Monday, January 23, 2017

Dutch Defence Knight on the Rim

An old chess saying is that a knight on the rim is grim (or is dim). Things can easily go wrong with a knight on the edge. It has less scope and freedom. But it is only a maxim. You want your pieces to use the whole board if it helps. At times you can hook to the edge and then dive back toward the middle with great affect. My personal experience with the Dutch Defence Leningrad is that ...Na5 is more risky than ...Ne5. Timing is everything. Ray Haines sent me this game against Robert Bridgham. Below are some comments that Ray Haines sent me which I edited slightly.

“It was good to have Robert drive up from Bangor to play. We did not know he was coming. I played the opening good. I moved my knight to e4. I studied to game and on move 12 decided to trade my king knight for his queen knight and then move my queen knight to a5. I do not know why I ended up picking up my queen knight and not my king knight. I dropped a piece as a result. That one is not as good. I tried to make a fight out of it, but he did a good job defensing his king. He did have places where he could have gone wrong, but he did not go wrong.”

Yes Ray, I agree. White played well. As mentioned Black slipped up on move 12 and finally ran out of good moves. Maybe we will see these two play against another time.

Bridgham - Haines, Houlton Open (1), 07.01.2017 begins 1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bg5 h6 [8...Ne4!=] 9.Bf4 [9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Qd2=] 9...g5 10.Bc1 Ne4 [10...e5!=] 11.e3 [11.d5! Nxc3 12.bxc3 Na5 13.h4+/=] 11...e5 12.d5 Na5? [12...Nxc3 13.bxc3 Na5 14.Nd2 b6 15.e4=] 13.Nxe4 fxe4 14.Nd2 Bf5? [Black would do better to save the knight with 14...b6 15.b4 Nb7 16.Bb2 a5 17.a3+/- when White will pick up the e4 pawn.] 15.b4 c5 16.bxa5 Qxa5 17.Qc2 b5 18.cxb5 Qxb5 19.Rb1 Qe2 20.Qc4 Qh5 21.Bxe4 Bh3 22.Bg2 g4 23.Bxh3 Qxh3 24.Rb7 Rf5 25.f4 exf4 [25...gxf3 26.Rxf3 Raf8 27.Qe4+-] 26.Rxf4 Rh5 27.Qe2 Re8 28.Nc4 Rg5 [28...Be5 29.Nxe5 dxe5 30.Qc2 Qxh2+ 31.Qxh2+-] 29.Bb2 Qh5 30.Rxg7+ Rxg7 31.Bxg7 Kxg7 1-0

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