Complete Tournament Games and Vienna Gambit Analysis

By Michael Goeller

The Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament was played at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City from December 1924 through March 1925 and required all players to begin their games with 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4. The following nine games were recovered from Hermann Helms's chess columns in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and offer an opportunity to analyze the Vienna Gambit.

Game One

Rudolf Smirka - Carlos Torre [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament/New York, NY USA 1925


Carlos Torre makes a terrible error in the following game but both players overlook the refutation and the GM eventually outplays his opponent to gain the full point. Interestingly, Torre does not mention the refutation of his play in his notes to the game, suggesting that the refutation was not yet well known -- even though it had already been demonstrated in a game of Euwe's from 1921. We examine the many ways that Black can go wrong -- as Torre does -- when playing against the Vienna Gambit.

 

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5

"An attack on the wing is best met with a counter attack in the center." Besides, the alternatives are all bad:

a) 3... Bb4? 4. fxe5 Bxc3 5. dxc3! (5. exf6 Bxf6 6. Nf3 d6 7. d4 O-O 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. c3 1-0 Bigelow,H-LeCount,F/ New York 1925 (47).) 5... Nxe4 6. Qg4! Nc5 7. Qxg7 Qh4+ 8. Kd1! Rf8 9. Nf3 Qh5 10. Bh6 Ne6 11. Qxh7!? (11. g4! Nxg7 12. gxh5) 11... Ng5 12. Qg7 Ne6 13. g4! Nxg7 14. gxh5 Rg8? 15. Rg1 Kf8 16. Ng5 1-0 Zalmen Kornin-Gerardo Frota/Fortaleza 1979.

 

b) 3... Nc6? 4. fxe5 Nxe5 5. d4 Nc6 (5... Ng6 6. e5 Ng8 7. Nf3 (7. Bc4?! Nxe5!) 7... d6 (7... d5 8. Bd3) 8. Bc4 dxe5 9. O-O!) 6. e5 Ng8 7. Nf3 d5 8. Bd3 (8. Bb5) 8... Bb4 9. O-O Bg4 10. Ne2 f6 11. c3 fxe5 12. cxb4 e4 13. b5 Nb4 14. Bb1 (14. Ne5) 14... exf3 15. gxf3 Bh3 16. Rf2 a6 17. Nf4 Bd7 18. Qe1+ Qe7 19. Re2 1-0 Karel Hromadka-F Jonet/ Paris 1924.

 

c) 3... exf4?! 4. e5 Ng8 (4... Qe7 5. Qe2 Ng8 6. Nf3) 5. Nf3 Be7?! (5... d5 6. d4 g5 7. h4 g4 8. Ng1 f3 9. gxf3 Be7 10. Bg5!?) 6. Bc4! Bh4+? 7. g3! (7. Kf1) 7... fxg3 8. O-O gxh2+ 9. Kh1 b5? (9... Nh6 10. d4 d5 11. exd6 Nf5 12. Qe2+ Kf8 13. Ne4 cxd6 14. Nxh4 Qxh4 15. Bg5!) 10. Bxf7+! Kf8 (10... Kxf7 11. Nxh4+ Nf6 12. Qh5+ g6 13. Qg5) 11. Bd5 Ke8 (11... c6 12. Nxh4+) 12. Nxh4 Qxh4 13. Qf3 Nh6 14. Bxa8 Nc6 15. Bxc6 dxc6 16. d3 Nf5 17. Ne4 Rf8 18. Bg5 Ng3+ 19. Qxg3 Qh5 20. Rxf8+ Kxf8 21. Rf1+ Ke8 22. Qf4 1-0 George Henry Mackenzie-Harsen Darwin Smith/ Cleveland 1871.

4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Qe2!










Viennese master Arthur Kaufmann's move. "'If in doubt play Qe2' could be White's slogan in this line" writes Gary Lane.

 

6... Nc6?

A common error because the refutation is far from obvious.

a) 6... Nxc3 is best, as seen in Torre - Norwood, for instance.

 

b) 6... Nc5?! gets Black in trouble, as demonstrated in a famous game: 7. d4 Bxf3 (White snags at least a pawn after 7... Ne6 8. Qb5+ c6 (8... Nc6 9. Qxb7 Nexd4 10. Bb5) (8... Nd7 9. Be3!) 9. Qxb7 Bxf3 10. Be3! Bxg2 11. Bxg2 Nc7 12. O-O Be7 13. Bf4 O-O 14. e6! (better than 14. Bh3 1-0 Lebrun,B (2207)-Marchyllie,B (2162)/France 2002. (37)) 14... Nxe6 15. Qxa8) 8. Qxf3! (8. gxf3 Ne6 9. Qb5+?! Nc6) 8... Qh4+?! (Black's greed leads to trouble, but White also has a huge advantage after 8... Ne6 9. Be3 with a big lead in development, control of the center, and attacking chances on the half-open f-file.) 9. g3 Qxd4 10. Be3! Qxe5 (10... Qb4 11. Bb5+ (11. O-O-O c6 Spielmann 12. a3! (12. Nxd5!? cxd5 13. Qxd5 Be7 14. Bxc5 Qxc5 15. Qxb7 O-O 16. Qxa8 Nc6 17. Qb7 Bg5+ 18. Kb1 Rb8 19. Qc7 Rxb2+ 20. Kxb2 Qb4+ 21. Ka1 Qc3+=) 12... Qa5 (12... Qb6 13. b4) 13. Nxd5! cxd5 (13... Nbd7 14. Bxc5 Bxc5 15. b4) 14. Qxd5 Be7 15. Bxc5 Qxc5 16. Qxb7 O-O 17. Qxa8 Bg5+ 18. Kb1 Nc6 19. Qb7 Rb8 20. Qc7) 11... Nbd7 (11... c6 12. O-O) (11... Nc6 12. O-O-O O-O-O 13. Rxd5 Rxd5 14. Qxd5) 12. Bxc5 Bxc5 13. Bxd7+ Kxd7 14. Qxd5+ Kc8 15. O-O-O) 11. O-O-O! c6 12. Nxd5! cxd5 13. Rxd5 Qe6? (13... Qc7 14. Bf4! (14. Bxc5!? Bxc5 15. Bb5+ Nc6 16. Rxc5 O-O 17. Bxc6 Rac8 18. Bxb7 Qxc5 19. Bxc8 Rxc8 20. c3) 14... Qb6 15. Bxb8! Be7! Spielmann(15... Rxb8 16. Qf4 Rd8 17. Bb5+ Qxb5 18. Re1+ Be7 19. Rxe7+ Kxe7 20. Qe5+ Ne6 21. Rxb5 Spielmann) 16. Be5 O-O 17. Bc4) (13... Qe4? 14. Bb5+ Nc6 15. Bxc5!!) 14. Bc4! Qe4 15. Bxc5! 1-0 Spielmann,R-Flamberg, A/Mannheim 1914. Of course, there is a quick finish after 15...Qxf3 16.Re1+ etc.

7. Nxe4 Nd4?

The logical follow-up to Black's previous move, but this should lose a piece!

Black's best chance is just to accept the loss of a pawn after 7... dxe4 8. Qxe4 Qd7 (8... Bxf3 9. gxf3) 9. Bb5 Rd8 10. c3 Be7 11. d4.

 

8. Qd3 Bxf3

 










9. gxf3?

In the end, White gains no material with this move, though he does maintain some advantage.

 

Though it is tough to find over the board, White can actually win a piece with 9. Ng3! Bc5 10. gxf3 Qg5 11. c3 Qxe5+ 12. Be2 Nc6 13. Qf5 Qd6 14. d4 Bb6 15. Bf4 Qe6 16. O-O-O O-O-O 17. Bd3 g6 18. Qxe6+ fxe6 19. Bh6 Rhg8 20. f4 Ne7 21. Rde1 Kd7 22. Re5 Rge8 23. Bg5 Rc8 24. Rhe1 Ng8 25. Bf1 h6 26. Bh3 hxg5 27. Rxe6 Rxe6 28. Bxe6+ Euwe - Yates, The Hague 1921. I'm surprised that Torre did not know this game or the trap.

 

9... dxe4 10. Qxe4 Qh4+! 11. Qxh4 Nxf3+ 12. Kf2 Nxh4 13. d4 Rd8 14. c3 Be7

White still has a clear edge due to the two Bishops and his control of the center. But GM Torre has little trouble outplaying his opponent.

 

15. Rg1 O-O 16. Bh3

16. b4! stifles Black's queenside counterplay, while 16... f6 17. Bc4+ Kh8 18. e6 favors White.

 

16... c5! 17. Be3 cxd4 18. cxd4

Better 18. Bxd4 Ng6 19. Bf5

 

18... f5 19. Ke2 f4 20. Bf2 f3+ 21. Ke3 Ng6 22. Rac1?!

22. Be6+ places the Bishop on a more active diagonal in anticipation of Nf4 by Black.

 

22... Nf4! 23. Bf1 Nd5+ 24. Kd3 Rf4! 25. a3

25. Bg3 Nb4+ 26. Ke3 Rfxd4

 

25... Bh4 26. Rc2?

White is still in the game after 26. Bg3.

 

26... Bxf2 27. Rxf2 Nb6 28. Ke3 Rdxd4! 29. Rxf3 Rfe4+ 30. Kf2 Rd2+ 31. Kg3 Rxe5

Black's Rook on the seventh, generally more active pieces, and tactical threats (including Rg5+) give him a strong advantage. Notice how White's two Bishops and pawn center have been completely eliminated.

 

32. Bh3 h6!?

Ever cautious and unhurried, Torre takes time to take care of back rank issues before securing materal.

 

33. Bg4 h5 34. Bf5 g5 35. Rgf1 Nd5!

Threatening Nf4, with ideas of Rxf5 or mate at g2.

 

36. h4 g4 37. Rb3 Ree2 38. Rg1 Ne3?

Black loses his sense of caution. Simple and winning was 38... b6! when he can meet 39. Bg6 with 39... Nf6 (or 39... Rh2! 40. Bxh5 Rh3+ 41. Kxg4 Rxb3)

Not immediately 38... Rh2? 39. Bxg4 hxg4 40. Rxb7 and Black will have trouble winning with so few pawns.

 

39. Be6+?

39. Bg6! picks up the kingside pawns and makes winning hard for Black.

 

39... Kg7 40. Rxb7+ Kf6 41. Bc8

 










 

41... Rd3

Black actually has mate in three: 41... Rg2+ 42. Kf4 Nd5+ 43. Ke4 Rge2#

 

42. Bxg4 Nxg4+ 43. Kf4 Rd4+

and mate will follow.

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[Michael Goeller]


Game Two

Carlos Repetto Torre - C. E. Norwood [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1925


This game has long been known and was annotated by Gabriel Velasco in The Life and Games of Carlos Torre (2000). It was one of the best games from the Alrick H. Man Theme Tournament. Torre bravely hands Black some pawns near his King in order to gain time for his own attack down the e-file. A wild fight ensues, with Torre getting the better of it in the end. Velasco concludes: "A pleasant miniature, even if the prettiest variations occurred in the notes."

