In this episode, FIDE Master James Eade looks at the 1986 correspondence game between Heinz Engl and James Eade contained in a book he authored entitled Remember the McCutcheon. During the lesson, Jim shares an innovative solution for black’s infamous Bad Bishop in the French Defense, McCutcheon variation. His idea involves a well timed f5 and e5 pawn pushes that not only create a pathway for black’s bad bishop to enter the game but also undermines white’s king safety. Beyond the beauty of this theoretical novelty, Jim’s game is a masterwork and this lesson on it a masterclass in the concepts of space and force in chess. Enjoy…
[Event “Correspondence game 1986 US vs. East Germany “]
[White “Heinz Engl”]
[Black “James Eade”]
Correspondence game 1986 US vs. East Germany match. Engl was White.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Be3 Ne4 7.Qg4 g6 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Nxc3 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.h4 Qe7 12.h5 g5 13.Nh3 Bd7 14.f4 gxf4 15.Bf2 Qf8 16.Qxf4 O-O-O 17.Bh4 Re8 18.Nf2 f5 19.exf6 e5 20.dxe5 Rxe5+ 21.Kf1 d4 22.Ng4 Nd5 23.Qf3 Bxg4 24.Qxg4+ Kb8 25.Qf3 Rg8 26.Bg6 d3 27.cxd3 Ne3+ 28.Kg1 Nd4 29.Qf2 Qc5 30.f7 Rf8 31.Rh3 Ng4 32.Qb2 a5 33.Be4 Rxe4 34.dxe4 Nc2+ 35.Kh1 Nxa1 36.Qxa1 Rxf7 37.Qd1 Qxh5 38.Qd8+ Ka7 39.Qd4+ b6 40.Kg1 Qb5 41.Rd3 Ne5 42.Rd1 Rd7 43.Qa1 Qc5+ *