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UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008

Senior Editor:
Gary K. Gifford

Contributors to UON 21
D. Rozzoni, IM Gerard Welling, Antonio Torrecillas, Perego Domingos, Jack Appelmans,
Brian Wall, G. K. Gifford, Dany Snchaud, Anthony Whalley, Clive Hill, Rick Kennedy,
Rober Bona, Dorothee Luik, Anke Raum, David Robert Lonsdale, N. Earl Roberts.

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UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008


1. Opening Remarks & Chess Cartoon, by G. K. Gifford i

2. My Interview with Chess Original IM Gerard Welling, by D. Rozzoni 1-18

3. Analysis around Alapins Lopez, by N Earl Roberts .. 19-27

4. Gambits from France (IX), by Dany Snchaud 28-47

5. The Gunsberg Errata, by G. K. Gifford with contributing text by

Anthony Whalley, Clive Hill, and Rick Kennedy 48-55

6. Hippo Corner 1, by Robert Bona

(with artwork by Dorothee Luik, Anke Raum) 56-61

7. Nobody Expects the Jerome Gambit!, by Rick Kennedy 62-68

8. Lisitsyn Gambit, by David Robert Lonsdale 69-74

9. Nh6 Hero ! (Part 3), by D. Rozzoni 75-80

10. Fishing Pole Pros and Cons, by Antonio Torrecillas, Perego Domingos,
Jack Appelmans, Brian Wall, & G. K. Gifford 81-99

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008

Opening Remarks & Chess Cartoon

Chess Player Chronicles 6

I originally sent UON 21 out on May 15 th. But due to some unexpected editorial issues it was removed
from its posting. It now reappears without too much being different. Some contributors suggested edits,
and hopefully I made them all. Ive added page numbers to the footers and table of contents. The Fishing
Pole article has several more games than it did in the first run of UON 21, and underwent additional

Work has been extremely busy and I also continue to spend time creating problems for Chessville, and I
just wrapped up my participation in a long on-line chess variants tournament, which I won with 12.5 out of
13 points. In my last game I actually ended up spending 4 days on a very critical move. It was not chess,
but was similar. Anyway, it was a tough game and I needed the win or I would tie for first with a strong
variants player from France. I did not want to tie for first.

I also ended up playing in a Shogi play-off against two others. Each of us were clear winners in separate
group round-robins in 2007. Our games are still in progress as I write this.

I ended up playing in an Amar (1.Nh3) thematic opening. Interesting is that the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo
which I like a lot (1 Nh6 for black) was inspired by the Amar, and yet I do not like the Amar. I just dont
care to place the knight on the rim for White yet with Black I find it quite comfortable. Speaking of the
Krazy Kat & Old Hippo book, (which I worked on with Bill Wall and former UON Editor and current
contributor Davide Rozzoni) that book is being reviewed in London for possible publication by a chess
house there. Creating that book has been a long process and I still dont see the end it sight though it
could be as early as this summer.

Good chess to allSincerely,

Gary K. Gifford
Cleveland, Ohio U.S.A., June, 2008

UON 21 IM Gerard Welling Interview

My Interview with Chess Original

IM Gerard Welling
by D. Rozzoni
Questions and answers have been given by e-mail.

Rozzoni (R): Well Gerard, when did you learn to play chess and how did it happen?

Welling (W): That is an easy question Davide, but it is a long time ago. Back in 1968,
when I was 9 years old my family went on vacation to the Costa Brava in Spain. On the
same camping we bumped on my fathers colleague Toon Kok and his family. Toon was a
member of the VOJ chess club in Eindhoven and won the club championship several
times. His son Paul Kok was about my age, and already a member of the junior
department of the club run by Toon Kok and ( the late ) Piet Roelen. Paul was looking for
opponents, and that is why father and son taught me the rules. I was so interested in this
"new" game that I wanted to play it all the time.. At one point it was even to much for Paul,
and in return for a game of chess I also had to play a game of petanque with him ! After
that vacation I joined the VOJ chess club junior department where I played two seasons
before my family moved abroad for my father's work - which lead to a two year pause in
my chess playing. The famous Spassky-Fischer match in 1972 was a restart, when back
home in the Netherlands, Paul Kok persuaded me to join the chess club again. This simple
question also brings back sad memories because back in 2006, after a difficult life my old
friend Paul Kok died tragically at the age of 46.

(R): As a teenager which side of chess did you find more fascinating?

(W): My teenage years were long before chess programs and chess DVD's came on the
market, and the market for chess books was much more limited. In the earlier question I
talked about the two guys who organised the junior department of the club and - although
they did not train me in the literal sense of the word - both inspired my chess from the day
I rejoined the chess club in 1972 until today.

Toon Kok was - and in his mid-70ties still is - a dedicated Gambit player, who liked the
Fajarowicz Gambit ( 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 ) and Skandinavian Gambit ( 1.e4 d5
2.exd5 Nf6 ) and thus triggered my feeling for dynamics versus material. And Piet Roelen
was a tricky player, specialist in the Budapest Gambit ( 3..Ng4 ) and Jnisch Gambit (1.e4
e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 ) and did not open with any other move than 1.b4. He inspired me
to trust in other Openings than the mainlines. Books by Gunderam, Grob, Borge Andersen
and Sokolsky provided lots of ideas for my Opening repertoire and I played many things
such as the Latvian Gambit ( 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 ), Sokolsky's Opening ( 1.b4 ), the Grob (
1.g4 ) and 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7!?. Later in my chess career I was able to evaluate these
Openings critically but those were the days of youthful optimism. Major inspirations for my
middle game play were the games of Adolf Anderssen with his Evans Gambits and great
attacking games. Here as well my taste changed in later years.

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Reading the question again I notice that there is also another side to it besides the matter
of chess style, and that is the type of chess. For many years I preferred to play blitz chess
over club and league games. I can understand the legendary Chepukaitis when he wrote
that blitz is "the sprint in chess". As a 13-year old I was already battling out endless blitz
marathons with my chess friend Johan van Mil who for some years lived around the corner
( he later became an international master ). After school, and when homework was done
we started our matches. In the weekends I often played in blitz tournaments in our
province and got good results in this type of play. Eventually I had some real success,
finishing 3rd in the last official Philips Duphar Dutch championship in 1978. That same
year, I won the Dutch championship in blitz for players under 20 with a large margin. And it
was a strong tournament, considering that John van der Wiel, who won the European
junior championship one year later, did not make it to the final. When my years as a junior
where nearing the end I slowly lost interest in blitz chess, mainly because of the changing
etiquette. A new generation of blitz players, not interested in chess but on hammering the
clock, not understanding that in certain positions it is of no use to play on time when the
opponent has any skill. Blitz was degenerating into something I did not want to play

(R): You know, your last answer has given me the opportunity to literally jump into the
UCO world, nevertheless before asking questions about that side of your chess, could you
show us a Gambit game played by a teenager Gerard Welling?

(W): Yesterday I have tried to reconstruct a game from my youth, one that sticked in my
memory although it is an old one. It shows the delightful optimism of a little boy, even after
losing a piece. I misplaced the score sheet so I have reconstructed it out of my memory..

Meijer [ Deurne I - Welling [ DAF II [C40]

NBSB, 1974
1.e4 e5 2.f3 f5 3.c3 [The next season I faced Meijer again and replied 3.exf5 in
optimistic style with 3...c5 4.xe5 xf2+ 5.xf2 h4+ but after 6.f3 I lost my way in
the complications and eventually lost the game] 3...fxe4 4.xe4 d5 5.c3 [5.xe5 e7]
5...c6 [Later that year, I played 5...e4 and quickly got a good position] 6.b5 e4?
[6...g4] 7.d4 g5 [ Typical for my adventurous style in those days. ] 8.xc6 d7
[Terrible for Black, but now I noticed that my planned 8...bxc6 9.xc6+ d8 can easily
been repulsed by 10.xd5 (or 10.xa8 xg2 11.f1 g4 12.e2) 10...xg2 11.xe4]
9.d4 c6 10.f1 [ Oops, Black is down a piece ] 10...d6 11.d3 f6 12.dxe4 e7
13.exd5 000 14.dxc6 xc6 15.xc6 xc6 [ White has been very greedy.. ] 16.e3 e5
17.g4+ b8 18.c4 he8 19.e2 c8 20.b4 [ White is lots of material up, but seems
to have given Black the opportunity to get back into the game ] 20...xg2 21.g1 xc3
22.xg2 [22.a4!; 22.000!?] 22...xe3 23.fxe3 xb2 24.a4 [It seems safer to
exchange queens; 24.f4+ ] 24...c3+ 25.d1 d8+ [25...xe3+] 26.c1 xa1 [Black
could have tried 26...b2+ 27.b1 xa1 when 28.b3 then loses; (28.f4+) 28...f1+!
29.xf1 d1#; But what about 26...b6!! ] 27.b3 c3 [27...h4] 28.d3 xd3?
[28...f3+] 29.cxd3 f1+ 30.c2 xg2+ 31.xc3 a6 [ And the game was eventually
drawn. ]

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(R): I guess that the most of UON readers came to know you by your early contributions
to the Myers Openings Bulletin (MOB). According to my researches, you wrote your first
article for the MOB in the Vol. 1 N 9 August 1980 issue. On that occasion Hugh Myers
wrote: One of our most valued contributors has been Gerard Welling, a young Dutch
Openings expert who I predict will also soon be known internationally as a player. That
very first article was called Enterprising Play in the Slav Defense, but later you wrote
various MOB articles on UCOs.

For instance:

1.a2-a4, A Science-Fiction Opening Vol. 2 Number 1 (N 13) Jan. 1981

A Brief analysis of 1.h2-h3 Vol. 2 Number 6 (N 18) Aug. 1981

Grob's Attack in Practice Vol. 2 Number 8 (N 20) Nov. - Dec. 1981

De Bruycker's Defense 1.e4 c6 2.d4 Na6; 1.d4 Na6; 1.d4 c6 2.e4 Na6

After more than 25 years, now what do you think of those articles?

(W); These article were written by a young and very enthusiast chess player.
Looking back nowadays my feelings are mixed [for example]:

From the positive viewpoint there is originality, and pleasure involved in those

From the negative viewpoint there is a certain naivety, and lack of substance in
most of it. For example the articles on 1.a4.. and 1.h3.. ( this last on was not meant
as an article but a set of short variations in a letter to Hugh Myers ) have a few short
pointers, but there is no good backing material. Nowadays I think an article should
be more than a simple idea ( and short variations ), either;

1. Some substantial analysis ( that is Stefan Bcker's preferred working method )

2. Good illustrative material ( that is what I like myself, critical research ).

That is why today I consider the article on "De Bruycker's Defense" very clearly the best
effort. That is mainly due to Mr. Bernard de Bruycker having played some good games
with it which easily stood the test of critical examination!

(R): Hugh Myers is quite a famous personage in the UCO world and his MOB contains a
mine of ideas for the UCO player: what can you tell us of your encounters/correspondence
with him?

(W): In 1977 I played my first international open and got acquainted with the Wind
brothers. They told me about Hugh Myers' book on the Nimzovich defence 1.e4 Nc6 and
naturally I did my best to get that book. Then, in 1978 or 1979 I found some of his booklets
advertised, "Exploring the chess Openings" and "Mengarini's Opening". I do still consider
"Exploring the chess Openings" as Hugh Myers' magnum opus, although I know that Hugh
likes his autobiography best. "Exploring the chess Openings" has a whole range of

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Opening ideas, many UCO, illustrated by a good selection of Hugh's own games. There
are lots of suggestions in the notes. I can recommend you to get this book - if you do not
have it already. Hugh Myers is not an analyst like Mike Basman, who tries to change the
borders of chess strategy, but his chess-style is essentially classic the center,

But he is a true master in finding ways to incorporate unusual ideas into solid settings.
One of the ways of doing that is to play with colours reversed; consider 1.Nf3 d5
2.a4!?..Now 2..c5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Ng5 leads to a Budapest Gambit where the extra move a4
comes in handy. And 2..Nf6 3.b4 e6 3.b5 a6 4.Bb2 leads to a branch of the Sokolski
Opening. There is little risk involved in playing this "bizarre" 2.a4 because even after 2..e6!
White can play a Kings Indian or Old Indian where the move a4 is at least semi-valuable (
not a lost move ).

Another strategy is to apply an unusual idea under the best possible circumstances and
that is another specialty of Hugh Myers'. We all know the Grob 1.g4.., and as it gives Black
a free hand there is considerable risk involved. But after 1.d3.. ( with reversed Pirc or
Kings Indian Openings in mind ) 1..c5 or 1..g6 White can play 2.g4!? with less risk,
reasoning these Black moves do not fit in the theoretically most effective counters to the

The same idea can be applied after 1.c4 g5!?, as the extra move can even be counter-
productive in 1.g4 structures. Being so enthusiastic about the books, and a regular UCO
practitioner myself, I sent Hugh Myers a letter with some ideas and games. This was the
time span when Hugh was starting his preparations for "Myers Openings Bulletin" and that
is how it all started. It eventually lead to a correspondence that has been lasting for more
than 25 years. Hugh has visited the Netherlands on two occasions. Back in 1986 he was
hired as a bulletin editor for the Dubai Olympiad and a personal assistant of Florencio
Campomanes who was preparing for the elections for Fide presidency.

Shortly before Hugh had written an article in defence of Campomanes, which was noticed
by the president of FIDE who could use some friends as there had been considerable
criticism on him through the years. Hugh was essentially hired to write pamphlets for
Campomanes, which he did for some time. Eventually Hugh did not do editorship of the
bulletin because some sheikh in the organizing committee preferred one of his friends to
do the job. But he was there as a guest, and on his return visited Amsterdam. We spent
some time together - played some blitz as well ( I remember the first game where Hugh
had the White pieces started 1.b3 f5 2.Bb2 e6 3.e4!? Qh4!? ). He liked Amsterdam
except for two apparent "dangers"; being overrun by women on bikes or stepping into dog
droppings.. Two years later, Hugh Myers visited the Netherlands again, this time staying in
the Hague in order to do research in the Royal Library. In the last issues of the "New
Myers Openings Bulletin" there was a lot about chess politics, I would rather have
preferred that pages to have been filled with chess but that is my personal taste.

In recent years Hugh has been researching his ancestors, there was an important branch
stemming from the Netherlands, so I sent him some material from books on Dutch
families. But at one point about two years ago my letters were not answered anymore.

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Around the turn of the millennium Hugh Myers had a bypass operation to fix his heart
condition, but he was complaining about his walking problems in later years. These health
problems were probably the main reason that the letters ceased to come...

(R): "Can you elaborate a bit more on your correspondence and meetings with
Hugh Myers ? "

(W): "Yes, I did not really answer your question and tell about my correspondence and my
meetings with Hugh Myers. But in that respect there is not much to tell. Regarding the
correspondence we discussed some Openings, sent each other tournament games and
that is it. Hugh is someone who can suddenly come up with an idea. An example from the
early letters, where we discussed 1.f4.. and how to counter From's Gambit 1...e5 in style.
He suggested 2.Nh3.., "an attempt to drive Black crazy". After 2..d5 3.g3 this transposes
into the Paris Gambit but no one ever thought of it before in this position...In 1986 and

Hugh was in the Netherlands and what we did was to be expected: some tourism, some
dinners, some chess analysis, some blitz. Considering the blitz games, Hugh had a very
hard time. But when we entered a blitz tournament at the D.D. chess club in the Hague he
had a good evening and won it ! During his second visit, he was intending to research in
order to write a book about the historical development of chess Openings. But he ran
quickly out of money. Hugh was then invited to stay a few weeks at the house of the Wind-
family but unfortunately nothing ever came of the book."

(R): Besides Myers, you have met other legendary figures in the UCO world including
Emil J. Diemer and GM Suttles. Can you tell us more about these meetings?

(W): I met Diemer on several occasions. The first time was in a tournament in Strasbourg
where he came as a spectator. That particular day I won a game after sacrificing two
knights on the same square f5 and Diemer was paying me a compliment for the game. He
wrote it down and published it in the magazine "Europa Rochade", adding that it was
played by Gerard Welling, a pupil of Emil Josef Diemer !

Diemer was a very interesting person, but a bit strange as well. After a tournament I
played in Biel I was invited to stay in Offenburg on the way back. This was an offer from a
mutual chess friend who suggested we visit Diemer in Gengenbach, which was very near
to Offenburg. The old master lived in a home for the elderly, where he shared a room with
a kleptomaniac. That is why Diemer preferred the daily long walk to his favourite pub,
staying there most of the time, also keeping his chess material there. He still had some
original ideas in chess.

One of the things he showed me in Gengenbach was his attempt to refute the Benoni.
After 1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 he recommended 3.d6 as such. After 3..Qf6 4.Nc3 Qxd6 5.Qxd6
Bxd6 6.Nb5 Ke7 7.f4 exf4 8.Nxd6 Kxd6 9.Bxf4 his conclusion was that White has a very
strong attack. Strange variation, maybe not correct, but at least it shows imagination. In
those years however, the early 1980s, he had lost a lot of his playing strength and his
ideas became more surrealistic and dubious than before. I do not believe that he would
have taken a Gambit like 1.Nf3 g5?! so seriously in his better days.

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But in a way the story of Emil Josef Diemer as I have known him is also a sad story. At
that time he was schizophrenic, which showed most clearly when he switched moods and
began to talk about his prophecies. He believed that letters of the German alphabet had
some mystic value (" Do you know by the way that German is spoken in heaven" )
and helped him to understand the past and 'calculate' the future.. And in his later years
Diemer's eyesight was rapidly deteriorating, which caused him problems in playing chess.
And our mutual friend told me that: When Diemer must stop playing chess, he will die.

Duncan Suttles has been a favourite player of mine since the 1970s. I liked his mysterious
1.g3 and 1..g6 setups where the kings knight never seemed to land on the usual squares
( f3 and f6 respectively ), and the resulting amorphous positions. He gave up chess in
1975 for the stock market, started again in 1981 but then stopped for good, as it seems, in
1985. So it was very interesting, when I visited the Western Canadian Open in 2004, to
have spoken with Duncan Suttles (who was a spectator at the tournament). Nowadays he
is into software for computer games and does no longer plays chess. But it still seems to
have a place in his heart, and we even got thus far to have him play a few blitz games on
ICC. One of the Openings went:

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 h5 5.h3 f5 6.exf5 gxf5 7.Nge2 h4

and after this unusual Opening with so many pawn

moves he succeeded in getting quite a reasonable
position. Friends and admirers of Suttles way of
playing will be interested to know that his old
friend and strong chess player Bruce Harper (FM
and former British Columbia champion) and
Yasser Seirawan have created a three volume
Suttles biography entitled Chess on the Edge.
The book was worked on for at least 15 years and
all the games have annotations!

Note: Information in the preceding paragraph has been

updated as the interview had taken place before the three
Suttles books were available. The book cover image and
link have also been added by the editor and are not part of
the interview.

Notice that Gerard Welling is listed as a contributor. You

can order all three books from the following link.

Volume 1 313 pages, list price: $37.95

Volume 2 328 pages, list price: $37.95
Volume 3 345 pages; list price $37.97

All three together $109.95 -gkg

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And let us not forget Michael Basman. In the 1970s I played over his 1.b3 and 1..b6
games and he had other interesting ideas as well. But in Biel 1979, my first tournament
abroad, I witnessed the changes. There was a player walking around in the tournament
with a beard and a green T-shirt that read "I am a lovely mover" on the back. This man
played 1.g4 on one of the top-boards, and on closer inspection he turned out to be Michael
Basman. As he later told me he was very close in giving up chess at the time, but found a
new goal in trying to make these new Openings work, which gave him a lot of pleasure.
And that is what he did in Biel. The first game he was blown of the board,
and ridiculed by some of the other players.

But then he started to win, with Openings like:

1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.Nf3 b5, 1.a3 e5 2.e3 d5 3.b4, 1.a3 g6 2.g4 etc.

One game after another, and in round 10 he defeated GM Yehuda Grunfeld who seemed
to be the clear winner two rounds before the end, with the Black pieces. In the last round
he won again, with 1.g4 against Joksic, and shared 1st place with Grnfeld. A triumph for
his new approach to chess. Two years later at the Liege tournament in Belgium, Mike
Basman was around again, this time playing the Grob-Opening with White and Black in 8
of his 9 games. His wife and little son were also there, which explains that I witnessed a
game Basman-Basman starting out with 1.e4 Nc6 2.Bb5, with Mike not even involved.

In this tournament, Michael Basman once again shared 1st. Through the years we have
corresponded about some of his ideas, and the last time I spoke him in person was in
1995, at the Donner memorial in Amsterdam. In that tournament Basman played nothing
but 1.h3 and 1..h6, In the last decade, he has been concentrating on organising a chess
competition for school kids, and it has become a tremendous success. Due to Mike
Basman there is a lot of chess at schools and many thousands of young kids start to play
chess every year. There is only one negative side to this all: the creative genius has
virtually stopped playing.

(R): You have narrated your experiences with these exceptional personages in such a
clear way that it really seems we can see these events in front of us. Well, back to your
chess, in 1982 a 23 years old Gerard Welling played a tournament game against the
former Vice World Champion. You played 1...Nc6 against 1.e4 and you won. Here's the

Kortschnoj,V (2645) - Welling,G [B00] simultaneous game Eindhoven NED, 1982

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 f5 4.c3 e6 5.f3 d7 6.h4 g6 7.xg6 hxg6 8.b5 ge7
9.d2 a6 10.a4 f5 11.f3 e7 12.f4 f6 13.e2 g5 14.g3 g4 15.d2 xg3 16.fxg3
f5 17.000 b5 18.c2 a5 19.h3 gxh3 20.xh3 000 21.g4 g6 22.dh1 xh3 23.xh3
g5 24.b3 g7 25.b2 fxg4 26.h1 h8 27.xh8+ xh8 28.b4 xd2 29.bxa5 h6
30.xg4 e3 31.xe6+ b8 32.h3 xc3+ 33.b3 xh3 34.gxh3 xd4 35.e6 f6
36.xg6 c5 37.c2 c7 38.d3 d6 39.e8 d8 40.f7 c4+ 41.e3 g5+ 42.f3 d4
43.e4 d3 01

Can you tell us something more about that event?

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(W): Some strange things happened with regard to this game. In some sources it is given
as a regular tournament game, and in a Russian book on 1..Nc6 as a win by Victor
Kortschnoj with Black ! This is all incorrect, because this was a simultaneous game with
clocks on 10 boards, with the grandmaster facing the first team of the strong Eindhoven
chess club.

The year before, Kortschnoj won with 6-4 but was very unhappy with the score and asked
for a revanche. This time he won 7 1/2 - 2 1/2, with wins for Rudy Douven and me, and a
draw for Peter Scheeren. Consider that the Eindhoven chess club finished runner-up in the
Dutch club championship and won it next season 1983-84 and you can judge Kortschnoj's
great achievement. Rudy Douven was Dutch champion in 1988. Peter Scheeren was
already an IM, competed several times in the Dutch championship (with a 2nd place as
best ) and even played in the Wijk aan Zee A tournament, with stars as Kortschnoj, Hort,
Browne, Andersson,Olafsson Ribli and many others. I must also add that the score is not
complete, as the game went on until one point where I was a piece up. Unfortunately I do
not have the game score anymore myself. One last point to mention was that my opponent
was very angry when I declined his draw offer in the endgame.

(R): As you know this interview will be published in UON, I am quite sure that UON
readers want me to ask you to show us your own favourite UCO/Gambit games you
played and why you chose them. Also, I propose to show you a list of UCOs/Gambits and
you give us your opinion on the playability of these Openings and whatever you feel like
saying in connection with them. What do you think about it?

(W): That is a difficult question. I have played many games in a time span of more than 35
years, and through the years I have been anything but cautious with my game scores. As
a result a lot of the games got lost. From the 1970ties, when I have played dozens of
games with 1.g4.. there is not a single one that survived...

What I have done instead is looked in a selected games file that I did two or three years
ago, with games that by one reason or another sticked in my memory ( and did NOT get
lost ).

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From that particular file, I offer you 8 games with Openings that are not mainstream. And
why did I make this particular choice ?

* Vosselman-Welling; a Vulture, as a tribute to Stefan Bcker, great innovator

(see UON 17 for complete game)

* Welling-Wrobel; a funny sacrificial game where an unusual mate with two bishops
was possible on both sides of the board ( mirror-image ) (see UON 17 for complete game)

* Welling-Ashton; because I scored few wins near Waikiki beach the week before
and was quite hungry for a win at Kona ; this one was quite brutal (see end of this article
for complete game)

* Welling-Ballo; it is fun to put a bishop in front of a pawn in the Opening, breaking

all chess laws, and still landing in a "normal" position, that is the Kopec-system.
(see end of this article for complete game)
* Welling-Grinis; lively sacrificial game (see UON 17 for complete game)

* Welling-Chapman; with fond memories of the hospitality that I found among the
Australian chess players (see UON 17 for complete game)

* Welling-Granados; a Mengarini Opening, as a tribute to Hugh Myers, who has put

this Opening on the map - and to Ariel Mengarini, a fighting player if there ever was
one, whom I saw play in Biel in the early 1980s. (see end of this article for complete game)

* Welling-Michiels; for no particular other reason than that at the time I was happy to
have played this game. (see end of this article for complete game)

Remember, a lot of information is missing. I remember a game Welling-Obers from 1992

that I won with 1.h3 d5 2.a3 e5 in 17 moves without Black making a blunder ( just an
unlucky combination of otherwise normal moves cost Black the game ), a particularly
effective 1.c4 g5 game from a Dutch weekend swiss ( 1.c4 g5 was my favourite Anti-
English for a long time ) and a nice little miniature with 1.Na3 from the Budapest Spring
festival in 1996.. I must still have them.. somewhere.

Considering your question to comment on a list of UCO / Gambits, I am not sure if that is
of interest. My opinion on these Openings is personal, and I try to be as objective as I can
about it. In general I try to rely on sound judgment, without being prejudiced by
appearances. A good Opening should not sin against some laws of central strategy, and
development, but these can be explained flexibly. With a Opening like 1.Nh3 or 1.Na3,it is
still possible to play for central control and to get a harmonious development, and
therefore I consider them playable.

An Opening move like 1.g4 makes a claim for control of central White squares, and
prepares development of Bf1. It is also weakening which means in my opinion that it can
well be playable, but involves danger. Whereas an Opening like 1.h4..,doing nothing for
the center or development ( not even indirectly ) and weakens the kingside, or 1.Nf3 g5 -
giving a pawn and weakening the kingside as well, without concrete compensation, both
give the opponent more chances for an advantage than a practical Opening should.
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(R): Well, I will just limit my curiosity to your opinion of a couple of Gambits and a UCO:
- Latvian Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5
- Elephant Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5
- North Sea Defense: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5
(If I am not wrong you have been on of the inventors of this Opening..right?)

(W): Out of these three systems I have played two more or less regularly in practice
myself. Let me start with an Opening that I have played a lot as a junior, and that I still
played on occasion when I was a higher rated player. That is the Latvian Gambit 1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 f5.

In my early days as a chess player it was difficult to make a choice between this and the
Jnisch Gambit in the Ruy Lopez 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5. Eventually my first choice
was the Spanish version, because in some variations the slightly exposed bishop on b5
can help Black's counter play ( like 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.dxe5 c6! and White loses a
pawn unless he sacrifices a piece with 7.Nc3!?, or 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4
7.Nxc6 Qg5 ). That is why I regard the Jnisch Gambit as a quite respectable defence,
although White might be able to prove slight something in the lines with 4.Nc3 (on the
contrary, I think 4.d3.. is nothing for White).

But what about the Latvian ? It gives White some freedom of choice, but both 3.exf5 e4,
3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 and 3.Bc4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 d5!? ( the Svedenborg line ) lead to
positions where Black's counter play is irrepressible. White also runs dangers and that is
what a player of the White pieces does not want. Unfortunately the simplest move is best,
3.Nxe5 offers White the better chances, both after 3..Nc6 4.d4 ( or maybe 4.Nxc6 ) and
3..Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4. This last line probably is the mainline, and leads to positions that
may be playable for Black but are a bit sterile. But White has some advantage, and Black
must be very careful to keep his disadvantage to a minimum. My personal conclusion
therefore was that the Latvian is not a practical choice - it is no fun do be thrown on the
defensive every game by prepared opponents. But as a surprise weapon it can work, if
Black knows what he is doing worst what can happen is a disadvantage that is not so big,
a calculated risk, but no real gamble.

There is an interesting idea played by the Dutch master Prins in a correspondence game
against the readers of the Dutch newspaper "Parool" that might give the reader and
Latvian fan a suggestion. Prins played 3.Nxe5 Qe7!? inviting 4.Qh5+ which gave him a
complicated game for the exchange. At least this also gives White something to think
about and some practical problems to solve. And that is what chess is all about. Secondly
there is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 that did not have a name until a booklet came out nicknaming it
"Elephant Gambit". I do not think I ever played it although I read David Bronstein's
suggestion in his book, 200 Open Games. Here 3.Nxe5 is somewhat better for White, but
Black remains with a playable game. In my opinion 3.exd5 is critical. Now Stefan Bcker
has analysed 3..Qxd5 in some depth, the old Cozio defence which he nicknamed
"Comfortable defence". His deep analysis proved that Black can just hold but he has to
play very accurately throughout and there is no winning chance at all. That makes this
Cozio-defence totally unfit for practical play in my opinion. Black can play actively with
3.exd5 e4 and did not do so badly in practical games.

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Stefan Bcker did some research in this territory as well. Unfortunately Tim Breyer, a club
player from Eindhoven, suggested a clever move order trick 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.d3 Be7 6.dxe4
0-0 7.Qd3! and Black has not been able to prove compensation. This is what also scared
Stefan away from 2..d5 3.exd5 e4.

My conclusion about 2..d5 is therefore that it is a dubious defence. There is little a

"common sense" player can do wrong with White, and knowing Breyer's improvement
makes it a gamble to play 3.exd5 e4?!

Finally there is the North Sea defence. You are right that I have some role myself in the
creation of this defence. One day I noticed a game Nimzowitsch-Alekhine, in "Chess
Praxis". This game started 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 d6 3.g3 e5 4.c4 e4 5.Nh4!? and this inspired
me to look at 1.g3 e5 2.Nf3 e4 3.Nh4 as well as 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5. The knight is
sidelined - but only temporarily -, and the opponent has weakened his e-pawn and some
squares. I tried it out a few times to research if this idea in the style of Alekhine's defence,
luring the pawns forward, gives enough compensating counterplay. The matter was not
resolved. Several years later at a tournament in Dinard, France, Jonny Hector told me
about the Swedish theoretician Rolf Martens and his original ideas. It turned out this
researcher looked at this..Nh5 idea independently and baptised it Norwegian defence.
Later he changed that to North Sea defence, to credit the Dutch version.

Rolf had done more than I did, really working out mainlines, like the Gambit 1.e4 g6 2.d4
Nf6 3.e5 Nh5 4.Be2 d6!?. How can we evaluate this defence now ? Even if it has been
played by titled players such as Miles and Day I still had my doubts. Very recently Michiel
Wind, "retired" Fide master and old friend used this idea in Freestyle chess. He analysed
the resulting positions very deeply, checked extensively with the best engines, and his
results seem to indicate that the North Sea defence is playable. He mentions 4.Nf3 d6
5.Nc3! as a critical line. Besides, according to Michiel, 3.Nc3 d5 4.e5 Nh5 maybe
possible, but he considers 4..Ne4 instead the right move to level out the chances. So for
the time being, the theoretical stand of the North Sea defence seems to be reasonable.
Remains the question if the potential player of this defence is willing to memorize quite a
lot of concrete lines in order to play it with chances of success. But didn't we play
unorthodox ideas instead of very theoretical mainlines, for one reason to escape the
memorization and reproduction of long concrete lines and play creative chess? So there
is also some impractical side to the North Sea defence. Correspondence chess might be
a better platform to experiment with this idea.

