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Normal Topic C12: MacCutcheon Burns  9. h4, 10. h5, 12. Ne2!? (Read 2490 times)
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Re: MacCutcheon Burns line  9. h4, 10. h5, 12. Ne2!?
Reply #3 - 10/20/09 at 14:41:30
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Yes, Rg8 is one of the critical lines, along with fxg6.  But in fact white seems to be doing fine in all lines.  Certainly no worse in any of the main lines.  White tends to always get passed g and h pawns for a bishop trapped on the queenside.
  
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Re: MacCutcheon Burns line  9. h4, 10. h5, 12. Ne2!?
Reply #2 - 10/20/09 at 09:57:40
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Bassan-Driz, Balneario Camboriu 2005 ½-½, 34. Analysed in Inf 94/211 by De Dovitis. Who btw suggests 14...Rg8!? with no further moves or verdict - but it does look logical...
  
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Re: MacCutcheon Burns line  9. h4, 10. h5, 12. Ne2!?
Reply #1 - 10/20/09 at 01:22:25
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C12: MacCutcheon Burns  9. h4, 10. h5, 12. Ne2!?
10/20/09 at 00:54:17
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Hi all, this is my first post on the forum, and it is about a line that I have been fascinated with now for years.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 g6 9. h4 c5 10. Bd3 Nxd2 11. Kxd2 Nc6 12. h5 g5 13. Ne2!?

I came across this move in 2006 while looking for something to play against the MacCutcheon.  I recall that some strong GM played this move in a rapid event and his opponent responded with Qa5, eschewing the obvious 13... c4.  I don't recall who this was or when (obviously before 2006), as I no longer have the same database, but maybe you all can help with this.  Has anybody ever looked at this variation before?

I bring this up not hastily.  I have played this move 13. Ne2!? five times now.  Twice in standard over-the-board time controls.  Once against an FM, once against an expert-level player.  Both times I won rather easily.  Everybody I've faced has played 13... c4 trapping the bishop.  After 14. Bg6! all hell breaks loose.  The basic idea is that with the knight on e2 the pawn advance to f4 is coming quickly.

I have a ton of analysis on this variation, and all of it looks at worst equal for white, but all of it is my own.  No one that I know of has proposed this line before.  If somebody has, can you please point me in that direction!  Thanks!

I give you my game against FM Eduard Zelkind, as an example.

[Event "Minnesota Closed"]
[Site "GV"]
[Date "2006.05.14"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Johnson, Frank"]
[Black "Zelkind, Ed"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C12"]
[Annotator "Johnson,Frank"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[TimeControl "300"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2
Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 g6 9. h4 c5 10. h5 g5 11. Bd3 Nxd2 12. Kxd2 Nc6 13. Ne2 c4 14. Bg6 fxg6 15. hxg6 Qe7 16. f4 Bd7 17. fxg5 h5 18. Nf4 O-O-O 19. Nxh5 Rhg8 20. g7 Rxg7 (The crucial line here is 20... Qa3 21. Qf3 b5 22. Raf1 b4 23. cxb4 Qxb4+ (23... Qa4 24. c3 Qxa2+ 25. Ke3 Qb2 26. Rc1) 24. Qc3) 21. Nxg7 Qxg7 22. Raf1 Rg8 23. g6 Nd8 (23... Ne7 24. Rh7 Qxg6 25. Qxg6 Nxg6) 24. Rf6 Qe7 25. Rh7 Rg7 26. Rxg7 Qxg7 27. Qh5 1-0

If anyone has seen this before or has any additional info on it.  Please let me know!  Thanks!

Frank Johnson
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