Sunday, November 18, 2012

Defeating Dutch Defence With The 2.Bf4 London

I have been unusually successful with the Dutch Defence 2.Bf4 lines. Part of the reason might be my experience with playing the London System as White. However, I have the feeling that it is also because Black is less familiar with the position. When I have played the Dutch Defence Staunton Gambit 2.e4, Black rattles off the first 7-10 moves like there's no problem. After 2.Bf4, Black takes more time on moves 2-6.

My performance rating with 2.Bf4 is currently 50 ratings points above anything else. This weekend I scored 3.5 out of 4.0 beating two players rated above me. A thematic move after 2.Bf4 is h3 at some point. This supports attacking possibilities with g2-g4!

Sawyer-Unbeliever, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 17.11.2012 begins 1.d4 f5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Nc3 [More natural is 5.h3 Bg7 6.Bc4+/=] 5...Bg7 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 Nc6 8.h3 Qe7 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.d5 Ne5 12.dxe6 Bxe6 13.Bxe6 Qxe6 14.Nd4 [14.Qb5+!?] 14...Qd7 15.Qb5 [15.Nd5+/=] 15...c6 16.Qe2 0-0 17.0-0-0 Qc7 [17...d5=/+] 18.g4! [This is a thematic attacking move in with Dutch Bf4 lines. Also good is 18.Ne6+/- winning the Exchange.] 18...Qe7 19.gxf5 a6 20.fxg6 Bg7 21.f4 Nd7 22.f5 Nc5 23.Rhf1 Rae8 24.e4 Nxe4 25.Nxe4 Qxe4 26.Qxe4 Rxe4 27.Ne6 Rf6 28.Rxd6 1-0

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giuoco Pianissimo Fireworks for Mate

The strength of the Italian Game Giuoco Pianissimo is that Black can drift into a passive position while White is building up a gradual advance following d3/c3. In the game below, White quickly expanded on the queenside. My opponent "trubble" got in trouble when he boldly sacrificed a knight to open up the kingside, but then had no follow-up. Instead White played on the queenside. Every gambit player knows that when you are missing a pawn or two, there are open lines for your own pieces. I parried White's threats until he retreated. Then my bishop, knight, queen and rook combined to attack the White king.

trubble-Sawyer, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 09.11.2012 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.a4 [Normally White plays 6.Bb3 or 6.0-0] 6...d6 7.b4 Ba7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Nxg5?! [10.Bg3=] 10...hxg5 11.Bxg5 Qe7 12.b5 axb5 13.Bxb5 Bd7 14.0-0 Nd8 15.Bc4 Be6? [Correct was 15...Ne6-+] 16.Qb3? [White returns the favor, but if 16.Qf3! Bg4 17.Qxf6 Qxf6 18.Bxf6 Rh6 19.Bxd8 Kxd8 20.h3+/-] 16...Rb8 17.Nd2 Bxc4 18.Nxc4 Ne6 19.Bd2 Ng4 20.h3 Qh4 21.Na5? [21.d4 exd4 22.Qb5+ Ke7 23.Qf5 Rbg8-+] 21...Nxf2 [This is a good and winning move, but there is a forced mate in six. 21...Bxf2+! 22.Kh1 Qg3 23.Qb5+ Kf8 24.Bh6+ Rxh6 25.Qxe5 dxe5 26.Rxf2 Qh2#] 22.d4? [If 22.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 23.Kh1 Rg8 24.Bg5 Rxg5 25.Qa2 Rxg2-+ Black is up a bishop and a rook.] 22...Nxh3+ 23.gxh3 Qg3+ White resigns 0-1

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