Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dance of the Horses

1. d4, d5
2. c4, c5
3. Nf3 ....

If 3. dxc5 d4, 4. e3 e5, and Black has control of the center.

3. .... dxc4
4. Nc3, cxd4
5. Qxd4, Qxd4
6. Nxd4, a6
7. Nd5, Kd8

Necessary, as White threatens 8. Nc7+.

8. Bd2, Nd7

Moved in order to support b6.

9. Ba5+, b6
10. Nc6+, Ke8
11. Nc7 mate.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Frederiksborg Sacrifice

White sacrifices his Queen to win the game.

1. e4, e5
2. Nf3, Nc6
3. Bc4, d6
4. 0-0, Ne7
5. Ng5, f6?

This move breaks open Black's kingside.  Best defense is 5....d5.

6. Bf7+, Kd7
7. Qg4+ ....

If 7. Ne6, White wins the Black Queen, but White goes after the most important piece.

7. .... f5
8. exf5, h5

Black is compelled to drive the Queen away, but White is undeterred.

9. f6+, hxg4
10. Be6+, Ke8
11. f7 mate

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sicilian Ruckus

The game is an offshoot of Sicilian Defense.

1. e4, c5
2. Nf3, Nc6
3. d4, cxd4
4. Nxd4, e5
5. Nxc6, bxc6
6. c4, Nf6
7. Qc2, Bc5
8. Bd3? ....

More defensive is Be2.

8. .... Ng4
9. 0-0, Qh4

Threatening mate at h2.

10. h3, h5
11. Qe2 ....

The only hope.  White tries to bring his Queen into play through 12. Qf3 in order to neutralize Black's attack. 

11. .... Qg3

Black takes advantage of the pinned f2 pawn.  White has no choice but to capture the Knight.

12. hxg4, hxg4

White resigns since he cannot avoid mate at h1 after ....Qh2+.

Friday, July 12, 2013

De Coca Trap

1. e4, Nc6
2. d4, d5
3. exd5, Qxd5
4. Nf3, Bg4
5. Nc3, Bxf3
6. Nxd5, Bxd1
7. Nc7+, Kd8
8. Nxa8, Bxc2

After the smoke has cleared, White emerges as a piece up.

9. Bf4 ....

White is intent on maintaining his material advantage.  He should have saved the center pawn, mobilized his f1 Bishop and castled on the king side.

9. .... Nxd4
10. Nc7 ....

White tries to save his Knight.

10. .... e5!
11. Bxe5, Bb4 mate.

Lichtenstein Sacrifice

This game features a Queen sacrifice.

1. d4, d5
2. e4,dxe4
3. Nc3, Nf6
4. f3, exf3
5. Qxf3, Qxd4

White sacrificed the d-pawn in order to open the d file and gain mobility.  Mobility is a chess theory emphasized in Brilliant Chess Games.

6. Be3, Qb4

Black maintains pressure.

7. 0-0-0, Bg4
8. Nb5 ....

Threatening 9. Nxc7 mate.

8. .... e5

Black has no choice but to provide an escape square for his King.  If 8. .... Na6, then 9. Qxb7 Rd8, 10. Nxc7+ Nxc7, 11. Rxd8 Kxd8, 12. Qxb4 and White wins.

If 8.... Qa5, b4 and the Black Queen falls.

9. Nxc7+, Ke7
10. Qxb7, Qxb7
11. Bc5 mate

The importance of mobility is underscored in this game.  Note that most of Black's pieces are still in their original positions.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

King's Folly

1. f4 ....

Chess literature has long discouraged this opening for White.  It weakens White's kingside defense and becomes susceptible to attack.

1. .... e5

Black sacrifices a pawn to gain control of the center.

2. fxe5, d6
3. exd6, Bxd6
4. Nf3, g5

Black keeps up the pressure.

5. e4, g4
6. e5 ....

White decides to counterplay.  He is better off in 6. Nd4 Qh4+, 7. Ke2 g3, 8. h3 Bh4, 9. Nf3 ....

6. .... gxf3
7. exd6, Qh4+

The beginning of White's end.

8. g3, Qe4+
9. Kf2, Qd4+
10. Ke1, f2+
11. Ke2, Bg4 mate

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quasimodo Trap

The Trap in this game was used to counter an Evan's Gambit which is characterized by the sacrificial move ....b4.  An example of Evan's Gambit may be found in Brilliant Chess Games.

1. e4, c5
2. b4, cxb4
3. d4, e5
4. dxe5, Nc6
5. Nf3, Nge7
6. Bf4, Ng6
7. Bg3, Qa5
8. Qd5, b3!
9. Qxa5, b2!!

Black intends to capture the a1 Rook and promote the pawn to Queen.

10. Qc3 ....

The only way to save the Queen and prevent the pawn from being promoted, but White unknowingly falls into a trap.

10. .... Bb4
11. Qxb4, Nxb4

White resigns.  The b2 Pawn will capture the Rook and will be promoted to Queen.