(R): What is if your own method of studying chess Openings?

(W): I do not have one single method of studying chess Openings, but I can mention the
two methods that I have been using in most cases [when] I worked on Openings. What I
like very much are books with a good introduction to an Opening, such as the current
"Starting out" series. Because first of all it is important to know the strategic ideas about
the Openings, what they are all about. Then it is good to see a few of the most important
lines, and play over some good illustrative games, that is what these books tend to do as
well. This gives an indication how the ideas are worked out in practice. Having reached
that level of understanding the moves of the Opening are logical, and it is easier to
understand what to do if the opponent sidesteps. It is a starting point for players willing to
dive deeper. I cannot understand players skipping this part and plunging right into
Opening encyclopaedias and highly specialised Opening books. That way the knowledge
"hangs in the air" and is not effective. There is another method that I have used, when I
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already had some basic knowledge about the Opening. This was very instrumental in
getting the master title eventually. A good example is the defence to the Catalan Opening.
A part of my Opening repertoire that needed work. I was looking for an approach that
would give me decent chances, and not the danger of excessive changes in theory. So I
looked at high level players who are used to play classical chess with Black. Thus I
bumped on Spassky's handling of the closed Catalan, an approach he invariably choose
for decades. A selection of his games, checked against the modern theory showed the
reliability of Spassky's play and I had found a long lasting system.

(R): As a chess player which books have been most helpful to increase your
understanding of the game?

(W): There is one book in particular that sticks in my mind, and that is Edmar Mednis'
Practical Endgame Lessons. Many players do not give attention to the endgame. And I
can assure you, you can not "escape" the endgame. Trying to sidestep that stage of the
game harms the general level and the playing strength. Besides, when I understood that I
discovered a whole new world of chess beauty. There is much more in chess than
sacrificing a knight on f7 in the Blackmar Diemer Gambit, for the 30th time. That is a
message I want to pass to all players [who are] willing to improve; even if your strongest
point is otherwise. You cannot ignore other parts of the game altogether.

Then there are a few books that I liked because they pass on those little pieces of chess
wisdom that are so valuable in practical chess. Capablanca's books are great in that
respect, Lasker's Common Sense in Chess. There are modern books as well, but I like
the simple approach in these old books [that] do not make chess even more difficult than
it is.

For inspiration it is interesting to read The Hypermodern Chess Game by Tartakower, but
with a critical eye. This is by the way one of the ultimate classics of chess literature in my
opinion. Finally there is a small series of Danish books written by Larsen in the late
1970s. The part on planning ( "Find Planen" ) has also been a major help in improving my
understanding of chess. The first four booklets (of which the planning book was one ) have
been translated into English but are out of print as far as I know, the title was Bent
Larsen's Good Move Guide.

(R): Once you told me that while you were growing up as a chess player you reached a
plateau around Elo 2.000, but then something happened: would you like to share with us
that secret?

(W): As far as I can judge it had to do with two things;

1. Playing more seriously. Before that I played nothing but blitz chess and always
moved very fast in my "normal" games as well (sometimes you have to concentrate a bit ! )

2. Doing the "right things." As I already touched on in my last answer:

- spend time on basic endgame technique
- study the methods of the classics and their games
- try to avoid one-sidedness in your play and chess study
- play tournament chess, preferably against good opposition
- be critical of your own chess games

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In my case, within three years I made a jump of 350 elo points..

(since then, 25 years ago, I did not improve much )

(R): [Who is] the chess player you admire the most (living or dead) and why?

(W): There are several players present and past that I admire. Many years ago I made a
choice and thinking it over nowadays I still believe that is a right choice. First place is
shared by two players. My favourite past player is Savielly Tartakower, and my favourite
"contemporary" player (because I have been playing chess for a long time he is a veteran
as well now ) is Bent Larsen. Both very strong players were among the world elite. Both
gifted technical players, but foremost both players with their own ideas and own approach
to chess, both also known for creating their own brand of Opening systems.

(R): The strongest player you have beaten?

(W): To be honest I do not know exactly. The first grandmaster that I have ever managed
to beat was Evgeny Vasiukov, and it was in convincing style as well. That is more than 20
years ago and he was quite strong back then. After that game I have been able to beat
maybe two dozen other grandmasters, and naturally lost many, many more games to
them. Rating wise probably the strongest was Pavel Tregubov, a former European chess
champion who at the time I played him still had a rating in the 2630s. This was also a
convincing game and I am quite proud that Hans Ree wrote that playing over the game it
is not apparent who is the grandmaster as White wins with simple moves in the style of a
simultaneous display. My last win against a grandmaster is one year old and was a bit
lucky as my opponent walked into a trick in a drawn endgame; that was a win over
Viacheslav Eingorn, with the Pri-Opening 1.d4 e6 2.a3!?

(R): The most exciting moment at the chessboard was ________ ?

(W): This was probably during a game at Cappelle la Grande against Ukrainian
grandmaster Brodsky. My Opening was a complete failure and I had to use huge
quantities of time to prevent immediate loss. At one point there was no other choice than
go all out risk and sacrifice a few pawns. At one point I had 2 minutes left for more than
20 moves and the position had become completely confused. Then I suddenly saw
something. Calculating at lightning speed I could not believe my eyes. With one minute on
the clock I played my move.

Bang ! Knight sacrifice on c3!

Then some checks and instead of letting me give perpetual check he walked out. That was
my most exciting moment, as I had seen something. Very quickly I played my combination.
His face grew desperate and at the end I was two pawns up in the endgame. Bashing out
my remaining moves I just made the time control, and he resigned. After the game I was
stunned when it turned out that it was a combination that was 12 moves deep. This
proves people can achieve a lot when under immense pressure!

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(R): A day to forget at the chessboard was___________?

(W): Two days at the Dutch championship in 1985.. I qualified for the 12 player final of the
Dutch championship in December 1984, but because I was in the process of finishing my
studies there was no time at all for preparation. A few days before the start of the
tournament - the most important in my chess career up to that point - I was ready with my
Master of History degree.

In the tournament I was a bit unlucky, but kept my fighting spirit until two blows of destiny
killed my enthusiasm.

(1) Against grandmaster John van der Wiel I played creatively, sacrificed two rooks and
should have won in "hurray-style", one move before the end I was still better ( at
least a draw ) but blundered a piece and had to resign.

(2) Against Peter Gelpke (who later became an IM) I sacrificed two pawns and the
game was adjourned. Analysing with my friends we concluded that I had good
winning chances. When we resumed the game it turned out Gelpke had put a
different move in the envelope. I slipped up and lost in only three moves after
adjournment. This destroyed my last hopes and although I did not finish last, for
several months my intention was to give up chess, that "game of gambles and
sheer luck" !

(R): Today what does chess represent for Gerard Welling?

(W): Nowadays after family, friends and work (necessary for a decent living), it remains
an important part of my life. I like the game, its culture and history. Most of my friends
come from the world of chess players. And for 30 years I have been spending most of my
vacation days to play in international chess tournaments. That says it all I guess.
(R): Chess projects for 2008?

(W): As always, many plans and see what will materialize. In January 2008 I will play in
the Gibtelecom tournament at Gibraltar, a tough open with many strong grandmasters. [Link added by editor, -gkg]

And in April 2008 I have entered the GM-B group of the Gausdal classics in Norway, which
is a reasonably strong tournament with players competing between 2150 and about 2550. [Link added by editor, -gkg]

But surely I will play more than that. Besides there are other things related to chess that I
intend to do. The famous Ukrainian trainer Adrian Mikhalchishin has published two DVD's
on chess training topics that I cannot wait to look at. Maybe in 2008 I will have time to look
critically at a new scientific approach to chess, Alexander Bangiev's Squares Strategy. He
is an international master and originates from the Ukrane, where he was "master of sports
of the USSR" and trainer. And.. well you know, too much to do and too little time. Did I tell
you that I have finished my article on the chess of Philip du Chattel? Stefan Bcker will
probably publish it in March/April 2008.

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(R): That is quite an interesting program for 2008! And yes..I am really excited to read your
upcoming article on du Chattels chess. Well, can you tell us what a chess dream is for

(W): When I was a junior I used to have these chess dreams. A spectacular breakthrough
in a tournament, or playing at the Olympiad in the national team.. or..

Nowadays I know better as through the years I have been able to learn about my
boundaries. Miracles do not exist in chess. But there is one thing I have been thinking
about, that is beating three grandmasters in a row. At the Monarch assurance open, Isle of
Man in 2002 I was able to beat Michael Ulibin in round 7 and Normunds Miezis in round 8.
That is two, and then I was halted by Sarunas Sulskis. Yes, a dream is that next time I will
be able to beat three in a row, when the opportunity presents itself. For one moment I was
considering to tell you my chess dream was becoming world champion among seniors in
12 years from now, but a German chess friend has already claimed that so it would feel
like plagiarism.

(R): The woman of your dreams is___________?

(W): Well Davide, that is a difficult question. Do you mean to point out a woman that I
admire, or the kind of woman I would spend my life with or something else ? A woman I
admire is the British singer Kate Bush for her musical originality. And we should realise
that she wrote many of the songs on her first album when she was only 14 or 15 years old.
What a talent she has that "something" that can make a woman exciting. On my scale
a friendly character and intelligence score very highly, these are two very important
components of my personal picture of a dream woman. Naturally, some looks do add to
the overall positive impression, and when she is funny she can easily come close of being
irresistible... (Think of the roles that the actress Meg Ryan usually plays.. sweet dreams )

(R): Your favourite movie is_________?

(W): "The Trap" with Oliver Reed and Rita Tushingham, an old fashioned romantic story. I
did not see it for at least 25 years but maybe that is better to keep the myth intact.

(R): Your favourite food is__________?

(W): Vegetarian lasagne

(R): And to conclude this interview, is there anything you would like to say to
all UCO players in the world?

(W): Keep up the good work, be creative in your chess. But do so with a purpose in mind
and a critical eye. As Hugh Myers once told me he dislikes "devil may care eccentrics",
players who play UCO in order to make a show... These people give unorthodox Opening
systems an undeserved bad name.

And remember, it is possible to be creative in nearly every position. World class players try
to be creative in Openings that give them a certain security (well developed in
grandmaster practice up to a point ) but they very often have brilliant ideas. Do not judge
them negatively for the fact that they do not often innovate within the first few moves.

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Section Appendix:
IM Gerard Welling Games, Annotated by IM Welling

Welling,G - Ashton,J [A20] Kona, US open, 1998 [Welling]

1.c4 e5 [An experimental alternative from the same tournament is 1...a6!? 2.d4 g6 3.c3 g7 4.e4 d6
5.e2 c6 6.e3 f5 7.f3 h6 8.d2 f7 9.d5 with a slight advantage for White, E.Frumkin-G.Welling
Kona, US open 1998 ] 2.a3!? This kind of move is common in the Sicilian defence, so why not try it in a
reversed Sicilian ? 2...f6 3.c3 d5 4.cxd5 xd5 5.f3 c6 6.e4 xc3 7.bxc3 d6 8.c4 00 9.d3 e8
10.g5!! It is not so easy to defend the kingside as it seems at first sight. 10...h6 11.h4 (Diagram)

After 11. h4.

11...hxg5 [It was not necessary to take the bait, on the other hand
after the natural 11...e7 White can strengthen his position with
12.h5 f6 13.g4 and develops a strong attack.; But 11...d8!? was
to be considered.] 12.hxg5 g6 13.f3 e7 [13...e7 14.g3 g7
15.h4 wins, that is why the queen must stay at the back rank.]
14.e3! g7 15.e2 e6 [Another point of White's play is revealed
after 15...h8 16.xh8 xh8 17.xf7 f8 18.h1+ g7 19.h6 and
Blacks position falls apart.] 16.xe6 fxe6 What to do now ? The
following blow gains the necessary tempo to prevent Black from

After 61. fxe6

17.h7+! xh7 18.h3+ g8 19.h1 White wins... 19...xf2+

20.xf2 f6 21.h7+ f8 22.c5+ 10

Welling,G - Ballo,E [B30] Templin, 10.11.1998 [Welling]

1.e4 c5 2.f3 c6 [Another example of this line went 2...d6 3.d3!? g6 4.c3 g7 5.c2 c6 6.00 f6 7.h3
00 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 b4 10.c3 xc2 11.xc2 d7 12.g5 h6 13.e3 c8 14.b3 c7 15.e5 dxe5
16.dxe5 e6 17.exf6! xb3 18.fxg7 xg7 19.axb3 a6 20.d5 c2 21.d4 e4 22.c3 h4 23.a4!
G.Welling-v/d Plassche Eindhoven,club 1998, and White's pieces are stronger than Black's queen.] 3.d3!?
In the United States this is known as the "Kopec system", in combination with c3 and the bishop to c2 this is
quite a useful setup. 3...g6 4.c3 g7 5.c2 e6 6.00 [6.d4 cxd4 7.cxd4 d5 (7...b6!? is worth consideration)
8.e5 with a slight advantage.] 6...ge7 [After 6...d5 7.d3 dxe4 8.dxe4 xd1 9.xd1 White has the slightly
better endgame prospects.] 7.d3 [7.d4!?] 7...00 8.f4!? d6 [8...e5 9.e3 d6 10.h3 transposes into another
defence against the Kopec system, where both players have lost a move in the process.] 9.bd2 b8
[9...e5!?] 10.e1!? b5 [10...b6 should be enough to secure equal chances.] 11.e5 d5 [11...dxe5 12.xe5
xe5 13.xe5 xe5 14.xe5 and White has gained a slight edge.] 12.b3! c4 13.bd4 b4?! 14.xc6
xc6 15.d4 Now White is clearly better, Black has little counterplay. 15...a5 16.d2 bxc3 17.bxc3 b2
18.a4 c7 19.c1 b7 20.h4 f5! The only hope to defend.

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21.h5 [21.exf6 xf6 intending to post the queen on g7 and the queens rook to f7.] 21...d7 22.hxg6 hxg6
23.g5?! [Maybe it was time for 23.g4!? ] 23...d8! 24.a3 e8 25.g4 f7 26.xf7 xf7 27.gxf5 exf5!
Now the position is far from clear. 28.g2 h8 29.f3 e6 30.g1 [30.h1] 30...d8 31.f1 h4 32.e2
h6?! [Time trouble, better was 32...h5 33.xh5 xh5] 33.h1 g4 34.xg4 fxg4 35.ab1 xb1
36.xb1 c8 37.b5 f4!? Develops some vicious counterthreats. White has to act fast. 38.c5! g3!
39.c7+ e8 40.xc8+ d7 41.xh8 g2 Blacks point, he is tons of material down but cannot be stopped
from queening. However, his lone king is beyond salvation.

After 41. g2

42.h7+ [42.h4 g1 43.xf4 should do the job as well.] 42...c6

43.xg6 g1 44.e8+ b6 45.c5+ 10

Welling,G - Granados,M [C26]

Barcelona, Foment Martinenc, 14.01.2001 [Welling]

1.e4 e5 2.c3 f6 3.a3!? A waiting move that might come in handy in Openings with colours reversed.

After 3. a3

3...c6 [3...d5 4.exd5 xd5 5.h5! d6 (5...c6 6.b5 d6 7.f3)

6.f3 d7 7.c4 g6 8.h4 xc3 9.dxc3 b6 10.g5 xc4 11.d1
and White wins, G.Welling-W.Verreck, Eindhoven,club 1981; 3...d6
4.d4 exd4 5.xd4 c6 6.b5 d7 7.xc6 xc6 8.g5 e7 9.f3 00
10.h4, G.Welling-H.van Evert, Eindhoven, club 1980; 3...c5 4.f3
d5 (4...e7 5.e2 d6 6.00 00 7.d3 a6 8.h3 c6 9.h2 h6 10.g4
xg4 11.xg4 e6 12.f3 d7 13.g3 h7 14.e3 xe3 15.xe3
xg4 16.hxg4 g5 17.xg5 hxg5 18.fd1 f6 19.f3 d5 20.a4 fd8
21.e1 dxe4 22.xe4 xe4 23.xe4 f6 24.f2 d7 25.a5 and White
has some positional pus, G.Welling-Wiersma, Dutch ch. 1/2 finals,
Eindhoven 1988; 4...d6 5.h3!? c6 6.d3 bd7 7.g3 00 8.g2 d5 9.00
e8 10.exd5 cxd5 11.d4 exd4 12.xd4 G.Welling-E.Nagy, FS 07 Budapest 1992) 5.exd5 00 6.c4 e4 7.d4
exf3 8.dxc5 fxg2 (8...e8+ 9.e3 g4 10.d4 c6 11.f4 ce5 12.000 g5 13.e4 xe3 14.fxe3 g4
15.h3!? fxg2 16.hxg4 gxh1 17.xh1 g6 18.d4 e7 19.d6! with a strong attach, G.Welling-K.Pilgaard,
Lyngby open 1988) 9.g1 g4 10.e2 xe2 11.xe2! bd7 12.d4 e8+ 13.e3 e5 14.xg2 with a clear
advantage, G.Welling-A.Kleyberg, NBSB league 1982] 4.f3 d5 5.b5 xe4 [Personally, I welcome 5...d4
6.e2 e7 7.d3 as Black has given up any pressure on the center. For example 7...d7 8.00 g6 9.c3 dxc3
10.bxc3 d8 11.a4 c5 12.d4 xb5 13.axb5 g7 14.dxe5 g4 15.g5 c7 16.f4 xe5 17.d5 xf3+
18.xf3 c8 19.f6 10, G.Welling-Reimer, Dinard open 1986] 6.xe5 [A solid alternative is 6.e2!? d6
7.xe4 dxe4 8.xe4] 6...f6 [Sharper is 6...g5!? 7.xc6 xg2] 7.f3 e6 8.e2! xc3 [8...g6!? 9.00
d6] 9.dxc3 c5 [9...d6 10.d4 is embarrassing] 10.g5 g6 [After 10...f5 Black lands into trouble;
11.d3 g4 12.h3 xg2 (12...h5 13.g4; 12...a4 13.b3 a5 14.b4) 13.h2 and wins] 11.d3 f5 [An
interesting defensive idea is 11...h5!? 12.h3 e7! (less succesful is 12...00 13.000 e7 14.d2 f5
15.g4 xd3 16.xd3 g6 17.f4) ] 12.h4 xg5 13.xe6+ e7 [13...e7 14.xf5] 14.xf5 f8
[14...xg2 15.000 g5+ 16.f4 xf4+ (16...f6 17.xf6 gxf6 18.he1 f8 is comparatively best) 17.b1
g5 18.b5+ c6 19.xd5 and Black is crushed.]

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UON 21 IM Gerard Welling Interview

The diagram shows the position after 14... f8

15.f4! [The endgame after 15.xe7 xf2+ 16.e2 xe7 17.xe7+

xe7 18.af1 c5 19.xh7 xf1 gives Black chances to hold.]
15...xg2 [15...xf4 16.f1 g5 17.h4 xg2 18.000 is completely
winning.] 16.000 White has a dangerous attack now. 16...f6
17.e5 d6 18.xd6+ cxd6 19.h5+ f8 20.hg1 [20.xh7?! h6
21.hg1 xg1 22.xg1 xh7 23.xh7] 20...f2 21.df1 [21.xh7
xf4+ 22.b1 h6] 21...e3+ 22.b1 h6 23.g4 f7 24.g3 d2
25.g2 [Even stronger is 25.e2! ] 25...e3 26.e2 [Or 26.f5 g8
27.f6 xf6 28.xf6 and Black's fortress collapses.] 26..b6 27.fe1
g8 28.g6 f6 29.e6 10

Welling,G - Michiels,B [A03]

Cappelle la Grande, 10.02.2002 [Welling]

1.f4 d5 2.f3 f6 3.g3 c5 4.g2 g6 5.d3 g7 6.00 00 7.e1!? [Or 7.c3. It is hard to find good use for
the extra tempo in this reversed Leningrad defence anyway.] 7...c6 8.a3 b6 [White's idea; 8...d4 9.c4;
or 8...d4 9.e5!?] 9.h3!? b7 10.g4 d4 11.c4 d7 [11...dxc3 12.bxc3 d5 13.d2 is not clear. Now
White gets a grip on the position.] 12.f5! de5?! 13.g5 h6 14.e4 d7 15.d2 [A direct 15.fxg6 fxg6
16.h4 xf1+ leaves king or bishop misplaced.] 15...g5 16.h4 f6

After 16.... f6
17.g3?! [The time was ripe to sacrifice 17.hxg5 fxg5 18.xg5! hxg5
19.xg5 a5 20.h4 f6 21.xb7 xb7 22.e6 e8 23.f3 with a
large advantage. White proceeds cautiously instead.] 17...de5
18.f2?! [Once again 18.hxg5 fxg5 19.xg5! hxg5 20.xg5 is
advantageous.] 18...d7 19.af1 f7 20.h3 ce5 21.g3 xg2
22.xg2 c6 23.h2?! a6 24.e4 ab8 25.b3 b7 26.hf2 a7
27.hxg5 xg5 [27...fxg5 28.f6!? opens some alleys around Black's
king.] 28.xg5 fxg5 29.b1 d7?! 30.bd2 f6 31.xf6+ exf6
32.g2 xg2+ 33.xg2 ff7 34.e4 f8 35.f3 After the
manoeuvring stage and the resulting exchanges,White's longterm
plan has worked. An ideal good knight versus bad bishop. Even so,
there is some work ahead. 35...g7 36.h2 a8 37.f2 e8 38.a3
[Directly going for h6 does not improve White's winning potential; 38.fh1 g8 39.xh6 xh6 40.xh6 ef8]
38...d8?! Losing a vital tempo and giving White the opportunity to open a second front. 39.fh1 g8 40.b4
cxb4 41.axb4 a5 42.bxa5 bxa5 43.a1 a8 44.a4 g7 45.h1 [45.c5!?] 45...b4 46.b1 h8?! 47.g3
e7 [47...a7 48.bxb4; 47...b8 48.xa5]

The diagram shows the position after 47.. e7

48.bxb4! Now it will be good knight versus bad rook ! White's

compact pawnformation still persists, and he can now play against
two weaknesses, which will inevitably result in the win of another -
vital - pawn. 48...axb4 49.xb4 he8 [49...d8 50.h5+ f7 51.b6
and f6 goes.] 50.b6 f7 51.d6 a8 52.xd4 White is winning
52...a6 53.c5 c7 54.c4 e7 55.d4 d8 56.d5 d6 57.e4 a6
58.h5 b7 59.c6 b3 60.c2 aa3 61.c7+ c8 62.d6 f3+
63.g2 fd3 [63...ad3 64.d7+] 64.xf6 xd6 65.d5 xd5
66.exd5 d3 67.f6 10

- end -

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Analysis around Alapin's Lopez

by N Earl Roberts

Who is right and who is wrong?

To answer this rationally, you should first gather the facts (evidence, in another
word). Then you have objective adjudication from which should arise a
Mind you, I would hazard a guess that any lawyer would be the first to say that
this simple logical process is not all as simple as it may seem.
And somewhere along the line, most chess players would agree.
When it comes to chess (as it is largely played now) and exactly just who is right
and who is wrong, you have approximately six centuries worth of evidence and
subjective renderings with an infinite number of luminaries with an infinite number
of various conclusions.
This was never more evident when I began to do research on the topic of
Alapin's variation of The Ruy Lopez.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4
The first step in gathering the facts for my research was to consult the modern
flag ship of chess opening theory The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings
Volume C (1981).
On 3Bb4 it offered:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4 4.c3 Ba5 5.Na3 Bb6 6.Nc4 d6 7.d4
[7.a4 a6 8.Nxb6 cxb6 9.Bc4 Be6 10.d3]
7...exd4 8.a4 a6
[8...dxc3 9.a5 Bc5 10.b4 Bxb4 11.Qa4 Bc5 12.a6 Berting Lebedev Corr 1903]

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9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Nxb6 cxb6 11.Qxd4 Nf6 12.Bg5
As its main line, given supposedly by no less then Paul Keres and Efrim Geller.
Their assessment on the above position on its face value seemed fair enough.
It would be about a year or so later, when the next tome to be consulted was the
1983 Batsford book, Batsford Chess Openings written by Gary Kasparov and
Raymond Keene.
Their opinion, in BCO, was somewhat different:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4 4.00 Nge7 5.c3 Ba5 6.Bxc6 Nxc6 7.b4 Bb6
8.b5 Na5 9.Nxe5
as , on the strength of the famous game Geller-Taimanov, Zurich C 1953.

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The puzzling thing here is that the aforementioned ECO also mentions the same
game but goes on with: 9.Nxe5 00 10.d4 d5?! 11.Nd2 as being as well; but
provides an improvement in 10Qe8 intending d6 as being = , as given by a

Even a quick study of the assessments mentioned in ECO on the line given in
BCO 1, it does appear that the opinion on 5.00 (rather than 5.Na3) is that it
offers white no more than the standard to = /
Who is right? Who is wrong? Paul Keres and Efrim Geller? Or Kasparov and

The next book I was to try and seek any sort of wisdom from was the 1987
Batsford book, Unorthodox Openings, by Joel Benjamin and Eric Schiller.
Probably wisdom [in this case] was not the right word.

While I do not think this book was as bad as some were to make it out to be, the
short piece on Alapins 3Bb4 very much missed the mark in providing any sort
of definitive assessment. Specifically on 3Bb4, e.g., they cite the game
Hansen - Dreyev, Kiljava 1984.

The opening moves are the same as given in the BCO I line ( , remember?).
From the diagram, there followed: 9...00 10.d4 Qe8! That Levenfis suggestion!
11.Nd2 d6 12.Nd3

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Here Dreyev played 12...Qxb5 and the game was subsequently drawn in 40.
Messrs. Benjamin and Schiller also make mention of notes provided by Hansen
in Informator 38 on this game, that 12f5 first followed by 13.e5 Qxb5 wouldve
allowed white but a small advantage.
While this in itself is clear enough, what isnt made clear is Messrs. Benjamin and
Schiller overall assessment of 3Bb4. Simply after beating the one drum of the
BCO I line (which they subsequently show is playable with the Qe8
improvement), they cap their review off by repeating ECOs main line complete
with all its assessments. The one blazing unanswered question was Is it
playable or isnt it? On what the authors present, it is a dollar each way, Yes, if
white castles, allowing that one extra move for Black . No, if white simply plays
4.c3 Ba5 5.Na3

Next on the list for consultation was Batsford Chess Openings 2, an updated
version of the original single volume chess opening manual, again authored by
Gary Kasparov and Raymond Keene.

This time however any mention of Alapin's line is cast into the hell hole of
obscurity that is a footnote. In which the previously cited game of Hansen -
Dreyev, Kiljava 1984 is given to move 14.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4 4.00 Nge7 5.c3 Ba5 6.Bxc6 Nxc6 7.b4 Bb6
8.b5 Na5 9.Nxe5 00 10.d4 Qe8 11.Nd2 d6 12.Nd3 Qxb5 13.c4!

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and is assessed as .

Interesting, is the fact that this is the same conclusion drawn by Schiller and
Benjamin regarding the very same game.

So it is at this juncture, we have four books surmising that;

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4 is not playable if
4.c3 Ba5 5.Na3 Bb6 6.Nc4 Bb6 7.d4 () is tried; but is playable if
white castles with 4.0-0 Nge7 and then chases the bishop with tempo with 5.c3
Ba5 6.Bxc6 Nxc6 7.b4 Bb6 8.b5 Na5 to win the e pawn with 9.Nxe5 and
followed with 00 10.d4 Qe8 ().
Question, if two books suggest 5.Na3 for White while two others suggest 5.c3
Ba5 6.Bxc6 etc., who is right and who is wrong?
The last two books I came across while on the research trail proved to be more
definitive if not down right thought provoking on the broader subject of the quality
of chess literature.
First was, New in Chess Yearbook Volume 19 [published in 1991] by Interchess.
In which International Master Gerard Welling published a theoretical article on
Alapin's line which contained something that all the previously mentioned works
appeared not to have taken into account: historical research.

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On the subject of the apparent refutation line given by ECO and duly regurgitated
by Shiller and Benjamin, Mr. Welling mentions:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4 4.c3 Ba5 5.Na3 Bb6 6.Nc4 d6 7.d4 [7.a4 Be6!
8.Qe2 Chigorin (8.Ncxe5?! dxe5 9.a5 Bc5 (9.Nxe5 Qg5!) 10.Nxe5 a6) 8...a6
9.Nxb6 cxb6 10.Bc4 Bxc4 11.Qxc4 b5!] 7...exd4 8.a4 Be6! (Instead of the 8a6
given by ECO and S/B)
is given by Alapin himself.
Then we have that Levenfis suggestion 10Qe8! from ECO

As Mr. Welling points out, this was seen in the game Schlechter - Alapin, Berlin
1897 (84 years before the said ECO volume was published) which continued
11.Qd3 f5! 12.Qg3 Kh8 13.exf5 d6 14.Nf3 Qxb5 15.Be3 Bxf5

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with a good game for Black (which was eventually drawn).
The other book I found while browsing the web filling in time (as you do), was the
booklet Die Alapin-Variante in der Spanischen Eroffnung by Bernhard Lach on
the Chess Central web site.
Mr. Lach expands greatly (as much as one can on a relatively unexplored idea)
on the ideas laid out so well in Gerard Wellings article and some of the analysis
given on those lines already mentioned is very interested.
Take ECOs 5.Na3 line for instance:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4 4.c3 Ba5 5.Na3!? Bb6 6.Nc4 d6 7.d4 exd4 8.a4
that ECO line again!

8...Be6! Alapins own move to the rescue again.

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Following a the example of Ferdinand Hellers (2490) - Jonny Hector (2435)
Malmo Schacknytt, Malm played in December of 1988, Lach sites:
9.cxd4 d5 10.a5 dxe4 11.Nfe5 Bxc4 12.Nxc4 Bxd4 13.a6 Qf6 14.00 Rd8
15.Qg4 Nge7 16.axb7 00 17.Qxe4

Deviating at the error 17...Rb8?? as played Hector

Pointing out the strength of 17...Bxf2+! 18.Kh1 (18.Rxf2 Rd1+ 19.Rf1 Rxf1#)
18...Qe6 19.Qxe6 fxe6 ..Isnt it amazing what resources can miss!
In conclusion, what does this all mean? I supposed I could have culled detailed
analysis from the final two books to provide ample evidence as to their worth and
that of Alapins idea.

