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The Olav Lange Attack

Olav Lange (1314) v Lenny Newington (1521), Summer Cup 2005.

Lenny Ewington is to lad who used to pay for a full page advert
in the hand book. There is no hand book anymore. Here is the advert.

L. C. Ewington Plasterers 0131 663 0028
All Types of plaster and cement work undertaken
Cornice and ornamental plaster work specialists

Olav sent me the following game in answer to my request for interesting
games.This one came complete with analysis by fritz. (lower case meant).
One click of the 'no commentary' button soon got rid of that. Bah!

This is quite a good game with Master Lange playing
way above his Bannockburn grade (1314 gedditt??).

As usual I'll give few critical positions then play over the game.

7 g4!? starts the ball rolling (I bet fritz never suggested that).
I can see nothing really wrong with it. Black's set up is passive
and where is he going to castle?
Positional players (or those who think they are positional players)
will be barking like mad dogs when they see 7 g4.

They will not see the ideas behind g4.
There are ideas here. If this pawn was pushed because White
could not think of anything else then 7 g4 is a bad move.
The pawn was pushed for a purpose. It's OK.

More moves are played, White castles and pushes the g-pawn to g5.
Here Black should have played 12...Nh5 and then 13...b4 and we
would be seeing a totally different game, one where Black has
counter play and a pawn. Instead 12..Nh7 is a lemon.

Suddenly White sacs a Rook 16 Rxg6!

Is it sound? Well OTB it certainly looks on.
White is getting a couple of pawns plus an uncastled King
for the exchange. Black could have put up sterner resistance
with 16...Ng5 (did White see that?). Instead Black panics
and throws his Bishop with 16...Bxe3?

Plays continues with the Black King going for a wander.
and we reach this position. White to play.

White played 22 Qxe5+ (I bet fritz wants 22 Ne4+ winning the Queen)
I would have played 22 dxe5+ Kc5 and 23 Qb7. giving us this position.

Remember the Golden Rule when conducting a King Hunt.
Stop checking, Block off the flight squares.

Mates start to suggest themselves all over the place.
One nice line is 23 Qb7 Qb8 24 Nxd5 Qxb7 25 b4+ Kd4 26 Rd4 mate.

Play gets scrappy with White not finding the sharpest
moves but doing enough to keep the win in hand.

The Rook sac on move 32 shows he is still alert to
tactical tricks but 32 Nxb5 would have been better.
Black is forced to play 32...axb5.

35 Qa5 would have finished the game much quicker.
White seems to content to just run home the h-pawn.

38 Nd5+ mates in a few moves.

A good game despite the failure to wrap up neatly.
Black got Plastered! (Is there simply no end to the Chandler wit?).

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O.Lange vs. L.Ewington

1.d4 e6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.e3 h6 5.Bh4 b6 6.Bd3 Ba6 7.g4 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 c6 9.f3 Be7 10.Nge2 Nbd7 11.0-0-0 b5 12.g5 Nh7 13.gxh6 g6 14.Bf2 Bg5 15.Rhg1 Bxh6 16.Rxg6 Bxe3+ 17.Bxe3 fxg6 18.Qxg6+ Ke7 19.Qg7+ Kd6 20.Bf4+ e5 21.Bxe5+ Nxe5 22.Qxe5+ Kd7 23.Rg1 Kc8 24.Rg7 Nf6 25.Qe6+ Nd7 26.Qxc6+ Kb8 27.Rxd7 Qb6 28.Qxd5 Re8 29.h4 a6 30.h5 Ra7 31.Rd6 Qc7 32.Rxa6 Rb7 33.h6 Qe7 34.Qf5 b4 35.Qf4+ Rc7 36.Nd5 Qd7 37.Nxc7 Rxe2 38.Qf8+ Kb7 39.Qa8+ Kxc7 40.Ra7+ Kd6 41.Rxd7+ Kxd7 42.Qa4+ Kc7 43.Qa5+ Kc6 44.Qa6+

Neil Berry (2275) v Yuri Kryvoruchko (2476)
Olomouc Chess Open 2005

Neil sent me a few games, One an interesting Queen sac,
which I'll show at a later date and this game.

He writes "Not a clue how I lost this game, look forward to hearing your opinion!"

Hang on a minute, I'm happy at pulling under 1800 games to pieces
but you want to find the finer points of over 2200 games.

OK then - first let us see the game.

