1903: King's-side Attack

Game Hockin,CS - Gundry,WH, Exeter Chess Club tourney, 1903

King's-side Attack

We are delighted to have in our archives a set of press cuttings from 1903-1908, which was compiled by WH Gundry, sometime Secretary and Treasurer of the Club, problem composer and columnist. The scrapbook also includes WHG's hand-written notes on what has become known as Nimzovitch's Defence ( 1. P-K4 N-QB3 and some of his correspondence games. The latter are annotated only by dispensation of "!"s and "?"s, but leave you in no doubt about his views (e.g. " 1. P-K4 P-K4? " — Gundry being an advocate of the Centre Counter or Scandinavian Defence).

Gundry died at Burnham, Somerset on July 31st, 1914, which regretful occurrence is recorded in the British Chess Magazine for that year (p.324).

Among all the cuttings only one features one of his own games, an affair where both sides become committed to play on the King's-side. -- DR

Bogo-Indian Defence *

1. d4 e6

To avoid the stereotyped form of the Queen's Gambit. 

2. c4 b6

It is of importance to develop the Bishop. 

3. Bf4 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Bxd2+ 5. Qxd2 Bb7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Nf3

+-----------------+
|rh.1.4k+|
|0b0p+p0p|
|.0.+ph.+|
|+.+.+.+.|
|.+P).+.+|
|+.H.)N+.|
|P).!.)P)|
|$.+.IB+R|
+-----------------+

8...Bxf3

Causing White to have a doubled Pawn, but also opening up a file for Rook to attack Black King. 

9. gxf3 Nc6 10. a3

Perhaps it would have been better for White to begin at once to work up an attack on the Black King. 

10...Ne7 11. e4 d6 12. Bd3 Nc6 13. Ne2 e5

The White King Pawn being thus blocked the Bishop is shut off. 

14. d5 Na5

The Knight is rather shut off here, though the move has the effect of drawing off the White Queen from the threatened attack on the King's side. 

15. Qc2 Nd7 16. b4 Nb7

+-----------------+
|r+.1.4k+|
|0n0n+p0p|
|.0.0.+.+|
|+.+P0.+.|
|.)P+P+.+|
|).+B+P+.|
|.+Q+N).)|
|$.+.I.+R|
+-----------------+

17. f4

Disastrous. 

17...exf4 18. e5

[18. Nxf4 Qf6 winning a piece. ]

18...dxe5 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. O-O-O

[20. Qf5 followed by Qh3 seems preferable. ]

20...Qf6 21. Be4 Nd6 22. Rdg1 Qh6 23. Kb2

[23. Kb1 is perhaps better, in view of the advance of the Black Knight. ]

23...f5 24. Bg2 e4 25. f3 e3 26. Kb3

[26. Bf1 might be played. ]

26...Ne5 27. Qc3 Ndxc4 28. Bf1 Nd2+ 29. Ka2 Ndxf3 30. Rg2 Rac8

+-----------------+
|.+r+.4.i|
|0.0.+.0.|
|.0.+.+.1|
|+.+Php+.|
|.).+.0.+|
|).!.0n+.|
|K+.+N+R)|
|+.+.+B+R|
+-----------------+

31. Ng1

Very good, though it sets the Black Queen free. 

31...Nxg1

Better leave White to do the exchanging, as now the two Rooks get into line. 

32. Rhxg1 Qd6 33. Kb1 Rf7 34. Rg5 Qxd5

+-----------------+
|.+r+.+.i|
|0.0.+r0.|
|.0.+.+.+|
|+.+qhp$.|
|.).+.0.+|
|).!.0.+.|
|.+.+.+.)|
|+K+.+B$.|
+-----------------+

35. Qe1 Qb3+ 36. Ka1 Qxa3+ 37. Kb1 Qb3+ 38. Ka1 Nf3 39. Rh5+ Kg8 40. Qc1

Intending to bring the Bishop to c4. 

40...Qa4+ 41. Kb1 Qxb4+ 42. Ka1 Nxg1 43. Bc4 e2 44. Bxf7+ Kxf7 45. Rxf5+ Kg8 46. Re5

Obviously a slip. 

46...Qd4+ 0-1

[Notes based on those by WH Gundry, Devon and Exeter Gazette, 27 October 1903.]

Chess Quotes

"After black's reply to 1.e4 with 1..e5 leaves him always trying to get into the game"
— Howard STAUNTON
"After white's reply to 1.e4 e5 with 2.f4 the game is in its last throes"