1995: A direct attack

Game Lane,PCR - Einarssen,EK, Exeter vs. Hafnarfjörður, Friendly club match 1995

A direct attack

My Modern Benoni preparations came into use again 18 months later, when we played a match against a visiting side from Iceland. — PCRL

Modern Benoni, Taimanov Variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. f4 Bg7 8. Bb5+ Nfd7 9. a4 O-O 10. Nf3 Re8

Not a good move.  To capture the Pawn, Black would give up his Bg7 and seriously weaken his K-side, and so the Nd7 is needlessly pinned. 

[Better is 10...Na6]

11. O-O Na6 12. f5!

+-----------------+
|r+b1r+k+|
|0p+n+pgp|
|n+.0.+p+|
|+B0P+P+.|
|P+.+P+.+|
|+.H.+N+.|
|.).+.+P)|
|$.GQ+RI.|
+-----------------+

without Ne5, Black will end up cramped.  White's attack looks good. 

12...Nb4 13. Bg5 Qc7

[13...f6 14. Bf4 a6 15. Bc4 Ne5 16. Nxe5 fxe5 17. Bg3! leaves White a promising game: the Bg7 is blocked in, the King's-side Pawns look loose, and ...b5 is not playable. ]

14. f6 Bf8 15. Qd2 Qd8 16. Bh6 Qxf6

[16...Bxh6 17. Qxh6 Qxf6 18. Ng5 Qg7 19. Qxg7+ Kxg7 20. Rxf7+ Kh6 21. h4 and White threatens to win a piece on d7 and mate on h7. ]

17. e5

+-----------------+
|r+b+rgk+|
|0p+n+p+p|
|.+.0.1pG|
|+B0P).+.|
|Ph.+.+.+|
|+.H.+N+.|
|.).!.+P)|
|$.+.+RI.|
+-----------------+

17...Rxe5

[17...Bxh6 18. Qxh6 Qg7 19. Qxg7+ Kxg7 20. Ng5 also wins comfortably]

[17...dxe5 18. Ne4 Qb6 19. Bxf8 Rxf8 20. Bxd7 Bxd7 21. Nxe5 with Qh6 and Nf6+]

18. Nxe5 Bxh6 19. Rxf6 Bxd2 20. Nxd7 a6 21. Nb6 1-0

[Notes by Peter Lane]

Chess Quotes

"...only the player with the initiative has the right to attack"
— Wilhelm STEINITZ
"no one ever won a game by resigning"
(Unfortunately origin unknown)
"A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused"