Stewart V. Thompson
Netherton B v Holme Valley Exam Bd 2 (1)
The Staunton Gambit smashes any prospective Stonewall by Black.
Only played 4 times out of 1573 games.
Staunton Gambit with 4. Bg5
4... Nc6! 59% Black in 544 games. 5. d5 (5. f3 is more in Gambit style. 5... d5 (5... exf3 6. Nxf3 67% White in 9 games,)
6. fxe4 dxe4 7. d5 Ne5 8. Qd4 Nf7 9. Bxf6 exf6 10. Nxe4 (10.
Staunton Gambit with 4.f3
This is the way that I used to play it. It's very similar to a Blackmar Diemer Gambit 4... d5 (4... exf3 5. Nxf3 e6 6. Bd3 54% White in 27 games.) 5. fxe4 dxe4 6. Bg5 Bf5 7. Bc4 Nc6 8. Nge2 Qd7 9. d5 Ne5 10. Bb3
Stewart's line refuted
6. Nxd5 (6. Bxd5 Bb4! threat c6 and d5 7. Qd4 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 c6 9. Qe5+ (9. Bxe4 Qe7 10. f3 d5 wins) 9... Qe7 10. Qxe7+ Kxe7 11. Ba3+ d6 12. Bb3 a5 13. Bc4 b5) 6... c6 7. Nxf6+ Qxf6 Again threat d5. 8. Qg4 Qg6 9. Qh3 Na6 and d5
weak, Be7 better.
Black does not have a satisfactory reply
18. f4! Black has a horrible position.
19. f4! is still strong!
21. f4! The position has been crying out for this move but... Stewart never plays it !
22. f4! Play effin f4 man !!
Marcus Coupe is known to love endings. But this move is a mistake, blundering a pawn away.
22... bxc6 and White does not have much.
28. f4! Again ! It's known as a blind spot.
Stewart has a won ending
and now he should play f3 and Kf2 etc to centralise the King.
Black rushes to centralise his King. White should do the same with Kf1 QUICKLY.
You can't beat him with just your Rook Stewart. He appears to be going pawn hunting, not satisfied with one pawn. It's starting to go pear-shaped. White's Rook will quickly become out of play on this square.
You are a tempo too late Stewart.
Now Black's Rook becomes active and the win is in jeopardy.
Suddenly Black has become active, and the White Rook has achieved nothing. White's King is too far away to help the Q-side
The White King is forced away from the centre.
A crucial point in the game
White's King is cut off from the centre and Black's central pawns are looking very dangerous, whereas White's have not stirred.
What a blunder
43. Rb7 was best, but a win ? That's problematic. 43... Ke6 (43... Kd4 44. Rxh7 d5 45. h4 Rxb4 46. h5) 44. Rxh7 d5 45. Ra7 White has to give up the b4 pawn.(45. Rb7 d4 46. h4 d3) 45... d4 46. Ra3 Kd5 47. h4 Kc4 48. h5 d3 49. h6 Rb1 50. Ra6 d2 51. h7 d1=Q 52. h8=Q Qe1+ 53. Kg4 is a line given by my computer !
Will Stewart get a draw?
Stewart turns a draw into a loss.
51. Kg4! as Marcus Coupe pointed out after the game 51... d5 52. h4 e4! (52... d4 53. h5 d3 54. h6 d2 55. h7 d1=Q 56. h8=Q Qxf3+ 57. Kg5 is a bit more difficult.) 53. h5 (53. fxe4 d4 54. h5 d3 55. h6 d2 56. h7 d1=Q+ The point - Black Queens with CHECK !) 53... exf3 54. h6 f2 55. h7 f1=Q 56. h8=Q Qf4+ 57. Kh3 d4 is still won for Black.
Now Stewart realises he should have gone to g4 with his King !0-1
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