Blitz Chess #397: Lion Defense, Anti-Philidor variation

With the Lion’s Defense, black places a great value on the e5 strongpoint. When, if at all, should this point be given up? In a game of opposite sides castling, the element of time will factor in a great deal. If giving up the e5 point would aid in expediting a push against the enemy king, it would be worth at least some consideration. Who would be quicker to execute an attack? This was a 5|0 time control game, where I was playing with the black pieces.

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1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. f4 e5 5. Be3 Be7 6. Qf3 c6 7. Nge2 O-O 8. O-O-O Qa5 9. Ng3 Re8 10. Nf5 Bf8 11. Kb1 b5 12. Bd3 b4 13. Ne2 Bb7 14. h3 exd4 15. Bxd4 c5 16. Bxf6 Nxf6 17. Neg3 g6 18. Ne3 Bg7 19. f5 Rac8 20. Bc4 Ba6 21. Rxd6 Bxc4 22. Nxc4 Qb5 23. Qd3 Rc7 24. e5 Nd7 25. b3 Nxe5 26. Nxe5 Qxd3 27. Nxd3 Re3 28. Rd8+ Bf8 29. Nf4 Rxg3 30. Nd5 Rb7 31. f6

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  1. 1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nd7 3. Nc3 e5 4. e4 c6 5. Nf3 Qc7 6. Be2 h6 7. O-O Ngf6 8. Re1 a59. Be3 Be7 10. h3 g5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Qd2 Nf8 13. Nh2 Ng6 14. Ng4 Nf4 15. Nxf6+Bxf6 16. Bxf4 gxf4 17. Rad1 Rg8 18. Kh2 Be7 19. Na4 Bb4 20. Nc3 Qe7 21. a3 Qh422. axb4 Bxh3 23. gxh3 Qxf2+ 24. Kh1 Qg2# 0-1

  2. Your descriptions are always on point and are very interesting to read! :] Just something I wanted to say for a long time^^

  3. Jerry always manages to upload a refreshing distraction at just the right time! Thanks for saving me from my coursework for a while.

  4. the speed of the last calculation is suspicious. almost like something a computer would do…

  5. Will you cover some other games from the Norway chess tournament? I love your analysis videos 🙂

  6. Спасибо за видео, лучший канал по шахматам на YouTube! <3

  7. Qc7 also protects d6, which was your weak point (and ended up dropping)

  8. in 9:25
    why not to play immidaitely c4, then bishop takes, then you take on e4 with the knight?

  9. Offhand thought, but do you notice the link to Jerry's patreon is right at the bottom of the description?? Seems unimportant I know but it goes to show how modest you are just like you always point out your mistakes and don't defend them (for our sakes too), since we arent all NMs! Expect a new patreon Jerry!

  10. I'm yasas 2-0 I send a friend request at chess .com plz accept

  11. the opponent is consistantly thinking about 5 seconds per move? feels hella computerish to me…

  12. that piece sac at the end seemed very 'robotic' to me, although I could be completely wrong

  13. 17:00 Qc7 also gets your Queen out of the way of the a-pawn: the computer even suggests that a5 should be your follow up rather than c4. Another little reason it was better than Rac8 🙂

  14. Jerry, would you ever consider playing in a titled Tuesday? I'm sure we'd all love to see it!

  15. I've been watching your Videos for a while now and I think I'm going to try and play chess myself because you actually make it interesting

  16. Hi Jerry! nice video and tough game. in my opinion the engine liked the move Qc7 because it defends on d6, plus the things that you said but it also opens the way for the a-pawn to advance and make a pawn storm. I think that's one of the reasons :).
    P.S: I really liked the move g5 completely human move… 😅

  17. I feel like if Jerry commentated his thoughts over anything, from stamp collecting to plumbing tutorials, I'd somehow find my way onto his channel and develop a great interest in the subject. Fortunately said subject is chess. Keep up the awesome work, Jerry!

  18. I had a look at the opponent's profile and now I think (s)he is a cheater

  19. Full name of the opening is actually "B07 Lion Defense: Anti-Philidor, Lions Cave". Pretty cool.

  20. Well, he might has been inspired and saw that tactical shot very fast, or he blundered and found his way out luckily, but it seems very suspicious to me. Looks like cheating

  21. I always enjoy your analysis. I myself find it difficult to find the exact moment where improvements could be made in my own games.

  22. very instructive. an awesome video as always. thanks jerry!

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  24. After e5 I saw the variation jump to what it called "the lion's cave"

  25. 1. c4 d6 2. g3 Nd7 3. Bg2 e5 4. e3 c6 5. Ne2 Qc7 6. O-O h6 7. d4 a5 8. Nbc3 Ngf6
    9. dxe5 dxe5 10. b3 Be7 11. Bb2 g5 12. f4 Ng4 13. Ne4 Nxe3 14. Qd2 Nxf1 15. Rxf1
    f5 16. fxe5 Nxe5 17. Nc5 Bxc5+ 18. Kh1 O-O 19. Nc3 f4 20. Na4 fxg3 21. Nxc5
    Rxf1+ 22. Bxf1 Bg4 23. Ne4 Bf3+ 24. Bg2 Rf8 25. Bxf3 Nxf3 26. Qe3 g2+ 27. Kxg2
    Qxh2+ 28. Kf1 Nd2+ 29. Ke1 Rf1# 0-1

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