21st Kenilworth CC Championship 2012, Round 1
Michael Goeller - Daniel Komunicky [C23]
21st Annual Kenilworth CC Championship/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2012
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... f5?! goes too far, but White has to play vigorously: 4. d4! exd4 (4... Nf6 5. dxe5 Nxe4 6. Nf3 Bc5 7.
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)
As the available games suggest, Black can definitely get away with 2...b5 at the amateur level!
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.
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.
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
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.
Black clears a path for the Queen to get to the kingside for an attack, but a quicker path would be
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.
Game in PGN
Copyright © 2012 by Michael Goeller