Monday, September 4, 2017

Sid Pickard Wins 1.e4 Nc6

I was at home on a Saturday night in 1998. A friend asked me if I was going to revise my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook (Thinkers’ Press in 1992). I told him that I had no publisher. Bob Long had no interest in doing another BDG book at that time.

My friend said that Sid Pickard was interested. Next thing I know Sid Pickard was calling me on the phone. We worked out a deal. Sid was great. We worked together on several projects including two paperbacks. Pickard & Son, Publishers published my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook II and my Alekhine Defense Playbook.

Later my family and I drove across the country on vacation. Sid kindly invited us to spend the night with his family when we were in the Dallas, Texas area. They were wonderful hosts. Sid Pickard played 1.f4 as White and 1…Nc6 as Black. One time I told him it bothered me to play that knight in front of the c-pawn. He said that the knight is not stuck on c6. It will move again!

I found this game in my database. Charles Herbers played a young Sid Pickard in the Queens Knight Defence. After 1.e4 Nc6 2.f4, some players choose the King’s Gambit with 2…e5!? Here Sid Pickard chose the stronger alternative with 2…d5.

My Blackmar-Diemer Games 5 in 1 of 4 books in my new Blackmar-Diemer Series II.

Herbers - Pickard, Memphis 1980 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.f4 d5 3.Nc3 [3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 0-0-0 6.Nc3 Qf5=] 3...dxe4 [3...d4 4.Nce2 e5 5.d3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.fxe5 (7.g4? Qh4+ 8.Kd2 Bxg4-/+) 7...Nxe5 8.Bf4 f6=] 4.Nxe4 e6 [4...Nf6 5.Nxf6+ (5.Nf2 Qd6=) 5...exf6 6.c3 Qe7+ 7.Be2 Bf5 8.d4 0-0-0 9.Nf3 Re8=] 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Nxf6+ Qxf6 [6...gxf6!?=] 7.d4 Bd7 [7...Bd6=] 8.Be3 g6 [8...Nb4 9.a3 Nd5 10.Qd2 Bc6=] 9.Qd2 Bg7 10.Ne5 0-0-0 11.0-0-0 Be8 12.Qc3 Qe7 13.Be2 f6 14.Nd3 Kb8  [14...Qd6 15.Bf3 Ne7 16.Qb3+/=; or 14...f5 15.Bf3 Nxd4 16.Bxb7+ Kb8 17.Bxd4 Bxd4 18.Qb3+/=] 15.Bf3 Qd6 [15...Rd6 16.Rhe1+/-] 16.Nc5 f5 17.Qb3 [17.Qa3!+-] 17...b6 18.d5 Na5 19.Qb4 e5 20.fxe5 Bxe5 21.Bg5 Rc8? 22.Nd3?! [Black exchanges into a favorable ending. Better was 22.Be7!+-]
22...Qxb4 23.Nxb4 Bd6 24.Nc6+ Nxc6 25.dxc6 Bf7 26.Bd5 [26.b3=] 26...Bxd5 27.Rxd5 Rhe8 28.h4 Re2 29.Rd2 Rce8 30.h5 a5 31.hxg6 hxg6 32.Rxe2 Rxe2 33.Rh8+ Ka7 34.Rh7 [34.Rc8 Rxg2-/+] 34...Rxg2 35.Be7 Bf4+ 36.Kd1 Rd2+ 37.Ke1 Rxc2 0-1

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