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Four Pawns Attack + Alexander Alekhine

Thank you Raymondo for kicking us off this week.


I doubt if any of you know Cliff Forsyth. Why should you?
Cliff (48, married, no children, glum looking wife, parts his hair to the right)
recently fell for Chess scam no 134.

Scam number 134 is this:

Just out. It claims to teach you how to play chess in 6 months.
The first issue cover pawn moves only.

So Cliff Forsyth (baggage handler, squint in the left eye, hunts mice)
bought a copy, studied it and headed for the local chess club.
He introduced himself Bill Rubb (36, unmarried, looks much older than 36).
This is what happened.

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C.Forsyth - B.Rubb

1.b4 e6 2.a3 c5 3.c3 cxb4 4.cxb4 a5 5.b5 Bc5 6.a4 Qf6

That little gem of creavity was actually played in the RHP blitz room last week.
White resigned without moving a piece.

This next bright cheerful game was emailed to me the other day
by Michael Bennett (aged 10, just started smoking).

It's from the recent league match, Muswell Hill v Hendon.
The Black player went to the wrong venue, took a taxi to Muswell Hill
and arrived 30 minutes late. D.Ellis - V. Kumar.

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D.Ellis - V. Kumar

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 h6 4.d4 g5 5.Bc4 d6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.g3 Bh3 8.Rf2 fxg3 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ne5+ Ke6 11.d5+ Kxe5 12.Rf7 c6 13.Qd3 Qb6+ 14.Be3 Qxb2 15.hxg3 Qxa1 16.Bf4+ gxf4 17.gxf4

This next game came from Julius Schwartz (1676, hates doubles pawns).
It is his game v Neil Berry (more than 1676, does not mind doubled pawns).

Neil is actually graded 2300+ so to make up the 700 grading points
difference Julius sacs his Queen. It was played a few weeks ago in Perth.

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N.Berry - J.Schwartz

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 c5 6.d5 Bg4 7.Qc2 0-0 8.f5 e6 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 exf5 11.exf5 Re8+ 12.Be2 Na6 13.Bg5 Nxg4 14.Bxd8 Ne3 15.Qa4 Raxd8 16.Bxh5 gxh5 17.Nge2 Nb4 18.Rg1 Kh8 19.Rd1 Bf6 20.Kd2 Nxc4+ 21.Kc1 Nxb2 22.Qb3 N2d3+ 23.Kb1 c4 24.Qxc4 Rc8 25.Qb3 Re3 26.Rxd3 Nxd3 27.Qxb7 Ree8 28.Qxf7 Rb8+ 29.Kc2 Nb4+ 30.Kd1 Rf8 31.Qxa7 Ra8 32.Qb7 Nxa2 33.Ne4 Nc3+ 34.N2xc3 Rfb8 35.Qxb8+

An excellent attempt. Although Neil was technically winning from move 10.
(9...Nh4 looked at first glance OK - it's trickier), it's was one of those
uncomfortable one's he had to keep an on. One wee careless slip and it's gone.

Let us have a look at the opening.

Nice, and here is a pawn on c7.

And here is a Knight on e7 and a Rook on...

(....get on with it...........Ed)

The Four Pawns Attack v the KID.
150 years ago any Black player allowing this set-up would have
been thrown into the Poor House.

Now of course we know different and every seasoned King's Indian
player really enjoys playing against the Four Pawns attack.

You just have to faith in the trail blazers of this opening,
Bronstein & Bondarevsky who showed the advanced pawns can be weak
and broad pawn centers are not an automatic win.

Here is a game that made an impression when I was a Fred Reinfeld player.

White makes a whole scad of pawn moves, Black wriggles in with his Knights.
Knights are great at exploiting holes created by over zealous pawns.
Suddenly Black attacks the only unmoved pawn. White fell to bits.

Csom-Korchnoi, Hungary 1965.

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Csom - Korchnoi

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d5 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 c6 7.Be3 a6 8.a4 a5 9.g4 Na6 10.f4 Nd7 11.h4 Ndc5 12.Bf3 Qb6 13.Qd2 Qxb2 14.Qxb2 Nd3+ 15.Kd2 Nxb2 16.Be2 Bxg4 17.Bxg4 Nxc4+ 18.Kd3 Nxe3

Of course in the FPA Black does not get it all his own way.
I set my DB looking for wins under 25 moves for both sides in the FPA.
It found just over 700 with White scoring 59% v 41%.

Here is a good White win. A.Cherepkov(2395) - A. Kremenietsky (2385) Russia 1928.
Black commits the age old sin of trading his g7 Bishop for the c3 Knight.
(I've done this a few times....and lost).

Black goes for a Philidor legacy - White ignores it,
White then proves that 15....Bxc3 was dodgy when he plants
his Queen on h6 and waits for something to hit g7 to administer the mate.
White sac a Bishop and Knight so a low pawn can reach f6. 1-0.

Look out for the "shuggler." on move 20.

(What is shuggler?.....................Ed)

A shuggler is when you stop mid combination to shuggle
a piece that would the stop combination, out of the way.

White is preparing to play Ng5 but does not want Black playing Qh5
so he 'shuggles' it away from h5 then carries on with the rest of the combination.

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A.Cherepkov - A.Kremenietsky

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 b5 8.cxb5 a6 9.bxa6 Qa5 10.Bd2 Bxa6 11.Be2 c4 12.0-0 Qb6+ 13.Kh1 Ng4 14.Qc1 Nd7 15.Rb1 Bxc3 16.Bxc3 Nf2+ 17.Rxf2 Qxf2 18.f5 Qxe2 19.Qh6 Nf6 20.Re1 Qc2 21.Bxf6 exf6 22.Ng5 fxg5 23.f6

Nice game of Chess that one.

We end with another nice game. Shirov showing us his tactcial ability,
feigning an attack on c3 but ready to pounce with a cute trick the
moment White castles.

Loads of wee nags appeared when I first saw this one,
so it may not be 100%. White may have a shot in there somewhere.

I don't rip these wee joys to pieces with a computer.
What point are people trying to make when they do this?
J.Elbilia (2310) - A.Shirov(2670) France, 1993

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J.Elbilia - A.Shirov

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 b5 8.cxb5 a6 9.bxa6 Qa5 10.Qd2 Bxa6 11.e5 Nfd7 12.e6 Nb6 13.exf7+ Rxf7 14.Ng5 Rf5 15.Qe3 N8d7 16.Bxa6 Qxa6 17.Ne6 Be5 18.Nc7 Qa5 19.Nxa8 Nxd5 20.Qd2 Nxc3 21.0-0 Bd4+ 22.Kh1 Ne4 23.Qxa5 Ng3+ 24.hxg3 Rh5

Finally, I cannot describe what Alekhine looked like in writing, but here
is a photograph of him to give you an idea of what he looked like.

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