Saturday, October 8, 2016

2016 Kung Fu Open Round 2 Anton Taylor, 1844 - Leonard Gay, 1768 Elephant Gambit (C40)

Anton Taylor, 1844 - Leonard Gay, 1768
Elephant Gambit (C40)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 Oh, wow! I knew nothing of the Elephant Gambit prior to this game. I never expected to see it in tournament play to be honest. From this moment on I was left to my own powers. As you will see I very nearly lost my skin in this encounter. Needless to say, after this game I did a lot of work on this gambit and I'm confident it is just a fun way for black to play for tactical tricks and lose a pawn in the process. 3. exd5 e4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Nd4 Qe5 6. Qc4 This was my "brilliant" novelty. I had no idea what the book moves were here (it's simply Nb3 with thoughts of Nc3 in the near future.). This is probably fine for white but the evaluation from Komodo drops his advantage to "slightly better". 6. ... a6 7. Nb3 (7. Nc3 b5 8. Nc6 was a position I did not see and my fear of b5 leads me off the path.) 7... Bd7 8. Nc3 Nf6 9. Nc5 I thought this was a good way to get the two bishops. As it turns out this leads to Black starting to get a better position by trading a useless Bishop for a working knight. Be2 or Qd4 might be better alternatives. 9. ... Bxc5 10. Qxc5 Nc6 With this neat tactical trick Black gains control of the game and doesn't let up. 11. a4 b6 12. Qc4 Ne7 13. Be2 O-O 14. b3 Nexd5 15. Bb2 Qe6  The last few moves are evaluated as swinging wildy from equality to a black advantage and with this position there is a kind of equalibrium reached with black looking better. White is dreaming of a safe shore but to tell the truth I was mentally exhausted. So many pieces on the board in unfamiliar territory to calculate I was swimming and fearing cracking. 16. O-O c5 17. Rfe1 Nb4 18. Qxe6 Bxe6 19. Rac1 Rad8 20. Red1 And now with more ridiculous play from both sides we reach a position with black clearly better and even dominant. It will take work but black should be able to convert this to a win by adding pressure on c2 or the d-file. 20. ... Rd6 21. Kf1 Rfd8 22. Ke1 Bf5 23. h3 e3 24. d3 exf2+ 25. Kxf2 Nfd5 26. Nxd5 Nxd5 26... Nxd3+ was a sacrifice that my opponent wanted to make but could not make work in his head. However, it gained me some more time on my clock. Time that ultimately led to a blitz battle that I won. 27. Bf3 1-0

Some key games for this gambit are as follows:

Leisebein, Peter - Froemmel, Andreas
Correspondence Game 1987

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Nd4 Qe5 6. Nb5 a6 7. d4 Qe7 8. N5c3
Bf5 9. g4 Bg6 10. Bg2 h5 11. g5 f5 12. gxf6 Nxf6 13. Nd2 e3 14. fxe3 Bxc2 15.
e4 Qb4 16. Nf3 Ba4 17. a3 Qb3 18. Nd2 Qc2 19. e5 1-0

Nixdorf, Andre - Schulz, Hans Juergen
Hamburg 2007

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Nd4 Qe5 6. Nb5 Na6 7. c4 Nf6 8.
N1c3 c6 9. d4 Qf5 10. dxc6 bxc6 11. f3 Bb4 12. a3 cxb5 13. axb4 O-O 14. Nxe4
Nxb4 15. Ra5 Bd7 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Qd2 Nc6 18. Rxb5 Rfe8+ 19. Kf2 Nxd4 20. Rd5
Nb3 21. Qg5 Qe6 22. Qe3 Nxc1 23. Qxc1 Bc6 24. Rd1 Ba4 25. Rd3 Rab8 26. Ra3 Qe5
27. Qc3 Rxb2+ 28. Kg1 Qc5+ 0-1

Paul Morphy - Augustus Mongredien
Paris 1859

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Nd4 Qe5 6. Nb5 Bd6
7. d4 Qe7 8. c4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Nxd2 a6 11. Nc3 f5
12. O-O-O Nf6 13. Re1 O-O 14. f3 b5 15. fxe4 fxe4 16. Ncxe4
bxc4 17. Qxc4 Kh8 18. Bd3 Bb7 19. Nxf6 Qxf6 20. Rhf1 Qd8
21. Rxf8+ Qxf8 22. Qb4 1-0

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