Friday, December 16, 2016

English Opening vs Shvartsman

This variation of the English Opening 1.c4 e5 is in effect the reverse of the Sicilian Defence 1.e4 c5. The more wide open the opening becomes, the more White’s extra move matters.

Michael R. Shvartsman is a USCF National Master rated 2208. We played a sharp contest in the relatively rare 2.Nc3 Bb4 line of the English Opening. Mike Shvartsman exhibited a fighting spirit.

In the notes I included my game with Horst Niedermayr of Austria. We played in the Olympiad. Horst Niedermayr has a 2344 ICCF rating.

Sawyer (1969) - Shvartsman (2082), corr APCT EMQ-1, 1996 begins 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5  [3.g3 Ne7!? (3...Nf6=) 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e3 (5.Nf3=) 5...Bxc3 6.bxc3 d6 7.d4 Nbc6 8.Ne2 b6 9.0-0 Rb8 10.Ba3 Bg4= but things went downhill from here. 0-1 in 35. Sawyer - Niedermayr, corr ICCF 1982] 3...Bc5 [3...Be7 4.Nf3=] 4.e3 c6!? [This is a very aggressive approach. Another interesting line is 4...Nf6 5.b4 Nxd5 6.bxc5 Nf6 7.Bb2 Qe7 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Qxc5 11.Nb5 0-0 12.Ba3 Nb4 13.Nxc7 Qxc7 14.Bxb4 Re8=] 5.Nc3 [5.d4!?] 5...Qe7 6.g3!? [6.Be2] 6...d6 7.Bg2 f5 8.Nge2 Nf6 9.0-0 0-0 10.d4 Bb6 11.b4 [11.b3=] 11...e4 12.Bb2 Be6 13.d5 Bf7 14.Qd2? [14.a4=] 14...Nbd7 15.Nd4 Bxd4 16.Qxd4 Ne5 17.Rfd1 Bh5 18.Rdb1 Nfd7 [18...Nd3!-/+] 19.c5 Rf6? [19...dxc5 20.bxc5 Qf7=/+] 20.dxc6 bxc6 [20...Nxc6 21.Nd5+-] 21.Nd5 Qf7 22.Nxf6+ gxf6 [22...Qxf6 23.Qxd6 Qxd6 24.cxd6+-] 23.Qxd6 Bf3 24.Bxf3 [24.b5!+/-] 24...exf3 25.Bxe5 Nxe5 26.b5 Qh5 27.h4 Qg4 28.Kh2 Qc4 29.bxc6 Ng4+ 30.Kg1 Nxf2 31.Rb2 [31.Rb8+! Kf7 32.Qd7+ Kg6 33.h5+ Kh6 34.Qxf5 Nh3+ 35.Kh2 Rxb8 36.Kxh3+-] 31...Ne4 32.Qd4 Qf7 33.c7?! [33.Rf1 f2+ 34.Rfxf2 Nxf2 35.Kxf2+-] 33...Qg6 34.Kh1 [34.Qxe4 fxe4 35.Rb8+ Kf7 36.Kh2+/-] 34...Qg4 35.Rab1?  [35.Qd6 Nxd6 36.cxd6=] 35...Qh3+? [35...Kg7!-+] 36.Rh2? [36.Kg1 Qxg3+ 37.Kf1=] 36...Nxg3+  [36...Nf2+! 37.Kg1 Qxg3+ 38.Kf1 Nh3-+ wins the king or queen or two rooks.] 37.Kg1 f2+ 38.Kxf2 Qxh2+ 39.Kf3 Ne4 40.Rb2 Qg3+ 41.Ke2 Qf2+ [Black settles for a draw by perpetual check. He still had winning chances after 41...Qxc7 42.Qd5+ Kg7 43.Qxa8 Qh2+ 44.Kd3 Qxb2-+] 42.Kd3 Qf1+ 43.Kc2 Qe2+ 44.Kc1 Qe1+ What a battle! 1/2-1/2

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