Two Blunders

July 19, 2006 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Chess | 2 Comments

Here are two short games which I blundered. Each started out the same: 1. e4 c5 2.Bc4. I played Black. At the time I did not know how to repsond to this unusual opening, and after a bit of research I still don’t know.

Both games were played on RedHotPawn, the first game had a 80-day time limit for the game and the second had a 3-day time limit per move. PGNs at the end of the post.

saif1980 vs. hk
1. e4 c5
2. Bc4
Huh? What the hell is this? Arrgh!

saif_101.jpg

2. . . . e5 ??
c6 or f6 look much better.

3. d3
At this point it is obvious that I don’t have a clue.

3. . . . Nc6
4. c3 Be7
5. Qf3
Light dawns on marblehead.

saif_102.jpg
5. . . . Nh6
Ooops! Nf6, Bf6 or f6 are much better.

6. Bxh6
Boom!

6. . . . gxh6
Protecting my Rook. 😉

7. Qxf7#
Boom!

saif_103.jpg

smOkey vs. hk
1. e4 c5
2. Bc4 e6
A better response this time.

smokey_1.jpg
3. Nh3 Nc6
It appears that my opponent is abandoning the center.

4. c3 Nf6
5. Qf3
Is this a trap? If it is, does it have a name?

smokey_2.jpg
5. . . . d6
6. O-O Ne5
Forking the Bishop and the Queen. Aren’t I special?

7. Qe2 Nxc4
8. Qxc4 h6
I don’t know what the purpose was here. A better move would have been d5.

9. Re1 d5
One move late.

10. exd5 Be7 ??
I must have been preparing to castle, but I’ll never get the chance. A better move would have been Kxd4 or exd4.

smokey_3.jpg
11. dxe6 Qd6
Good God! Why do I even bother playing chess. Bxe6 or fxe6 are much better.

12. exf7+
That’s one mighty strong pawn.

12. . . . Kf8
Kd8 much better.

13. Nf4 a6
Really is this the best I have? Bf5 is much better.

14. Ng6#

smokey_4.jpg

[Event “Eight ball VII”]
[Site “http://www.redhotpawn.com”%5D
[Date “2006.07.03”]
[Round “1”]
[White “saif1980”]
[Black “hungarianknight”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B20”]

1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 {Huh? What the hell is this? Arrgh!} e5 $4 {
c6 or f6 look much better.} 3. d3 {
At this point it is obvious that I don’t have a clue.} Nc6 4. c3 Be7 5. Qf3 {
Light dawns on marblehead.} Nh6 {Ooops! Nf6, Bf6 or f6 are much better.} 6.
Bxh6 {Boom!} gxh6 {Protecting my Rook. ;-)} 7. Qxf7# {Boom!} 1-0
[Event “Challenge”]
[Site “http://www.redhotpawn.com”%5D
[Date “2006.07.01”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Sm0key”]
[Black “hungarianknight”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B20”]
1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 e6 {A better response this time.} 3. Nh3 Nc6 {
It appears that my opponent is abandoning the center.} 4. c3 Nf6 5. Qf3 {
Is this a trap? If it is, does it have a name?} d6 6. O-O Ne5 {
Forking the Bishop and the Queen. Aren’t I special?} 7. Qe2 Nxc4 8. Qxc4 h6 {
I don’t know what the purpose was here. A bettwer move would have been d5.} 9.
Re1 d5 {One move late.} 10. exd5 Be7 $4 {I must have been preparing to castle,
but I’ll never get the chance. A better move would have been Kxd4 or exd4.} 11.
dxe6 Qd6 {
Good God! Why do I even bother playing chess. Bxe6 or fxe6 are much better.}
12. exf7+ {That’s one mighty strong pawn.} Kf8 {Kd8 much better.} 13. Nf4 a6 {
Really is this the best I have? Bf5 is much better.} 14. Ng6# 1-0

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  1. Just play 2. … e6

    Here is a recent game I played online in that opening:

    1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Bc4 Nc6 4. Nf3 a6 5. a3 Nf6 6. d3 d5 7. exd5 exd5 8. Bb3 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 Bg4 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Re1 d4 13. Ne4 Ne5 14. Nxf6+ Qxf6 15. Rxe5 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Qxe5 17. Qd2 Rfe8 18. f4 Qf6 19. Kh1 Qc6+ 20. Kg1 Rad8 21. c3 dxc3 22. bxc3 c4 23. Bxc4 Qxc4 0-1

  2. I recommend 2. e6 and that seems to be the consensus opinion. I like this move because going for a Kan structure is very strong after almost any reply. However, you can often have an option to play a favorable line of the accelerated dragon. Andrew Greet and others use this line when White plays Bc4 on Move 3, but with 2. e6 you will often end up with a Maroczy Bind White position. Whether White plays 3. Nc3 or 3. Nf3…. I respond 3… Nc3 with option of a Kan or Accelerated Dragon depending on White’s Move 4. Any other Move threes by White the Kan seems to have the better position. You can also try 2… e6 with a well-timed d4 later. Alternatively, many Dragon players like 2… d6.


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