Friday, July 11, 2014

Morin vs Haines Queens Gambit Declined

In the final round of the recent tournament played in Houlton, Maine, Roger Morin once again met Ray Haines. The two have tangled many times, including Dutch Defence games I covered previously. Last year Ray won a 5.Bc4!? Sicilian Defence. Another game saw Roger play 1.d4 and allow an Albin-Counter Gambit. Below Roger Morin prevents most gambits with 1.Nf3 and they transposed to a Queens Gambit Declined where on move five Roger Morin opted for the popular 5.cxd5 Exchange Variation.

Black defended well and had a solid position. All the weak points were covered. He could have play the more flexible 19...Qd7 with a drawish equal game that would have made it very tough for White to win. Roger Morin kept making threats and was rewarded when on move 23 Ray chose the wrong way to defend d5. It was a very unfortunate last round loss for Mr. Haines. At least the players raised their ratings to 2009 and 1803 respectively.

Morin (2001) - Haines, Houlton ME (3), 30.05.2014 begins 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.d4 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Qc2 [White plays to take away f5 from Black's bishop. Another common line is 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Bf5 8.e3 Nbd7=] 6...Be7 [Black could also try 6...Bd6 7.Bg5 0-0 8.e3 Re8 9.Bd3 h6 10.Bh4 Be6=] 7.Bg5 Nbd7 8.e3 0-0 9.Bd3 h6 10.Bh4 Re8 11.0-0 Ne4 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Bxe4 dxe4 14.Nd2 Nf6 15.Nc4 Bf5 [Or 15...Nd5= ] 16.f4 Nd5 17.Nxd5 cxd5 18.Na3 Rac8 19.Qb3 Qe6 [19...Qd7=] 20.Rac1 b6 [20...Rxc1 21.Rxc1 Rc8 22.Rxc8+ Qxc8=] 21.Nb5 Qd7 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Nc3 Be6 [23...Rd8=] 24.f5 Bxf5 25.Qxd5 Qxd5? [This unfortunate blunder loses a piece. Black could have played 25...Be6 26.Qxe4+/= and only been down a pawn.] 26.Nxd5 Be6 27.Ne7+ 1-0

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