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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