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Subject: mjdonadio vs Tomo recap Date: 5/29/2002 12:44 AM
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1. d4 Nf6
2. Bf4 d5
3. Nc3 g6
4. Nb5 Na6

So, here I am, all set to play Gruenfeld Defense (with the moves transposed, because I'm already a bit nonplussed by 2. Bf4) but mj is having none of it, moves 4. Nb5 threatening the fork at c7, and forces me to respond with ...Na6.

5. Be5 Bg7

Not great. I don't like the advanced post for his bishop at e5, nor the threat against g7. My first priority has to be to dislodge his bishop, and if possible his pawn. On the plus side, though, it'll take a long time for him to get any other pieces into position to do much.

6. Qd2 c6
7. Nc3 0-0
8. 0-0-0 c5

Figuring that removing the bishop's defender will make it easier to force him out of there.

9. Nf3 Bf5
10. Nh4 Ne4

In retrospect, I feel that ...Bf5 was weak. I couldn't afford to trade after Nh4 because of the catastrophic weakness of my castled position afterward. So I tried a sort of long range fork--threaten the queen and threaten the fork at f2.

11. Qf4 Bxe5
12. Qxe5 e6

A risky move. I couldn't immediately play Nf2, because of 13. Nxf5 (threatening mate) ...gxf5 14. Qg3+, dropping my knight. Hence ...e6. I was acutely aware that my bishop had no retreat, but I figured the discovered attack on the knight and the threat of f2 would compensate.

13. f3 Nf2!

White, in too much of a hurry to exploit the stranded bishop, allows the fork.

14. Rg1 Nxd1
15. Nxd1 Qxh4

I had been thinking that ...Qxh4 would be a trade for white, rather than his simply losing a piece. h2 was covered by his queen, so 16. g5 was a possibility. I'd still have come out a pawn ahead (...Bxg5) but it wouldn't have been so immediately disadvantageous.

16. h3 f6
17. Qd6 Qxd4

17. Qd6 is problematic. The white queen is needed at home for defense, while there is no real threat down at d6.

18. e3 Qa4

White could have tried 19. e4 dxe4 20. g4, but it falls to 20...Nb4, compelling 21. Qd2 (unless there's a better defense I'm missing) which becomes desperate following 21....Rd8.

19. Nc3 Qxc2+
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