Monday, July 31, 2017

Gruenfeld Defence Templin

The Gruenfeld Defence challenges White to attack or face a counter attack. Ray Templin played the Gruenfeld against me at the North Penn Chess Club. I think this was a just club game and not an actual tournament game, but I don't remember. In any case, we played it at the club and the speed was slow enough that I could write down the moves.

I played this opening from both sides but preferred Black. What should I try as White? I chose 5.Qb3. I'd studied games from the 1950s where this was popular in the games of Botvinnik or Smyslov. We did not follow critical lines. White won two pawns and then the Exchange in this game. I returned the Exchange to get passed rook pawns on both sides of the board. Black's king could not cover everything fast enough.

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Sawyer - Templin (2000), Lansdale, PA 17.07.1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Bg4 [6...0-0 7.e4=] 7.Ne5 Be6 8.Qb5+ Nbd7 9.Qxb7 Nb6 [9...Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.f4+/=] 10.Qc6+ [10.e4! Qxd4 11.Nc6+-] 10...Nfd7 11.Bf4 0-0 12.Nxd7 Bxd7 13.Qxc7 [13.Qc5!+/-] 13...Qe8 [13...Qxc7 14.Bxc7 Bxd4=] 14.e3 Be6? [14...Bc6 15.h4+/-] 15.Bb5 Qc8 [15...Bd7 16.Bxd7 Nxd7 17.0-0+-] 16.Qxc8 Raxc8 17.0-0 Nd5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Rfc1 f6 20.Ba6 [20.Bc7 Rf7 21.Bd7+-] 20...Rb8 [20...Rxc1+ 21.Rxc1 Bxa2 22.Rc5+/-] 21.Bxb8 Rxb8 22.b3 f5 23.Rc8+ Rxc8 24.Bxc8 e5 25.Ba6 Kf7 26.Bc4 Ke6 27.Rc1 exd4 28.exd4 Bxd4 29.Re1+ Kd6 30.Bxd5 Kxd5 31.Re7 Kd6 32.Rxh7 Ke5 33.Rg7 Kf6 34.Rd7 Bb6 [34...Ke5 35.b4+-] 35.Rd6+ Kf7 36.Rxb6 axb6 37.a4 Ke6 38.b4 Kd5 39.h4 Kc4 40.a5 bxa5 41.bxa5 Kb5 42.f3 Kxa5 43.g4 fxg4 44.fxg4 Kb5 45.h5 gxh5 46.gxh5 Kc5 47.h6 Kd6 48.h7 Ke6 49.h8Q 1-0

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Blackmar-Diemer Cobra Kai

Lev Zilbermints sent me this game which shows the practical nature of his approach against the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Declined Vienna Variation 4.f3 Bf5. Lev likes to play what he calls the Gunderam Attack with 5.g4 Bg6 6.h4. White gets a strong attack in most cases. Zilbermints has won many games vs strong players in this line.

The player with White used the handle "SweepxthexLeg" which alludes to the Cobra Kai in the Karate Kid movie. When Black fails to react with the most accurate moves, White mounts an attack. Halfway into the game White took over the e6 square with 17.Qxe6+ and Black was in trouble. White wrapped it up with checkmate to finish Black.

SweepxthexLeg (1608) - JulyZerg (1619), Live Chess, 30.12.2016 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6 6.h4 h5 7.g5 Nfd7 8.Bf4 exf3 [8...e5 9.dxe5 Nc6=/+] 9.Nxf3 e6 10.d5 Bb4 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.Bc4 Bf5 [12...0-0=/+] 13.0-0 Bg4 
14.Qd4? [14.Qd3=] 14...0-0 [14...Bc5!-+] 15.Qe4 Bf5 [15...Nc5=/+] 16.Bxe6+ Bxe6 17.Qxe6+ Kh8 18.Nd5 Bc5+ 19.Kh2 c6 [19...Nc6 20.Rae1+/-] 20.Nf6 [20.Be5!+-] 20...gxf6 21.g6 Kg7 22.Qf5 Rh8? [22...Qa5=] 23.Rad1 Qe8 24.Rfe1 Qc8 [24...Qxg6 25.Rg1+-] 25.Ng5 Ne5 26.Ne6+ Kg8 27.Rd8+ Qxd8 28.Nxd8 Ng4+ 29.Kg3 Na6 30.Re8+ Kg7 31.Qd7+ Kxg6 32.Rxh8 f5 33.Qh7+ Kf6 34.Qf7# 1-0

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chris Hansen London 2.Bf4

The solid London System allows you to drum up a strong attack if your opponent creates a weakness. Chris Hansen wins a nice game as in London 2.Bf4 Playbook. Below I edit some of Chris Hansen's comments for space.

