Archive for January, 2011

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My first game of the year

January 30, 2011

A near-disaster! Playing over the board for the first time in 6 weeks, I played in utterly despicable fashion and it was a wonder that I didn’t lose horribly! Here’s the game (I was black)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. c3?! Nf6?
(4… dxc3 5. Nxc3 Nc6)

5. Qc2 Qc7 6. Nxd4 a6 7. Bd3 g6 8. Bg5 Bg7 9. Nd2 O-O10. O-O Nbd7 11. f4 b5
(11… e5 12. fxe5 dxe5)

12. Rae1 Bb7
(12… e5 13. fxe5 dxe5)

13. e5 dxe5 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Bf4 Nfd7 16. Ne4 Rac8 17. Re3 Qb6 18. Kh1 Nc6?
I could and should have won a piece with a simple fork (18… Nxd3 19. Qxd3 e5!). Instead, I never even spotted the opportunity!

19. Nxc6 Bxc6 20. Rh3 Nf6 21. Be3 Qb7 22. Ng5 h523. Bd4 Rcd8 24. Bxg6 fxg6 25. Ne6 Qd7
(25… Be4)

26. Re3 Bd5
(26… Ng4 27.Rxf8+ Rxf8 28. Nxf8 Kxf8)

27. Nxd8 Qxd8 28. Qxg6 Bf7 29. Qg5 Qd5
(29… Bxa2)

30. Rf5 Qxa2 31. h3 Kh8??
I have gradually let my advantage slip and with this move, I go from slightly better to dead-lost! In the next couple of moves, I have to give up my queen to avoid being mated and it was only my opponent’s slight time pressure that prevented me from resigning here with a clear conscience. 31… Be6 32. Rf4 Rf7 and the game goes on.

32. Rxe7 Qb1+ 33. Kh2 Qxf5 34.Qxf5 Bg8 35. Bxf6 Rxf6 36. Qg5?
Now it is my opponent’s turn to start playing sub-par and let me still hope for a miracle. (36. Qxh5+)

36… Bf7 37. Qc5 Kh7 38. Re2 Bg6 39. Rf2 Re6 40. Qd5 Re1 41. Qb7 Kh6 42. Qxa6 Be5+ 43. g3 h4! 44. Rf6?
(44. Kg2 hxg3 45. Rf5) (44. Rf5 Bxg3+ 45. Kg2)

44… hxg3+ 45. Kg2 Re2+! 46. Kf3??
46. Kf1 g2+ 47. Kg1 Bxf6 48. Qxf6 Rxb2 49. h4 (49. c4 Rb1+ 50. Kxg2 bxc4) 49… Kh7 50.Qe7+ Kh6 51. Qg5+ Kh7 52. h5 Rb1+ 53. Kxg2 Bc2 54. Qd2 Be4+ 55. Kf2 and white is still pushing for a win though I have some hopes of maintaining a fortress. Instead, the text move is an outright blunder and white resigned after my next move.

46… Rf2+0-1

 

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My last game of last year

January 21, 2011

During my current break from chess (I am not scheduled to play for 2 more weeks), I realised that I hadn’t posted my last game from last year. It was a weird game, from beginning to end – I was out of theory on move 2(!) but felt that my higher-rated opponent didn’t necessarily play as well as his rating would imply! Ours was the last game to finish in the league match and the victory allowed us to draw the match at 2.5-2.5. Anyway, here’s the game (I am black).

1. f4 e5 2. d3 d6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4 Nf6 5.f5 d5! 6. Nc3 dxe4 7. dxe4
(7. Nxe4 Bxf5)

7… Qxd1+ 8. Kxd1 Bb4 9. Bd3 O-O 10.Bd2 Bd6 11. a3 a6 12. h3 Nd4 13. Nxd4 exd4 14. Ne2 Re8 15. Rf1 Nxe4
(15… c516. c3 Nxe4 17. cxd4 cxd4)

16. Bf4 Bxf4
(16… Bd7 17. g4 Rad8 18. Bxe4 Rxe419. Bxd6 cxd6)

17. Rxf4 Nd6 18. Nxd4 b5
(18… c5 19. Nb3 b6)

19. Nb3
(19. a4 c5 20. axb5 cxd4 21. bxa6)

19… Bb7 20. Rf2
(20. g4 Rad8 21. Nc5)

20… Rad8
(20… Nc4 21. Bxc4 bxc4 22. Nd2 Rad8)

21. Nc5 Bc8
(21… Ne4 22. Nxe4 Rxe4 23.b4 Re3 24. Kc1)

22. Kd2
(22. Re2 Nxf5 23. Rxe8+ Rxe8 24. Bxf5 Bxf5 25. Nxa6)

22… Bxf5 23. Raf1 Bxd3 24. cxd3 Re5 25. b4 Rxc5
(25… a5 26. Kc3 a4)

26.bxc5 Ne4+ 27. Ke3 Nxf2 28. Rxf2 f6 29. d4 Kf7 30. Rd2 c6 31. Ke4 Re8+ 32. Kf4
(32. Kd3)

32… Re1
(32… Ke6 33. Re2+ Kd7 34. Ra2 (34. Rxe8 Kxe8 35. Ke4 Kd736. d5 f5+ 37. Kd4 cxd5 38. Kxd5 g5 39. c6+ Kc7 40. Ke5 Kxc6 41. Kxf5 Kd5 42.Kxg5 a5))

33. d5 cxd5 34. Rxd5 Rc1 35. Rd7+ Kg6 36. Ra7
(36. Rc7)

36… Rc4+
(36… Rxc5)

37. Ke3 Rxc5 38. Rxa6 Rc2 39. Kf3 Ra2 40. Ra5 h5 41. Kg3 Rb2 42.Ra7
(42. a4 b4 43. Rb5 b3 44. a5 Ra2 45. Rxb3 Rxa5)

42… Kh6 43. Kh2 h4 44.Ra8 g5 45. Rb8 Rb3 46. Rb6 Kg6 47. Kg1 Kf5 48. Kf2 Ke5 49. Rb8 Kf4 50. Rd8 Rxa351. Rd4+ Ke5 52. Rb4 Ra5 53. Kf3 Kd5 54. Rb2 Kc4 55. Rc2+ Kb3 56. Rc6 b4 57.Rxf6 Rb5?
(57… Ka2 58. Rb6 b3)

58. Ke3 Kc2 59. Rf2+ Kc3 60. Ke4 b3 61. Rf3+Kc4 62. Rf1 b2 0-1