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UON 22 Sept / Oct / Nov / Dec 2008

Senior Editor:
Gary K. Gifford penswift@yahoo.com

Contributors to UON 22
Davide Rozzoni, Tim Sanders,Bill Wall, Joseph Dumontelle,
Clyde Nakamura, and G. K. Gifford

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UON 22 Sept / Oct / Nov / Dec 2008


1. Opening Remarks & Chess Cartoon, G. K. Gifford iv

2. Grob Adventures: 1. g4 & 1.g5, Davide Rozzoni 1

3. Meeting the Sicilian, Tim Sanders .. 6

4. Nc3 Updates, Davide Rozzoni 10

5. Some Nh6 Miniatures, Bill Wall 14

6. b4 We Get Started, Joseph Dumontelle 18

7. Chess Wars Part 3, Clyde Nakamura 20

8. Chess Wars Part 4, Clyde Nakamura 25

9. Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo, G. K. Gifford 32

10. A Note in Closing 38

UON 22 Sept / Oct / Nov / Dec 2008

Opening Remarks & Chess Cartoon

N ot too much to regarding this last issue of UON for the 2008 year. We have had relatively few
contributors turn out this time; and there were a few articles expected that never arrived. So, that
equation results in a short edition. But there are quite a few games within the 38 pages.

I am very thankful, of course to all who have contributed to this UON, as well as to past editions.

The book, Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo, by Davide Rozzoni, Bill Wall, and myself is
now available. I placed some information about it beginning on page 32. Bill Wall has compiled some
related miniatures (see page 14). As I write this Rick Kennedy is in the process of reviewing the book for
www.Chessville.com. Rick typically writes thorough reviews so I am very curious as to what he will have
to say about this book, which pertains to two very unorthodox defenses, i.e. they involve playing Nh6,
usually on Blacks first or second move.

Please keep in mind that we will be needing articles for UON 23 scheduled for January, 2009.

Have a good remaining 2008 year

As always, good chess to all


Gary K. Gifford

Cleveland, Ohio U.S.A.

September 10, 2008

UON 22 Sept Dec 2008

Grob Adventures: 1.g4 & 1..g5

by Davide Rozzoni

When IM Anthony Ker joined the 1991 New Zealand Chess Championship, probably nobody could
foresee his strange opening plans. He had played the national Championship a few times before, but
apparently he had never played the Grob & Macho Grob before! This article shows how things went.
In the past weeks I tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with IM Ker in order to discover:
why he chose such an original opening system;
if he had a chance to study Mike Basmans Grob games beforehand;
why he chose to dismiss this opening system after the this tournament.
Please contact me at ricettario@fastwebnet.it if any reader might be able to obtain those anwers from
IM Ker. In this case I will be happy to write a brief follow up to this article in future UON issues.

Spain,Graeme - Ker,Anthony F (2305) NZL Ch Otago (1), 1991

1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.d3 g7 4.e2 c5 5.c3 d5 6.e5 c6 7.0

0 b6 8.a3 g4 See diagram

9.e3? [9.dxc5 xc5 10.e3 a5] 9...c4! 10.c2 xe2

11.xe2 xb2+ 12.c1 xa1 13.f5 e6 14.c2 ge7
15.b2 a2 16.d2 xf5 17.a1 fxd4 18.cxd4 xd4
19.a4+ b5 20.xa2 bxa4 21.xd4 d7 22.f1 hb8
23.e2 b7 24.h3 ab8 25.g3 f8 26.d1 c6 27.c1
c5 28.xc5 xc5 29.c2 b3 30.xb3+ axb3 31.e2 c3
32.b1 d4 33.e1 d3 34.g1 b2 01

Ker,Anthony F (2305) - Garbett,Paul Anthony (2305) NZL Ch Otago (2), 1991

1.g4 d6 2.h3 e5 3.g2 c6 4.d4 b6 5.e3 d7 6.b3 gf6 7.b2 e4 8.d5?! [8.c3] 8...xd5
[8...cxd5 9.g5 g8 10.c3] 9.xe4 b4+ 10.d2 c3 11.f3 [11.xc3 xc3 12.e2 a5
13.c4] 11...e5 12.g2 xe4 13.xe4 xe4 14.xe4 f5 15.f4 fxe4 16.fxe5 d5 [16...h5!?]
17.e2 b4+ 18.c3 [18.c3 xc3+ 19.xc3 00] 18...c5 19.d4 00 20.e2 b6 21.c4
[21.h2 a6+ 22.d2 f7] 21...dxc4 22.bxc4 a6 23.ac1 xd4 24.exd4 f3 25.c2 af8
26.h2 [26.e1] 26...f7 27.c1 [27.a4 e6] 27...b5 28.f2 e6 29.e3 bxc4 30.c3
8f7 31.xf3 xf3 32.d2 d5 33.xf3 c3+! 34.d1 exf3 35.e3 e4 36.e6 c8 37.e7
d7 38.g1 d3 39.a4 a5 40.g5 c5 0-1

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Dive,Russell John (2305) - Ker,Anthony F (2305) NZL Ch Otago (3), 1991

1.d4 h6 2.e4 g5 3.e2 c5 4.d5 [4.h4!?] 4...d6 5.g3 d7

6.c4 e5 7.c3 f6 8.e2 g7 9.f5 xf5 10.exf5 d7
11.c2 000 12.f4 gxf4 13.xf4 h5 14.xe5 dxe5 15.00
h6 16.d3 f4 17.f2 See diagram
17..d6 [17...dg8!?] 18.e4 xe4 19.xe4 h6 20.f3
hg8 21.b3 d6 [21...h4 22.h1 d7=] 22.h3 h4
[22...b6 23.xh5 g7 24.b1] 23.b4 cxb4 24.c5 dd8
25.a3 c1 26.axb4 d2 27.f1 xd5 28.xa7 b8
29.xb7+ xb7 30.d3 f4+ 31.xf4 xf4 32.xd5 c6
33.f3 b5 34.d7 xb4 35.c6 e4 36.xe4 c8 37.xe7
c7 38.xc7 xc7 39.g3 hxg3 40.h4 c5 41.h5 f4 42.h6
d6 43.h7 e5 44.g2 c7 45.f3 d6 46.g4 e7
47.g5 f6+ 48.f4 d6 49.xg3 e5+ 50.f3 1-0

Ker,Anthony F (2305) - Dreyer,Martin (2235) NZL Ch Otago (4), 1991

1.g4 e5 2.h3 c6 3.c4 d6 [3...h5!? 4.gxh5 f6 5.c3 d5 6.cxd5 xd5 7.d3 c5 8.g2 e6
9.a4 b6 10.f3 f6 11.e4 db4 12.f1 f5 13.h4 xh4 14.xh4 xh5 15.f3 000
16.g5 e8 17.h4 hh8 18.h5 e4 19.dxe4 fxe4 20.xe4 c4 21.fd2 a6 22.a3 c2 23.c1
2d4 24.c4 hf8 25.e3 b8 26.b4 f5 27.xb6 axb6 28.h3 cd4 29.a4 b5
Basman,M-Thomson,C/Troon 1986/EXT 2002] 4.c3 e6 5.d3 ge7 6.g2 g6 7.g5 g7
8.d5 h6 9.e3 f5 [9...00] 10.gxf5 xf5 11.d2 [11.e4 00 12.f3=] 11...cd4 12.xd4
xd4 13.e3 f5 14.f3 c6 15.c3 00 16.000 a5 17.b1 ab8 18.b3 b5 19.cxb5 cxb5
20.e4 e7 21.d5 xd2 22.xe7+ f7 23.xd2 xe7 24.c1 bc8 25.dc2 xc2
26.xc2 d7 27.c1 f6 28.d1 g5 29.h2 h5 30.e1 d8 31.f1 a5+ 32.e2 b6
33.e1 a5+ 34.e2 b6 35.e1 g4 36.hxg4 xg4 37.h2 e6 38.f3 d8 39.d4 g4
40.h2 a5+ 41.f1 exd4 42.xg4 d3 43.c1 hxg4 44.d1 d2 45.e2 c3 46.f3 gxf3+
47.xf3 c7 48.e3 b6 49.e2 h8 50.g4 c5 51.d3 b4 52.f1 g8 53.f5+ b6
54.d1 g3+ 55.c2 e3 56.d5 c6 57.a5 b6 58.d5 c7 59.a5 xe4 60.xa7+
b6 61.d7 d4 62.a4 d5 63.g7 e4 64.g4 [64.g5 d4 65.g6+ perhaps offered more
chances. For example 65...c7 66.g7+ d6 67.g6+] 64...e3 65.g8 c7 66.g5 d4
67.d5 e1 68.a5 c6 69.d8 b5 70.d5+ a6 71.d6+ xa5 72.d5+ b6 73.d6+
c7 74.d5 g1 01

Love,Anthony J (2205) - Ker,Anthony F (2305) NZL Ch Otago (5), 1991

1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.c3 d6 4.c4 f6 5.e3 c6 6.e5 d5 [6...g4 7.e6!? (7.f3 xe3 8.fxe3
d5 9.d3) 7...d5 8.exf7+ xf7 9.d3 e5] 7.xd5 cxd5 8.exd6 xd6= 9.f3 e6 10.h4 g4
11.f4 xf4 12.xf4 c6 13.ge2 000 14.000 h5 15.e3 f6 16.f4 h6 17.g3 f7
18.he1 e6 19.b3 [19.f5 xe3+ 20.xe3 e5] 19...he8 20.b2 f8 21.ge2 e7 22.f2
g7 23.c1 f5 24.g3 e5! 25.3e2 [25.dxe5 fxe5 26.fxe5 xe5] 25...b6 26.c3 e4 27.g1
b7 28.g2 c8 29.gg1 e7 30.g2 e8 31.gg1 b5 32.ge1 a5 33.g1 ec7 34.a4
a6 35.a2 xe2 36.xe2 xg3 01

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Ker,Anthony F (2305) - Smith,Robert W (2240) NZL Ch Otago (6), 1991

1.g4 e5 2.h3 d5 3.g2 c6 4.c4 d4 5.d3 ge7 6.g5 d6 7.d2 g6 8.a3 e7 9.e4
d8 10.xe7 xe7 11.g3 h4 12.e4 g6 13.d2 h6 14.f3 a5 15.000 d7 16.e3 xf3
17.xf3 a4 18.xc6 xc6 19.he1 000 20.exd4 xd4 21.e3 g5 22.c2 e8 23.xg5
hxg5 24.e4 xe4 25.xe4 f6

