Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nimzo-Indian vs Queen Retreat

I play relatively few Nimzo-Indian Defence games. Partly it is because I play 1.e4 and moves other than 1.d4. Partly it is because I aim for the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 1.d4 Nf6 with either 2.Nc3 or 2.f3. And partly it is because I play 3.Nf3 and 3.g3.

In an APCT postal game vs Jim O'Hearn, I played it straight with 1.d4, 2.c4, 3.Nc3. Jim stops my threatened 4.e4 with the Nimzo 3...Bb4 pin. In 1978 I reexamined the games of the World Champion Anatoly Karpov. The Nimzo-Indian Defence games from his 1974 match with Polugaevsky had an impact on me. I tried to follow suit.

In the notes is a short draw I had vs Leo Dobitsch in Levittown, PA. As I recall, this was a Saturday night game. I was tired and wanted to go home and get rest. When I arrived for the tournament the next day, Leo told me his coach Bruce Albertson had admonished him not to take short draws because he would not learn anything from those games. After that, I myself followed the chess master's advice in my tournament play for many years.

Below Jim O'Hearn boldly attacked my king. The game ended suddenly when my queen retreat trapped his knight.

Sawyer - O'Hearn (1822), corr APCT 78CC-A-3, 05.1978 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Bd3 [11.Qc2 1/2-1/2 Sawyer,T-Dobitsch,L/Levittown 1981] 11...e5 12.Qc2 Bg4 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Qxe5 15.f3 Bd7 16.a4 b6 17.Re1 Rfe8 18.e4 Nd5 19.Bd2 Nf4 20.g3 Nh3+ 21.Kg2 Qh5 22.Bb5 Re7 23.Qd3 Be6 24.Qd6 Kf8 25.g4 Qh4 26.Qg3 1-0

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