Monday, July 18, 2016

Shocking Knight Move in Bird

Glenn Ruiz became a national master. This game was one of those times where Ruiz showed moments of brilliance. Glenn wins the game with a great tactical shot.

In this Bird's Opening both of us played classically. After 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3, Black chose the 3...Bg4 line. Ruiz swapped off his light squared bishop.

I expanded my pawns and grabbed space on the kingside. Yes, it all sounds nice. But my opponent dodged my pawns. Black attacked with his pieces.

His final move 19...Nxd4! was a crusher. In another game played the same year, I was run over by Glenn Ruiz in a Sicilian Defence. He got my respect.

Sawyer (2100) - Ruiz (2083), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nbd7 6.Nc3 c6 7.d4 e6 8.g4 [8.a3!?=] 8...Bb4 9.Bd3 0-0 10.g5 [10.Bd2!=] 10...Ne8 11.Bd2 Nd6 12.Nb1?! [12.a3=] 12...Bxd2+ 13.Nxd2 Qb6!? [13...c5=/+] 14.b3? [This seriously weakens the White queenside structure. There was at least a chance with 14.0-0-0 c5 15.c3=] 14...c5 15.c3 Rac8 16.h4 cxd4 17.cxd4 Rc3 18.Qe2 Nf5 19.Kf2? [Losing instantly, but White was in trouble anyway after 19.Bxf5 exf5 20.0-0 Qe6 21.Rfe1 Rfc8-/+] 19...Nxd4! 0-1


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