The Conquest Attack in the
Evans Gambit Declined
Black wants a quiet positional game against the Evans Gambit by declining the b-pawn. Well, as Steve Stoyko would say: "Why give him what he wants?" Try the wild and wooly Conquest Attack.
S. Conquest - L. Winants [C51]
Amsterdam Donner op/Amsterdam (4) 1996
Position after 7.d4!?
Michael Rohde writes: "Was this the move that Kasparov intended to use against Piket, had Piket played 5....a6 instead of 5....a5? I don't think so!" But the move definitely has attracted some attention and seems more playable than Zukertort's version of the idea (see below).
Rohde writes: "Although White has given up the right to castle, he has a plan to lock out Black's Queenside pieces for quite a while."
Rohde: "Probably better than letting the Knight go permanently astray with
and White has "decent attacking chances" says Rohde. As in my analysis of the Zukertort game, White's active queen's Rook is more meaningful than the material.
First 16. a5!? might be compared to the note below.
Position after 16...Ng6.
Almost winning is 17. Qf3! Qxf3 18. gxf3! Kh8 19. Nxd6 Bc7 20. Nxf7+ Kh7 21. f4! (White also can force a draw with 21. Ng5+ Kh8 (21... hxg5 22. Rh3+ Nh4 23. Bxg5) 22. Nf7+=) 21... Bxf4 (21... Ne7 22. Be4+ g6 23. Ne5) (21... Nxf4 22. Rhg1) 22. Rxg6 (22. Rg4!? Bxc1 23. Rhg1 d6 24. Rxg6 Bg5 25. Nxg5+ Kxg6 26. Ne6+ Kf6 27. Nxf8 Bh3+ 28. Ke2 Rxf8 29. Bxb7) 22... Kxg6 23. Bxf4 Rxf7 24. Rg1+ Kf6 25. Bd6 g5 26. Rg3 Kg6 27. Bxf7+ Kxf7 28. a5 Ke6 29. Bf8
J. Zukertort - B. Englisch [C51]
Paris it/Paris (1) 1878
The question arises whether White can try the d4-sac a move earlier. Well, it has been tried. Harding and Cafferty call this "dubious," but they simply cite the wild Zukertort game that follows without additional analysis. I think the line is messy and therefore offers White certain practical chances, very much along the lines of Koltanowski's handling of the Giuoco Piano (which goes 4.O-O Nf6 5.d4!?). At the very least it should make for lots of fun at faster time controls. A more convincing objection to the move is that White has no need to sacrifice anything here to obtain a good game:
c) 6. Bb2 was Tartakower's preference, and it makes good positional sense though it is hardly ambitious.
d) 6. c3 followed by d3 transposes to Bird's method of handling the Giuoco Piano by gaining space on the Queenside. Black does well here too.
This reply does not look best, but it was played in the only known master game with the line and so gets into all of the books that even mention 6.d4!? The chief alternatives seem to be:
(Black must play aggressively to keep the balance after 7. a5 Ba7 8. Nxe5 Qe7!? (Safer is 8... Qf6 9. Ng4 Qg6 10.
O-Od6 11. Ne3) 9. Nxf7 Qxe4+ 10. Kf1 d5! (10... Nxc2!? 11. Nd2 Qf5 12. Qe2+ Ne7 (12... Kf8? 13. Nxh8 Nxa1 14. Bd3 Qe6 15. Bb2) 13. Ne4!? (13. Nxh8 Nxa1 14. Bd3 Qf8 15. Bb2) 13... Nd4 14. Qe1 Nc2 15. Ned6+ cxd6 16. Nxd6+ Kf8 17. Qxe7+ Kxe7 18. Nxf5+ Kf6 19. Bb2+ Kxf5 20. Bd3+ Kg5 21. Bxc2) 11. Bd3 Bg4! 12. Qd2 (12. f3? Qe7! 13. Nxh8? Nxf3) (12. Bxe4 Bxd1 13. Bxd5 Nf6 14. Nxh8 Nxd5 15. Na3 O-O-O) 12... Be2+ 13. Qxe2 Qxe2+ 14. Bxe2 Kxf7 15. Bd3)
7... Bxd4 8. Ra3 Qh4!? 9.
Parallel to Koltanowski's treatment of the Giuoco Piano, as discussed by Chris Baker in his Startling Repertoire book, White simply claims a powerful superiority on the kingside to support long term attacking plans.
Why exchange pieces here? Perhaps 16. h3
White should keep things bound up until he is ready to break through -- perhaps instead 22. Rf3
Zukertort (whose name means "sugar tart," by the way) must have overlooked this retort.
It's unbelievable that White does not lose, down a Rook and two connected passed pawns!
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