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Qe2!










Forcing Black to make a decision about the Knight at e4, while eyeing a possible Qb5+ to pick up the undefended b-pawn.

 

6... Nxc3

6... Ng5 7. d4!? (7. h4! is probably better) 7... Nxf3+ 8. gxf3 Qh4+ 9. Qf2 Qxf2+ 10. Kxf2 Be6 11. Be3 1-0 Barle,J-Pavasovic,D/Ljubljana 1994 (30).

 

7. dxc3

The alternate recapture is also fully playable:

7. bxc3 c6 8. d4 Be7 9. Qf2 Nd7 10. Bd3 f6 11. Qg3 Be6 12. Qxg7 Rg8 13. Qxh7 Nf8 14. Qh5+ Bf7 15. Qh3 Be6 16. Bf5 Qd7 17. Bxe6 Nxe6 18. Qh5+ Kd8 19. O-O Kc7 20. exf6 Bxf6 21. Ne5 Qg7 22. Qf7+ Qxf7 23. Nxf7 Rg6 24. Ne5 Bxe5 25. Rf7+ Kb6 26. dxe5 Rag8 27. g3 Ka6 28. Be3 Rg4 29. Rb1 b6 30. Rf6 Re4 31. Bxb6 Rxe5 32. Bf2 Re2 33. c4 dxc4 34. Rb4 Ng5 35. Rxc4 Rd8 36. h4 Ne4 37. Rf4 Rd1+ 38. Kg2 Nd2 39. Ra4+ Kb5 40. Rfb4# Michel - Pomar Salamanca, Mar del Plata 1949.

 

7... c6

a) 7... Nc6 8. Bf4 Qd7 9. O-O-O O-O-O 10. Qe3 h6 11. h3 Be6 12. Bb5 Kb8 13. c4 Qc8 14. cxd5 Bxd5 15. c4 Be6 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Nd4 1-0 Mallahi,A-Quintero,J/Yerevan 1999 (53).

 

b) 7... Bc5 8. Bf4 Qe7 9. O-O-O c6 10. h3 Be6 11. Qd2 h6 12. Bd3 Nd7 13. Rde1 O-O-O 14. g4 Rde8 15. Bg3 Bb6 16. Nd4 Bc7 17. Bh2 Nc5 18. Nf5 Qf8 19. Nd6+! Bxd6 20. exd6 Nxd3+ (20... Nd7) 21. Qxd3 Kd7 22. Qd4 b6 23. Rhf1 Kc8 24. Qf4 Kd7?! 25. Qa4 Ra8 26. Rxe6! Kxe6 27. Qxc6 f6 28. Qc7 1-0 Roeder,G-Wuchterl,R/Germany 1992 (28).

8. Bf4 Qa5

Trying to discourage White from castling queenside. But Torre is not easily discouraged.

 

9. h3

White cannot yet gain the edge with the e6 advance: 9. e6!? Bxe6! (9... f6?! 10. O-O-O! with the idea of e7) (9... fxe6 10. h3 Bf5 (10... Bxf3 11. Qxe6+ Be7 12. gxf3 Rf8 13. Bxb8 Rxb8 14. Rg1) 11. Nd4) 10. Nd4 Qd8! 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. O-O-O!? (12. Qxe6+ Qe7=) (12. Qh5+ Kd7!?) 12... Qf6 13. g3 Be7 14. Bh3 O-O (14... Nd7 15. Bxe6 Nc5 16. Bg4 O-O=) 15. Bxe6+ Kh8 16. h4 Bc5 17. Bh3 Na6 18. Rde1 Bd6 19. Rhf1 Nc5 20. Bg2 Bxf4+ 21. Rxf4 Qd6 22. Qe7 Qxe7 23. Rxe7 Rxf4 24. gxf4 Rb8= 1-0 Moskwinski,T-Wrabel,A/Milanowek 2001 (66).

 

9... Qa4?!

Black's Queen takes a pot-shot at the loose Bishop at f4 while inhibiting the c4 break; but this seems in the end a dubious waste of time, especially since White could simply reply d2, improving the position of his Queen. Torre, however, shows by his response that he already has his eye on the Black King.

 

10. Bg5!

The Bishop hems in the Black monarch, preventing queenside castling and strengthening threats along the e-file.

 

10... Bh5

 










Keeping up the pin on the Knight, but surrendering control of the e6 square. Torre now reveals a very deep idea. Other tries for Black:

a) 10... Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Nd7 12. e6! fxe6 13. Bd3 Ne5 14. Qe2 gives White the open lines he needs to attack.

b) 10... Bf5 11. Nd4 Be4!? with the idea of blocking the e-file fails to 12. Qg4! Na6 13. Bd3

c) 10... Be6 looks the most solid, trying to stifle light-square breakthroughs like e6 or c4, but White still has attacking chances after 11. Nd4 Bc5 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. b4! Bb6 14. Qh5+ g6 15. Qg4 Kd7 16. Bd3

11. O-O-O?!

A brilliant concept, even if it is ultimately flawed. Torre frequently took risks in his games in the Dimock and Alrick Man tournaments, and they often paid off.

a) 11. e6 f6 12. Be3

b) 11. c4 Qxc4 (11... dxc4 12. O-O-O!) 12. Qxc4 dxc4 13. g4 Bg6 14. O-O-O Na6 15. Bxc4

11... Qxa2 12. g4 Bg6 13. Nd4 Qa1+

Black cannot simply block the e-file with 13... Be4 14. Bg2! Bxg2 15. Qxg2 Qa1+ 16. Kd2 Qxb2 17. e6 f6 (17... h6?! 18. Qf2 f6 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. Qxf6) 18. Qf3 (18. Rb1 Qa3 19. Rxb7 fxg5? 20. Qf3) 18... Be7 (18... Bc5 19. Rb1 Qa2 20. Nb3! traps the queen 20... Bd6 21. Ra1 Qb2 22. Rhb1) 19. Nf5 fxg5 20. Rb1 Qa3 21. Rxb7 O-O 22. Ra1 Qc5 23. Ra5 Qd6 24. Nxd6 Rxf3 25. Rxe7.

 

14. Kd2 Qxb2 15. e6 f6










15... Be4 16. exf7+ Kxf7 17. Bg2 is similar to lines discussed below.

 

16. e7 Bxe7

If 16... fxg5 17. exf8=Q+ Kxf8 18. Qe6! and Black can do nothing to stop the simple plan of Bg2 and Rhf1+ etc.( also strong is Velasco's 18. Re1 when Black can try 18... Be4 (18... Na6 19. Qe7+ Kg8 20. Bxa6 bxa6 21. Rhf1 h6 22. Rb1! with the plan of Rb7 wins Black's Queen(Velasco gives 22. Nf5!? but ignores 22... Bxf5 when White's win is not obvious.) ) 19. Bg2 Nd7 20. Bxe4 dxe4 21. Qxe4 Qa3 22. Rhf1+ Nf6 23. Qe6) 18... Qb6 19. Bg2.

 

17. Re1 O-O?

The critical moment. Getting the King out of trouble looks like the natural defense, but close analysis suggests that Black may have had two tries at refuting Torre's attack -- though the GM would surely have had good practical chances even against best play:

a) 17... Be4!? 18. Bg2 O-O 19. Bxe4 dxe4! (19... fxg5? 20. Bxh7+! Kxh7 21. h4!) and it is difficult to find a viable way for White to continue the attack, even if Black is not safely out of the woods yet: 20. Qc4+ Kh8 21. Rxe4 Qa3 still looks good for Black.

 

b) 17... Qa3! is probably the best idea: 18. Qe6 Kd8 19. Bf4 Re8 looks promising for the defender.

18. Qxe7 fxg5

18... Re8! gives White the most trouble winning, but the following line looks promising: 19. Qxe8+ Bxe8 20. Rxe8+ Kf7 21. Rc8 fxg5 (21... b5 22. Bf4 b4 23. Bd3) 22. Bd3 Ke7 23. Re1+ Kd6 24. Re6+ (24. Ree8 a5 25. Ne6 a4 26. Rcd8+ Nd7 27. Rxa8 Nf6 28. Rad8+ Ke5 29. Re7 Qa3 30. Nc5+ Kf4 31. Ne6+ Ke5 32. Nc5+) 24... Kc5 25. Nb5 a5 26. Nc7 Ra7 27. Rxb8 a4 28. Nb5.

 

19. Bd3 Bxd3

 










Black cannot save the game:

a) 19... Re8 20. Qd6 (20. Qxe8+ Bxe8 21. Rxe8+ Kf7 22. Rhe1) 20... Na6 (20... Rf8 21. Rb1) 21. Rb1 Qa2 22. Ra1 Qb2 23. Rhb1 snags the queen.

b) 19... Rf2+ 20. Re2 Rxe2+ 21. Kxe2 Bxd3+ 22. Kxd3 Na6 23. Ne6 Nc5+ 24. Qxc5

20. Kxd3!?

Torre either had tremendous confidence in his kingside attack or he overlooked a great shot on the other side of the board: 20. Rb1! Qxb1 (20... Qa2 21. Rxb7) 21. Rxb1 would have immediately put the game in the bag.

 

20... Na6 21. Rhf1 Rxf1

Otherwise there is no stopping mate following Ne6, as Velasco notes.

 

Not 21... b6 22. Rxf8+ (22. Ne6? Nc5+ 23. Kd2 Nb3+ 24. Kd3 Nc5+=) 22... Rxf8 23. Qe6+ Kh8 (23... Rf7 24. Qc8+ Rf8 25. Re8) 24. Qf7 Nc5+ 25. Kd2 Rg8 26. Re8 Ne4+ 27. Ke2.

 

22. Rxf1 h6

To stop back-rank threats with Qf7+ and Qf8+ etc. simply transposes to the game continuation. No better is 22... Nc5+ 23. Ke2! h6 24. Rf7 etc.

 

23. Rf7!

23. Ne6?! would have allowed Black to mar his masterpiece with 23... Nc5+ 24. Qxc5 Qb5+ etc.

 

23... Nc5+ 24. Ke2! Ne6!? 25. Qxe6!

Sidestepping the last trap: 25. Nxe6? Qxc2+= and computer analysis proves that Black has a perpetual, as Velasco demonstrates.

 

25... Kh8










26. Rxg7!

Mate is forced. Obviously, Qxh6# is threatened and if 26...Kxg7 then 27.Nf5+ Kh7 28.Qxh6+ Kg8 29.Qg7#. Black can only delay matters with Queen checks or Re8, but mate is eventually forced. A very deeply conceived attacking game from Torre and strong evidence of his deeply intuitive understanding of the attack.

