After playing several games against my opponent as black, this was my first chance with white! The game itself wasn’t very exciting but I kept just enough pressure that my opponent started to take a fair amount of time for his moves. End result – his flag fell in a slightly worse position with 5 more moves to the time control!

**1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8. Bf4 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. c3 c6 11. Nbd2 Nbd7 12. Re1 O-O 13. Qc2 Bg6 14. Bxg6 fxg6 **

(14… hxg6)

**15. Bh2 **

(15. Ng5 Qe8 (15… Re8 16. Ne6 Qb6 17. Nc7) 16. Bh2 c5 17. Ne6 Rc8)

**15… Ne8 16. Re2 Bd6 17. Rae1 Bxh2+ 18. Nxh2 Nef6 19. Nhf3 Re8 20. Ne5 Qc7 21. Ndf3 Re7 22. Nxd7 Rxd7 23. Qb3 Rf8 24. Qa3 Qb8 25. Ne5 Rc7 26. Qd6 Qd8 27. Qe6+ Kh8 28. Nd3 Rcf7 **

(28… Ne4)

**29. Nc5 Ng8 30. Qg4 1-0**

## Archive for the ‘DW’ Category

## A win in the Petroff

October 15, 2010## An endgame win

July 19, 2010**1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e3**

**5… O-O 6. Bd3 b6**

**7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Be4 c6 9. Nxd5 cxd5 10. Bd3 Ba6 11. O-O Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Qd6 13. Bd2 Nc6 14. a3 Rac8 15. Rac1 Rc7 16. h3 Rfc8 17. Bc3 Qd7 18. Rc2 Nd8 19. Rfc1 Qa4 20. Ne1 Nb7 21. Bb4 Qd7 22. Rxc7 Rxc7 23. Rxc7 Qxc7 24. Qc3 Qxc3 25. Bxc3 e6 26. Nd3 Nd6 27. Nb4 Bf6 28. Kf1 Kg7 29. Ke2 h5 30. Nc6 a5 31. b4 a4 32. Bb2 Nc4 33. Bc1 g5 34. Kd3 g4 35. hxg4 hxg4 36. e4 Kg6 37. e5?**

**37… Bg5!**

**38. Kc2 Bxc1 39. Kxc1 Nxa3 40. Kb2 Nc4+ 41. Ka2 f6 42. Ne7+ Kf7 43. exf6 Kxf6 44. Nc6 e5 45. f3 gxf3 46. gxf3 e4 47. fxe4 dxe4 48. d5 e3 49. Nd4 Ke5 0-1**

## My most recent games

August 16, 2009As black against a higher rated opponent, I did just fine throughout the entire game until my very last move. Though one is never happy with a loss, I felt I was in good form and wasn’t too discouraged by the game.

**1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Na3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nb5 Qd8 9. Nbxd4 Bd7 10. Be2 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. c4 a6 13. a3 Qc7 14. Rc1 Rac8 15. h3 Rfd8 16. b4 Ne5 17. Nxe5 Qxe5 18. Qb3 Bc6 19. f4 Qb8 20. Nxc6 bxc6 21. c5 a5 22. f5 e5 23. Bc4 Nd5 24. Rfe1 axb4 25. axb4 Qxb4?? 26. Bxd5 1-0**

Again, as black. Playing someone who has given me trouble in the past (I have now played him thrice, each time with black), I felt that his endgame play was the weakest and where he was very indecisive. So my plan was to play …c5 as early as possible – a lesson learnt from my previous game (the second game on that post) with him – and to try and get into an early endgame with him. Once there, I was able to outplay and outmaneuver him to win the game. In fact the position was quite drawish (he offered me a draw after his 32nd move) and there would’ve been nothing wrong in accepting the offer. On the other hand, I felt I couldn’t lose the position and decided to play on to see if I could break through. Eventually, he made a couple of inaccuracies and allowed me to win! There was only one move in the game where I missed a pretty tactic to gain a small advantage in the endgame.

**1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Be7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Bb7 10. Ne5 a6 11. Bf3 Qc7 12. Ne4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 c5 14. Bxb7 Qxb7 15. Qf3 Qxf3 16. Nxf3 Nc6 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Bd2 Rac8 19. a3 Rfd8 20. Rac1 Bb6 21. Rc2 Ne7? **

