Friday, May 6, 2016

Quick Draw McGraw in French

When Johnny Owens and I were kids, there was a cartoon on TV called “Quick Draw McGraw”. It ran from 1959-1962. This lovable character appeared in other Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Quick Draw McGraw was a horse who walked on two legs. He worked as a sheriff in the Old West. His sidekick deputy was the Mexican burro Baba Looey. Baba Looey was the smarter one. When Baba Looey offered a suggestion, Quick Draw McGraw would remind him, “I’ll do the thin’in around here! And don’t you for-git it!”

Johnny Owens played the French Defence Winawer Variation against me in a postal game. What line should we try? I’ll let him do the thinking around here. Once Owens picked a line, I reckoned then I would figure it out. We didn’t play the most popular line.

Black sent his queen on an adventure. She went from d8 to a5 to b6 to b2 all in the first 10 moves. Either of us could have avoided the line we chose. Apparently he was going to let me to the thinking around here. I couldn’t just let his queen break into my house and get away. But I couldn’t catch her either. We needed help from a sheriff like Quick Draw McGraw. Since he wasn’t around, we ducked into a quick draw by repetition.

Sawyer (1973) - Owens (2000), corr APCT 94R-29, 1994 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 0-0 8.h4!? [8.Bd3 is the most common move.] 8...Qa5!? [8...Qc7!=/+] 9.Bd2 Qb6!? 10.dxc5 [10.Nf3 Qb2 11.Rc1 Nbc6 12.Bd3 Nf5 13.0-0=] 10...Qb2 11.Qd1 Nd7 12.f4 [12.Nf3=] 12...Nxc5 [If Black wants to play on, he can try 12...Nf5=/+] 13.Rb1 Qxa3 14.Ra1 Qb2 15.Rb1 1/2-1/2

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