Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dark Square Strategy Chess in Bird

In the Bird's Opening, White fights for the dark squares. This chess strategy makes it difficult for Black to mount an attack. In today's game I played seven of my eight pawns to the dark squares. I never moved my a2 and b2 pawns. My other six pawns all were advanced to dark squares.

My opponent Frank McManus chose the strategy of exchanging off his bad light squared bishop. Black set up pawns on the light squares. This gave him a good dark squared bishop. My kingside pawn expanse began in response to Black's early pin of my bishop with 3...Bg4. By move 9, I had pawns on f4, g5 and h4. This led to a big kingside space advantage for White.

Controlling only one color square is not enough to win. In fact, my dark squared bishop had very little scope. I might have played even better if I had attack the light colored squares as well. Fortunately for me, Black opened up attacking lines to his own king. He surrendered before I threw the knockout punch.

Sawyer (2100) - McManus (1701), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.h3 [4.Be2=] 4...Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nbd7 [5...Nc6!?=] 6.Nc3 e6 7.g4 [7.a3=] 7...Nb6?! [7...Bb4=] 8.g5 Nfd7 9.h4 Bb4 10.Ne2 0-0 11.Ng3?! [11.b3+/=] 11...Re8 [11...a5!=] 12.c3 [12.b3!+/=] 12...Bd6 13.d4 c5 14.Bd3 c4 [14...Rc8!=] 15.Bc2 f6 16.gxf6 Nxf6 17.Bd2 Rf8 18.0-0-0 Nfd7 19.Qg4!? [19.Rdg1!+-] 19...Qe7 20.Rdg1 Nf6 21.Qe2 Rf7 [21...Nbd7 22.Rh2+/-] 22.Nh5 [22.e4!+- is even stronger] 1-0

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