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My last slow game of the year, the London Chess Classic and 18 blitz games

December 19, 2009

Even though its still quite busy at work, I am in the holiday mood when it comes to the blog, so I will keep it short. Here is my last game:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 Nc6 7. f4
(7. Be2)

7… Qb6 8. Nf3 e6 9. Bd3 Be7 10. Qe2 Bd7 11. Rb1 Nb4
(11… O-O 12. e5 dxe5 13. fxe5 Nd5 14. Ne4 Nd4 15. Nxd4 Qxd4)

12. Be3 Nxd3+ 13. cxd3 Qa5 14. Nd2 Bc6 15. b4 Qc7 16. O-O b5 17. a5 O-O 18. d4?
(18. Rfc1) (18. Nf3)

18… Qb7! 19. e5 Nd5 20. Nxd5
(20. Nce4 dxe5)

20… Bxd5 21. Qg4 f5 22. exf6 Rxf6 23. Rf2 Rg6 24. Qh3 Rc8 25. Nf3 Rc3?
(25… Be4! 26. Re1 (26. Ng5 Bxg5 27. Rc1 Rh6 28. Rxc8+ Qxc8 29. Qg4 Bh4 30. Re2 Qc4) 26… Bf5 27. Qh5 Bg4 28. Qxg6 hxg6)

26. Bd2??
(26. Re1 Qc8 27. Bd2 Rh6 28. Qg4 Rc2 29. Qg3)

26… Rxf3 27. Rxf3 Bxf3 28. g3 Qe4 29. Re1 Qxd4+ 0-1

The London Chess Classic took place in London from the 8th-15th of December, with Carlsen winning with an unbeaten +3 performance in the 7 round event. I attended on 2 days, including on the 1st round when Carlsen scored a brilliant win over Kramnik! It was awesome to see a few hundred spectators come in every day; the GM commentary was also quite good. I even managed to get Carlsen’s and Nakamura’s autographs. I played in the evening foyer blitz tournament both days I attended, scored 3 out of 6 the first time and a much more impressive 4 out of 6 the second time around, where 5 out of my 6 games were against people rated much higher than me!

I also played in my club’s Christmas blitz tournament and scored an average 3 out of 6 – I beat three players rated below me and lost to three above me – nothing exciting there at all! No more chess (except the on-line variety) until the New Year when my first game is on the 7th.

Happy Holidays!