NO! Don’t take that bishop!

I was playing two games of chess this weekend. I was black in both of them and I lost one and won another. Both games involved a very tricky bishop position. The problem playing defense with black is that you have to be prepared to make some very dubious sacrifices in throughout the game which some beginners may find too difficult to make. The more experienced you become, the more you realize how dubious these sacrifices are and the more comfortable you become making them. So let’s start out with game 1. This was the one I ultimately ended up losing.diagram (2)White played a queen’s pawn variant game and black decided to do something highly unorthodox. d4 Nc6–black responded with a very underdevloped defense known as the Chigorin defense. There are several variants of this all featuring Nc6 as among the opening attacks for black.

Next set of moves:
e3 d5
Bd3 e7
f4 Bb4

diagram (1)Here’s what we have now. Experienced chess players have already defined white’s movements as the stonewall attack. White’s next move was c3 attacking bishop at b4.

diagram (3)At this point, I decided to use my knight and bishop as sacrifices to break up the stonewall as this particular formation is critical to white’s attack. I left my bishop there and my next move was e5. Should white take the bishop, he will lose one of the pawns in his stonewall attack and the bishop will inevitably be forced to retreat. Rather than taking my bishop, white decided to maintain patience and his next move was f4xe5. A much better move and it forces black to perform a counter attack in an effort to bring the game to the other side of the board.

Second game, opening moves:
diagram (4)e4 d5
I played the Scandinavian defense.
Our following moves were:
e5 Nh6
d4 Bg4 (forces white to move his queen)
f3 e6
f3xg4 Nxg4 (baiting white to move his queen into the game–it worked!)
Qxg4 f5
d5xf6e.p. g7xf6
Nc3 Nc6
Qg3 Bb4 (pins knight at c3)
a3 Qe7

diagram (5)This is what we have so far. What happens if white falls for the bishop bait at this point? a3xb4 Nxb4–this move ends up severely incapacitating him as the knight is now threatening a potential fork if he takes the pawn at c2. White must retreat with all of his pieces. Also, the knight at b4 is still defending the pawn at d5 from white’s knight at c3. This is not a good position for white if he takes the bishop. Essentially, taking the bishop is the worst move for white at this point.

Again, these two defenses I played against both my opponents this week require black to be willing to give up some of his pieces but essentially, they both catch white overpursuing and end up crippling what white wants to do with his defenses. As for our good friend jrj1701, well, it’s time he start learning some of the defenses and counter defenses if he wants to beat black.


About newenglandsun

A student. Male. Passionate. Easily offended. Child-like wonderer. Growing in faith, messing up daily.
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