The Borg

What is the Borg? For Star Trek aficionados, they are an evil group of aliens who kidnap indigenous and sentient life forms and enslave them by use of electronic and computer implants.

But for the chess player, it is a dangerous, reply by Black against 1.e4. And when we say dangerous, we mean dangerous for Black, not White.

What makes this opening so bad for Black?

First of all, White can open the game with 1.g4 and Black can’t stop that move. But Black can really only play this move after 1.e4 (Both 1.d4 g5? 2.Bxg5 and 1.Nf3 g5? 2.Nxg5 quickly loses the game for Black).

Secondly, no one have ever claimed that 1.g4 is a good move. And it’s even worse when it is played a move behind for the following reason:

Thirdly, the move 1.g4 severely weakens White and since Black is a move behind, his reply 1…g5 weakens him even more.

But how did Black’s opening 1.e4 g5 get the name, Borg? Well, the move 1.g4 is known as Grob’s Opening. And Borg is Grob spelled backwards.

But this name only took hold after Star Trek, The New Generation introduced the Borg in an episode titled, “Q Who?”, which aired on May 8, 1989.

So maybe there is something to all this.

Back to the original post!

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Borg
1.e4 g5

1) 1.e4 g5
2) 1.e4 g5 2.d4
3) 1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.f4
4) 1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.h4

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Borg-1
1.e4 g5 2.d4

The most common response is 2.d4 and at least threaten the pawn on g5 with his c1-bishop. Black can choose to ignore the threat, not really a good idea at this point in the game.

Escalante-“menapaiolin”
Blitz Game
Yahoo, Jan. 1 2003
1.e4 g5 2.d4 g4? 3.Qxg4 d5 4.Qe2 dxe4 5.Qxe4 Nf6 6.Qd3 Bg4 7.Be2 Bh5?? 8.Bxh5 Nxh5 9.Qb5+ c6 10.Qxh5 -+ Nd7 11.Nc3 e6 12.Bf4 Bb4 13.Nge2 Bxc3+ 14.Nxc3 Qb6 15.O-O-O a5 16.Ne4 a4 17.Nd6+ Kd8

18.Nxf7+ Kc8 19.Nd6+!! (Much better than taking the rook and losing the initiative. Keep the enemy king on the run!) 19… Kd8 20.Qg5+ Nf6 21.Qxf6+ Kd7 22.Qf7+ Kd8 23.Nc4 Qxb2+ 24.Kxb2 b5 25.Bd6 a3+ 26.Kb1 bxc4 27.Qc7+ Ke8 28.Qe7mate 1-0

Alan R. LeCours-Richard Pugh
New York Ch.
Kerhonkson, Aug. 31 2003
1.e4 g5 2.d4 e5?! 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 g4 5.Be3 Nf6 6.Qd2 Nbd7 7.O-O-O Rg8 8.Bd3 a6 9.Nge2 Nc5 10.Ng3 Bd7 11.Kb1 b5 12.Nce2 a5 13.c3 b4 14.c4 a4 15.Nc1 c6 16.f3 Qa5 17.Rhe1 Nb3 18.axb3 a3 19.bxa3
(19…Qxa3 20.Qa2, and White keep his extra piece.) 1-0

Escalante-“Chsstrrrst” (1637)
Blitz Game
chess.com, Jan. 16 2021
1.e4 g5 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Bxg5 Qb6 5.Qc1=
[The chess.com computer says this is an error and suggests the sharper 5.c4, and then the question becomes, can Black reasonably take the b2-pawn with his Queen?

5…Qxb2 6.Nd2, White’s best move, and now:

6…Qxd4?! 7.Ngf3 +/- Qg4 8.cxd5!, and the position between +/- and +- for White.

6…cxd4 7.Bxc4, and White has the advantage.

6…Nc6 7.Rb1 Qxa2 8.Ngf3, and there should be an infinity sign here (which means an unclear position, but I can’t upload that symbol here).]

6.cxd4 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Bg4 8.Nbd2 O-O-O 9.O-O f6 10.exf6 exf6 11.Bf4 h5 12.h3 Bd7 13.Nh4 Nh6? (Better is 13…Ne5 as the move not only stops Ng6, but White can’t open the c-file with c4.) 14.Ng6 +/- Bg7 15.Nxh8 Rxh8 16.Nf3 Nf5 17.Re1 Nb4 18.Qd2 Nxd3 19.cxd3! (Finally, opening the c-file and Black is ill equipped to defend his isolated king on that file.) 19…h4

20.Rac1+ Bc6 (20…Kd8 21.Bc7+ Qxc7 22.Rxc7 Kxc7 23.Qa5+ +-) 21.Qe2 Kd8 22.Qe6 Bd7 23.Qxd5 Ne7 24.Qf7 Bf8 25.Bc7+ Qxc7 26.Rxc7! Kxc7 27.Rxe7 Bxe7 28.Qxe7 Re8 29.Qc5+ Bc6 30.Nxd4 Re5 31.Qc3 a6 32.Nxc6 bxc6 33.d4 Rd5 34.Kf1 a5 35.b4 a4 36.a3 f5 37.Ke2 Kd7 38.Kf3 1-0 (T)

Borg-2
1.e4 g5 2.d4 Bg7

If Black chooses to ignore the Bxg5 threat, he might also want to counter-attack. And he occasionally succeeds.

IM Craig W. Pritchett-IM Michael J. Basman
Great Britain Ch.
Southampton, England, 1986
1.e4 g5 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5!?
(This is an interesting, and possibly even a good, move.) 4.d5 h6 5.h4?! (This is possibly where White starts to go wrong. The position is closed and he should not open it up so soon.) 5…gxh4 6.Nf3 d6 7.Nxh4 Nd7 8.Nf5 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Ne5 10.Bb5+ Kf8 11.Be2 Qa5 12.Kf1 Bxf5 13.exf5 Nf6 14.Rxh6 Kg7 15.Rxh8 Rxh8 16.Kg1 Qxc3 17.Rb1 Ne4 18.Bh5 Qd4 19.Be3 Qxd1+ 20.Bxd1 Nc3 21.Ra1 Nxd5 22.Bc1 b5 23.Bb2 f6 24.Rb1 b4 25.Be2 Nf4 26.Bf1 Rh5 27.Bxe5 fxe5 28.g4 Rg5 29.f3 Kf6 30.a3 a5 31.axb4 axb4 32.Bc4 d5 33.Bf1 Rg8 34.Ra1 Rb8 35.Ra6+ Kg5 36.Ra7 c4 37.Rxe7 b3 38.cxb3 cxb3 0-1

But if White remains flexible, he can often take the pawn and still have enough pieces and space to engineer an attack. There is also the issue of Black trying to win the b2-pawn with his queen.

Vladimir Petrienko-Jan Svatos
Trimex Open
Pardubice, Czech Republic, 1992
1.e4 g5 2.d4 Bg7 3.Bxg5 c5 4.Be3 Qb6 5.Nc3
(Again, we have the question about Black taking the b-pawn with his queen. The biggest counter-threat from White is of course, Nd5. So, again, is it worth for Black to take the b-pawn? According to result of this game, the answer is No.)

5…Qxb2?! 6.Nd5 Kd8 7.Rb1 Qxa2 8.Ra1 Qb2 9.Bc4 cxd4 10.Ra2 dxe3 11.Rxb2 exf2+ 12.Kxf2 Bxb2 13.c3 Nc6 14.Qd2 Ba3 15.Qg5 Bc5+ 16.Ke2 Bd4 17.cxd4 Nxd4+ 18.Kf2 Ne6 19.Qh5 f6 20.Nf3 b6 21.Rd1 Bb7 22.Nxb6 1-0

Gennadi Ginsburg-T. Frey
Neckar Open
Deizisau, Germany, Apr. 6 1998
1.e4 g5 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6?! 4.Bc4 b5 5.Bb3 a5 6.a3 Ba6 7.Qf3 e6 8.e5 d5 9.exd6 Bxd4 10.Ne4 Nd7 11.Ne2 Bg7 12.Bxg5 Qc8 13.O-O c5 14.c4 Bb7 15.cxb5


15…f5? 16.Bxe6 Bxe4 17.Qb3 c4 18.Bxc4 Ngf6 19.f3 Bd5 20.Qe3+ Kf8 21.Qe7+ Kg8 22.Bxd5+ 1-0

Iulia Mashinskaya (2268)-Nikolai Vlassov (2492)
Blitz Game, Chess Planet
Russian Cup, Sept. 7 2004
1.e4 g5 2.d4 Bg7 3.Bxg5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Bc1 cxd4 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bc4 d6 8.O-O Nf6 9.Re1 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.cxd4 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Nxd4 13.Qd1 O-O 14.Nc3 Rac8 15.Bd3 Ne6 16.Nd5 Qd8 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Bh6 Bg7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Re3 Kh8 21.b3 Rc5 22.Bc4 b5 23.Bd5 Nf4 24.Rf3 e5 25.b4 Rc7 26.Bb3 Rg8 27.Rg3 Rxg3 28.fxg3 Ne6 29.Qd5 Nd4 30.Rf1 Nxb3 31.axb3 Kg7 32.Qxb5 Qg5 33.Qd3 Qg6 34.Kh2 h5 35.h4 a6 36.Qxa6 Rc3 37.Rf3 Rc2 38.Qd3 Rc1 39.Rf5 Qe6 40.Rxh5 Qc8 41.Rg5+ Kh7 42.Qf3 1-0

GM Alexandre Dgebuadze-Man Thomanek
Staufer Open
Leinzell, Jan. 2 2011
1.e4 g5 2.d4 Bg7 3.Bxg5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.O-O d6 7.Nbd2 Bg4 8.Be2 Bf6 9.Bxf6 Nxf6 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Bxg4 Rg8 12.Bh3 Rc8 13.c3 Ne6 14.Qa4+ Kf8 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Rad1 Rc5 17.Nf3 b5 18.Qxa7 Qe8 19.e5 Qg6 20.Nh4 Qg5 21.exf6 Qxf6 22.Rd4 Rh5 23.g3 e5 24.Qa8+ Kf7 25.Qd5+ Kf8 26.Rb4 e4 27.Qxe4 1-0

If Black chooses to defend his pawn, his best option is to play 2…h6. White has several moves to counter this defensive move.

Two of the more interesting ways are 3.f4 and 3.h4, with 3.h4 being considered the strongest.

Borg-3
1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.f4

Pablo Michel-Kurt Richter Sr.
Germany Ch.
Bad Oeynhausen, 1938
1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.f4 Bg7 4.c3 gxf4 5.Bxf4 c5 6.dxc5 b6 7.Qg4 Kf8 8.Qg3 Na6 9.cxb6 Qxb6 10.Qf2 Nf6 11.Qxb6 axb6 12.Nf3 Nc5 13.Nbd2 Nfxe4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Be5 Bxe5 16.Nxe5 Rg8 17.Bd3 Nc5 18.O-O Nxd3 19.Nxd3 Ba6 20.Rf3 Rg5 21.b3 Rc8 22.c4 Bb7 23.Rf2 d5 24.Nf4 Kg7 25.cxd5 Bxd5 26.Re1 e6 27.h4 Rg4 28.Nxd5 exd5 29.Ref1 Rc7 1/2-1/2

Lisa Schut (1918)-Jacob Perrenet
Maastricht Limburg Open
The Netherlands, May 26 2007
1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.f4 Bg7 4.fxg5 hxg5 5.Bxg5 c5 6.Be3 Qb6 7.Nc3 cxd4 8.Nd5 dxe3 9.Nxb6 axb6 10.c3 Nf6 11.Bd3 d5 12.Bb5+ Bd7 13.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 14.Ne2 dxe4 15.Nd4 Ra5 16.Qe2 Rg5 17.O-O-O Ne5 18.h4 Nd3+ 19.Kb1 Rc5 20.Nb3 Rc6 21.Qxe3 Bh6 22.Qe2 Rg8 23.Rhf1 Re6 24.Nd4 Nf4 25.Qb5+ Kf8 26.Nxe6+ Nxe6 27.Qxb6 e3 28.Rfe1 Rxg2 29.Rxe3 Bxe3 30.Qxe3 Rh2 31.Qb6 Rxh4 32.Qxb7 Ne4 33.Qb8+ Kg7 34.Rg1+ Kf6 35.Rf1+ Kg7 36.Rg1+ Kf6 37.a4 Nd2+ 38.Kc2 Nf3 39.Rf1 Neg5 40.Qg3 1-0

Borg-4
1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.h4

Georgios Alexopoulos (2249)-Hristos Giannopoulos
Match
Greece, 1969
1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.h4 gxh4 4.Rxh4 e5 5.Nf3 exd4 6.Qxd4 Qf6 7.e5 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Be3 d5 10.exd6 Qf6 11.Re4+ Be6 12.O-O-O Bg7 13.d7+ Kd8

