Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chess Opening Birds of a Feather

When I commit to an opening, I play it constantly. What if I meet a repeat opponent? Do I copy the moves from our previous chess game? Well, yes and no.

Yes, I copy my moves if I played a tactically sound win in our previous game. In fact, I have won some repeat games with the exact same moves against the same opponent.

No, I do not copy my moves if I made an opening mistake. No, I do not copy my moves if it is a strategical variation with equal chances and multiple choices. No, I do not copy my moves if I want to try out multiple variations of the same opening.

Here is a second Bird's Opening played against Art Keiser. The first time after the moves 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.e3 Nf6, I continued 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3. I did not want twin Birds, so here I chose 4.b3 e6 5.Bb2. The position was equal. Black blundered on move 19. White won a piece and quickly mounted a successful attack.

Sawyer (2100) - Keiser (1856), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.e3 Nf6 4.b3 e6 5.Bb2 Be7 6.d3 [6.Nc3=] 6...c5 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nbd2 [9.h3=] 9...b5 10.Ne5 [10.Qe1=] 10...Bxe2 11.Qxe2 a5 [11...Nxe5=] 12.Nc6 Qe8 13.Nxe7+ [13.a4+/=] 13...Qxe7 14.g4 Ne8 15.Nf3 f6 16.Rae1 Rb8 [16...b4=] 17.e4 d4 18.Bc1 Qf7 19.Qg2 f5? [19...Nc7 20.f5=] 20.Ng5! Qg6 21.exf5 exf5 22.Qd5+ Kh8 23.Qxd7 fxg4 24.f5 Qh5 25.Ne4 Nf6 26.Nxf6 Rxf6 27.Re7 g6 28.Re8+ Rxe8 29.Qxe8+ Kg7 30.Qe7+ Rf7 31.f6+ 1-0

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