Kindred’s Special: Batman and Robin or Zip,Zap, Bang,

Zip!! Zap!! Bang!! seems a good way to describe a terrific struggle I present below. Phil Dorsey asked me in October 1991to play a 6-game rated training match to prepare him for his entry into the Eastern Amateur. The games were played weekly, each game at a rate of 40/2 over several weeks with option to seal at move 40 or play to a finish. I managed to win the match 3.5-2.5, winning one game and drawing five.

The following game prompted Phil requesting the match. This was played shortly before in the club championship event.

          Don Reithel   (White)  2081        vs       Phil Dorsey   (Black)  2231

                      Let the Knights do a Tango or Four-way Fianchetto

1.Nf3

This Knight opening the game is common and popular. The purpose is to develop without commitment to any particular pawn formation until Black declares what type of defensive setup posture he wants to assume.

1…Nf6  2.g3  b6  3.Bg2  Bb7  4.0-0  g6  5.b3  Bg7  6.Bb2  0-0

Black’s intention to strike the central squares from a distance (bishops) is countered by White neutralizing the two diagonals with the same purpose in mind. The symetrical nature of the position with no noticeable targets makes for a short range plan. Black follows a similar view but has a cunning idea. I do not want to rush pawns into the center until I see just what Black has in mind so I decided to keep my own position compact similar to a modern day hedgehog type structure.

7.d3  Na6  8.e3  Nc5  9.Qe2

Black’s Knight sortie was new to me and frankly a bit puzzling as I could not understand its objective immediately.

9…a5  10.a3

Now, if 10…a4 11.b4 chases the Knight and builds up a Q-side spatial edge.

10…Ra7

A mysterious Nimzowitsch Rook move he was so famous for. His two excellent books MY SYSTEM and CHESS PRAXIS are classics of instruction as well as game collections of some of the great battles waged during his own era. Phil opines that his Rook will be effective along the 7th rank and plans to back up both Rook and Bishop with his Queen which is what I envisioned and does in fact transpire next.

11.Nbd2  Qa8  12.Rab1

Always look for pieces and pawns which are unprotected is a valuable axiom. When no apparent course is available, it is always wise to take time out to defend them. Black’s next move places a Rook opposite the opposing Queen (usually a sound and good idea) and hoping I will strive to grab more center when the Rook can become dangerous in countering any central pawn chain that develops.

13.Ne1  Bxg2  14.Nxg2  Nd5

The Knights continue to tango enticing me to start action in the center to expand my square count and hope that he will be able to create weaknesses in the pawn structure to wage war against.

15.d4

Chasing these pesky Knights but double edged as a pawn center now exists for Black to strike with a sharp counter blow.

15…Ne6  16.c4  Nf6  17.Qd3  d5  18.f3  c5  19.cxd5  Qxd5  20.e4  Qd8!

Black has realized his long term plan to weaken and then strike the center. It is difficult to tell at this point any success of his objective but I felt my center strong enough to withstand any pressure he can mount.

21.d5  Rd7  22.Qb5  Nc7  23.Qxb6  e6  24.Qxa5  Qe7 25.d6!  Rxd6  26.e5  Rd3 27.exf6  Bxf6  28.Bxf6  Qxf6  29.Qxc5  Rxd2  30.Qxc7  Qd4+  31.Kh1 Rd8

Black’s sharp counterplay vindicates his interesting plan. The bad position of the White King having no space to move lets Black regain the piece.

32.Qc4  Qa7!  33.Qc1  Qd7  34.Rb2  Rd1  35.Rxd1  Qxd1  36.Qxd1  Rxd1+ 37.Ne1  Rxe1+  38.Kg2  Ra1  39.a4  Kf8  40.Kf2  Ke7 41.Ke3  Kd6  42.Kd4  Rc1  43.f4  f6  44.b4  e5+  45.fxe5+  fxe5+  46.Kd3  Ra1 47.b5  Ra3+  48.Ke2  Kc7! 49.b6+ Kb7  50.Rb4  Ra2+ 51.Ke3  Rxh2 52.a5

White sealed this move.

52…Ra2  53.Rb5  Ra5  54.Rxe5 Ka6  55.Re7  Ra3+ 56.Kf4  Ra4+ 57.Kf3  Ra3+ 58.Kg2 Ra2+  59.Kh3  Rxa5 60.Rxh7 Kxb6  61.Rh6 Kc7  62.Rxg6 Kd7  63.Rf6 Ke7 64.Rf4  Ra8  65.Kg4  Rg8+ 66.Kf3  Rg5  67.Rb4  Kf6  68.Rb6+ Kg7 69.Kf4 Ra5  70.g4  Rc5  71.Kg3  Ra5  72.Kh4  Rc5 Draw 1/2-1/2.

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