Wednesday, May 31, 2017

London System Chess Opening

Grandmaster Axel Bachmann wins a London that feels like a Blackmar-Diemer. White sacrificed a piece against his master level opponent Manuel Ocantos for a quick win.

My London 2.Bf4 Playbook is a step by step opening guide. London System with 2.Bf4 is a simple safe super solid solution to your repertoire for White. Your plan is to play 2.Bf4 with e3 and Nf3. The London makes your opening preparation easy. This Playbook helps you easily prepare to play your opening after 1.d4 d5, or 1.d4 Nf6, or even 1.d4 f5. The 200 diagrams in this playbook cover the variations that you are most likely to face.

Chess Digest listed me as a Research Assistant in the 1993 book on the London System by Andrew Soltis. My copy has a note inside the front cover: “To Tim Sawyer, Thanks for helping make this book possible. Ken Smith.” Very cool. Below is that London quickie!

[My London 2.Bf4 Playbook is available now in paperback.]

Bachmann (2646) - Ocantos (2248), 48th Mar Del Plata Open Mar del Plata ARG (3.1), 09.04.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.h3 c4 9.Bc2!? [White plays for attack. The alternative is 9.Be2 b5 10.b3=] 9...b5 10.a3 a5 11.e4 Bb7 [Maybe 11...dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nd5 13.Bh2 f5 14.Ned2 Rf6=] 12.e5 [12.Qe2!?] 12...Ne8 [12...Nd7 13.h4!+/=] 13.h4 f6 [13...f5 14.Ng5+/=] 14.Ng5! [This reminds me of a Fishing Pole line by Brian Wall.] 14...fxg5 [A move such as 14...g6 loses to 15.Nxe6+-] 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.hxg5+ Kg6 [16...Kg8 17.Rh8+ Kxh8 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.g6 Nf6 20.exf6 Rf7 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Qh8# mate] 17.Qh5+ Kf5 18.Qh3+ Kg6 19.Qh7+ 1-0


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Dutch Defence Staunton Zintgraff

Gary Zintgraff sent me this note with some short attacking games. The Dutch Defence Staunton Gambit occupies our thought this time. Zintgraff wrote:

"Dear Tim: I just signed up for your chess site and have found a lot of great material to keep me busy. I have your 3 BDG "books" which opened my eyes to an exciting way to play chess. It was very fun to see bits of 2 of my games in your 2nd book.

"Here are a couple of games that use the aggressive approach I learned from the BDG. I just started playing weekly tournaments recently after a long lay off. David Nightingale is a strong advocate of the Dutch Defense so I played a Staunton Gambit to open up the game. When I offered the second Bishop sacrifice, he took over 25 minutes (in a game 90) to study his options. Of the 3-4 choices he had, taking my Bishop was the best.

"Sincerely, Gary D. Zintgraff"

Thank Gary! The comments below are by Zintgraff except where noted.

Zintgraff - Nightingale, MHCC, 2016 begins 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.Qe2 b5 8.Ne4 Bb7 9.Nxf6+ Bxf6 10.0-0 Qe7 11.Ne5 0-0 12.Bxh7+ [12.c3 d6 13.Ng4= Sawyer] 12...Kxh7 [This unsound sac was knowingly made by me because I wanted to prevent him from getting his favorite Dutch setup.] 13.Qh5+ [13.Qd3+ Kg8 14.Ng6 Qd6 15.Nxf8 Qxd4+ 16.Qxd4 Bxd4+ 17.Kh1 Bf6 18.Ng6= Sawyer] 13...Kg8 14.Bg5 Qe8 [I had analyzed this Bishop move and 14...Bxg5 as being favorable for White during the game, but did not see 15.Ng6 Rxf1+ 16.Rxf1 Be3+ 17.Kh1 Bxg2+ the sac move which would have probably won for him.] 15.Ng6 Be4 16.Qh8+ Kf7 17.Rxf6+ gxf6 18.Qh7# 1-0


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Emil Diemer Wins Teichmann

Emil Josef Diemer wins a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Teichmann by transposition. Jorge Cuadras Avellana in the Strasbourg Open. Diemer was in his late 60s at the time of this game, but he still played attacking chess in his old age.

This game was published in Tom Purser's blog on Sunday, October 5, 2008. I found it again an article by Michael Negele (Excerpts published in KARL 1/2007, pages 28 to 36).

[My Blackmar-Diemer Puzzles book is an introduction to the BDG.]