14.Qb6+!! axb6 15.Bxb6+ Ke7 16.d8=Qmate 1-0

Philip Giulian (2295)-Michael Basman (2350)
Troon
Scotland, 1986
1.d4 h6 2.e4 g5 3.h4 g4 4.Qxg4 d5 5.Qe2 dxe4 6.Qxe4 Nf6 7.Qd3 Nc6 8.c3 Qd5 9.Nf3 Rg8 10.Nbd2 Bg4 11.Nc4 O-O-O 12.Ne3 Qd6 13.Nxg4 Nxg4 14.Qf5+ Kb8 15.Bf4 e5 16.Nxe5 Nxd4 17.Nxg4 Nc2+ 18.Qxc2 Qxf4 19.Ne3 Bc5 20.g3 Rxg3 21.fxg3 Qxe3+ 0-1

Marcus Osborne (2233)-Michael Basman (2360)
Great Britain Ch.
Torquay, 1998
1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.h4 g4 4.Qxg4 d5 5.Qf4 dxe4 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 e6 8.Nge2 Nf6 9.Nb5 Na6 10.b3 Bd7 11.Ba3 Bxb5 12.Bxb5+ c6 13.Bxa6 Qa5+ 14.Kf1 Qxa6 15.Bc5 Nd7 16.Rd1 O-O-O 17.Bd6 f5 18.a4 Nf6 19.c4 Nh5 20.Qh2 Qa5 21.c5 Rd7 22.Be5 Qb4 23.Bxg7 Qxb3 24.Ra1 Rxg7 25.Qe5 Rhg8 26.Rh3 Qd5 27.Rb1 f4 28.Rhb3 Qxe5 29.dxe5 Rd8 30.Nc3 Rd4 31.Rb4 Rxb4 32.Rxb4 e3 33.fxe3 fxe3 34.g4 Rf7+ 35.Ke2 Nf4+ 36.Kxe3 Nd5+ 37.Nxd5 cxd5 38.g5 hxg5 39.hxg5 Rg7 40.Rg4 Kd7 41.g6 Ke7 42.Kf4 Kf8 43.Kg5 Kg8 44.Kf6 Rc7 45.Rh4 a5 46.Kxe6 Rxc5 47.Kf6 Rc1 48.e6 Rf1+ 49.Ke7 Kg7 50.Rg4 d4 51.Rxd4 Kxg6 52.Kd7 1-0


Robert Rowley

This week is Robert Rowley’s birthday! He was born Jan. 12 1950, earned his FM title and won the Arizona State Chess Championship a total of eleven times.

Many of his game are based on sound play and tactics making them enjoyable, and understandable, for beginning and intermediate players.

Let’s look a couple of his games.

Robert Rowley-IM Jeremy Silman
World Open
Philadelphia, 1990
[Escalante]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b5 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.O-O Be7

[Also interesting is 5…c5!? GM Ulf Andersson-Ivar Bern, corres., Norwegian 50-Year Postal Jubilee, 1995/6, continued with 6.Bg5 Na6 7.Na3 Nc7 8.c4 b4 9.Nc2 a5 10.e4!! Bxe4 11.Re1 Bxc2 12.Qxc2 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Ra6 (Here Ulf was ready to introduce another nasty tactical trick. 13…Rb8 14.Nc6 dxc6 15.Bxc6+ Ke7 16.Rad1 Qc8 17.Qd2 and the threat of 18.Qd6mate and 18.Qe3! are decisive.) 14.Rad1 h6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Qa4 Bc5 17.Nxe6! (White’s enormous pressure had to be released somehow.) 17…Bxf2+ 18.Kh1 Rxe6 (Or 18…Nxe6 19.Qxd7+ Kf8 20.Qc8+ with a mate in two.) 19.Qxd7+ Kf8 20.Rxe6 Qxe6 21.Qxc7 g6 22.Rf1 (Ivar Bern decided to save his stamps due to 22…Bb6 23.Qb7 f5 24.Rd1 and the treat 25.c5 puts a period to Andersson’s little masterpiece.) 1-0 – notes to this game by Inside Chess.]

6.Qd3 a6 7.c4 bxc4 8.Qxc4 O-O 9.Nc3 Qc8!? (This move does have other purposes other than protecting the b7-bishop. It takes the queen out of the possible pin after Bg5 and supports queenside play. Finally, Black is not committed to …d6, even though that is the right move for the d-pawn. He can still …d5 if the position warrants it.)10.Bg5 d6 (Well, there goes the ..d5 plans.) 11.Rac1 Nbd7 12.Na4 Bd8 13.Nd2 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Rb8 15.Qc6 Rb4 16.Rc4 Rxc4 17.Nxc4 Be7 18.Rc1 Nb8 19.Ncb6 Nxc6 20.Nxc8 Rxc8 21.Rxc6 h6 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.e3 a5 24.b3 Bd8 25.Kf3 Ra8 26.Nc3 Kf8 27.e4 Ke7 28.Ke3 Kd7 29.d5 f5 30.f3 fxe4 31.fxe4 Bg5+ 32.Kd3 Rf8 33.Nb5 Bd8 34.Nd4 exd5 35.exd5 Rf1 36.Rc2 Rd1+ 37.Kc4 Bf6 38.Nc6 Re1 39.a4 h5 40.b4 (40.Nxa5 works just as good, and perhaps a little better than the text, in creating an a-pawn passer.) 40…axb4 41.Nxb4 Ra1 42.Kb5 Bd4 43.a5 Bc5 44.Nc6 Rd1 45.Kc4 Re1 46.a6 Re8 47.Ra2 Kc8 48.Kb5 Bb6 49.Ra4 g5 50.h4 g4 51.Rf4 Rh8 52.Rf5 Bc5 53.Kc4 Bg1 54.Kd3 Bh2

55.Rf1 1-0 (As Rb1 and Rb8 cannot be stopped.)

Rowley-Hurdle
Phoenix FIDE Futurity
Arizona, 1980
[Hurdle, “Games from the Phoenix FIDE Futurity”, Chess Life, Aug. 1981]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.f4 Nbd7 7.e5 dxe5 8.fxe5 Nxe5 9.Bf4! (A move that appears to refute this variation – Escalante.)


9…Nfd7 (Moving the knight on e5 is embarrassing after Nbd5.) 10.Bb5 Bg7 11.Qe2 O-O 12.O-O-O a6 13.Bxd7 (Any retreat by this Bishop allows Black to begin his attack with …b5. Very interesting is 13.Bxe5 Nxe5 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.Rxd8 Rfxd8 where Black has Rook, Bishop, and pawn plus pressure for the Queen. The position would be fairly equal but Black can improve with 13.Bxe5 Bxe5 14.Bxd7 Bf4+, keep the pawn.) 13…Nxd7 14.Bg5 Qb6! 15.Qxe7! Bxd4 16.Rxd4 Qxd4 17.Bh6 Qf6 (Now White is down an entire Rook but he has all the play. This is the critical position of the game, and perhaps 17…b5 wins. If 18.Rd1 Qf6 19.Bxf8 Qf4+ 20.Kb1 Nxf8 21.Rd8 Bb7 22.Qxf8#. So perhaps 21…Qh6 22.Nd5 Bb7 23.Nf6+ Kh8 24.Qxf7 Qg7 and Black holds. Rowley suggested 21.Nd5! Qh6 22.Nf6+ Kh8 23.Qe4!, and then 23…Rb8 24.Qe5 Ra8 25.Qd4, in either case setting up a winning discovery. Of course, Black could abandon the Rook and counter attack the Knight. For example, 23…Ra7 24.Qd4 Qg7 25.Qxa7 Qxf6 and it’s still a hard fight. Back to the game.) 18.Bxf8 Qf4+ 19.Kb1 Nxf8 20.Nd5 Qf5 (Defending the Bishop. If Black tries 20…Qh6?, then 21.Nb6 Rb8 22.Qc7 leads to disaster on the Queenside.) 21.Nf6+ Kg7 22.Ne8+ Kg8  1/2-1/2

Is There a Goddess of Chess?

In a short answer, yes.

The game which has been described as a game of skill, where players rely on memory, tactics, long winded strategies, good moves, and healthy diet (it helps – believe me), leaving nothing to chance or clairvoyance, does allow, and sometimes even encourage, supernatural intervention. (I have seen players pray before a game.)

Before we start, let me introduce you to Caïssa, the goddess of chess, who showers her favors on prodigies and like Nike (the goddess of victory), occasionally smiles on lower rated.

No one has ever seen Caïssa, but she is around, esp. when chess is being played. Here is one interpretation, but she can also be found on the chessboard itself.

Now it is possible for both players to error in a game. And yet one player still emerges with a win. The goddess always wants to reward the player who willing to take a chance.

“createsure”-Escalante
Thematic Tournament – Practice The French (U1900) – Round 2
chess.com, 2020/1
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.exd5 exd5 (A cross between the Tarrasch and the Exchange variations of the French. It gives White a small advantage and is usually played when one is content with a draw.) 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.Ne2 O-O 7.O-O Re8 8.c4 c6 9.Re1 Bxh2+?! (I was hoping for a quick win here with the classical bishop sac on the kingside. However, this move is an error as White has some very beneficial knights to keep his king safe.) 10.Kxh2 Ng4+ 11.Kg3!

[And Black is facing the prospect of a quick loss after a bad sacrifice and a pair of equally bad hallucinations. Obviously moving back to g1 leads to an early mate. But this is the illusion. White wins after 11.Kg1 Qh4 12.Nf3 Qxf2+ 13.Kg1, with the idea of Rf1. I had considered 11.Kg3 and knew it was usually a bad king move as it leads directly to a fun king hunt for the attacking player. I didn’t consider the move was worth studying. But I should have! 11…Qd6+ leads to either 12.f4 Re3+ 13.Kh4 Qh6#, or the better 12.Nf4! Rxe1 (else 13.Rxe8+) 13.Qxe1g5 14.Qe8+ Kg7 and it is White who wins after 15.Nb3.] 11…Qg5 (Now the values of 12.f4 and 12.Nf4 switch places. 12.Nf4 is not good because 12…Ne3+ 13.Kf3 Bg4+ 14.Kg3 Bxd1+ 15.Kh2 Qxf4+ 16.g3 Qxf2+. But 12.f4 Re3+ 13.Nf3 wins!) 12.Qb3?? (White, after facing the threats, both real and illusionary, unbelievably blunders, and allows Black to finish the game with ease.) 12…Ne3+ -+ 13.Kf3 Qg4mate 0-1

Gods and goddesses have always encouraged not just good behavior, but also good health.

In the following game, my inebriated opponent came to the board red-eyed and reeking of alcohol. It didn’t help him, but it helped in keeping me awake as I find alcohol disagreeable in smell, in taste and by ingestion. Did I mention this was a night game?

Gomez Baillo-Escalante
US Open
Los Angeles, CA 1991
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.d4 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.cxd4 Be6 13.Nc3 c6 14.Qh5?! (Does White actually believe his premature queen sortie is going to lead to a quick mate? Maybe the alcohol is taking it’s toll as my opponent is playing about 200 pints below his rating. I have a reasonable excuse for my weaker moves; I am 200 points below my opponent’s rating. But I’m sober and that is an advantage in chess.) 14…Qd7!? (Black could play 14…Nf6, but I like my knight just where it is!)  15.Nxd5 (It stands to reason that if I like my knight just where it is, then my opponent does not like my knight where it is. Black has a slight disadvantage.) 15…cxd5 16.Bc2 g6 17.Qe5?! (17.Qe2 was better.) 17…Bd6 (With this simple move, Black now gains a slight advantage.) 18.Qg5 Be7 19.Qh6 (White is fixated on a kingside mating strategy. Tunnel vision helps see deep in a position. But this is not the only part of the board. Other ideas and strategies are emerging.) 19…Bf6 20.Bg5 Bg7 21.Qh4 Bf5 22.Rac1 Rac8 23.Bxf5 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Qxf5 25.g4 Qe4 26.Be3 Bxd4 27.Bh6 Re8 28.Bg5 Bxb2 29.Qh6 Bxc1 (Black misses 29.Qxg4+! -+. But he finds it the next move.) 30.Bxc1 Qxg4+ 31.Kf1 Qe2+ 0-1

Creating Your Own Personal Chess Wallpaper

Now that we are starting a new year, it’s time to start creating new.

I am assuming you have a laptop, phone or tablet. Let’s spice up the appearance of your device.

First of all, we have to decide what device we are going working on.

A laptop’s wallpaper is going to be layout pattern with basically a 3 x 2 ratio.

A phone’s wallpaper is going to be portrait layout pattern with basically a 2 x 3 ratio.

The following directions are set up for designing on a laptop. If you are creating a wallpaper for your phone, change Right to Top, and Left to Bottom.

Now create a totally white layer on PhotoShop (you can use other image editors, I’m not picky). This will serve a background. Label this as Layer 1.

Now the subject matter.

Since both you and I love chess (at least you are reading this blog), let’s start with a game.

Now, most players would readily advertise a game they won, and I suggest you do the same here.