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Game Three

Carlos Repetto Torre - Frank James Marshall [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1925


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3

The main alternatives are not as good as this standard developing move:

a) 5. d3?! Nxc3! The best way for Black to try for an edge.(5... Bb4 This move basically forces a draw, at Black's discretion, and offers evidence for why 5.d3 cannot be White's best. 6. dxe4 Qh4+ 7. Ke2 Bxc3 8. bxc3 Bg4+ 9. Nf3 dxe4 10. Qd4 Bh5 11. Ke3 (11. Kd2 Qg4) 11... Bxf3 (11... exf3 12. gxf3 Qe1+ 13. Kf4 1979 1/2-1/ 2 Makarichev,S-Razuvaev,Y/URS-ch47 Minsk) 12. gxf3 1980 12... Qe1+ 13. Kf4 Qh4+ 14. Ke3 1980 1/2-1/2 Nunn,J-Speelman,J/London P&D 1980.) (5... Qh4+? This is the trap presented by 5.d3, and the only reason to risk the move. 6. g3 Nxg3 7. Nf3 Qh5 8. Nxd5! Nxh1 9. Nxc7+ Kd8 10. Nxa8 Be7 11. Bg2 1-0 Dobosz,H-Ganev/Bulgaria 1971 (32).) 6. bxc3 d4! 7. Nf3 c5 (7... Nc6 8. Be2 dxc3 9. d4 Nb4 10. a3 Nd5 11. O-O Be7= Bronstein, D-Malaniuk,V/ Hastings Challengers 1996 (39).) 8. Be2 dxc3 9. O-O Nc6 10. Ng5?! (10. Qe1 Nd4 11. Bd1 Be7 12. Qxc3 O-O=) 10... Nxe5 11. Bh5 Qd4+ 12. Kh1 Be7 (12... g6 13. Bf4!) 13. Rxf7 g6?! (13... Nxf7! 14. Bxf7+ Kd8) 14. Nf3 Nxf3 15. Qxf3 gxh5 16. Bg5 Bxg5 17. Re1+ Kd8 18. Qg3 Bd7 19. Qxg5+ Kc7 20. Rxd7+! Qxd7 21. Re7 b6 22. Qe5+ Kc6 23. Rxd7 Kxd7 24. d4 Rae8 25. Qd5+ Kc7 26. h3 cxd4 27. Qxd4 Re1+ 28. Kh2 Rhe8 1990 1/2-1/2 Seret,J-Spassky,B/FRA-ch Angers 1990.

 

b) 5. Qf3, a favorite of Spielmann's, might be a viable alternative and was tried by Torre in a couple of other games from the tournament which we will examine below.

5... Bc5!










The most important move and a true challenge to the soundness of 5.Nf3.

a) 5... Be7 Breyer's idea. 6. Qe2! (Jonny Hector's favorite; after the more standard 6. d4 Bb4!? transposes to lines that usually arise via 5...Bc5, where only Black can play for advantage) 6... Nxc3 (6... f5 7. d3 Nc5 (7... Nxc3 8. bxc3 c5 9. g3 Nc6 10. Bg2 O-O 11. O-O Be6 12. Rb1 Rb8 13. Kh1 h6 14. Bd2 b5 15. d4 c4 16. Ng1!? (The beginnng of an adventure in improving the Knight) 16... a5 17. Nh3 g5 18. Nf2 b4 19. Nd1 Kh7 20. Ne3 Qd7 21. Qf3 bxc3 22. Bxc3 g4 23. Qd1!? Rxb1 24. Qxb1 Bg5 25. Qe1 h5 26. Nd1 Qe7 27. Ne3 Qd7 28. Bb2 Bh6 29. Ba3 Rf7 30. c3 h4 31. Rf2 h3 32. Bf1 f4 33. gxf4 Bxf4 34. Bc1 Ne7? 35. Nxg4! Bxg4 36. Bxf4 when White was slightly better but went on to lose in Meister, Y-Timoshchenko,G/URS-OT56 Barnaul 1988/0-1 (58).) 8. Be3!? (8. g3 d4 9. Nd1 Ne6 10. Bg2 1-0 Heikki Westerinen-Levente Lengyel/San Feliu de Guixols 1973. (19)) 8... Ne6 (8... O-O 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. Qf2 b6 11. g3) 9. d4 O-O 10. Qd2 (10. O-O-O! would be the natural move, with good play for White. ) 10... c6 11. g3 b5 12. Ne2 Nd7 13. Nf4 Nb6 14. b3 a5 15. Bd3 a4 16. O-O Nxf4 17. gxf4 (17. Bxf4!) 17... Be6 18. Kh1 axb3 19. axb3 Qc7 20. Qg2 Rxa1 21. Rxa1 Nd7 22. Bf2 Qb6 23. Qh3 c5 24. Bh4 Bxh4 25. Qxh4 c4 26. Be2 cxb3 27. cxb3 Rc8 28. Qe7! Kh8 (28... Nf8 29. Ra7) 29. Ng5! Qxd4? 30. Qxg7+! 1-0 Dmitry Andreikin (2573)-Evgeny Romanov (2543)/Saint-Peterburg 2008.) (6... Ng5 Karpov showed that this can equalize...if you are Karpov. 7. d4 c6 (7... Ne6 8. Be3 c6 9. Qd2 b5 10. Bd3 Na6 11. O-O O-O 12. Rf2 Nac7 13. Raf1 f5 14. exf6 Bxf6 15. Ne2 1-0 Westerinen, H-Matanovic,A/Helsinki zt (40)) (7... Nxf3+ 8. Qxf3 Nc6 9. Be3 Be6 10. O-O-O) 8. Be3! (better than 8. Qf2 Nxf3+ 9. Qxf3 Qb6! 0-1 Hellers, F-Karpov, A/Haninge 1990 (39).) 8... O-O 9. O-O-O Na6 10. h4 Nxf3 11. gxf3 f6 12. f4 fxe5 13. fxe5 Nc7 Though Black has sufficient defensive resources to hold the position, I think most players would prefer to play White here, with plenty of open lines for attack and a clear initiative.(Of course, not 13... Bxh4?? 14. Qh5) 14. h5 (14. Qg2!?) 14... Bg5! 15. Rg1 Bxe3+ 16. Qxe3 Bf5 17. Ne2 Ne6 18. Nf4 Qh4 19. Nxe6 Bxe6 20. Bd3 Qf4 21. Qxf4 Rxf4 22. h6 Bg4 23. Rdf1 Raf8 24. e6 Rxf1+ 25. Bxf1 Bxe6 26. Rxg7+ Kh8 27. Bd3 Rf7 28. Rxf7 Bxf7 29. Bf5 Kg8 30. Kd2 (30. b4!?) 30... Bg6 31. Bc8 b6 32. b4 Kf7 33. Bd7 Kf6 34. Bxc6 Bf7 35. Ke3 Kf5 36. a3 Bg8 37. c3 Bf7 38. c4 dxc4 39. Be4+ Kf6 40. d5 Bg6 41. Bg2 Ke5 42. Bf3 a5 1994 1/2-1/2 Adams,M-Xu Jun/Cap d'Agde 1994.) 7. dxc3 (7. bxc3?! O-O 8. g3 f6! 9. d4 fxe5 10. dxe5 Bg4 11. Bg2 Nd7 12. O-O c6) 7... c5 (7... Nc6 8. Bf4 Be6 9. O-O-O Qd7 10. Qe3 a6 11. Bg5 O-O-O 12. Nd4 Janosevic-Reshevsky,Maribor 1967.) (7... O-O 8. Bf4 (8. Be3) 8... c6 (8... Nc6 9. O-O-O Be6 10. c4) (8... c5 9. O-O-O Nc6 (9... Qa5) 10. c4 d4 11. Qe4 Janosevic-Gligoric,S/ Belgrade 1964.) 9. O-O-O Na6 10. Nd4 (10. c4!?) 10... Nc5 11. Qe3 (11. g4?! Bg5) 11... Bg4 12. Re1 Ne6 13. Kb1 (13. h3?! Nxf4 14. hxg4 Bg5) 13... c5 14. Nxe6 Bxe6 15. h4 d4 16. Qg3 Qa5 17. c4! Rfe8 18. h5! Bf8 19. b3?! (19. a3! would avoid White's troubles) 19... b5 20. cxb5 a6 21. b6! Rab8 (21... c4!) 22. Bd3 c4! 23. Bxc4 Bxc4 24. e6 Rxb6 25. exf7+ Bxf7 26. Rxe8 Bxe8 27. Bc7 Qc5 28. Bxb6 Qxb6 29. Qe5 Bf7 30. Rd1 Qc5 31. Re1 h6 32. Re4 Qb4 33. g4 Bc5 34. Qf5 Qc3 35. Qc8+ Bf8 36. Qxa6 Bd5 37. Re8 Bc6 38. Re2 Bf3 39. Qe6+ 1995 1/2-1/2 Adams,M-Zude, A/BL9495.) (7... c6 8. Qf2 O-O 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. Qg3 Kh8 11. O-O Nc5 12. Ng5! Nxd3? 13. Nxf7+ Rxf7 14. Rxf7 Bc5+ 15. Be3 Bxe3+ 16. Qxe3 Be6 17. Rxb7 Qc8 18. Re7 Nxb2 19. Rb1 Rb8 20. Qxa7 Bf5 21. Rxg7 Bxc2 22. Rc7 Qg8 23. e6 1988 1-0 Hector,J-Chiburdanidze, M/Berlin op 1988.) 8. Bf4 Nc6 (8... Be6 9. O-O-O Qa5 10. Qb5+ Qxb5 11. Bxb5+ Nd7 12. Rhe1 O-O-O 13. Ng5 h6 14. Nxf7 Bxf7 15. e6 Nf6 16. exf7 Bd6 17. Bxd6 Rxd6 18. Re8+ Rd8 19. Rde1 Ne4 20. c4 a6 21. cxd5 1988 1-0 Hector,J-Polgar,Z/ Val Maubuee op 1988.) 9. O-O-O Be6 (9... Qa5 10. a3 Be6 11. Bg5 Bxg5+ 12. Nxg5 Qc7 13. g3 Qe7 14. h4 O-O-O 15. Bg2 Kb8 16. Rhf1 c4 17. Qf2 Nxe5 18. Qd4 f6 19. Nxe6 Qxe6 20. Bxd5 Qg4 21. Qxg4 Nxg4 22. Rfe1 Ne5 23. Re4 Rc8 24. Rdd4 Rhd8 (24... b5) 25. Be6! Nc6 26. Rxc4 0-1 Vavra, P-Berzinsh,R/Moravka op 1994 (57).) 10. h4 (10. Kb1 Qa5 11. a3 h6 12. h4 Rb8 13. Qb5 Qc7 14. Qd3 b5 15. g3 b4 16. axb4 cxb4 17. Nd4 Nxd4 18. cxd4 b3 19. Bh3 bxc2+ 20. Qxc2 Qxc2+ 21. Kxc2 Kd7 22. Bd2 Bd8 23. Rdf1 Bxh3 24. Rxh3 Ke6 25. h5 Bb6 26. Kd3 Rhc8 27. Bc3 a5 28. g4 Bd8 29. Ra1 Rc4 30. Rhh1 a4 31. Ra2 Be7 32. Rha1 a3 33. Rb1 Bb4 34. Rc1 Rbc8 Sorensen,J-Polgar,Z/ WchJM-U20 Tunja 1989/0-1 (88).) 10... h6 11. g3 Qd7 (11... Qa5 12. a3) 12. Bg2 O-O-O 13. h5 (13. Qf1!? Rhe8 14. Bh3) 13... Na5 14. b3 Nc6 15. Qf2 (15. Kb1!?) 15... Qc7 16. Kb1 (16. Be3! Qa5 17. Kb2 Rd7) 16... Kb8 17. Nh4 d4! 18. cxd4 Nxd4 19. Kb2 Qb6 (19... Nb5!?) 20. Be3 Qa5 21. Bd2 (21. Bxd4? cxd4 22. Rxd4 Ba3+ 23. Kb1 Qc3) 21... Qa6 22. Be3 1994 22... Qa5 23. Bd2 Qa6 24. Be3 1/2-1/2 Adams, M-Anand,V/ PCA-WchQual1 Linares 1994.

