Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nimzo-Indian Winning Move vs Warren

I love to find winning moves! What happens when I don't find them? Ugh!! How many times have I missed the winning move vs a higher rated player? I lost count long ago.

I played two strong players in APCT named Warren. Several times I have written about Jim Warren, husband of Helen Warren. She directed APCT tournaments. Jim was the business manager and ratings specialist. He also drew two games vs Bobby Fischer.

When John G. Warren played a Nimzo-Indian Defence against me, I chose the popular 4.e3. White's position is solid and flexible. Alas, I missed a winning move 21 and a good move 22. After those chances passed, I was slowly and gradually outplayed. As I recall John Warren often had a master rating, but there was a time when our ratings were close.

My Chess Training Repertoire this Thursday covers the Nimzo-Indian 4.e3. Sign up if you want to receive weekly repertoire updates by email.

Sawyer (2100) - Warren (2101), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Ba5 [8...Bxc3 9.bxc3=] 9.cxd5 exd5 10.dxc5 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Qa5!? [11...Bg4 12.c4 Ne5 13.cxd5 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Nxd5=] 12.Qc2 Qxc5 13.a4 Re8 14.Ba3 Qb6 15.c4 dxc4 16.Bxc4 Ne5 17.Nxe5 Rxe5 18.Rab1 Qc7 19.Rfd1 Bf5 20.Qb3 Re4? 21.Bd3?! [Up to this point, I have played well. But here I missed the winning move 21.Rbc1!+-] 21...Be6 22.Qc2?! [22.Qxb7+/-] 22...Qxc2 23.Bxc2 Rc4 24.Bb3 Rc3 25.Bxe6 Rxa3 26.Bb3 Kf8 27.Kf1 b6 28.Rdc1 Ne4 29.Ke1? [29.Bd5 Nd2+ 30.Ke2 Rd8 31.Rb5 a6 32.Rxb6 Rxd5 33.Rc8+ Ke7 34.Rc7+ Rd7 35.Rxd7+ Kxd7 36.Kxd2=] 29...Nc5 30.Bc2 Nxa4 31.Bxa4 Rxa4 32.Rb5 Rd8 33.Rc7 Ra1+ 34.Ke2 Ra2+ 35.Kf3? [35.Ke1 g6=/+] 35...Rdd2 36.Re5 Rxf2+ 37.Ke4 g6 38.Ree7 a5 39.Ra7 Rf6 40.Reb7 Rxg2 0-1

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