Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nimzo-Indian Spassky 4.Bg5

I enjoyed the sharp openings World Champion Boris Spassky played. One variation was 4.Bg5 vs the Nimzo-Indian Defence. When Bob Belavitch played the Nimzo-Indian against me in a 1981 APCT postal game, I saw it as a great chance to test 4.Bg5. But I misplayed it.

After 4.Bg5 c5 5.d5 h6, White has a good game with 6.Bh4. I thought this would also be good with the inclusion of the moves 5...b5!? 6.e4 h6 7.Bh4. However here Black is better after 7...exd5 8.cxd5 g5. In this case White does better to play 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.Qf3.

My game was still playable until I blundered on move 21. I had to dodge his threats and fight back. Finally I found a rook sacrifice combination. This put me up one passed rook pawn in a bishops of opposite color endgame. When I won a second pawn, Black resigned.

Sawyer (2100) - Belavitch (1500), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 c5 5.d5 b5!? [5...h6 6.Bh4=] 6.e4 h6 7.Bh4 [7.Bxf6! Qxf6 8.Qf3=] 7...d6 [7...exd5 8.cxd5 g5 9.Bg3 Nxe4 10.Qc2 0-0=/+] 8.f3 0-0 9.Rc1 bxc4 [9...Re8=] 10.Bxc4 g5 11.Bg3 Bxc3+ 12.Rxc3 exd5 13.Bxd5 Nxd5 14.Qxd5 Qb6 15.Bxd6 [15.Rb3+/-] 15...Qxb2 16.Ne2 Ba6 17.Qd2? [17.Re3+/=] 17...Qxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Rd8 19.e5 Nd7 20.Ke3 Re8 21.Kf2? [White has better drawing chances after 21.Ra3 Bxe2 22.Kxe2 Nxe5 23.Bxe5 Rxe5+ 24.Re3 Rxe3+ 25.Kxe3 Re8+ 26.Kd3 Re6=/+] 21...Nxe5 22.Nc1 Rad8 23.Bxc5 Nc6 [Black is winning after 23...Rd2+! 24.Kg3 f5-+] 24.Be3 Rd6 25.Re1 Re7 26.a3 f5 27.f4 gxf4 28.Bxf4 Rxe1 29.Kxe1 Rg6 30.Kf2 Kf7 31.Nd3 Bb5 32.Rxc6 Rxc6 33.Ne5+ Ke7 34.Nxc6+ Bxc6 35.Bxh6 Ke6 36.g3 Bb5 37.Ke3 Kf7 38.Kd4 Ke7 39.Ke5 Bd3 40.Kd4 Bb1 41.a4 Be4 42.Ke5 Bd3 43.h4 a6 44.Bd2 Kd8 [44...Kf7 45.h5+/=] 45.Kf6 Kd7 46.h5 Bb1 47.h6 f4 48.Bxf4 1-0


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