Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

Budapest Gambit

I met K.J.Rolicking (above) at the launch of his latest book.

'The 7 Wicked Dwarves Kill Chalky White.'

"Where do you get your ideas from?" I asked.

"You stay away me." he screamed.

Try This No.115

It's a helpmate in 7. A nice easy one.
Helpmate rules are Black goes first and helps
White to checkmate him. So in this case White will
administer mate on move 8.

It's easy once you get idea.

D.Campbell - W.Burnett Cumbernauld Weekend Congress 2007.
A well played game by Black this one.
White seems to lost track of things after 11...f6.
He seemed to jump from plan to plan and simply ended up
playing reaction chess following Black's threats.

19.a5 looks dodgy. How about 19.axb5 Rxb5 20 c4.
I keep finding interesting and sharp positions here.

Black cooly pocketed a couple of pawns and shuggled his bits
around threatening and poking. The Black Knight causing havoc
in the White's ranks. (it eventually mated White).

White then tried to get something going on the Kingside
and actually did manage to threaten a mate in one.
Unfortunately for him Black simply pulled out Philidor's Legacy.

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D.Campbell - W.Burnett

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 e6 7.Qd2 Nge7 8.f4 Rb8 9.a4 Nd4
10.Nd1 d5 11.e5 f6 12.Bxd4 cxd4 13.Nf3 fxe5 14.Nxe5 Qc7 15.Nf3 0-0 16.0-0 Nf5
17.c3 Bd7 18.Re1 b5 19.a5 dxc3 20.Nxc3 b4 21.Nd1 Rb5 22.d4 Rxa5 23.Rxa5 Qxa5
24.Ne5 Bxe5 25.fxe5 Qb6 26.Ne3 Nxd4 27.Kh1 Nb3 28.Qd1 Nc5 29.Ng4 Bc6 30.Nf6+ Kg7
31.Qg4 Nd3 32.Qh4 Nf2+ 33.Kg1 Nh3+ 34.Kh1 Qg1+ 35.Rxg1 Nf2

This arrived, it's Michael Boyd v Some Guy.
Apparently Master Boyd cannot recall the name of his opponent.
The game was played at Cumbernauld - he can remember that bit.

A note added to the game stated that he had never seen 2...e5 before.
It's a Budapest Gambit (A52). White was one move away from the
famous Budapest trap that has appeared in book on traps since Caxton.

In this position White side stepped the trick with 6.Nc3.
The trap is sprung if you play 6 g3.

6.g3 Nxf2 7.Kxf2 Bxg3+ wins the Queen.

Lady luck certainly smiled on Michael in this game.
In this position all Black need play 21....Rab8 and win.

21...Rab8 22.Qc6 Rb2+ 23.Ke1 Qb4+ 24.Bc3 Qxc3+ 25.Rd2 Qxd2 mate.

Instead Black played 21...c5 and he (was it a he - can you remember that?)
I'll rephrase that.
Instead Black played 21...c5 and he/she/it was mated on g7.
Here is the game.

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M.Boyd - Some Guy

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 d6 5.exd6 Bxd6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Bg5 f6 8.Bh4 Be6 9.e3 Nc6 10.Bg3 Nge5 11.Nd5 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 Bb4+ 13.Nxb4 Nxb4 14.Qe4 Re8 15.Rd1 Qe7 16.a3 f5 17.Qxb7 Nc2+ 18.Kd2 Nxa3 19.bxa3 Qxa3 20.Be5 Red8+ 21.Bd4 c5 22.Qxg7 mate.

I use to play the Budapest myself. Black gets good fun if White
tries to hang onto the pawn (don't hang onto to the pawn).
If you do not fancy learning the theory then 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3.

It occasionally pops up at the top level. Witness this game
where a strong tries to violate every opening principle
in the book. All for the sake of a pawn.
A.Beliavsky (2640) - V.Epishin (2620), Reggio Emilia, 1991.
Look out for the Knight fork tricks when the White King & Queen
are on f2 and f4. If one player starts disobeying the basic
principles then the usual solution is basic elementary tactics.

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A.Beliavsky - V.Epishin

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Qd4 d6 5.exd6 Bxd6 6.Qe4+ Be6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Nf3 Qd7 9.Nd4 Bxc4 10.Nf5 Be6 11.Nxd6 cxd6 12.g3 d5 13.Qf4 d4 14.Ne4 Bd5 15.f3 f5 16.Nc5 Qe7 17.Nd3 Nc6 18.h3 Nge5 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.Kf2 d3 21.Bd2 dxe2 22.Bxe2 Bxf3 23.Bb4 Qe6 24.Rhe1 Bxe2 25.Qe3 f4

If 26.Qxe2 then the killer move is 26..Qb6+

Staying with the Budapest. Lets see how a good player meets it.
Here White gives back the pawn at the correct time obtaining
a positional plus after Black re-captures it.

Roland Kensdale sent me his game from Jonathan Rowson
simultaneous that took place in Glasgow a few weeks back.

J.R. seems to be coasting to a simple (for him) technical win.
On move 26 he has the d-file and is a pawn up.

His position certainly looks overwhelming and one cannot see
where Black is going in any counter-play at all.

White perhaps relaxed to take care of more pressing matters
taking place on the other boards. A couple of slack moves creep in.

Then Roland tells us J.R. had this massive think (2-3 minutes)
on move 34. A few moves later and White has to drop the exchange.

A draw was agreed. Roland knew he was better in the ending but
J.R. was coming around a bit quicker and he did not want to chuck it.

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J.Rowson - R.Kensdale

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7.a3 Bc5 8.e3 a5 9.Ne4 Ngxe5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxc5 Qxc5 12.Qd4 Qxd4 13.exd4 Nc6 14.d5 Nd4 15.0-0-0 c5 16.dxc6 Nxc6 17.Bd6 b6 18.Be2 Kd8 19.Rhe1 a4 20.Bf3 Bb7 21.Re2 Na5 22.Bxb7 Nxb7 23.Be7+ Kc7 24.Red2 d6 25.Bxd6+ Kc6 26.Bb4 Rad8 27.Kc2 Rxd2+ 28.Rxd2 Re8 29.f3 Re3 30.Bc3 g6 31.Bd4 Re1 32.Bf2 Re5 33.Kc3 Nc5 34.Bd4 Re1 35.Bf2 Re5 36.g4 f5 37.Bd4 Re1 38.gxf5 gxf5 39.Kc2 Nb3 40.Bf2 Rc1+ 41.Kd3 Nxd2 42.Kxd2 Rf1 43.Ke2 Rh1 44.h4 Rh2 45.Kf1 Rh1+ 46.Ke2 Rb1 47.Bd4 Rh1 48.Bf2 Rb1 49.Bd4 b5 50.cxb5+ Kxb5 51.Ke3

Good effort by Black. Kept his nerve in a lost position and
made it as difficult as possible for his opponent.

Right I'm off to get my Harry Potter book.
Thanks to the price war I can pick it up for 25p from the chippy.

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