Fabulous 10s: The Holmov Attack Blitz Insano Variation

New Opening Trail that could only happen in blitz: 11 Consecutive Checks and Mate in the Opening!

From a recent ICC 5-minute tussle:

IM Aries2 – WIM Ellen-Hellen ICC 5 0   8/28/10

Pirc Defense, Holmov Attack

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bc4

The Holmov attack, always good in blitz.

4…Bg7 5. Qe2 Nc6 6. e5 Nd7 6…Nxd4 7. exf6 Nxe2 8. fxg7 is supposed to be good for black but who wants to play that in blitz?

7. Nf3 dxe5!!?

This move has been given in textbooks as losing.  However, black can play it!  The saving resource is quite hidden.

Tempting Fate

8. Bxf7+ “Of course”.  But this sacrifice does not win!

8…Kxf7 9. Qc4+ e6 10. Ng5+ Ke8 11. Nxe6 Qf6?? The saving resource for black is: 11… Nb6 12. Nxg7+ Kf8 13. Ne6+ Bxe6 14. Qxe6
Qh4!! defending against the threat of Bh6 mate and keeping equal chances! The text loses horribly.

Position after 14...Qh4!! (analysis).

12. Nd5!  Qf7 13. Ndxc7+ Now a droll series of checks start.

13….Ke7 14. Bg5+ 14. d5! wins prosaically: 14… Nd4 15. Bg5+ Nf6 16. Qc5+ Kd7
17. Nxa8)

14… Bf6 15. Bxf6+ Kxf6 16. dxe5+ Ndxe5 17. Qf4+? Missing the faster mate in 2: 17. Qh4+ Kf5 (17… g5 18. Qxg5#) 18. Qf4#

17… Ke7 18. Qg5+ Kd6 19. O-O-O+ Nd4 20. Rxd4+ The eighth check in a row!


Keep those checks going!

21. Qxe5? Fittingly, the right move is another check (ninth in a row!): 21. Rc4+!!  and in all lines the checks continue and end in mate!

21… Nxc4 (21… Kb6 22. Qe3+ Ka5 23. Qc5+ b5 24. Qxb5#) 22. Qd5+  Tenth consecutive check! Kb6 23. Qc5  11th consecutive check and mate!)

21… Bxe6 22. Qd6# {Black checkmated} 1-0

Question for Database Research

Readers, in the opening phase (defined as the first check starting before move 15) what’s the record for most consecutive checks?

And for Something Different:  The Mercedes-Benz E-mail Gambit!

This just received today.  Good times!

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One Response to “Fabulous 10s: The Holmov Attack Blitz Insano Variation”

  1. ejh Says:

    Try “the word ‘school’ is not employed as a verb in Essex, or indeed anywhere else in the UK”.

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