Max Sherer (1700) - Michael Goeller (2030) [A53]
KCC Summer Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ 2008
Before the game, young Max asked me what I was playing against 1.d4 these days. I said, "1...Nc6 mostly, Chigorin, some Albin Counter-Gambit, King's Indian, and Janowski Indian." He said, "'Janowski Indian'? What's that?"
The only downside to the line, as I mentioned to Max afterward, is that White practically gets a forced draw after 4. f3 e5 5. d5 e4 6. g4 Nxg4 7. fxg4 Qh4+ 8. Kd2 e3+ 9. Kxe3 Qg5+ 10. Kf2 Qh4+= -- but I suspected Max did not know that.
We are now in standard Old Indian territory, just with light-squared Bishops off the board, which should favor White slightly.
This seems too simplifying and should ease Black's game.
Trying to keep some tension in the position.
Overly aggressive play. White thinks he has the attack!
This was my plan, trying to exploit the back rank weakness. But winning is to play on the pins with
White misses his "second chance": 22. Nxf6+! gxf6 (22... Qxf6 23. Qxf6 Rxf1+ 24. Kxf1 gxf6 25. Nd3 Rxe2 26. Kxe2 Be7) 23. Qg4+ Kh7 (23... Kf8? 24. Ng6+ fxg6 25. Rxe8+) 24. Qf5+ Kg7 25. Nd3! and White is on top. He can even take a draw if he wants.
And though Black is only a pawn up, his Rook on the 7th guarantees an easy win.
Copyright © 2008 by Michael Goeller
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