Garden State Chess League, Round Two
The Kenilworth Karpovs continued their Garden State Chess League winning streak this week, winning 2.5-1.5 against West Orange to move to 2-0 for the season. FM Steve Stoyko had a nice game against Jose Fernandez on Board One.
Jose Fernandez (2109) - Steve Stoyko (2248) [A46]
Garden State Chess League/West Orange, NJ USA (2) 2009
Stoyko delays this exchange until the Knight is committed to d2, otherwise with cxd4 and Nc3 the Knight would find a good spot.
This is Steve's Queen's Indian hedgehog system that he uses against various d-pawn openings. As with all hedgehog formations, it has a lot of latent energy.
The Rook clears the way for a Bishop or Knight to go to f8 and is well positioned for a possible e5 push.
Now f4 is the target, and the threat is Ndf4 gaining the two Bishops.
Though White has gained the c-file and a pawn majority on the queenside, he will suffer for his isolated d-pawn in the long run.
22... f5!? first preserves the nice Bishop on the long diagonal, which supports a possible kingside attack.
Black slows things down, since White might gain counterplay if he pushes too fast. For example: 25... f5?! 26. Nc3 Bf6 27. Qa2 Kh8 28. Bxf4 Nxf4 29. g3! Nxh3+ 30. Kg2 and White recovers the pawn at e6.
Now the pieces are well positioned for this thrust.
Black could push forward with 32... e5!? but Steve never wants to hurry things.
With White tied down to defense, Stoyko uses the opportunity to improve his position, asking "What's White gonna do?" He is rewarded by White "trying something" on the kingside that only leads to trouble.
And White resigned, as the ending is lost, especially with his King so exposed.
Game in PGNCopyright © 2009 by Michael Goeller