Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Lakeway Spring Open Round 4 Farnood Farmand, 1711 - Anton Taylor, 1950 Nimzo-Indian (E20)

2017 Lakeway Spring Open  Round 4
Farnood Farmand, 1711 - Anton Taylor, 1950
Nimzo-Indian (E20)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 c5 5. e3 cxd4 6. exd4 Nc6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Bd3 d6 9. O-O e5 The plan of d6 and e5 works occasionally in the Nimzo to build an alternative center and make some of white's preparations to expand his center look a little silly. In this case it is not the best idea but a bad plan is better than no plan at all. 10. d5 Ne7 11. Bg5? I thought this move allowed me to get a good handle on the game and in a sense gives me a free hand to get rid of some annoyances with a bit better moves than white will have at his disposal. 11. ... Bxc3 12. Bxf6 Bxb2 A huge mistake but my opponent misses the tactical shot 13. Ng5! which isn't winning on the spot but presents black with very uncomfortable questions and is at least good enough for white to force a draw. 13. Bxh7+? A tempting sacrifice that does not have its normal sting because black controls the g4 square (so a white queen can't go there to deliver annoying checks, etc.).  Kxh7 14. Ng5+ Kg6 15. Qc2+ Bf5 16. Qxb2 gxf6 17. Nf3 Rh8 18. Qxb7 Kg7 black is finished unwinding his pieces from arround one another and is almost ready to prepare his own assault. 19. Rac1 Ng6 20. c5 dxc5 21. Rxc5 Qb6 22. Rb5 Qxb7 23. Rxb7 Be4 24. Rd1 Nf4 25. Rb5?? allowing a final strong blow with the threat of forking the rooks. Ne2+ 0-1

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