Friday, May 4, 2007

OMG Chess!?!

Alas, scholastic chess. This unfortunately never came up in our training. We used avoidance in our training at the advice of Yasser in his openings book. He has been trained in the Reti and Pirc.

But we are now at the god stage, and with that, I can play anything. And actually his school coach has been telling him that the pirc is not so strong?!?

Ultimately, this is probably a good thing. He is ready to deal with this I think, even if in the end we go back to avoidance. But it may be avoidance with a plan. Already, we have looked at 5 ... Na5 which was not successful. And now we are looking at the Traxler 4 ... Bc5!?, and we are considering the scandanavian for avoidance. And we are also considering the elephant 2 ...d5, just to see what happens!!!

Anyways, the rest of the game!

[Event "State"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2007.04.20"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Onewhomustbebeat"]
[Black "Numberone"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C57, Fried Liver Attack"]
[Annotator "Hisbestfriend"]
[PlyCount "39"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCategory "3"]

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bc4 Nf6
4. Ng5 d5 {Instead, the insane move of Bc5!? Which is the Traxler Attack. Which shifts the universe around}
5. exd5 Nxd5 {This move is considered bad historically, even though it seems natural, because it allows the Fried Liver Attack. But since attack is considered unsound?, it really follows Stienitz's example that the Gambit must be refuted! Other recommendation here is to play Na5 instead, which is the Morphy Position}
6. Nxf7 Kxf7
{OMG! The Fried Liver Attack}
7. Qf3+ Ke6
8. Nc3 Ncb4
9. a3 Nxc2+
10. Kd1 Nxa1 {This is all classical theory. Pretty good for a scholastic game/30 and you have never seen it before: Up a rook. But black's position is poor. But white must justify his giving up the pieces. (Rybka has this as only slightly better for black, where fritz has this -2), way over a 150cp difference!!}
11. Bxd5+ {Both Rybka and Fritz thought that Nxb5 was better}
11. ... Kd6 {Kd7 is better}
12. Nb5+ Kc5 (Cannot play Kd7 as that is mate 13. Qf5+ Ke8 14. Qf7#)
13. b4+ {The computer thinks that taking the material offered by Bxb7 is better, but the opponent is more interested in mate here. And willing to give up material to get there.}
13. ... Kxb5
14. Qd3+ {a4 is much better here, but the opponent will find it before a draw is declared}
14. ... Kb6
15. Qe3+ {Here black has one last chance he must block the check with c5. He escapes mate and keeps all the pieces. But a draw looks mighty good.}
15. ... Kb5
16. Qd3+ Kb6
17. Qe3+ Kb5 {Essentially offering a draw.}
18. a4+ {Turning down the draw offer. There is a threat of mate in 2 here. In a position like this, you can overlook the pawn hanging on b4 as both players did}
18. ... Kxa4 {The opponent sees the Mate in 2 and ends the game.}
19. Qa3+ Kb5
20. Qa5#


takchess said...

Hi I threw it into my pgn viewer. I believe move 13 for black may be misrecorded. As for the Pirc let him play that when he is 40. Now is the time to learn the classics and have some fun. Ideas like this is why I am a habitually low rated player. 8)

Books worthy of him to look at are
how to beat your dad at chess which teaches 50 checkmate patterns. Perhaps Master of the Chessboard by Reti to play through some classic games.

hisbestfriend said...

I am not sure why you think move 13 might be mis-recorded. I threw it into fritz and it read it ok. Hmmm...

My first reaction is of course, ha ha! But it is an interesting issue. As fun as it is to scorch someone when you are young by lighting up their f7 square, that can also put someone off chess for quite awhile if you are on the wrong end.

So we used the Yasser choice of avoidance. Reti, and Some form of fianchettoed g7 bishop just to keep the opponent in line. At least he avoids a piece of heartache.

But he is beyond that now, and the two knights is his own private foray into open games. And I am hardly one to stop him! He was fine until state and got whooped in his only losing games by a piece of preperation. Now we are dealing with the plan.

There is the suck it up and learn it plan. (I am actually a proponent).

There is the don't fall for it plan. Na4 insteand of Nxd5

There is the counter plan Bc5 instead of d5

There is pure avoidance (like d5 instead of e5).

There are plusses and minuses of all. I am actually a fan right now of d5, but we have the summer to prepare.

Thanks for the other options. We have "beat your dad". But he has eclipsed that already, and PCT is working well. It is fairly easy for him to chunk through, and I think the clarity and simplicity, of just a module a day is working well.

We have some other plans for game/strategy review.

I think he needs to play some chess this upcoming weekend (he couldn't this week), and I think he gets yancy if he doesn't.

takchess said...

a closer inspection of my pgn viewer shows it was mangled some of your notes. I'll run it in Fritz instead. The Traxler is fun but somewhat complex requiring some regular play in it to keep it tuned up. As the Fried Liver if he choses to play it, you may want to study the Lolli as well which is a deferred fried liver.
good luck

likesforests said...

After move 5: True this allows the unsound Fried Liver Attack, but it also allows the more sophisticated and deadly Lolli Attack, Fischer's deadly weapon. I like to focus on tactics and endgames more than opening study, so I tend to avoid such sharp lines as these.