Saturday, March 5, 2016

Master Mighty Muse 2.d5 Ne5

Chasing a horse around the pasture is fun, but you wear out before the horse does! When you chase the Queen's Knight of an International Master with many your pawns then your own pieces stay home.

The Queen's Knight Defence game Vardan Hovsepyan against IM Drazen Muse began 1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5. The possibility of this Advance Variation keeps a lot of people from playing 1.d4 Nc6!?

One may ask, "Is it wise to develop only one piece in the first nine moves?" I imagine White would say "No. It is not usually a wise choice to play that way."

In the heat of the battle, we rationalize. Let me just do this one thing first. I will develop a piece next move. Except when your opponent is a master, he keeps you busy until it is too late. In this case a good player loses in 17 moves.

Hovsepyan (2115) - Muse (2404), Werner-Ott-Open 2015 Kreuzberg GER (3.3), 13.07.2015 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5 3.e4 e6 4.f4 [4.dxe6] 4...Ng6 [The knight move is obvious and good, but an interesting alternative is 4...exd5!? 5.fxe5 Qh4+ 6.Ke2 dxe4=] 5.Nf3 exd5 6.Qxd5 Nf6 7.Qd4 d5 8.exd5!? [8.Nc3!=] 8...Qxd5 9.Qe3+ Qe6 10.Nc3 [10.Qxe6+ Bxe6=/+] 10...Bb4 [10...Nxf4!=/+] 11.Bc4 Qxe3+ 12.Bxe3 0-0 13.0-0 Ng4 14.Bd4 c5 15.f5? [15.Bf2 Nxf4=/+] 15...cxd4 16.fxg6 dxc3 17.Ng5 [Or 17.Bxf7+ Kh8 18.bxc3 Bxc3-+] 17...Bc5+ 0-1


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