Monday, April 25, 2005


Club Battles

I had been playing rather well recently and have had some good luck on my side. Here we see another game against a regular club opponent. Although, I’m +3-1 against this opponent, we are closely matched and I enjoy playing him. My loss, I should have drawn (he offered and I declined!) and one victory, he blundered in a won position. Only recently learning the game, this 14 year old has gone from his first provisional rating of 970 in June 04 to 1937, 10 months later!

1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Bg4 5. O-O dxc4 6. Ne5 Be6 7. Qc2 Nbd7 8. Nxc4 g6 9. d3 Bg7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. e4 Bxc4 12. dxc4 e5 13. f4 Ng4 14. f5 Qb6 15. Kh1 Ne3 16. Bxe3 Qxe3 17. Rf3 Qc5 18. Na4 Qa5 19. Raf1 Nf6 20. h3 Rad8 21. Nc3 Rd4 22. b3 Qd8 23. R1f2 Qd6 24. Bf1 Rd8 25. fxg6 hxg6 26. c5

When you play in tournaments, you never know what your opponents styles are. When you play in a club, you get used to different opponents and their openings. Here, this particular teenaged opponent changed from his customary d4 tot he English. I tried to force him back into a Queen's Gambit Slav by playing c6. d4 is logical good move. The result is a rather interesting position and white has just played a forceful move. White is calling bluff.

26…Qxc5 27. Rxf6 Bxf6 28. Rxf6 Rd2 29. Qc1 Qe3 White has gotten two pieces for the rook and pawn, but he’s allowed the rooks to penetrate. Notice that black is now threatening the pawn on g3 and trapping the rook with Kg7!

30. Ne2 Kg7 31. Rxf7 Kxf7 32. Qc4+ Kf6! The King goes to f6 to keep the queen out of the back area and scoring a perpetual check draw. I looked at this before playing Kg7. 33. Kg2 Rxe2 34. Bxe2 Rd2

I was able to sacrifice the rook back to break apart his king protection. Notice 32...Kf6 is the square that keeps the queen out of the back area. The rook had covered the g8 square and the king covered e6 and f7. Now the queen is tied down to protected the bishop and against mate.

35. Kf1 Rxa2 36. h4 Qxg3 37. Qg8 Ra1+ 38. Bd1 Rxd1 39. Ke2 Qd3+ 0-1

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