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The Halloween-Attack in the Four Knight Game

Brause - N.N.

(C)opyright 1996-1997 by Steffen A. Jakob

Brause - N.N.

White:    Brause (C)
Black:    N.N. (GM)
BlackElo: 2623
Event:    Internet Chess Club (3 3)
Date:     09.01.1997
Result:   1-0

  1. e4 e5
  2. Nf3 Nc6
  3. Nc3 Nf6
  4. Nxe5 Nxe5
  5. d4 Nc6
  6. d5 Nb8
  7. e5 Ng8

I call this the Back-to-the-roots line. Many strong players think when they are playing their first Halloween games that they can play totally passive and hold the knight. This game shows that even a very strong opponent (N.N. is one of the best blitz players at ICS) will be crushed badly if he doesn't pay attention.


Now Brause plays a manoever which is very typical for the Halloween-Attack. 8. d6 paralyses the black position for a long time.

  8. d6 Nc6
  9. Nb5 cxd6
  10. exd6

N.N. decides to take the sting on d6. Nevertheless 10... Qf6 was better.

  10...  Bxd6?
  11. Qxd6
Of course 11. Nxd6+ Kf8 12. Be2 is possible, too.
  11... Qe7+
  12. Be3 Qxd6
  13. Nxd6+ Kf8
  14. Bc4 Ne5
  15. Bb3 Ne7
  16. O-O-O f6
  17. f4 Ng4
  18. Rhe1

Terrible! There is no escape for black's king. A serious threat e.g. is 19. Bc5 and the prosaic 19. Nxc8 Rxc8 20. Rxd7



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