Kindred’s Special: Sharpen Your Game Play With Pressure Chess–PART I

What a JOY is the game of chess! When I started my column KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope I found that someone else had the same blog title so I had alter by adding a ks (I am known as KS on World Chess Live and ICC to my friends). Having said that, why I added ks at the end of kindredspiritks enables me to avoid confusion and advise for all the addition to my handle for writing my blog. I hope everyone is enjoying and learning from my site. I sell nothing; all info such as book reviews or tournament notices are to interest my readers and tournaments I write on are worth the cost of admission! I usually don’t note tournaments that I feel are too expensive for the average family players to participate unless they really attract with many added features like resorts that provide the whole family with a vacation to remember–boating, golf, tennis, swimming, hiking and bike trails, etc.

Getting ready for any over-the-board (obt) tournament requires proper diet, rest, preparation of opening systems you want to play, review basic endgame situations and problems,  and combinative tactics feature the nuts and bolts of good chess preparation. After all, if you want to have a good time and hope for some success and not have an opponent you failed to impress by your diligent play with that look of ‘what a patzer’! leaving you a bit down in the dumps and a bruised ego. Next round!! That is the spirit of competive chess!

The history of chess has much to recommend it. What can be learned? Are such lessons, games, analysis, and facts worth the time to rehatch what went before, perhaps a 100 or more years ago?With this in mind, I now open the door of knowledge for you to walk through and observe the GRAND OLE GAME as played when gambit games were the illustrative delights of chess that often saw coins tossed the the tables by spectators who cherished and honored brilliant play. But are they relevant to today’s positional wisdom? Remember one thing, what you study and prepare when it comes to gambits, may well be totally unfamiliar to your opponent and gambits are extremely tactical and dangerous. Often the shortest games come from gambit play. Unless you are among the top in tournaments, it is likely you will find your opponent in virgin territory and even if lucky enough to meet some masters during the event, it is possible to swindle them with a bit of flash that springs from surprise.  Gambiteers must be tactical and aggressive by nature. Regardless the outcome, gambit players always seem to enjoy the spirit of fighting chess and maze that children sometimes find thrilling and exciting trying to find their way through a cornfield.

TWO SUCH GAMBITS THAT ALMOST GO HAND-IN-HAND are the DANISH GAMBIT and the GORING GAMBIT with additional gambit lines like the Halasz Gambit.

Goring Gambit I will illustrate first. After 1.e4  e5 2.d4  exd4  already you can set a problem for your opponent by choosing either 3.Qxd4, 3.c3, or 3.f4 where each leads to separate lines of play and resulting positions may put your opponent into untread territory. 3.f4 is the Halasz Gambit and tricky because if black avoids an immediate center counter with …d5  but chooses to hold the pawn then White plays his Nf3 followed by Bd3 literally using the d4 pawn as a temporary block. Normal Goring Gambit opening play goes, 1.e4  e5  2.Nf3  Nc6  3.d4  exd4 4.c3 dxc3  5.Bc4 cxb2  6.Bxb2  Bb4+ 7.Nc3  Nf6.

At this point the opening got it’s name in 1877 when Goring played 8.O-O against Paulsen. Another approach is 8.Qc2  d6  9.O-O-O  O-O  10.e5  Ng4  11.h4 Nc6xe5 12. Ng5  g6 13.Nce4  Bf5  14.Qb3. airal vs Gimenez, Argentina played in 1998 continued here with 14…a5  15.f3  Nxc4  16.Qxc4  b5  17.Qc6  Bd7  18.Qd5  c6  19.Qd4  Ne5  20.a3  f6  21.axb4  d5  22.Nxf6+  Qxf6  23.Qxe5  Qxe5  24.Bxe5  Rfe8  25.Bb2  axb4  26.h5 gxh5  27.Ne4  dxe4  28.Rxd7 exf3  29.gxf3  Re3  30.Rg1+ Kf8  31.Rxh7  Rae8  32.Rgg7  Re1+  33.Kc2  R1e2+  34.Kb1  R8e5  35.Bxe5  Rxe5  36.Rb7  Kg8  37.Rhg7+ Kf8  38.Rgc7 (1-0). Like any game score, one can examine to try and discover alternate play. So what if Black chooses anoher course?  At move 9.O-O-O suppose Black continues with …Bxc3. Best probably is 10.Qxc3 Be6  11.Rhe1  Bxc4  12.Qxc4  O-O  13.e5  Ne8 with a large square count edge. The spatial advantage can shrink but White has some interesting possibilities in moves like g4>h4 with a pawn rollup or Fine’s suggestion of 14.Re3 which I favor here. Interesting is 14.h4 Qc8  15.e6  fxe6  16.Rxe6  Kh8 17.Ng5 Nf6 18.h5. Check with your computer for analysis and suggested play.

Here is one game to witness the spirit of the opening.  1.e4  e5  2.d4  exd4  3.c3  dxc3  4.Bc4  cxb2  5.Bxb2  Nf6  6.Nc3  Nc6  7.Nf3  Bb4  8.Qc2  d6  9.O-O-O  Bxc3  10.Qxc3  Qe7  11.e5  Nxe5 12.Nxe5  dxe5  13.Rhe1  Nd7  14.f4  O-O  15.Rxd7  Qxd7  16.Rxe5  Qg4  17.g3  Rd8  18.Bb3  Qg6  19.Rg5  Qc6  20.Qxc6  bxc6  21.Rxg7 a5 25.g4  Bc4  26.f5  a4 27.Be6  Bd5  28.Bf6  (1-0).

Opening books to find more on the Goring Gambit:  Eric Schiller’s STANDARD CHESS OPENINGS, MCO, NIC.

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