Monday, May 23, 2016

Birds Opening vs Dr. John Mussio

I played John Mussio one game. We lived only 200 miles apart in Pennsylvania, so it probably moved along quickly, for postal chess. The Tribune-Democrat notes that Dr. John August Mussio passed away in 2009 at the age of 72. I quote from their note:

"Dr. Mussio and his family moved to Johnstown, where he practiced medicine for 25 years. ...avid photographer, loved opera, classical music and a good game of chess."

Our Bird's Opening had opposing fianchettoes with 4.b3 Bg7 5.Bb2. A good set up Soltis suggested in his Bird-Larsen book was to play Bb2, Bd3, Nc3, and Nce2 intending Ng3 for a kingside attack. My moves took a different and slower approach.

When Dr. John Mussio captured on e5, I mixed things up with 9.fxe5!? White built up a crushing attack. Mussio had one chance to reverse things on move 19, but he missed it. Black resigned just as I was about to win more material or mate.

Sawyer (2000) - Mussio (1702), corr APCT 1985 begins 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.b3 Bg7 5.Bb2 0-0 6.Be2 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 [7...Bf5=] 8.Ne5 Nxe5 9.fxe5!? [9.Bxe5=] 9...Ne4 10.Bf3 [10.d3 Nd6 11.Qd2 Nf5 12.g4 Nh6 13.h3=] 10...Nd6 11.Bxd5 e6 12.Bf3 Nf5 [12...Qg5!=] 13.Qe2 Rb8 14.a4 b6 15.Na3 a6 16.Rad1 Qc7 17.d4 [17.g4! Nh4 18.Nc4+/-] 17...cxd4 [17...Bh6 18.Rd3+/=] 18.exd4 Bh6 19.Bc1? [White is up a pawn and strong with 19.c4+/-] 19...Bg7? [Black had his shot right here: 19...Bxc1! 20.Rxc1 Nxd4 21.Qe3 Nf5=/+] 20.c4 Rd8 21.Nc2 Bb7 22.g4 Ne7 23.Qf2 Nc6 24.Bg5 Rd7 25.Qe3 Rf8 26.Bf6 Rc8 27.Rd2 Na5 28.Bxb7 Qxb7 29.h4 [29.Rf3!+-] 29...Rdc7 30.h5 [30.Bxg7 Kxg7 31.Rdf2+-] 30...Nc6 [30...Nxb3 31.Qxb3+/-] 31.Rh2 [The most accurate finish would be 31.Bxg7 Kxg7 32.Qf4+-] 1-0


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