Sidelined in the Milner-Barry Gambit

It's tough enough defending against tricky lines like the Milner-Barry Gambit. It's harder still when your opponent takes you down a sideline that is barely mentioned in the books. WIM Alisa Melekhina (long familiar to the New Jersey chess scene) demonstrates some dangerous preparation in the following game, from the ongoing World Girls Championship under-20 in Poland.

Alisa Melekhina (2265) - Carole Forestier (2103) [C02]

World Girls Ch U-20/Chotowa, Czarna, Poland (2) 2010


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bd7 8. O-O!? Nxd4

The Milner-Barry Gambit Accepted.

 

9. Nbd2!?

 










A line developed about 20 years ago by Czech IM Jiri Nun. Clearly Melekhina has been doing her homework.

The more standard treatment of this gambit with 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. Nc3 is nicely discussed for amateur players in The Alterman Gambit Guide: White Gambits.

 

9... Nc6

The Knight returns to pressure e5. Dangerous is 9... Bc5 10. b4! Qxb4 11. Nxd4! Bxd4 12. Rb1 Qc3 13. Nf3 Bb6 14. Qe2 h6 15. Bd2 Qc7 16. Rb4 Ne7 17. Rg4 g6 18. Rc1 Nc6 19. Rh4 O-O-O (19... Rc8) 20. Bb4! Be8 21. Qb2 Kb8?? 22. Bd6 1-0 Pap,M (2430)-Pushkov,N (2482)/Belgrade 2006.

 

10. Nb3 Nge7 11. Be3 Qc7 12. Rc1 Ng6 13. Nc5 Rc8?!

Snatching another pawn is probably Black's best, but it is definitely dangerous, especially if you are unprepared:

a) 13... Bxc5 14. Bxc5 Ngxe5 15. Nxe5 Qxe5 16. Qb3 b6 17. Ba3 Qf4 18. Rfe1 Kd8 19. g3 Qf6 20. Bd6 Nd4 21. Bc7+ Ke8 22. Qxd5 Nf3+ 23. Kf1 Rc8 24. Bb5 Qe7 25. Bxb6 Rb8 26. Bxd7+ Qxd7 27. Qxf3 axb6 28. Red1 Qa7 29. Qc6+ Ke7 30. Qd6+ Kf6 31. Qf4+ Kg6 32. Rc7 1-0 Pap,M (2387)-Kosic,D (2519)/Bosnjaci 2005 (42)

 

b) 13... Ngxe5 14. Nxe5 Qxe5 15. Nxb7 (15. Nxd7 Kxd7 16. Qb3) 15... d4 16. Bd2 Rb8 17. Re1 Qc7 (17... Qd5 18. Bc4 Qf5 19. g4 Qg6 20. Bd5 Rxb7 21. Bxc6 Bxc6 22. Rxc6) 18. Na5 Qb6 19. Nxc6 Bxc6 20. Qh5! Bd7 21. Ba5 Qd6 22. Bc7 1-0 Leon Hoyos,M (2535)-Meier,G (2558)/Merida 2008 (48).

 

c) 13... Be7 14. b4 Qb8 15. Nxd7! Kxd7 16. Bb5 Rc8 17. Nd4!? a6 18. Bxc6+ bxc6 19. f4 Qxb4 20. Rb1 Qa5 21. f5! exf5 22. Nxf5 Rab8 23. Qg4 (23. Nxe7! Kxe7 24. Qf3) 23... Nxe5 24. Qh3 (24. Qxg7!) 24... Bc5 25. Nxg7+ Kd8 26. Qh4+ Kd7 27. Qh3+ Kd8 28. Rbe1 Rb4 29. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 30. Kh1 Re4 31. Qxh7 Rxe1 32. Rxe1 Qf2 33. Qb1 1-0 Lie,K (2493)-Brynell,S (2488)/Oslo 2006 (55).

 

14. Re1 Be7 15. b4 a6 16. a4 Nxb4?!










Not best, since it exposes Black's King, but White is doing well anyway: 16... Qb8 17. Nxd7 Kxd7 18. b5 Ncxe5 19. bxa6

or 16... O-O 17. b5 Ncxe5 18. Nxe5 Nxe5 19. Nxe6 Qd6 20. Nxf8.

 

17. Nxe6! Qa5 18. Rxc8+ Bxc8 19. Nxg7+ Kd8 20. Bf5 Kc7 21. Qd4! Nc6 22. Rc1 Rd8 23. e6

23. Bxg6!

 

23... fxe6?! 24. Bxg6 hxg6 25. Ne5

Even stronger is 25. Bd2! Qb6 26. Bf4+ picking up the Black Queen.

 

25... Ba3 26. Nxc6 bxc6 27. Qa7+ Kd6 28. Bb6 Bc5 29. Qc7#

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[Michael Goeller]

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