Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kilkenny Attack

The Kilkenny Attack sacrifices a Bishop in the early stage of the game, and followed by an attack of the White Knight at f7.

1. e4, Nf6
2. e5, Nd5
3. Nf3, d6
4. Bc4, Nb6?

Better is 4....e6, thereby solidifying the central pawn defense.

5. Bxf7+, Kxf7
6. Ng5+ ....

The beginning of White's attack.



















6. .... Kg8

If 6....Ke8, then 7. e6 Nd5, 8. Nf7 and White would be able to capture the Black Queen.

If 6.....Kg6, then 7. e6 Kxg5, 8. d4+ Kf6, 9. d5 Qe8, 10. Qf3+ Kg6, 11. Qg4+ Kf6, 12. Qg5 mate.

7. Qf3, Qe8
8. e6!!, h6
9. Qf7+, Qxf7
10. exf7 mate

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Kolossi Gambit

The Kolossi Gambit involves a fascinating double-check at the early stage of the game. 

1. e4, e5
2. Nf3, Nc6
3. Bb5, Nf6
4. 0-0, d6
5. d4, Nxe4
6. d5!, a6
7. Bd3 ....

A lesson in tempo.  Now, Black has to save two pieces instead of one.

7. .... Nf6
8. dxc6, e4
9. Re1, d5
10. Be2 ....























A gambit.  White tries to lure Black into capturing the f3 Knight.

10. .... exf3
11. cxb7, Bxb7

If 11......fxe2, then 12. bxa8=Q and White has the material advantage.

12. Bb5+ mate.

Marvelous!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Himeji Sacrifice

The Himeji Sacrifice involves a Queen sacrifice on the 8th move.

1. e4, c5
2. Nf3, d6
3. Nc3, e5?

Black's third move deviated from the normal Sicilian Defense, allowing White to penetrate the central diagonals.

4. Bc4, Nc6
5. d3, Nge7
6. Bg5, Bg4
7. Nd5, Nd4
8. Nxe5 !! ....























8. .... Bxd1

Black took the gambit, not knowing that the Queen is poisoned.  At this point, Black's best move may be 8......dxe5, 9. Qxg4 Nxc2+, 10. Kd2 Nxa1, 11. Rxa1 ....

9. Nf6+, gxf6

Forced.

10. Bxf7 mate

Simply elegant.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Attack of the Cardinals

This game is so called because two Bishops are instrumental in clinching victory.

1. e4, e5
2. Nf3, Nc6
3. Bb5, Nge7
4. c3, d6
5. d4, Bd7
6. 0-0, Ng6
7. Ng5, h6
8. Nxf7 ....























A surprise move.  Black has no choice but to capture the Knight.

8. .... Kxf7
9. Bc4+, Ke7

If 9.....Be6, then 10. d5 ! and Black loses a piece.   If 9.....Ke8 then 10. Qh5 Qf6, 11. f4! ... and White's attack shall be devastating.

10. Qh5, Qc8
11. Qg5+, hxg5
12. Bxg5 mate

The same result happens if 11. Bg5+ hxg5, 12. Qxg5 mate.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tarantula's Venom

This game involves a daring Rook sacrifice and a combination of moves that leads to mate.

1. d4, d5
2. Bf4, c5
3. Bxb8, Rxb8
4. dxc5, e6
5. Qd4, Qc7
6. b4, b6
7. cxb6, Rxb6
8. c3, Rxb4 !!























So sudden.  White was not even able to catch his breadth.

9. cxb4, Qc1+
10.  Qd1, Bxb4+
11. Nd2, Bxd2 mate

Fantastic!   A gem of a game.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Frontenac Gambit

The gambit has an explosive opening and sacrifices a knight to trap the Queen.

1. e4, e6
2. d4, d5
3. Nc3, c5
4. exd5, exd5
5. Bb5+, Nc6
6. Nf3, Nf6
7. Ne5, Qc7
8. Bg5, Ne4
9. Nxd5, Qd6
10. Bh4, Qxd5



















Black thinks he gained a piece.  White's next move surprised him.

11. Bc4, Qxd4
12. Bxf7 mate

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Chameleon Attack

In this game, White wins after a failed Alekhine Defense.  Black is attacked at its weakest point:  the f7 square.

1. e4, Nf6
2. e5, Nd5
3. c4, Nb6
4. d4, d6
5. Bd3, dxe5
6. dxe5, N8d7
7. e6 !! .....























7. .... Nf6

Certainly not 7....fxe6, for White replies with 8. Qh5+ g6, 9. Qxg6+ hxg6, 10. Bxg6 mate.

8. exf7+, Kxf7
9. Bg6+, hxg6
10. Qxd8 ....

Black loses his Queen.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cricket Attack

The Cricket Attack demonstrates a Queen sacrifice in a simple yet artistic way.

1. e4, Nc6
2. d4, e5
3. d5, Nce7
4. f4, d6
5. Nf3, Bg4
6. Nc3, Ng6
7. h4, Bxf3
8. Bb5+ ....