First make sure your game has no errors in the score or in the notes (you did annotate it, didn’t you? If not, a few notes will make your game stand out even more.)

Copy Layer 1 (the background). Now crop it so that is approximately 45 percent of the width of Layer 1. Call this new Layer 2.

Increase your font size of your game and use the enter key as necessary so that the game score (plus your notes) fits neatly into your Layer 2. You could also use a text box to do the same.  Check which option is best for your creation. This, believe it, or not, is probably, the hardest part.

Oh! One more thing – make the color of your game score something other than white – you do want to show off your game!

Now, create a diagram, of the winning position, or any other that shows a winning, or surprise move.

I use Linares chess fonts which I purchased back in the 1990s. But there are others on the Internet you can download, some even for free.

You are going to be repeating a step here.

Again, create a copy of Layer 1. Crop it so that is approximately 45 percent of the width of Layer 1. Call this new Layer 3.

Move Layer 2 to the left side of the Layer 1.

Move Layer 3 to the right side of the Layer 1.

Now adjust the size, placement, and colors of all three layers to get a wallpaper to your taste (yes, this sounds like something out of a cookbook).  

Garnish with any else you might want to add. For example, an emoji, a smiling face, or tournament bulletin or ad, might just add something to your overall design.

Save your file as a PSD (so you can easily change it later) and then as a JPEG so you can show it off.

Have fun!

PS – I included mine to share. You can also do the same. Let’s create! =)

A Fischer Defence

If you ask chess players what was Fischer’s defence against 1.d4, most would say the King’s Indian Defence (KID). A few would also say the Gruenfeld as well (remember the “Game of the Century” they might yell out).

But Fischer also had a third option, one which he used for surprise and special occasions. That defence is known as the Benoni and is characterized as 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5. Black intends to strike on the queenside and is willing to sacrifice a pawn to gain a powerful attacking position from that side of the board.

Some games from the Great One.

GM Pomar-GM Fischer
Havana Ol.
Cuba, 1966
[Note: Fischer had to play all his games in this event by telephone due to US restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba. Consequently, all his games took longer to finish than most of the others.]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.f4 O-O 9.Nf3 Re8 10.Nd2 c4 11.Bf3 Nbd7 12.O-O b5 13.Kh1 a6 14.a4 Rb8 15.axb5 axb5 16.e5 dxe5 17.Nde4 Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Nf6 19.d6 Be6 20.Nc5 e4 21.Nxe4 Nxe4 22.Bxe4 Qb6 23.f5 gxf5 24.Bc2 Qd4 25.Qh5 Qg4 26.Qxg4 fxg4 27.Bg5 Bxb2 28.Rad1 b4 29.d7 Red8 30.Ba4 b3 31.Rfe1 Kg7 32.Bxd8 Rxd8 33.Rd6 Bf6 34.Red1 Bg5 35.Rb6 h6 36.Rc6 Ra8 37.Bb5 Bxd7 38.h4 Bxc6 39.Bxc6 c3 40.hxg5 c2 41.gxh6+ Kh8 0-1

Miguel Cuellar-GM Fischer
Sousse Izt.
Tunisia, 1967
[Hans Kmoch, “Games from Recent Events”, Chess Review, Jan. 1968.]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Bg5
(Recent experiences with this move are discouraging.) 8…h6 9.Bf4 g5 10.Bc1 (Understandably, White dislikes both trading the Bishop for Knight by 10.Bg3 Nh5 or 10.Be3 Ng4 and 10.Bd2 interfering with his intended Nd2. So the Bishop has, if one may put it so, achieved a but less than nothing.) 10…O-O 11.Nd2 Nbd7 12.Be2 Ne5 13.Nf1 (Apparently hoping to exploit the hole on f5, White again loses time. He ought to castle instead.) 13…b5 (An excellent pawn sacrifice. Here Fischer shows his extra sense for grasping any attacking possibility.) 14.Bxb5 (Declining the sacrifice by 14.Ng3 is no better because of 14…Qa5! 15.O-O and Black has either 15…b4 16.Nb1 c4 17.Nd2 c3 18.bxc3 bxc3 etc., or 15…Bd7 followed possibly by 16.a4 b4 17.Nb1 c4 18.Nd2 Rfc8 19.Qc2 Qc5 etc.) 14…Qa5 15.Ng3 (Black wins on 15.Bd3 Nxd3+ 16.Qxd3 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Bxc3+ 18.Bd2 Bxd2+ 19.Nxd2 Ba6.) 15…c4 16.O-O Rb8 17.Qa4 Qxa4 18.Bxa4 Nd3 (The swap of Queens has changed the situation, but little. Black has a strong initiative for his Pawn.) 19.Bb5 (A better defense is 19.Rb1 Then 19…Ng4 threatens 20…Bxc3 but is met by 20.Bc2.) 19…Ng4 20.Nge2 Nxc1 21.Raxc1 Ne5 22.b3 cxb3 23.axb3 a6 24.Ba4 Nd3 25.Rc2 f5 26.Ng3 (White makes matters worse: 26.exf5 Bxf5 27.Rd2 is necessary.) 26…f4! 27.Nge2 f3 28.Ng3 fxg2 29.Kxg2 Bg4! (Now Black has positional advantages which must win one way or another.)

30.Nf5 (White loses a piece: but the plausible 30.f3 also loses quickly because of 30…Bxf3+! and 31.Kh3 31…Nf4# or 31.Rxf3 Ne1+ or 31.Kg1 Bd4+ etc. 30.Nd1 may hold out longer but not really for long.) 30…Nf4+ 31.Kg3 (There is no difference after 31.Kg1 but 31.Kh1 allows mate in two.) 31…Bxf5 32.exf5 Bxc3 33.Kf3 (Or 33.Rxc3 Ne2+, and the damage amounts to a full Rook.) 33…Be5 34.Ke4 Rb4+ 35.Rc4 Rfb8 36.f6 Kf7 37.Kf5 Rxc4 38.bxc4 Ne2 39.Re1 Nd4+ 40.Kg4 h5+ 41.Kh3 Kxf6 0-1

Damjanovic-GM Fischer
Buenos Aires, 1970
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 g6 6.e4 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 O-O 10.Qd2 Be6 11.f3 Rc8 12.Nd5 Nd7 13.O-O Nc5 14.Rac1 a5 15.b3 Bxd5 16.cxd5 Qb6 17.Rc4 Qa7 18.Rc2 Bh6 19.f4 Rc7 20.g3 b6 21.Rfc1 Bg7 22.Bb5 Qa8 23.Qe2 e5 24.dxe6 fxe6 25.Rd1 Rd8 26.Bd4 Bxd4+ 27.Rxd4 e5 28.fxe5 dxe5 29.Rxd8+ Qxd8 30.Bc4+ Kg7 31.Bd5 Nd7 32.Qf2 Rxc2 33.Qxc2 b5 34.Kg2 b4 35.Qc6 Nf6 36.Kf3 Qd7 37.Qxd7+ Nxd7 38.Ke3 Kf6 39.Kd3 Nb6 40.Bc6 Ke7 41.h4 h6 42.Ke3 Nc8 43.Kd3 Nd6 44.Ke3 Kd8 45.Kd3 Kc7 46.Ba4 Kb6 47.Ke3 Kc5 48.Bd7 Kb6 49.Ba4 Kc7 50.Kd3 Kd8 51.Bc6 Ke7 52.Ke3 Ke6 53.Kf3 Kf6 54.g4 g5 55.h5 Ke7 56.Ke3 Kd8 57.Kd3 Kc7 58.Ba4 Kb6 59.Bd7 Kc5 60.Ba4 Nc8 61.Be8 Ne7 62.Ke3 Ng8 63.Bd7 Nf6 64.Bf5 Kb5 65.Kd3 a4 66.bxa4+ Kxa4 67.Kc4 Ka3 68.Kc5 Kxa2 69.Kxb4 Kb2 70.Kc5 Kc3 71.Kd6 Kd4 72.Ke6 Nxe4 73.Kf7 Nf2 74.Kg6 e4 75.Kxh6 e3 76.Kg7 e2 77.h6 e1=Q 0-1

GM Reshevsky-GM Fischer
Palma de Mallorca, 1970
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.e3 Ne4 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.Be2 O-O 10.O-O a6 11.f4 d6 12.f5 exf5 13.Nxf5 Bxf5 14.Qxf5 Nd7 15.Bf3 Qc7 16.Rb1 Rab8 17.Bd5 Nf6 18.Ba3 Rfe8 19.Qd3 Nxd5 20.cxd5 b5 21.e4 Bf8 22.Rb4 Re5 23.c4 Rbe8 24.cxb5 axb5 25.Kh1 Qe7 26.Qxb5 Rxe4 27.Rxe4 Qxe4 28.Qd7 Qf4 29.Kg1 Qd4+ 30.Kh1 Qf2 0-1

GM Spassky-GM Fischer
World Ch.
Reykjavík, Iceland, 1972
Game #3
[This was the first time ever that Fischer beat Spassky in a game. Immediately following this victory Fischer went on a rampage to win the title.]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Nd2 Nbd7 8.e4 Bg7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 Re8 11.Qc2 Nh5!?
(A seemingly antipositional move allows White to shatter Black’s kingside pawn structure, but Fischer’s attack proves to be unstoppable as Spassky could not find all the right moves.)

12.Bxh5 gxh5

[It is difficult to state what is the best move for White here. One try is 13.h3 h4 14.a4, placing some pressure on the wings.

Vladimir Burmakin (2493)-Sergey Kravtsov (2406), Russian Cup, Tula, 2001 continued with 14.a4 Kh8!? 15.f4 f5 16.Nf3 fxe4 17.Ng5 Bd4+ 18.Kh1 Qf6 19.f5 e3 20.Nce4 Rxe4 21.Nxe4 Qh6 22.Ra3 Nb6 23.Rxe3 Bxe3 24.Qc3+ Qg7 25.f6 Qf8 26.Qxe3 Nxd5 27.Qd3 Nb4 28.Qxd6 Qxd6 29.Nxd6 Bd7 30.Bh6 1-0

and

Aleksey Ivlev (2259)-Daniil Yuffa (2527), Russia Blitz Ch., Sochi, Oct. 2 2017 continued instead with 13.Nf3 (On the whole, this looks like a better move than 13.h3 as above.) 13…Ne5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.Ne2 h4 16.Bf4 Bxf4 17.Nxf4 Qg5 18.g3 h3 19.f3 Bd7 20.Rae1 h5 21.Kh1 Re7 -/+ 22.Nd3 Rae8 23.e5 Bf5 24.f4 Qg6 25.Re3 dxe5 26.fxe5 Bxd3 27.Qxd3 Qxd3 28.Rxd3 Rxe5 29.d6 Re2 30.Rd5 Rf2 31.Rg1 0-1.]

13.Nc4 Ne5 14.Ne3 Qh4 15.Bd2 (15.Ne2!? was possible – Zaitsev) 15…Ng4 16.Nxg4 hxg4 17.Bf4 Qf6 18.g3 Bd7 19.a4 b6 20.Rfe1 a6 21.Re2 b5 22.Rae1 Qg6 23.b3 Re7 24.Qd3 Rb8 25.axb5 axb5 26.b4 c4 27.Qd2 Rbe8 28.Re3 h5 29.R3e2 Kh7 30.Re3 Kg8 31.R3e2 Bxc3 32.Qxc3 Rxe4 33.Rxe4 Rxe4 34.Rxe4 Qxe4 35.Bh6 Qg6 36.Bc1 Qb1 37.Kf1 Bf5 38.Ke2 Qe4+ 39.Qe3 Qc2+ 40.Qd2 Qb3 41.Qd4 Bd3+! 0–1

GM Boris Spassky-GM Fischer
World Ch.?*
Sveti Stefan & Belgrade
Yugoslavia, Oct. 10 1992
Game 16
[* – This event is not universally recognized as World Championship by FIDE, the USCF and most other international and national chess organizations. To be fair, this event would be best characterized as an exhibition match. For more information, consult the various Inside Chess issues that covered this event in greater detail. Now on to the game!]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e4 Bg7 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 Qa5 9.Bd3 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 Qxc3+ 12.Kf1 f5 13.Rc1 Qf6 14.h4 g4 15.Bd3 f4 16.Ne2 fxg3 17.Nxg3 Rf8 18.Rc2 Nd7 19.Qxg4 Ne5 20.Qe4 Bd7 21.Kg1 O-O-O 22.Bf1 Rg8 23.f4 Nxc4 24.Nh5 Qf7 25.Qxc4 Qxh5 26.Rb2 Rg3 27.Be2 Qf7 28.Bf3 Rdg8 29.Qb3 b6 30.Qe3 Qf6 31.Re2 Bb5 32.Rd2 e5 33.dxe6 Bc6 34.Kf1 Bxf3 0-1

The Three Pawns Gambit

A couple of decades ago I was reading a short story titled, “The Three Pawns Gambit”. It featured mysticism and the usual crazy chess hero.

