Bumper-size update no.20, May 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 G6.9 is dedicated to Janus Theron, who is a big fan of the Mestel variation within Philidor's Defence. Also, game G4.35 is a kind of compensation for John Coghill, because although I was unable to track down the particular encounter he requested (Chigorin 0-1 Alapin in the Muzio Gambit), I have instead annotated a remarkably quick Alapin victory on the White side of the Falkbeer Counter Gambit against the great Frank James Marshall. Black strikes back, though, in games such as G13.74 , which should please a certain Correspondence Master in Action ("cma"), who's been seeking good Closed Ruy Lopez ideas for Black to use in the Semi-Finals of the 25th World Correspondence Chess Championship!
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 June, 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 May update. So let's swiftly move up a gear or two to tackle the first challenge coming rapidly towards us...
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.
A solution will appear on this site around the end of June.
The brainteaser was as follows:
The opening of a 1987 encounter V.Ivanchuk-G.Timoshchenko in the then USSR was a Scotch Game with 4...Bc5 which led to the following position after Black's 16th move:
Super-GM of the future, Vassily Ivanchuk, continued with 17 Nxd6? uncovering an attack from White's e1-rook towards Black's knight, but GM Gennadi Timoshchenko played a winning reply which you too are invited to find.
The abrupt finish was 17...Ng6! 0-1, with White resigning in view of 18 Ne4 Ra1+ 19 Kd2 Rd8+ 20 Ke2 Nf4+, after which Black wins the d1-rook.
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, the late great Wilhelm Steinitz (17.5.1836-12.8.1900; first official World Chess Champion from 1886-1894) was a truly formidable 'May birthday' player, and for our games G2.9 , G3.17 , and G4.36 , I've chosen a trio of his most attractive victories. Also, check out games G12.28 and G13.76 : a super dynamic duo of wins annotated by Norman Stephenson, born on 22 May 1940 and still playing sizzling attacking chess now at the age of 61!
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 subscriber Norman Stephenson who recently sent me very useful information which certainly enhances the quality of this e4-e5 Internet site.
This twentieth update (since the initial launch material in September 1999) is dedicated to Norman Stephenson, who celebrated his 61st birthday on 22 May. Enjoy his sizzling attacking annotated games G12.28 and G13.76.
Tons of fresh mouth-watering goodies await us, including a triple helping of Ruy Lopez games in the tremendous trio G13.74 , G13.75 , and G13.76 , where you'll also find other handy supplementary bonuses.
Another strong contribution to this month's menu is made by a double dose of King's Gambit encounters in G4.35 -G4.36. Looking for other dynamic duos too? OK, check out games G2.9 and G6.9 in which the attacking motto "f for forward" frightens its foes!
Turning now to the Vienna Game, it almost always provides lots of excitement, and that reputation is enhanced by game G3.17. No less eventful is the scorching of the Scotch Game in G9.19 , which is my chosen Game of the Month.
Understandably, if you can't sleep after so much drama... then the black knight jumping around in game G12.28 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 queen sacrifice 15...Qxh3+! in game G2.9 , and the equally audacious capture 7...Qxg2! in the correspondence clash G9.19.
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, the late great Wilhelm Steinitz (17.5.1836-12.8.1900; first official World Chess Champion from 1886-1894) stars in games G2.9 , G3.17 , and G4.36 which clearly happened many years ago, but those games being selected again now are 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 G9.19 : a correspondence encounter demonstrating a real scorching of the Scotch Game!
The puzzle was as follows:
The challenge is to do at least as well as Mr Mo by quickly finding how White plays and forces mate in five moves from the following position thought up in 1932 by composer Dr Erich Zepler:-
1 Kc7 (threatening 2 Ra5#) 1...d5 2 Kb6! (now menacing 3 Rg8#) 2...d4 3 Kc7! (back again!) 3...d5 4 Kb6 followed by 5 Rg8#.
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 William Blake, who gave us these wonderful words: "No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings".
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.
G2.9 Fisher, A - Steinitz, W, code C23
G3.17 Hamppe, K - Steinitz, W, code C29
G4.35 Alapin, S - Marshall, F, code C32
G4.36 Steinitz,W-de Vere,C, code C30
G6.9 Rguez, J - Ruiz, D, code C41
G9.19 Stassen, A - Graig, C, code C45
G12.28 Stephenson, N - Ledger, D, code C50
G12.28.1 Thomas, N - Ledger, D
May 2001 Bonus Brainteaser...Lutz, C - Romanishin, O
G13.74 Grischuk, A - Bologan, V, code C99
G13.75 Salov, V - Malaniuk, V, code C84
G13.76 Stephenson, N - Dilworth, V, code C80
G13.76.1 Stephenson, N - Kooiman, B
(bold indicates that the player had White)
De Vere,C G4.36
Lutz,C May 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Romanishin,O May 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Bishop's Opening G2.9
Italian Game, 4 0-0 G12.28
King's Gambit, Falkbeer Counter 2...d5 G4.35
King's Gambit Declined with 2...Bc5 G4.36
Philidor's Defence with 3 d4 f5 G6.9
Ruy Lopez, Closed Variatn with 6 Re1 d6 May 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Ruy Lopez, 11...Qc7 Chigorin Variation G13.74
Ruy Lopez, Arkhangelsk Variation G13.75
Ruy Lopez, Open Variatn with 6 d4 b5 G13.76
Scotch Game with 4...Qh4 G9.19
Vienna Game with 2...Nf6 3 f4 G3.17