Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Something else

I played a nice Mokele Mbembe today that I wanted to share with you.
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4 ?!? the starting point of the Mokele Mbembe
Black's knight seems quite exposed in the middle - but in fact there is no simple refutation.
Black's latest move will certainly get your opponent's clock ticking.

3.f3 ?! ( see below ) Nc5 4.d4 Ne6 5.d5 Nc5 6.b4 Nca6 7.b5 Nc5

A strange position - the black horseman has moved three times to the c5 outpost, whilst white has made seven pawn moves and black 7 knight moves - a position Diemer would have certainly appreciated.

I went on to win easily after 8.Be3 as white's pawns proved to be too far advanced to be effective.

But after the game I noticed I could have improved on move 3, as 3...e6 would have been much stronger.

So once again we see that it is absolutely crucial to get a thorough opening knowledge when playing sharp lines, such as the Blackmar Diemer or the  Mokele Mbembe - it will get your opponent thinking from move one !!

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