Monday, October 16, 2017

Ruy Lopez Leads to Checkmate

The Ruy Lopez employs strategy basics on tactics. Ray Haines shows that active open play leads to surprising opportunities. If this was an American football game, one might say that White flushes the Black king out of the pocket and tackled him for mate.

After White's eleventh move, Black has tried a couple other options. One try was from William Lombardy, a contemporary of Bobby Fischer. Lombardy was a grandmaster who became a priest. I am a chess player who spent 26 years in the clergy, so we had that in common. We were Facebook friends, but I never met Bill personally. R.I.P. Lombardy.

rrhaines33 (1494) - herbert22 (1445), Live Chess, 14.10.2017 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7 4.0-0 g6 5.d4 [5.c3] 5...exd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Nc3 d6 [8...d5! 9.exd5 Nb4!=] 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4
11...c6 [11...a6 12.Be2 b5 13.Rad1 Rb8 14.a3 b4 15.axb4 Nc6 16.Qd2 Nxb4 17.f4+/= and 1-0 in 41. Diez del Corral,J-Lombardy,W/Orense 1975; 11...Be6 12.Rad1 a6 13.Be2 Nc6 14.Qd2 f6 15.f4+/= and 1-0 in 56. Larsen,K-Sabuk,P/Fano ITA 2017] 12.Bc4 d5?! [12...Be6 13.Rad1+/=] 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Bxd5 [14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Bxd5 Be6 16.c4+/-] 14...Nxd5 [14...Be6 15.Rad1+/=] 15.Nxd5 Be6 16.Nf6+ Kg7? [16...Kh8 17.Qe5 Qb8 18.Qg5 Kg7 19.Nh5+ Kg8 20.Rfe1+/-] 17.Ne8+ Kh6 18.Qg7+ Kg5 [Or 18...Kh5 19.Qxh7+ Kg4 20.Qh3+ Kf4 21.Qe3+ Kf5 22.g4+ Kxg4 23.Ng7 Qh4 24.f3+ Kh3 25.f4+ Kg4 26.Qf3#] 19.f4+ Kg4
20.Nf6+ Kf5 21.g4# 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Friday, October 13, 2017

London System Opposite Attacks

The Russian prodigy Vladislav Artemiev played a sharp attack with the London System against Teimour Radjabov. White delayed castling in favor of 15.g4!? GM Radjabov is known for bold attacks as Black. He opened the b-file and invaded with 20...Rb2. But GM Artemiev sacrificed a knight to force mate on the kingside.

Artemiev (2692) - Radjabov (2742), FIDE World Cup 2017 Tbilisi GEO (2.7), 08.09.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 Bd6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.c3 b6 7.Bd3 Bb7 8.a4 [8.0-0=] 8...c5 9.a5 Qc7 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 11.Ne5 c4 12.Bc2 b5 13.f4 Nbd7 14.Qf3 b4
15.g4!? [15.Ndxc4=] 15...Rab8 16.g5 Ne8 17.Qh3 g6 18.Ndf3 Bc8 19.Ba4 bxc3 20.bxc3 Rb2 21.Ng4 f5 22.Nge5 Nxe5 23.Nxe5 Nc7? [23...Qb8 24.Bxe8 Rxe8 25.0-0 Qb3=/+] 24.0-0 [24.Qh6+/-] 24...a6 [24...Ne8 25.Qh6=] 25.Qh6 Rd8 [25...Ne8 26.h4+/-]
26.Nxg6 hxg6 27.Qxg6+ Kh8 [Or 27...Kf8 28.Qf6+ Kg8 29.g6+-] 28.Rf3 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dutch Defence Stonewall Carlsen

The Stonewall Variation is a great way to play the Dutch Defence. White cannot easily break it. Black places pawns on f5, e6, d5, and a knight on f6. The dark square bishop goes to Bd6 or Be7 as needed. Black will castle kingside. The queenside gives many strategy options for tactic play.

Magnus Carlsen chose an aggressive line against Sergey Karjakin earlier in 2017. Black played 7...Nc6, 8...b6, 9...a5, and 10...Ba6. A less dynamic approach for Black is to play pawns to c6 and a6. Also, if White plays slowly, Black can attack with a quick ...c7-c5. In the game below White resigned after Black's attack won a piece.

My new Dutch Stonewall Playbook (also available in paperback) is a coordinated repertoire for Black with 200 positions with another five moves after each diagram. That covers about 1000 moves preparing you to meet 1.d4, 1.c4, and 1.Nf3.

