Thursday, November 03, 2005

 

The 100th game

I played my 100th game in the US since I started playing again.

White: Gary (1660)
Black: Chris (1843)

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. e3 e6 5. h3 Be7 6. g4 Bg6 7. Ne5 c6 A large deviation could have been played here to uncertain results. Sometime in a situation like this, white can play 8. h4 forcing black to play h6 and white can play Bd3 attacking the weak g6 pawn. My bishop on e7 proves very useful. 8. h4 Nbd7 9. h5 Be4 10. f3 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Nxg4 12. fxe4 Bh4+ 13. Ke2 Nf2 and the fork gets the rook.

Whether or not he saw that far, he took immediately. 8. Nxg6 hxg6 Now I have a nice open file attacking a weak pawn. 9. c3 Qb6 There really isn't a good move for white. Probably Nbd2 or Be2 would have been the best, but there is no way to hold onto all the pawns. Not only does Nxg4 look good, Ne4 followed by Bh4 is promising as well.

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10. Qb3 Nxg4 If 10. Qe2 Nxg4 anyway and the rook on a1 will fall. 11. Be2 Nf6 12. Nd2 Qxb3 Normally in a Queen standoff on b3 & b6 like this, it is best to be taken, because the open file is valuable. I decided it was okay as I had the open h-file as well as the additional pawn and I would prefer to get the queen's off the board. 13. axb3 Nbd7 14. Nf3 e4 15. Ne5 Bh4 I also looked at 15....g5 16. Bh2 Rxh3 16. Rh2 g5 17. Nxf7 Kxf7 18. Bc7 Ndf6 19. Bd3 Nxf2 20. Rxf2 Bxf2+ I had been planning to play g4 and then Ng5, but in my calculation I forgot that the knight would be pinned by the pinned rook. 21. Kxf2 Rxh3 22. Rg1 g4 23. Be5 Rah8 Although I am "ahead", I am wary of the bishop pair. 24. Bf1 g3+ 25. Kf3 g2+ 26. Kxg2 Rxe3 27. Kf2 Re4 28. Kf3 Re1 29. Bd6 Ne4 30. Be5 Rxf1+ 31. Rxf1 Nd2+ 32. Ke2+ Nxf133. Kxf1 Rh1+ 34. Ke2 Rb1 0-1




1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. e3 e6 5. h3 Be7 6. g4 Bg6 7. Ne5 c6 8. Nxg6 hxg6 9. c3 Qb6 10. Qb3 Nxg4 11. Be2 Nf6 12. Nd2 Qxb3 13. axb3 Nbd7 14. Nf3 e4 15. Ne5 Bh4 16. Rh2 g5 17. Nxf7 Kxf7 18. Bc7 Ndf6 19. Bd3 Nxf2 20. Rxf2 Bxf2+ 21. Kxf2 Rxh3 22. Rg1 g4 23. Be5 Rah8 24. Bf1 g3+ 25. Kf3 g2+ 26. Kxg2 Rxe3 27. Kf2 Re4 28. Kf3 Re1 29. Bd6 Ne4 30. Be5 Rxf1+ 31. Rxf1 Nd2+ 32. Ke2+ Nxf133. Kxf1 Rh1+ 34. Ke2 Rb1

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