1989 US Open
Round 4 Board 6

White: GM Maxim Dlugy
Black: Peter Bereolos


1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.g4 f5 8.f3

White plays to hold his space advantage rather than go into the more murky 8.gxf5 gxf5 9.Qh5+ variation

8...Nf6 9.h3 c5!?

David Norwood cites this game in his book Winning with the Modern and said this move is an interesting attempt to hold up White's queenside play. It's kind of amusing that this game got quoted in a book with that title because my subsequent play would scare anyone away from playing the Modern.

10.a3 0-0

10...h5 as given by Norwood is more to the point.

11.b4 b6 12.Bd3 Bd7 13.Rb1 Rb8 14.Rh2 f4?

Norwood was kind enough to leave off a few moves before this howler. Now Black has no kingside play and can only wait for the axe to fall on the other side of the board.

15.Bf2 h6 16.Nge2 Be8 17.Nc1 Rf7 18.Bg1 Nc8 19.Rhb2 Bf8 20.Bc2 Rc7 21.bxc5 dxc5 22.Nd3 Bd6

The bishop makes a lovely pawn.

23.Ba4 Bxa4 24.Qxa4 Ra8 25.Bf2 Rh7 26.Ke2 Ne8 27.Bh4 g5

The immediate 27...Qd7 is a little better, especially if Black is not going to play 28...h5. The way I played it, White could always pry open the h-file later if he needed to.

28.Bf2 Qd7

I should have tried 28...h5 at least feigning some activity.

29.Qxd7 Rxd7 30.a4 Bc7 31.Nb5 Re7 32.a5 Bd8 33.Ra2 Rb8 34.Nc3 Rbb7 35.axb6 axb6 36.Ra8 Ned6 37.Nb5 Rbd7 38.Nxd6 Nxd6 39.Rxb6 Kg7 40.Rxd6 Rxd6 41.Bxc5 Rdd7 42.Rxd8