Outside the 1.d4 and 1.e4 lines, I enjoy Flank Openings. Jack Clauser and I played in person and by postal chess for about 10 years. In the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit world, Clauser is known for his interesting games. Also, Jack Clauser was the proofreader for several of my BDG books. Clauser offered me many good suggestions. Any mistakes that slipped through into print were not his fault.
It was relatively rare for me to play the English Opening. Playing a variety of openings improves my overall chess knowledge and experience but not my chess rating. To get and keep a high rating, you do best to play the same good lines over and over again.
In this game, Clauser treated the position like a Semi-Tarrasch Defence with 4.cxd5 Nxd5. The main difference was that Black retreated his knight with 5…Nc7 instead to capturing 5…Nxc3. The wide open symmetrical pawn structure was typical of a line in the Queens Gambit Accepted. This position was hard to win.
I published Flank Opening Puzzles which are 200 checkmates in the English Opening, Birds Opening, Dutch Defence and a few others.
My Chess Training Repertoire this week covers Bird's Opening. My email goes to those subscribed to my list at 11:45 AM Eastern time Thursday.
Sawyer - Clauser, corr 1996 begins 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e3 Nc7 [Black could adopt a Gruenfeld approach with 5...Nxc3 6.bxc3 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 Qc7=] 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d4 Be7 [8...cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Bf4+/=] 9.dxc5 Qxd1 10.Rxd1 Bxc5 11.Ne4 [Or 11.a3 and the position resembles a Queens Gambit Accepted.] 11...Be7 12.Nd6+ Bxd6 13.Rxd6 Ke7 14.Rd1 Rd8 15.Rxd8 Kxd8 16.Bd2 [16.b3+/=] 16...f6 17.b4 Bd7 18.b5 Ne7 19.a4 e5 20.Bd3 g6 21.e4 Rc8 22.Rd1 Ke8 23.Be3 a6 24.bxa6 Bxa4? [24...Nxa6!=] 25.Ra1 b5 26.a7 Nc6 27.h3? [Here White returns the favor. Now chances are equal again. White could obtain the better chances for an advantage with 27.g4! h6 28.Bxh6 Nxa7 29.g5 fxg5 30.Bxg5 Ne6 31.Bf6 Nc6 32.Nxe5 Nxe5 33.Bxe5+/=] 27...Ra8 28.Rc1 Kd7 29.Nh2 Nxa7 30.Ng4 Ne8 31.Ra1 Kc6 32.Bb1 Nc8 33.Ba2 Bb3 34.Rc1+ Bc4 35.Bxc4 bxc4 36.Rxc4+ Kd7 37.f3 1/2-1/2
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