Sunday, January 22, 2023

Bird's Opening Stonewall Haines

Ray Haines transposed to the Bird’s Opening Stonewall Attack after 1.d4, 2.e3, and 4.f4. Black prematurely opened the center [16…e5]. White’s pieces were poised to assault the kingside. After some exchanges, Black had no defense. Ray Haines applied checkmate.

For 6 gambits, see my Quick Chess Lesson collection Chess Gambits for Black.

Haines – Bhavishya224 (1561), Live Chess, 30.12.2022 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.Bd3 Nc6 4.f4 Bg4 5.Nf3 e6 6.0–0 Bd6 7.c4 0–0 8.Nc3 Re8 9.c5 Be7 10.Qe1 [10.Bd2 would activate the bishop and connect the rooks.] 10...Bxf3 11.Rxf3 a6 12.Rh3 h6 13.Qe2 Qd7 14.g4 Nh7 15.Bd2 Bf6 16.g5 e5 [Better is to save the bishop with 16...Bd8] 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5 exd4 [This loses, although 18...Be7 19.dxe5 favors White.] 19.gxf6 dxc3 20.Bxc3 d4 21.fxg7
21...Kxg7 [This falls for a mate in two, but after 21...Re6 22.f5 White is winning.] 22.Qxh6+ Kg8 23.Qh8# White breaks through Black's defense on the kingside. 1–0

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