Friday, March 4, 2016

King's Indian SharpShooter Bullets

I learned my lesson well. SharpShooter opened fire. I dodged bullets. A month earlier I drew it in a Dutch Defence. Two weeks before the game below I allowed Sharpshooter to open up a King's Gambit against me. I got crushed, even though I started out with a better position. There is little doubt Black could win again in a wide open position.

The English Opening switched to a King's Indian Defence. SharpShooter took aim at my Saemisch Variation. It played in Panno style with 6...Nc6 and 7...a6. With my pawns on the light squares, I let Black swap off my bad light squared bishop on d3. Because the position was somewhat blocked, the knight my opponent traded away was likely to be just as valuable as my bishop.

I kept my good bishop on e3 for most of the game. From there it took away many good invasion squares. The pawn structure remained mostly symmetrical. From moves 25 to 52, I literally just moved my king back and forth between h1 and g1. This forced my opponent to come up with a plan to avoid a draw. Once the queens and rooks came off the board, Black's threats were greatly reduced.

Sawyer (2382) - SharpShooter (2706), ICC 3 2 u Internet Chess Club, 30.01.2000 begins 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Qd2 a6 8.Bd3 [8.Nge2 Rb8 9.Nc1+/=] 8...Nb4 9.Nge2 Nxd3+ 10.Qxd3 e5 11.d5 Nd7 12.0-0 Qh4 13.Rac1 h6 [13...Bh6 14.Qd2 Bxe3+ 15.Qxe3 Qe7=] 14.b3 b6 15.Bf2 Qg5 16.Be3 Qh5 17.Ng3 Qh4 18.Bf2 Qf6 19.Be3 Re8 20.Kh1 [20.Nh1! h5 21.Qd2+/=] 20...Bb7 21.Rcd1 [21.Qd2+/=] 21...Qh4 22.Bf2 [22.Kg1+/=] 22...Qf4 23.Qe3 Qxe3 24.Bxe3 Rac8 25.Kg1 Kh8 26.Kh1 Red8 27.Kg1 Kg8 28.Kh1 Rf8 29.Kg1 Kh8 30.Kh1 Rfe8 31.Kg1 Rg8 32.Kh1 Rgf8 33.Kg1 Rfd8 34.Kh1 Kg8 35.Kg1 Kf8 36.Kh1 Re8 37.Kg1 Kg8 38.Kh1 Re7 39.Kg1 Kh8 40.Kh1 [40.h4!?=] 40...Nf6 41.Kg1 Ree8 42.Kh1 Kg8 43.Kg1 Rf8 44.Kh1 Kh8 45.Kg1 Rg8 46.Kh1 Rgd8 47.Kg1 Rb8 48.Kh1 Rdc8 49.Kg1 Nd7 50.Kh1 Kg8 51.Kg1 Ra8 52.Kh1 b5 53.Nb1 bxc4 54.bxc4 c6 55.Rc1 cxd5 56.cxd5 Rab8 57.Nd2 Bf8 58.Nb3 f5 59.Ne2 Rxc1 60.Rxc1 Nf6 61.Nd2 fxe4 62.fxe4 Ng4 63.Bg1 Rc8 64.Rxc8 Bxc8 65.Nc3 Nf6 66.h3 g5 67.Kh2 g4 68.h4 Kf7 69.g3 Bd7 70.Be3 Kg7 71.Kg2 Be8 72.Kf2 Kf7 73.Kg2 Ke7 74.Kf2 Bg6 75.Kg2 Bg7 76.Kf2 Kd7 77.Kg2 Nh5 78.Kf2 Bf7 79.Kg2 Ke7 80.Kf2 Bg6 81.Kg2 Nf4+ 82.Kf2 Nd3+ 83.Ke2 Nb2 84.Kf2 Be8 85.Kg2 Na4 86.Nxa4 Bxa4 87.Nb1 Bd7 88.Nc3 Bc8 89.Kf2 Bd7 90.Ke2 Be8 91.Kf2 Bd7 92.Ke2 Be8 93.Kf2 Bd7 Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

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