Friday, December 9, 2016

Colle System Exchange Trap

Magnus Carlsen lost only one game in his World Championship match against Sergey Karjakin. Magnus Carlsen chose to play the Zukertort Colle System with b3. This opening resembles a Queens Indian Defence in reverse. White first develops his own pieces without putting direct pressure on Black. But then White bursts forth with the intention to attack kingside.

Sergey Karjakin easily equalized. Magnus Carlsen found a way to lose by avoiding all draws in their eighth game. It reminded me of this famous Bobby Fischer quote, “If you don't win, it’s not a great tragedy - the worst that happens is that you lose a game.” Fischer’s opponents did not have the tools to prepare like today.

Ray Haines played a Colle System against Roger Hardison. I gave alternative ideas in the notes to their game. Both players did well for the first nine moves. Ray Haines tends to avoid lines that masters play. Presumably this is to save time and cut down on his need to study. These players swerved back into a line played by Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf 75 years ago. This same Najdorf became famous for a popular Sicilian Defence variation. Haines attacked kingside according to the basic Colle plan.

Ray Haines wrote: “I set a trap for him starting on move 14. He did not have to play into it, but he did and I won the Exchange.”

Haines (1830) - Hardison, Houlton, ME, 17.09.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 e6 3.Bd3 c5 [3...d5] 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 [5.c4] 5...b6 6.Qe2 [6.e4!? c4 7.Bxc4 Nxe4 8.Bf4=] 6...0-0 7.b3 [7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.e4=] 7...Bb7 8.Bb2 d5 9.Ne5 [9.Nbd2=] 9...Nbd7 10.f4 [10.Nd2 cxd4 11.Nxd7 Nxd7 12.exd4= and White outplayed his opponent and won 1-0 in 41 moves. Najdorf - Engels, Mar Del Plata 1941] 10...Ne4 [10...cxd4 11.exd4 Ne4 12.Nd2 f5=] 11.Nd2 f5 [11...Nxe5 12.fxe5 Bg5=] 12.Ndf3 h6?!  [This creates a weakness on g6. 12...Bf6=] 13.Rad1 [13.Ng6 Re8 14.Rad1+/=] 13...Rc8 [13...Bd6 14.c4+/=] 14.Ng6 Rf7 [14...Re8 15.c4+/=] 15.Bb5 [15.c4+/=] 15...Bc6? [Wrong bishop move. Better is 15...Bd6=] 16.Bxc6 Rxc6 17.Nge5 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Rc7 [18...Qe8 19.Nxc6 Qxc6 20.c4+/-] 19.Nxf7 Kxf7 20.c4 cxd4 [20...Bf6 21.dxc5+-] 21.cxd5 exd5 22.Bxd4 [Or 22.Qh5+ g6 23.Qxh6+-] 22...Bf6 23.Qd3 Bxd4 24.Qxd4 Rd7 [24...Nf6 25.Rc1+-] 25.Rc1 Qf6 26.Rc2 Qxd4 27.exd4 Ke7 28.Rfc1 Kf7 29.Rc7 1-0


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