Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Birds Opening Mate vs Krystosek

Bird's Opening gives White a kingside mating attack. At least that's the hope. Here my dreams come true. Ted Krystosek was a veteran postal chess player. He handled the opening well. By move eight he had developed all four minor pieces and castled.

So how did White have success against such a reasonable plan? Black's follow-up cost him. In this case his light squared bishop kept changing his mind about what to do? Look at this bishop move map: 3...Bf5, 10...Bg4, 12...Bh5, 13...Bf7, 20...Be6, and 23...Bxc4. This bishop did not take the first knight, but later he took the second knight. As these moves suggest, Black was also making weakening pawn moves on the kingside.

White attacked, though in a foolhardy matter. My risky 16.f5? could have been punished. When I got away with it, my premature attack toward the Black king was rewarded with an eventual checkmate.

Sawyer (2100) - Krystosek (1569), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 Bf5 4.Bb5+ Nd7 5.0-0 [5.c4=] 5...Ngf6 6.d3 e6 7.b3 [7.c4=] 7...Bd6 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Bxd7 Nxd7 10.Nbd2 Bg4 11.Qe1 f6 12.Qg3 Bh5 13.Qh3 [13.e4=] 13...Bf7 14.g3 a5 [14...Re8=/+] 15.a4 e5 16.f5? [16.fxe5!=] 16...g5 [16...c4!-/+] 17.fxg6 hxg6 18.e4 d4 19.Rf2 Qe7 20.Raf1 Be6 21.Qg2 Qg7 22.Bc1 Nb8? [22...Nb6=] 23.Nc4 Bxc4 [23...Be7 24.Nb6+/=] 24.dxc4 [24.bxc4+/-] 24...Nc6 [24...Bc7 25.h4+/=] 25.Qh3 Qe7 [25...Rfe8 26.Ne1+/-] 26.Bh6 Rfe8 27.Nh4 Kf7 28.Nxg6 Qc7 29.Rxf6+ Kg8 30.Qg4 Kh7 31.Rf7+ Kxh6 32.Qh4+ Kxg6 33.R1f6# 1-0

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