Heinrich -Nilsen

For those of you playing in Bunratty this weekend here is a nice game to warm you up for the tournament. For anyone else just enjoy a well played game. Jan Heinrich had a nice victory in the recent Gonzaga event with a win over a 2400+ rated FM. He has kindly sent on the game with some annotations.

Heinrich, J.(1980) – FM Nilsen, J.B.(2428) Gonzaga, 2017 [Notes by Heinrich]
1.d4 f5 2.b3  (my intention was not to go for main lines. I saw this idea from IM Alex Lopez in his game against Kieran Moynihan at Mulcahy Chess Congress 2017) 2… Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 b6 5.Be2 Be7 6.Bf3 c6 7.Ne2 0-0 8.h4 d6 9.c4 e5 10.g3 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Nbc3 Qe8 13.Qd2 Na6 14.h5  (other options are 14.0-0-0 or 14.Bg2) 14…Nc7 15.0-0-0 e4 16.Bg2 b5! (a very good move. Black is trying to open the queenside for his pair of bishops and play against the weak white king) 17.cxb5 cxb5 18.Nf4 a5 19.Kb1 Qf7 (maybe 19..Bb7 or 19..a4  are stronger options) 20.Bf1 Bd7 21.Rc1 Rfc822.Be2 d5 23.Rhg1 Bg5 24.Rc2 a4 (another move is 24…b4 25.Na4 Nb5 26.Rxc8+ Rxc8 27.Rc1 Na3+28.Kb2 with a fairly equal position) 25.b4 a3 26.Rgc1 Be7 (probably 26.-Bxf4 is better not allowing white his next small combination )


Heinrich -Nilsen (2017) 27. White to play

27.Nxe4! dxe4 28.Rxc7 Rxc7 29.Rxc7 Bd6 30.Rc5 (I missed 30.Rb7! which is much stronger than 30.Rc5. Now I am offering my opponent to take my Rook on c5 with his bishop.) 30… Bxc5 31.bxc5 (so I’m the exchange down for a pawn but my connected c and d pawns are becoming monsters! )


Heinrich – Nilsen (2017) Position after Whites exchange sacrifice.

30…Bc6 32.Bd1 Kh7 33.Bb3 Qe7 34.d5 Be8 35.d6 Qf6 (I have to watch the b2 square but centralising my queen to d4 will be very strong)  36.Nd5 Qf8 37.Nc7 Rb8 38.Ne6 (in my time trouble I missed the quickest win after 38.Nxe8 and d7 and c6 ) 38… Qf6 39.Qd4 Bd7 40.Qxf6 gxf6 41.Bd5 Rc8 42.Nc7 Kg7 43.c6 Rxc7 44.dxc7 Bc8 45.Kc2 Kf8 46.Kb3 Ke7 47.f3 Kd6 48.fxe4 fxe4 49.Bxe4 Kxc7 50.Kxa3 Bg4 51.Kb4 Kb6 52.c7 Kxc7 53.Kxb5 Kd6 54.a4 Ke5 55.Bc6 Bxh5 56.a5 Kd6 57.Bg2 Be2+ 58.Kb6 Ke5 59.Bc6 Kd6 60.Bb5 Bf3 61.a6 Be4 62.a7 Bd5 63.Ba6 1-0

5 Comments to “Heinrich -Nilsen”

  1. I was very interested to see Jan Heinrich’s excellent win from Gonzaga. I spoke with Jan shortly after the game, but didn’t realise it was in this anti-Dutch line, as played by Alex Lopez vs Kieran Moynihan. In that game, incidentally, Kieran made a small mistake in the opening, playing …d6 rather than …e6, allowing Alex to double his f-pawns with Bxf6. Jan had also played the same idea against me in a Munster League game just before Gonzaga, which he also won.
    After years of playing the Dutch, I’ve come to the reluctant conclusion that 1…f5 is premature – better for Black is 1…e6 or 1…g6 (depending on whether you prefer a Leningrad or Classical) with …f5 to follow.
    Black is OK in the regular Dutch lines, but the anti-Dutch variations (Korchnoi’s h3 & g4, or 2.Bg5, or Staunton’s e4, or the Lisitsyn after 1.Nf3, etc) are very dangerous.
    BTW, Alex Lopez’s last-round loss to Nigel Short in Bunratty also featured doubled f-pawns, though Alex told me it was very different to the Moynihan game.

  2. It is interesting to read Gerrys opinion. A player who plays Dutch for years…..Generally by white pieces as 1.d4 player I prefer to play against Queens gambit or Kings Indian than against main lines of Dutch! So I needed to find something against the Dutch….that is it.

  3. 2.b3 is an interesting and unusal approach Jan. Your game against Nilsen is quite nice. It was a powerful exchange sac.

    I would recommend anyone interested in learning more about the Dutch to check out Simon Williams book and dvds on it at https://www.gingergm.com/shop/ He has some nice annotated blitz games with the Dutch on his youtube channel aswell which are quite funny as well as being instructional.

    1…e6 seems to be the way Williams plays the Dutch now. Only problem with that is you gotta be ready for a French if 2.e4 which is a problem if thats not in your repertoire against e4.

  4. In many years of answering 1.d4 with …e6, I reckon only one or two people have played 2.e4 against me. Of course, I play the French anyway, so I generally welcome the switch – but even if you don’t normally play the French I think the odds are in your favour. The majority of players who open 1.d4 want to stay in queen’s pawn lines after …e6. GM Tony Miles, in a 1970s simul, played 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 against me, transposing to a Tarrasch French (which was eventually drawn) but the switch to the French is quite rare.
    Jan’s anti-Dutch idea with b3 is interesting, especially as the white bishop does not go to b2 or a3.

    Another good book on the Dutch is Moskalenko’s The Diamond Dutch., Like Simon Williams, Moskalenko also writes about the French, so maybe the two openings do go together.

  5. In the recent Galway tournament (the major, not the masters) I scored 3/3 with black, and all 3 games were in the Dutch. I even changed the variations from one game to the next – one Leningrad with …f5 and …g6, one Dutch Indian with …e6, …f5 and …Bb4, and one hybrid system where I got in both …e5 and …f5.
    Which means I’m pretty happy with the Dutch. I may even start playing 1.f4 – Bird’s Opening – to get a ‘Dutch’ with white.

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