Games
[Event "Middlesbrough v Billingham"] [Site "?"] [Date "1985.03.29"] [Round "?"] [White "Vincent, M.L."] [Black "Stephenson, F.N."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C34"] [Annotator "F.N.Stephenson {MJD}"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "1985.03.29"] [EventType "match"] {[%evp 0,46,20,25,25,-15,-15,-6,-2,-6,-6,-24,-24,-24,-49,-54,-58,-73,-57,-91, -87,-93,-79,-83,-90,-84,-71,-102,-50,-39,-49,-29,-20,-25,-21,-32,-1,-20,-27, -71,-29,-53,-52,-152,-144,-242,-208,-389,-377]} 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 g5 5. h3 {wer A sagt, muß auch B sagen ... White's 2nd and 4th moves do not go together. Tactics in the KGA can become very intricate but Black's primary strategy is pretty straightforward ... the captured f4 pawn is to be a barrier on the f-file. White should try to weaken it, when Black must engage in a tactical fight - if White dallies, then Black can strengthen his position and remain a pawn to the good. (Remarkably databases show this is the third most popular move in this position, after 5. h4 and 5. Bc4, amongst the many moves White has tried here.)} (5. h4 g4 6. Ng1 f5 {I never came 1st in the Redcar Winter Weekender - but it wasn't for the want of trying!} ({(A game that arose when Norman faced the Fischer Defence via the Birds Opening 1. f4 e5 and now 2. e4 continued )} 6... Nf6 7. Qd3 Nh5 $4 {Oh, dear ... Steve was prone to 'flights of fancy' in the opening (my results against him were W17/D0/ L0)} 8. Qb5+ $18 Nc6 9. Qxh5 Nxd4 10. Bd3 Qf6 11. Qg5 Bg7 12. Nc3 Qxg5 13. hxg5 Ne6 14. Nge2 h6 15. gxh6 Rxh6 16. Rxh6 Bxh6 17. Nd5 {1:0 F.N.Stephenson-S. MacCormack, Teesside Individual Ch 1989.}) ({(} 6... Qf6 {is the alternative GM Shaw concentrates on in the monumentally sized book "The Kings Gambit" published in 2013.)}) 7. Qe2 Bh6 8. Nc3 Nf6 9. exf5+ Kf7 $17 10. Qd3 Re8+ 11. Nge2 b6 12. b4 d5 13. Bd2 Nc6 14. O-O-O $2 ({or} 14. a3 a5 15. b5 Ne7 $19) 14... Nxb4 15. Qb5 a5 16. Qa4 Bxf5 17. Nxf4 Bxc2 18. Qa3 Qe7 19. Nfxd5 { Andrew resigned when he noticed 19...Nd3+. 0-1 A.Jackson-F.N. Stephenson, Redcar Congress 1997.}) ({( A game published in "Chess" Dec. 1962 from the British Boy's Championship at Whitby showed the influence of Fischer's recommendation of 3...d6 on some young players that were later to become very well known:} 5. Bc4 h6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Ne2 Nc6 8. c3 Nf6 9. Qc2 Qe7 10. O-O Bd7 11. b4 a6 12. a4 O-O 13. Bd3 Rfe8 14. Nd2 Ng4 15. Nb3 Nf6 16. Re1 Nh5 17. Kh1 Qf6 18. Rf1 Ne7 19. Ng1 Qg6 20. Qe2 f5 21. exf5 Nxf5 22. Qf3 g4 23. Qd5+ Be6 24. Bxf5 Ng3+ 25. hxg3 Qh5+ {0:1 K.B.McAlpine-M.V.Lambshire. "The taming of the King's Gambit" was the statement Bob Wade appended to the end of the game score.)}) (5. g3 $1 {is GM Shaw's recommendation playing the opening in the style of the Quaade variation (Quaade was apparently a 19th centrury Dutch sea-captain).}) 5... Bg7 6. Bc4 ({(} 6. g3 $5 {is an interesting idea, essentially randomising the game that has been tried by a few highly rated players, but Black may counter with} h5 {with the idea of} 7. gxf4 g4 {one example being Bourgault-Taffijn, IECG CA 2003.0.083 e-mail 2003.)}) 6... Nc6 7. c3 h6 8. O-O Nf6 9. Nbd2 O-O $17 {(Black has securely castled and also safeguarded the extra pawn on f4 with the formation g5/h6 so is much better.)} 10. b3 {(Creating more weaknesses.)} d5 {(After this central break White is already in great difficulties.)} 11. Bd3 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Re8 13. Re1 Nxe4 14. Bxe4 Bd7 {a bit tame, but a pawn is a pawn} 15. Ba3 Qf6 16. Qd3 Rad8 17. Rad1 Bc8 18. Qb5 {(Breaking the pin but not really achieving anything. Better was battening down the hatches with Rd2 and Bb2.)} a6 19. Qc4 Na7 20. Bc5 Nb5 21. Ne5 $2 {(This looks perfectly normal but loses due to following tactical reply. )} Nd6 22. Bxd6 ({(} 22. Qd3 Nxe4 23. Qxe4 b6 24. Ba3 c5 {with an extra pawn and decisive pressure on White's game.)}) 22... cxd6 23. Nd3 Rxe4 (23... Rxe4 24. Rxe4 d5 $19) 0-1