Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dutch Defence Wins With Amin

I’m not afraid to face gambits. I like the straight Dutch Defence 1.d4 f5 even though it allows White the Staunton Gambit 2.e4!? Those who play the French Defence 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 as Black may avoid the Staunton Gambit with the move order 1.d4 e6. Here Black maintains the choice between 2...d5 and 2...f5. He can make his choice after seeing White’s second move.

The Egyptian grandmaster Bassem Amin won the African Chess Championship three times in 2009, 2013 and 2015. In December 2016 Bassem Amin was the highest FIDE rated player in Africa. As White GM Amin usually plays 1.e4 or a Kings Indian Attack after 1.Nf3. Bassem Amin tends to avoid the most popular lines.

As Black Grandmaster Amin plays a wide variety of openings. Amin has preferred 1.e4 e5 in the Open Games, but that is not a guarantee. Amin is an unpredictable opponent to prepare for. Amin answers 1.d4 with 1...Nf6, 1...d5, 1...f5 or as here 1...e6. Bassem Amin backed into this Classical Variation of the Dutch Defence against Grandmaster Mohamad Al Sayed from Qatar.

Al Sayed (2508) - Amin (2662), World Rapid 2016 Doha QAT (1.32), 26.12.2016 begins 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 [7...Ne4 and 7...a5 are major alternatives.] 8.Qc2 [8.b3 c6 9.Qc2+/=] 8...Qg6 [8...a5 9.Be3+/=] 9.Nh4 [9.d5+/=] 9...Qh5 10.Bf3 Qf7 11.d5 c6 12.b3 Ng4 13.dxe6 Bxe6 14.Ng2 Qh5 [14...Ne5 15.Nf4=] 15.h4 g5 [15...Qf7 16.Nf4+/=] 16.Bxg5 Bxg5 17.Bxg4 fxg4 18.hxg5 Qxg5 19.Rad1 Bf5 [19...Qe5 20.Qd3+/-] 20.Qd2 Qg7 21.Qe3 Rf6 [21...Nd7 22.Rxd6 Rae8 23.Qd4+/-] 22.Qe8+ [22.Nh4 Bg6 23.Nxg6 Qxg6 24.Qe7+-] 22...Rf8 23.Qe3 Rf6 24.Nf4 Qf7 [24...Rh6 25.Qe8+ Qf8 26.Qxf8+ Kxf8 27.Ng2+/-] 25.Rd4 [25.f3 gxf3 26.Qxf3+-] 25...Nd7 26.Rfd1 Re8 27.Qd2 d5 [27...Qf8 28.Rxd6 Rxd6 29.Qxd6 Qxd6 30.Rxd6+/-] 28.cxd5 c5 29.Ra4 a6 30.b4 [30.d6 Kh8 31.Kg2+-] 30...b5 31.Ra5 cxb4 32.Nb1 [32.Nxb5 axb5 33.Rxb5 Be4=/+] 32...Be4 33.Qxb4 [33.Rf1 Rh6 34.f3 gxf3 35.exf3 Bxb1-+] 33...Rh6 34.Ng2 Bxg2 [34...Rh1+ 35.Kxh1 Qxf2 36.Qxe4 Rxe4-+] 35.Kxg2 [35.Qxg4+ Rg6 36.Qd4 Bh3-+] 35...Qh5 0-1

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