Stuart,Peter - Ker,Anthony F (2305) NZL Ch Otago (7), 1991

1.d4 h6 2.e4 g5 3.e2 d6 4.g3 f6 5.e2 c5 6.dxc5 a5+ 7.c3 xc5 8.e3 a5 9.d2
c6 10.b5 xd2+ 11.xd2 d8 12.c3 g7 13.000 a6 14.d4 xd4 15.xd4 c7
16.e5 e8 17.exd6+ exd6 18.h5 e6 19.he1 d8 20.xg7 xg7 21.f3 d5 22.h5
xh5 23.xh5 d6 24.d4 b5 25.e2 b8 26.b4 b6 27.d3 a8 28.b2 a5 29.a3 d7
30.e5 c6 31.f5 [31.f4!?] 31...axb4 32.axb4 e8 33.d3 [33.h4!?] 33...a8 34.f5 e8
35.d3 a8 36.h3 [36.f4] 36...da7 37.e1 a2+ 38.c3 a1 39.d2 xe1 40.xe1 a1+
41.e2 g1 42.f3 d7 43.h4 d6 44.hxg5 hxg5 45.c4?! [45.e3 e1+ (45...xg2?
46.e4! g1 47.xd5+) 46.d2=] 45...bxc4 46.xc4 c6 47.b5 b7 48.a2 c5 49.d2
d4+ 50.e2 xg2 51.xf7 f1+ 52.f3 xb5 53.c2+ d6 54.c4 xc4 55.xc4 d5
56.c8 e1 57.g4 e5 58.f4 gxf4 59.xf4 e7 60.f3 d3 0-1

Metge,J. Nigel (2230) - Ker,Anthony F (2305) NZL Ch Otago (8), 1991

1.d4 h6 2.e4 g5 3.c4 e6 4.c3 d6 5.f4 gxf4 6.xf4 e7 7.f3 g6 8.ge2 c6 9.00
e7 10.b5 [10.e3] 10...h7 [10...xf4 11.xf4 a6 12.bc3 g7=] 11.ae1 a6 12.a3
d8 13.d5 ce5 14.b3 d7 15.bd4 exd5 16.exd5 xf4 17.xf4 h4 18.a4 000
19.c6 g7 20.g3 g4 21.e3 c4 22.xb7+? [22.b4] 22...xb7 23.b4+ b6 24.a4?

Ker,Anthony F (2305) - Sarfati,Jonathan D (2320) NZL Ch Otago (9), 1991

1.g4 d5 2.h3 e5 3.g2 e7 [3...c6; 3...c6] 4.c4 dxc4 5.a4+ bc6 6.xc4 e6 7.b5
d5 8.xd5 xd5 9.xd5 xd5 10.c3 db4 11.b1 a5 [11...h5!?] 12.f3 f6 13.d3 c2+
14.d1 2d4 15.xd4 xd4 16.e3 c6 17.xd4 exd4 18.e4 000 19.a3 c7 20.d2
e7 21.f4 d5 22.f5 a4 23.bf1 f8 24.h4 c5 25.h3

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Martin,Benjamin (2320) - Ker,Anthony F (2305) NZL Ch Otago (10), 1991

1.d4 h6 2.e4 g5 3.c3 d6 4.e3 c6 5.d2 a5 6.d3 f6

7.f3 bd7 8.ge2 b5 9.g3 a6 10.00 b7 11.a4 b4
12.a2 c5 13.c3 bxc3 14.bxc3 e6 15.d5 [15.fb1] 15...exd5
16.exd5 xd5 17.e4 7f6 18.h5 000 [18...xe4
19.fxe4 xe3 20.xe3] 19.xf6 xf6 20.xb7+ xb7
21.fb1+ a8 22.b2 c7 23.e2 c6 24.a5 d7 25.b6
xb6 26.xa6+ b8 27.b1 a8 28.xb6+ c8 29.c4
e7?! [29...g7 30.xc5 d7 31.xd6 a7; 29...d7
30.xc5 dxc5 31.d1+ e8 32.e1+ d7=] 30.c3 d7
31.d5 d8 32.b5 xa5? [32...b7!? See diagram ]
33.a1+- a7 34.xc5 dxc5 35.xc5+ b8 36.xa5 c8
37.d6+ cc7 38.d8+ c8 39.d6+ cc7 40.b5+ 1-0

Ker,Anthony F (2305) - Sutton,Richard John (2295) NZL Ch Otago (11), 1991

1.g4 d6 2.h3 g6 3.g2 g7 4.d4 d7 5.f3 gf6 6.c3 0

0 7.f4 c5 8.d5 b5 9.d2 b6
See diagram
10.h2 [10.xb5 b7; 10.h6 c4 11.c1 b4] 10...b8
11.d1 c4 12.d3 d7 13.c3 de5 14.g3 b7 15.g5
f5 16.gxf6 exf6 17.g4 f5 18.ge3 b6 19.h4 f6 20.h5
fe8 21.hxg6 hxg6 22.g1 f7 23.h1 xd5 24.xd5
xd5 25.xd5 xd5 26.e3 f7 27.xe5 xe5 28.xg6+
xg6 29.xg6+ f7 30.g5 f4 31.g4 b4 32.xe5+ dxe5
33.000= bxc3 34.bxc3 f6 35.dg1 b6 36.g6+ f5
37.6g5+ e4 38.g8 xg8 39.xg8 a6 40.b2 b6+
41.c2 a6 42.b3

Grob Adventures 4
UON 22 Sept Dec 2008

Additional 1.g4 games

Pacal,M (2236) - Lajthajm,B (2507) [A00]
10th Battle of Senta 1697 Open Senta SCG (2), 22.07.2006

1.g4 e5 2.c4 d5 3.g2 dxc4 4.a4+ c6 5.xc4 e6 6.c2 xg4 7.f3 d7 8.b3 gf6 9.b2
a5 10.a3 d6 11.c3 00 12.g5 h5 13.f5 g6 14.h3 fe8 15.ge4 e7 16.g3 b6
17.b4 a5 18.a4 c7 19.bxa5 xa5 20.c3 ea8 21.f5 c5 22.e4 xe4 23.xe4 f6
24.c2 xf2+ 01

Pacal,M (2236) - Erdos,B (2044) [A00]

10th Battle of Senta 1697 Open Senta SCG (8), 27.07.2006
1.g4 d5 2.g2 xg4 3.c4 f6 4.b3 c8 5.cxd5 bd7 6.c3 b6 7.d4 e6 8.dxe6 xe6
9.d1 c6 10.f3 e7 11.00 00 12.e4 c7 13.c2 ad8 14.g5 d7 15.xe6 xe6
16.e2 fe8 17.d1 f8 18.g3 c8 19.g5 h6 20.xf6 xf6 21.e5 e6 22.f4 g4 23.f2

Djukic,Milor (2115) - Prelevic,D (2320) [A00]

19th Belgrade Trophy Belgrade SRB (5), 26.11.2006
1.g4 d5 2.g2 xg4 3.c4 c6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.b3 e6 6.a4+ c6 7.xg4 f6 8.a4 d6
9.f3 00 10.c3 e5 11.d3 e4 12.dxe4 dxe4 13.xe4 xe4 14.xe4 b4+ 15.d2 xd2+
16.xd2 e8 17.a4 d4 18.e3 h4 19.f1 xe3 20.fxe3 f6+ 21.e1 h4+ 22.d1
h5+ 23.c1 c8+ 24.b1 f5+ 25.e4 f2 26.d7 10

Djukic,Milor (2115) - Abramovic,B (2524) [A00]

19th Belgrade Trophy Belgrade SRB (3), 24.11.2006
1.g4 h5 2.g5 g6 3.g2 g7 4.d4 d5 5.c3 c6 6.e4 dxe4 7.ge2 g4 8.xe4 e6 9.h3 xe2
10.xe2 e7 11.c3 d7 12.b3 b6 13.a4 d7 14.a5 bc8 15.f4 00 16.d1 d6 17.f3
df5 18.g3 d5 19.xf5 exf5 20.xd5 fe8+ 21.d2 cxd5 22.de1 e4 23.xe4 fxe4
24.e3 e8 25.b4 f8 26.b3 e6 27.c4 dxc4 28.xc4 c6 29.b3 d6 30.xd6 xd6
31.b4 d5 32.g1 f5 33.f4 xh3+ 34.xe4 f5+ 35.e3 b5 36.c3 b3 01

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Meeting the Sicilian

by Tim Sanders

As UCO players, we strive to take our opponent away from their knowledge base of their
openings. That is the purpose of this article, a brief survey of two of the many ways to
accomplish this against the Sicilian. While one of them may not technically be considered a
UCO, they certainly are in keeping with most of our UCO principles.

First, we are UCO players, what are we doing playing 1.e4? Not all UCO originate from an
unorthodox first move (b4, g4, g3, a3, b3, Nc3, etc). In playing e4, however, we invite the
popular Sicilian Defense. I have noticed this is especially true in OTB tournament play. In fact
it was while recently preparing to return to OTB tournaments that I experimented with how to
best meet the inevitable Sicilian. I had toyed with the Alapin variation, but found it too quiet
for my liking. I then decided upon the Kopec System, and another, the Canal Variation.
Coincidentally, the Kopec System was also later discussed on our Yahoo UCO group.

1. The Kopec System

After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6, the most popular move is 3.d4, being played 89% in my database.
Kopecs move, 3.Bd3 occurs just 58 times out of over 112,000!

The Kopec System has been promoted by two-time

winner of the Scottish Championship, IM Danny Kopec.
As you will see, it forces the Sicilian player out of book
rather quickly. The idea is to put Black on the defensive,
which is out of character for a Sicilian player. In his DVD,
Kopec covers many variations. The basic system is 1.e4
c5 2.Nf3 ... 3.Bd3. After 1.e4 c5, we continue with the
most popular move, 2.Nf3. At this point our opponent is
probably drooling at the prospect of unleashing the
Najdorf, Dragon, or some other deeply memorized line, so
they may play 2..d6. Kopec usually replies with an
immediate 3.Bd3, though 3.c3 can also be played before
Bd3. Black now plays 3..Nf6, and now Kopec plays 4.c3.

And BAM! We go from playing the most popular moves in the Sicilian to something Black has
probably never seen before! The theory behind these moves is to move the Bishop back to the c2
square. The above diagram shows the start of a typical Kopec System game.

Now lets play through one of IM Kopecs games, where he plays Canadian IM Jean Hebert in
the Carnival de Quebec in 1993. In this game we are out of book by move 5. Black is taken out
of his comfort zone and White takes advantage of several mistakes.