Diemer - Cuadras Avellana, Strasbourg Open, 03.1975 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.fxe4 [4.Nc3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.Bd3 e6 7.0-0 Be7 reaches the game position in one less move.] 4...Nxe4 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.0-0 e6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Kh1 0-0 10.Be3 Nbd7 11.Qe1 Nd5 [11...Bh5 12.Qh4 c5=/+] 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Qg3 Nf6 14.Qh4 [14.Bf4 Bxf3 15.Qxf3=] 14...Bxf3 15.gxf3 Re8 16.Bg5 g6 [16...Kf8 17.Bh6 Kg8 18.Rae1=] 17.Rae1 Kg7 18.Qh6+ Kh8 19.f4 [19.Rxe7 Qxe7 20.Qh4=] 19...Ng8 20.Qh4 f5 21.Re5 Bxg5 22.fxg5 Rxe5 23.dxe5 Ne7 24.Qg3 Qg8 [24...d4-/+] 25.e6 Rc8 26.h4 Qg7 27.c3 d4 28.c4 [28.Bc4!?] 28...Nc6 29.Re1 Re8 30.h5 Re7 31.b4 [31.c5=] 31...Nxb4 32.h6 Qf8 33.Qe5+ Kg8 34.Qxd4 Nc6 [34...Qe8-/+] 35.Qf6 Qd8 [35...b6 36.c5=] 36.Bxf5 gxf5 [36...Qd4 37.Rf1+-] 37.g6 Qd4 38.Qf7+ 1-0


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Albin Counter Gambit Victories

Albin Counter Gambit wins again! A king hunt leads to a quick checkmate. Jose Alves Santos defeats Jose Velho Guerreiro with the Albin Counter Gambit in early 2017. White is in trouble on move eight. He lasts only ten more moves before checkmate.

Bonus Game: White usually accepts the gambit with 3.dxe5. John Crompton ("JECmate") won a quick Albin in a critical line. I included it in my notes below.

Guerreiro tried 3.Nc3. Black sacrificed a pawn for a big lead in development. The White king was on the run by move nine. It's good to centralize the king in the endgame, but it's fatal to do so in the opening. Later, the rating of Jose Santos rose to 2208.

[My Queen Pawn book includes 25 Albin Counter Gambit games.]

Guerreiro - Santos (2193), Portugal Open Rapid 2017 Lisbon, 11.02.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.Nc3 [3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. a3 Nge7 6. e3 Bg4 7. exd4 Bxf3 8.gxf3 Qxd4 9. Bd2 Qxe5+ 10. Be2 O-O-O 11. Qc2 Nd4 12. Qe4 Qxe4 13. fxe4 Nc2+ 0-1. vikram9999 - JECmate, chess.com, 23.05.2017] 3...exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qxd5 Be6 6.Qxd8+ [6.Bg5 Bxd5 7.Bxd8 Bxg2 8.Bxg2 Rxd8 9.Bxc6+ bxc6=] 6...Rxd8 7.e4 [7.Bf4 Bxc4 8.Bxc7 Rd7 9.Bf4 Nb4 10.Rc1 Nxa2=] 7...Nb4 8.a3 [8.Nd5 Nc2+ 9.Kd2 Nxa1 10.Bd3 Bd6-+] 8...Nc2+ 9.Ke2 Nxa1 [9...Bxc4+ 10.Kf3 Bxf1-+] 10.Kf3 [10.Nd5 Rc8 11.b4 c6-+] 10...Nb3 11.Bg5 Nd2+ 12.Bxd2 Rxd2 13.Nge2 [13.b4 c5 14.Ke3 Rb2-+] 13...Rd3+ 14.Kf4 Nf6 15.Ng3 g5+ 16.Kxg5 Rg8+ 17.Kxf6 Rg6+ 18.Ke5 Bd6# 0-1


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Blackmar-Diemer Penullar Return

Peter McGerald Penullar sent me this Blackmar-Diemer Gambit which I include (edited) with his story notes. I appreciate Penullar. His games appear in my chess books.

"Hi Sir Tim,
"It’s been a while since I sent a BDG game to you. The pressure from Hospital work has been keeping me from joining many OTB tournaments, although chess.com accompany some of my lonely nights. Luckily for me, a chess tournament, The 1st Pasinggatan Chess Tournament on April 30, 2017, was held on my free day. The longing of touching chess pieces and the chance to meet fellow chess players in Taytay, Palawan where I have been working for 3 years, made me register my name without hesitation."

Thanks, Peter! My book Called notes that my mother was named after a missionary to the Philippines. That lady was captured by the Japanese during World War II.

[My Blackmar-Diemer Puzzles book is an introduction to our favorite gambit.]

