Saturday, October 16, 2021

Elephant Gambit John Crompton

John Crompton sent me this fun gambit with a comment: “Tim Sawyer, it has been a while. Look out. Here comes the Elephant!”
Thanks to those who wondered what happened to me over the past month. I'm back to writing my blog after a little break. I have been writing chess strategy books with games I've recently played. One covers the Ruy Lopez. The other is on the King's Gambit.

Winblanco (1295) – Crompton (1302), Live Chess Chess.com, 13.10.2021 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nxe5 Bd6 4.Nd3 [4.d4 is normal.] 4...dxe4 5.Qe2 Nf6 [5...Qe7 forces the win of the knight on d3.] 6.a3 0–0 7.Nb4 Bf5 8.Nc3 c6 9.Qd1 Nd5 [Black's knight move throws away the advantage. Better is 9...Re8.] 10.Nbxd5 cxd5 11.Nxd5 Nc6 12.Ne3 Bg6 13.Be2 [Logical for White is 13.d4 exd3 14.Bxd3 with equal chances.] 13...f5 14.0–0 f4 15.Nd5 Kh8 [Powerful is 15...f3 16.Bc4 fxg2 when White's king is in far more danger than Black's.] 16.c4 [Better is 16.Bc4 although 16...Ne5 and Black is better.] 16...f3 17.Bxf3 exf3 18.g3 Qg5 19.Kh1 Qh5 20.Rg1 Ne5 21.d4 [White can defend against mate on g2 with 21.Ne3 but Black is still winning after 21...Bd3.] 21...Nd3 [Black could win brilliantly with 21...Ng4 22.h4 Qxh4+ 23.gxh4 Nxf2 mate] 22.Be3 Rae8 23.Qa4
23...Rxe3
[Black eliminates the defender.] 24.Nxe3 Nxf2 mate 0–1 White is checkmated.

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