Meeting the Sicilian 6

UON 22 Sept-Dec, 2008

IM Danny Kopec - IM Jean Hebert

Carnival de Quebec (Quebec City, 1993)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bd3 g6 Black tries for a Dragon perhaps?

4.c3 Bg7 5.Bc2 last book move
5...d5 6.d3 e5 A weak move by Black, perhaps due to being out of book? [6...Nf6 7.00 00 8.Qe2 Bg4
9.h3 Be6 10.e5 and it is equal ]
7.Qe2 [Fritz says exd was better: 7.exd5 Qxd5 8.Bb3 Qd8 9.Be3 Bf5 10.Ng5 Nh6 11.Ne4 b6 12.Ba4
Bxe4 13.dxe4 Qxd1+ 14.Bxd1 0.70]
7...Nge7 8.Nbd2 00 9.00 h6 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nc4 Re8 12.Ba4 Bg4 13.Re1 Re6 14.Bxc6 bxc6 15.h3
Nf4 16.Bxf4 exf4 17.Qd2 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Rxe1+ 19.Rxe1 g5 20.Kg2 Qd5 21.Re7 Bf6 22.Rb7 Qe6 23.Qc2
24.a4 h5 [Also possibly better for Black was 8: 24...Kg7 25.Rb6 Bd8 26.Rb3 Bf6 27.Rb7 Re8] 25.Qb3
26.Rb8 Qd5 [Fritz like this better, 26...Kg7 27.Rxd8 Bxd8 28.Qd1 Kh6 29.b3 Bc7 30.h4 gxh4 31.Qd2
27.Nxa5 Kopec takes advantage of a Black misplay.
27..c4? Black is falling apart..27...Rxb8 28.Qxb8+ Kg7 29.Nb7 c4 30.dxc4 Qxc4 31.Nd6 Qe6 32.Ne8+
Kg6 33.Nxf6 Qxf6 34.Qg8+ Kf5 35.Qh7]

At Left: After 27..c4?

28.Nxc4 g4 [3.15 Fritz 8: 28...Qxd3 29.a5 Qd5 2.34/9 ] 29.Rxd8+

Bxd8 30.hxg4 hxg4 31.Qd1 f5 32.Qe2 a5 perhaps better?
32..Kh7 33.Ne5 Bf6
34.Nc4? [d4 would have increased the advantage. 34.d4 c5
35.b4 cxb4 36.cxb4 Qxd4 37.Nc6 Qb2 38.Qxb2 Bxb2 39.Ne7
Bd4 40.Nxf5]
34...Kh6? [Black also misses a good move 34...Bd8]
35.a5 Qg8? [Black continues to weaken. Better was 35...c5
36.a6 Qa8 37.Qe6 Qxf3+ 38.Kg1 Kg5 39.a7 Qa8 40.Nd6]
36.Kf1 Qg5 37.fxg4 fxg4 38.f3 [Fritz likes 38.Qe6 Qg6 39.Qxc6
Qxd3+ 40.Kg1 Qd1+ 41.Kh2 Kg6 42.a6 Qf1 43.Qe4+ Kg5]
38...Qh4? [38...Qh5 39.Kg1 gxf3 40.Qh2 f2+ 41.Qxf2 Qg4+
42.Kf1 Qd1+ 43.Kg2 Qg4+ 44.Kh1 Qd1+]
39.Qg2 g3 40.a6 Kg6?? [Fritz says 40...Kg7 41.a7 Qh8 42.Nb6
Qd8 43.d4 Qxb6 44.a8Q c5 45.Qe8 Qa6+ 46.Qee2 Qa1+ 47.Qe1 Qxe1+ and black is not as bad, but still
hopelessly beaten] 41.a7 Qh8 42.Nb6 Qd8 43.Qe2 Qh8 [43...Qxb6 44.a8Q Kg7 45.Qae8] 44.Kg1 Bd8
45.Nc8 10

In the following example, Black plays 4..Be7 and blunders

soon afterward at move 8..Bb7?

Vernon,Blake - Marckx,Austin
OCF Winter NAO FIDE Op Stillwater USA (7), 2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bd3 Nc6 4.c3 Be7 5.Bc2 Nf6 6.00 00
7.Re1 b6 8.d4 Bb7? 9.a3 d5 10.e5 Nd7 11.Qd3 g6 12.Qe3 a5
13.Qh6 Re8 14.Bg5 Bxg5 15.Nxg5 Nf8 16.Re3 cxd4 17.Rh3
dxc3 18.Nxh7 Nxh7 19.Qxh7+ Kf8 20.Nxc3 Qg5 21.f4 Qxf4
22.Rf1 Qd4+ 23.Kh1 Nxe5 24.Bxg6 Ke7 25.Bxf7 Nxf7
26.Qxf7+ Kd8 27.Qxb7 Rc8 28.Rh7 Qa4 29.Qxb6+ Rc7
30.Qxc7# 10
Final Position

Meeting the Sicilian 7

UON 22 Sept-Dec, 2008

IM Kopec provides much more information on his DVD, covering the following:
Part 1: Dragon set-up with ...g6
Part 2: Russian set-up with ...g6 and ...e5
Part 3: Lopez set-up with ...e5
Part 4: French set-up with ...e6 and ...d5
Part 5: Hybrid Structures

2. The Canal variation, 3.Bb5+ and 3.Bb5

The second method I used to get black out of book quickly was 3.Bb5 or 3.Bb5+ depending on
Blacks moves. The move provides an alternative to the usual 3.d4 open-type games. 3.Bb5+
would at first glance look like an early amateur check, but with more study, it has become more
respected. Eric Schiller calls this the Sicilian Defense-Canal Variation, and it is found in various
places as an anti-Sicilian variation. Schiller says both Esteban Canal and Rossolimo
contributed to the line. In fact it is also called the Sicilian Rossolimo.

First lets looks at the 3.Bb5+ line. As you can

see, it has been played by some highly regarded
masters to beat the likes of Karpov and Kasparov.
After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+. As in:
Adams-Chaparinov, FIDE GP, Baku AZE, 2008, 1-0
Ivanchuk-Kasparov, Linares ESP 1991, 1-0
Gelfand-Karpov, It Cap dAgde FRA 1994, 1-0
and many others.
3.Bb5+ occurs just 5.6% of the time, compared to the usual
3.d4 89%.

Adams-Cheparinov continues,
3..Bd7 the usual reply 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.h3 00 10.Be3 Nc6
11.00 last book move
11...Rfd8 12.Rc1 Rac8 13.b3 e6 14.Qf3 Qe7 15.Rfd1 a6 16.Nxc6 Rxc6 17.Bd4 Rdc8 18.a4 Nd7
19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qe3 Qd8 21.Ne2 Qa5 22.Nd4 Rb6 23.Rc3 Qc5 24.Qe1 Ne5 25.Re3 Nc6 26.Nc2 a5
27.Qc3+ Kg8 28.g3 Nb4 weak?
29.Nxb4 Rxb4 30.Qf6 Rb6 31.e5 Re8 32.h4 d5 33.Rf3 Qe7? 34.Qxe7 Rxe7 35.cxd5 exd5 36.Rxd5
Rbe6 37.Rxa5 Rxe5 38.Rxe5 Rxe5 39.Re3 Rd5 40.Re8+ Kg7 41.Rb8 Rd7 42.Kg2 h5 43.b4 Kf6 44.a5
Ke6 45.b5 Kd6 46.Rc8 Re7 47.b6 Re5?? [a game-losing move. 47...Rd7 48.Kf3 Re7 49.Kf4 Rd7 50.Ke3
Re7+ 51.Kf3 Rd7 52.Rc4 f6 53.Rd4+ Ke6 54.Rxd7 Kxd7 55.Ke4 Kd6 56.Kd4 Ke6 much better] 48.a6 10

BONUS: This game video with commentary by GM Larry Christiansen can be viewed on the
internet at http://webcast.chessclub.com/Baku08/Round2/GOTD.html This is a very informative
Game of the Day commentary, it goes into much greater detail than I can in this short article.

Meeting the Sicilian 8

UON 22 Sept-Dec, 2008

A well-played game with the exception of a couple of bad moves by Cheparinov. We UCO
players like to think that 3.Bb5+ contributed to the win.

Now I would like to take a brief look at 3.Bb5 without a check. This usually occurs when Black
plays 2.Nc6. 3.Bb5 occurs 15.8% in my database. In the following recent game, we are out of
book after move 11.

Van den Doel,E (2568) - Van der Wiel,J (2504)

2nd LCT Leiden NED (5), 15.07.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.00 Bg7 6.Re1 f6 7.c3 Nh6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 Nf7 10.b3 00
11.Nbd2 last book move
11...a5 12.Ba3 d6 13.Rc1 Ra6 14.Qe2 Qd7 15.Nc4 a4 16.b4 d5 17.Na5 e6 18.e5 fxe5 19.dxe5 g5
20.h3 h5 21.Bb2 g4 22.Nh2 hxg4 better imo
22..Ng5 23.hxg4 Ne4? See diagram The turning point of the game? 23..c5 much better.

The turning point? After 23..Ne4?

24.Bd4 Qc7 [24..Bh6 25.Rc2 Bg5 26.gxh5 Be7 27.Qg4+

Kh8 28.Rxe4 dxe4 29.Rc4 Qd5 30.h6 Rg8 31.Qh5]
25.gxh5 Bxe5 [25...Rf4 26.Qb5 cxb5 27.Rxc7 Ra8 28.f3
Ng3 29.Bf2 Nf5 30.g4 Nd4 31.Bxd4 Rxd4 32.Rec1]
26.Qg4+ Kh8 [26...Kf7 27.Qg6+ Ke7 28.Bxe5 Qxe5
29.Nxc6+ Rxc6 30.Rxc6 Bd7 31.Ng4 Qb2 32.Rxe4 dxe4
33.Qg5+ Ke8 34.Rc7 e3 35.Qxe3 Qxa2]
27.Rxe4 dxe4 [27...Bxd4 28.Rxd4 e5 29.Qg3 Rg8 30.Ng4
Rg5 31.h6 Qd6 32.Qh4 Qg6 33.Nxe5 Rxe5 34.b5 Bh3
35.Qxh3 Rxa5 36.bxc6] 28.Qg3 10


These variations are lesser-known, yet sound alternatives to meeting the Sicilian. I hope this
brief article will encourage you to look into them more closely.


For further information on the Kopec System, go to http://www.kopecchess.com/ and to the Yahoo
UCO files area, where jadumontelle has uploaded 2 kopec pgn files.

