Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Owen's Defense

Rarely played, the Owen's Defense has been discovered to be tactically flawed.  It runs as follows:

1. e4, b6
2. d4, Bb7
3. Bd3, f5

Black offers the pawn as a gambit, which in fact is a losing move.

4. exf5, Bxg2
5. Qh5+, g6
6. fxg6, Nf6

Black intends to drive the Queen away, an underestimation of White's attacking strength.

7. gxh7+, Nxh5
8. Bg6+ mate.

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