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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ng6 Line against the Smith-Morra Gambit

One of my blog visitor use nick name as Ng6. I do not know why he uses this nick name, but I know that to move a Knight to g6 square requires two moves. The Knight normally will move first at e7 square first before it moves to g6 square.

According to normal opening theory, you will lose a tempo if you move the same piece twice in the opening. Nevertheless, it is a line which has been played by many chess masters moving their Knight to g6 square. This is one of the line uses by Black to overcome attacking line in the Smith-Morra Gambit Opening.

The basic idea is the Knight can guard e5 square which is one of the crucial squares for White Pawn in the Smith-Morra Gambit Opening.

Belive me or not, even Garry Kasparov himself used to play as Black using the said line. Below is one of the games which adopt the defense line of Ng6 against the attacking line of Morra Gambit.

[Event "Simul"]
[Date "1988"]
[White "Landa"]
[Black "Kasparov"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B21"]
[PlyCount "111"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O Nge7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 d6 10. Qd2 g5 11. Bg3 Ng6 12. Rad1 Be7 13. Bb3 Nge5 14. Nxe5 dxe5 15. Qe3 Qa5 16. Nd5 Bd8 17. Rc1 Bd7 18. Rc5 b5 19. Qf3 exd5 20. Bxd5 O-O 21. Qh5 Kh7 22. Bxf7 Ne7 23. Rxe5 Qb6 24. Rxg5 Qf6 25. Bd5 Qxg5 26. Qxg5 hxg5 27. Bxa8 Bb6 28. Bb7 Bc8 29. Ba8 Be6 30. Bb7 a5 31. b3 Bc8 32. Ba8 Ba6 33. Bd6 Rxa8 34. Bxe7 g4 35. Rd1 Rc8 36. Bh4 Rc2 37. h3 gxh3 38. gxh3 Bc8 39. Rd5 b4 40. Rb5 Bc7 41. Be7 Kg6 42. h4 Rc1+ 43. Kg2 Rc3 44. h5+ Kf7 45. Bg5 Bh3+ 46. Kg1 Bg4 47. Be3 Bh3 48. Rb7 Bd7 49. h6 Kg6 50. Ra7 Rc2 51. Ra6+ Bc6 52. Kg2 Kh7 53. Kf3 Rc3 54. Ra7 Kg6 55. Ra6 Kh7 56. Ra7 1/2-1/2

I think my fellow blogger Ng6 is nothing to do with the above line, but at least his nick name as Ng6 has its own interpretation.

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