But what is the Three Pawns Gambit? Does is lead to insanity? Or, perhaps more important to the average chess player, can you win with it?

Let’s look into it.

To get to the starting point of the three pawn gambit (3PG), you have to begin with the Kings’ Gambit Accepted (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4). Then we move onto the Cunningham 3.Nf3 Be7). And then onto one of the many main lines of the Cunningham with 4.Bc4 Bh4+)

And now White usually continues with 5.Kf1.

If White continues instead with 5.g3, then we have reached with position that leads to the 3PG.

Now, wait, you might say, “White has only gambitted only one pawn, not three.

You are correct. But Black almost always takes the second pawn with 5…fxg3. And why not? He is ahead by two pawns and is ready to invade White’s kingside with his pieces.

And now White castles with 6.O-O, offering up a third pawn.

Let’s review all the moves so far as we’ll proceed rapidly from this point.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O

Black does not have to take the third pawn. He can decline a number of ways. But surprisingly, he doesn’t score that well.

The best move to decline the third pawn is with 6…d5. But that does not guarantee victory.

Three Pawns Gambit-1
3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O

J. Lutes-Connors
Illinois Open, 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.d4 O-O 8.Bxh6 gxh6 9.hxg3 Bxg3 10.Qd2 d5 11.Bxd5 Qd6 12.Nc3 Bf4 13.Qg2+ Kh8 14.e5 Qg6 15.Be4 Qh5 16.Kf2 Rg8 17.Qxg8+ Kxg8 18.Rh1 Bg3+ 19.Kxg3 Qg4+ 20.Kf2 Qf4 21.Nd5 1-0

M.C. Martinez-J.J. Barreto, 1983
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Qe7 7.Bxf7+ Kd8 8.Nc3 c6 9.d4 Nh6 10.hxg3 Nxf7 11.Nxh4 d6 12.Qh5 g6 13.Qf3 Ng5 14.Bxg5 Qxg5 15.Qf6+ Qxf6 16.Rxf6 Ke7 17.Raf1 Bf5 18.exf5 Kxf6 19.fxg6+ Ke6 20.Re1+ Kd7 21.g7 Rg8 22.Nf5 d5 23.Re7+ Kd8 24.Rxb7 Nd7 25.Na4 Kc8 26.Rb3 Kc7 27.Re3 Rae8 28.Rf3 Re6 29.b3 Rf6 30.Kg2 Re6 31.c4 Re2+ 32.Kh3 dxc4 33.bxc4 Rxa2 34.Nc3 Ra1 35.d5 Ne5 36.Rf4 Re1 37.dxc6 Nxc6 38.Nd5+ Kd8 39.Nf6 Rxg7 40.Nxg7 a5 41.Nd5 Kd7 42.c5 Ne5 43.Rf6 Rc1 44.Rd6+ Kc8 45.Ne6 h5 46.Ne7+ Kb8 47.Rb6+ 1-0

Vjekoslav Vulevic-W. Seibel
San Bernardino, 1985
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.hxg3 Bxg3 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 O-O 10.Bxh6 gxh6 11.Qd2 Qd6 12.Qg2 Kh8 13.Nc3 Rg8 14.Kh1 Qg6 15.Nh2 Rg7 16.Bxf7 Qd6 17.e5 Qxd4 18.Rad1 Qh4 19.Bb3 Nd7 20.e6 Nf6 21.Rd8+ Ng8 22.Rff8 Qg5 23.Ne4 1-0

Eric Cooke-Mark Dutton
Philadelphia, 1991
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.d4 Rf8 8.Nc3 d6 9.e5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 gxh6 12.exd6 gxh2+ 13.Kh1 cxd6 14.Bb5+ Nd7 15.Qe2+ Be7 16.Nd5 f5 17.Re1 Rf7 18.Qe6 a6 19.Nxe7 axb5 20.Ng6+ Re7 21.Nxe7 Nf8 22.Qxf5 Qa5 23.Nc6+ Qxe1+ 24.Nxe1 bxc6 25.a3 Nd7 26.Qe6+ 1-0

Newton-V. Jurgenson, 1994
[Escalante]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d6
(6…gxh2+ is considered best. But no matter how good accepting a sacrifice, some players will still decline it.) 7.Bxf7+ (White says, “So if Black won’t take my pawn, he might not take my bishop”. Actually taking the bishop is dangerous due to 7…Kxf7 8.Nxh4+.) 7…Kd7 8.e5 gxh2+ 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.e6+ Ke7 11.Nxh4 Bxe6 12.Bxe6 Kxe6 13.Qg4+ Kd5 14.Nc3+ Kc5 15.d4+ [Interesting is 15.Rf5+!? Kb6 (better, but still leading to mate is 15…Ne5 16.d4+ Kc6 17.d5+ Kd7 18.Rxe5#) 16.Rb5+ Ka6 17.Qa4+ Na5 18.Qxa5#.] 15…Kb6 16.d5 Nf6 17.Be3+ Ka6 18.Qc4+ 1-0

Arnaud Jossien (2040-Yann Thevenet (2140)
France Open Ch. A, 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.d4 d6 8.Bxh6 gxh6 9.Bxf7+ Kd7 10.e5 c6 11.d5 dxe5 12.Nc3 Bg5 13.dxc6+ Kxc6 14.Nxe5+ Kb6 15.Nd5+ Ka6 16.Qd3+ b5 17.a4 Bd7 18.Nb4+ Kb6 19.Qd4+ 1-0

Paul Rusan (2225)-Carmen Voican Sandu
Romania Ch., ½ Final
Tusnad, 2000
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O g2 7.Kxg2 Nh6 8. d4 O-O 9.Nc3 d5 10.Nxd5 c6 11.Nf4 Bg4 12.Be3 Qe7 13.h3 Bxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Nd7 15.Nh5 Bg5 16.Bg1 Rfe8 17.Rae1 g6 18.Ng3 c5 19.c3 cxd4 20.cxd4 Rac8 21. Bb3 Kg7 22.e5 Bh4 23.Be3 Bxg3 24.Qxg3 Ng8 25.Bd2 Nb6 26.Bc3 Red8 27.Qf3 Nh6 28.d5 Nf5 29.d6 Nh4+ 30.Kh1 Nxf3 31.dxe7 Nxe1 32.e6+ 1-0

Ferenc Frink (2203)-Istvan Toplak
Hungary Open Ch.
Zalakaros, 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Qe7 7.Bxf7+ Kd8 8.Nc3 c6 9.d4 Nh6 10.hxg3 Nxf7 11.Nxh4 g6 12.Qf3 Ng5 13.Qg4 Ne6 14.d5 Qc5+ 15.Kh2 Rf8 16.Bh6 Rf2+ 17.Ng2 Nf8 18.Qh4+ Ke8 19.d6 g5 20.Rxf2 Ng6 21.Rf8+ Nxf8 22.Qh5+ Ng6 23.Rf1 Qxd6 24.Rf8+ Qxf8 25.Bxf8 Kxf8 26.Qxh7 Ne7 27.e5 Na6 28.Ne4 d5 29.exd6 Nd5 30.Qh8+ Kf7 31.Nxg5+ 1-0

“sillygambits”-N.N.
Internet Game 2017?
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O g2 7.Kxg2 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4+ Ke8 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Nxg6 Nf6 12.Rxf6 Qxf6 13.Nxh8+ Kd8 14.d3 Qxh8 15.Bg5+ Kd7 16.Qf7+ Kc6 17.Bf6 1-0

Three Pawns Gambit-2
3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5

D. Biggs-G. Benner
Columbus, OH, 1962
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 c6 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.Bxg8 Kxg8 10.Qe2 Bg4 11.Qc4+ 1-0

Attila Horvath (2085)-Imre Matyas
Hungary University Ch.
Budapest, Apr. 19 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Bf6 9.d4 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.e5 Be7 13.c4 Nd7 14.Nc3 Nb6 15.b3 Qd7 16.Ng5 Nh6 17.Qh5+ Kd8 18.Nce4 Kc7 19.Nc5 Bxc5 20.dxc5 Nc8 21.Be3 Nf5 22.Rxf5 exf5 23.e6 g6 24.Qxh2+ 1-0

Attila Horvath (2096)-Robert Veress (2225)
Cerbona Open
Kaposvar, July 13 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4 Qd4+ 10.Kg2 Qxe4+ 11.Nf3 gxh2 12.d3 Qg4+ 13.Kh1 Re8 14.c3 Kg8 15.Rf2 Nbd7 16.Rg2 Qe6 17.Bf4 b6 18.Nbd2 Bb7 19.Kxh2 Qf5 20.Bxc7 Ng4+ 21.Kg1 Ne3 22.Rg5 Qxd3 23.Qa4 Nc5 24.Qh4 Ne6 25.Ne5 Qxd2 26.Rg3 Nf5 0-1

Jose Maria Cazorla Alvesa-
Jose Ramon Rodriguez Marcos
Benidorm Open B, 2002
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nf3 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4 Qd4+ 10.Kh1 Qxe4+ 11.Nf3 Rf8 12.d3 g2+ 13.Kxg2 Bh3+! 14.Kg1 Qg4+ 15.Kf2 Qg2+ 16.Ke3 Re8+ 17.Kd4 Qg4+ 18.Kc3 Nd5+ 0-1

Emery Peterson (2170)-Tri Hoang (2095)
First Saturday, FM
Budapest, Sept.2002
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4 Qd4+ 10.Kg2 Qxe4+ 11.Nf3 gxh2 12.Nc3 Qg6+ 13.Kh1 Re8 14.Nd5 Qg3 15.Nxf6 gxf6 16.d4 Kg8 17.Nxh2 Kh8 18.Bf4 Qh4 19.Qf3 Bf5 20.Bg3 Qe4 21.Kg1 Qxf3 22.Rxf3 Bxc2 23.Rxf6 Nc6 24.Rc1 Nxd4 25.Kf2 Re2+ 26.Kg1 Rg8 27.Nf1 Be4 28.Rf4 Rg2+ 29.Kh1 Re2+ 30.Rxe4 Rxe4 31.Rc4 h5 32.Rxd4 Rxd4 33.Be5+ Kh7 34.Bxd4 Rg4 35.Bc3 Kg6 36.Kh2 h4 37.Ne3 Re4 38.Ng2 Kh5 39.Kh3 Rg4 40.Be1 Rd4 41.Bxh4 Rd2 42.Nf4+ Kh6 43.Bf6 Rd6 44.Be5 Rc6 45.Kg4 a6 46.Kf5 b5 47.Ne6 a5 48.Bxc7 a4 49.a3 Rc4 50.Bd6 Rc2 51.Be5 Rf2+ 52.Ke4 Kg6 53.Bc3 Rf7 54.Nd4 Rb7 55.Kd5 Kf7 56.Kc6 Re7 57.Kxb5 Ke8 58.Kxa4 Kd7 59.b4 Kc7 60.Kb5 Kb7 61.a4 Re3 62.Kc4 Kb6 63.a5+ Kb7 64.b5 Rh3 65.Nc6 Rh6 66.Kc5 Rh1 67.a6+ Ka8 68.b6 Rh5+ 69.Kd6 Rd5+ 70.Ke7 Rd7+ 71.Ke8 Rh7 72.Ne7 Rh6 73.b7+ Ka7 74.Bd4+ 1-0

Tomas Ramos Orea-Leopoldo Suarez Prieto (1872)
Internacional Patrimon Open
Alcala de Henares, Oct. 9 2007
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Bh3! 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.d4 g2 10.Rf2 Bxf2+ 11.Kxf2 Nf6 12.Nc3 Ng4+ 13.Kg3 Qf6 14.Bg5 Qxf7 15.Kxh3 Nf2+ 0-1

It seems that Black, having the attack, also has gaps that are not easy to cover.

So, what to do?

Most of the time Black takes the third pawn as he doesn’t have to worry about any White attack for at least another move.

