Bumper-size update no.21, June 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 G6.10 is dedicated to Michael Stevenson, who is rapidly becoming a big fan of Philidor's Defence. Also, game G4.37 in the King's Gambit features a particular line which was brought to my attention by Jon Ostriker.
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 towards the end of July, 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 mega bumper-size June update. So let's swiftly move up a gear or two to tackle the first challenge coming rapidly towards us...
The opening of the recent game F.De la Paz-A.Wohl at Cuba's 36th Capablanca Memorial tournament began as a Philidor Defence, which led to the following position after White's 7th move:
Unfortunately, IM Alex Wohl's next move (NOT involving any PAWN, and not actually putting anything "en prise") lost immediately to his opponent's reply, which then caused Black to resign!! Your challenge is to work out how the game finished.
A solution will appear on this site around the end of July.
The brainteaser was as follows:
The opening of a recent GM-clash C.Lutz-O.Romanishin at Germany's 3rd Julian Borowski tournament was a Closed Ruy Lopez which led to the following position after White's 37th move:
Ukrainian GM Oleg Romanishin then played a winning move, which you too are invited to find for Black.
The forceful finish was 37...Be3! 38 Nf3 (what else?) 38...Rxf3! 39 gxf3 Qg5+ 40 Kh1 (40 Kh2 Qf4+ 41 Kg1 Qg3+! is another "dead end" for White) 40...Rxf3 41 fxe3 Rxh3+ 42 Qh2 Rxh2+ 43 Kxh2 dxe3 0-1, with White resigning because of his fatal material deficit.
This regular feature puts the spotlight on a player of the past or present whose birthday was or still is a day in the current month. On this particular occasion, I hope you won't mind sharing just a little in my own 13 June birthday celebrations by playing through a recent "13-mover" of mine in game G12.29!
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 this month to subscribers Jon Ostriker and Michael Stevenson who recently sent me very useful information which certainly enhances the quality of this e4-e5 Internet site.
This twenty-first update (since the initial launch material in September 1999) is dedicated to Michael Stevenson, who particularly requested the line of Philidor's Defence which features in game G6.10.
Tons of fresh mouth-watering goodies await us, including a triple helping of Ruy Lopez games in the tremendous trio G13.77, G13.78 and G13.79, where you'll also find other handy supplementary bonuses such as how to beat a super-GM in less than 20 moves!! All is revealed in my chosen Game of the Month...
Another interesting contribution to this month's menu is made by a King's Gambit encounter in G4.37 and the ever-eventful Evans Gambit of G12.29. Looking for other dynamic duos too? OK, check out games G2.10 and G3.18 in which Black demonstrates noteworthy antidotes to systems involving Bc4 by White.
Understandably, if you can't sleep after so much drama...then the Four Knights Game of G11.13 will keep you busy all (k)night!!
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 three of the Most Outstanding Moves from the games within this month's update material are the crushing queen-move 18 Qf3! that finishes off a super-GM opponent in game G13.79, and the stunning sacrifice 16...Bxf2+! which induces immediate resignation from the shocked player on the receiving end in G13.78.
The key idea here is that (although in general we focus on recent happenings) it still pays off to study some memorable older material. For instance, game G4.37 from the 1980s is a high-level correspondence encounter which clearly happened many years ago, but that game being selected again now is still highly instructive (and entertaining too!).
It's a personal choice, but for me the most absorbing game in this month's update material is G13.79: a case of a super-GM getting annihilated 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 the victors are highly rewarded for having the courage to venture with a bold uninhibited style. So, my chosen motto this time comes from the late great Dr Emanuel Lasker (24.12.1868-13.1.1941; World Chess Champion 1894-1921) who stated quite rightly that "Chess is a fight".
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.
G2.10 Jasim, A - Safin, S, code C24
G3.18 Cornette, M - Godena, M, code C28
G4.37 Leone, C - Millican, P, code C38
June 2001 Bonus Brainteaser...De la Paz, F - Wohl, A
G6.10 Van Beers,E-Van Houtte,T, code C41
G7.15 Westerinen, H - Pihlajasalo, H, code C42
G11.13 Osterman, G - Kivijarvi, J, code C48
G12.29 Verheyen, N - Motwani, P, code C52
G13.77 Mahdi,K-El Taher,F, code C93
G13.78 Zhao Zong Yuan-Chapman,M, code C78
G13.79 Paehtz, T - Vladimirov, E, code C77
(bold indicates that the player had White)
De la Paz,F June 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
El Taher,F G13.77
Van Beers,E G6.10
Van Houtte,T G6.10
Wohl,A June 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Zhao Zong Yuan G13.78
Bishop's Opening G2.10
Evans Gambit G12.29
Four Knights Game, 4 Bb5 Bc5 G11.13
King's Gambit with 2...exf4 3 Nf3 g5 G4.37
Petroff Defence with 3 Nxe5 G7.15
Philidor's Defence with 3 Bc4 June 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Philidor's Defence via 1...d6 G6.10
Ruy Lopez, 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 d3 b5 6 Bb3 Be7 G13.77
Ruy Lopez, Arkhangelsk Variation G13.78
Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack G13.79
Vienna Game with Bc4 G3.18