Mokele Mbembe

The Fajarowicz knight on e4 reminded me of another strange opening: Mokele Mbembe 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4!?.

I had to face it tens of times at the university chess club in the late 1980s when playing against Kari Heinola. He was later listed as one of the weird openings specialists in Unorthodox Chess Openings (see page 34) by Eric Schiller.

I have always found it uneasy to play against other gambiteers and unorthodox players. It feels like my opponent is playing tricks on me, or almost like I was playing against myself.

Here is one of my very few wins against Heinola. I recorded this blitz game because of the eye-pleasing combination in the end.

Jyrki Heikkinen – Kari Heinola, blitz, Tampere, Finland, 1989

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4!? 3.d4 f6 4.f3 Ng5 5.h4 Nf7 6.f4 d6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.Bc4 d5 9.Bb3 e6 10.c4 c6 11.Nc3 dxc4 12.Bxc4 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Qd7 14.Ne4 f5 15.Ng5 Nd8? 16.Qb3! Qxd4 17.Be3 Qd7 18.Nxe6 Nxe6 19.Bxe6 Qe7 20.a3 g6 21.h5 Bg7 22.Rd1 g5

23.Bf7+!! Kf8 24.Rd8+! Qxd8 25.Bc5+ Qe7 26.Qe6! 1-0

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice endcombination with
23.Bf7+! if 23.-Qxf7 then 24.Rd8+ wins. There was no salvation for Black from here.