Monday, December 17, 2018

French Defence 4.e5 Kosteniuk

The former Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk played an impressive attack in this French Defence after 12.Nce2, 13.0-0 and 14.c4. White took aim at e6 and f7 to assault the Black king. Kosteniuk sacrificed her queen with the creative move 25.Nh6! I really enjoyed this win against Aleksandra Goryachkina.

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Kosteniuk (2559) - Goryachkina (2535), 68th ch-RUS w 2018 Satka RUS, 30.08.2018 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qd2 b5 9.Qf2 Qb6 10.Bd3 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Bc5 12.Nce2 b4 13.0-0 a5 14.c4 dxc4 15.Bxc4 Nxd4 [15...Bb7=] 16.Nxd4 0-0 17.Rfe1 Ba6 18.Bb3 Rfd8 19.Rac1 Rac8 [19...Kh8 20.f5+/=] 20.f5 Kh8 [20...Rf8 21.f6+/-] 21.fxe6 Nxe5 [21...fxe6 22.Rxc5 Nxc5 23.Nxe6 Qxe6 24.Bxe6+-] 22.Rxc5 Qxc5 23.Nf5 [23.exf7 Qd6 24.Ne6+-] 23...Qb5 [23...Qc6 24.exf7+-] 24.e7 Nd3 [24...f6 25.Qg3+-]
25.Nh6! Nxf2 26.Nxf7+ 1-0

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Blackmar-Diemer FM Dimitrijevic

Two masters battle over the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Avoided line 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 c5 reached via transposition. The opening resembled an Albin Counter Gambit in reverse. Tactical possibilities offer great chances for an aggressive player. White won quickly in FM Nenad Dimitrijevic of Serbia vs IM Miroslav Pucovski of Croatia.

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Dimitrijevic (2254) - Pucovski (2261), Third Saturday 81 IM 2018 Novi Sad SRB (6.5), 03.07.2018 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 c5 3.e4 dxe4 4.d5 Nf6 5.Bf4!? [More popular are either 5.f3 or 5.Bg5!] 5...g6 6.Qd2 Bg7 7.f3 [7.0-0-0] 7...exf3 8.Nxf3 0-0 9.0-0-0 e6
10.Bg5 [10.dxe6! Qxd2+ 11.Rxd2 Bxe6 12.Ng5=] 10...exd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Qxd5 Nxd5 13.Rxd5 b6 14.Be7 [14.Rd6!?] 14...Re8 15.Bb5 Rxe7 [15...Bb7-/+] 16.Rd8+ Bf8 17.Rxc8 a6 18.Bc6 [18.Bc4+-] 18...Raa7 [18...Nxc6 19.Rxa8+-] 19.Rxb8 1-0

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

London System Bishop Retreat

Can you retreat to attack? The London System 2.Bf4 has a popular line where White retreats the bishop. The moves 6.Bg3 and 8.hxg3 allow White to attack along the h-file without castling. Grandmaster Cemil Can Ali Marandi of Turkey demonstrated the approach in his game against the longtime American Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich.

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Ali Marandi (2552) - Gurevich (2393), St Louis Inv GM 2018 Saint Louis USA (8.1), 20.11.2018 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.c3 e6 5.Nd2 Bd6 6.Bg3 Nf6 7.Ngf3 Bxg3 8.hxg3 Qd6 9.Bb5 a6 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.Qc2 Rb8 12.Ne5 cxd4 13.cxd4 c5 14.g4 cxd4 15.exd4 Ne4? [15...Nd7 16.Nc6 Rb7 17.Rc1 Rc7 18.Rh3=] 16.Rc1 Nxd2 17.Kxd2! Bd7 18.Ke3
18...f6 [Or 18...Rd8 19.Rxh7+- wins material.] 19.Rxh7 [After 19.Rxh7 Rxh7 20.Qg6+ Kd8 21.Nf7+ Ke7 22.Nxd6+- wins the queen.] 1-0

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Scotch Gambit Retreat Zintgraff

Gary Zintgraff went from Bishops Opening to Petroff Defence to Scotch Gambit. Black's move 5 was risky and move 9 fatal. White won fast when Black fell for a quicker mate. Zintgraff made some suggestions, but the notes below are mine. Gary wrote:

