Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fajarowicz Analysis

In March 2007, while playing in a tournament at the Polgar Chess Center in Queens, I bought The Fighting Fajarowicz [Chess Digest, 1996, 228 pages] by Tim Harding. One advantage to purchasing a book in person rather than on-line or by mail is that it affords you the opportunity to browse before buying. My shopping spree has already paid dividends, as I have beaten a couple of masters and drawn another with the Fajarowicz after the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4. There has also been a draw against a master who declined the Budapest Gambit with 3.d5.

The Fajarowicz Variation is to 1.d4 what the Philidor Counter Gambit is to 1.e4, namely fighting chess! You will not find many positional moves in these sharp lines.

Game #1

Mark Kernighan (USCF 2215) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Hamilton NJ Quad 4/21/2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.Qc2 d5 7.exd6 Bf5 8.Qd1 Qxd6 9.e3 (9.a3 Bxd2+ 10.Bxd2 O-O-O 11.Qc1 Rhe8 12.b4 Nd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.Be3 Qe5 15.Bf4 Rd1+! 16.Qxd1 Qc3+ 17.Bd2 Nxd2 18.Qxd2 Qxa1+ 19.Qd1 Qxa3, 0-1, Ziewitz-Hagen, Schleswig 1963) O-O-O 10.Be2 Qf6 11.Qb3 Nc5 12.Qd1 Nd3+ 13.Bxd3 Bxd3 14.a3 Bxd2+ 15.Nxd2 Ne5 16.f4 Nxc4 17.Nxc4 Bxc4 18.Qg4+ Kb8

Material is even with bishops of opposite colors, but Black has a huge plus due to his lead in development.

19.Kf2 Rd6 20.Re1 Rhd8 21.Qf3 Bb3 22.e4 Rd3 23.Re3 Bd1 24.e5 Qb6 25.Qg3 g6 26.h4 a5 27.Kg1 Bc2 28.Qf2 Rd1+ 29.Kh2 Bf5 30.a4

White might have tried 30.b4 axb4 31.axb4 hoping for 31...Qxb4?! 32.Rea3, but 31...R8d3 maintains Black's edge.

30...Qc5 31.b4 axb4 32.Qb2 R8d3 33.Rxd3 Qg1+ 34.Kg3 Rxd3+, White resigns.

White's rook and bishop are on their original squares!

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Game #2

Sandi Hutama (USCF 2219) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Mount Arlington NJ Quad 4/28/2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Bc5 4.e3 O-O
(4...d6 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Nf3 c6 7.Be2 cxd5 8.cxd5 Bf5 9.O-O a6 10.a4 Nbd7 = and 0-1 in 41 moves, Bekmuhkamedova-Vo, Bratislava 1993) 5.Nc3 c6 6.g4 (6.Bd3 cxd5 7.cxd5 a6 8.a3 b5 9.b4 Bb6 10.Bb2 Re8 11.Nge2 d6 12.Ng3 Bb7 13.Qb3 Nbd7 14.h3 Rc8 15.O-O with a small advantage for White although 0-1 in 72 moves, Pixton-Monokroussos, Internet Chess Club 2000) cxd5 7.cxd5 Qa5 8.Bg2 d6 9.g5 Ne8 10.Nge2 f6 11.h4 b5 12.Bd2 b4 13.Ne4 Na6 14.gxf6 Nxf6 15.Nxf6+ Rxf6 16.Ng3 Bd7 17.Ne4 Rg6 18.Bf3 Rf8 19.h5 Rh6 20.Rg1 Bb6 21.Ng5 Nc5 22.Be2 Bd8

23.a3 Bxg5 24.axb4 Qd8 25.bxc5 Bh4 26.Rg2

Black now seizes the opportunity to force a draw by perpetual check.

26...Rxf2 27.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Qh4+ 29.Kg1 Qg3+ 30.Kh1 Bf5 31.Ra4 Qh3+ 32.Kg1 Qg3+ 33.Kh1, draw.

