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aransandraseg
08-09-2009, 07:09 PM
I've had an awesome idea. If you think you've played some really awesome games in the last month post them here. The poster of the best game with the coolest tactics, will have the right to decide who the winner for next month.

Each game should have
Name
Opponents name
Ratings
Location
Time Control
All games should be posted in PGN format.
Lesson learned

This sounds a bit like the photo - caption thread. Also, the game should have a good lesson. This should be taken into consideration.

Please do not post games played by top players or make up games. That will just screw up the fun of this. The game must be played by you.

Remember the award is not for the best game from one players side but a good game from both players.

A judge is not allowed to post any games.

Good luck.

Oh and there is a hall of FAME.:D :D :D :D :D

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2009, 08:51 PM
Who is the initial judge?

By the way this should go in Games and Analysis; I will move it there soon.

aransandraseg
08-09-2009, 08:53 PM
I think I'll apoint a mod to do that.
Let's ask.
Kevin Bonham, do you want to start the judging of the comp?

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2009, 08:55 PM
Only if there are at least three entries in the first month.

Oh, and if I am the judge the best game will not necessarily have the coolest tactics. :D

aransandraseg
08-09-2009, 09:02 PM
Ok. Please post somebody. I think that this will be really interesting.

Alana
08-09-2009, 10:51 PM
Hehe I WOULD if I actually had a decent game during the last month.

Saragossa
09-09-2009, 01:44 AM
Can a game vs the judge be entered (albeit if the guy who entered it won then his chances of winning get slimmer :) )?

And can they be from anywhere ie internet, corro etc because often corro games are of much higher quality (or should be).

And I also think tha 1 month is pretty constrictive. I only play competitive tournament games about once every two monthes and most of them I play bad anyways.

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2009, 02:01 AM
Can a game vs the judge be entered (albeit if the guy who entered it won then his chances of winning get slimmer :) )?

Haha. This reminds me of Tas Champs 2000 when I agreed, perhaps in advance, to be a judge of the best game prize and I was on the receiving end of a crafty positional crush that caused me (white) to resign no material down in the following position because I was zugzwanged.

8/pp3k1p/6p1/8/P1p2p1P/1nPr1P2/1P1PK3/1RB5 w - - 0 36

Well of course I had to vote for it, and the other judges did too. There's even a booklet with the position on the cover. :lol:

Games v the judge can be entered but will be viewed with a heightened degree of scepticism whatever the result.

Games can be entered from anywhere but if they are corro must be specified as such. No freestyle games as if they're really good I won't be competent to judge them and they sorta fly in the face of the spirit of the original proposal.

If not enough games are entered after a month then maybe we should extend the comp for another month and take both month's entries together.

Saragossa
09-09-2009, 02:27 AM
Love the bishop on c1! :P.

The TCA should reintroduce brilliancy prizes in local tourneys. I like it as incentive although probably positional brilliancies, I think that it can be quite easy to get too involved with "awesome" attacks and overlook the less exciting side of chess. Especially juniors.

Strangely enough I consider two of my losses to be my best games. My game vs Tony Dowden in a burnie tournament when he played a winawar and I lost a tempo but besides a little rook move played a good middlegame and for him he got this scintilating g5 move in, it was really fun. And the vs Kevin Bonham where I played a catalan and got into a fantastic nitty gritty middle game. And played some cool tactics then lost in the ending but consoled myself that the middlegame and resulting endgame were quite interesting.

Wow I just off-topic'd hard. Um yeah I'll start playing more online and hopefully get a tight game in.

Rincewind
09-09-2009, 09:14 AM
Here is an entry to make up numbers.

Rincewind - Another (both in the 1750-1800 ACF rating range)
8 September, 2009
30 moves in 75 minutes plus 30 minutes for remainder of game

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.d4 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7
9.Nd2 Nd7 10.b4 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Nb3 g5 13.c5 Nf6 14.Bd2 h5 15.Rc1 g4
16.Nb5 Ng6 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.Be1 gxf3 19.Rxf3 Nxe4 20.Nc7 Rb8 21.Ne6 Bxe6
22.dxe6 Ne7 23.Rh3 Qb6+ 24.Kh1 Rf5 25.Bxh5 Nf2+ 26.Bxf2 Qxf2 27.Qxd6 Rg5
28.Bf7+
1-0

After 10 or so moves of theory I press on a little slowly perhaps (12.Nb3 is not considered best) with the Q-side plan while Black does the same on the king side. 18...gxf3 was timed very well and I wasn't sure what to make of it. In the end I decided to recapture with the rook even though that may lose a pawn or an exchange as I didn't like the position after gxf3.

In the last 10 moves my opponent was under a little time pressure. He had something like 17 minutes at the 20 move point and 10 moves to make the zeitnot. The pressure began to tell at move 24 where Rf5 was not as good as 24... d5 and unfortunately for my chances here, but fortunately for my chances in the game, most of the Black moves from then on were not best.

aransandraseg
09-09-2009, 10:34 AM
Oh yeah your only allowed to post 1 or 2 games a month.

aransandraseg
09-09-2009, 10:37 AM
Rincewind,
your entry is ideal:clap: , however to maxamise your chances of winning include a lesson that you have learnt from this game.

Rincewind
09-09-2009, 11:22 AM
Rincewind,
your entry is ideal:clap: , however to maxamise your chances of winning include a lesson that you have learnt from this game.

I've played this Mar del Plata variation a bit and my lesson from my previous game was to play 9.Nd2 which prepares f3 and prevents Ng4. I guess the queen side play in the present game was a little slow and so next time I might just play c5 earlier (even if it sacs a pawn) or get a4 in instead of the Nb3 move I played.

road runner
09-09-2009, 02:16 PM
I've played this Mar del Plata variation a bit and my lesson from my previous game was to play 9.Nd2 which prepares f3 and prevents Ng4. I play Ne1 in this position, for the same reasons. I usually delay f3 until he has already played ...Nf6, hitting e4 twice. The advantage of doing it that way is that if he pushes ...f4 before f3 then you have Bg4 getting rid of the bad bishop. Alternatively if he chops on e4 you want to recapture with a piece and that will become a powerful square for you.

Capablanca-Fan
09-09-2009, 03:32 PM
Rincewind - Another (both in the 1750-1800 ACF rating range)
8 September, 2009
30 moves in 75 minutes plus 30 minutes for remainder of game

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.d4 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7
9.Nd2 Nd7 [I prefer 9... c5 against 9. Nd2] 10.b4 f5 11.f3 f4 [this is a bit too straightforward, and not so good here) 12.Nb3 [more in the spirit of 9.Nd2 is a4, aiming for Ba3, c5, and now the more active Nc4!] 12... g5 13.c5 Nf6 14.Bd2 h5 [best to avoid this if possible and support the attack in another way, e.g. the Gligorić manoevre of Rf7, Bf8, Rg7, which also defends the weak spots on c7 and d6. Sometimes White plays g4 himself.] 15.Rc1 g4
16.Nb5 Ng6 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.Be1 [18. Nc7] 18... gxf3 [without the Ph5, the g3 sac can be strong] 19.Rxf3 [19.gxf3 Bh3 20.Nc7 Rc8 21. Ne6] 19... Nxe4 20.Nc7 Rb8 21.Ne6 Bxe6
22.dxe6 Ne7 [22.... d5; the text move goes downhill] 23.Rh3 Qb6+ 24.Kh1 Rf5 25.Bxh5 Nf2+ [now Black collapses with his pieces becoming scattered] 26.Bxf2 Qxf2 27.Qxd6 Rg5
28.Bf7+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2009, 03:36 PM
To give the thread time to get rolling, I'll decide the initial winner (if there are enough entries) at the end of September. In that time, any game posted within a month of being played is eligible.

Rincewind
09-09-2009, 03:45 PM
Thanks for the commentary Jono, much appreciated. I certainly like the idea of the a4, Ba3, c5 and then Nc4 plan.

Am I right in assuming that you prefer 19.gxf3 to the text? After the analysis you give (19.gxf3 Bh3 20.Nc7 Rc8 21. Ne6) I would think Black would most likely play 21... Bxe6 which would have been a reasonably comfortable position for White. Another move which I gave some thought to was 20... Bxf1 (instead of Rc8).

Capablanca-Fan
09-09-2009, 06:13 PM
Thanks for the commentary Jono, much appreciated. I certainly like the idea of the a4, Ba3, c5 and then Nc4 plan.
You're welcome RW; Black would be tied down to his d-pawn so would find it hard to attack. Here is one nice win by Ftacnik (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1046531), an expert in this line. Looks like it's more accurate to make Black a P offer he should refuse with 11.c5.


Am I right in assuming that you prefer 19.gxf3 to the text? After the analysis you give (19.gxf3 Bh3 20.Nc7 Rc8 21. Ne6) I would think Black would most likely play 21... Bxe6 which would have been a reasonably comfortable position for White.
Yes, where Black would be weak on the light squares, and where White would have strong attacking chances on the Q-side and using the square d5.


