Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dear Roy and Norris

White to play
P. Barasi v JMGB, Surrey League 14.10.2014

My game from last night. Move six.

I was really hoping White was going to play e2-e4. Not because I thought it was a bad move. Purely because I wanted my next turn to be ... dxe4. When my first six moves

... f5
... g6
... fxg4
... d5
... c6 
... dxe4
would have been pawns going to light squares.

Somewhat to my disappointment Paul actually went 6 Qd2 and only on his next go did he push his e-pawn forward two squares. So I did still get six of seven which is not bad at all, but can anybody do better?


Anonymous said...

There's a very orthodox way for Black to play his first seven moves as pawn moves, which has even happened in GM play in a 1998 game between Baburin of Ireland and Gurevich of the USA

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e6 4. Bxc4 c5 5. Nf3 a6 6. Bd3 b5 7. Bd3 cxd4 .

Obviously after 8. exd4, sensible pawn moves are at an end and you would play 8. .. Nf6 or 8. .. Bb7

I also found 7 in a 1903 game between Marshall and Maroczy. That was a Kings Gambit. 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. Nc3 gxf3 6. Qxf3 d5 7. Nxd5 c6 but after 8. Nxf4 Qf6

If you want seven with White, there's a line in the Alekhine
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. c5 Nd5 5. d4 d6 6. cxd6 cxd6 7. exd6


Anonymous said...

Realising that you were actually after pawn moves to White squares, it's worth mentioning that in some variations of the setup in the Barasi game, that White will play h3, giving the six consecutive moves if Black takes it.

I found a game starting

1.d4 f5 2. Bg5 c6 3. e3 g6 4. g4 fxg4 5. Nd2 d5 6. h3 gxh3

Other move orders and alternatives to playing Nd2 are no doubt possible.


Jonathan Rogers said...

One of the most fashionable Queen's Pawn lines right now (and just played successfully in Baku) starts

1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 e4 b5 4 a4 c6 5 Nc3 a6 6 axb5 cxb5 7 Nxb5 axb5

Seven light squared pawn moves, then. What do I win?

Jack Rudd said...

I'd moved all eight of my pawns after 11 moves of my game against Arkell at Aberystwyth:

[Event "101st ch-GBR 2014"]
[Site "Aberystwyth"]
[Date "2014.07.22"]
[Round "4.8"]
[White "Rudd, Jack"]
[Black "Arkell, Keith C"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "2278"]
[BlackElo "2433"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2014.07.19"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Bb4+ 3. Nc3 c5 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 Ne7 6. e3 d6 7. Bd3 Nbc6 8.
f4 f5 9. Nf3 O-O 10. h3 b6 11. g4 Na5 12. Rg1 Qe8 13. Ra2 Ba6 14. Rag2 g6 15.
Ng5 Bxc4 16. Bxc4 Nxc4 17. Qe2 b5 18. h4 Rf6 19. h5 cxd4 20. hxg6 Rxg6 21. gxf5
exf5 22. Qh5 Rg7 23. Qh1 Qc6 24. Ne6 Rxg2 25. Rxg2+ Kf7 26. Nxd4 Qd5 27. Qxh7+
Ke8 28. Rg7 Qe4 29. Nxf5 Qxf5 30. Rxe7+ Kd8 31. Qxf5 1-0

athorist said...

I suppose it would be a bit silly to play 6... e6?? just to get another pawn on a light square.

Jonathan B said...

I doubt I’d go that far, no.