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However, while it I personally believe that the system out lined in this article is
quite playable (even against strong opponents) that was not the object of this
Since time immemorial, chess has relied on one form or another of media to
increase its presence and scope to the world at large.
Certainly if one has read the fine works of the American chess author, Wendell
John Lutes, then it would be known that chess has we more or less know it now
has existed in print since circa1590 from the manuscripts of Giuio Cesare
Now, some four hundred and eighteen years later with the explosion of
technology, on top of the written word from books, magazines and newspapers,
the chess world has to deal with the internet & web sites, DVDs and CD ROMs
as well spreading the gospel of chess.
But along with this explosion in technology, the world has had an explosion of
people. There are a lot more people around these days, both inside and outside
of the chess playing halls of the world at large. With those from the inside
demanding more and more information to be able play our great game better (or
at least, with a greater confidence) and this is where in lies, the point
The quality of the information being provided, I have shown examples of briefly
above. After the Encyclopedia of Chess openings, subsequent authors have
relied on its gospel. With one set of authors even going so far as to ask (in
relation to Alapins 3Bb4 line) what a certain players improvement is on the
ECO 5.Na3 line is. A certain amount of historical research would have shown
that an improvement of sorts had been around for about eighty years. In short, a
lot of big names from the chess world have apparently leant their opinions on the
viability of Alapins line. I have shown in this brief article, some of them have
been less than accurate and some have simply been confusing.
And so I suggest that if you have a proven pet line, stick with it (of course, if it
can be refuted concretely out right, whats the point?) and if you are going to
invest your hard earned cash on getting the opinion of some titled player from an
obscure part of far flung Asia minor (or a well known player from around the
corner for that matter) on your favorite opening, just remember one thing, his
opinion is exactly that, an opinion.

Dedicated to Mum and the memory of my late father.

-- N Earl Roberts

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By Dany Snchaud

Photo: Emil Diemer during his 1980s come-back.

Here I give some games recently played by gambiteers in French Tournaments

between 2004 and 2006. D.S.



LUCAS J. (1960) - BAUDE C.

Le Touquet, 2005
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. e5 Ng4 8. e6

f6 9. O-O Nge5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Bb5+ Nc6 12. Qd5 Qc7 13. Be3 a6 14. Ba4
Rb8 15. Rac1 g6 16. Ne4 Bg7 17. Bxc6+ bxc6 18. Rxc6 Bxe6 19. Rxc7 Bxd5 20.
Nxd6+ exd6 21. Rxg7 Bf7 22. Bd4 f5 23. a3 Rb7 24. Rc1 Rg8 25. Rc8+, 1-0.

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French Championship, Besanon, 2006
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O Nge7 8.

Bg5 f6 9. Be3 Ng6 10. Qe2 b5 11. Bb3 Bd6 12. Rfd1 Qe7 13. Rac1 Bf4 14. Bxf4
Nxf4 15. Qe3 Ng6 16. Nd4 Nxd4 17. Qxd4 Ne5 18. Nd5 exd5 19. Bxd5 Nc6 20.
Rxc6 dxc6 21. Bxc6+ Kf7 22. Bxa8 Be6 23. Bd5 Re8 24. h3 Bxd5 25. Qxd5+
Qe6 26. f3 Qxd5 27. Rxd5 Rc8 28. Rd7+ Kg6 29. Ra7 Rc2 30. Rxa6 Rxb2 31.
Ra7 h5 32. h4 b4 33. Kh2 b3 34. axb3 Rxb3 35. Ra2 Rb1 36. Kg3 Re1 37. Kf4
Rh1 38. g3 Re1 39. Ra5 Rb1 40. Ra7 Re1 41. Re7 Ra1 42. Re8 Kf7 43. Rh8 Kg6
44. g4 hxg4 45. h5+ Kf7 46. Kxg4 Rg1+ 47. Kf4 Rh1 48. Kg3 Rg1+ 49. Kh2
Rg5 50. Kh3 Ke6 51. f4 Rg1 52. Re8+ Kf7 53. Rb8 Re1 54. Rb7+ Kg8 55. Kg4
Rxe4 56. Kf5 Re1 57. h6 gxh6 58. Kxf6 Ra1 59. Rb6 h5 60. Kg6 Rg1+ 61. Kxh5
Kf7, .

On the french gambiteer Pierre Morra (1900-1969) and his gambit you can read
my article into 2007 January's issue of Europe-Echecs (n 562).

1.2.a. WING GAMBIT :

CAPRON D. (2070) - BALLANDRAS M.St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2005

[ECO "B20"]

1.e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. a3 d5 4. exd5 Nf6 [ 4 Qxd5 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. axb4 Nc6 7.

Nc3 Qd8 8. h3 Bh5 9. Bb5 e6 10. g4 Bg6 11. h4 h6 12. Ne5 Qc7 13. Qe2 Bxb4 14.
Nd5 1-0. Capron D. (2105) - Rabier J., St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2004.07 ]
5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. Qe2 b5 8. Bb3 Na6 9. axb4 Nxb4 10. Nc3 Nxc2+ 11.
Bxc2 b4 12. d6 Qc5 13. dxe7 Bxe7 14. Bb3 bxc3 15. Ba3 cxd2+ 16. Kf1 d1=Q+
17. Bxd1 Qb5 18. Qxb5 Bxb5+ 19. Be2 Bxe2+ 20. Kxe2 Bxa3 21. Rxa3 O-O 22.
Nh3 a5 23. Rc1 Rfe8+ 24. Kf1 h6 25. Rc5 Ne4 26. Rd5 a4 27. f3 Nf6 28. Rd4
Reb8 29. Raxa4 Rxa4 30. Rxa4, .

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CAPRON D. (2100) - BAUDRY A.

St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2004
[ECO "B20"]

1. e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. a3 bxa3 4. Nxa3 Nc6 5. d4 e6 6. c3 Nf6 7. Bd3 b6 8. e5

Nd5 9. Bd2 Bb7 10. f4 Na5 11. Nf3 Rc8 12. O-O a6 13. Ng5 g6 14. Ne4 f5 15.
exf6 Nxf6 16. Ng5 Be7 17. Qc2 O-O 18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Qxg6+ Kh8 20. f5 Bd6
21. fxe6 Qe7 22. Nf7+ Rxf7 23. exf7 Nh7 24. Bh6 Be5 25. dxe5 Qxe5 26. Rae1,

FLOUZAT J.-M. (2175) - TEBOUL R. 13th Open of Saint-Affrique

1. e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. d4 e6 4. Nf3 d6 5. Bd3 Be7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Qe2 a6 8. a3

O-O 9. axb4 b5 10. Bxb5 Qb6 11. Bd3 Qxb4 12. Ba3 Qb6 13. Nbd2 Qc7 14. e5
Nd5 15. c4 Nb6 16. exd6 Bxd6, 1-0.

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. Bb2 Nc6 4. d4 d5 5. e5 Bf5 6. Bd3 Bd7 7. f4 Nh6 8. Nd2

Nf5 9. Ngf3 Qb6 10. Nb3 e6 11. g4 Nh6 12. Ng5 f6 13. Nxh7 Be7 14. g5 f5 15.
gxh6 Rxh7 16. Qh5+ Kd8 17. Qg6 Rxh6 18. Qxg7 Rh4 19. Qg8+ Be8 20. Qxe6
Rxf4 21. Qxd5+ Kc7 22. Nc5 Bxc5 23. dxc5 Qa5 24. Qd6+ Kc8 25. Rf1 b3+ 26.
c3 Rxf1+ 27. Kxf1 Bd7 28. Qf8+ Nd8 29. axb3 Qc7 30. Bxf5 Qxe5 31. Bxd7+
Kxd7 32. Qd6+ Qxd6 33. cxd6 Kxd6 [ici les Blancs ont joue 0-0-0+ ! Une suite
impossible ! La partie se termina quand mme en nulle au 50me ] , .

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. e4 c5 2. b4 d6 3. bxc5 dxc5 4. Bb2 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. e5 Nd5 7. Bb5 e6 8.

Bxc6+ bxc6 9. c4 Nf4 10. O-O g5 11. d4 g4 12. Nfd2 Rg8 13. Ne4 Be7 14. dxc5
Rg6 15. Nd6+ Kf8 16. Bc1 Nh3+ 17. gxh3 gxh3+ 18. Kh1 Bg5 19. Rg1 Bxc1
20. Rxg6 hxg6 21. Qxc1 Kg7 22. Qf4 Bb7 23. Qxf7+ Kh6 24. Qf4+ Kh7 25.
Qf7+ Kh6 26. Qxb7 Qa5 27. Na3 Qxa3 28. Qb3 Qxc5 29. Qxh3+ Kg7 30. Rb1,

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GAILLARD B. (1900) - OGER C. (2020)

Le Touquet, open A, 2005 [ECO "B40"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b4 cxb4 4. d4 d5 5. e5 Nc6 6. a3 bxa3 7. c3 Bd7 8. Nxa3

a6 9. Bd3 h6 10. O-O b5 11. Be3 Nge7 12. Nd2 Na5 13. Qh5 g6 14. Qf3 Bg7 15.
g4 O-O 16. Qh3 Nc4 17. Naxc4 bxc4 18. Bc2 Nc6 19. Bxh6 Qe7 20. g5 Rfb8 21.
f4 Rb2 22. Rac1 Qf8 23. Bxg7 Qxg7 24. Rf3 Ne7 25. Nf1 Nf5 26. Bxf5 exf5 27.
Ne3 Be6 28. Rf2 Rb3 29. Qf3 Rb5 30. Ra2 a5 31. Nxc4 Qf8 32. Nd6 Rb3 33.
Qd3 Qb8 34. Rca1 Qb6 35. Qc2 Ra7 36. Ra3 Rb2 37. Qa4 Rb1+ 38. Rxb1
Qxb1+ 39. Kg2 Qb2+ 40. Kg3 Qd2 41. Qb3 Qe3+ 42. Kg2 Qe2+ 43. Kg3 Qg4+
44. Kf2 Qxf4+ 45. Ke2 Qxh2+ 46. Kd3 Qg3+ 47. Kc2 Qg2+ 48. Kb1 Qg1+ 49.
Kb2 Qg2+ 50. Kb1 Qg1+ 51. Kb2 Qg2+, .

GAILLARD B. (1900) - GONZALES M. (2080)

Le Touquet, 2005 [ECO "B40"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b4 cxb4 4. d4 Nf6 5. e5 Nd5 6. a3 Nc6 7. Bd3 Qb6 8. Be4

Nc3 9. Nxc3 bxc3 10. O-O d5 11. exd6 Bxd6 12. d5 Ne7 13. dxe6 Bxe6 14. Ng5
Qc7 15. Nxe6 Bxh2+ 16. Kh1 fxe6 17. Qh5+ g6 18. Qxh2 Qxh2+ 19. Kxh2, 1-0.

CAPRON D. (2100) - HENNEMANN X. (2100)

St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2004 [ECO "C00"]

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e5 c5 4. b4 cxb4 5. d4 Nc6 6. a3 Bd7 7. axb4 Bxb4+ 8. c3

Be7 9. Bd3 f5 10. h4 Qb6 11. Na3 Nh6 12. Nb5 Nf7 13. Rb1 Qd8 14. Ng5 a6 15.
Na3 Qa5 16. Nc2 Qxc3+ 17. Kf1 b5 18. Rh3 Nxg5 19. Bd2 Qxd2 20. Qxd2 Nxh3
21. gxh3 O-O 22. Qf4 (=) 22... Rfb8 23. Ke2 b4 24. Rg1 b3 25. Ne3 a5 26. Bxf5
exf5 27. Nxd5 Rf8 28. Nxe7+ Nxe7 29. Qg3 Rf7 30. Qxb3 Nc6 31. Qd5 Rd8 32.
e6 Nxd4+ 33. Qxd4 Bb5+ 34. Ke3 f4+ 35. Ke4 Rxd4+ 36. Kxd4 Re7 37. Rb1
Bc6 38. Ke5 Be8 39. Rb6 a4 40. Kxf4 g6 41. Ke5 Bf7 42. Rb8+ Kg7 43. Ra8
Rxe6+ 44. Kf4 Rf6+ 45. Kg3 Bb3 46. Ra5 h5 47. Ra7+ Kh6 48. Ra5 Rc6 49.
Kf3 Rc3+ 50. Kg2 Bc2 51. Kh2 a3 52. Ra7 Bb1 53. Ra5 a2 54. Ra7 Rc2 55. Kg3
Rb2 56. f4 Be4 57. f5 Bxf5, 0-1.

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THERKILDSEN T. (2285) - HEINIS V. (2165)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e5 c5 4. b4 cxb4 5. a3 Nc6 6. axb4 Bxb4 7. c3 [ 7... Ba5 8. d4

Bd7 9. Bd3 Nge7 10. O-O Ng6 11. Ba3 Nce7 12. Qc2 Bc7 13. Nbd2 O-O 14. Rfb1
Bc6 15. h4 Re8 16. h5 Nf8 17. Ng5 h6 18. Bh7+ Nxh7 19. Qxh7+ 1-0.
DELARUELLE C. (1980) - DELBOE C., 21st Avoine Open, 2006.07 ]
7 Be7 8. d4 f6 9. Bd3 fxe5 10. dxe5 Nh6 11. h4 Qc7 12. Bf4 O-O 13. g3 Bd7
14. Qe2 Rxf4 15. gxf4 Rf8 16. Qe3 Nf5 17. Qd2 Na5 18. Qc2 a6 19. Nbd2 Bc5
20. h5 b5 21. Nh4 Qb6 22. Nxf5 exf5 23. Nf3 Nc4 24. Nh4 Qh6 25. Ng2 a5 26.
Qe2 a4 27. Rh4 g5 28. hxg6 Qxg6 29. Rh5 Kh8 30. Rg5 Qb6 31. Qf3 Be6 32.
Ke2 Nb2 33. Rh1 Rf7 34. Qg3 Qd8 35. Nh4, 1-0.


NAUDIER S. (2280) - OLIVIER J.-C. (2390)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qe3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd2 O-O 7. O-O-O d6
8. Qg3 Kh8 9. Nge2 Ne8 10. Nf4 Ne7 11. a3 Ba5 12. Bc4 c6 13. h4 b5 14. Bb3 b4
15. axb4 Bxb4 16. f3 a5 17. Qf2 a4 18. Nxa4 Bxd2+ 19. Qxd2 Ba6 20. Qe3 Bb5
21. Nc3 Qa5 22. Kd2 Nc7 23. Ke1 d5 24. Kf2 dxe4 25. Qxe4 Ng6 26. Nxg6+
fxg6 27. h5 g5 28. h6 Qa7+ 29. Kg3 Nd5 30. Nxd5 cxd5 31. hxg7+ Qxg7 32.
Qd4 Bc4 33. Qxg7+ Kxg7 34. Bxc4 dxc4 35. Rd7+ Rf7 36. Rxh7+ Kxh7 37.
Rxf7+ Kg6 38. Rc7 Rb8 39. Rxc4 Rxb2 40. Kg4 Rb5 41. Rc6+ Kf7 42. c4 Re5
43. Rd6 Rc5 44. Rd5 Rxc4+ 45. Kxg5 Rc3 46. g4 Rc7 47. Re5 Rc6 48. f4 Rg6+
49. Kh5 Rg8 50. Ra5 Rb8 51. Ra7+ Kf6 52. g5+ Ke6 53. Ra6+ Kf7 54. g6+ Kg8
55. Kh6 Rf8 56. f5, 1-0.

LAURET P. PORTE J. Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Be7 5. c3 Bf6 6. cxd4 Na5 7. Bd3 d6 8.

Qa4+ Nc6 9. d5 Bd7 10. dxc6 Bxc6 11. Bb5 Ne7 12. Bxc6+ Nxc6 13. Qb5 Rb8
14. Nc3 a6 15. Qe2 O-O 16. Nd5 Be5 17. Nxe5 dxe5 18. Be3 f6 19. O-O b6 20.
Qc4, 1-0.

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DELORME A. (2230) BOUDRE J.-P. (2315)

Saint-Affrique Open, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 Qf6 6. Qf3 [ 6. Qd2 Qxc6 7.
Nc3 Bb4 8. Qd4 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Nf6 10. Bd3 O-O 11. O-O d5 12. e5 Ne4 13. c4
Be6 14. cxd5 Bxd5 15. c4 Qc5 16. Qxd5 1-0. GIROUX F. (2200) - LAI A. (2020),
21st Avoine Open, 2006.07 ]
6dxc6 7. Nd2 Be6 8. Nb3 Bxb3 9. axb3 Qxf3 10. gxf3 Ne7 11. Be3 Bxe3 12.
fxe3 O-O 13. Bc4 Rfd8 14. b4 Kf8 15. Ke2 Rd6 16. f4 a6 17. e5 Rh6 18. h4 Nd5
19. c3 f6 20. Raf1 Re8 21. e4 Nb6 22. Bb3 Ke7 23. e6 Rg6 24. Rfg1 Rxg1 25.
Rxg1 g6 26. f5 Rg8 27. c4 Nc8 28. c5 Na7 29. Bc4 Nb5 30. Bxb5 axb5 31. h5 g5
32. Rd1 Rd8 33. Rxd8 Kxd8 34. Ke3, 1-0.

IM SANCHEZ J. (2450) GM KOSTEN A. (2500)

Marseille Duchamp, Open A, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d6 8.
O-O Ng4 9. Na4 O-O 10. c4 d5 11. Be2 Qh4 12. h3 Nf6 13. e5 Nd7 14. a3 Be7
15. cxd5 Nxe5 16. f4 Ng6 17. f5 Bd6 18. fxg6 Bxh3 19. gxh7+ Kh8 20. Qe1 Bg3
21. Rf4 Bg4 22. Qxg3 Qxg3 23. Rxg4 Qe1+ 24. Bf1 Rae8 25. Nc3 f5 26. Rf4 g5
27. Rf2 g4 28. Rb1 g3 29. Rf3 Qe7 30. Bf4 Qc5+ 31. Kh1 cxd5 32. Rd1 Rf7 33.
Bxg3 Rxh7+ 34. Bh2 d4 35. Ne2 Qc2 36. Rxd4 Rxe2 37. Rd8+ Kg7 38. Rd7+,

IM EDOUARD R. (2400) - NAUDIER S. (2280)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Ne4 7. Qf3 Qh4 8.
g3 Ng5 9. Qe2 Qd4 10. Bg2 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. Rd1 Qb6 13. b3 f6 14. Be3
Bc5 15. Qc4+ Ne6 16. Bxc5 Qxc5 17. Qxc5 Nxc5 18. exf6 Rxf6 19. Nc3 Rb8 20.
Re1 a5 21. Re5 d5 22. Re8+ Rf8 23. Re7 Ne6 24. Nxd5 cxd5 25. Bxd5 Rf6 26.
Rxc7 Kf8 27. Ra7 Nd4 28. c4 Ba6 29. Re1 Re8 30. Rxe8+ Kxe8 31. Rxg7 Ne2+
32. Kg2 Nc3 33. Rxh7 Nxa2 34. g4 Nc3 35. g5 Rb6 36. c5 Rb5 37. Bf7+ Kf8 38.
g6 Bb7+ 39. f3 Nd5 40. Kg3 Rxb3 41. Be6, 1-0.

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Saint-Affrique open, 2005

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. f3 e6 4. Be3 exf3 5. Nxf3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. c4 O-O 8.

Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 h6 10. O-O Ng4 11. Bd2 Bd6 12. h3 Rxf3 13. gxf3 Nh2 14. Rf2
Qh4 15. Bh7+ Kh8 16. Qg6 Nxd4 17. Rg2 Nhxf3+ 18. Kf1 Nxd2+ 19. Nxd2 Nf5
20. Re1 Qxh3 21. Ne4 b6 22. Qe8+ Kxh7 23. Nf6+, 1-0.

Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. f3 d5 4. fxe4 dxe4 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. Ne2 e5 7. c3 exd4 8.

cxd4 Bg4 9. Qb3 Qe7 10. O-O c6 11. Ng3 b5 12. Be2 Be6 13. Qc2 Qd7 14. Be3
Qd5 15. Nc3 Qd8 16. Ngxe4 Nbd7 17. Nxf6+ Nxf6 18. Ne4 Be7 19. Nxf6+ Bxf6
20. Qxc6+ Bd7 21. Qe4+ Kf7 22. Qd5+ Be6 23. Qxd8 Rhxd8 24. Bxb5 Rab8 25.
a4 Ke7 26. Rad1 Rd6 27. d5 Rxd5 28. Rxd5 Bxd5 29. Bxa7 Rc8 30. b4 Rc2 31.
Re1+ Kf7 32. Re2 Rc1+ 33. Kf2 Be6 34. Bd3 Bb3 35. a5 Be7 36. b5 Rd1 37. Bc2
Bc4, 1-0.

PIAT J.-P. (1950) - PARROCO P.-J.

Marseille Open, 2005

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 d5 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Qxd5 Qxd5 6. Nxd5 Nf6 7. Nxc7+

Kd7 8. Nxa8 b6 9. Bb5+ Nc6 10. c4 e6 11. Ne2 Bb4+ 12. Nc3 Bb7 13. Nxb6+
axb6 14. Bg5 Ke7 15. O-O-O, 1-0.

IM DOBREV N. (2420) - Van Der ELBURG F. (2270)

Marseille Open, 2005

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 d5 5. fxe4 dxe4 6. Bg5 Bf5 7. Nge2 e6 8.

Ng3 Bb4 9. Bb5+ c6 10. Bc4 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Nbd7 12. O-O Qa5 13. Nxf5 exf5
14. Be6 g6 15. Rb1 b6 16. c4 h6 17. Bd2 Qa3 18. c5 bxc5 19. Rb3 Qa4 20. Bc3
Rh7 21. dxc5 Re7 22. Qd6 Nxc5 23. Rb8+, 1-0.

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THOLEY J.-P. (2060)- RABIER J.

St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2004 [ECO "A83"]

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 e6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. Nxe4 Qh6 7. Bd3 Nc6 8.
c3 b6 9. Nf3 Be7 10. Qe2 a5 11. O-O Bb7 12. Rad1 O-O 13. Ne5 Nxe5 14. dxe5
d6 15. exd6 cxd6 16. Ng3 Rae8 17. Qh5 Qxh5 18. Nxh5 g6 19. Ng3 d5 20. Bb5
Rd8 21. Rfe1 Bc5 22. Re2 Rf6 23. Ne4 Rdf8 24. Nxf6+ Rxf6 25. a3 e5 26. b4
Bd6 27. Ba4 axb4 28. axb4 e4 29. Bb3 Rf5 30. Rxe4 Kg7 31. Red4 Be5 32. R4d3
Ba6 33. Rxd5 Kf6 34. c4 Rg5 35. f3 Bb7 36. R5d3 h5 37. Ba4 h4 38. h3 Bf4 39.
Bd7 Re5 40. Rd6+ Kg7 41. Bg4 Kh6 42. Re6 Rxe6 43. Bxe6, 1-0.

GM MUREY J. (2480) - SCHABANEL S. (2310)

Le Touquet, open A, 2005
[ECO "A83"]

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nc6 5. d5 Ne5 6. Qd4 Nf7 7. h4 [ 7...Nd6 8.

O-O-O c6 9. f3 exf3 10. Nxf3 Qa5 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. Bd3 Kd8 13. g4 Qb6 14. Qf4
Bg7 15. Rhe1 Nf7 16. Qe4 Ne5 17. g5 d6 18. Nxe5 dxe5 19. dxc6 bxc6 20. Qc4
Ke8 21. Be4 Bd7 22. Na4 Qc7 23. Nc5 Bg4 1-0. BLANCHE P. (2075)
RIETMAN F. (2190), 21st Avoine Open, 2006.07 ]
7...e5 8. dxe6 dxe6 9. Qxd8+ Nxd8 10. O-O-O Bd7 11. Nge2 Nf7 12. Nd4 Nd6
13. Ndb5 Nxb5 14. Bxb5 O-O-O 15. Bxd7+ Rxd7 16. Rxd7 Kxd7 17. Rd1+ Bd6
18. Bxf6 gxf6 19. Nxe4 Ke7 20. g3 b5 21. c4 bxc4 22. Rd4 f5 23. Nxd6 cxd6 24.
Rxc4 Kd7 25. Ra4 Rc8+ 26. Kd2 Rc7 27. Ra6 e5 28. b4 Ke6 29. b5 e4, .


Saint Quentin (Elancourt), 2005 [ECO "A80"]

1. d4 f5 2. Qd3 e6 3. e4 fxe4 4. Qxe4 Nf6 5. Qh4 Be7 6. Bd3 Kf7 7. Nf3 d6 8.

Nc3 h6 9. Be3 g5 10. Qg3 Nh5 11. Qh3 Nf6 12. g4 Na6 13. O-O-O Nb4 14. Bc4
c6 15. Nd2 b5 16. Be2 Nbd5 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. Qh5+ Kf8 19. h4 Nf4 20. Bxf4
gxf4 21. Ne4 Kg7 22. Rdg1 Bb7 23. g5 Qe8 24. gxh6+ Kh7 25. Rg7# 1-0.

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LABARTHE A. (2040) - RENAULT J.-P. (1960)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. d4 f5 2. Qd3 d6 3. g4 fxg4 4. h3 g3 5. fxg3 Nc6 6. Nf3 e6 7. e4 Be7 8. Nc3

a6 9. Be3 Nf6 10. Bg2 e5 11. d5 Na7 12. O-O O-O 13. Nh4 g6 14. Bh6 Rf7 15.
Rf2 Bd7 16. a4 Qe8 17. Raf1 b5 18. g4 Bxg4 19. hxg4 Nxg4 20. Rxf7 Nxh6 21.
Rxe7 Qxe7 22. Qg3 bxa4 23. Nf5 Nxf5 24. exf5 Nb5 25. fxg6 Qg7 26. gxh7+
Kh8 27. Qxg7+ Kxg7 28. Nxa4 Kxh7 29. c4 Nd4 30. Rf7+ Kh6 31. Rxc7 Rb8
32. Rd7 Rb4 33. Rxd6+ Kg5 34. Rxa6 Rxc4 35. Nc3 Rb4 36. d6 Rxb2 37. d7
Rb8 38. Ra8 Rxa8 39. Bxa8 Ne6 40. Ne4+ Kg6 41. Nc5 Nd8 42. Nb7 Ne6 43.
d8=Q Nxd8 44. Nxd8 Kf6 45. Be4 Ke7 46. Nc6+ Kd6 47. Kf2 Ke6 48. Ke3 Kd6
49. Kd3 Ke6 50. Kc4 Kd6 51. Na7 Ke6 52. Nb5 Kf6 53. Kd5 Ke7 54. Kxe5 Kf7
55. Bf5 Ke7 56. Nd6 Kd8 57. Nb5 Ke7 58. Be6 Ke8 59. Kf6 Kf8 60. Bd5 Ke8 61.
Nc7+ Kd7 62. Nb5 Ke8 63. Be6 Kf8 64. Bd5 Ke8 65. Nc7+ Kd7 66. Ne6 Kd6 67.
Bb3 Kd7 68. Bc4 Kd6 69. Bf1 Kd7 70. Bg2 Kd6 71. Ng5 Kd7 72. Nf7 Kc7 73.
Ke6 Kb6 74. Kd6 Kb5 75. Ng5 Kc4 76. Ne6 Kd3 77. Kd5 Kc3 78. Be4 Kb4 79.
Kd6 Kb3 80. Nc5+ Kb4 81. Kd5 Kb5 82. Kd4, etc., 1-0.

IM GUIDARELLI L. (2440) IM LE ROUX J.-P. (2500)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006 [ECO "A80"]

1. d4 f5 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 dxe4 4. f3 (= 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 f5 4.f3) 4...e5 5.

dxe5 Qxd1+ 6. Kxd1 Nc6 7. Nd5 Kd8 8. f4 Be6 9. Ne3 Bc5 10. Nh3 h6 11. c3
Nge7 12. Bc4 Kd7 13. Ke2 Bxe3 14. Bxe6+ Kxe6 15. Bxe3 Rhd8 16. Nf2 Nd5
17. Rad1 Na5 18. Bc1 Rd7 19. Rhg1 Rad8 20. g4 c5 21. Rdf1 Nc4 22. gxf5+
Kxf5 23. Nh1 e3 24. Ng3+ Ke6 25. Ne4 b6 26. b3 Nd2 27. Nxd2 Nxf4+ 28. Kxe3
g5 29. Rxf4 Rd3+ 30. Ke4 gxf4 31. Nf3 Rxc3 32. Rg6+ Ke7 33. Bxf4 Rdd3 34.
Nh4 Rd4+ 35. Kf5 Rc2 36. Rxh6 Rxa2 37. Rh7+ Kd8 38. e6 Kc8 39. Ng6 Re2
40. Rc7+ Kd8 41. e7+, 1-0.

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Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 e6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8.

O-O O-O 9. Qe1 c5 10. Qh4 h6 11. Bxh6 gxh6 12. Qxh6 Re8 13. Ng5 Nf8 14. d5
exd5 15. Rxf6 Bxf6 16. Bh7+ Nxh7 17. Qxh7+ Kf8 18. Qxf7# 1-0.


21st Avoine Open, 2006

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 dxe4 4. f3 exf3 5. Qxf3 e6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Nge2 Bb4 8.

O-O Nxd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4+ 10. Be3 Qd7 11. Rad1 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Qc6 13. Qg3
Bd7 14. Rb1 a6 15. Rb4 b5 16. c4 Qd6 17. Qxg7 O-O-O 18. c5 Qe7 19. Qxf6
Qxf6 20. Rxf6 Be8 21. Rd4 h5 22. Rxd8+ Kxd8 23. a4 Ke7 24. Rh6 Rxh6 25.
Bxh6 e5 26. axb5 Bxb5 27. Kf2 Ke6 28. Ke3 f5 29. g3 Bxd3 30. Kxd3 Kd5 31.
Be3 a5 32. c4+ Kc6 33. Kc3 f4 34. gxf4 exf4 35. Bxf4 Kxc5 36. Bxc7 a4 37. Ba5
h4 38. Bb4+ Kc6 39. Kd4, 1-0.

DUBIN S. (2090) BONNAUD A. (1930)

21st Avoine Open, 2006

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 dxe4 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 e6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8.

Qe1 Nc6 9. Bg5 Nd5 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bxh7+ Kxh7 12. Qh4+ Kg8 13. Bxe7
Nxe7 14. Ng5 Bf5 15. Rxf5, 1-0.

LAVAL H. (1920) - FM MEINSOHN F. (2250)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 Bf5 5. g4 Bc8 6. Nxe4 Nxe4 7. fxe4 e5 8.

Be3 Qh4+ 9. Bf2 Qxg4 10. Qxg4 Bxg4 11. Be2 Bxe2 12. Nxe2 exd4 13. Nxd4
Nd7 14. Nb5 Bb4+ 15. c3 Ba5 16. Bg3 O-O 17. O-O-O Nf6 18. Bxc7 a6 19.
Bxa5 axb5 20. Bb4 Rfe8 21. Rhe1 Rxa2 22. Kc2 Ra6 23. e5 Rae6 24. Rd5 Nxd5,

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S. SCHMIDT F.-X. PRIOUR, Cojeli, corr. 2006

[ECO "D00" - Hbsch]

1.d4 d5, 2.Nc3 Nf6, 3.e4 Nxe4, 4.Nxe4 dxe4, 5.Bf4 [5.Bg5] 5...Nd7, [5... g6]
6.Qe2 Nf6, 7.O-O-O c6, 8.f3 exf3, 9.Nxf3 e6, 10.Ne5 Be7, 11.g4 Nd5, 12.Bg3
Qa5, 13.Kb1 Bd7, 14.Bg2 b5, 15.Rhf1 f6, 16.Nxd7 Kxd7, 17.Rfe1 Nc7, 18.Bxc7
Qxc7, 19.Qxe6+ Kd8, 20.d5, 1-0.


Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Na5 6. fxe5 dxe5 7. Nxe5 Be6 8.
Bxe6 Nc6 9. Nxf7 Qe7 10. Nd5 Qxe6 11. Nxc7+ Ke7 12. Nxe6 Kxe6 13. Nxh8
Bd6 14. d4 Nxe4 15. d5+ Kd7 16. Qg4+ Ke7 17. Qe6+ Kf8 18. Qf7# 1-0.


St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2004
[ECO "C29"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. f4 d6 4. Bc4 Be7 5. d3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Ng4 8. Bd2
Na5 9. f5 c6 10. Ng5 Nxc4 11. dxc4 Nf6 12. Qf3 h6 13. h4 h5 14. O-O-O a6 15.
Rdg1 Ng4 16. Nd1 d5 17. cxd5 cxd5 18. exd5 Qd7 19. Rf1 Bc5 20. Be3 Bxe3+
21. Nxe3 e4 22. Nxe4 Nxe3 23. Qxe3 Qxd5 24. Nc3 Qc6 25. f6 gxf6 26. Ne4 f5
27. Qg5+ Qg6 28. Nf6+ Kh8 29. Nxh5 Rg8 30. Nf4 Qxg5 31. hxg5+ Kg7 32.
Rd1 b5 33. Rh6 Bb7 34. Rd7 Rgb8 35. Nh5+ Kg8 36. Nf6+ Kg7 37. Nh5+ Kg8
38. Nf6+ Kg7 39. Rh7+ Kg6 40. Rdxf7 Kxg5 41. Rhg7+ Kf4 (=) 42. Rxb7 Rh8
43. b3 Rh6 44. Nd5+ Ke5 45. Nb4 Rc8 46. Nd3+ Kd4 47. Kb2 Rcc6 48. Rgf7
Rh2 49. Rbd7+, 1-0.

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LE PEN M. - GREGO P. (1940)

Nantes Open, 2004 [ECO "C30"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Bc4 d6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d3 Nc6 6. c3 O-O 7. f5 d5 8. exd5

Nxd5 9. g4 Nb6 10. Bb3 Re8 11. Bg5 Be7 12. h4 h6 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Nbd2
Rd8 15. Ne4 Nd5 16. Qd2 Nf6 17. Nxf6+ Qxf6 18. Qe3 b6 19. Kf2 Bb7 20. Rae1
Na5 21. Bc2 h5 22. Rhg1 hxg4 23. Rxg4 Qxf5 24. Rg5 Qxf3+ 25. Qxf3 Bxf3 26.
Kxf3 f6 27. Rg6 c5 28. Reg1 Rd7 29. Rxf6 Rf7 30. Rxf7 Kxf7 31. Ke4 Re8 32.
Bd1 Re7 33. b4 cxb4 34. cxb4 Nc6 35. Bb3+ Kf6 36. h5 g5 37. hxg6 Nd8 38. g7
Rxg7 39. Rxg7 Kxg7 40. Kxe5 Nc6+ 41. Ke6 Nxb4 42. d4 Kf8 43. Kd7 a5 44.
Bc4 a4 45. Kc7 a3 46. Kxb6 Ke7 47. Kc5 Nc2 48. d5 Ne3 49. d6+ Kd8 50. Be6
Nc2 51. Kc4 Ne3+ 52. Kb3 Nc2 53. Kxc2, 1-0.


Le Touquet, 2005 [ECO "C30"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Be2

c5 9. d5 Nbd7 10. e5 dxe5 11. fxe5 Ng4 12. e6 fxe6 13. Ng5 Nf2 14. Qc2 g6 15.
Nxe6 Qf6 16. Bg5 Qe5 17. Rf1 c4 18. Nxf8 Nd3+ 19. Kd1 Qxg5 20. Ne6 Qe3 21.
Bxd3 cxd3 22. Qd2 h6 23. Qxe3 Bxe3 24. Rf3 Bg5 25. Ne4 Ne5 26. Rf8+ Kh7
27. N4xg5+ hxg5 28. Nxg5+ Kg7 29. Ne6+ Bxe6 30. Rxa8 Bxd5 31. Kd2 Bxg2
32. Rxa7 Kf6 33. Ke3 Kf5 34. Ra5 b6 35. Rxe5+, 1-0.


Nantes Open, 2004 [ECO "C30"]

1. f4 e5 2. e4 Bc5 3. d3 Bxg1 4. Rxg1 Qh4+ 5. g3 Qxh2 6. Be3 exf4 7. gxf4 Qh4+

8. Kd2 d5 9. Qf3 dxe4 10. dxe4 Nc6 11. Nc3 Nf6 12. Qg3 Qxg3 13. Rxg3 Be6 14.
a3 O-O-O+ 15. Bd3 Na5 16. f5 Nc4+ 17. Ke2 Nxe3 18. Kxe3 Bd7 19. Rxg7 Rdf8
20. Rag1 h5 21. Bc4 Ng4+ 22. Kf4 f6 23. Be2 Ne5 24. Nd5 Nc6 25. Ne7+ Nxe7
26. Rxe7, .

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PLANTET M. (2040) - RADULOV I. (2330)

Saint Quentin (Elancourt), 2005 [ECO "C30"] [Annotator S. Rivier]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Qh4+ 3. g3 Qe7 4. fxe5 d6 5. Nc3 dxe5 6. d4 exd4 7. Qxd4 Nc6 8.

Bb5 Bd7 9. Qa4 Qb4 10. Nge2 Nf6 11. O-O Qxa4 12. Bxa4 Ne5 13. Bxd7+ (13.
Rf5 Bc5+ 14. Kh1 Bd6) 13... Nfxd7 14. Be3 O-O-O 15. a4 Bc5 16. Bxc5 Nxc5
17. Rad1 f6 18. Nd4 Rhe8 19. b4 Ne6 20. Nce2 (20. Nf5 Rxd1 21. Rxd1 g6 22.
Ne3) 20... Ng5 21. Nc3 Rxd4, 0-1.

GAFTARNIK O. (1940) Van LOO G.

21st Avoine Open, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bxf4 Bg4 7. Bc4 Be7 8.

O-O O-O 9. Qd3 Na5 10. Bb5 a6 11. Ba4 Bd7 12. Bxd7 Qxd7 13. d5 b6 14. Nd4
c5 15. Nf5 Nh5 16. Qh3 Nf6 17. Rf3 g6 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. Bg5 Qd7 20. Bxf6
Qxh3 21. Rxh3 Nc4 22. b3 Ne5 23. Be7, 1-0.

DESBOEUFS A. (2050) - BOUDRE J.-P. (2360)

St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2005 [ECO "C36"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d5 4. exd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nxd5 6. Nxd5 Qxd5 7. d4 Be7 8.

Be2 c5 9. c4 Qd6 10. d5 O-O 11. O-O Bf6 12. Rb1 Bf5 13. Bd3 Bxd3 14. Qxd3
Nd7 15. Qf5 Ne5 16. Bxf4 Nxf3+ 17. Rxf3 Bd4+ 18. Kh1 Qa6 19. b3 Qxa2 20.
Bd6 g6 21. Qd3 Rfe8 22. Rbf1 Rad8 23. Bg3 Rd7 24. Bf2 Qb2 25. Bxd4 cxd4
26. R3f2 Qc3 27. Qxc3 dxc3 28. Rc2 Re3 29. Rfc1 a5 30. Rxc3, .

PUCHER S. (2130) - JOLI L.

St Chly d'Aubrac Open, 2004 [ECO "C29"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. d3 Qh4+ 6. g3 Nxg3 7. Nf3 Qh5 8.

Nxd5 Nxh1 9. Nxc7+ Kd8 10. Nxa8 Bg4 11. Bg2 Nc6 12. d4 Be7 13. Be3 Bh4+
14. Kf1 Ng3+ 15. hxg3 Bxg3 16. c3 Qf5 17. Qb1 Qh5 18. Qe4 Re8 19. b4 Kc8
20. b5 f5 21. Qd5 Rd8 22. Qe6+ Kb8 23. bxc6 Qe8 24. c7+ Kxa8 25. cxd8=R+
Qxd8 26. Rb1 h5 27. Qa6 Qd5 28. Rxb7, 1-0.

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MARTIN J.-L. (1970) - PARANT F. (2080)

Le Touquet, 2005 [ECO "C40"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Bb4 6. Be2 d6 7. Qd2 O-O 8. a3

Bxc3 9. Qxc3 h6 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. exf5 Bxf5 12. Qb3+ Be6 13. Qxb7 Nd4 14.
Bd1 Qf7 15. Qe4 Bd5 16. Qe3 Rae8 17. Kd2 c5 18. c3 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Nb3+ 20.
Bxb3 Qxb3 21. Rab1 Rf4 22. Rhg1 Ref8 23. Rg3 h5 24. h4 R8f5 25. c4 Qb7 26.
Ke2 Rxh4 27. b4 Rhf4 28. b5 h4 29. Rh3 g5 30. Rg1 Kf7 31. a4 Kg6 32. a5 Kh5
33. Rh2 Qxf3+ 34. Qxf3+ Rxf3 35. b6 axb6 36. axb6 Rf8 37. Rhg2 R3f5 38. Ke3
Rb8 39. Ke4 Kg6 40. Rg4 Rxb6 41. Rxh4 Rxf2 42. Rh8 Rf4+ 43. Ke3 Rb7
44. Rgh1 Rbf7 45. R8h6+ Kg7 46. Rxd6 Rd4 47. Re6 g4 48. Rxe5 Rf3+ 49. Ke2,


Le Touquet, open A, 2005 [ECO "C40"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. d4 fxe4 4. Nxe5 Nf6 5. Be2 d6 6. Nc4 d5 7. Ne5 Bd6 8. Bg5

O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. c4 c6 11. Nc3 Nbd7 12. Nxd7 Qxd7 13. c5 Bc7 14. b4 a6 15.
a4 Rf7 16. b5 axb5 17. axb5 Raf8 18. bxc6 bxc6 19. f3 exf3 20. Bxf3 Ng4 21.
Bxg4 Rxf1+, 0-1.

Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. d4 fxe4 4. Nxe5 Nf6 5. Bg5 d6 6. Nc4 d5 7. Ne3 Be6 8. Nc3

c6 9. Be2 Bd6 10. Ng4 Nbd7 11. O-O O-O 12. Qd2 Qc7 13. g3 Nxg4 14. Rae1
Ngf6 15. Nd1 Bh3, 0-1.

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Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Bc4 fxe4 4. Nxe5 d5 5. Bb5+ c6 6. Qh5+ g6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8.

Qxg6+ Kd7 9. Be2 Nf6 10. d3 Rg8 11. Qf7+ Qe7 12. Qxe7+ Bxe7 13. g3 Bd6 14.
Nc3 exd3 15. Bxd3 Re8+ 16. Ne2 Kc7 17. Be3 Ng4 18. Kd2 Nxe3 19. fxe3 Nd7
20. Raf1 Ne5 21. h3 Bd7 22. g4 b5 23. Nd4 Nc4+ 24. Bxc4 bxc4 25. c3 Rab8 26.
b4 c5 27. bxc5 Bxc5 28. Rb1 Rxb1 29. Rxb1 Rh8 30. Rf1 Rxh3 31. Rf7 Bxd4 32.
exd4 Rg3 33. Rg7 Rxg4 34. Rxg4 Bxg4 35. Kc2 Kb6 36. Kb2 Ka5 37. a3 Ka4
38. Ka2 Bd1 39. Kb2 Bb3 40. Kc1 Kxa3 41. Kb1 Bd1, 0-1.


SIMON O. (2390) GM KARPATCHEV A. (2520)

Marseille Duchamp Open, 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7. Qe2 Nd4 8.
Nxd4 Bxd4 9. Nd2 Qe7 10. Nf3 Bb6 11. Bc4 d6 12. Be3 Bg4 13. Bxb6 axb6 14.
Qe3 Be6 15. Qb3 Nxe4 16. Bxe6 Nc5 17. Qb5+ c6 18. Qxb6 Nxe6 19. Qb3 Nc5
20. Qe3 O-O 21. Nd2 Ne6 22. c3 Nf4 23. g3 Ne6 24. a3 Rf5 25. Rae1 Raf8 26. f4
g5 27. fxe5 Rxe5 28. Qd3 Rxf1+ 29. Qxf1 Nc5 30. Nf3 Rxe1 31. Qxe1 Qxe1+ 32.
Nxe1 Na4 33. Nd3 d5 34. Kf2 Kf7 35. Ke3 Ke7 36. Kd2 Kd6 37. b3 Nb6 38. a4
Nd7 39. a5 Nf6 40. b4 Ne4+ 41. Kc2 g4 42. Nf4 Ng5 43. Kd3 Ke5 44. c4, .

IM GAPONENKO I. (2440) - LEYGUE D. (2260)

Saint-Affrique open, 2004 [ECO "C63"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Be7 8.

Qd3 Bd7 9. Bc4 Na5 10. Ng5 Nxc4 11. Qxc4 Rf8 12. Ne6 Bxe6 13. Qxe6 Qd7
14. Qc4 c6 15. Bg5 Nh5 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. b4 Nf4 18. b5 Qe6 19. Qxe6+ Nxe6
20. bxc6 bxc6 21. Rab1 O-O-O 22. Rb4 Kc7 23. Ra4 Ra8 24. Ne2 a5 25. g3 g5
26. f3 Rfb8 27. Kf2 Rb2 28. Rc1 Nc5 29. Ra3 g4 30. fxg4 Nxe4+ 31. Ke3 Nf6 32.
g5 Ng4+ 33. Ke4 Rf8 34. Rxa5 Rb4+ 35. Kd3 Kb6 36. c3 Rf3+, 0-1.

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French Championship, Besanon, 2006 [ECO "C63"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 Nf6 5. exf5 Ne7 6. g4 Nxg4 7. Ng5 c6 8.

Qxg4 h5 9. Qe4 cxb5 10. Qxe5 d6 11. Qxb5+ Bd7 12. Qb3 Qa5+ 13. Nc3 Qxf5
14. Be3 O-O-O 15. O-O-O d5 16. Rhg1 Kb8 17. Rg3 Be8 18. Rf3 Qd7 19. Nf7
Bxf7 20. Rxf7 Qe6 21. Rf3 Nc6 22. Nb5 g5 23. Qc3 d4 24. Nxd4 Nxd4 25. Bxd4
Qd5 26. Bxh8 Qxf3 27. Be5+ Bd6 28. Qc5 Bxe5 29. Qxe5+ Kc8 30. Qc5+ Kb8
31. Qxg5 Rd6 32. Qe5 Kc7 33. Rg1 Qxf2 34. Rg6 Qf1+ 35. Kd2 Qf2+ 36. Kc3,

IM MAZE S. (2530) IM GOZZOLI Y. (2470)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006 [ECO "C63"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 Nf6 5. O-O fxe4 6. dxe4 Bc5 7. Qd3 d6 8.

Nc3 O-O 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Nxe5 Qe8 11. Nf3 a5 12. Qc4+ Kh8 13. e5 Ng4 14.
exd6 Qh5 15. h3 Nxf2 16. Rxf2 Rxf3 17. Ne4 Rxf2 18. Nxc5 Rf8 19. dxc7 Qd1+
20. Kh2 Qd6+ 21. Kg1 Bxh3 22. Qc3 Bxg2 23. Kxg2 Qg6+ 24. Qg3 Qxc2+ 25.
Kh1 Qd1+ 26. Kh2 Qe2+, 0-1.


MESLI M. (2000) - MENARD M.

Nantes Open, 2004 [ECO "D08"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. a3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 Qd7 7. b4 Nge7 8. Bb2

Ng6 9. Qb3 Be7 10. e3 Ncxe5 11. Nxd4 Rd8 12. f3 Be6 13. Rd1 O-O 14. Be2 c5
15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. O-O Nc6 17. b5 Na5 18. Qc2 Qxe3+ 19. Rf2 Bh4 20. g3 Nf4
21. Bf1 Rd6 22. Qc3 Qxc3 23. Bxc3 Nd3 24. Ne4 Nxf2 25. Rxd6 Nxe4 26. fxe4
Bd8 27. Rd7 Re8 28. e5 Kf8 29. Bg2 Nxc4 30. Bd5 Nxe5 31. Bxe5 Rxe5 32.
Rxd8+ Ke7 33. Rb8 Rxd5 34. Rxb7+ Rd7 35. Rb8 Kd6 36. b6 Kc6 37. bxa7
Rxa7 38. Rb3 Kd5 39. Kf2 Kc4 40. Rf3 Re7 41. Rf4+ Kb3 42. Rf3+ Ka4 43.
Rc3 Re5 44. Kf3 Kb5 45. Kf4 Re2 46. h4 c4 47. g4 Rb2 48. a4+ Kb4 49. Rc1
Ra2 50. Ke4 Rxa4 51. Kd4 Kb3 52. Rc3+ Kb2 53. Rxc4 Rxc4+ 54. Kxc4 Kc2
55. Kd4 Kd2 56. Ke4 Ke2 57. h5 h6 58. Kf5 Kf3 59. g5 hxg5 60. Kxg5 Kg3 61.
Kf5 Kh4 62. h6 gxh6, 0-1.

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E. RODRIGUEZ S. SCHMITT, Cojeli, corr. 2005

Albin counter-gambit

1.d4 d5, 2.c4 e5, 3.dxe5 d4, 4.Nf3 Nc6, 5.a3 Bg4, 6.Bf4 f6 ?! 7.Nbd2 g5, 8.Bg3
f5, 9.h3 Bh5, 10.Nb3 ?! f4, 11.Bh2 Qe7 ! 12.Nbxd4 !? O-O-O, 13.e3 Bxf3,
(13Nxe5, 14.Be2) 14.gxf3 ?! (14. Qxf3 Nxd4, 15.exd4 Rxd4) 14Qxe5,
15.Qe2 Nxd4, 16.exd4 Qxd4, 17.h4 Nf6 !!? (17h6, 18.Bh3 and 0-0) 18.hxg5
[ 18.Bh3 g4 !!? 19.Bxg4 Nxg4, 20.fxg4 Bb4+ (20Bxa3 !?), 21. Kf1
Re8]18...Re8, 19.Bh3+ Kb8, 20.Rd1 ? [ 20.Be6 Qb6, (20.Qd6 ? 21.Rd1 ! and
22.Qxd6 Rd8+ !) ]
20Rxe2+, 21.Kxe2 Qxc4+, 22.Ke1 Bb4+ ! (22Nd5, 23.Be6), 0-1.
[An. S. Schmitt]


BARON D. (2130) - PLANTET M. (2040)

Saint Quentin (Elancourt), 2005 [ECO "A51"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. Qc2 Bb4+ 5. Nd2 d5 6. Ngf3 Nc6 7. a3 Bxd2+

8. Bxd2 Bf5 9. Qc1 O-O 10. e3 Nc5 11. Qc3 Ne4 12. Qc1 Re8 13. cxd5 Nxe5 14.
Be2 Qxd5 15. Nxe5 Rxe5 16. Bf3 Qd3 17. Be2 Qd6 18. Bb4 Qg6 19. Bf3 Bg4 20.
Qxc7 Rae8 21. Bc3 Nxf2 22. Bxe5 Bxf3 23. gxf3 Nd3+ 24. Ke2 Nxe5 25. Rhg1
Qd3+ 26. Kf2 Qd2+ 27. Kg3 Qxe3 28. Rgf1 Qg5+ 29. Kf2 Nd3# 0-1.


FM MEINSHON F. (2250) - OGER C. (1960)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Bb4+ 5. Nd2 Nc6 6. Ngf3 Qe7 7. a3 Ngxe5
8. Nxe5 Nxe5 9. e3 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 d6 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O Be6 13. c5 Rfd8
14. cxd6 cxd6 15. Rac1 Rac8 16. Qd4 Nc6 17. Qa4 d5 18. Rfd1 d4 19. exd4 Bd5
20. Bf1 Qe4 21. Bg5 f6 22. Be3 g5 23. Qc2 Qg4 24. h3 Qe6 25. Bc4 Rc7 26.
Bxd5 Rxd5 27. Re1 Qf7 28. Qb3 Rcd7 29. Red1 Kg7 30. Rc3 h6 31. f3 f5 32.
Rcd3 f4 33. Bf2 Qf5 34. Re1 Qf6 35. Re4 h5 36. Qc3 Qf5 37. Rd2 Qf6 38. Qc4
a6 39. Qc3 Kf7 40. Qb3 Kg7 41. Qb6 $4 Rb5 42. Qxb5 axb5 43. d5 Qf7 44. d6

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Qf6 45. Bc5 b6 46. Bd4 Nxd4 47. Rexd4 Qe5 48. Kf1 Qc5 49. Ke2 Kf6 50. Kd1
Qf5 51. Ke2 Qb1 52. Kf2 Qc1 53. Ke2 Qc5 54. Ke1, .


Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Nbd2 f6 5. exf6 Nxf6 6. e3 d5 7. Be2 Bf5 8.

b3 O-O-O 9. Bb2 Ne4 10. O-O Rg8 11. Nd4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 c5 13. Bb2 g5 14.
Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Bf3 Kb8 16. Bxe4 Qxe4 17. Qd3 Qh4 18. Be5+ Ka8 19. Bg3 Qh5
20. Qf5 Bg7 21. Rad1 Rgf8 22. Qd3 d4 23. c3 Bf6 24. cxd4 cxd4 25. exd4 Bxd4
26. Qb1 Qf7 27. Qc2 h5 28. Rde1 h4 29. Be5 Bb6 30. Rc1 g4 31. Bd6 Rg8 32.
Bc5 Rc8 33. b4 h3 34. Qa4 Qd5 35. f3 Bxc5+ 36. bxc5 hxg2 37. Rf2 gxf3 38. c6
Rxc6 39. Rxc6 bxc6 40. Qb3 Rb8 41. Qxf3 Rb1+ 42. Kxg2 Kb7 43. Qxd5 cxd5
44. Rd2 Kc6 45. Kf3 Rb7 46. Rc2+ Kd6 47. Rd2 Rh7 48. Kf4 Rf7+ 49. Ke3 Ke5
50. Kd3 Rf3+ 51. Kc2 d4 52. Rd3 Rf7 53. Rd2 Rc7+ 54. Kd1 Rc3 55. Re2+ Kf4
56. Kd2 Ra3 57. Rf2+ Ke4 58. Re2+ Kf3 59. Kd1 a5 60. h4 d3 61. Rb2 Kg4 62.
Rb3 Rxa2 63. Rxd3 Kxh4 64. Kc1 Kg4 65. Kb1 Ra4 66. Kb2 Kf4 67. Ra3 Rb4+
68. Kc3 Rb5 69. Kc4 Rh5 70. Rd3, .

Salon de Provence Open, 2006

1. d4 e5 2. d5 Nf6 3. c4 Bc5 4. Bg5 Bxf2+ 5. Kxf2 Ne4+ 6. Ke1 Nxg5 7. Nf3 d6 8.

Nxg5 Qxg5 9. Nc3 Qh4+ 10. g3 Qxc4 11. Qa4+ Qxa4 12. Nxa4 f5 13. Rc1 c5 14.
b4 b6 15. bxc5 bxc5 16. Bg2 Bd7 17. Nb2 e4 18. Nc4 Ke7 19. Rb1 Na6 20. a3
Rab8 21. Kd2 Rhg8 22. Rb2 Rxb2+ 23. Nxb2 Rb8 24. Kc3 Nc7 25. Rd1 Nb5+
26. Kb3 Nd4+ 27. Ka2 Nxe2 28. Rc1 Nxc1+, 0-1.

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SALAUN Y. (2310) IM TIRARD H. (2450)

21st Avoine Open, 2006

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nd2 bxc4 5. e4 Qa5 6. Qc2 c3 7. bxc3 g6 8. Bd3

d6 9. Rb1 Bg7 10. Ngf3 O-O 11. O-O Qc7 12. h3 e5 13. dxe6 Bxe6 14. Ng5 Nc6
15. Nxe6 fxe6 16. Nf3 d5 17. exd5 exd5 18. Ba3 c4 19. Be2 Rfe8 20. Rfe1 Qa5
21. Bb4 Nxb4 22. cxb4 Qb6 23. Ng5 Re5 24. Nf3 Re7 25. Bxc4 Rc7 26. Bxd5+
Nxd5 27. Qb3 Rd8 28. Ng5 Bd4 29. Re2 Rc3 30. Qa4 Qc6 31. Qxc6 Rxc6 32.
Ne6 Nc3 33. Nxd4 Nxe2+ 34. Nxe2 Rd2 35. Ng3 Rxa2 36. Rd1 Re6 37. f3 Re7
38. Ne4 Rb7 39. b5 Kg7 40. Rd5 Rc7 41. h4 h6 42. Kh2 Kf7 43. Rd6 Rb2 44. h5
Rxb5 45. Rf6+ Kg8 46. Rxg6+ Rg7 47. Rxh6 Rb2 48. Nf6+ Kf7 49. Ng4 Rb6 50.
Ne5+ Kg8 51. Rxb6 axb6 52. Kg1 b5 53. Kf2 b4 54. Ke1 b3 55. Kd2 Rc7 56.
Nd3 Kg7 57. g4 Kh6 58. f4 Rc6 59. Kd1 Rc2 60. Nc1 Rc3 61. Nxb3 Rxb3, 0-1.

LOMBART P. (2090) TRIPOTEAU N. (2300) 21st Avoine Open, 2006

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. e3 e6 6. Nc3 Qa5 7. Bd2 axb5 8. Bxb5

Qb6 9. dxe6 fxe6 10. Nge2 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. Qc2 d5 13. a4 Nc6 14. Nf4 Nb4
15. Qb1 e5 16. Nfe2 Be6 17. Ng3 c4 18. Na2 Nd3 19. Nc1 Nxf2 20. Rxf2 Ng4 21.
Rxf8+ Rxf8 22. Nf1 Bf5 23. Qa2 Be4 24. Bxc4 Kh8 25. Qb3 Rf2 26. Ng3 Rxg2+
27. Kf1 Qf6+, 0-1.

GM DORFMAN I. (2590) GM VAISSER A. (2570)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006 [ECO "A58"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. g3 d6 8. Bg2

Nbd7 9. Nf3 Bg7 10. Rb1 O-O 11. O-O Qa5 12. Qc2 Nb6 13. Rd1 Bb7 14. Bd2
Nc4 15. Be1 Nd7 16. Qe4 Nde5 17. Nxe5 Nxe5 18. b4 cxb4 19. Qxb4 Qxb4 20.
Rxb4 Ba6 21. a4 Rfc8 22. Nb5 Nc4 23. Bf1 Bxb5 24. axb5 Nb6 25. Rb3 Ra4 26.
f3 Bd4+ 27. Rxd4 Rxd4 28. Bf2 Rd1 29. Bxb6 Rcc1 30. Kg2 Rxf1 31. Bd4 Rb1
32. Bb2 Rfc1 33. b6 Rc8 34. b7 Rb8 35. Rc3 Rxb2 36. Rc8+ Kg7 37. Rxb8
Rxe2+ 38. Kh3 Rb2 39. g4 g5 40. Kg3 h6 41. h4 Rb3 42. hxg5 hxg5 43. Kf2 Kf6
44. Kg3 Rb2 45. Kh3 Ke5 46. Rf8 Rxb7 47. Rxf7 Kxd5 48. Rf5+ Ke6, .

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BLEUNVEN A. (2280) - ALANIC X. (2200)

French Championship, Besanon, 2006

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Bg5 Bb7 5. Bxf6 gxf6 6. e4 Qb6 7. Be2 Rg8 8.

O-O a6 9. Re1 f5 10. e5 e6 11. c4 Bh6 12. Nc3 b4 13. Na4 Qc7 14. Qd3 a5 15.
Nd2 Na6 16. Bf3 Qd8 17. Nb3 Rc8 18. Rad1 Qc7 19. Naxc5 Nxc5 20. Nxc5
Qxc5 21. dxe6 dxe6 22. Bxb7 Rb8 23. Ba6 Bg5 24. Qd6 Qxd6 25. exd6 Rb6 26.
Bb5+ Kd8 27. Ba4 Rb8 28. c5 Kc8 29. c6 Rb6 30. Re5 Ra6 31. Rc5 Rd8 32. Rc4
Bf6 33. Rc2 Rb6 34. g3 f4 35. Rcd2 Be5 36. Kg2 Ra6 37. Kf3 fxg3 38. hxg3 h5
39. Ke3 h4 40. f4 Bf6 41. Rc2 Ra8 42. Bb3, 1-0.

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Dany Snchaud

UON 21, May / June / July / Aug. 2008 GAMBITS FROM FRANCE (IX) by Dany Snchaud 47
UON 21 The Gunsberg Errata

The Gunsberg Errata

By G. K. Gifford, with contributing text by: Anthony Whalley, Clive Hill, & Rick Kennedy

The Gunsberg Errata sounds like a modern

mystery in the flavor of the Da Vinci code. But,
Im afraid it is nothing that colorful, despite the
fact that Isidor Gunsberg reportedly began his
chess career as the man inside the mechanical
chess marvel, Mephisto.

At any rate, in UON 19 there is an article,

Whos Afraid of the Gunsberg Variation?
And this Errata is in regard to that flawed piece
which I penned.

The flaw arouse after these moves.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.a3 Bc5

(1st diagram)

It was here that I went into 5. b4 analysis

without even considering the Tarrasch trap via
transposition and colors reversed (5. Nxe5) .
Interesting, is that my old Fritz6 program, which I
used to check the position, also failed to point out
the trick, i.e., 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.d4. (2nd

Perhaps the oversight by the program was due to

my old PC, the transposed opening, a voltage
transient, the misalignment of planets, or some
combination of these elements. As for my
oversight, I have no excuse it simply did not
register at the time.

And so, a key line, based on a well known trap,

was completely ignored.

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Anthony Whalley saw the omission in UON 19 and wrote:

The Gunsberg article suggests 4.Bc5 as the equalizing line. Is this not the equivalent the
Tarrasch mistake? Mentioned by Pinski in his four knights book with colors reversed?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4? Nxe5 (Diagram)

Anthony also sent a YouTube link to support his accurate claim. com/watch? v=z-abXbOctfA

I then realized that my article was flawed and regretted having ever
created it.

I responded to Anthony:

Thanks Anthony, for the question and the link. The chess video there is
very good and I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to review
this issue. The lesson is animated.

Yes Anthony, you are correct. Instead of the 5.b4 plan there is the better
line with 5.Nxe5 as follows.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.a3 Bc5 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.d4 which is the
trap... and now if 6....Bd6 7.f4 looks great.

[But maybe simply 7.dxe5]

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Anthony Whalley replied:

Thanks Gary I didn't mean to sound short in the previous mail but I was busy at work but
didn't want to "leave it til later." I appreciate the article and the effort that you put in and
to be fair I had never really thought of 5.b4 before you mentioned it.

As a Gunsberg player the troublesome/ equalizing line for me is the 4..a6 variation as White
has now lost the option of the Spanish Four Knights and if 5.d4 Black can now enter into the
Scotch Game with the possibility of playing the Qh4 lines when the inclusion of a6 prevents
the more testing Nb5 lines, although there are still possibilities for White in other
variations. Also on the scotch transposition issue Black can also opt for the Bc5 Classical
Scotch variations when again the inclusion of a3 and a6 only seems to give Black more
good options as he has the extra retreat square of a7 if required.