Another move which I gave some thought to was 20... Bxf1 (instead of Rc8).
In that case as well, White will recover the exchange, because the Nc7 is threatening to fork on e6 as well as the Ra8. In such centrally blocked KID pawn structures, Black finds it very difficult to attack the K-side if his light-squared B is exchanged.

aransandraseg
10-09-2009, 12:52 AM
All analysis is welcome. I think Ricewinds game is pretty good.

aransandraseg
11-09-2009, 05:15 PM
c'mon people. i'm sure you all want to get into the 'legendary hall of fame'. Start posting games. When more people start to post games then it will be really hard so why not get started now.
Aran.S

Kaitlin
13-09-2009, 06:45 PM
do they have to be OTB games or corro games .. or can I submit my FICs games?

Kevin Bonham
13-09-2009, 08:11 PM
do they have to be OTB games or corro games .. or can I submit my FICs games?

Anything played (or finished) in the last month so long as it isn't computer-assisted.

Kaitlin
15-09-2009, 08:30 PM
Anything played (or finished) in the last month so long as it isn't computer-assisted.

hmm ok..

I dont have any idea of the quality required so I'll just sumbit my last game and work out the quality required from there.. I suspect I will need to have more moves in my games to get a nomination.. but here goes..

[Event "FICS rated blitz game"]
[Site "FICS, San Jose, California USA"]
[Date "2009.09.15"]
[Time "20:21:01"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Kaitlin"]
[Black "Rachipa"]
[WhiteElo "969"]
[BlackElo "1339"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 h6 4. Bb5 Nge7 5. d3 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bb3 Ng6
8. O-O Bc5 9. Be3 Ba7 10. d4 exd4 11. Bxd4 Nxd4 12. Nxd4 O-O 13. f4 d6 14. f5
Ne5 15. Rf4 Kh8 16. Kh1 f6 17. Nf3 Nxf3 18. Qxf3 Qe7 19. Qh5 Bd7 20. Nd5
Qd8 21. Qg6 Be8 22. Qg3 Bf7 23. Rh4 c6 24. Nf4 Bxb3 25. axb3 Qe7 26. Ng6+
Kh7 27. Nxe7 Rfe8 28. Qg6+ Kh8 29. Rxh6+ gxh6 30. Qxh6#
{Black checkmated} 1-0

aransandraseg
16-09-2009, 10:03 PM
lesson? I think your opponent made a big blunder. Anyway it is a good game. Well done. Cmon people. Start posting.

Kaitlin
27-09-2009, 07:34 PM
I change my entry to this one :D

[Event "FICS rated standard game"], [Site "FICS, San Jose, California USA"], [Date "2009.09.27"], [Time "18:54:58"], [Round "-"], [White "crashtest"], [Black "Kaitlin"], [WhiteElo "1440"], [BlackElo "1297"], [TimeControl "900+5"], [Mode "ICS"], [Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d5 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Bf5 5. a3 e6 6. Nc3 Bd6 7. Bg5 O-O
8. Nf3 Be7 9. O-O Qe8 10. Nb5 Qd7 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. a4 Ne8 13. Bf4 Bd6 14. dxe5
Bc5 15. e4 Bg6 16. exd5 Rd8 17. c4 f6 18. Qg4 Bf5 19. Qf3 Be7 20. Rad1 fxe5
21. Bxe5 Bf6 22. Bxf6 Rxf6 23. Rfe1 Bc2 24. Qg4 Bxd1 25. Qxd1 Nd6 26. b3
Nxb5 27. axb5 Kh8 28. Qg4 Re8 29. Qh3 Qf7 30. Be4 g6 31. f4 exd5 32. cxd5
Qe7 33. Qg2 Qb4 34. Re3 Qxb5 35. Bd3 Qc5 36. Qb2 Qxe3+ 37. Kg2 Kg7 38. Bc4
Qe4+ 39. Kh3 Qf5+ 40. Kg2 Qe4+ 41. Kh3 Qf3 42. Bb5 Qh5+ 43. Kg2 Rf8 44. Qa3
Qxd5+ 45. Kh3 Qxb5 46. Qe7+ R8f7 47. Qe3 Qf1+ 48. Kg4 h5+ 49. Kg5 Rf5+ 50. Kh4
Qg2 51. Qd4+ Kh6 52. Qh8+ Rh7 53. Qd4 Qxh2#
{White checkmated} 0-1

Kevin Bonham
27-09-2009, 08:33 PM
We currently have two entries so another entry is needed by Wednesday for there to be something to judge for this month.

aransandraseg
27-09-2009, 10:29 PM
Oh and BTW I am supervisor and hall of fame manager. Bonus if you get on the hall of fame 3 times there is a reward. ;) It may be really lousy but you will never know what it is until you post.

Zwischenzug
28-09-2009, 05:11 PM
Currently my favourite game. 15 min game played on FICS. I'm white. The lesson in this game is, when the opponent has a bad piece, trade everything else off and they will struggle in the endgame.

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2009.09.28"]
[Round "?"]
[White "thaipham"]
[Black "saltkrakan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1607"]
[BlackElo "1582"]
[ECO "A35"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O e5 7.d3 Nge7 8.Bg5
h6 9.Be3 O-O 10.Qd2 Kh7 11.a3 a5 12.Rab1 Be6 13.h3 Qd7 14.Kh2 Nd4 15.
Ne1 f5 16.b4 [16.f4! might have been better, slowing black down on the kingside.] 16...axb4 17.axb4 Rab8 18.Nc2 g5 19.bxc5 dxc5 20.Rfc1 f4 21.gxf4 gxf4 22.Bxd4 cxd4 23.Ne4 Qc7 24.Na3 Bd7
25.c5 Nc8 26.Nc4 Bc6 27.Ncd6 Bxe4 28.Bxe4+ Kh8 29.Rxb7 Rxb7 30.Nxb7 Rg8
31.Nd6?? [Blunder but at least I still had the better bishop. 31.c6! was better.] 31...Nxd6 32.cxd6 Qxd6 33.Rc6 Qf8 34.
Bd5 Qe8 35.Qc2 Qd7?? 36.Bxg8 Kxg8 37.Rc8+ Kh7 38.Qc7 Qe6 39.Qc6 Qf7 40.
Qe4+ Qg6 41.Qxg6+ Kxg6 42.Kg2 Kf5 43.Kf3 Bf6 44.Rf8 Kg6 45.e3 fxe3 46.
fxe3 dxe3 47.Kxe3 Kg7 48.Ra8 Bg5+ 49.Ke4 Kf6 50.Ra1 Ke6 51.Ra6+ Kf7 52.
Kxe5 Kg7 53.Kf5 Be3 54.Rg6+ Kh7 55.h4 Kh8 56.h5 Bd2 57.d4 Bc3 58.d5 Bb4
59.Rxh6+ Kg7 60.Rg6+ Kf7 61.h6 Bc3 62.d6 Ke8 63.Ke6 1-0

Zwischenzug
28-09-2009, 05:42 PM
In hindsight, an early f5, (e.g. 14...f5) would have been good for black, with his kingside play faster than my own play on the queenside.

Bereaved
29-09-2009, 05:32 PM
Hi everyone,

I thought that this was a pretty impressive game and seeing it was a game played by a poster here, am choosing to submit it

Event: Melbourne Chess Club Open
Site: Melbourne Chess Club
Date: 2009.09.28
Round: 5.3
White: Anton, Sarah
Black: Hose, Shaun
Result: 1-0
ECO: C14
WhiteElo: 1749
PlyCount: 25
EventDate: 2009.07.??
EventType: game
EventRounds: 9
EventCountry: AUS
SourceDate: 2009.01.20

