Saturday, December 16, 2017

French Winawer 4.a3 to 4.e5

David Parsons was the ultimate club player. He knew his pet lines by experience rather than by memorized exact knowledge. Second rate familiar moves score better than accurate unfamiliar moves. Club players perform better in comfortable positions.

Parsons played a French Defence Winawer. White played 4.a3, but we transposed to 4.e5 after 6.e5. My games with Dave almost always reached a phase where pieces were flying all over the place. This was no exception. He swapped queens to draw my king out with 10.Kxd2. Then we build up for a major tactical assault. When the dust cleared after move 27, we entered a decisive knight endgame.

Sawyer (2011) - Parsons (1682), Williamsport, PA 1994 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.e5 Nc6 7.Be3 [7.Qg4+/=] 7...cxd4 8.cxd4 Qa5+ 9.Qd2 Qxd2+ 10.Kxd2 f6 11.Nf3 Bd7 12.Bd3 Rc8 13.Rab1 Rc7 [13...b6=] 14.Rhc1 [14.exf6 Nxf6 15.Bf4+/-] 14...Nge7  [14...f5=] 15.exf6 gxf6 16.c4 [16.Bf4+-] 16...e5 [16...dxc4 17.Bxc4=] 17.cxd5 Nxd5 18.dxe5 fxe5 19.Bxa7 Nxa7 [19...Be6 20.Ng5+/-] 20.Rxc7 Nxc7 21.Rxb7 Nab5 [21...e4 22.Bxe4+-] 22.Rb8+ Ke7 23.Rxh8 Nxa3 24.Rxh7+ Kd6 25.Nxe5 Bb5 26.Rxc7 Kxc7 27.Bxb5 Nxb5 [Simplified to this endgame.]
28.Ke3 Kd6 29.Nd3 Ke6 30.g4 Nd6 31.f4 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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