Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jones Wins Easy King's Indian

Craig W. Jones is one of the few players that I have faced live over the board and in postal chess. In 1981 we met in the third round of a tournament in Levittown, PA just north of Philadelphia. Jones became a master with a USCF rating as high as 2412 at one point. It might have been higher than that, but the online listing only goes back to 1991.

This was a Saturday night game. I was about to change jobs. On Monday morning I would go from retail to the corporate business world. They were good preparation for my later careers in church ministry and in prison.

This game features in the King's Indian Defence. My opponent chose baited me with 4.e4 0-0. I am sure he hoped I would play 5.e5 Ne8 when he could counter attack as Bobby Fischer had. I continued 5.Be2. After 5…d6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5, we were in a normal main line after 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nbd7. Note that Jones did not play 7…Nc6. He specialized in 7…Nbd7.

His play in this game illustrates just how good that can be. This line is a very logical, systematic and thematic approach. It is one reason why attackers love the King’s Indian. After the game, Craig spent time to encourage me and explain how it happened.

Sawyer - Jones (2100), Levittown, PA (3), 16.05.1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Be2 d6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.d5 [8.Be3] 8...Nc5 9.Qc2 a5 10.Bg5 h6 11.Be3 Nfd7 [11...b6 12.Nd2 Ng4 13.Bxg4 Bxg4 14.a3=] 12.Nd2 f5 13.f3 [13.exf5 gxf5 14.f3+/=] 13...f4 14.Bf2 g5 15.b3 Nf6 16.a3 g4 17.b4 g3 18.hxg3 fxg3 19.Bxg3 Nh5 20.Bf2 Qg5? [20...Na6 21.b5+/=] 21.bxc5 Nf4 [If 21...Bh3 22.g4+-] 22.g4?! [Here I missed my chance. 22.g3!+- appears to be winning as White keeps his extra knight.] 22...h5 23.Bg3 hxg4 24.Bxf4? [White returns the favor. Better is 24.Kf2 Nh3+ 25.Kg2= and Black could repeat moves.] 24...exf4 25.fxg4 Bd4+ 26.Rf2 Qh4 27.Raf1? [27.Nd1 Qg3+ 28.Kf1 Qh3+ (28...Bxa1 29.cxd6 cxd6 30.Rg2 actually gives White some hope of survival.) 29.Ke1 Bxa1 30.cxd6 cxd6 31.e5 Bxe5 32.Nf3 Qh7-/+] 27...Qg3+ 28.Kh1 Bxf2 29.Qd3 Be3 30.Nf3 Rf7 31.e5 Rh7+ 0-1

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