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 O-O 7. Nh3 (7. Bd3 c5
(7... f5 $6 8. Nh3 {+/-/+/=}) 8. Nh3 {Knaak: '(/\ Bxh7+!)'} (8. Nf3 $6 {
versperrt der Dame die Diagonale nach h5.}) (8. Qh5 $5 {
Diesen Zug stelle ich zur Diskussion:} g6 (8... h6 $2 9. Bxh6 $18) 9. Qh6 cxd4
10. Nf3 Nxe5 $5 (10... dxc3 $2 11. h5 $1 cxb2 12. Rb1 Bb4+ 13. Kd1 f6 14. hxg6
$18) 11. Nxe5 dxc3 12. Nxg6 {
Ob andere Züge besser sind, sollte analysiert werden.} fxg6 13. Bxg6 hxg6 14.
Qxg6+ Kh8 {Weiß muß wohl Dauerschach geben.}) 8... g6 (8... cxd4 $2 9. Bxe7
Qxe7 10. Bxh7+ $1 Kxh7 11. Qh5+ Kg8 12. Ng5 $18) 9. Bh6 (9. f4 cxd4 {
Weiß hat keine Aussichten auf Vorteil.} 10. Ne2 (10. Nb1 Nc6 11. Nd2 Nc5 12.
Nf2 f6 $1 $15 13. exf6 Bxf6 14. Bh6 Bg7 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. h5 $6 g5 $1 17. h6+
Kh8 18. Qh5 gxf4 19. Nf3 e5 $17 {
Hector,J-Moskalenko,V/Copenhagen BSF 1995/CBM 46/0-1 (62)}) 10... Qa5+ 11. Qd2
(11. Kf2 f6 12. exf6 Nxf6) 11... Qxd2+ 12. Kxd2 Bb4+ 13. Kd1 f6 (13... Nc6 $6
14. h5 {und auch ohne Damen ist der Angriff gefährlich.}) 14. Bh6 (14. exf6
Nxf6 15. Nxd4) 14... fxe5 $1 (14... Re8 15. h5 $5 (15. exf6) 15... gxh5 (15...
fxe5 16. hxg6 e4 17. gxh7+ Kxh7 18. Ng5+ Kg8 $13) 16. Nf2 fxe5 17. Rxh5 $36)
15. Bxf8 Bxf8 {Für die Qualität hat Schwarz Kompensation. Die Partie bewegt
sich nun etwa im Gleichgewicht.} 16. Ng5 a6 (16... e4 $6 17. Bb5 Nc5 18. Nxd4)
17. fxe5 Nxe5 18. Nxd4 Nxd3 19. cxd3 e5 20. Nde6 Bd6 21. Rf1 Bxe6 (21... h6 $2
22. Nf7) 22. Nxe6 Nc6 23. a3 Re8 24. Ng5 Nd4 25. Rf7 Be7 26. Rf1 Nf5 27. Re1
Bf6 28. Nf3 e4 29. g4 Nd6 30. dxe4 dxe4 31. Ng5 h6 32. Nh3 Nc4 33. Ke2 Bxb2 34.
Rad1 Bxa3 35. Rd7 Re7 36. Rd8+ Kg7 37. g5 Ne5 38. Ra1 Bc5 39. Rd5 Nd3 40. Rf1
b6 41. Rd8 hxg5 42. Nxg5 a5 43. Ra8 Nb4 44. Raf8 Bd4 45. R1f7+ Rxf7 46. Rxf7+
Kg8 47. Rb7 Bf6 48. Rxb6 Nd5 49. Rd6 Nf4+ 50. Ke3 Be7 51. Rd7 Bxg5 52. hxg5 Ne6
53. Rd5 a4 54. Kxe4 a3 55. Ra5 a2 56. Ke5 Nxg5 57. Kf6 Nh7+ 58. Kxg6 Nf8+ 59.
Kf5 Kf7 60. Rxa2 Nd7 {1/2-1/2 Relange,E-Gurevich,M/Belfort 1997/CBM 062/[Knaak]
}) 9... Re8 10. Ng5 cxd4 11. Nxh7 dxc3 12. h5 g5 13. f4 cxb2 14. Rb1 Nc6 15.
fxg5 Qa5+ 16. Kf1 Ncxe5 17. g6 f6 18. Bd2 Qxa2 19. h6 Nxd3 20. cxd3 Qa3 21. Rh3
a5 22. Qh5 Qa1 23. Nxf6+ Bxf6 24. h7+ Kh8 25. g7+ Bxg7 26. Qxe8+ Nf8 27. Qxf8+
Bxf8 28. Bc3+ {1-0 Swiatek,B-Klimaszewski,D/Poznan 1998/EXT 2006}) (7. Qh5 c5
8. dxc5 Nc6 $2 (8... g6 9. Qh6 Nxe5) 9. f4 $1 Qa5 10. Bd3 g6 11. Qh6 Re8 (11...
d4 12. Bxe7 Nxe7 13. h5 Nf5 14. Bxf5 gxf5 15. Nf3 $18) 12. Bxe7 Rxe7 13. h5 Nf8
14. O-O-O $16 {Pieri,F-Wallyn,A/Paris-ch 1993/EXT 97/1-0 (67)}) (7. Qg4) 7...
a6 8. Bd3 h6 9. Qh5 Qe8 10. Bxh6 gxh6 11. Qxh6 f5 12. Ng5 Rf7 13. Qg6+ 1-0

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

aransandraseg
01-10-2009, 08:01 PM
Had a shocker scots college junior invitational. 4/7, on board 3. Really stuffed up. For some reason I am getting worse at lightning and blitz. Any advice.

Keep posting games.

Kevin Bonham
01-10-2009, 10:02 PM
I will be judging Aug-Sept entries tonight hopefully. If anyone wants to sneak a game played in September into the judging they'd better be fast, otherwise it can go into October's list.

Kevin Bonham
02-10-2009, 12:32 AM
Having considered the current entries in detail I have decided to leave entries for August-September open until Sunday 9 pm in case anyone has anything that they played in September they want to throw into the mix. A couple of the entries have fairly similar pluses and minuses and I just want to see if anyone wants to nominate a game with fewer minuses or bigger pluses. :D

aran, do you want me to take ratings and time control into account or not? (eg if a player is weaker do I cut them more slack for errors in their game?)

Kevin Bonham
04-10-2009, 08:52 PM
No further entries so Rincewind is the winner for this month.

Sarah's game is definitely the best played by the winner but a key stated criterion was "Remember the award is not for the best game from one players side but a good game from both players" and black's play in that game from the point Sarah leaves the book is dreadful. 7...a6 - waste of time, 8...h6 - obviously asking to be smashed by a sac whether the bishop can be left on g5 or not, 10...gxh6 - missing ...f5 which at least stays in the game. Really nice attack by Sarah, but does not qualify under the terms of the comp because black hardly did anything right after six book moves, except resign.

Kaitlin's game has some good passages, especially black's play from moves 29 through 34 that turns the tables (and then draws a massive blunder from white that loses a rook and the game which black wraps up with ease). However there are many tactical mistakes early in the game, especially around moves 12-14 in which the two sides take turns failing to recover the piece, failing to stay a piece up, failing to recover the piece (etc).

This leaves Rincewind's and Zwischenzug's games. Both of these are similar in that they are positionally interesting and instructive, and in both cases the opponent gets on top at some stages but eventually self-destructs. There's not a lot in it but I prefer Rincewind's game because his position at its worst is only struggling, and that shows the benefit of hanging in there, whereas I think if Black finds ...f4 earlier in Zwischenzug's game then Black has a very big advantage. Also while having a bad piece is part of Zwischenzug's opponent's demise, a bigger part is twice throwing material away to one-move threats. The manner of Barry's opponent's demise is subtler, albeit not by much (Black goes for a halfbaked attack in desperation but get cleaned up before it can connect.)

Pretty close though and if the rules said that the games should be judged handicap-style based on ratings and time limit I would have gone with Zwischenzug's, however they didn't.

Saragossa
04-10-2009, 09:09 PM
I've got my game for the next period. I'll post soon.

Rincewind
04-10-2009, 09:15 PM
No further entries so Rincewind is the winner for this month.

What is the prize? :)

Kevin Bonham
04-10-2009, 09:16 PM
What is the prize? :)

The punishment is being the judge for the next month. See post 1. :lol:

Rincewind
04-10-2009, 09:18 PM
The punishment is being the judge for the next month. See post 1. :lol:

Yeah, I could have guessed that! I guess I won't be submitting Cox-Kerr then.

Davidflude
05-10-2009, 09:26 AM
I finished two games on ICCF this morning. Alas neither is a contender. One opponent blundered a pawn before move 10. The other lost on time when I was better but nothing was clear.

Both players have to play well for a game to be a contendor.

Kevin Bonham
05-10-2009, 12:38 PM
Yeah, I could have guessed that! I guess I won't be submitting Cox-Kerr then.

Perhaps there should be a rule that if someone is disqualified from submitting a game in the month it was played by being a judge, they can submit that game in the next month.

Adamski
05-10-2009, 01:09 PM
Perhaps there should be a rule that if someone is disqualified from submitting a game in the month it was played by being a judge, they can submit that game in the next month.Yeah, that sounds a good rule. I'll see if I can play a game that's worth entering!

Capablanca-Fan
05-10-2009, 07:08 PM
Currently my favourite game. 15 min game played on FICS. I'm white. The lesson in this game is, when the opponent has a bad piece, trade everything else off and they will struggle in the endgame.
Another lesson: when up, why trade Ps when you can win them all for nothing (45.e3 instead of 45. Ke4 and even an eventual Rxe4. Also, try to play moves with more than one meaning, e.g. 35. Qc1 does everything that the game move 35. Qc2 does, but also leaves an option of swinging over to the g-file in some lines.

Capablanca-Fan
05-10-2009, 07:09 PM
Yeah, I could have guessed that! I guess I won't be submitting Cox-Kerr then.
Kasparov was a judge of the best game prize at the Manila Olympiad, 1992, but that didn't stop him entering a game.

Zwischenzug
05-10-2009, 07:11 PM
Another lesson: when up, why trade Ps when you can win them all for nothing (45.e3 instead of 45. Ke4 and even an eventual Rxe4. Also, try to play moves with more than one meaning, e.g. 35. Qc1 does everything that the game move 35. Qc2 does, but also leaves an option of swinging over to the g-file in some lines.

