Wednesday, January 31, 2018

English Opening Howard Turner

Howard Turner of California and I met in an APCT email event in 1996. A player named Howard Farley Turner had at one point a USCF correspondence rating of 1785. Mark Dvoretsky wrote, “Secrets of Chess Training” translated by a Howard Turner. It seems like a common name. We played an English Opening. Yes, I played 1.c4 as White!? Truly that is rare for me. The Black retreated with 6…Nc7 which is similar to the 5…Nc7 in my Jack Clauser game. This game took on the character of a reversed Maroczy Bind after 1.c4 c5 followed by 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 and 7…e5 8.d3. The key moment of the game was move 10. Black castled and lost the e5 pawn to a combination. Better would have been to support e5 with 10…f6. Play continued for another 20 moves. Black resigned when he was “only” down a pawn. However, that pawn was an extra passed pawn as the endgame approached. Black’s knight on d5 was under attack. After it moved, 34.Bb4+ seemed likely. White would continue to advance his forces.

Sawyer - Turner, corr APCT EMQ-2, 1996 begins 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nc7 7.0-0 e5 8.d3 Be7 9.Nd2 Bd7 10.Nc4 0-0 [10...f6 11.f4 b5 12.Ne3 exf4 13.Nf5 b4 14.Nxe7 Qxe7=] 11.Bxc6 Bxc6 12.Nxe5 Be8 13.a4 [13.Be3+/=] 13...b6 [13...f6 14.Nf3=] 14.Qc2 Bf6 15.Ng4 Bd4 16.e3 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Bd7 18.f3 [18.Ne5 Bh3 19.Re1+/=] 18...Bxg4 19.fxg4 Qd7 20.h3 [20.a5 Qxg4 21.e4=] 20...Rad8 21.d4 Ne6 [21...Rfe8=] 22.Kh2 Rfe8 23.Qf5 cxd4 24.exd4 Nc7 25.Qxd7 Re2+ [25...Rxd7 26.Kg2 Nd5 27.Bd2=] 26.Rf2 Rxf2+ 27.Kg1 Rxd7 28.Kxf2 Nd5 [28...f6 29.Ke3+/-] 29.Bd2 Rc7 30.Ra3 Kf8 31.Ke2 Ke7 32.Kd3 Rd7 33.c4
[White is up a pawn in the final position.] 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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