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Craig Laird vs Michael John Basman
King's Head Intern. (1982), rd 7, Feb-05
Queen Pawn Opening: General (A40)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: Laird seems to have come up with a good opening idea against Basman's 1. d4 h6 2. e4 g5 in this game playing 3. Nd2 with the idea of gaining a solid positional and space advantage, but without pushing too hard to punish black and creating pawn weakeness for black to exploit. Note that the opening transposes to 1. e4 g5 2. d4 h6 3. Nd2.

One amusing aspect of this game is how white play's a sort of game of "chess chicken" or "who's afraid of the big bad discovered check" from moves 31 through 39. Laird's 32. Nf7 is a neat defensive resource here, refuting white's plan of discovered check after 32. ...Bxd2+ with 33. NxRe5. Laird goes on to demonstrate that a discovered check threat is nothing to be feared when your opponent has nothing to discover. What a neat opening idea, and amusing, yet effective, middle game strategem.

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  whiteshark: It's Time To Get Laird:
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