Friday, March 9, 2012

Ray Haines Wins With Classical Dutch Defence

After a month (February 1974) of playing 1.e4 vs Ray Haines, I switched up in March to play 1.d4. My chess friend responded with the Dutch Defence. This 6...d6 variation has cost me many losses from each side of the chess board.

I played the 2.g3 line and we reached the main tabiya position after my 7.Nc3, possible from many move orders. Black has 7...Qe8, 7...Ne4, or what Ray chose, 7...a5. I started well. I was doing well. And then, I wasn't. I did not look deep enough.

Play proceeded normally until I made an unlucky 13th move which costs me the game. Soon after that my queen was trapped. Sure, I played on, but I was losing all the way from move 13 until I resigned on move 27. Nice game by Ray.

Sawyer - Haines, Ft Fairfield, Maine 12.03.1974 begins 1.d4 f5 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 [6...Ne4 Alekhine's move] 7.Nc3 a5 [The old main line is 7...Qe8 8.b3 a5 9.Bb2 Na6 when White has a slight space advantage and many ways to proceed.; or 7...Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 a5 10.b3 Nc6 11.Bb2 Bf6=] 8.Qc2 [8.b3 Qe8 transposes to the old main line] 8...Nc6 9.e4 [If 9.a3 e5 10.d5 Nb8=] 9...Nb4 [9...Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Nb4 11.Qe2 transposes to the game.] 10.Qe2 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 fxe4 12.Qxe4 e5 13.Be3?? [I cut off my important queen retreat! 13.dxe5! Bf5 14.Qxb7 Rb8 15.Qa7 Nc6 16.Qe3+/-] 13...Bf5 14.Qxb7 Rb8 15.Qa7 Nc6 16.Qa6 Rb6 My queen, she is a trapped?! 17.Qxb6 cxb6 18.Nh4 Bxh4 19.gxh4 e4 Down a queen for a rook I have no chance. 20.Bg5 Qd7 21.Rae1 Nxd4 22.Bxe4? Jumping into the toaster. 22...Bxe4 23.Rxe4 Nf3+ 24.Kh1? I am toast. 24...Qh3 25.Bf4 Rxf4 26.Re8+ Kf7 27.Re7+ Kxe7 0-1

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