Friday, June 16, 2017

English Opening 1.c4 g6 2.f4

I combined two openings 1.c4 and 1.f4 in this Symmetrical English. Historically, Loewe won as White against Kennedy in 1849. Chigorin drew as White with it in 1880. Hansen - Nimzowitsch 0-1 in 1928. Black usually responds 2...Nc6 or 2...Nf6 with equality. I drew Poul Rasmussen of Denmark. He had a peak ICCF rating of 2267 in 1993.

My English Opening vs van Willigen began 1.c4 g6 2.f4 as in Vospernik vs Minic in 1961. Basman vs Hartston reached this position by transposition in 1974. My plan was similar to the Marmaduke Wyvill formation 1.c4, 2.Nc3, 3.e3 and 4.f4. Jan Willem van Willigen of the Netherlands rated 2422 earned the title of International Correspondence Chess Master in 2007.

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Sawyer - Van Willigen, corr ICCF, 1982 begins 1.c4 g6 [1...c5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.g3 Bg4 7.Bg2 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.d3 0-0 10.Nxd5?! (10.Bd2=) 10...exd5 11.e4!? dxe4 12.dxe4 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Nd4 14.Rf1 (14.Kf2=) 14...Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Nxf3+ 16.Rxf3 Rfd8 17.Rf1 Rd4 18.e5 Rad8 1/2-1/2. Sawyer - Rasmussen, corr ICCF 1982] 2.f4 c5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg7 5.Nc3 d6 6.g3  [6.Be2=] 6...Nc6 7.Bg2 0-0 8.d3!? [8.0-0] 8...a6 9.Qd2 [9.0-0=] 9...Ne8 [9...b5=/+] 10.b3 Rb8 [10...Bf5=] 11.Bb2 e6 [11...b5 12.0-0=] 12.0-0 Bd7 13.a4 Na5 14.Qc2 b5 [14...Qb6=] 15.axb5 axb5 16.Nd2 f5 17.Ra2 [17.Nxb5 Bxb2 18.Qxb2 Bxb5 19.Qc3 Nxb3 20.Nxb3+/=] 17...Nc6 [17...bxc4 18.bxc4 Nc6=] 18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.Ne2 [19.cxb5 Bxb5 20.Nxb5 Rxb5 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Rfa1+/=] 19...Bxb2 [19...Nf6=/+] 20.Rxb2 Nf6 21.Ra1 Ng4 [21...b4=/+] 22.Nf1 Rf7 23.Rba2 [23.cxb5 Bxb5=] 23...bxc4 24.bxc4 Rfb7 25.Nc3 h5 [25...e5=/+] 1/2-1/2

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