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

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Opening Lemmings

There are a couple of fellows at work that play chess at lunch and we often agree to play certain positions. At one point we would play Fried Liver Attacks, Traxler Counterattacks, Muzio Gambit. Upon completion we would discuss the strategy employed and good/bad moves. Lately we have been playing only King Gambits Accepted. Of late I have been playing White and facing the Fischer defense. I have been playing against it and my opponent normally diverges a little bit to play a sort of Fischer-Cunnigham Combo. This has been effective for him and I was surprised in my 1 million games in my Fritz database there is not one match at this early position blacks fifth move. This says one of two things 1 Masters are lemmings when it come to openings or 2 The response is so bad that a Master would never enter into it. However I find the way to lose the game as white. What would you play as whites 6th

When run in Fritz, White appears to be + a pawn after move 12. it is reached by the following.
http://www.lutanho.net/pgn/pgnviewer.html 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 g5 5. h4 Be7


  • At 6:57 PM, Blogger DG said…

    Something other than 2.f4, but that's just me :)

  • At 9:39 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    hi dg
    Nothing exposes your tactical weaknesses like playing 2 f4 > it has been somewhat painful lately...... but when you are going strong it's alot of fun.

  • At 12:34 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    I have seen this often. You played h4 to attack his pawn chain in the first place. Since he doesn't react why forget your original plan to play 6.hxg5? White has a very strong position after 6.hxg5. White controls the center, so counter attacks will be based on optical illusions. When black plays Bxg5 his bishop is looking against his f-pawn, so doing close to nothing. Waiting to be captured at the moment you like it. Your rook on the half open h file is very strong for both attack and defense. This time you keep his f pawn on the board of course since it provides a safe heaven for your King at f1. His blocked bishop at g5 takes away e7 and f6 for his knight, so he has to lose a tempo by playing Be7 or he has to play Nh6, where it is vulnerable for tactical tricks.

    If you get the time you castle long, otherwise you go to f1 with your King. If you get a chance for a bishop at b2 that will be strong.

  • At 1:03 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    The usual move of the Cunningham Bh4+ isn't possible here due to the missing h-pawn.

    So black is in big trouble. Where should his king go? Castling short is not a good idea with his wrecked pawn structure and a half open h-file with a rook on it. If he stays in the middle he will be murdered in bed. So probably he will try to castle queenside. If that's the case, your King goes to f1 and you combine Bb2 with b4. This has two advantages: the moment he castles queenside you are allready halfway a pawnstorm plus it provides a shelter at b3 in case you want to play your bishop from f1 to c4. With a pawn at b3 that wouldn't be possible.
    Boy, I wished black played Be7 all the time!

  • At 3:50 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    I found your analysis most helpful.
    It appears I too have fallen for the optical illusion. In this position, I have played developing moves allowing black to strengthen the Kingside as well as captured with the Knight which is not good. You are right about the hXg pawn. I am finding myself misplaying some of the plans in the KGA overlooking some plans of black and white. I need to review the fritz analysis of my games. thanks again.

  • At 3:07 AM, Blogger King of the Spill said…

    Not a clue, but I like what Tempo said.


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