Friday, March 7, 2014

Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Countergambit - Fianchetto Variation

Staunton CC Albin Theme Invitational, 2001

1. d4, d5
2. c4, e5

The Albin Countergambit.

3. dxc5, d4
4. Nf3 ....

If 4. e3 Bb4+, 5. Bd2 dxe3!!, and the position would take us to a popular chess opening trick called the Lasker's Trap.

4. .... Nc6
5. g3, Bg4
6. Bg2, Qd7

Black should not be in haste to take the e5 pawn.  If 6....Bxf3, 7. Bxf3 Nxe5, 8. Bxb7 and White gets compensation for the pawn.

7. 0-0, 0-0-0
8. Nbd2, h5
9. b4 ....

Designed to open up the b-file.  But Black takes the bait ....

9. .... Nxb4
10. a3, Na6
11. Nb3, d3
12. Be3, Ne7
13. Na5, b6
14. e6, Qd6

If 14....Qxe6, then 15. exd3 which solves the pawn problem.

If 14....fxe6, then 15. Ne5 threatening the Queen and the g4 Bishop.

15. Ng5!! ....

Threatening both b7 and f7 squares.  Black could not parry the simultaneous threats.

15. .... dxe2
16. Qa4, exf1=Q
17. Rxf1, fxe6

If 17...bxa5, then 18. Rb1! with good attacking possibilities.

18. Nb7, Qd3
19. Qxa6, Resigns

White threatens Nc5 check with consequent mate at b7, which cannot be prevented without loss of materials.

If 19....Re8, then 20. Nc5+ Kd8, 21. Nf7 mate.

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