The Amateur Eye– Reviews from my chess library

The scene is Lindsborg 2001 Lindsborg Rotary Chess Open with the feature of IM John Donaldson snapping up this gem  from master 2307 Ryan Porter. to take lst place.  Opening is a Pirc Defense being at the time a very popular black choice of defense.

/ 1. Nf3 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. d4 d6 4. Be2 Nf6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. O-O Bg4 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 e5 9. d5 Ne7 10. Rad1.

Gligoric’s Chess Review column continued here with 10…. Ne8 (Geller-Tal and got me interested in testing this opening system. However, black chooses an idea that appears to be an improvement.

10. …. Bd7 11. Ne1 b5 12. Nd3 Qb8 13. f3 a5 14. b4

He chooses my square count strategy of collecting square influence toward space.

14. ….  c6 15. d:c6 B:c6 16. b:a5 b4 17. Nb1 d5 18. N:b4

White could play here to keep the bishop-pair. 18. Q:b4 d:e4 19. f:e4 Q:b4 20. N:b4 B:e4 21. Bc5 Rfe8 22. Bb5.

18. …. R:a5 19. e:d5 Nf:d5 20. N:d5 N:d5 21. Bf2 Qa8 22. Bc4 Rb8 23.Bb3 Nf4 24. Bg3.

Better was to play 24. Be3 and if 24. … Nd5 25. Bg5 give White a good edge.

24. …. Bf8?

A miscue due probably to the state of his time shortage.  Necessary seems to be 24. …. Bh6.

25. B:f4 e:f4 26. Q:f4 Rf5 27. Qg3 Qa7+ 28. Kh1 Bh6 29. Rfe1 Bf4 30. Qh4 B:h2! 3l. Re7 Rb7?

Black can turn a loss to a draw or maybe a winning idea starting with 31. …. Bc7 instead.  Nerves get to me as well in such tight endings.

32. R:b7 Q:b7 33. Qd8+

White regains control of the position and his own advantage now is clearly nearer to victory.

33. …. Kg7 34. K:h2 B:f3 35. Qd4+ Kg8 36. Rf1 Rh5+ 37. Kg1 Rh1+ 38. K:h1 B:g2 39. Kg1 B:f1 40. K:f1 Qf3+ 41. Ke1 Qh1+ 42. Kd2 Q:b1 43. Qf6 Black resigns.















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