Two Quick Kills on Board Four
To protect the identities of my victims, I thought I would leave them "not named." Both games were played on Board 4 of the recent US Amateur Teams East.
Michael Goeller - NN [B23]
USATE 2007/Parsippany, NJ USA (1) 2007
This move is often played against Closed Sicilian formations. Here, however, my opponent forgot that I can still open up the center! Better 6... a6.
Gaining space has to be best.
By retreating to his Knight to its original square, my opponent only emphasizes my edge in development.
Necessary was 9... Ne7.
White's position is already overwhelming in terms of time and space. Now Black also loses material due to the weakness at d6.
Needless to say, the opening has been a complete disaster for Black. Now all I have to do is find a way to get my Bishop into the game to kill him on the dark squares. I spent a lot of time looking at f5-ideas until I hit upon the notion of putting my Bishop on the long diagonal. After all, if I don't prevent him from castling, I can at least make his castle feel drafty!
With the idea of inducing Black's next, after which it will be difficult for him to capture on d5 due to Qxd5 hitting his Rook at a8. I spent some time looking at 14. f5!? and 14. Ne5! which are probably more incisive.
Stronger might be 15. b4! with a similar idea of busting open the dark squares.
or 15. Ne5! immediately, with the idea of Qf3.
This was practically my dream position when I first hit upon the idea of attacking on the long diagonal. Now White has a cute mate threat, which I had also foreseen but my opponent completely overlooked.
Fritz prefers 18. Qf3! eyeing the Rook at a8.
A brutal game. But that's why you want a mismatch on board 4 in a team event.1-0
Michael Goeller - NN [C55]
USATE 2007/Parsippany, NJ USA (3) 2007
I always worry about my opening preparation. But as soon as the Urusov Gambit position was on the board, I felt completely at home.
Em. Lasker's recommendation, which usually leads to the Two Knights Defense.
OK, the Two Knights then.... An interesting alternative is 4. d5 Ne7 5. f4!? which is the suggestion of Colin Leach. But 5. Bd3?! Ng6 leaves White practically a tempo down on a typical Nimzovich Defense position that I like as Black.
Practically forced to avoid tactics against his loose Knight.
This wins at least a pawn by force.
with an extra pawn and the Bishop pair, White has a decisive advantage.