I played Russian master Ivan Nikolaevich Dernovoi. When I saw that Dernovoi played the Sokolsky Opening, I replied classically with 1.b4 e5. Postal chess moves back and forth from America to the old Soviet Union took a couple weeks. This gave me time to think about what I really wanted to play.
Upon further reflection I chose to turn the position into a King’s Indian Defence with 2.Bb2 d6 3.c4 Nf6 4.e3 g6. We both seemed to be more interested in solid play than aggressive action. We exchanged down to an even endgame. White offered a draw when we were about to reach a knight ending with a symmetrical pawn structure.
I found two couple short I.N. Dernovoi games with the Sokolsky Opening. Doubtless the winners submitted them for publication. After we finished our careers, Ivan Nikolaevich Dernovoi had an ICCF rating of 2217. Mine was 2157.
My Chess Training Repertoire that I send this week covers the Sokolsky or Polish Opening 1.b4. My mail that analysis each Thursday at about 11:45 AM Eastern time.
Dernovoi (2217) - Sawyer (2157), corr ICCF 1984 begins 1.b4 e5 [1...d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.b5 Bd6 5.c4 Nbd7 6.f4 0-0 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be2 d4 9.exd4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bxf4 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Nf3 b6 13.Qe1 Bb7 14.g3 Bh6 15.d4 Ng4 16.Qc3 Ndf6 17.Nbd2 Nh5 18.Kg2 Nxh2 19.d5 Qxg3+ 20.Kh1 Ng4 0-1 Dernovoi - Sokolov, corr 1981] 2.Bb2 d6 [2...Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.c4 0-0 5.e3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Nf3 Re8 8.Bb2 Nf4 9.Qb3 Na6 10.Bxa6 Nxg2+ 11.Kd1 bxa6 12.Qxb4 Qd5 13.Ke2 c5 14.Bc3 Qh5 15.Qa4 Bb7 16.Rg1 Bxf3+ 0-1 Dernovoi - Soerensen, corr 1980] 3.c4 Nf6 4.e3 g6 [An alternative is the Old Indian set up with 4...Be7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Nf3 e4 7.Ng5 Bf5 8.d3=] 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 0-0 [6...e4 7.Nd4 0-0 8.0-0 c5=] 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.a4 [8.d3 a5 9.a3 e4 10.dxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.Qc2 Re8 13.Nc3 Nxc3 14.Qxc3+ Qf6=] 8...Re8 9.d4 Nf8 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.Qb3 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.dxe5 dxe5 14.Rfe1 [14.Rfd1 Qe7 15.Nd2+/=] 14...Qe7 15.Nd2 Bf5 16.c5 Be6 [16...a5 17.bxa5 Bd7=] 17.Bc4 [17.Qc2+/=] 17...Rad8 18.Bxe6 Qxe6 19.Qxe6 Nxe6 20.Nc4 e4 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Kf1 Rd3 23.Red1 Red8 24.Ke2 1/2-1/2
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