Friday, August 29, 2014

Ray Haines in Colle vs Queen's Indian 5...Ba6

Ray Haines frequently plays his chess friend Roger Hardison in club and tournament games. Previously in a Colle System vs Queen's Indian, Black played his queenside bishop to ...Bb7. In today's game, Roger Hardison chooses another popular Queen's Indian option in 5...Ba6 to exchange White's good bishop on d3. The Queen's Indian Defence set-up vs 1.d4 involves playing a combination of the moves ...Nf6, ...e6, and ...b6. These the pawns cover d5 and c5 while the actual placement of Black's d-pawn and c-pawn remain very flexible, as does the development of Black's bishops.

In this game, however, it is White's d-pawn and c-pawn that tell the story. The initial opening fight is over e4. It is logical for Black to trade bishops, but this game shows that White may advance his e-pawn quickly once these light squared bishops are gone. The move 9.e4 frees White's dark squared bishop to enter the fray. Ray Haines started with a slow queenside expansion of White pawns in 1.d4 and 4.c3, but his prospects grow as these pawns advance. Once White has passed pawns on d6 and c5, Black is lost.

Haines - Hardison, Presque Isle, Maine, 26.06.2014 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 e6 3.Bd3 c5 4.c3 b6 5.Nf3 Ba6 6.0-0 Be7 7.Na3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 0-0 9.e4 d6 [9...d5!=. With only his dark squared bishop left, Black should place his center pawns on light squares.] 10.Rd1 [10.d5+/=] 10...Nbd7 11.Be3 Rc8 12.e5 dxe5 13.dxe5 Nd5 14.c4 Nxe3 15.Qxe3 Qe8 16.Rd2 Nb8 17.Rad1 Nc6 18.Nb5 a6 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.Rxd6 Rd8 21.Qe4 Nd4 [Black is going to lose a pawn one way or the other. If 21...Rxd6 22.Rxd6 Ne7 23.Rxb6+/-] 22.Nxd4 Rxd6 23.exd6 cxd4 24.Qxd4 Qc6 25.b3 Rd8 26.h4 Rd7 27.h5 h6 28.b4 Kf8 29.c5 b5 30.Rd3 Kg8 31.Rg3 f5 32.Qe5 Qd5 33.Qxd5 exd5 34.Rd3 [34.Rg6! Kf7 35.c6+- also wins quickly.] 34...a5 35.a3 axb4 36.axb4 1-0

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