Saturday, April 30, 2016

Dutch Mama Ain’t Happy

There’s an old saying, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” In chess you have to keep your queen happy, or your family will be unhappy.

The White family in this Dutch Defence game kept asking their queen to do more things. “Mama, can you watch over the light squared bishop? How about the other bishop too? Mama, can you watch over the d-pawn? The c-pawn? The a-pawn? Can you protect the king from the Black queen?” Mama was not happy!

But first, Ray Haines provides a note: “I played Lance Beloungie in round 3. We have played many times in the past in Aroostook County. We both traveled 5 hours to the south to play in the Maine State Closed Championship. We wanted to play new people. We were not real happy about having to play each other. Lance had a lower score than I did in the event, but his rating went up, so he had a good result.”

Haines added, “We both play the Dutch defense so he knows the opening that I play. It still seemed like the best choice for me against his move order. I won the game.”

Ray explained 13...e5. “I played pawn to king four with the idea of giving up the rook for the bishop. My pieces are all pointing at the white king. I know that my computer does not like the move, but when I had it play out the game from that point I won. Lance saw the rook could be taken but did not think it was safe to take it, I do agree with the computer. Computers are good, but they do not understand the idea of a positional sac. Here I have 2 bishops, a good knight and my rook can support my pawns.”

Things did not go well for White. In view of Black's compensation, White chose not to play 14.Bg5 and win the Exchange. Then White gave his poor queen too much to handle. The last straw was when his knight abandoned the queen with 19.Nh3? The Black used the same rook he had earlier tried to sacrifice for his final winning move 20…Rf2! This threatens to capture the White queen or to play a devastating check by the Black queen.

Beloungie - Haines, Maine State Championship (4), 10.04.2016 begins 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 [3.Bg5 is the standard continuation after 2.Nc3.] 3...g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e4 fxe4 [Or 5...Nxe4 6.Nxe4 fxe4 7.Bxe4 d5=] 6.Nxe4 0-0 7.Be3 [7.Nxf6+ exf6 (7...Bxf6 8.Nf3 d5 9.0-0+/=) 8.Ne2 d5 9.0-0+/=] 7...d5 [7...Nxe4 8.Bxe4 d5 9.Bg2 Bf5 10.c3 Qd6=] 8.Nxf6+ Rxf6 9.Ne2 c6 10.Qd2 Bf5 [10...Rf8 11.0-0-0 Nd7=] 11.h4 h5 12.0-0-0 Nd7 13.f3 e5!?  [13...Nb6 14.b3 Qd6=] 14.Rdg1 [14.Bg5!+/- wins the Exchange.] 14...Qf8 15.c3 [15.Kb1=] 15...Nb6 [15...Re8=/+] 16.b3 e4 17.fxe4 dxe4 18.Nf4 Nd5 19.Nh3? [19.Kb2 Nxe3 20.Qxe3 c5=/+] 19...Bxh3 20.Bg5 Rf2! 0-1

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