1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 e5

by Michael Goeller

The Reversed Panther (The Snow Leopard?)

 

William Freeman - G.. Lozada [A00]

World Open/USA 1983


1. Nc3 d5 2. a3 Bf5

Stoyko also used this system as White occasionally, even in the final round of the Virginia Open where a win guaranteed him first prize: 2... Nf6 3. d3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. e4 dxe4 6. Nxe4 Nxe4 7. dxe4 Qxd1+ 8. Kxd1 Bg4 9. Be2 Nc6 10. c3 Rd8+ 11. Kc2 Ne5 12. h3 Bd7 13. Bf4 Nxf3 14. Bxf3 e5 15. Bg5 f6 16. Be3 f5 17. exf5 Bxf5+ 18. Kc1 b6 19. Bg5 Rd6 20. Rd1 Bd3 21. Bc6+ Kf7 22. Ba4 and White went on to win the ending in Stoyko - Kroll, Virginia Open 1982 (80).

 

3. d3 Nf6 4. Nf3 h6 5. g3 d4 6. Nb1 6. e4 6... c5 7. Bg2 Nc6 8. O-O e5 9. Nbd2 Bd6 10. Nc4 Bc7 11. e4 Be6 12. Nh4 O-O 13. a4

White's second move of the a-pawn creates a position that could come about with colors reversed

 

13... a6 14. Nf5 b5 15. axb5 axb5 16. Rxa8 Qxa8 17. Na3 Qa6 18. g4 b4 19. Nb1 c4 20. dxc4 Bxc4 21. Re1 Rb8?! 22. g5! hxg5 23. Bxg5 Bd8 24. Nd2 Be6 25. f4 d3 26. Kh1 dxc2 27. Qxc2 Ng4 28. Nf3 f6?! 29. Bf1! Qb6 30. Bc4 Na5 31. Bxe6+ Qxe6 32. Qg2 fxg5 33. Qxg4 exf4 34. Nxg5 Qe5 35. Ne6 Bf6 36. Nexg7 Bxg7 37. Nxg7 Qxg7 38. Qe6+ Kh7 39. Rg1 1-0

Game in PGN