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

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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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

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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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.]
[My Queens Gambit Playbook book gives a plan for White.]

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,, 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

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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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 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]

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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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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Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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