Knight Moves (Apologies to Bob Segar)

Jul 18, 2014, 8:46 PM |

"I woke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves
When you just don't seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in"

Bob Segar, "Night Moves"

One of my favorite songs from my formative years in the 1970's.  Pensive at times.  Reflective of earlier events in the singer's life.  And a metaphor for my game here.

When I was younger (back in said 70's), I used to like to play the "romantic" openings.  King's Gambit.  Bishops Game.  Four Knights Game.  In this game, I opened with the Vienna Game.  Way back when (1939 to be exact!), American master Weaver Adams wrote a little book with the shocking title "White to Play and Win".  Adams originally suggested the Bishop's Game, but later advocated the Vienna, especially the so-called "Frankenstein-Dracula Variation."  (I'm not even touching that!!)

Weaver's point was that White was able to play energetically from the opening move.  It is a good lesson for "club players" like myself.

I tried to live up to the ideals of Weaver Adams in the following game, in which I essay a Vienna opening.  The Vienna is a cousin to the King's Gambit if you push the f-pawn to f4 early.  The way this game developed, it was a fight for the center, and a plan to cramp Black's attempt at counterplay.