If that wasn't dull enough for you, here's another really dully game where I got caught with a surprise in the opening.
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White Disconnected/Game Aborted
3.h4 was a real surprise (although I remembered that Hodgson had gathered quite a few scalps with it).
4. ... Nxg5 was correct. I was worried that after 4. ... Nxg5 5.hxg5 I would have to keep constant watch on the g6 push. For instance, if it were white to move, 6.g6 fxg6 would be a difficult pawn sac to meet. Black has a crippled pawn structure and no control of the e5 square.
5. ... Bf5 would solve the problems though and be ok for black.
Although, I didn't like pawn hunting with 11. ... Qa5+, I couldn't find another plan. I had a very cramped position with little play. I felt as though even the tiny imbalance of an extra queenside pawn could maybe make my position have slightly better chances.
In the final position, I was a little worried about 21.e4. I was going to play 21.e4 dxe4 22.fxe4 Bg4. I didn't even think about 21.e4 Bh7!? or 21.g4 !. After 21.g4 Bh7 still holds for black.
That was another really rough game where I had to play defense most of the time. Surprising moves in the opening can really shake someone up !!!
After the game, I ran to get my Gallagher book on the Trompowsky. In the chapter on h4, he tells the story of Hodgson-Gufeld. See Next Post