Thursday, April 25, 2013

My 150 Attack Stephen Ashby Pirc

My most popular posting was How To Win With the 150 Attack vs the Pirc Defence published September 3, 2011. Today's game is in the same Pirc Defence 4.f3 variation. Back in 1990 it was rare. Sometimes White reverses the move order with 4.Be3 and 5.f3.

In theory it is more risky for Black to castle too early, so often plays 5...c6. This game is broken off early, but I am not sure if it was a resignation or forfeit. In any case, my chess engine program Junior 10 today evaluates the position as strongly favoring White.

This victory over Stephen Ashby (1848) brought me to my peak USCF correspondence rating of 2211. After this game I won about five more games in a row, but the USCF refused to give me any rating points for any of those wins.

Sawyer (2211) - Ashby (1848), corr USCF 89N280 corr USCF, 14.05.1990 begins 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f3 Bg7 5.Be3 c6 6.Qd2 Nbd7 7.0-0-0 b5 8.Bh6 0-0 9.h4 Qc7 10.h5 Bxh6 11.Qxh6 b4 12.Nce2 Qa5 13.hxg6 fxg6 14.Kb1 [This game brought me to my peak USCF correspondence rating of 2211.] 1-0

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