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

"When it is so freely asserted that Morphy's style was all genius and inspiration ... Morphy possessed that most profound book knowledge of any master of his time, and never introduced a single novelty, whereas since his day the books have had to study the players...

 We may all learn from Morphy and Anderssen how to conduct a King's side attack, and perhaps I myself may not have learnt enough.

— Wilhelm STEINITZ