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Myers Mastery with the Polish Opening

Updated: Feb 12

1.B4 d5

2.Bb2 c6


Myer’s variation involves white expanding on the queen side with black solidifying the center squares. With this variation, black has to play solid and develop his pieces similar to the standard queen’s gambit opening. White banks on the maintaining of pressure on the c pawn and also on creating of a b open file for white. Black tries to play solid and as per the attack by white proceed further.

Below is the game

1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 c6 3.a4 Bg4 4.Nf3 Nd7 5.h3 Bxf3 6.exf3 e6 7.Be2 Ngf6 8.b5

Black is solid but white tries to weaken the queen side by trying to create a pawn break.

c5 9.d4 c4 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Nd2 0-0 12.c3 a6 13.Ba3 Bxa3 14.Rxa3 axb5 15.Qa1 Qa5 16.Rb1 bxa4 17.Rxb7 Nb6 18.Qb2 Ra6 19.Bd1 Ne8 20.f4 Nd6 21.Rc7 Nb5

A blundering move until which an advantage was on the black’s side.

22.Rc5 Nxa3 23.Rxa5 Rxa5 24.Qxa3 Rb8 25.Nf3 Nc8 26.Ne5 Rb1 27.Nd7 Rxd1+ 28.Kh2 h5 29.Qf8+ Kh7 30.Qxf7 Kh8 31.Qxh5+ Kg8 32.Qe8+ Kh7 33.Nf8+ Kh8 34.Nxe6+ Kh7 35.g4 a3 36.Ng5+ Kh6 37.Qh5#

And a fearsome checkmate!!

Myers variation does not pose much of dangerous threat for the black player as black is very solid while playing in his position and there is not much of an imbalance in the position. This opening can be got into once you are into positional play of the game which occurs majorly on the queenside as white is trying to create more gameplay on the queen side.

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