 

b) 5... Nc6 6. Bb5! (6. Qe2 Bf5 Berg, K-Spassky,B/BL8687 1987/1/2-1/2 (40).) 6... Be7 (6... Bg4 7. O-O Be7 (7... Bc5+ 8. d4 Bb6 9. Qd3 Bxf3 10. Rxf3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Qe7 12. a4 1/2-1/2 Daniels,A-Van Veen,O/ Vlissingen 2000/ (30)) 8. Qe1!? (8. d3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. Qe1) 8... Nxc3 9. dxc3 O-O 10. Qg3 Bh5 11. Bf4 a6 12. Bd3 1-0 Dabrowska,K-Holoubkova,M/ Germany 1995/ (60).) (6... Bc5 7. d4 Bb6 (7... Bb4 8. O-O) 8. O-O O-O 9. Na4 Bg4 10. Nxb6 axb6 11. c3 f6 12. Qe1 Bd7 (12... Bxf3 13. gxf3 Ng5 14. Qg3) 13. Bd3 (13. Nd2! Nxe5! 14. Bxd7 Nxd7 15. Nxe4 Re8 16. Nxf6+ Nxf6 17. Qg3 Ne4 18. Qg4= and Black's advantage is very minimal.) 13... fxe5 14. dxe5 Bf5 15. c4 0-1 Matsuura,E-De Souza,M/ Curitiba 1999/(24).) (6... Bb4 7. Qe2 Bxc3 8. dxc3 Bg4 (8... O-O 9. Bf4 Ne7 10. h3 Nf5 11. Rg1 Nfg3 12. Qe3 c6 13. Bd3 Nf5 14. Qe2 Qb6 15. O-O-O 1-0 Tarrasch, S-Schiffers,E/Hastings 1895/(36).) 9. Bf4 a6 10. Bd3 Nc5 11. O-O-O Qe7 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Nxd3+ 14. Rxd3 1-0 Westerinen, H-Camilleri, H/ Raach 1969/ (27).) (6... Bd7 7. O-O (7. Nxd5!? Nxe5 8. Qe2 Nxf3+ 9. gxf3 Qh4+ 10. Kd1 Kd8 11. Qxe4 Qxe4 12. fxe4 Bxb5 13. d3 and White has a nice King's Gambit type of ending.) 7... a6 8. Ba4 (8. Bxc6 Bxc6 9. Ne2 Bc5+! 10. Ned4! (10. d4 Bb6 -- Ne4) 10... Ng5!? 11. Kh1 Ne6 12. Nxe6 (12. Nxc6!? bxc6 13. d4 Be7 14. Qd3 O-O 15. b3=) 12... fxe6 13. d4 Be7 14. Ne1! (14. Ng5!?) 14... Kd7!? 15. Nd3) 8... b5 9. Bb3 Nxc3 10. bxc3 (10. dxc3 Be6) 10... Bg4 11. h3 Be6 12. d4 Be7 13. a4) 7. Qe2 Nc5 (7... Nxc3 8. dxc3!? (8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. bxc3 c5 10. d3 O-O 11. O-O c6 12. Qf2 Qa5 13. Qg3 Kh8 1/2-1/2 Yukhtman,J-Kots, Y/ Sverdlovsk 1957/(13).) 8... O-O 9. Bf4 a6 (9... f6 10. O-O-O fxe5 11. Rxd5!) (9... Be6 10. O-O-O a6 11. Bd3 Qc8 12. Qe3 Nd8 13. Ng5 Bf5 14. Rhf1 c6 15. Qg3 Bxd3 16. Rxd3 Ne6 17. Rdf3 Nxf4 18. Rxf4 f6 19. Nxh7 Kxh7 20. Rh4+ Kg8 21. Qg6 f5 22. Rh5 Bf6 23. Qh7+ Kf7 24. exf6 Rg8 25. Rhxf5 Qe6 26. fxg7+ Ke7 27. Qh4+ Kd7 28. Rf7+ Kc8 29. Qf4 1-0 Glenn Bordonada-Iolo Ceredig Jones/Buenos Aires ol 1978.) 10. Bxc6 (10. Bd3 f6 11. O-O-O fxe5 12. Bxe5) 10... bxc6 11. O-O Re8 12. Qf2) (7... Ng5 8. d4 Nxf3+ 9. Qxf3 O-O 10. Be3 Nb4 11. O-O-O c6 12. Be2 f6 13. Qg3 Bf5 14. Bh6 Bg6 15. h4 gxh6 16. h5 fxe5 17. hxg6 Bg5+ 1/2-1/2 Turner, M-Motwani,P/BCF-ch 1994.) 8. d4 Ne6 9. Be3 O-O (9... a6 10. Bd3 (10. Ba4!? with the idea of Bb3xd5) 10... Nb4 11. O-O-O Nxd3+ 12. Qxd3 Ng5 13. Nd2 Bg4 14. Rdf1 Ne6 1/2-1/2 Hansen, C-Jacobsen,B/ Silkeborg 1980/ (24).) 10. h4!? (10. O-O a6 11. Ba4 Na5 12. Qf2 Nc4 13. Bb3 Nxe3 14. Qxe3 c6 15. Ne2 Ng5 16. c4 dxc4 17. Bxc4 Be6 18. b3 1-0 Yegiazarian,A-Estrada Nieto,J/Linares 1999/ (38)) 10... h6 (10... f6 11. O-O-O Nb4 12. h5 c6 13. Ba4 fxe5 14. Nxe5) 11. O-O-O Nb4 12. Qd2 c6 13. Be2 Re8 14. g4 0-1 Martorelli,A-Tomescu,V/ Roma 2000/ (24). [Bangiev]

 

c) 5... Bg4 6. Qe2 was discussed in the game Smirka - Torre from the same tournament.

 

d) 5... Bf5!? 6. d3! (There is no better move: 6. Bd3 Nd7! eyeing Ndc5; 6. d4?! Bb4=; 6. Qe2 Nc6) 6... Nxc3 7. bxc3 Be7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O c5 10. Rb1 b6 11. Qe1 Nd7 12. Qg3 Alekhine - Reel, Milwaukee 1929.

 

e) 5... Bb4 6. Qe2! Bxc3 7. dxc3 O-O 8. Bf4 (8. Be3!?) 8... f6 (8... c6 9. O-O-O! (9. Qe3 Qb6 10. Qxb6 axb6 11. c4 dxc4 12. Bxc4 b5 13. Bd3 Nc5 14. Be2 Bf5 15. Nd4 Ne6 16. Nxe6 Bxe6 17. O-O Nd7 18. a3 Djuric, S-Sekulic,D/JUG-chT (Cetinje) 1993/0-1 (62).) 9... Qa5 10. a3 (best is 10. Kb1! Qb6 11. Qe1 Nf2?? 12. Be3) 10... b5! 11. Nd4 (11. Nd2? Nxc3!! 12. bxc3 Qxa3+ 13. Kb1 Bf5 14. g4 Na6 15. gxf5 Nc5) 11... Qb6 12. g4 a5 13. Bg2 Nc5 (13... b4 14. Bxe4 dxe4 15. e6! bxa3 16. bxa3 Qc5 17. Nb3 Qxa3+ 18. Kb1 Bxe6 19. Bd6 Qa4 20. Bxf8 Bxb3 21. Rd8) 14. Be3! b4!! 15. Nb3 (15. Nxc6? Nxc6 16. Rxd5 bxc3! 17. bxc3 Qa6! 18. Qxa6 Nxa6 19. Rd6 Nab8) 15... Nxb3+ 16. cxb3 Qc7 (16... Bxg4! 17. Bf3 Bxf3 18. Qxf3 Qc7 19. Bh6 Nd7 20. Qg4 g6 21. Bxf8 Nxe5) 17. Bc5 Re8 18. cxb4 axb4?! (18... Nd7!) 19. Bxb4 Na6 20. Bc3 Nc5 21. b4 Nd7 22. b5 Nxe5 23. Rhe1 f6 24. bxc6 1-0 Anwesh,U (2432)-Dev,K (1904)/Aurangabad IND 2011 (34).) 9. O-O-O fxe5 10. Bxe5?! (10. Qxe4!! dxe4 11. Bc4+ Kh8 12. Rxd8 Rxd8 13. Nxe5) 10... Nc6 11. c4 Bg4 (11... Nxe5 12. Rxd5) 12. Rxd5 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Qg5+ 14. Kb1 Nxe5? (14... Nd2+! 15. Qxd2 Qxd2 16. Rxd2 Nxe5) 15. Qxe4 Rae8 16. Bd3 g6? (16... Rf4 17. Qxh7+ Kf7 18. Qh3) 17. Re1 Rf5 18. h4 (18. Qe2! c6 19. Bxf5 cxd5 20. Bd7 Re7 21. cxd5 Rxd7 22. Qxe5) 18... Qf6 19. Qd4 (19. Rd7!) 19... Rf4 1-0 Spielmann, R-Cohn,E/Berlin 1908 (38).

