My Shortest Wins XIX

  • #1

    Hey folks, Merry Christmas! This is the ninteenth installment of My Shortest Win Series!

    For a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL I'll show you an exciting game where I beat an FM!

    Here's the game:

    Lesson learned: BE CAREFUL!

  • #2

    i cant wait for "My shortest wins: XXX", but we still have a longs ways for that.

  • #3

    They're starting to sound like Super Bowls.

  • #4

    why can't you wait?

  • #5

    youll find out when youre older.

  • #6

    These games are a lot of fun to play through. I was going to post my longest win, but I haven't won it yet. It's a game I started in 1979, during the Carter Administration, and we're still playing it. However, I did win a pawn back in 1994.......

  • #7

    OK, Black clearly blundered, but this opening is so lame, that Black is not worse after 17...Bc5+ 18.Bd4 f5, or 18.Kf4 f6.

    Factly, blck's position is quite playable even in the inferior game continuation after the calm 20...Bc5.

    In the position Black resigned, white is just moderately better after 21...Ne6+ 22.Kxf5 Bc5 23.Rd7+ Kc8. This is because ...Rf8+ is a threat- white is mated if he takes the knight on e6.

  • #8

    Having just played thru the above game I feel compelled to ask a question even tho I'm just a very average Woodpusher. Not meaning to cast any dispersions on FM D.Hassel's character, but is it possible that he was on some kind of Drugs at the time of this Game ?

  • #9

    Nah, it was online.

    @pfren After the game Fritz told me I was up like, 2.5 pawns or so.

  • #10

    White is better of course, but not "winning".

    Fritz evaluations should be always be reviewed sceptically.

  • #11

    Wow, well played! Although, if I were black I would still play on, since the game just got very interesting with possible sacrifices and hidden attacks. :)

  • #12

    7...Be7 is probably safer for black. I've tried 7...Bd6 followed by O-O, with pretty good results. But the move hardly turns up at all in the DB I checked, so maybe there's something wrong with 7...Bd6. 

  • #13
    melvinbluestone wrote:

    7...Be7 is probably safer for black. I've tried 7...Bd6 followed by O-O, with pretty good results. But the move hardly turns up at all in the DB I checked, so maybe there's something wrong with 7...Bd6. 

    Bd6 blocks the queen, leaves bishop pretty much pinned and useless.

  • #14
    Cnacnel wrote:
    melvinbluestone wrote:

    7...Be7 is probably safer for black. I've tried 7...Bd6 followed by O-O, with pretty good results. But the move hardly turns up at all in the DB I checked, so maybe there's something wrong with 7...Bd6. 

    Bd6 blocks the queen, leaves bishop pretty much pinned and useless.

    Pardon? Blocks the queen from what? How is the bishop pinned?

  • #15
    melvinbluestone wrote:
    Cnacnel wrote:
    melvinbluestone wrote:

    7...Be7 is probably safer for black. I've tried 7...Bd6 followed by O-O, with pretty good results. But the move hardly turns up at all in the DB I checked, so maybe there's something wrong with 7...Bd6. 

    Bd6 blocks the queen, leaves bishop pretty much pinned and useless.

    Pardon? Blocks the queen from what? How is the bishop pinned?

    Try playing this opening on and you'll see. I didn't check it with engine so I may be wrong, but that's how I see it. Maybe there is a way to make this bishop active but from what I played with myself, the enemy can evade it and pin him to the queen.

  • #16

    Take a look

    7. Bxf7+

  • #17
    BlueKnight117 wrote:

    Take a look

    7. Bxf7+

    7.Bxf7+ went out with the horse and buggy: 7...Kxf7 8.Qxd8 Bb4+ followed by Rxd8 (or Qd2 followed by Bxd2+) is supposed to give black an edge, even though white's gotten his pawn back. Anyway, as I said a few posts back, I suspect 7...Bd6 is not black's best, and I probably just got lucky with it in a few blitz games. I think 7...Bc5 or 7...Be7 is better.

  • #18

    5...d5 is a decent equalizer, but since 5...Bb4+ gives Black a clear advantage, it should be labelled as "dubious".

  • #19
    pfren wrote:

    5...d5 is a decent equalizer, but since 5...Bb4+ gives Black a clear advantage, it should be labelled as "dubious".

    I'll readily defer to your expertise and agree 5...d5 is 'dubious' (I never liked the move), and 5...Bb4+ certainly looks like a better idea for black. But white's gotten some interesting play against this line. Of course, I had to go back to 1876 to find this relic, but I think it's worth a look.......



  • #20

    Another interesting try against 5...Bb4+ is 6.Nd2!? This quick game ended in a draw, but I think white did OK here, and maybe had the advantage at the end.......

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