Monday, June 26, 2017

Conquest vs Mestrovic 3.Bg5

Zvonimir Mestrovic wins with active creativity in a Queens Knight Defence 1…Nc6. Black pushed the initiative and won a beauty. White pinned the phantom knight with 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d6 3.Bg5. Black’s pawn structure after move eight reminded me of a position Michael Basman might reach after 1.e4 g5.

Stuart Conquest is a British grandmaster. He has been active in chess activities for a long time as a player, commentator and tournament director. I found his writing to be very entertaining. One of Stuart Conquest most successful playing years was 1990. This led to Conquest earning the grandmaster title in 1991. According to FIDE, his peak rating of 2601 came in 2001.

Raymond Keene, another British GM, wrote a book with Byron Jacobs entitled “A Complete Defense for Black”. Keene played 1…Nc6. They wrote in the Forward that “1…Nc6 is a pleasant blend of soundness and aggression. There are few Black defences in which White can be overrun with such rapidity…”

This game is an example of full court action. Both players are attacking and defending at the same time. Mestrovic speeds up his assault when he responds to an attack with an attack on moves 22 to 24. On move 26 Black sacrifices a rook for a mating attack. The winner’s conquest was the result of bold strategy and accurate tactics.

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Conquest (2465) - Mestrovic (2440), Bad Woerishofen op 1990 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d6 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 g5 5.Bg3 Bg7 6.c3 Nf6 7.Nd2 0-0 8.h4 g4 9.h5 e5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Qc2 c6 [11...Rb8=] 12.Ne2 Re8 13.0-0-0 Qa5 [13...b5=] 14.Kb1 Be6 15.Nb3 [15.Nc1+/=] 15...Qb6 [15...Qa4=] 16.Nf4 Bc4 17.Bxc4 [17.Bh4+/=] 17...Nxc4 18.Rhe1 [18.f3 Ne3=] 18...a5 19.Qd3 [19.Kc1 a4-/+] 19...Qb5 20.Re2 c5 21.f3 d5 22.e5 a4 23.exf6 [23.Na5 Rxa5-/+] 23...Rxe2 24.Qxe2 axb3 25.a3 Bxf6 26.Qd3 Rxa3 27.bxa3 Nxa3+ 28.Kc1 Nc4 29.Qf5 Qa5 30.Qc8+ Bd8 31.Qxg4+ Kh8 [31...Bg5 32.Qc8+ Kg7 33.Qh8+ Kxh8 34.Kb1 Qa2+ 35.Kc1 Qb2#] 32.Ng6+ fxg6 0-1


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