Hello dear team members!
I want to share one memorable game which I played recently.
miki-sives (1552) - Behemon (1682)
Online game, Chess.com 21.01. – 22.1.2010
Evans Gambit, Accepted (C52):
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
The romantic and low largely forgotten Evans gambit. I have played against this gambit only a couple of times in blixt games.With white pieces I tried it a couple of times against a computer program called Ziggurat Chess and achieved only modest results.
So it was quite strange for me before this year. Although I did not know this gambit earlier I managed to play draw with black pieces against my friend Extraordinary during the tournament of Mänttä in 2008. Of course he was much weaker at that time than today(!)
At the beginning of this year I took part of Evans Gambit thematic tourney. In this competition I have learned much from this opening. Maybe not enough that I could use in OTB-games but so much that I can use it here in Chess.com. [Behemon]
4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 (A thematic game – this was the starting position.)
Here black has many choices:
a) 6...Nge7 7.d4 Ng6 8.Ng5 0–0 9.Qh5 h6 10.Nxf7 Rxf7 11.Qxg6 Qe7 12.Bxh6 (1–0), Jaroch,K (2174)-Hiszczynski, J. (2010), Kowalewo Pomorskie (2007).
b) 6...Nf6 and now:
I) 7.Qc2 d6
Or 7...Bb6 8.Bb2 d6 9.d4 0–0 10.Nbd2 Bg4 11.Rfe1 Nd7 12.h3 Bh5 13.Bd5 exd4 14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.cxd4 c6 16.Bb3 Bg6 17.Ba3 Bxd4 18.Bc4 Bxa1 19.Rxa1 Nf6 20.Re1 Re8 21.Bb2 d5 22.Bd3 etc. (0-1, 32 moves), Hennch, T (1039)-Neftik, I (1587), Berlin (2005).
8.h3 0–0 9.d4 Bb6 10.Bb2 Qe7 11.Re1 Bd7 12.Nbd2 Rad8 13.Rad1 a6 14.a3 Nh5 15.Nf1 Qf6 16.Be2 Nf4 17.Ne3 Ne7 18.Bf1 Nxh3+ 19.gxh3 Qxf3 20.Bg2 Qh5 21.Rd3 etc. (1-0, 34 moves), Ubeira Martinez, E. - Polo Casares, O., Orense (2002).
II) 7.Re1 0–0 8.d4 d6 9.Ba3 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Bb6 12.Qd3 Ng4 13.Re2 Ne5 14.Qg3 Nxc4 15.Bc1 Qf6 16.Nd2 Be6 17.Nf3 h6 18.Nd4 Bxd4 19.cxd4 Qxd4 20.Bxh6 Qxa1+ (0–1), Reginato, B. - Campos, E. (2259), Vitoria (2006).
III) 7.Qb3 0–0 8.Ng5 Qe8 9.f4 Bb6+ 10.Kh1 Na5 11.Bxf7+ Rxf7 12.Qxf7+ Qxf7 13.Nxf7 Kxf7 14.fxe5 d6 15.exf6 gxf6 16.d3 Kg7 17.Bb2 Bd7 18.c4 Rf8 19.Nd2 Nc6 20.Nf3 Nb4 21.d4 Nc2 etc. (1-0, 57 moves), Natsidis, C. (1661) - Klaiber, M. (1466), Burg Stargard (2002).
IV) 7.d4 0–0 8.Nxe5 Nxe4 9.Ba3 Nxe5 10.dxe5= - Rybka 3.
I wondered this move. It's not mentioned in any theory books. I even thought myself that my opponent brought his bishop too deep ahead the front lines. However the move can be relatively playable. [Behemon]
7.d4 exd4 8.Qb3 Qd7= - Rybka 3.
7...Nge7 8.Bb3 0–0 9.d3 and black has small advantage - Rybka 3.
8.d4 [8.Qb3 Qe7= - Rybka 3.] 8...exd4 9.Nxd4
9.Ng5 Nh6 10.cxd4 Qf6 and black stands slightly better - Rybka 3.