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N. Berry vs. Y Kryvoruchko

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Nf3 d6 8.g3 Bg7 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.Rb1 0-0 11.0-0 Ne8 12.Qc2 Nc7 13.Rd1 Bxc3 14.Qxc3 Bxe2 15.Bh6 Nf6 16.Rd2 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 Re8 18.b3 Nb5 19.Qb2 Qd7 20.Bg2 Qf5 21.Re1 Qh5 22.Be3 Ng4 23.h3 Nxe3 24.fxe3 Qg5 25.Kh2 Reb8 26.Rf2 Nc7 27.Ref1 Rf8 28.Qd2 Ne8 29.Rf4 Nf6 30.b4 cxb4 31.Rxb4 Ra3 32.Rb3 Rfa8 33.Rxa3 Rxa3 34.Re1 Qe5 35.Qf2 h5 36.Re2 Nxd5 37.Bxd5 Qxd5 38.h4 Qe6 39.Kg2 Rc3 40.Qf3 Rc1 41.Rb2 Kg7 42.Rf2 Re1 43.Re2 Ra1 44.Qf2 Qe4+

Well the first thing I noticed was that Kryvoruchko is a good player.
His play from move 32 onwards is a joy to play over. The way he ties
down White to defending the a2 & e3 pawns at the same time jiggling
into a killer position is quite instructive.

Two critical moments suggested themselves to me.
First Black's pawn snatch giving up his finachetto Bishop.

I don't believe that Black's pawn grab idea
giving up his finachetto Bishop was correct.

After the pawn grab, in this position White played 20 Bg2 Why?

The Bishop is OK here. I plan Kg2 and perhaps run the h-pawn.
It also stops the Qh5 idea kicking my Bishop out h6.
I want to keep the Bishop on h6 it sets up cheapo's
First set up the Cheapo's 20 Re1.
Now Black will have to watch out for Qxf6 or Rxe7 and Qxf6.

Just because these guys have grades over 2200 it does not
mean you are not allowed to set them two and three move traps.
Some of them get visibly miffed when you go for a sneaky shot.

Don't worry about upsetting them. Sod em.
You are there to play Chess, not too make a new friend.

so 20 Re1 Qf5 21 Kg2 Nd4 to get rid of the f3 Bishop so he can shift
the h6 Bishop. This is what he done in the game.

22 Rxd4! ....

This is fighting Chess - kicking and screaming all the way to Hell.
The Bishop stays on h6 and my Queen will remain on the critical diagonal.

22...cxd4 23 Qxd4 g5 (23...Rxa2 24 g4 & g5).24.h4 g4 25.Be4 Qh5
26.Bg5 Nxe4 27.Rxe4 Rxa2

28.Bh6! Qxh6 29.Rxg4+ Qg6 30.h5 Qxg4 31.Qxg4+ Kh8 32.h6 Rg8
33.Qf4 f6 34.Qe3! (stops 34...Ra7) 34...Re8 35.Qe6 Ra7
36.b4 Rb7 37.Qf7 Rg8 38.b5 Rd7 39.b6 Rb7.

And White will win when the King reaches c6.

Forced? from move 27 it is. Black would be OK not
taking the Bishop 26...Nd7 and 27...Ne5.

The real critical moment from the actual game was on move 24

White captured on e3 with a pawn thus giving Black
the weaknesses he need to win the game. Why?
Neil wanted to keep the Knight out of d4.

Neil should have sensed the danger he was in.
Even if the Knight is kept our of d4 it is a far better
piece than his Bishop. Now was the time to start kicking
back and play some kick butt Chess.

White's Bishop is naff, Black's Knight is good.
plan A: Nobble the Knight - improve the Bishop.
Keep the pawns together, minimize the targets.

24.Rxe3 Nd4 25.a4 Reb8 26.Kh2 Rb7

Black is planning to double up on the b-file.

I think you know what is coming...

27.Rxd4 cxd4 28.Qxd4 Rc7 29.Bf1 Raa7 30.Bc4 ....

The Bishop builds a fence that keeps the Elephants off the grass.
Black is going have no fun trying to win this.

Infact any nonsense by Black and White can start playing for a win.
There is a lovely attack lurking in this position.

35...Qg5 31.Kg2 h6 32.h4 Qh5 33.Be2 Qf5 34.Bd3 Qd7 (34..Qh5 35 Be2=)
35.h5! g5 36.Qe4 Kf8 37.Qh7 e5 38.dxe6 fxe6 39.Rf3+ Qf7 40.Qxh6+ Ke7
41.Qxg5+ Kf8 42.Qd8+ Kg7 43.h6+ Kxh6 44.Qh8+ Qh7 45.Qf6+ Kh5 46.Qh4 mate

Forced? No Black has to play the ugly 36...f5
which loses thus;
36.Qe4 f5 37.Qxf5 Qxf5 38.Bxf5 Ra5 39.Be6+ Kg7 40.Rf3 Rb7 41.Rf7+ Kh8
42.Rf8+ Kg7 43.Rg8+ Kf6 44.f4 gxf4 45.gxf4 Rxb3 46.Rg6 mate

Well I enjoyed that.
Anymore 2400 games for me to bust?

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