Blitz Adventures #36: Boudicca, The Warrior Queen

It’s a rule of thumb not to put your Queen under fire too early, as you can see from this position my Queen was on b6 by move 7 but came under fire from a Knight on a4. In the Caro-Khann I think this rule has an exception, the Queen on b6 generally supports the pawn on c5 which is normally pushed c6-c5 (looking to break in the center or have White capture and Black’s dark squared Bishop recapture) and also keeps an eye on b2 tying the White Bishop to the defense of it until b3 is pushed or some other defense comes around.

The Queen is relatively safe unless White deploys extra effort to attack the Queen, which wastes time and disrupts position and development. The Queen is mobile enough to avoid these attacks and strong enough to counter attack in response. The main fall of the game for White was the extension of the White Knights in order to attack the Queen and overlooking a central double attack. If White had spent time developing and castling the Queen could never infiltrate and wreak the havoc she did.

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Blitz Adventures #35: Royal Ducks in a Row

This was a Benoni game and I’m not familiar with the opening since it’s quite rare to see, however it was played by Fischer in the Fischer-Spasky match in game 3 where Fischer really surprised everyone with it. It has some bite if you know how to use it but it largely gets over looked for something more solid and rewarding.

Black played 3…Qa5+ and I had the sense they knew little about the opening at all, that was easily counter by 4. Bd2 with tempo on the Queen. I was able to get two pins on the Black Queen, it shows the danger of being too aggressive with her in the opening. One pinning a Knight to the Queen to be captured by a pawn and then the position below where Black castles long into a King and Queen alignment. The opponent was lower rated, maybe lower than when the notion of utilizing pins to tie up pieces rather than just capturing straight away comes around. I didn’t rush to capture either piece since Black had no other options, if the Queen moves the Knight is lost and if the King moves the Queen is lost. Instead of using my turn to capture the pinned piece I use that time to increase pressure or develop elsewhere and only then capture if Black hasn’t decided to give the pieces up instead by moving or capturing.

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Blitz Adventure #34: The Marshall..?

The game this morning was a text book reason the Marshall can be dubious in the hands of someone who is inexperienced with certain lines. On turn 7 White is left with 3 central connected pawns and Black has no compensation to show for it, the Black Knight was too busy being chased around and then forced to exchange itself for White’s Knight and pawn recapture. There are way to mitigate the downside of the Marshall as long as you play with opening theory and follow the best lines but even then you net a worse position than something like the QGD, Slav or Semi-Slav. As usual I enjoy playing through this opening because it’s one of my most prepared if not most prepared and it quite common in the lower ratings. 2…Nf6 to defend the pawn makes sense from a rule of thumb point of view but if Black doesn’t understand further than that trouble is coming.

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