Thursday, October 27, 2005


Drawn and Quartered

Back at it Wednesday. Today was a draw as black against an 1836... in a game I should have won. I finished the Wednesday tournament with 2.5/4 and a 1915 performance. I expect my rating to go up 13 points, but if I would have won, it could have been 27. Wait 'till next month!

White: Ronald (1836)
Black: Chris (1843)

1. c4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 Why bother trying to learn another opening, the English when it is easy to force people into and opening you are more comfortable with. The move d4 is so natural that is has to be played. The exchange slav is pretty easy to play, as long as you know when to stop copying moves. 6. Bg5 Ne4 7. Bh4 Qa5 8. Qb3 e6 9. e3 Bb4 10. Rc1 O-O Here, I have some pressure going, but I don’t have enough going to win anything. The best is to continue to develop 11. Bd3 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Ba3 13. Rb1 a6 14. O-O b5 He’s caught up in development but my goal is to pressure his weak pawn on c4. 15. Qc2 h6 16. Nd2 Qc7 Moves like f4 or e4 are coming. Also looked a Bd6 and f5. 17. e4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Bb7 19. Bg3 Qd7 I should have gone straight to e7 here. 20. Rbd1 Rac8 Finally getting my rook in play 21. Qd2 Qe7 Dangerous looking was Nf6+ gxf6 Qxh6 22. Qf4 Rcd8 There is Bh4, and Nd6 to worry about. I’ve looked at f5 or g5 as well, but f5-Bh4-g5-Nxg5 looks dangerous and g5-Qf6 looks annoying. 24. Bg3 g5 However, now with my pawn on f6 I can play the dangerous looking g5.

25. Qc7 Rd7 26. Qb6 f5 27. Nc5 Bxc5 28. dxc5 f4 It’s not often the kingside pawns get revenge. 29. Rfe1 fxg3 30. hxg3 Rfd8 Following everything up took some thought. I also looked at playing the queen to f6 or f7 to pressure f2. 31. Re3 Kg7 There are no current check threats, but my position was okay so I thought I’d remove the threat. 32. Rde1 e5 Here I thought about playing Rxd3. I think it does hold now, but yesterday I was being a bit cautious. I am an instinct player and it didn’t feel right. 33. Be4 Rc7 34. Bxc6 Rxc6 35. Rxe5 Qxe5 36. Rxe5 Rxb6 His alternate 36. Qxb7+ looked threatenting, but Rc7 holds. (Qc7---Re7+ wins for black) 37. cxb6 Kf6 38. Rc5 Rd6 39. c4 Here comes by big mess-up. It was nearing 11 pm, the Astros were hanging on to their World Series chances and I had a few late nights in a row. If you need any other excuses, I probably can think of some.

39…b4 I thought this would trap in the rook 40. Rc7 Rxb6 Now I see the problems coming. I can’t play Rf6 without losing the bishop…but I do anyway. 41. c5 Rb5 42. c6 Ba8 43. Rc8 Rb6 44. Rxa8 Rxc6 Now he had a chance to win with c7—Bb7-Rb8. I should have played Rc5. 45. Rb8 a5 46. Rb5 Ra6 47. g4 Ke6 48. Kf1 Kd7 He offered a draw here. I had some hopes that I could still win with my queenside majority. 49. Ke2 Kc6 50. Re5 a4 51. Re6+ Kb5 52. Rxa6 Kxa6 53. Kd2 Kb5 54. Kc2 Kc4 55. g3 Kd4 56. f4 gxf4 57. gxf4 Ke4 58. f5 Ke5 59. Kd3 h5 1/2-1/2 The pawn ending is drawn and I offer this time.

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