I learned from Anatoly Karpov to control the board with pieces. I reviewed his 530 games from the RHM David Levy collection up through 1974. Karpov took away almost any square that his opponent wanted to use. Anatoly Karpov wrote a book on Queen Pawn Openings without 2.c4 (only in Russian). Karpov mentioned me in his section on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. As I recall, Karpov called me a Baptist minister.
My new French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.
I won nice games in Karpov style vs lower rated players but I found myself just waiting for mistakes. My higher rated opponents did not make many mistakes. They enjoyed my mistakes. To beat higher rated players, I sharpened my approach to openings. I increased the risk to get the reward. I chose wild gambits and sharp main lines. This led to ugly losses and glorious victories. My rating and skill gradually improved.
I play both 1.d4 and 1.e4 when I want aggressive openings. I like complicated lines where my opponent could go wrong. I won in the Sicilian Defence Najdorf 6.Bg5. I did not know all the lines, but neither did my opponents. Vs Allen Taylor the result could have gone either way. Black lost due to loose pieces. In the final position, I had a double threat of Nxe6xf8 and gxf6.
Sawyer - Taylor, Williamsport, PA 19.09.2000 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4 e6 8.f4 [8.0-0 h6 9.Be3+/=] 8...Be7 9.Qf3 [9.Bxe6! fxe6 10.Nxe6 Qb6 11.Nxg7+ Kf7 12.Nf5 Qxb2 13.Nd5 Bf8 14.0-0+/-] 9...h6 10.Bh4 Qc7 11.Bb3 Nc5 12.0-0!? Bd7 [12...Nfxe4! 13.Bxe7 Nxc3 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Qxc3 0-0 16.Rad1 Qb6=] 13.Rad1 Nxb3 14.axb3 Rc8 15.g4 b5 16.Rfe1 0-0 [16...b4!=/+] 17.g5 Ne8 18.Qh5 Qc5 19.Bf2 Nf6 20.Qf3 1-0
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