Thursday, February 02, 2006


I'll Take It!

Last night I drew a 2214 rated master, the highest rated person, I've ever played (by 11 points). I played my Slav defense which is one of my most consistently solid

White: Bill (2214)
Black: Chris (1845)

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. e3 Nbd7 I recently played an interest variation with f3 followed by a quick e4. Here he chose the quiter line. 8. Nxc4 Nb6 9. a5 Nxc4 10. Bxc4 Bd6 I thought about Bb4, but after Qb3, Qe7 Ra4, the bishop must go back to d6 anyway. 11. f3 Bg6 I had several options. He looks to play e4 followed by e5. I also considered Bc7, or the breaks c5 & e5. 12. Qe2 Bb4 Since Qb3 isn't possible now. 13. O-O Bxa5 In other position this pawn grab might be considered greedy, but my position is solid enough to allow me to do it. 14. Rd1 O-O If 14...Bb6 15.Na4 Bc6 16. Nc5 looks better for white since b6 is forced. 15. e4 Bb6 16. Be3 Qe7 17. Na4 Bc7 18. Nc5 Bb6 The big difference is now with my queen on e7, I can just play my bishop back. 19. Qf2 Here he offered a draw to which I agreed. Although I am up a pawn and have solid position, his would be hard to attack as well. Where exactly to I make my advance? Sometimes forcing a drawn position can cause a loss.

EXCELLENT JOB!!!!! Maybe one day, I, too, shall...etc., etc.!!!

You make a great point about the draw. There was a point in my recent game against a 1745 rated player where he spurned the draw and went in for the win, which of course led to his loss! I think an important part of being a master is knowing that exact point of where to push an advantage and when not to do so.
Thanks. I once declined a draw because I wanted to think I was better and ended up losing. Another time I beat a 2040 down a pawn (I had two bishops versus a bishop & knight) but he had plenty of chances to take a reptitive draw. Instead he lost.

So now I think real long and real hard....especially against a master.
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