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  1. 28 Apr '09 22:21 / 1 edit


    4.Bc4,Be7 Reaching a position from the Hungarian defense,an ancient opening,dating back to 1842,which has fallen out of favor in modern master practise.
    It has,however,not been refuted and is a good way of avoiding the more complex Giuoco Piano and Evans Gambit provided you are willing to defend a somewhat cramped position.



    5.Ng5? initiating a premature attack.5.d4 is best or else castling

    6.Qf3?, Nd4 (hitting the queen while threatening a knightfork on c2 and thus practically forcing the queen back to d1)

    to be continued....
  2. 28 Apr '09 22:22
    7.Qd3,d5!



    (A critical position.I believe Black has a big advantage here but he must act upon it or it might disappear quickly.The move 7....,d5 wasn't easy to find for me because there are a lot of tactical complications and I couldn't calculate them all.
    I don't use the analyses board,I do it OTB style.But I had faith in my position and figured since White lacks development and has his king
    still in the center it must be in my favor to break the position wide open even if it turns out I'd drop a pawn.Sometimes you have to trust your instincts.
    I'll come back to this position to examine other white 8th move possibilities)

    9.Qe3?,Nxc2+ Forking king and queen.White had to try 9.Nge4 when Black has to find the tactics to prove him right: 9.Nge4,Nd7! threatening Nc5 to which there is no real defense 10.0-0,Nc5 11.Qg3,Nxe4 12.Nxe4,Bxe4 13.Qxe5,Nxc2 14.Qxe4,Nxa1 15.d4,Bd6 when Black has won the exchange for a pawn and White's doubled d-pawns are nice targets.



    11.dxe3,Nxd5 (Uncovering an attack on the g5 knight and if White captures on d5 that piece will be pinned to the king and can be attacked a 2nd time by a pawn.)

    18.Re1,Rac8 (instead of trading down more with 18....,Bxe2+ Black aims for a quicker kill by adding pieces to the attack.)


    19.Bd2 d4 (Black wins by timeout) 0-1
  3. 28 Apr '09 22:22
    Let's go back and examine the position after Black's 7th move of the above game.



    8.Nxd5,Nxd5 9.Nxf7,Rxf7 10.Bxd5,Be6 11.Bxe6,Nxe6 12.Qd8+,Rxd8 and Black won a knight for 2 pawns.

    8.Bxd5,Nxd5 9.Nxd5,Bxg5 10.c3,Ne6 and Black won a bishop for a pawn.

    8.Bb3,Nd7 9.Nf3,Nc5 10.Qe3,Ncxb3 11.Nxd4,exd4 12.Qd3,Nxa1 with a big advantage for Black

    8.Ne2,dxc4 9.Qxc4,b5 10.Qd3,c5 11.Nxd4,Qxd4 12.Qxd4,cxd4 leaves Black with an extra piece
  4. 28 Apr '09 22:40
    Very nice.
  5. 28 Apr '09 23:15


    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 6.Bc4 f6 7.Qb3 b6 8.Bxg8 Nd7 9.Qf7# 1-0


    2.Nf3,d6 The Philidor defense.Very,very old opening,I found a game played as early as 1575!It was popularised by Francois-André Danican Philidor in the 1700's and bears his name since then.Nowadays it's not seen in master practise probably because it's too passive.


    3.....,Bg4? Not a very good line,imo.I think 3....,exd4 is practically a must.

    6.....,f6? This allows White to place a double attack on f7 and b7.Better was 6.....,Qd7 and if then 7.Qb3,c6 and both f7 and b7 are defended.

    7....,b6?? Defending the flank while his king is in mortal danger!

    8.Bxg8?? Picking up a piece but..........there's mate in 2!!An inexcusable oversight! 8.Bf7+,Ke7(or Kd7) 9.Qe6 checkmate!

    8....,Nd7?? Boxing in his king allowing the mate again!The f7 square needed defense by Qe7 or Qd7.

    Take a look at the pattern of the mate that could've (and should've!) occured at move 8 and imprint it in your brain.It's called 'Epaulettes mate' or 'Guéridon mate'.

  6. 29 Apr '09 02:05
    Good - spot on.

    Lot of work in there Romanticus.

    Your d5 in the Hungarian must right.
    It's the kind of move that must work.
    In those positions you just shut your eyes and play it.

    It is complicated. Some good analyse to work out in their head.

    Not looked deep but in the 8.Bb3 line is 8...Nd7 the best?
    Can I swing the Knight to h5 and then f4.
    I'll have Knights on d4 and f4 - I hate backward moves.
    Forward forward forward is how I want them to play.

    The game moving thing-gummy jig was not working in the Philidor game so did it here.



    A missed mate in one - shocking chess.

    Here is one of mine from an OTB game.
    Look out for my cunning 3...f6 a smart trap that one.

    J.Marr - G.Chandler Edinburgh 1980



    I could have mated on move 9 instead of move 12.
    Luckily I can shuggle the position back to the original mate.
  7. 29 Apr '09 02:31
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Good - spot on.

    Lot of work in there Romanticus.

    Your d5 in the Hungarian must right.
    It's the kind of move that must work.
    In those positions you just shut your eyes and play it.

    It is complicated. Some good analyse to work out in their head.

    Not looked deep but in the 8.Bb3 line is 8...Nd7 the best?
    Can I swing the Knight to h5 and the ...[text shortened]... d on move 9 instead of move 12.
    Luckily I can shuggle the position back to the original mate.
    Hey!Missed mate in 2!!I did spot the mate in 1.No need to make it worse

    To be honest,in the 8.Bb3 line I never looked at anything else but getting the knight to c5.Your Nh5 looks intresting,nice knights,may provide more tricks.Must have a look into it tomorrow.Tired now,going to bed soon,it's 4.30 here.

    The philidor game doesn't work because I misplaced the [ /pgn ] thing.Silly me,can't edit it no more.

    Nice trap,I must remember that one!
  8. 30 Apr '09 19:49
    Hey Romanticus. Some very interesting analysis. Must have taken quite a while putting all that together. I've had a good read through and it's very instructive. Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us.

    Daza
  9. 01 May '09 01:42
    Originally posted by Daza
    Hey Romanticus. Some very interesting analysis. Must have taken quite a while putting all that together. I've had a good read through and it's very instructive. Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us.

    Daza
    No problem.
    Hope it helps you win some games.
    But hopefully not a game against me