Sunday, June 5, 2016

French Defence Miniature Attack

French Defence Tarrasch Variation allowed gave me several games with tactical piece combinations. There were a lot of good ones, but my game with Bob Burke has to be my favorite. Black played the opening well. On move nine Black decided to go for the aggressive 9…Bb4+ 10.Kf1 f6. Maybe he did not think I would play 10.Kf1!? I did not want to forfeit castling, but the move was recommended as a possibility in books. Spielmann played it, but he might play anything wild and tactical.

I was a positional player. However, the continuation 11.Nf4 fxe5 12.Nxe6 looked very inviting. I decided to try it. Black’s 13…Kf7 appears to be a novelty. A couple games in the 1960s continued 13…Kf8 14.Bh6 Kg8 15.Qc1 +-.and White won both of them.

The winning combination took calculation. That is the good thing about correspondence play. I had three days to figure out each move. I could move the pieces around and write out my analysis. This is what I routinely did when carried out a tactical attacks. Black's army was somewhat poised to attack the White king. The problem leading the attack was the Black king, right out in front. I'm sure that wasn't his original plan.

At the time I was an active postal chess player in both APCT and CCLA. I believe that this game was played in CCLA. Bill Wall published it in his book “500 French Defence Miniatures”. I do not remember if this Bob Burke was same player as Robert W. Burke. I played him about the same time. Pretty quickly after this game, Robert W. Burke raised his rating above mine and beat me with him as White in a King’s Indian Attack. Robert W. Burke has been a good correspondence player for a long time.

Sawyer (2000) - Burke, corr 1980 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 8.Nf3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 f6 11.Nf4 fxe5 12.Nxe6 Nf6 [12...g6 13.dxe5=] 13.Nxg7+ Kf7 14.Nh5 e4 [14...Nxh5 15.Ng5+ Ke7 16.Qxh5 Qxd4 17.Be2+/-] 15.Ng5+ Ke7 16.Nxf6 Kxf6 [16...Qxd4 17.Ngxe4 dxe4 18.Nxe4+-] 17.Qh5 Be6 [17...Rf8 18.Nxh7+ Kg7 19.Nxf8+-] 18.Qh6+ 1-0

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