Ah, thanks for the advice Jono.

Rincewind
20-10-2009, 11:15 AM
Kasparov was a judge of the best game prize at the Manila Olympiad, 1992, but that didn't stop him entering a game.

At the present rate of entries I may have to stoop to Kasparov's tactics. ;)

aransandraseg
20-10-2009, 06:22 PM
HALL OF FAME :clap: :clap: :clap:
OCTOBER 2009 - Rincewind







The prize's are: being allowed to judge in the next comp. along with mr. Bonham (if he wants to). The other prize is being in the honurary hall of fame and the last prize is that I have to change my signature to rincewind is winner of the October 2009 game of the month competition. (I encourage others to do this)

Kevin Bonham
20-10-2009, 06:53 PM
The prize's are: being allowed to judge in the next comp. along with mr. Bonham (if he wants to).

Dr Bonham is out for this month. I just wanted to judge for one month to get it going and hopefully now I may manage to play a game worthy of entry at some stage!

aransandraseg
21-10-2009, 08:55 PM
Sorry DR Bohnam. This means Rincewind is judge. C'mon pplz get your entrys in.

Saragossa
21-10-2009, 10:13 PM
I have a game selected but I don't want to enter it just yet as I have a tournament on the weekend. So I'm reserving my game choice 'til I'm sure I have all the candidates.

aransandraseg
26-10-2009, 07:32 PM
C'mon ppl. Please show your games here.

Bereaved
29-10-2009, 04:10 AM
This may not have been the best game of the month, but it was a game I was well pleased with

Opinions?


1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 a6 8.a4 b6 9.O-O h6 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Rd1 b5 12.Bd3 b4 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Bxe4 Qc8 15.Bd2 c5 16.Bxb7 Qxb7 17.Rac1 Rc8 18.e4 cxd4 19.Rxc8+ Qxc8 20.Nxd4 Bc5 21.Rc1 Qb7 22.Nb3 Bd6 23.Na5 Qb8 24.Nc6 Bxh2+ 25.Kh1 Qd6 26.e5 Bxe5 27.Nxe5 O-O 28.Nxd7 Qxd7 29.Bxb4 Rb8 30.Bc3 Qxa4 31.Qe5

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Rincewind
29-10-2009, 07:17 AM
Any more entries?

Anyone who is struggling with the PGN format on the board can PM their game to me and I will post the entry by proxy.

Capablanca-Fan
29-10-2009, 07:20 PM
This may not have been the best game of the month, but it was a game I was well pleased with

Opinions?

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 a6 8.a4 b6 9.O-O h6 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Rd1 b5 12.Bd3 b4 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Bxe4 Qc8 15.Bd2 c5 16.Bxb7 Qxb7 17.Rac1 Rc8 18.e4 cxd4 19.Rxc8+ Qxc8 20.Nxd4 Bc5 21.Rc1 Qb7 22.Nb3 Bd6 23.Na5 Qb8 24.Nc6 Bxh2+ 25.Kh1 Qd6 26.e5 Bxe5 27.Nxe5 O-O 28.Nxd7 Qxd7 29.Bxb4 Rb8 30.Bc3 Qxa4 31.Qe5

Looks pretty good to me. Black lost time compared with the Meran with ...b6 then b5. The c-pawn was backward, so one idea is to try to prevent the freeing move ...c5, and the other is to allow it as per the game, exploiting the opening of lines before the opponent could castle. Then there was a little tactic to win a piece, exploiting the masked threat of skewering with Rc8+.

aransandraseg
31-10-2009, 08:19 AM
good work

Jesper Norgaard
31-10-2009, 11:09 AM
The following game just won me the Club Mercenarios Halloween tournament with 5½ out
of 6 (I had a half-point-bye in the first round). The time control was the "old" FIDE
90 minutes + 30 seconds per move. It is also a funny game because it is not often you
win with a striptease King-escape, here the motif was the unavoidable mate

[Event "Halloween Mercenarios"]
[Site "Club Mercenarios, Mexico City"]
[Date "2009-10-29"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Jesper Norgaard"]
[Black "Ricardo Ortega"]
[WhiteElo "2438"]
[BlackElo "2030"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O O-O {This unusual variation has in fact been played in a lot of games even at 2200 level} 10.Bd3 Bd7!? {Now we are truely on virgin land. I have seen the idea before, but not in this position} 11.Rhe1!? (11.e5?! dxe5 12.fxe5 Qxe5 13.Bf4 was an idea but it is not clear after 13...Qc5) 11...Nc6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.Qh3! (Black feared 13...h6 14.Bxh6 but 14.e5!? was also possible) 13...e5 14.Nd5!? Bxd5 15.exd5 g6 16.fxe5 dxe5? (16...Nxd5 was the move, we analyzed 17.Bh6 Rfe8 18.e6 Bf6 19.exf7+ Qxf7 20.Bc4 with a nasty pin, but maybe instead (19...Kxf7!?) is possible which stops Bc4 because of Qxc4) 17.d6! {Now the roof comes down, Black is lost} 17...Qxd6 18.Bxg6 Qe6 19.Bf5! Qxa2 20.Bxf6 Qa1+ 21.Kd2 Qa5+? (However there was not much hope left either in the more logical try 21...Rfd8+ 22.Ke3! and black has the unpleasant choice of 22...Bxf6 23.Rxa1 and 22...Bc5+ 23.Ke2 Qxd1+ 24.Rxd1) 22.Ke2 Qb5+ 23. Rd3!
... mate is unavoidable, main threat of course 24.Qxh7# so Black resigned after 1.5 hours play

aransandraseg
31-10-2009, 04:56 PM
GREAT WORK. 3 weeks to go till judging. Get your entries in.

Rincewind
31-10-2009, 05:06 PM
GREAT WORK. 3 weeks to go till judging. Get your entries in.

3 weeks?

aransandraseg
31-10-2009, 06:56 PM
yeah it has been a week.

Kevin Bonham
31-10-2009, 06:59 PM
Rincewind was actually the winner for September so October should ideally close today, unless there is a desire to allow a few more days for people to get their acts together.

Saragossa
31-10-2009, 07:07 PM
I'm having scoresheet (The game I selected was MArcus and I's game in the taz junior) issues. Neither of us have a copy and I can't reconstruct it very well. If I can have until the end of the week I could try an reconstruct it with Marcus's assitence and even then because of the blitz finish I imagine it will be some 20 moves short of complete.

aransandraseg
01-11-2009, 03:02 PM
Ok.

Rincewind
01-11-2009, 04:00 PM
I'll give people a few days to get games entered. Either post them here on PM them to me if you are having trouble using the PGN codes.

All the entries should be played in the month of October.

ElevatorEscapee
01-11-2009, 07:29 PM
I had the good fortune to be invited to the inaugural Eureka tournament in December 2008, which was restricted to current and former (such as myself) Ballarat Chess Club members (I had been a member as a junior back in 1990).

In round four, I found myself up against the reigning Ballarat club champ (and president), Patrick Cook.

Pat has been a good friend to me, and acted as a mentor back when I was a junior, (a role he has performed for others)... however, when it comes to over the board, there is no holding back! :D

White: approx 1600 ACF
Black: approx 1800 ACF

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 c5 4.c4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd3 Nb4 7.Qc3 dxc4 8.a3 Nd5 9.Qxc4 Bd7 10.Bd2 Rc8 11.Qb3 Bc5 12.Nc3 Ngf6 13.Bg2 Nxc3 14.Bxc3 O-O 15.O-O Bc6 16.Ne5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Nd5 18.Rac1 Qe7 19.Nf3 Rfd8 20.Rfd1 h6 21.e4 Nxc3 22.Rxd8+ Rxd8 23.Qxc3 Bb6 24.b4 Qd6 25.Rc2 Rd7 26.Qc8+ Kh7 27.Qc3 Qd3 28.Qc4 Qxa3 29.e5 Qd3 30.Qc8 Qb5 31.Rc4 g6 32.h4 Rd3 33.Rf4 Kg7 34.Qc2 Qd5 35.Qc8 Qd7 36.Qc4 a6 37.Qc2 Qd5 38.Qc8 Bd8 39.Qc2 g5 40.hxg5 hxg5 0-1

The opening was a bit strange, with both sides trying to get each other out of "book"... (I was facing a new position after White's 5th move).

Eventually I started gaining the upper hand, winning a pawn in the endgame with queens still on the board, but I still couldn't find a way to break through. (It's one thing to achieve a superior position against Pat, it's another thing to beat him!)

We reached the position after White's 35th move, and it was very difficult to me to see how to proceed. After shuffling pieces back and forward for a few moves, I couldn't see a way to maintain my aggressive position, whilst at the same time stop him from make threats against my king with 39.Qe8.

