Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vogel Keeps Balance In Benoni Battle

My new Budapest, Benko and Benoni book covers games after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4. Threats and counter threats mark exciting chess games. Frank Vogel and I played three sharp unbalanced chess openings where he opted for creative lines. There first two games ended drawn in Dutch Defence positions. In a popular Modern Benoni Defence book line variation once again I have good chances for advantage. I missed good choices on moves 23, 25, 26 and 28. Vogel kept his balance but I lost mine on move 30. I allowed my rook to become trapped and the game was over.

In 1996 postal chess turned to e-mail chess. The speed of play got me excited enough to enter several events the same year I played Jeff Baffo. I found myself over committed and burned out on correspondence chess after 20 years and 1000 games. About this time I turned to blitz chess in the Internet Chess Club. I am still there blitzing away for fun.

Sawyer (1976) - Vogel (2150), corr APCT EMN-A-3 corr APCT, 21.11.1996 begins 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Bd3 a6 10.a4 Re8 [Or 10...Nbd7 11.0-0 Re8 12.Bf4 Nh5 13.Bh2 Ne5 14.Nxe5+/=] 11.0-0 b6 12.Re1 Nbd7 13.Bf4 Qc7 14.Bc4 Bb7 15.Nd2 [15.Bh2+/=] 15...Nh5 16.Bh2 Be5 17.Be2 Bxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Ng7 19.g4 f5 20.gxf5 gxf5 21.exf5 Nf6 22.Nc4 Rab8 [22...Nxf5=] 23.Ne3 [23.Qd2+/-] 23...Ne4 24.Nxe4 Rxe4 25.Rg1 [25.Bd3!+-] 25...Qf7 26.Ng4 [26.Qc2!+/-] 26...Kf8 [26...Kh8 27.Bd3=] 27.f6 Ne8 28.Nh6? [28.Qc1!+-] 28...Qxf6 29.Rg8+ Ke7 30.Ng4? [30.Bf3 Re5 31.Ng4=] 30...Qf4+ 31.Kg1 [31...Kf7 32.Rh8 Kg7-+ and the White rook is lost.] 0-1

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