21…Nd4 22. Rxc8 Nxf3+ 23. gxf3 Rxc8

**22. Rfc1 Rxc2 23. Rxc2 f5 24. g3 Rc8 25. Rxc8+ Nxc8 26. Bc3 Nd6 27. Ng5 Ne4 28. Nxe4 fxe4 29. Kf1 Kf7 30. Ke2 g6 31. Kd2 Ke7 32. Bd4 Bc7 33. Kc3 Kd6 34. Kb4 Kd5 35. Bc3 Bd8 36. Bd4 h5 37. h3 Kc6 38. Kb3 Be7 39. a4 Bd6 40. Bc3 Kd5 41. Bd4 Bc7 42. Bc3 bxa4+ 43. Kxa4 Kc4 44. Bd4 Kd3 45. Kb4 Ke2 46. Kc5 Kxf2 47. g4 e5 48. gxh5 exd4 49. hxg6 Be5 50. exd4 Bf6 51. d5 e3 52. d6 e2 53. d7 e1=Q 54. g7 Qe7+ 0-1**

Very rare for me to have a game which is totally one-sided. Playing the white side of a Pirc with opposite side castling, I was able to attack on the kingside without any defensive worries. My opponent made no efforts to complicate play by initiating counter-play on the queenside or in the center. I could therefore just focus on my attack and despite one move which nearly threw away all my advantage, I was able to wrap up the game in short order.

**1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 Nf6 5. f3 O-O 6. Qd2 e5 7. O-O-O exd4 8. Bxd4 Re8 9. g4 a6 10. g5 Nh5 11. Bxg7 Nxg7 12. Nge2 Nc6 13. Ng3 Be6 14. h4 Ne7 15. h5 Rf8 16. Qh2 f5 17. gxf6 Rxf6 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. e5 Rf8 20. Nce4 Nef5 21. f4 Kf7 22. Qh7? **

At the time it seemed like a strong move. But after 22…Rh8, most of my advantage disappears. 22. Nxf5! was much stronger and the way to maintain the winning attack. But my opponent failed to take advantage of my error and it was smooth sailing from there.

**22… Ne7? 23. Ng5+ Ke8 24. Qxg7 Bg4 25. Nh7 Rxf4 26. Nf6+ Rxf6 27. exf6 Kd7 28. fxe7 Qxe7 29. Qxe7+ 1-0**

## I am way, way, way behind

June 10, 2009I have played several games since I last blogged about a game. In an attempt to catch up, I will put up my games with minimal comments.

Lets start with the game played on April 1st. I was black:

**1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Nf6 5. Qxd4 Qxd5 6. Qxd5 Nxd5 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. Bc4 Nb6 9. Bb5 Bd7 10. O-O e6 11. Nbd2 Be7 12. Ne4 O-O 13. Be3 Nd5 14. Bc5 b6 15. Bxe7 Ndxe7 16. Rfd1 Rfd8 17. Rd2 a6 18. Ba4 b5 19. Bb3 Be8 20. Rad1 Nf5 21. Nc5 Rxd2 22. Rxd2 g6 23. Ne4 Kg7 24. h3 Na5 25. Nd6 Nxb3 26. Nxe8+ Rxe8 27. axb3 Rc8 28. Rd7 Nh6 29. g4 Rc5 30. Nd4 Re5 31. Kf1 Ng8 32. Ra7 Nf6 33. Rxa6 Ne4 34. Rb6 h5 35. Rxb5 Nd2+ 36. Kg2 Rxb5 37. Nxb5 hxg4 38. hxg4 Nxb3 39. Kf3 Kf6 40. Ke3 e5 41. Nd6 Ke6 42. Ne4 f5 43. gxf5+ gxf5 44. Nd2 Nc5 45. b4 Nb7 46. c4 Kd6 47. Kd3 Nd8 48. Nb3 Ne6 49. Ke3 f4+ 50. Ke4 Ng5+ 51. Kf5 Nh3 52. f3 Ng1 53. Ke4 Ne2 54. c5+ Ke6 55. Nd2 Ng3+ 56. Kd3 Kd5 57. Nb1 e4+ 58. fxe4+ Nxe4 59. Nc3+ Nxc3 60. Kxc3 Ke4 61. c6 f3 62. c7 1-0**

After 62…f2 63. c8=Q f1=Q 64. Qe6+ Kf3 65. Qf5+ Kg2 66. Qxf1+ Kxf1, the b-pawn decides the game.

