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by FM Shelby Getz

Winning the 2nd installment of the National Senior Tournament of Champions was quite a
surprise, not only for myself, who was this year's event winner, but for others as well, especially
due to the unique choice of opening I elected to employ with the White pieces, and in this, my
fourth round game, against John, I was permitted to test it out yet again, for its second
deployment in the event, albeit against one of the event’s toughest competitors . I would also go on
to use it as my starting move in the final round to capture the crown.

[Event: NSTOC]
[Site: Orlando , Florida]
[Date: 8/5/2019]
[Round: 4]
[White: Shelby Getz]
[Black: John Fedorowicz]
[Result: 1/2 1/2]
[ECO: A00]
[Time Control: G/90]

1. a3  This first move for White is officially referred to as Anderssen's Opening, so named after the
19th century German master , Adolf Anderssen , who first employed it to defeat Paul Morphy ,
arguably one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

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My resolve to adopt the opening actually occurred to me in a dream, in what I now refer to as my
"Divison by Two" reverie of revelation, the underlying idea of which will soon become clear as I
elaborate further in the coming moves of the game. 1. … e5 A popular reply, but not the most popular,
which is 1. ... d5. 2. d4 In my reverie, it occurred to me that by essaying 1. a3, I could essentially
employ my entire Black opening repertoire , which I had worked so to hard to master over the years,
with the White pieces, thereby reducing my opening prep in half, which portended eliminating
the need to stay current on key developing lines of play for one side of the board, theoretically,
and all the memorization work that went along with it. With my second move, I reveal to my
grandmaster opponent that it is a Scandanavian reversed that I wish to play . 2. … exd4 3. Qxd4
Nc6 4. Qd3 d5 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. b4 Bd6 7. Bb2 Qe7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. e3 a5 10. b5 Ne5 11. Qc3
This battery, aimed directly at Black's King, well compensates for White's lag in development .
11. … Ned7 12. Be2 Nb6 13. Qd4 To avoid Na4, which, if allowed, would fork White's Queen
and dark squared Bishop, which would have netted Black not only the advantage of a minor
exchange but a clear two Bishop advantage as well 13 … Bd7 14. O-O Rfe8 15. Rfe1 Qf8
Securing Black's vulnerable square at g7 , thereby liberating the dark Knight on f6 16 . Bd3 The
first and only dangerous threat of the game, is now Qh4, when h7 comes under fire, along with
its defenders too. 16. … h6 17 . h3 Bc5 18. Qh4 Be7 19. Qd4 Bc5 Triple zero is an engine's
ruling, or dead even. In the post mortem, John expressed that he could continue to harass the
White Queen with his Bishop. If White wanted to play on, say, after 20. Qh4 Be7 he could do so
with 21. Qg3, but, in having played John twice before, and drawing in our first encounter, he
nevertheless made such short work of my Benoni in our second encounter that I did not want to
press my luck against him, since he had well earned my respect. So I gladly accepted his draw
offer. 1/2 1/2

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