Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Queens Indian 5.Bg5 by Dick Zdun

Richard Zdun was one of my favorite opponents at the Williamsport chess club when it met at Lycoming College. Dick was a faithful member of the club and possibly the oldest member. He showed up every week. We played 145 games.

Dick Zdun played chess openings in a classical style. Rarely did he follow critical theory more than a few moves, and that was usually by accident. He knew how to play. At his age, Zdun did not worry about learning lines. He just developed his pieces and had fun.

Here I played the Black side of the Queens Indian Defence in the 5.Bg5 variation. White a chance to play a Blackmar-Diemer type move with 18.f3! but he took a Stonewall type formation with 18.f4. Later he could have picked off a pawn on move 29 with equal chances. Instead he swapped queens and entered a lost endgame.

Zdun (1634) - Sawyer (2010), Williamsport PA, 01.04.1998 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.Bg5 Be7 6.h3 Ne4 7.Nxe4 Bxe4 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.Nd2 Bb7 10.e4 0-0 11.Be2 d5 12.0-0 dxe4 13.Re1 Nd7 14.Bf1 f5 15.Qb3 c5 16.d5 Rf6 17.Rad1 Kh8 18.f4 [Black does not need to capture en passant. More challenging would be 18.f3! exf3 19.Nxf3=] 18...Qd6 19.dxe6 Qxe6 20.Nf3 Re8 21.Qc3 Nb8 22.Ne5 Nc6 23.Nxc6 Bxc6 24.Re3 Rff8 25.b4 cxb4 26.Qxb4 Rd8 27.a4 Rxd1 [27...Qf6! 28.Rxd8 Rxd8-/+] 28.Qxf8+ Qg8 29.Qxg8+ [White would have good drawing chances after 29.Qxf5! h6 30.Rg3 Rc1 31.Qg6!=] 29...Kxg8 30.Ra3 a5 31.Kf2 Kf7 32.Be2 Rb1 33.g4 g6 34.gxf5 gxf5 35.h4 Rb4 36.c5 bxc5 37.Bb5? [37.Rc3 c4 38.Bxc4+ Ke7-/+] 37...Bxb5 38.axb5 Rxb5 39.Ke3 Kg6 40.Kf2 c4 41.Rg3+ Kf6 42.h5 Rb2+ 43.Kg1 Rb7 44.Ra3 Ra7 45.Kf2 Ke6 46.Rc3 Kd5 0-1

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