Three Pawns Gambit-3
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1

Von Bilguer-Mayet
Berlin, 1838
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4+ Nf6 10.d4 Bh3 11.Rf3 Bg4 12.Rxf6+ Qxf6 13.Qxg4 Qf1+ 14.Kxh2 Qxc1 15.Nc3 Qxa1 16.Qf5+ Ke8 17.Qc8+ Ke7 18.Qxc7+ Ke8 19.Qc8+ Kf7 20.Qxb7+ Ke8 21.Nf5 1-0

J.L. Van Eck-C. Tinholt
corres., 1869
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Bh5 b5 11.d4 b4 12.Ne5 g6 13.Nf7+ Ke8 14.Qg4 Bf6 15.Nxh8 Bxh8 16.e5 Qe6 17.Qf3 Bg7 18.d5 cxd5 19.Nxd5 Na6 20.Bg4 Qxg4 1-0

J. Krejcik-Deutsch
Olomouc prosinec, 1906
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bg3 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke6 10.Qg4+ Kd6 11.Nc4+ Kc5 12.d4+ Kxc4 13.Qe2+ Kxd4 14.Qd3+ Kc5 15.Be3+ Kb4 16.a3+ Ka5 17.b4+ Ka4 18.Nc3mate 1-0

Savanto-Molder
Helsinki, 1950
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Be7 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke6 10.Qg4+ Kxe5 11.Qf5+ Kd6 12.Qd5mate 1-0

J. Lutes-Koehl
Columbus, OH, 1961
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke8 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Nxg6 Nd7 12.Nxh8+ Ke7 13.Qf7mate 1-0

I. Zarcula-Calugaru
Timisoara, 1965
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.d4 Bg3 10.Ng5 d5 11.Rxf7 Qb4 12.Bxd5 cxd5 13.Nxd5 Bg4 14.Bf4 Bxd1 15.Nc7+ Kd8 16.Nce6+ Ke8 17.Nxg7+ Kd8 18.N5e6+ Kc8 19.Rc7mate 1-0

Armando Martinez-Jorge Datola
corres.
Juvenil Chileno, 1966
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 g5 8.Nxh4 Qe7 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.d3 gxh4 11.Qh5 Nf6 12.Rxf6!
(Black can’t get out of troubles. Here’s a sample line: 12…Qf8 13.Bh6 Qe7 14.Bg7 Re8 15.Bxe8 Qxe8 16.Rf8 +-) 1-0

Artur Frolov-A. Uzunov
corres., 1969
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.O-O gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Ke8 9.b3 d6 10.Bb2 Bf6 11.d4 Nc6 12.Nc3 Nge7 13.Nd5 Bg4 14.Ne3 Bh5 15.Qd3 Bxf3+ 16.Rxf3 Qd7 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Ne7 19.Re1 Kf7 20.Re6 Nxd5 0-1

J.L. van Eck-C. Tinholt
corres., 1969
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Bh5 b5 11.d4 b4 12.Ne5 g6 13.Nf7+ Ke8 14.Qg4 Bf6 15.Nxh8 Bxh8 16.e5 Qe6 17.Qf3 Bg7 18.d5 cxd5 19.Nxd5 Na6 20.Bg4 Qxg4 1-0

Randy Bullock-D. Gilmore
Dayton, OH, 1982
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 g5 8.Nxh4 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Qh5+ Ke6 11.Qxg5 Rg8 12.Qf5+ Kf7 13.Qxh7+ Rg7 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.Qf5 Kf7 16.e5 1-0

Zoltan Eberth-I. Ban
Mezokovesd, 1984
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bg3 8.d4 d6 9.Ng5 f6 10.Nc3 Ne7 11.Qh5+ Ng6 12.Nxh7 Qe7 13.Qxg6+ Kd8 14.Ng5 Qe8 15.Nf7+ Ke7 16.Qxg7 Qf8 17.Qxf6+ Ke8 18.Qd8mate 1-0

Bullock-Wall
Dayton, OH, 1985
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Nxh4 Qxh4 9.Bxf7+ Ke7 10.d4 Nh6 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Qf3 Rf8 13.Nc3 Be6 14.Nd5+ Kd8 15.Qf6+ Qxf6 16.Rxf6 Bxd5 17.exd5 Ke7 18.Raf1 Nd7 19.Re6+ Kd8 20.Rxh6 Nb6 21.b3 Nxd5 22.Rxh7 Nb4 23.Rxh2 a5 24.a3 Nc6 25.d5 Ne5 26.Rhf2 Ke7 27.Be6 Rh8+ 28.Rh2 Rxh2+ 29.Kxh2 Rh8+ 30.Kg3 c6 31.c4 Rh7 32.Rf2 Rg7+ 33.Kh3 Nd3 34.Rf3 Rh7+ 35.Kg2 Nc5 36.Re3 Rg7+ 37.Kf3 Kf6 38.Kf4 Rg1 39.Rf3 Nxe6+ 40.dxe6 Kxe6 41.Re3+ Kf6 42.Ke4 Rg4+ 43.Kd3 Rf4 44.Kc3 Kf7 45.Kd3 c5 46.Kc3 Rd4 0-1

Martin Sippl-Volker Seibert
Mittelfranken U17 Ch., 1996
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Nxh4 Qxh4 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Qf3 Nf6 11.d3 Bg4 12.Qe3 Nbd7 13.Bd2 c6 14.Bc3 Kc7 15.Nd2 Rhf8 16.Bb3 Nh5 17.Kg2 Nf4+ 18.Kh1 Nh3 19.a4 Nf2+ 0-1

“Lyubimov”-“guest43”
Blitz Game
Internet game, Sept. 24 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Bxf7+ Kd8 9.Kxh2 Bf6 10.Bd5 Nh6 11.Nc3 Ng4+ 12.Kg1 Qc5+ 13.d4 Qd6 14.e5 Bxe5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Bg5+ Ke8 17.Rf5 Nbc6 18.Nb5 Qxd5 19.Nxc7mate 1-0

Xan Guillen Lorenzana (2079)-
Laura Martinez Fernandez
Galiza U18 Ch.
Padron, Apr. 12 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.Nxh4 Qxh4 10.Be6+ Nf6 11.Bxc8 Qxe4+ 12.Qf3 Qxf3+ 13.Rxf3 1-0

“Ben_Dubuque”-“subhankars”)
Blitz Game
Chess.com, July 14 2017
[“Ben_Dubuque”]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1
(The Three Pawns Gambit or the Bertin Gambit whichever you prefer.) 7…Be7 (Any move other than d5 is a mistake but d5 still allows White some compensation. Most engines will evaluate the position after d5 as maybe -1 which is surprisingly good considering White is down 3 pawns. 7…d5 8.exd5 Bg4 9.d4.) 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke8 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Nxg6 Nf6 12.Rxf6 Bxf6 13.Nxh8+ Ke7 14.Qf7+ Kd6 15.d4 Bxd4 (15…Qxh8 16.Bf4+ Be5 17.Bxe5+ Qxe5 18.dxe5+ Kxe5 19.Nc3) 16.Bf4+ Be5 17.Qd5+ Ke7 18.Qxe5+ Kf8 19.Bh6+ Kg8 20.Qg7mate 1-0

Two popular responses after 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 are 7…Bf6 and 7…Nh6

Three Pawns Gambit-4
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6

Von Guttceit-Kieseritzky, 1832
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.e5 d5 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.d4 Ne4 12.Bf4 f5 13.Nbd2 O-O 14.c4 c6 15.Rc1 Nd7 16.cxd5 cxd5 17.Nxe4 fxe4 18.Ng5 Qe7 19.Qh5 Nf6 20.Qxh2 Rad8 21.Bc7 Rd7 22.Ba4 h6 23.Nxe6 Qxe6 24.Bxd7 Qxd7 25.Be5 1-0

von der Lasa-Carl Jaenisch.
Berlin Congress, 1842
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.Ne5 Bxe5 9.Qh5 Qe7 10.Rxf7 Qc5 11.Rf8+ Ke7 12.d4 Qxd4 13.Bg5+ Nf6 14.Bxf6+ gxf6 15.Qf7+ Kd6 16.Nc3 Rxf8 17.Qxf8+ Kc6 18.Qb4 d5 19.Bb5+ Kb6 20.Na4mate 1-0

Carl Jaenisch-von der Lasa
Berlin Congress, 1842
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.Ne5 Qe7 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.d4 Bxe5 11.dxe5 Qxe5 12.Nc3 Nf6 13.Bf4 Qe7 14.e5 Qxf7 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Be5 Rf8 17.Rxf6 Qg7 18.Bxc7+ Ke8 19.Qe2+ Qe7 20.Re1 Nc6 21.Qh5+ Rf7 22.Qxf7mate 1-0

von Der Lasa-Carl Jaenisch
Berlin Congress, 1842
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.Ne5 Bxe5 9.Qh5 Qe7 10.Rxf7 Qc5

11.Rf8+ Ke7 12.d4 Qxc4 13.Qe8+ Kd6 14.Qxe5+ Kc6 15.Na3 d6 16.d5+ Kc5 17.Be3+ Kb4 18.c3+ Ka4 19.b3+ Kxa3 20.Bc1mate 1-0

Dr. Hugo-Leonhard Von Guttceit – Kieseritsky
Dorpat, 1832
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.e5 d5 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.d4 Ne4 12.Bf4 f5 13.Nbd2 O-O 14.c4 c6 15.Rc1 Nd7 16.cxd5 cxd5 17.Nxe4 fxe4 18.Ng5 Qe7 19.Qh5 Nf6 20.Qxh2 Rad8 21.Bc7 Rd7 22.Ba4 h6 23.Nxe6 Qxe6 24.Bxd7 Qxd7 25.Be5 1-0

Edwards-N.N.
corres.
England, 1963
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ne5+ Ke6 8.Qg4+ Kxe5 9.O-O gxh2+ 10.Kh1 Bf6 11.d4+ Kxd4 12.Be3+ Kxe3 13.e5 Bxe5 14.Re1+ Kf2 15.Qg2+ Kxe1 16.Nc3mate 1-0

Gianfranco Massetti-Mario Pessina
Amichevole Lampo, 1976
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.e5 Be7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ng5+ Kg6 11.Nf7 Qe8 12.Qg4+ Bg5 13.Qxg5mate 1-0

Howard Goldberg-Kevin McManus
Cape Town, 1982
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.a4 d5 10.exd5 Bh3 11.d3 Bxf1 12.Qxf1 Nd7 13.d6 Qf6 14.Qe2+ Kf8 15.Ne4 Qd8 16.Bxf7 Bf6 17.Neg5 Qb6 18.Bxg8 Re8 19.Be6 Ne5 20.Be3 Qxb2 21.Rf1 Nxf3 22.Qxf3 Qe5 23.Qh5 g6 24.Qh6mate 1-0

Three Pawns Gambit-5
3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6

Bilguer-von Der Lasa
Berlin, 1839
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 Ng4 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ne5+ Kg8 11.Qxg4 d6 12.Qh5 g6 13.Nxg6 Qe8 14.Qd5+ Kg7 15.Nxh4 Rg8 16.Qg5+ Kh8 17.Qf6+ Rg7 18.Bh6 Qxe4+ 19.Nf3 Qg6 20.Bxg7+ Qxg7 21.Qd8+ Qg8 22.Ne5 Qxd8 23.Nf7+ Kg7 24.Nxd8 Na6 25.Nc3 Nb4 26.Rf7+ Kg6 27.Raf1 Bg4 28.R1f6+ Kg5 29.Ne4+ 1-0

Reshevsky-Doery
Simul
Berlin, 1920
[American Chess Bulletin, Nov. 1920, p.170]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nf3 Bh4+ 5.g3
(A lively continuation that is classified as Capt. Bertin’s Gambit. Steinitz was wont to play 5.Kf1 against Bird, one of the few masters who ever resorted to the Cunningham.) 5…fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 (Not to be recommended. The correct move is 7…d5) 8.d4 Qe7 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Bf6 [The removal of Black’s King’s Knight has left the King’s Bishop’s pawn woefully weak and Rzeschewski (i.e. Reshevsky RME) knows full well how to take advantage.] 11.Qh5 Rf8 12.Nxf7 (In this fashion does the little fellow make the chess the “child’s play” which is beyond the comprehension of many who are highly accomplished along other lines, but cannot quite grasp the fundamentals of chess strategy.) 12…Qxe4+ (Rzeschewski had calculated upon the sacrifice of a piece and the gain of more than it’s equivalent a few moves later, viz.: 12….RxN; 13.BxR+ QxB, 14.QxQ+ KxQ 15.e5, etc.) 13.Kxh2 Qxc2+ 14.Kg3 (Fearlessly the White King marches out into the open. He does not dread Rg8+, for in that case the Knight is withdrawn with discovered check.) 14…Bh4+ (Black is in desperation, but if, to avoid the discovery, he were to play …Ke7, then Re1+ would force mate.) 15.Qxh4 Qxc4 16.Qd8mate (Short shift is meted out to the presumptuous one who takes a chance on anything escaping the keen eyes of the small “grand-master” as he was dubbed in Vienna two years ago.) 1-0

B. Larsen-W. Lauridsen
Hostelbro/Herning, 1948
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Qe7 11.Nc3 c6 12.Bxf7+ Kg7 13.Bh5 Rxf1+ 14.Qxf1 d6 15.Nf3 Bg5 16.Qf2 Be6 17.d5 cxd5 18.exd5 Bf7 19.Nxg5 hxg5 20.Re1 Qf6 21.Qxf6+ Kxf6 22.Rf1+ Kg7 23.Bxf7 Nd7 24.Be6 1-0

Dragoljub Baretic-Uremovic
Yugoslavia, 1957
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 O-O 12.Qg2 Qf6 13.Be3 c6 14.Nc3 cxd5 15.Nxd5 Qd8 16.Nxh4 Qxh4 17.Bg5 Qh5 18.Nf4 1-0

