Experience 1 e4 e5 with Mr MO!
(Update no.27, December 2001)
Introducing "Y.E.S. P.L.E.A.S.E."
To specially reward those of you who really value my e4-e5 site by subscribing to it, I have introduced another new feature. Subscribers are hereby invited to send me at any time their own particular requests regarding opening lines (stemming from 1 e4 e5) which they would like to see analysed in extra detail on this site. From the subscribers' requests which come in by e-mail to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com, I'll choose (at least) one every month and do a special feature on it. That's what Y.E.S. P.L.E.A.S.E. is all about: Your Extra-Special Pet Lines Extensively Analysed. Super-Effective!!
For example, game G12.33 in a wild line of the Italian Game is dedicated to Noel Aldebol, who is a fervent fan of the system.
Clearly, I may not be able to answer all requests immediately, but I can promise you that none of them will be ignored. All subscriber requests will be answered as quickly as possible to the very best of my ability.
I look forward to receiving your topics by e-mail, and I thank you for your continued interest in this site.
With Very Best Wishes,
The e-pawn emperor's next e4-e5 'monthly update' will be posted on this Internet site by the end of January 2002, and in the meantime he will, as always, reply personally to as many e-mail messages as possible which come to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com. Right now, though, there's a tasty new collection of fresh games, puzzles, and other treats to bring you endless hours of enjoyment in a juicy November update. So let's swiftly move up a gear or two to tackle the first challenge coming rapidly towards us...
The brainteaser was as follows:
The position after Black's 16th move in the super-GM clash I.Smirin-A.Grischuk at this year's European Club Cup in Crete was as follows:
Can you recognise exactly which opening led to this position arising, and why was it a mistake for White to now play 17 Re6?
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 c3 d5 (The Marshall Attack) 9 exd5 Nxd5 10 Nxe5 Nxe5 11 Rxe5 c6 12 d4 Bd6 13 Re1 Qh4 14 g3 Qh3 15 Re4 g5 (of course not 15...Bf5?? because of 16 Rh4) 16 Qe2 (16 Bxg5? Qf5 puts White in double trouble at e4 and g5) 16...f5 brings us to the puzzle position, after which a serious error was 17 Re6? (correct is first 17 Bxd5+! cxd5 and then 18 Re6!, because if 18...Bxe6 19 Qxe6+ Kh8, White plays 20 Bxg5!, but not 20 Qxd6? Rae8 which is very similar to the actual game where Black wins quickly) on account of 17...Bxe6! 18 Qxe6+ Kh8 19 Qxd6 (or 19 Bxd5 Rae8) 19...Rae8 20 Bd2 (20 Be3 gets hit directly by 20...f4) 20...f4 (in fact, all this was analysed over a year ago by Turkish GM Suat Atalik, who concluded perfectly correctly that White is simply lost as Black's overwhelming threats include 21...f3 and 21...Rf6) 21 Bxd5 cxd5 22 f3 g4! 23 White resigned, since a black pawn was about to force its way through to f3, after which ...Qg2# would follow in a flash.
This regular item puts the spotlight on a player of the past or present whose birthday was or still is a day in the current month. For example, one could happily choose super-GM Viswanathan Anand (born 11 December 1969), but instead at the special request of Norman Stephenson, it's a pleasure for me to feature his friend Gerry Walsh (born 29.12.1944, and now current President of the British Chess Federation), whose 'December birthday' celebrations get a nice boost from having the spectacular game G4.44 as our latest action-packed King's Gambit encounter on this site.
Would YOU like to star in The Birthday Game? If so, please send an e-mail to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com sometime between the 1st and 15th day of the month preceding your birthday month, and include the following information to be considered by Mr Mo: your name, date & place of birth, and one of your own games starting with 1 e4 e5 (or another acceptable move-order such as 1 e4 Nc6 2 Nf3 e5 or 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 e5). Although annotations are not strictly necessary (since Mr Mo will always analyse the game too), your own personal notes would certainly be most welcomed. Please do mention where and when the game was played, and also state the players' names (together with ratings, if applicable).
