Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pirc Defence 4.f4 Barr Battle

My Pirc Defence vs Edwin Barr from what was probably my first email correspondence tournament. It was exciting to get moves within hours instead of within a week. Play was faster than I was used to, but I had fun. Alas, I failed to analyze these games as much as I should have. I got a decent position in this sharp Yugoslav line. When Black slipped up, I missed my opportunity for 22.Re8+! Then we drifted into a drawn endgame.

Sawyer (1969) - Barr (1800), corr APCT EMQ-1, 08.12.1995 begins 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bxd7+ [8.e6] 8...Qxd7 9.d5 0-0 [9...dxe5 10.h3 e4 11.hxg4 exf3 12.Qxf3 Na6 13.Bd2=] 10.0-0 dxe5 11.h3 e4 12.Nxe4 Nf6 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.c4 Rd8 [14...e6 15.Ne5 Qd6=] 15.Be3 Qd6 16.Qc2 b6 17.Rad1 e6 18.dxe6 Qxe6 19.Rxd8+ Bxd8 20.Re1 Qc8 21.Bd2 Nc6? [21...Bf6 22.Bc3=]
22.Bc3 [22.Re8+! I missed a winning approach. 22...Kg7 23.Bc3+ Nd4 24.Nxd4 cxd4 25.Bxd4+ f6 26.Bxf6+ Bxf6 27.Rxc8+-] 22...Bc7 23.Qe4 Qd7 24.Ne5 [24.g3+/=] 24...Bxe5 25.fxe5 Re8 26.Qd5 Qe6 27.Qxe6 fxe6 28.Rd1 Rd8 29.Rxd8+ Nxd8 30.b4 cxb4 31.Bxb4 Nf7 32.Bc3 Ng5 33.Bb4 Nf7 34.Bc3 1/2-1/2

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