Not yet discouraged by any losses, against Grandmaster #1 I tried the volatile 1.e4.
1.e4 d5 The Scandinavian, a solid choice in line with Lenderman's style.
2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 Bf5 5.Be2 For those wondering why I have not yet played the natural Nc3, developing with tempo against the queen, fear not: I intended to gain my tempo, but with the alternative concept of attacking the queen with Pc4. [5.c4 Qd8 6.Qb3 playing this sooner would have deprived black of the defense employed in the game.]
5...e6 6.0-0 [6.c4 Qd8 7.Qb3 ]
6...c6 Known as "the saw", this defensive pawn structure is common to many openings. Karpov employed it with particular success - see, for instance, his win against Spassky in the Candidates matches of 1974 (game 6).
7.c4 Qd8 8.Qb3 Qb6 the aforementioned defense.
9.Nc3 [9.c5! An interesting try for advantage, as pointed out to me after the game by the much more alert Oliver Chernin. The idea is to gain space and eventually land a piece on the beautiful d6 outpost. 9...Qc7 10.Bf4! Qc8 11.Nc3 while this knight covers d5, the other can head to d6 11...Nd5? 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Rfe1 Be7 14.Bd3 Be6 15.Qc2 h6 16.Rxe6! This is all a computer generated variation, though a strong human will find these moves intuitively. Certainly I was not on the ball today; none of this even occurred to me! 16...fxe6 (16...Qxe6?? 17.Bf5 Qf6 18.Be5+- ) 17.Bg6+ Kf8 18.Re1+/- ]
9...Nbd7 10.Nh4?! [10.Be3 ]
10...Qxb3 11.axb3 Bc2 12.Bd1 Bxd1 13.Rxd1 a6 14.d5 cxd5 15.cxd5 Nc5 16.dxe6 [16.b4? Nb3 17.Ra3 Nxc1 18.Rxc1 Bxb4 19.Rb3 a5-/+ ]
16...Nxe6 17.Nf5 g6 18.Nd6+ Bxd6 19.Rxd6 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.Be3 Ng4! 22.Bb6+ Kd7 23.f3 Kc6!@ Black's use of his king is highly instructive. Did I mention these endgame-oriented openings are to Lenderman's taste?
24.Na4 Ne5 25.Be3 Kb5@ 26.Nc3+ Kb4 27.Ra3 Nd3 Black maximizes the activity of all his forces.
28.Na2+ Kb5 29.Nc3+ Kc6 30.Nd1 Rd8 31.Ra1 f5 32.g3 g5 33.Kg2 f4 34.Bg1 Nec5 and black is clearly in the driver's seat. I cannot recall the remainder of the game. 0-1