Sunday, June 28, 2015

Walter Browne vs Fischer Alekhine

Walter Browne faced Bobby Fischer in a tournament game and Browne almost won. Leading to his world championship run, Fischer played the Alekhine Defence as Black instead of his normal Sicilian Defence Najdorf. Probably Bobby Fischer did not want to reveal secrets to his future opponent Boris Spassky.

Forty-five years ago there was a gap of knowledge in the games of Robert J. Fischer. His awesome book My 60 Memorable Games covered up to 1967. Games from the period 1968-1971 were not widely available in English language books, but in those gap years Fischer won tournaments and won matches vs Taimanov, Larsen and Petrosian. Nowadays those Fischer gap games are easy to find, but in 1972 they were not.

Commentators on the 1972 World Championship match were surprised Fischer played the Alekhine Defence. In reality Bobby Fischer played both openings. After Spassky crushed his Najdorf Sicilian in Game 11, Fischer reasonably chose the Alekhine Defence to win Game 13 and draw Game 19. Fischer drew other Najdorfs in Games 7 and 15. In the Browne game Fischer stood better in the opening but his f-pawn plans bombed.

Browne - Fischer, Rovinj/Zagreb (15), 03.05.1970 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.c4 Nb6 7.exd6 cxd6 8.Nc3 [8.0-0 0-0 9.Nc3 transposes.] 8...0-0 9.0-0 [9.h3= would prevent the pin.] 9...Nc6 10.Be3 Bg4 11.b3 d5! 12.c5 [12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Qxd5= saddles White with an isolated d-pawn.] 12...Nc8 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 e6 15.Qd2 [15.b4 a6 16.Ne2=] 15...N8e7 16.Nb5?! Nf5 17.Bg4 a6 18.Bxf5 axb5 19.Bc2 Ra3 20.b4 [20.Qd3 Qh4-/+] 20...f5 [20...Qh4!?] 21.Bb3 Qf6 22.Qd3 f4 [22...Ra7 23.Rad1 f4=/+] 23.Bc1 Ra6 24.Bb2 f3 25.g3 Qf5 26.Qxf5 gxf5 27.Rad1 Nxb4 28.Rfe1 f4?! [This bold attack should lose. Correct is 28...Kf7!= when Black is fine.] 29.a3 Nc6 30.Rxe6 fxg3 31.Bxd5 gxf2+ 32.Kxf2 Kh8 33.Re3 b4 34.axb4 Nxb4 35.Bxf3 Ra2 36.Rb3 Nc6 37.Kg3 Rg8 38.Kf4 Rf8+ [38...Na5!?] 39.Ke4 Rf7 40.Bg4 Re7+ 41.Kd3 [Houdini and Stockfish prefer 41.Kd5+- ] 41...Ra4 42.Ra1 Rxd4+ 43.Bxd4 Bxd4 44.Ra8+ Kg7 45.Rb5 Bf2 46.Bf5 Ne5+ 47.Kc3 Be1+ 48.Kd4 Nc6+ 49.Kc4 Bh4 50.Bc8 Nd8 51.Ra2 Rc7 52.Bg4 Be7 53.Kd5 Nc6 54.Rab2 Nd8 55.Rb1 Bf8 56.R1b2 [56.Rg1+-] 56...Be7 57.Rg2 Kh8 58.Ra2 Kg7 59.Ra8 Bh4 60.Rb8 Rf7 61.Rb2 Kh6 62.Rb6+ Kg7 63.Rb3 h5 64.Bc8 Be7 65.Rb5 [65.Rg3+ Kh7 66.Rg2+-] 65...Rf3 66.Bxb7 Rxh3 67.c6 Rc3 68.Ra8 h4 69.Ra4 h3 70.Rc4 h2 71.Rb1 Rxc4 72.Kxc4 Bd6 73.Kd5 Bg3 74.Bc8 Kf7 75.Bh3 Ke7 76.Rc1 Kf6 77.Ra1 Ke7 78.Rf1 Nf7 79.Bg2 Ng5 80.Kc5 Ne6+ 81.Kb6 Bc7+ 82.Kb7 Bd6 83.Bd5 Nc5+ 84.Kb6 Na4+ 85.Ka5 Nc5 86.Kb5 Kd8 87.Rf7 Kc8 88.c7 [Now Black is able to reach a drawn ending. At this critical point 88.Rh7!+- seems to give White winning chances since the Black bishop is overworked covering c5, c7, and h2.] 88...Nd7 89.Kc6 h1Q 90.Bxh1 Ne5+ 91.Kb6 Bc5+ 92.Kxc5 Nxf7 93.Kb6 Nd6 94.Bd5 Kd7 95.Bc6+ Kc8 96.Bd5 Kd7 97.Bb3 Nc8+ 98.Kb7 Ne7 1/2-1/2


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Huebsch Gambit Leningrad Cowboy

Andre Fleischmann writes the following in part 4:

Hello Mr. Sawyer,
Every day i have a look on your wonderful website about the Blackmar Diemer. I send a few interesting games. Two are hübsch gambits against strong players. Greetings from Germany and a big Fan of our Gambit
Andre

The Huebsch Gambit is a logical 1.d4 Nf6 defense to avoid the BDG. White will not be denied open lines for attack and boldly continues with 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4!? which would transpose to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 3...dxe4 4.f3.

