Saturday, July 23, 2016

Taking Risks, Finding the Win

Wall, Bill - Guest3603239, 2015

 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 

The Blackburne Shilling Gambit.


The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit.

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Ke8 


The position calls out for 6.Qh5+ - which Bill has also played - but if you believe Stockfish 7, the text move is a little bit better.


6...Ne6 was seen in Wall,B - Toyong,, 2010 (1-0, 22) and  Wall,B - Klevic,, 2014 (1-0, 34). 

7.Nxc6 dxc6 8.Qh5+ Ke7 

A little bit better was 8...g6 in Wall,B - Apple,, 2010 (1-0, 29) 


Keeping the draw in hand for a moment. Previously Bill had played 9.d4 in Wall,B - Verrsili,, 2010 (1-0, 19) 

9...Kd7 10.Qg4+ Ke8 11.Qe2 

Deciding to use the two extra pawns against Black's extra piece.

11...Be6 12.d4 Qe7 13.O-O Kd7 14.c4 Rd8 15.Nc3 Kc8 

Black has castled-by-hand on the Queenside. Now he concentrates on developing his pieces.

16.Be3 Nf6 17.d5 cxd5 18.cxd5 Bg4 19.f3 

The position looks about dynaically equal. Stockfish 7 suggests that the players should pursue that assessment:  19...Nxe4!? 20.fxg4 Nxc3 21.bxc3 Rxd5 22.Rae1 Qxe3+ 23.Qxe3 Bc5 24.Rf7 g6 25.h4 Re5 26.Qxc5 Rxc5 27.g5 Rxc3 28.Ree7 b6 29.Rxh7 Rd8 30.Re6 Rd2 31.Rxg6 Rg3 32.Rc6 Rgxg2+ 33.Kf1 Rgf2+ draw 

19...Bh5 20.Bxa7

Playing with fire, and daring Black to trap the Bishop with ...b7-b6. Black opts to pursue an attack on the enemy King, but the computer suggests that he go for the trap after preparation: 20...Nxd5!? 21.exd5 Qxe2 22.Nxe2 b6, etc. 


After 20...b6 21.Qa6+ Kd7 22.Qa4+ Kc8 23.Bxb6 Black's King's defenses are crumbling.

21.Rac1 Qe5

Again, 21...b6 will fall to 22.Qa6+ Kd7 23.Qa4+ Kc8 23.Bxb6.

22.Nb5 Rxd5

This attacks a piece and takes advantage of the pinned White e-pawn, but it is all too late.

23.Rxc7+ Kd8 24.Rxb7 Nxe4 25.Qxe4 Black resigned

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