Ignoring the attacking Bishop, White goes after the opponent's King.

8. .... c6
9. dxc6!, Bxd1
10. cxb7+, Ke7
11. Nd5+, Ke6
12. f5 mate


Friday, June 21, 2013

Heidelberg Sacrifice

In the following game, White sacrifices the Queen to achieve victory.

1. e4, d5
2. exd5, Qxd5
3. Nc3, Qd8
4. d4, Nc6
5. Nf3, Bg4
6. d5!, Ne5
























Black thinks he has a good pin.  White's next move surprises him.

7. Nxe5, Bxd1
8. Bb5+, c6
9. dxc6, Qc7?

Black's best reply is 9....a6, though after 10. c7+ axb5, 11. cxd8 Rxd8, 12. Nxd1 ...., White still has the upper hand.

10. cxb7, Kd8

If 10.....Qd7, then 11. bxa8 mate.

11. Nxf7 mate

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bedoin's Gambit

The following game is a variation of the Falkbeer Counter-Gambit.

1. e4, e5
2. f4, d5
3. Nf3? ....

In Falkbeer Counter-Gambit, the normal continuation is 3. exd5 e4, 4. Bb5+ ....  In this variation, White's center becomes susceptible to attack.

3. .... dxe4
4. Nxe5, Bc5
5. Nc3, Nf6
6. Qe2? ....

A mistake.  White should have released his Bishop sooner with 6. Bc4.

6. .... Nc6
7. Nxf7, Qe7

If 7....Kxe7, then 8. Qc4+ Be6, 9. Qxc5.  White menaces the center and keeps Black from castling.

8. Nxh8, Nd4!

With this move, Black paralyzes the White Queen and paves the way for a brutal attack.

9. Qd1, Nf3+!!























10. gxf3 ....

Forced.  If 10. Ke2, then Black replies with b6, followed by 11.....Ba6.

10. .... exf3+
11. Be2 ....

Again forced.

11. .... f2+
12. Kf1, Bh3 mate.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hunchback Attack

The Hunchback Attack is a variation of the Queen's Gambit.

1. d4, Nf6
2. c4, e6
3. Nf3, d5
4. g3, dxc4
5. Nbd2, c5
6. dxc5, Bxc5
7. Bg2, Bxf2+























8. Kxf2,  Ng4+
9. Ke1 ....

If 9. Kf1, then 9......Ne3 wins the Queen.  if 9. Kg1, then 9.....Qb6 forces mate.

9. .... Ne3
10. Qa4+, Bd7

White usually resigns. The Queen is forced to move to a3 or b4, where it will be captured after a fork by Black's Knight at c2.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sura's Trap

The Sura's Trap is a variation of the king's Gambit Accepted.

1. e4, e5
2. f4, exf4
3. Nc3, g5
4. Nf3, g4
5. Ne5, Qh4+
6. g3, fxg3
7. Qxg4, g2+
8. Qxh4, gxh1=Q
9. Nd5 ....

Threatening 10. Nxc7 ....

9. .... Na6
10.  d4, Be7























11. Qxe7, Nxe7
12. Nf6+, Kd8

If 12.....Kf8, then 13. Bh6 mate.

13. Nxf7 mate.

Kruger's Attack

Kruger's Attack demonstrates the importance of keeping a strong central pawn structure.

1. d4, d5
2. c4, e6
3. Nc3, c5
4. cxd5, cxd4?

Black weakens his center.  White took advantage of this by a series of attacking moves.

5. dxe6, dxc3?























The Knight is poisoned.  Black's best reply should have been 5.....Bb4 pinning the Knight.

6. exf7, Ke7

Of course not 6.....Kxf7 because of the threat 7. Qxd8.

7. fxg8=N+, Rxg8
8. Bg5+ .....

Black loses his Queen.

Harakiri

In this game, Black sacrifices so many pieces, doing what seems to be a  "harakiri", Japanese term for honorable suicide, which ultimately pays off because White gets mated in the end.

1. d4, Nf6
2. c4, e5
3. d5 ....

Normal line of play is 3. dxe5, and may lead to another trick  as in the Budapest Gambit.

3. .... Bc5!
4. h3? ....

Better is 4. e3 which effectively prevents the following disaster.

4. .... Bxf2!
5. Kxf2, Ne4+
6. Kf3 ....

If 6. Ke3, then 6.....Qh4, 7. Nf3 Qf4+, 8. Kd3 Nf2+, 9. Kc2 Qe4+, 10. Kd2 Nxd1 and Black wins.

6. .... Qh4
7. g3 ....























With this move, White will be able to capture the e4 Knight.

7. .... Qxg3+
8. Kxe4, f5+
9. Kxf5, d6+
10. Ke4, Bf5+
11. Kxf5, Qg6 mate

In all, Black sacrificed two Bishops, one Knight, and 1 pawn to gain victory.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Loco Obispo Gambit

In the following game, a barrage of pawns attack a retreating Bishop.

