Friday, September 30, 2011

Semi-Slav Strategic Piece Sacrifice

APCT New Bulletin columnist Jim Davies analyzed my Queen-36 game in his "Strategic Themes for the learning player". Davies published this column using my suggested title "Revising One's Plan" in an early 1980 NB. I quote Jim Davies' first two paragraphs:

"A fundamental reason for studying chess openings is to develop an understanding of the strategic plans in each opening. Once you have a good plan, if you develop consistently with that plan, you should get a playable middle game. Beyond the opening, however, it is often necessary to revise your plan as conditions dictate. Provided that you do not drift aimlessly from move to move, changing plans so as to trade one type of advantage for another, is a strategy worth considering."

"In this game, Black develops with the intention of preventing White's e4. When White finally overcomes this problem, Black shifts his attention to the King. Once material is won, Black consistently reduces the position to a winning endgame."

My opponent was Richard Batten. I think Jim Davies and Dick Batten were both from Missouri. This is the only time I played Batten; he was rated about 2000.

The Batten-Sawyer game began: 1.d4 c6 (I was a big Caro-Kann fan in those days, so I would not mind 2.e4 at all.) 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 (Davies noted that this move gives Black too much freedom. Better is 3.c4 transposing into a Slav Defence.) 3...Nf6 4.Bd3 e6 5.0-0 Nbd2 (Is White going to employ a Colle System? No.

White heads back toward main lines with...) 6.c4 Bd6 ("Black can now enter the Slav Accepted [6...dxc4] with a tempo on the Bishop.") 7.Nc3 0-0 (We reach a Queens Gambit Declined variation called the Semi-Slav Defence.) 8.cxd5 exd5 9.b3 ("inconsistent with the previous move" - Davies) 9...Qe7 (Black wins the race for e4.) 10.Qc2 Re8 11.Re1 Ne4 12.Bb2 Ndf6 (Opening the Bc8-h3 line, Black is fully ready for action.)

Now White tries a radical approach to drive me out of e4 with 13.Nd2? Nxf2! (A classic PIECE SACRIFICE which leads to a KING HUNT.) 14.Kxf2 Ng4+ 15.Kf1 Nxh2+ 16.Kg1 Qh4 17.e4 Bg3 18.Rf1 Re6. This was one of my best attacking games from the 1970s. Gradually I transposed from one type of advantage to another and won the ending.

Batten (2000) - Sawyer (1900), corr APCT Q-36, 1978 begins 1.d4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bd3 e6 5.0-0 Nbd7 6.c4 Bd6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.cxd5 exd5 9.b3 Qe7 10.Qc2 Re8 11.Re1 Ne4 12.Bb2 Ndf6 13.Nd2? [13.Ne5=] 13...Nxf2! 14.Kxf2 Ng4+ 15.Kf1 Nxh2+ 16.Kg1 Qh4 17.e4 Bg3 18.Rf1 Re6 19.Nf3 Nxf3+ 20.Rxf3 Rh6 21.Rxg3 Qxg3-+ 22.Nd1? dxe4 23.Bc4 b5 [23...Qh2+! 24.Kf2 Qf4+ 25.Kg1 e3-+] 24.Qxe4 Bd7 25.Qe5 Qxe5 26.Bxf7+ Kxf7 27.dxe5 Be6 28.Ne3 Rd8 29.Rf1+ Ke8 30.Ba3 Rh4 31.Bd6 Rxd6 32.exd6 Rd4 33.Nc2 Rxd6 34.Re1 Kd7 35.Re2 c5 36.Ne3 c4 37.bxc4 bxc4 38.Rc2 Rd4 39.Kf2 Kd6 40.Ke2 Kc5 41.Rb2 c3 42.Rb7 Rd7 43.Rxd7 Bxd7 44.Kd3 Be6 45.a3 c2 46.Kxc2 Kd4 47.Kd2 a5 48.g3 a4 49.Nd1 Kc4 50.Kc2 Bf5+ 51.Kb2 Kd3 52.Nc3 Bd7 53.Nd5 Ke4 54.Nf4 g6 55.Kc3 Kf3 56.Nd5 h5 57.Nf4 Be8 0-1


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Polish Rook Pawn Holds Off Knight

My ninth game is this Queen-36 tournament was against Otis Johnson, Jr. of Georgia. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Johnson was a very active postal player in APCT Master/Expert sections. Usually he was in the Expert level (2000-2199), but I believe he was sometimes rated over 2200.