D. Biggs-R. Trattner
Indianapolis, 1959
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d6 9.Bxh6 Bh3 10.Bxf7+ Kd7 11.Bxg7 Bxf1 12.Qxf1 Bf6 13.Qh3+ 1-0

Jairo Gutierrez-Hernan Rincon
Colombia Ch., Oct. 22 1963
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 c6 12.Bxf7+ Ke7 13.Bxg7 Bf6 14.Bxf6+ Kxf6 15.Ne5+ Ke7 16.Qf2 Kd6 17.Qf4 Kc7 18.Nc4+ Kc8 19.Be6+ Nd7 20.Nd6+ Kc7 21.Nf7+ 1-0

Isnardo Lopez-Carlos Hinestrosa
Colombia Ch.
Barranquilla, Dec. 1972
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d3 d5 9.Bxd5 c6 10.Bb3 O-O 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Ne5 Be6 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.Qg4+ Bg5 15.Qxe6+ Kg7 16.Rf7+ Rxf7 17.Qxf7+ Kh8 18.Qxb7 Qd4 19.Nf7+ Kg8 20.Nc3 Bf4 21.Rf1 Qg7 22.Qc8+ Kxf7 23.Rxf4+ Ke7 24.Ne2 Kd6 25.Qd8+ Qd7 26.Rf6+ Ke5 1-0

B. Dykes-Morata
New Hampshire, 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 gxh6 12.Bxf7+ Kxf7 13.Ne5+ Ke7 14.Qf7+ Kd6 15.Nc4+ Kc6 16.Qe6+ Kb5 17.Nc3+ Kb4 18.a3mate 1-0

J. Mical-Sabalo, 1994
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Kg7 11.Nxf7 Qe7 12.Nc3 d6 13.Qh5 Bg5 14.Nxg5 Qe8 15.Nf7 Qe7 16.Qxh6+ Kg8 17.Rg1+ 1-0

R. Miotto (1900)-Herbert Schild (2000)
Caorle Open
Italy, 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d3 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Qe7 11.Qh5 Qg5 12.Bxf7+ Kg7 13.Nc3 Qxh5 14.Bxh5 Bf6 15.Ng4 Bxc3 16.Rxf8 Kxf8 17.Rf1+ Ke7 18.bxc3 d6 19.Rf7+ Kd8 20.Rf8+ Kd7 21.Nf6+ Ke7 22.Rf7+ Kd8 23.Nd5 Be6 24.Rf8+ 1-0
(Avoiding 24…Kd7 25.Be8mate.)

J. Mical-Sabalo, 1994
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Kg7 11.Nxf7 Qe7 12.Nc3 d6 13.Qh5 Bg5 14.Nxg5 Qe8 15.Nf7 Qe7 16.Qxh6+ Kg8 17.Rg1+ 1-0

Abdulzuhoov-Phiri
Elista Ol.
Russia, Oct. 12 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 O-O 10.Bxh6 gxh6 11.Ne5 Be6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.Qg4+ Bg5 14.Qxe6+ Kh8 15.Nf7+ Rxf7 16.Rxf7 Nc6 17.Qf5 Qg8 18.d5 Qxf7 19.Qxf7 Ne5 20.Qf5 Ng6 21.Nc3 Rf8 22.Qxf8+ Nxf8 23.Kxh2 Bf4+ 24.Kg2 Kg7 25.Ne2 Be5 26.c3 Ng6 27.Rf1 h5 28.Kh3 a6 29.Nd4 Kg8 30.Ne6 Bd6 31.c4 b6 32.b4 Be5 33.Rf5 h4 34.c5 bxc5 35.bxc5 a5 36.a4 Bg3 37.c6 Bd6 38.Nd4 Bg3 39.Nb5 Nf4+ 40.Rxf4 Bxf4 41.d6 1-0

Hugo ten Hertog (1861)-Justin Gunther (1443)
Hengelo, Aug. 9 2005
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 Ng4 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nxh4 Qxh4 11.Qf3 Nf6 12.e5 Kxf7 13.Qd5+ Ke7 14.exf6+ gxf6 15.Bf4 d6 16.Nc3 Re8 17.Rae1+ Kd8 18.Rxe8+ Kxe8 19.Qg8+ Kd7 20.Qf7+ Kd8 21.Nd5 1-0

But probably his best response is 7…d5. Now White has to choose between 8.exd5 and 8.Bxd5.

Three Pawns Gambit-6
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+
7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5

Dus Chotimirsky-Robine
Hamburg, 1910
[Escalante]
[White has a won game after his 12th move. But how he wins it is spectacular.]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5 Bf6 9.d4 Ne7 10.Ng5 h6? 11.Nxf7! Kxf7 12.d6+ +- Kf8 13.Qh5 Qe8

14.Rxf6+! gxf6 15.Qxh6+ Rxh6 16.Bxh6mate 1-0

Bill Wall-Ray Bell
Statesville, NC, 1979
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.exd5 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Bg4 9.Qe2+ Ne7 10.Bb5+ c6 11.dxc6 Nbxc6 12.Bxc6+ bxc6 13.Nc3 O-O 14.Qc4 Bxf3+ 15.Rxf3 Nd5 16.Qxc6 Nxc3 17.bxc3 Qg5 18.Ba3 Rfe8 19.Raf1 f6 20.Qc4+ Kh8 21.d4 Bg3 22.Bc1 Qh4 23.Qd3 Re1 24.Rxe1 Bxe1 25.Rh3 1-0

David Bronstein-E. Brisum
Simul, 1990
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5 Bh3 9.Qe2+ Kf8 10.d4 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 Bf6 12.Nc3 Nd7 13.Bf4 Nb6 14.Bb3 Ne7 15.Bxh2 Nexd5 16.Ne4 Qd7 17.c4 Ne7 18.d5 Bxb2 19.Rd1 Nf5 20.Qf2 Bf6 21.c5 Nc8 22.d6 cxd6 23.cxd6 Nb6 24.Nfg5 Nh6 25.Nxf6 gxf6 26.Qxf6 Qc6+ 27.Nf3 Rg8 28.Qe7+ Kg7 29.Be5+ Kg6 30.Qg5mate 1-0

Ryszard Sternik (1966)-Fernando Hervás (1885)
corres., 2002
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5 Bf6 9.d4 Nd7 10.Bb3 Nb6 11.c4 Bh3 12.Re1+ Ne7 13.Ne5 Bc8 14.Bf4 O-O 15.Bxh2 c6 16.d6 Nf5 17.c5 Nd7 18.Nxf7 Rxf7 19.Bxf7+ Kxf7 20.Qh5+ g6 21.Qxh7+ Bg7 22.Be5 Nxe5 0-1

Three Pawns Gambit-7
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+
7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5

H. Buckle-N.N.
London, 1849
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Nc3 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Bg4 11.Ne3 Bxf3+ 12.Qxf3 O-O 13.c3 Bf6 14.Nf5 Nd7 15.d4 Bg5 16.Qg3 h6 17.e5 Kh7 18.Rf2 Rg8 19.Bxg5 Qxg5

20.Qxg5 hxg5 21.Rxh2+ Kg6 22.Ne7mate 1-0

Morphy-Bird
Simul
London, 1859
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Bh3 12.Qh5+ Kg8 13.Rxf6 gxf6 14.Nc3 Re5 15.Qf3 Qd7 16.Bf4 Nc6 17.Kxh2 Bg4 18.Rg1 h5 19.Bxe5 fxe5 20.Nd5 Nd4 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Qe3 Qg7 23.Nxh5 Qh7 24.Rxg4 Qxh5 25.Qh3 Kh7 26.c3 Ne6 27.Rg6 Re8 28.Rxe6 Rxe6 29.Qxe6 Qxh4+ 30.Qh3 Qxh3+ 31.Kxh3 c5 32.Kg4 Kg6 33.Kf3 Kf6 34.Ke3 Ke6 35.d4 exd4+ 36.cxd4 cxd4+ 37.Kxd4 Kd6 38.e5+ Ke6 39.Ke4 Ke7 40.Kd5 Kd7 41.e6+ Ke7 42.Ke5 a6 43.a3 Ke8 44.Kd6 Kd8 45.e7+ Ke8 46.Kc7 1-0

Isidor Gunsberg (playing as Mephisto)-N.N.
Exhibition
London, 1879
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Nc3 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Bh3 11.Nxh4 Bxf1 12.Qg4 O-O 13.Nf5 g6 14.Nfe7+ Kh8 15.b3 Nd7 16.Bb2+ f6 17.Rxf1 c6 18.Qxd7 Qxd7 19.Rxf6 h5 20.Rf7mate 1-0

G. Gossip-Lawrence
London, 1892
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Nc3 Nxe4 13.Qf3 Nf6 14.Bg5 Bd7 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Qxf6 gxf6 17.Rxf6 Bc6+ 18.Kxh2 Nd7 19.Rg1+ Kh8 0-1

N.N.-Friedmann
Vienna, 1899
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Ke8 11.e5 Qd5+ 12.Ng2 Bh3 13.Rf2 Ng4 14.Re2 Rf8 15.Qe1 Qf3 0-1

Pillsbury-Hageman, 1900
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bf6 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Bb3 Nbc6 11.e5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Bxf7+ Kf8 14.Be6+ Bf6 15.Bxc8 Rxc8 16.Ne4 Qd5 17.Qf3 Kf7 18.c4 Qc6 19.d4 Rhf8 20.d5 Qd7 21.Nxf6 gxf6 22.Bh6 f5 23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Bxf8 Rxf8 25.Qxh2 Ng6 26.Rae1 c6 27.Qg2 Rf7 28.dxc6 bxc6 29.Rd1 Qe6 30.Rd4 Qe3 31.Rd8+ Kg7 32.Rf3 Qe1+ 33.Kh2 Qh4+ 0-1

Jan Johansson-Hannus
Finland, 1952
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bf6 9.Nc3 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.d4 Nd7 13.e5 Be7 14.Ne4 Qc7 15.Nfg5 Bxg5 16.Nd6+ Ke7 17.Rf7+ Kd8 18.Bxg5+ Ngf6 19.exf6 Qxd6 20.fxg7+ 1-0

Herluf Nedergard-Georg Jorgensen
Copenhagen, 1957
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Bg5 Rf8 13.Nc3 Qd6 14.Bxf6 Rxf6 15.Qh5 Bd7 16.Nd5 Rh6 17.Qf7+ 1-0

K. Feiler-Dan Kumro
1st Natl-WE Indians, 1977
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nh6 9.d4 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.Ne5 Rg8 14.Qh5+ Rg6 15.Nxg6 hxg6 16.Qxg6+ Kd7 17.Rf7+ Be7 18.d5 cxd5 19.exd5 exd5 20.Qf5+ Kc6 21.Qe6+ Bd6 22.Nc3 Qa5 23.Qc8+ Kb6 24.Rxb7+ Ka6 25.Rxb8mate 1-0

N.N.-Donisthorpe, 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bb3 Bg3 10.e5 Nd5 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Bh3 13.Bxf7+ Kxf7 14.Ng5+ Kg6 15.Nxh3 Qd5+ 16.Qf3 Rf8 17.Qxd5 Rxf1+ 18.Kg2 h1=Q+ 19.Kxg3 Qxd5 0-1

Bill Wall-T. Magee
corres., 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Rf8 11.Qf3 Nc6 12.d3 Kg8 13.Bg5 h6 14.Ng6 hxg5 15.Nxf8 Qxf8 16.Qg3 Qd6 17.Qxg5 Bh3 18.Rf3 Nxe4 19.Qh4 Qg6 0-1

Bill Wall-R. Bullock
Dayton, 1981
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nh6 9.d4 Be6 10.Nc3 Ng4 11.Bxb7 Nd7 12.Nxh4 Rb8 13.Nf5 Bc4 14.Qxg4 Bxf1 15.Nxg7+ Ke7 16.Bg5+ f6 17.Nd5+ Kf7 18.Rxf1 Rxb7 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Rxf6+ 1-0

H. Multhopp-R. Bullock
Columbus, OH, 1982
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bb3 O-O 10.Nxh4 Nxe4 11.Qe1 Nd6 12.Nc3 Re8 13.Qg3 Be6 14.d3 Nc6 15.Bh6 g6 16.Nd5 Bxd5+ 17.Bxd5 Re5 18.Nxg6 hxg6 19.Qxg6+ 1-0

Robert Finta-Rcoh Morin
Montreal Open
Canada, 1984
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Bh3 12.Qh5+ Kg8 13.Rxf6 gxf6 14.Nc3 Nc6 15.Bf4 Ne5 16.Kxh2 Bg4 17.Rg1 Kh8 18.Rxg4 Nxg4+ 19.Qxg4 Rg8 20.Qf3 Qd4 21.Qe3 Qxe3 22.Bxe3 Rg4 23.Nf5 Rag8 24.Bd4 Rg2+ 25.Kh3 h5 26.Nd5 c5 27.Bxf6+ Kh7 28.Be5 R8g5 29.Nf6+ Kh8 30.Ng4+ 1-0

