Chess Instruction

Fight for the Center!

Warren C. Loveland

Game 2

(2) Loveland,Warren - Anonymous [D53]
Correspondence, 1999, 1999

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 Be7!? 7.Bxc4 Nbd7 8.Qc2 c6? 9.h3 h6 10.Bxf6? (Pachman recommends 10. Bh4)

10...Nxf6 11.0-0 0-0 12.a4

[Note that Black does not have a piece or even a pawn beyond his third rank. Because White controls the center, Black's only real chance for counterplay lies in a queenside pawn advance. I chose a4 instead of a3 for two reasons: the pawn at a4 deters queenside expansion by Black and, if Black plays ... Bb4, threatening to exchange, I can safely bring the knight to e2, closer to the action. I have devised a plan to maneuver my bishop to b1, threatening mate (Qh7.)]

12...b6 13.Ba2 Bb7 14.Rad1 Qc7 15.Bb1 Ne8 16.Rfe1 c5 17.d5 e5 18.Nb5 Qb8 19.d6 Bf6 20.d7 Nc7 21.Nc3 Rd8 22.Nd5 Nxd5 23.exd5 Qd6

(The immediate 23. ... g6!? may be stronger.)

24.Nxe5 g6

[24...Bxe5 25.Qh7+ Kf8 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Qxg7 Rxd7 28.Rxe5+ Kd8 29.Bf5 and Black is demolished)]

25.Nxf7   1-0

( If 25. ... Kxf7 (25. ... Qxd7 26 Qxg6+) 26. Qxg6+ Kf8 27 Qxh6+ etc.)

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