Monday, May 5, 2014

Go Ahead And Do Your Worst!

In the following game, White is ready for Black's counter-attack - at first. He misses a consolidating line, and, as a result, takes it on the chin, after all.

zinoukako - JJTh
blitz, FICS, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4

The Blackburne Shilling Gambit.


The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit.

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Ke8 6.c3 Qg5

The thematic counter-attack of the BSG. White has everything covered, though, as we saw in "Too Fast, Too Furious" and "A Head Scratcher".


White rightly says "Go ahead and do your worst!"

7...Qxg2 8.Rf1

This, though, is more bravado (or routine) than science. Instead, 8.Qf3 holds everything together for the first player: after the exchange of Queens at f3, he is up a pawn, he has the better pawn center, and his King is safer. 

8...Qxe4+ 9.Qe2 Qxe2+ 10.Kxe2 d6 11.Nf3 Bg4 12.Nc3 Kd7


White could hold on with 13.d3, as he then has a way to meet Black's next move.

13...Re8+ White resigned

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