Horst Schumacher-Patrick Steiner
Landes-Einzelmeister, 1990
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 c6 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nxh4 Qxh4 11.Be6+ Nf6 12.Bxc8 Qxe4+ 13.Qf3 Qxf3+ 14.Rxf3 Kf7 15.Bxb7 g5 16.Bxa8 g4 17.Rxf6+ Kxf6 18.b4 Re8 19.Bb2+ Kg5 20.Nc3 g3 21.d3 Kh4 22.Kg2 Rf8 23.Ne4 1-0

Vivianne Muris-Karg Brunner
Netherlands U20 Ch.
Hengelo, 1994
[White gets a little greedy in the opening and pays the price.]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nh6 9.Ne5 Bh3 10.Bxb7? Qg5 11.Qf3 Bxf1 12.Qxf1 Qxe5 13.Qh3 Qf4 14.Nc3 Ng4 0-1

Rafal Malecki (2175)-Nikolaj Osipow (2225)
Zabrzanski Wrzesien Open, 1994

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bh3 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nxh4 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 Qxh4 12.Bd5+ Nf6 13.e5 Qd4 14.Bxb7 c6 15.Nc3 Nbd7 16.exf6 gxf6 17.b3 Rg8 18.Ba3+ Ke8 19.Qe2+ Ne5 20.Bxc6+ Kd8 21.Bg2 Rc8 22.Rf1 Rc7 23.Nb5 Qb6 24.Nxc7 Kxc7 25.Bb2 Ng4 26.Qc4+ Kb8 27.Qxg8+ 1-0

John Rummel-Ed Limayo
CompuServe, 1995

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bb3 Nxe4 10.Qe2 Qe7 11.Bxf7+ Kf8 12.Nxh4 Ng3+ 0-1

Heikel Huistra-Michiel Bouwhuis
Hengelo U16 Ch., 1997

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.Qf3 h6 14.Bd2 Ne5 15.Qg2 Nfg4 16.Nc3 Qxh4 17.d4 Nc4 18.b3 Nce3 0-1

Pete WilsonRolf Bruehlmann
CompuServe, 1997

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Bg5 Rf8 13.Nc3 Bh3 14.Rxf6 gxf6 15.Bh6 Nd7 16.Kxh2 Be6 17.Qh5 Kh8 18.Bxf8 Nxf8 19.Rg1 c6 20.Qh6 Qc7+ 21.Kh1 Qf7 22.Ne2 (with the idea of Nf4, Nfg6+) 1-0

Peter De Bortoli (2216)-Florin Popa (2206)
Verona Open
Italy, 1997

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Nxh4 Nxd5 10.exd5 Qxh4 11.Re1+ Kd8 12.Re3 Re8 13.Rxe8+ Kxe8 14.Qe2+ Qe7 15.Qxe7+ Kxe7 16.c4 Bf5 17.d4 Bxb1 18.Rxb1 Na6 19.b4 Re8 20.b5 Nb8 21.c5 Nd7 22.Bf4 Kd8 23.d6 cxd6 24.Bxd6 Nf6 25.Bb8 Kc8 26.Bxh2 Nd5 27.Rg1 g6 28.Rf1 f5 29.Be5 f4 30.a4 g5 31.a5 Nc3 32.a6 bxa6 33.bxa6 Re6 34.Rf3 Nd5 35.Rb3 Rxa6 36.Rb4 Kd7 37.Rb7+ Ke6 38.Rxh7 Ra1+ 39.Kg2 g4 40.Rh6+ Kf5 41.c6 Rc1 42.c7 Ne3+ 43.Kf2 Rc2+ 44.Kg1 g3 45.Rf6+ Kg5 46.Bxf4+ Kxf6 47.Bxe3 Rxc7 48.Kg2 Rc3 49.Bf4 a5 0-1

Heikel Huistra-Michiel Bouwhuis
Hengelo U16 Ch., 1998

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.Nc3 Kg8 12.d3 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Qxh4 14.Qf3 Be6 15.Ng5 Qg4 16.Qxb7 Nd7 17.Nxe6 Qxe6 18.Qxc7 Qd5+ 19.Kxh2 Re2+ 20.Kg3 Qg2+ 0-1

Attila Horvath (2085)-Imre Matyas
Budapest, Apr. 19 2001

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Bf6 9.d4 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.e5 Be7 13.c4 Nd7 14.Nc3 Nb6 15.b3 Qd7 16.Ng5 Nh6 17.Qh5+ Kd8 18.Nce4 Kc7 19.Nc5 Bxc5 20.dxc5 Nc8 21.Be3 Nf5 22.Rxf5 exf5 23.e6 g6 24.Qxh2+ 1-0

Sylwia Karbowiak (1600)-Kaja Kacprzyk (1761)
Polish Girls U16 Ch., Mar. 31 2006

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bf6 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.e5 Ke8 12.exf6 gxf6 13.Nh4 Ng6 14.Qh5 Ke7 15.d3 Be6 16.Rxf6 Kd7 17.Bg5 Qe8 18.Raf1 Nxh4 19.Qxh4 Nc6 20.Re1 Nd8 21.Rh6 Qg8 22.Qd4+ Kc8 23.Qxd8+ 1-0

D. Marianidis (1850)-A. Karlovich (2211)
Summer Cup
Porto Carras, Greece, July 21 2009

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Bh3 12.Rf3 Qd7 13.c3 Qg4 14.Kxh2 Qxh4 15.Rxh3 Ng4+ 0-1

Who should win this crazy opening? The answer, like in so many other openings, is the better player should win. All that you must do is to become the better player.

The epaulette mate

Epaulette mate involves a king, flanked and blocked by two pieces on both sides of him, and cannot move backwards, facing a queen that is mating him.

This is a long definition of the epaulette mate, but trust me, it is necessary.

Like many attacking motifs, the best person to start it all off is Morphy. He appears to be the first master to use it in a game.

Just one little twist before we start. Please remove that knight on b1 prior to that start of the game. Otherwise, White can’t play his twelfth move, which helps setting up the final combination.

Morphy-N.N.
New York, 1857
[Nb1]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.d4 gxf3
(Morphy was known for his attacking abilities. He starts off with a piece down before the game even starts and then proceeds to give up another piece.) 6.O-O Bh6 7.Qxf3 Nc6 8.Bxf7+ (And now a third piece.) 8…Kxf7 9.Qh5+ Kg7 10.Bxf4 Bxf4 11.Rxf4 Nh6 12.Raf1 Qe8 13.Qh4 d6 14.Qf6+ Kg8 15.Qxh6 Bd7 16.R4f3! Ne7 17.h4 Ng6 18.h5 Bg4 19.hxg6 hxg6


20.Rf8+! Qxf8 21.Rxf8+ Rxf8 22.Qxg6mate

1-0

This mating pattern has been used, reused, and enhanced in the more than 150 years of chess since this first game. Two of the more well-known games (other than Morphy’s) are given below.

Wilhelm Rautenberg-Friedrich Nuernberg
BRD (West Germany) Ch.
Bad Pyrmont, 1949
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ Kf8 9.Bg5! gxf6 10.Bh6+ Kg8 11.Nc3! Bf5

[Black has to be careful here as 11…dxc3? 12.Qxd8+ leads to mate. Here’s another short way for Black to lose.

Bozidar Kazic-B. Vukovic
Yugoslavia, 1940
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ Kf8 9.Bg5 gxf6 10.Bh6+ Kg8 11.Nc3 Bg4 12.Ne4 b6 13.c3 Ne5?

14.Nxe5! Bxd1 15.Nd7 Be7 16.Nexf6+ Bxf6 17.Re8+ Qxe8 18.Nxf6mate 1-0.]

12.Ne4 Bf8 13.Qd2 Ne5 14.Nxd4 Bxe4 (14…Bg6 15.Bxf8 Kxf8 16.Qh6+ Kg8 17.Nf5!) 15.Rxe4 Qd5 16.Rae1 Re8 17.Bxf8 Rxf8 (Or 17…Kxf8 18.Qh6+ Ke7 19.f4.) 18.Rxe5! fxe5 19.Qg5mate

1-0

GM Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov-GM Alexander Lastin
Perm, 1997
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 Qd7?! 5.Be3 h6 6.h3 e6 7.Nf3 Bb4 8.Qd2 Ne7 9.a3 Ba5 10.b4 Bc7 11.Be2 Qd8 12.O-O Nd7 13.Nh4 Bh7 14.f4 Nb6 15.Bd3 Qd7 16.Qe2 O-O-O 17.a4 Kb8 18.a5 Nc4 19.Na4 b6 20.axb6 axb6 21.Rfb1 Kc8 22.Nf3 f6 23.Nd2 Bxd3 24.Qxd3 Qe8 25.Nxc4 dxc4 26.Qxc4 Nd5 27.Qa6+
(White wants to bring Black’s king back into the center where it will be easier to attack.) 27…Kd7 28.Bd2 Qg6 29.Qc4 fxe5 30.fxe5 Qe4 31.Re1 Qh4 32.b5 c5 33.Nc3 Rhf8 34.Ne4 Ke8 35.dxc5 Nf4? (You can probably figure out the rest of the game by now.)

36.Bxf4! Qxf4 37.Qxe6mate 1-0

While it may seem that Black’s king on must be stuck on back rank for the epaulette mate to occur, this is not necessarily true. The mate can also occur sideways. Here is an example.

IM Magnus Carlsen-Sipke Ernst
Wijk aan Zee
Netherlands, 2004
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Ngf6 12.O-O-O Be7 13.Ne4 Qa5 14.Kb1 O-O 15.Nxf6+ Nxf6 16.Ne5 Rad8 17.Qe2 c5 18.Ng6 fxg6 19.Qxe6+ Kh8 20.hxg6 Ng8 21.Bxh6 gxh6 22.Rxh6+ Nxh6 23.Qxe7 Nf7 24.gxf7 Kg7 25.Rd3 Rd6 26.Rg3+ Rg6 27.Qe5+ Kxf7 28.Qf5+ Rf6 29.Qd7mate

0-1

And who said the two pieces blocking the king need to be rooks?

Kramstov-Waxberg
Saratov, 1938
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 d6 7.Qb3 dxe5 8.Bg5 Qd7 9.Rd1 Qf5 10.Bc4 Nd7 11.Nf3 c6 12.O-O e6 13.Rxd7 Kxd7 14.Qd1+ Kc7 15.Qd8+ Kb8 16.Rd1 f6 17.Rd7 Qb1+ 18.Bf1 a6

19.Rxb7+! Kxb7 20.Qb6mate 1-0

Three more examples to round off this post.

Tarrasch-Chigorin
St. Petersburg, 1893
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nd5 Ba5 7.O-O b5 8.Bb3 d6 9.d3 Bg4 10.c3 Ne7 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Qxg4 Ng6 14.Bd5 Rb8 15.f4 c6 16.Bxc6+ Ke7 17.Bd5 b4 18.fxe5 Qb6+ 19.Kh1 Nxe5 20.Qh5 Ng6 21.Rxf6 Kxf6 22.Bg5+ Kg7 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Rf1 Rf8 25.Bf6 Qxf6 26.Rxf6 bxc3 27.Rxg6+ hxg6 28.Qxg6mate 1-0

Albin-Bernstein
Vienna, 1904
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 d6 5.d3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Be6 7.Nd5 Bxd5 8.Bxd5 h6 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.c3 Rb8 12.b4 Bb6 13.Qa4 d5 14.exd5 e4 15.dxe4 Qxc3+ 16.Ke2 Qc4+ 17.Ke1 Qxe4+ 18.Kf1 O-O 19.Qxc6 Rfe8 20.Kg1

20…Re6! 21.Qd7 Rd6 22.Qa4 Qe2 23.Rf1 Qxf3 24.gxf3 Rg6mate 0-1

Coultas-Stenhouse
Melbourne, 1929
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 Nb6 4.f4 c5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 g6 8.Be3 Bg7 9.Bd3 d6 10.N3.xc6 bxc6 11.exd6 exd6 12.O-O d5 13.Bc5 Be6 14.f5 gxf5 15.Bxf5 Qg5 16.Qe2 Kd8 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Qxe6 Re8 19.Qxc6 Rc8 20.Bxb6+ axb6 21.Qd6mate 1-0

The AMAR Gambit

The AMAR gambit is a rarity in chess.

First, let’s talk about the name of the gambit. Many players are convinced that AMAR is an acronym for Absolutely Mad And Ridiculous. And they are at least half correct, it is an absolutely mad and ridiculous opening. But the opening is named after Charles Amar, a 1930s player from Paris.

What makes this opening so bad? Well, the opening starts with 1.Nh3. And with this move White gives up his claim for the center, loses a tempo with his knight, and retards his own development.

Black probably has the advantage after either 1…e5 or 1…d5.

