Friday, August 8, 2014

Haines Battles Morin in Dutch 2.Nc3

Roger Morin and Ray Haines have played many times in Northern Maine where I-95 runs into Canada. In this Dutch Defence game from three years ago, Roger takes an excellent approach similar to a Veresov Opening in playing 2.Nc3 and 3.Bg5 which supports 4.e4, a line he has probably played many times before. The players castle opposite sides and proceed to attack each other and defend at the same time.

White avoids both the risky 5.f3!? and the drawish 6.Nxf6+, choosing instead to build up an assault with his full army against the Black monarch. Such games usually turn on a tactical error. Chances are even until White's natural move 14.h4? is an unfortunate mistake. There was a chance for a brilliant save with 17.Qxf2! Nxh5 18.Nf5!! but White continued to attack the king with 17.hxg6 until the whole operation ran out of steam. Tomorrow August 9th, Ray Haines plans to play again in Houlton. Both players have raised their ratings since this the game below.

Morin (1971) - Haines,Ray (1795), Houlton, Maine, 02.04.2011 begins 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.e4 fxe4 5.Nxe4 [5.f3!?=] 5...Nf6 [5...d5=] 6.Bd3 [6.Nxf6+ exf6 7.Qe2+ Kf7 8.Be3=] 6...d5 [6...Nxe4 7.Bxe4 d5 8.Bf3=] 7.Ng3 [7.Nxf6+ exf6 8.Bd2=] 7...Qd6 8.Nf3 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 0-0 11.Qe3 [11.Bf4!?=] 11...Nc6 12.0-0-0 e5 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.h4? Rae8 [14...Nfg4!-+] 15.h5 Neg4 [15...Nfg4!-+] 16.Qxa7 [16.Qf4 Qxf4+ 17.Bxf4 Nxf2-+] 16...Nxf2 17.hxg6 [17.Qxf2! Nxh5 18.Nf5!! Bxb2+ 19.Kxb2 Qb4+ with a likely draw by perpetual check.] 17...Nxd3+ 18.cxd3 [18.Rxd3 Ng4-+] 18...Qxg3 19.gxh7+ Kh8 20.Bh6 Bxh6+ 21.Rxh6 Qg5+ 0-1

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