Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 Summer Party Round 2 CM Jerry Baker, 2067 - Anton Taylor, 2026 Nimzowitsch-Larsen: Indian (A01)

2017 Summer Party Round 2 
CM Jerry Baker, 2067 - Anton Taylor, 2026 
Nimzowitsch-Larsen: Indian (A01)

1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 e6 3. g3 Jerry is always trying to shake things up a bit. This is probably objectively better for black (it is normally bad to fianchetto both bishops. It creates disharmony in your own position rather than controlling the center like you might expect. 3. ... d5 4. Bg2 c5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. O-O Be7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 O-O 9. Nd2 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 b6 11. c4 Bb7 12. Rc1 Qd6? 13. Bb2?? 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. cxd5 Bxd5 15. e4 Bb7 16. e5! wins immediately but both me and my opponent missed this continuation in the game. 13. ... Rfd8 14. Qc2 Rac8 15. Qb1 Ba6 16. Rfd1 Qb8 17. Bf3 Bc5? Again there is this theme of Bxf6 creating a win but it is hard to trade away a good bishop and my opponent again misses the forcing moves that clearly win in the end. 18. Qa1 d4 When I played this move I felt it was nearly winning. Somehow it is actually a very bad move and requires some investigation. Essentially Nf1 followed by e3 leads to black getting either a handful of holes n his position or going a pawn down ... both losing choices. 19. Ne4 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 e5 21. Qb1? This throiws away the win. Correct is e3! leading to a dominant position in the center for white. I saw none of that during the game. 21. ... g6 22. Qd3 Bb7 23. g4 Qa8 24. f3 Be7 25. Rf1 Bg5 26. Rcd1 Bxe4 27. fxe4 Bf4? This makes the win harder but isn't losing. Better is 27... Be3+ 28. Kh1 b5 29. cxb5? Rd7 30. Rf3 Rdc7 0-1 28. h4 f6 29. Rxf4 exf4 30. Kg2 Rd7 31. Kf3 g5? worrying about the pawn is foolish. White taking the pawn as black piles up on the e4 pawn is suicidal and mate is sure to follow closely. 32. hxg5 fxg5 0-1 The rest of the game score is lost in blitzing low on time. However, black is fairly far ahead and should win from here.


  1. 33.Rh1 Re8 34.Rh5 h6 35.Rxh6 Rh7 36.Rxh7 Kxh7 37.Qxd4 Qb7 38.Qf6??

  2. Thank you for finishing the ending at least up to the last blunder. I couldn't reconstruct it.