Monday, April 10, 2017

King Fianchetto 1.g3 Goble

Dale Goble ventured King's Fianchetto with 1.g3. His play was original and unusual. It appears White change his mind. First, he began with 1.g3 Then a handful of moves later he played 6.g4. There are times when it makes perfect sense to advance the g-pawn one square and then two. For example, consider the 2…g6 Kings Indian Defence lines when Black chases a Bg5 with h6 and g5 often followed by Nh5.

As Black this time, I delaying grabbing the center by 1...e5 or 1...d5. I angled for a Dutch with 1…f5, which I have played many times. When White made his extra pawn advance, he lost material. I am not sure if he meant to sacrifice the pawn, but it happened.

White fought on gamely. Black whittled down the forces. Each exchange brought White nothing but more trouble. I missed the strongest continuations, but my tactics were good enough to win. One curious thing about this game is that I had not yet castled when the game ended.

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Goble (1500) - Sawyer (2100), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.g3 f5 2.Nc3 [2.c4 English Opening] 2...Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.e4 [4.d4 Dutch Defence] 4...d6 [4...Nxe4 5.Nxe4 fxe4 6.Bxe4 d5 7.Bg2 Nc6=] 5.f3 [5.exf5 gxf5 (5...Bxf5? 6.Bxb7+/-; 5...Nc6!? 6.fxg6+/=) 6.d4+/-] 5...Bg7 6.g4? [White sacrifices a pawn. Better would be 6.d4 0-0 7.e5 Nfd7 8.f4=] 6...fxg4 7.h3 [7.d4 0-0-/+] 7...gxh3 [I wanted a passed h-pawn. Maybe even better to weaken White's center with 7...gxf3! 8.Nxf3 c5 9.d4 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Nc6-/+] 8.Bxh3 [8.Nxh3 Nh5 9.d4 Nc6 10.Ne2 e5=/+] 8...c5 9.Bg2 Nc6 10.Nd5 [10.d3 d5-/+] 10...Be6 [I missed the combination 10...Nxd5! 11.exd5 Nb4 12.f4 Bf5 13.d3 Qa5 14.Bd2 Bxb2 15.Rb1 Qxa2-+] 11.Nf4 Bf7 12.b3 Nd7 [I should have played 12...Nh5! 13.d4 Nxf4 14.Bxf4 Nxd4-+] 13.c3 Nb6 14.Nfe2 [14.Nge2 e5 15.Nh3 Qe7 16.d3 h6-/+] 14...e5 15.d4 [15.d3! Qe7-/+] 15...exd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4 17.Bb2 [Or 17.Rb1 Nxe2 18.Nxe2 d5 19.0-0 0-0-+] 17...Nxf3+ 18.Nxf3 Bxb2 19.Rb1 Be5 20.Nxe5 dxe5 21.0-0 Qe7 22.Ng3 Nd7 0-1

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