Friday, September 5, 2014

Ray Haines Wins Colle vs Queens Indian 4...d5

Ray Haines wins a Colle System vs the Queen's Indian Defence:

"Hi Tim, here are the games from the Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament. I won the tournament. We had a small turn out of just 4 players. The game vs Roger Hardison was becoming hard to win because of all of the pieces that were traded. I missed a win at one point which Fritz shows in the notes. He used a lot of time on his clock. I had 20 minutes more than he did. I won on time."

In the Maine farming community of Fort Fairfield, potato seed is planted in May-June and the crop is harvested in August-September. That leaves a week in July to party while the potatoes are growing the pretty green and white blossoms. Festivities include a street dance, parade, car show, yard sale, concerts, a beauty pageant and a chess event.

In his 1979 book "Colle, London and Blackmar-Diemer Systems", T.D. Harding writes "Black can get good chances against the Colle system by fianchettoing his queen's bishop, delaying both castling and ... d5." Here Roger Hardison does delay castling but plays the early 4...d5, along with 5...b6 and 6...Bb7. In another game Hardison played 4...b6 and 5...Ba6. Below Ray Haines keeps the fight going until Black loses on time.

Haines (1803) - Hardison (1520), Potato Blossom Festival Ft Fairfield ME (1), 12.07.2014 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 e6 3.Bd3 c5 4.c3 d5 5.Nf3 b6 [More popular is the alternative 5...Nc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0=] 6.Qe2 Bb7 7.Nbd2 Nbd7 8.0-0 Bd6 9.b3 [If 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Bxe4 12.Qxe4 0-0=] 9...0-0 10.Bb2 e5 11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Nf3 Bd6 14.Rfd1 Qc7 15.h3 Rfe8 16.Rac1 Re7 17.Nd2 Rd8 18.Re1 Bh2+ 19.Kh1 Bd6 20.Nf1 Qc8 21.Kg1 Qc7 22.Qc2 h6 23.c4 Be5 24.Rcd1 Bxb2 25.Qxb2 dxc4 26.Bxc4 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Rd7 28.Qe2 Rxd1 29.Qxd1 Qd7 30.Qe2 Qc7 31.f3 Qe7 32.e4 Nd7 33.Ne3 Ne5 34.Bd5 Ng6 [Black seems to have equal chances after 34...Bxd5=] 35.Qc4 [Fritz 11 gives 35.Nf5! Qg5 36.Qb2 Nf4 37.h4 Nd3 38.hxg5 Nxb2 39.Bxb7+-] 35...Bxd5 36.Qxd5 Nf4 37.Qa8+ Kh7 38.Qb8 Ne6 39.Qe5 Qg5 40.Qc3 Nf4 41.Kh2 [41.Kf2=] 41...Qd8 [41...Ne2!-+ appears tricky and may favor Black.] 42.Nf5 Nh5 43.Qe5 Nf6 44.Nd6 Qd7 45.Nf5 Qb7 46.Ne7 Qd7 47.Qf5+ Qxf5 48.Nxf5 g6 49.Nd6 Kg7 50.Nc8 1-0 [Time]

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