A few of my opponents have been checkmated in this way, I will not shame them nor will I show you all the checkmate combinations, as you can figure that one out for yourself, believe it or not Black is lost after he accepts the greek gift 10...Kxh7? I have even added to this line after black plays best 10...Kf8 and come up with some very strong and tricky lines for white to try, which is available upon request by email.
Take a look at the position above, White to move and what is the worst move white can play here? .....
19.Kb1?? what a move! 19...Qxd1# 0-1 17/04/12 Alex Webster vs Bert Looms. After Bert's Qa4 move, I must have only seen the Queen hitting the unprotected a2 pawn, and must have mentally assumed that everything else was all safe, well I was kicking myself after that one. Please share your blunders? Or why do we make these kind of blunders? I must have been suffering from what they call chess blindness?
After Failing to find a refutation many times to Ian Gregory's 4th move Qg4 in a typical french advanced variation, I came across this move stated in my book '101 chess opening traps' 4...Qa5+ this move was invented by Botvinnik back in the 1930s! I have before gone down the computers preparation of pawn grabbing and playing a horrible defensive line, which didn't quiet feel like refuting the 4.Qg4.
The game went on but the surprising move had already shell shocked my opponent as you can tell from the rest of the moves by white, 8.Rd1? c2 9. Rd2 cxb2=Q 10.Rxb1 Nxd3 11.Rxd3 and the rest was comfortable play for Black 0-1.
Well this is the beginning of a new chapter in chess for me, chess has all of a sudden become a whole new game, positions i've never seen before, openings, concepts, strategies and killer combinations.
After let's say half way between playing 1.e4 from 1.d4 what I mean by this is lines which I started towards the end of my London career for example, 1.d4 c5 2.e4! this goes into a Morra Smith Gambit! and another line 1.d4 d5 2. Bf4 c5 3.e4! another gambit line called the Morris Gambit.
I thought the perfect time to start 1.e4 would be the Nottingham Rapid Play 2015, in which it was very successful.
Anyway I will show you some of the blitz games which sealed the beginning of 1.e4 for me to start playing in standard play.
See what I mean! I slight mistake by black 6...Be7? (Opponent ECF grade 136) and I took full advantage and punish black with 7.Qd5 for making a slight opening error.
Here I would like to show you some of my favourite and interesting games with the London system, however I have recently changed my opening now to 1.e4 as over the seasons of club chess I've realised that the London System as an opening just hasn't been getting me the results, maybe this is because of my playing style or missing winning chances or maybe something else... it started off by myself, when entering a chess game always preferring to play as Black! As my past results (wins) were better with Black than White, I first thought that maybe I was just stronger with Black, practiced more with Black, or at club level chess players with white weren't as strong with attacking play.
However after experimenting with white with the help of my brother, I saw by playing 1.e4 and playing over some openings after 1.e4, how much black has to play a lot more accurately otherwise black gets punished quite quickly and it becomes an easy win for white, also how black struggles a lot more for an equal stake in the centre, and has to be on the lookout for sacs and greek gifts, and that white keeps the pressure of having the first move, it then became obvious to me that any average club player can have an ok game against 1.d4 as the development of Black is easier, the developing moves are not so accurately strict in some lines and Black gets an easy stake in the centre without having much preparation, so after preparing some nasty tricky lines after 1.e4 and practicing them over the net in blitz, I was winning more than I did with Black and always wanted to play as white!
However let's go back to the London System for now, as the opening is very solid and easy to learn and almost playable against whatever Black's set up is.
Although I went on to win this game as white against a strong opponent (Ray Forey ecf 176 at the time) it appears and also felt that white's advantage has along the way fizzled out and most of the chess up to now by both sides was almost all the best moves by either the computer or my London chess book.