"Hi Tim! I thought I might share a game. I've become intrigued with this opening...based on its soundness, simplicity, and venomous potential for Kside attacks (oftentimes underestimated by Black). Also I just bought your London System Book (200 positions)... an excellent way to study the opening (without a board)... to plug this stuff into our subconscious so to speak. I'm so impressed with this opening... It is interesting that I did not 0-0/0-0-0 in this game...the pawn structure actually helped make this possible... the Kside attack just flowed so naturally... Best Regards, Chris"

Thanks for the game Chris! You attacked well!

Hansen - Guest, 3 min, unrated Fritz Server Café 2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 e6 4.c3 Nd7 [4...Nc6 usually follows ...c5] 5.Bd3 c4 6.Bc2 Ngf6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.h3 h6 [Black creates a small weakness on the kingside. 8...0-0 9.0-0=] 9.Nbd2 Nh5?! [9...b5 is more consistent.] 10.Bh2 g6?! 11.Qe2 0-0 12.e4 Ndf6 13.e5 Nh7 14.g4 Ng7 15.Nf1 [15.Bf4+/-] 15...g5 [15...h5 16.Bf4+/=] 16.Ng3 [16.h4 gxh4 17.Bf4+/-] 16...b5 17.Qd2 a5 18.h4 gxh4 [18...b4 19.Ne2+/-] 19.Qxh6 f5 20.Nh5 [20.exf6! Bxf6 (20...Nxf6 21.Nh5 Rf7 22.Bg6+-) 21.Qxh7+ Kf7 22.Nh5+-] 20...Nxh5 21.gxh5 [21.Qxh5!+-] 21...Rf7 22.Rg1+ Kh8 23.Rg6 Qf8 24.Qf4 Bd7 [24...b4 25.Nxh4+-] 25.Ke2 b4 26.Rag1 bxc3 27.bxc3 Rb8 [27...Be8 28.Rxe6+-] 28.Nxh4 Bxh4 29.Qxh4 Qe7 30.Qg3 Rb2 [30...Qf8 31.h6+-] 31.Rg8# 1-0

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Blackmar-Diemer Series Set

My Blackmar Diemer Series: Books 1-4 is a box set bundle with 4 books in 1.
Blackmar-Diemer Games 1: Accepted has 412 games on the gambit accepted.
Blackmar-Diemer Games 2: Declined has 225 games on the gambit declined.
Blackmar-Diemer Theory 3: Accepted has a theoretical analysis of BDG accepted.
Blackmar-Diemer Theory 4: Declined is a theoretical analysis of BDG declined.

This BDG Series is a Kindle digital eBook set. These books were already available separately in paperback and Kindle. The games published in Books 1 & 2 have my anecdotes and commentary. They come from blitz, correspondence, and tournament play. Books 3 & 4 on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit theory was checked by computer chess engines. Jack Clauser proofread the first drafts of those books. Enjoy!

John Crompton (as JECmate) remains true to his online handle when he found a mate on move eight in a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. White won quickly when Black forgot to protect the most vulnerable square on the board.

JECmate (1488) - jessjacksonbrown (1496), Live Chess, 11.06.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.Bc4!? [6.h3!=] 6...c6 [6...e6=/+]
7.Ne5 [7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ne5+ Kg8 9.Nxg4+/-] 7...Bxd1 [7...Be6 8.Bxe6 fxe6 9.0-0+/-] 8.Bxf7# 1-0

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Colle System Challenge KID

Black has two promising King's Indian Defence ideas to crack the solid Colle System. One strategy is to play an early ...c5 to attack d4 and hold back ...e5. The alternative is to play an early ...e5 along with ...f5 (after moving the Nf6 away) and hold back ...c5. It's not easy if White is determined to maintain a symmetrical pawn formation.

Ray Haines played the Colle System vs the Kings Indian Defence of Roger Morin in the first round of the Potato Blossom Festival. Ray Haines organizes this event each July in the northeast corner of the United States. This year the tournament was won 4-0 by Leonardo Cui of nearby Canada.

Haines and Morin face each other a few times each year, so they are familiar with their styles and openings. Black chose to play both 7...c5 and 10...e5. The d-file was opened by 12.dxe5 dxe5. Both sides missed chances for an advantage. They drew in 42 moves.

