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  1. 23 Feb '09 23:32
    Hi

    Last Tuesday or Wednesday I posted this positon on the OTB forum after
    I had just played 10.h4 showing a trap where I give up my Queen
    to hopefully mate my opponent in the 3 day league down the h-file.

    (that is why I delayed castling looking for such a shot).

    White (me) has just played 10.h4



    The OTB boys laughed. They liked the idea but shook their heads in dismay.

    (no comments or hints were given, they thought nobody will fall for it).

    On Saturday I happened to be on line* when he took the Bishop and
    we traded move for move, him falling right into my posted trap and
    heading for a classic finish.

    He played 16...Ng6 I played 17.Nh4 and then he realised his intended
    17...Nf4 walked right into a beautiful mate in three.

    Here is the trap in full. It's a cracker snapper.
    Who is going resist hitting f2 and then winning the Queen with a Knight fork?


    In the actual game he played 17...d5 and resigned one move later Game 5986145.

    Pity. It would have been good to have the beautiful variation on the CV.

    Of course the whole thing is unsound. He should not take the g5
    Bishop but go hunting the b3 Bishop instead.

    Taking the Queen gives White too much play and I'm sure
    White is winning, if not then certainly enjoying himself.

    So why did I play it if I knew it was dodgy.
    I could not resist it.
    And anyway you lose 10 mundane games and win one like this -
    which one are you going to remember?

    *I did not happen to be on line - I was waiting for him to appear to
    see if I could Blitz him into it. I wondered if he was going to show up
    and then suddenly there he was taking my Bishop.

    Rule of Thumb No.66
    Don't play blitz your moves unless you are going for cheapo's.

    Rule of Thumb No.67
    Never take old Greenpawn's Queen - even with a check.
  2. 23 Feb '09 23:37
    Very nice.
  3. 24 Feb '09 00:33
    Great game.

    We see here a few of the perils to avoid in the Giuoco Pianissimo -

    1. Black castled too early.

    2. Black pinned the king knight before White had castled, usually a bad idea but its amazing how many players will do it.
  4. 24 Feb '09 01:05
    Originally posted by geo86012
    Great game.

    We see here a few of the perils to avoid in the Giuoco Pianissimo -

    1. Black castled too early.

    2. Black pinned the king knight before White had castled, usually a bad idea but its amazing how many players will do it.
    As I said that's why I delayed castling, but he should have left the
    Bishop sitting out there and done anything else.

    Sooner or later I'll have to really worry where my King goes.

    It was gamble - something I do often, especially OTB.
    It could have/should ended in tears.

    I think the God's just got fed up and said let him win one,
    he's losing the rest.
  5. 24 Feb '09 10:46
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    As I said that's why I delayed castling, but he should have left the
    Bishop sitting out there and done anything else.

    Sooner or later I'll have to really worry where my King goes.

    It was gamble - something I do often, especially OTB.
    It could have/should ended in tears.

    I think the God's just got fed up and said let him win one,
    he's losing the rest.
    Tears of boredom, I imagine. Who in their right mind play's Guico Pianoissm?
  6. 24 Feb '09 18:58
    But that is why you play it, ut lowers the guard.

    Some of my best OTB wins have come from this opening.
    All 1.e4 e5 games can suddenly turn from placid to sharp within a few moves.

    Infact every opening has this capability - just be alert for the chance
    and have faith when you take the gamble.