As I remember the SOS article recommends transposing to a Belgrade Gambit in the case of

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.a3 a6 5.d4 exd4

6.Nd5!? (Diagram)

But again a glance at this will reveal that the

testing lines have been removed as Black protects
the b5 square. I should have a look at this again

I find this variation fascinating it would appear

as though the b5 square is key for White in the
Four Knights. Could the variation:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 a6!?

be worth a look for Black.

Going off Isidors performance at Hastings I would suggest not; but in the game below he
attempts the b4 variation discussed in the newsletter but a tempo down with disastrous
consequences. A.W.

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UON 21 The Gunsberg Errata

Hastings, 1895 Round "1" Result 1-0

White: Schiffers, Emanuel Stepanovich vs. Black: Gunsberg, Isidor

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 a6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Nge7 6. Bc4 b5 7. Bb3 Nxd4

8. Qxd4 d6 9. Qe3 Bb7 10. Qf3 f6 11. Bf4 Ng6 12. O-O-O Qd7 13. Bg3 O-O-O

After 13. Bg3 O-O-O

14. Qe3 Re8 15. Qa7 Ne7 16. Rhe1 Nc6 17. Qe3 h5 18. f4 h4 19. Bf2 g6 20. Nd5 Bg7
21. h3 f5 22. Qd3 fxe4 23. Rxe4 Rxe4 24. Qxe4 Qf5 25. Qe3 Kb8 26. Kb1 Qh5 27. c3
Bh6 28. a4 g5 29. axb5 gxf4 30. Qd3 axb5 (Next Diagram)

After 30. axb5

31. Nxc7! Rd8 32. Nxb5 Ba6 33. Bd5 Qe8 34. c4 (White has secured his loose forces
and has no worries - editor) Bxb5 35. cxb5 Nb4 36. Ba7+ 1-0

Ill have a think about this tonight and let you know if I find anything. Anthony

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After viewing the preceding game, Clive Hill (clivebeard1999) added this comment:

How about playing:

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. a3 a6 5. b4

If Black plays 5...d5, White can go down the same path as in the 1895 game but with an
extra tempo; and if Black keeps up the symmetry with 5...b5, then 6.d4 and Black does
not have Bishop to c5 as in a Scotch. I'm not a Gunsberg player, so this is just
speculation, but I thought I would ask. Clive :-)

And finally, Rick Kennedy wrote the following (up through page 54) as an attempt to
cheer me up in regard to my flawed Gunsberg article:

I wouldn't sweat it over your UON Gunsberg article. You have merely participated in what
my dad used to call "the Scientific American method" of research. He said the "method" is
simple: send a Letter to the Editor at Scientific American, outlining some basic idea, and
putting forth a few conclusions. The readers - geniuses all and certainly smarter than any
Letter writer - will fall over themselves trying to meet the magazine's next deadline, with
missives such as "X was a bit off. I ran an experiment, and here is my data which suggested
..." or "Poppycock! The following proof demonstrates the way the author should have
developed his thesis..." Of course the Editor will choose the wisest responses to publish -
thereby setting off a second round of responses, from those who have worked harder than
the first group to gather more data, refine more proofs, further or refute the argument, etc.
After the sixth month or so, the first writer needs only gather up and synthesize the

It would be unfair, though, for me to bypass my bookshelf and pass up my role in the
Scientific American method-as long as I can avoid that I'm-smarter-than-you stuff.

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UON 21 The Gunsberg Errata

Interestingly enough, IGM Larry Evans' "Chess Openings Ideas & Analysis Four Knights'
Game & Belgrade Gambit" (1972) does not include the move, 4. a3.

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5, IGM Evans writes:

"The fact that White's QN is already developed makes this order significantly different
from the Ruy Lopez, as can be seen from the next note. Weaker is 4 B-B4, NxP! (4...B-B4
transposes to the Giuoco Piano). And a normal reaction to 4 B-K2 (or 4 P-KN3) is P-Q4"

Neither does L.M. Picket's "Four Knights and Belgrade Gambit" (1976) have 4. a3,
although you can read in the booklet after the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6
4.Bb5, the following:

"Since White has already developed his QN this line is considerably different from the Ruy
Lopez as is indicated in the note to Black's next move. If say 4 B-B4 then NxP! equalizes
quickly and the most active reply to 4 B-K2 and P-KN3 is P-Q4."

Hmmmmm.... Sound familiar?

John Nunn's "New Ideas in The Four Knights" (1993) does not cover 4.a3, but perhaps
that's because the move is not a "new idea."

Jan Pinski's "The Four Knights" (2003) has one annotated game with 4.a3, Blehm -
Socko, Warsaw 2002 (0-1,47). That game continues 4...d5, although Pinski looks at
4...g6 (transposing to a reversed Glek system), 4...Be7 ("too passive to equalize fully") and
4...Bc5 "(A provocation!) 5.Nxe5!? Nxe5 6.d4 Bd6" and after 7.dxe5 [7.f4 Nc6! leads to
equality] Bxe5 8.Bd3 d5 9.exd5 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Qxd5 11.0-0 0-0 "and White is probably
very slightly better here."

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.a3 d5 5.Bb5 d4 6.Ne2 Bd7 (6...Nxe4!? leads to
unclear play) 7.d3 Bd6 8.0-0 h6 headed toward equality.

All of this is prologue to the real resource, Hugh Myers' "Reversed King Pawns:
Mengarini's Opening" (1977). The main lines follow 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.a3. Larry
Evans, writing the Foreword, notes "A perverse opponent might even consider 3...P-QR3..."

In the Introduction Myers writes

"In this I think that my most valuable contribution is in the "Reversed(?) 'Four Knights
Opening' " going well beyond the variation 1 P-K4 P-K4 2 N-KB3 N-QB3 3 N-B3 N-B3 4 P-
QR3 P-Q4, which is as far as MCO-10 and ECO go with this sort of thing. They attribute 4
P-QR3 to Gunsberg, saying that 4...P-Q4 equalizes. But in that position... I don't think that
anything except 5 PxP has been considered up to now. I've found that 5 B-N5 makes better
use of 3 P-QR3."

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UON 21 The Gunsberg Errata

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.a3 d5 5.Bb5

Myers looks at

5...Nxe4 (the best)

5...d4 and


Diagrams to this Errata added by the editor.

Contributors to the Errata, in order of their contributions:

Anthony Whalley mrcowsy@yahoo.

Clive Hill
Rick Kennedy


A last minute addition which is related to Gunsberg, but not to the variation that bears his

The following is a win by Gunsberg against Steinitz. Gunsberg employs the

Evans Gambit. I took the liberty of adding a few diagrams. gkg

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UON 21 The Gunsberg Errata

Gunsberg, I A Steinitz, W
New York, NY (Manhattan Chess Club) Evans Gambit January 1981 Match Game

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.O-O Qf6 7.d4 h6 8.Qa4 Bb6 9.Bb5
Nge7 10.Ba3 exd4 11.e5 (Diagram) "The only way to continue the attack." - Gunsberg

Qg6 12.cxd4 Nd5 13.Re1 Nf4 14.g3 Qg4 15.Nbd2 Nh3+ 16.Kg2 Ng5 17.Bb2 Ne7
18.Be2 Ne6 19.Kh1 Qf5 20.Nh4 Qxf2 "An error which loses the queen." - Gunsberg

And from this position we see 21.Ne4 1-0

Steintitz pointed out that now, after Qe3, 22. Bf1 wins the queen.
Thus he resigned before reaching the following position, which would have resulted.

End of Errata

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Hippo Corner I
Robert Bona, Dresden, Germany

Copyright:Dorothee Luik, Anke Raum - Used with permission of the artist.

May I introduce you to the Hippo Corner? I know there are some friends of this opening in
the big UON-Universe. Maybe only a few...

Do you remember this situation? As a practitioner or aficionado of certain openings you are
watching out for games played by your favourite role model players. If these specialists get
problems with their - and yours of course - pet openings you get some doubts if there maybe
fundamental problems with the opening. This seems to happen with my pet opening during
2007 - the Hippopotamus (aka Scorpion, aka Robatsch ...). GM Pavel Blatny and FM Alessio
de Santis were defeated, GM Blatny during the Foxwoods Open two times - in one of the
games by the twelve year old FM Ray Robson! And this year the German FM Bernd Feustel
who is playing this opening since decades defeating several GMs with it lost.

But: Don't worry! Looking at these games in some detail you will see that the opening itself
was not the reason for the loss but smaller or bigger inaccuracies during the game. In fact in
all cases the positions after the opening phase were roughly even and full of play. O.K. you
sometime have to accept "ugly" looking positions, but thats a matter of taste and how
familiar you are with these positions. And: the Hippo is playable against the e4, d4, c4 pawn
centre too! No problem with that, you have not to switch to the King's Indian if you don't
want to.

On the other hand there were recently also many games played even on the highest Super-
GM level where Black had the upper hand. The most spectacular examples are from the last
year world blitz championship where Gata Kamsky played the Hippo several times with great
success. And there is a seldom exemplar of the species in the collection a Hippo with the
White pieces played against Ruslan Ponomariov.

Let's hear what GM Kamsky has to say about this: "I saw you regularly used the Scorpion
Defence... (A set-up where a good part of Black's initial moves consists of pushing pawns to
g6, d6, c6, a6 and h6 - ed.) Yes, but I have great experience in this opening as both White and
Black. I played it against computers. And in blitz against humans it gives you a huge
advantage - you can flash out your first 10 moves, and you are already winning on time. Then
you play ...b5, g5, then ...b4, and his e4-pawn suddenly hangs. I am ready to repeat it next
time, so the guys can start preparing (laughs)!"

UON 21 April June 2008 Hippo Corner, by Robert Bona 56

Many Hippo games are more in the "wait and see" mode lurking for counterattacks but why
not attack immediately? One example was seen during the Hastings International Chess
Congress 2006. After IM Willy Hendriks crushed the Hippo against Rasa Norinkeviciute in
the 1st round GM Gofshtein beat Hendriks with the same opening and delivered a great
attacking game - incredible!

I hope you enjoy these games and some other games from 2007 too which I have added.

Robson, Ray - Blatny, Pavel [B00]

Foxwoods op 09th Connecticut (2), 04.04.2007
1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.00 e6 6.c3 d6 7.Bf4 Ne7 8.Qe2 a6 b5
9.Nbd2 Nd7 10.a4 h6 11.a5 b5 12.c4 g5 [12...bxc4 13.Nxc4 (13.Bxc4 00 14.Rac1
g5 15.Be3 d5 16.Bd3 dxe4 17.Bxe4 Bd5 18.b3 Re8 19.Ne5 Nxe5 ) 13...d5 (13...00
14.Rfc1 c5) 14.Ncd2 dxe4 15.Nxe4 00] 13.Bg3 g4 14.Nh4 [14.Ne1 Bxd4 15.cxb5
Bxb2] 14...bxc4= 15.Nxc4 Bxd4 16.Bxd6 cxd6 ??[1) 16...Nc6 17.Bg3 Rg8
18.Rad1=; 2) 16...Rg8 17.Bg3 Nc6 18.Rad1=; 3) 16...Bf6 17.Bg3 Nc6 18.Qxg4 Nc5
19.Bb1 h5 20.Qh3 Qd4 21.Ba2 000 22.e5 Nxe5=] 17.Nxd6+ Kf8 18.Nxb7 Qb8
19.Bxa6 Qa7 20.Rad1 e5 21.Rxd4 [21.Qxg4 Nf6 22.Qe2 Qxa6 23.Qxa6 Rxa6]
21...exd4 22.Qb5 [22.Qxg4 Nb8 23.Nd6 Nxa6] 22...Qxa6 23.Qxd7 Qc6?
24.Qxd4+- Rg8 25.Nc5 Ke8 26.Nf5 Rg6 27.Qh8+ Ng8 28.Qe5+ Kf8 29.Rd1 f6
30.Qc3 Ke8 31.Nd6+ Ke7 32.Qc4 10

Schlosser, Philipp - Blatny, Pavel [A40]

Pardubice Synthesia op Pardubice (7), 18.07.2007
1.c4 b6 2.d4 e6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 g6 [4...f5!?] 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 d6 7.f4 Ne7 8.Nf3
Nd7 9.Qd2 a6 10.000 b5 11.Kb1 bxc4 12.Bxc4 d5 13.exd5 Nb6 [13...Nxd5
14.Nxd5 Bxd5 15.Bxd5 exd5 16.Qa5] 14.Bb3 Nexd5 15.h4 h5 16.Ne5 a5 17.a3
[17.Nxd5!? Bxd5 18.Qc2=] 17...00 [17...Nxe3 18.Qxe3 00 19.f5 gxf5 20.Qe2]
18.Rhg1 a4 19.Ba2 Nxe3 20.Qxe3 Nd5 [20...Qxh4 21.g4 hxg4 22.Rxg4 Qf6=]
21.Bxd5= Bxd5 [21...exd5 22.g4 hxg4 23.Rxg4=] 22.g4 [22.Nxd5 Qxd5 23.Qf3
Rfd8] 22...hxg4 23.Rxg4 [23.Nxd5 Qxd5 24.Rxg4 Rfb8] 23...Rb8 24.h5 Rb3?
[24...gxh5 25.Rg5 f6 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 27.Rg1+ Kh7+-] 25.hxg6+- f6 [25...f5 26.Qh3
Re8 27.Rg3+-] 26.Qh3 [26.Nc6! Rxc3 27.bxc3 Qd7+-] 26...Re8 27.Rh4 Re7 28.Nf7
Rxf7 29.gxf7+ Kxf7 30.f5 Qb8 31.Rd2 exf5 32.Qxf5 Be6 33.Qh5+ Kf8 34.Qc5+
Kf7 35.Rg2 Qc8 36.Ka1Bf5 37.Rxg7+ Kxg7 38.Qe7+ Kg8 39.Qxf6 Bh7 40.Nd5

Dervishi, Erald (2545) - De Santis, Alessio (2337) [B06]

9 Op. Padova (2.1), 17.12.2006
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Nf3 Nd7 5.Bc4 e6 d5 6.Bg5 Ne7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Be3 a6
9.a4 b6 10.00 Bb7 11.h3 [11.Rfe1 Nf6 12.d5 Qd7] 11...Nf6 12.Bd3 g5 13.e5 Nd7
14.exd6 cxd6 15.Be4 Bxe4 16.Nxe4 Nf5 [16...00!?=]17.d5 Nc5 18.Bxc5 bxc5
19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Rad1 Nd4 21.Nxd4 cxd4 22.c3 00 23.cxd4 Rf4 24.Qe3 Rb8
25.b3 Qb6 26.Rd3 Re8 27.d5 Qb4 28.f3 Be5 29.dxe6 Rxe6 30.Rfd1 Rg6
[30...Rf7!?] 31.Nxd6 Bxd6 32.Qe8+ Kg7 33.Rxd6! 33.Rxd6 [33...Qxd6 34.Rxd6]
34.Qe7+ 34.Rf7 35.Qxd6 Qxb3 36.Qe5+ Kh7 37.Qe4+ Kg7 38.Rd6 Kf8 39.Rd8+
39.Kg7 40.Qd4+ Kh7 41.Qh8+ Kg6 42.Rg8+ 10

UON 21 April June 2008 Hippo Corner, by Robert Bona 57

Baldauf, Marco (2229) - Feustel, Bernd (2260) [B06]
Oberliga Bayern (6.1), 17.02.2008
Analyzing the game i asked myself at which point things get worse for Mr. Feustel? I
think in the end the weak pawn e6 and Whites control over the d-file are the main
factors. Instead of 16.Lc1?! 16.Ng5 or 16.Qd3 seems to be better but after 17.Qd3
black has the chance to steer the game into another direction with 17..Rd8 with and
equal position. And after 18.Qxd6 Qdx6 19.Rxd6 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Nc4 21.Rd3 Bxe4
black has the better position. 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.g3 Nd7 5.Bg2 e6 6.f4N
The variation with 5...e6 played in the game is very seldom and the move 6.f4 seems
to be a novelty. 6...Ne7 7.Nf3 00 8.00 b6 9.Qe2 Bb7 10.h3 a6 11.Bd2 c5 12.Be3
Nc6?! [12...Qc7!?= I would suggest the more flexible 12...Dc7 instead of Nc6
connecting the rooks and keeping the tension. Position after 12...Dc7 is equal and
Black has all the options to react, e.g. to position the rooks as required; 12...b5!?
13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Bxc5 dxc5 15.e5 Nf5] 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.d5 Na5 15.dxe6 fxe6
16.Bc1 [16.Qd3 Nf6 17.Ng5 Rae8] 16...Rfe8 17.Qd3 Nf6?! [17...Rad8 18.f5]
18.Qxd6 Qxd6 19.Rxd6 Nc4 20.Rdd1 Nxe4 21.Nxe4 Bxe4 22.b3 Na5 23.Rfe1 Bc6
24.Ne5 Bxe5 25.fxe5 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Nc6 27.Bg5 Nd4 28.c3 Nb5 29.Re3 Ra7 30.a4
Na3 31.Rd6 b5 32.a5 b4 33.cxb4 cxb4 34.Red3 Nb5 35.Rd8 Ra8 36.R8d7 Nc3
37.Bf6 Nd5 38.Rg7+ Kh8 39.Rb7+ Nxf6 40.exf6 Rf8 41.Rdd7 Rxf6 42.Rxh7+ Kg8
43.Rbg7+ Kf8 44.Rb7 Kg8 45.Rhe7 Rc8 46.h4 Kf8 47.Red7 e5 48.Rb6 Rf5
49.Rxg6 e4 50.Re6 Rxa5 51.Rxe4 Ra2+ 52.Kh3 a5 53.Ra7 Rb8 54.h5 a4 55.Rxa4
Rxa4 56.bxa4 b3 57.Re1 b2 58.Rb1 Kf7 59.Kh4 Kf6 60.a5 Kf5 61.g4+ Ke4 62.a6

Yermolinsky, A (2517) - Milov, V (2675) [B06]

Canadian Open Ottawa CAN (7), 12.07.2007
1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5 Nd7 5.Nf3 a6 6.a4 h6 7.Be3 e6 8.g3 Ne7 9.Bg2
d5 [9...Rb8 10.Qe2=] 10.exd5 exd5 11.00 00 12.Qd2 Kh7 13.a5 Nf6 14.Ne5 Nf5
15.b4 [15.Bf4 Be6] 15...Be6 16.Rfe1 Nd6 17.f3 Nd7 18.f4 Nxe5 19.fxe5 [19.dxe5!?
Nc4 20.Qd1 Nxe3 21.Rxe3=] 19...Nc4 20.Qd3 f6 21.exf6 Qxf6 22.Bxd5 Nxe3
23.Qxe3 [23.Rxe3!? Bf5 24.Ne4 Qxd4 25.Rae1] 23...Rae8 24.Ne4?? [24.Rad1
Bxd5 25.Nxd5+] 24...Qd8 01

Rublevsky, Sergei - Kamsky, Gata [B06]

World Blitz Championship 2007 Moscow (15), 21.03.2008
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 b6 4.c4 Bb7 5.Nc3 d6 6.h3 e6 7.Be3 Ne7 8.Bd3 a6 9.00
Nd7 10.Qd2 h6 11.d5 e5 12.Ne1 f5 13.exf5 Nxf5 14.Bxf5 gxf5 15.f4 Qf6 16.Nd3 0
0 17.Rae1 Rae8 18.Re2 Qg6 19.Ref2 Kh7 20.Qc2 Bc8 21.Nb4 Nf6 22.Nc6 Nh5
23.fxe5 dxe5 24.c5 Ng3 25.Rd1 f4 26.Qxg6+ Kxg6 27.Rf3 Nh5 28.Bc1 e4 29.Rff1
e3 30.Rfe1 bxc5 31.Na4 Bf6 32.Nxc5 Bh4 33.Re2 Ng3 34.Rc2 f3 35.gxf3 Rxf3
36.Kg2 Rf2+ 37.Rxf2 exf2 38.Kxf2 Ne4+ 39.Kf3 Nxc5 40.Be3 Ne4 41.Rg1+ Ng5+
42.Ke2 Bxh3 43.Kd2 h5 44.Nd4 Bg4 45.Rc1 Bg3 46.Rc6+ Bd6 47.Rxa6 Ne4+
48.Kd3 Nc5+ 01

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Ivanchuk, Vassily - Kamsky, Gata [A40]
World Blitz Championship 2007 Moscow (22), 21.03.2008
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.Be3 d6 6.Qd2 Nd7 7.000 e6 8.f3 a6 9.h4
h6 10.Kb1 Ne7 11.Nh3 c5 12.Nf2 Qc7 13.d5 e5 14.Bd3 h5 15.Nh3 Nf6 16.Bc2 Bc8
17.Ba4+ Bd7 18.Bxd7+ Qxd7 19.a4 Neg8 20.Kc2 Bh6 21.Ng5 Kf8 22.Rb1 a5
23.Nb5 Kg7 24.Rbf1 Re8 25.b3 Nh7 26.Rf2 Nf8 27.Rd1 Nf6 28.Rdf1 Re7 29.Qd3
Ne8 30.Nc3 f6 31.Nh3 Bxe3 32.Qxe3 f5 33.exf5 Qxf5+ 34.Ne4 Nh7 35.Kb2 Rf8
36.Qd2 Qd7 37.Qc3 Kg8 38.Qe3 Nef6 39.Neg5 Nxg5 40.Nxg5 Qf5 41.Ne6 Rff7
42.Ka3 Nh7 43.g4 Qf6 44.gxh5 gxh5 45.Rg2+ Kh8 46.Rfg1 Re8 47.Rg6 Qxf3
48.Qh6 Qc3 49.Rf6 Ree7 50.Rff1 e4 51.Nf4 Qb4+ 52.Ka2 Qd2+ 53.Kb1 Rxf4
54.Qxf4 Qd3+ 55.Kb2 e3 56.Qh6 Qd2+ 57.Kb1 Qd3+ 58.Ka2 Qd2+

Bacrot, Etienne - Kamsky, Gata [A40]

World Blitz Championship 2007 Moscow (35), 21.03.2008
1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bd3 e6 7.Be3 Nd7 8.Qd2 h6 9.h3
Ne7 10.g4 a6 11.h4 Nf6 12.Rg1 h5 13.gxh5 Nxh5 14.Bg5 Qd7 15.a4 Nc6 16.000
Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Bxd4 18.Bc2 Bg7 19.f4 b5 20.e5 bxc4 21.Ne4 Bxe4 22.Bxe4 d5
23.Qb4 c6 24.f5 Bf8 25.Qc3 gxf5 26.Bf3 Qb7 27.Bxh5 Rxh5 28.Bf6 Qb4 29.Qxb4
Bxb4 30.Rg8+ Bf8 31.Kc2 Rc8 32.Rdg1 Kd7 33.Kc3 Rh7 34.R1g2 a5 35.Kc2 Re8
36.R2g3 d4 37.b3 Be7 38.Rxe8 Kxe8 39.Rg8+ Kd7 40.bxc4 Bxf6 41.exf6 e5
42.Ra8 Rxh4 43.Rxa5 Rh2+ 44.Kd3 Rh3+ 45.Ke2 Ke6 46.Rc5 Kd6 47.Ra5 f4
48.Ra7 Ke6 49.a5 e4 50.Re7+ Kf5 51.Rxf7 d3+ 52.Kd2 Rh2+ 53.Kc3 Rc2+ 54.Kb3
f3 55.Re7 Kxf6 56.Rxe4 Rc1 57.Re3 d2 58.Rxf3+ Ke5 01

Carlsen, Magnus - Kamsky, Gata [B06]

World Blitz Championship 2007 Moscow (4), 21.03.2008
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 b6 4.Be3 Bb7 5.Qd2 e6 6.h4 h6 7.f3 d6 8.000 Nd7 9.g4
a6 10.Bd3 b5 11.Nge2 b4 12.Na4 a5 13.b3 Ne7 14.f4 Nf6 15.Bb5+ Kf8 16.Ng3
Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Rhe1 h5 19.f5 gxf5 20.gxf5 Bxf5 21.Bg5 f6 22.Bf4 Nd5
23.Bc4 Nxf4 24.Kb1 Bh6 25.Rf1 Nd5 26.Qe1 Ne3 27.Rxf5 exf5 28.Be6 Nxd1
29.Qxd1 Qe8 30.d5 Qg6 31.Qd4 Kg7 32.a3 Qg4 33.Qd3 Rhe8 34.Qb5 Re7 35.Qc6
Rb8 01

Kamsky, Gata - Ponomariov, Ruslan [A00]

World Blitz Championship 2007 Moscow (36), 21.03.2008
1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 Nf6 3.b3 e5 4.Bb2 Nc6 5.d3 h5 6.h3 Bb4+ 7.Nd2 Be6 8.a3 Bd6 9.e3
Qe7 10.b4 000 11.b5 Nb8 12.a4 Nbd7 13.Ngf3 Kb8 14.a5 Rc8 15.a6 b6 16.Ng5
c6 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.bxc6 Rxc6 19.00 Rc7 20.c4 Rhc8 21.Qe2 Bb4 22.Rfc1 Qd6
23.Nf3 e4 24.dxe4 dxe4 25.Nd4 Qe7 26.Nb5 Rc6 27.Rc2 e5 28.Ra4 Bc5 29.Nc3
R6c7 30.Nxe4 Nxe4 31.Bxe4 Nf6 32.Bg2 e4 33.Bxf6 gxf6 34.Qxh5 Rd7 35.Ra1
Rcd8 36.Qf5 Re8 37.Rcc1 Qe6 38.Qxe6 Rxe6 39.Rd1 Kc7 40.Rxd7+ Kxd7
41.Rd1+ Kc6 42.g4 b5 43.cxb5+ Kxb5 44.Bf1+ Kb4 45.Rb1+ Kc3 46.Rc1+ Kb4
47.Rc4+ 10

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IM Gerber, Richard (2382) - GM Malakhatko, Vadim (2604) [B06]
Geneve Geneve (4), 20.01.2007
1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.f4 e6 7.Qd2 Ne7 8.Bf3 b5 9.g4
Bb7 10.Nge2 Nb6 11.b3 f5 12.00 00 13.Ng3 b4 14.Nce2 fxe4 15.Nxe4 Nbd5
16.Bf2 Qd7 17.Bg3 a5 18.a3 Nc6 19.axb4 axb4 20.Qd3 Nce7 21.Ng5 h6 22.Ne4
Bc6 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Nd2 Rf8 25.h3 Bb5 26.Nc4 Nc3 27.Nxc3 bxc3 28.d5 exd5
29.Bxd5+ Kh8 30.Re1 Nxd5 31.Qxd5 Re8 32.Qf3 Bc6 33.Qd3 Qf7 34.Rxe8+ Qxe8
35.Qe3 Qe4 36.Qxe4 Bxe4 37.Na3 d5 38.Kf1 Bf8 39.Nb5 Bxc2 40.Nxc3 Bxb3
41.Ke2 Bc4+ 42.Kd2 Bd6 43.Ke3 c5 44.Nd1 Bb5 45.Kf2 d4 46.f5 Bxg3+ 47.Kxg3
c4 01

IM Feoktistov, Alexey A (2423) - GM Lazarev, Vladimir (2488) [B06]

Champions Challenge 184th INT (3), 03.02.2007
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.h3 a6 5.a4 b6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.Qe2 Nd7 9.00
Ne7 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.Rfe1 00 13.Rad1 c5 14.Qd3 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Ne5
16.Qe2 Rfc8 17.Bb3 Nd7 18.Qg4 Nc5 19.Qg3 Rd8 20.f4 Nxb3 21.Nxb3 Rac8
22.Rd3 Rc4 23.e5 dxe5 24.fxe5 Rxd3 25.Qxd3 Qg5 26.Re2 Rc7 27.Qd6 Rc8
28.Qxb6 Bc6 29.Qxa6 Qd8 30.Qa7 Qg5 31.Qe3 Qh4 32.a5 Qb4 33.a6 Ra8 34.a7
Bf8 35.Rd2 Qb7 36.Na5 Qa6 37.Nxc6 Qxc6 38.Qe4 Qb6+ 39.Kh2 Rxa7 40.Na4
Qc7 41.b3 Ra5 42.Re2 Rxe5 43.Qxe5 Bd6 44.Qxd6 Qxd6+ 45.g3 Qd1 46.Rg2 h5
47.Nc3 Qf3 48.Ne2 Qe4 49.Nf4 h4 50.Nd3 hxg3+ 51.Kxg3 Qe3+ 52.Kh2 Kg7
53.Rg3 Qd2+ 54.Rg2 Qc3 55.Rf2 e5 56.Kg2 e4 57.Nf4 e3 58.Re2 Qd4 59.Kf3 Qe5
60.Rxe3 Qc5 61.Rd3 Qc6+ 62.Ke3 Qxc2 63.Nd5 Qc1+ 64.Kd4 Qb2+ 65.Nc3 Qf2+
66.Kc4 Qf4+ 67.Rd4 Qc7+ 68.Kd3 Qb7 69.Kc4 10

IM Guliev, Logman (2438) - FM Jorczik, Julian (2286) [B06]

EU-ch 8th Dresden (11), 03.04.2007
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nd7 5.Nf3 a6 6.a4 b6 7.Bc4 e6 8.00 Ne7 9.f5 gxf5
10.Ng5 Nf8 11.exf5 Nxf5 12.Rxf5 exf5 13.Bxf7+ Kd7 14.d5 Qf6 15.Be3 h6
16.Be6+ Ke7 17.Bxc8 hxg5 18.Qe2 Qe5 19.Bxg5+ Kf7 20.Qxe5 Bxe5 21.Bxf5
Bxh2+ 22.Kf2 Be5 23.Kf3 Ng6 24.Ke4 Kg7 25.Bg4 Rae8 26.Kd3 Bxc3 27.Kxc3
Re5 28.Bd2 Rxd5 29.Bf3 Rc5+ 30.Kb3 Rh4 31.Be1 Rh1 32.Rd1 Kf7 33.Bf2 Rxd1
34.Bxc5 Rh1 35.Be3 Ne5 36.Bd5+ Ke7 37.Kc3 c6 38.Be4 d5 39.Bf5 c5 40.Bg5+
Kd6 41.Bf4 d4+ 42.Kd2 Kd5 43.b3 c4 44.Bc8 c3+ 45.Ke2 d3+ 46.cxd3 c2
47.Bb7+ Nc6 01

GM Shaw, John K (2441) - FM Johannesson, Ingvar Thor (2299)

Reykjavik op Reykjavik (4), 11.04.2007
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 e6 5.Bb3 Nd7 6.00 h6 7.Nbd2 Ne7 8.Re1 00
9.Nf1 b6 10.Ng3 Bb7 11.c3 a6 12.a4 Kh7 13.h3 e5 14.h4 c6 15.Be3 Qc7 16.h5
Rad8 17.Nh4 Bc8 18.Bxf7 Rxf7 19.hxg6+ Nxg6 20.Nxg6 Kxg6 21.Qh5+ Kf6
22.Bxh6 Bxh6 23.Qxh6+ Ke7 24.Nf5+ Rxf5 25.exf5 Rf8 26.dxe5 dxe5 27.Qe6+
Kd8 28.Rad1 10

