Back to 1 b3 review - By Stephen Berry

(1) Berry,S - J. Klinger (G.M.) [E14]
Cappelle la Grande, 1994

1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 e6 3.e3 Be7
Josef Klinger, the Austrian grandmaster tries a quiet system against 1 b3 by delaying ...d5 and ...c5. I met this a number of times. Initially, I experimented unsuccessfully with an early f4 but came to the conclusion that adopting the Ret-Zuckertort system was White's best bet.

4.Nf3 0-0 5.d4 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.0-0 d6 8.c4 c5 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.Rc1 Rc8 11.Qe2 Rc7 12.Rfd1 Qa8?!
Reti popularised the idea of putting the queen behind the fianchettoed bishop. It rarely seems to be good.

13.Bb1 Rd8 14.d5!?
A pawn sacrifice to exploit the fact that the black queen is offside.14 ...

14...exd5 15.cxd5 Nxd5
[After 15...Bxd5 16.e4 Bc6 17.Nh4!? was my intention. Black cannot play 17 ... 17...Nxe4? because of 18.Nxe4 Bxh4 19.Qg4 ]

16.Ne4! Nb8?
[White has a dangerous Black puts one more piece out of play! 16...Nf8 seems more rational.]

17.Nfg5 h6 18.Nxf7!
A fully sound sacrifice. 18 ...

18...Kxf7 19.Qh5+ Kf8
[Nothing helps. After 19...g6 20.Qf3+ Ke8 21.Qg4 Na6 (21...Kf7 22.Nxc5! ) 22.Qxg6+ Kd7 23.Qg4+ Ke8 (23...Kc6 24.Rxd5 Kxd5 25.Nc3+ Kc6 26.Be4+ d5 27.Qe6+ Rd6 28.Bxd5# ) 24.Qe6 White threatens 25 Nf6+ followed by checking with the bishop on g6.]

[20.Qf5+ was also strong.]

[The computer comes up with 20...Bh4!? as a surprising defence but 21.Nxd6 still seems to give White a monstrous attack.e.g. 21 ... 21...Rcd7 22.Bf5 Rxd6 23.Qxg7+ Ke8 24.Bg6+ Rxg6 25.Qxg6+ Ke7 26.Qe4+ picking up the black bishop.]

21.Nxf6 Bxf6 22.Bxf6 Rdd7
[22...gxf6 23.Qxf6+ Ke8 24.Bg6+ Kd7 25.Rxd6+ is the end.]

[23.Bxg7+! Rxg7 24.Qxd6+ Rce7 25.Qf6+! Ke8 26.Bg6+ would have been a quicker way of winning.]

23...d5 24.Qh7 Rf7 25.Be5! Rc6 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Qxb8
winning a clean piece. 1-0