9...Nf6 (Black has gained some advantage.) 10.Bxc6 Bxc6
10...bxc6!? 11. a4 a6 and black has some advantage. (11...Nxe4?! is not good because: 12.Re1 f5 13.f3 and black has only small advantage) [Rybka 3]
11.Nxc6= bxc6 12.Qa4 Bb6 13.Qxc6+ Nd7 14.e5
White threatens to win material: e5xd6
Better is 15.exd6 and white can hope to survive: 15...Rc8 16.Bf4 with small advantage for black – Rybka 3.
15...fxe6–+ 16.Na3 Ne5 17.Qe4 Qd7
17...Qf6 18.Be3 and black has a clear advantage – Rybka 3.
Better is 18.Be3!? and black has some advantage – Rybka 3.
18...Nxc4–+ 19.Qxc4 Kh8
19...Rxf2 20.Rxf2 Rf8 21.Bf4–+ [Rybka 3.]
20.Be3 e5 and black stands better – Rybka 3.
20...Rf6 21.Rad1 Raf8 22.Rd2–+ [Rybka 3.]
21.Qe2 Rae8–+ [Rybka 3.]
21...Qf5 [21...Qb5 22.Qc2–+]
22.Qe2 a5 [22...Rf7 23.Bc1–+] 23.c4
23.Kh1 Qd7 and black is standing better. (23...Bxf2 is clearly weaker because 24.Bc1 and white has small advantage.) [Rybka 3.]
23...Rab8 24.Bc3 Rf6
24...a4 25.Rad1–+ [Rybka 3]
25...Bd4 26.Bxd4 exd4 27.Qd2–+ [Rybka 3]
26...Kg8 27.f3 and black has some advantage – Rybka 3.
27.f3!? must be considered 27...Qh5 28.Qd2 and black is standing slightly better – Rybka 3.
27...Rxg4 (Black has some advantage.) 28.f3?
This move weakens white’s position remarkably. According Rybka better is 28. f4 with advantage for black.
29.Ba1 is no salvation 29...Kg8–+ [Rybka 3]
30.Be3 doesn't get the cat off the tree 30...Bxe3 31.Rxe3 Rxa2–+ [Rybka 3]
30...h6 makes it even easier for Black 31.Bc1 Rxa2 32.Re4–+ [Rybka 3]
31.h3 cannot change destiny 31...Bd4 32.Bc1 a4–+ [Rybka 3]
32.Be7 doesn't improve anything 32...Re8 33.Bh4 e4–+ [Rybka 3.]
33.Re7 doesn't get the bull off the ice 33...Be3 34.Bg3 Rb3–+ [Rybka 3.]
33...g5 34.Bxg5 hxg5 35.Rg4 Be3 36.h3 Bf2
36...Bd2 might be the shorter path 37.Rd1 Rb4–+ [Rybka 3.]
37.Rc1–+ is one last hope – Rybka 3.
37...Rb1+ 38.Kh2 Bg1+ 39.Kh1 Raa1 40.Rge4 Bf2+ 41.Re1 Rxe1+ 42.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 43.Kh2 a4 44.g3 a3 45.h4 a2 46.Kg2 a1Q 47.Kh3 Qe5 48.Kg4 Qxg3+ 49.Kf5 Kg7 50.hxg5 Re5# - Rybka 3.
Now I saw that beautiful mate combination which happened later in game. [Behemon]
39.Kh1 does not improve anything 39...Rbb1 40.Re8+ Kh7 41.Rge4 Bf2+ 42.Re1 Rxe1+ 43.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 44.Kh2 a4 45.h4 gxh4 46.Kh3 a3 47.g3 Bxg3 48.Kg4 a2 49.Kg5 a1Q 50.Kf5 Qe5+ 51.Kg4 Qe6+ 52.Kf3 Qe2# - Rybka 3.
I expected 39. Kh1 and winning the game would have been more difficult. The game move leads to direct mate. [Behemon]
39...Rb3+ 40.Re3 Rxe3# (0–1)
Analyses: Rybka 3 [1–cpu 32-bit (40s)] and Behemon.