Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Unsound(?) knight sac, giving excellent practical chances

I took this title directly from a chessgames.com collection of the Halloween Attack. I have been following with interest Dutch Defense, Quandoman, Blue Devil Knight discussions on gambits and especially the Halloween attack and played through the games on playchess.com.
see here for Dutch defense link

I find it very interesting in that this gambit can be reached in far more games than the Traxler Counterattack, Marshall Attack, Fried Liver,Max Lange Attack. This is the reason I started playing the King Gambit as I am guaranteed entering a KGD or KGA if black response 1...e5.

Here is my first win with it. yes I know that my win is the equivalent of a chess Hail Mary pass. It is based on inaccurate play at the end by black but isn't nice to see a gambit that puts you in these type of positions?

Here is the game

[Event "Rated game, 20m + 6s"]
[Site "Main Playing Hall"]
[Date "2006.05.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Takchess"]
[Black "Master of OSV"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C47"]
[WhiteElo "1553"]
[BlackElo "1499"]
[PlyCount "41"]
[EventDate "2006.05.14"]
[TimeControl "1200+6"]

Paste game in this viewer

1. e4 {17} e5 {3} 2. Nf3 {5} Nc6 {3} 3. Nc3 {3} Nf6 {2} 4. Nxe5 {3} Nxe5 {5} 5.
d4 {1} Nc6 {44} 6. e5 {66} Qe7 {87} 7. Bg5 {67} d6 {20} 8. f4 {72} h6 {25} 9.
Bxf6 {11} gxf6 {4} 10. Qh5 {22} Nxd4 {10} 11. O-O-O {5} dxe5 {16} 12. fxe5 {13}
fxe5 {22} 13. Bc4 {11} Be6 {21} 14. Nd5 {23} Bxd5 {23} 15. Bxd5 {7} O-O-O {23}
16. Rhe1 {27} Rxd5 {8} 17. Qg4+ {22} Kb8 {9} 18. Qg3 {31} Qg5+ {49} 19. Qe3 {93
} Qxg2 {124} 20. Qxd4 {43} exd4 {29} 21. Re8+ {
Master of OSV geeft op (Lag: Av=0.26s, max=0.5s) 5} 1-0


  • At 6:47 AM, Blogger DreadPirateJosh said…

    Hey Tak,
    How much has your rating gone up at Playchess?

  • At 4:58 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    Good question. I had to take a look at my past posts on the answer. When I started I was 1350 in Feb 05. In June 05, I was 1415 and happy about that. Sept 05 I reached 1515 and in some point I think in October ? I was around 1616 which was my high point. At one point I was on a streak and may have even reached above that. My cup of coffee in the big leagues ........Since I play alot of games my ratings are like watching the chips of a blackjack player they fluctuate across a wide range. At this moment I am at 1529 and was at 1570 about 4 games ago.

  • At 8:40 AM, Blogger DreadPirateJosh said…

    That's a pretty big improvement... (and you never shy away from trying new openings either)


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