"Dear Tim: I like to open occasionally with the Bishop's opening with the idea of getting a Urusov Gambit. Instead of a Urusov Gambit, my opponent played 4...Nc6 which tends toward a Scotch Gambit by moves 6 & 7. I sacked my 12.Ng5 in order to open the f-file for my Rook to attack f7 to be followed by 14.Bxg5+. Sincerely, Gary Zintgraff"

Zintgraff - SidneyT, ICC 2 12 Internet Chess Club, 21.10.2018 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.e5 Ng8?! [5...d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4=] 6.0-0 Bc5 7.c3 dxc3 8.Nxc3 [More accurate is 8.Qd5! (Zintgraff) 8...Qe7 9.Nxc3+-] 8...h6 [8...Nge7 9.Ne4+/-] 9.Qd5 Bxf2+? [9...Qe7 10.Qe4+/-] 10.Rxf2 Qe7 11.Nb5 Kd8
12.Ng5! hxg5 13.Rxf7 Qe6 14.Bxg5+ Nce7 15.Rf8# Black checkmated 1-0

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kadas Opening 1.h4 vs Sawyer

We prepare for the popular openings. How do we handle Rare First Moves as Black? The Kadas Opening 1.h4 is named after the Hungarian master Gabor Kadas. He often played it as White followed by 2.d4 or 2.e4. I recommend a classical response to Rare First Moves. Push two center pawns. Place pieces on active squares. Take no risks. Keep everything safe. Open lines. Look for tactics. I opened the c-file for my attack.

JackBach (1335) - Sawyer (2007), ICC 3 3 Internet Chess Club, 11.12.2018 begins 1.h4 e5 2.a3 d5 3.c3 Nf6 4.b3 Be7 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 0-0 7.Be3?! Re8 8.a4 b6 9.Qc2 Be6 10.Qd3 c5 11.Qd1 Nc6 12.Qd2? [12.Nf3 Ng4-+] 12...cxd4 13.Bxd4 Bb4
14.Nc3 [14.Bc3 Ne4 15.Qb2 Qf6-+] 14...Ne4 15.Qc1 Nxd4 16.Rb1 [16.f3 Bxc3+ 17.Qxc3 Nxc3-+] 16...Nxc3 17.Qd2 Qf6! 18.Rc1 Rac8 19.e3 Nc6 [Or 19...Ne4!-+ ] 20.Ba6 Rc7 21.Bd3 Rec8 22.Rc2 Ne4 23.Qxb4 Nxb4 24.Rxc7 Rxc7 25.Bxe4 dxe4 26.a5 Rc1+ 27.Kd2 Qc3+ 28.Ke2 Qb2# White checkmated 0-1

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sicilian Defence 6.h4 Chigaev

Grandmasters love the Sicilian Defence. It allows for a wide variety of possibilities, both tactical and strategical. After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 (Najdorf), White has played 32 different moves in my database. Most of them are bad for White or at best dubious. The move 6.h4 as played in the game Maksim Chigaev vs Evgeny Levin is a rare choice. There are 14 more popular choices for White in my database.

The best thing I can say about 6.h4 is that White rated 2593 will likely proceed well. The moves 6.h4 and 7.h5 played a key part in White’s win. Black had a fine position out of the opening. In hindsight, playing 11...Bg4 to take on h5 cost Black some much-needed tempi. What really decided the game was the creative tactical play starting with 15.Rxh5! White’s rook, bishop and knight worked together beautifully. What a crazy game!

Chigaev (2593) - Levin (2516), 40th Nezhmetdinov Rapid Kazan RUS (3.2), 11.09.2018 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.h4 Nc6 [6...e5 7.Nb3=] 7.h5 h6 8.Nxc6 [8.Be3 e5 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bc4=] 8...bxc6 9.e5 dxe5 10.Qxd8+ Kxd8 11.Na4 [11.Bd2=] 11...Bg4? [11...Bf5 12.Nb6 Rb8 13.Nc4 Nd7 14.Ne3=] 12.Be3 [12.Nb6 Rb8 13.Nc4+/=] 12...e6 13.f3 Bxh5 14.0-0-0+ Kc7? [14...Ke8!?=] 15.Rxh5! Nxh5
16.Bb6+ Kb7 17.Rd7+ Kc8 18.Rc7+ Kb8 19.Rxf7 Bd6 [19...Bb4 20.Bc7+ Kc8 21.Nb6+ Kb7 22.Nxa8+-] 20.Rd7 Bb4 21.Bc7+ Kc8 22.Nb6+ Kb7 23.Nxa8 Nf6 24.Rxg7 1-0

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