Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Petroff Urusov Gambit Wight

White doesn’t win when Wight is Black in this Petroff Defence Urusov Gambit 3.Bc4. More common are either 3.Nxe5 or 3.d4. In my Petroff 2…Nf6 Playbook, I gave the line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 f6. The play could then continue 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Nh4 g6 with sharp play but Black has a defensible position.

White pushed around his opponent from the early opening and well into the middlegame below. Black bobbed and weaved. He avoided all attempts at an early checkmate. 

Not that there weren't serious winning chances. If White had found 38.Rg1! the game would have likely ended much earlier. White was up a rook by move 48.

Hang in there. That's the motto when things go bad. Don't get mated. Force your opponent to make 60 good decisions at 2 seconds per move with the clock running.

David Wight did just that. He played faster than his opponent which applied the pressure. White had good moves available. But the need to make any decision NOW kept White from finding the best moves until it was too late.

Black would not get a second queen in a perfect world, but this was blitz chess. White still has a win even when Black promoted a pawn on move 55. Time was short. Blunders occurred. White dropped a queen on move 59. David Wight on time soon after that.

My Checkmate Tactics book has the best 500 opening mates.
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goxu_a (1982) – Wight (1957), Rated Blitz game lichess, 31.03.2021 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 h6 [A more aggressive way to prevent 4.Ng5 is 3...Nxe4 4.Nxe5 d5=] 4.d3 Nc6 5.c3 d6 6.h3 Be7 7.b4 0–0 8.g4 a6 9.a4 Be6 10.Nbd2 Bxc4 11.Nxc4 Nd7 12.g5 hxg5 13.h4 g4 14.Ng5 g6 15.Qxg4 Nf6 16.Qh3 [16.Qg3=] 16...Nh5 [16...d5!?] 17.Be3 [17.Qf3=] 17...Kg7 [17...d5-/+] 18.0–0–0 b5 19.Nb2 bxa4 20.Nxa4 Qb8 21.f4? Qb5 22.Nb2 a5 23.f5 axb4 24.c4 Qa5 25.fxg6 fxg6 [25...Qa1+!-+] 26.Ne6+ Kg8 27.Nxf8 Rxf8 28.Qe6+ Kg7 29.Rhg1 Rf6 [29...Qa1+!-+] 30.Qg4 [30.Qd5=] 30...Qa3 [30...Nf4-+] 31.Qxh5 Qc3+ [31...b3=] 32.Kb1 Qa3 33.Qh6+ Kf7 34.Qh7+ Ke6 35.Rxg6 Rxg6 36.Qxg6+ Kd7 37.Qf5+ Kd8 38.Bg5 [38.Rg1!+- threatens checkmate in a few moves.] 38...Bxg5 39.hxg5 Ne7 40.Qf8+ Kd7 41.Rf1 b3 42.Kc1 Qa2 43.Rf7 Qa1+ 44.Kd2 Qxb2+ 45.Ke3 Qd4+? [Black has a perpetual check after 45...Qc1+ 46.Ke2 Qc2+] 46.Ke2 Qb2+ 47.Kf3 Kc6 48.Qxe7 Kc5 49.Qxc7+ Kd4 50.Qb6+ [50.Qxd6+ and White is winning easily.] 50...Kc3 51.Qa5+ Kd4 52.Kg4 Qc2 53.Kh5 b2 54.Qd5+ [54.Qa7+!+-] 54...Kc3 55.Qxd6 b1Q? [55...Qh2+ 56.Kg6 b1Q=] 56.Rc7? [White is winning after 56.Qxe5+!+-] 56...Qh1+ 57.Kg6 Qxd3 58.Qxe5+ Qd4
59.Rb7? [White could put up a fight with 59.Qg3+ Kc2-/+ but there's no time.] 59...Qxe5 60.c5 Qxc5 61.Rf7 Qxe4+ 62.Rf5 Qexf5+ 63.Kh6 Qd6+ [Black wins on time.] 0–1

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