Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Two Games in 30 moves!?

I played two games on Saturday, one against a 2200 and one against a 1656. I lost the former and won the latter, both last a mere 15 moves. The first began unconventionally:

1. Nc3 c6 2. e4 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bg4 5. Bc4 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. Ng3 Bg6 8. h4 h6 9. Ne5 Bh7 10. Qe2 Qe7 11. d4 Nd7 12. Bf4 Ngf6 13. O-O-O O-O-O 14. Nxc6 Qd6 15. Bxd6 1-0

Position after 13....O-O-O

What a blunder O-O-O was. I'm certainly not going to hit 2000 soon if I make moves like that. Sometimes I feel it's easier to see the tactics against you opponent than it is to see potential threats. After 14. Nxc6 the game is lost. Taking the knight loses to Ba6# and Qe8 looses to Nxa7#.
As for the odd opening, a move like Nc3 can be played a player with a flexible opening strategy. It essentially can let black dictate the opening, but if he is not careful, he can find himself playing an opening that is he not used to. For example 1. Nc3 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. e4 and all of a sudden the position is a philidor's defense. My transposition to the Caro-Kann was relatively fine, but I wasn't terribly used to the 2 knights variation. 13...Nb6 14. Bb3 Nd5 would have been best for me and lead to a fine position.

The second was a reversal of fortunes:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. f4 a6 8. Qg4 g6 9. Nf3 c5 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. O-O-O b5 12. Nxd5 Qb7 13. Nf6+ Kf8 14. Rd8+ Kg7 15. Nh5+ 1-0 as it is mate in one.

Position after 11.... b5

12. After Nxd5, the loss is rather forced, though it took me a few minutes to find it. There is no better move for black than Qb7. 13...Ke7 also loses to 14. Ng8+ Rxg8 15. Qg5+ Ke8 16. Rd8#. is the only Hopefully this win will break my slump which has seen me go 3-5-1 since my win streak ended.

Great blog! Interesting game too. One comment: I think "Taking the knight loses to Bh6# and Qe8 looses to Nxa7#." is a typo... I think you meant Ba6# instead of Bh6#.
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