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Happy New Year

December 31, 2008

Its quite hard finding time to analyze and blog about chess during the holiday season! Other than the game below (which was played 3 weeks ago), I also participated in an internal rapid-play competition at my chess club and finished in the middle of the pack with a +3-3 score.

The chess publisher I use for my blog is no longer active. Until I determine its replacement, I won’t be able to provide replayable games.

Update: The site is back up now and the game can be replayed here.

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Nf6  5. Nf3 Nxd5 6. cxd4 Nc6 7. Nc3 e6 8. Bc4 Bb4 9. Bd2 O-O 10. a3 Nxc3 11. bxc3  Bd6 12. O-O b6 13. Re1 Bb7 14. Ng5 h6 15. Nxf7!?

The first minor shock to the system. I had already calculated 15. Nxe6 fxe6 16. Rxe6 Bxh2+  17. Kxh2 Qh4+ 18. Kg1 Qxf2+ 19. Kh2 Qh4+ to be a draw by perpetual and was already trying to decide if I wanted to play for the perpetual or try for more.

15… Rxf7 16. Qg4!?

The second minor shock. Again, I had calculated 16. Bxe6 Bxh2+ 17. Kxh2 Qh4+ 18. Kg1 (18. Bh3 Rxf2 19. Kg1) 18… Qxf2+ 19. Kh1 Qh4+ to be a draw by perpetual. Perhaps one of my problems in this game was that I was perennially looking for drawing combinations while my opponent clearly had more on his mind. I’m of course not suggesting that was the only reason for my loss, but it just shows that it pays to want to fight at the board.

16… Kh8 17. Rxe6 Rf6?!

Again, trying to stymie the attack. I should have fought for the advantage instead with 17… Bc8 18. Bxh6 Bxe6 19. Bxe6 Qf6 20. Bxf7 Qxf7

18. Bg5!

I didn’t see this shot coming!

18… Be7 19. Bxf6 Bxf6 20. Rae1 Qf8 [Ne7] 21. Bd5?

This move throws away most of his advantage. 21. Qg6 Ne7 22. Rxe7 Bxe7 23. Bd3 Qg8 24. Rxe7 is curtains for me.

21… Na5 22. Bxb7

Again, 22. Qg6 Bxd5 23. Re8 and its time to resign.

22…Nxb7 23. Qg6

After failing to make this move the past two chances, he makes it here – but it doesn’t have the same impact.

23…Nd6 24. h3 Qd8 [Rd8] 25. Qh5 Qc7 26. Qd5 Rd8 27. Qf3 Qc8??

Now this blunder settles the game. 27… Kh7 or 27… Rd7 28. Rxf6 gxf6 29. Qxf6+ Kg8 30. Re6 and I am still fighting.

28. Rxf6! gxf6 29. Qxf6+ Kg8 30. Re7 1-0

Happy New Year to all!

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