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WIM Kasparova, Tatiana (2167) - IM Haub, Thorsten Michael (2468)
Metz op Metz (8), 14.04.2007
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 e6 6.Nge2 Ne7 7.Be3 Nd7 8.Qd2 h6
9.00 Bb7 10.a4 a6 11.Rad1 Nf6 12.h3 d5 13.f3 Kf8 14.g4 Kg8 15.Ng3 Nd7 16.Qf2
Rb8 17.Nce2 c5 18.c3 Bc6 19.Ra1 e5 20.Rfd1 c4 21.f4 exf4 22.Bxf4 Rc8 23.e5
Nf8 24.Rf1 a5 25.Be3 Qe8 26.Nf4 Ne6 27.Qc2 Kh7 28.Nfh5 Rc7 29.Nf6+ Bxf6
30.Rxf6 Kg7 31.Rff1 Rf8 32.Qd2 Ng8 33.Qc2

FM Toufighi, Homayoon (2365) - GM Ehlvest, Jaan (2643) [B06]

Dubai op 9th Dubai (4), 22.04.2007
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 Nd7 5.Bc4 e6 6.Bg5 Ne7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Be3 a6
9.a4 b6 10.00 Bb7 11.Rad1 g5 12.Ne1 Nf6 13.Bd3 Ng4 14.Qe2 Nxe3 15.fxe3 00
16.e5 Qe8 17.exd6 cxd6 18.Ne4 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 d5 20.Bd3 Qxa4 21.h4 f5 22.hxg5
hxg5 23.g4 e5 24.Bxf5 Nxf5 25.gxf5 exd4 26.exd4 Bxd4+ 27.Kh1 Bf6 28.Ng2
Rae8 29.Qd3 Kg7 30.Qxd5 Rd8 31.Qb7+ Rf7 32.Qxb6 Rxd1 33.Rxd1 Qxc2
34.Qd6 a5 35.Qd5 Re7 36.Qf3 a4 37.Nf4 gxf4 38.Rg1+ Kf8 39.Qa8+ Re8 40.Rg8+
Kxg8 41.Qxe8+ Kg7 42.Qg6+ Kh8 43.Qxf6+ Kg8 44.Qg6+ Kf8 45.Qf6+ Ke8

IM Hendriks, W (2438) - WFM Norinkeviciute, R (2094) [B06]

Masters 2006-7 Hastings ENG (1), 28.12.2006
1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 a6 6.Nf3 g5 7.Bg3 e6 8.e5 Ne7 9.Bd3
d5 10.h4 g4 11.Nh2 h5 12.Ne2 Nf5 13.Bxf5 exf5 14.Nf1 Be6 15.Bf4 c5 16.Nfg3
Nc6 17.c3 cxd4 18.cxd4 Bf8 19.Bg5 Qa5+ 20.Kf1 Be7 21.Bxe7 Kxe7 22.Kg1 Kd7
23.Nf4 Qb4 24.Ngxh5 Rad8 25.a3 Qb6 26.Rc1 Nxd4 27.b4 Ke7 28.Nf6 g3 29.Rc5
gxf2+ 30.Kxf2 Nc6 31.N4xd5+ Bxd5 32.Nxd5+ Rxd5 33.Qxd5 Rd8 34.Qf3 Nd4
35.Qe3 Qe6 36.Rd1 Nc6 37.Qg5+ Ke8 38.Qg8+ Ke7 39.Rxd8 Qa2+ 40.Kg1 Qa1+
41.Kh2 Nxd8 42.Rc7+ Ke6 43.Qe8+ 10

IM Hendriks, W (2438) - GM Gofshtein, Z (2509) [B06]

Masters 2006-7 Hastings ENG (3), 30.12.2006
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5 a6 5.Nf3 Nd7 6.a4 h6 7.Be3 e6 8.a5 Ne7 9.Bd3
Nc6 10.00 g5 11.h3 Nf6 12.d5 exd5 13.Nxd5 g4 14.hxg4 Nxg4 15.Bf4 Rg8
16.Bg3 Be6 17.c3 Qd7 18.b4 Ne7 19.c4 Bxa1 20.Qxa1 Ng6 21.Re1 Kf8 22.Qd4
Bxd5 23.Qxd5 Nf6 24.Qxb7 Re8 25.b5 Nh5 26.Bf1 Nxg3 27.fxg3 Qg4 28.Qxc7
Qxg3 29.Rd1 Nf4 30.Qxd6+ Kg7 31.Rd2 Re6 32.Qd7 Nh3+ 33.Kh1 Nf2+ 34.Kg1
Nh3+ 35.Kh1 Nf2+ 36.Kg1 Ng4 37.b6 Rf6 38.Qd4 Rd8 39.Qxd8 Rxf3 40.Qd4+
Kh7 0 01

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UON 21 Jerome Gambit

Nobody expects the Jerome Gambit!

by Rick Kennedy

With apologies to Monty Python (and the Spanish Inquisition) I have to wonder how many
Unorthodox Openings Newsletters readers expected another article after the ones in Issue #17
and Issue #18 on the Jerome Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ ? Yet, here we

I was spurred to write about this unorthodox and seriously disreputable opening again when my
chess friend, Pete Banks of England (handle: blackburne), organized a 13-player, double-round
robin thematic tournament at starring the Jerome Gambit.

On top of that, Pete bravely tossed Grandmaster Gary Lane a question about the opening, which
the Chess Caf ( author addressed in his most recent Opening Lanes

Before diving into some of the lessons to be learned from the 156 games of the Jerome Gambit
Tournament, I wanted to share something from GM Nigel Davies fantastic book, Gambiteer I.

Having examined literally thousands of club players games over the

years, I have noticed several things:
1) The player with the more active pieces tends to win.
2) A pawn or even several pawns is rarely a decisive advantage.
3) Nobody knows much theory.
4) When faced with aggressive play, the usual reaction is to cower.
- GM Nigel Davies

This wisdom is relevant to the tournament under consideration, where players ranged from
the1200s to the1800s according to chessworlds rating system, and where knowledge of the
book lines of the Jerome Gambit ranged from a good bit to not very much at all. We are not
going to be looking at masters searching out the ultimate truth of the opening, we are going to
see how it is played at club level.

Please remember, too, that we are not looking at the Ruy Lopez, or even the Blackmar Diemer
Gambit. We are looking at the duck-billed platypus of the chess opening world.

In fact, I have to say that my first prediction for the result of the competition was a 13-way tie for
first place, with the players losing all of their games with the white pieces and winning all of
their games with the black pieces. After all, the Jerome Gambit has a number of clear refutations
how could it be otherwise?

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After some thought, however, I realized that there was more to consider than just White vs
Black. As I wrote in UON #17, the Jerome Gambit is playable in the way that giving odds is
playable. So I looked at all of the match-ups in the tournament, and when White was rated
several hundred points above Black, I predicted a win for the first player. Carrying this re-
evaluation through all of the games, I estimated that the tournament winner would score 18
points out of 24.

As it turns out, blackburne (Pete) scored 18 points, winning 10 out of 12 times with white!
This was only good enough for fourth place, however, as SIRMO, who won a still-impressive 8
times with white and drew twice, won every game he played with the black pieces, for a total of
21 points! This allowed him to place ahead of savage13 and drewbear, each who won 9 times as
White, scoring 20 and 19 points each.

Contrary to my initial impressions, White won 63 games in the Jerome Gambit Tournament, lost
90, and drew 3, for a score of 41% this is unimpressive in comparison with legitimate chess
openings, but a bit surprising for an opening that GM Keene once wrote should never be

Jerome Gambit Tournament 2007-2008

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3
1 SIRMO 1857 +13 ** 01 01 1 1 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 21.0/24
2 savage13 1712 +109 10 ** 10 01 11 11 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 20.0/24
3 drewbear 1562 +222 10 01 ** 01 11 10 11 11 11 10 11 11 11 19.0/24
4 blackburne 1795 -51 0 10 10 ** 10 01 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 18.5/24
5 Nestor250168 1684 -106 0 00 00 01 ** 01 10 10 11 10 11 11 11 13.5/24
6 Ratscales 1383 +158 00 00 01 10 10 ** 01 11 1 10 00 10 11 11.5/24
7 AAlekhine 1607 -130 00 01 00 00 01 10 ** 01 00 10 01 11 11 10.0/24 87.00
8 Bullit52 1541 -58 00 00 00 00 01 00 10 ** 01 10 11 11 11 10.0/24 72.00
9 BrainFreeze 1594 -164 00 00 00 00 00 0 11 10 ** 01 01 01 11 8.5/24
10 karmmark 1373 +59 00 00 01 00 01 01 01 01 10 ** 01 10 00 8.0/24 86.50
11 plummy 1463 -38 00 00 00 00 00 11 10 00 10 10 ** 01 11 8.0/24 59.50
12 NMTIGER 1292 +72 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 10 01 10 ** 11 6.0/24
13 manago 1202 -65 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 ** 2.0/24

Analysis of the results shows that the difference in ratings between White and Black (ratings rose
and fell during the tournament after wins and losses) was a significant factor in the outcome of
the games, with the correlation being about .7 (that is to say about of the variance in the results
was due the difference in strength of the players).

Charting each win and loss against a range of strength differences between the players White is
0-100 points higher (or lower) than Black, White is 101-200 points higher (or lower) than Black,
White is 201-300 points higher (or lower) than Black, etc. shows that in this Jerome Gambit
Tournament, White needed to be rated only 200 points higher than his opponent to overcome the
handicap of giving Jerome Gambit odds and have strong winning chances.

Lets take a step-by-step look at how the Jerome Gambit was played out in the games and some
relevant examples.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7

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I was shocked to find that in 17 games Black did not capture the Bishop, preferring instead
4Kf8?! or 4Ke7?. (I have not seen this idea in classical Jerome Gambit games or analysis,
only fairly recently.) The only explanation that I can think of is that the second player reasoned
that If he wants me to take the Bishop, then I wont! Sometimes this is a good strategy, but not

In the case of 4Kf8, the simplest idea is for White to withdraw the Bishop to a safe place (e.g.
5.Bb3), remaining a pawn up with Blacks King unable to castle. Instead, 5 times White left the
Bishop to be captured later and this decision accounted for three losses, despite the fact that
Black, in taking two moves to capture the piece instead of one, was playing the Jerome Gambit a
tempo down. In all, the 4Kf8 line scored 9-3 for White.

The move 4Ke7 falls to 5.Bxg8 Rxg8 6.d4 TN, using the threatened x-ray attack (7.Bg5+) on
the Black King and Queen to win the Bishop at c5, as shown in drewbear AAlekhine. Whites
stratagem was found only in that game, however; over all, after 4Ke7, White scored 4-1.

drewbear AAlekhine
(not to be confused with the former world champion - editor)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Ke7 5.Bxg8 Rxg8 6.d4 h6 7.dxc5 d6 8.cxd6+ cxd6 9.h3
Kd7 10.a3 Kc7 11.b4 Rf8 12.b5 Na5 13.Qd2 Kb8 14.Bb2 Nc4 15.Qc3 Nxb2 16.Qxb2 Qa5+
17.Nc3 Bd7 18.00 a6 19.bxa6 Rxa6 20.Rab1 b6 21.Nd5 Bb5 22.Rfc1 Ka7 23.Nc7 g5 24.Nxb5+
Kb8 25.Nxd6 Qc5 26.Qxe5 Qxe5 27.Nxe5 Rh8 28.Ndc4 b5 29.Rxb5+ Kc7 30.Rd1 h5 31.Rd7+
Kc8 32.Nb6+ Kb8 33.Nc6#


[with Ne5] I believe White is taking a big gamble.... and that "The Jerome Gamble"
may be a more appropriate name. If there is any soundness to be found in the
Jerome, then I believe it involves replacing 5. Nxe5+ with a different move.
- Gary Gifford (UON 17)

In almost 2/3 of the games in the Jerome Gambit Tournament, the players agreed with Giffords
opinion, avoiding the capture 5.Nxe5+ 102 times, scoring 31wins, 68 losses and 3 draws. Instead
of sacrificing further, White focused upon development and a hope to eventually out-playing his

The downside of this modern idea for White the oldest games in my database without 5.Nxe5+
are only 10 years old is that Blacks King was safer than in the classical lines, and it had the
opportunity to castle by hand with Kg8 after Re8 or ...Rf8.

The most popular alternative was 5.d3 (56 games, scoring 34%), followed by 5.0-0 (21 games,
scoring 37%), 5.c3 (14 games, scoring 21%), 5.Nc3 (6 games, scoring 17%), 5.d4 (3 games,
scoring 33%), 5.Ng5+ ? (1 game, scoring 0%) and 5.h4 (1 game, scoring 100%). It is clear that
many of the lines can transpose into each other. It is not clear that they are markedly better than
the classical move 5.Nxe5+.

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Three examples give some of what both White and Black are aiming for:

karmmark - manago
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.d3 h6 6.00 Nf6 7.Nc3 Rf8 8.Nd5 Kg8 9.Nxf6+
Qxf6 10.a3 d6 11.Re1 Nd4 12.Nxd4 Qxf2+ 13.Kh1 Bxd4 14.c3 Bh3 15.g3 Qg2#

savage13 - Ratscales
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.d3 h6 6.00 d6 7.Nc3 Qf6 8.Be3 Qg6 9.Bxc5 Bh3
10.Nh4 Qg5 11.Qf3+ Nf6 12.Qxh3 dxc5 13.Nf5 g6 14.Ne3 Ke8 15.Qe6+ Ne7 16.Ned5 Nfg8
17.Nxc7+ Kf8 18.Nxa8 h5 19.Nc7 h4 20.Ne2 h3 21.g3 Qd2 22.Rae1 Qg5 23.f4 exf4 24.Rxf4+
Nf6 25.Rxf6+ Kg7 26.Qxe7+ Kh6 27.Nf4 Rg8 28.Nce6 Qe5 29.Rxg6+ 10

drewbear - savage13
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.00 d6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Rf8 8.Nc3 Be6 9.Nd5
Bxd5 10.exd5 Nd4 11.Nxd4 Bxd4 12.c3 Bb6 13.Qf3 Kg8 14.h4 Qd7 15.Bxf6 Rxf6 16.Qe2 Raf8
17.Kh1 Rxf2 18.Rxf2 Rxf2 19.Qe1 Qg4 20.d4 01

5Nxe5 6.Qh5+

This is Whites usual continuation of the attack, although in seven games of the Tournament 6.d4
(once a favorite of Alonzo Wheeler Jerome) was played, with White scoring 4-3. (The strongest
response for Black is 6Qh4! which players did not discover in the Tournament.)

savage13 - karmmark
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.d4 Qf6 7.dxc5 Ne7 8.00 Re8
9.Nc3 Kg8 10.f4 Nc4 11.e5 Qf5 12.b3 Na5 13.Bb2 Nac6 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.Qxd5+ Qf7 16.Qd3
Nb4 17.Qc3 a5 18.Rae1 Nd5 19.Qd4 c6 20.f5 Nb4 21.Qe4 Nd5 22.c4 Nc7 23.f6 g6 24.Bc1 Ne6
25.Bh6 Nc7 26.Bg7 Ne6 27.Bh6 Nc7 28.Rd1 Na6 29.Qd4 Nc7 30.Rd3 Ne6 31.Qe4 Nxc5
32.Qd4 Ne6 33.Qh4 g5 34.Bxg5 Nc5 35.Rg3 Rxe5 36.Bf4+ Kh8 37.Bxe5 Ne6 38.Rf5 d5 39.Rg7
Nxg7 40.fxg7+ 10


In 7 games Black played instead the adventurous 6Ke6. Although objectively the move leads
to an advantage for the second player, it is uncomfortable step for someone unfamiliar with the
Jerome Gambit to play (and defend afterwards), so it is not surprising that in the Tournament that
White scored 6-1.

Also quite playable for Black is the alternative 6g6, as Joseph Henry Blackburne played in his
miniature against the Jerome Gambit in London in 1885. Knowing how to follow up the move
7.Qxe5 Qe7! is important, however, or the impending loss (actually a strong sacrifice) of a
Rook may cause Black to panic.

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Blackburne - Karmmark
(Here, and in other games in this article, this Blackburne (Pete Banks) is not to be confused with Joseph H. Blackburne - editor)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.f4 Nc6 8.Qxc5 Qe7?
9.Qd5+ Kf6 10.Qf5#

Blackburne - Plummy
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.f4 Nf6 8.Qxe5+ Kf7
9.Qxc5 d6 10.Qg5 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.00 Ng4 13.f5 Qxg5 14.Bxg5 h6 15.Bd2 h5 16.Nc3 b6
17.Nd5 c6 18.Nc7 Ba6 19.Nxa6 Kf7 20.Nc7 h4 21.Nxa8 Rxa8 22.Rf4 Nf6 23.Rxh4 c5 24.Rf1
Rc8 25.Rf3 c4 26.Bc3 Ne8 27.Rg3 a5 28.Rh7 Kg8 29.Rh4 [29.Rgxg7+ Nxg7 30.Rxg7+ Kh8
31.Rc7+ Kg8 32.Rxc8+ Kf7 33.f6 cxd3 34.Rc7+ Kg8 35.f7+ Kf8 36.Bd2 Kg7 37.Bh6+ Kxh6
38.f8Q+ Kg5 39.Rg7+ Kh6 40.Qh8#] 29...a4 30.Rhg4 [30.Bxg7 Nxg7 31.f6 Kf7 32.fxg7]
30...Rc7 31.h4 Ra7 32.Bd4 a3 33.b3 cxb3 34.cxb3 Rc7 35.f6 g6 36.Rxg6+ Kf7 37.Rg7+ Ke6
38.Rxc7 Nxc7 39.Rg7 Ne8 40.Re7#

Blackburne - Bullit52
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 Bxf2+ 8.Kxf2
Qf6+ 9.Qxf6+ Nxf6 10.Nc3 b6 11.d3 d6 12.Rf1 Rf8 13.Kg1 Kg7 14.Bg5 Nd7 15.Nd5 Rxf1+
16.Rxf1 c6 17.Nc7 Rb8 18.Ne6+ Kg8 19.Bh6 Ba6 20.Kf2 Nc5 21.Nxc5 bxc5 22.Ke3 Re8 23.b3
d5 24.Rf4 Bc8 25.Kd2 dxe4 26.Rxe4 Rxe4 27.dxe4 Kf7 28.h3 Kf6 29.Ke3 g5 30.g4 Kg6 31.Bf8
h5 32.Bxc5 a6 10


A bit more accurate might be 7.Qd5+ followed by 8.Qxc5, first forcing Blacks King back and
delaying the emergence of his Kings Rook. This is a nuance, and nuances are hard to find in a
Jerome Gambit Tournament!

By the way, with the text move White scored 6 wins and suffered 13 losses.


This was the most popular response, although one game saw 7Ng8e7 and another 7Qe7. In
either case (Black won both games), Whites plan should be to develop and get his pawns
moving against Blacks King.

Bullit52 - savage13
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qxc5 N8e7 8.00 Rf8
9.d3 Kg8 10.Bg5 d6 11.Qc4+ Kh8 12.Nc3 c6 13.Ne2 b5 14.Qc3 Be6 15.Nf4 Bg8 16.Nxg6+
hxg6 01


Queen checks from d5 (two wins for Black) or c4 (one win for White) were also played as was a
retreat to c3 (two wins for Black and one win for White). In each case, the goal is the same: to
make something out of Whites 2 pawns vs Blacks piece before the Black King gets to safety.

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Nestor250168 - NMTIGER
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qxc5 d6 8.Qc3 Nf6
9.d3 Re8 10.00 b6 11.Bg5 Ne5 12.f4 Neg4 13.h3 Ne3 14.Rf3 Nd1 15.Qb3+ Be6 16.c4 Nxb2
17.Qxb2 h6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.e5 Qh4 20.Nd2 a5 21.f5 Bd7 22.e6+ Bxe6 23.fxe6+ Kxe6 24.Qxg7
Rg8 25.Qf7+ Ke5 26.Qd5#

8Nf6 9.0-0

Blacks move is the most consistent to focus an attack on the pawn at e4. White does best to
move his King out of the line of fire.

Bullit52 - SIRMO
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qxc5 d6 8.Qe3 Nf6
9.Nc3 Re8 10.00 d5 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.Qb3 Rxe4 01

blackburne - savage13
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qxc5 d6 8.Qe3 Nf6
9.Nc3 Re8 10.d3 Kg8 11.00 Bd7 12.Qg3 a6 13.Bg5 Qc8 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Nd5 Kf7 16.f4 Bc6
17.Ne3 Rg8 18.f5 Ne5 19.Qh4 Rg7 20.Qh5+ Kg8 21.Rf4 Qd7 22.Rh4 Rg5 23.Qh6 Nf3+ 24.Kf2
Nxh4 25.Qxh4 d5 26.Ng4 Rg7?? 27.Nxf6+ Kh8 28.Nxd7 Bxd7 29.Qf6 dxe4 30.dxe4 Bc6
31.Kf3 Re8 32.Re1 Kg8 33.Qd4 Rf7 34.Kf4 h5 35.Re3 h4 36.g3 Rfe7 37.e5 h3 38.g4 Bg2 39.g5

9Re8 10.f3 [Or 10.d3, with the same idea.]

10d5 11.d3

Black has defended well, and now White will need a little help from his friend to succeed
which in this case, he does.

Nestor250168 - plummy
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qxc5 d6 8.Qe3 Nf6
9.00 Re8 10.f3 d5 11.d3 dxe4 12.dxe4 Bd7 13.Qb3+ Be6 14.Qxb7 Re7 15.Be3 h5 16.Nc3 a5
17.Bc5 Rb8 18.Bxe7 Nxe7 19.Qa6 Qd2 20.Rf2 Qe3 21.Qxa5 Rxb2 22.Nd1 Qd4 23.Nxb2 Qxb2
24.Rd1 Qxc2 25.Rxc2 10

There you have it: a modern look (and 156 games is a pretty big look) at an ancient gambit. I
hope it brings you a few chuckles, either at or with the Jerome.

Rest assured, the editors at Gambit or Everyman Chess or Batsford will not come calling looking
for a book from me on the Jerome Gambit. (However, some time this year I still have hope
the German chess magazine Kaissiber may run a historical article based on my research.)

Does the Jerome Gambit still have more secrets to give up? Sure it does! My friend AB was
inspired by my tales of this Jerome Gambit Tournament, and played some online games that

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touch on JG theory. I quickly gave him the nickname the unluckiest Jerome Gambit player in
the world.

First, my chess friend fell into a previously unknown trap:

abhailey - peonconorejas [internet 2008]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qf5+ Kd6 8.f4 Qh4+

Planning a remarkable Queen sacrifice. The move has been seen before, but not the follow-up.
The line has a computer-like feel to it, but the game was played at a no-computer venue.

9.g3 Nf3+ 10.Kd1 Ne7 11.e5+ Kc612.Qe4+ d5 13.exd6+ Nd5 14.gxh4 Bg4 15.Qa4+ b5
16.Qa6+ Nb6 17.c4 Nd4+ 18.Ke1 Rhe8+ 19.Kf2 Nf5+ 20.Kf1 Bh3#

Not to lose hope, AB jumped back up and found another snare almost immediately:

abhailey - cruciverbalist [internet 2008]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 Qe7

This is Whistlers Defense, not very well known at all, but in my opinion the sharpest way to
counter the Jerome Gambit. If White now takes the Rook, he dies screaming

8.Qf4+ Nf6

However, if youre going to play any refutation, you have to play it correctly. The proper move
for Black is 8Qf6! Now my pal gets out of trouble and then quickly outplays his opponent.

9.e5 Re8 10.d4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4 Qxe5+ 12.Qxe5 Rxe5+ 13.Be3 Nd5 14.00 Nxe3 15.fxe3+ Kg7
16.Nc3 a6 17.Rf3 b5 18.Raf1 Bb7 19.Rf7+ Kh6 20.Rxd7 Rxe3 21.Rxc7 Be4 22.Re7 Rd8
23.Rxe4 Rxe4 24.Nxe4 Rd4 25.Re1 a5 26.h3 a4 27.c3 Rd5 28.Rf1 Re5 29.Nd6 Re2 30.Rf2
Re1+ 31.Kh2 Re7 32.Nxb5 g5 33.c4 Kh5 34.c5 Re8 35.c6 Rc8 36.c7 h6 37.Rf7 Kg6 38.Rd7
Kh5 39.Rd8 Rxc7 40.Nxc7 Kh4 41.Rd6 g4 42.g3+ Kg5 43.h4+ Kf5 44.Rxh6 Ke5 45.Re6+ Kf5
46.h5 a3 47.bxa3 Kg5 48.h6 Kf5 49.h7 Kg5 50.h8Q Kf5 51.Qf6#

As ever, I am always interested in any Jerome Gambit games you may find or play. Feel free to
email them to me at

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UON 21 Lisitsyn Gambit

by David Robert Lonsdale
1. Nf3 f5

I signed up for a thematic chess tournament, which started after 1. Nf3 f5, at the
ChessWorld website last June. After playing 2. e4!? in all my games as White, I
was planning to write a chess monograph about the Lisitsyn Gambit last year.
But my busy schedule kept me from finishing it. So I decided to contribute this
small collection to the UON magazine. Enjoy!

2. e4

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David Lonsdale (2308) Dalg100 (2038),, 2007,

continued, 2. d6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. exf5 Bxf5 5. d4 g6 6. Bd3 Bxd3 7. Qxd3 Bg7 8.
Qb5+ Nbd7 9. Ng5 Rg8 10. Qxb7 Qc8 11. Qc6 h6 12. Ne6 Kf7 13. Qc4 Ke8 14.
Nxc7+ Kd8 15. N3b5 d5 16. Qc6 Rb8 17. Ne6+ Ke8 18. Nxg7+ Rxg7 19. Nc7+
Kf7 20. Qe6+ Kf8 21. Nxd5 Qxc2 22. Nxf6 exf6 23. Bxh6 Rb7 24. 0-0 Qxb2 25.
Rfe1 Ne5 26. Rac1 Rb8 27. Qxf6+, Black resigned, 1-0.

2. fxe4 3. Ng5

David Lonsdale (2308) Dleifrag (2038),, 2007,

continued, 3. d5 4. d3 Qd6 5. dxe4 h6 6. Nf3 dxe4 7. Nfd2 Nf6 8. Nc3 Bf5 9.
Qe2 Nc6 10. Qb5, White claimed a win on time, 1-0.

3. Nf6 4. d3

A) 4. e5

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B) 4. Nc6
C) 4. e3
D) 4. exd3
E) 4. d5
F) 4. d6

A) 4. e5 5. dxe4

David Lonsdale (2308) Arturo (2071),, 2007,

continued, 5. h6 6. Nf3 d6 7. Bc4 Qe7 8. Nc3 Be6 9. Nh4 Bxc4 10. Ng6 Qe6
11. Nxh8 Nc6 12. b3 Ba6 13. h4 0-0-0 14. Rh3 d5 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Nxd5 Rxd5
17. Bd2 Bb4 18. c3 Bc5 19. Rg3 Qf5 20. Qf3 e4 21. Qxf5+ Rxf5 22. Be3 Bd6 23.
Rxg7 Ne5 24. Kd2 b6 25. Ng6 Nd3 26. Ne7+ Bxe7 27. Rxe7 Nxf2 28. c4 Bb7 29.
Rf1, Black resigned, 1-0.

David Lonsdale (2293) Mirceavulpe (1951),, 2007,

continued, 5. Bc5 6. Bc4 d5 7. Bxd5 Rf8 8 .Bf7+ Ke7 9. Qxd8+ Rxd8 10. Nc3
h6 11. Nd5+ Rxd5 12. Bxd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 hxg5 14. Bxg5+ Kd6 15. Rd1 Bf5 16.
c4 e4 17. a3 Ke5 18. b4 Bd4 19. Bh4 Nd7 20. Bg3+ Kf6 21. Rxd4 e3 22. Bxc7
Re8 23. Ke2, White claimed a win on time, 1-0.

B) 4. Nc6 5. Nxe4

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David Lonsdale (2316) Snowshinethedog (2180),,

2007, continued, 5. e5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8. Nbc3 0-0 9. Nd5 d6 10.
Nexf6+ gxf6 11. c3 Be6 12. Qf3 Kh8 13. g3 Ne7 14. Nxe7 Qxe7 15. Bg2 c6 16.
Qe3 f5 17. f4 Rae8 18. 0-0 Bd5 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Qxa7 d4 21. cxd4 exf4 22.
Rxf4 Qe3+ 23. Kh1 Qxd3 24. Qxb7 Re4 25. Qxe4 fxe4 26. Rxf8+ Kg7 27. Raf1
Qxd4 28. R8f4 d5 29. Rg4+ Kh6 30. b4 Qxb4 31. Rf6+ Kh5 32. Rgf4 Qb1+ 33.
Kg2 Qxa2+ 34. Kh3, Black resigned, 1-0.

David Lonsdale (2313) Docjan (2560),, 2007,

continued, 5. d5 6. Nxf6+ exf6 7. Be2 Be6 8. 0-0 Qd7 9. Bh5+ g6 10. Bf3 0-0-
0 11. Be3 d4 12. Bf4 g5 13. Bd2 g4 14. Bxc6 Qxc6 15. Bf4 h5 16. Nd2 h4 17. f3
Bd5 18. Ne4 h3 19. g3 gxf3 20. Qxf3 f5 21. Be5 fxe4 22. dxe4 Bxe4 23. Qg4+
Kb8 24. Bxh8 Bc5 25. b4 Bb6 26. Rf2 d3 27. c3 Bxf2+ 28. Kxf2 Qb6+ 29. Bd4
Rxd4 30. cxd4 Qxd4+, White resigned, 0-1.

C) 4. e3

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David Lonsdale (2329) Bobby fissure (2154),, 2007,

continued, 5. Bxe3 e5 6. d4 exd4 7. Qxd4 Nc6 8. Qa4 d5 9. Bb5 Bd7 10. 0-0 Bd6
11. Qb3 Qe7 12. Re1 0-0-0 13. Bd2 Qf8 14. Bxc6 Bxc6 15. Ne6 Qf7 16. Nxd8
Rxd8 17. h3 Qg6 18. Qd3 Qh5 19. Bc3 Ne4 20. Bd4 Kb8 21. Nd2 g5 22. Nxe4
dxe4 23. Qe3 b6 24. Qe2 Qg6 25. a4 h5 26. a5 g4 27. axb6 cxb6 28. h4 g3 29.
Red1 gxf2+ 30. Qxf2 Rf8 31. Qe3 Rg8 32. Rd2 Kb7 33. Qe2 a5 34. Qe3 Bc7 35.
Qh3 e3 36. Bxe3 Qe4 37. Bg5 Qe5 38. c3 Re8 39. Rf2 Qe4 40. Qf3 Qc4 41.
Qxh5 b5 42. Qf7 Qc5 43. Raf1 Bd5, Black resigned, 1-0.

D) 4. exd3 5. Bxd3

David Lonsdale (2286) Kapote (2060),, 2007,

continued, 5. e5 6. Bxh7 Nxh7 7. Qh5+ Ke7 8. Qf7+ Kd6 9. Ne4+ Kc6 10.
Qc4+ Kb6 11. Nbc3 c6 12. Be3+ Kc7 13. Nd5#, Black was checkmated.

David Lonsdale (2293) Masi_ve (1951),, 2007,

continued, 5. e6 6. Bxh7 Bc5 7. Bg6+ Kf8 8. Nxe6+, Black resigned, 1-0.

David Lonsdale (2293) Kms2005 (1951),, 2007,

continued, 5. g6 6. Nxh7 Rxh7 7. Bxg6+ Rf7 8. Nc3 d5 9. Bg5 Bg4 10. Bxf7+
Kxf7 11. f3 Bh5 12. Bxf6 exf6 13. Qxd5+ Qxd5 14. Nxd5 Bd6 15. g4 Bg6 16. 0-0-
0 Na6 17. h4 Bh7 18. Rhe1 Nc5 19. Kb1 Rd8 20. h5 b6 21. Rd2 Ne6 22. Nc3
Ng5 23. Rf1 a6 24. f4, White claimed a win on time, 1-0.

