Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense, Rio de Janeirro Variation

ALBERT WRITING FOX vs. ALBERT CLERC
Paris, 1901

1. e4, e5
2. Nf3, Nc6
3. Bb5, Nf6
4. 0-0, Nxe4
5. d4, Be7
6. Qe2, Nd6
7. Bxc6, bxc6
8. dxe5, Nb7
9. Nc3, 0-0
10. Be3, Nc5
11. Bxc5, Bxc5
12. Ne4, Be7
13. Rad1, a5
14. Rfe1, a4
15. Nd4, Qe8

Preempting 16. Nxc6 ....

16. Qh5, Kh8
17. Nf6 ....


















17. ....Bxf6

If 17.....gxf6 then 18. exf6 pinning the Bishop.

18. exf6, Qd8
19. fxg7+, Kxg7
20. Nf5+, Kh8
21. Qh6, Rg8

To prevent Qg7 mate.

22. Re8 ...

Black resigned.


















Black cannot parry simultaneous mating threats Qg7 and Qf6.  If 22.....Qg5 then 23. Qxg5 Rxe8 24. Qg7 mate.





Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Caro-Kann Defense, Main Line


Rudolf Spielmann vs. Balduv Hoenlinger
Vienna, 1929

1. e4, c6
2. d4, d5
3. Nc3, dxe4
4. Nxe4, Nf6
5. Ng3, e6
6. Nf3, c5
7. Bd3, Nc6

Black loses his Queen after 7....cxd4, 8. Nxd4 Qxd4, 9.Bb5+...

8. dxc5, Bxc5
9. a3, 0-0
10. 0-0, b6
11. b4, Be7
12. Bb2, Qc7
13. b5, Na5
14. Ne5, Bb7
15. Ng4, Qd8
16. Ne3, Nd5
17. Qh5!, g6
18. Ng4!, Bf6

If 18....gxh5 then 19. Nh6 mate.

19. Nxf6, Nxf6
20. Qh6, Rc8
21. Rad1, Qe7
22. Rfe1, Ne8

Black secures the g7 square.

23. Nf5!!, Qc5

If 23....gxf5 then 24. Bxf5 with mating threat at h7.

24. Re5, Bd5
25. Ne7+ .....


Black resigned.  If 25.....Qxe7 then 26. Qxh7+ Kxh7, 27. Rh5+ Kg8, 28. Rh8 mate.

Fabulous game !!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Central Pawn Sacrifice

A pawn sacrifice at the center of the board is sometimes necessary to open up a central file.  This post gives us an example of an attack while the opponent King is not yet castled.

 BORIS SPASSKY vs. ALEX AFTONOMOV
Leningrad, USSR, 1949

1. d4, d5
2. c4, dxc4
3. Nf3, Nf6
4. e3, e6
5. Bxc4, c5
6. 0-0, e6
7. Qe2, Nc6
8. Nc3, b5
9. Bb3, Bb7
10. Rd1, cxd4
11. exd4, Nb4
12. d5!! ....

White intends to open the e-file.

 





















12. ... N4xd5
13. Bg5, Be7
14. Bxf6, gxf6

Not 14.....Bxf6, Black would lose a piece after 15. Nxd5 Bxd5, 16. Rxd5 ...

15. Nxd5, Bxd5
16. Bxd5, exd5
17. Nd4, Kf8
18. Nf5, h5

 





















Black thought that White's Queen is going to h5, so he 'blocks' the square.  White's reply surprises him.

19. Rxd5!! Qxd5
20. Qxe7+, Kg8
21. Qxf6!! Resigns

Black cannot handle the simultaneous threats at e7 (Knight fork) and mate at g7.

To view the game in PGN format, you may visit  Spassky vs. Aftonomov.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Power of the Bishop Pair

It is always advantageous when you have two Bishops working together.   This phenomenon, known in the chess world as the Bishop Pair, has been proven in countless grandmaster battles.  This post is an example.

DAVID JANOWSKI vs. FRITZ SAMISCH
Marienbad, Germany, 1925

1. d4, Nf6
2. Nf3, e6
3. Bg5, c5
4. e3, Nc6
5. Nd2, b6
6. c3, Bb7
7. Bd3, cxd4
8. exd4, Be7
9. Nc4, 0-0
10. Qc2, Qc7
11. h4, h6
12. Qd2, Ng4
















After 12.....hxg5 13. hxg5, White's attack would be devastating along the h-file.

