Thursday, December 6, 2018

Grob Attack 1.g4 Steve Welborn

Michael Basman played the Grob 1.g4 and Macho Grob 1...g5 with the idea of defending his g-pawn with his h-pawn. The Grob is dangerous to play at the higher levels where opponents excel at tactics. At club levels or in blitz games, the Grob works fine with its offbeat ideas and unexpected attacks. Black wasted time with 3...h6 and lost two pieces after 17...Qd6? in a tournament game between James Steve Welborn and David Ward.

Welborn (1600) - Ward (1672), Dallas Pinfork, 02.03.1996 begins 1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.h3 h6 4.c4 c6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Nf6 7.Nc3 e4 8.d3 Nc6 9.g5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Bb4 11.0-0-0 Be6 12.dxe4 d4 13.Qa4 [13.Nd5+/=] 13...Qb6 14.Bxf6 [14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Bxd5 16.Bxd5=] 14...gxf6 [14...dxc3 15.Bd4 cxb2+ 16.Kb1 Bc5-/+] 15.Nd5 Qc5+ 16.Kb1 b5 17.Qxb5 [17.Qb3+/-] 17...Qd6? [17...Qxb5=]
18.Nxb4 [18.e5+-] 18...Rb8 [18...Qxb4 19.Qxc6+ Ke7 20.Qc7+ Ke8 21.Nf3+-] 19.Qxc6+ 1-0

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tim Sawyer Chess Books List

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Blackmar-Diemer Games 8: Gambit Accepted and Declined

Chess Training Repertoire 3: 150 Openings
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London 2.Bf4 Tactics: 200 Winning Opening Positions

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White
Caro-Kann Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for Black
Slav Defence Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for Black
Queens Gambit Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White
Dutch Stonewall Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for Black
Bird Stonewall Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White

Kings Gambit Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White
French 3.Be3 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White
Philidor 2.Nf3 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White
Italian 2.Bc4 Playbook: 200 Positions Bishop Opening White
Alekhine 1...Nf6 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for Black
Petroff 2...Nf6 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for Black
Four Knights Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White

Main Line 1.e4 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White
Main Line 1.d4 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for White
Main Line 1...e5 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for Black
Main Line 1...c5 Playbook: 200 Opening Positions for Black

King Pawn Puzzles: 200 Easy Opening Checkmates
Sicilian Defence Puzzles: 200 Easy Opening Checkmates
French & Caro Puzzles: 200 Easy Opening Checkmates
Queen Pawn Puzzles: 200 Easy Opening Checkmates
Indian Defence Puzzles: 200 Easy Opening Checkmates
Flank Opening Puzzles: 200 Easy Opening Checkmates

King Pawn 1.e4 e5 – Second Edition
French Defence 1.e4 e6 – Second Edition
Sicilian Defence 1.e4 c5 – Second Edition
Caro-Kann: 1.e4 c6 – Second Edition
Alekhine & Pirc 1.e4 – Second Edition
Chess Games 1.e4 Series: 5 Books in 1 (First Editions)

Queen Pawn 1.d4 d5 – Second Edition
Indian Defences 1.d4 Nf6 – Second Edition
Bird & Dutch 1.f4 & 1…f5 – Second Edition
Rare First Moves – Second Edition
Queen’s Knight 1.Nc3 & 1…Nc6 – Second Edition
Chess Games 1.d4 Series: 5 Books in 1 (First Editions) – Second Edition

Adventures in Chess: 2018 Edition (147 games)

Blackmar-Diemer Games 1: Accepted
Blackmar-Diemer Games 2: Declined
Blackmar-Diemer Theory 3: Accepted
Blackmar-Diemer Theory 4: Declined
Blackmar-Diemer Series: Books 1-4 (4 books in 1)

Blackmar-Diemer Puzzles: 200 Easy Positions
Blackmar-Diemer Games 5: Gambit Accepted and Declined
Blackmar-Diemer Playbook 6: 200 Opening Positions White
Blackmar-Diemer Playbook 7: 200 Opening Positions White
Blackmar-Diemer Series II: 4 Gambit Books (4 books in 1)

The Alekhine Defense Playbook
The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook II
Alapin French: Tactics for White
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Soller Gambit Torning 2.dxe5 f6

Richard Torning sent me this Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5 that became a Soller Gambit after 2.dxe5 f6. This is similar to a Blackmar Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 in reverse. Diemer added 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 to Blackmar.) Rick Torning wrote: "The Soller Gambit (part of the Englund Gambit complex) is a great way to avoid opening theory. The benefit of a gambit is compensation in the form of superior development, particularly if the opponent's king is stuck in the center. Black got plenty of play for the pawn sac in this game."

