Monday, June 5, 2017

King's Indian Bayonet Battle

My King's Indian Defence game against Roys saw me sacrifice the Exchange and trap a rook in the endgame. Chess engines were not allowed in APCT. I had chances to win as White, but I did not find anything during play. Roys was a master level opponent who chose complex main lines. I played Roys four times. We scored 1-1 with two draws.

I didn't realize the affect the new email speed would have on my correspondence play. I played 40 games at once for 20 years and 1000 games. In postal chess that meant 40 moves per week with Sundays and holidays off. In 1996 the change to email meant 40 moves per day everyday. It excited me. I thought I could handle it, but I couldn't. It was like playing at blitz speed when my opponents played at tournament speed. Suddenly I lost many games. Here is one I failed to win. I gave up, and agreed to a draw.

[My London 2.Bf4 Playbook includes 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4.]

Sawyer - Roys (2200), corr APCT EMQ-2, 21.11.1996 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.Re1 h6 [10...f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.f3 Nh5 13.c5 Nf4=] 11.Nd2 Nf4 12.Bf1 f5 [12...a5!=] 13.c5 g5?! [Black does not get his normal thematic kingside attack here. When things break wide open, White has the better game. Black should try 13...fxe4 14.Ndxe4 Nf5 15.g3 Nh5 16.Bg2+/=] 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Nc4 g4 16.b5 fxe4 17.Nxe4 Nfxd5 18.Ncxd6 Qb6 19.Nxc8 Raxc8 20.Qxg4 Nf6 21.Nxf6+ Qxf6 22.Be3 Nf5 23.f3 [23.Bd3 Nxe3 24.fxe3+-] 23...e4 24.Qxe4 Rfe8 25.Qd5+ Qf7 26.Qxf7+ Kxf7 27.Bxa7 Bxa1 28.Rxa1 Re6 [28...Ne3 29.Bd3+/-] 29.Bf2 Rd6 30.a4 Nd4 31.Bxd4 Rxd4 32.a5 Rd2 33.a6 bxa6 34.bxa6 Ra8 35.Bb5 Ra7 36.Bc6 Rb2 37.Ra4 Rc7 38.Bd5+ Kg6 39.h3 Ra7 40.Bb7 Kf7 41.Re4 Kf6 42.Kh2 Rb1 43.Rc4 Re1 44.Rf4+ Kg5 45.Rg4+ Kf6 46.h4 [46.Rc4 Rb1 47.g4+-] 46...Re5 47.Rc4 Rh5 48.Rc6+ Kg7 49.Kh3 Rf5 50.Kg4 [50.Rb6 h5 51.g4!+- works because the bishop covers f3.] 50...Ra5 51.Re6 [51.Rb6! h5+ 52.Kf4 Ra4+ 53.Ke5+-] 51...Rb5 52.f4 [It is amazingly hard to avoid a drawish rook and pawn ending. Maybe 52.Re7+ Kf8 53.Rc7+-] 52...h5+ 53.Kf3 Rb4 54.g4 Rb3+ 55.Re3 hxg4+ 56.Ke4 Rb5 57.Rg3 Kh6 58.Rxg4 Rb4+ 59.Ke5 Kh5 60.Rg2 Rb5+ 61.Ke4 Rb4+ 62.Kf5 1/2-1/2

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