13. Bf4, d6
14. Ne3, Nxe3
15. Qxe3, h5
16. Rh3, e5
17. dxe5, Nxe5
18. Nxe5, dxe5
19. Bxe5, Bd6
20. Qh6!! ....

 Black resigns.  White's Queen cannot be captured because of the threat Rg3+.

If 20....f6, then White's attack would be relentless:  21. Qh7 Kf7, 22. Bg6+ Ke6, 23. Bxd6 Kxd6, 24. 0-0-0 ...

Amazing game.

To view the game in PGN format, you may visit  Janowski vs. Samisch.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Queen's Gambit Declined

HARRY N. PILLSBURY vs. SEYMON WINAWER
Budapest, 1896d3

1. d4, d5
2. c4, e6
3. Nc3, c6
4. e3, Nf6
5. Nf3, Nbd7
6. Bd3, Bd6
7. 0-0, 0-0
8. e4, dxe4
9. Nxe4, Nxe4
10. Bxe4, Nf6
11. Bc2, h6
12. Be3, Re8
13. Qd3, Qc7
14. c5, Bf8
15. Ne5, Bxc5

Black hopes to get an extra pawn, but White's reply surprises him.

16. Bxh6, Bxd4

If 16.....gxh6, then White attacks with Qg3+ and threatens to capture the Queen with Ng6+.

17. Qxd4, gxh6
18. Qf4!! ....

Still threatening the Black Queen ....

18. ... Nd5
19. Qxh6!! ...

Black cannot capture the Knight because of the threat Bh7+.

19. ... f6
20. f4!! ....

White maintains the threat.

20. ... Re7
21. Ng6!! ...


21. .... Re8

If 21....Rh7, then White mates with 22. Qf8.

If 21....Rg7, then 22. Qh8+ Kf7, 23. Qf8 mate.

22. Qh8+, Kf7
23. Qh7 mate.



Superb play by Harry Pillsbury !

To view the game in PGN format, you may visit  Pillsbury vs. Winawer.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation

VAHAP SANAL vs. HJORVAR STEIN GRETARSON
Chess Olympiad, 2012

1. e4, c5
2. Nf3, d6
3. d4, cxd4
4. Nxd4, Nf6
5. Nc3, a6
6. Bg5, Nbd7
7. Bc4, Qa5
8. Qd2, e6
9. 0-0-0, b5
10. Bb3, Bb7
11. Rhe1, Rc8
12. e5 !! ....

The beginning of White's attack, the objective of which is to create weaknesses along d and e files.  However, Black refuses to take the bait.


















12. .... b4


Black decides to counterplay.

13. exf6, bxc3
14. Qf4, Ne5
15. Nxe6, fxe6
16. Rxe5 !!


















Black resigns.  White threatens mate at f7.  Now, if 16..... Qxe5, then 17. f7+ Kd7, 18.. Qxe5 and Black is lost.

An exciting 16-move game.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bishop's Opening, McDonnell Gambit

ARNOLD DENKER vs. ARTHUR RANDOLPH SHAYNE
Rochester, New York, 1945

1. e4, e5
2. Bc4, Bc5
3. b4, Bxb4

A pawn sacrifice, common in Bishop's Opening, the objective of which is to consolidate White's center.

4. c3, Bc5
5. d4, exd4
6. Nf3, Nf6
7. e5, Ne4
8. 0-0 ....

White could take the d pawn immediately, but he has other things in mind.

8. ... Nxc3
9. Nxc3, dxc3
10. Bg5, Be7
11. Qd5, Rf8
12. Bf6! ...

A subtle move.  This neat Bishop gambit forces White to open the e-file.

12. ... gxf6
13. exf6, Bxf6
14. Rfe1+, Be7
15. Ng5! ...

15. ... c6

Black tries to drive away White's Queen, but Black is unperturbed.

16. Nxf7, cxd5

If 16.... Qc7 then 17. Qh5! with great attacking possibilities.

17. Nd6 mate
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