6. Qe2 Bf2+










This check, forcing White's King to move, presents White with some long term problems regarding king safety. Alternatives look promising for White:

a) 6... Nf2? 7. d4 Bxd4 8. Nxd4 Nxh1 9. g3 c5 10. Nf3 Nc6 11. Bg2

 

b) 6... Bf5 7. Nd1 (7. d3 Nxc3 8. bxc3) 7... d4! (7... Nc6!? 8. d3 Qe7 9. Ne3?! (9. Be3! O-O-O 10. dxe4 dxe4 11. Nd2 Nd4 12. Bxd4 Bxd4 13. c3 Bxe5 14. Qf2 Benjamin on ICC, Finkel in NIC Yb 110) 9... Be6 10. c3 (10. dxe4 dxe4 11. Nd2 O-O-O 12. Nxe4 Qh4+ 13. Nf2 Nd4 14. Qd1 Nb3 15. axb3 Rxd1+ 16. Nexd1 Finkel) 10... O-O-O 11. d4?! (11. g3 Finkel) 11... Bb6 12. Qc2?! g5 13. g3?! f6 14. exf6 Qxf6 15. Bg2 g4 16. Nh4 Bxd4 17. Rf1 Qe5 18. cxd4 Nxd4 19. Qa4 Kb8 20. Bxe4 Bd7 21. Qa5 Qxe4 22. Rf4 Qh1+ 23. Kf2 Nf3 24. Nxg4 b6 25. Qc3 Nxh4 26. gxh4 Bxg4 27. Be3 Qxh2+ 0-1 Baadur Jobava (2695) -Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2757)/Warsaw POL 2013.) 8. g4! (8. c3?! Bb6 9. d3 Nc5 10. Nf2 Nc6 11. Bd2 a5 12. O-O-O?! Qd5 Nikitin - Zeschkovsky, Alma Alta 1968 - Santasiere.) (8. d3? Bb4+ 9. c3 dxc3) 8... Bg6 (8... Be7!? 9. Bg2! (9. gxf5?! Bh4+ 10. Nf2 Nxf2 11. f6 Nd3+ 12. Kd1 Nf2+=) 9... Bg6 10. d3 transposes to 1-0 Lehtivaara,P-Puri, V/Gausdal 1986/(51).) 9. Bg2 O-O (9... Be7 10. d3 Nc5 11. Nf2 Nc6 12. a3 Qd7 13. Bf4 h5 14. h3 Na4 15. O-O O-O-O 16. Nd2 Nxb2 17. a4 Nb4 18. Rfb1 Nxa4 19. Qf3! Qb5 20. Rxa4! Qxa4 21. Qxb7+ Kd7 22. e6+! fxe6 (22... Ke8 23. Bxc7) (22... Kxe6 23. Re1+) 23. Bxc7 (23. Rxb4! Bxb4 24. Qxc7+ Ke8 25. Bc6+) 23... Qa6 24. Rxb4 Qxb7 25. Rxb7 Ra8 26. Be5+ Kd8 27. Nc4 Rg8 28. Na5 Be8 29. Rxe7 Kxe7 30. Bxa8 Ba4 31. Be4 hxg4 32. hxg4 Bxc2 33. Nc6+ Kd7 34. Nxa7 Ba4 35. Bxd4 Kd6 36. Kg2 e5 37. Be3 Rb8 38. Kg3 Rb1 39. Nh3 Bc2 40. Nf2 Re1 41. Nb5+ Ke6 42. Kf3 Ra1 43. Nc7+ Kd7 44. Nd5 Ke6 45. Nb6 Bb3 46. Nc4 Re1 47. Bd2 Rg1 48. Bc3 Rc1 49. Bf5+ Kd5 50. Ne3+ Kd6 51. Ne4+ 1-0 Petri Lehtivaara-Vinny Puri/Gausdal W-Ch jr 1986 (51).) 10. d3 Nf6 11. Nf2 (11. Ng5!? Re8 12. Bxb7 Nbd7 13. Bxa8 Qxa8 14. O-O Nxe5 15. Qg2) 11... Nd5 (11... Re8! 12. h4 h5 Finkel) 12. O-O Nc6 13. Bd2 Qd7 14. h4 h5 15. Ng5 Ne3 16. gxh5 Bf5 17. Bxc6 (17. Nfe4! Finkel) 17... Qxc6 18. Bxe3 dxe3 19. Nfe4 Bangiev 19... Bxe4 20. Nxe4 Rae8 21. Rf5 (21. h6!? Qg6+ 22. Kh1 Qxh6 23. Nxc5 Rxe5 24. Ne4 Qxh4+) 21... Bd4 22. c3 Rxe5 23. Rxe5 Bxe5 24. Qxe3 Qe6 25. Qf3 Qb6+ 26. Qf2 Qe6 27. Qf3 (27. d4) 27... Qb6+ 28. Qf2 Qe6 1/2-1/2 Lehtivaara, P-Virtanen,A/Ch Finland Juniors 1987.

7. Kd1 Nxc3+ 8. bxc3

Not 8. dxc3?! Bh4! (8... Bc5!? 9. Qb5+ Nd7 10. Bg5 Be7 (10... f6? 11. e6!) 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. Qxd5 O-O) 9. Bf4 Be7

 

8... Bb6!?

Trying "to save a tempo" after White's natural d4. However, better is the more common Bc5.

a) 8... Bc5! 9. d4 (Here I agree with Gabriel Velasco's suggestion 9. Qb5+! Nd7 10. d4 c6 (10... Be7 11. Qxd5) 11. Qb3 (Velasco), when might follow 11... Be7 12. Bd3 (12. c4? Nc5!) 12... O-O 13. Ba3=) 9... Be7 10. Qf2 O-O (10... Bf5 11. Rb1 (11. Qg3 O-O 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. cxd3 Re8 14. Rf1 f6 15. Bh6?! (15. Nh4! Kh8! (15... Nd7 16. Nf5 g6 17. Rb1 Kh8 18. Nh6) 16. Nf5 Bf8 17. Ba3 g6 18. Bxf8 Rxf8 19. Ne3) 15... Bf8 16. Nh4 Nd7 17. Kd2 (17. Nf5!? g6 18. Bxf8 Kxf8 19. Ne3) 17... Kh8 0-1 Swanson,S-Fernandez Garcia,J/Luzern 1982/(37)) 11... Qc8 (11... b6! Emms 12. Qg3 O-O 13. Bd3) 12. Qg3 O-O 13. Bh6 Bg6 14. h4 Qf5 15. Bd3 Qh5 16. Bxg6 hxg6 (16... Qxh6 17. Bd3) 17. Bg5 Bxg5 18. Qxg5 b6 19. g4 Qxg5 20. hxg5 Nc6 21. Ke2 (21. Kd2 Na5) 21... Rfe8 22. Rh2 Kf8 23. Kd3 Bangiev 23... Ke7 24. c4 Rad8 25. c3 dxc4+ 26. Kxc4 Na5+ 27. Kd3 c5 28. Ke4 cxd4 29. cxd4 Rc8 30. d5 Nb7 31. Rd1 Rc3 32. Kf4 Nc5 33. Re2 Rd8 34. Nd4 Rh8 35. Nc6+ Ke8 36. e6 fxe6 37. Ke5 Kd7 38. Nxa7 Rhh3 39. dxe6+ Ke8 40. Kd6 Rce3 41. Rxe3 Rxe3 42. Nc6 Nxe6 43. Rd5 Re2 44. a3 Re3 45. Re5 Rxe5 46. Nxe5 Nd4 47. a4 b5 48. Kc5 Ne6+ 49. Kxb5 Nxg5 50. a5 Ne6 51. Kb6 Kd8 52. a6 Kc8 53. a7 Nc7 54. Kc6 g5 55. Nf7 g6 56. Nd6+ Kd8 57. Nb5 Na8 58. Kb7 1-0 Uritzky,M-Kogan,A/ Tel Aviv ISR 1996 (58).) (10... f6 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. Bb5+ c6 13. Re1+ Kf8 14. Bd3) (10... Nc6 11. Qg3 g6 12. Bd3 (12. Rb1!? Na5 13. Bh6 c5 14. Qf4 Be6 15. dxc5 Bxc5 16. Rxb7 Nxb7 17. Bb5+ Bd7 18. e6 fxe6 19. Ne5 Nd6 20. Bxd7+) 12... Be6 13. Rb1 Na5 14. Rf1 (14. Ng5!) 14... h6 15. Bd2 c6 16. c4 dxc4 17. Be4 c3!? 18. Bxc3 Nc4 19. Ke2 Qd7 20. Qf2 Nb6 21. Nd2 Nd5 Schneider, I-Ljubarskij,J/ Hannover 2002.) 11. Bd3 Bg4 (11... c5 12. Qg3 Kh8 13. dxc5 (13. Bg5 Bxg5 14. Nxg5 h6 15. h4 c4 16. Be2 Qb6 17. Kd2 Qg6 18. Raf1 Kg8 19. Qf4 Nc6) (13. h4 Nc6) 13... Nd7 14. Bg5 (14. c6 bxc6 15. Nd4 c5 16. Nf5 g6 17. Bh6 Rg8 18. Nd6 Bxd6 19. exd6) 14... Bxg5 15. Nxg5 h6 16. Nxf7+ Rxf7 17. e6 (17. Qg6 Qg8) 17... Rf6 18. exd7 Bxd7 19. Kd2 Rc8 20. Raf1 Rxc5 1/2-1/2 Michel, P-De Freitas, M/Mar del Plata 1950/(32).) (11... f6 12. Qh4 g6 13. Qh6 fxe5 14. Bxg6 hxg6 15. Qxg6+ Kh8 16. Nxe5 Bf5 17. Qh6+ Kg8 18. Ng6=) 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Bf5 c5 15. h4 Qa5 16. Qe3 cxd4 17. cxd4 Na6 18. Bd2 Qa4 19. Qb3 '+/ =' Bangiev 19... Qxb3 20. axb3 Bxf5 21. gxf5 Rfc8 22. Rg1 Rc6 23. f6 Bb4 24. Rxg7+ Kf8 25. Rxh7 Kg8 26. Rg7+ Kf8 27. Bh6 Rac8 28. Rh7+ Kg8 29. Ng5 Rxc2 30. Rg7+ Kf8 31. Nh7+ Ke8 32. Rg8+ Kd7 33. Rxc8 Rxc8 34. Ng5 Rc3 35. Ke2 Ke8 36. Nf3 Rxb3 37. h5 Rb2+ 38. Bd2 Bf8 39. Rg1 Bh6 40. Rg8+ Kd7 41. Ra8 Bxd2 42. Nxd2 Ra2 43. Rf8 Ra1 44. Rxf7+ Ke8 45. e6 1-0 Polonia Guzman-Astrid Martin del Campo/ Novi Sad 1990.

 

b) 8... Bh4!? 9. Nxh4 (9. c4!?) 9... Qxh4 10. g3 Qa4 (10... Qe4 11. Qxe4 dxe4 12. Bg2) 11. Qb5+ Qxb5 12. Bxb5+ Bd7 13. Rb1 b6 14. Be2 Nc6 15. d4 and it is a contest between the two Bishops vs the better pawn formation, 0-1 Hostinsky, Z-Sefc,J/Prague 1955/ (40) .

9. d4

This seems premature on close examination. White should instead exploit the potential problem of Bb6 instead of Bc5 and occupy the a3-f8 diagonal with his Bishop immediately.

