Malcolm Hunt, Warwickshire Select
D Flynn, e2e4.org
4ncl division 3
Notes by Malcolm Hunt, except where noted
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 I sometimes get criticised (perhaps justifiably!) for my quiet openings, particularly this London System, but at least I never get mated by horrible black attacks with f7-f5-f4 and g6-g5-g4 and sacrifices on h3. Also those cavemen who play the KID do not want quiet positional games
3... Bg7 4. h3 To drop the bishop back to h2 in the event of .....Nh5
4... d5 5. e3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O Nothing has happened yet - I have spent no time or effort on these moves - I can claim no advantage and I have a simple move to follow (Nbd2). However look at the position from the black side, he played the KID but has no prospects of a kingside attack, I have given him easy equality - which can be maintained by moves like Bf5 or Ne4 but these promise no advantage - so how can he unbalance things to his advantage?
8... Nd7 The first sign a London player is looking for. Black voluntarily loses time, blocks his bishop in and removes the defence from his d-pawn. What should white do now?
9. Nbd2 Nothing different!! If your opponent is setting off in a dubious direction don't stop him.
9... e5 10. dxe5 Ndxe5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Nf3 What has white achieved? Not a lot. After Nxf3 Bxf3 I cannot honestly claim any advantage other than I have had lots of positions like this before - white's development is counterbalanced by blacks advantage in space. However black tried to play the KID and may not like positions like this - he may even try to do something(??)
12... Nc6 ?! Not a good idea to lose time when already behind in development
13. Qb3 My first think of the game - having spent only 5 minutes on the previous moves. My rook belongs on d1 so I move the Q away and stop him playing Be6. For some unaccountable reason I expected his reply (and also the next few moves)
13... Na5 ? Decentralising and losing even more time
14. Qb5 Gains a tempo by attacking a pawn
14... b6 15. Rad1 Bb7 16. b4 !
16... Bc6 What else? Nc6 loses the c pawn and bxc4, bxc4 Nc6 loses the d pawn
17. Qd3 Nc4 18. Qc2 threatening Bxc4- isn't chess simple?
18... Na3 19. Qb3 Nb5 this knight has had 7 of blacks last 14 moves!!!!! (White's queen has had 5 of White's last 7 moves, but to much better effect - Ed)
20. Be5 Defending the attacked c3 pawn by exchanging blacks only good piece
20... c4 positional suicide, weakening the d pawn and setting up the finish
21. Qb2 f6 22. Bg3 Qe7 avoiding Bxc4
23. a4 Nd6 where else? (if Nc7, Nd4 threatening both Nc6, and Bc7 followed by Ne6 is good for White - Ed.)
24. Bxd6 Qxd6 25. Bxc4 Bxa4 26. Rxd5 wherever the queen goes black will lose at least a piece. I wish chess was always like this - I didn't take much time and always played the move I first thought of, no need for calculation and was never threatened.