Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nimzo-Indian Defense 5.e4 Counter

The Nimzo-Indian Defence is well known as a reliable defense to 1.d4. However, any opening can change suddenly from a solid position to a disaster. David Parsons played too slowly against the Spassky variation. The threat made by 4.Bg5 pins the kingside knight. This allows the move 5.e4 under certain conditions.

Black defended with 4…c6. This does little to deter 5.e4. The point of the Parsons move 4…c6 was to follow with 5...Qa5. This unpinned his knight and doubled up on his own pin of my c3 knight. My play 6.Bd2 0-0 7.e5 left the White kingside less defended. Black tried to come back for support. The White attack proved to be strong. I wrapped up the game with a nice checkmate on move 22.

I added my short game with Robert Sphar in the notes. I won that game in 15 moves, even though he played a more critical continuation with 4.Bg5 h6.

Sawyer (2011) - Parsons (1682), Williamsport PA, 1994 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 c6 [Many years before Robert Sphar had played 4...h6 5.Bh4 c5 6.d5 d6 7.e3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 e5 9.f3 Bf5 10.e4 Bh7 11.Bd3 Nbd7 12.Ne2 0-0 13.Qd2? Qc7 (13...Nxe4-/+) 14.g4 Ne8? (14...b5=) 15.Be7 1-0 in Sawyer (2100)-Sphar (1502) corr APCT 1981] 5.e4!? Qa5 [5...d6=] 6.Bd2 0-0 7.e5 Ne8 8.Bd3 d6 9.f4 Nd7 10.Nf3 f5 11.a3 Bxc3 12.Bxc3 Qd8 13.Ng5 Qe7 14.Qh5 h6 15.h4 Ndf6 [Or 15...dxe5 16.fxe5+-] 16.exf6 Nxf6 17.Qg6 hxg5 18.hxg5 Ng4 [18...Qe8 19.Qxe8 Nxe8 20.Kf2+/-] 19.Be2 Ne3 20.Kd2 [A faster mate was 20.Qh7+ Kf7 21.Bh5#] 20...Nxg2 21.Qh7+ Kf7 22.Bh5# 1-0

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