1. d4, f5
2. Bg5, h6
3. Bf4, g5
4. Bg3 ....

White seems crazy to retreat, when he could have moved 5. Be5 .....

4. .... f4
5. e3 ....























The end of the crazy Bishop?  Not so.  If 5....fxg3, then 6. Qh5 mate.

5. .... h5

Seeing White's threat, Black seals the h5 square.

6. Bd3, Rh6

Forced.  White threatens 7. Bg6 mate.

7. Qxh5+, Rxh5
8. Bg6 mate.

Bishop's Gambit

The following game is a variant of the King's Gambit Accepted.

1. e4, e5
2. f4, exf4
3. Bc4, Qh4+
4. Kf1, b5

Black is willing to sacrifice a pawn in order to open the a6-f1 diagonal.

5. Bd5, Nc6
6. Nf3, Qh5
7. d4, Nf6
8. Bb3, Ba6
9. Qe2, Nxd4
10. Nxd4, b4!























11. Qxa6, Qd1+
12. Kf2, Ng4 mate.

Magnifico.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Alnwick Gambit

In Alnwick Gambit, Black sacrifices a Bishop, and wins the game.

1. e4, e5
2. Ne2, d5
3. exd5, Qxd5
4. Nc3, Qa5
5. d4, Nc6
6. d5, Nb4
7. Bd2, Bf5
8. Rc1 ....

White is forced to defend the beleaguered pawn at c2. 

8. .... Bxc2
9. Rxc2, Nd3 mate


Friday, June 7, 2013

Warwick Trap

The Warwick Castle, in all its beauty, is fit for a Queen.  But beware of the trap that lies beneath...

1. e4, e5
2. Nf3, Nc6
3. d4, exd4
4. Nxd4, Qh4
5. Nc3, Nf6?

A premature move.  The Knight effectively blocked all exits of the Queen.

6. Nf5, Qh5

Black has nothing better.  If 6....Qg4, then 7. f3 Qh5, 8. g4 Qg6, and 9. Nh4!

7. Be2, Qg6
8. Nh4! ....

Black usually resigns.  The Queen is trapped.

Windsor Attack

The Queen, who lives in Windsor Castle, is the most prominent attacking piece in this game.

1. e4, c6
2. d4, d5
3. Bd3, Nf6?

A premature move.  Why move a piece that will eventually be driven away?

4. e5,  Nd7
5. e6! ....

This move has effectively weakened Black's kingside pawn structure.

5. .... fxe6

Black falls into the trap.  The better move is 5.....Nf6 somehow diminishing White's attack.  In this variation, the game may continue:  6. exf7+ Kxf7, 7. Bg5 g6 ....

6. Qh5+, g6
7. Qxg6+, hxg6
8. Bxg6 mate.

Or White can play 7. Bxg6 hxg6, 8. Qxg6 mate.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Falkbeer Counter Attack

The following game comes from a variation of the Falkbeer Counter Gambit.

1. e4, e5
2. f4, d5
3. Nf3 ? ....

The standard play here is 3. exd5 e4, 4. Bb5+.

3. .... dxe4
4. Nxe5, Nc6
5. Bb5, Nf6

6. Nxc6, bxc6
7. Bxc6+, Bd7
8. Bxa8, Bg4 !!

Black wins the Queen and the game.

Knight Trap

The Knight Trap comes from a variation of the Alekhine Defense.

1. e4, Nf6
2. e5, Nd5
3. c4, Nb6
4. d4, Nc6 ?

Standard play in the Alekhine Defense is 4....d6.

5. d5!, Nxe5
6. c5!!, Nc4
7. f4! ....


Whichever piece Black moves, he loses a Knight.

But White must not be too greedy to grab a Knight.  If 7.....e6, then White must answer 8. g3 before capturing the e5 Knight in order to avoid the devastating reply 8....Qh4+.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Edinburgh Trap

In Edinburgh Trap, the Black Knight confuses the enemy, and sets a trap for a mate.

1. d4, Nf6
2. Nd2 ....

A bad position for the Knight.  Now Black offers a pawn as bait.....

2. .... e5
3. dxe5, Ng4

It would look as though the Knight wants to recapture the e5 pawn, but actually goes for the opponent Queen.

4. h3, Ne3!!
5. fxe3, Qh4 mate.

Bamburgh Gambit

The Bamburgh Gambit features a Queen Sacrifice in exchange for a mating attack.

1. e4, e5
2. Bc4, Nf6
3. Ne2, Nc6
4. d4 ....

White's reply whether or not Black's Knight takes the e4 pawn.  If 3.....Nxe4, then 4. d4 exd4, 5. Qxd4 Nf6, 6. Bg5 Be7, 7. 0-0 White gets a strong center and a possible avenue of attack along the e-file.

4. .... Nxe4
5. dxe5, Nxf2

 6. 0-0 !! ....

 Rightly so.  If 6. Kxf2 Qh4+, 7. Kf1 Qxc4 the position favors Black.

6. .... Nxd1
7. Bxf7+, Ke7
8. Bg5 mate.