Saturday, June 25, 2022

Dutch Defence Staunton Gambit

The Dutch Defence appeals to players who strive for unbalanced positions. White has many ways to attack but nothing guarantees an advantage. I like 2.c4 but in this game opted for Blackmar’s favorite move 2.e4. Good tactics will win in any variation.

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Sawyer – Antonio, Chess.com, 24.06.2022 begins 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 d5 5.Bg5 [Or 5.fxe4 dxe4 6.Nge2 Bf5 7.Ng3 e6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Bb5+ c6 10.Bc4 with chances for both sides.] 5...Nc6 6.Bxf6 [If 6.fxe4 Nxe4 7.Nxe4 dxe4 8.d5 Nb4 9.Bc4 is equal.] 6...exf6 7.fxe4 Bb4 [If 7...dxe4 8.d5 Ne5 9.Qd4 Qe7 10.Qxe4 f5 Black stands better.] 8.exd5 Qxd5 9.Nf3 Qe4+ 10.Be2 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 Ne7 12.0–0 Nd5 [Better is 12...Qe3+ 13.Rf2 Qxc3 nabbing a pawn.] 13.Qd2 [If 13.Bb5+ Kd8 14.Re1 Qg6 15.Bd3 White is better.]
13...Ne3 [Correct is 13...Qe3+ 14.Qxe3+ Nxe3 15.Rf2 Nxc2 16.Bb5+ c6 17.Bxc6+ bxc6 18.Rxc2=] 14.Rfe1 Kd8 15.Bd3 Qe8 [Another option is 15...Nc4 16.Bxc4 Qc6 17.Bd3 but in any case White has won a knight.] 16.Qxe3 [Or 16.Rxe3 and White is winning.] 16...Qxe3+ 17.Rxe3 g6 18.Rae1 a6 19.c4 Bd7 20.c5 Re8 21.Bc4 Rxe3 22.Rxe3 Rc8 23.d5 Ba4 24.Bb3 Bxb3 25.cxb3 Kd7 26.Nd4 h6 27.Re6 Rf8 28.Kf2 c6 29.dxc6+ bxc6 30.Rxc6 Rc8 31.Rxc8 Kxc8 32.Kf3 Kd7 33.Ke4 h5 34.b4 f5+ 35.Ke5 Kc7 36.a4 Kd7 37.b5 axb5 38.axb5 Kc8 39.h4 Kc7 40.b6+ Kb8 41.Ke6 Kb7 42.Kd7 g5 43.c6+ Kxb6 44.c7 Kc5 45.Ne6+ Kb6 46.c8Q gxh4 47.Qc5+ Ka6 48.Kc7 f4 49.Qb6# [Black is checkmated] 1–0



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