 

White's best try must be 9. Ba3! c5 (9... Bf5?! 10. Nd4!? Bg6?! 11. e6! Qf6 12. Rb1!) (9... Nc6 10. d4 Ne7 (10... Bf5 11. Qe3 Qd7 12. Qg5) 11. Qe3 O-O (11... h6 12. Bd3) 12. Bd3) 10. Qe3 Qe7 (10... O-O!? 11. Bxc5 Nc6) 11. d4 Nc6! (11... cxd4?! 12. cxd4) 12. Kc1!? O-O 13. Kb2 Bg4 14. Rd1 f6 15. Be2 Rad8 16. c4! e.g.: 16... Be6 17. cxd5 Bxd5 18. dxc5 Bc7 19. Rxd5! Rxd5 20. Bc4 Rfd8 21. Qb3 Bxe5+ 22. c3 Qe6 23. Rd1 Ne7 24. c6 bxc6 25. Bxe7 (25. Nxe5 Qxe5 26. Bxe7 Qxe7 27. Bxd5+ cxd5 28. Rxd5=) 25... Qxe7 26. Bxd5+ cxd5 27. Rxd5 Rxd5 28. Qxd5+ Kf8= This seems best play and forced in many places.

 

9... Bf5

9... c5!?

 

10. Bg5

10. Ba3 Qd7 Black too easily castles queenside now and then breaks in the center with the initiative due to White's misplaced king. 11. Rb1 Nc6 12. Kc1 O-O-O 13. Qd2 a6 14. Bd3 Rhe8 15. Qf4 Bxd3 16. cxd3 h6 17. Nd2?! (17. Rf1!) 17... Re6 18. Kb2 f6! 19. exf6 Rxf6 20. Qg3 Nxd4! 21. cxd4 Bxd4+ 22. Kc2 Rf2 23. Qh3 Qxh3 24. gxh3 Re8 25. Rbf1 Rg2 26. Kd1 Ree2 27. Bc1 Be3 28. Nb3 Bxc1 29. Nxc1 Rd2+ 30. Ke1 Rc2 31. Kd1 Rcd2+ 32. Ke1 Rc2 1/2-1/2 Flasinski, M-Halas,P/Poland 2003.

 

10... Qd7 11. Qe3 h6

11... c5 12. dxc5 Ba5 13. Rb1 O-O 14. Nd4 Velasco

 

12. Bh4 Nc6 13. Bd3 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 Qe6 15. h3 Na5 16. Rf1 Nc4 17. Rb1 O-O 18. Nd2 f5 19. Nxc4 dxc4 20. Qf3 c6

20... c5!? 21. d5 Qxe5 22. Re1 Qc7 23. Be7 Rf7 24. d6

 

21. Kc1 Rf7 22. Kb2 Bd8 23. Bxd8 Rxd8 24. Ka1 Rd5 25. g4 f4 26. Qe4 g5 27. h4! Kg7

27... Qxg4 28. hxg5 (28. Qg6+ Rg7 29. Qxh6 Qxh4? 30. Qe6+ Velasco) 28... Qf5 29. Qxf5 Rxf5 30. gxh6

 

28. hxg5 hxg5 29. Rh1 Qg6 30. Qe2

30. Qf3 Qxc2 31. Qh3

 

30... f3? 31. Qh2! Rd8










32. Rbf1?!

32. e6! Rf4 33. Rxb7+ Kf6 34. Rh7! f2 35. Rf1

 

32... Rf4 33. Qh3 f2 34. Kb2 Rdf8 35. Qe3 Qe4 36. Qh3 Qg6 37. Qe3 Qe4 38. Qh3 Qg6 39. Qe3

39. e6!?

1/2-1/2

[Michael Goeller]


Game Four

G. Gustafson - Frank James Marshall [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1924


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3 Bc5

5... Be7 6. d4?! Bb4! is a tricky idea, reaching the same position as in the game.

 

6. d4

6. Qe2! is White's best try, as seen in the game Torre - Marshall above. This game nicely illustrates why 6.d4 is not an option.

 

6... Bb4! 7. Bd2 Bg4

Black has a number of equally strong alternatives, including 7...c5!










Also possible is 7... Nc6 8. Bb5. But Marshall's move offers Black attacking chances against White's King, which Marshall always preferred.

 

8. Qe2?

It is too late for this Queen move to be effective. White has two moves that might barely achieve equal chances:

a) 8. Nxe4!? dxe4 (8... Bxf3? 9. Qxf3 dxe4 10. Qxe4 Bxd2+ 11. Kxd2) 9. Bxb4 exf3 10. Qd2 (10. gxf3? Qh4+ 11. Kd2 (11. Ke2 Nc6 12. Bc3 Bh5 13. Ke3 Ne7 14. Be2 Nd5+ 15. Kd2 Qf4+ 16. Ke1 Ne3 17. Qd2 Qh4# 0-1 Narmontas,M-Gustafsson,J/Warsaw POL 2008.) 11... Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Qxd4+ 13. Kc1 Qxb4 14. c3 Qc5 15. Qxb7 O-O 16. Qxa8? Nc6 17. Qb7 Qe3+ 18. Kc2 Qe4+ 19. Kc1 Qxh1) 10... Nc6 11. Bc3 Qd5 12. h3 Be6 (12... fxg2 13. Bxg2 Bf3 14. O-O) 13. gxf3 O-O-O Lane

 

b) 8. Be2! Nc6 9. O-O O-O 10. Qe1 Nxd2 11. Qxd2 f6 12. exf6=

8... Bxf3 9. gxf3

9. Qxf3? Qh4+ 10. g3 Nxd2 11. Kxd2 Qxd4+

 

9... Qh4+ 10. Kd1 Nf2+ 11. Kc1 Bxc3!

Depriving White of any counter-chances. Less decisive was 11... Nxh1 12. Nxd5 (12. Qb5+ Nc6 13. Qxb7 O-O 14. Qxc6 Qxd4) 12... Bxd2+ 13. Qxd2 O-O!? (13... Kd7 should also win) 14. Nxc7 Nc6 15. Nxa8 Nxd4 16. Nc7 Rd8 17. Bd3 Nf2

 

12. bxc3

12. Bxc3 Nxh1 13. Qb5+ Nd7 14. Qxb7 O-O

 

12... Nxh1

White has insufficient compensation for the Exchange -- assuming he recovers the Knight in the corner.

 

13. Qb5+?

13. Qg2 O-O! (13... Nf2? 14. Qxg7 Rf8 15. Bg5) 14. Qxh1 c5

 

13... Nd7 14. Qxd5 Nb6 15. Bb5+ c6 16. Bxc6+ bxc6 17. Qxc6+ Kf8 18. c4 Qxd4 19. Bb4+ Kg8 20. Qd6 Qxa1+ 21. Kd2 Nxc4+

0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Game Five

G. Gustafson - Carlos Torre [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1925


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. d3

This game usefully illustrates the limitations of White's more passive options, which are barely playable.

a) 6. Be2 Nc6 7. d3 Nc5!? 8. d4 (8. O-O d4!) 8... Bxf3! 9. Bxf3 Qh4+ 10. g3 Qxd4 11. Bf4 O-O-O (11... g5!?) 12. Bxd5 Rxd5 13. Nxd5 Qe4+ 14. Kf2 Ne6 15. Re1 Bc5+ 16. Kf1?? (16. Be3 Ned4 17. Nc3 Qf5+ 18. Kg2 Rd8 19. Bxd4 Nxd4 and White cannot prevent Black from recovering the Exchange) 16... Qh1+ 17. Ke2 Ncd4+ 18. Kd2 Qxd5 19. Kc1 Rd8 20. c3 Nxf4 21. gxf4 Nb3+ 22. axb3 Be3+ 0-1 John O'Hanlon-Hubert Ernest Price/Edinburgh op 1919.

 

b) 6. Qe2 is White's best, as usual.

6... Nxc3 7. bxc3 Nd7 8. d4 f6 9. Bf4?!

White has to play more actively with 9. h3! Bxf3 (9... Be6 10. exf6 Nxf6 11. Bd3 Bd6 12. O-O O-O 13. Rb1) 10. Qxf3 fxe5 11. Rb1!

 

9... fxe5 10. dxe5 c6

White's damaged pawns represent a longterm liability.

 

11. Be2 Bc5 12. Nd4 Bxe2

12... O-O! 13. O-O Qa5!! 14. Bxg4 Qxc3 15. Bxd7 Bxd4+ 16. Kh1 Qxa1

 

13. Qxe2 Qa5! 14. Qd3 O-O 15. O-O Rae8 16. Rae1

16. Qg3 Qa4

 

16... Bxd4+ 17. Qxd4

17. cxd4? Rxf4! 18. Rxf4 Qxe1+

 

17... Nc5 18. Qb4! Qxb4 19. cxb4 Ne4 20. h3

20. Be3! b6 21. Bd4 c5

 

20... g5 21. Bh2

21. Be3 Rxf1+ 22. Rxf1 Rxe5 23. Bxa7 Nd2 24. Rd1 Re2

 

21... b5!?

Fixing White's backward pawns. However, Black's pawns might be subject to attack by White's Rooks.

 

Black can also go for a "good knight vs bad bishop ending" with 21... Rxf1+ 22. Rxf1 Rf8 etc.

 

22. Rf3 h5 23. Ra3 Re7 24. Ra6 g4!

Torre's attack against White's King counters White's attack on the queenside.

 

25. hxg4 hxg4 26. Re3?

26. Ra3 is a better try, but then Black can attack along the h-file with Rf5-h5 and Rh7.

 

26... Ref7! 27. Re1

Not 27. Rxc6?? Rf1#.

 

27... g3 28. Bxg3 Nxg3 29. Rxc6 Kg7 30. e6? Rf1+! 31. Rxf1

 










If 31. Kh2 Rxe1. But now Black forces mate rather neatly.

 

31... Ne2+! 32. Kh2 Rh8# 0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Game Six

Carlos Torre - Rudolf Smirka [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1925

Here and in the next game, Torre tries out Spielmann's favorite 5.Qf3, which seems not quite as good as the standard 5.Nf3 discussed above.


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Qf3 f5!?