Don't be shy-let us celebrate YOUR birthday too!
By the way, since James Bond is about the same age as myself- we both 'arrived on the scene' in 1962, as my delivery doctor knows like 007's Dr No!- I'll conclude this section with 'Happy Birthday' in 007 different languages that I've had at least some exposure to:
Happy Birthday (English)
Shengri kuai le (Mandarin)
Heureux Anniversaire (French)
Gelukkig Verjaardag (Dutch)
Herzliche Wünsche zum Geburtstag (German)
Buon Compleanno (Italian)
Special thanks to Norman Stephenson for sending in the spectacular game G4.44 won by his friend Gerry Walsh, the current President of the British Chess Federation.
This twenty-seventh update (since the initial launch material in September 1999) is dedicated to Gerry Walsh, the current President of the British Chess Federation, whose spectacular win in game G4.44 should delight lots of King's Gambit fans.
Tons of fresh mouth-watering goodies await us, including a new double bill of Ruy Lopez games G13.91-G13.92. Another dynamic duo, this time in the Four Knights Game, is G11.17-G11.18, and the latter member of the pair is my chosen Game of the Month.
Also featuring is the Petroff Defence which gets petrified in G7.21, the Goring Gambit which comes to a gory end in G8.5, and a king-size helping of tactics in the King's Gambit of game G4.44, plus the Bishop's Opening bashing the opposition in game G2.13!
If you're looking for some peace and quiet after so much excitement in all the aforementioned games, then the normally tranquil Italian Game will...be just the opposite in G12.33!! .
In general, the action-packed battles are made even more irresistible by the presence of related challenging puzzles, which can also be seen in the section called "Puzzle Paradise".
And the feast is still far from over yet...! Further courses include the very select stimulating material that appears in the Reflection Zone, but only subscribers can access that section and all the juicy annotated games too.
It's a personal choice, but for me the most absorbing game in this month's update material is G11.18, in which Russian super-GM Sergey Rublevsky demolishes Germany's GM Christian Gabriel in a mere 19 moves!
The previous launch and update material laid the foundations for further enjoyable adventures with 1 e4 e5 as our chosen starting point. This month, the fresh games feature a feast of inspiring attacking play, in which most of the victors are rewarded very quickly for having the courage to venture with an ultra-bold uninhibited creative style. So, an appropriate motto now is provided by the following thought-provoking words from Epictetus: "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do".
The title sounds like a James Bond assignment, but it's actually much less dangerous! At the special request of subscriber Livio Olivetto, from July 2000 onwards all new main or complete games on this e4-e5 site have been labelled with an ECO code from the range C20-C99, to match the particular opening variations featured. The codes provide an extra means of identifying games containing one's own favourite opening lines, and so the codes are being given in the Index of New Games. Some people may like to construct, for their own personal use, a complete index of games according to ECO codes, but since I know that many readers would find its appearance to be rather abstract, I shall leave it as a project to be done at home only by people who are really big fans of ECO codes!
Main games have ECO code labels associated with their particular opening lines.
G2.13 Emms, J - Jackson, A, code C26
G4.44 Walsh, G - Gawalli, A, code C34
G7.21 Giaccio, A - Pierrot, F, code C42
G8.5 Jestadt, J - Ricca, R, code C44
G11.17 Acs, P - Karakechajov, S, code C48
G11.18 Rublevsky, S - Gabriel, C, code C47
G11.18.1 Neubauer, M - Fahrner, K, code C47
G12.33 Ciesla, A - Block, P, code C50
G13.91 Dvoirys, S - Mihailidis, A, code C63
G13.92 Machulsky, A - Malaniuk, V, code C67
(bold indicates that the player had White)
Bishop's Opening G2.13
Four Knights Game, Rubinstein Variatn G11.17
Four Knights Game with 4 d4 G11.18
Goring Gambit G8.5
Italian Game, 4 0-0 G12.33
King's Gambit with 2...exf4 3 Nf3 Ne7 G4.44
Petroff Defence with 3 Nxe5 G7.21
Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence G13.92
Ruy Lopez, Schliemann variation 3...f5 G13.91