Thursday, February 15, 2018

English Opening to Open Catalan

White's command of open lines made all the difference. This English transposed to an Open Catalan. In Benjamin Bok vs Lucas Van Foreest, Black captured the gambit pawn with 6...dxc4. White recaptured with his queen and soon returned to d1 only to have the queens swapped off. Black took six moves to trade light-squared bishops. Black did not develop his queenside knight until move 21, and then he resigned.

Bok (2607) - Van Foreest (2481), 80th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (8.4), 21.01.2018 begins 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 e6 4.0-0 Be7 5.c4 0-0 6.d4 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bg5 Bd5 11.Qc2 Be4 12.Qd1 c5 13.dxc5
13...Qxd1? [13...h6=] 14.Rxd1 Bxc5 15.Nc3 Bc6 16.Ne5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 h6 [17...Be7 18.Ne4+/=] 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Ne4 fxe5 20.Nxc5 b6 21.Ne4 Nc6 [21...Ra7 22.Rac1+/-] 22.Rac1 1-0

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