Hallowe'en

  • #1

    While I've seen a few games involving the Hallowe'en Attack, I'd never played it before as either Black or White.  A few minutes ago, I was on the black side of this opening and I really had no idea how to proceed after the book moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 Nxe5 5. d4.  But I did know I was on the wrong side of a voracious attack with no idea what my plan should be or what the underlying tactics might be.  So, I figured I'd try to hold onto as much material as I could and concentrate on defending until I could figure out how to counterattack.   I doubt my moves were the best, or even particularly good, but they were all I could come up with in the time contraint of 5/0.  I think my opponent played well, but he ended up resigning.



  • #2

    Thanks.  I really think I had to have missed a lot. But all's well that ends well, particularly in blitz.

  • #3

    White generally tries to gain some space where as black tries not to loose to much tempo, I think that black has a decent game after giving the material back, or allowing a trade with some simple developing move

    I know, sounds counterintuitive not to take the material, but it is alot safer than letting your opponent run you over.

  • #4

    Well, I retreated my Knight to g6 because I didn't like the look of that center pawn roller attacking both Knights after ...Nc6.  I was prepared to give back mat'l if necessary, but ONLY if necessary :-D

  • #5

     

    white have to put pawns



  • #6

    White should have played 19 Qa5+ I think.  But if you just played simply 10 ...dxe5  11 0-0 Bd6  12 g3 N8e7 you are a piece up with possibilities of an attack.

  • #7

    After 5.d4, I'd prefer 5...Ng6 like in the game. Then after 6.e5, the immediate 6...Ng8 may look odd, but Black seems ok to me. I wouldn't even think of giving back any material.

  • #8
    greg135 wrote:

    Is this a chesscube tournament game?

    Nope, just a blitz game.

  • #9
    Estragon wrote:

    White should have played 19 Qa5+ I think.  But if you just played simply 10 ...dxe5  11 0-0 Bd6  12 g3 N8e7 you are a piece up with possibilities of an attack.

    19. Qa5+!  would probably caused me to trade Queens with 19...Qb6, but if 20 Qg5+, the I guess 20...Nf6.

     

    "10 ...dxe5  11 0-0 Bd6  12 g3 N8e" 
    Do you mean 9...dxe5?  10...dxe is impossible.
    but if 9...dxe5, then 10. Nxe5  looks pretty unpleasant for Black.

  • #10

    Thanks for warning me about that attack!

  • #11

    This game demonstrates what can happen if Black is too reaction based in choosing his moves, for example Rb8 was a mistake, as was N8e7 right after it

  • #12

    I was thinking this is the critical line:



  • #13

    Bd3 was better as it chases the knight more

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