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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, August 12, 2007

The Return of the Return of the Traxler CounterAttack

I have enjoyed playing some Traxler Counterattacks games during the past few days. The opening is very strange and reminds me of the saying about the Shark. That the shark breathes through moving around but when it stops it is in danger of suffocating. * Urban legend?/Factoid.

It also like a fire and needs material to keep it going . It could be yours or your opponents pieces. Just throw your Rook on the fire. Black can't afford to let it get too quiet.

How is this for some bizarre metaphors ? The game often has one correct move for each side to make and the Fritz position evaluation can fluctuate widely.

Now for the games: cut and paste them into the pgn viewer.

Game One:

In this game it appears I could of played Bg4 on move 12

1. e4 {3} e5 {3} 2. Nf3 {8} Nc6 {3} 3. Bc4 {5} Nf6 {3} 4. Ng5 {3} Bc5 {4} 5.
Nxf7 {10} Bxf2+ {3} 6. Kf1 {32} Qe7 {6} 7. Nxh8 {3} d5 {13} 8. exd5 {9} Nd4 {15
} 9. d6 {40} Qxd6 {14} 10. Bf7+ {2} Ke7 {30} 11. c3 {32} Qa6+ {12} 12. c4 {11}
Bg4 {17} 13. Qe2 {Roter Teufel 2 gibt auf 29} Bxe2+ {7} 0-1

Game 2: a draw 7....qe7 is also a book line in this.

1. e4 {6} e5 {3} 2. Nf3 {3} Nc6 {16} 3. Bc4 {10} Nf6 {4} 4. Ng5 {2} Bc5 {13} 5.
Nxf7 {16} Bxf2+ {17} 6. Kxf2 {2} Nxe4+ {3} 7. Kg1 {30} Qh4 {9} 8. g3 {27} Nxg3
{7} 9. hxg3 {20} Qxg3+ {5} 10. Kf1 {4} d6 {12} 11. Qh5 {18} Qf4+ {17} 12. Ke1 {
52} Qg3+ {10} 13. Kf1 {8} Qf4+ {10} 14. Ke1 {12} Qg3+ {19} 15. Kf1 {
(Lag: Av=0.68s, max=1.8s) 8} 1/2-1/2

Game 3

1. e4 {2} e5 {2} 2. Nf3 {21} Nc6 {3} 3. Bc4 {14} Nf6 {4} 4. Ng5 {3} Bc5 {4} 5.
Nxf7 {10} Bxf2+ {9} 6. Kxf2 {5} Nxe4+ {4} 7. Ke1 {8} Qh4+ {7} 8. g3 {17} Nxg3 {
4} 9. hxg3 {19} Qxh1+ {4} 10. Ke2 {1} Nd4+ {4} 11. Kd3 {13} Qxd1

From Friday Night Chess Club what I should of played on move nine according to Fritz
I lost this one.

Game 4

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5.
Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7. Ke3 Qh4 8. Qf3 Nf6 9. Bb3 Ng4+ 10. Kd3 Nf2+ 11. Ke3
Nxh1 12. Nxh8 Qe1+ 13. Kd3 Nf2+ 14. Kc3 Nd1+ 15. Kc4 b5+

also, Finished level 20 of ctart


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  • At 7:43 PM, Blogger Loomis said…

    I didn't know a draw was a legal outcome of the traxler. :-)

  • At 3:21 AM, Blogger takchess said…


    You gave me a chuckle . I agree a draw is not very satisfying outcome in the Traxler. Though in the 7 kG1 Qh4 line can be drawish.

    Black can often force this draw.

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7. Kg1 Qh4 8. g3 Nxg3 9. Nxh8 Nd4 10. hxg3 Qxg3+ 11. Kf1 Qf4+ 12. Kg1 Qg3+ 13. Kf1 Qf4+ 1/2-1/2

    I think that is why 7... Qe7 is promoted as an alternative to Qh4 in Heisman Cd which I am investigating.

  • At 5:30 PM, Blogger likesforests said…

    Wow, that's opening's razor-sharp. I tend to play semi-closed games that lead to an endgame. Something like this would be a good surprise to use against a higher-rated opponent.

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