Experience 1 e4 e5 with Mr MO!
(Mega Bumper-Size Update no.25, October 2001)
As you may know from an e-mail which was sent out in October, I was in hospital then, and that's why this particular update is late. However, I'm really glad to be able to say that I'm now recovering well from an operation, and I would like to specially thank those very thoughtful people who sent me kind messages. Your words, thoughts and prayers were greatly appreciated.
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 G12.32 is dedicated to Nico Verheyen, who is a big fan of the ever-eventful Evans Gambit. Also, David Blackburn, Ian Elcoate, and Hal Trufan will be pleased to see their desired topics, respectively in the Berlin Defence, Vienna Game, and the very rare 2 Nf3 Qf6, starring in this month's Reflection Zone.
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 around the end of November, 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 mega bumper-size October update. So let's swiftly move up a gear or two to tackle the first challenge coming rapidly towards us...
The position after Black's 15th move in the 2001 game I.Andres-S.Castelao at Aviles in Spain was as follows:
Can you recognise exactly which opening led to this position arising, and how did White now crisply win the game?
A solution will appear on this site around the end of November.
The brainteaser was as follows:
Although this site primarily looks at openings stemming from 1 e4 e5, we should certainly not forget to keep our endgame skills in shape. And so for a wee change this month, consider the following position which arose after White's 43rd move in the game P.Motwani-P.Span, Tilburg 2001:
Your challenge is to determine: what should be the result of the game with best play from now on?
The game continued 43...Kc5! 44 Kf6 Kxc4? (instead of this fatal error, Black can just manage to draw with 44...Kd6! 45 c5+ Kd5!! [not 45...Kd7? because of 46 Ke5, and also not 45...Kxc5? 46 Kxe6 which wins for White similarly to the actual game] 46 c6 Kd6!! 47 c7 Kxc7 [only now should Black capture the c-pawn] 48 Kxe6 Kd8! [the key saving resource] 49 Kf5 Ke7 50 Kf4 Kf6 51 Kxg3 Kg5, and Black is just in time to draw) 45 Kxe6 Kd4 46 Kf5 Kd5 (White also wins after 46...Ke3 47 Kg4 Kf2 because of 48 Kh3, a move that's easy to miss when calculating ahead from the starting position of this puzzle) 47 Kf4 Ke6 48 Kxg3 (Black is lost, because his king cannot get to the g5-square on his very next move now) 48...Ke5 49 Kg4 Ke6 50 Kh5 Kf7 51 Kg5 Kg7 52 g4 Black resigned.
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, Germany's Dr Heinz Lehmann (20.10.1921-8.6.1995) was an 'October birthday' player capable of producing some superb attacking gems such as his beautiful 20-move victory with the Evans Gambit starring in game G12.32.
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 David Blackburn, Ian Elcoate, GM Neil McDonald, and Hal Trufan, all of whom made helpful recent contributions which certainly enhance the quality of this e4-e5 Internet site.
This twenty-fifth update (since the initial launch material in September 1999) is dedicated to David Blackburn, Ian Elcoate, GM Neil McDonald, and Hal Trufan, all of whom made helpful recent contributions which certainly enhance the quality of this e4-e5 Internet site.
Tons of fresh mouth-watering goodies await us, including a new double bill of Ruy Lopez games G13.83 -G13.84 , and the latter one is my chosen Game of the Month. Another dynamic duo occurs in the King's Gambit pair G4.42 -G4.43 , and no less exciting is the ever-eventful Evans Gambit of game G12.32.
In G8.4 , Scotland's FM Tim Upton pounces with the Ponziani Opening on an unsuspecting highly-rated Finnish opponent, and gets a great finish! A 9-year-old English wonderboy fills in Philidor's Defence in G6.14 , and Petroff's Defence is petrified in G7.19 by GM Tomas Oral (who recently also defeated Garry Kasparov---albeit in a simul!). Black again takes a bashing against the Bishop's Opening of G2.12 , but White gets a fright in the Four Knights Game G11.16 : a classic Capablanca victory which one could easily enjoy 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 two of the Most Outstanding Moves from the games within this month's update material are, firstly, 12 Bh6!! in game G13.83 by the late great GM Grigory Yakovlevich Levenfish (1889-1961), who could have followed up with the equally stunning decisive blow 13 Nb6!!.
The key idea here is that (although in general we focus on fairly recent happenings) it still pays off to study some memorable older material. For instance, game G11.16 is a classic 1919 victory by Jose Raul Capablanca, and the double bill of Ruy Lopez battles G13.83 -G13.84 involve two great former Soviets: GM Grigory Yakovlevich Levenfish (1889-1961) and GM Leonid Zakharovich Stein (1934-1973). Their games clearly happened many years ago, but the material 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 G13.84 , in which the late great Ukrainian GM Leonid Zakharovich Stein (1934-1973) is on his best attacking form.
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 the late great Savielly Tartakower (22.2.1887-4.2.1956): "He who risks, may lose, but he who does not risk, loses".
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.
G2.12 Mieses, J - Chigorin, M, code C25
G2.12.1 Bryson, D - Mannion, S
G2.12.2 Schelkonogov, S - Morozenko, A, code C25
G2.12.3 Lutsar, N - Zeman, M, code C25
October 2001 Reflection Zone Elcoate, I - Miettinen, K, code C28
G4.42 Reuben, S - LeMoir, D, code C30
G4.42.1 Kenworthy, G - Phillips, D
G4.43 Fontaine, A - Motwani, P, code C35
G6.14 Pozzo, S - Person, A, code C41
G7.19 Oral, T - Rozentalis, E, code C43
G7.19.1 Sax, G - Nunn, J, code C43
G8.4 Upton, T - Norri, J, code C44
G11.16 Winter, W - Capablanca, J, code C49
October 2001 Bonus Brainteaser Andres, I - Castelao, S
G12.32 Lehmann, H - Muller, P, code C51
G13.83 Levenfish, G - Tartakower, S, code C60
G13.83.1 Benjafield, D - Wippell, C, code C60
G13.84 Stein,L-Rodriguez Gonzalez,J, code C91
G13.84.1 Motwani, P - Robertson, I
(bold indicates that the player had White)
Andres,I October 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Castelao,S October 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
Elcoate,I October 2001 Reflection Zone
Miettinen,K October 2001 Reflection Zone
Rodriguez Gonzalez,J G13.84
2 Nf3 Qf6 October 2001 Reflection Zone
Bishop's Opening G2.12
Evans Gambit G12.32
Four Knights Game with 4 Bb5 Bb4 G11.16
Italian Game, 4 c3 October 2001 Bonus Brainteaser
King's Gambit, Cunningham Defence G4.43
King's Gambit Declined with 2...Bc5 G4.42
Petroff Defence with 3 d4 Nxe4 G7.19
Ponziani Opening, 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 c3 G8.4
Philidor's Defence with 3 Nc3 G6.14
Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence October 2001 Reflection Zone
Ruy Lopez, Closed Variation with 9 d4 G13.84
Ruy Lopez, Cozio Defence G13.83
Vienna Game with Bc4 October 2001 Reflection Zone