View Full Version : Alternative plans for White on move 16

Spiny Norman
03-10-2004, 08:09 AM
Hi all,

I'd appreciate any tips about this game, especially alternatives to my 16.Ne2 which I felt was rather weak. I've noted the moves where I felt I could have come up with something better ....

Event: Box Hill Open
Date: 1/10/2004
White: Frost, Stephen (?)
Black: Fielding, Shaun (1327)
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: E20

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.Bg5 c6 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Rc1 Nc6 9.Nf3 Bd7 10.0-0 Rc8 { I was hunting for "a plan" and couldn't come up with one ... so ... } 11.a3 Be7 12.Ne5?! h6 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.e3 Rfd8 16.Ne2? { Should I have considered b4 to keep the Black knight out of the hole at c4, or a more energetic activity on the King's side? } Na5 {Prior to Black's 16th I was about 10 minutes ahead on the clock, but had to think a lot harder from here onwards. Was feeling very rusty. } 17.b4 Nc4 18.Qd3 Nd6 19.Rxc8 Rxc8 20.Rc1 Rxc1+ 21.Nxc1 Qc6 22.Na2?! Qc4 23.Qb1 { White keeps falling back, hopefully in an orderly fashion} Nb5 24.Bf1 Qc6 25.Qb3 Nd6 26.Bd3 {Drawn on White's offer. I felt that I had managed to stall Black's queenside attack, at least temporarily, but was still in a somewhat inferior position, so I was pleased when he accepted the offer. }

Thanks, in advance, for any ideas/tips.


03-10-2004, 10:48 AM
A queen moves looks the most natural way to progress. That given you want to prevent Na5, perhaps 16.Qa4. 16.Qg4 looks tempting but doesn't seem to lead to much.

16.b4 seems to make c4 a permanent hole instead of a temporary one. I would delay it while ever it was not necessary as it reduces the flexibility (it means c3 will not be playable sometime in the future).

That's my 2c worth anyway.