Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Trouble with the Blackmar Gambit

We posted an earlier game by W. S. Fazan, a nice little win with the Blackmar Gambit, but here he discovers the trouble with the Blackmar: 3...e5.

Fazan,W. S. - Ryan,L. A.
South of Thames vs North of Thames
London, 1896
Blackmar Gambit Declined

Played at the Cannon Street Hotel, London, on Saturday, May 9, 1896, and published in The British Chess Magazine, Vol XVI, 1896, p. 235. Notes from the original.

1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 e5


4.c3 exd4 5.cxd4 Bd6 6.g3 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nc6 8.Be3 Nf6 9.Nc3 Bb4 10.0-0-0


"White's position is already deplorable." 10...Bxc3 11.bxc3 Nd5 12.Re1 0-0 13.Qb2 exf3 14.Bd2 Qf6 15.Nh3 f2


16.Re2 Bxh3 17.Bxh3 Qf3 18.Bf1 Qxh1 19.Rxf2 Qg1


20.Bf4 Nxf4 21.Rxf4 Qe3+ 22.Kb1 Qe1+


23.Kc2 Rab8 24.Qb5 a6 25.Qf5 Ne7


26.Qh3 b5 27.a3 Nd5 28.Re4 Qxc3+


and wins. ["Black could also play 28...Qxe4+ 29.Bd3 Qg2+ etc."] 0-1

Play through the game and download PGN here.