How to Draw Quickly,

With White?

As a predominantly 1.e4 player my heart always sinks a little when my opponent replies with 1...c5.

For a while I've wanted to play an aggressive and viable alternative to the main lines. With my penchant for gambits what else should I play but The Wing Gambit! 2.b4 I played 4 or 5 games on the net with it and won them all.

That was it then, the next time someone has the audacity to play c5 against me they're going to get it! After all with 5 Internet wins behind me, I've busted the Sicilian!  NOT! At the very next congress I had 3 Whites and 3 Sicilians.

In the first encounter I 'bottled' out and played a standard line which ended in a bore draw after 18 moves. That result made my mind up next time I'll play 2.b4, I didn't have to wait very long....

1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Bb2 e5 6.Nf3 Nc6 (diagram) and here I saw 7.Nxe5! wins back the gambit pawn leaving an excellent tactical position. (For both sides) 

7...Qe4+ 8.Qe2 Qxe2+ 9.Bxe2 Nxe5 10.Bxe5 f6 11.Bd4 a6 12.0–0 Bd7 13.Bh5+ (Diagram) Two reasons I played this move. 1. To keep Blacks King in the centre. 2. If g6 is played it weakens the a1–h8 diagonal for my Bd4.

13...g6 14.Re1+ Kf7 15.Bf3 Bc6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.axb4 Bxb4 18.c3 Bd6 19.Na3 Bxa3 20.Rxa3 Ne7 21.Rea1 Rhb8 22.Kf1 Rb2 23.Rxa6 Rxa6 24.Rxa6 Rxd2 25.Ke1 This is the final position, Fritz has me + 0.44 ahead but I offered a draw which was accepted immediately. 
The same position (as above) occurred in the very next game! 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Bb2 e5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Nxe5 This time Black chose 7...Nd4 (diagram)

 8.Bxd4 Qxd4 9.Bb5+ Ke7 10.Qe2 Qxa1 11.0–0 Be6 12.Re1 g6 13.Nxf7 After this move I thought the game was a draw.

13...Kxf7 14.Qxe6+ Kg7 15.Qd7+ Be7 (Diagram) Again I offered the draw as the best I've got is a perpetual check with (16.Rxe7+ Nxe7 17.Qxe7+ Kh6 18.Qh4+ Kg7 19.Qe7+ Kh6 20.Qh4+ etc)

The two games above were fast and furious and I enjoyed them a lot, with a little bit of practice in the same type of position I'm sure the 1-0's will come.

Its an interesting and very risky alternative to the usual Nf3 and d4 Sicilians, but if you want a challenge then head for the murky waters of the Wing Gambit.