Monday, February 8, 2016

Queen's Knight Modern 2.h4

How do you handle 1.Nc3 g6? The Queen's Knight offers White the option to transpose into the Modern Defence with the moves 2.d4 Bg7 3.e4. If you want an original approach you can first insert 2.h4. If you play that set-up frequently you may know it better than your opponent.

If I am correct the players below were FM Walter Braun against Lee Davis. White chose a popular set-up with 5.Bc4 and 7.Bg5. Note that Black cannot kick the dark squared bishop with ...h6 because that pawn already went to h5.

White stood better for much of this contest but Black had chances too. Ironically Black's endgame defense plan was to advance his own pawn to h4 with dreams of promotion. Too little too late this time.

Braun (2236) - Davis (1956), 10th South Wales Int 2013 Penarth WLS (1.12), 14.07.2013 begins 1.Nc3 g6 2.h4 h5 3.e4 Bg7 4.d4 d6 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.Nge2 e5 7.Bg5 Bf6 8.Nd5 Bxg5 9.hxg5 Nce7 10.Nec3 [More forcing is 10.dxe5! dxe5 11.Nf6+ Nxf6 12.Qxd8+ Kxd8 13.gxf6 Ng8 14.Bxf7 Nxf6 15.Bxg6+/-] 10...Nxd5 11.Nxd5 c6 12.dxe5 cxd5 13.Qxd5 Be6 14.Bb5+?! [14.Qb5+ Bd7=] 14...Kf8 15.Qxd6+ Ne7 [15...Kg7! 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.f4 Ne7=/+] 16.0-0-0 Kg7 17.f4 Rc8 18.Bd7 Bxd7 19.Qxd7 Qc7 20.Rd2 Nc6 21.Rhd1 Nb8 22.Qa4 Rhe8 23.c3 Qc5 24.Qd4 b6 25.Kb1 Re6 26.Qxc5 bxc5 27.Rd5 Ree8 28.Kc2 Kf8 29.Kd3 c4+ 30.Ke3 Nc6 31.R1d2 a5 [31...Red8=] 32.Rc5 Nxe5? 33.Rxe5 Rxe5 34.fxe5 Ke7 35.Rd5 Rb8 36.Rxa5? [36.Rd2+/=] 36...Rxb2 37.Kd4 Rxg2 38.Ra7+ Kf8? [38...Ke6!=] 39.e6! Rxg5 40.exf7 h4 [Black is still losing after 40...Rg4 41.Kd5+-] 41.e5 h3 42.e6 Rf5 43.Ra8+ Kg7 44.Rg8+ 1-0

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