Mikenas Defense – Standard chess #42

I played a standard chess game as white with my opponent playing the Mikenas Defense. Meeting d4 with Nc6 on move one has an immediate drawback, namely the obstruction of the c-pawn. With this in mind, white will find it easier to prepare for and anticipate black’s lone break, f5. The game however takes a sharp turn, with black provoking a lengthy variation of only moves. Calculation would be king in this one!


1. d4 Nc6 { A40 Mikenas Defense } 2. Nf3 d6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 g6 5. d5 Ne5 6. Nxe5 dxe5 7. e4 Bg7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O e6 10. Be3 exd5 11. cxd5 Ne8 12. Qd2 Nd6 13. Bh6 Qh4 14. Bg5 Nxe4 15. Bxh4 Nxd2 16. Rfd1 Bh6 17. f3 e4 18. fxe4 Re8 19. Bd3 f5 20. exf5 Bxf5 21. Bxf5 gxf5 22. Re1 Kf7 23. Bf2 Nc4 24. Nb5 Bf4 25. g3 Be5 26. Rac1 Nxb2 27. Nxc7 Bxc7 28. Rxc7+ Kg6 29. Ree7 Rxe7 30. Rxe7 Nd3 31. Rxb7 Rd8 32. Rxa7 Rxd5 33. Ra6+ Kg5 34. Be3+ Kg4 35. Kg2 f4 36. h3+ Kf5 37. gxf4 Nxf4+ 38. Kf3 Ne6 39. Ra7 h5 40. Rh7 Ng5+ 41. Bxg5 Kxg5 42. Ra7 Kh4 43. Ra4+ Kxh3 44. Ra8 Rf5+ 45. Ke4

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