Golly. Never thought I'd get a nibble from Paul Mck.
Not hiding Paul, The Edinburgh Festival is on.
(Everyone who offers a refuatation is a Bedroom Borg, the country is full of them!)
Wee serious bit.
I cannot argue with 6.d3 Carl it's a developing move.
I would totally hate to drag that Bishop back to e7.
Never pick an opening fight with a player who develops.
End of wee serious bit.
It's a much better move than running that b-pawn.
Obviously suggested by an Alekhine player who is used to wasting
tons of tempo with a Knight.......(splash, another hook in the water.)
The Two Knights:
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Nxe4
4...Nxe4 is a genuine opening trap. If it gets spotted then Black is in trouble.
5. Bxf7+ Ke7
Estrin mentions it in his Two Knights Defence
(a very good book and one of
Aaron Summerscale's E=Bay books for 99p - well worth it.) Estrin suggests 6.d4! (his exclam).
Muller and Knaak also go for 6.d4! (their exclam) in their 222 Opening Traps after 1.e4
After 6.d3 they think 6...Nf6 7.Bb3 d5 is OK for Black.
(Estrin does not mention 6.d3 )
It's not too uncommon, according to them it's been tried 32 times OTB.
On my DB with over 1 million under 1400 games it's been tried 30 times
with White winning most of the games.
Looks like the 6.d5 idea is 6.d5 h6 7.Nxe4 Kxf7 8.d5 or 8.dxe5.
But 6.d3 is surely OK, 6.d4 looks sharper.
You could go for 6.Nxe4 without waiting for Black to play h6.
You try it before ...h6 so the Black King does not have luft.
It sets a counter trap. A good ploy, trap setters are often fall into traps.
Something about only seeing their threats/traps.
6.Nxe4 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Kg8 (plausible, they will spot 8.Qb3+ is not a threat.) 8.Ng5!
8...Qxg5 9.Qd5 mate. It's either that or Black drops his Queen.
An old trick with a new move order.
A good entertaing game Jack.
I've had a few games with that variation
Instead of 10.Nxe6 (pawn grabber
I play 10.Nxb5 Qa5+ 11.Bd2 Qxb5 12.Qxg4.
Offering the b-pawn which I think can be taken but no one ever has.
So I don't know if I would play after 12...Qxb2 13.Qxe6 or 13.Nxe6.
Either way I'm looking to sac both Rooks.
I know your opponent Eoin Campbell very well. He is a good mate of mine,
We go back about 30 years....longer.
I remember in the 80's he played in that many tournaments
he played close on to 300 serious OTB games in one year.
So now we can swap wins v Eoin Campbell.
He won't mind me dropping the game on here.
Like me he blows hot and cold. When he's hot he can be very good.
He clobbered me good and proper the last time we played in the league.
However here he blows cold, I mate him with a Knight.
E. Campbell - G. Chandler, Edinburgh League, Sandy Bells v Wandering Dragons, 1994
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 e5 4.0-0 Be7 5.d3 Nc6 6.c4 h6 7.Nc3 Be6 8.b4 Qc8 9.b5 Nd8 10.c5 Bh3 11.Ba3 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 Ne6 13.Rc1 Ng5 14.Ne4 Qh3+ 15.Kg1 Ng4 16.Ned2 d5 17.Re1 e4 18.dxe4 dxe4 19.Nf1 Rd8 20.Qa4 exf3 21.b6+ Kf8 22.exf3 Nxf3+ 23.Kh1 Nxf2 mate.
"Typical Chandler game, attack with Queen and Knights. That's all he knows." Keith Ruxton.