Saturday, April 26, 2008


Wilson Gambit

Here is a little Wilson Gambit from my archives for your amusement shown in an early prototype version of the ChessFlash viewer.

NoTB (1580) - Potassium (1568)
FICS rated blitz game FICS, Fremont, California USA, 27.11.2003

1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qe2 Bf5 5.Qb5+ Bd7 6.Qxb7 Bc6 7.Bb5 Qd6 8.Bxc6+ Black resigns [8.Bxc6+ Qxc6 9.Qc8# ] 1-0
You "should" be able to just click the buttons and figure out how to use the ChessFlash viewer....

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Saturday, March 08, 2008


LEP Round 4

Ouch! Yeah, I know I played a provocative and unorthodox opening. But that is not what cost me this game. It was my 17th move. I was fixated on the need to attack my opponent's King and forgot what is more important than an attack on the wing: the center.

White to move

My opponent RLP played well. He kept up the pressure and put me away nicely after 17. a5?? moving his knight via e5 to the killer square d3. Oh well, live by the sword, die by the sword. The game is here.

I'm now 3-1 in the LEP tourney.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008


Wacky Wednesday

I didn't get the memo and it is no longer Wednesday here in Houston -- missed it by that much! But anyway, I was just browsing a database of some of my blitz games at ICC looking for my shortest and most interesting losses. There's one where I just hang a piece....another that is an obvious mouse-slip...a known opening trap I fall into....hang the queen for a well known tactic...lose in seven moves in an opening I have arrogantly named after myself...another..oh wait!

Yeah, that's the ticket. Perhaps my "best" loss ever is a seven move mate in the Wilson Gambit!

GlennWilson (1544) - andredechen2 (1417) [B01]
ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 08.06.2007
1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qe2 Bg4 5.Qb5+ Nc6 6.Qxb7 Nd4

7.Nb5 Nxc2#White checkmated 0-1

Even better (worse!) than Blunderprone? Can you top this? How low can you go?


Saturday, November 03, 2007


Wilson Gambit Tactics

Here are simple and fun White to Move and Win positions from some blitz Wilson Gambits I have played on ICC this year.

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

Diagram 3

Diagram 4


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Saturday, September 01, 2007


My Opening Repertoire

My general thoughts on the opening are in Simple Chess Opening Guidelines.

As Black I play 1...d6. This can become a Pirc, a King's Indian or a Moron. See Simple Opening Repertoire for Black: The King's House.

As White I play 1. e4 and often use the e4d4 repertoire.

Lately, against 1...e5 I play the Danish Gambit or Goring Gambit.

Against the Sicilian I play the Ken Smith Gambit, also known as the Smith-Morra Gambit. :-) A great story about the SMG: In fact, when Mario Campos Lopez played the French Defense (1...e6) instead of the Sicilian against Smith, Bent Larsen gave Lopez's move a question mark along with the comment "stronger is 1...c5 which wins a pawn".(WikiPedia).

I'll also play the King's Indian Attack (this is The King's House approach as White) against the Sicilian, French or Caro-Kann.

In Blitz I'll play the Wilson Gambit against 1....d5.

Sometimes I play the Panov Botvinnik attack against the Caro-Kann. Sometimes I play an Advance against the French.

I used to play the King's Gambit but that just requires too much preparation. As white I have very little preparation required by sticking to openings with simple ideas. As Black I know the Moron, KID and Pirc well enough to make it to the middlegame.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004


So Bad it has to be Good for Blitz!

C. S. De Blues writes
after 1.e4,d5 2.b3 has anybody tried a countergambit 2...e5? The whole reverse Englund thing reminds me of the Wild Turkey or Williams gambit 1.f4,d5 2.e4? which could also be reached 1.e4,d5 2.f4. Gary Lane said somewhere that a reverse engulnd was an "Idea so bad it has to be good for blitz!"

I have never enountered the reply 2. ...e5, but I agree that it is a countergambit in the spirit of the Wilson Gambit. I also agree with the Gary Lane quote, but wonder if that was before or after he visited this blog? :-)

The Wild Turkey/Williams gambit looks intriguing and yet another way to mess with the opponents head if he dares to reply to 1. e4 with 1....d5. And yes, we admit that we have all but given up trying to play good chess and try to win through obsfucation. I believe in going with my strengths.

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Sunday, January 18, 2004


Off the Wall

Two more "Off the Wall" Wilson Gambits.