Eventually I found the move, 39... Bd8. This move goes against the grain of my thought processes as it seems to be a psychological concession, moving a piece from an attacking role (the bishop currently putting pressure on the White king's position) to a purely defensive one. However, it transforms the nature of the whole position - it stops all of White's counterplay and suddenly Black is able to pursue his attack (the bishop on d8 even joins in by protecting the g5 square).

Bd8 is not a move I would have even considered a couple of years earlier.

The lesson I picked up from this game is that when looking for a way to further an attack, sometimes the most aggressive move you can play is the the most defensive one. :)

Jesper Norgaard
02-11-2009, 02:42 AM
Bd8 is not a move I would have even considered a couple of years earlier.

The lesson I picked up from this game is that when looking for a way to further an attack, sometimes the most aggressive move you can play is the the most defensive one. :)

While I don't want to diminish the lesson learned from 38...Bd8 (quite often the "most aggressive" is the "most effective" and so regrouping backwards, sidewards etc. is often worth to consider), I would say that black can just go ahead and play the game continuation right away to utilize the powerful bind on the knight with 38...g5! 39.hxg5,hxg5 40.Rf6,Rxf3! 41.Rxf3,g4 42.Qc3,gxf3+ 43.Qxf3,Qxf3+ 44.Kxf3,Bd4 with quite a hopeless ending for white.

Jesper Norgaard
02-11-2009, 03:03 AM
I guess I didn't say anything in my game against Ricardo Ortega about lessons learned. I must admit I think I didn't learn anything. But Ricardo should take the opportunity to learn when to use time and when not, because the biggest conceptual mistakes he made with 16...dxe5? (16...Nxd5 was the move) and 18...Qe6? (18...Qxd1+ was the move) he made the moves instantly as a reply to my move, as if they were forced moves, while they were in fact blunders. The last one didn't matter so much since he was already lost, but still it is important to learn when a move is in fact forced and so can be moved instantly, and when there might be hidden alternatives. On the contrary at my best moves 17.d6! and 19.Bf5! I still used a lot of time to double-check variations before making them even though I had these moves prepared as my probable response at the moment he moved. In a classic game, use your thinking time wisely, please. Not too little, not too much.

The better move 18...Qxd1+ I analyzed to winning positions this way 19.Rxd1,fxg6 (19...hxg6? 20.Qh4!,Kg7 21.Rf1+-) 20.Qe6+,Rf7 21.Bxf6,Bxf6 22.Rd7,Raf8 23.Rxb7! (with a demolished queens side, no wonder, since the queen is not there anymore!) but still black can try and push the e-pawn so it is not as easy as the game continuation.

Saragossa
02-11-2009, 09:06 PM
Won't keep you huys waiting. The reconstruction mission was a failure. I apologise perhaps I'll get something good from the November rapid.

Jesper Norgaard
03-11-2009, 03:03 AM
Won't keep you guys waiting. The reconstruction mission was a failure. I apologise perhaps I'll get something good from the November rapid.
Too bad it wasn't on video, Saragossa ;) better luck next time.

michael.mcguirk
04-11-2009, 11:09 AM
I don't like double posting, but just realised this :) So I'll throw it in here. http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10982

aransandraseg
12-11-2009, 09:04 PM
:D Great it is finally taking off. I won't enter this one cause I haven't played recently. Well I have but I have een playing crap. WIll wait till december

Tony Dowden
14-11-2009, 03:50 PM
I had the good fortune to be invited to the inaugural Eureka tournament in December 2008, which was restricted to current and former (such as myself) Ballarat Chess Club members (I had been a member as a junior back in 1990) ... In round four, I found myself up against the reigning Ballarat club champ (and president), Patrick Cook ... White: approx 1600 ACF Black: approx 1800 ACF

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 c5 4.c4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd3 Nb4 7.Qc3 dxc4 8.a3 Nd5 9.Qxc4 Bd7 10.Bd2 Rc8 11.Qb3 Bc5 12.Nc3 Ngf6 13.Bg2 Nxc3 14.Bxc3 O-O 15.O-O Bc6 16.Ne5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Nd5 18.Rac1 Qe7 19.Nf3 Rfd8 20.Rfd1 h6 21.e4 Nxc3 22.Rxd8+ Rxd8 23.Qxc3 Bb6 24.b4 Qd6 25.Rc2 Rd7 26.Qc8+ Kh7 27.Qc3 Qd3 28.Qc4 Qxa3 29.e5 Qd3 30.Qc8 Qb5 31.Rc4 g6 32.h4 Rd3 33.Rf4 Kg7 34.Qc2 Qd5 35.Qc8 Qd7 36.Qc4 a6 37.Qc2 Qd5 38.Qc8 Bd8 39.Qc2 g5 40.hxg5 hxg5 0-1


It looks like Jesper's 38...g5! line is convincing as White doesn't have time to try for a perpetual by saccing on f7.

In addition 7...d4 looks pretty enticing. I think Black has good chances of seizing the initiative because White can't capture on d4 (either once or twice) due to the N fork on c2.

Alexrules01
29-11-2009, 10:52 AM
Just played this game, and im very proud of it :D



Alexrules01 (1571) - rehamm (1716)
Rated game, 5m + 0s Main Playing Hall, 29.11.2009

1.d4 b6 2.c4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 c5 5.d5 e5 6.Bd3 d6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Be3 Ngf6 10.Nh4 0-0 11.Nf5 Re8 12.Nb5 Nf8 13.Qf3 Ng6 14.h4 a6 15.Nc3 Nf8 16.Qg3 g6 17.Nh6+ Kg7 18.f4 Nh5 19.Qg4 Bc8 20.Nf5+ Kh8 21.fxe5 dxe5 22.Bh6 gxf5 23.Qxh5 f4 24.Qxf7 Bf6 25.d6 Bg4 26.Nd5 rehamm resigns rehamm resigns 1-0

Forgot to add the lesson learnt
I was with my coach yesterday, and he said that I know how to move he peices into good positions, but can't take advantage after. I think that this game showcases what I am missing in my games

Igor_Goldenberg
29-11-2009, 08:26 PM
Nice win, especially the finish. I took a liberty to add few comments:

1.d4 b6 2.c4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 c5? (4...Bb4 is in the spirit of the opening) 5.d5 e5 6.Bd3 (immediate 6.f4 is good, black can't control e5) 6...d6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Be3 Ngf6 10.Nh4 0-0 11.Nf5 Re8 12.Nb5 Nf8 13.Qf3 Ng6 14.h4 a6 15.Nc3 Nf8 16.Qg3 g6 17.Nh6+ Kg7 18.f4??! (positionally sound, but tactically wrong) 18...Nh5 19.Qg4? (19.Qf3 is a must, after 19...Kxh6 20.fxe5+ Kg7 21.Qxf7+ Kh8 22.e6 white has an excellent compensation for a piece. After 19...exf4 20.Bxf4 Nxf4 21.Of4 f6 22.Ng4 white is slightly better)19...Bc8 (black can play 19...Kxh6 with extra piece) 20.Nf5+ Kh8 21.fxe5 dxe5 22.Bh6 gxf5 (unforced) 23.Qxh5 f4 24.Qxf7 Bf6 25.d6 (aestheticly I like this move, but...) 25...Bg4? (25...Be6 allows to recapture d6 pawn and to hold position) 26.Nd5 rehamm resigns rehamm resigns 1-0

Alexrules01
29-11-2009, 08:56 PM
Thanks Igor for the annotations

The 19.Qf3 looks good. I missed Qxf7 when I was finding a place for my queen :)

With d6, probably with more time I may have chosen a different move, but being a 5 minute game, having less time I just wanted to make it ugly :P

Igor_Goldenberg
29-11-2009, 09:19 PM
Thanks Igor for the annotations

The 19.Qf3 looks good. I missed Qxf7 when I was finding a place for my queen :)

With d6, probably with more time I may have chosen a different move, but being a 5 minute game, having less time I just wanted to make it ugly :P

I did not realise it was a blitz game, my apologies.
IMO blitz should never be judged on the same level as "slow" games.

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2009, 09:24 PM
IMO blitz should never be judged on the same level as "slow" games.

Agreed.

Generally if people want to play something that is actually worth analysing afterwards they should play 15 mins bare minimum, ideally considerably longer.

Alexrules01
29-11-2009, 09:30 PM
I did not realise it was a blitz game, my apologies.
IMO blitz should never be judged on the same level as "slow" games.

Yea sorry, it was one of the best games ive played in a while though :P

I do agree with you Kevin, I only use short games for openings, usually

Igor_Goldenberg
30-11-2009, 10:31 AM
What I meant is that blitz games should never be judged harshly.

