had books and magazine publications in the days before the Internet. I think Ted Dunst wrote for Chess Review. Theodore Alexander Dunst (1907-1985) was a New York master famous for playing offbeat or less popular opening lines. Among those openings were both 1.Nc3 as White and 1…Nc6 as Black.

I have only a small selection of his games, less than two dozen. About have the time Dunst played 1.Nc3 or 1…Nc6 as Black. The rest of his games were in a variety of other openings. I have seen only a few games by W. Radspinner. Ted Dunst played his favorite Queens Knight Defence this time with 1.d4 Nc6.

[My new Queens Gambit Playbook covers lines after 1.d4 d5 2.c4.]

Radspinner - Dunst, New York 1957 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.e4 [4.Nc3 Ng6 5.Nf3 Bb4 6.Bd2 a5 7.e3 d6=] 4...Ng6 5.Bd3 [5.Be3 Bb4+ 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.Bd3 b6=] 5...Bc5 6.Nf3 d6 7.Be3  [7.0-0 a5 8.Bg5!?=] 7...Bxe3 8.fxe3 Nh6 9.Qe2 0-0 10.h3 f5
11.exf5 [11.Nc3=] 11...Nxf5 [11...Bxf5 12.Nbd2 e4 13.Nxe4 Re8=] 12.Bxf5 Bxf5 13.Nc3 e4 14.Nd4 Qh4+ 15.Kd2 Ne5 16.Raf1 Bd7 17.b3  Nd3 18.Nd1 [18.Rxf8+ Rxf8 19.Rf1=] 18...a6 19.a4 b5 20.Rxf8+ Rxf8 [20...Kxf8=/+] 21.Rf1  [21.axb5 axb5 22.cxb5 Qg5 23.Rf1=] 21...Rb8 [21...Ra8!-/+] 22.Kc3 [22.cxb5 axb5 23.axb5 Bxb5 24.Nc3 Bd7=/+] 22...bxa4 23.Nf2 Ne5 24.b4 c5 25.dxc6 Nxc6 26.Nxc6 Bxc6 27.Nd1 [27.Qd2 Qf6+ 28.Qd4 Qxd4+ 29.exd4 Rf8-+] 27...Qe7 28.Qh5 [28.Qb2 Qe5+ 29.Kc2 Qxb2+ 30.Kxb2 Rxb4+ 31.Kc3 Rxc4+ 32.Kxc4 Bb5+ 33.Kb4 Bxf1-+ and White is down three pawns in a minor piece endgame.] 28...d5 29.cxd5 Qxb4+ 30.Kc2 Qc4+ 31.Kd2 Qxf1 32.dxc6 Rd8+ 33.Kc1 Qc4+ 34.Kb1 Qd3+ 35.Kb2 Rb8+ 0-1

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Queens Gambit Exchange Attack

Ron Chaney chose the Queens Gambit Declined Exchange Variation against me in a postal chess event. I owned a book by Kevin Wicker entitled “How to Play the Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation" published in 1976. I studied and played that opening from each side. It favors players who plan their strategy. I fly by the seat of my pants. If I only look for creative tactics and ignore strategy, I can get beat by a man with a plan.

My understanding of this line was insufficient. I attacked when I should have defended. My attack consisted of 14...Bf5, 17...Qg5 and 18...Re6. My pieces were uncoordinated and undefended. A strong attacker prepares his pieces. He brings a huge army to the fight. My approach was flawed. I sent out one piece at a time. I hoped that eventually, my whole army would surround my opponent’s king. My plan was ineffective. I lost a bishop.

[My new Queens Gambit Playbook includes the Exchange Variation.]

Chaney - Sawyer, corr APCT 78SC-5, 1978 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 c6 [Or 7...h6 8.Bh4 c6=] 8.Qc2 Nbd7 [Black could relieve the pressure on his h-pawn with 8...h6 9.Bh4 Re8=] 9.Nf3 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.Rab1 a5 [An alternative is 11...Ne4 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Bxe4 dxe4 14.Nd2 f5=] 12.a3 Ne4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.b4 [14.Bxe4 dxe4 15.Nd2 f5=] 14...Bf5 [14...axb4 15.axb4 Nxc3 16.Qxc3 Bg4=] 15.Bxe4 [15.b5!?] 15...dxe4 16.Ne5 [16.Nd2 axb4 17.axb4 Nd7=] 16...axb4 17.axb4 Qg5?! [Better was 17...Qe6=] 18.Ne2 [Black to move]
18...Re6?! [Black impulsively decides to attack when he should be solidifying his position with 18...Be6=] 19.Ng3 f6 [Black needs to save his bishop with 19...Bg6 20.Rfc1+/-] 20.h4 Qxh4 21.Nxf5 Qg5 22.f4 exf3 23.Nxf3 Qg4 24.Nh2 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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