W: JC ANDAN
B: Rhal SOL CRUZ
CHRISTMAS CUP, R4
MERALCO, Pasig City
1 e4 e5 2 Nc3
This N move is known as the VIENNA OPENING, which was named after the city of Vienna in Austria. There are many other openings named after a place such as the Scheveningen Variation of the Sicilian Defense, Baguio Variation of the Ruy Lopez Opening, Cambridge Springs Variation of the Q's Gambit Declined, the Catalan Opening, and the Budapest Defense, among others.
2 ... Nf6 3 d3
The usual continuations are 3 Bc4, 3 f4, or 3 g3.
3 ... Nc6
MANUAL OF CHESS
4 f4 d6 5 Nf3 g6 6 Be2 Bg7 7 O-O
WINNING CHESS OPENINGS, "The purpose of the opening is to get a safe K and an equal middle game."
7 ... Ne7
THE TEN MOST COMMON CHESS MISTAKES, "Don't lose time by moving the same piece twice."
8 Be3 O-O?
LEARN FROM YOUR CHESS MISTAKES, "Sometimes, we are almost programmed to adopt standard set-ups and make automatic recaptures."
9 fxe5 dxe5 10 Nxe5
JC, a 4-time Best Grade School Player Awardee, is ahead by a pawn. As Gollum always say in The Lord of the Rings, "My precious."
10 ... Qd6 11 Bf4 Qc5+ 12 Kh1 Nh5? 13 BxN g6xB 14 Qxh5
14 ... BxN?
PORTABLE CHESS COACH, "The simplest form of positional weakness is a piece that is hanging."
TURNING ADVANTAGE INTO VICTORY, "Forks, pins, threats of various kinds, these are the bricks and mortar of technique."
And in this case, 14 ... f6 may be the mortar for White's N.
15 QxB QxQ 16 BxQ Ng6 17 Bg3 Bg4 18 h3 Be6 19 b3 Rad8 20 Ne2 f5 21 exf5 Bxf5 22 Nf4 NxN 23 RxN Rde8 24 Rf2
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