Posts Tagged ‘loss’


I am way, way, way behind

June 10, 2009

I 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!


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The chess publisher I use for my blog is no longer active.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!



August 20, 2008

After quite a long break, I finally played an OTB game. Naturally, I expected to be out of form and as I was black against a higher rated player, I didn’t go in with too much pressure. Surprisingly, I played reasonably well and gained an advantage out of the opening. Sadly, I couldn’t hold on to my advantage and went down after the time-control (35 moves).

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 e5 7. Nf3 Nc6

I have started playing the Najdorf only recently (I used to play the Dragon but have given it up for the most part after a string of poor results). Online, I have primarily faced Be3, f3, Bg5, Be2 or Bc4. 6.f4 was new to me. After my 7th move, I was prepared for 8.fxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Qxd8 Kxd8 where white has an advantage but with the queens off the board, I felt I had the time to manually castle queen-side. It turns out that my opponent had never faced 7…Nc6 himself and we were both in virgin territory.

8. h3 Be7 9. a4 Nh5!

White has been ignoring his piece development so far (his only developed piece is his knight on f3), so it is essential to target the dark-squared weaknesses on his king-side.

10. Be3 exf4 11. Bf2 Be6 12.Bd3 Qa5 13. O-O O-O 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nb8 (Nb4) 16. c4 Bf6 17. Qe2 (Qc2) Nd7 18. Qc2 g6 19. Rab1 Rac8 20. b4 Qc7 21. Rfc1 Ng3? (Ne5!) 22. c5 Ne5 23. Nxe5 Bxe5 24. c6 Qe7? (Rf7!) 25.
b5 axb5 26. axb5 Qh4??

Until this point, we have both made minor inaccuracies but the game is still evenly poised. I have the extra pawn but my opponent has the initiative with his queen-side pawns storming up the board. At this point I debated between the text move and 26…f3, when I return the extra pawn but open up his kingside for attack. Alas, I went for the “safe” option but this would be my last chance in the game.

27. Qd1 Qe7 28. b6 f5 29. Bb5??

White is still winning after this move, but after 29.Ba6 (which is what I was expecting), it would have been time to resign.

29…Ne4 30. cxb7 Qxb7 31. Bc6 Qb8??

My last big blunder. I didn’t realise that with my rook on c8, I was trapping my own queen. 31…Qa6 was needed for any semblance of a chance. The rest of the game goes quickly.

32. Bd4 Bxd4+? (Rf7!) 33. Qxd4 Nc5 34. Qxf4 Nd3 35. Qd4 Nxc1 36. Rxc1 Rfe8 37. Rb1 (Ra1) Re5 (Re4) 38. Ra1 Re4 39. Qb2 Rxc6 40. dxc6 Re8 41. Ra7 Re1+ 42. Kf2 Re5 43. c7 1-0


My claim to shame

February 13, 2008

As mentioned previously, here’s the link to the game.

I don’t think there’s any need to annotate this miniature though I’ve had a look and satisfied myself that I did in fact play horribly.