Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tarrasch Defence Tried and True

When I finished updating my Queen Pawn 1.d4 d5 book, I noticed that I had not included any games with the Queen's Gambit Declined Tarrasch Defence in the main line with g3 for White. I did a search of my games. I had played it many times and from both sides.

However never did I play it against a human in a game that I recorded. All my games in this variation of the Tarrasch Defence were played against computers at home or chess engines online. I decided to add this one more game before I went to print.

As Black, Yace Paderborn played the Tarrasch Defence after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6. A common move would be 3.Nc3. I chose 3.Nf3. My approach was to play it like a reversed Gruenfeld Defence or a variation of the Catalan Opening.

We reached the standard Tarrasch position after eight moves. Instead of the popular 9.Bg5 c4, I played 9.dxc5 Bxc5 to isolate the Black d5 pawn. By move 17 I won that pawn. Gradually we arrived at an endgame that required some technique.

Sawyer (1968) - Yace Paderborn (1904), Florida 14.07.2010 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.dxc5 [9.Bg5 c4 10.Ne5 Be6=] 9...Bxc5 10.Na4 [10.Bg5 d4 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Ne4 Qe7 13.Nxc5 Qxc5 14.Qd2=] 10...Be7 11.Be3 Re8 12.Bc5 [12.Rc1 Bg4=] 12...b5 [12...Bxc5 13.Nxc5 Qe7= 14.Rc1 Qxe2 15.Qb3 Ne5=] 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Nc3 Bb7 [14...Be6 15.Nxb5+/=] 15.e3 [15.Nxb5+/=] 15...Qb4 [15...a6 16.a4+/=] 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Qxb2 18.Rfb1 Qe2 [18...Qf6 19.Qxb5+/-] 19.Qxb5 [White can attack with 19.Ng5! Re7 20.Qf5 g6 21.Qf6 h6 22.Bd5 hxg5 23.Qxg6+ Kf8 24.Qh6+ Kg8 25.Bxc6 Bxc6 26.Qxc6+-] 19...Qxb5 20.Rxb5 Ba6 21.Rb2 Rad8 22.Rc1 h6 23.h4 Rd6 24.Bf1 Bxf1 25.Kxf1 Re7 26.Ke2 Nd4+ 27.Nxd4 Rxd4 28.Rd1 Rde4 29.Rbd2 f5 30.Rd7 Kf7 31.Rxe7+ Kxe7 32.Rd4 Re6 33.f3 Kf6 34.e4 g5 35.hxg5+ hxg5 36.Ke3 a5 37.a4 g4 [37...fxe4 38.f4 gxf4+ 39.gxf4+/=] 38.f4 [38.Rd5!+-] 38...Kf7 [38...fxe4 39.Rd5+/=] 39.e5 Kg6 40.Rd6 Kf7 [Or 40...Kh5 41.Kd4+-] 41.Rxe6 Kxe6 42.Kd4 Ke7 43.Kc5 Ke6 44.Kb5 Kd5 45.Kxa5 Kc5 46.Ka6 Kd5 47.Kb6 Ke6 48.a5 Kd5 49.a6 Ke4 50.a7 Kf3 51.a8Q+ 1-0

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