Capablanca-Fan
02-12-2009, 02:58 PM
Non-blitz Internet game:
Jono v yogiOK (1957)

1. d4 e6
2. c4 f5
3. g3 Nf6
4. Bg2 Be7
5. Nf3 O-O
6. O-O d6
7. Nc3 Nc6?
8. d5 Nb8
9. dxe6 Bxe6
10. Nd5 Bxd5?
11. cxd5 h6
12. Nd4 Qd7
13. Qc2 Ng4
14. Bd2 Na6
15. Rac1 Rac8
16. h3 Ne5
17. f4 c5
18. Ne6 Nf7
19. Nxf8 Rxf8
20. Bc3 b5
21. b3 b4
22. Bb2 Re8
23. Rce1 Nc7
24. Kh2 h5
25. e4 fxe4
26. Bxe4 h4
27. g4 Nh6
28. g5 Nf7
29. Bh7+ Kf8
30. Qg6 Nh8 [there was no defence]
31. Qxg7#

Lessons: that weak square e6 became a most welcome outpost for a N when the defending B was gone. Even sacrificing the exchange to get rid of it didn't solve any problems. Also, Ps a knight's move apart can take away lots of squares from enemy Ns—Look at Black's miserable Ns on c7 and f7.

Adamski
27-04-2010, 11:47 PM
Jonathan Adams v Marek Baterowicz:
The power of the pin is demonstrated at the end!
I will annotate more fully tomorrow night, unless someone beats me to it. I am sure the exchange sac was sound and after 29 Nxd7 it's simply winning for White.
Event: norths Reserves A
Site: ?
Date: 2010.04.27
Round: 2
White: J. Adams
Black: Marek Baterowicz
Result: 1-0
ECO: A84
WhiteElo: 1521
BlackElo: 1656
PlyCount: 65

1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Qe7 6. a3 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 O-O 8.
Bg2 a5 9. O-O Ng4 10. h3 Nh6 11. Qc2 Nc6 12. d5 Nd8 13. e4 f4 14. g4 e5 15. g5
Nhf7 16. h4 d6 17. b4 b6 18. Kh2 Bg4 19. Rg1 Qd7 20. Rac1 axb4 21. axb4 Nb7 22.
Qb2 h6 23. c5 bxc5 24. bxc5 Nxc5 25. g6 Nh8 26. Rxc5 dxc5 27. Nxe5 Qc8 28. f3
Bd7 29. Nxd7 Qxd7 30. Bh3 Qe7 31. Be6+ Nf7 32. gxf7+ Rxf7 33. Qxg7# 1-0

Bereaved
28-04-2010, 01:43 AM
That is a really nice game adamski, with a cute end. Black's exchange of the dark squared bishops looks strategically suspect to me, generally something black should avoid rather than initiate.

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Adamski
28-04-2010, 06:16 AM
Thanks macavity.
Here is what Fritz 12 said:
Event: norths Reserves A
Site: ?
Date: 2010.04.27
Round: 2
White: J. Adams
Black: Marek Baterowicz
Result: 1-0
ECO: A84
WhiteElo: 1521
BlackElo: 1656
Annotator: Fritz 12 (30s)
PlyCount: 65

{A84: Dutch Defence: 2 c4 Miscellaneous} 1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3
Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Qe7 6. a3 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 O-O (7... b6 8. Bg2 Bb7 9. O-O O-O 10. Qc2
d6 11. Rfc1 Nbd7 12. b4 c5 13. bxc5 dxc5 14. e3 g6 15. a4 Ne4 16. a5 Nxd2 17.
Qxd2 Rfd8 18. axb6 axb6 19. Rxa8 Rxa8 20. Qb2 cxd4 21. exd4 Qa3 22. Qxa3 {
Delalee,P (1878)-Dionisi,T (2019)/Le Grand Bornand 2007/CBM 118 ext/1/2-1/2
(40)}) 8. Bg2 a5 $146 (8... d6 9. O-O e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. e3 c5 12. Qc2 Nc6
13. Rad1 Bd7 14. Nb1 e4 15. Nfd2 Ne5 16. Nc3 Bc6 17. f3 exf3 18. Bxf3 Nxf3+ 19.
Nxf3 Qxe3+ 20. Qf2 Ng4 21. Qxe3 Nxe3 22. Ne5 Nxd1 23. Rxd1 {Lang,A-Sauer,F/
Ottenau 2005/CBM 105 ext/0-1 (38)}) (8... d6 $5 $11) 9. O-O $14 Ng4 (9... d6
10. Re1 $14) 10. h3 Nh6 11. Qc2 Nc6 12. d5 Nd8 13. e4 f4 14. g4 e5 15. g5 {
White threatens to win material: g5xh6} (15. c5 $142 $16) 15... Nhf7 $11 16. h4
d6 (16... b6 17. Qa4 $11) 17. b4 b6 18. Kh2 (18. c5 bxc5 19. bxc5 Ba6 20. cxd6
cxd6 $11 (20... Nxd6 $143 21. Rfc1 $16)) 18... Bg4 19. Rg1 (19. Kg1 $11) 19...
Qd7 (19... h6 20. g6 Nh8 21. Bh3 Bxh3 22. Kxh3 axb4 23. h5 $15) 20. Rac1 (20.
c5 $5 $14) 20... axb4 (20... Nb7 21. Qc3 $11) 21. axb4 $11 Nb7 22. Qb2 h6 23.
c5 bxc5 24. bxc5 Nxc5 25. g6 (25. Rxc5 $142 dxc5 26. g6 $15) 25... Nh8 $4 {
Black is ruining his position} (25... Nd3 $142 26. gxf7+ Qxf7 $17) 26. Rxc5 $16
dxc5 27. Nxe5 Qc8 (27... Qe7 $5 28. Nxg4 Nxg6 $16) 28. f3 $18 Bd7 $4 {Black
falls apart} (28... Qd8 29. fxg4 Qxh4+ 30. Bh3 Rfb8 $18) 29. Nxd7 Qxd7 30. Bh3
Qe7 (30... Rfb8 {the only chance to get some counterplay} 31. Qxb8+ {Decoy: f7} Rxb8 32. Bxd7 Rb2) 31. Be6+ Nf7 32. gxf7+ Rxf7 33. Qxg7# 1-0

I see some symbols don't translate. Will attack that later...

Kevin Bonham
28-04-2010, 03:45 PM
Sparkling finish and a nice game to play through. Yes I agree that the exchange sac was definitely sound and after 28...Bd7? it is all over. Black could instead try ...Qd8 giving up the bishop for the h-pawn but while the position is rather messy, white is still most likely winning.

25...Nh8 is a critical error. The knight on h8 fails to provide the king with room (and later has to pay the price itself on f7) and fails to defend against Be6. Black would have thought he was attacking the g-pawn and would not have realised he has no time. If 25....Nd8 26.Rxc5 then instead of accepting the rook, ...Bxf3 is good, taking some sting out of the white attack. Black won't be able to stay a pawn up indefinitely but if he is careful he should be able to draw.

Another option of sorts for black is the line given by Fritz 12, 25...Nd3. This gives up both knights for a rook and two pawns but black gets very tied down defending his bad c-pawn and in my view cannot claim an advantage whatever the computer says otherwise.

Garrett
28-04-2010, 05:53 PM
Non-blitz Internet game:
Jono v yogiOK (1957)

1. d4 e6
2. c4 f5
3. g3 Nf6
4. Bg2 Be7
5. Nf3 O-O
6. O-O d6
7. Nc3 Nc6?
8. d5 Nb8
9. dxe6 Bxe6
10. Nd5 Bxd5?
11. cxd5 h6
12. Nd4 Qd7
13. Qc2 Ng4
14. Bd2 Na6
15. Rac1 Rac8
16. h3 Ne5
17. f4 c5
18. Ne6 Nf7
19. Nxf8 Rxf8
20. Bc3 b5
21. b3 b4
22. Bb2 Re8
23. Rce1 Nc7
24. Kh2 h5
25. e4 fxe4
26. Bxe4 h4
27. g4 Nh6
28. g5 Nf7
29. Bh7+ Kf8
30. Qg6 Nh8 [there was no defence]
31. Qxg7#

Lessons: that weak square e6 became a most welcome outpost for a N when the defending B was gone. Even sacrificing the exchange to get rid of it didn't solve any problems. Also, Ps a knight's move apart can take away lots of squares from enemy Ns—Look at Black's miserable Ns on c7 and f7.

Missed this one when you originally posted it.

That's a crush... ha ha

Garrett
28-04-2010, 06:06 PM
yeah good game Adamski !

Igor_Goldenberg
28-04-2010, 10:05 PM
Excellent combination (starting 23.c5!)

Adamski
28-04-2010, 10:25 PM
That is a really nice game adamski, with a cute end. Black's exchange of the dark squared bishops looks strategically suspect to me, generally something black should avoid rather than initiate.

Take care and God Bless, MacavityI was never unhappy in this game, starting from when he swapped off the B's which I thought just lost time. After he lost more time repositioning his N from f6 to h6 I felt I must be better and I always had the thought of c5. Of course, as Igor notes, it was much better delayed to when it was played. I liked the potency of my Queen on b2!

Adamski
28-04-2010, 10:30 PM
Missed this one when you originally posted it.

