Sunday, 27 June 2010

The Barry Attack

Australia's newest Primer Minister, Julia Gillard, is the first foreign born Prime Minister since Billy Hughes back in 1915. She was born in the Welsh town of Barry, which also has a chess opening named after it*, the Barry Attack. This is an anti Kings-Indian/Grunfeld system which begins with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2. The idea is to play ideas like Ne5 and h4, and try and overwhelm Black with a lightning attack (kind of like what happened to Rudd on Thursday!).
The GM who has employed it the most is Mark Hebden, who has over 50 games with it in my database, but Australian GM Ian Rogers was also a fan, having played it at least 15 times in his career. So to celebrate Australia's new Prime Minister in a chess way, here is a quick win with the Barry by Ian Rogers from 1985.

Rogers,Ian (2485) - Pribyl,Josef (2405) [D00]
Tallinn Tallinn, 1985

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Be2 b6 7.Ne5 Bb7 8.h4 Nbd7 (D)
9.h5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.hxg6 fxg6 12.Bd3 e6 13.Qg4 Nc5 14.Qh3 Nxd3+ 15.cxd3 Kf7 16.Nb5 Qe7 17.Rc1 Rfc8 18.Ke2 Ba6 19.Nd4 c5 20.Nf3 h6 21.Bxh6 Rh8 22.Ng5+ Ke8 23.Qxe6 Qxe6 24.Nxe6 Bxe5 25.Bf4 Ke7 26.Rxh8 1-0

*There is some dispute over whether the Barry Attack was actually named after Barry, Wales, but for the purpose of this story I'm running with it.


Anonymous said...

The opening is correctly named the Murshed Attack. Renaming it the Barry attack was a joke by a British author which has stuck, at least in English-speaking countries.

Paul said...

Whatever one calls it , it can be lethal !

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