This is the first of a two part mini series based on a game I played a few days ago in which my opponent (Black) challenged my Queen’s Gambit opening with the Albin Countergambit, which goes like this:
It’s an exciting way for Black to play because after just two moves two gambits have been offered, one by White (Queen’s Gambit) and one by Black (Albin Countergambit).
I’ll talk more about the Albin Countergambit in my next post. Today’s post is about how the game itself played out.
An Unexpected Move…
Suffice it to say that after 3. dxe5 I was expecting that Black would either advance his pawn to d4 or take the c4 pawn…
Instead, Black surprised me by moving his Bishop to e6. I smelt a rat, but I was also vaguely aware that White must beware of a trap or two in the Albin Countergambit and was not certain that Black was hoping to spring one…
Black’s Blunder is the First And The Worst!
As it turned out, Black was the first to blunder, in the seventh move.
In this video I demonstrate how my 1.d4 chess repertoire mnemonic memory system works by looking at a random selection of Nimzo-Indian variations.
The challenge is to see if I can recreate the specific variations from the keyword associated with their location in my memory system.
The Nimzo-Indian Variations in my 1.d4 Repertoire
I have included ten variations of the Nimzo-Indian in my 186 variation 1.d4 opening repertoire. They are variations 41-50 in my system and as such they are allocated the following keywords based on the Major mnemonic memory system:
Beware of casually extending your pawn chain to “usher away” your opponent’s queen!
Here’s what happened in an online rapid game I played against my regular opponent. All I can say is that none of my opening errors were punished by my opponent, so the #pubchessbluffer bluffed his way through to victory!
I was White and opened with 1.d4:
Nf3 [my usual move here, if I follow John Watson’s repertoire, is 4. e3] g6
c5?? Qc7? [White extends his pawn chain and Black misses a game-winning opportunity.]
Here’s the situation after 13. c5??
Can you find the best move for Black after 13. c5?