NN - Torning, Casual Bullet game lichess, 14.07.2018 begins 1.d4 e5!? 2.dxe5 f6 A40 Englund Gambit Complex: Soller Gambit 3.exf6 Nxf6 4.Nf3 d6 5.c3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Bg4 7.Bxf6?! [This just helps Black develop] 7...Qxf6 8.h3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 0-0-0 10.e3 g6 11.f4?! [White should think about 0-0-0 options] 11...Bg7?! [Consistent but d5 may be better] 12.Nd2 Rhe8 13.Bb5 [13.Be2!?] 13...d5!? [13...Qxf4=] 14.Bxc6 [14.Qa4!?] 14...Qxc6 [A critical point in the game with the White king exposed. White is also weak on the light squares.] 15.Rc1?? [The Rh1 is loose. 15.Qg4+=; 15.Qf3=]
15...Qb6? [15...d4! 16.0-0 (fatal is 16.Ke2?? d3+ 17.Ke1 (17.Kf1?? Qxh1#) 17...Qxh1+ 18.Nf1 d2+ 19.Ke2 dxc1Q 20.Qxc1) 16...dxe3-/+] 16.c4 [16.Nb3] 16...d4 17.Nb3 dxe3 18.fxe3?? [18.Qg4+ Kb8 19.0-0-+ {material is equal but Black has powerful threats on the dark squares and can choose between a5, Bxb2, and the obvious 19...exf2+ 20.Rxf2}] 18...Rxd1+ [Black wins on time with 33 seconds on the clock. Mate follows but quicker was 18...Qxe3+! 19.Kf1 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Qf3+ 21.Kg1 Qxd1+ 22.Kf2 Qe2+ 23.Kg3 Re3+ 24.Kh4 Qh5#] 0-1 [Game notes by Torning]

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Scandinavian Defence 3...Qe5+

Richard Torning sent me this interesting Scandinavian Defence. I edited his comments and extensive notes. Rick Torning wrote: "The Scandinavian Patzer variation is playable below master strength. This game demonstrates what can happen if White plays too passively and loses a tempo by being over cautious. There is opposite sides castling and a rare yet pretty mating pattern. It is a reasonably crisp game at a bullet time control."

NN - Torning, Casual Bullet game lichess, 03.08.2018 begins 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5+ 4.Be2 c6 5.Nf3 Qc7 6.0-0 Bf5
So far all obvious looking moves. Black relies on the PATZER SYSTEM. 7.Bc4 This bishop has moved twice in the opening, the first time to block the check the second to attack the weak f7 square. 7...e6 Black blocks the attack and opens a line for the dark-squared bishop to develop from f8. 8.Re1 good play to put a rook on a semi-open file especially when it is shadowing the enemy king. 8...Nf6 develops a piece to control d5. 9.d3 Not bad but not as good as d4. Notice the pawn moves again on move 11. It could have been on d4 in one move instead of two moves. 9...Bd6 Developing the bishop and giving Black the option of kingside castling. The queen and bishop target h2-pawn. Nb-d7 was also playable here as it develops, and protects the Nf6 and attacks the e5 square which is where White wants to plonk a knight. 10.Bb3 This loses a tempo (move). Better options for White were Ne4, h3 or Bd2. 10...Nbd7 I could also castle kingside (0-0). 11.d4 It took two moves for this pawn to get to d4. So White has actually lost three moves so far one with this pawn and two with the Bf1-e2-c4-b3. There was no threat to the bishop on c4. 11...0-0-0 12.Bg5 pinning the Nf6. I like h3 or Qe2 better. 12...Nb6 My plan was to keep the center files closed. I wanted to trade knights on d5. Other choices for Black were Rh-e8, or h6 attacking the bishop. 13.Bxf6 Not bad but why give up a bishop that was not threatened? 13...gxf6! Black now has the semi-open g-file to attack the White king. 14.Ne4 attacking the f6 pawn and the Bd6. I wanted to keep my bishop for the kingside attack. 14...Bf4!? My interesting plan was to sacrifice a pawn for development. Allowing White to win the pawn on f6 gets rid of a kingside defender.. [also possible was 14...Bxe4 15.Rxe4 is pretty balanced] 15.Nxf6 Nd5!? This was my plan. 16.Nxd5 [if 16.Ne4! h5 17.g3 Rdg8+/= and Black has an attack] 16...cxd5! 17.c3 White's plan is to trade of the light-squared bishops [17.g3 makes more sense then tuck the king away on h1. White would have to be prepared for Black's h-pawn advance breaking up the king's protection.] 17...Rhg8 develop the piece doing the least. 18.Bc2 Consistent with the last move. A two move plan is always a good idea. White is expecting Black to trade on c2, retreat to g6 or pin the N to the Q on g4. 18...Bh3! Unexpected but the pawn cannot capture because the rook has it in an absolute pin 19.g3 still pinned by the rook but attacking the bishop 19...Bxg3! A nice forcing move. The only move now for White is fxg3. All other moves lose easily. 20.Qe2?? Blunder. It looks ok protecting the f2 pawn. [20.Ne5 Bxe5+ 21.Kh1 Bg2+ 22.Kg1 Bxh2#; 20.Re2] 20...Bxh2+! discovered check by the rook on the g-file. The bishop is protected by the queen on c7. 21.Kh1 the only move. 21...Bg2# Black wins by checkmate. 0-1