That's a crush... ha ha

Just noticed Jono and I both played the strong Qxg7 mate!!! (My opponent did not at first realise it was mate even though I said "mate". Then after acouple of seconds he said "Oh, its pinned!"

Igor_Goldenberg
29-04-2010, 10:13 AM
Just noticed Jono and I both played the strong Qxg7 mate!!!
Indeed, checkmate is always a very strong move! :D :D

MichaelBaron
29-04-2010, 11:47 AM
Jono, it was a very nice finish:clap:

I do not like some of your positional decisions earlier on in the game..but the finish is brilliant.

road runner
29-04-2010, 08:35 PM
My GOTM. In retrospect I shouldn't have allowed 21. Ne5 but other than that I think I did OK. Only played 2 games, so...

[Event "Redcliffe Chess Club Rapid 20m + 10s"]
[Date "2010.04.22"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Truscott, Tony"]
[Black "Thomas, Brian"]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. e3 b6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nc3 Bb7 9. b3 Nbd7 10. Bb2 Nc5 11. d4 Nce4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Rc1 Ba6 14. Re1 Bb4 15. Qc2 Bxe1 16. Nxe1 Qf6 17. Bxe4 dxe4 18. Qxe4 Rfe8 19. Qf4 Qg6 20. Nf3 Bb7 21. Ne5 Qh5 22. g4 Qh3 23. Qxf7+ Kh8 24. d5 Rxe5 25. Bxe5 Qxg4+ 26. Kf1 Ba6+ 27. Rc4 Bxc4+ 28. bxc4 Qxc4+ 29. Ke1 Qb4+ 30. Kf1 Qb1+ 31. Kg2 Qe4+ 32. Qf3 Qxe5 33. d6 Rd8 34. d7 Qd6 35. a4 Qxd7 36. a5 Qd5 37. axb6 Qxf3+ 38. Kxf3 cxb6 0-1 {after queening and mating with Q + R}

Garrett
30-04-2010, 07:07 AM
ha ha ha

Did it really go to mate ?

Igor_Goldenberg
30-04-2010, 09:19 AM
Jonathan Adams v Marek Baterowicz:
The power of the pin is demonstrated at the end!
I will annotate more fully tomorrow night, unless someone beats me to it. I am sure the exchange sac was sound and after 29 Nxd7 it's simply winning for White.
Event: norths Reserves A
Site: ?
Date: 2010.04.27
Round: 2
White: J. Adams
Black: Marek Baterowicz
Result: 1-0
ECO: A84
WhiteElo: 1521
BlackElo: 1656
PlyCount: 65

1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Qe7 6. a3 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 O-O 8.
Bg2 a5 9. O-O Ng4 10. h3 Nh6 11. Qc2 Nc6 12. d5 Nd8 13. e4 f4 14. g4 e5 15. g5
Nhf7 16. h4 d6 17. b4 b6 18. Kh2 Bg4 19. Rg1 Qd7 20. Rac1 axb4 21. axb4 Nb7 22.
Qb2 h6 23. c5 bxc5 24. bxc5 Nxc5 25. g6 Nh8 26. Rxc5 dxc5 27. Nxe5 Qc8 28. f3
Bd7 29. Nxd7 Qxd7 30. Bh3 Qe7 31. Be6+ Nf7 32. gxf7+ Rxf7 33. Qxg7# 1-0
What about 25...Nd8?

Adamski
30-04-2010, 11:35 AM
I have put Fritz 12 on infinite analysis after 25 g6. So far it is looking good for White too. I'll post what it comes up with later.(Working from home today.)

I am surprised that infinite analysis did not find 23 c5! It came up with 23 gxh6 (?) after which there are no winning combinations! Gives White only a slight plus. I thought a recent engine would do better than that!:confused:

Adamski
30-04-2010, 12:16 PM
Fritz 12 came up with the line Kevin mentioned. 26 Rxc5 Bxf3 then best is 27 Rc3 it thinks. Long line ends up approx equal!

road runner
30-04-2010, 12:34 PM
ha ha ha

Did it really go to mate ?

yup

Kevin Bonham
30-04-2010, 06:40 PM
I am surprised that infinite analysis did not find 23 c5! It came up with 23 gxh6 (?) after which there are no winning combinations! Gives White only a slight plus. I thought a recent engine would do better than that!:confused:

It is very slow to smell the coffee in positions where there is long term compensation. A lot of those lines have a very weak black pawn that can be held for a long time but must eventually fall. I also find that infinite analysis does not work as well on Fritz as trying a few lines back and forth, keying in some key moves and forcing it to examine them all a few moves down the track. This is one reason why in freestyle, even a weak human player making judicious use of the computer's strengths should beat a computer just left on infinite analysis for a similar amount of time.

Adamski
30-04-2010, 08:26 PM
It is very slow to smell the coffee in positions where there is long term compensation. A lot of those lines have a very weak black pawn that can be held for a long time but must eventually fall. I also find that infinite analysis does not work as well on Fritz as trying a few lines back and forth, keying in some key moves and forcing it to examine them all a few moves down the track. This is one reason why in freestyle, even a weak human player making judicious use of the computer's strengths should beat a computer just left on infinite analysis for a similar amount of time.
Thanks Kevin. I have been using the approach you recommend a bit now. No refutation yet!

Kevin Bonham
30-04-2010, 10:09 PM
I don't think 23.c5! wins. What it does do is complicate, provoke and give black chances to go wrong at no real risk since only a pawn is invested and black will never keep it.

Igor_Goldenberg
01-05-2010, 08:55 PM
I'd say after 22nd move white is better, mostly because of superior placement of minor pieces and advance on queen side. 22...h6 is an error (weakening e5 square), but it becomes evident only after brilliant 23.c5!
It does not win by force, but white's advantage becomes very significance.
After 22.Qb2 estimation is +=, after 23.c5! it's +-, after 25...Nh8 it's +/-.

Adamski
01-05-2010, 11:04 PM
I'd say after 22nd move white is better, mostly because of superior placement of minor pieces and advance on queen side. 22...h6 is an error (weakening e5 square), but it becomes evident only after brilliant 23.c5!
It does not win by force, but white's advantage becomes very significance.
After 22.Qb2 estimation is +=, after 23.c5! it's +-, after 25...Nh8 it's +/-.Thanks for that, IM Igor. I can't disagree with that! It's a pity that I don't play such combinations more often!

Adamski
02-05-2010, 10:47 AM
This I expect won't work as PGN but so many funny symbols came through in the annotated version that I have clarified them below for clarity (as promised when I first posted this annotation). I have also added some extra Fritz findings after move 23.

Here is what Fritz 12 said:
Event: norths Reserves A
Site: norths Chess Club, Cammeray, NSW
Date: 2010.04.27
Round: 2
White: Jonathan Adams
Black: Marek Baterowicz
Result: 1-0
ECO: A84
WhiteElo: 1521
BlackElo: 1656
Annotator: Fritz 12 (30s)
PlyCount: 65
(And referring back to post 1: Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move for whole game.)

{A84: Dutch Defence: 2 c4 Miscellaneous} 1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Qe7 6. a3 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 O-O (7... b6 8. Bg2 Bb7 9. O-O O-O 10. Qc2 d6 11. Rfc1 Nbd7 12. b4 c5 13. bxc5 dxc5 14. e3 g6 15. a4 Ne4 16. a5 Nxd2 17. Qxd2 Rfd8 18. axb6 axb6 19. Rxa8 Rxa8 20. Qb2 cxd4 21. exd4 Qa3 22. Qxa3 { Delalee,P (1878)-Dionisi,T (2019)/Le Grand Bornand 2007/CBM 118 ext/1/2-1/2 (40)}) 8. Bg2 a5 N (8... d6 9. O-O e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. e3 c5 12. Qc2 Nc6 13. Rad1 Bd7 14. Nb1 e4 15. Nfd2 Ne5 16. Nc3 Bc6 17. f3 exf3 18. Bxf3 Nxf3+ 19. Nxf3 Qxe3+ 20. Qf2 Ng4 21. Qxe3 Nxe3 22. Ne5 Nxd1 23. Rxd1 {Lang,A-Sauer,F/ Ottenau 2005/CBM 105 ext/0-1 (38)}) (8... d6 !? =) 9. O-O { slight plus for White} Ng4 (9... d6 10. Re1 { slight plus for White}) 10. h3 Nh6 11. Qc2 Nc6 12. d5 Nd8 13. e4 f4 14. g4 e5 15. g5 { White threatens to win material: g5xh6} (15. c5!? { plus for White}) 15... Nhf7 = 16. h4 d6 (16... b6 17. Qa4 =) 17. b4 b6 18. Kh2 (18. c5 bxc5 19. bxc5 Ba6 20. cxd6 cxd6 = (20... Nxd6 43 21. Rfc1 { plus for White})) 18... Bg4 19. Rg1 (19. Kg1 = {But why move the King back ater moving it to h2 to free g1 for the R? JA}) 19... Qd7 (19... h6 20. g6 Nh8 21. Bh3 Bxh3 22. Kxh3 axb4 23. h5 { slight plus for Black}) 20. Rac1 (20. c5!? { slight plus for White - must definitely be considered}) 20... axb4 (20... Nb7 21. Qc3 =) 21. axb4 = Nb7 22. Qb2 h6 23. c5! {added in - not Fritz 12. JA} bxc5 24. bxc5 Nxc5 25. g6 (25. Rxc5 42 dxc5 26. g6 { slight plus for Black}) 25... Nh8?? { Black is ruining his position} (25... Nd3 42 26. gxf7+ Qxf7 { slight plus for Black - arguable}) 26. Rxc5! {plus for White} dxc5 27. Nxe5 Qc8 (27... Qe7 28. Nxg4 Nxg6 29 Bh3 { plus for White}) 28. f3 +- Bd7? {Black falls apart. But how else could Black save the game?} (28... Qd8 29. fxg4 Qxh4+ 30. Bh3 Rfb8 +-) 29. Nxd7 Qxd7 30. Bh3 Qe7? { now forced win for White} (30... Rfb8 {the only chance to get some counterplay} 31. Qxb8+ {Decoy: f7} Rxb8 32. Bxd7 Rb2 33. Rg2 Ng6 34. Rg6 Rd2 35. Kh3 Rd1 36. Rc6 +-) 31. Be6+ Nf7 32. gxf7+ Rxf7 33. Qxg7# 1-0

