Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Killing the Legend: part 1

To become a legend, firstly you must kill the current legend. I will post an article an analysis some of the chess opening that familiar used in our local tournament (northern region).


The Elephant Gambit, popular on the club level, has recently received a fair amount of theoretical attention. It is often seen in scholastic tournaments, but even advanced amateurs try it from time to time.
 After White captures on d5, Black has explored several plans, but they are easy enough to deal with.
1.e4 e5; 2.Nf3 d5; 3.exd5 ... 

Black has three distinct plans. 3…e4 is the most familiar idea for most players, and we take that as the main line. Black has two very interesting alternatives, which we deal with in the supplement:
3…Qxd5 (A) and the gambit approach 3…Bd6 (B).
4.Qe2 Qe7. The move one would expect to see most often.
4…Be7; 5.Qxe4 Nf6; 6.Bb5+ Bd7; 7.Qe2 Nxd5; 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7;
9.d4 gave White a big edge in Morphy-Paulsen, New York (blindfold) 1857.
4…f5; 5.d3 Nf6; 6.dxe4 fxe4; 7.Nc3 Be7 (7…Bb4; 8.Qb5+ c6;
9.Qxb4 exf3; 10.Bg5 cxd5; 11.O-O-O Nc6; 12.Qa3 Be6 was seen in Tal vs. Lutikov, Tallinn 1964, and Tal pointed out that White could get a clear advantage with 13.gxf3!)
8.Nxe4 O-O; 9.Nxf6+ Bxf6; 10.c3 Re8; 11.Be3 or 10…Qxd5; 11.Qc4 Be6; 12.Qxd5 Bxd5; 13.Be2.
Black has also sacrificed a second pawn by 4…Nf6, and this is probably his most dangerous attempt to seize the initiative. Play continues 5.d3 with four options for Black.

continuee .. elephant gambit

Next part will cover:
  • Siccilian Grand Prix/Closed Siccilian
  • Dutch Defend -: stone wall , leningrad , anti-dutch , dutch againt the English and Reti
  • King Indian
  • English symmetrical  
  • Queen Gambit -Slav & etc
  • etc..