Monday, August 8, 2016

Surprise Fireworks by Martin Davies

Martin Davies played a very direct line of development against my Bird's Opening. Black started with a Gruenfeld type set-up Nf6, g6, and d5. Then he played 9...e5!? Suddenly all his pieces benefited from the open lines.

Objectively White had a playable game, but Black's pieces had more scope and effective open lines. My 14th move Bd2 underestimated the power of the reply 14.Ne4! This set off a string of tactical moves and combinations. Davies outplayed me in the fireworks.

In the notes is a short draw I had against Walter Wittmann in the same line. The Davies games shows that even if the opening offers level chances, you still have to play well to avoid losing. Martin Davies showed great energy in this game.

Sawyer - Davies (2055), corr Cat-X 1996 begins 1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d5 7.Qe1 [7.Ne5!=] 7...Nc6 8.Nc3 [8.Qh4!? b6 9.Nbd2 Ba6 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.fxe5 Nd7 12.e6 fxe6 13.Nf3 e5 (13...Qc7 14.Qxe7 Rae8 15.Qh4 e5=/+) 14.e4 dxe4 15.Qxe4 Nf6 16.Qxe5 Qd7 (16...Qd6=) 17.Ng5 Nd5 18.Qe6+ Qxe6 19.Rxf8+ Rxf8 20.Nxe6 Bd4+ 21.Nxd4 cxd4+/= 1/2-1/2 Sawyer-Wittmann, corr ICCF 1983] 8...Re8 [8...d4 9.Nd1 dxe3 10.Nxe3 Nd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.c3 Bf5 13.Qf2 Rad8 14.Rd1=] 9.Qh4 [9.e4! d4 10.Nd1 Nb4 11.Qd2 Qb6 12.a3 Nc6 13.Qe1=] 9...e5!? [9...d4=+] 10.fxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Rxe5 12.Bf3 Bf5 13.Kh1 Re8 14.Bd2? [14.Qf4!=] 14...Ne4! 15.Qxd8 Raxd8 16.Rad1 Nxd2 17.Rxd2 Rxe3 18.Nxd5 [18.g4 Be6-/+] 18...Rxf3 19.Rxf3 Rxd5 20.h3 c4 21.g4 Be4 22.dxe4 Rxd2 23.b3 c3 0-1

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