Mystery game #56:Patient strategic play defeats Dutch Defense

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  • Mystery game #56:Patient strategic play defeats Dutch Defense

    Here is the text of an interesting game. You can discuss the game, player strengths, era, time controls, setting, etc. I will provide all details in a few days. Enjoy!!

    1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.O-O d6 6.c4 O-O 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.d5 Na6 9.Rb1 Bd7 10.Nd4 c6 11.e4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Nc5 14.Bg2 cxd5 15.cxd5 Rc8 16.Be3 Qf7 17.Rc1 Bf5 18.Nxf5 Qxf5 19.Bd4 Nd3 20.Rxc8 Rxc8 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Qe2 Ne5 23.Be4 Qf6 24.h4 h5 25.Kg2 Rf8 26.Rc1 Ng4 27.f3 Nh6 28.Rc7 Nf5 29.Bxf5 gxf5 30.Qxe7+ Qxe7 31.Rxe7+ Kf6 32.Re6+ Kg7 33.Rxd6 Rc8 34.Rd7+ Kf6 35.Rxb7 Rc2+ 36.Kf1 Rd2 37.d6 Rxd6 38.Rxa7 Rd2 39.b4, 1-0.

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    Sam Sharpe (2090) -- Patrick Kirby (1980), Kingston Open 1997 (4), played 1997-02-09, time controls 30/90', SD/60', TD / Organizer Larry Bevand, Assistant Frank Dixon, Dutch, A87.
    Black tries out the fashionable Leningrad Dutch line with 7...Qe8, popularized from the mid-1980s by such Soviet GMs as Vladimir Malaniuk and Mikhail Gurevich. The line with 7...Qe8 superseded earlier lines with 7...c6 and 7...Nc6, and attracted a wide following among many top players worldwide. It is a less committal approach, and it is not clear what White's 8th move should be; among other choices are 8.Re1, 8.Rb1, 8.Qb3, 8.b4. White's direct 8.d5 certainly works well here. Without making any obvious errors, Black gets gradually outplayed in the middlegame, as White prevents any strong Black counterplay by keeping the game primarily strategic in nature. White is able to exchange the queens with 30.Qxe7+, and he then breaks through with his rook to force a winning material advantage.
    A very impressive game from White, reminding me of play by former World Champion GM Vassily Smyslov. Patrick, from Ottawa, was studying at Queen's University in Kingston, and was still developing his strength; he would eventually top 2200, gaining experience against solid Expert-laden fields at Kingston Chess Club events, as well as at the strong Queen's University Club. He has been largely inactive for several years. The veteran Sam, from Toronto, has been a regular on the Ontario circuit for several decades, and is still active.


    • #3
      Jim Cairns, whom I knew through the CCCA (Cdn Correspondence Chess Assoc) and used to visit periodically, invited me to come out and play in the Feb tnmt. Living in Toronto, I did manage to make it out there one year. February is great travel weather.... NOT! LOL
      Last edited by Sam Sharpe; Friday, 5th March, 2021, 05:18 PM.
      When I walk beside her, I am the better man - Hard Sun, Gordon Peterson


      • #4
        Thanks for the memories, Sam!! Jim Cairns was one of my very favourite people in chess. We always had interesting games, and he taught me a lot on chess organization. In 25+ years, I never saw Jim lose his composure when dealing with disputes, and he steered a firm but gentle course at all times in interpersonal matters. That is really a rare feat in an activity as combative as chess, with quite a few big egos and all-too-frequent nasty temper outbursts.