Thursday, April 26, 2018

Baffo Wins 2 Games with 1.Nc3

Jeff Baffo routinely plays 1.Nc3 as White and won two games given below. I've added Queens Knight openings 1.Nc3 and 1...Nc6 to my repertoire. I play lines depending on my mood. Van Geet played 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 which transposes to 1.e4 d5 2.Nc3.

phatchess (1462) - almr12345 (1550), Live Chess, 19.04.2018 begins 1.Nc3 d5 [1...c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 d6 4.Bf4 e5 5.Bxe5 dxe5 6.Qxe5+ Ne7? 7.Rd1 Qb6? 8.Nd5 Qe6 9.Nc7# 1-0 phatchess - M_SHAWKI, 2018] 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 c5 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.Nf3 h6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.d3 Bd6 9.c3 a6 10.cxd4 exd4 11.a3 0-0 12.Nh4 Bg4 13.f3 Bxg3 14.hxg3 Be6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Qb3 Qc8 17.Bd2 Kh7 18.g4 [18.f4+/=] 18...g5 19.Kf2 gxh4 20.Rh1 Kg6 [20...Nxg4+!-+] 21.Rxh4 Rh8 22.Rah1 Ng8 23.g5 h5 [23...b5=] 24.g4 Ne5 25.gxh5+ Kg7 26.Kg3 [26.Bf4!+-] 26...b5 27.f4 c4 28.dxc4 [28.Qb4+/-] 28...Nxc4 29.Bc3 dxc3 [29...e5=] 30.Qxc3+ e5 31.f5 [31.b3+/=] 31...Kf7 32.h6 [32.b3+/-] 32...Ne7 33.b3
33...Nd6? [Now Black is buried under a Colorado avalanche of four White pawns. Better was to return both knights with 33...Nxf5+ 34.exf5 Qxf5 35.bxc4 Rhd8-/+] 34.Qxe5 1-0

My new book of 200 diagrams shows 200 final moves Fabiano Caruana played to win in Caruana Chess: Winning Moves by Fabiano Caruana (compiled by Tim Sawyer)

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