In my game against Markov we changed the possible openings many times. First I began with 1.d4. Queen’s Gambit anyone? Then Black played 1…e6. A typical reply would be 2.c4. That could logically reach a Classical Dutch Defence after 2…f5.
But no. White played 2.e4. I preferred a French Defence. Here I expected 2…d5. Then I would have to decide whether or not to venture the Alapin Diemer Gambit with 3.Be3!?
But no. Black continued with 2…c5. Undoubtedly Markov was ready for 3.Nf3 cxd4. This could be a Taimanov Sicilian Defence.
But no. White pushed the d-pawn ahead with 3.d5. Now we have a Benoni Defence. After 3…d6 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 we can arrive at the Modern Benoni after 5…exd5 6.cxd5 g6.
But no. Black just plays 5…g6. After 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 we have transposed into a Saemisch King's Indian Defence. The move Bg5 instead of the normal Be3 only slightly alters the position. It makes little difference if the bishop later goes to Bh6, as in fact it did with 15.Bh6!? We castled opposite sides. I opened up as many lines as I could on the kingside. I defended when necessary on the queenside. My attack ended in checkmate when I mated the Black king with my little White g-pawn.
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Sawyer - Markov, ICC u 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 20.02.1998 begins 1.d4 e6 2.e4 c5 3.d5 d6 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bg5!? Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Re8 [8...exd5 9.Nxd5+/=] 9.0-0-0 e5 10.h4 Nbd7 11.g4 Qa5 12.Kb1 a6 13.h5 b5 14.hxg6 fxg6 15.Bh6!? [15.cxb5!? Rb8 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.bxa6 Bxa6 18.Bxa6 Qxa6 19.Nh3+/=] 15...Bh8 16.Nh3 bxc4 17.Bxc4 Nb6 18.Bd3 Rb8 19.Ne2 Qxd2 20.Rxd2 [20.Bxd2=] 20...c4 21.Bc2 Bd7 [21...c3! 22.Nxc3 Nc4 23.Rdh2 Rxb2+ 24.Ka1=] 22.Nc3 Rec8 23.Kc1 Kf7 24.Ng5+ Ke7 25.Nh3 [25.Bd1+/=] 25...Rc5 26.Be3 Ra5 [26...Rcc8 27.Ng5+/=] 27.a3 Na4 28.Nxa4 Bxa4 29.Ng1?! Nxd5? [29...c3!=] 30.Rxh7+ Ke6 31.exd5+ Kf6 32.g5# 1-0
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