My game collection has 20 of his games, almost all vs well-known correspondence players of that era. Almost every one of these games had a different opening. "OJ" played me three times, all as White. This was our first game. Johnson won the other two. Of course there was a famous football player named "OJ", as in Simpson. I saw his bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Back when I played Otis Johnson, O.J. Simpson still had a good reputation.

Today's Johnson-Sawyer game began with 1.b4 (The Polish or Sokolsky Opening. This is part of the Flank Openings.) 1...d5 (There are many possible set-ups for Black. Very common is 1...e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 =) 2.Bb2 Bf5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.c4 c6 (Black opts for a Slav Defence set-up.) 6.b5 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.a4 Bg6 9.Qb3 c5 (9...Nbd7=+ is good.) 10.a5 Qd6 11.Na4 Nbd7 12.d4 b6 (There is a lot of tension in the pawn structure with multiple captures looming.)

As the game continued, in the middlegame, I missed chances to get an advantage with 16...Ndc5! and 21...Qd5! In the endgame, I have two extra pawns for his knight. White misses chances to win via zugzwang with 38.g4! or 46.h5! In the end, the Black king is forced to chase the white knight around forever. White cannot allow Black's a-pawn to advance. Black cannot allow the knight to stop the a-pawn.

Johnson (2200) - Sawyer (1900), corr APCT Q-36, 1978 begins 1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 Bf5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.c4 c6 6.b5 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.a4 Bg6 9.Qb3 c5 [9...Nbd7=/+] 10.a5 Qd6 11.Na4 Nbd7 12.d4 b6 13.Ne5 cxd4 14.Nc6 dxe3 15.Qxe3 Ne4 16.Ba3 Nec5 [16...Ndc5!-/+] 17.Be2 Rfe8 18.Ra2 dxc4 19.0-0 Bd3 20.Rd2 Bf8 21.Rc1 Qc7? [21...Qd5!=/+] 22.Bxd3 cxd3 23.Rxd3 Kh8 24.Bxc5 Bxc5 25.Qd2 Ne5 26.Nxc5 Nxd3? [26...bxc5 27.Rd6+/-] 27.Nxd3 bxa5 28.Nc5 Qb6 29.Qxa5 Qxa5 30.Nxa5 Rab8 31.Ncb7 Rec8 32.Rc6 Rxc6 33.bxc6 Kg8 34.f3 Kf8 35.Kf2 Ke7 36.Ke3 e5 37.Ke4 Ke6 38.Nc5+ [38.g4!+-] 38...Kd6 39.Na6 Rb6 40.Nc4+ Kxc6 41.Nxb6 Kxb6 42.Nb4 f6 43.Kd5 a5 44.Nc2 Kb5 45.h4 a4 46.g4 [46.h5!] 46...g6 47.g5 f5 48.Kxe5 Kc4 49.Na3+ Kb3 50.Nb5 1/2-1/2


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Who Is The Oldest Chess Player?

As I get closer to retirement age, I have a new appreciation for the older players that I faced in my younger days. I don't know who is or was the oldest chess player I faced, but certainly my opponent in this game has to be near that upper end. Edgar V. Trull was a long time postal chess player competing from at least the 1940s to the 1980s.

This month Trull would be 115 years old. He was a former US Army Sergeant who lived the latter part of his life in Texas. His military background probably helped his chess play.

Edgar Valentine Trull was born in upper New York state on September 3, 1896. My guess is that he was the son of a medical doctor with the exact same name who was born around 1854 and who himself lived in Bennington, Vermont (near upper New York state). The chess playing Edgar V. Trull passed away on December 6, 1990 at the age of 94. He was buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

In my game collection I have eight games by Trull. All eight of those games were lost by him. Of course when Trull was most active it was not so easy to have one's games published as it is today. Edgar was a consistent 1.e4 e5 player from either side of the board. We only played once, when he was 82-83 years old. He was rated around 1788.

