Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 CC Spring Open Round 3 Farnood Farmand, 1708 - Anton Taylor, 2033 Benko Opening (A00)

2017 CC Spring Open Round 3 
Farnood Farmand, 1708 - Anton Taylor, 2033 
Benko Opening (Nimzo-Larsen) (A00)

1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 Nf6 3. d4 c5 4. e3 This move is considered just weakening. Better is Nf3. 4. ... Nc6 5. Ne2 e6 Bg4 is far more ambitious. This move is born from my fear to move the bishop. I vote instead for a French-like structure. 6. O-O Be7 7. b3 b6 8. Bb2 O-O Every result seems possible in this position. 9. Nd2 Since white delays c4 I was confident in my victory. also, the knight are not optimally placed both on the second rank. 9. ... Bb7 10. a3 Rc8 11. c4 cxd4 12. exd4 Na5 13. Rc1 Qd7 14. cxd5 Bxd5 15. b4 Nb7? In general moving backwards is the wrong method. Nc4 was the better "forward" movement of the knight. This is not losing but i'll call it an inaccuracy. 16. Nf4 Bxg2 17. Kxg2 Nd5?? This makes the win a lot harder. 17... Rxc1! 18. Qxc1 Rc8 19. Qd1 Nd6 20. Qb3 Qc6+ 21. Nf3 Qc2 22. Qxc2 Rxc2 is a winning line. 18. Nxd5 Qxd5+ 19. Qf3 Nd6 20. Qxd5 exd5 21. Rxc8 Rxc8 22. Rc1 Rxc1 23. Bxc1 Nc4 24. Kf1 Bf6 25. Nf3 Kf8 26. Ke2 Ke7 27. Kd3 Ke6 28. Nd2 Nxd2? Once again I make a poor exchange. b5 is obviously just better. 29. Bxd2 b5 30. f3 h5 31. g4 g6 32. h3 Be7 33. Bf4 Bd6 34. Bxd6 Kxd6 35. Ke3 Ke6 36. Kf4 Kf6 Well, the same color bishop ending that was only slightly in my favor has dwindled down into a drawn ending ... 37. g5+?? until this blunder that gives me the full point. 37. ... Ke6 38. h4 f6 39. Kg3 fxg5 40. hxg5 Kf5 41. f4 h4+ 0-1 computers are always quite interesting in their evaluations. Here for example there are two main lines that both end in forced mate in 23 moves. Can you see it? Yeah, me either. haha

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