Monday, July 31, 2017

Gruenfeld Defence Templin

The Gruenfeld Defence challenges White to attack or face a counter attack. Ray Templin played the Gruenfeld against me at the North Penn Chess Club. I think this was a just club game and not an actual tournament game, but I don't remember. In any case, we played it at the club and the speed was slow enough that I could write down the moves.

I played this opening from both sides but preferred Black. What should I try as White? I chose 5.Qb3. I'd studied games from the 1950s where this was popular in the games of Botvinnik or Smyslov. We did not follow critical lines. White won two pawns and then the Exchange in this game. I returned the Exchange to get passed rook pawns on both sides of the board. Black's king could not cover everything fast enough.

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Sawyer - Templin (2000), Lansdale, PA 17.07.1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Bg4 [6...0-0 7.e4=] 7.Ne5 Be6 8.Qb5+ Nbd7 9.Qxb7 Nb6 [9...Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.f4+/=] 10.Qc6+ [10.e4! Qxd4 11.Nc6+-] 10...Nfd7 11.Bf4 0-0 12.Nxd7 Bxd7 13.Qxc7 [13.Qc5!+/-] 13...Qe8 [13...Qxc7 14.Bxc7 Bxd4=] 14.e3 Be6? [14...Bc6 15.h4+/-] 15.Bb5 Qc8 [15...Bd7 16.Bxd7 Nxd7 17.0-0+-] 16.Qxc8 Raxc8 17.0-0 Nd5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Rfc1 f6 20.Ba6 [20.Bc7 Rf7 21.Bd7+-] 20...Rb8 [20...Rxc1+ 21.Rxc1 Bxa2 22.Rc5+/-] 21.Bxb8 Rxb8 22.b3 f5 23.Rc8+ Rxc8 24.Bxc8 e5 25.Ba6 Kf7 26.Bc4 Ke6 27.Rc1 exd4 28.exd4 Bxd4 29.Re1+ Kd6 30.Bxd5 Kxd5 31.Re7 Kd6 32.Rxh7 Ke5 33.Rg7 Kf6 34.Rd7 Bb6 [34...Ke5 35.b4+-] 35.Rd6+ Kf7 36.Rxb6 axb6 37.a4 Ke6 38.b4 Kd5 39.h4 Kc4 40.a5 bxa5 41.bxa5 Kb5 42.f3 Kxa5 43.g4 fxg4 44.fxg4 Kb5 45.h5 gxh5 46.gxh5 Kc5 47.h6 Kd6 48.h7 Ke6 49.h8Q 1-0

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