Saturday, May 21, 2016

Testing Trompowsky vs Travis

It is good to practice new lines against weaker opposition. You have a better chance to search for a successful strategy or play some winning tactical ideas without getting crushed in the process.

At times I experiment with the Trompowsky after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5. Other times I try the Pseudo Trompowsky with 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5. I gave 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 a try vs Travis Corter. He and his father were regular players at the Williamsport chess club.

Black kicked the bishop with 2…h6. His kingside pawns pushed the bishop back to his own wall of pawns. We both missed opportunities to improve on move five. White chased the Black king out of his house when it became vulnerable to checks. At the end a king hunt could have led to a quick checkmate.

Then young Corter focused his attention on the queenside. His minor pieces picked off pawns. It took me an extra move to notice that his pieces were too loose. Black’s move 12 grabbed another pawn, but he overlooked that his bishop would no longer be protected. When the bishop fell, Black resigned.

Sawyer (2010) - Corter (1400), Williamsport, PA 08.01.2002 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 g5 4.Bg3 Bf5 5.h4 [5.c4] 5...f6 [5...Bg7 6.hxg5 hxg5 7.Rxh8 Bxh8=] 6.e3 Nc6 7.Qh5+ Kd7 8.Nf3 Bxc2 9.Na3 Nb4 10.Rc1 Bd3 11.Rxc7+ Ke6 12.hxg5 [12.Bxd3! Nxd3+ 13.Ke2 Nxb2 14.hxg5+-] 12...Nxa2? [12...Rh7 13.Bxd3 Nxd3+ 14.Kf1+-] 13.Bxd3 1-0

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