After 1.Nh3 d5, the game can continue with 2.g3 e5 3.f4, and the position of the AMAR gambit has been reached. Let’s see what White has done. With 2.g3 and 3.f4, he not only has the same problems as before, but has also tacked on a few more problems. His kingside is considerably weakened, he has open lines to his king, namely the d8-h4 diagonal (the same one used in Fool’s Mate), and he has sacrificed (lost?) a kingside pawn.

What has White gotten for all this mess? If Black plays 3…exf4, then White can win back the f-pawn with 4.Nxf4. He then has an OK position for his knight. And White can try castling.

Black, however, doesn’t have to play 3…exf4, leaving White with an entirely lost position. White can still try to castle kingside and maybe have some play along the f-file. But he usually doesn’t have the time to castle or make any long-term plans.

Really, White does better with the King’s Gambit.

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AMAR Gambit

1) 3.f4
2) 3.f4 exf4 4.Nxf4
3) 3.f4 Bxh3

AMAR-1
3.f4

Black can decline the gambitted pawn. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, Black has stronger moves.

B.C. Allison-M.H. Stubbs
Australia Ch. (reserves)
Cooma, 1974
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 e4 4.Bg2 Bc5 5.e3 Nf6 6.O-O Bg4 7.Qe1 Nc6 8.Nf2 Be6 9.c4 Nb4 10.Qd1 Qd7 11.cxd5 Bxd5 12.Nc3 Qe7 13.a3 Nc6 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Nxe4 Bb6 16.b4 O-O-O 17.Qc2 Kb8 18.Rb1 Nf6 19.Nc5 Rd6 20.a4 a6 21.Nxb7 Kxb7 22.b5 axb5 23.axb5 Qd7 24.Qa4 Ra8 25.Bxc6+ Rxc6 26.bxc6+ Qxc6 27.Qxc6+ Kxc6 28.Bb2 Ne4 29.Rbc1+ Kd5 30.Rc2 Ra2 31.Rfc1 f6 32.Kf1 Ba5 33.Bc3 Nxc3 34.dxc3 Rxc2 35.Rxc2 Kc4 36.Rd2 Bxc3 37.Rd7 c5 38.Ke2 Kb3 39.Kd1 c4 40.Rxg7 Bb4 41.Rxh7 c3 42.Rb7 1-0

Arthur Stobbe (1835)-David Hillery (2274)
corres.
Golden Knights, 1999
1.Nh3 e5 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.f4 e4 5.Nf2 Bc5 6.e3 h5 7.d4 exd3 8.Nxd3 Bb6 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Bf3 d4 11.Na4 Nc6 12.Nxb6 axb6 13.e4? Nxe4 14.Bxg4 hxg4 15.Qxg4 Qf6 16.O-O Kf8 17.b3 Qh6 18.Qe2 Nxg3 19.Qg2 Nxf1 20.Kxf1 Qxh2 21.Bb2 Ra5 22.a4 Rah5 23.c3 Rh3 24.Nf2 Qxf4 25.Qxh3 Rxh3 0-1

Stephan Mueller-Christoph Jablonowski
Oberliga Nord N 0506
Germany, Oct. 23 2005
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bd6 4.fxe5 Bxe5 5.d4 Bf6 6.Bg2 Ne7 7.O-O Ng6 8.Qd3 O-O 9.Nd2 Be6 10.Nb3 Nd7 11.c3 Rc8 12.Be3 Be7 13.Na5 c6 14.b4 b6 15.Nb3 Nf6 16.Nf4 Bd7 17.Kh1 Qc7 18.Bg1 Rce8 19.Rae1 Bd6 20.Nh3 Ne4 21.Bf2 Bf5 22.Qf3 Qd7 23.Nf4 Bg4 24.Qd3 Bxf4 25.gxf4 Nxf4 26.Qe3 Nxg2 27.Kxg2 Nxf2 28.Qxf2 Bh3+ 29.Kh1 Bxf1 30.Qxf1 Re3 31.Qg2 Qf5 32.Nd2 Rd8 33.c4 Qg6 34.Qf2 Qc2 35.Rf1 f6 36.Nf3 Qxe2 37.cxd5 Qxf2 38.Rxf2 cxd5 39.Ng1 Rd3 0-1

AMAR-2
3.f4 exf4 4.Nxf4

Certainly Black can take the pawn. Well, he ends up with a much better position than White, who finds himself on the defensive. It is not known if this is a forced win for Black, but it is close to one.

N.N.-N.N.
British Jr. Ch., 1965?
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 exf4 4.Nxf4 Bd6 5.d3 h5 6.Bg2 h4 7.e4 Nf6 8.Nc3 Bg4 9.Qd2 hxg3 10.hxg3 Rxh1+ 11.Bxh1 g5 12.Nfxd5 Bxg3+ 13.Kf1 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 c6 15.Qg2 Qd6 16.Nc3 Qf6+ 17.Kg1 Qd4+ 0-1

AMAR-3
3.f4 Bxh3

It took a while for Black to figure out the winning strategy. And that strategy to attack first, and then continue to attack, attack, and attack.

Tartakower-Lilienthal
Paris, 1933
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.O-O fxg3 6.hxg3 Nf6 7.d3 Nc6 8.Nc3 Bd6 9.Bg5 Bxg3 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.e4 Rg8 12.Nxd5 Be5+ 13.Kh1 Qd6 14.c3 Rg3 15.Qh5 Rxd3 16.Rad1 Rxd1 17.Rxd1 Ne7 18.Ne3 Qc5 19.Qxh7 Nc8 20.Qg8+ 1-0
(Forced is 20…Qf8 21.Rd8+ Kxd8 22.Qxf8#.)

H. Meyers-T. Alvarez
Dominican Republic, 1966
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.O-O fxg3 6.e4 gxh2+ 7.Kh1 dxe4 8.Nc3 Nf6 9.d3 exd3 10.Bg5 dxc2 11.Qf3 Be7 12.Qxb7 Nbd7 13.Bxd7+ Nxd7 14.Bxe7 Kxe7 15.Nd5+ Kf8 16.Nxc7 Nc5 17.Ne6+ Nxe6 18.Qxf7mate 1-0

Harnett-Muller
Guernsey Open, 1980
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.O-O fxg3 6.e4 gxh2+ 7.Kh1 dxe4 8.d3 Nf6 9.Nc3 exd3 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Qf3 O-O 12.Rae1 Nc6 13.Qg2 Nh5
(> 13…Kh8) 14.Bxe7 Nxe7 15.Bg4 d2 16.Re5 Nf6 17.Rxf6 gxf6 18.Rd5 Qb8 (> 18…Qxd5) 19.Rh5 Kg7 20.Qxd2 Rh8 21.Ne4 1-0

William Preston-Roelof Westra
Hull Congress Open, Sept. 14 1996
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.O-O fxg3 6.e4 dxe4 7.d3 Bc5+ 8.Kh1 Qh4 9.Qg4 Qxg4 10.Bxg4 Nf6 11.Bc8 Nbd7 12.Bxb7 Rb8 13.Bxe4 Nxe4 14.dxe4 gxh2 15.Nc3 O-O 16.b3 Bd4 17.Bb2 Ne5 18.Rad1 c5 19.Kxh2 Ng4+ 20.Kg3 Ne3 21.Rxd4 Nxf1+ 22.Kf2 cxd4 23.Nd5 Ne3 24.Ne7+ Kh8 25.Bxd4 Nxc2 26.Bb2 Rbd8 27.Nf5 f6 28.Kg3 Rd3+ 29.Kf4 g5+ 30.Kg4 Ne3+ 31.Nxe3 Rxe3 32.Kf5 Re2 33.Ba3 Rf7 34.Ke6 Kg7 35.Kf5 h5 36.Bc5 h4 37.a4 h3 38.b4 h2 0-1

William Preston-A. Bulbeck
Hull Congress Open, Sept. 15 1996
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.O-O Bd6 6.e4 fxg3 7.d4 Qh4 8.Qf3 Qxh3 -+ 9.Qxf7+ Kd8 10.Bg5+ Ne7 11.Rf3

11…Qxh2+ 12.Kf1 g2+ 13.Ke1 g1=Q+ 14.Rf1 Qxg5 15.Qf3 Qc1+ 16.Qd1 Qe3+ 0-1

Igor Glazyrin-Artur Gataullin
Russia U26 Ch.
Ufa, May 10 2004
1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.O-O fxg3 6.e4 gxh2+ 7.Kh1 dxe4 8.d3 Nf6 9.Nc3 exd3 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Qf3 Nc6 12.Rae1 O-O 13.Qg2 Kh8 14.Rxe7 Qxe7 15.Nd5 Qe2 16.Nxf6 Qxg2+ 17.Bxg2 h6 18.Bh4 dxc2 19.Kxh2 Nb4 20.Nh5 Nxa2 21.Nxg7 f6 0-1

Correspondence Quickies

Fjolnisson-Ballschuh
corres., 1989/91
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4
(The Urusov Gambit. This gambit can also arise from the Bishop’s Opening: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nf3.) 4…d5 5.exd5 Bg4 6.O-O Be7 7.Qd3 c6 8.Nxd4 Nxd5 9.Re1 O-O 10.Bxd5 cxd5 11.h3 Bh5 12.Nc3 Nc6 13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.Nxc6 Qxc6 15.Rxe7 Rad8 16.Qe4 Rd1+ 17.Kh2 Qf6 18.Rxb7 Bg6 19.Qf3 Qxf3 20.gxf3 Bxc2 21.b4 Rc8 22.Rxa7 h6 23.b5 Bf5 24.b6 g5 25.b7 1-0

Joe Ei-Ken Scott
corres.
Golden Knights, USCF, 1982
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Bd2 Qd8 9.Bc4 e6 10.O-O-O Qb6?! 11.Ne4 Qxd4? 12.Ba5 Qxc4


13.Qxf6! gxf6 14.Nxf6+ Ke7 15.Bd8mate 1-0

Majewski-Szamrej
corres.
Poland Ch., 1992
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ne7 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.Qe4+ Kf6 12.Qxd4+ Kg6 13.Qxd5 Qe7+ 14.Be3 c6 15.Bd3+ Kf6 16.Qf3+ 1-0

S. Chasin-G. Bucciardini X25
corres.
European Masters Tournament, 1990/3
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.O-O Bc5 6.c3 Nxe4 7.cxd4 d5 8.dxc5 dxc4 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.Rd1+ Bd7 11.Be3 Ke7 12.Na3 Be6 13.Nd4 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Rhd8 15.f3 Nf6 16.Rac1 c3 17.b3 Nd5 18.Nb5 c2! 19.Re1 a6 20.Nc3 Nb4 21.Re4 f5 22.Rh4 Kf7 23.Ne2 h6 24.g3? Bd5! 0-1

You must treat the Ruy Lopez with respect!

Philip Williams-Kenneth Jemdell
corres.
Golden Knights, 1986
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nd4 5.Nxe5 b5 6.Bb3 Qg5 7.Ng4 d5 8.Bxd5 Bxg4 9.f3 Bxf3 10.gxf3 Qg2 11.Rf1 Be7! 0-1

Alex Dunne (2183)-Juan Ortiz (1706)
corres.
Golden Knights, 1996
[C62]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.Nc3 f6 6.Be3 a6 7.Bc4 Nge7 8.Qe2 Bg4 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 1-0

Snyder-Kohler
corres., 197?
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 a6 5.Ba4 b5 6.Bb3 h6 7.c3 Nf6 8.Bc2 Bb7 9.O-O exd4 10.cxd4 Be7 11.Re1 O-O 12.Nbd2
(White keeps developing. The knight move is defending his king and can opens the way for the knight to play a part in a kingside attack.) 12…Na5 (This knight is not doing anything useful here. When Black brings it back he has lost two tempi.) 13.Nf1 (This knight is heading for more active duties on the kingside.) 13…Nc4 14.Ng3 Re8 15.Nf5 Nb6 16.Bxh6 gxh6 17.Nxh6+ Kf8 18.Ng5 Qd7 19.Ngxf7 Kg7 20.Qd3 Nxe4 21.Rxe4 (Black has floated into a lost position. White sacrifice is easy as he has his eyes on the king.) 21…Bxe4 22.Qg3+ (Because of 22…Kf6 23.Qg5+ Ke6 24.Qg4+ Kf6 25.Qxe4) 1-0

Neal Moenich (1606)-Z. L. King (1706)
corres.
ASPCC, 2004
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bd7 6.Nc3 Qf6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bc4 g6 9.O-O Bg7 10.Re1 Nh6 11.f4 Ng4 12.Qe2 Qh4 13.h3 Bd4+ 14.Kh1 Nf2+ 15.Kh2 Nxh3 16.g3 Qh6 17.Kg2 Nxf4+ 18.Bxf4 Qh3+ 19.Kf3 Bg4mate 0-1

And I have to do a blog post on this opening!

Anker Aasum-Lothar Frenzel
corres., 1989
1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6 6.g5 exf3 7.Qxf3 Qd4 8.Qxb7 Ng4 9.Qxa8 Qf2+ 10.Kd1 Ne3+ 0-1