The more important alternative is 5... Nc6 6. Bb5 (a classic error here is 6. Nxe4? Nd4! 7. Qd3? dxe4 8. Qxe4? Bf5) 6... Nxc3 7. dxc3! (Paulsen's move; almost all books simply give the inferior 7. bxc3?! Qh4+! 8. g3 Qe4+ 9. Qxe4 dxe4 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Ne2) 7... Qh4+ (7... Be7! should equalize: 8. Bf4 O-O 9. O-O-O Bg5! (9... Be6 10. Qg3 Bh4 11. Qe3 a6 12. Bd3 b5 13. Nf3 Be7 14. h4 Na5 15. Ng5 Bxg5 16. hxg5 1-0 Paulsen,L-Schiffers,E/Breslau 1889. (35)) 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. h4 Bxf4+ 12. Qxf4 f6 13. Nf3 fxe5 14. Qxe5 Bg4 15. c4 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Qf6 17. Qxf6 Rxf6 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Rxf3 20. Rc5 Rf7 21. b3 h6 22. Rh3 Rb8 23. a4 Kf8 24. Rhc3 Rb7 25. a5 Ke8 26. a6 Rb6 27. Rxc7 Rxc7 28. Rxc7 Rxa6 29. Rxg7 Ra1+ 30. Kb2 Rh1 31. Rxa7 Rxh4 32. c4 h5 33. Kc3 Rh1 34. Kb4 h4 35. Kc5 Rf1 36. Rh7 Rf5+ 37. Kb6 Rf3 38. b4 Rf4 39. Kb5 1-0 Sofronie,I (2458)-Scetinin,A (2279)/ Cappelle la Grande 2002.) 8. g3 Qe4+ 9. Qxe4 dxe4 10. Bxc6+ Taking the Knight right away seems most accurate, but other moves have been played with success:(10. Bf4 h6 11. Ne2 g5 12. Be3 Bg7 (12... Bd7 13. h4) 13. Nd4 Bd7 14. e6 fxe6 15. Nxc6 a6 16. Bc4 Bxc6 17. Bxe6 Rd8 18. O-O Bd5 19. Bf5 O-O 20. a3 b6 21. g4 Rfe8 22. h3 Bc4 23. Rfd1 Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Be6 25. Bxe6+ Rxe6 26. a4 Kf7 27. a5 b5 28. Rd8 Be5 29. Ra8 Rc6 30. Kf1 b4 31. cxb4 Rxc2 32. b5 Bf4 33. Bg1 e3 34. bxa6 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura (2658)-Alex Yermolinsky (2511)/Stillwater USA 2007 -- as the position is unclear after 34... Rc1+! 35. Kg2 e2! (35... Rc2+ 36. Kf3) 36. Bf2 Be3 37. Bg3 Rg1+ (37... Bf4 38. a7!) 38. Kf3 Rxg3+ 39. Kxe2 Ke7 40. a7 Bxa7 41. Rxa7 Kd7 42. Rb7 Rxh3 43. a6 Rh1) (10. Ne2 Bc5 (10... Bd7 11. Bf4 Nxe5 12. Bxd7+ Nxd7 13. Bxc7) 11. Rf1 (11. Nd4!) 11... O-O 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Rf4 f5 14. exf6 Rxf6 15. Rxf6 gxf6 16. Bf4 1-0 Carl Wustefeld (2248)-Hans Frisk (2032)/ Copenhagen 2006. (61)) 10... bxc6 11. Be3 (11. Ne2 Bc5 12. Nd4! Swanson - Savage, Hinckley Island 2009, is given by Lysyj and Ovetchkin who suggest now 12... Bb6 (12... Bh3!?) 13. a4 (13. Nxc6?! Bh3 14. Nd4 O-O-O) 13... a5 14. Bf4 h6 15. h4 Bg4) (11. Bf4 h6 12. O-O-O Be6 13. a3 Bc5 14. h4 O-O 15. Rh2 f6 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. Re1 Bg4 18. Ne2 Bd6 (18... Re8 19. Bxc7? Rf2!) 19. Bxd6 cxd6 20. b4 Raf8 21. Nd4 Rf1 22. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 23. Kd2 Rg1 24. Ke3 d5 (24... Bd7 25. Kxe4 Rxg3=) 25. Nxc6 Kf8 26. Kf4 (26. c4!) 26... h5 27. Ne5 Rf1+ 28. Ke3 Rg1 29. Rf2+ Ke8 30. Kf4 Be6 31. c4 Re1 32. cxd5 Bxd5 33. Rd2 Bb7 34. Nc4 Rf1+ 35. Ke5 Ke7 36. Nd6 Bc6 37. Nxe4 Re1 38. Rd4 Re3 39. Kf4 Rxa3 40. c4 a6 41. c5 Ra4 42. Nd6 a5 43. Nf5+ Kf7 44. b5 Rxd4+ 45. Nxd4 Ba8 46. c6 1-0 Krivec,J (2268)-Pokorna,R (2429)/Rabac 2003.) 11... Be7 (11... Bd7 12. Ne2 O-O-O 13. Rf1 Re8 14. Rxf7 Rxe5 15. Bd4 Rf5 16. Rxf5 Bxf5 17. O-O-O Rg8 1-0 Lederle,V (2069)-Pfuetzner,J (2095)/Bayern 2007. (47)) 12. Ne2 O-O 13. Nd4 Bd7 14. O-O-O a5 15. Rhe1 a4 16. c4 Rfd8 17. a3 Ra5 18. Bd2 Rxe5 19. Bf4 Rh5 20. Rxe4 Be6 21. Nxe6 Rxd1+ 22. Kxd1 fxe6 23. Rxe6 Bf6 24. g4 Rh4 25. b3 Rxg4 26. Bxc7 Bc3 27. Ke2 Rd4 28. Rd6 Kf7 29. Rxd4 Bxd4 30. Kd3 Bg1 31. bxa4 Ke6 32. a5 Kd7 33. Be5 Kc8 34. a6 g6 35. Bd6 h5 36. Ke4 1-0 Maxime Lagarde (2505) -Alexandre Bouget (2202)/Avoine FRA 2012.

 

6. d3 Nxc3 7. bxc3 d4 8. Qf2?!

Not White's best option. Bangiev leads the way with his strong analysis:

8. Qg3! Nc6 (8... dxc3 9. Be2! g6 10. Bf3 Bg7 11. Ne2) 9. Be2 Be6 (9... Qd5 10. Bf4 Be6 11. c4 Bb4+ 12. Kf2 Qd7 13. Rb1 O-O-O 14. Bf3 Bc5 15. Rb5 b6 16. Ne2 a6 17. Rxc5 bxc5 18. Rb1 Rdg8 19. h4 Nd8 20. Bg5 Qa4 21. Rb2 Nf7 22. Nf4 Qe8 23. Nxe6 Qxe6 24. Bd5 Qg6 25. e6 Nd6 26. Qe5 Re8 27. Rb6 1-0 Karel Hromadka-Mirko Schreiber/Munich ol 1936) 10. Bf3 Qd7 (10... Bd5 11. Ne2! (11. c4!? Bxf3 12. Nxf3 Bb4+) 11... Bxf3 12. Qxf3 dxc3 13. Qxf5! Qd5 14. O-O g6 (14... Qxe5 15. Qf7+ Kd8 16. Bf4) (14... Nxe5? 15. d4) 15. Qh3 Bc5+ 16. Kh1) 11. Ne2 (11. Rb1!? Bc5 12. Rb5 Bb6 13. c4 a6 14. Rb1 O-O-O 15. Ne2 h6! (A sharp position, featuring opposite side castling) 16. h4 g5! 17. hxg5 hxg5 18. Rf1 Ba5+ 19. Bd2 Bxd2+ 20. Kxd2 g4 21. Bxc6 Qxc6 22. Nf4 Bf7 23. Rfe1 Rhe8 24. Re2 Re7 25. Rbe1 (25. Qh4=) 25... Qa4 26. e6 Qxa2 (26... Qa5+) 27. exf7 Qa5+ with perpetual check in 1/2-1/2 Karel Hromadka-Rudolf Spielmann/Bad Pistyan CZE 1912) 11... dxc3! (11... Bc5 12. Rb1 Bb6 13. cxd4 Bxa2 14. Rb2 Be6 15. c3) (11... O-O-O 12. O-O Bc5 13. c4 Bxc4 (13... h6 14. Nf4! (14. Bxc6 Qxc6 15. Nf4 g5 16. Nxe6 Qxe6 17. Rb1 Rhf8 18. Re1 Bangiev) (14. h4 g5 15. hxg5 hxg5 16. Bxg5 Rdg8 17. Qf4 Bxc4 Spielmann - Prochazka, Prague 1912.) 14... Nxe5 15. Bxb7+! Kxb7 16. Re1 Bd6 17. c5 g5 18. Rb1+ Ka8 19. Nxe6 Qxe6 20. cxd6 cxd6 21. Qf2) 14. Nf4 Nxe5 15. dxc4 d3+ 16. Kh1 dxc2 17. Bd5! (17. Bb2!? Nxc4 (17... Nxf3 18. Qxf3) 18. Bd5! Bangiev(18. Bxb7+!? Kxb7 (18... Kb8 19. Qc3! Qb5 20. Bc6) 19. Qb3+ Nb6 20. Ne6 Bd6 21. Nxd8+) 18... Qb5!? (18... Qa4 19. Bxg7) (18... Nxb2? 19. Be6 Bangiev) 19. Ne6 Bd6 20. Qd3 Qxb2 21. Qxc4) 17... Rhe8 18. Qb3! (18. Bb2? Ng4 19. Rac1 c6 20. Bf3 Ne3 21. Rfe1 Nd1 22. Rf1 Qd2 23. Qxg7 Re1 Vorotnikov-Kapengut/URS 1975.) 18... c6 19. Qxc2! Bd4 (19... cxd5 20. cxd5 b6 21. Ne6 van der Tak) 20. Rb1 cxd5 21. cxd5+ Kb8 22. Ne6 Rc8 23. Qxf5 (23. Qd1 Bc5 24. Bf4 Bd6 25. Bxe5 Bxe5 26. Rxf5 Bf6 27. a4) 23... Qxd5 24. Nxd4 Qxd4 25. Bf4 Ka8 26. Rfd1 Qc5 (26... Qf2 27. Rd2) 27. Rdc1?! 1-0 Vankov - Angelov, Corr. 1992.(27. Re1!) ) 12. Bxc6! (Bangiev's main line is suspect: 12. Be3?! Nb4! 13. O-O?! Nxc2 14. Bxb7 Qxd3! (14... Nxe3 15. Qxe3 Rd8! (15... Rb8 16. Qxa7 Bangiev) 16. Nf4 Bb4 17. Qxa7 (17. Ba6 Qc6 18. Bb5 Qxb5 19. Nxe6 Ke7 20. Nxd8 Kxd8 21. Rab1 1-0 Rudolf Spielmann-Grigory Levenfish/Karlsbad 1911) 17... O-O 18. Rab1 c5 19. Qa6) (14... Rb8 15. Rab1 Bb4 16. Qf3 Rxb7 17. Qxb7 Nxe3 18. Rxb4 Nxf1 19. Qa8+ Bangiev) ) 12... Qxc6 13. Be3 O-O-O 14. O-O Bc5 15. Qf2 Bxe3 16. Qxe3

 

8... Nc6 9. Nf3 Bc5?!

9... dxc3!

