Monday, February 27, 2017

Hugh Myers Plays Nimzovich

Hugh E. Myers (1930-2008) was one of the greatest contributors to original opening theory in my lifetime. One of his favorites was 1.c4 g5 Myers Defence to the English Opening. Hugh Myers was a master who authored books on many offbeat opening lines.

From 1979-1988 he wrote “The Myers Opening Bulletin”. Myers presented games from any unusual line in numbered periodicals referred to as MOB, volume x, number y, etc. He published them and then he stopped due to money or health. When he resumed publication from 1992-1996, they were called “New MOB”. A large portion of the Myers Opening Bulletin covered 1.e4 Nc6. In addition Hugh E. Myers wrote three books on 1.e4 Nc6. These editions of the Nimzovich Defence were in 1973, 1985 and 1993.

My favorite Hugh E. Myers volume was his biography. It was called “A Chess Explorer: Life and Games” published in 2002. At times his opinions in the chess community were controversial. Hugh Myers made it clear that you do not have to be a famous professional grandmaster to have good ideas in chess openings. Hugh Myers lived in Iowa and won state championships in four different states. In the 1960s he lived in the Dominican Republic. He played on their Olympiad team. I remember his 1.Nc3 games.

Hugh Myers called 1.e4 Nc6 the “Nimzovich Defence”. I refer to the whole 1…Nc6 opening complex descriptively as the Queens Knight Defence. Alberto Malagon played against Hugh Myers in this Nimzovich Defence. They continued 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.g4.

Malagon - Myers, Santo Domingo 1968 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.g4 Be4 5.f3 Bg6 6.h4 h5 7.a3 [7.g5 e6 8.c3 Nb8!? 9.Ne2 c5=/+] 7...e6 [7...f6!=/+] 8.g5 Nge7 9.Be3 Qd7 [9...Nb8!?=/+] 10.Nc3 0-0-0 11.Qd2? [11.Nge2=] 11...Nf5 [11...Nxe5! 12.dxe5 d4-/+] 12.Bf2 Be7 13.Nh3 f6 14.f4 Na5 15.b3 [15.0-0-0=] 15...c5 [15...Kb8-/+] 16.dxc5 d4 17.Nb5 Nc6 18.Nd6+ Kb8 19.Bb5 Qc7 20.exf6 gxf6 21.Nxf5 Bxf5 22.b4 e5 23.0-0-0 Qd7 [23...e4=] 24.gxf6 [24.fxe5! Qd5 25.Kb2 fxe5 26.Bg3+/-] 24...Bxf6 25.fxe5 Bxe5 26.Nf4? [26.Qe1 Rhe8=/+] 26...Qf7 27.Kb1 Qb3+ 28.Kc1 Qxa3+ 29.Kb1 Nxb4 0-1

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