Wild & Wooly   

  Miniature # 08  

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  GM D. Gormally (2513) - IM S. Williams (2473)  
  The European Union Individual Championships (ch-EU)  
  Liverpool, ENG; (R10) / 15,09,2006.  

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  [A.J. Goldsby I]  

An incredible game ... one that several people e-mailed me and requested that I look at. 

 1.d4 f5;  2.Bg5!?,   
A provocative and strange opening line, the Bishop moves to attack the ghost of a Knight ... 
one that has not even moved yet!  

  rnbqkbnr/ppppp1pp/8/5pB1/3P4/8/PPP1PPPP/RN1QKBNR b  


One of the earliest known examples, and one that I have personally studied, occurred in a match game between E. Schiffers and M. Chigorin in a match in St. Petersburg, (RUS); that was played in 1878. 

     [ Normal here is:  (>/=)  2.Nf3, "+/="  with good play for White. {See any good reference work.}   

       The normal plan for White usually involves a fianchetto of the KB, a line that was pioneered   
        by none other than the great A. Rubinstein.  [See MCO-14, (pg. # 487); for more details.] ]  


 2...h6!?;  (Possibly - '?!')   
Black plays an equally wild response to White's 2nd move. (I deeply distrust this move, the weakness of the f7-h5 diagonal is well-known, and many opening traps use this particular motif.) 

     [ Maybe better was:  (>/=) 2...g6;  [See MCO-14, page # 489; column # 21 and all notes.] ]   


 3.Bh4 g5!?;  4.e4!?,  (Maybe - '!')   
Based on the Morphy Principle, White must open as many lines as possible here. 

     [ A few GM's have played this line, for example:   
       4.e3 Nf65.Bg3 d66.h4 Rg87.hxg5 hxg58.Nc3 e69.f3 Qe7;  
       10.Qd2 Nc611.0-0-0 Bd712.e4 fxe413.fxe4 0-0-014.d5,  "+/="  
        {Drawn in 48 moves.}   

       GM Garry Kasparov (2775)GM Miguel Illescas.Cordoba (2635);   
       Super-GM Tournament / Dos Hermanas, ESP; (R#4) / 05,1996.   

       [ See also MCO-14. Page # 489, column # 22; and all relevant notes. ] ]   


Black must defend. 
(He prepares to block the check from the Queen by playing his Rook from h7 to f7.)  

     [ Of course not: </=  4...gxh4??; 5.Qh5#. ]   


 5.Qh5+ Rf7;  6.Nf3 Nf6;   
Black needs to defend, (& develop).  

     [ But of course not: </= 6...fxe4??7.Ne5,  ("+/-")  & mate next. ]   


 7.Qg6 Nc6;   
Black must stop Ne5.  


Now White begins to mix things up ... at this point, he really has no choice.   

     [ Another continuation would be: 
        8.exf5 gxh49.Ne5 Nxe510.dxe5 Nd511.e6 dxe612.fxe6 Bxe6!13.Qxe6 Rf6,  "=/+"  
        when Black looks OK. ]  


Now comes a series of moves that is mostly forced. 
 8...fxe4;  9.Ne5 Nxe5;  10.dxe5 hxg5;  11.exf6 exf6?!;    
Black needs to CLOSE lines, not open them!   

     [ Much better was: >/= 11...e6; ('!')  
       {This move is practically forced, ('[]') the key a2-g8 diagonal is closed off to White's Bishop.}   
       12.Be2!? Qxf613.Bh5 Qxf2+14.Kd1 d515.Qxg5 e3;  "~"   (unclear)  when Black has 
        good play and fair "comp" for the exchange. ]  


White's next move is correct because it brings a new piece into the fray - and also prepares Q-side castling. 
(The White QR comes strongly to the d-file.) 
12.Nc3,  ('!')  12...Bb4?;   
After this move, Black is lost and his position is beyond any saving. 


  r1bqk3/pppp1r2/5pQ1/6p1/1b2p3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R3KB1R w  


Now White plays a move that both gets his King to safety and brings a Rook to the central file ...   

       [ Better (for Black) than the game, was:  >/=  12...d5[]13.0-0-0 c614.Nxe4,  "+/="   
          with an advantage for White. (White might have a dangerous initiative in this line,   
          but there is no clear, forced win. This means that this is still an improvement over    
          the actual course of the game.) ]   


White ignores Black's "threat" to double his Pawns ...   

     [ </= 13.Bc4 Bxc3+; 14.bxc3 d5;  "~" ]   


 13...Bxc3;  14.Bc4!,   
Perhaps Black missed this nice "in-between" move?  


  r1bqk3/pppp1r2/5pQ1/6p1/2B1p3/2b5/PPP2PPP/2KR3R b  


This position is worth a second look here. 

     [ Not recommended would be:  </= 14.bxc3 d5;  "~"   when White might have an edge,   
       but it is not nearly as effective as the continuation that was played in the actual game. ]   


Now Qe7 is probably the most obdurate defense, of course if Black saves his Bishop on c3, (say 14...Be5??); then the simple QxR/f7# is the refutation. 
 14...Bxb2+!?;  15.Kxb2 Qe7;    
Now it seems that Black has almost managed to defend.  


  r1b1k3/ppppqr2/5pQ1/6p1/2B1p3/8/PKP2PPP/3R3R w  


Study this position carefully.  

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Now what is White's best move? 
Rather than simply grab an exchange, GM Gormally opens even more lines. 
(Fritz confirms that this is the best and the most forceful continuation.) 

     [ White could also win with: (</=) 16.Bxf7+ Qxf7; 17.Qxe4+,  etc. ("+/-") {material advantage} ]   


Black might have believed that he had found a defense.
(It does not matter what Black plays here, everything loses anyway.)   

 17.Bxd5 Qe5+;  18.c3 Be6;   19.Bxe6,  "+/-"   
Now Black probably realized that recapturing on e6 loses to the simple Qg8+, (winning a whole Rook for White); so it was time to throw in the towel. 

---> An amusing miniature. 


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