Sunday, August 31, 2008

A common miniature in the Soller Gambit

I described The Soller Gambit in a previous post. At the time, after a few days playing it, I said it made playing black against 1 d4 fun again. I still feel that way. It's a fun unsound opening! The following game shows a common miniature, which I've played many times in one form or another.


Blogger BlunderProne said...


So other than 6.Bxd8 why not 6. Be3 to hold off the mate? Or can a queen move to d5 work though either is sloppy. Yes, greed is bad in the opening and goes to LF's "my system" coverage this week on grabbing early pawns being bad.

Danger Danger WIll Robinson.

( flails robotic arms and flashes red light)

8/31/2008 09:22:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Be3 is probably the best move, but it still bodes ill for white, though not as ill as this miniature!

8/31/2008 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't white just answer with 2. e3? If black plays 2..exd4 then 3. exd4 and all seems well. Or am I showing my naivete?

Have a good one,


9/01/2008 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tommyg: it is probably smartest to decline the gambit some way. To e3, I play e4, which slows down his kingside development, and may even give me the opportunity to play d5, getting a nice central grab.

9/01/2008 01:32:00 AM  
Blogger Hiddenleaf said...

Seeing something like this puts a smile on my face, guess I really caught the virus.

Nice to see you posting again.

9/01/2008 03:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6. Bh4 isn't good since Qxh4. So the only defence white has to avoid mate and lose of bishop is 6. Be3 but then white losses a pawn since 6. Be3 Nxe3 7. fxe3 Bxe3

I find it strange that so much players take the queen on d8 since one must have the reflex to ask why black gives the queen and as answer one must see that black threatens mate.

9/01/2008 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another possible way for white to answer. 4. Qh5 might not be super sound but it does ratchet up the excitement.

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 f6 3. e4 fxe5 4. Qh5+

9/01/2008 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

3 e4 is a great move.

The right response to that is 3...Nc6. 3 fxe is death for black, as I saw this weekend :)

9/01/2008 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger Chess? said...

hey great to see u post again. Welcome back

9/02/2008 02:04:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Thanks Frank. I have been on vacation the past week, and have played way too much chess. Hopefully I'll settle down once work begins tomorrow. :)

9/02/2008 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BDK,

From what I can gather I believe that you also work in an academic environment. I teach music (jazz) at the University level. I have just posted the first part of a two part series on how to use books to study an art form. (Like music, I believe chess is both a science and an art..) Since a lot of your posts have an academic bent to them, I would really be interested in hearing your opinion. I will say that as a jazz musician there is less of a scientific flavor to what I am writing but I am striving to create a strong pedagogically based study method for me and other people new to chess! Thanks!


9/03/2008 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger Glenn Wilson said...

Welcome back!! Great game! Nice viewer you got there. :)

9/04/2008 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tommyg: thanks, I'll take a look.

GW: great device!

9/04/2008 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Polly said...

Sweet!! Games like that are fun. That would definitely qualify as Wacky Wednesday material. That may inspire me to look through old games and find some more WW worthy games.

Nice to see you posting something. Hopfully it won't be another 4 months before your next post.

9/06/2008 04:10:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Polly--thanks for the note. I was on vacation last week, so got all into chess while we stayed in during the rain...good to see you are still out in the 'sphere causing trouble :)

9/06/2008 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Polly said...

Moi? I never cause trouble. If I caused trouble I'd have 100 comments on one of my posts. :-)

9/07/2008 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger Hiddenleaf said...

A question on a more practical matter.

With this post, and now again with your last, I can't figure out how to comment on it. That is, comment on it while there is no other comment yet.

As soon as there are other comments I can just click on those.

Ideas anyone?

9/10/2008 04:33:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

hiddenleaf: I accidentally had comments turned off for the post. Now they are on again, and will be for all new posts.

9/10/2008 10:09:00 AM  

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