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

FIDE Master Eric Schiller Tribute

I heard Eric Schiller passed away this week. The FIDE Master and USCF Life Master was a much-loved chess teacher and a prolific author. His "Blackmar-Diemer Gambit" monograph in 1986 motivated me to play the gambit and write my first BDG Keybook!
Eric and I wrote debated lines, expressed our opinions and encouraged each other. He emailed me and contacted me online from time to time. We mentioned each other in our books. I respected his willingness to teach the game we love. He will be missed. Eric Schiller won this game against Christine Flear at the Lloyds Bank Open in London.

Schiller (2205) - Flear, Lloyds Bank op London 1985 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Bg4 [Eric Schiller knew the main lines but he usually chose lesser known variations.]
3.Qd3 [White unpins the e-pawn and threatens check on b5. Another idea is 3.f3+/=] 3...Qd7 [3...e6! 4.Qb5+ Nc6 5.Bf4 Rb8=] 4.f3 [4.e4 dxe4 5.Qxe4+/=] 4...Bh5 5.Nh3 [5.e4+/=] 5...Bg6 6.e4 Nc6 7.Be3 h6 [7...Nf6 8.0-0-0+/=] 8.0-0-0 e6 9.Bf4 [9.Nf4+/=] 9...dxe4 [9...0-0-0=] 10.fxe4 Bh7 [10...0-0-0 11.Qe3+/=] 11.Qb5 g5 12.d5 gxf4 [12...Nd8 13.Bxc7+-] 13.dxc6 Qxc6 14.Qe5 Bd6 15.Qxh8 0-0-0 16.Qxh7 1-0

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

BDG 3...Bf5 Zeller Gambit 5.Qe2

Richard Torning sent me a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit in his pet Zeller Torning 5.Qe2 line. I'm sure he was having fun. You know your opponent plays poorly when you can make 12 queen moves in a row and still win. Rick writes: "I was pleased playing this game at such a fast rate - 60 seconds each on the clock. I managed to steal 4 pawns from Black."

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Torning - NN, Casual Bullet game, 13.07.2018 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 D00 Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Zeller Defense 4.g4 Bg6 5.Qe2 Torning Variation 5...f5 6.Qb5+ c6 7.Qxb7 Nd7 8.Qxc6 Rc8 9.Qb5?! [9.Qa6] 9...Rb8 10.Qd5 Bf7 11.Qxf5 Bg6 12.Qd5 [12.Qe6 to inhibit development] 12...e6 13.Qg5?+/= [13.Qxe6+ +-] 13...Be7 14.Qd2 e3? Typical bullet move hoping White misses it! [14...Ngf6] 15.Qxe3 Bb4
16.Qxe6+ Ne7 17.Bg5 Bxc3+ 18.bxc3 Bf7 19.Qxe7+ Qxe7+ 20.Bxe7 Kxe7 21.Bd3 Rbe8 22.Ne2 Kd8 23.0-0 Bd5 24.Nf4 Bf7 25.f3 g5 26.Ng2 White remains 4 pawns up White wins on time. 1-0 [Game notes by Torning]

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