Monday, May 16, 2016

Nimzo-Indian Bird Beats Victor

Victor Snapstys was one of those rare players whose rating went up past age 60. Victor started winning games and playing better than ever. After he passed 70, his rating slipped below 2000. He kept playing until past age 80.

I played the Bird's Opening very well in this tournament. My game with Victor resembled a reversed Nimzo-Indian Defence. I doubled his c-pawns and then won one of them. I missed the powerful 15.Ba3!+- which was the most accurate path to a great position for White. Fortunately, it was still good on move 16.

Vic played more regular at the Chaturanga Chess Club that I did. For some reason, I won the majority of our contests. I beat him, and then Snapstys beat people who beat me. Victor Snapstys passed away in 2006. Vic was a nice guy.

Sawyer - Snapstys (2044), Hatboro, PA 1985 begins 1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 d5 4.b3 c5 5.Bb2 Nc6 6.Bb5 Be7 7.Ne5 Qb6 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.c4 [9.Nc3!?] 9...Ba6 10.d3 Rd8 11.Qf3 Bb7 12.0-0 a5 [12...0-0=] 13.Nc3 d4 14.Na4 Qc7 15.e4 [15.Ba3!+-] 15...0-0 16.Ba3 Nd7 17.Nxd7 Rxd7 18.Bxc5 e5!? [This drops a second pawn, but Black is still in trouble after 18...Bxc5 19.Nxc5+/-] 19.Bb6 Qb8 20.fxe5 Qxe5 21.Qf5 Qxf5 22.Rxf5 g6 23.Rxa5 Bb4 24.Ra7 f5 25.Bc5 Bc3 26.Nxc3 dxc3 27.Bxf8 fxe4 28.dxe4 [The most powerful finish is 28.Bh6!+-] 28...c2 29.Rf1 Rf7 30.Bh6 1-0

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