Wednesday, January 7, 2015

David Brummer Draws My Alekhine

David Brummer met my Alekhine Defence with a 3.Nc3 Keres variation. As a young master, David Brummer had played in the famous Lone Pine 1976 tournament against such players as Walter Browne, James Sherwin and Leonid Shamkovich. Now David Brummer was a veteran player. We had never met but he knew who I was.

Florida State Championships are held Labor Day weekend each September, two games each day for three days Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This 2007 tournament played at Daytona Beach was won by GM Julio Becerra. Tied for second place were Blas Lugo, Ray Robson, Andrew Boekhoff, and Troy Daly.

David Brummer is a former Florida State Champion. We met in the first round, neither of us were worn out yet, except by the trip to the event. This Alekhine Defence presents each side with key choices on the fourth move that determine the pawn structure. After that, there is not much theory. You just play chess. We fought to a draw.

Brummer (2157) - Sawyer (1959), Florida State Championship (1), 01.09.2007 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 Nxc3 4.dxc3 [Also common is the other recapture with 4.bxc3 when again Black has 4...g6=; 4...d5; or 4...d6!?=] 4...d6 [4...g6=; or 4...d5!?] 5.Nf3 Bg4 [5...Nc6=] 6.Bf4 d5 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 e6 9.c4 c6 10.cxd5 Qxd5 11.Be2 Qxf3 12.Bxf3 Nd7 [With queens of the board, it will be difficult for my opponent to win.] 13.0-0-0 Be7 14.Bh2 0-0-0 15.Be2 Nb6 16.Bd3 Nd5 17.Kb1 Nb4 18.Be4 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rf1 [White's original intention was 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.Bxh7 but the bishop gets trapped. 21...g6 22.Bf4 Ke8=] 20...g6 21.Bf4 Nd5 22.Bh6 Bf8 23.Bc1 Be7 24.c4 Nb4 25.Be3 Kb8 26.f4 Na6 27.b3 Bc5 28.Bc1 Bd4 29.g4 Kc7 30.a3 c5 31.f5 Bxe5 32.fxg6 fxg6 33.Rf7+ Rd7 34.Rxd7+ Kxd7 35.Bxb7 Nb8 36.Be4 Nc6 37.h4 Ne7 [My goal with this move is to eliminate all White's kingside pawns.] 38.Bh6 Bg3 39.Bg5 h5 40.gxh5 gxh5 41.Bf3 Nf5 42.Bxh5 Nxh4 43.Bxh4 [Bishops of opposite colors is a draw here.] 1/2-1/2

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  1. Ray Haines writes: "this what i play against the Alekhine defense"

    1. It is a good line for players who want to avoid theory but still have a active development.


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