21st Kenilworth CC Championship 2012, Round 1

Michael Goeller - Daniel Komunicky [C23]

21st Annual Kenilworth CC Championship/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2012


1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 b5?!

An old Adolf Anderssen favorite. Moments before my game, as the pairing were announced, I asked Don Carrelli if he knew anything about my opponent. He said, "He likes to sac pawns and pieces just to scare you." So the fun begins!

 

3. Bxb5 c6

 










3... f5?! goes too far, but White has to play vigorously: 4. d4! exd4 (4... Nf6 5. dxe5 Nxe4 6. Nf3 Bc5 7. O-O c6 8. Bc4 Qb6 9. Qe2 Ba6 10. Nbd2 1-0 Jacobs,R-Kunholm/St. Louis 1990 (20)) 5. Qxd4 Nf6 6. exf5 Bb7 7. f3 Bd6 8. Ne2 Na6 9. Qe3+ 1-0 Mongrédien,A-Anderssen,A/London B 1851 (30).

 

4. Be2

The "book" move since 1856, but I now think it is probably not the best, though the available games do not give much guidance.

 

The better way must be 4. Ba4! Nf6 5. Nc3 Bc5 6. Nf3! and White can already castle, which is a luxury Black usually does not enjoy so early in the Evans.(More risky for White seems 6. d3 d5 (6... Qb6!? 7. Qe2) 7. exd5 O-O 8. Bg5 cxd5 (8... Qb6!? 9. Bxf6 Bxf2+ 10. Kf1 gxf6 11. Bb3) 9. Qd2?! and now in Morten Topholm Rud--Steen Brydegaard, CBF Pokalfinalen 2001, Black should have tried 9... d4! ( Brydegaard played 9... Bb7) 10. Ne4 Nxe4! 11. Bxd8 Nxd2 12. Bg5 Bb7! 13. f3 Nxf3+ with even a slight edge for Black.) 6... Qe7 7. O-O  O-O 8. d3 h6 9. Be3 Bd6?! 10. Re1 (10. Nh4!) 10... Bc7 11. d4 d5 12. dxe5 (12. Nxe5!) 12... Nxe4 13. Nxe4?! (13. Nxd5!) 13... dxe4 14. Nd4 Qxe5 (14... Bxe5!) 15. g3 Rd8 16. Qe2 (16. Bf4! Qxd4 17. Bxc7) 16... Rxd4 17. Bxd4 Qxd4 18. Qxe4 Qxe4 19. Rxe4 Be6 20. Bb3! Bb6 21. Bxe6 fxe6 22. Rxe6 Nd7 23. Rxc6 Rf8 24. Rf1 Ne5 25. Re6 Ng4 26. Kg2?! Nxf2? (26... Bxf2! 27. Kh3 Ne3 28. Rxf2 Rxf2 29. Rxe3 Rxc2 30. Rb3 Kf7 offers drawing chances.) 27. Rxb6 axb6 28. Rxf2 Ra8 29. a3 time 1-0 Ranger64 (2142)-DarthMusashi (1951)/Main Playing Hall 2011/[Falcon Wing Gambit] (47).

 

As the available games suggest, Black can definitely get away with 2...b5 at the amateur level!

 

4... Nf6

4... d5 5. exd5 cxd5 6. Bb5+ Nd7 7. Qe2 Bd6 8. Nf3 Qe7 9. Bc6 Rb8 10. Nc3 Bb7 11. Bxb7 Rxb7 12. Nxd5 Jendrossek--Zuechner, Correspondence 1990.

 

5. d3 d5 6. f4!

The line I recommend on my Bishop's Opening website, though Fritz does not regard it as highly as theory does.

6. Nc3 would be like an Evans reversed, but White seems quite passive here.

 

6... Bd6?!

Black has two better ways of mixing things up:

 

a) 6... exf4 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Bxf4 1856 1-0 (49) Friedlander - Anderssen, Breslau 1856, when Anderssen should have played 8... Qb6! (the game continued instead 8... Nc5 9. Nf3 Ne6 and now best was 10. Be3) 9. Nf3 (9. Qc1 Bc5!) 9... Qxb2 10. Nbd2 Na6!? 11. Rb1 Qxa2 12. O-O and it is White who has to gambit a pawn, though for more than sufficient compensation.

 

b) 6... dxe4! looks sufficient for equality: 7. fxe5 Bc5! (7... exd3? 8. exf6 dxe2 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 10. fxg7 Bxg7 11. Nxe2) 8. dxe4 (8. exf6?! Qxf6 9. Nf3 (9. dxe4 Qf2+=) 9... exf3 10. Bxf3 O-O) 8... Qxd1+ 9. Bxd1 Nxe4 10. Nc3! Nxc3 (10... Nf2 11. Na4!) 11. bxc3 Nd7

 

7. fxe5 Bxe5 8. Nf3 Bc7 9. e5 Nfd7 10. d4 O-O 11. O-O  c5

 










12. Bg5! Qe8

12... f6 13. exf6 Nxf6 14. dxc5

 

13. Nc3 cxd4 14. Nxd5! Bxe5 15. Be7

This is what I had planned going into this line, as White picks up the Exchange, but there was probably better and I wasted quite a bit of time examining alternatives.

 

I felt that correct was 15. Nxe5! Qxe5 ( not 15... Nxe5? 16. Nc7) but I missed the crucial idea: 16. Rf5! Qe6 17. Ne7+ Kh8 18. Bf3 f6 19. Qe1! but over the board it all looked a lot messier than 15.Be7.

 

15... Bb7 16. Bxf8 Bxd5 17. Ba3 Nc6 18. c3 Rd8

18... Bf4! 19. cxd4 Nf6 and Black has some tricky tactics on the e3 square with Be3+ and Ng4 or Ng4-e3.

 

19. cxd4 Bc7 20. Bb5! f6

Black clears a path for the Queen to get to the kingside for an attack, but a quicker path would be

20... Qe3+!? 21. Kh1 Qh6 when White has to defend carefully: 22. h3 Qf4!? 23. Qc1 (23. Bxc6?? Bxf3!) 23... Qg3 24. Qg5!

 

21. Bxc6

Also strong was 21. Rc1 Ndb8 22. Re1 Qh5 23. Bc4! Bxc4 24. Rxc4 Bb6 25. Bc5

 

21... Bxc6 22. Qb3+ Kh8 23. Rac1! Nb8

Not 23... Bxf3 24. Rxc7!

 

24. Rfe1 Qh5 25. Rc5!

and Black's attacking ideas come to an end, as 25...g5 26.Qe6! gives White the attack and 25... Qh6 26.d5 Bb6 27.dxc6 is winning for White as the Rook is exchanged for the two Bishops and Black is completely disarmed.

 

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[Michael Goeller]

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