Ray Haines shares his Alex Wallach game. Haines writes: "I did not know his rating and this was the first time I had played him. I played a Colle and he played a King's Indian setup. My plan in the game was to attack his king pawn and control the queen file."
Alex Wallach seems to be a steadily improving player. He may soon see his rating rise another 100 points. Early in the middlegame, Black played more aggressively, although maybe not accurately at times. Later in the middlegame, White got a winning attack as Ray Haines notes.
"I let him place a knight on f4 with the idea I could under mind it by attacking e5. This would force him to move it. I did not think about him sacrificing a piece on e5 till he moved his queen to c8. The computer gives me the better game after he does it."
Ray Haines got a strong attack, although the game was a draw. I attribute this to time pressure and the tiredness that usually comes in a final round of a weekend tournament.
Haines - Wallach (1513), Maine State Championship (5), 10.04.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d6 3.Bd3!? g6! [A good choice.] 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.0-0 c6 [This is a slower approach. Black can play more boldly with 6...c5! 7.c3 Nc6=] 7.Qe2 [7.e4 Nbd7 8.c3 e5 9.Re1=] 7...Re8 [7...c5=] 8.e4 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nc4 Nh5 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.Rad1 h6 [12...b5 13.Ne3 h6 14.Bh4 Na6= The Black knights are ready to make threats.] 13.Be3 Bg4 14.h3 Bd7?! [14...Nf4! 15.Bxf4 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 exf4=] 15.Bc5! Bf8 16.Bxf8 [16.Qe3! Bxc5 17.Qxc5+/-] 16...Kxf8 17.Qe3 Kg7 18.c3 [18.Be2+/-] 18...b5 [18...f6 19.Bc2+/=] 19.Ncd2 [19.Ncxe5 Rxe5 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 21.f4 Qc7 22.e5+/-] 19...Nf4 20.Nb3 Qc8?! [20...Be6 21.Nc5 Nd7 22.Nxe6+ Nxe6=] 21.Nxe5 Nxh3+ 22.gxh3 Rxe5 23.f4 Rh5 24.f5 Na6? 25.Qf3 [White wins material or gets a big attack after 25.Be2! Rg5+ 26.Kh1 Qc7 27.Rxd7 Qxd7 28.h4+-] 25...Rg5+ [25...Qc7 26.fxg6+/-] 26.Kh1 gxf5 27.h4 [27.exf5+-] 27...Rg4 28.Rg1 Rxg1+? 29.Rxg1+ Kh8 30.Nd4 Qd8 31.Qh5 Qf8 32.Nxf5 Bxf5 33.Qxf5 Qe7 34.Qf4 Qe6 35.Rg3?! [35.Qg3!+- wins] 35...Rg8 36.Rf3 Rg4 37.Qf6+ Qxf6 38.Rxf6 Rxh4+ 39.Kg2 Rg4+ 40.Kf3 Rg6 41.Rxf7 Nc5 42.Bc2 a5 43.Kf4 [Opening the line for the bishop seems promising. 43.e5! Rg5 44.Rh7+ Kg8 45.Rxh6 Rxe5 46.Rxc6+/-] 43...Rg2 44.Rf5 Rf2+ 45.Ke3 Rxf5 46.exf5 Kg7 47.b3 Kf6 48.Kf4 Nb7 49.Be4 Nd8 50.Bf3 c5 51.Be2 b4 52.c4 Nf7 [52...Nc6 53.Bg4 Ne5 54.Be2=] 53.Bf3 [Maybe White could go after c5. 53.Ke4 Ng5+ 54.Kd5 Kxf5 55.Kxc5+-] 53...Ne5 54.Be2 Nc6 55.Bd3 Nd8? [Black backs off the knight to a passive position. 55...h5=] 56.Be2 [If we have the correct moves here, it seems White could go after the c5 pawn. One possibility is 56.Ke4 h5 57.Kd5 h4 58.Bf1 Kxf5 59.Kxc5 Ke6 60.Kb6 Ke7 61.Kxa5+-] 1/2-1/2
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