Monday, April 3, 2017

Gruenfeld Marshall by Kampia

An unorthodox player poses an opening challenge. Marshall Defence to Queens Gambit here resembles a Gruenfeld Defence. Robert Kampia avoided big mistakes as Black. The game drifted into a slight edge for White. I kept missing the most accurate shots. When I went in for wild tactics, I got into deep trouble. Black finally made a mistake on move 25. A few moves later White was winning.

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Sawyer - Kampia, Lansdale, PA 26.06.1981 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 [Marshall] 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Nf3 g6 5.e4 Nf6 [5...Nb6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.Qc2+/=] 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.h3 [7.Bc4 c6 8.h3+/-] 7...Nbd7 8.e5 Ng8 9.Bc4 [9.Bg5!+-] 9...e6 10.Bg5 Ne7 11.Qd2 h6 12.Bh4 a6 13.a4 c6 14.Ne4 g5? [14...0-0 15.0-0+/-] 15.Nd6+ Kf8 16.Bxg5 [16.Bg3+-] 16...hxg5 17.Nxg5 Nb6 18.Ngxf7 [18.Be2+-] 18...Nxc4 19.Qf4 [19.Qc3 Qa5=/+] 19...Ng6 [19...Qa5+ 20.Kf1 Nd5-+] 20.Qf3 Qa5+ 21.Ke2 Qd2+ 22.Kf1 Nxd6 [22...Nh4!-+] 23.Nxh8+ Nf5 24.Nxg6+ Kg8 25.Rd1 Qxb2? [25...Qh6 26.Nf4+/=] 26.h4?! [Correct is 26.g4!+-] 26...Bd7 27.g4 Be8 [Black could escape by 27...Nxd4 when White would draw by perpetual check after 28.Ne7+ Kh8 29.Ng6+ Kg8=] 28.gxf5 Bxg6 29.fxg6 Rf8 30.Qe2 Qb3 31.Rd3 Qxa4 32.Rhh3 Rf4 33.Qh5 Rxd4 34.Rhf3 Rxh4 35.Rd8+ Bf8 36.Rdxf8+ Kg7 37.R3f7# 1-0

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