Sunday, April 24, 2016

Scandinavian Defense to Nimzo-Indian

I could not have guessed the opening. We started with 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 as a Scandinavian Defence. After 2...Nf6, I threatened to hold the pawn with 3.c4. Richard McCullough offered a gambit with 3...c6. I wanted to take the pawn, but it seemed that Black could get a lot of play after 4.dxc6 Nc6. I didn't want that.

I transposed to a Panov-Botvinnik Attack with 4.c4 cxd5. The game continuation 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 led to the Nimzo-Indian Defence. No, I would not have guessed that my 1.e4 would be a Nimzo-Indian. The Caro-Kann order takes one more move by each side to reach this Nimzo-Indian position.

White busted open the position with 11.d5. The game became very sharp and tactical. White won a pawn. The pieces continued to make threat after threat. In the end Black allowed his knight to be trapped, and it was soon over.

Sawyer - McCullough (1719), corr APCT P-388, 1978 begins 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.d4 cxd5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.Qe2 b6 11.d5 Bxc3 12.dxe6 fxe6 [12...Bb4 13.exd7 Qxd7 14.Bg5+/=] 13.Qxe6+ Kh8 14.bxc3 Nc5 15.Qe2 Re8 [15...Bg4 16.h3+/=] 16.Ng5 Qe7 17.Qc2 [17.Qxe7 Rxe7 18.Be3 Bb7 19.Rfe1+/-] 17...g6? [17...Ba6 18.Bxa6 Nxa6 19.Be3+/-] 18.Nf7+ Kg8 19.Nd6+ Be6 20.Bxe6+ Qxe6 21.Nxe8 Rxe8 22.Be3 Nce4 23.Qb3 Nd5 24.Bd4?! [24.Rfe1!+-] 24...Nd2 25.Rae1 Nxb3 26.Rxe6 Rxe6 27.axb3 Re2 28.Rc1 Kf7 29.Kf1 Rb2 30.c4 Rd2 31.Be5 Nb4 32.Bc3 Rxf2+ 33.Kxf2 Nd3+ 34.Ke3 Nxc1 35.b4 Nb3 36.Kd3 Nc1+ 37.Ke4 Na2? [37...Ke6 38.Bd2+/=] 38.Bd2 Ke6 39.Kd4 Kd6 40.c5+ bxc5+ 41.bxc5+ 1-0

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