Saturday, July 23, 2016

Is Trompowsky Too Balanced?

I cannot know what went on in the mind of my opponent. What I do know was this Pseudo Trompowsky remained very balanced. Put another way, we both failed to make use of imbalances. Moves like 3…c6 4.c3 do not push for a win. Better approaches for Black are either 2…f6 3.Bh4 Nh6 or 2…h6 3.Bh4 c6 4.e3 Qb6 with a likely 5…Bf5.

I have played many interesting games against the Internet Chess Club player “GAF”. This one seems very simple by comparison. It felt like both players were trying to draw. All the exchanges tended toward a more and more drawish position. White may have been content with a draw because I was the higher rated player. I may have been content to a draw because I was playing Black in an opening that I had rarely faced.

First the queens came off the board by move seven. Then three sets of minor pieces were exchanged, including all the bishops. This left an open e-file. By move 26, all the rooks were swapped off. The remaining knights disappeared on move 29. We reached an endgame with pawns on both sides of the board. The kings raced to the center. Neither monarch could be allowed to penetrate to the other side, so the players repeated moves.

GAF (1987) - Sawyer (2071), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 06.04.2012 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 f6 3.Bh4 c6 4.c3 Bf5 5.Nd2 Qb6 6.Qb3 [6.e4!? dxe4 7.Nc4 Qc7 8.Bg3 Qd7 9.Ne2=] 6...Qxb3 7.axb3 a6 8.f3 [8.Bg3=] 8...Nd7 9.e4 Bg6 10.Bd3 e6 [10...e5!=] 11.f4 [11.Ne2=] 11...Bxe4 [11...Bd6=] 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Bxe4 Ne7 14.Nf3 Nd5 15.Bg3 Bd6 [15...f5 16.Bc2=] 16.Bxd5 exd5 17.b4 0-0 18.f5 Bxg3+ 19.hxg3 Nb6 20.Nd2 Nc8 21.g4 Nd6 22.Kf2 Rfe8 23.Rhe1 Kf7 24.Rxe8 Rxe8 25.Re1 Rxe1 26.Kxe1 g6 27.fxg6+ hxg6 28.Kf2 Nc4 29.Nxc4 dxc4 30.Kf3 Ke6 31.Ke4 Kd6 32.g3 Ke6 33.Kf4 Kd5 34.Ke3 b6 35.Kf3 c5 36.dxc5 bxc5 37.bxc5 Kxc5 38.g5 f5 39.Kf4 Kd5 40.Ke3 Ke5 41.Kf3 Kd5 42.Ke3 Ke5 43.Kf3 Game drawn by mutual agreement 1/2-1/2

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