Bill Wall - B. Seagar, Internet Gaming Zone, Dec 28, 2003
1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.Nge2 g6 5.Ng3 Qd7 6.Ngxe4 Bg7 7.Bd3 Qc6? 8.Bb5 Bxe4 9.Bxc6+ Bxc6 10. O-O Nf6 11.d4 O-O 12.Re1 Re8 13.Bf4 Na6 14.Qd2 Nb4 15.Bxc7 Rac8 16.Be5 Ng4 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.d5 Rcd8 19.Qd4+ 1-0

Bill Wall - DTK, Internet, Jan 11, 2004
1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 g5 4.Nxe4 e5 5.Bb2 Bg7 6.Bc4 f5 7.Qh5+ Kf8 8.Qf7 mate 1-0

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Friday, December 26, 2003


The Wonder of it All

Bill Wall may be looking to expand his writings on Unorthodox Openings.

A Christmas present for you. Another Wilson Wonder.

Bill Wall (ajeeb) - Jimmy Marduk, Internet Gaming Zone, December 25, 2003

1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.Nge2 Nc6 5.Ng3 Qd7 6.Ncxe4 Bxe4 7.Nxe4 Nb4
8.Bb2 f5 9.Ng3 c5 10.a3 Nc6 11.Bd3 e6 12.Qh5+ g6 13.Qe2 Bg7 14.Bxg7 Qxg7
15.Qxe6+ Nge7 16.O-O Nd4 17.Qd6 b6 18.Rfe1 Rd8 19.Qc7 Rd7 20.Qb8+ Kf7
21.Bc4+ Nd5 22.Bxd5+ Rxd5 23.Qb7+ and Black resigns 1-0

Bill Wall
(emphasis added).

If you are attracted to off-beat openings, take a look at Mr. Walls Unorthodox Openings.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2003


Bill Wall's First Wilson Gambit

I see that this blog can be a bad influence:

Here is my first Wilson Gambit

Bill Wall (2214) - Guest4933 (Unrated), Internet Gaming Zone (, Dec 22, 2003

1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.Nge2 e5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Ncxe4 Bxe4 7.Nxe4 Nc6 8.Bb2 Qh4 9.Bd3 f5? 10.Ng3 g6 11.Bb5 f4 12.Bxc6+ bxc6 13.Bxe5 fxg3 14.fxg3 Qe4+ 15.Qe2 Qxe2+ 16.Kxe2 and Black resigns 1-0


Of course, Mr. Wall's approach with Nge2 looks sounder than my own. I've added this game to the Wilson Gambit link in the sidebar with some light Fritzy Analysis and a few lines examined deeply (but narrowly).

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003


Sugar Land Chess; Wilson Gambit Busted?

From Mark Dejmek via email:
I will try to send an article or annotated game for your newsletter one of
these days. It's just good to see someone doing something to promote
Houston chess.

One thing I will send in to your website is just an ad for my little club in
Sugar Land. (Monday nights 7-10 pm, 3232 Austin Parkway). Mostly casual
blitz and king-of-the-hill, but I was thinking I might have a blitz
tournament there one of these weeks, just to give people who haven't been
there an excuse to check it out.

Regarding your gambit against the Center-Counter, I'm not so sure. You're
right that it is basically an Englund reversed, and that is the good news as
well as the bad. It seems to me that Black may be able to steer the game
into waters where the extra move with b2-b3 is more harmful than helpful,
because it takes away a flight square from the queen. For example, 1.e4 d5
2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qe2 Bf5 5.Qb5+ Bd7 6.Qxb7 Nc6 looks just awful for
White; in fact, he'll have to be very careful over the next few moves just
to save the game. Bucker is always interesting, but he does recommend some
weird stuff.

Is this line playable? What do you think? Click comments under this post (I'm experimenting with this free commenting system, but it seems to work), or send me email.

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Sunday, December 07, 2003


Secret Weapon vs. Center Counter

Do you hate playing against the Center Counter (1.e4 d5) ? If you're like me you do. From the first move, black steers the game into less charted territory that he knows better.

Looking for a reliable surprise weapon to take black out of his book? I have been playing a new (as far as I know I "invented" this idea; but nothing is new) move against the Center Counter with fairly good results (especially at blitz) for a number of years now. I call it the Wilson Gambit.

I picked up a book in Germany in the 1980's on the Englund Gambit (1. d4 e5) by Stefan Bucker and I've played it as black with good results in the past; including my first USCF correspondence game (a quick win over a 1900+ player) and a win over a local master in a 30 minute game.

The Wilson Gambit is basically an Englund Gambit in reverse. It starts 1. e4 d5 (Already an Englund Gambit in Reverse with white a tempo up! An amazing discovery!!) 2. b3 (waiting...and allowing for the gambit continuation); and often continues 2. ... dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Qe2 Bf5 5. Qb5+ at which point things can get "interesting."

It may not be reliable, but it usually is a surprise. You can play over some games here. I am NoTB on FICS. Most of these are Game in 3 minutes and awful chess but the games do illustrate some of the ideas of this opening; especially shock.

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