Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ted Talks Dragon vs Maroczy Bind

Ted talks with his opening in this Sicilian Defence Dragon. I ventured 5.c4 against Theodore J. Greiner. This Maroczy Bind is rare for me. I prefer straight forward pieces development like 5.Nc3. I might want c4 available for my bishop.

Ted Greiner was a postal player with an ICCF rating as high as 2355. We were both on the rise. Greiner wrote many articles on chess. I enjoyed playing in CCLA for a while. I got to meet several experts and masters. In 1982 Ted and I played another short draw in APCT with a Sicilian Defence, although that time I had the Black pieces.

In the notes is an earlier 1978 game vs my friend Hardon McFarland. In 1980 I moved to Pennsylvania. We  played in the same club. He was a generation older than me.

Hardon McFarland and I rarely got paired against each other is live events, but we had several long talks about chess and life. I appreciated his life experience and wisdom. These games were played in the days before the Accelerated Dragon was popular.

Sawyer (2000) - Greiner (2000), corr CCLA 1980 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.Be2 Bg7 9.Bg5 [9.0-0 0-0 10.Qe3 Be6 11.Bd2 Nd7 12.f4 Qb6 13.Qxb6 Nxb6 14.b3 a5 15.a4 f5 16.Rae1 Nd7 17.exf5 Bxf5 18.Nd5 Bd4+ 19.Kh1 e5 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Nc7 Rac8 22.Nd5 Ra8 1/2-1/2 McFarland-Sawyer, corr APCT 1978] 9...0-0 10.Qd2 Be6 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.f3 Rfc8 13.b3 a6 14.Na4 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Nd7 16.g4 Kf8!? [16...Re8 17.Be3=] 17.h4 Bd4 18.h5 f6 19.Bh6+ Kf7 20.hxg6+ hxg6 21.Kd3 Ba7 22.Bd2?! [22.Be3=] 22...Rh8 [22...b5=/+] 23.Nc3 Ne5+ 24.Kc2 Nc6 25.Nd5 Rac8 26.Rcf1 [26.g5=] 26...Kg7 [26...g5!?] 27.Bd1 Rxh1 28.Rxh1 Rh8 1/2-1/2

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