E) 4. d5

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David Lonsdale (2311) Brynjar (2432),, 2007, 5.

dxe4 h6 6. Nf3 dxe4 7. Qxd8+ Kxd8 8. Ne5 Be6 9. Nc3 Nbd7 10. Bf4 g5 11. Bg3
Kc8 12. Nb5 Nh5 13. Nxd7 Bxd7 14. Be5 Bg7 15. Nxc7 Bxe5 16. Nxa8 Bxb2 17.
Rb1 Bc3+ 18. Kd1 Rd8 19. Kc1 Bg4 20. Bc4 Kb8 21. h3 Bd2+ 22. Kb2 Bc8 23.
h4 gxh4 24. Rxh4 Nf6 25. Nb6 axb6 26. Rhh1 Ng4 27. f3 exf3 28. gxf3 Ne5 29.
Be2 Be3 30. Rbd1 Rf8 31. c3 Bd7 32. Rdf1 Be6 33. Rh4 Bd5 34. Rh3 Rg8 35.
Rd1 e6 36. Rh5 Rg2 37. Rxe5 Rxe2+ 38. Ka1 Rxa2+ 39. Kb1 Rd2 40. Rxd2
Bxd2 41. Kc2 Bf4 42. Re2 b5 43. Rg2 Bxf3 44. Rg7 h5 45. Kd3 e5 46. Rf7 h4 47.
Rh7 e4+ 48. Kd4 e3 49. Rxh4 e2 50. Rh8+ Kc7 51. Re8 Kd7 52. Rxe2 Bxe2 53.
Kc5 Be3+ 54. Kd5 Bf3+ 55. Ke5 b6 56. Kf6 Bd2 57. Ke5 Bxc3+ 58. Kf4 b4 59.
Kxf3 b3 60. Ke2 b2, White resigned, 0-1.

F) 4. d6

David Lonsdale (2311) Sturgav

(2432),, 2007,
continued, 5. dxe4 e5 6. Bc4 c6 7. Nf7
Qe7 8. Nxh8 Be6 9. Qd3 Nbd7 10. Nd2
Nb6 11. Bxe6 Qxe6 12. a4 Qg8 13. Qb3
Qxb3 14. cxb3 Ke7 15. a5 Nbd7 16. g4
g6 17. g5 Bg7 18. gxf6+ Bxf6 19. Nxg6+
hxg6 20. b4 a6 21. Rg1 Rg8 22. Nf3 Kf7
23. Be3 Ke7 24. h4 Kd8, Black claimed
a win on time, 0-1.

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(3rd part) by D. Rozzoni (1st part see UON 16 2nd part see UON 18)
Do not confine yourself to h6 or your opponents would be able to prepare for you. - du Chattell

Van der Wiel,J - du Chattel,P [B06] Leiden Noteboom, 1976

1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nh6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.g4 f6 7.h4
See diagram

7..d5 [7...f5!?] 8.e5 f5 9.g5 Ng4 10.h5 b5 11.b4?! a5 12.Qd3 axb4

13.Nd1 Kf7 14.h6 Bf8 15.Bxg4 fxg4 16.Ne3 c5 17.dxc5 d4 18.e6+
[18.Bb2!? Nc6] 18...Bxe6 19.Bb2 Nc6 20.Ne2 dxe3 21.Bxh8 Qxd3
[21...Qd5!?] 22.cxd3 Bd5 [22...Rd8] 23.Rg1 e6 [23...Bxh6!?] 24.Rxg4
Bxc5 25.Bb2 Ra3?! 26.Rc1 [26.Bxa3] 26...Bd6 27.Bxa3 bxa3 28.Rxc6
Bxc6 29.Nd4 b4 30.Nxc6 b3 31.Ke2 b2 32.Rg1 Bxf4 33.Na5 Bxg5
34.Nc4 Be7 35.Kxe3 g5 36.Kd2 Kg6 37.Kc2 Kxh6 38.Kb3 g4 39.Nxa3
Kg5 40.Nc2 h5 41.Kxb2 h4 42.Ne3 g3 43.Kc3 Kf4 44.Kd2 Bc5 45.Rf1+
Kg5 46.Rh1 Bxe3+ 47.Kxe3 Kg4 48.Ke2 g2 49.Rxh4+ 10

van Oosten,Arend - du Chattel [B00] 10.01.1985

1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.c3 c6 4.f3 d6 5.e3 f5 6.d2 f7 7.000 g7

8.h4 e6 9.e2 b5

See diagram

10.h3 b4 11.b1 a5 12.h5 d5 13.hxg6 hxg6 14.g5 xg5 15.xg5

b6 16.h6 c7 17.f4 f7 18.e5 xe5 19.dxe5 g8 20.c4 a7
21.a3 c7 22.e3

Kieboom,Bert - du Chattel [A40] 31.01.1985

1.d4 g6 2.e4 h6 3.f3 c6 4.c4 f6 5.c3 f7 6.e3 e6 7.d2 d6

8.e2 g7 9.c1 (Diagram) 9..f5 10.00 00 11.exf5 exf5 12.fe1 d7
13.d1 h6 14.h4 f6 15.c2 h5 16.e2 f6 17.f4 xf4 18.xf4
d7 19.b4 ae8 20.c5 e6 21.cxd6 d5 22.xe8 xe8 23.d7 d8
24.e5 xe5 25.dxe5 e6 26.xh6 [26.e1 xd7 27.e3] 26...xd7
[26...xe5] 27.xg7 xg7 28.e3 xa2 29.xa7 f4 [29...c4] 30.e4
xe5 31.xc6 c7 32.xa2 xc6 33.d1 d6 34.xd6 xd6 35.c4
b6 36.b5 f6 37.d5 h6 38.g3 f3 [38...fxg3 39.fxg3] 39.h2 c3
40.g5+ h7 41.e7+ h8 42.d8+ h7 43.xb6 10

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Timmerman - du Chattel [B00] 09.02.1985

1.e4 h6 2.b3 g6 3.b2 f6 4.h4 g7 5.h5 g5 6.c4 e6 7.c3 00

8.d4 c6 9.d5 b5 10.e2 f5! 11.dxe6 dxe6 12.xd8 xd8=

See diagram

13.f3 g4 14.d2 a6 15.000 d7 16.f3 e8 17.fxg4 fxg4

18.cb1 d7 19.xg7 xg7 20.f1 c5 21.g3 f7 22.c3 e7
23.b4 d7 24.b2 a5 25.a3 g5 26.d4 f6 27.dd1 d7
28.hf1 e8 29.d3 d6 30.e5 xe5 31.ce4 df5 32.xf5+
xf5 33.c5 e8 [33...e3] 34.de1 e3 35.xh7 c4+
36.c3 axb4+ 37.axb4 a3+ 38.b3 xe1 39.xe1 f7?
[39...xh5!=] 40.f5 g3 [40...e5] 41.h6 e5 42.h7 a8 43.d3 e6
44.a5 xa5 45.bxa5 d6 46.e3 d5 47.xg3 c5 48.g4 h8
49.f5 e4 50.d2 d4 51.a6 e5 52.a7 xf5 53.g8 10

Bakkum - du Chattel [A10] 21.02.1985

1.c4 h6 2.c3 g6 3.g3 g7 4.g2 00 5.h4 d6 6.d3 e5 7.f3 f6

8.h5 g5 9.e4 c6 10.d2 a6 11.e2 e6 12.000 b5!?

See diagram

13.cxb5 cxb5 14.b1 [14.xb5?! xa2] 14...c7 15.h2 e8

16.f4? [16.f1 f7 17.e3 e6] 16...exf4 17.gxf4 [17.e1 b4
18.d5] 17...b4+ 18.e5 bxc3 19.xa8 cxb2 20.c3 xa8
21.he1 dxe5 22.fxg5 fxg5 23.d2 b6 24.xe5 f5 25.xg7
xe2 26.dxe2 xg7 27.xb2 d5 01

v Gaalen,Bas - du Chattel [A40] 11.04.1985

1.d4 g6 2.c4 h6 3.c3 c6 4.e4 d6 5.f4 the "four pawns attack" is

not a frequent choice 5...g7 6.f3 00 7.e2 f6 8.00 e6 9.h3 f5
10.e3 b6 11.d2 f7 12.ab1 c5

See diagram

13.a3 b7 14.c2 e8 15.fe1 c6 16.bd1 h6 17.f2 xd4

18.xd4 cxd4 19.xd4 xd4+ 20.xd4 e5 [20...fxe4] 21.xd6
exf4 22.f3 e5 23.d2 f7 24.d5 d5

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Schwartz,Arie - du Chattel [B00] 18.04.1985

1.e4 h6 2.f3 c6 3.d4 g6 4.d3 f6 5.00 g7 6.h3 00 7.c3 f7

8.e2 e5 [8...d5!?] 9.dxe5 fxe5 10.c4 d5 11.d1 e6 12.b3 a6
13.exd5 cxd5 14.b5 b6 15.xb6 [15.a3] 15...axb6 16.e3
c5 17.c2 fd8 18.a3 f5 19.b3 e6 20.b5 d7 21.c2 f5
22.xf5 gxf5 23.b4 a4 24.g3 f6 25.d2 e4 26.d4 [26.fd4
e5=] 26...g5 [26...d6!? 27.xf6 (27.xd6 xd6) 27...xb5]
27.xg5 xg5 28.g2 f3 29.e2 f7 30.c1 c8 31.ec2 c4
32.a3 c6 33.b5 d8 34.a7 c4 35.b5 e6 36.f1 dc8
37.e2 d7 38.f6 e6 39.d4 d7 [39...b2!? See diagram
40.xb2 xd4+] 40.f6 e6 41.d4 g8 42.e3 h5 43.h4 g4
44.h8 f4+ 45.gxf4 xh4 46.d4+ f7 47.f5 g2+ [47...g5]
48.d2 f4 49.h1 h4 50.b5 c6 51.cc1 h6 52.d4 b2
53.cg1 c4+ 54.e1 g2+ 55.e2 h3 56.c7 h2 57.f1 f4+
58.d1 g2 59.a4 h3 60.e6 d3+ 61.e1 xe6 62.fxe6+ xe6
Bartels - du Chattel [A01] 09.05.1985
1.b3 trying unsuccessfully to dissuade du Chattel from playing his
favourite opening system 1...h6 here we go! 2.b2 f6 3.g3 d5 4.f4
c6 5.g2 e6 6.e4 f7 7.e2 e7 8.00 00 9.d3 a6 10.d2 e5!?
11.d4 dxe4 12.fxe5 f5
See diagram

13.f4 e8?! [13...g5! 14.c4 e6=] 14.c4 c7 15.e3 b5

16.c4 bxc4 17.bxc4 b8 18.c3 b4 19.b1 c5 20.xb4 cxb4
21.g4 xe5?! [21...fxg4 22.xe4 g5 23.g2] 22.dxe5+- xe5
23.gxf5 xf5 24.fd5 g6 25.xc7 xc7 26.xf8+ xf8 27.d4
e7 28.d1 h5 29.d6 xd6 30.xd6 f6 31.xf6 gxf6 32.d5 f7
33.c5 a5 34.c6 e6 35.f4+ d6 36.xg6 f5 37.e5 a4 38.f2 a3
39.e3 b3 40.c4+ 10

vd Tuuk,J - du Chattel [A40] 11.05.1985 See UON 16 for game.

Olof,Eric - du Chattel [A00] 30.05.1985

1.g3 h6 2.a3 g6 3.h3 g7 4.g2 d6 5.00 00 6.c4 c6 7.c2
f6 8.f3 e6 9.f2 a6 10.b1 b5 11.b3 a7 12.b2 e5 13.d4 e6
14.d3 f7 15.d5 cxd5 16.cxd5 d7 17.h1 a5 18.a3 a6 19.b4
f5 20.e4=
See diagram
20... axb4 21.axb4 b6 22.c1 c7 23.e3 b7 24.fc1 fc8
25.d1 fxe4 26.fxe4 h6 27.h4 xe3 28.dxe3 h6 29.f1 c3
30.d2 c7 31.f2 g4 32.xg4 xg4 33.e3 c1+ 34.f1 xb1
35.xb1 d7 36.f1 f8 37.xf8+ xf8 38.h2 c8 39.f3 g7
40.h5 h6 41.hxg6 xg6 42.f5 xf5 43.exf5+ xf5 44.e2 f6
45.e4 g5 46.f1+ e7 47.xb5 d2+ 48.g2 e4? [48...xb4=]
49.xa6 e3 50.c4? [50.b7+!] 50...e2 51.c7+ e8 52.c8+
f7 53.e6+ g7 54.e7+ g8

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Masmeijer - du Chattel [B00] 01.06.1985
1.e4 h6 2.b3 c6 3.b2 d5 4.exd5 cxd5 5.f3 c6 6.e2 f6 7.d4
e6 8.00 d6 9.c4 00 10.c3 e7 11.cxd5 exd5 12.h3 e6
13.e1 f7 14.d3 g5 15.b5 b8 [15...b4] 16.xe7 [16.a3]
16...xe7 17.a3 d7 18.xf8 xf8 19.c2 a6 20.c3 a7
21.d2 g7 22.e1 c8 23.xg5 xd4 24.xf7 xf7 25.e2
e5 26.f4 d6 27.h1 e8 28.d1 h5 29.f1 f5 30.f3 h4
31.g3+ f8 [31...h8] 32.c3 f7 33.g4 f5

See diagram

34.d2?! [34.a5] 34...c5 35.a5 b6 36.xa6 e3 and the game

was eventually drawn after a few moves.

Muis - du Chattel [A10] 01.06.1985

1.c4 h6 2.c3 g6 3.e4 g7 4.d4 d6 5.f3 00 6.e3 f6 7.d2 f7

8.ge2 c6 9.g4 e5 10.d5 a6 11.g3 c5 12.d3 d7 13.a3 e7
14.c1 fc8 15.f2 f8 16.h4 h6 17.cg1 e7 18.g2 c7
19.hg1 g5 20.h1 h8 21.f5 xf5 22.exf5 f7 23.gh2 ab8
24.a4 a6 25.e2 b6 26.hxg5 fxg5 27.e4 e8 28.d2 f6
29.e1 xe4 30.fxe4 f6 31.b4 b5 32.bxc5?! [32.cxb5 c4]
32...dxc5 33.a5 d6 34.xa6 bxc4 35.c2 b4 36.d2 b7
37.c3 cc7 38.a5 a7 39.b6 ab7 40.a6 [40.xc7 xc7
41.xc7] 40...a7 41.b6 cb7 42.d8+ [42.xc5] 42...xd8
43.xd8 f7 44.f6 f8=

See diagram

Nieuwenhuis,Pieter (approximate Elo 2370)- du Chattel [B00] 02.06.1985

1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.h4 f6 4.h5 c6 5.d3 d6 6.hxg6 hxg6 7.e5 f5

See diagram

8.g4 dxe5 9.gxf5 [9.g5 f7 10.xh8 xh8 11.dxe5] 9...e4 [9...xf5

10.xf5 gxf5] 10.xe4 xf5 11.xf5 a5+ 12.c3 xf5 13.e2
a6 14.e3 b4 [14...000] 15.000 000 16.f3 g7 17.h4
e6 18.a3 d5 19.g5 xe2 20.xe2 f7 21.e3 g5 22.f5 f6
23.c4 c7 24.fg3 b5 25.xh8 xh8 26.cxb5 cxb5 27.e4 h4
28.xf6 exf6 29.d5 d6 [29...a6] 30.xa7 d7 31.b3 f5
[31...e4] 32.c3 e4 [32...b4 33.axb4 xb4 34.c2 cb5]
33.xe4 xe4 34.d6 e8 35.d5 f4 36.xb5 xd6? [36...f3
37.b7+ xd6] 37.d5! c6 38.xd6+ 10

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v Gaalen,Bas - du Chattel [A01] 05.09.1985

1.b3 h6 2.b2 f6 3.e3 d5 4.f4 e6 5.f3 d6 6.c4 00 7.c2 e8

8.d3 g6 9.c3 c6 10.a3 d7 11.00 b8 12.h4 f5

See diagram

13.cxd5 exd5 14.f3 f6 15.a4 b6 16.b4 d7 17.e5 c8

18.xd7 xd7 19.a6 c7 20.d3 e6 21.c3 e7 22.ac1 d7
23.a4 e4= 24.d4 c7 25.e5 d6 26.xd6 xd6 27.c2 f6
28.fc1 g5 29.f1 g6 30.e2

Van der Fliert,W - du Chattel,P [B00] 19.09.1985 See UON 16, page 13 for game.

Verholt,Gerard - du Chattel [A40] 24.10.1985

1.d4 g6 2.c4 h6 3.c3 c6 4.e4 d6 5.f3 g7 6.e3 f6 7.d2 f7

8.ge2 e5 9.000 00 10.g4 a6

See diagram

11.b1 [11.c5 dxc5 12.dxc5 e7 13.a4] 11...b5 12.g3 exd4

13.xd4 e6 14.h4 d7 15.g5 de5 16.xe5 fxe5 17.cxb5 axb5
18.h3 d7 19.xe6 xe6 20.b3 a3 21.ge2 d8 22.b2
[22.h5] 22...a7 23.c1 d5 24.exd5 cxd5 25.xb5 b7 26.a4 e4
27.d4 e5 28.e2 b4 29.f4 e8 30.b5 a8 31.xd5 axa4
32.d4 xd4 33.xd4 xd4 34.h5 d7 35.hxg6 d2 36.gxf7+ f8
37.a6 b2+ 38.a1 xb3+ 39.a2 b2+ 40.a3 e7+ 01

de Groot - du Chattel [B00] 07.11.1985

1.e4 h6 2.f3 c6 3.c4 g6 4.c3 g7 5.d3 00 6.e2 d6 7.g5 f6

8.h4 e6 9.d2 f7 10.00 g5

See diagram

11.g3 f5 12.h3 f4 13.h2 e5 14.d4 f6 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.fd1 h5

17.f1 g4 18.hxg4 hxg4 19.e1 h4 20.g1 f3 21.xf3 [21.gxf3?
h3+ 22.g2 gxf3 23.xf3 xf3+] 21...gxf3 22.xf3 f6 23.c2
g4 24.d3 a6 25.h2 e6 26.f3 h6 27.e2 ad8 28.d1
d4 29.b3 fd8 30.e3 c7 31.g4 f4 32.g3 xd1+ 33.xd1
xg4 34.xg4 c1 35.e1 e6 36.f4 exf4 37.e5 xe5 01

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Piket,Jeroen - du Chattel [A40] 09.11.1985
1.d4 g6 2.e4 h6 3.c4 c6 4.c3 g7 5.h4 d6 6.e2 f6 [6...f5!?] 7.f4
f7 8.e3 a6 9.f3 a5 10.a3 e5 11.fxe5 fxe5 12.d5 c5 13.h5
d8 14.d2 d7 15.h3 f6 16.000 c7 17.df1 e7 (Diagram)
18.d1 000 19.f2 e8 20.g3 g5 21.g4 g8 22.f2 h6
23.xd7+ xd7 24.d2 c7 25.cd1 b5 26.a5 g4 27.c3 g5+
28.b1 bxc4 29.xc7 xc7 30.xc4 b8 31.c3 b6 32.d3 b8
33.a2 a8 34.g3 bb8 35.h2 e3 36.a6 b6 37.a4 xa4
38.xa4 a6 [38...b7=] 39.b3 b8 40.db2 g5 41.c4 g8
42.hf2 g7? 43.f8+ b7 44.c3 e7 45.e8 c7 46.b5+ d7
47.b8 f7 48.xf7 xf7 49.g8 g5 50.c3 f3 51.d1 g5
52.f2 h6 53.xg4 d2 54.xg5 hxg5 55.h6 xc4 56.bxc4 b6
57.h7 b8 58.f6+ 10

Klip - du Chattel [B00] 14.12.1985

1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.c3 d6 4.f3 f6 5.e2 g7 6.00 00 7.e3 c6

8.a4 f7 9.d2 e6 10.ad1 d7 11.e1 f5 12.f4 e7 13.e5 b6
14.f3 d5 15.b4 b7 16.d3 fc8 17.a1 h6 18.fb1 g5
(Diagram) 19.g3 g4 20.e2 a5 21.bxa5 xa5 22.d1 [22.c5]
22...ca8= 23.1b2 c5 24.c3 [24.c4] 24...c6 25.d1 f8 26.c1
d8 27.c2 8a7 28.d1 h5 29.f2 c4 30.c1 e7 31.h3 h6
32.hxg4 hxg4 33.g2 f8 34.e2 g7 35.h1 f8 36.h2 e8
37.ah1 g6 38.c1 b5 39.axb5 xb5 40.h5 h7 41.5h4 a1
42.d2 xh1 43.xh1 f8 44.b1 a2 45.c1 e8 46.bd1 a4
47.b2 a1 48.b1 a2

Schwartz,A - du Chattel [B06] 19.12.1985

1.d4 g6 2.e4 c6 3.f4 d5 4.e5 h5 5.f3 h6 6.e3 f5 7.g3 e6 8.g2
a6 9.h3 b6 10.c1 c5 11.c3 cxd4 12.xd4 c5 13.00 e7 14.b4
e4 15.e3 c7 16.f2 a5 17.xe4 xe4 18.a4+ f8 19.b5 g5
20.fxg5 f5 21.xf5 xf5 (Diagram) 22.d4 [22.h4] 22...xh3
23.g6 f5 24.e1 h4 25.d2 h6 26.gxh4 xg6+ 27.h2 g4 28.c5
g7 29.b6 xb6 30.xb6 xh4 31.h1 h8 32.g2 e2+ 01

Bor,Willem - du Chattel [B06] Utrecht int (6), 1985

1.d4 g6 2.e4 h6 3.h4 f6 4.c3 c6 5.h5 g5 6.f4 gxf4 [6...g4] 7.xf4 d6 8.d2 f7 9.c4 e6 10.h6 b5
11.b3 a5 12.a3 b6 13.f3 c5 14.dxc5 dxc5 15.a4 b4 16.b5 a6 17.000 e7 18.d3 g8 19.d2
c6 20.c4 d8 21.f3 b7 22.cd6+ xd6 23.xd6 10

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Fishing Pole Pros and Cons Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defense (3 f6)

1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 f6 4.00 g4. . . edited by G. K. Gifford

Contributors: Antonio Torrecillas, Perego Domingos, Jack Appelmans, Brian Wall, & G. K. Gifford

A UCO group poll resulted in a 7:3 ratio in favor of having a Fishing Pole Pros and Cons article.

In March of 2008 Antonio Torrecillas was kind enough to send his highlights of criticisms of the Fishing Pole.

CON # 1
Antonio provides a line from GM Nigel Davies which lead to an advantage for White.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Ng4? 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 Bc5 7.d4 Ba7 8.h3
h5 9.Na3 b5 10.Bb3 d6 11.Bg5 f6 12.Bc1 Nh6 13.Nh4...

Antonio stated he is in agreement with GM Nigel Davies who stated that, The whole problem stems from
the fact that Black will never get an attack with a knight on g4 alone. White just has to exercise restraint,
keep his pawn on d4 (shutting out the bishop on a7) and play useful moves before trying to capture it [the
knight]. Sooner or later that knight will want to beat a miserable retreat leaving Black's game in tatters.

Editors Note to Con # 1: On May 6th 2008 I met with Master Alexander Kitsis, former chess champion from
Moldova and founder of Vivacity Chess Camps in Cleveland, Ohio. We discussed many chess issues and I
brought up the Fishing Pole at one point. Alex pretty much echoed GM Nigel Davies comment.

But despite that mutual agreement Life Master Brian Wall has offered complete games that appear to be to
the contrary (see UON 19, also Mr. Walls website information appears at the end of this article).

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I fed the GM Davies line into Fritz6. After move 6, Fritz agreed with trio by stating, White gets the
initiative. But also it should be noted that, according to Fritz, White lost the initiative at move 11 because
he should have captured the knight. - gkg

1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 f6 4.00 g4 5.c3 Secures b4 5...a6 6.a4

White gets the initiative. 6...c5 7.d4 a7 8.h3 h5 9.a3 b5 10.b3 [10.hxg4 hxg4 11.g5 f6 12.xe5
xe5] 10...d6 [10...exd4 11.hxg4 dxc3 12.gxh5 cxb2 13.xb2 xh5+-] 11.g5??

With this move White loses his initiative [11.hxg4 and White could have gained the advantage 11...hxg4

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11...f6 12.c1 h6 13.h4 f7 14.d5

With a 0.81 advantage awarded to White by Fritz 6.

CON # 2
Antonio states, The Fishing Pole teaches bad habits, i.e.,

It puts a knight in the corner where it does nothing important

A later ...h5 is a weakening of Black kingside in hopes that our

opponent will play badly by taking the knight too soon

Editors Note to Con # 2: To me, the knight at g4 must be taken seriously, and it really isnt in a corner; but
likely Antonio means it can be driven into a corner later in the game. In the book, Art of Attack in Chess,
author Vladimir Vukovic mentions the . Ng4, h3 h5 technique and shows how it can be a potent attack. I
have seen it work and I believe the concept should be understood by all serious players. As a last minute
note, I played my first Fishing Pole on 4 May and will present that game shortly. I played my second against
Fritz6 on 7 May and will also present that game. I even played a third Fishing Pole during the writing of
UON 21s edition revision I will add that at the end. - gkg

On a somewhat positive note, Antonio wrote, Fishing Pole games can be interesting for students.

o Black victories can be used to discover Whites mistakes and to understand better when a piece
sacrifice is justified.

o White victories can be studied to discover that "Black play can not be improved" when White uses a
correct planning.

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 83
Editors Note: Of course, if White does not commit an error in a game, regardless of opening, he wont lose.
But assuming White somehow plays very good chess, I am certainly not convinced that Black will loose due
to the Fishing Pole. I just dont know for me, the jury is still out.

I did receive two sets of Fishing Pole games. The first appears below; however, the second set appears to
consist of blitz games, in which Black loses every game while using the Fishing Pole. I just played over the
first three games from that set and we are talking Blunder City Oversight Hills speed chess. We see
things like dropping queens and piece forks with pawns. I do not have time to go through all of those games
now without holding up UON 21 further; but I will play through all of them between now and UON 22 to see
if any are instructional. The blitz games I looked at certainly offer no true reflection on the Fishing Pole;
they do offer a view of horrible oversights in fast games. If you give your opponent your queen on a silver
platter, free of charge, dont blame the Fishing Pole.

Fishing Poles with mixed Results. Submitted by Perego Domingos

[Event "37th GK tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.03.28"][Round "?"][White "bigmal1"]
[Black "gbsalvio"][Result "1/2-1/2"][ECO "C78"][WhiteElo "2013"][BlackElo "2224"][Annotator ",08.08.04"]
[PlyCount "99"][EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "1/172800:0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Ng4 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 h5 8.

Nf3 Bc5 9. Qd5 d6 10. Bg5 f6 11. Bf4 g5 12. Bd2 Bd7 13. b4 Ba7 14. Nc3 Qe7
15.b5 axb5 16. Qxb5 Nd8 17. Qxd7+ Qxd7 18. Bxd7+ Kxd7 19. Rab1 Bc5 20. Ne1
Bd4 21.Nd3 Ne5 22. Rfd1 b6 23. Ne2 Ndc6 24. Nb4 Bc5 25. Nd5 Ng4 26. Be1 Rxa2
27. Rd2 Rf8 28. Nec3 Ra5 29. h3 Nge5 30. Nb5 Bb4 31. Nbxc7 Bxd2 32. Bxd2 Rc5
33. Nb5 Rxc2 34. Bc3 Nc4 35. Bxf6 Ne7 36. Bxe7 Rfxf2 37. Bxd6 Rxg2+ 38. Kh1
Nxd6 39. Nxb6+ Ke7 40. Nd5+ Ke6 41. Nd4+ Ke5 42. Nxc2 Rxc2 43. Re1 Nxe4 44.
Nf6 Kxf6 45. Rxe4 Kf5 46. Re8 Kf4 47. Rg8 g4 48. hxg4 hxg4 49. Ra8 Kg3 50.
Ra3+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Challenge"][Site ""][Date "2008.01.08"][Round "?"][White "fernando1971"]

[Black "gbsalvio"][Result "0-1"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2201"][BlackElo "1965"][PlyCount "130"][EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. O-O Ng4 7. h3 h5 8.

Bd2 Be6 9. Qe2 Qe7 10. Bc3 f6 11. Nh4 Qf7 12. b4 Bb6 13. a4 a6 14. Nf3 g5 15.
Kh1 O-O-O 16. b5 cxb5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Ra8+ Kd7 19. Ra3 Nh6 20. Rd1 g4 21.
Ng1 gxh3 22. Nxh3 Rhg8 23. d4 Qg6 24. Qxb5+ c6 25. Qf1 Bxh3 26. gxh3 Qxe4+
27. f3 Qf5 28. Bd2 Nf7 29. f4 Kc7 30. fxe5 Qe4+ 31. Kh2 Bxd4 32. Qf3 Bxe5+
33. Kh1 Qxc2 34. Qe2 Kb8 35. Rc1 Qb2 36. Re1 Rd4 37. Re3 c5 38. Bc3 Qxe2 39.
R1xe2 Rd1+ 40. Re1 Rxe1+ 41. Rxe1 Rg3 42. Bxe5+ Nxe5 43. Nd2 Rxh3+ 44. Kg2
Rd3 45. Ne4 h4 46. Rh1 c4 47. Rxh4 c3 48. Rh1 c2 49. Rc1 Nf3 50. Nf2 Ra3 51.
Ne4 Nd4 52. Nc5 Re3 53. Nd7+ Kc7 54. Nxf6 Re2+ 55. Kg3 Nb3 56. Rxc2+ Rxc2 57.
Kf3 Kd6 58. Ke4 Nc5+ 59. Kd4 b5 60. Ne8+ Ke7 61. Ng7 b4 62. Nf5+ Ke6 63. Ne3
Rc1 64. Nc4 Nb3+ 65. Kd3 Rc3+ 0-1

[Event " - Online Chess"][Site " - Online Chess"][Date "2007.09.10"][Round "?"][White "Johhan"]
[Black "gbsalvio"][Result "0-1"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "1884"][BlackElo "1868"][PlyCount "46"][EventDate "2007.??.??"]
[TimeControl "1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 h5 6. Nc3 Bc5 7. d3 a6 8.

Bxc6 dxc6 9. Qe2 Qe7 10. a3 Bd7 11. Bd2 f6 12. b4 Ba7 13. Nd1 g5 14. c4 O-O-O
15. c5 Nh6 16. Nh2 Be6 17. Bc3 Qd7 18. Nb2 Qg7 19. Rad1 g4 20. hxg4 hxg4 21.
Nc4 Nf7 22. f4 g3 23. fxe5 Qh6 0-1

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 84
[Event "Online Chess"][Site ""][Date "2007.11.24"][Round "1"][White "Izo"][Black "gbsalvio"][Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2064"][BlackElo "2237"][PlyCount "36"][EventDate "2007.??.??"][TimeControl "1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. d4 exd4 6. Nxd4 h5 7. h3 Nxd4 8.