Schiller, Eric, Standard Chess Openings, Cardoza, 2002.


Meeting the Sicilian 9

UON 22 Sept-Dec 2008

1.c3 Updates January-June 2008 by Davide Rozzoni

While choosing these games, the following criteria has been followed:

ECO A00 only (no transpositions to other openings allowed);

Both players have an elo rating > 2.200
All the games have been played in on the board games (no corr./e-mail games);

1.c3 c5

Vusatiuk,A (2305) - Kalinkin,B (2223) ch-Kyiv Men Kyiv UKR (9), 29.01.2008
1.c3 c5 2.f3 c6 3.d4 cxd4 4.xd4 e6 5.g3 d5 6.g2 f6 7.f4 b4 8.d3 00 9.000
d7 10.e4 xd4 11.xd4 a5 12.e5 fc8 13.xf6 c4 14.exd5 xd4 15.xd4 c5
16.xc5 xc5 17.he1 xf2 18.e2 b6 19.d6 h6 20.b3 c8 21.b2 a5 22.d3 b5
23.a3 b4 24.axb4 xb4 25.ed2 f5 26.d1 a5 27.d4 b6 28.f1 f7 29.c4 d8 30.c7
f6 31.g2 a4 32.b7 c5 33.b4 e5+ 34.c3 e1 35.c2 a8?? [35...e5+] 36.xd7 a3
37.xa8 10

Bistric,F (2382) - Bogosavljevic,B (2492) TCh-BIH Neum BIH (9), 12.06.2008

1.c3 c5 2.f3 c6 3.d4 cxd4 4.xd4 f6 5.g5 e6 6.e4 d5 7.xf6+ gxf6 8.h4 e5
9.b3 a5 10.a3 d4 11.e4 a4 12.d2 h6 13.h5 xd2+ 14.xd2 a5+ 15.d1 d3
16.xd3 g8 17.xh7 g6 18.c4 g4+ 19.c1 000 20.xf7 d2+ 21.b1 d4 22.a2
h6 23.ae1?? [23.g3+- f3 (23...b8 24.d5 c8 25.ad1) 24.d5; 23.g3?? g7+]
23...d7 24.e8+ d8 25.f7 d7? [25...d7=] 26.g3 [26.g3] 26...c6 27.e7 g7
28.c5 c7 29.b6 b8 30.c3 b3 31.d1 d2 32.xd2?! [32.f4! cd7 (32...exf4
33.f2+-) 33.xd2 xd2 34.fxe5+-] 32...xd2 33.f3 xe4 34.fxe4 [34.xf6+-] 34...xc4
35.f2 xe4 36.a7+ c8 37.c5+ d7 38.b5+? [38.d4! e6 (38...exd4? 39.d5+ c7
40.xe4) 39.c4+] 38...e6 39.c5 d5+ 40.a1 c8 41.b6+ c6 01

Kokolias,K (2211) - Georgescu,T (2384) IX EICC Plovdiv BUL (3), 23.04.2008

1.c3 c5 2.f3 c6 3.d4 cxd4 4.xd4 g6 5.e3 f6 6.xc6 bxc6 7.d4 g7 8.e4
a5+ 9.c3 f5 10.xf6 xf6 11.xf6+ xf6 12.d4 e5 13.c5 e7 14.xe7+ xe7 15.e4
d5 16.exd5 cxd5 17.e2 e6 18.000 ac8 19.b1 g5 20.g3 f5 21.f4 gxf4 22.gxf4 e4
23.hg1 hg8 24.a3 g6 25.xg6 hxg6 26.h4 h8 27.h1 d6 28.d1 d4 29.cxd4 c4
30.c2 d5 31.c3 c8 32.d2 xd4 33.h3 d3 34.g3 h8 35.h3 f1 36.h2 e3+
37.e1 d3 38.f3 c8 39.d1 e4 01

Nc3 Updates 10
UON 22 Sept-Dec 2008

1.c3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.ce2

Khusnutdinov,R (2452) - Sveshnikov,E (2506)

Spring Cup Cheliabinsk RUS (4), 10.03.2008
1.c3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.ce2 e5 4.f3 d6 5.g3 e6 6.b5+ d7 7.e2 e7 8.g5 g6
9.xe6 fxe6 10.h5 00 11.c4 e7 12.g3 b6 13.b3 c5 14.c4 [14.d3] 14...h8 15.f4?!
[15.00] 15...exf4 16.e5 c7 17.xf4 d7 18.c2 xe5 19.e4 g5 20.d3 g6 21.b4 cxb4
22.b2 c5 23.e2 g7 24.000 xd3+ 25.xd3 ac8 26.b1 f5 27.b3 fc5 28.xb4
b5 29.d3 a5 30.a3 b8 31.a1 bxc4 32.he1 e5 33.b1 xd3 34.xd3 cxd3 35.xd3
d7 36.bc1 b5 37.d2 xc1+ 38.xc1 xb2+ 39.xb2 d3 01

Sarakauskas,G (2449) - Butnorius,A (2442) ch-LTU Kaunas LTU (7), 21.05.2008

1.c3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.ce2 e5 4.f4 d3 5.cxd3 c6 6.f3 exf4 7.d4 g4 8.a4 xf3?!
[8...d7] 9.gxf3 h4+ 10.d1 000 11.d5 e5 12.xa7 d6 13.xf4 d7 14.d4 f2
15.b5+ e7 16.f1 xh2 17.dxe5 xe5 18.d3 f6 19.xe5 xe5 20.c5+ d6 21.f4
xe4 22.e1 c6 23.xe4+ xe4 24.e3 xd5+ 25.c2 10

Vusatiuk,A (2305) - Karnaukh,A (2246) ch-Kyiv Men Kyiv UKR (6), 26.01.2008
1.c3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.ce2 e5 4.g3 g6 5.f3 g7 6.c4 d7 7.d3 b6 8.b3 e7 9.a4
f6 10.a5 bd7 11.g5 00 12.h4 [12.00] 12...c5 13.c4 h5 14.b4 a6 15.b5 c5
16.a3 b6 17.axb6 cxb6 18.00 g4 19.a2 h6 20.f3 e6 21.xe6 xe6 22.a1 fc8
23.b1 a5 24.e2 a4 25.b4 axb4 26.xa4 xa4 27.xa4 f8 28.b2 e7 29.g3 d8
30.a7 d7 31.a6 [31.xb6!? a8 32.d2 a1+ 33.b1] 31...e6 32.d2 f6 33.f3
e3 34.b7 e6 35.f1 d1 36.b1 c3 37.e1 [37.xc3 dxc3] 37...xb5 38.c1?!
[38.d2 a3 39.c1 f6 40.f2 c8] 38...a3 39.e2 f8 40.b3 c8 41.d5 xc2
42.xe6 fxe6 43.g4 hxg4 44.fxg4 c3 45.fd2 xd3 46.f2 e7 47.g5 e3 48.c1 c3
49.cb3 c4 50.xc4 xc4 51.a2 c3 52.d2 b3 53.a7 c1+ 54.f2 c2 55.xe7
xd2+ 56.e1 b2 57.xd2 b1 01

Certic,B (2377) - Orlov,Pa (2274) Winter Open Belgrade SRB (6), 27.01.2008
1.c3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.ce2 g4!? 4.f3 h5 5.c3N [5.g3 has been played a few times]
5...dxc3 6.bxc3 e5 7.b3 e7 8.xb7 d7 9.d4 gf6 10.g3 00 11.1e2 c5 12.dxe5?!
[12.xh5 xh5 13.d5] 12...xe5 13.f4 b8 14.a6 xf3?! [14...xf3+!? a possible
continuation is 15.f2 (15.gxf3 xf3 16.d3 xh1 17.xh1) 15...d1 16.e2 (16.gxf3 xf3+
17.g1 xc3+) 16...g4+ 17.xf3 xh2+ 18.f2 xe2 19.fxe2 g4+ 20.f3 e5+=]
15.gxf3 xf3+ 16.f2 e5 17.e2 c7 18.d1 b6 19.a4 c4 20.g2 fb8 21.d5 xd5
22.xd5 g6 23.d7 xd7 24.xd7 f6 25.e3 b2 26.xa7 f8 27.c7 e8 28.xc4 h5
29.f1 h4 30.f5 g6 31.h6+ g7 32.g4 e6 33.xf6 xf6 34.e3 e5 35.a4 10

Nc3 Updates 11
UON 22 Sept-Dec 2008

1.c3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.xe4

Kokolias,K (2211) - Romanov,E (2547) IX EICC Plovdiv BUL (1), 21.04.2008

1.c3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.xe4 d7 4.c4 gf6 5.xf7+

xf7 6.g5+ g8 7.e6 e8 8.xc7 the whole variation
is analyzed in detail in FM Keilhack's Der Linksspringer
1.Sc3 book See Diagram
8...d8 [8...g6!? 9.xa8 xg2 (9...b5!?) 10.f3 xf3
11.xf3] 9.xa8 e5 10.d4 f7 11.f3 [11.f3 f5 12.0
0] 11...e6 12.xb7 [12.e2 d5 13.f3 xa8] 12...d5
13.c7 [13.xa7 xg2 14.c7 xh1] 13...xa8 14.f3 e6
15.e2 d6 16.a5 b8 17.a6 g6 18.f2 c7 19.d3
e5 20.c3 b7 21.dxe5 xe5 22.d4 g7 23.d3 c8
24.e3 b8 25.b3 xh2 26.c4 e5 27.d2 eg4+ 28.f1
xe3+ 29.xe3 f7 30.e1 h5 31.c3? [31.e2]
31...g3+ 32.f2 xh1+ 33.xh1 g3+ 34.f1 g8 01

Vusatiuk,A (2305) - Grinev,V (2266) ch-Kyiv Men Kyiv UKR (8), 28.01.2008
1.c3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.xe4 e5 4.c4 c6 5.f3 e7 6.d4 exd4 7.00 f5 8.fg5 h6
9.f4 00 10.e1 a5 11.d3 c5 12.c4 g6 13.f3 c6 14.a3 d7 15.ad1 ad8 16.h3
fe8 17.g4? f6 18.e6 xe6 19.d6 e5 20.xe5 xd6 21.xg6 hxg6 22.xd6 xd6
23.xb7 f7 24.h4 e5 25.g2 c6 01

Lenderman,A (2427) - Bisguier,A (2244)

