Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kf2 always wins

I recall an excellent article by Tom Purser when Kf2 was claimed to be the winning opening's move - or maybe not completely ?! In any case. I also tried it in a fast game and guess what - Kf2 did win.

De Bouver - Dardha ( 2014, Antwerpen )

1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6 6.g5 Nd5 7.Ne4 e6 8.Ne2
Varying from both Diemer's 8.c4 as played in Diemer - Kopp ( 1947 ) and the proper continuation 8.h4.

8...Nc6 9.c4 (diagram)

Picking up Diemer's suggestion, one move later. Will my opponnet take the bait ?

Yes he does ! And now comes the move...

10.Kf2 (diagram)

Black now should have played 10...Nb6, with a small black advantage. But baffled by my unexpetced move, black makes a mistake,

Blocking the retreat of the bishop

And white has a small advantage which lead to a white win.

Check out Tom Purser's post on this, including the link to the Tim KrabbĂ© article - it is really great reading.

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