Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ruy Lopez Yates Bogoljubow 9.d4

Let’s face it. In the King Pawn Closed Ruy Lopez it looks and feels like a waste of time to play 9.h3. My friend Bob Muir liked to play the Yates Variation with 9.d4 as White.

Many played 9.d4 before the Englishman Frederick Yates. He had the distinction of doing well with it against grandmasters. Yates drew both Alekhine and Capablanca with 9.d4. Yates won against Efim Bogoljubow after 9.d4 exd4 at London 1922. When these two met again in New York 1924, Bogoljubow won as Black after 9.d4 Bg4. This became known as the Bogoljubow variation, even though he played both ninth moves repeatedly.

Others tried the line in early games. Emanuel Lasker and Euwe played it was White. Edward Lasker and Rubinstein played it as Black. Capablanca and Thomas both played it from both sides. Prior to all those, Spielmann played 9.d4 vs Marshall in 1911.

As for my adventures, when I had Black against Muir and 9.d4, I chose the Bogoljubow variation 9…Bg4. The bishop pins the f3 knight. This puts added pressure on d4. White’s two most common tenth move responses are 10.Be3 or 10.d5. Bob Muir chose the second move in this game. I combined my kingside threats with capturing queenside pawns. White was down two pawns with two more in danger when he resigned.

Muir (1800) - Sawyer (2011), Williamsport, PA 1995 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.d4 Bg4 10.d5 [10.Be3 exd4 11.cxd4=] 10...Na5 11.Nbd2 Nxb3 12.axb3 Ne8 [12...c6 13.dxc6 Qc7 14.Nf1 Qxc6=] 13.c4 bxc4 [13...Bd7 14.Nf1 f5=] 14.Nxc4 [14.bxc4+/=] 14...f5 15.Ne3? [15.exf5 Rxf5=] 15...Bxf3?! [15...fxe4 16.Nxg4 exf3 17.gxf3 Bg5-/+] 16.Qxf3 fxe4 17.Qg4 Nf6 18.Qe6+ Rf7 19.Nf5 Bf8 20.Bg5 Qe8 21.Qxe8?! [21.b4=] 21...Nxe8 22.Ng3 h6 23.Be3? [23.Bd2 Rb8=/+] 23...Nf6 24.Rad1 Rb8 25.Rc1 Rxb3 0-1

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