Saturday, April 2, 2016

Queen's Indian Good For My Ego

Our d-pawns and c-pawns stood eyeball to eyeball on d4/d5 and c4/c5 after nine moves. Then I chose to clarify the position. Our game began as a Catalan Opening. Black kept the center closed. By move eight we had transposed into a Queen's Indian Defence.

With pawn exchanges 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.cxd5 exd5, I gave my opponent Ego the hanging pawns. Were his pawns weapons or targets? The plan against such hanging pawns on d5 and c5 is to get your opponent to move one of them so they are weaker.

Black pushed the d-pawn and played for mate. While defending, I destroyed his pawn center. His mating attack failed, because I had mate threats of my own. We ended up in a double rook ending, I had picked up an extra bishop by the time Black surrendered.

Sawyer (2199) - Ego (2069), ICC 3 0 u Internet Chess Club, 21.05.2010 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Be7 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 Nbd7 [Or 6...dxc4= ] 7.b3 [7.Qc2 c6=] 7...b6 8.Bb2 Bb7 9.Nbd2 c5 10.e3 Rc8 11.Rc1 Bd6 [11...dxc4 12.Nxc4=] 12.Re1 [12.Qe2!?=] 12...Qe7 13.Ne5 Rfd8 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.cxd5 [16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qg4+ Kh8 18.Red1+/=] 16...exd5? [16...Nxd5 17.Nc4 Bf8 18.Qe2+/=] 17.Nf3? [17.Bxf6! gxf6 18.Qh5 Qb5 19.Bh3 Qb4 20.Nf3+-] 17...Qe6 18.Qd3 Ng4 19.h3 Ne5 20.Nxe5 Bxe5 21.Bxe5 Qxe5 22.Qc3 Qh5? [22...Qe6 23.Qb2=] 23.Kh2? [23.Qa5!+-] 23...Rd6? [23...Qg6 24.Red1=] 24.Qd3 [24.Qa5!+/-] 24...Rh6? [24...Qe5 25.Red1=] 25.Qe2 [25.Qb5! Rb6 26.Qd7+/-] 25...Qf5 26.Qf3 Qe6 27.Red1 Ba8 28.Rd2 d4 29.e4 Re8 [29...Qd7 30.Rdc2+/=] 30.Rxc5 Bxe4? [If 30...Qe7 31.Rc4+-] 31.Qxe4 Rxh3+ 32.Kg1 Qxe4 33.Bxe4 f5? 34.Bd5+ Kf8 35.Rxd4 Re1+ 36.Kg2 Rhh1 Black resigns 1-0

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