Karjakin (2781) - Carlsen (2832), 5th Norway Blitz 2017 Stavanger NOR (5.1), 05.06.2017 begins 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.c4 d5 5.Nd2 Bd6 6.Nh3 0-0 7.0-0
7...Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.b3 a5 10.Bb2 Ba6 11.Nf4 Bxf4 12.exf4 Ne4 13.Re1 Re8 14.Re3 Qd7 15.Nxe4 fxe4 16.f3 dxc4 17.fxe4 [17.Rxe4 cxb3 18.Qxb3 a4=] 17...cxb3 18.d5 exd5 19.Qxb3 a4 20.Qxa4 Bf1 21.Qd1 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 Na5 23.Rc3 [23.Re1 Nc4=/+] 23...d4 24.e5 Nc4 25.Rf3 [25.Bc1 b5-/+] 25...c5 26.Bc1 Qd5 27.Kh3 [27.Kg1 b5-+] 27...Rad8 28.Rd3 Re6 29.Qf3 Qxf3 30.Rxf3 d3 31.Be3 [31.Rf2 d2 32.Bxd2 Rxd2 33.Rxd2 Nxd2-+] 31...d2 32.Rd1 [32.Bxd2 Rxd2 33.Re1 Rxa2-+] 32...Rd3 33.f5 Rxe5 0-1

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Sicilian Defence Chaney 10.g4

If you find a fork in the road, take it. One fork in the Najdorf Sicilian comes after 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7. Popular choices for White are 10.g4 and 10.Bd3 (which I also play). Both lines are equally playable and both sides have chances.

Ron Chaney and I outplayed each other in opening theory during our postal games. My move 18.h5 had been popular. Games like this and subsequent analysis by modern chess engines show that theory favors Black. Chaney played well. He crushed me and deserved the win. I learned a lesson. The game was a Sicilian Defence which he played against me five times. We both scored two wins and a draw.

Sawyer (2000) - Chaney (1900), corr APCT 1979 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 [The alternative is 10.Bd3=] 10...b5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 13.a3!? [The most reliable attack follows 13.f5! 0-0 (13...Nc5 14.f6 gxf6 15.gxf6 Bf8 16.Kb1+/=) 14.Rg1 b4 15.Nce2 e5 16.f6 exd4 17.fxe7 Re8 18.Nxd4=] 13...Rb8 14.h4 b4 15.axb4 Rxb4 16.Bh3 Qc5 [Or 16...Qb6 17.Nf5 Bf8 18.Qd3 Rxb2 19.Nxd6+ Bxd6 20.Qxd6 Rb4=] 17.Nb3 Qb6
18.h5? [18.Na2! Ra4 19.Nc3 Rb4 when the players might repeat moves, or White could try 20.Rhf1 0-0 21.f5=] 18...Nc5 19.Nxc5 dxc5 20.g6 fxg6 [Because White's king is the more vulnerable, Black has the happy choice of several sharp attacking possibilities. 20...0-0 21.gxh7+ Kxh7 22.Rdg1 Rd8 23.h6 g6 24.f5 exf5 25.exf5 Bf6-/+; or 20...Rxb2 21.gxf7+ Kxf7 22.Rdg1 c4-/+] 21.hxg6 h6 22.Nd5 exd5 23.Bxc8 0-0 24.e5? [This loses badly. It's going to be ugly. But even if White mounts a better attack with 24.Qg4 Rxe4 25.Rde1 Rfxf4 26.Qd7 Qd8-/+ Black can return to defend everything with two extra pawns.] 24...Rxb2 25.Rh3? Rb1+ 26.Kd2 Qb4+ 27.Ke2 [27.c3 Rxd1+ 28.Kxd1 Qb1+ 29.Ke2 Qa2+ 30.Kf1 Rxc8-+] 27...Rxd1 28.Be6+ Kh8 29.Kxd1 Rxf4 30.Qh1 Bg5 [If this was an American football play, one could describe the situation like this. The quarterback goes back to pass. The receivers are covered downfield. The two largest defenders have invaded the backfield. The White king is about to be sacked. This will be a painful loss. Black has many ways to win. He could force mate a little quicker with 30...Rd4+!-+ ] 31.Rb3 Rf1+ 32.Ke2 Qe1+ 33.Kd3 Qd2# 0-1

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Blackmar-Diemer & The Curse

White wins a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Vienna in this Hara-Kiri Variation. White chose the aggressive 5.g4 Bg6 6.h4 line that is a favorite of Lev Zilbermints. Black mixed things up with 6...exf3 and pieces went flying all over the place. Both sides missed the most accurate moves. I assume the game was played a fast enough pace to prevent deep thought and analysis. In such cases, we make threats and try to avoid the greatest dangers. Punching and ducking. In this queen endgame, White had a knight for some pawns. It seemed to me that Black avoid a repetition of moves to possibly draw. Maybe the hope was to win on time or hope that White would blunder. White did not blunder. Once the queens were exchanged, White had an easy win with the extra piece.

