Bumper-size update no.18, March 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 G4.31 is dedicated to Sue Cooper, who is a really big fan of the King's Bishop's Gambit for White, and Wes Bell will be pleased to see his favourite 6 Bxc6 line in the Ruy Lopez starring in game G13.68. The roles are reversed when Black sits heavily on his opponent with the Elephant Gambit in game G5.4 , which should delight Noel Aldebol.
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 April, 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 March update. So let's swiftly move up a gear or two to tackle the first challenge coming rapidly towards us...
The opening of the encounter P.Delekta-E.Geller in the 1992 Cappelle-la-Grande Open tournament was a Vienna Game with 3 Bc4 which led to the following position after White's 17th move:
Can you find the winning move which GM Efim Geller now played as Black?
A solution will appear on this site before the end of April.
The brainteaser was as follows:
The opening of the game J.Jovanovic-J.Bokan in a Yugoslavian Team Championship at Kragujevac 2000 was a Ruy Lopez, 3...f5 Schliemann Variation, which led to the following position after White's 19th move, a pawn-capture with 19 Re1xe6:
Black's response was a pinning move that might seem to win, but can you find White's reply which made Black resign at move 20!?
The finish was 19...Bc8? (a pin that gives a win...to the opponent!!) 20 Nf5!! 1-0, with Black resigning because of having no satisfactory answer to the terrible threat of 21 Nh6+, since 20...Qxf5 allows 21 Qxg7#.
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. For example, GM Vassily Vasilievich Smyslov (born on 24.3.1921; World Champion 1957-8) is a truly great 'March birthday' player, and for our game G11.11 I've chosen his very emphatic victory from Moscow 1944 as Black in the Scotch Four Knights against fellow-Russian Bondarevsky.
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 Noel Aldebol, Wes Bell, Sue Cooper, Laurent Selvi, and friends FM Luc Henris and Nico Verheyen, all of whom recently sent me very useful information which certainly enhances the quality of this e4-e5 Internet site.
This eighteenth update (since the initial launch material in September 1999) is dedicated to Belgium's Nico Verheyen, who also stars as our newest Hero of the Month.
Tons of fresh mouth-watering goodies await us, including a triple dose of Ruy Lopez games in the tremendous trio G13.68 , G13.69 , and G13.70 , where you'll also find other handy supplementary bonuses.
Turning now to the Elephant Gambit, in spite of having a somewhat dubious reputation, it's still a great provider of excitement, and fans of that opening for Black will delight in seeing its speedy victory in game G5.4.
Not so lucky is the Latvian Gambit which takes a lashing in game G7.14.1 (included as a special bonus), and the Petroff Defence which looks doubly petrified in games G7.14 and G7.14.2 ! On top of all that, poor Philidor's Defence gets filled in by a young Bobby Fischer in game G6.8..
Understandably, if you can't sleep after so much drama...then the Four Knights Game of G11.11 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 sizzling sacrifice 14 Nxh7!! in game G4.31 , and the equally stunning 17 Nxf7!! by the late great Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine in G7.14.
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, this month's explosive action includes blasts from the past involving former World Champions Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine, Robert James Fischer and Vassily Vasilievich Smyslov, whose games being selected again now are still highly instructive (and entertaining too!).
The challenge is to do as well as Nico Verheyen by finding how White plays and draws from the following position thought up by composer A.Kasantjev:-
The solution will appear in next month's 'update', but meanwhile enjoy all the goodies awaiting you now on this site...
The puzzle was as follows:
The challenge is to do as well as Jonas Verheyden by finding how White plays and wins from the following position thought up in 1982 by Italian composer M.Travasoni:-
1 Nf7+ Kd7 (forced, since Black loses instantly after 1...Kc8 2 Be6+ or 1...Ke8 2 Bc6+ Kxf7 3 d7) 2 Bc4 Ng3+ (Black cannot allow 3 Bb5+) 3 Kg4 Ne4 4 Bb5+ Ke6 5 d7 Nf6+ (at first sight this may seem to just save Black, but White still has an ace up his sleeve...) 6 Kg5! Nxd7 7 Bc4#! What a stunning finish!
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 very well-rewarded for their courageous actions. So, my chosen motto this time comes from the legendary Henry Ford, whose following statement encourages us to be brave instead of holding back: "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal".
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.
March 2001 Bonus Brainteaser Delekta, P - Geller, E
G4.31 Davis, M - Simpson, J, code C33
G4.32 Henris,L-De Wit,M, code C30
G4.33 Verheyen, N - Dom, W, code C35
G5.4 Topholm, P - Pape, R, code C40
G6.8 Fischer, R - Fine, R, code C41
G6.8.1 Mende, A - Tyrtania, M, code C41
G7.14 Alekhine, A - Cruz, A, code C43
G7.14.1 Smyslov, V - Kamishov, M, code C40
G7.14.2 Fischer, R - Chalker, R, code C43
G11.11 Bondarevsky, I - Smyslov, V, code C47
G13.68 Schussler, H - Karklins, A, code C85
G13.69 Fontaine, A - Motwani, P, code C61
G13.70 Zagrebelny, S - Malaniuk, V, code C61
(bold indicates that the player had White)
Delekta,P March 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
De Wit,M G4.32
Geller,E March 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Elephant Gambit, 2 Nf3 d5 G5.4
Four Knights Game with 4 d4 G11.11
King's Gambit with 2...exf4 3 Bc4 G4.31
King's Gambit with 2...Nc6 G4.32
King's Gambit with 2...exf4 3 Nf3 Be7 G4.33
Latvian Gambit, 2 Nf3 f5 Bonus G7.14.1
Petroff Defence with 3 d4 exd4 G7.14
Philidor's Defence with 3 d4 Nd7 G6.8
Ruy Lopez, Delayed Exchange 6 Bxc6 G13.68
Ruy Lopez, Bird Defence G13.68 /13.70
Vienna Game with Bc4 March 2001 Bonus Brainteaser