Saturday, 26 June 2010

Active v Quiet

I'm a sucker for openings that either contain sharp tactics or opening traps. The fact that I play the Traxler is a testament to this, but there are a number of offbeat/gambit lines I have for a few other openings. In the case of the French I played the Milner-Barry Gambit, which some consider dubious, but later on I went one step further with the Sorensen Gambit (9.Ng5) ,which Ian Rout first showed me. If the Milner-Barry is dubious, the Sorensen may well be unsound, although only if Black defends correctly. Of course I'm also capable of missing the correct continuation, especially as my memory starts to go.
A couple of times I've got to the diagrammed position (in blitz or rapidplay) and for some reason chosen 10.Qh5? I'm not sure why I've done this, but it is possibly mis-remembering something I read in a book a while back. Of course the active piece sacrifice on f7 is the best continuation, as the rest of the given game shows.

Lindberg,Douglas - Viniarski,Alex [C02]
AUS-ch U12 Churchill (6), 20.01.2000

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bd3 Bd7 7.0-0 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nxd4 9.Ng5 h6 (D)
10.Nxf7 Kxf7 11.Qh5+ Ke7 12.Be3 Kd8 13.Qh4+ Ne7 14.Bxd4 Qc7 15.Nc3 Ke8 16.Rac1 Qd8 17.Qh5+ g6 18.Bxg6+ Nxg6 19.Qxg6+ Ke7 20.Bc5# 1-0

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