Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ernest Haile in Dutch Stonewall Trenton

My Chaturanga Chess Club team and I travelled to Trenton, New Jersey for a match. My opponent Ernest Haile was born 99 years ago this month and died 11 years ago at the age of 88. He must have been age 65 when we played a Dutch Defence that later came to be known as the Modern Stonewall.

USCF lists Haile as playing 312 events from 1991-2004. Old timers like myself played much of our career in the Bobby Fischer days some 20 years earlier. 1981 was a very active chess year for me and my rating was rapidly going up. Ernest Haile obviously had a long chess career. He must have loved the game to have played so much late in life. In my mind his last name is pronounced "Hail", but it may have been "Hi Lee", as in the first name given to the former Emperor of Egypt, Haile Selassie (1892-1975).

Ernest Haile played the 6...Bd6 Stonewall vs me. In the 1980 World Open a player listed in my database as Edmund Haile played the 6...Be7 Stonewall and lost as Black to Steve Mayer in 47 moves. I do not know if there is a connection, but... similar names, same opening, same Philadelphia area, and same time frame. Below I missed a pin on the kingside that could allow me a win on the queenside.

Sawyer (1887) - Haile (1900), Trenton, NJ team, 1981 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 f5 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 c6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Bf4!? [The main line is 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qc2 Ne4 9.Rb1+/=] 7...Bxf4 8.gxf4 dxc4 9.Ne5 Nd5 10.e3 g6 [10...Nd7 11.Nxc4 0-0 12.Qb3 Qe7=] 11.Nxc4 Qe7 12.Ne5 Qh4 13.Qf3 Nd7 14.Qg3 Qe7 15.Nd3 Nb4 16.0-0-0 a5 17.h4 Nxd3+ 18.Rxd3 Nf6 19.Bf3 Rg8 20.h5 Bd7 21.hxg6 Rxg6 22.Qh4 Qg7 23.Bh5 Nxh5 24.Qxh5 h6? [A serious error by Black. White would stand only a little better after 24...Kd8 25.Qxh7 Kc7 26.Qxg7 Rxg7 27.Rd2+/=] 25.Rg1 Kf7 26.e4 Rg8 27.Rdg3 Qh7 28.Na4 [28.exf5! exf5 29.Ne4! fxe4 30.f5+- and Black position collapses.] 28...Kf6 29.Qh4+ [29.e5+! Kf7 30.Nc5 Bc8 (30...Be8 31.Nxb7+-) 31.Kc2 b6 32.Na4 b5 33.Nb6+-] 29...Kf7 30.Qh5 Kf6 31.Qh4+?! [We just repeated moves and I still fail to play 31.e5+!+-] 31...Kf7 32.Qh5 1/2-1/2

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