Thursday, May 5, 2016

Anti-London System KID Nh5

I spent years writing the first Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook. After it was published in 1992, I was able to take a break from the BDG and play other openings. I had defeated Gardner Johnson with a BDG Gunderam in the US Correspondence Championship in 1990. However, I was not in the mood for a BDG this time.

In 1993 I chose a London System against his King’s Indian Defence. Usually Black takes e5 away from the White pieces with an earlier …d6. Instead, Gardner Johnson decided to chase my dark squared bishop with 4…Nh5. How should White handle this threat?

White could leave the bishop on f4 protected by the e3 pawn. Or the bishop could run around clockwise and get chopped off with Bg5, h6, Bh4, g5, Bg3, Nxg3. I chose to play 5.Be5!? This move attacked the Black rook. After his response 5…f6, I messed up.

My interesting reply was 6.g4?! This was sort of kind of maybe playable, but in reality, Black stands better. Fortunately, I was able to fight back. We drew by perpetual check.

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Sawyer (2003) - Johnson (2065), corr APCT Q-171 (6), 08.1993 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 Nh5 [4...d6 prevents the game continuation.] 5.Be5 f6 6.g4? [Correct is 6.Bg3! Nxg3 7.hxg3 c6=] 6...fxe5 7.dxe5 [7.gxh5 exd4 8.exd4 c5=/+] 7...Nf6 8.exf6 Bxf6 9.c3 [9.Nc3=] 9...d5 10.h3 e5 11.e4 dxe4 12.Qa4+ [If 12.Qxd8+ Bxd8 13.Nxe5 Bh4 14.Bg2 e3 15.Nd3 0-0=/+] 12...Nc6 [12...Bd7 13.Qxe4 Bc6=/+] 13.Qxe4 Be6 14.Bc4 Bxc4 15.Qxc4 Qe7 16.Nbd2 0-0-0 17.0-0-0 Kb8 18.Ne4 Bg7 19.Kb1 Rhf8 20.Nfg5 h6 21.Ne6 Na5 22.Qa4 Qxe6 23.Qxa5 Qc4 24.Qb4 Qxb4 25.cxb4 Rd4 26.Nc5 Rxf2 27.Ne6?! [White's best line is 27.Rxd4! exd4 28.Re1!=] 27...Rxd1+ 28.Rxd1 Bf6 29.Nc5 Kc8 30.Ne4 Rf4 31.Nxf6 Rxf6 32.Rd5 Re6 [Maybe Black could do something with the extra pawn in the rook and pawn ending. For example 32...Rf1+ 33.Kc2 Rf2+ 34.Kc3 Rh2 35.Rxe5 Rxh3+ 36.Kc2 Kd7-/+] 33.Kc2 e4 34.Rd2 g5 35.Re2 Rc6+ 36.Kd2 Rc4 37.a3 Kd7 38.Ke3 Ke6 39.Rf2 a6 40.Rf8 Rc2 41.Kxe4 Re2+ 42.Kf3 Rh2 43.Kg3 Rxb2 44.Rh8 Rb3+ 45.Kg2 Rxa3 46.Rxh6+ Ke5 47.Rg6 Ra2+ 48.Kg3 Ra3+ 49.Kg2 Ra2+ 50.Kg3 Ra3+ 51.Kg2 1/2-1/2

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