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How Lucky is your chess? Return of the swamp thing

London League 1 vs Drunken Knights


A Bourke



10/1/00 21:43 In a Central London Pub, Alex dictates his latest article to Graham's Palm Pilot in 15 minutes of drunken dictation ... so the spelling mistakes have been left in for authenticity.

  In my previous article on this website I showed how mixing it excessively could even things up when heavily outtrunked or something.
  However in his seminal (make sure you spell that right Webmaster) work, Chess for Tigers IM Simon Webba also devotes a clapter to the fine artlof swindling.
  Basically this amounts to ...when you know you are losing and every line is losing then give your oppgwent maximum options hence maximum chance to blow it. Always choose the unclear line. You will probably lose anyway, but you will have a lot of fun and if you get lucky you might just win.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. O-O d6

6. c3
I only come out for a pint and here I am playing in the Premiership half an hour down on the clock
  My opponent is playing the drawish line avoiding the Max Lange attack, forcing me to sac a pawn with 6 c3
6 ... Bg4
6 bg4 I have never seen this in 25 yrs and assumed a fluf up. I therefore rejected the move b4 in favour of a right fluf up myself
7. Bxf7+???
Ouch having played this i realised that it loses a piece!
7 ... Kxf7
  Swindling mode ... we need to

  • never give up
  • open lines
  • activatepieces
  • always choose the most swamptastic move

8. b4 Bb6 9. b5
  9 ne5 loses or ne7 ... or does it?! Arnaud demonstrates now that ne5 is fine for Black and one of his many ways to win. That's good!
Na5 10. e5 h5 11. Re1 d5
  Na6 is just winning I forgot tomention b who wasnt expecting to play is already on his 3rd or 4th pint
12. Qd3 Bxf3 13. Qf5+
  I couldnt be jammier if I fell into a mixing vat at Robertsons Jam factory
Ke8 14. Qg6+ Kf8 15. Qf5+ Ke8 16. Qg6+ Kf8 17. Qf5+

Draw agreed!

Also by Alex Swamp 1, Swamp3, Swamp4, Swamp5, Enter Swamp 6! Members Guide to France, Alex's French Chess Dictionary