Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brian Wall on Chess!

It's true, I did not ask permission to Brian Wall to publish his part, but I publish on this blog because it is very interesting ... I think! Comments are from Brian.

The game in PGN format:

[Event "Corner Bakery blitz"]
[Site "Denver USA"]
[Date "2013.09.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Bekkedahl Zachary (USA)"]
[Black "Wall Brian (USA)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C40"]
[WhiteElo "2124"]
[BlackElo "2262"]
[Annotator "Wall Brian (USA)"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4
{This is what Zach played against Hartsook in a slow game. GM John Nunn in
SECRETS OF PRACTICAL PLAY and IM Pfren on the lively Latvian Chess.com thread
insist 3 Nc3 wins with no muss or fuss. Pfren even called the Latvian Gambit
"stupid". Pfren was interested in refuting the Gambit with a minimum of time
and energy. I get this tude a lot with Jack Young's Fishing Pole. They can't
enjoy the ideas, just get me out of here as soon as possible. IM Jeremy Silman
calls idiots who won't listen to how unsound their gambits are "rapists",
meaning they write meaner and meaner comments the more you refute their analysis.}
fxe4 4.Nxe5 d5 5.Qh5+ g6 6.Nxg6 hxg6 {Jack Woehr mentioned 6 ... Nf6 but David and I don't like this line}
7.Qxg6+ {7 Qxh8 looks dubious for Black but hordes of Latvian afficiandos, Hartsook
included, are willing to play this. I tried it out with Rybka 3 and the results
were interesting. It was very easy for White to get in trouble or lose any advantage. Very scary for White even if it wins.}
Ke7 {This was the subject of 1878 George Brunton Fraser analysis. David played 7
... Kd7, lost 4 pawns for a Bishop and the ensuing endgame. A nice performance
by Zach. I believe Clyde Nakamura prefers 7 ... Kd7 or cites analysis of those
who do. I don't know which move is better but I was trying to improve on the Bekkedahl-Hartsook game.}
8.d4 {On 8 d3 Bh6 is OK but 8 d4 Bh6 is not OK due to Qe5+ later %08DA}
e3 {!!N Stefan Buecker mentioned this improvement over George Brunton Fraser's analysis in Chesse Cafe, Latvian Gambit article.}
9.Bxe3 Qd6 10.Bg5+ Kd7 11.Qxd6+ {The idea of 8 ... e3!! is revealed after 11 Qf5+ Qe6+ and White has to trade Queens}
Kxd6 12.Bd3 Bh6 13.Bxh6 Nxh6 14.O-O Nc6 15.c3 Bf5 16.Bxf5 Nxf5
17.Nd2 {I eventually lost on time in a dead drawn ending of my King and Knight versus a King and a few doomed pawns by Zach}

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