Friday, August 24, 2007

Traxler Counter Attack (Wilkes-Barre) Webliography


The Traxler Counter Gambit (a.k.a. the Wilkes-Barre Variation, after an obscure Pennsylvania chess club that likely published about it) seems rather insane to the uninitiated: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5!? Like a lot of gambits, you have to see some games and try yourself to refute it before you will have any faith. Some recent online articles renewed my interest in the line and restored my faith that it would likely be worth some study, if I could find a spare month or so to do the analysis. NM Dan Heisman's CD (mentioned below) is highly recommended for the serious.

3 comments:

Zweiblumen said...

Michael,

My club (MetroWest Chess Club in Natick, MA) is organizing some online club vs club matches. If you folks down there in NJ would be interested, check out the website and the blog at:

http://metrowestchess.org/NewMetLeague/
http://newmetleague.blogspot.com/

Solomon Levy said...

Michael,

The title Seven Ways to Refute Traxler seems like a warning to Traxler players like me that this opening has now been refuted. I have just gone into the first refutation, and it seems that the reputation of this article is already in doubt. On the 10th move, d5 is not as effective as an outright 10...0-0, please see the moves below:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Nxe4+
7. Ke3 Qh4 8. g3 Nxg3 9. hxg3 Qd4+ 10. Kf3 O-O 11. Rh4 e4+ 12. Rxe4 Ne5+
13. Rxe5 Qxe5 14. d4 Qh5+ 15. g4 Qh3+ 16. Kf2 b5 17. Bb3 Bb7 18. Qf1 Qh2+
19. Ke3 Rae8+ 20. Ne5+ d5 21. Qxf8+ Rxf8 0-1

Solomon Levy said...

On the 2 to 5, refutation,
8...Nd4 is a wrong continuation, although computer analysis says it is right. The correct move is 8...Bg4. See the pgn file of my game with computer analysis below:

[Event "Speedmatch II"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2011.05.24"]
[White "umegard"]
[Black "sollevy10"]
[ECO "C57"]
[Chesscomgameid "45295228"]
[Annotator "Chess.com Computer Analysis"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1988"]
[BlackElo "2004"]
[TimeControl "1 in 1 day"]

