Thursday, 12 December 2013

Site update

I had a comment earlier about how it got confusing that some of the analysis at my "old" site had not been converted/updated over to the "new" site.  Well, I've set about rectifying that- my analysis of the Italian, Blackmar-Diemer, Staunton and From Gambits, as well as "1.e4 e5 2.d4- Black doesn't take on d4" has been ported over to the Weebly site.  I intend to update those, but for now, porting the original analysis over is probably better than nothing.

I haven't yet done a thorough coverage of the Two Knights Defence, which is why there is no link to analysis for that opening yet, but I was quite recently involved in analysis of the Fegatello/Fried Liver Attack (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7) at the Chesspublishing forum.  The verdict was that 6...Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ncb4 9.a3?! does not provide White with enough compensation if Black grabs the rook with 9...Nxc2+ 10.Kd1 Nxa1, but that 9.Qe4, 9.0-0 and 9.Bb3 were all looking OK for White.  To be honest, I am not sure that 6.Nxf7 is definitely inferior to 6.d4, since 6.d4 Be6 (as analysed in Kaissiber) probably restricts White to a small advantage.  Regardless, Black should avoid the obvious recapture on d5.

Finally, for a bit of light entertainment, a quick win that I had in a "thematic" internet game in the Muzio/Polerio Gambit, a fairly important line of the King's Gambit that Black often avoids by heading for the Hanstein Gambit.  I misplayed the early middlegame but after trading queens my opponent fell for a quick checkmate.