Thursday, September 18, 2014

Joseph Veach Wins Benoni Defence

FM Joseph Veach played the Benoni Defence with a 3...e5 Czech Benoni which was the second time that I had faced it in tournament play in 1981. This time I vary from my 6.Be2 0-0 7.Bg4 line against David Kistler to play the solid 6.Bd3. I determined that swapping off my bad bishop was not as important as tactics. Joe Veach was a master with a wide variety in chess opening repertoire which implies strong analytical ability at the board. Here Veach employs both positional and tactical ideas to crush me quickly.

Vs Kistler my idea was to play 7.Bg4 and swap my light squared bishop for his knight. Veach had a similar idea vs me and played 8...Bg5 to swap off his bad bishop for my good bishop. As a young man back then, I was not going to just sit there and play a positional game with a bad bishop. So I decided to "attack" with 9.g4!?, but after his 9...Bh4+, my own king was on the run. Black's king was never in the slightest danger.

Not that my concept was unsound; more like my ability was inept. I missed good moves at key points. I created clear targets for Black's army. I was completely outplayed by a FIDE chess master. This game from my early days was in a weekend tournament held each summer in Hatboro, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have no record of my first round game, which probably I won to get paired up vs Veach for the second round.

Sawyer (1887) - Veach (2231), Hatboro,PA (2), 18.07.1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7 6.Bd3 0-0 7.f3 [7.h3+/=] 7...Nh5 8.Nge2 Bg5 9.g4!? [9.0-0] 9...Bh4+ 10.Kd2 Nf4 11.Nxf4 exf4 12.Kc2 Qf6 13.Ne2 [13.e5!?=] 13...b5 14.Nxf4? [14.cxb5=] 14...Nd7 15.Nh5 Qe7 16.cxb5 a6 17.bxa6 Ne5 18.Bb5 Bxa6 19.Bxa6 Rxa6 20.Bd2 Rfa8 21.a3 Rb6 22.Qe2 Qe8 23.Rhb1 [23.a4 c4 24.Bc3 Rxa4 25.Qe3 Rba6=/+] 23...c4 24.Qe3 [24.Bc3 g6=/+] 24...Qa4+ 25.b3 cxb3+ 26.Rxb3 Rc8+ 27.Kb2 Nc4+ 0-1

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