Wednesday, February 10, 2016

French Defence Greed vs Benner

In a French Defence game I grabbed a pawn and tried to keep it. This greedy approach was too risky. I got away with it here, but I do not play this way anymore. My choice was to take 7.dxc5 and try to defend with 8.b4? which resembles a Queens Gambit reversed. We examine the Tarrasch Variation 3.Nd2 played by postal chess in 1978. As I recall, my opponent Steve Benner was an Iowa farmer.

APCT Semi-Class tournaments listing players in order of rating and then divided all the entrants into groups of seven. At that point, you would play the other six in your group with three game as White and three as Black. At the beginning of the event, everyone had ratings that were very close. The games were played at a pace of about one move each per week, so games tended to last for several months. The final results was rated based on each players ratings at the end of the game. I would have been in trouble if Black found the correct 10th move.

Sawyer (1950) - Benner (1722), corr APCT 78SC-5, 11.1978 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Qe2+ Be7 7.dxc5 Nf6 8.b4? [White is being greedy. Better is 8.Ngf3 0-0 9.Nb3 Re8 10.Be3=] 8...0-0 9.Nb3 Re8 10.Be3 Ng4 [10...a5!-/+] 11.Bxd7 Qxd7 12.Nf3 Bf6 13.Nbd4 Nc6 14.c3 Re4 [14...Nxe3 15.fxe3 Rxe3 16.Qxe3 Re8=/+] 15.0-0 Rae8 16.Qd2 [16.Rae1=] 16...Nxe3 17.fxe3 Rxe3 18.Rae1 Rxe1 19.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 20.Qxe1 Kf8 1/2-1/2

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