Monday, November 25, 2013

Chess Camp Curiosities: Part 3

Well let us now end off this section with our third and final game... also a more serious one. Still, the lessons learned from this game are worth noting down

1. d4 d5
2. Bf4 Nc6!?

The main line continues either 2... e6 or 2... c6

3. Nf3 Nf6
4. e3 Bf5
5. Bd3 Bxd3
6. cxd3!? (D)

A novelty-- at the cost of his pawn structure, White gets the open c-file as well as the threat of 7. e4, taking control of the centre. 6. Qxd3 would have been safer but less ambitious

6... e6
7. O-O Bd6
8. Ne5 Bxe5
9. dxe5 Nd7
10. d4 O-O
11. Nd2 Ne7
12. Qg4

White seizes the initiative. The threat of pushing e4 is hanging in the air.

12... Ng6
13. Bg5 Qe8
14. Rac1 c6
15. e4! h6
16. Be3 (D)

The other variation is 16. Bh4, where White still has space to retreat his bishop

16... f5!

Black finally responds with a strong counterthrust. After 17. exf6 Nxf6 (17. Qd1? leads to 17... f4!) 18. Qg3 dxe4/Nxe4 he can consolidate his position with an extra pawn, but White can exploit the hole on d6 with the maneuver Nc4-Nd6. The position is at least equal.

17. exf5?!

Dropping a piece

17... exf5
18. Qh3 f4
19. e6 Nf6

20. Rfe1 fxe3
21. Rxe3 Ne7

White probably thought he could compensate for his lost piece with a central passed pawn, but Black's blockade of the pawn proves otherwise. The knight cannot be chased away easily.

22. f4 Qg6
23. Rg3 Qh5
24. Qxh5 Nxh5 (D)

You shall not pass!

The passed pawn is going nowhere. With an extra piece, picking off the pawn is only a matter of time for Black.

Edit: I decided to add the following picture as an afterthought:

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