My Trull-Sawyer game began as a Caro-Kann Defence 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 (The Advance Variation. This can be a positional line, but it is known for the sharp tactics possible when Black counter-attacks with pawns to f6 and/or c5.) 3...Bf5 (It is most common to develop this bishop immediately.) 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nc3 Nd7 6.Be2 Qc7.

Now White's knight leaves the protection of his e5/d4 pawns and goes after my bishop: 7.Nh4 Bg6 8.0-0 a6 (To play c5 without allowing Nb5 attacking the Qc7). 9.b3 c5 10.Nxg6 (Maybe better is 10.Bb2=) 10...hxg6 11.Bf4 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Bc5 13.Qd3 Nxe5 (Black has won a pawn. Black's center pawns advance on White; I win the skirmish.)

Trull (1788) - Sawyer (1900), corr APCT Q-36, 1978 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nc3 Nd7 6.Be2 Qc7 7.Nh4 Bg6 8.0-0 a6 9.b3 c5 10.Nxg6 [10.Bb2=] 10...hxg6 11.Bf4 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Bc5 13.Qd3 Nxe5 14.Qg3 Bd6-+ 15.h3 Nf6 16.Na4 Ne4 17.Qe3 b5 18.Nb2 Bc5 19.Bxe5? Qxe5 20.Nd3 Bxe3 21.Nxe5 Bd4 22.Nf3 Bxa1 23.Rxa1 0-0 24.Nd4 e5 25.Nf3 Nc3 26.Bf1 f6 27.Nh4 g5 28.Nf5 g6 29.Ne3 f5 30.Nd1 Nxd1 31.Rxd1 Rfd8 32.g3 Kf7 33.Bg2 Ke6 34.f4 e4 35.fxg5 Rac8 36.Rd2 Rc3 37.g4 Rdc8 38.gxf5+ gxf5 39.a4 bxa4 40.bxa4 Rxc2 41.Rxc2 Rxc2 42.Bf1? d4 43.Bxa6 d3 44.Kf1 Rc1+ 45.Kf2 f4 46.h4 d2 0-1


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Paul Shannon Plays French Defence

Here is another attempt to play a Tarrasch French Defence in Karpov style. Once again when I play positional chess, I am good but not great. When I play in a mostly tactical style, I am good, great, or ugly. Of course there is a tendency to only publish the great, so fewer people see the ugly games. Another approach is to play main lines and look for tactical surprises along the way; I like that too. Alas that takes a lot of energy!

My opponent was Paul Shannon. Paul has been a mainstay in USCF tournaments on the west coast of the USA for decades. He was one of my favorite opponents. We played five times over a 20 year period. Over time our ratings gradually went up. Amazingly both our ratings were almost exactly the same each time we played. This was our first game. During this game, Paul found out that I like baseball. He generously sent me a scorebook for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I loved it!

Paul Shannon played a wide variety of openings, as do I. Of course this is easier in correspondence chess, since one can consult opening books and learn the opening as the game progresses. In our other games, I won as White in a Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack. We played a short draw where I was White in a Bird's Opening From Gambit. He won as White in a Flank Opening that was Reti/Polish/Dutch after 1.Nf3 f5 2.b4. Years later we played one blitz game where Shannon as White won again in a Benko Gambit.

Today's Sawyer-Shannon game began 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 g6 5.c3 Bg7 6.Bb5 Nge7 7.0-0 f5 8.exf5 exf5 (I don't know if Shannon had been in this position before, but he certainly succeeded in getting me on my own.)

Our game continued 9.Re1 (Grabbing the open file. 9.Nb3! seems to give White an edge.) 9...0-0 10.Nf1 a6 11.Bd3!? Qd6 (Black has 11...f4!) 12.g3 h6 13.Bf4 Qd8 and now Junior 12 says I could be winning if I had played 14.h4!+-. Instead I occupy e5 with 14.Be5. This led to several exchanges and a fairly level position throughout.