US Amateur Team-ch East Parsippany USA (4), 17.02.2008
1.c3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.xe4 f5 4.f3 d7?! [4...e6; 4...d5 5.d6+ xd6 6.xf5] 5.g5
f6 6.xb7 c6 7.b3 e6 8.c3 b8 9.c2 d6 10.d4 e5 11.dxe5 xe5 12.1f3 xf3+
13.xf3 00 14.e2 e8 15.00 h6 16.c4 b5 17.xb5 xb5 18.h3 d7 19.a4 c6
20.d4 b6 21.c2 b8 22.d1 c7 23.f3 c5 24.e3 be6 25.c4 e4 26.d5 f6
27.f1 g3+ 28.fxg3 xe3 29.f2 fe6 30.g4 b6 31.b3 f4 32.ad1 e2 33.xe2 xe2
34.xe2 e6+ 35.f1 g3 36.xc5 e3 37.c8+ h7 38.d2 e4 39.e2 b1+ 40.e1
xe1 41.xe1 xa2 42.b8 d2 43.b5 d3+ 44.g1 d4+ 45.h1 f2 46.be5 f6
47.5e3 c2 48.1e2 c1+ 49.h2 a5 50.e4 c3 51.2e3 c2 52.h4 f2 53.h3 c2
54.h5 c1 55.f3 h1+ 56.g3 c1 57.e7 a4 58.bxa4 xc4 59.xf6 xa4 60.ff7 b3+
61.h2 b8+ 62.h3 h8 63.g5 hxg5 64.h6 c8+ 65.g3 gxh6 66.h7+ 10

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UON 22 Sept-Dec 2008

1.c3 e5

Collutiis,Duilio (2402) - Stromboli,Carlo (2257)

I Festival Costa Viola Magistrale Bagnara Calabra (3), 04.01.2008
1.c3 e5 2.f3 c6 3.d4 exd4 4.xd4 b4 5.xc6 bxc6?! [5...xc3+] 6.d4! f8 7.f4
d6 8.e4 e7 9.c4 g6 10.g3 h5 11.h4 e6 12.000 f6 13.xe6 xe6 14.a4 e7
15.he1 d7 16.e5 d5 17.e4 f5 18.d6+ xd6 19.exd6+ f8 20.f4 cxd6 21.xd5
g8 22.ed1 d8 23.a5 a8 24.a6 xh4 25.xd6 g4 26.g3 g6 27.xc6 c8 28.e4
xf4 29.gxf4 g1+ 30.d1 xf2 31.ad6 f8 32.d8 b6 33.xf8+ xf8 34.a8+ 10

1.c3 f6

Legemaat,Gert (2203) - Van den Doel,Erik (2584)

OGD Prinsenstad Toernooi - A-groep Delft (2.1), 05.01.2008
1.c3 f6 2.f3 d5 3.d3 c6 4.g5 d4 5.e4 g4 6.h3 h5 7.g3 xf3 8.exf3 e6 9.a3
e7 10.e2 d5 11.xe7 xe7 12.00 00 13.e1 f5 14.f1 d6 15.d2 a5 16.c4 dxc3
17.bxc3 e5 18.d4 exd4 19.cxd4 h8 20.b5 de7 21.e2 ad8 22.ec1 b6 23.xc6 xc6
24.c3 e7 25.c2 d5 26.c6 e7 27.d2 d6 28.xd6 xd6 29.c3 f4 30.g3 e6
31.d5 c5 32.e1 f4 33.g4 h6 34.e2 d8 35.e7 g8 36.xd6 xd6 37.e7 d7 38.xd7
xd7 39.b5 f7 40.xc7 e7 41.b5 f6 42.d6+ d7 43.f1 e8 44.e2 xd6 45.d4
b5 46.d3 g5 47.c2 c6 48.d4 c4 49.a4 d2 50.axb5+ xb5 01

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UON 22 Sept-Dec 2008

Some ...Nh6 Miniatures by Bill Wall

Giuchess computer - Matilde computer, Italy 2007
1.e4 Nh6 2.b3 d5 3.Qh5 dxe4 4.Qh4 Bf5 5.Qg5 e5 {5...Qxd8+} 6.Bb5+ Nd7
7.Bxd7+ {7.Qg3} Qxd7 8.Ba3 {8.Ne2} f6 9.Qh4 {9.Qh5+} O-O-O 10.Bxf8
Rhxf8 11.f4 e3 12.d3 Qd4 13.c3 Qxd3 14.Nd2 Qxd2+ 15.Kf1 Bd3+ 16.Ne2
Qxe2+ 17.Kg1 Be4 18.Qh3+ Kb8 19.Qg3 Rd1+ 20.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 21.Qe1 Qxe1#

Notorius - Bill Wall, Internet 1998

1.e4 Nh6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Bc4 Bg7 4.d3 O-O 5.Nh3 Nc6 6.Bxh6 Bxh6 7.O-O d6
8.g4 Ne5 9.g5 Bxh3 10.gxh6 e6 11.Re1 Qg5+ 0-1

Albert - Wall, Internet 1999

1.e4 Nh6 2.Bc4 e6 3.Qf3 Nc6 4.c3 Ne5 5.Qe2 Nxc4 6.Qxc4 Qg5 7.g3 d5
8.Qxc7 dxe4 9.Ne2 Qd5 10.O-O Bd6 11.Nf4 Bxc7 12.Nxd5 exd5 0-1

WildKnight - Hossa, Internet 1998

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 Nc6 3.d5 Ne5 4.Bxh6 gxh6 5.f4 Ng6 6.e5 Nxf4 7.Bc4 {7.Nc3} Nxg2+
8.Kf2 Nh4 9.Nf3 Nxf3 10.Qxf3 Bg7 11.e6 O-O 12.Qg4 fxe6+ 13.Ke2 exd5
14.Bxd5+ e6 15.Nc3 exd5 16.Rhg1 Qf6 17.Rg2 Kh8 18.Rag1 Qe5+ 19.Kd3 Rf7
20.Ne4 Qd4+ 21.Ke2 dxe4 22.Rf1 Qc4+ 23.Ke3 Bd4+ 24.Kxe4 d5# 0-1

Arp - Philippe Du Chattel, Utrecht 1989

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Be3 d6 5.f3 f5 6.Qd2 Nf7 7.O-O-O Bg7 8.Bc4
e6 9.Nge2 b5 10.Bb3 a5 11.Nf4 d5 12.exd5 exd5 13.a4 b4 14.Nce2 O-O
15.h4 Bf6 16.g3 Re8 17.h5 g5 18.Nd3 Ba6 19.f4 Bxd3 20.Qxd3 Qe7 21.Kd2
g4 22.Rde1 Nd6 23.Rhg1 Nd7 24.Nc1 {24.Rh1} Nb6 25.Re2 {25.Ke2} Nbc4+ {
26.Ke1 Nxb2} 0-1

Schoemans - Kint, Lommel, Belgium 1999

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 f6 5.Qd2 Nf7 {5...Ng4} 6.f3 Bg7 7.Bc4
e6 8.Nge2 c6 9.g4 O-O 10.h4 h6 {10...b5} 11.d5 cxd5 {11...Ne5} 12.exd5
e5 {12...Ne5} 13.Bd3 f5 {13...e4} 14.gxf5 gxf5 15.O-O-O Qf6 {15...f4
is better} 16.Rdg1 f4 {16...Kh8 17.Bg5} 17.Bf2 {17.Rg6 wins} Bf5
18.Ne4 Bxe4 {18...Qe7 19.Rh2} 19.Bxe4 Kh8 20.Rg6 Qe7 21.Rhg1 Rg8
22.Nxf4 exf4 23.Bd4 Ne5 24.Qxf4 Nbd7 25.Rxh6+ 1-0

Boewig - Kindler, Hessen, Germany 1990

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.f3 f6 5.Be3 Nf7 6.Qd2 Bg7 7.Nge2 e6
8.O-O-O c6 9.g4 d5 {9...b5} 10.Ng3 Nd7 11.h4 a6 12.g5 f5 {12...Nb6}
13.Bd3 b5 {13...dxe4} 14.h5 Rg8 {14...b4} 15.exf5 exf5 {15...gxf5}
16.Rde1 Qa5 {best is 16...Nf8} 17.Kb1 {17.Bf4+ Kd8 18.Qe3} Kd8 {
17...Kf8} 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Bf4 Qb4 20.Nxd5 1-0

Zaragatski - Jahnke, Germany 2004

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 Nc6 5.d5 Nb8 {5...Nb4} 6.h3 f6 7.Qd2
Nf7 8.O-O-O d6 9.f4 e5 {9...O-O; 9...Bd7; 9...c5} 10.dxe6 Bxe6 11.Nf3
Nc6 12.g4 f5 {12...a6} 13.gxf5 gxf5 14.Nd4 Nxd4 {14...Qd7} 15.Bxd4
Bxd4 16.Qxd4 Qh4 17.exf5 Bxf5 18.Bc4 Rf8 {18...c6} 19.Rhe1+ Kd7 20.Nd5
20.Bxf7 Rxf7 21.Qa4+} Kd8 21.Re7 Bd7 22.Qg7 1-0

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UON 22 Sept-Dec 2008

Koening - Tom Stevens, Los Angeles 1991

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 d6 5.f3 f6 6.Bc4 e5 {6...Nf7; 6...c6
} 7.Nge2 f5 {7...Nf7; 7...Nc6} 8.dxe5 Bxe5 9.Bxh6 Qh4+ 10.g3 Qxh6
11.f4 Bxc3+ {11...Bf6} 12.Nxc3 Qg7 {12...Nc6} 13.Qe2 Kd8 14.e5 Re8
15.O-O-O Bd7 16.Qf3 Nc6 {better is 16...Bc6} 17.exd6 Rc8 {17...Na5
18.Bb5} 18.Nb5 Re4 19.dxc7+ Ke7 {19...Rxc7 20.Bb3} 20.Qa3+ 1-0

Blohm - Stevens, San Francisco 1999

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.h4 e6 5.h5 d5 6.Nf3 Nc6 {6...dxe4 7.Nxe4
Nc6} 7.hxg6 hxg6 8.e5 b6 {better is 8...Ne7} 9.Bg5 Qd7 {9...Ne7}
10.Qd2 Nf5 {10...Ng8} 11.Rxh8+ Bxh8 12.g4 Nfe7 13.Bf6 Bxf6 14.exf6 Ng8
15.Bb5 a6 {15...Bb7 16.Ne5} 16.Ne5 1-0

Guest9839 - Wall, Internet 2006

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Bc4 Bg7 4.Bxh6 Bxh6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.e5 d5 7.Bd3 c5
8.dxc5 Qa5+ 9.Nc3 Qxc5 10.O-O Bg4 11.h3 Bd7 12.e6 Bxe6 13.Ne5 d4 0-1

