Games
[Event "Teesside Individual Ch 1958-59."] [Site "?"] [Date "1959.01.31"] [Round "?"] [White "Stephenson, F.N."] [Black "Wise, T.H."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D54"] [Annotator "F.N.Stephenson"] [PlyCount "87"] [SourceVersionDate "2020.03.26"] {I had notices that Tommy Wise usually defended 1. d4 with the Queen's Gambit Declined...choosing Lasker's Ne4 or Tartakover's b6. One interesting feature of his repertoire that I noticed early one was Tommy's penchant for playing 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6. Masters play in this way, expecting some White's to avoid the Nimzo-indian Defence (3. Nc3 Bb4), possibly Black's best defence against 1.d4. After 3.Nf3 b6, they are in the "safe waters" of a Queens indian Defence, possibly Black's soundest set up against 1.d4. However,when White continued 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3.Nc3, Tommy would then usually go 3...d5. I never asked him, but I wondered if he thought that the White knight might be misplaced on f3 in the QGD. In my "before-perspective" for our next game, I looked for a way of avoiding the pawn structure of the earlier games and came up with the notion of delaying Nf3-I have since used this idea a great many times after 1.d4 in the QGD and in some Indian Defences. One of the keys to formulating a useful "during-perspective" is the notion of "verbalisation": expressing ideas, silently to oneself during play, about the position in plain, simple language. } 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 {The new idea.} b6 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nxd5 exd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 {Here having avoided the bxc3 line, I now have to see if any further advantage may be gained from having delayed the Nf3 move-and it didn't take long to find the plan 10. Be2 intending Bf3 to target the long diagonal and the d5 pawn with Ne2/Nf4 to add pressure since the pawn has lost the queen protection.} 10. Be2 Be6 {Tommy knew that b7 is often the destination in this line-following c5 and dxc5 bxc5.} 11. Bf3 c5 12. Ne2 c4 {There was no need to fear the hanging pawns after dxc5 bxc5-Black wil get play down the b-file} 13. Nf4 $16 {White's "before-perspective" has yielded a (slight) increase in his "first-move" advantage.} Qd7 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. Rxc4 {The game goes "tactical".} Qb5 16. Rc1 Qxb2 {If Im going to be worst, might as well have an extra pawn.} 17. O-O $18 Qb4 18. e4 Qd6 19. Qb3 Nc6 20. Rxc6 Qxc6 21. exd5 Rxf3 22. dxc6 Rxb3 23. axb3 Rc8 24. Rc1 Kf7 25. b4 a6 26. Kf1 Ke7 27. Ra1 {Accuracy is required.} Rxc6 28. Rxa6 Kf6 29. b5 Rd6 30. Ke2 g6 31. Ke3 h6 32. Ke4 g5 33. g4 Kg6 34. h3 Kf6 35. f3 Kg6 36. Ke5 Rd5+ 37. Kxe6 Rxd4 38. Rxb6 Rf4 39. Ke5+ Kg7 40. Rb7+ Kg8 41. Rc7 Rb4 42. Rc5 Rb3 43. Ke4 Kg7 44. Rf5 {The notion of a "before-perspective" may also be described via the concept of a chessplayer's "tool-box". But note that it is the other two prespectives ("during" and "after") which help us decide what goes into the tool-box. Of course the more in the tool-box, the merrier...but the greater the work-load and memory load!. (The concept of a chessplayer's tool-box is explored further in next month's articles).} 1-0