Thursday, March 22, 2018

White Attacks Old Benoni Chess

Queen Pawn Opening players may face the Old Benoni 1.d4 c5 from time to time. Rick Torning writes: "The Old Benoni game - Black offered a knight to attack down the g-file and probably envisaged a B+R windmill attack on my castled king. I had the luxury of gaining material and then hunting the Black king down. regards, Rick T"

Torning - NN, Casual Bullet lichess, 03.03.2018 begins 1.d4 c5 [Old Benoni Defense] 2.Nc3 cxd4 3.Qxd4 a6 4.Qh4 Nc6 5.f4 b5 6.a3 Bb7 7.e4 b4 8.axb4 Nxb4 9.Bd3 Nxd3+ 10.cxd3 Nf6 11.Nf3 d6 12.0-0 Qc7 13.e5 e6 [Iassumed Black wanted to open the g-file and try and get a windmill attack on my king with the bishop and rook. I was confident my attack was stronger with the Black king in the open.] 14.exf6 gxf6 15.Qxf6 Rg8 16.Ng5 blocking the g-file threats 16...Be7 17.Qxf7+ Kd7 18.Qxe6+ Kd8 19.Qxg8+ Kd7 20.Qe6+ Kd8 21.Nf7+ Ke8 22.f5 Qd7 23.Nxd6+? [The luxury of being material up and looking for a king hunt! I could liquidate into a winning endgame at any time being material up.] 23...Kd8 [23...Kf8?? 24.Bh6#; 23...Qxd6! gets back one minor piece but Black is still material down.] 24.Qg8+ Kc7 25.Qc4+ Kxd6? [Now the hunt is on!]
26.Ne4+ Ke5 27.Bf4+ Kxf5 28.Bd6+ Kg6 [28...Kg4 29.Rf4+ Kh5 30.Qf7+ Kh6 31.Rh4+ Bxh4 32.Bf4+ Bg5 33.Bxg5#] 29.Qf7+ Kh6 30.Bf4+ White wins on time. 30...Bg5 31.Bxg5# 1-0 [Game notes by Torning]

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