Sunday, May 22, 2022

Queen Pawn Game Ray Haines

Strong chess players make threats early and often. Weak players miss threats. The more threats you make in chess, the harder it is on your opponent. Of course, making threats requires more work on your part. It’s easier to develop pieces on your favorite squares and wait for a mistake. The downside is that all those players who would miss threats in the opening get a free pass into the middlegame. Ray Haines made three key threats in this game vs the c4 pawn, the Qe5, and the Kg8. His opponent missed two of them.

Haines – nazim4949 (1581), Live Chess, 16.05.2022 begins 1.d4 e6 2.e3 d5 3.Bd3 c5 4.c3 c4 [Black threatens to win a bishop.] 5.Bc2 Be7 6.a4 a6 7.e4 dxe4 8.Bxe4 h6 9.Nf3 Nf6 [Black threatens to win a bishop.] 10.Bc2 0–0 11.0–0 Nc6 12.Nbd2 [White threatens the c4 pawn. Black misses it.] 12...Bd6 13.Nxc4 Re8 14.Qe2 Qc7 15.Nxd6 Qxd6 16.b3 Bd7 17.Bb2 e5 [Black threatens to win a pawn.] 18.Qe3 [This doesn't help much. After 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.c4 White stands better.] 18...exd4 19.Qd3 Ne5 [Black has 19...Bg4 with equal chances.] 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 [White threatens the queen.] 21.cxd4 Qd5 22.Qc4 [Better to activate a rook with 22.Rfe1.] 22...Qh5 23.Qd3 b5 24.Rae1 bxa4 25.bxa4 Qg5 26.d5 [A powerful tactic is 26.Re5 Rxe5 27.dxe5 when both minor pieces are under attack.] 26...a5 [Black can equalize with 26...Qxd5] 27.Bxf6
27...Qxf6 [Black misses the mate, although if 27...gxf6 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8+ Qg8 30.Qxf6 Rxe1 31.Rxe1 Re8 32.Rxe8+ Bxe8 33.d6 White is winning.] 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8# 1–0 [Black is checkmated]

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