Tuesday, October 23, 2018

French Defence Kamsky Sacrifice

Gata Kamsky finds subtle advantages in seemingly simple positions. This grandmaster battle began with the Exchange Variation of the French Defence. White sacrificed the Exchange to force a winning position in the game Gata Kamsky vs Mikhail Antipov.

My French Defence 1.e4 e6 (Second Edition) has 182 games (also in paperback).

Kamsky (2677) - Antipov,M2 (2598), Aeroflot Open A 2018 Moscow RUS, 27.02.2018 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 Nc6 [6...c6 7.Qe2+ Qe7 8.Be3+/=] 7.0-0 Qd7 8.Re1+ Nge7 9.Bd2 f6 10.b4 a6 11.a4 g5 [11...Kf7 12.c4+/=] 12.Na3 g4 13.Nh4 Kf7 14.b5 axb5 15.Nxb5 Ng6 16.Qf5 [16.Nf5+/=] 16...Rd8 [16...Qxf5 17.Nxf5+/=] 17.Qh5 Nce7 18.Bf4 Kg7 [18...Kg8 19.Bxc7+-] 19.Bxc7 Rc8
20.Rxe7+ Bxe7 21.Nf5+ Kf7 [21...Kg8 22.Bf4+-] 22.Bd6 Bf8 [22...Rce8 23.Bxe7+-] 23.Bxf8 Kxf8 24.Re1 [Black can hardly move without getting mated after moves like Ndb6 and/or Re8 or Re7.] 1-0

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.
Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Chess Training Repertoire 3 (150 Openings White & Black)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sicilian Defence 4.Bb5 Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen won this Sicilian Defence after beginning with the Queens Knight Attack 1.Nc3. White could have played 4.d4 to transpose into an Accelerated Dragon, but the move order with 1.Nc3 allowed him White to avoid that popular line. Black mistimed his tactical plan of ...Bh6 by three moves too late in the game Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri.

Carlsen (2832) - Giri (2771), 5th Norway Blitz 2017 Stavanger NOR (3.1), 05.06.2017 begins 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e4 g6 4.Bb5 [4.d4 leads to an Accelerated Dragon] 4...Bg7 5.0-0 d6 6.Re1 [6.e5!?=] 6...Bd7 7.a4 [7.d3 Nf6=] 7...Rc8 8.d3 Nf6 9.Nd5 0-0 10.Bg5 a6 11.Bxf6 exf6 12.Bc4 f5 13.c3 fxe4 14.dxe4 Na5 15.Qd3 Re8 16.Ne3 Bc6 [16...Nxc4 17.Nxc4 Bc6=] 17.Bd5 Qb6 18.Qc2 [18.Rab1+/=] 18...Re7 [If Black wants to play ...Bh6, this is a good time to do it. 18...Bh6 19.Rad1 Bxe3 20.Rxe3 Bxd5 21.Rxd5=] 19.Rad1 Rce8 20.Bxc6?! [20.Nd2+/=] 20...bxc6 21.Rxd6 Rxe4 22.Red1 [22.Rf1=] 22...Bh6? [The timing fails here due to a winning pin of c6 and a fork on f6. 22...c4=]
23.Nd5! Qb3 24.Nf6+ Kg7 25.Nxe8+ Rxe8 26.Qxb3 Nxb3 27.Rxc6 Re2 28.g3 Rxb2 29.Rd7 1-0

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.
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Chess Training Repertoire 3 (150 Openings White & Black)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

French Defence Gambit Sawyer

I played this French Defence Alapin Gambit 3.Be3. Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Ngxf3. When my opponent played 3.Be3 Nf6 we had a typical French e5 position. I discovered an improvement last year on move eight, but when I got there, I forgot to play the move. I blitzed 8.Qd2 instead of 8.Qc1!

My book French Defence 1.e4 e6 (Second Edition) has 182 games. It is also in paperback.

Sawyer (2000) - Guest, ICC 2 12 u Internet Chess Club, 25.07.2018 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Be3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.Qd2 [I forgot 8.Qc1!+/=] 8...Be7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 f6 [10...a6=] 11.Na3 fxe5 12.fxe5 cxd4 13.cxd4 Bb4 14.Qd3
14...Qa5? [14...Be7! 15.Nc2+/=] 15.Ng5 g6 [Black resigns while I was thinking. After 15...g6 White has to play 16.Bg4! (I rejected 16.Nxe6?! Ndxe5!=/+) 16...Nd8 17.Nb5+-] 1-0

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.
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Chess Training Repertoire 3 (150 Openings White & Black)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ruy Lopez Surprise Capture

Surprise! That always makes for a fun chess move. Black tried to chase away the White queen and was in for a shock! The Ruy Lopez opening was basically equal. White got a slight edge by move 14. Black retreated a bishop to kick the White queen on move 16. Then came the surprise response in the game Branko Vujakovic vs Mladen Trbojevic.

My book King Pawn 1.e4 e5 (Second Edition) has 285 games with the Open Games.

Vujakovic (2340) - Trbojevic (2353), 27th TCh-CRO Div 1b 2018 Biograd na Moru CRO (1.15), 15.09.2018 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.0-0 Be7 7.e5 Ne4 8.Nxd4 0-0 9.Re1 [9.Nf5 d5 10.Nxe7+ Nxe7 11.c3=] 9...Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Nc5 11.Nc3 Nxa4 [11...d6 12.Bb3 Nxb3 13.axb3 Be6 14.exd6=] 12.Qxa4 d5 13.exd6 Bxd6 [13...Qxd6 14.Bf4 Qb4 15.Bxc7 Be6 16.Qxb4 Bxb4 17.Be5=] 14.Bf4 Bf5 [14...Bd7 15.Qd4 Bc6 16.Rad1+/=] 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Rad1 Bd7? [16...Qc6 17.Qxc6 bxc6 18.Rd2+/=]
17.Qxd7 1-0

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.
Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
Copyright 2011-2018 / Author Page / sawyerte@yahoo.com
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