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Game 7 Cox-Such, Danville 1990


1. e4, e5

2. Nf3, Nc6

3. Bc4, Bc5

4. b4

The Evans Gambit, one of my favorite openings along with the Ruy Lopez.


5. c3, Bc5

The main alternative is 5...Ba5

6. d4

This is best 6. 0-0 leads to the Lasker defense.


7. cxd4

Better than 7.0-0. White retains the option of entering into the "normal variation."


This is a dubious idea. 7...Bb6 is best entering into the "Normal Variation" after 8.0-0, d6.

Also Played is 7...Bb4+ which is what I expected. White might then continue 8. Nbd2 and after 8...Na5 9. Bd3, Ne7 10. Rb1, Bxd2+ 11. Bxd2, c6 12. e5, h6 13. 0-0, 0-0 14. Nh4, b6 15. Bxh6, d5 16. Bg5, Qd7 17. Qh5, g6 18. Qh6 Black resigned in Orfalea-Wallach, US Open Palo Alto, 1981. Or in this line he can try 8...Bc3?! 9. Bxf7+!, Kf8 (not 9...Kxf7 10. Qb3!) 10. Ba3+, d6 11. Bb3, Bxa1 12. Qxa1 with a huge initiative for White.

The text was played to avoid known lines, he doesnt want to play the ...Bb4+ and exchange his bishop, and he wants to keep e7 open to develop his king knight. But it cannot be good since it hampers the development of his queen side.

8. 0-0, Nge7

9. Ng5!

White has a powerful initiative!


Ugly but perhaps safer was 9...Rf8 so as not to "castle into the attack". White would retain an edge with 10. Qb3 and blacks undeveloped queenside and blocked d-pawn crimp his game.

10. Qh5

White's strong attack is obvious.


11. Nxf7, Rxf7

Notice 11...Qe8 fails misreably after 12. Nxh6+! eg 12...Kh8 or 12...Kh7 then comes 13. Nf7+, Kg8 14. Qh8# with a quick finish!

12. Qxf7+, Kh8

13. Bxh6!


Black hopes the exchange of Queens will ease his defense. After 13...gxh6 14. Qf6+, Kh7 15. e5, Qh8 16. Qxh8+, Kxh8 17. exd6, cd 18. Re1 with a clear advantage to white.

14. Qxg8+, Nxg8

15. Be3, Be7

16. f4!

Planning a rook lift by Rf1-f3-h3


17. Nc3

Defending the e4 pawn b4 continuing my plan.


Black often hits the Bc4 with this idea but here white controls the a2-g8 diagnolly nicely.

18. Bf7, Ng4

19. Rf3!

As planned. Notice 19...Nxe3?? loses instantly to Rh3 mating.


20. Rh3

The next few moves are practically forced.


Finally on the 20th move he frees his game but his king is already in jeopardy.

21. f5, dxe4

22. Rf1, Nc6

23. Nxe4

Im very proud of this game. My queenless attack is impressive, all of whites pieces are circling in for the kill = )


24. g4, Rf8

25. Bd5, Kh7

26. f6!

Julian Hodgson in his "10 Lethal Weapons of Chess" gives the pawn thrust to f6 as one of his favorite attacking weapons of chess.


27. Ng5+!, Kh8

28. Nf7+, Kh7

Fatal! Black had to play 28...Rxf7 to avoid immediate disaster. White is still winning however after 29. fg+, Rxg7 30. Rxh6+, Rh7 31. Rxh7+, Kxh7 32. Bxc6, Be6 33. d5, Bg8 34. Bxb7, a5 35. Bc6, Kg6 36. Kg2 etc.

Can you finish White's attack?

29. Be4+!, g6

This walks into a forced mate. Even so no salvation is found in 29...Kg8 30. Nxh6+, gh 31. Bd5+, Rf7 32. fxe7, Nxe7 33. Bxf7+ , Kg7 (33...Kh6 34. Rxh6+!) 34. Rg3, h5 35. Bxh5 winning easily for white.

30. Rh6+, Kg8

31. Rh8+, Kxf7

32. fxe7

Black resigns

If 32...Rxf7 33. e8=Q+ and mate next move

or 32...Nxe7 33. Rh8+, Kg7 34. Bh6#

ad 32...Bf5 33. Rh8+, Kxf7 34. exf8=Q+ mating

One of my finest attacks!