Saturday, August 20, 2016

You Must Attack To Win In Chess

Can you win a game without really fighting? Yes, but only if your opponent plays poorly. You have to attack to defeat someone who plays well. Start as soon as you can. Against Jerry Dawson, I was too late and too slow.

I was busy at this point in my life. I remember that I did not feel like spending a lot of time in this particular game. I was bored as Black in a Bird's Opening. I hoped White would make mistakes and give me an easy win. My lack of effort led only to a draw.

Black got an endgame with a better bishop and a passed a-pawn. I advanced my pawn to a4. I took aim at the queenside. The two times I had a shot at pushing to a3, I failed to pull the trigger.

I discovered that if I went long enough without attacking, Jerry Dawson would attack me on the board. He did. Then I was the one who had to search for a draw. We repeated moves.

The next year I had White in another APCT correspondence game. In that game, we drew a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

Dawson (1974) - Sawyer (1969), corr APCT EMN-A-1, 1995 begins 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.d4 [4.c4 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.d4=] 4...c5 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Ne5 0-0 9.Nd2 [9.Nc3=] 9...Rc8 10.c3 e6 11.a4 b6 12.Qf3 Qc7 13.Ng4 Nxg4 14.Qxg4 f5 15.Qh4 Nf6 16.h3 c4 17.g4 a5 18.g5 Nd7 19.Nf3 b5 20.Bd2 Ra8 21.Rfb1 Rfb8 22.Qe1 Bf8 23.h4 Qc6 24.Qd1 Be7 25.b3 cxb3 26.Rxb3 bxa4 27.Rxa4 [27.Rxb8+ Rxb8 28.Qxa4=] 27...Rxb3 28.Qxb3 Nb6 29.Ra1 a4 30.Qc2 Nc4 31.Bc1 Bd6 32.Kf2 Kf8 33.Nd2 Ke8 [33...a3-/+] 34.Nxc4 dxc4 35.Qd1 Kd8 36.Qf3 [36.Ba3=] 36...Kc7 37.Qxc6+ Kxc6 38.Kf3 Kd5 [38...a3-/+] 39.Ba3 Bxa3 40.Rxa3 Ra6 41.e4+ fxe4+ 42.Ke3 Ra7 43.Ke2 Kc6 44.Ke3 Kb5 45.Kxe4 Ka5 46.d5 exd5+ 47.Kxd5 Rf7 48.Ke5 Rf5+ 49.Ke4 Rb5 50.Kd4 Rf5 51.Ke4 Rb5 1/2-1/2

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