{ Inaccuracies(?!): 0 = 0.0% of moves | Mistakes(?): 3 = 17.6% of moves | Blunders(??): 0 = 0.0% of moves } 1.e4 { (Book Move) } 1...e5 { (Book Move) } 2.Nf3 { (Book Move) } 2...Nc6 { (Book Move) } 3.Bc4 { (Book Move) } 3...Nf6 { (Book Move) } 4.Ng5 { (Book Move) } 4...Bc5 { (Book Move) } 5.Nxf7 { (Book Move) } 5...Bxf2+ { (2.58) } 6.Kf1 Qe7 { (2.78) } 7.Nxh8 d5? { (4.12) MISTAKE - Your position is getting even worse - you are now losing. The best line was 7... Bb6 } ( { BEST MOVE (2.3) } 7...Bb6 8.d3 d6 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Qd2 O-O-O 11.Nf7 Rf8 12.Ke1 Rxf7 13.Bxf7 Qxf7 14.h3 Be6 15.Rf1 Nd4 ) ( { MISTAKE (4.12) } 7...d5 8.exd5 Nd4 9.c3 Bg4 10.Qa4+ Bd7 11.d6 cxd6 12.Qb4 Nc2 13.Qxb7 Rc8 14.Na3 Nxa1 15.Kxf2 Qf8 16.Nf7 Rxc4 17.Nxd6+ Qxd6 18.Nxc4 Ng4+ 19.Kg1 Qc5+ ) 8.exd5 { (3.75) } 8...Bg4? { (5.29) MISTAKE - That was a mistake. Much better was 8... Nd4 } ( { BEST MOVE (3.55) } 8...Nd4 9.d6 Qxd6 10.d3 Bg4 11.Qd2 Bh4 12.Nf7 Qc5 13.b4 Qb6 14.Nc3 Ne2 15.g3 Qc6 ) ( { MISTAKE (5.29) } 8...Bg4 9.Be2 Bxe2+ 10.Kxe2 Nxd5 11.Kxf2 O-O-O 12.Rf1 Rxh8 13.Kg1 Rd8 14.Qg4+ Kb8 15.c3 Qc5+ 16.Kh1 Qe7 17.Qe4 Nf6 18.Qa4 e4 19.Na3 ) 9.Be2 { (5.45) } 9...Bxe2+ { (3.59) } 10.Qxe2 { (3.91) } 10...Nd4 { (4.04) } 11.Qxf2 { (3.91) } 11...O-O-O { (4.16) } 12.c3 { (3.19) } 12...Ng4 { (2.66) ALTERNATIVE - Things are looking up! You're still losing, but you're better off than before. } ( { BEST MOVE (2.5) } 12...Rf8 13.cxd4 Nxd5 14.g3 Rxf2+ 15.Kxf2 Qf8+ 16.Kg2 exd4 17.Na3 Qxh8 18.Re1 Qd8 19.Nc2 c5 20.a3 ) ( { ALTERNATIVE (2.66) } 12...Ng4 13.Qg3 Rf8+ 14.Ke1 Nf2 15.d3 Nxh1 16.Qg4+ Nf5 17.Nd2 Qc5 18.Ne4 Qg1+ 19.Kd2 Qxh2 20.b3 g6 21.Nxg6 ) 13.Qg3 { (2.3) } 13...Rf8+ { (2.42) } 14.Ke1 { (2.78) } 14...Nf2 { (2.7) } 15.cxd4?? { (-9.05) BLUNDER - Lucky you! Your opponent blundered! The best move was 15. d3 } ( { BEST MOVE (3.15) } 15.d3 Nxh1 16.Qg4+ Nf5 17.Be3 Qd7 18.Bxa7 Qb5 19.Nd2 Qxb2 20.Rb1 Qxc3 21.Qf3 Qa5 22.Bg1 Rf6 23.Qh5 b6 24.Qe8+ Kb7 25.Nf7 Qxd5 26.Nxe5 ) ( { BLUNDER (-9.05) } 15.cxd4 exd4+ 16.Kf1 Nxh1+ 17.Qf3 Rxf3+ 18.gxf3 Qh4 19.Ke2 Qf2+ 20.Kd3 Qf1+ 21.Kxd4 Qxc1 22.b3 Qb2+ 23.Nc3 Qxa1 24.Nf7 Qg1+ 25.Kc4 Qf1+ 26.d3 Qxf3 27.Ng5 ) 15...exd4+ { (-10.02) } 16.Kf1 { (-10.02) } 16...Nxh1+ { (-10.62) } 17.Qf3 { (-10.7) } 17...Rxf3+ { (-10.7) } 18.gxf3 { (-10.86) } 18...Qc5? { (-8.32) MISTAKE - That was a mistake. Much better was 18... Qh4 } ( { BEST MOVE (-10.74) } 18...Qh4 19.Ke2 Qf2+ 20.Kd3 Qf1+ 21.Kxd4 Qxc1 22.b3 Qb2+ 23.Nc3 Qxa1 24.Nf7 Qg1+ 25.Kc4 Qxh2 26.Ne4 Qf4 27.Ng5 Nf2 28.d6 h5 29.Ne6 Qxf3 30.Nxf2 Qe2+ 31.Kd5 Qxd2+ 32.Kc4 Qxf2 ) ( { MISTAKE (-8.32) } 18...Qc5 19.Nc3 dxc3 20.Ke2 Qe7+ 21.Kf1 Qe5 22.bxc3 Qxh2 23.Ke1 Qf2+ 24.Kd1 Qxf3+ 25.Kc2 Nf2 26.Ba3 Qd3+ 27.Kb3 Ne4 28.Bc1 g5 29.d6 g4 30.dxc7 Kxc7 31.Kb4 g3 32.Nf7 ) 19.Na3?? { (-Mat05) BLUNDER - Lucky you! Your opponent blundered! The best move was 19. Nc3 } ( { BEST MOVE (-9.01) } 19.Nc3 dxc3 20.Ke2 Qf2+ 21.Kd3 Qxf3+ 22.Kc4 cxd2 23.Bxd2 Qe2+ 24.Kc3 Nf2 25.Be1 Ne4+ 26.Kb3 Nc5+ 27.Ka3 Qc2 28.b3 Nd3 29.Ka4 ) ( { BLUNDER (-Mat05) } 19.Na3 d3 20.Kg2 Qf2+ 21.Kh3 h5 22.Nf7 Qxf3+ 23.Kh4 Qg4# ) 19...d3 { (-Mat05) } 20.Kg2 { (-Mat04) } 20...Qf2+ { (-Mat04) } 21.Kh3 { (-Mat03) } 21...h5 { (-Mat03) BLACK WINS - Play might have continued... } ( { CONTINUATION (-Mat03) } 21...h5 22.Nf7 Qxf3+ 23.Kh4 Qg4# )
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