This was followed up by my next game, played the very next day, again with black:

**1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nf3 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. Qc2 dxc4 8. Bxc4 b5 9. Bd3 a6 10. a3 Bb7 11. O-O Nbd7 12. Ne5 Rc8 13. Nxd7 Qxd7 14. Ne4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 h6 16. b4 Bf6 17. Bb2 Rfd8 18. Rfd1 Qc7 19. Bc3 e5 20. dxe5 Bxe5 21. Bxe5 Qxe5 22. Rac1 Re8 23. Bf3 f5 24. Rd7 Ba8 25. h3 f4 26. Re1 fxe3 27. Qa2+ Kh8 28. Rxe3 Qf6 29. Qe2 Rxe3 30. Qxe3 Rf8 31. Ra7 Qd8 32. Rxa6 Bb7 33. Ra7 Bc8 34. Bxc6 Qd1+ 35. Kh2 Qd6+ 36. Qg3 Qd4 37. Rc7 Be6 38. Bxb5 Rxf2 39. Rxg7 Qxg7 40. Qxf2 Qe5+ 1/2-1/2**

Here my opponent assumed this would be a draw by repetition/perpetual check and offered me a draw, which I gladly accepted. He didn’t see that after 41. g3 Qxb5 42. Qf8+ Kh7 43. Qe7+ Kh8 44. Qxe6, I cannot easily force a perpetual. Progress might be slow for white, having to constantly worry about allowing a perpetual but there is only one person playing for a win in this position and he had nothing to lose whatsoever. Lucky me!

## Time is of the essence

May 29, 2008After last week’s game, it is now seven straight games since I’ve lost. White, I think, was slightly better through most of the game. Near the end of the game, even when I went up a pawn, he had plenty of chances to force a draw. Instead he failed to find the right moves in time trouble. I normally have a very strong instinct to play quickly in my opponent’s time pressure, not giving him a chance to think on my time. This time, I took efforts not to make that mistake – instead, I tried to choose continuations which would force him to calculate multiple variations at critical junctions. End result? I won on time. The game, as always, can be replayed here.

*1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. Qc2 Bb7*

I have now acquired a copy of Fritz 11 and this position has occurred twice in its database. After 10.O-O O-O (which was played in the above games), it transposes into more common variations.

*10. Ne4 Bc7* [10…Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Rc8] *11. Bd2 O-O 12. O-O Rc8 13. Nc5*

I was fully expecting Bb4 at this point. I didn’t like Nc5 as after I capture the white knight, both recaptures help Black’s position. If Qxc5, Bb6 and I can start thinking of moves like c5, when I challenge white’s control of the center and my pieces start coming to life. If dxc5, as in the game, white loses his pressure on the c-file, he has no direct threats and I can start repositioning my pieces to more active squares.

*13…Nxc5 14. dxc5 e5*

The computer prefers Qd5 or a5. In fact I considered both of these moves but couldn’t come up with a clear plan. With e5, my idea was this. First of all, if white made some random move, I was hoping to play Re8, followed by e4, and I am clearly better. On the other hand, if white played e4 himself, he closes the light-squared diagonal, which is where he exerts the most pressure. By the same token, my dark-squared bishop is now useless as well, but with a closed position, I would have enough time to relocate my useless c8 rook and b7 bishop to more useful squares.

*15. e4 a5 16. a3 Qe7 17. b4 Ra8 18. Bg5 Bc8 19. Qc3 Re8 20. h3 h6 21. Bc1*

My opponent spent a very long time before playing Bc1. I was actually quite surprised; I felt he would play Bh4.

*21…Nd7 22. Bc2*

Getting out of potential traps like f5, exf5, followed by e4, forking the knight and bishop.

*22…Nf8 23. a4 axb4 24. Qxb4 Nd7 25.Be3 Bb6 26. axb5 Rxa1 27. Rxa1 cxb5 28. Qxb5 Bxc5 29. Bxc5 Nxc5 30. Ra5 Nd7+-*

Somewhere in my calculations, I had assumed that I would be up a queenside pawn at the end of these tactics. The realization hit home only after White’s 26th move.

*31.Ba4 Qa3*

By this time, my opponent was in serious time pressure. Being in a worse position, I wanted to make sure I didn’t make too many moves where his response was forced.

*32. Qb3 Qc1+ 33. Kh2 Qf4+ 34. g3 Qxe4 35. Qd1 Qf5*

With this, we both made the time-control – my opponent with just a few seconds left. With the time-control for the game only adding another 15 minutes for the rest of the game, he wasn’t quite out of the woods yet!

*36. Qd5?*

As so often happens, he blunders right after making the time-control. Both Ra7 and Ra8 probably lead to forced draws.

*36…Nf6 37. Qd1 Qxh3+ 38. Kg1 Rf8?*

I gave a good, long think about 38…e4, giving up the exchange but probably winning. But I was unable to calculate all the variations and decided to play it safe.

*39. Rxe5 Bb7 40. Qd3 Rc8 41. Re1 Ne4 42. Bd7! Rd8 43. Bxh3 Rxd3 44. Bg2 Nf6 45. Ne5 Rb3 46. Bxb7 Rxb7 0-1*

The position is probably quite drawish at this point, but my opponent, having burnt most of his remaining time on his 37th move finally ran out of time and I won my second game of the year on a time forfeit!