 

10. Bb2! Bb6?!

Relatively best was 10... dxc3 11. Qxc5 cxb2 12. Rb1 Torre

 

11. cxd4 O-O 12. Be2 f4 13. c3 Bg4 14. Bd1 Bxf3?! 15. Qxf3 Kh8 16. Bb3 Qh4+ 17. Kd2 Rad8 18. Rae1 h6

Black's best try might be 18... Ba5 but White is still winning after 19. Kd1! (19. d5?! Nd4!) 19... Ne7 (19... Nxd4 20. cxd4 Bxe1 21. Rxe1 Qxh2 22. e6) 20. d5 Nf5 21. g3! fxg3 22. hxg3 Qxg3?? (22... Qg5 23. Qe4) 23. Rxh7+! Torre

 

19. Re4 g5 20. h3 Ba5 21. Kc2! Qg3 22. Ba3 Qh4 23. Bxf8 Rxf8 24. Rf1 Ne7 25. g3 Qxh3 26. Rh1 g4 27. Rxh3 gxf3 28. gxf4 f2 29. Rf3 f1=Q 30. Rxf1 Nf5 31. e6 Ng3 32. e7 1-0

[Michael Goeller]


Game Seven

Carlos Torre - Erling Tholfsen [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1925


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Qf3 f5 6. d3 Nxc3 7. bxc3 d4 8. Qf2?!

Not 8. Bd2? dxc3 9. Bxc3 Bb4! 10. Bxb4 Qh4+ As noted in the previous game, though, White should play instead 8. Qg3!

 

8... c5?!

 

 

9. c4?!

This move only creates trouble for White. Best here is 9. Bd2! Nc6 10. Nf3 now that Black cannot play Bb4 as mentioned above.

 

9... Nc6 10. Nf3 Be7 11. g3 O-O 12. Bg2 Be6 13. O-O a6 14. Bf4 Rb8

14... g5!

 

15. Qd2!? h6

As Torre notes, he had no compensation for his isolated e-pawn and weakened queenside, so he played for a draw.

 

16. Bxh6!? gxh6 17. Qxh6 Kf7!

"A close study will show that this is the only move that gives Black winning chances" notes Torre.

 

18. g4! f4










18... Rh8 19. Qf4 Kg6 20. gxf5+ Bxf5 21. Qg3+ Kh6.

 

19. Nh4

19. Nd2! Bg5 20. Qh5+ Kg7 21. Be4 Nxe5 (21... Rh8? 22. Qg6+) 22. Qh7+ Kf6 23. h4

 

19... Bxh4 20. Rxf4+ Ke7 21. Qh7+ Ke8 22. Rxf8+ Kxf8 23. Qh8+ Ke7 24. Qxh4+ Kd7 25. Qh7+ Qe7 26. Qe4 Rg8 27. h3 Kc7

Torre notes that Black can win the e-pawn (and probably the game) with 27... Rg5.

 

28. Rf1 Bd7 29. Qd5 Rd8

29... Rg5!

 

30. Rf6?! Be8 31. Qe4 Kb8

31... Nxe5?? 32. Qxb7#

31... Qxe5?? 32. Rxc6+

 

32. Rd6! Rc8

32... Rxd6 33. exd6 Qxe4 34. Bxe4

 

33. Rh6 Rc7 34. e6

34. Qf5! Nd8 35. g5

 

34... Nd8

34... Qg5! 35. Rh8 Re7

 

35. Qe5 Ka7 36. Rf6

36. Be4!? Bf7! 37. exf7! Qxe5 38. f8=Q Nf7! 39. Rh5 Qg3+ 40. Kf1 Qf4+= and Black draws by perpetual check.

 

36... Bc6 37. Bd5 Kb6 38. g5 Ba4 39. g6 Bxc2 40. Kf2?

A terrible error at the time control that throws away a win for White:

a) 40. Qf4!! Bxd3 (40... Rc8 41. Rf7 Nxe6 42. Bxe6 Qxe6 43. Rf6) 41. Rf7 Nxf7 42. exf7 Qe1+ 43. Kh2 Qe2+ 44. Bg2

 

b) 40. h4! Bxd3 41. h5 was Torre's idea after the game, and this also seems to win for White.

40... Bxd3 41. h4 Bxg6! 42. Rxg6 Qxh4+ 43. Ke2 Qe7 1/2-1/2

[Michael Goeller]


Game Eight

Erling Tholfsen - Carlos Torre [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1925

These last two games were not especially strong or useful to the theory of the Vienna Gambit, but I give them with light notes by way of completeness. There were only nine games printed in Hermann Helms's chess columns in the Brooklyn DailyEagle.


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Qe2 Nxc3 7. bxc3!?

A playable alternative to 7. dxc3 as analyzed in Torre - Norwood.

 

7... Be7!?

This move allows White to win a pawn, but that is not a big risk for Black.

a) 7... c6 8. d4 Be7 9. Qf2 b5 (9... O-O 10. Bd3 Bh5 11. O-O Nd7 12. Qg3 Re8 13. Bh6 Bf8 14. Ng5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Qb6+ 16. Kh1 gxh6 17. Nxf7+ Bg7 18. Nxh6+ Kh8 19. Nf7+ Kg8 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 21. Qh3 Qc7 22. Qxh5+ Kg8 23. Ng5 1-0 Wolfgang Heidenfeld-Heelan/Dublin op 1963.) 10. Bd3 Bh5 11. O-O O-O 12. Qg3 Nd7 13. Bxh7+ Kxh7 14. Qh3 Kg6 15. Nh4+ Kh7 16. Rf5 g6 17. Nxg6 fxg6 18. Rxh5+ gxh5 19. Qxh5+ Kg8 20. Qg6+ 1/2-1/2 Harry Borochow-Samuel D Factor/ Tulsa, OK 1931.

b) 7... Nc6 8. d4 (8. Rb1!?) 8... Be7 9. Rb1.

8. Qb5+!?

This queen check is often interesting in the lines with Qe2 for White.

8. d4 O-O 9. Qe3 f6 10. Be2 Nc6 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. O-O Re8 13. Qf2 Qe7 14. Bd3 Bxf3 15. Qxf3 Rad8 (15... Nxd4! 16. Qxd5+ Qe6) 16. Bf4?! (16. Qf5!) 16... Qa3 17. Bxc7 1-0 Pavel Vavra-A Ulmanis/Rimavska Sobota (Slovakia) 1992. (31)

 

8... Nd7 9. d4?!

Not the most logical follow-up.

a) 9. Qxd5 c6!










gives Black some compensation for the pawn, but this is definitely White's best option if he seeks advantage: 10. Qe4 (10. Qd4 Bxf3 11. gxf3 Qa5 12. f4 Bh4+ 13. Kd1 O-O-O 14. Bh3 g6 15. Rb1 f5 16. exf6?? Qh5+) 10... Bxf3 11. gxf3 (11. Qxf3 Nxe5) 11... Qa5 12. f4 Bh4+ 13. Kd1 O-O-O 14. Bg2 Rhe8 15. Rb1 Nb6 16. Rb3 Nd5 1/2-1/2 Hallerova,E (2153) -Sura,J/Czechia 1999.

 

b) 9. Qxb7? Bxf3 10. gxf3 Nxe5

 

9... O-O?!

9... Bxf3! 10. gxf3 Bh4+ 11. Kd1 O-O

 

10. Be2?!

Both players seem satisfied with a safe draw, but 10. Qxd5 seems perfectly playable now.

 

10... Nb6 11. O-O f6 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. Ba3 c6 14. Qd3 Re8 15. Rae1 Nc4 16. Bc1 Re6

16... Kh8

 

17. Qd1 Qe7 18. Bd3 Rxe1 19. Rxe1 Qd6 20. Bxc4 dxc4 21. Qe2 Qd5 22. Ba3 h6 23. Qf1 b5 24. Ne5 Be6

A rather disappointing contest.

1/2-1/2

[Michael Goeller]


Game Nine

C. E. Norwood - Erling Tholfsen [C29]

Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1924


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2?!

One of White's more passive alternatives.










6... Be7?!

But Black should respond much more energetically:

a) 6... Nc6 7. d3 Nc5! (7... Bxf3?! 8. Bxf3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Nxe5 10. Qe2 Qe7 11. Bxd5) 8. O-O d4 9. Nb5 Be7

 

b) 6... Bxf3!? 7. Bxf3 Nc6! (7... Qh4+?! 8. g3 Nxg3 9. hxg3) 8. d3 Qh4+ (8... Nxc3 9. bxc3 Nxe5 10. Qe2 Qe7 11. Bxd5) 9. g3 Nxg3 10. hxg3 Qxg3+ 11. Kf1 Bc5 12. d4! Nxd4 (12... Bxd4 13. Qe2) 13. Bxd5 (13. Be3? Nxf3) 13... O-O-O 14. Qd3 Qxe5 15. Qe4

7. O-O O-O 8. Qe1

8. d3 Nc5 (8... Nxc3 9. bxc3 f6 10. exf6 Bxf6 11. Nd4) 9. Qe1 Nc6 10. d4 Ne6 11. Be3 f6 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. Rd1 Qd7 14. Qg3 Bh5 15. Ne5 Bxe5 16. dxe5 Bxe2 17. Nxe2 d4 18. c3 Rxf1+ 19. Kxf1 Qf7+ 20. Bf2 dxc3 21. Nxc3 Qf5 22. Kg1 Nxe5 23. Be3 Rf8 24. h3 c6 25. Bc1 Nc5 26. Kh2 Ncd3 27. Bh6 Rf7 28. Ne2 Qf2 29. Be3 Qxe2 30. Rb1 Nf3+ 0-1 William Gibson-Akiba Rubinstein/Southport 1924.

 

8... Nc6 9. Bd1 f5 10. Ne2 Nc5

10... Bxf3 11. gxf3 Bh4 (11... Ng5) 12. Ng3 Nc5 13. f4

 

11. d4 Ne6 12. Be3?!

12. c3 f4

 

12... f4! 13. Bf2 Bf5?!

13... Bxf3 14. gxf3 Ng5

 

14. Kh1 Kh8 15. Qd2 g5 16. h3 Be4 17. c3 Qe8 18. Nh2 Qg6 19. Ng1 Rf7 20. Bf3 h5 21. Rfe1 g4 22. hxg4 hxg4 23. Bxg4 Rh7 24. Qd1 Rg8 25. Rxe4 dxe4 26. Nh3 Bh4 27. Qe2 Bxf2 28. Qxf2 Ne7 29. Bxe6 Qxe6 30. Nxf4 Qh6 31. Nh3 Rf8 32. Qe1 Qg6 33. Qd2 Rg7 34. Rf1 Nf5 35. Kg1 Qg3! 36. Kh1










36... Qg6?!

36... Qxh3! 37. gxh3 Ng3+ 38. Kg1 Nxf1+ 39. Qg2 Rxg2+

 

37. Kg1 Qg3 38. Kh1 Qg6?! 39. Kg1 Rfg8 40. g4 Qh7 41. Rxf5 Qxf5 42. Qh6+ Rh7 43. Qf4 Qxf4 44. Nxf4 e3 45. Nd5 Rxh2 46. Nxe3 Re2 47. Nd5 Rxb2 48. Nf6 Rg6 49. d5 Rxf6 50. exf6 Rxa2 51. g5 Ra5 0-1

[Michael Goeller]

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