Gustafson Plays Torre and Marshall
By Michael Goeller
One thing that the Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament demonstrates is that Arthur Kaufmann's original concept of playing Qe2 against most of Black's defenses is probably most accurate. G. Gustafson's less challenging 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.d3 against Carlos Torre and 5.Nf3 Bc5 6.d4 against Frank Marshall proved completely unsatisfactory. The following two games were played at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City from December 1924 through March 1925 in a tournament sponsored by Alrick H. Man that required all players to begin their games with 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4.
G. Gustafson - Carlos Torre [C29]
Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1925
Somewhat passive for White and not the best.
a) 6. Be2 Nc6 7. d3 Nc5!? 8. d4 (8.
O-Od4!) 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.
White's damaged pawns represent a longterm liability.
Fixing White's backward pawns on their squares. However, Black's own backward pawns might be subject to attack by White's Rooks. Black can try to bring about a "good knight vs bad bishop ending" with 21... Rxf1+ 22. Rxf1 Rf8 etc.
Torre's attack against White's King counters White's attack on the queenside.
26. Ra3 is a better try, but then Black can attack along the h-file with Rf5-h5 and Rh7.
G. Gustafson - Frank James Marshall [C29]
Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme/New York, NY USA 1924
6. Qe2! is White's best try, as seen in the game Torre - Marshall, with which we will conclude our analysis at a later date.
It is too late for this Queen move to be effective. White has two moves that might achieve equal chances still.
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-O16. 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-OGary Lane
Depriving White of any counter-chances. Also fine was 11... Nxh1 12. Nxd5 (12. Qb5+ Nc6 13. Qxb7
White has insufficient compensation for the Exchange -- assuming he recovers the Knight in the corner.
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