Penullar - NN, Pasinggatan, Philippines (6), 30.04.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 c6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.0-0 Bd6 8.Qe1 0-0 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qh4 h6? 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Qxh6 Re8 13.Ng5 [My opponent has been blitzing all his moves, but after I uncork my 13th move only then he realized he walked into a trap, although his 10th move has already sealed his fate. He began to used chunks of time thinking a way out.] 13...Bxh2+ [His last attempt to distract me.] 14.Kh1 [I know I am completely winning in this typical BDG Tabiya position, I already work out all the mating pattern in my head, but my opponent intentionally took an hour before making his move, we don't have chess clocks in this tournament by the way, and somehow his antics got into my nerve.] 14...Re7 15.Rxf6 Nxf6 [I was still fuming inside, I wanted to beat him badly for taking so much time and not resigning immediately in a lost position. I impatiently and immediately executed my next move.] 16.Qxf6 Rd7 [After seeing this move from my opponent, only then I realized I jumbled my mating pattern sequence. It should have been 16. Bh7+! and mate in 2. Lesson learned, Never let bad emotion get into your way when playing.] 17.Qh6 Bf4 18.Bh7+ Kh8 19.Bg6+ Kg8 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Nxf7 Qf6 [Here, I was already losing hope and was about to resign, I half-heartedly made my next move.] 22.Rf1 [I decided that if my opponent takes my d-pawn with his rook, I'll just resign and stop my agony thinking I botched a won game, instead my opponent decided to simplify the position.] 22...Rxf7 23.Bxf7 Qxf7 24.Qxf7+ Kxf7 25.Rxf4+ [Suddenly I'm a pawn up, with active pieces!! Here, I decided to fully concentrate again, managed to swap my rook and passed g-pawn against his rook and 4 pawns, got my chance to inflict torture against my opponent in a long king, knight and 3 connected pawns vs a king and bishop ending, and finally got a win after 70 plus moves. My tournament is therefore complete!! Long Live BDG!!!] 1-0 [Notes by Penullar]


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Friday, May 19, 2017

50 Top Sawyer Chess Blog Posts

Welcome to my Top 50 list! I've written a total of 2167 posts since 2011 on my chess blog. This list covers the most popular through 2016 (numbers revised in May 2017).

I'm in the process of updating this entire site. I've deleted two-thirds of the older games which can be found in my books from 2015 and 2016 categorized openings.

Ten recent books into 2017 did not come from the blog. I plan to keep writing blog posts and publishing new chess books. Your support is appreciated.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Polish Opening Herb Fredrick

In this 1.b4 Polish Opening, I followed the famous contest Lalic - Uhlmann, Sarajevo 1980, 0-1 in 29. I had seen it in Chess Informant, which has been a source of great chess information for 50 years. In my 20s I bought the latest issue as soon as it came out. This idea was to meet 1.b4 with 1...d5 2.Bb2 Qd6!? The intent was to play 3...e5. Black wants to build and maintain a big center with pawns on both d5 and e5.

Herb Fredrick played a Polish Opening against me at the North Penn Chess Club. This allowed me to test the idea of 2…Qd6!? If White was not careful, the Black queen could cause quite a stir. White played reasonably well. Black had only a slight edge until he castled into danger on move 32.

Fredrick (1400) - Sawyer, Lansdale, PA 11.02.1981 begins 1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 Qd6 3.a3 e5 4.e3 [4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 a5 6.Nc3 c6 7.Nb3=] 4...f5!? [4...a5 5.b5 Nf6 6.c4 Bg4=] 5.Nf3 [White could try to undermine Black's big center and highlight the fact that Black has not developed any minor pieces. 5.c4!+/= ] 5...e4 6.Ne5!? [6.Nd4 Nc6 7.c4 dxc4 8.Bxc4+/=] 6...Nf6 7.c4 Be6 8.d3 Nbd7 [8...dxc4 9.Qa4+ c6 10.Nxc4 Bxc4 11.dxc4+/=] 9.Nxd7 Qxd7 10.Nd2 [10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.dxe4 fxe4 12.Nd2+/=] 10...a5 11.b5 [11.cxd5 Bxd5 12.dxe4 fxe4 13.Be2=] 11...Be7 [11...dxc4 12.dxe4 Qxb5=] 12.Be2 0-0 13.Rc1 Rad8 [13...exd3 14.Bxd3 dxc4 15.Nxc4 Qxb5=/+] 14.Nb3 dxc4 15.dxc4 Qc8 16.Qc2 b6 17.Nd4 Bc5 18.Nc6 Rde8 19.Qb3 [19.0-0!+/=] 19...g5 [19...f4=/+] 20.Be5 [20.h4 g4 21.Rd1+/=] 20...Bd7 21.Bxf6 [21.Qc3 Re6=] 21...Rxf6 22.Qc3 Ref8 23.Ne5 Qe8 24.Rd1 Bd6  [24...Be6!=/+] 25.Nxd7 Qxd7 26.c5 bxc5 27.Qxa5 Qe7 [27...f4!? 28.exf4 gxf4 29.Qc3=] 28.Rd5 Kh8 29.Qc3 Qg7 30.a4 f4 31.f3?! [This opens lines to the White king. 31.exf4 gxf4 32.a5 Qxg2 33.Rf1=] 31...fxe3 [31...Re8=/+] 32.0-0? [32.a5 g4=/+] 32...Bxh2+ 33.Kxh2 Rh6+ 0-1


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