Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Fromm gambit

Today at the local chessclub I fetched a nice scalp from a guy with a rating of 1803.
He played the Bird and I answered with the Fromm gambit.
1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6
He had been under great pressure during the whole game.
In the end I had only 1 minute left while he had 10 minutes.
Because of the clock I offered a draw, which he didn't accept.
A few moves later he had to trade his Queen + 2 pawns for a rook and a knight.
Still a few moves later mate was delivered.

I sacrificed 2 pawns and twice a knight (once accepted)
There were two tactical tricks he hadn't seen coming.
Positionally this lad is very strong, but he couldn't neutralize the attack completely.
I feel the force!


  1. "Never underestimate the power of dark side..." ;)

  2. Good stuff! I don't think I've ever played against the Bird opening. Not sure what I would have done, but now I know!

  3. Don't play with me. Let's see the pgn, baby.

  4. Don,
    That's a little difficult.
    Because we both stopped annotating the last 5 minutes I'm not able to reconstruct the game in a satisfying manner. Now matter how much I try.

  5. --Insert sardonic, evil laughter here----

    Way to kick some butt, TS!