Gonzalez - Boeye, Belgium 1999

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Be3 f6 4.c4 d6 5.f3 Nd7 6.Qd2 Nf7 7.Nc3 e5 8.d5 a5
9.Nh3 Nc5 10.Nf2 f5 11.Nd3 Qh4+ 12.g3 Nxd3+ 13.Bxd3 Qh5 14.Be2 f4
15.Bf2 fxg3 16.Bxg3 Bh6 17.Qc2 O-O 18.f4 Bg4 19.O-O exf4 20.Bxf4 Bxf4
21.Rxf4 Ne5 22.Bxg4 Nxg4 23.Raf1 {23.Qd2} Rxf4 24.Rxf4 Qg5 25.Qe2 Ne3+

WitchDoctor - Wall, Internet 2006

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.e5 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.Bf4 d6 6.Nd5 dxe5 7.dxe5 c6
8.Bxh6 Bxh6 9.Ne3 Qa5+ 10.c3 Rd8 11.Qb3 Bxe3 12.fxe3 Qxe5 13.c4 Qa5+
14.Ke2 Rd2+ 15.Kf3 Qf5+ 16.Kg3 Qf2# 0-1

Mansoor - Wall, Internet 1999

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.e5 Bg7 4.g3 d6 5.Bxh6 Bxh6 6.exd6 cxd6 7.Bg2 O-O
8.Ne2 Qb6 9.b3 Nc6 10.c3 Bf5 11.Bxc6 Qxc6 12.O-O Bh3 13.d5 Qc5 14.Re1
e5 15.c4 Be3 0-1

Bellingrath - Kindler, Baden, Germany 1994

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be2 f6 5.O-O Nf7
6.d5 e5 {6...c5} 7.dxe6 Bxe6 8.Nd4 Bd7 9.Bc4 Qe7 {9...Nc6} 10.Nc3 Bg7
{best is 10...c6} 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.Nf4 O-O {12...Qe7 13.Nde6 Bxe6 14.Nxe6}
13.Nde6 Qc8 14.Nxf8 Kxf8 15.Qd5 1-0

Buys - Wind, The Hague 1992

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be3 f5 5.e5 Nf7 6.Ng5 Nxg5 7.Bxg5 dxe5
8.dxe5 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 Nd7 10.f4 Nc5 11.Bc4 Be6 12.Bd3 {12.Bb5+ c6 13.Be2}
O-O-O 13.Ke2 Bd5 14.Rg1 Ne6 15.Ke3 {15.Kf2} Nxg5 16.fxg5 h6 17.g4 e6
18.gxf5 {18.Kf4} Bc5+ 0-1

Stax - Wall Bill, www.chess.com 2008

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 f6 4.Nc3 {4.Bd3 Nf7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bd3 d5 7.Qe2 c6
8.O-O Be7 0-1,48 Bampton-Delmar, New York 1907} Nf7 5.Bf4 Bg7 6.e5 O-O 7.Qd2 fxe5
8.dxe5 Nc6 9.O-O-O e6 10.h4 Nfxe5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 Bxe5 13.Re1 Bf4

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Ringoir - Boeye, Belgium 2005

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.f4 d5 4.Bd3 Bg7 5.c3 O-O 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.O-O c5 8.e5
cxd4 9.Nxd4 Nc5 10.Be3 Ng4 11.Bc1 Ne6 12.Qxg4 Nxd4 13.Qd1 Nf5 14.Bxf5
Bxf5 15.Be3 e6 16.Nd2 g5 17.fxg5 Bxe5 18.Nf3 Bc7 19.Nd4 Bg6 20.h4 {
20.Qf3} Qd6 21.Qg4 a6 22.Nb3 {22.Qh3} Qh2+ 23.Kf2 Bf5 24.Qd4 Bg3+

Anatoli - Wall, Internet 2006

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.f4 Bg7 4.h3 d5 5.e5 O-O 6.Nf3 c5 7.c3 cxd4 8.cxd4
Nf5 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.Bxf5 Bxf5 11.O-O e6 12.Nc3 Qb6 13.b3 Nb4 14.Nh4 Bd3
15.Rf3 Qxd4+ 16.Be3 Qxc3 0-1

Hommeles - Du Chattel, Utrecht 1990

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.h4 c6 4.h5 d5 5.e5 c5 6.Bf4 Qb6 7.Nc3 Be6 {7...cxd4}
8.hxg6 hxg6 9.Bb5+ Nc6 10.Nge2 O-O-O 11.Bxc6 bxc6 {11...Bg7} 12.Na4
Qa5+ 13.c3 cxd4 {better is 13...c4} 14.Nxd4 Bd7 {14...Re8 15.b4 Qc7
16.Nc5; 14...Bg7 15.Nxc6 Qc7 16.Nxd8} 15.e6 fxe6 {15...Be8 16.exf7}
16.Qb3 1-0

Bor - Du Chattel, Utrecht 1985

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.h4 f6 4.Nc3 c6 5.h5 g5 6.f4 gxf4 7.Bxf4 d6 8.Qd2
Nf7 9.Bc4 e6 10.h6 b5 11.Bb3 a5 12.a3 Qb6 {12...Na6} 13.Nf3 c5 {
13...a4} 14.dxc5 dxc5 15.a4 b4 {better is 15...bxa4 16.Nxa4 Qb4}
16.Nb5 Na6 17.O-O-O Be7 18.Qd3 Rg8 19.Nd2 Qc6 20.Nc4 Bd8 21.Qf3 Bb7
22.Ncd6+ Nxd6 23.Rxd6 1-0

Luberiti - Du Chattel, Netherlands 1994

1.e4 Nh6 2.d4 g6 3.h4 f6 4.h5 g5 5.f4 g4 6.Be3 d5 7.Bd3 e6 8.c4 c6
9.Nc3 dxe4 10.Bxe4 Bb4 {10...Nf5} 11.Ne2 Qe7 12.a3 Bd6 13.Qd2 Nd7
14.O-O-O f5 15.Bb1 Nf6 16.Bf2 b5 17.d5 cxd5 18.cxd5 Bxa3 {18...O-O is
best} 19.bxa3 Qxa3+ 20.Qb2 Qxb2+ 21.Kxb2 Bd7 {21...O-O} 22.dxe6 Bxe6
23.Nd4 Bd7 {23...Bc4 24.Bh4} 24.Rhe1+ Kf8 25.Ne6+ 1-0

Sandung - Wall, www.chess.com 2008

1.e4 Nh6 2.e5 Nc6 3.d4 Nf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nc3 O-O
8.Nb5 d5 9.Qd2 a6 10.Nc3 f6 11.O-O-O fxe5 12.dxe5 b5 13.Re1 b4 14.Na4
a5 15.c3 bxc3 16.bxc3 Qa3+ 0-1

Nino - Wall, Internet 2006

1.e4 Nh6 2.e5 g6 3.d4 f5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Nc3 Nf7 6.Bc4 e6 7.b3 d5 8.Be2
O-O 9.O-O c5 10.Be3 cxd4 11.Bxd4 Nc6 12.Re1 Nfxe5 13.Bxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5
Bxe5 15.Qd3 Qf6 0-1

Thiabroulis - Gifford, Internet 2004

1.e4 Nh6 2.e5 g6 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bc4 e6
8.Bg5 f6 9.Bxh6 Bxh6 10.d5 e5 11.Nc3 a6 12.O-O O-O 13.Ne4 Bg4 14.h3
Bxf3 15.Qxf3 f5 16.Nc3 Nd7 17.Na4 b5 18.Bxb5 axb5 0-1

Janosevic - J. Thompson, England 1956

1.Nf3 f6 2.e4 Nh6 3.Bc4 Nf7 4.O-O e6 5.d4 d6 6.Nc3 c6 7.d5 e5 8.dxc6
bxc6 9.Nh4 g6 10.f4 Bg7 11.f5 g5 12.Qh5 O-O 13.Ng6 d5 14.exd5 hxg6
15.fxg6 Nh6 16.h4 Bg4 17.dxc6+ Kh8 18.hxg5 Qd4+ 19.Rf2 Bxh5 20.gxh6
Qxc4 0-1

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Muir - Wall, www.chess.com 2008

1.e4 Nh6 2.Nf3 f6 3.Bd3 Nf7 4.h4 e5 5.g4 d5 6.Nc3 d4 7.Nd5 c6 8.Nxf6+
Qxf6 9.g5 Qf4 10.Qe2 Bg4 0-1

CoolPlayer - Wall, Internet 1998

1.e4 Nh6 2.Qf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nd4 4.Qd3 e5 5.Rb1 Bc5 6.Nb5 Ng4 7.Nxd4 Bxd4
8.Qg3 Bxf2+ 0-1

M. Toyota - Gary Gifford, Internet 2004

1.e4 Nh6 2.Qf3 d6 3.d4 g6 4.Bb5+ c6 5.Bc4 e6 6.d5 cxd5 7.exd5 e5 8.g3
f5 9.h4 Ng4 10.Bg5 Qa5+ 11.c3 Bg7 12.b3 e4 13.Qf4 Bxc3+ 14.Nxc3 Qxc3+
15.Ke2 Qxa1 16.Qxd6 Qb2+ 17.Kf1 Qxf2# 0-1

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b4 We Get Started
by Joseph Dumontelle
Class A player from Northern Ontario, Canada

Dumontelle - Kiviaho
June, 1979 (4)

