1995-97: A gambit variation

Game Hall,RVM - Humpreys,D British Correspondence Chess Championship. 1995-97

A Gambit Variation

"Richard Hall, a 51 year old solicitor specialising in licensing law, has won the British CC Championship. Richard receives a prize of £200, the title of British CC Champion until the next championship is decided, and the British Master title for life." — Reg Gillman, British Chess Magazine

[Richard has since been made a judge and an International Master. — DR]

Danish Gambit

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.Bc4 cxb2 6.Bxb2 d6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.Qb3 Nh6 9.Nd5 f6 10.Nf4

Much stronger than:

[10.0–0 Na5 Csom-Barczay, Hungary 1967]

10...Bf8 11.0–0 Ne5 12.Nd4 Nxc4 13.Qxc4 c6 14.Rae1 Nf7 15.Nfe6 Ne5 16.Qb3 Bxe6 17.Nxe6 Qd7 18.f4 Ng6

+-----------------+
|r+.+kg.4|
|0p+q+.0p|
|.+p0N0n+|
|+.+.+.+.|
|.+.+P).+|
|+Q+.+.+.|
|PG.+.+P)|
|+.+.$RI.|
+-----------------+

19.e5

This, coupled with White's next, completely breaks up Black's defensive set-up.

19...fxe5 20.Ba3 Be7 21.Nxg7+ Kd8 22.fxe5 d5 23.e6 Qc7 24.Bxe7+ Nxe7 25.Qa3 b5 26.Rf7 b4 27.Qf3 Qd6 28.Qf6 Qc5+ 29.Kh1 h6 30.Qf4 1–0

[Notes by Richard Hall, BCM 117 (8), pp.438-439]

Chess Quotes

"The delight in gambits is a sign of chess youth... In very much the same way as the young man, on reaching his manhood years, lays aside the Indian stories and stories of adventure, and turns to the psychological novel, we with maturing experience leave off gambit playing and become interested in the less vivacious but withal more forceful manoeuvres of the position player."
— Emanuel LASKER