[My Blackmar-Diemer Games 5 in 1 of 4 books in my new Blackmar-Diemer Series II.]

TheCurse (1773) - Manooura (1800), Live Chess, 28.06.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6 6.h4 exf3 7.h5 Be4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Qxf3 Qxd4
10.Be3? [10.Ne2!=] 10...Qxb2 11.Qxe4 Qxa1+ 12.Kf2 Nc6 13.Bb5 Qf6+ 14.Nf3 e5 [14...0-0-0! 15.Bxc6 Qxc6-+] 15.g5 [15.Rd1 Ba3-/+] 15...Qe6 16.Nxe5 [16.Bc4 Qd6-/+] 16...Bd6 [16...0-0-0!-+] 17.Bxc6+ bxc6 18.Qxc6+ Ke7 19.Bc5 [19.Re1!] 19...Rhd8 [19...Qf5+ 20.Kg2 Qxg5+ 21.Kf2 Qf5+ 22.Kg2 Qxc2+ 23.Kh3 Qf5+ 24.Kg2 Rhc8-+] 20.Qxc7+ Kf8 21.Bxd6+ Rxd6 22.Qc5 [22.g6 fxg6 23.hxg6 Rc8-+] 22...Kg8 [22...Rc8-+] 23.Nf3 Re8 [23...Rc6-+] 24.Re1 Rd2+ 25.Kg3 Qd7? [25...Re2! 26.Rxe2 Qxe2 27.Qxa7 Qxc2-+] 26.Rxe8+ Qxe8 27.Nxd2 Qe1+ 28.Qf2 Qe5+ [28...Qe7 29.Qf4+-] 29.Qf4 Qe1+ 30.Kf3 Qd1+ 31.Ke3 [31.Kf2 Kf8 32.g6+-] 31...Qe1+ [31...h6 32.gxh6+-] 32.Kd3 Qe8 33.Qd6 h6 34.gxh6 gxh6 35.Ne4 Qb5+ 36.c4 Qb1+ 37.Ke3 Qe1+ 38.Kf3 Qh1+ 39.Ke3 Qh3+ 40.Qg3+ Qxg3+ 41.Nxg3 Kg7 42.Kf4 Kf6 43.c5 Ke6 44.a4 Kd5 45.Ne4 Kc6 46.Ke5 a5 47.Kd4 f6 48.Nxf6 1-0

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Caro-Kann vs Frumkin Attack

Ed Frumkin was the strongest of six opponents in my first APCT postal tournament. That section started for me on 7/7/77. Tim Barnes was another of these six players. In both games, I was Black in a Caro-Kann Defence. Frumkin won all his six games in the 1977 event. Edward Frumkin became an APCT master and later a USCF National Master. Back in 1977 Frumkin played 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3. My game with him in that section was my only loss. I finished 5-1.

In 1985 Frumkin tried a different variation. While Frumkin was beating me in this APCT contest, I was drawing Richard Mann in the same Caro-Kann Defence Exchange Variation. Again we follow the 7.Qb3 Qc8 line. The game continued 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Ne5 Nxe5. Years later Harimau would play 11…Bh5 against me. After 11…Nxe5 12.fxe5 White signals his intention to attack my king.

This game illustrates well how to attack a loose opponent’s king. Frumkin mounted a strong attack in the center. I failed to find the correct defense on moves 13, 16 and 17. My last good choice would have been 17…Kh8. I doubt I gave this move much consideration. I tried to hold my central pawns, but White ripped open the position for a beautiful tactical finish.

Frumkin (2274) - Sawyer (2000), corr APCT 1985 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qc8 [7...Na5 8.Qa4+ Bd7 9.Qc2=] 8.Nd2 [8.h3+/=] 8...e6 9.Ngf3 Be7 [9...Nh5=] 10.0-0 0-0 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 [12.Bxe5=] 12...Nd7 13.Qc2 g6 [13...h6=] 14.h3 Bf5 15.Bxf5 gxf5 16.Bh6 Re8 [16...Rd8=] 17.Nf3 f6?! [17...Kh8=] 18.Qe2 fxe5 19.Nxe5 Nxe5? [19...Bf6 20.Nd3+/=] 20.Qxe5 Bf8 21.Bxf8 Rxf8 22.Rae1 Kf7 23.Re3 Qd7 24.g4 Rg8 25.Kh2 fxg4 26.hxg4 Rae8 [26...Rg6 27.f4 Rd8 28.f5 exf5 29.Rxf5+ Kg8 30.Qd4+/-] 27.f4 Rg6
28.f5 Rf6 [28...Rh6+ 29.Kg2+/-] 29.Qxf6+ 1-0

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