Friday, October 7, 2016

Sicilian Poisoned Pawn Chaney

Bobby Fischer had a philosophy that if he could grab and pawn in the opening, even a risky pawn, and if he could get away, then he would have a won endgame. Fischer was a great defender. Fischer played the Sicilian Defence Poisoned Pawn Variation as Black in the Najdorf maybe a dozen times. He won six, lost once to Spassky in the World Championship and drew the rest.

My chess Ronald L. Chaney played the Sicilian Najdorf in three of our games. Most of the time Fischer played 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7. Chaney did too, but there was this one time Ron played 7…Qb6. It is one thing to watch a grandmaster play this wild line. It is quite another to try and attack a slippery king. This time I tried 10.Be2!? The Poisoned Pawn sometimes feels to me like the position is full of holes for both sides. My position went from Swiss chess to Limburger. My game stunk.

Sawyer (1944) - Chaney (1972), corr APCT EMN-A-4 1997 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.Be2!? [Usually I play 10.f5 Nc6 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Be2 Be7 14.0-0 0-0 15.Rb3 Qc5+ 16.Be3 Qe5 with a draw by repetition after either 17.Bd4 (17.Bf4 Qc5+ 18.Be3=) 17...Qa5 18.Bb6 Qe5 19.Bd4=] 10...Nbd7 11.0-0 Qc5 12.Kh1 Be7 13.Rf3?! [13.f5 e5 when White can choose between 14.Ne6!? (14.Nb3 Qc7=/+) 14...fxe6 15.fxe6 Nb6 16.Rxf6 Bxf6 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Bh5+ Kd8 19.e7+ Kxe7 20.Rxb6=] 13...b5 14.Re3 [Another attempt to complicate the position would be 14.Rd3!? Bb7 15.Bf3 Rd8 16.e5 dxe5 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Bxb7 exf4=/+] 14...h6 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 [15...Bxf6!=/+] 16.Bf3? [Here I missed my chance for 16.e5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Nd5 18.Nxd5 exd5 19.Rc3=] 16...Rb8? [16...Bb7 17.e5 dxe5 18.fxe5 Rd8=/+] 17.Nce2? [17.e5! dxe5 18.fxe5 Nd5 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.e6+/=] 17...Bb7 18.Nb3 [My position was getting worse, but there was still a chance for complications. 18.a4 bxa4 19.e5 Nd5 20.Bxd5 Qxd5 21.Nc3 Qxg2+ 22.Qxg2 Bxg2+ 23.Kxg2 Rxb1 24.Nxb1 Kd7 25.exd6 Bxd6 26.Rd3 Rc8=/+ when White has two knights for a bishop and three pawns.] 18...Qb6 19.Na5 Ba8 20.c4 Bd8 21.cxb5 Qxa5 22.Qxd6 Qb6 0-1

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