Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Queens Gambit Declined Latimer

My Queens Gambit Declined vs Edward Latimer traveled pretty far down the road of the Orthodox Variation. When Black did not take my knight on c3 that gave me new options. One good idea would be to take his knight with 12.Nxd5 exd5. White would have a comfortable position after 13.Bd3 Bb7. However the fact that Black controls e4 keeps White from developing a strong attack any time soon.

What can I do about e4? Why not move my knight there? So I decided to try 12.Ne4!? The point of this move is to migrate the knight toward the kingside. White hopes to work up an attack. This is an interesting idea but not necessarily a promising plan. There is no objective expectation that such an attack would be successful as long as Black continues to pressure the center.

The removal of White's knight from c3 lessens his influence on the center after 13.Ng3. It is Black who attacks kingside with White's knight as a potential target. The middlegame chances were equal until Black went wrong with his move 22…Nb2? The fork looked good, but it failed. White could escape with check and trap the knight in return.

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Sawyer (2000) - Latimer (1987), corr APCT 1985 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Nf3 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Rc1 c6 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.0-0 b6 [11...Nxc3 12.Rxc3 e5 13.Qc2+/=] 12.Ne4!? [Another approach might be 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Bd3 Bb7=] 12...Bb7 13.Ng3 c5! 14.e4 Nf4 15.Bb5 Rfd8 16.Qa4 Nf8 [16...Nf6 17.Rfd1=] 17.dxc5 a6 18.Be2 bxc5 19.Rfd1 h5 20.Bf1 N8g6 21.Ne2 Nd3 22.Rc3 Nxb2? [The fork looks good, but it fails. White can escape with check and trap the knight. Better was 22...Nge5 23.Nxe5 Nxe5 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8=] 23.Rxd8+ Rxd8 24.Qb3 Nd1 25.Rd3 Rxd3 26.Qxd3 Nb2 27.Qb3 Bxe4 28.Qxb2 [28.Nd2!+/-] 28...e5 [28...Bxf3! 29.Qb8+ Kh7 30.gxf3+/=] 29.Nd2 Bb7 [29...Bd3 30.Ng3 Bxf1 31.Ngxf1+-] 30.Nc4 f5 31.Na5 [Or 31.Ng3!+-] 31...Bd5 32.Nc3 Be6 33.Nc6 Qf6 34.Qb6 1-0

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