Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bird Larsen Diagonal Attack

When you play Bird's Opening your targets revolve around the long dark diagonal. If you fianchetto a bishop on that line you can find yourself challenged when your opponent does the same! Martin Wood from England in the United Kingdom met my Birds Opening in this manner.

Martin W. Wood reached a peak ICCF rating of 2392 in 1993. My own rating leveled off at 2157 after 65 international games. We played 30 years ago long before chess engines were of any significant positive use. Mostly our opening led to equal chances in this postal tournament. I made an inaccuracy on move 16 but Black missed a good chance to punish me on move 18. Then we drifted to a draw.

Sawyer - Wood, corr ICCF 1985 begins 1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.e3 c5 6.Be2 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.Qe1 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 [9...Nc6 10.Bf3=] 10.Bf3 [10.d4 Nc6 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Nd2=] 10...Nxe5 11.fxe5 Nc6 12.d4 Ba6 13.c4 e6 14.Rf2 [14.Na3=] 14...Rc8 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Be2? [16.Rd2=] 16...Bxe2 17.Qxe2 cxd4 18.exd4 Qd7 [18...f6! 19.Nd2 fxe5 20.Rxf8+ Qxf8 21.dxe5 Qc5+ 22.Kf1 d4=/+] 19.Nd2 Qe6 20.Nf3 f6 21.exf6 [21.Qd2 fxe5 22.dxe5 Rcd8 23.Rc1=] 21...Qxf6 22.Raf1 Rce8 23.Qb5 Qe6 24.Kh1 Bh6 25.Bc1 Bxc1 26.Rxc1 Rc8 27.Rfc2 Ne7 28.Re1 1/2-1/2


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