Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Game 38: Columbia Round 1

Ashland XXXII
A46: 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6: Torre, London and Colle Systems
White: Leo Rabulan (2112)
Black: Dan Quigley (1801)
Columbia, SC, Round 1, G/75, 30 sec. bonus, Apr. 11, 2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 c5 5.e3 Qb6

5…b6 is main line here, and I have played it as Black in server-based games before with reasonable success. However, I decided tonight I wanted more active piece play. Black has been most successful with 5…cxd4 here, but I don’t like to liquidate tension until I see an advantage for doing so, or the avoidance of a disadvantage.

6.Qc1 cxd4 7.exd4 Nc6 8.c3 Be7

8...Nh5 9.g4 Nf6 10.Nbd2=

9.Bd3 d6

Prevents intrusion on e5.

10.Nbd2 Bd7 11.0–0 Rc8 TN

Black ever playing …Nxd4 is an illusion. Better was 11…g5 as in Volovich - Rubenchik, Somerset 1992. White went on to win because he was the stronger player: 12.Bg3 Nh5 13.Re1 Nxg3 14.hxg3 d5 15.a4 Rc8 16.Bb5 a6?! (After 16…f6, intending …Kf7, Black is fully equal.) 17.Bxc6 Bxc6 18.Ne5 0-0 19.f4 Be8 20.Ndf3 f6 21.a5 Qd6 22.Nd3 g4? (22…Bg6 and Black is perfectly okay.) 23.Nh2 Bg6 24.Qe3 Bf5 25.Rac1 b6 26.Ra1 h5 27.Nf1 Qc7 28.axb6 Qxb6 29.Re2 Qb5 30.Nf2 a5 31.Qd2 a4 32.Ne3 Be4 33.Nxe4 dxe4 34.f5 exf5 35.Rf1 f4 36.Rxf4 f5 37.c4 Qd7 38.Ref2 Bg5 39.d5 Bxf4 40.Rxf4 Rb8 41.c5 Rb3 42.d6 Rd3 43.Qf2 Qe6 44.Rxf5 Rxf5 45.Qxf5 Qxf5 46.Nxf5 Kf8 47.c6 Ke8 48.c7 Kd7 49.Ne7 Rd1+ 50.Kf2 Rc1 51.Ke3 Rc4 52.c8Q+ 1-0

12.Nc4 Qc7 13.a4 0–0 14.Re1 Na5 15.Ncd2 a6

Covers b5 and prepares …b5.

16.Qd1 b5?!

Opening the a-file for White is dangerous. Preferable for Black may have been quiet moves like 16...Rfe8!?= in order to make White prove he has an advantage if he does anywhere.

17.axb5 axb5 18.Ne4 Nc4 19.Qe2 Nd5 20.Bxe7 Nxe7 21.Ng3?!

This move is a retreat. White’s only active move was 21.b3!? when 21...f5 22.bxc4 bxc4 23.Bc2 gives a slight advantage to White, but the position is complicated.


Threatening …Nf4.


Also good for Black is 22.Qc2 Nf4 23.b3 Nb6 with a small advantage.


My idea here was to rid myself of a weakness, the isolated b-pawn, and give my light squared Bishop more scope. But better was 22…Ra8, contesting White’s open file, or 22...f5 23.Qc2 Ra8 and Black has the easier position to play.



With this blunder, Black hands the game to his opponent. 23...Qb8= with the same idea of playing against White’s shattered Queenside pawns would completely equalize. White has no easy plans for an advantage he can play in the position, a situation that often comes out of the Torre Opening. I was lulled into complacency by the quietness of the position and never saw that my Knight could be trapped, another reason I should have earlier offered a Rook exchange on the a-file.

24.b3 Nc3 25.Qd3 Nxb1 26.bxc4 Qxb4 27.Rexb1 Qxc4 28.Qxc4 Rxc4 29.Ne4 1-0


  1. Great collection and I sure wish I could write stories for these pictures!Look how lovely these are. I wish I could draw like this. I will miss you, my sweet friend. Looking forward to when you're back.I really appreciate all your comments, thank you! I’m back behind my desk and hope to start blogging again and catching up with all your lovely blogs in the coming days.............

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  2. I see that you played in the Ashland Quick Mr. Quigley. I hope this means you are back to playing regularly.