Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Purple Dutch Defence vs O'Hearn

It's funny the things you remember about your opponents. As I recall Jim O'Hearn lived in Portland, Oregon. What I remember was that he wrote out his postcards with chess moves using the color purple. Recently I went to one of my favorite restaurants and waitress had me sign the bill with a purple pen. That reminded me of my opponent Jim from long ago.

Jim O'Hearn takes on my Dutch Defence Classical Variation where I played 6...d6 and 7...Qe8. In the mid-1980s I played very little chess while raising a family. Soon I would fall in love with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and renew my chess interest. I had Black in three of my four APCT games vs Jim O'Hearn. My score vs him was two wins and two draws. Below is our final game.

I earned an APCT Life Achievement Certificate for finishing more than 200 games there. American Postal Chess Tournaments run by Helen and Jim Warren for over 30 years. Helen directed the tournaments and Jim handled the business finances. The made their money through membership dues, entry fees and selling chess books.

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O'Hearn - Sawyer, corr APCT 1985 begins 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 [A critical line is 7...Ne4 8.Qd3+/=] 8.Nd2 Nc6 9.d5 Nd8 10.e4 e5 11.f4 exf4 12.gxf4 fxe4 [12...Qg6=] 13.Ndxe4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 [14.Bxe4+/=] 14...Qg6 15.Kh1 Bf5 16.Qf3 b6 17.Rg1 Bf6 18.Nxf6+ Qxf6 19.Qf2 [19.Bd2=] 19...Nf7 20.Be3 Nh6 21.Bf3 Rf7 22.Bd4 Qd8 23.Rg5 Bd7? [23...Bg6=/+] 24.Rag1 Nf5 25.Bc3 g6? [25...Qe8 26.R1g2+/-] 26.Bh5 [White is winning with 26.Rxf5 Bxf5 27.Qd4!+-] 26...Qe7 27.Re1 Qd8 28.Bd1 [White would be winning with 28.Bxg6 hxg6 29.Qg2+-] 1/2-1/2


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