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MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
 The Most Interesting Games of the 79th Mass. Open
 Bob Messenger
  October 2010
On June 27th MACA President Ken Ballou announced the winners of the Most Interesting Game prizes for the 79th Massachusetts Open:
Open: IM Igor Foygel
Under 2000: Danny Angermeier
Under 1800: Eugene Bedard
Under 1600: Matthew Webber
The games were judged by Rhode Island master David Griego. 
White: Kelleher, Bill
Black: Foygel, Igor
[B06] Robatsch
79th Mass. Open Open
Notes by FM David Griego
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.h3 b5 6.f4?! This is a somewhat odd mix of systems against the Modern with ...a6. The "pure Austrian" set-up with Nf3 and Bd3 is considered the main line, and a Be3, Qd2 (with perhaps h4) formation is also quite testing. 6...b4 7.Nb1 Bb7 8.Nd2 c5?! Perhaps provoked by White's slow play, Black looks to take the initiative immediately. [Preparing ...c5 with 8...Nd7 seems better.] 9.c3?! Ostensibly the idea is to support the center, but it seems to have the opposite effect. [Better is 9.dxc5! dxc5 with 2 possibilities for White: (if 9...Bxb2 10.Rb1 (10.cxd6?! Bxa1 11.Qxa1 Nf6 isn't quite sound) 10...Bc3 11.Ne2 is nice for White) 10.e5! spiking the g7 Bishop is critical. In general, this is a pawn structure Black should avoid in Pirc/Modern openings, as it is difficult to generate counterplay against White's center. The fact that White has control over the c4 square seems to be a bonus as well: (10.Bxc5?! accepts the pawn, but is probably not best: 10...Qc7! (10...Bxb2 11.Rb1 Bc3 12.Bxb4 is good for White) 11.Be3 (11.Bxb4 Nc6 12.Bc3 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Qxf4) 11...Bxb2 12.Rb1 Bc3 13.Ne2 Nf6 gives Black the initiative) 10...Nd7 11.Ngf3 Nh6 12.Bd3 0-0 13.Qe2 Qc7 14.0-0 gives White a nice edge. (If White is in a particularly belligerent mood, he can try 14.0-0-0!? ) ] 9...bxc3 10.bxc3 Qa5 11.Qb3 An efficient multi-purpose move, defending c3, and attacking both b7 and f7. 11...Nd7!
A very dynamic answer to White's threat. [11...Bc6 12.Nc4 is awkward for Black.] 12.Bc4 [12.Qxb7? Rb8 13.Qxa6 Qxc3 and things are falling with check: 14.Bb5 Qxa1+ 15.Ke2 cxd4 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7 17.Qa7+ Kc8 18.Bf2 (18.Qa6+ Kd8 19.Qa7 Qb2) 18...Qc1 is winning for Black.] 12...cxd4! Another counterattacking solution to White's threat. Black has calculated that the resulting complications will favor him. [12...Nh6 is also possible.] 13.Bxf7+ Kf8 14.Bxg8 [14.Bxd4 Bxd4 15.cxd4 Bxe4 16.Be6 Bxg2 17.Rh2 Bc6 leaves White with the less safe King position.; If 14.cxd4 Bxe4 15.Be6 Rb8 is even better for Black: 16.Qc4 Ngf6 17.Kf2 Bd5 18.Bxd5 Nxd5-/+; And 14.Qxb7 is a total disaster after 14...dxe3 15.Qxa8+ Kxf7-+] 14...Rxg8 15.cxd4 Bxe4 Black has emerged from the tactics with a clear edge. He has the 2 Bishops, control of d5, and a safer King. 16.Kf2 Bd5 [16...Rb8!? 17.Qd1 Rb2 looks a little more direct. It's unlikely White will survive the position after 18.Ne2 Bd3 19.Re1 Nf6] 17.Qd3 Kf7 18.Ngf3 Rgc8 19.Rhc1 Qb5!
