Saturday, October 20, 2007

My first tournament Danish gambit

My first trotting out of the Danish Gambit in a slow tournament setting can be found here. He was rated over 1700, the highest rated I've played in this league, and it was my first game in the U1600 league (time limit was 45 45) at ICC. Indeed, I wrote up yesterday's post about things I need to remember before a game because I was so scared of playing him this morning, and wanted to have something concrete to calm me down and ground me before the game. I got the full point. He was the highest rated player I've ever beaten.

I have learned a lot in the past year, but typically am bad at applying what I've learned. This morning was one of the first times I actually applied my thought process and remembered the principles on almost every move (at the end once I was up a queen I admit I relaxed a little bit, making sure mainly to avoid stalemate and losing my queen).


Blogger Michael Goeller said...

That's the best game I've seen from you! Very aggressive play. But, technically, it's really a Scotch Gambit or Goring Gambit. The Danish is where you play Bc4 and let him take a second pawn with cxb2.

I highly recommend the book "Danish Dynamite" which discusses all of these lines in depth.

10/20/2007 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Michael: Thanks for the note. takchess and I have debated what the opening is. Davies, in Gambiteer I, calls it a Danish that often transposes into a Goring Gambit. I believe that the Goring technically involves 3. Nf3 rather than 3. c3. 3. c3 is a Danish, and 4. Nxc3 is the Alekhine version of the Danish rather than the standard version with Bc4. One difference with this and the true Goring Gambit is that white's Kingside Knight isn't committed yet, with the advantage being if black plays his Bishop to b5, white will often play Ne2 instead of putting it on f3.

I didn't realize that book covers this line. Maybe I'll make it my chess purchase for next month.

10/20/2007 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger Chessbuzz said...

That was a great game. I play the scotch gambit, but my problem is that once I have the initiative I start getting conservative.

BTW, I just started playing in the Team 45 45 League under the Rank and File team under chessbuzz maybe we'll meet online sometime.

10/20/2007 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Dean said...

Nice win, I'll have to look into that opening, whatever it's called. It looked unstoppable.

10/20/2007 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger katar said...

Caveman chess at its finest.

As i have said, any 1600 player should fear you. You played at a very high level for 20+ moves. Confidence is a big asset, and something your games had been lacking in the past.

BTW, I highly doubt this guy was "booked up". The book moves played by black were virtually forced.

10/20/2007 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Excellent play! Boy, it took him an awfull lot of time to say goodbye to a point. Must have been your rating:)

10/20/2007 06:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Göring technically goes 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3.

But what a game! Your Rook sac was correct. Rybka's #1 choice. Dam'n man! What are you? A chess hustler? All the while you let us think you play bad, and then you pull out a wonderfull attacking game like this out of your hat?

10/20/2007 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF? He didn't resign at move 22? Or at least by 24? There's a point where you might hope for a swindle or stalemate. There's another point where it's just stubbornness. Hopefully, the extra 25 moves didn't take too long.

Super game. This example of what you want to accomplish with that kind of gambit could go in a textbook. Get a few more of these under your belt, and you'll learn not to fear anyone that's not at least a master!

10/20/2007 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Thanks all for the kind comments. Believe me, this was an anomaly, but a nice window into how I'd like to consistently play chess.

10/20/2007 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger transformation said...

brilliant. your second Phd. Bravo.

We all have those games, maybe one or two, or if you are really, really lucky, three a year that seem to benchmark new attainment and skill.

this is such a pleasure to watch!

warmly, dk

10/21/2007 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoroughly enjoyable ! You should put a link to your first 'blogged' game in the same post so you ( & we ) can see the difference !

10/21/2007 03:32:00 AM  
Blogger takchess said...

of interest

10/21/2007 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger takchess said...

Unsure if an earlier post of mine ever got to you. I find 10 f4 to be and interesting move. These sort of bishop/knight tradeoffs are often found in scotch gambit, giuoco and 2knights D. Although mostly it is black that is doing the counterattack. Nice to see preperation meet opportunity for you.

Nice to see JD Drew be the hero.

10/21/2007 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Loomis said...

I realize there is already a mountain of evidence for the value of intense tactical training for class players, but I'd like to submit BDK as the latest exhibit for how to cure your tactical woes. If you're still hesitant to answer the "Did it work?" question, your regular readers will be happy to answer it for you with a resounding "Yes!"

10/21/2007 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great game Blue! I wonder if your opponent should get an award for hope-chess of the month. :p

10/21/2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tak: Thanks for the game. Indeed, the tenth move from black is sort of a turning point in the game according to Davies. That continuation in the Bronstein game you linked to seems a lot scarier to me than my game continuation.

Loomis: many thanks. That I was able to out-tactic a 1700 player was very gratifying! He almost got me a couple of times (e.g., I almost snagged his Knight with my queen even though his Knight was protected by his Bishop: I was all happy about forking his K and N, and a classic blunder trigger was there: a "hidden" bishop that had to move backwards (from my perspective) to capture). I am starting to think that anything less than 45 45 is just too fast. This game felt like a reasonable time control to actually think through a few moves.

10/21/2007 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

P.S. Go Sox!!! Last night they did what they needed to do: got some good bat from the bottom of the order. Sweet. They won't win any series if its just Ortiz and Ramirez they rely upon. They just busted it open last night. Amazing game.

10/21/2007 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

My favorite part about watching this game, was the fact you had 16 minutes on your clock, your opponents queen and just about everything else, and he had 38 minutes still left. Then he just went out kicking and screaming until mate. Beautiful.

10/22/2007 12:02:00 AM  
Blogger katar said...

Danish Dynamite, p.120, variation "V". 14.Rxd6! is a clear improvement over 14.Nxb5 as played in the cited game Rossi - Dolci corr. 1977.

10/24/2007 01:25:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Wow, that's cool! That's a first.

10/24/2007 01:38:00 AM  

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