Monday, May 7, 2007

Philidor Counter Gambit, Zukertort Attack

Here is a Philidor Counter Gambit that I played yesterday at the Polgar Chess Center. The time control was game/30, which may explain why my opponent blundered the exchange and next his queen in a complicated position.

Shaun Smith (USCF 1969) - Jim West (USCF 2218), Polgar Chess Club 5/6/2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Bc4+ Kg7 11.Nxh8 Nc6 12.Qg3+ Kxh8 13.Bg5 Bg7 14.c3 Bf5 15.O-O Qd6?!

A more prudent choice would be 15...Qd7. After the game move, White can win a pawn by 16.Qxd6 cxd6 17.f3 Rf8 18.Rae1 Na5 19.fxe4 Bxe4 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Rxe4 Nxc4 22.Re6 Kg7 23.b3 Na3 24.Rf3 Nb5 25.a4 Nxc3 26.Rexf6 Rxf6 27.Rxc3.

16.Bf4 Qd7 17.Bxc7 Rc8 18.Be5 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Nh5 20.Qh4 Rxc4 21.Qxh5 Rc8 22.Rad1 Qe6

In this roughly equal position, White should play 23.Rd6 Qxe5 24.Rfd1 Rf8 when it is still anyone's game. Instead he makes consecutive blunders, causing his resignation.

23.f4? Bg4 24.f5?? Qb6+, White resigns.