1.b4 (This was the first time I had played the Sokolsky against such a high rated player. Bob was rated about 2030; I
was at an inexperienced 1530) a5 (Ludec Pachman's recommendation) 2.b5 e5 3.Bb2 d6 (aiming for a king's indian
defence formation) 4.c4 Be6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Nc3 Be7 (Finishing the minor piece development) 8.Be2 0-0
9.d4 Re8 10.a4 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nc5 12.0-0 Nfd7 13.f4 Nb6 14.Nxe6 Nxe6 15.Rf3 Nc5 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Bf6
18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Ra2 Qc3 20.Qd4 Nxa4 21.Qd5 Nc5 22.e4 Qb4 23.Bd3 Qe1+ 24.Bf1 Qxe4 25.Qd1 b6 26.Re2 Qf5
27.Rd2 Re4 28.Rd5 Qf6 29.g3 Rae8 30.Kf2 Qb2+ 31.Rd2 Rd4 (A cross-pin) 32.Rxb2 Rxd1 33.Be2 Ne4+ 34.Kg2
Rd2 35.Rxd2 Nxd2 36.Rf2 Re3 37.Bg4 Nxc4 38.Rc2 Re4 39.Kf3 Rd4 40.Re2 Kf8 41.Bd7 g6 42.Re8+ Kg7 43.Rc8
a4 (The black pawn advances) 44.Rxc7 a3 45.Be6 a2 46.Rxf7+ Kh6 47.Ra7 Rd3+ 48.Ke2 Ra3 49.Rxa3 Nxa3
50.Bxa2 Nxb5 (After the smoke clears, I'm only down a pawn) 51.Kd3 Kg7 52.Bc4 Nc7 53.Kd4 Kf6 54.g4 h6 55.h3
Ne6+ 56.Ke4 Nc7 57.Kd4 Ke7 58.h4 Kf6 59.Bd3 Ne6+ 60.Ke3 d5 61.Bb5 g5 62.fxg5+ hxg5 63.h5 Ke5 64.Bd3 d4+
65.Kf3 Nc5 (The fatal error. The game now plays itself) 66.Bc4 Ne4 67.h6 Nf6 68.Bd3 b5 69.h7 Nxh7 70.Bxh7 b4
71.Bc2 Kd5 72.Bb3+ Ke5 73.Bc4 Kd6 74.Ke4 Kc5 75.Bd3 b3 76.Kf5 Kb4 77.Ke5 Kc3 78.Ke4 b2 79.Bb1 Kc4
80.Bc2 Kc5 81.Bd3 Kd6 82.Kxd4 Ke6 83.Kc3 Ke5 84.Kxb2 Kd4 85.Bf5 Ke5 86.Kc3 Kd5 87.Kd3 Ke5 88.Kc4 Kd6
89.Kd4 Ke7 90.Ke5 Kf7 91.Kd6 Kf6 92.Bc8 Kf7 93.Ke5 Ke7 94.Kf5 Kd8 95.Ba6 Ke7 96.Kxg5 Kf7 97.Kh6 Kg8
98.g5 Kh8 99.g6 Kg8 100.g7 1-0

Dumontelle - Tenhunen,G
June, 1979 (5)

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.c4 Nc6 5.Bb2 0-0 6.Nf3 Re8 7.e3 d5 8.Be2 Bg4 9.0-0 dxc4 10.a3 Bd6 11.Bxc4
Ne5 12.Be2 Ng6 13.Nd4 Qd7 14.f4 c5 15.Nb5 Bb8 16.Bxf6 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 gxf6 18.g3 a6 19.N5c3 b5 20.Qf3 Ba7
21.Nd5 Kg7 22.Nbc3 Rad8 23.Rad1 f5 24.h4 a5 25.h5 Nf8 26.h6+ Kg6 27.e4 b4 28.exf5+ Qxf5 29.Ne3 c4 30.g4
Qd7 31.f5+ Kxh6 32.f6 bxc3 33.Qh3+ 1-0

Dumontelle - Navickas (1705)

March, 1978

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.c4 0-0 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bb2 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.e3 Re8 9.Be2 Qe7 10.a3 Ba5 11.0-0
Bf5 12.Qb3 Qd6 13.Bc4 Rad8 14.Nc3 Bxc3 15.Bxc3 b6 16.Rac1 Be6 17.Qa2 Nxc3 18.Rxc3 Na5 19.Bxe6 Rxe6
20.Nd4 Rh6 21.f4 Qe7 22.Nf3 c5 23.Ne5 Qe6 24.Qb2 Qe7 25.Nf3 Rhd6 26.d4 Rd5 27.Qc1 Nb7 28.Ne5 Qe8 29.Nf3
h6 30.Re1 f5 31.Qc2 Qe4 32.Qxe4 fxe4 33.Ne5 Rc8 34.Ng6 Kf7 35.Ne5+ Ke6 36.Rf1 Rf8 37.Nc6 a6 38.dxc5 Nxc5
39.Nd4+ Kf6 40.Rb1 Rd6 41.g4 g6 42.Kg2 Rfd8 43.Kg3 R8d7 44.Rb4 Nd3 45.Rbc4 Nb2 46.Rc8 Nd1 47.Rf8+ Rf7
48.g5+ hxg5 49.fxg5+ Kxg5 50.Rxf7 Nxc3 51.h4+ Kh6 52.Re7 Rf6 53.Ne6 Nd5 54.Rd7 Rf3+ 55.Kh2 Nf6 56.Rd8
Ng4+ 57.Kg1 Nf6 58.Rh8+ Nh7 59.Ng5 Rg3+ 60.Kh2 Rxg5 61.hxg5+ Kg7 62.Rb8 b5 63.Ra8 Nxg5 64.Rxa6 Nf3+
65.Kg3 Nd2 66.Kf4 Kh6 67.Rc6 Nb1 68.Kxe4 Nxa3 69.Kd4 Kh5 70.e4 Kg5 71.e5 Kf5 72.Rf6+ Kg5 73.Rf8 b4
74.e6 b3 75.e7 Nb5+ 76.Kc5 Nc7 77.Kc6 b2 78.Rb8 Ne8 79.Rxb2 Kf5 80.Kd7 Ng7 81.Rf2+ 1-0

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Dumontelle - Beckwith
Feb, 1978

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.c4 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nf3 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bg6 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Be2 Re8 10.Bf3 c6 11.b5 Qc7
12.a4 c5 13.Nde2 Nbd7 14.Nf4 Ne5 15.Be2 Bf8 16.Nfd5 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Qd8 18.a5 Be4 19.Rg1 Bxd5 20.Qxd5 Qe7
21.a6 b6 22.Rd1 Ng6 23.g3 Qd7 24.Bf1 Rac8 25.h4 Rc7 26.h5 Ne5 27.Rh1 Qg4 28.Be2 Qe6 29.Rh4 Qxd5 30.Rxd5
Be7 31.Rh1 f6 32.Kd2 Kf7 33.f4 Nd7 34.Bf3 Bf8 35.Rd3 Be7 36.Bd5+ Kf8 37.Kc2 Nb8 38.g4 Nd7 39.e4 Bd8
40.Bc6 Rxc6 41.bxc6 Nb8 42.e5 dxe5 43.fxe5 Nxc6 44.Bc3 fxe5 45.Rf1+ Ke7 46.Rdf3 Ke6 47.Rf7 Bf6 48.Rc7
Kd6 49.Rb7 Re7 50.h6 Nd4+ 51.Bxd4 exd4 52.g5 Be5 53.Rf7 Rxf7 54.Rxf7 gxh6 55.gxh6 b5 56.cxb5 c4 57.b6 d3+
58.Kd2 axb6 59.a7 1-0

Dumontelle - Tenhunen
March, 1978

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.c4 Nc6 5.Bb2 0-0 6.Nf3 d5 7.cxd5 Qxd5 8.e3 Bg4 9.Be2 Rad8 10.0-0 Rfe8 11.d4
Ne4 12.Nbd2 Bd6 13.Nc4 Qh5 14.Nxd6 Rxd6 15.g3 Qh3 16.Ng5 Nxg5 17.Bxg4 Qh6 18.Rc1 Ne4 19.Bf3 Ng5
20.Re1 Rf6 21.Bg2 Nh3+ 22.Bxh3 Qxh3 23.d5 Ne5 24.Bxe5 Rxe5 25.Rxc7 Rh5?? 26.Qxh5 1-0

Dumontelle - Van Rappard []

June, 1978

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 e4 3.b5 d5 4.e3 a6 5.a4 axb5 6.axb5 Rxa1 7.Bxa1 c6 8.c4 Qa5 9.Nc3 Bb4 10.Nxd5 Bxd2+ 11.Ke2
cxd5 12.Bxg7 Bc3 13.Bxh8 Qa2+ 0-1

Dumontelle - Robinson,K
April, 1979

1.b4 e6 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.b5 d5 4.e3 Bd6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.d4 0-0 7.c4 Bb4+ 8.Bc3 Qe7 9.c5 Bxc3+ 10.Nxc3 c6 11.a4 e5
12.Be2 exd4 13.exd4 Ne4 14.Ra3 Ndf6 15.0-0 Be6 16.Ne5 Bd7 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Re3 f5 19.Qc2 f4 20.Rb3 Bf5
21.Bd3 cxb5 22.Rxb5 g6 23.Rfb1 Bc8 24.c6 b6 25.Rxd5 Nf6 26.Rdb5 Ba6 27.R5b3 Bxd3 28.Qxd3 Rac8 29.Re1
Kg7 30.Rbb1 Rfe8 31.Rbc1 Qd6 32.Qc4 Re7 33.Qa6 Rcc7 34.h3 Qxd4 35.Nf3 Qd8 36.Red1 Qe8 37.Qb5 Re6
38.Nd4 Re5 39.Qc4 Rc5 40.Ne6+ Kh8 41.Nxc7 Rxc4 42.Nxe8 Rxc1 43.Rxc1 Nxe8 44.c7 Nd6 45.Rd1 1-0

Dumontelle-Melissa Darbyson
North Bay, Canada; July 2008 Sudden death\30 minutes.

Where the White Knight and Rook were stronger than the Black Queen.

1.b4 e5 2 Bb2 d6 3.c4 Bf5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.d4 0-0 8.Qb3 exd4 9.Nxd4 Bg6 10.b5 Qe8 11.Be2 c5
12.bxc6ep bxc6 13.Bf3 Rb8 14.Nxc6 Rxb3 15.Nxe7+ Kh8 16.axb3 Qb8 17.Nb5 Ne5 18.Bxe5 dxe5 19.Nc6 Qc8
20.Nxe5 a6 21.Nxg6+ fxg6 22.Nd4 Re8 23.0-0 h5 24.Ra5 h4 25.Rfa1 Kh7 26.Rxa6 g5 27.Ra8 Qd7 28.Rxe8 Qxe8
29.h3 Ne4 30.Bxe4 Qxe4 31.c5 g4 32.hxg4 Qxg4 33.Re1 h3 34.g3 Qe4 35.f3 Qg6 36.Kh2 Qh5 37.c6 Qc5 38.Re2
Qc7 39.Rc2 Qc7 40.Ne6 Qd6 41.c7 Qxe6 42.c8(Q) Qxc8 43.Rxc8 g6 44.Kxh3 1-0

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Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo

Printed: 134 pages, 8.5" x 11", perfect binding, white interior paper (60# weight), black and
white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-color exterior ink

ISBN: 978-0-557-00343-3
Publisher: Lulu.com


Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo

by Gary Gifford, Davide Rozzoni, Bill Wall
The authors use 168 complete games [most of which are annotated] and over 260 diagrams
to illustrate two closely related and rare universal defensive systems. Black plays the bold and
shocking 'Knight to h6' usually on the first or second move, immediately taking his opponent
out of main-stream book lines. The book includes many gems from Dutch Chess Master
Philip du Chattel. The Old Hippo and Krazy Kat innovative "Nh6 defensive systems" will
certainly throw your opponents off guard. Internet, postal, and over-the-board games are
included to show the soundness of these unique flexible systems.
(134 pages) Paperback: $17.95

I wanted to write a little about this book which Davide Rozzoni, Bill Wall, and I collaborated on. The
book is about 2 unorthodox openings, both which employ an early Nh6.

