Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Queens Knight Bird Very Fine

Reuben Fine played 1.Nc3 against Adolf Jay Fink in Pasadena, California in 1932. Grandmaster Reuben Fine was born in 1914, three years after Mikhail Botvinnik and two years before Paul Keres. They were all in their prime from the 1930s to the 1950s. Fine retired early. He authored some of my favorite chess books.

Fine scored +7 -4 =14 against Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe and Botvinnik. After World War II Reuben Fine was invited as one of six players to play for the world championship so as to replace Alekhine who had died. Fine declined to play. Instead he worked on his doctorate from USC and his profession as a psychologist.

This Queens Knight Attack 1.Nc3 d4 2.f4 is the rare Bird’s Opening line 1.f4 d5 2.Nc3. On the one hand White makes a commitment with the early Nc3. On the other hand the knight gets into play quicker and more aggressively than it might in other lines. Note 2.f4 allows 4.Nf2.

Fine - Fink, Pasadena 1932 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.f4 d4 3.Ne4 Nf6 4.Nf2 [4.Nxf6+!? exf6 (or 4...gxf6 5.Nf3 Qd6 6.c3 c5 7.cxd4 cxd4 8.e3=) 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.e4 dxe3 7.dxe3 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1=] 4...Bf5 [4...Ng4 5.Nxg4 Bxg4 6.h3 Bf5 7.Nf3=] 5.Nf3 Nc6 [5...c5 6.e3 dxe3 7.dxe3 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 Nc6 9.Bd3=] 6.g3 [6.c3 Qd7 7.d3 e6 8.Bd2 dxc3 9.bxc3=] 6...Qd7 7.Bg2 0-0-0 8.0-0 h6 [8...h5=] 9.a3 g6 10.b4 a6 11.Bb2 Bg7 12.c4 Ng4?! [12...dxc3 13.Bxc3+/=] 13.Qa4?! [13.Nd3! Bxd3 14.exd3+/-] 13...Nxf2 14.Rxf2 Bf6? [14...Kb8 15.b5+/=] 15.b5 Nb8 16.Qb3 c5 17.bxa6 Nxa6 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.fxe5 Qc7 20.d3 Rd7 21.Bc1 e6 22.Bd2 Nb8 [22...Qxe5 23.Rb1+-] 23.Qb5 Nc6 24.Rb1 Nd8 25.Qa4 g5 26.Qa7 Qxe5 27.Ba5 Re7 28.Rb5 Nc6 29.Rxc5 Rc7 30.Bxc6 1-0

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