The Amateur Eye / Trompowsky Attack

This often played opening in both correspondence and over-the-board play is a mixed bag of historic delights.  It found it’s way into the World Championship match between Carlsen and Karjakin.  My  own look at chess play of course rests on my “square count” theory that remains totally absent from my huge library of sorted chess data where I merely tried to illustrate chess from a numerical perspective.  To me it seemed easy for children to understand more clearly both movement and piece selection.  It is also a wake up call where the needs of a position assists in short and long term planning  use of our brainpower.

An interesting battle took place between many players and I select a game short enough to maintain your interest.  White:  Patatnik  vs. Black: Geller from 1980.

l.  d4  Nf6  2. Bg5  d5  3.  B:f6  e:f6   Black decides to create a half-open e-file; the alternative ideal goal is to capture toward the center as one of my own games with black in the Insanity Open.   The setups are distinctly different.

4.  e3  Be6  5.  Nd2  Nd7  6. c4  White aim is a strong pawn chain presence that seems offset by black pieces finding active play.  Thus, both sides appear to be happy with their decision coming out of the opening phase.

6. … Bb4  7. c:d5  B:d5  8. Ne2!  O-O  9. Nc3  The point behind move 8.

9. …Nb6  10. a3!  It beckons the bishop to either retreat or capture the knight which strengthens the white center. The knight on b6 is about out of the fracass.

10. … B:c3  11. b:c3  c5  12. Bd3!  Effecting square count.

12. … c:d4  13. c:d4  B:g2?  This appears to hope material will offset white’s strong pawn center where an endgame position would benefit the white side.  But red flags should fly all over the place!  He half-opens the g-file where the king has yet to castle and the enemy king will be under the eye of a menacing rook if white so chooses via Rg1.

14. Rg1  Yep!  Just made to order maybe.

14.  … Bc6  Hoping to safeguard the king by g6. Square count stands at 11/8.

15.  R:g7+!!  K:g7  16. Qg4+  Kh8  17. Qf5 leads to checkmate. So, black turns down his king in resignation.                   &&& ………. &&&

Again, a rather unusual Colle System was adopted in the World Championship between Carlsen and Karjakin.

I present a game from the k-12 National School Championship held in Florida, 2014.

White: Samir Sen  vs.  Black:  N. A. Kranjc   Opening:  Colle System

l.  d4  d5  2. Nf3   Nf6  3.  e3  e6  4. Bd3  a6  This move seems to be often met in modern strategy.  But it is weak from the sense that it develops no piece.  The only asset is that it guards the b5 square from a white piece setting up house on it. Develop, develop, develop is the by-word in openings.

5. O-O   Bd6 6. Nbd2  O-O  7. e4  White pounces on the center e4 square.

7. … d:e4  8. N:e4  Be7  9. Qe2  Nbd7  10. Bg5  An example of Capablanca’s combined development noted in his own treatise.

10. … N:e4  11. Q:e4  g6  12. Bh6  Re8  13. Rad1!  An excellent square for the rook. It also dissuades the idea like …c5 as too dangerous to play.

13. … Nf6  14. Qe2  Bf8  15.Bg5  Avoids exchanges and keeps the pressure on the position. Exchanges should always be played with a purpose and how it effects the position. The defender in such cases finds benefit in exchanges.

15. … Bg7  16. Ne5!  Setting a trap.  If 16…Q:d4?? 17. B:g6 wins  material.

16. … h6  17. Bh4  g5  18. Bg3  Nd5  19. Qh5! Rf8  20. Ng4  f5  21. N:h6+ B:h6  Qf6

Now white has two possible continuations.. the aggressive retention of the Queen or exchanging to bring about a positional superior pawn endgame advantage.   White, being a strong endgame artist decides to use this advantage to score the point on move 56.

This is another example of using square count as a confidence builder in handling positions.  finis.







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