An interesting practical solution, by a player known for making excellent practical decisions. Igor is no doubt confident his technical skills will bring home the point with the Queens off the board. [19...Kg8 or; 19...Nf6 are ways to keep the Queens on the board, although 20.f5 might create some counterplay.] 20.Qxb5 axb5 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.Rb1 [22.a4 Ra8 23.a5 Ra6 isn't dangerous for Black, as he can go after the a-pawn with ...Nb8-c6, or even ...Nc5!?-b7.] 22...Rb8 23.Ng5+ Ke8 24.a3 Nf6 25.g4 Kd7 26.Ke2 Bc6 27.Kd3 h6 [27...Ra8!? targets the a-pawn immediately, and Black has a virtually winning position after: 28.Rb3 Bd5 29.Rxb5 (29.Rc3 Ba2! and ...Nd5 is unstoppable.) 29...Rxa3+ 30.Ke2 h6 31.Ngf3 Ne4] 28.Nge4 Nd5 29.Nc3 Nxc3! Another excellent decision. Grabbing the two Bishops is attractive on the surface, but Igor most likely judged [29...Nxe3 30.Kxe3 Ra8 31.Rb3 as more difficult to convert.] 30.Kxc3 Ra8 31.Rb3 [31.Ra1 Ra4 32.Nb3 Bd5 and White's pawns will start to drop.] 31...Bd5 32.Rxb5 Rxa3+ 33.Nb3 Kc6 34.Rb4 Rxb3+ The resulting same colored Bishop ending is a clean cut win for Black: 35.Rxb3 Bxb3 36.Kxb3 Kd5 37.f5 [37.Kc3 Ke4] 37...Ke4 38.Bd2 gxf5 39.gxf5 h5 40.Bg5 Bf6 41.Bxf6 exf6 42.Kc4 h4 0-1
White:!LePoer, Geoff
Black: Angermeier, Danny
[D03] Torre Attack (Tartakower
79th Mass. Open U2000
Notes by FM David Griego
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Be7 5.Bd3 0-0 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.Ne5 c5 8.c3 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Nd7 10.Nf3 f6 11.h4!? This at least seems to threaten something with Bxh7+, although the threat isn't really that concrete. 11...fxe5 12.Nxe5 [12.Bxh7+? Kxh7 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Nxe6 (14.Qh5? Nf6-+ doesn't work at all.) 14...Qb6 15.Nxf8 Kxf8 (15...exf4 16.Nxd7 Bxd7 (16...Qe6!?) 17.Qxd5+ Be6) 16.Bg3 Qxb2-/+] 12...Nf6 13.h5?! This looks like a pretty slow plan, although this h-pawn later proves to be quite a troublesome fellow. [13.Qe2 preparing Queenside castling isn't timed that well either: 13...Bd6 14.0-0-0 Qc7-/+; Since White has already taken the gloves off, he may want to stay in "hostile mode" with: 13.g4!? Bd6 14.g5 Bxe5 15.Bxe5 Ne4 16.f3 (16.Bxe4!? dxe4 17.Qxd8 Rxd8 18.c4 might reduce White's winning chances, but Black will suffer for quite a long time.) 16...Nd6 17.Qc2 creates decent attacking chances.] 13...Bd6 14.h6 g6 15.Qf3?! Stepping right into the open f-file looks risky. Perhaps worth a go is [15.Nxg6!? hxg6 16.h7+ Kh8 17.Bh6 Rf7 18.Bxg6 Rc7 19.g4 with a good amount of compensation for the piece.] 15...Bxe5 16.Bxe5 Ne4 Out of a quiet opening, we are getting some wild complications... 17.Qg4?! This is walking into a fork, but there are some even crazier things on the way. Objectively, White would rather have Black take on f2 with the Rook, for example: [17.Qe2!? Rxf2 (17...Nxf2 18.0-0 Nxd3 19.Qxd3 isn't that much fun for Black.) 18.Qg4 Rf5 19.Qxg6+! (19.Bxe4?! isn't as good: 19...Rxe5 20.0-0-0 (20.Bxg6? doesn't work due to 20...Rg5-+) 20...Bd7-/+ with a healthy extra pawn) 19...hxg6 20.h7+ Kf7 21.h8Q Qxh8 22.Bxh8 Rh5 23.Rxh5 gxh5 24.Bxe4 should lead to a draw] 17...Nxf2 18.Qxg6+!
