EppsNet Archive: Four Knights Game

Chess Game of the Day: Halloween Gambit

 

One of my online chess games. Some annotations below . . . 4. Nxe5?! I never saw this before in a Four Knights Game but it actually has a name: the Halloween Gambit. In exchange for a knight, White gets to chase black knights around the board with pawns. 9. …c6? This is not such a good move if White had played 10 h4 because the knight at g6 doesn’t have many options. Instead, 9 …cxd6 10 exd6 Qf6 11. Qe2+ Qe6 12. Nb5 Qxe2+ simplifies with a material advantage. 11. Nxb5? Just backing the bishop up to d6 looks better. 14. …a5? White could have played 15 Bd2 attacking the pawn. 15. O-O? 15. …Nh6? This gives White time to play 16. Be3 (which he doesn’t) and cut off the diagonal to his king so Black can’t play 16. …Qb6+, which I should have played this move. 16. f5??… Read more →

Chess Game of the Day: Time Problems Force a Draw

 

One of my online chess games. I feel like I would have lost but it ended with a draw by repetition when Black ran short of time. Some annotations below . . . 2. Nc3 Vienna Game 3. …Nc6 Four Knights Game 12. Rad1 Probably 12. Bxc6 is better. 15. …Bg4 I feel like 15. …exf4 is an improvement. 20. …Bh4 I don’t see what this move accomplishes. 23. …Qf5 I like 23. …Qa5 here. 27. Rxc7 At this point, I feel like Black should be able to continue with something like 27. Rd8 and win by queening the a-pawn. (Capturing the a-pawn with 28. Rxa7 doesn’t help after 27. …Rd2. But Black only has 14 seconds left in a 2-minute game and after 6 seconds of thought, takes the draw by repetition. Read more →

Chess Game of the Day: Four Knights Game

 

One of my online chess games. Some annotations below . . . 2. Nc3 Vienna Game 3. …Nc6 Four Knights Game 4. Nd5?! I think Bb5 or d4 is more common but I like this move. 7. Nxf6+ Qe2+ is a possibility. 8. …Be7 I feel like …h6 is an improvement as it prevents White’s next move. 12. Nxd4 Black seems to be in good shape with something like …Ng6 instead of 12. …Qxd4?? followed by loss of the queen. Read more →