Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Leonardo Cui Plays Black Lion

You can play the Black Lion without looking at your opponent, at least not for 4 or 5 moves. Leonardo Cui of Canada played the first four moves in order with 1...d6, 2...Nf6, 3...Nbd7, and 4...e5. Ray Haines responded aggressively as White. Ray wrote:
"This is my game with Leonardo Cui. I had the better game in the center with a lot of space to work with. The computer rated the game as a little better for black after I gave up the first pawn. I also like black a little better after I gave up the second pawn. I had good control of the dark squares, which gave me a lot of play against his king. I liked my game here."
Thanks Ray. Both sides had chances. Black dropped a piece in tactics. In the end, he would have to give up his queen to avoid mate.

Haines - L.Cui, Houlton ME (1), 05.08.2017 begins 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 [The Black Lion. A normal Pirc Defence continues with 3...g6 ] 4.f4 e5

5.Nf3 exd4 6.Nxd4 [More popular is 6.Qxd4 c6 7.Be3 d5 8.exd5 Bc5 9.Qd3 Qe7 10.Nd4+/=] 6...g6 [6...Nc5=] 7.Bc4 Nb6 [7...Bg7=] 8.Bb3 Bg4 [8...c5 9.Nf3 c4=/+] 9.Qd3 Bg7 10.0-0 0-0 11.h3 Bc8 12.Be3 Nbd7 13.Rad1 [13.Nf3+- would leave White with a clear advantage in the center.] 13...Nc5 14.Qe2 [14.Qc4! Nfxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.f5= with a better position than the game continuation. Also good here is 16.Nb5=.] 14...Nfxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Qf3 Nc5 17.f5 Nxb3 18.axb3 Bxd4 19.Bxd4 Bxf5 20.Qc3 b5 [Black should play 20...Qd7! 21.Bg7 Rfe8 22.Bh8 f6 23.Bxf6 Re6=/+ when Black remains up a pawn.] 21.Rxf5 Qh4 22.Bf6 b4 [22...Qh6 23.Rxb5+-] 23.Qd2 1-0

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