OK! This is indeed an inspired, albeit forced, way to continue! 18...hxg6 19.Bxg6? It's tempting to threaten mate in one, but it's the wrong continuation. [19.h7+ is much better 19...Kf7 20.0-0! Ke7 (20...Ke8 21.Rxf2 Rxf2 22.h8Q+ Rf8 23.Bxg6+ with tremendous compensation for the exchange.) 21.Rxf2 Rxf2 22.Kxf2 Bd7 23.h8Q Qxh8 24.Bxh8 Rxh8 25.Bxg6=/+ somehow ends with material equality, although Black can play for a win with his better structure.] 19...Rf6? [Black should consider endingWhite's fun in a most forceful manner with 19...Qf6! 20.Bxf6 Rxf6-+ when Black is just up a piece.] 20.h7+ Kh8 21.Rh4! White's attacking chances seem to be gaining momentum.... 21...Ne4? [21...Bd7 22.Rf4 Kg7! Once the Rook is off the h-file, this active defensive move is possible. The idea is to win a tempo by attacking the Bishop. (22...Ng4 23.Rxg4 Qe7 24.0-0-0 and that dark squared Bishop is more than enough compensation for the Queen!) 23.Bc2 Ng4 24.Rxg4+ Kf7 Hard to say what the assessment here is, but getting out of that pin is some sort of moral victory.] 22.0-0-0? Threatening to take on e4 for free, but White should look at the most forcing moves first: [22.Bxe4! is most direct, and good for White: 22...dxe4 (22...Qf8 23.Ke2 Qg7 24.Rf1 is the end) 23.Rd1! (Even the slow looking 23.g4 is dangerous 23...Qe7 24.g5 Qxh7 25.Bxf6+ Kg8 26.Rxh7 Kxh7 27.Rd1+/- and Black will struggle to hold this.) 23...Bd7 (23...Qe7 24.Rh6+-) 24.Rxd7! White cashes in his chips and forces a winning King and Pawn ending: 24...Qxd7 25.Bxf6+ Qg7 26.Bxg7+ Kxg7 27.h8Q+ Rxh8 28.Rxh8 Kxh8 29.Kf2+-] 22...Bd7?? Just as in the note after Black's 19th, the best thing to do is to break the pin at all costs: [22...Qd6! 23.Rxe4 (23.Bxd6 Nxd6 24.Bc2 Bd7 25.g4 Raf8 26.g5 Rf1 shouldn't be too much trouble for Black) 23...Qxe5 24.Rxe5 Rxg6 25.Rh1 Bd7 and Black can just triple-team the h7 pawn with ...Rg7, .....Rf8-f7 ending all counterplay.] 23.Rf1?? [23.Bxe4! still wins a similar King and Pawn ending after: 23...dxe4 (23...Kg7 24.Rf1 wins a massive amount of material) 24.Rxd7!? (Although here White can make use of the access to the f-file he didn't have in the 22.Bxe4! variation, and play: 24.Rf1+- ) 24...Qxd7 25.Bxf6+ Qg7 26.Bxg7+ Kxg7 27.h8Q+ Rxh8 28.Rxh8 Kxh8 29.Kc2+-] 23...Qb8!
White: Strickland, Eric
Black: Bedard, Eugene
[B21] Sicilian Defense: Smith-
Morra Gambit
79th Mass. Open U1800
1.e4 g6 2.f4 d6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d4 Nd7 5.Nc3 b6 6.Bb5 a6 7.Bc6 Ra7 8.dxc5 dxc5 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Ne5 f6 11.Qd5 Nh6 12.Be3 fxe5 13.fxe5 Bb7 14.Bxh6 Bxh6 15.Qf7+ Kd8 16.Bxd7 Kxd7 17.Rad1+ Kc8 18.Qe6+ Kb8 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.Rxd5 Rd8 21.Rfd1 Rxd5 22.Rxd5 Rb7 23.g3 Qc8 24.Qxc8+ Kxc8 25.e6 Rc7 26.Kf2 Rc6 27.c4 Rxe6 28.Kf3 Rf6+ 29.Ke2 Kc7 30.b3 g5 31.e5 Re6 32.Kf3 Bg7 33.Ke4 Kc6 34.g4 Rh6 35.Kf5 e6+ 36.Ke4 exd5+ 37.cxd5+ Kd7 38.Kf5 Rxh2 39.a3 Rf2+ 40.Kxg5 Bxe5 41.b4 cxb4 42.axb4 a5 43.b5 a4 44.d6 Kxd6 45.Kh5 a3 46.g5 Bf4 47.Kh6 Bxg5+ 48.Kg7 a2 0-1
White: Hong, Jenshiang
Black: Webber, Matthew
[B24] Sicilian, Closed
79th Mass. Open U1600
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.Be3 b6 7.Qd2 Nge7 8.Nge2 Nd4 9.0-0 Bb7 10.Nd1 0-0 11.Nc1 e5 12.c3 Ne6 13.Bh6 f5 14.Bxg7 Nxg7 15.f4 Qc7 16.Ne3 Rad8 17.Ne2 d5 18.Rac1 Qb8 19.Qc2 fxe4 20.dxe4 d4 21.Qb3+ Kh8 22.cxd4 exd4 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.exd5 Nf5 25.Rf2 Ne3 26.a4 Nxg2 27.Rxg2 Bxd5 28.Qd3 Bxg2 29.Kxg2 Qb7+ 30.Kg1 Qd5 31.b3 Rde8 32.Nc3 Qxb3 33.Qb1 Qxb1 34.Nxb1 Re2 35.h4 Rfe8 36.Kf1 Kg7 37.Na3 d3 38.Rc3 d2 39.Rd3 Re1+ 40.Kg2 d1Q 41.Rxd1 Rxd1 0-1