Monday, March 12, 2018

Gedult Opening 1.f3 Torning Win

Rick Torning sent me a selection of games. He writes, "I attach a nice Gedult Opening miniature I played 6 March 2018. I also played 1.f3 against George Winter 30 years ago in the Australian Reserves Championship at Gosford, New South Wales. George, from my recollection, was a decent man. I recall his face when I played 1.f3 - if looks could kill! I thought then that I had at least won the psychological opening! It was the only game George lost on his way to winning that tournament! I love reading your BDG books with their anecdotes! It is a very underrated opening for us hackers! Regards, Rick T"

Torning - NN, Casual Bullet lichess, 06.03.2018 begins 1.f3?! [I played this opening system in tournaments during the late 1980s. (I won using this opening against George Winter, a nice bloke who looked at me with utter contempt when I played it - his only loss when he won the 1987/88 Australian Reserves Championship at Gosford.) A00 Gedult's Opening.] 1...e5 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 e4 4.Nh3 exf3 5.exf3 Bxh3 6.Bxh3 Bc5 7.d4 Bd6 8.Qe2+ Ne7 9.Bg5 0-0 10.Nd2 Re8 11.0-0-0 [After opposite sides castling, in a fairly even position, Black makes a mistake weakening the king's pawn protection. Nec6!? would threaten the trade of queens.] 11...f6? [11...Nec6 12.Bxd8 Rxe2=] 12.Qe6+ Kf8 [perhaps to protect the rook and missing my next move. Better was Kh8.]
13.Bxf6! gxf6?? [Stockfish: 13...Qd7 14.Qxd7 Nxd7 15.Bxd7 gxf6 16.Bxe8 Kxe8 17.Rhe1 Kd7 leaves White the exchange and a pawn up with Black having two isolated pawns and a bad bishop.] 14.Qxf6+ Kg8 15.Be6# mate. 1-0 [Game notes by Torning]

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