Sawyer-Shannon, corr APCT Q-36 corr APCT, 1978 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 g6 5.c3 Bg7 6.Bb5 Nge7 7.0-0 f5 8.exf5 exf5 9.Re1 [9.Nb3+/-] 9...0-0 10.Nf1 a6 11.Bd3 [11.Bxc6 Nxc6 12.Bf4+/=] 11...Qd6 [11...f4!=] 12.g3 h6 13.Bf4 Qd8 14.Be5 [14.h4!+-] 14...Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Rxe5 Nc6 17.Re1 Qd6 18.f4 Bd7 19.Qf3 Rae8 20.Nd2 Nb8 21.Bf1 Bc8 22.Bg2 c6 23.a4 Nd7 24.b4 [24.Qd3+/=] 24...Nf6 25.Qd3 Ne4 26.Nf3 Rf7 27.Ne5 Rg7 28.a5 g5 29.Ra2 Be6 30.Kf1 Kf8 31.Bf3 Ke7= 32.Ke2!? Reg8 33.Kd1 Kd8 34.Qe3 gxf4 35.gxf4 Qe7 36.Rc2 Qh4 37.Kc1 Kc7 1/2-1/2


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Know Thyself as a French Gets Wild

The Greek philosopher Socrates gave us the famous maxim "Know Thyself." The point was that we are not gods. We have limitations. Know them.

During my 40 years of playing chess, I have learned some things about myself that I did not expect. I am not always who I think I am in chess. Outwardly I am a peacefull person, but inwardly I can become rather frisky. For example, many times I just want to play solid chess. However, when a game gets wild, I am uncomfortable.

Curiously when the position does get wild, I somehow naturally crank up my play up to a higher level. For some reason when the pieces are flying around, and we are missing things, I tend to find more good moves than my opponent does. It is not that I see everything; I don't and I hate that. But I have more success when combinations abound.

This 1978 APCT Queen-36 game is a Tarrasch Variation of the French Defence vs David Spigel. We played four times. I won this one and drew a London System as White. I lost a Bird's Opening as White and I lost a Latvian Gambit as Black.

This Sawyer-Spigel game began 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 (In a previous game I played 5.Bb5+, but 5.Ngf3 is more common.) 5...Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 Nge7 9.Nb3 Bd6 (We have reached the main line of the 3.Nd2 c5 variation. White has many good options line 10.c3, 10.Bg5, 10.Re1, and the move that I played. They are all relatively even.)

10.Nbd4 0-0 11.c3 Bg4 12.Qa4 Bh5 (So far so book. Karpov-Korchnoi had played from this position many times in their 1974 match.) 13.Bg5!? Qc7 14.h3 f6? (Black decides to mix things up. Simply 14...Nxd4 15.Nxd4 leaves us in an equal position.)

I did not choose to have the position get complicated, but now that the pieces start flying, I get the better chances. At a critical moment I missed the powerful move 20.Bh7+! with a big White advantage. Missing moves happens, but the point is I got to a position where White WAS winning. This does not happen as easily when I am playing positional chess unless my opponent is rated below 1800.

Things swing back to roughly equal as we approach the ending. All of a sudden Black hangs a piece. Maybe he meant to play other moves first and forgot that he had not played them yet. Maybe he set the board up wrong. For whatever reason, I got a gift win.

Sawyer-Spigel, corr APCT Q-36 corr APCT, 1978 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 Nge7 9.Nb3 Bd6 10.Nbd4 0-0 11.c3 Bg4 12.Qa4 Bh5 13.Bg5 Qc7 14.h3 f6?! [14...Nxd4 15.Nxd4=] 15.Ne6 Qc8 16.Nxf8 fxg5 17.Nxh7 Bxf3 18.Nxg5 Bh5 19.Bd3 Ne5 20.Qh4 [20.Bh7+!] 20...Nxd3 21.Qxh5 Qf5 22.g4? [22.Rad1] 22...Nf4 23.gxf5 Nxh5 24.Rad1 Rf8 25.Ne4 Bb8 26.Nc5 Rxf5 27.Rfe1 Kf7 28.Nxb7 Nf4 29.Nd8+ Kf6 30.Rxe7 Nxh3+ 31.Kg2 Nf4+ 32.Kf1 Kxe7 33.Nc6+ Kd6 34.Nxb8 Nd3 [34...Rh5 35.Ke1 Rh1+ 36.Kd2 Rxd1+ 37.Kxd1 Nd3=/+] 35.Rxd3 1-0


