Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Polish Opening Herb Fredrick

In this 1.b4 Polish Opening, I followed the famous contest Lalic - Uhlmann, Sarajevo 1980, 0-1 in 29. I had seen it in Chess Informant, which has been a source of great chess information for 50 years. In my 20s I bought the latest issue as soon as it came out. This idea was to meet 1.b4 with 1...d5 2.Bb2 Qd6!? The intent was to play 3...e5. Black wants to build and maintain a big center with pawns on both d5 and e5.

Herb Fredrick played a Polish Opening against me at the North Penn Chess Club. This allowed me to test the idea of 2…Qd6!? If White was not careful, the Black queen could cause quite a stir. White played reasonably well. Black had only a slight edge until he castled into danger on move 32.

Fredrick (1400) - Sawyer, Lansdale, PA 11.02.1981 begins 1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 Qd6 3.a3 e5 4.e3 [4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 a5 6.Nc3 c6 7.Nb3=] 4...f5!? [4...a5 5.b5 Nf6 6.c4 Bg4=] 5.Nf3 [White could try to undermine Black's big center and highlight the fact that Black has not developed any minor pieces. 5.c4!+/= ] 5...e4 6.Ne5!? [6.Nd4 Nc6 7.c4 dxc4 8.Bxc4+/=] 6...Nf6 7.c4 Be6 8.d3 Nbd7 [8...dxc4 9.Qa4+ c6 10.Nxc4 Bxc4 11.dxc4+/=] 9.Nxd7 Qxd7 10.Nd2 [10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.dxe4 fxe4 12.Nd2+/=] 10...a5 11.b5 [11.cxd5 Bxd5 12.dxe4 fxe4 13.Be2=] 11...Be7 [11...dxc4 12.dxe4 Qxb5=] 12.Be2 0-0 13.Rc1 Rad8 [13...exd3 14.Bxd3 dxc4 15.Nxc4 Qxb5=/+] 14.Nb3 dxc4 15.dxc4 Qc8 16.Qc2 b6 17.Nd4 Bc5 18.Nc6 Rde8 19.Qb3 [19.0-0!+/=] 19...g5 [19...f4=/+] 20.Be5 [20.h4 g4 21.Rd1+/=] 20...Bd7 21.Bxf6 [21.Qc3 Re6=] 21...Rxf6 22.Qc3 Ref8 23.Ne5 Qe8 24.Rd1 Bd6  [24...Be6!=/+] 25.Nxd7 Qxd7 26.c5 bxc5 27.Qxa5 Qe7 [27...f4!? 28.exf4 gxf4 29.Qc3=] 28.Rd5 Kh8 29.Qc3 Qg7 30.a4 f4 31.f3?! [This opens lines to the White king. 31.exf4 gxf4 32.a5 Qxg2 33.Rf1=] 31...fxe3 [31...Re8=/+] 32.0-0? [32.a5 g4=/+] 32...Bxh2+ 33.Kxh2 Rh6+ 0-1

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