Haines - Morin, Potato Blossom Festival, Fort Fairfield, Maine (1), 08.07.2017 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 g6 3.Bd3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.Re1 c5 8.c3 b6 [8...e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 dxe5 11.Qe2=] 9.e4 Bb7 10.Nf1 e5 [10...cxd4 11.cxd4 Rc8=] 11.Bg5 [11.d5+= cramps Black's position.] 11...Rc8 [11...cxd4!? 12.cxd4 exd4 13.Nxd4 Re8=/+] 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.Bb5 [13.Bc4=] 13...a6 [13...Qc7] 14.Bxd7 Qxd7 15.Qxd7 [15.Bxf6 Qxd1 16.Raxd1 Bxf6 17.Rd6=] 15...Nxd7 16.Rad1 Bc6 17.Ne3 f6 18.Bh4 Rfd8 19.Nd5 Kf7 20.c4 Rb8 [20...b5!?] 21.b3 [21.Nxf6 Bxf6 (if 21...Nxf6 22.Nxe5+ Ke8 23.Nxc6+/-) 22.Bxf6 Kxf6 23.Rd6+ Ke7 24.Rxc6+/-] 21...g5 22.Bg3 Nf8 23.Nc7 [23.h4 h6=] 23...Ne6 [23...Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Bxe4 25.Nxa6 Ra8 26.Nc7 Rxa2-/+] 24.Nxe6 [24.Nd5 b5=+] 24...Kxe6 25.Nd2 g4 [25...Rd4!=+] 26.f3 gxf3 27.gxf3 Rd3 28.Kf2 b5 [28...Rbd8 29.Ke2 f5-/+] 29.Ke2 Rbd8 30.Nb1 Rxd1 31.Rxd1 Rxd1 32.Kxd1 bxc4 33.bxc4 f5 34.Nc3 f4 35.Bf2 Bf8 36.Nd5 Bb7 37.Kd2 Bd6 38.Kd3 Bc6 39.Kc3 Be8 40.Kd3 Bh5 41.Ke2 Be8 42.Kd3 1/2-1/2

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Slav Playbook for Black

My new Slav Defence Playbook for Black is a simple safe super solid solution to your chess opening repertoire after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6. This defence is a reliable response to all Closed Games. The Slav Defence makes your opening preparation easy. You do not need to memorize thousands of variations. You don’t need to play risky gambits.

The Slav is a repeatable sound choice. The solid nature of the position gives Black an easier move selection which saves time. The Slav Defence fits with the Caro-Kann as Black and London 2.Bf4 as White. I played all three of these openings on the Internet Chess Club using “SuperSolid” about 10 years ago.

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Black won a sharp a Slav Defence with a strong attack on the White king below in the game IM Roland Loetscher vs GM Adrien Demuth of France. Nice game.

Loetscher (2433) - Demuth (2558), 117th ch-SUI 2017 Graechen SUI (4.2), 16.07.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Be4 7.f3 Bg6 8.Qb3 Qc7 9.Bd2 Be7 10.0-0-0 dxc4 11.Bxc4 b5 12.Be2 a6 13.Nxg6 hxg6 14.g3 c5 [Black opens up lines of attack toward the White king.] 15.dxc5 Nbd7 16.Kb1 Nxc5 17.Qc2 Rc8 18.Rc1 0-0 19.Ka1? [19.a3 Qb6 20.Rhd1 e5=] 19...Qb7 20.Qd1 [20.a3 b4 21.axb4 Qxb4-/+] 20...Rfd8 21.Qe1 [21.e4 Bd6-/+] 21...b4 22.Nb1 a5 23.Rc4 Nfd7 [23...Nd5-+] 24.Qf2 Bf6 25.Rd1 Nb6 [Or 25...Ne5 26.Rd4 Ned3 27.Bxd3 Nxd3 28.Qe2 Nxb2-+] 26.Rf4 Nca4 [26...Bxb2+! 27.Kxb2 Nba4+ 28.Ka1 b3 29.Na3 b2+ 30.Kb1 Rxd2 31.Rxd2 Nc3+ 32.Kc2 b1Q+ 33.Nxb1 Qxb1+ 34.Kxc3 Nd3+ 35.Rc4 Qb4+ 36.Kc2 Rxc4+ 37.Kxd3 Qc3#] 27.Rxf6 gxf6 28.Qf1 Qc7 29.Rc1 [29.Bc1 Rxd1 30.Qxd1 Qxc1 31.Qxc1 Rxc1-+ and Black is up a rook.] 29...Qe5 0-1

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