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Disguised Chess Openings from Prison

Chess is a social game that attracts all kinds of people: male and female, young and old, good and bad. When I was young, I travelled to tournament with a childhood friend of mine who ended up in prison about a year later. At that weekend tournament, we met the infamous International Master Norman T. Whitaker, who had been in prison many times.

Most people go to prison because of bad morals. They had the choice of right or wrong, and they chose to do wrong. The average prison inmate was too lazy to do school work and dropped out of school around age 15. Often they left home about that same time. Fifteen year olds cannot easily support themselves by legal means, so they turn to a life of crime. When they get caught, they go to prison. That's the sad but true story.

Most prisoners are normal acting people most of the time. Of course potentially they are very dangerous. About 10% of them are actually educated and went to some college or university. Most of the prisons that I have been in do allow inmates to play chess, but not with computers. They can play in the rec yard outdoors, or in the day room inside a dorm. Typically they are using cheap plastic chess sets with the pieces all busted up.

One thing people in prison have is TIME. Many prisoners like to play chess; they play for hours every day. They don't have a lot of training nor books. The level of play is quite low, usually 800-1400 rating (lots of 1.a4 & 2.Ra3). I do remember being at one prison where their star player was tournament rated in the 1700s. He asked me if I was the Rev. Tim Sawyer who wrote a book for sale in his USCF chess catalog. Yes, I wrote that book.

When postal chess was at its height in the B.C. years (Before Computers were strong), most clubs allowed inmates to compete in correspondence events. Mail was stamped noting the letter or postcard came from prison. I wrote in an earlier blog about playing Claude Bloodgood. APCT's Helen Warren did a lot to help inmates play in tournaments.

My opponent in today's game was Marv Hauber. He was in prison in California over 30 years ago during our game. Hauber told me that he was a member of MENSA, which means he had a high IQ. I believed him. A high IQ means that mentally one can go a long way; good morals means one can go in the right direction. Apparently at some point my opponent went a long way in the wrong direction. His postal chess rating was about 1720.

Our Sawyer-Hauber game began 1.e4 d5 (This is the Scandinavian Defence which used to be called the Center Counter Defence.) 2.exd5 (Years later I would often play 2.d4 heading toward a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.) 2...Nf6 (The alternative is 2...Qxd5.)

I decided to try to hold the pawn temporarily with 3.c4 c6! (It is dangerous to accept Black's gambit.) 4.d4 cxd5 (We have transposed into the Panov Attack of the Caro-Kann Defence). 5.Nc3 dxc4 (Now we have another opening: the Queen's Gambit Accepted) 6.Bxc4 e6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 a6.

Here 10.a4 is a thematic move, attempting to slow down ...b7-b5. Instead I chose: 10.Rd1 b5 11.Bb3 Bb7 12.Bg5 Qc7? (12...Re8) 13.Rac1 Qd6 (White is fully developed; Black needs just a little more time to bring out the queenside pieces.) 14.d5! (Breaking the position open before the defense is ready.) 14...e5 15.Qxe5 (White won a pawn. The rest of the game is the process of advancing the d-pawn. It ends with a nice combination.)

