Monday, August 22, 2016

Colle System to Stonewall Attack

One advantage to the chess opening move order 1.d4 and 2.e3 is that it can lead to a Stonewall Attack. White follows up with the move Ne5 and f4 at some point. This leads to the Stonewall pawn structure of d4, e3, f4. Ray Haines played this to win his first round game at the Potato Blossom Festival.

After the moves 7.b3 d5 Ray Haines noted: “I started playing the Colle System and turned it into a Stonewall Attack. He thought that he could play to trap my Queen, but this did not work.”

Building a wall between armies limits your opponent’s ability to attack you. Haines was successful attacking with his queen and knight. Black needed to counter attack much earlier with …c5.

Ray Haines concludes with this: “Roger and I have played many games since we met back in the 1980s. Here I am playing the Colle which worked out good for me. My Queen did a lot of damage in the end. I had to pick from a lot of good moves.”

Haines (1857) - Hardison (1508), Potato Blossom Festival Ft Fairfield, ME, 09.07.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 e6 3.Bd3 b6 4.Nf3 Bb7 5.0-0 [Alternatives are 5.c4= Houdini or 5.b3= Komodo] 5...Be7 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.b3 d5 [A sharper response would be 7...c5] 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.f4 Ne4 10.Qh5!? [10.Bb2] 10...f5 [Black chooses a double stonewall. 10...Ndf6! 11.Qh3 c5 and Black has some pressure on the White center.] 11.Ndf3 Rf6?! [This threatens to blunder. Safer would be 11...Nxe5 12.Nxe5 a5=] 12.Ng5 Rh6? [12...Nxg5 13.fxg5 g6 14.Qh6 Rf8 15.Nxg6 Bxg5 16.Qh5 Rf7=] 13.Qf7+ Kh8 14.Nxe6 Qg8 15.Qxe7 Nxe5 16.fxe5 Rxe6 [Or 16...Qxe6 17.Qxe6 Rxe6 18.Rxf5+- and White has two extra e-pawns.] 17.Qxc7 Bc6 18.Ba3!? [18.Rxf5!+-] 18...Rc8 19.Qxa7 Ra8 20.Qxb6 Rxa3 21.Bxe4?! [21.Rxf5+-] 21...dxe4 [21...fxe4 22.Rf2 Ra8 23.Raf1 Bd7 24.Qb7 Bc6 25.Qb4+/-] 22.Qc5 Ra6? [22...Ra8 23.Rxf5+-] 23.Rxf5 Re8 24.Raf1 1-0

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