The Colorado Counter

Over half a century playing Chess and this was the first time I can recall seeing the Colorado Counter, proving that Chess really “is a sea where a gnat may drink from and an elephant may bathe in.”

Colorado Gambit

Alois Lanc (2268) vs Paolo Tocco (2033)
30th World Senior Chess Championship 2022 (Assisi (ITA))
B00 KP, Colorado counter

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 d5 4.Bb5 Bxf5 5.d4 e6 6.O-O Bd6 7.c4 dxc4 8.Nc3 Nge7 9.Re1 O-O 10.Bxc4 Qd7 11.Qe2 Nd8 12.h3 Nec6 13.a3 Kh8 14.g4 Bg6 15.Be3 e5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.Rad1 Qc6 19.Bd5 Qf6 20.Bg2 Ne6 21.Nd5 Qh4 22.Rf1 Bd6 23.f4 Rae8 24.Qd2 Nc5 25.Bf2 Qd8 26.f5 Bf7 27.Nc3 Bb3 28.f6 gxf6 29.Bd4 Bxd1 0-1

Tobias Baerwinkel vs Thomas Becker (2220)
Event: Oberliga Sued W 9697
Site: Germany Date: ??/??/1997
Round: ?
B00 KP, Colorado counter
30th World Senior Chess Championship 2022 (Assisi (ITA)), 19.11.2022

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 d5 4.Bb5 Bxf5 5.d4 e6 6.O-O Bd6 7.c4 dxc4 8.Nc3 Nge7 9.Re1 O-O 10.Bxc4 Qd7 11.Qe2 Nd8 12.h3 Nec6 13.a3 Kh8 14.g4 Bg6 15.Be3 e5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.Rad1 Qc6 19.Bd5 Qf6 20.Bg2 Ne6 21.Nd5 Qh4 22.Rf1 Bd6 23.f4 Rae8 24.Qd2 Nc5 25.Bf2 Qd8 26.f5 Bf7 27.Nc3 Bb3 28.f6 gxf6 29.Bd4 Bxd1 0-1
1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 d5 4.d4 Bxf5 5.Bb5 e6 6.O-O Bd6 7.c4 dxc4 8.Re1 Nf6 9.Bxc4 Qd7 10.d5 O-O-O 11.Nc3 exd5 12.Bb5 d4 13.Ne2 d3 14.Ned4 Bxh2+ 15.Kf1 Qd5 16.Qa4 d2 17.Bxd2 Rd6 18.Nxf5 Qxf5 19.Bc3 Qc5 20.Qc4 ½-½
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=1088732&m=15

From the above results one would think maybe there was something to the Colorado Gambit, but if so, why was this writer unaware of its potency? It was late at night when first reviewing the game, so I decided to input the first two moves into the analysis program at Lichess.com just for the hellofit, and sat there way past bedtime watching the game unfold. The result was a surprise, to say the least…

11/20/22

  1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 f5 3. exf5 d5 4. d4 Bxf5 5. Bb5 e6 6. O-O Bd6 7. c4 dxc4 8. Re1 Ne7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Bxc4 Qd7 11. Qb3 Rae8 12. Bd2 Kh8 13. Ne4 h6 14. Ng3 Nd5 15. Nxf5 Rxf5 16. Qd3 Rf6 17. Re4 Ref8 18. Rae1 Bf4 19. Bc3 Bd6 20. Rh4 Nce7 21. Bb3 Rxf3 22. gxf3 Nf5 23. Rg4 Qf7 24. Bc2 Qh5 25. h4 Nf6 26. Ree4 c6 27. Bb3 Nxe4 28. Qxe4 Be7 29. Kf1 Bf6 30. Bxe6 Nxh4 31. a4 Rd8 32. a5 Qb5+ 33. Kg1 h5 34. Rg3 Re8 35. b3 Re7 36. Bd2 g6 37. Bc4 Qf5 38. Qxf5 gxf5 39. Rh3 Kg7 40. Rg3+ Kh8 41. Rh3 b5 42. Bd3 a6 43. Be3 Rd7 44. Bxf5 Nxf5 45. Rxh5+ Kg7 46. Rxf5 Rd5 47. Rf4 b4 48. Bd2 Rxa5 49. Bxb4 Rb5 50. Bf8+ Kg6 51. b4 Bg5 52. Re4 Bd2 53. Bc5 Kf6 54. Re5 Bxb4 55. Bxb4 Rxb4 56. Rc5 Rb6 57. Kf1 Ke7 58. Ke2 Kd6 59. Ra5 Rb5 60. Rxa6 Kd5 61. f4 Kxd4 62. Rxc6 Ke4 63. Rc4+ Kf5

What seems a lifetime ago a fellow high school classmate who lived up the street, Jesse Pettit, said, “The way you feel about Bob Dylan is how I feel about John Denver.” This one is dedicated to Jesse.

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