Instead Black takes first with 3...Nxe4 and after 4.Nxe4 dxe4 White usually develops a bishop with 5.Bc4 (aiming at f7), 5.Bf4 (preventing ...e5) or 5.Be3 (protecting d4). Often White castles queenside, depending on Black's set-up. "Leningradcowboy" brings his bishop to 5...Bf5 presenting a target for Andre's attack.

Ichsehnix (2092) - Leningradcowboy (2324), Großer Spielsaal Großer Spielsaal, 07.06.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Be3 Bf5 6.g4 Bg6 7.Ne2 h5 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Bc4!? [9.Nxh5= regaining the pawn is obviously good.; 9.d5 hxg4 10.Qxg4= is more active.] 9...e6 10.Nxh5 Nd7 11.a4 [11.Qe2= with intent to castle queenside soon.] 11...Nf6 [11...Nb6=] 12.g5 Nxh5? [Black does better with 12...Nd5=/+ ] 13.Qxh5 Bb4+ 14.c3 Bd6 15.g6 fxg6 16.Qg4 Qf6 17.Bxe6 g5 18.Bd7+ [Or 18.Bxg5!+-] 18...Ke7 19.Bxg5 Leningradcowboy abbandona 1-0

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fleischmann Teichmann Gambit

Andre Fleischmann writes in part 3 or 4:

Hello Mr. Sawyer,
Every day i have a look on your wonderful website about the Blackmar Diemer. I learned a lot. In the Teichmann I tried a not accurate but interesting sacrifice with the bishop on h7. Greetings from Germany and a big Fan of our Gambit
Andre

The most popular defense against the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is to take two pawns for one with 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 and to continue 5.Nxf3 Bg4 known as the Teichmann Variation. Here after the normal moves 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6, Andre Fleischmann plays 8.g4!? which is an excellent aggressive approach.

Against a Caro-Kann type defence, Andre gets too bold with 12.Bxh7+?! Fleischmann illustrates a valuable lesson: When your king is attacked, play carefully or you will lose quickly. Here Andre's opponent missed the correct defense and the White army came crashing through for a win.

Ichsehnix (2092) - Kesaris (1959), Großer Spielsaal Großer Spielsaal, 27.05.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.g4 e6 9.g5 Nd5 10.Bd3 Bb4 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bxh7+?! [12.Ne4!=] 12...Kxh7 13.Qh5+ Kg8 14.Ne4 f5? [This loses. Black is winning after 14...Nd7! 15.Rxf7 Rxf7 16.g6 Rf1+! 17.Kxf1 N5f6!-+] 15.g6 Nf6 16.Nxf6+ Rxf6 17.c3 [17.Qh7+ Kf8 18.Qh8+ Ke7 19.Qxg7+ Ke8 20.Bg5+- Andre] 17...Rxg6+ [Or 17...Nd7 18.Qh7+ Kf8 19.Bg5+-] 18.Qxg6 Be7 19.Qxe6+ Kh8 20.Rxf5 1-0


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Birds Opening Schlechter Gambit

Bird Opening Schlechter games look like the From Gambit. Instead of 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6, Black develops with 2...Nc6 immediately attacking the White e5 pawn. The Bird's Opening Schlechter might take a 1.f4 Birds Opening player out of his comfort zone to positions he does not know quite as well as From's Gambit.

Statistically the Schlechter scores better than the From. Tim Taylor recommends 3.Nc3 instead of the natural 3.Nf3 g5! when as Taylor notes, "Black gets an improved Lasker without even sacrificing a pawn!" My own practice backs up Taylor's comments.

When Lance Roberts ventured a Bird vs me in an APCT postal chess game, White picks off a rook and keeps Black from castling. On the other hand, Black grabs a bishop and traps both White knights. The net result of this sharp unbalanced line is that Black wins three pieces for his rook.

Roberts (1100) - Sawyer (2000), corr APCT 92R-40 (3), 12.1992 begins 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 Nc6!? 3.Nf3 g5 [3...d6 4.exd6 Bxd6 5.d4+/=] 4.d4 g4 5.Ng5 d5 6.exd6 Qxd6 [Or 6...Bxd6 7.d5 Nce7 8.c4+/=] 7.c3 [7.d5!+/=] 7...f5 [7...Qe7!?] 8.Na3 [8.d5 h6 9.dxc6 hxg5=] 8...h6 9.Nb5 Qe7 10.Bf4? [10.d5 hxg5 11.dxc6 bxc6 12.Bxg5 Qxg5 13.Nxc7+ Kf7 14.Nxa8 Qe7=] 10...hxg5 11.Nxc7+ Kd8 [Even stronger is 11...Kf7!-+ ] 12.Nxa8 [12.Nd5 Qe4 13.Bxg5+ Nce7=/+] 12...gxf4 13.d5 Ne5 14.Qd4 b6 15.0-0-0 Qd6 16.e3 fxe3 17.Bb5 Bb7 18.Nxb6 axb6 19.Rhf1 [If 19.Kb1 Bh6-+] 19...Ne7 20.Bc6 e2 21.Qxb6+ Qc7 0-1