Sawyer-Hauber, corr APCT Q-36 corr APCT, 1978 begins 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.d4 cxd5 5.Nc3 dxc4 6.Bxc4 e6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 a6 10.Rd1 b5 11.Bb3 Bb7 12.Bg5 Qc7? [12...Re8=] 13.Rac1 Qd6 14.d5 e5 15.Qxe5 Nbd7 16.Qd4 Nc5 17.Bf4 Nxb3 18.Bxd6 [18.axb3+-] 18...Nxd4 19.Bxe7 Nxf3+ [19...Nxd5 20.Bxf8 Nxc3 21.Nxd4 Nxd1 22.Ba3+/=] 20.gxf3 Rfc8 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Ne4 [22.d6+/-] 22...Kf8? [22...Rxc1 23.Rxc1+/=] 23.Rxc8+ [23.Nc5!+-] 23...Bxc8 [23...Rxc8 24.Nd6+/-] 24.Nc5 Bh3 25.d6 Kg7 26.d7 Rd8 27.Rd4 Kg6 [27...Kf8 28.b4 Ke7 29.Re4+ Kf8 30.Re8+ Rxe8 31.dxe8Q+ Kxe8 32.Nxa6+/=] 28.Re4 Be6? 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Nxe6 Rxd7 31.Nf8+ 1-0



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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Diemer-Duhm Gambit attack vs Caro-Kann Defence

Here's another bonus game. What do you do when you go through a stretch where you are scoring lower than usual? After playing dozens of practice blitz games on the same day, I was doing rather poorly. Finally I decided to see what lines had my best lifetime performance ratings and play those for a bit. Thus I won my last eight games of the day.

As Black after 1.e4, there are five defences I have played more than 1000 times each (over 40 years). My best was 1...Nf6 Alekhine Defence (2056); however at that moment 1...c6 Caro-Kann Defence and 1...c5 Sicilian Defence also had the same performance. My other top defences are 1...Nc6 Queen's Knight Defence (2053) and 1...e5 Open Game (only 2044 but higher winning percentage vs many lower rated players).

Recently I had been playing 1...Nc6; I decided to try some other lines. I played 1.e4 e5 and got two King's Gambits, then one Sicilian Wing Gambit and one Caro-Kann Defence (the game below). My opponents for these games were lower rated. The performance for the Sicilian and Caro-Kann both dropped one point to 2054 because my victories did not yet increase my lifetime winning percentages with those moves.

My Caro-Kann game was not just any old variation. It was a cousin of the Diemer-Duhm Gambit which normally is reached by 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 dxe4 4.Nc3 intending 5.f3 with play similar to a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. In fact earlier that same day my 1500 rated opponent had in fact played a BDG Teichmann as White.

The Caro-Kann Defence game, OracleMcSnacker-Sawyer, began 1.e4 c6 (Now White thought for 11 seconds, but White played the next five moves using a total of five seconds.) 2.d4 d5 3.c4 dxe4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3 Bg4 7.Be3 e6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0-0 Be7 10.Qe1 0-0 11.Qh4 (Wow! This 1506 rated opponent is playing aggressive and fast!?)

Now I play some inaccuracies and get into more trouble. 11...Bxf3 12.Rxf3 g6? (12...e5!? or 12...c5!=) 13.Bg5 Nd5!? (Playing for exchanges to relief some pressure.) 14.Bxe7 (Okay it worked, but White missed 14.Ne4 or 14.Rh3! with advantage.) 14...Qxe7 15.Qh6 Nxc3 16.bxc3 f5. Black fights back. Eventually I won a piece and the game.

OracleMcSnacker (1506) - Sawyer, ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 23.09.2011 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 dxe4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3 Bg4 7.Be3 e6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0-0 Be7 10.Qe1 0-0 11.Qh4 Bxf3 12.Rxf3 g6 [12...c5!=] 13.Bg5 Nd5 14.Bxe7= [14.Rh3! h5 15.Bxe7 Nxe7 16.g4 Kg7 17.gxh5 Nf5 18.Qf2 Rg8 19.Bxf5 gxf5 20.Qf4 Qf6+/=] 14...Qxe7 15.Qh6 Nxc3 16.bxc3 f5 17.Re1 e5 18.dxe5-/+ [18.c5 Qg7 19.Qh4 e4=/+] 18...Nxe5 19.Rfe3?-+ [19.Kh1 Qf6 20.Rh3 Rf7-/+] 19...Qc5 20.Kh1-+ Ng4 21.Qg5?-+ [21.Qf4 Nxe3 22.Rxe3 Rfe8-+] 21...Nf2+ 22.Kg1 Nxd3 White resigns 0-1



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