Stolz vs Vlagsma
[Event "Beverwijk"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Stolz"] [Black "Vlagsma"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D11"] [Opening "Slav: 3.Nf3"] {White plays for Pe4} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 e6 4. Nbd2 f5 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. b3 Bd7 9. Bb2 Be8 {Black has developed in an unusual way, omitting the maneuver ... Qe8-h5, and played instead to get his Queen Bishop outside the pawn chain at once. In consequence, the e-pawn has lost its natural protection, and White can attack this base immediately} 10. Ng5 Qc8 11. f3 Na6 12. Nh3 Nc7 13. e4 {White now has a distinct advantage, but how to make further progress is another matter} 13... Bf7 {Correct. Black adopts a waiting policy, not wishing to dissolve the central framework. The points d5 and e5 are well enough defended, and in such positions the closure by e5 is nothing to fear} 14. Qe2 Re8 15. Kh1 g6 16. Nf4 Kg7 17. Nd3 h6 18. Ne5 {The beginning of a new plan, by which White manages to dissipate his advantage. White should have continued to maneuver, aiming always to strengthen his position while keeping the possibilities of Pe5 or Pc5 in hand.} (18. Rac1 { Kmoch's recommendation}) 18... Nd7 19. exf5 $2 exf5 20. f4 { Now Black gains control of a support point at e4} 20... Nf6 21. Nxf7 { The two Bishops, which White obtains by this move, are not very useful in a closed position like this. If White had decided to exchange the Knight which stood at e5, he should have done it a move earlier and not for the Bishop, but for the Knightatd7} 21... Kxf7 22. Nf3 Qe6 23. Qc2 Bd6 24. c5 Bf8 25. Ne5+ Kg7 26. Rae1 Ne4 {It is evident that White's operations have achieved less than nothing. His Queen Bishop is a spectator, and it is Black's Knight at e4 which controls the situation in the centre. The attempt to undermine the Knight which follows now also leads to nothing} 27. g4 Kh7 28. gxf5 gxf5 29. Bh3 Be7 30. Qe2 Rg8 31. Qh5 Raf8 32. Bc1 Ne8 33. Be3 Ng7 34. Qf3 Ne8 35. b4 N8f6 36. a4 {There is nothing to be had on the g-file, so White tries his luck on the other wing} 36... a6 37. Rc1 Rg7 38. b5 Rfg8 39. bxc6 bxc6 40. Qe2 Rg3 41. Rf3 Rxf3 42. Qxf3 Bd8 43. Rg1 Rxg1+ 44. Kxg1 { There is nothing much left in the game} 44... Ng8 45. Qh5 Ne7 46. Kh1 Nf6 47. Qf7+ Qxf7 48. Nxf7 Bc7 49. Bf1 a5 50. Bd3 Ne4 51. Ne5 Kg7 52. Kg2 Kf6 53. h4 Ke6 54. Be2 Nc3 55. Bh5 Nxa4 56. Bf7+ Kf6 57. Be8 Nc3 58. Nxc6 Nxc6 59. Bxc6 Ke6 60. Kf3 Ne4 {A draw was agreed ... this game gives a good idea of the difficulty of overrunning a Stonewall formation} 1/2-1/2
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OpeningD11 — Slav: 3.Nf3