Sunday, February 22, 2015

Keiser Challenges Caro-Kann Defence

Flashback to 1982: I played Art Keiser of Pennsylvania four APCT postal games on the same postcards. Two were Bird's Openings and two Caro-Kann Defences. Below is an Advance 4.Bd3 Variation which allows Black to swap off his bad bishop.

I believe this was the same Arthur W. Keiser who died in 2014 at the age of 92. The Bucks County Courier Times described him as being born on a farm and raised with a deep Christian faith and love of the earth. Art Keiser was devoted to church and family, who "remember him for his love of gardening, photography, chess, tennis, racquetball, model airplanes, and Spanish."

In his final tournament at age 71 in 1993, Art Keiser ended up 41st out of 50 players in Hatboro. Art finished behind Greg Nolan, Alan Lindy, Eric Tobias, Victor Snapstys and ahead of Robert Lovenstein, all players that I faced myself. In our game White has the right idea, but, at the wrong time. White falls for a tactic that leaves White down the Exchange and a pawn. I was fortunate enough to win all my games vs Keiser.

Keiser (1856) - Sawyer (2100), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bxd3 5.Qxd3 e6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.0-0 Qc7 [7...Ne7=] 8.a3 Ne7 9.b4 a5 10.Bd2 a4 11.b5 c5 12.c4 cxd4 13.cxd5 Nxe5 [13...Nxd5!=/+] 14.Nxe5 Qxe5 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.Re1 Qd5 17.f4? [Correct is 17.Re4 e5 18.f4=] 17...g6?! [17...Rc8!-/+] 18.Re5? [White should play 18.Bb4= now!] 18...Qd7 19.Bb4 Bg7 20.Re4 [20.Nd2 Nd5-/+] 20...Nd5 21.Bc5? Rd8 [More accurate is 21...Rc8! 22.Bb4 Rc1+ 23.Kf2 Ne3-+] 22.Nd2 b6 23.Bxd4? [23.Bb4 Nxb4 24.axb4 0-0 25.Rxa4 Rc8-/+] 23...Nxf4 24.Rxf4 Bxd4+ 25.Rxd4 Qxd4+ 26.Qxd4 Rxd4 27.Nf3 Rd3 28.Kf2 Rb3 29.Nd4 0-0+ 30.Kg1 Rb2 31.h4 Rff2 32.Nxe6 Rxg2+ 33.Kh1 Rh2+ 0-1

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