Max Sherer (1700) - Michael Goeller (2030) [A53]

KCC Summer Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ 2008

Janowski Indian


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 Bf5

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?"

 

4. Nf3

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.

 

4... h6!? 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Bxd3 7. Qxd3 e5 8. O-O Be7 9. e4 O-O

We are now in standard Old Indian territory, just with light-squared Bishops off the board, which should favor White slightly.

 

10. Ne2?!

Dreaming of Ne2-g3-f5. Perhaps better 10. Nd5!? or 10. Rd1 since now Black equalizes without trouble.

 

10... exd4! 11. Qxd4

11. Nfxd4 Nc5 12. Qc2 Ncxe4

 

11... Re8 12. Ng3 Bf8 13. Re1 a5

13... g6 14. b3 Bg7 15. Bb2 Nh5 16. Qd2 Bxb2 17. Qxb2 Nxg3 18. hxg3 Qf6=

 

14. Bf4!?

Planning to push e5. I thought better was to post the Bishop on the long diagonal with 14. b3 g6 (14... a4!?) 15. Bb2 Bg7 16. Rad1=

 

14... Nc5 15. e5

This seems too simplifying and should ease Black's game.

15. Rad1! Ne6 16. Qd2 Nxf4 17. Qxf4

 

15... Ne6 16. Qd2 Nxf4!?

Trying to keep some tension in the position.

16... dxe5 17. Qxd8 (17. Bxe5 Qxd2 18. Nxd2 Nd7=) 17... Raxd8 18. Bxe5 Nd7= but it is pretty dead.

 

17. Qxf4 dxe5 18. Nxe5 Bb4!?

18... Ra6 19. Nf5 (19. Nf3 Rae6 20. Rxe6 Rxe6) 19... Rae6 and Black has better control of the central files and has a Bishop -- though that is not very much.

 

19. Re2

19. Red1? Bd6! and Black's pin is more powerful.

 

19... Ra6! 20. Nh5?!

Overly aggressive play. White thinks he has the attack!

20. a3! Bc5 21. Qf3 Rd6 22. Rf1 Rd1

 

20... Rd6?!

This was my plan, trying to exploit the back rank weakness. But winning is to play on the pins with

20... Rae6!

 

21. Rf1! Rd1?










21... Rde6!

 

22. Ng3?

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.

 

22... Rxf1+ 23. Nxf1 Qd1

23... Qe7! 24. Qg3 Bd6 25. f4 Nh5

 

24. Qf3! Bd6 25. Rd2

25. Re3! Qb1 26. Nd7 Rxe3 27. Nxf6+ gxf6 28. fxe3 Qxb2

 

25... Qb1 26. Nd3










26... Bxh2+! 27. Kxh2 Qxf1 28. Rd1

28. Qxb7? Ne4!

 

28... Qe2 29. Qxe2 Rxe2

And though Black is only a pawn up, his Rook on the 7th guarantees an easy win.

 

30. Kh3?!

Better 30. f3! Rc2 31. c5 a4 but not 30. Kg3?! Ne4+ (30... Rc2 31. c5 Ne4+) 31. Kf3 Rd2 32. Rxd2 Nxd2+ 33. Kf4 Nxc4

 

30... Rc2 31. Rc1

31. c5 Ne4

 

31... Rd2 32. Rc3?










32... Ne4 33. Rb3 Rxd3+ 34. Rxd3 Nxf2+

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