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Game #3

Ilye Figler (USCF 2300) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 7/29/2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Nxd2 6.Nbxd2 Nc6 7.a3 Bxd2+ (7...Bf8!? 8.Qc2 g6 9.Qc3 Bg7 10.Ne4 Nxe5! 11.Nxe5 Qe7 12.f4 d6 =/+, Vol-Glaskov, Moscow 1990) 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.Qc3 O-O 10.Rd1 Re8 11.Rd5 b6 12.e3 Bb7 13.Bd3 (13.Be2 Rad8 14.O-O Nb8 15.Rc1! Bxd5 16.cxd5 d6 17.Bb5 Rf8 18.e4 a6 19.Bd3, Smyslov-Steiner, Groningen 1946 when Smyslov recommends 19...Rfe8!? 20.e6 fxe6 21.dxe6 c5 22.Bc4 as Black's best try, a position which Fritz8 evaluates as = after 22...Rc8) Rad8 14.h4 Nb8

15.b4 c5 16.Rh3

Black answers 16.Rd6 with 16...f6 giving a slight advantage to White.

16...cxb4 17.axb4 Bxd5 18.cxd5 Rc8 19.Qd4 d6 20.e6 fxe6 21.dxe6

White misses 21.Qe4 g6 22.h5 exd5 23.Qxd5+ Qe6 24.Qxe6+ Rxe6 25.Rg3 which is approximately equal.

21...Nc6 22.Bxh7+?! Kh8

Capturing the bishop looks risky, but Black should win after 22...Kxh7 23.Ng5+ Kh6 24.Qf4 Ne5.

23.Qe4 d5 24.Qxd5 Qxb4+ 25.Kf1 Qa5 26.Qe4 Qa1+ 27.Ne1 Ne5 28.f4 Rc1 29.fxe5 Rxe1+ 30.Kf2 Rf1+ 31.Kg3 Qe1+ 32.Kg4 Qd1+ 33.Kg5

On 33.Rf3 Rxf3 34.gxf3 Qg1+ 35.Kh5, a drawn queen-and-pawn ending is the result after 35...Rxe6 36.Bg6 Rxg6 37.Qxg6 Qxe3.

33...Qd8+ 34.Kg4 Qd1+ 35.Kg5 Qd8+, draw.

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Game #4

Lorand Kis (USCF 2207) - Jim West (USCF 2203), New Jersey Open 9/2/2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 d6 (4...Qh4?! 5.g3 Qh5 6.Bg2 Qxe5 7.Nf3 Qh5 8.O-O d6 9.Nd4 Nf6 10.Nc3 Be7 11.e4 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 O-O 13.Bf4 +/- and 1-0 in 62 moves, Flear-Bellon, Bern 1991) 5.exd6 Bxd6 6.Nd2

White avoids the trap 6.Nf3?? Nxf2! 7.Kxf2 Bg3+!!

6...Bf5 7.Ngf3 Bc5?!

Moving this piece twice is inaccurate. Black should play 7...O-O with a lead in development.

8.e3 O-O 9.Be2

White could have exploited Black's 7th move by 9.b4! Qf6 10.Ra2.

9...Qf6 10.Qb3 Nc6 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.Bd2 Rfe8 13.h4 h6 14.h5 a5 15.Bc3 Qe6 16.Qa4 Ra6

17.Rh3 Bb4!

I had counted on this move to take the sting out of 18.Rg3.

18.Rc1 Bxc3+ 19.Rxc3 Rb6 20.Rb3?

White must play 20.b3, but Black is already better because of White's poorly placed queen.

20...Bc2 21.Bd1 Rxb3 22.Bxc2 Rxb2 23.Kf1 Rd8 24.Rh4 Qf6 25.Kg1 Qc3 26.Bf5 Qb3 27.c5 Qxa4 28.Rxa4 Rb5 29.Rc4 Rd5 30.g4 Rbxc5 31.Re4 Rd8 32.Kg2 Kf8

An easier win is 32...b5 followed by 33...b4.

33.Rf4 Rd6 34.Kg3 Rf6 35.Re4 Ne7 36.Bd7 Rd6 37.Ba4 b5 38.Bb3 a4 39.Ba2 Rc2 40.Bb1 Rb2, White resigns.