A few years ago I saw a game that started 1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 f6 [allowing the knight to move to f7]. The
game turned out to be a Krazy Kat, but was mislabelled as a Hippo. I began playing the Nh6
defensive system and was doing better with it than I had been with other defenses, both orthodox and
unorthodox. I then wanted to acquire a book on the system, but could find none.

So, the three of us collected games, weeded through them, categorized them; and made a book. The
contents are listed in the following table.

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Contents of Possible opening moves, as seen in at least one

Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo of the games in the associated chapter.*
Introduction i
1 Classical Krazy Kat 1 1.d4 g6 2.e4 Nh6 3.Nc3 f6 4.Bc4 Nf7 5.Nf3 Bg7
Knight on f7 and Bishop on g7; Games 1 - 45
2 English Cat Hunts 33 1.d4 g6 2.c4 h6 3.c3 c6 4.e4 f6 5.e3 d6 6.e2
Classical Krazy Kats against White
e4/d4/c4 pawn setups Games 46 - 102
3 Old Hippopotamus 69 1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.f3 d6 4.e3 f5 5.e5 f7
6.g5 xg5 7.xg5 dxe5
Defenses with Nh6, f6, Nf7, g6, but omitting Bg7
Games 103 - 118
4 Dutch Cats and Dutch Hippos 1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.c3 c6 4.e3 d6 5.f3 f5 6.d2
f7 7.000 g7
87 Pushing f7 to f5Games 119 - 130
5 Aggressive Knight 97 1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.f3 d6 4.e2 g7 5.bd2 00
6.00 f5!? 7.exf5 xf5
Quickly playing the Black Knight to f5 or g4
Games 131 - 146
6 Static Knight Pawn 105 1.e4 h6 2.d3 g8 3.f3 c6 4.c3 f6, also
1.e4 h6 2.f3 d5 3.e5 g4 4.c3 f5 5.d4 xf3
Keeping the pawn at g7; Games 147 - 155
7 Goodnight Hippo Knight 1.d4 h6 2.xh6 gxh6 3.e4 g8
109 White exchanges his Queens Bishop
for the h6 KnightGames 156 - 168
Concluding Remarks 117 n/a

About the Authors 119 n/a

Note: Pages 123/124 is a list of players by game

* Not all games in a chapter start as indicated in the right hand column. However, regardless of how the
168 games in the book opened, we saw that we could place them into one of these seven Kat/Hippo

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Most games are annotated. Here is a sample game from chapter 1. Note that the book is two column, and
thus is layed out different than we see here:

(3) Van Dop du Chattel

ch Leeuwarden NED, 1975

1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.a4 Bg7 5.Be2 Nh6 6.Be3 f6 7.h4 00 8.h5 g5 9.Qd2 Nf7 10.f4 gxf4 11.Bxf4 e5
12.h6 Bh8 13.Be3 f5 14.dxe5

[14.000!? is an important alternative 14...f4 15.Bf2]

14...Bxe5 15.Nf3 Bg3+ 16.Kd1

[16.Bf2 Bxf2+ 17.Kxf2]

16...Qf6 17.Kc1 Na6 18.Ra3 Nc5 19.Bd4 Qg6 20.exf5

[20.Bc4 would have kept a plus for White 20...Be6 21.exf5 Qxf5 (21...Bxf5? is weak because of 22.Ng5 Be5
23.Bxe5 dxe5 24.Nxf7 Rxf7 25.Bxf7+ Qxf7 26.Qd6 and White is winning) ]

20...Bxf5 21.Bg7

21. ...Ne6 22.Kb1

[22.Nh4 needs to be considered 22...Bxh4 23.Rxh4 Nxg7 24.hxg7 Qxg7 and although White is a pawn down, the
position is even; 22.Bxf8?? cannot be played because of 22...Bf4+]

22...Nxg7 23.hxg7 Qxg7 24.Nd4 Bd7 25.Bd3 Ng5 26.Ne4 Bf4 27.Qd1

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[27.Nxg5! is White's best option

27...Bxd2 (27...Qxg5 28.Bxh7+ Kg7 29.Qc3 Qxg2 30.Nf5+ Kf7) 28.Bxh7+ Kh8 29.Bf5+ Kg8 30.Bh7+ is a draw
by repetition]

27...h6 28.Nxg5 Bxg5 29.Rb3 Rf4 30.Nf3 Be6 31.Ra3

[31.Nxg5!? is probably better than the text move 31...Bxb3 32.Nh3 Rg4 33.cxb3 Rxg2 34.Bc2 and the position is
difficult to evaluate: Black has a rook and 2 passed pawns for White's bishop and knight. Also Black's king is
more exposed to attacks, as compared to Whites king. Very strong chess software concludes that the
position is equal.]
31...Bg4 32.Be2

[32.Qe1 Bxf3 33.gxf3 Kf8 34.Qe6 d5]

32...Re8 33.Re1 Rfe4 34.Bc4+ d5 35.Rxe4 Rxe4 36.Bxd5+ cxd5 37.xd5+ e6 4 01

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The following is an excerpt from the books introduction. This helps clarify the naming convention.
Again, the book is formatted two-column, so the content extracted for UON is visually different. The
excerpt now begins:

We will be looking at systems that start with a very early Nh6 for Black. These are typically called Krazy
Kats or Hippopotamus defenses. We will be calling the later, which refers to J. C. Thompsons Nh6 defense,
Old Hippo. This is because Thompson himself used the hippo name when referring to his system; and
because we want to distinguish it from the recent use of Hippopotamus [in chess] which covers several very
different systems.

For example, lately we see the term Hippopotamus used for offshoots of the Pirc and Modern Defenses, e.g.,
1.e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bc4 e6. We also see 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nf3 Ne7
6.h4 h6 type systems being called Hippos (see Andrew Martins, The Hippopotamus Rises, The Re-emergence of a
Chess Opening, Batsford Chess, 2005).

There is also a Hippopotamus Formation (in which several pawns advance just one space) as briefly discussed
in Eric Schillers Unorthodox Chess Openings, 1st edition; and there is a so-called Hippopotamus set-up found in
the Queen's Fianchetto Defense which can be reached via this move order (or transposition):

1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bd3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Bg5

As for this setup; we have seen it referred to as the Mongredien defense, named after Augustus Mongredian
who played it back in the mid-1800s.

The hippopotamus nomenclature has also been used in reference to Alapins Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Ne2 . . . )
and the bizarre Hammerschlag (or Fred) 1.f3 and 2.Kf2.

But the Krazy Kat / Hippopotamus, systems that we will be discussing, were seen in the 1950s when John
Crittenden Thompson (1889-1971) successfully played 1...Nh6 in the opening.

The Hippo name, according to Thompson, was based on the resemblance of the pawn structure to a
sleeping hippopotamus. None of the authors have seen this resemblance. Thompson used the unusual system to
defeat Russian Grandmaster Alexander Tolush (1910-1969) and Yugoslav Grandmaster Dragoljub
Janosevic (1923- ). In both cases the wins took place in England at simultaneous exhibitions. We
include both games in Chapter 2.

Though these wins took place in simuls, they are never-the-less impressive when one considers that
Thompson was an amateur, and as for his opponents; Tolush was a four-time Leningrad champion who
took 2nd place in the1950 USSR championship, just behind Paul Keres. In regard to Janosevic, he is only
one of three players who holds a plus score against former World Champion Bobby Fischer; the other two
players are Mikhail Tal and Efim Geller.

Thompson employed his defense against other grandmasters, including Viacheslav Ragozin (1908-1962)
and Paul Keres (1916-1975), but without scoring a win.

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The defense with ...Bg7 was also analyzed and played by American Edward Bradford Adams (1878-1972),
and is sometimes known as the Adams Defense. Adams is rumored to have called the defense the Krazy Kat,
in honor of the popular cartoon cat known by that same name. Thus we will refer to the Nh6, g6, Bg7
lines as Krazy Kat, and will refer to other Nh6 lines, in which black omits the Kingside fianchetto, as the
Nh6 Hippopotamus (or old Hippo).

Dutch chess master Philip J. du Chattel (1945- ) started playing the Nh6 Hippopotamus in the 1960s and
developed its f5 push theme in the 1970s. We refer to the f5 systems as Dutch Hippos or Dutch Krazy
Kats, depending on what black does with his Kings Bishop. It would also be fitting to refer to these lines
as the du Chattel Defense.

In 1975, du Chattel qualified for the Dutch championship final. It is unfortunate for the chess world that
he eventually gave up chess for a career in computers. We are very thankful to Mr. du Chattel for
providing us with many of his games, which show very innovative play.

Returning to our discussion on the openings themselves, in both the normal Old Hippo and Krazy Kat,
Black plays ...f6, allowing his Kings Knight to occupy the f7 square. But there are some aggressive
variations where Black plays the Knight to g4 or to f5.

After 1...Nh6, Black usually continues with g6 to prevent doubled-pawns (should White play Bxh6). But if
that threat is not present, Black can choose moves other than ...g6. Chapter 6 deals with these static
knight-pawn lines.

But what if White decides to exchange his Queens Bishop for the h6 Knight? Shouldnt this favor the first player? Chapter
7 shows that Black is fine with plenty of play.

Can White also play these systems, that is, from the White side of the board starting with 1. Nh3? Yes, but it is like the
difference between The Bird Opening and the Dutch Defense, the English Opening and the Sicilian. So, White
systems are best left for a follow-up book.

End of excerpt. There is information in the books intro that precedes the excerpt material, and also
information that follows it. But here I wanted to mainly present an idea as to what the book is about and
why the defenses are named as they are.

If you have any questions about the book, please send them to me. I will do my best to answer them.

Best regards to all


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A Note in Closing

This is one of the smallest editions of UON. Why?

The answer is simple. UONs need material from readers. If there is no

material, there is no UON.

Hopefully we will have more contributions for UON 23.

For those who have contributed to this edition and past, many thanks.

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