Movses Movsisyan–Thomas Patton Tulsa Open 2004
The problems with Black’s play were 6…Nge7 and 7…Nxd4. 7…Nxd4 blundered a piece, but Black is absolutely lost. Why? 6…Nge7 is simply playing into White’s hands, rendering the e7 knight unable to move (pinned) and the c6 knight also paralyzed (must protect e7). With so many pieces tied down, when Black is inevitably forced to move one of them, he is attacked on the weakened (3…g6) dark squares. Would you like to see it again? Here it is a century earlier. There are a couple slight transpositions, but we get exactly the same final position.
Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld Moscow 1903
Here is a slightly different, perhaps more logical variation, in which White takes back the pawn immediately instead of trying to capitalize directly on the dark squares.
Grigor Minchev–Dimitar Miraschiev 1986
This idea can even show up in other openings, such as the sometimes-dull (although, really, all openings are sometimes dull) English.
So what is Black meant to do? Here is, if not a refutation, a way to keep the game equal for Black from 1883 (!) , before any of the games mentioned previously.
Samuel Rosenthal–Wilhelm Steinitz London 1883
Here are some alternative ways from Red Hot Pawn (Some better than others.)
kcc–hubris RHP 2005
Alopinto–joost RHP 2004
eestist–amoz RHP 2005
Finally, here are three Red Hot Pawn openings with the best response.
pdunne–kingaroo RHP 2011
hozefs–Salrosa RHP 2012
And lastly, here’s another game, in which a harshly-fought game is decided by an intense blunder.
Alopinto–Kranium RHP 2005
In this blog, what’ve we learned? Well, for one, I probably just learned that I should avoid sticking a moral on the end of the blog. That sounded very stilted. However, we have learned that we should develop harmoniously. We’ve learned that we shouldn’t waste time. And we’ve learned, above all, that, even if you don’t memorize the openings, just follow general principles and be familiar with their resulting positions, and you’ll be fine. Chess on!
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