GAME 31

Znosko-Borovsky - Salwe

St Petersburg 1909


Queen's Pawn Opening

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.c3


White: Znosko - Borovsky  Black: Salwe]

If White had to make such a narrowing move, his opening would not be commendable; the move is, however, not necessary. The threat of 5...Qb6 can also be met by 5.c4 and after 5...Qb6 White has then the choice of 6.Qb3  or 6.Qd2 (or even 6.Qc1).

5...Nf6 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.Bd3 O-O 8.h38...Bd6 9.Ne5


White: Znosko - Borovsky; Black: Salwe

 White's position is no longer favourable. Relatively best was 9.Bxd6 Qxd6 10.Rc1 followed by 11.Bb1 and c3-c4. The move played gives Black the superiority on the queen's wing without obtaining any sufficient compensation for it.

9...Bxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.Nf3 f612.exf6 Nxf6 13.O-O Qe7 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 Bd7 16.c4 Bc6 17.Rc1 b6 18.b3 Rad8 19.Qe2 Qf7 20.Rfd1 Rd7 21.Bb1 Rfd8 22.Qc2 Qh5 23.Qb2

 White wants to avoid 23.Bxf6 which would open the g-file for Black, whose Bishop aims already at White's g2; but now Black obtains other advantages.  23...dxc4 24.Rxd7 Nxd7 25.Bg3

After 25.Bxg7 Black would win by 25...e5.

25...cxb3 26.axb3

 If 26.Qxb3  Black would force the exchange of the Queen by 26...Qd5

26...Nf6 27.f3 Qd5 28.Re1 Be8 29.Bh4 e5 30.Bc2 Qe6 31.Qc3 Bf7 32.Ra1 Rd7 33.g4 Bg6

By driving the White King's Bishop from the diagonal or exchanging it for his Bishop, Black is enabled to bring his Knight into play with decisive effect at d5, or (if e3-e4) at the d4-square. The finish is vigorously played by Black.

34.Bd1 Bd3 35.Bg3 e4 36.f4 Nd5 37.Qe1 Qf6 38.Rc1 Qb2

0 -1

2h. 28 - 1h. 33

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