Friday, March 2, 2018

English Opening Knight Shot Win

International Master Calvin Blocker played this English Opening against Richard Mann in 1977. In APCT, I drew a postal game vs Mann who earned a FIDE Candidate Master title and a USCF National Master Title. Here Mann finds a winning knight shot on move 23.

Blocker - Mann, Cleveland-Phoenix, 1977 begins 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bc5 5.Bg2 [5.Nxe5 Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 Nxe5 7.b3 0-0=] 5...0-0 [5...d6 6.0-0 0-0 7.d3=] 6.0-0 d6 7.d3 [7.e3 Bb6 8.d4 h6 9.Na4 Bf5=] 7...h6 8.e3 [8.a3 a6 9.b4 Ba7=] 8...Bb6 [8...Bg4 9.h3 Bf5 10.a3=] 9.d4 Bf5 10.d5 Ne7 11.Na4 Qd7 12.Nxb6 axb6 13.Qe2 Ng6 14.b3 Bh3 15.Re1 [15.Nd2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 c6=] 15...Bxg2 16.Kxg2 e4 17.Nd4 Rae8 18.Bb2 Re5 [18...Ne5 19.Red1=] 19.Rh1 Rh5 20.h3 Re8 21.Raf1 Rg5 22.f4 [22.Rd1 Nh5 23.Qc2 Ne5=] 22...exf3+ 23.Nxf3? [23.Rxf3 Ne4 24.h4 Rg4 25.Nf5 f6-/+]
23...Nf4+! 24.exf4 Rxe2+ 0-1

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