Monday, March 21, 2016

Ray Haines Meets Veresov 3.Bg5

How do you treat the Veresov Opening as Black or White? After 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5, I like to avoid doubled pawns as Black. Therefore I favor 3...Nbd7. This allows one knight to protect the other. Ray Haines did the same in the game below.

What does White do about my set-up? Veresov players with a fighting style choose 4.f3 or 4.Qd3. Both moves prepare e4. These moves directly and aggressively challenge Black. Here White just opts for the simple 4.Nf3. After 4...e6, 5.e4 is possible due to the pin on the knight.

Now we have what resembles a French Defence with the extra early moves Nf3 Nbd7. These additional moves give Black time for 5...h6 6.Bxf6 Nxf6. With the strong Bg5 gone, the cramped position is relieved by the exchange of a knight. Thus Black's game is easier than it might otherwise be.

By move 11, schack55 playing White gets in trouble and loses a pawn. The rooks swap on move 38 leads to a bishops of opposite color ending where Black has two extra pawns. Ray Haines wins the endgame without much trouble.

schack55 (1936) - Haines, chess24, 17.02.2016 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e6 5.e4 h6 6.Bxf6 Nxf6 7.Bd3 [7.Qd3!=] 7...c5?! [7...Bb4=] 8.e5?! [8.exd5! Nxd5 9.Ne5+/=] 8...Nd7 9.0-0 Qb6 [9...cxd4=] 10.Na4 Qc7 11.c3? [White loses a pawn. Instead 11.c4+/= might make use of White's lead in development.] 11...c4! 12.Bc2 b5 13.Nc5 Nxc5 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.a4 [15.a3 a5-/+] 15...b4 16.cxb4 Bxb4 17.Qd4 Bc5 18.Qg4 0-0 19.h4 Rb8 20.Rfb1 Rb4 21.Qg3 Bd7 22.b3 Rfb8 23.Nd2 Bd4 24.Ra2 Bxe5 25.Qf3 c3 26.Nf1 d4 27.Qd3 f5 28.h5 Bf6 29.g4 Qf4 30.gxf5 e5 31.Qg3 Qxg3+ 32.Nxg3 Bc6 33.Ne4 Bxe4 34.Bxe4 Kf8 35.Kf1 Rxb3 36.Rxb3 Rxb3 37.Bd5 Rb1+ 38.Ke2 Rb2+!? [38...Ke7-+] 39.Rxb2 cxb2 40.Be4 Bg5 41.Kd1 Ke7 42.Kc2 Bc1 43.Kb3 Kd6 44.Kc4 Bd2 45.Kb5 a5 46.Kc4 Ke7 47.Kd5 Kf6 48.Bd3 Bf4 49.Kc4 Kg5 50.Kd5 Kxh5 51.Ke4 Kg5 52.Kf3 h5 53.Kg2 Kg4 54.f3+ Kg5 55.Kh3 h4 56.Be4 Bg3 57.Kg2 Kf4 58.Bc2 Ke3 59.Be4 d3 60.Bxd3 Kxd3 61.Kh3 b1Q 62.Kg4 Qb4+ 63.Kg5 Qf4+ 64.Kg6 Qxf3 65.f6 Qxf6+ 66.Kh7 g5 67.Kg8 Qe7 68.Kh8 e4 69.Kg8 Bd6 0-1

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