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15 Mar 2018

A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening (1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.g3)

A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening (1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.g3)

This is the 23rd game of the 106 blitz games that I played between July 15th, 2016 and August 2nd, 2016. They were the only blitz games I played at Chess.com that year and I have not played blitz there since. I might play blitz there again at some point, but I have not been that interested of doing it for a long time. All of those 106 games were played against the same opponent and at this point the score was 15 - 8 in my favor. First of those 106 games was my first one after an almost two year break from blitz at Chess.com. The below statistics are taken from the LiveBook.

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2016.07.19"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "Kojjootti"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A01"] [WhiteElo "1807"] [BlackElo "1706"] [Annotator "Tactical Analysis 2.10 (30s)"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. b3 d5 2. Bb2 Nf6 3. g3 {A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening} c5 (3... c6 4. Bg2 a5 5. a3 Bg4 6. d3 Nbd7 7. Nf3 Qc7 8. Nbd2 e5 9. e4 dxe4 10. dxe4 Bc5 11. Qe2 O-O 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nh4 Rfe8 15. Bf3 Nf8 16. g5 N6d7 17. Bg4 b5 18. Ng2 {Jakubovic,N (2398)-Bukal,V (2437) Rijeka 2001 1-0 (39)}) 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. d3 (5. f4 g6 6. Nf3 Bg7 7. Ne5 O-O 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. O-O c4 10. Nc3 Ba6 11. Kh1 d4 12. Na4 Bb5 13. Nc5 Nd7 14. Ba3 Re8 15. d3 cxb3 16. axb3 a5 17. Qd2 Nxc5 18. Bxc5 a4 19. bxa4 Rxa4 {Gareyev,T (2605)-Singh,S (2227) Chennai 2018 1-0 (36)}) 5... e5 $146 (5... b6 6. e3 Bb7 7. Nd2 e6 8. Ne2 Be7 9. h3 Qc7 10. a3 O-O 11. c4 Ne5 12. Bxe5 Qxe5 13. O-O Qc7 14. e4 Rad8 15. Qc2 Rd7 16. Rfd1 Rfd8 17. Nc3 a6 18. Nf1 h6 19. Rd2 dxe4 20. dxe4 {Hadi,J (2015)-Baptie,J (2101) Hinckley Island 2009 1/2-1/2}) 6. Nf3 Bd6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. O-O Re8 {LiveBook: 3 Games} 9. e4 d4 $1 10. Nc4 Bb8 11. Bc1 b5 12. Ncd2 Ng4 {0.02/30} (12... a6 $15 {-0.47/22 is superior.}) 13. Nh4 g6 {0.45/26} (13... a6 $11 {-0.20/29}) 14. Bh3 $2 { -1.09/26 [#]} (14. a4 $14 {0.45/26 stays ahead.}) 14... h5 {0.19/27} (14... Ne3 $17 {-1.09/26} 15. fxe3 Bxh3) 15. Bg2 Rf8 {1.27/24} (15... a6 $11 {0.00/26}) 16. Qe2 {0.24/26} (16. a4 $16 {1.27/24}) 16... Kg7 {1.01/26} (16... a6 $11 { 0.24/26 keeps the balance.}) 17. a4 {0.45/26} (17. h3 $1 $16 {1.01/26} Nh6 18. a4) 17... bxa4 $14 18. Rxa4 f5 $2 {7.69/22 [#]} (18... a5 $14 {0.48/25}) 19. exf5 $18 {White is clearly winning.} gxf5 20. Bxc6 Bd7 21. Bxd7 Qxd7 22. Nc4 e4 23. dxe4 fxe4 24. Qxe4 Bc7 25. Qg6+ Kh8 26. Qxh5+ {Precision: White = 22%, Black = 25%.} 1-0

There were only two reference found when I searched the position after 3.g3 and set the rating restriction for both players 2500 and above.

[Event "Calvi Balagne op 10th"] [Site "Calvia"] [Date "2013.04.13"] [Round "8"] [White "Rapport, Richard"] [Black "Svetushkin, Dmitry"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A12"] [WhiteElo "2654"] [BlackElo "2588"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2013.04.13"] [EventType "swiss (rapid)"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "ESP"] [SourceTitle "CBM 153 Extra"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2013.04.22"] 1. b3 d5 2. Bb2 Nf6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 Bf5 5. Nf3 h6 6. d3 e6 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. c4 Nbd7 10. a3 a5 11. Rc1 Bh7 12. Rc2 Bd6 13. Qa1 Qe7 14. Nh4 e5 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Rfc1 e4 17. dxe4 dxe4 18. Nc4 g5 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. Rd1 Qe6 21. Rcd2 Ra6 22. e3 gxh4 23. Bf1 Rb6 24. Bd4 Rc6 25. Bb5 Rd6 26. Kh1 Bg6 27. gxh4 Kh7 28. Rg1 Bh5 29. Rg3 Rg8 30. Bc4 Qf5 31. Qf1 Bf3+ 32. Kg1 Nh5 33. Rc2 Rdg6 34. Bb5 Nxg3 35. fxg3 Ne5 36. Rc5 Rxg3+ 37. hxg3 Rxg3+ 38. Kf2 Bg2+ 39. Kxg3 Bxf1 40. Bxf1 Qf3+ 41. Kh2 Ng4+ 42. Kg1 Qf2+ 0-1 [Event "Wch Rapid"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2014.06.17"] [Round "10"] [White "Ipatov, Alexander"] [Black "Najer, Evgeniy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A01"] [WhiteElo "2613"] [BlackElo "2653"] [PlyCount "129"] [EventDate "2014.06.16"] [EventType "swiss (rapid)"] [EventRounds "15"] [EventCountry "UAE"] [SourceTitle "Mega2014 Update 25"] [Source "Chessbase"] [SourceDate "2014.06.19"] 1. b3 d5 2. Bb2 Nf6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d4 6. O-O e5 7. d3 Bd6 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. c3 Re8 10. Rc1 h6 11. Nc4 Bc7 12. Nfd2 Bg4 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. f3 Bh3 15. Rf2 Nd5 16. Ne4 Bb6 17. g4 h5 18. g5 Re6 19. Kh1 Kh7 20. Qd2 Bf5 21. Rg1 Kh8 22. h4 Qc7 23. Qe1 Rd8 24. Bc1 Rde8 25. Bd2 Qd7 26. Rfg2 Qe7 27. Ng3 Bg6 28. Ne4 Bc7 29. Bc1 Bb6 30. Bd2 Qd7 31. Rh2 Kh7 32. Qg3 Qc7 33. Qh3 Nf4 34. Bxf4 exf4 35. Rc1 Rd8 36. a4 Rd5 37. Qf1 Qd8 38. Nxb6 axb6 39. c4 Rde5 40. Qe1 Qc7 41. Qd2 Rf5 42. Rg2 Re8 43. Ra1 Ra8 44. Kh2 Ra5 45. Rgg1 Qe7 46. Rgb1 Qa7 47. Ra2 Qc7 48. Rab2 Ra6 49. Ra2 Kg8 50. Rba1 Ra5 51. Rc2 Qe7 52. Rb2 Ra6 53. a5 b5 54. cxb5 cxb5 55. Rc2 b4 56. Rca2 Qc7 57. Qc1 Rd5 58. Qc4 Qc6 59. Qc1 Qc7 60. Qc4 Qc6 61. Qc1 Qc7 62. Qc4 Qc6 63. Rc2 Bxe4 64. dxe4 Re5 65. Qd3 1/2-1/2