Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Birds Opening Original Oranges

Daniel Perry and I combined for an early Bird's Opening original. After two moves we got to a position that occurs only once in a thousand 1.f4 games. While our 2.b3 Qd6 was not completely original, it was definitely a rare Bird. White's 6.Bb2 had been played by Stefan Buecker as White the year before. Black won that 1995 game.

During halftime in my high school basketball days, there was a bag of sliced oranges in our home locker room. We would eat them while the coach urged us on for the second half. One game when he was particularly frustrated with our lackadaisical play. He blurted out, "You guys are just here to eat the oranges."

Against Dan Perry I played a good first half. I stood well after 23 moves and ate some oranges. But my effort halfway through the game did not lead to full success in the end. During the second half Perry outplayed me and soared to victory.

Perry (2150) - Sawyer (1960), corr APCT EMQ-2, 1996 begins 1.f4 d5 2.b3 Qd6 3.e3 e5 4.fxe5 Qxe5 5.Nc3 c6 6.Bb2 Qc7 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.g3!? [8.Bd3 would be Lasker's set-up for White.] 8...Bg4 9.Bg2 Bd6 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne2 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.d4 Bd6 14.c4 Qe7 15.Qd3 Bxe2!? [15...0-0=] 16.Qxe2 0-0 [16...0-0-0!?= is also playable.] 17.Rf5 dxc4 18.bxc4 Rae8 19.Re1 g6 20.Ra5 Bb4 21.Re5 Qc7 22.Rxe8 Rxe8 23.Rf1 Ne4 24.Qd3 Qe7 [24...f5= would have continued Black's excellent defense.] 25.Rf4 f5 26.Bxe4 fxe4 [26...Bd6 27.Bf3+/-] 27.Qb3 Bd2 28.c5+ Qe6 29.Rxe4 [White is winning after 29.d5! cxd5 30.Rf2+-] 29...Qxb3 30.Rxe8+ Kf7 31.axb3 Kxe8 32.Kf2 Kf7 33.e4 Ke6 34.Ke2 Bg5 35.Bc3 h5 36.Ba5 Be7 37.h3 Bg5 38.Bc7 Be7 39.Bb8 a6 40.Bc7 Bg5 41.Kd3 Be7 42.Kc4 Bf6 43.Ba5 Bg5 44.d5+ cxd5+ [44...Kd7 45.e5+/-] 45.exd5+ Kd7 46.b4 Bd2 47.Bb6 Be1 48.g4 hxg4 49.hxg4 Bd2 50.b5 axb5+ 51.Kxb5 Bf4 52.Ba5 Bg5 53.Bb4 Kc7 54.d6+ Kc8 55.c6 1-0

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  1. "You guys are just here to eat the oranges." Lol!

    1. Thanks. When the coach wasn't listening, we kidded each other about that all season long.


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