Monday, August 19, 2013

The ink was not dry yet

The ink was no dry yet on an earlier post "Disturbing my plans", when i received a mail saying that " might have missed something"...

I was trying to demonstrate teh soundness of the line 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc4 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Bg2 c6 10.h4 Bb4 11.Bg5.

Now I demonstrated that white is better after the natural 11...Nbd7 and has equal chances ( even if white had to trade 6!!! pawns for a piece ) after the challenging 11...Qa5. But last post considered 11...h6 and I suggested 12.Nxg6 fxg6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qd3 with equal play.

But the attentive reader might see that black is better after 14...Nbd7 15.000 000.

Back to the drawing table !

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Back again - the value of development

I am back agaon from a two week holiday in France where I met some interesting chess-related people, but more on that later.

My first 3 minute game after I came home showed how to take advantage of a player that refuses to develop his minor pieces..., a deadly sin Blackmar Diemer gambiteers never fall into.

Guido De Bouver - ??
1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Qe7 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nc3 (diagram)

4...Nxe5 5.e4 (diagram)
A strong reply. I used to play this kind of gambits myself, but stopped doing so after a number of awfull defeats.

5...Nf6 6.Nxe5 Qxe5 7.f4 Qa5 8.Bd2 (diagram)
White's advantage is obvious.

8...Qb6 ??
Refusing to develop pieces...

9.e5 Ng8 10.Qf3 (diagram)
Black's position is tragicomic.

At last, a minor piece is developed - but too late...

Missing the immediate punishment 11.Nd5

11...d6 12.Nd5
Now I saw it

12...Qc5 13.Bb4 (diagram)

Black resigns as he will loose his majesty ( eg 13...Qc6 14.Bb5 )

 A fair punishment for playing a gambit whilst not developing !