The Campbell Report
Hard Chess
with USCF Senior Master Mark Morss
(1) Morss - Koehler [A82]

My opponent in this game was Thomas Koehler of Florida, NY.

1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 d5 5.fxe4 dxe4 6.Bg5 Bf5 7.Bc4 Nc6 8.Nge2 Qd7 9.0-0 e6 10.Qe1 0-0-0 11.Rd1 Na5 12.Bb3 Nxb3 13.axb3 e3

Diagram a
Game position after 13...e3

Black's move is without much point because his threat to win the c-pawn is not very credible. Doing so would expose his king too much.

14.Ra1 a6

14...Kb8 15.Bxe3

A) 15...Bd6 16.d5 a6 (16...Bxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Ng4+ 18.Kg1 Nxe3 19.Qf2 favors White) 17.Nd4 Ng4 18.Nc6+ bxc6 19.Rxa6 and White's attack is extremely dangerous, for example, 19...Nxe3 20.Qa1 and mates soon;

B) 15...Bxc2 16.d5 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Qxd5 (17...exd5 18.Bxa7+ Kc8 19.Bd4 with good compensation for White) 18.Nf4 Qxb3 19.Bxa7+ Kc8 20.Qxe6+ Qxe6 21.Nxe6 Re8 22.Bc5! and White has at least compensation for his sacrificed pawn.

15.Na4 Kb8 16.c4 h6 17.Bxe3 g5

A feeble attempt at kingside counterplay, but Black's attack now is much slower than White's.

Black should play 17...Bd6 but it seems that White retains the better game after 18.h3 (18.Qa5 Bxh2+ 19.Kh1 Qd6 is unclear) 18...g5 (similar is 18...Rhf8 19.Qa5 Ne4 20.b4 Qc6 21.Nc5) 19.Qa5 Ne4 20.b4 Qc6 21.Nc5.

18.d5 Bd6

18...exd5? 19.Ng3.


Diagram b
Game position after 19. Nd4


Obviously deficient, but there is no defense in any case.

19...Ne4 20.Qa5 Rhf8 21.Nc6+ bxc6 22.Qxa6 with an overwhelming attack for White.

20.dxe6 Bxh2+ 21.Kh1 Bxe6 22.Nxe6 Qe8 23.Rf3 Rd6 24.Nac5 Be5 25.Qb4 Rb6 26.Nxa6+ Kc8 27.Bxb6

A nice Staunton Gambit win, but Black never provided much resistance.


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