Wednesday, 2 May 2007

More Sämisch Tactics

Last week, we looked at Max Euwe's superb chess counterattack against Efim Geller. This game features yet more direct attacking in the Sämisch Variation of the Nimzo-Indian. This time though, it is White who comes out on top.

The game was played in a rapidplay tournament back in 1995. I sacrificed a bishop on h7 (in Greek Gift style) to rip open the Black king position, and the attack appears to flow smoothly from there.

The game also illustrates another theme, the need to look for every resource in a position. In this case, despite the seeming ferocity of the attack, Black missed a defence: after 23 Nh8 (awarded two exclamation marks in the newspaper column; pre-Fritz days) Black could have gained the advantage by 23 ... Be4! covering the h7 square and enticing the rook away from it's attacking station on h4. The correct way to have prosecuted the attack was 23 Re1 which is winning.

Roger Coathup - John Young, Northumberland Quickplay Championship 1995
1 d4 Nf6; 2 c4 e6; 3 Nc3 Bb4; 4 a3 Bxc3+; 5 bc c5; 6 f3 b6; 7 e4 0-0; 8 Bd3 Nc6; 9 Ne2 d6; 10 f4 Bb7; 11 0-0 Ne8; 12 f5 ef; 13 Rxf5 Rc8; 14 Bg5 Qd7; 15 e5 de; 16 de Na5; 17 Rf4 Qe6; 18 Bxh7+!! Kxh7; 19 Rh4+ Kg8; 20 Nf4 Qxe5; 21 Qh5 f6; 22 Ng6 Qc7; 23 Nh8? (23 Re1 wins) g6?; 24 Nxg6 Qg7; 25 Bh6 Qc7; 26 Nxf8 Ng7; 27 Rg4 1-0

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