Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Two other Hubsch gambit games

After my review of Eric Jego's book, I am adding just two other Hubsch gambit games against titled players.

Guido De Bouver - FM Clement Houriez, 2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bxc4 Nc6 6.c3 e5 7.d5 Ne7
My young opponent had just received his first IM norm a week ago, so I guess this Hubsch gambit was just a distraction on his way to the top. Anyway, he played the moves instantly. After the game, he told me this was his prepared answer to avoid the difficulties of the Blackmar Diemer. He surely was playing at lightning speed in this rated over-the-board game.

8.f3 exf3 9.Nxf3 f6 (diagam)
Here my opponent started to think for more than 20 minutes and decided to simply defend his extra pawn. Guess the alternative was 9...c6. So what do I have here ? Black's position is super solid and is simply a pawn up.

10.00 Nf5
Superstrong ! Guess only masters see this move. It took him another 15 minutes of thinking. But now the remainder of the game is "a matter of technique"...

11.Qc2 Bc5+ 12.Kh1 00 13.b4 Be3 14.d6+ (diagram)
Luckily I still had this one - otherwise I could have resigned by now ( not that it didnt matter a lot... )

14...Kh8 15.Bb3
Bad - 15.Bd3 would have allowed me to struggle on.

15...Bxc1 16.dxc7 Qxc7 17.Qxc1 Rd8 18.c4 Be6 19.Qb2 Ne3
And here I decided not to waste my opponent's time anymore. Guess he had proven his point...

The third Hubsch gambit game I played against a titled player gave me some hope of winning. I already covered this one in an earlier post. I am adding it without any comment.

Guido De Bouver - FM Peter De Jonghe, 2012.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 e6 6.Nh3 Be7 7.Qe2 Qxd4 8.Be3 Qe5 9.000 Nc6 10.Bf4 Qf5 11.g4 (diagram)

11...Qg6 12.Bb5 e5 13.Bxe5 Bxg4 14.Qd2 Rd8

These games show why I dont fancy the Hubsch anymore - as opposed to the Blackmar Diemer, it is quite difficult to create an attack against the black king. Instead, it is white that is fighting to find good moves. One thing is sure - the Bubsch leads to short games ( at least when I am playing them... ).

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