Friday, April 6, 2018

Larry Christiansen Wins 1...Nc6!?

Queens Knight Defence gives equal chances after 1.e4 Nc6 or here 1.d4 Nc6 2.e4. To win, make your pieces dance. The winner has pieces gracefully flow toward a beautiful finish. Larry Christiansen is a leading player from my generation. Sure there were other grandmasters, but most dropped off along the way. Very few grandmasters born in the 1950s are still playing. Christiansen is a three-time US Champion. Larry teaches on chess. His specialty is tactical ideas for winning attacks. Jeroen Piket won the Dutch championship four times and drew a match with Anatoly Karpov. Then Piket retired from active play. His peak rating was 2670. Both players played without sight of the board.

Piket (2245) - Christiansen (2620), Monaco blind Monaco (11), 1993 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.c3 f6 5.Nf3 fxe5 6.dxe5 [6.Bb5 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7=] 6...e6 7.Bb5 Bc5 [7...Nge7!? 8.Nd4 a6 9.Bxc6+ Nxc6 10.Nxf5 exf5 11.0-0 Qe7=] 8.Nd4 Bxd4 [8...Nge7=] 9.cxd4 Qh4!? [9...Nge7=] 10.Nc3 Nge7 11.Be3 0-0 12.Rc1 Bg4 13.Qd2 Nf5 14.Bg5 [14.Bxc6! bxc6 15.Na4+/=] 14...Qh5 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.h3 h6 [16...c5!?] 17.Qf4  [17.Be3=] 17...Bf3 18.Qxf3 Qxg5 19.0-0 [19.Ne2 Nh4=/+] 19...Nxd4 20.Qg4 Qxe5 21.Rce1 Qf6 22.Na4 [22.Ne2 Nf5 23.Ng3 Rae8-/+] 22...e5 23.Nc5 Qd6 24.b4
24...Rf4! 25.Qg3 [25.Qd1 a5 26.a3 axb4 27.axb4 Qg6-+] 25...Raf8 26.Nd3 Nf3+ 27.gxf3 Rxf3 28.Qxe5 Qg6+ 29.Kh1 Rxh3+ 0-1

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.
Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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