Qxd4 Bd6 9. g3 (9. Qxg7 Bh2+ 10. Kh1 Be5 11. Qg5 Qxg5 12. Bxg5 Bxb2 13. Nd2
Nxf2+ 14. Rxf2 Bxa1) (9. hxg4 Bh2+ 10. Kh1 hxg4) 9... Be5 10. Qd3 c6 11. Ba4
Nf6 12. f4 Bc7 13. e5 Nd5 14. Kg2 O-O 15. c4 Nb4 16. Qa3 Qe7 17. Bd2 a5 18.
Qf3 d6 0-1

[Event "Brazilian Open"][Site ""][Date "2007.12.26"][Round "3"][White "CCapivara"]

[Black "gbsalvio"][Result "0-1"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "1986"][BlackElo "2447"][PlyCount "36"][EventDate "2007.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 h5 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 Nxd4 8.

Qxd4 Bd6 9. Nc3 Bh2+ 10. Kh1 Be5 11. Qd3 c6 12. Bc4 Bc7 13. f4 b5 14. Bb3 a5
15. a3 Ba6 16. Nd1 a4 17. Ba2 Qh4 18. Qf3 b4 0-1

[Event "gbsalvio's mini-tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.03.04"][Round "?"][White "esmet"]

[Black "gbsalvio"][Result "0-1"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2136"][BlackElo "2259"][Annotator ",08.08.04"][PlyCount "108"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "432000+172800"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 h5 6. c3 a6 7. Ba4 Qf6 8. d4

Be7 9. d5 Nd8 10. Qe2 Bc5 11. a3 Qe7 12. c4 Kf8 13. b4 Ba7 14. Nc3 d6 15. Qd3
f6 16. Nh4 Qf7 17. Bb3 g5 18. Nf5 Bxf5 19. exf5 Nh6 20. Be3 Qh7 21. Bc2 Bxe3
22. fxe3 Qe7 23. Ne4 Ndf7 24. Bd1 h4 25. Bh5 Kg7 26. Rac1 a5 27. b5 b6 28.
Qe2 Raf8 29. Bxf7 Qxf7 30. Qf3 Rhg8 31. Nf2 Kh8 32. Kh2 Qh7 33. e4 g4 34.
hxg4 Rg5 35. Rh1 Rfg8 36. Kg1 Nxg4 37. Nh3 R5g7 38. Kf1 Nh6 39. Qf2 Rg3 40.
Ng1 R8g4 41.Ne2 Rxe4 42. Nxg3 Rf4 43. Qxf4 exf4 44. Ne2 Nxf5 45. Kf2 Qe7 46.
Rh3 Qe5 47.Rd1 Kg7 48. Rf3 Ne3 49. Rc1 Ng4+ 50. Ke1 Kh6 51. a4 Kg5 52. Rxf4
f5 53. Kf1 Qb2 54. Re1 Qa3 0-1

[Event "gbsalvio's mini-tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.03.18"][Round "?"]

[White "gbsalvio"][Black "vanaglorius"][Result "1-0"][WhiteElo "2255"][BlackElo "2184"][PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "432000+172800"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 h5 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 Nxd4 8.

Qxd4 Qf6 9. e5 Qxe5 10. Qxe5+ Nxe5 11. Re1 f6 12. f4 Bc5+ 13. Be3 Bxe3+ 14.
Rxe3 c6 15. Bf1 d6 16. Nc3 Be6 17. fxe5 fxe5 18. Rd1 Ke7 19. Rg3 Rhg8 20. Ne4
d5 21. Nc5 Bf5 22. Nxb7 Rab8 23. Ba6 Bxc2 24. Rc1 Bf5 25. Rxc6 1-0

[Event "Challenge"][Site ""][Date "2007.08.17"][Round "?"][White "Agronopoulus"]

[Black "gbsalvio"][Result "0-1"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "1863"][BlackElo "1798"][PlyCount "80"][EventDate "2007.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. d4 exd4 7. Qxd4
Qxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. c3 Bd7 10. f3 Ne5 11. Rd1 f6 12. Kf1 g5 13. Nd2 O-O-O 14.
N2b3 Bb6 15. Ke2 c5 16. Nc2 Bb5+ 17. Ke1 Nd3+ 18. Rxd3 Bxd3 19. Ne3 c4 20.
Nd4 Bxd4 21. cxd4 Rxd4 22. Nd5 Rxd5 23. exd5 Re8+ 24. Kf2 Re2+ 25. Kg3 Kd7
26. Kh3 Kd6 27. g4 Kxd5 28. Kg3 Re1 29. h4 h6 30. hxg5 hxg5 31. Kf2 Rf1+ 32.
Ke3 a5 33. b3 Re1+ 34. Kf2 Re2+ 35. Kg3 c3 36. f4 Re1 37. fxg5 fxg5 38. Kf2
Rd1 39. a3 Ke4 40. b4 a4 0-1

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 85
[Event "Team Game"][Site "?"][Date "2008.04.03"][Round "?"][White "Ordinary Day"][Black "gbsalvio"][Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2173"][BlackElo "2168"][PlyCount "94"][EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. h3 h5 7. Qe2 Bc5 8.
c3 Qe7 9. d4 Bb6 10. a4 a6 11. Rd1 Be6 12. g3 f6 13. a5 Ba7 14. hxg4 hxg4 15.
Nh4 Qf7 16. Be3 g5 17. d5 cxd5 18. exd5 Bd7 19. Bxa7 gxh4 20. Bc5 Qh7 21. Nd2
hxg3 22. Qe4 gxf2+ 23. Kxf2 Qh2+ 24. Ke1 f5 25. Qe2 Qh4+ 26. Bf2 Qf6 27. Bg1
Rh1 28. Qf2 f4 29. Ne4 Qf5 30. Nc5 O-O-O 31. Kd2 e4 32. Kc1 e3 33. Qg2 Rdh8
34. Qe2 Re8 35. Ne6 Bxe6 36. dxe6 Qxe6 37. Ra4 f3 38. Qxe3 Qxe3+ 39. Bxe3
Rxd1+ 40. Kxd1 Rxe3 41. Rxg4 f2 42. Kd2 Rf3 43. Rg8+ Kd7 44. Rg7+ Kc6 45.
Rg6+ Kb5 46. Rg5+ c5 47. c4+ Kb4 0-1

[Event "Challenge"][Site ""][Date "2008.03.25"][Round "?"][White "Pato"][Black "gbsalvio"]

[Result "0-1"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2053"][BlackElo "2009"][PlyCount "40"][EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. d4 exd4 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. h3 h5 8.

Qxd4 Qxd4 9. Nxd4 Ne5 10. f4 Nc4 11. Kh2 Bc5 12. c3 O-O 13. b3 Nd6 14. Nd2 a5
15. e5 Nf5 16. N2f3 Rd8 17. Rd1 a4 18. b4 Bb6 19. Bb2 Ne3 20. Re1 Nd5 0-1

[Event "gbsalvio's mini-tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.04.17"][Round "?"][White "gbsalvio"]

[Black "avalanche"][Result "1-0"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2255"][BlackElo "2090"][Annotator ",08.08.04"][PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "432000+172800"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 Nf6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Nxe5 Nxe4
8. Re1 Qd4 9. Nf3 Qxf2+ 10. Kh1 Bxh3 11. Rxe4+ Be6 12. d4 O-O-O 13. Bf4 Bd5
14. Nbd2 Bd6 15. Re2 Qxe2 16. Qxe2 Bxf4 17. Re1 Bg3 18. Rf1 Rhe8 19. Qd3 f6
20. c4 Be6 21. Ne4 Bxc4 22. Qxc4 Rxe4 23. Qf7 g6 24. Qxh7 Rg4 25. Kg1 b6 26.
Rc1 Kb7 27. Qf7 f5 28. b4 a6 29. a4 Bf4 30. Rc3 Bd6 31. Qe6 Rg3 32. Rc1 b5
33. axb5 cxb5 34. Ne5 Re3 35. Qd5+ Kb8 36. Ra1 Rxe5 37. dxe5 Be7 38. Qc6 Bg5
39. Qxa6 Be3+ 40. Kf1 c6 41. Qxc6 Ba7 42. Qxb5+ Ka8 43. Qa6 Kb8 44. Qxa7+ 1-0

[Event "gbsalvio's mini-tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.04.24"][Round "?"][White "boki"]

[Black "gbsalvio"][Result "1/2-1/2"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "1996"][BlackElo "2256"][Annotator ",08.08.04"][PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "432000+172800"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 h5 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 Nxd4 8.

Qxd4 Bd6 9. Rd1 Be5 10. Qc5 Bh2+ 11. Kf1 a6 12. Ba4 b5 13. Bb3 d6 14. Bg5 Qd7
15. Qd5 c6 16. Qd2 f6 17. Bf4 Bxf4 18. Qxf4 Ne5 19. Nc3 a5 20. a3 Bb7 21. Qd2
O-O-O 22. f4 Nf7 23. Kg1 Kb8 24. Qe2 g5 25. Qf2 g4 26. h4 Rhe8 27. Ba2 Nh6
28. f5 Re5 29. Rd3 g3 30. Qxg3 Ng4 31. Be6 Qc7 32. Re1 Bc8 33. Bxc8 Kxc8 34.
Kf1 b4 35. axb4 axb4 36. Nd1 d5 37. Nf2 Nxf2 38. Qxf2 dxe4 39. Rxd8+ Qxd8 40.
Ra1 Ra5 41. Rxa5 Qxa5 42. Ke2 Qb5+ 43. Ke1 b3 44. cxb3 1/2-1/2

[Event "gbsalvio's mini-tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.05.06"][Round "?"][White "gbsalvio"]

[Black "lippyone"][Result "1-0"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2267"][BlackElo "2028"][Annotator ",08.08.04"][PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "432000+172800"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 Nf6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Nxe5 Bd6
8.Nf3 Be7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. d4 a5 11. Re1 a4 12. a3 Nd7 13. d5 cxd5 14. Nxd5 Bc5
15.Bf4 c6 16. Bc7 Qe8 17. Nf4 Qe7 18. e5 Nb6 19. Bd6 Bxd6 20. exd6 Qf6 21.
Nh5 Qh6 22. Ng3 Be6 23. Ne5 Rad8 24. Qd4 Nd7 25. Rad1 f5 26. f4 Nxe5 27. Rxe5
b5 28. Qc3 Bd7 29. Ne2 Qf6 30. Qc5 Kh8 31. Nd4 g5 32. fxg5 Qxg5 33. Nf3 Qf6
34. Re7 Be8 35. Qa7 Kg8 36. Ne5 f4 37. Ng4 Qg5 38. Rxh7 Rf7 39. Nh6+ Qxh6 40.
Qxf7+ Bxf7 41. Rxh6 Bd5 42. Rf6 Kg7 43. Rxf4 Rxd6 44. c4 bxc4 45. Rxc4 1-0

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 86
[Event "gbsalvio's mini-tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.05.07"][Round "?"][White "gbsalvio"]
Black "wthoward"][Result "1/2-1/2"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2259"][BlackElo "2136"][Annotator ",08.08.04"][PlyCount "107"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "432000+172800"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 Nf6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Nxe5 Be6
8.d3 g5 9. Bxg5 Rg8 10. h4 h6 11. Bf4 Bd6 12. Qf3 Ng4 13. Nxg4 Rxg4 14. Bxd6
cxd6 15. Nc3 Qxh4 16. g3 Rg7 17. Rfe1 O-O-O 18. Re3 Qg5 19. d4 f5 20. exf5
Bxf5 21.d5 c5 22. Ne4 Qg6 23. Qf4 Rf7 24. Qh4 Rdf8 25. Rf1 Kc7 26. c4 Bd7 27.
Nc3 a6 28. Re4 Qg7 29. Kg2 h5 30. f4 Rg8 31. f5 Rgf8 32. f6 Rxf6 33. Rxf6
Rxf6 34. Qxh5 Rf8 35. Rh4 Rg8 36. Qf3 Rf8 37. Qe3 Rf7 38. Qh6 Qe5 39. Qh5 Qg7
40. a3 b6 41. Qe2 Qg5 42. Ne4 Qe5 43. Qd2 a5 44. Qc3 Qf5 45. Qd3 Qe5 46. Nc3
Qg7 47. Qe3 Qg6 48. Qe4 Qg7 49. Rf4 Re7 50. Qc2 Qg5 51. Qf2 Qg6 52. Rh4 Qd3
53. Rf4 Qg6 54.Kg1 1/2-1/2

[Event "gbsalvio's mini-tournament"][Site ""][Date "2008.05.09"][Round "?"][White "gbsalvio"]

[Black "boki"][Result "1-0"][ECO "C65"][WhiteElo "2261"][BlackElo "2023"][Annotator ",08.08.04"][PlyCount "43"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"][TimeControl "432000+172800"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 Nf6 6. d4 exd4 7. e5 Ne4 8.

Re1 Nc5 9. Nxd4 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 c6 11. Bd3 Be7 12. Nd2 Nxd3 13. Qxd3 O-O 14.
Ne4 a5 15. Bd2 a4 16. Nd6 b5 17. Qg3 Bh4 18. Qg4 f5 19. Qd4 Ba6 20. Re3 Be7
21. Rg3 Rb8 22. Bh6 1-0

Now we will look at an annotated game. The analysis is by Fritz6 and you may find yourself disagreeing with
some of the silicon thinkers comments. -gkg

Ordinary Day (2173) - gbsalvio (2168) [C65] submitted by Perego Domingos (gbsalvio)
1.e4 C65: Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defence (3...Nf6), unusual lines and 4 00 Bc5 1...e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 f6
4.00 g4
After 4. Ng4

[4...c5 5.xc6 dxc6 6.d3=] 5.xc6 dxc6 6.h3 h5 7.e2 [Not 7.hxg4 hxg4 8.g3 gxf3 9.xf3 d6] 7...c5
8.c3 Consolidates b4+d4 [Worse is 8.hxg4 hxg4 9.g3 gxf3 10.xf3 d7+] 8...e7 9.d4

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 87
After 9.d4

[9.hxg4? doesn't work because of 9...hxg4 10.g3 gxf3 11.xf3 e6+] 9...b6 [9...d6 10.bd2 (10.hxg4
hxg4 11.g5 f6) ] 10.a4 a6? [10...exd4 11.cxd4 (11.hxg4 is the weaker alternative 11...hxg4 12.g5 dxc3+)
11...a5 12.e1] 11.d1 [11.a5 a7 12.a3 exd4 13.xd4 c5] 11...e6? [11...exd4 12.xd4 f6 13.e5
xd4 14.xd4] 12.g3?? forfeits the advantage [12.a5 a7 13.hxg4 hxg4] 12...f6 Covers g5 [12...h6!?
should be investigated more closely 13.a5 a7 14.xe5 xh3 15.xh5 e6] 13.a5 a7
Black is in command 14.hxg4 hxg4 15.h4 f7 16.e3 [16.d5 cxd5 17.exd5 xd5] 16...g5 17.d5 cxd5
18.exd5 d7 19.xa7 [19.xg5 b5 20.e1 000] 19...gxh4 20.c5 Traps the king in the center 20...h7
21.d2 hxg3 Threatening mate... how?. 22.e4 [22.fxg3?? capturing this pawn is a mistake 22...h1+
23.f2 h2+ 24.e3 xe2+ 25.xe2 xd5+] 22...gxf2+ 23.xf2 h2+ 24.e1 f5 25.e2 h4+ 26.f2
f6 27.g1 h1 28.f2 f4 Black gets more space 29.e4 f5 30.c5 000 31.d2 e4 32.c1 e3 33.g2
dh8 34.e2 [34.xd7!? xd7 35.d6] 34...e8+
After 34. Re8

35.e6 [35.xd7 xd7 (35...xd7?! 36.d6) 36.e1 h5+] 35...xe6 36.dxe6 xe6 [36...xe6 37.g2
h5 38.a4+] 37.a4 f3 38.xe3 xe3+ 39.xe3 xd1+ 40.xd1 xe3 41.xg4 f2 42.d2 [42.f4
praying for a miracle 42...e1+ 43.d2+] 42...f3 43.g8+ d7 44.g7+ c6 45.g6+ b5 46.g5+ c5
47.c4+ b4

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 88
After 47. Kb4 and White Resigns 0-1
[47...b4 48.g3 f1 49.xf3 xf3 50.c2 e2+ 51.c1 b3 52.b1 xb2#] 01

My own Fishing Pole, my very first, was played on 4 May 2008. I wanted to experiment with the Two
Knights Defense, but my opponent played a Ruy Lopez. I hesitated a moment and then thought, Since Im
wrapping up a UON article on the Fishing Pole, why not give the Fishing Pole a try? It is the first time I
ever played the Fishing Pole from a Berlin Defense (actually, this is the first time Ive ever played a Berlin
Defense). Time control was 10 minutes each, plus 5 seconds per move. I have never studied the Fishing
Pole, but have played over some of the games that LM Brian Wall shared with UCO readers.

Shooter_Cab 11 - Gifford,G [C65] Fishing Pole, 04.May.2008

1.e4 C65: Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defence (3...Nf6), unusual lines and 4 00 Bc5 1...e5 2.f3 c6 [2...f6 3.xe5
e7 4.f3 xe4+ 5.e2] 3.b5 While wondering what to play against the Ruy, I decided to try the Fishing
Pole since I was wrapping up the UON article. 3...f6 [3...a6 4.xc6 dxc6 5.c3=] 4.00 [4.d3 d6=] 4...g4
[4...c5 5.d3 e7 6.c3=] 5.h3 [5.d3] 5...h5 [5...f6]


? hxg4 ?

Taking the bait!

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 89
Fritz6 states, White loses the upper hand.

Yes, White has taken the bait fresh from the pail.-gkg

[6.d4 f6 7.d5] 6...hxg4 7.xc6 [7.c3 gxf3 8.xf3 h4] 7...dxc6 [7...gxf3 8.g3 f6 9.d4 xc6 10.xf3
exd4 11.c3] 8.g3 [8.xe5?? White will not be able to digest the pawn 8...h4 9.f4 g3 10.h5 xh5 11.xf7
h2#] 8...gxf3 [8...f6 9.d4 xf3 10.xf3 gxf3 11.d2+] 9.xf3 h3 [9...d6 10.d3+] 10.e1 d7
11.c3 [11.c3 d6] 11...000 12.e3 [12.d3 b8] 12...b6 [12...g4 13.e2 g6 14.f3+]
13.g5? [13.f3 g4 14.g2 e6+] 13...e7?? [I disagree with Fritzs ?? gkg]
With this move Black loses his initiative, according to Fritz6. The program gives this move two question
marks. But I disagree with that poor rating. I believe that White's capturing of pawns will only open lines for
the bishop and the d8 rook. But Fritz6 states, 13...g4 and Black can look forward to a comfortable game
14.g2 h5+]

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 90
as things went, the game was quite comfortable anyway. -gkg

14.xe5 d6 [14...g4 15.g2 f6+] 15.xg7= Fritz sees things as equal. I still prefer Black. 15...dg8

Fritz comments that 16.f6= would allow White to play on]

16...g4 17.d3?? simply worsens the situation [17.d3 c5 18.e3+]

And now, at my move 17, I am sad to have missed Qf3! with mate to follow, which I had envisioned earlier in
the game [17...f3 18.xh8 g2#]. But I saw something else in a flash and it looked so good to me that I
looked no further. 17...c5 What I saw in this position (following diagram)

was the White Queen moving off of the g1-a7 diagonal on move 18; perhaps to c4.

And then 18. xg3+ (next diagram) ]

19.h1 g2# Instead, Instead White played 18. Qe3??? (which I thought was unthinkable) and so I played
Bishop takes Queen and won in a few more moves. 01

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 91
On the 9th of March 2008 Jack Appelmans wrote:

Regarding an article on the Ruy Lopez (RL) FP in the UON, there are some very good sources for games that
have been played in correspondence since 2000, though the opening has been played in correspondence
since at least 1974. I would point you (or others) to the following illustrative game, annotated by Roberto

Van Dijk,H (2261)-Krol, W (2288) 0-1 /IECG email 2002/Corr 2004/[Alvarez,Roberto] .

It was published in the Correspondence Megabase 2004. In it, Alvarez refers to this as the Krol Defense,
since Wladyslaw Krol has been actively using it in correspondence for nearly 10 years. The correspondence
player who first used it (according to my data) was a P. Mariotti (also an Italian, micmoc!).

I am ignoring any lines other than: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Ng4 6. h3

Notice the inclusion of 3... a6 4. Ba4 - this makes the opening a mainline Ruy Lopez variation, I think... I had
to vary for this line because, simply put, there are two few games with 4.. Ng4 to work with (2) in my
database, including correspondence games.

The defense (offense?) 6. c3 is addressed in Schoonhoven, J-Krol,W 1-0 /IECG 2001/Telechess CBM 87 (24),
and Sacerdotali, S-Krol,W 0-1 /IECG 2001/Telechess CBM 87 (57) (so you only need one CBM!) which I think
were annotated by Konikowski.. .

If the UON article will deal only with the immediate 4... Ng4, then I'm afraid can't help. Good luck!

Regarding a Fishing Pole with Whites Bishop on c4.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Ng4 5.c3 a6 6. Bc4!?

After 6. Bc4!?

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 92
Brian Wall Comments:
For some reason 99% of humanity plays 6. Ba4, even when they trade on c6 they play Ba4 first.

In general, I don't like to play the Fishing Pole against Bc4,

although people do send me games with it.

One of my first tournament Fishing Poles was against Vance Aandahl, former Denver Champion and
he had a knight on g5 and a bishop on c4 and I went crazy and sacced the h8-rook. That was the
game where Vance compared capturing the g4-knight as "opening the gates of Hell." Jack Young,
another Harvard Square buddy explained the Fishing Pole to me 7 years ago, then dropped out of
Chess leaving me holding the bag! I talked to him recently and he was shocked that Fang and
Vigorito are IMs and that my animal book honors his inventions. One more thing-

I get accused of analyzing games with players hundreds of points

lower than me but on ICC I am normally playing other Chess-
masters since only 30 or 50 humans even qualify to play me. I
analyze anything I like the point is to feel free to play or look
at anything...
- LM Brian Wall

From Antonio Torrecillas 13 March 2008

Regarding 6. Bc4 attacking f7 point and Ba4 making difficult for Black to complete his
development with...Bc5 followed by...d6 because the pin after d4-d5.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Ng4 5.c3 a6 6. Bc4!? Bc5 7.d4 Ba7


UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 93
and here there is the extra option: 8.Bxf7 Kxf7 9.Ng5 followed by 10.Qxg4. That line is impossible
after: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Ng4 5.h3 h5 6.c3 a6 7.Bc4!? Bc5 8.d4 Ba7

un saludo, Antonio Torrecillas

My Second and Third Fishing Poles - gkg

I thought I would end this section with the above comment, but then last night while waiting for the
wife to come downstairs so we could watch Das Boot I decided to kill some time by playing a
Fishing Pole against Fritz6. If the Fishing Pole was truly bad, then Fritz should be able to show me
how White has a correct path to victory.

Analysis is by Fritz6, unless otherwise noted. - gkg

Fritz - Gifford [C65] Fishing Pole, 07.May.2008

1.e4 C65: Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defence (3...Nf6), unusual lines and 4 00 Bc5 1...e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 f6
[3...a6 4.xc6 dxc6 5.c3=] 4.00 [4.d3 d6=] 4...g4 [4...c5 5.d3 e7 6.c3=] 5.d3 c5 [5...e7 6.c3]
6.h3 h5 [6...xf2 7.xf2 xf2+ 8.xf2]

UON 21 May / June / July / Aug 2008 Fishing Pole Pros and Cons 94

[7.c3 d6] 7...a6 [7...xf2!? 8.xf2 xf2+ 9.xf2 a6 10.xc6 dxc6] 8.xc6+- dxc6 9.c2 [9.d4 exd4
10.cxd4 b6] 9...e6 [9...d6 10.b4 (10.hxg4 hxg4 11.h4 xh4+) 10...xf2+ 11.xf2 xf2 12.xf2
xd3 13.xe5 d1+ 14.f1 xf1+ 15.xf1] 10.d4! keeping the advantage 10...exd4 [10...xd4 11.cxd4
Discovered attack] 11.cxd4 Discovered attack [11.hxg4 hxg4 12.g5 e7 13.xd4 xg5 14.xe6 fxe6]
11...b6 [11...e7 12.hxg4 hxg4 13.e5] 12.hxg4 hxg4 13.g5 f6 [13...xd4 14.d1 (14.xe6??
would be a terrible mistake 14...h4 15.h6 xh6 16.xc6+ bxc6 17.xg7+ xg7 18.f4 d4+ 19.f2 xf2#)
14...f6 15.e5 xe5 16.xe6 xe6 17.f4=] 14.d1 xd4 15.e5 h6

The mate threat is h1 16.h3 h5 17.xd4 Black cannot castle queen side 17...gxh3 Do you see the mate
threat? 18.d1 g6 [18...xe5 19.f4 f6 20.xc7 hxg2 21.xg2] 19.g4 h2+ [19...c5 20.f4] 20.h1
c5 21.f4 d8 Threatening mate: xd1 22.d2 h6 [22...g5 23.f3 d5 (23...xe5?! 24.e4 d5
25.e2) ] 23.e4 [23.a4!?]

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The mate threat is xe4 24.e2 h3 Threatening mate... how? [24...xe4+?! 25.xe4 e6 26.f4]
25.f3 xe4 26.xe4 g2+!!

Theme: Double Attack 27.xg2 Plans f4. Decoy to g2 [27.xg2+ Theme: Deflection from d1 27...d1]
27...h1+ 28.g3 d1 29.f4 [29.d6+ doesn't change the outcome of the game 29...f8 (29...cxd6?!
30.exd6+ f8 31.e7+ g8 32.e8+ h7 33.xf7 g1+ 34.f4 h6+ 35.e4 e1+ 36.d5 d1+ 37.c4
xc1+ 38.xc1 xc1+ 39.d5+) 30.e4 e1+ (30...xc1 31.xc1 xc1 32.d2 g1+ 33.f4+) ]
29...h6+ 30.g3 g1+ 31.f2 h1 32.e3 e1 [Weaker is 32...xc1 33.xc1 xc1+ 34.d2 g1+
35.f2+] 33.xe1 xe1+ 34.f4 g1 35.f5 h1 36.g5 f6 37.exf6 gxf6 38.xf6 00+ 39.f7 [39.e6
cannot change what is in store for ? 39...h6+ 40.d5 d6+ 41.c4 d4+ 42.b3 d3+ 43.a4 c4+
44.a5 b6#] 39...xf7+ 40.e5 e1+ [40...h8+ 41.e6 f6+ 42.d5 d4+ 43.e6 d6#] 41.d5 d7+
42.xc5 e5+ [42...a5 43.a3 e5+ 44.c4 d5+ 45.c3 d3#] 43.b4 d4+ 44.c3 c5+ 45.b3 c4+
46.a3 b4# 0-1

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Final Position

Michael,C - Gifford,G [C65] My Third Fishing Pole

10 min + 5 sec, May 21 2008; Analysis by Fritz 6, unless otherwise noted.

In this game White does not take the bait; however, he still ends up in a bad way - gkg.

1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 f6 [3...a6 4.xc6 dxc6 5.c3=] 4.xc6 [4.d3 d6=] 4...dxc6 5.00 [5.d3 d6=]
5...g4 [5...g4!?= has some apparent merit] 6.h3 h5 [6...f6 7.xe5 xe4 8.e1] 7.d4 [Inferior is 7.hxg4
hxg4 8.g3 gxf3 9.xf3 d7] 7...d6 [7...exd4 8.hxg4 hxg4 9.h2 (9.xd4?? taking the pawn will cause
White grave problems 9...h4 10.f3 g3 11.xc6 h2#) ] 8.d3 [8.e1!?+-] 8...exd4 9.g5 [9.e5!? is
worth looking at 9...c5 10.hxg4 hxg4 11.g5] 9...f6 Covers e5 10.e5 [10.hxg4!? deserves consideration
10...fxg5 11.e5] 10...xe5

[10...fxg5 is the less attractive alternative 11.exd6 f6 12.e1+ f8 13.dxc7 (13.xd4 xd6 14.e3 g4=;
13.xd4?! cxd6 14.c3 g4=) 13...xc7 14.xg5] 11.xe5 xe5 12.f4 d6 [12...fxg5?! 13.g6+ e7
14.fxe5=] 13.h4 f7 [13...c5 14.c3] 14.d2 b6 Setting up the posion pawn for the possibility of 15.
Qxd4?? Bc5 winning the queen. gkg [14...c5 15.b3 d5 16.xc5 xc5 17.fe1] 15.c4+ [15.f3 xf4

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16.xd4 d6] 15...e6 16.xc6 [16.xd4?? taking the pawn is naive 16...c5 17.xc5 bxc5+] 16...c5
17.b4? Most likely played to buy a little time on the clock while not being sure how to procede. [17.b3!?
xb3 18.axb3 d3+ 19.f2] 17...xb4+ 18.f3 d5 19.b5 [19.a4 c3 20.ad1 e8 21.xe8+ hxe8
22.xd4 xd4+ (22...xa2?! 23.b5) 23.xd4 xa2+] 19...c5 [19...c3!? 20.ad1 c5 21.d3+] 20.d3
xf3 [20...e8 21.h7 e2 22.ae1 xf3 23.xf3 xe1+ 24.xe1 d3+ 25.f1+] 21.xf3 d5 22.g3 f5
23.e1 [23.a3 ae8+] 23...ae8 [23...he8 24.ge3 xe3 25.xe3+] 24.c1 [24.ge3!? d6 25.c3]
24...e4+ 25.f1 [25.a3 xf4 26.xg7+ xg7 27.g3+ g4 28.xc7+ g6 29.hxg4 d3+ 30.f2 xf2+
31.xf2 d4+ 32.f1 hxg4 33.xb6+ axb6 34.cxd3 xd3+ 35.f2 g3+ 36.g1 e3+ 37.f1 h1#]
25...he8 [25...xa2 26.h1+]

26.g5 g6 27.a4

[27.g3 xa2 28.gf3 c6+] 27...e3

In the above position, with the bishop on the same diagonal as White's king I was inclined to keep it on c5 and
thus never considered Be7! However, maybe the bishop is worth more than that rook in this position? - gkg

[27...e7 and Black can already relax 28.f2 xg5 29.fxg5+]

28.d2 [28.d1 is not much help 28...e4+] 28...d3 [28...e4 makes it even easier for Black 29.g3+]
29.h2 e4 [29...e2!? seems even better 30.xd3 xd3 31.cxd3+] 30.cxd3 xd3 31.b2 [31.a2+
d5 32.a1 e7+] 31...d4 [31...e7 keeps an even firmer grip 32.a2+ d5 33.c2+] 32.xd4?
[32.b1+] 32...xd4 33.g3 xa4 34.d3 d6 35.g3 [35.g3 does not win a prize 35...a5+] 35...ee4
[35...a5 might be the shorter path 36.c3+] 36.h1 [36.f2 is not the saving move 36...e6+ (36...xf4
37.xf4 xf4 38.xf4 xf4 39.d7+ f6 40.xc7+) ]

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And I went on to win with little effort by managing to queen a pawn gkg

[36...b5 37.b1 b4+; 36...a2 and Black can already relax 37.f2 xf2 38.xf2 xf4 39.g3+]

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Perego Domingos (

Jack Appelmans ( )

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Brian Wall (the following e-mail and websites are associated with Brian Wall)

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