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More catching up…

July 7, 2009

My next two games then. The first, with white, played on April 30th, was against the same person I had this unfinished game with, and it was a repeat of the Pirc we saw in that one:

1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Be3 Nf6 5. f3 O-O 6. Qd2 c6 7. O-O-O Nbd7 8. g4 e5 9. h4 h5 10. gxh5 Nxh5 11. Nce2 Qc7 12. Bh6 b5 13. Bxg7 Kxg7 14. Nh3 Ndf6 15. Rg1 Be6 16. Kb1 Rh8 17. Bg2 Rad8 18. f4 Bxh3 19. Bxh3 exf4 20. Nxf4 Nxe4 21. Rxg6+?! fxg6 22. Ne6+ Kh7 23. Qe3 Qe7 24. Qxe4 Rde8 25. Rg1 Rhg8 26. b3 Qf6 27. Rf1 Ng3 28. Rxf6 Nxe4 29. Rf7+ Kh6 30. Kb2 Rh8 31. Rxa7 Nf2 32. Ng5 Nxh3 33. Nxh3 Kh5 34. Nf4+ Kh6 35. Rc7 Rc8 36. Rd7 d5 37. Rd6 Rhg8 38. h5 Kg5 39. Nxg6 Kxh5 40. Ne7 Rcd8 41. Rxc6 Rge8 42. Ng6 Re4 43. Kc3 Ra8 44. Kd3 Rg8 45. Rd6 Re1 46. Nf4+ Kh4 47. Nxd5 Rd1+ 48. Kc3 Rg3+ 49. Kb4 Rxd4+ 50. Kxb5 Rg5 51. Kc6 Rg2 52. Ne3 Rxd6+ 53. Kxd6 Re2 54. Nf5+ Kg5 55. Nd4 Rd2 56. Kc5 Kf4 57. a4 Ke4 58. c3 1/2-1/2

I was very very low on time by this point and stopped recording moves. The time trouble was mainly caused while taking the decision to play my 21st move – it isn’t easy for me to play such sacrifices without concrete compensation. The computer says I have a 3.5 pawn advantage here. Of course in trying to deliver mate before time ran out, I allowed my opponent to first win my c-pawn, then give up his rook for my other two pawns and thus force a draw!

So, on to the next game, played on May 7th, with black:

1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 e6 3. a3 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Ba2 Nf6 6. d3 Be7 7. Ne2 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. c3 Bf5 10. Nf4 d4 11. h3 Qd7 12. c4 Bd6 13. Bb3 Rfe8 14. Ba4 Re5 15. Qf3 Qc7 16. Ne2 Bg6 17. Bf4 Rf5 18. Bxc6??

I was already much better coming out of the opening but this blunder puts me firmly ahead.

Bxf4 19. Nxf4 Rxf4 20. Qg3 bxc6 21. Nd2 Nh5 22. Qh2 Qe5 23. Rfe1 Qg5 24. g3 Bxd3 25. Qg2 Rf6 26. Nf3 Qf5 27. Ne5 Rg6?!

After a few very average moves, I have to give up the exchange to retain the advantage.

28. Nxg6 Qxg6 29. Re5 Bxc4 30. Rae1 h6 31. Rxc5 Bd5 32. Qf1 Nf6?

Missed the brilliant shot 32…Nxg3!!

33. Rd1 Ne4 34. Qd3? Nxc5 35. Qxd4 Qh5 0-1

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An awesome non-game

January 13, 2009

The match at Luton was abandoned last night. The Luton team plays their matches in a private room at a pub – today the lights in the room were not working and we were forced to play outside in a corner of the pub. With football on television getting just a tad noisy, the majority of players chose to abandon the match rather than playing on. My game was by far the wildest of the lot so everyone came over to analyse what could have been. We discussed some wild variations but the general consensus was that white (me) should have won if the game had carried on.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f3 Bg7 5.  Be3 Nbd7 6. Qd2 O-O 7. O-O-O c6 8. g4

This is a pretty standard Pirc with opposite side castling and a race to see whose pawns get to the enemy king first. White’s plan is quite similar to the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon, but he saves tempi associated with moving his knight (Nf3, Nxd4). I have played this several times in online chess, with pretty good results.

8…Qa5?!

Black should start to get his queenside pawns rolling as quickly as possible. 8…b5 was the better choice.

9. g5 Ne8?

Now this is a serious mistake. 9…Nh5 slows down the white attack considerably. I would have then had to spend time with Nge2 and Ng3 to trade off the h5 knight or Be2 and f4 with the same intention. This gives black time to get his own queenside attack moving.

10. Kb1 e5 11. h4 exd4 12.  Bxd4 Bxd4 13. Qxd4 Qe5 14. Qd2

I am quite happy that Black has cooperated in trading off his dark squared bishop. This makes his king a lot more vulnerable to attack. I now avoid the trade of queens to renew my attack.

14…Nb6 15. h5 Be6 16. f4 Qa5?

The queen should have taken up the work of the dark squared bishop and taken up protection of the king with Qg7 or Qh8.

17. hxg6?

17. Qh2 and it was already time to resign (17…Qh2 18. Nf6 hxg6 19. fxg6 gxf6). My move doesn’t throw away the win but it lets black back into the game.

17…fxg6 18. Qh2  Rf7 19. f5 gxf5 20. g6 Rg7 21. gxh7+ Kh8 22. Qh6 Bc4

22…Nc7 was another interesting choice, trying to activate the knight while allowing the rook to perform some back-rank duties.

23. Bd3?!

For some reason, I felt I had to answer Bc4 with a bishop move! This is of course not necessary and 23. Nf3 was probably a better choice.

23…Qe5 *

Here the game was called off. Too bad, because we might have had some fun variations on the board! The two main moves I was considering were 24. Nf3 and 24. Ne2. Fritz evaluates the position with Nf3 as +2.27 and Ne2 as +1.5, so my chances were definitely better than even! And the way we’d both been playing until that point, we might have gone in for some wild, unsound variations that would have left both of us wondering how sane we really were!

PS: Since the chess publishing site is back up, my previous game is now replayable here.