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Andre Fleischmann Huebsch Gambit

Andre Fleischmann continues in part 2 of 4:

Hello Mr. Sawyer,
I send a few interesting games. Two are hübsch gambits against strong players. In one of it i saw the small time of my opponent and moved only as quick as possible for the win in the end.
Greetings from Germany and a big Fan of our Gambit
Andre

Andre Fleischmann wins BDG Huebsch Gambit while using the handle "ichsehnix" vs the higher rated "MihMih". This handle makes me think of women's fashion MiH Jeans. In his game notes to move 32 Andre wrote, "now, Black was down with a few seconds on the clock, so I moved only as quick as possible."

White's fast play at the end of the game achieves a win on time. In quick games at fast speeds, victory does not always go to the best position on the board, but to the player who can best play very rapidly without getting checkmated.

ichsehnix (2092) - MihMih (2401), Großer Spielsaal Großer Spielsaal, 06.05.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Be3 Bf5 6.g4 Bg6 7.Ne2 h5 8.Nf4 Qd6 9.c3 [9.c4 Andre] 9...hxg4 10.Qxg4 Nd7 11.0-0-0 [11.Nxg6 Qxg6 12.Qxg6 fxg6 13.Rg1 Andre] 11...Nf6 12.Qe2 Bf5 13.Qb5+ Bd7 14.Qxb7 Bc6? [14...Rd8=] 15.Bb5 Bxb5 16.Qxa8+ Qd8 17.Qb7 a6 18.a4 [18.d5!+- Andre] 18...Bxa4 19.Qxa6?! [19.Rdg1!+-] 19...Bxd1 20.Rxd1 Rxh2 21.Qc6+ [21.d5!+-] 21...Qd7 22.Qa8+ Qd8 23.Qc6+ Nd7? [23...Qd7=] 24.Nd5 e6 25.Nxc7+ Ke7 26.d5 [26.Bg5+!+- Andre] 26...Ne5 27.d6+ [White has a forced mate with 27.Bg5+ f6 28.Qxe6#] 27...Kf6 28.Bd4 Qxd6 29.Ne8+ Kg6 30.Qxd6 [White seems to win a queen with 30.Rg1+! because if 30...Kh7 31.Rxg7+ Kh8 32.Nxd6 Nxc6 33.Nxf7# mate!] 30...Bxd6 31.Nxd6 Nd3+ 32.Kc2 Nxf2 33.Be3? [33.Rd2+- Andre] 33...Nxd1+ 34.Kb3? Nxe3 35.Nxe4 Nd5 36.Nd6 e5 37.Ka4 e4 38.b3 e3 39.Ne4 e2 40.Nd6 e1Q 41.Nxf7 Qa1+ 42.Kb5 Kxf7 43.Kc6-+ Apparently Black lost on time before he could find a mate in four. 1-0


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Monday, June 1, 2015

How To Play Sicilian Defense 4...d5!?

Clive Heyn loved to play very fast blitz sometimes one second per move. His speed meant Clive was always a threat to win games on time. The down side to his instant moves was that Clive seemed to play the first thing that came into his mind.

Below Heyn chose the Sicilian Defence 4...d5!? variation. The critical line is 5.exd5 Qxd5 which has similarities to the Queens Knight Defence with 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5. The line Clive chose gives White a slight advantage with accurate play. Perfect opening play in blitz is rare. How players follow it up makes all the difference. Clive obtains an equal position. Heyn takes away my castling privileges and castle queenside. Both kings are exposed to danger. I set a Sicilian Defense trap that Black missed. Suddenly we have an instant checkmate on move 13!

Sawyer (2011) - Heyn (1751), Williamsport, PA 1994 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d5 5.Nc3 [5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Be3 e6 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Qd2 Qa5 9.Nb3 Qe5 10.f4 Bxc3 11.bxc3+/=] 5...dxe4 6.Nxc6 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 bxc6 8.Nxe4 Bf5 9.Bd3 0-0-0 [9...e6 10.Ke2 0-0-0 11.Be3 Kb7 12.Rhd1 Be7 13.c3 Nf6=] 10.Ke2 e6 11.Bf4 [11.Rd1] 11...h6? [11...Kb7 12.Rad1 Be7 13.Be5 Nf6 14.Nxf6 Bxd3+ 15.Rxd3 Rxd3 16.cxd3 gxf6 17.Bc3 Rd8=] 12.Rhd1 Nf6? [Logical and fatal. 12...Rd7 13.Ba6+ Kd8 14.Rxd7+ Kxd7 15.Rd1+ Ke7 16.Bd6+ Ke8 17.Bxf8 Kxf8 18.Nc5+/-] 13.Ba6# 1-0


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