Saturday, July 1, 2017

2017 Summer Party Round 4 NM Davis Whaley, 2335 - Anton Taylor, 2026 Queen's Indian (E15)

2017 Summer Party Round 4
NM Davis Whaley, 2335 - Anton Taylor, 2026
Queen's Indian (E15)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 I remember years ago studying a set of games by Peter Leko and a few others where Black plays a system based on Ba6. I could not recall any of that system beyond Ba6 at the board and so I opt for the "safer" continuation. 5. Bg2 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 O-O 8. Qc2 d6 9. O-O Nbd7 10. e4 e5 11. d5 c6 I'm not certain how I feel about this move. It seems to be a bid for the long diagonal but it creates several holes. I think the move in the database (a5) is far superior. Trying to create a knight outpost on c5 is probably worth more than freeing the bishop. If it is so important to give the bishop life then a path like Bc8-g4 seems fine. 12. dxc6 Bxc6 13. b4 Qc7 14. Qd3 Rfd8 15. Nh4 a5 16. a3 axb4 17. axb4 Rxa1 18. Rxa1 Ra8? The firt trade seems fine but This second offer to trade benefits white. The simple g6 makes the knight on the rim grim. 19. Rxa8+ Bxa8 20. Nf5 Ne8 21. Nb1 Ndf6 22. Nc3 Bc6 23. f4 g6 24. fxe5 dxe5 25. Ne3 Nd6 26. Ncd5 Bxd5 27. exd5 Nd7 28. g4 e4 This move interested me. I envisioned a drawn ending with a small advantage 29.Bxe4 Nd5 30. Qd4 Nexc4 29. Qd4 f5? Here I go wrong. Far better is Qa7 keeping an eye on the c5 square keeping the pawns at bay and looking at invading along the a-file. 30. gxf5 gxf5 31. Bh3! This seems so obvious now but it was a bolt out of the blue for me. There is no satisfactory answer but my response is a howler. 31. ... f4?? The reason this move is so poor is because it gives the knight access to g4. It would have been better to lose the pawn. 32. Be6+ Nf7 33. Ng4 This was my feared continuation but Nf5! threatening mate on g7 is stronger. 33. ... Kf8 forced. White's threat is Bxd7 when black can't recapture or fall into the fork Nf6+! 34. Qxe4 Nde5 35. Nxe5 Qxe5 36. Qxe5 Nxe5 37. c5 bxc5 38. bxc5 Ke7 39. Bf5 h6 40. Kf2 Nf7 1-0 there is no way to complicate the ending. It is over.

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