Zwischenzug
24-05-2010, 11:52 PM
Not sure where to put this, here seems to be a good spot. Though I lost, it was an interesting game for me,

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2010.05.24"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Zwischenzug"]
[Black "gbassi"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1542"]
[BlackElo "2114"]
[ECO "E27"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 O-O 6.f3 c5 7.e4 h6 8.
Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 cxd4 10.cxd4 e5 11.d5 Nb8 12.Ng3 d6 13.Bd3 Na6 14.Qd2 Kh7 15.Qf2 b6 16.O-O Nc5 17.Be2 (In hindsight, 17.Bc2 would have been a little better.) 17...Qe7 18.a4 Bd7 19.a5 Rfb8 20.Bd1 b5 21.f4 (Actually an oversight by me not a pawn sac) 21...Ncxe4 22.Nxe4 Nxe4 23.Bc2 f5 24.Bxe4 fxe4 25.fxe5 (25.f5 would have been better) 25...Qxe5 26.Bd4 Qg5 27.Kh1 bxc4 28.Bxa7 Rf8 29.Qe3 Qxd5 30.Rfd1 Qe5 31.Bd4 Qf5 32.Qg3 Rf7 33.Bc3 (Why didn't I play 33.Qxd6? Perhaps the queen would be a little out of place.) 33...d5 34.h3 Bc6 35.Qd6 Qg6 36.Rxd5 Bxd5 37.Qxd5 Raf8 38.Qxc4 Rf2 39.g4 e3 40.Bd4? (Walking into forced mate.) 40...Qe4+ 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
25-05-2010, 01:04 AM
Not sure where to put this, here seems to be a good spot. Though I lost, it was an interesting game for me,

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2010.05.24"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Zwischenzug"]

[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1542"]
[BlackElo "2114"]
[ECO "E27"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 O-O 6.f3 c5 7.e4 h6 8.
Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 cxd4 [[B]A serious error, undoubling the pawns and opening the lines for the B-pair] 10.cxd4 e5 11.d5 Nb8 12.Ng3 d6 13.Bd3 {13. c5 would be much better for White, making a protected passed Pd5, and on the opposite colour of your unopposed B. It would also stop the annoying blockade} 13... Na6 14.Qd2 Kh7 15.Qf2 b6 16.O-O Nc5 17.Be2 (In hindsight, 17.Bc2 would have been a little better. And in foresight: here, two squares orthogonally from a N is quite dominating, preventing the N from advancing.) 17...Qe7 18.a4 Bd7 19.a5 Rfb8 20.Bd1 b5 21.f4 (Actually an oversight by me not a pawn sac) 21...Ncxe4 22.Nxe4 {[B]might have worked without this exchange that frees Black's f-pawn for support, e.g. 23. Bc2 exf4 24. Qxf4 Re8 25. Bd4 Kg8 26. Rae1} 22... Nxe4 23.Bc2 f5 24.Bxe4 fxe4 25.fxe5 (25.f5 would have been better) 25...Qxe5 26.Bd4 Qg5 27.Kh1 bxc4 28.Bxa7 Rf8 29.Qe3 Qxd5 30.Rfd1 Qe5 31.Bd4 Qf5 32.Qg3 Rf7 33.Bc3 (Why didn't I play 33.Qxd6? Perhaps the queen would be a little out of place.) 33...d5 34.h3 Bc6 35.Qd6 Qg6 36.Rxd5 Bxd5 37.Qxd5 Raf8 38.Qxc4 Rf2 39.g4 e3 40.Bd4? (Walking into forced mate.) 40...Qe4+ 0-1
Notes above in bold.

Zwischenzug
25-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Thanks for the comments Jono.

Garrett
02-07-2010, 09:33 AM
Okay here is my effort for July.

I started playing online turned based chess at chess.com a month ago and this is my best win so-far, and the only one where their analysis service didn't find too many glaring errors on my part.

This game illustrates the danger of the grand prix attack with Bc4 instead of Bb5, the white light squared bishop can find itself out of play.

The analysis is provided by chess.com's (convenient but perhaps slightly dodgy) analysis service.

My opponent is around my strength and currently stands better in our other game.



[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2010.06.07"]
[White "am5"]
[Black "Garrett_Lester"]
[ECO "B23"]
[ChesscomGameID "31674213"]
[Annotator "Chess.com Computer Analysis"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1908"]
[BlackElo "1941"]
[TimeControl "1 in 2 days"]
1. e4 c5
2. Nc3 Nc6
3. f4 g6
4. Nf3 Bg7
5. Bc4 e6
6. d3 Nge7
7. O-O d5
8. exd5 exd5
9. Bb3 O-O
10. Qe1 a6
11. Kh1 b5
12. a3 c4
13. Ba2 Re8
14. Qh4 Qd7
15. Bd2 Nf5
16. Qf2 Bb7{(-0.65) ALTERNATIVE - You slipped from a better position to an equal one. You should have played 16... Rb8}
17. Rae1 Ncd4
18. Nxd4 Bxd4
19. Rxe8+ {(-2.07) MISTAKE - Your opponent made a mistake! Better was 19. Qf3} Rxe8
20. Qf3 Bxc3
21. bxc3 d4
22. Qf2 cxd3
23. cxd3 dxc3
24. Bxc3 Qxd3
{ BLACK WINS - Play might have continued...
CONTINUATION (-2.29) 24... Qxd3 25. Rc1 Re2 26. Re1 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 Ne3 28. Kg1 Be4 29. Bb4 Nxg2 30. Qd2 Qxd2 31. Bxd2 Nh4 32. Kf2 Nf5 33. Bc3 )
0-1}

Igor_Goldenberg
02-07-2010, 10:43 AM
It shows danger of delaying f5, which white should've played on move 6.

Garrett
02-07-2010, 01:57 PM
It shows danger of delaying f5, which white should've played on move 6.

I'm not going to argue with you (I agree with your point) but me and my database say the best place for the white light squared bishop in this variation is sitting in the box next to black's queen knight.

Good luck in Adelaide.

cheers
Garrett.

Capablanca-Fan
02-07-2010, 02:00 PM
I'm not going to argue with you (I agree with your point) but me and my database say the best place for the white light squared bishop in this variation is sitting in the box next to black's queen knight.

Good luck in Adelaide.

cheers
Garrett.
I think the Grand Prix is no threat to Black. Certainly the whole point is the early sacrifice 6.f5, otherwise the whole thing is pointless. That light squared B would have been better in the box as you say rather than cut off like that. But the problem for White is that Black doesn't have to accept the sac, but can continue 6... Nge7 and d5 anyway.

Tony Dowden
06-03-2011, 08:24 PM
Jonathan Adams v Marek Baterowicz:
The power of the pin is demonstrated at the end!
I will annotate more fully tomorrow night, unless someone beats me to it. I am sure the exchange sac was sound and after 29 Nxd7 it's simply winning for White.
Event: norths Reserves A
Site: ?
Date: 2010.04.27
Round: 2
White: J. Adams
Black: Marek Baterowicz
Result: 1-0
ECO: A84
WhiteElo: 1521
BlackElo: 1656
PlyCount: 65

1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Qe7 6. a3 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 O-O 8.
Bg2 a5 9. O-O Ng4 10. h3 Nh6 11. Qc2 Nc6 12. d5 Nd8 13. e4 f4 14. g4 e5 15. g5
Nhf7 16. h4 d6 17. b4 b6 18. Kh2 Bg4 19. Rg1 Qd7 20. Rac1 axb4 21. axb4 Nb7 22.
Qb2 h6 23. c5 bxc5 24. bxc5 Nxc5 25. g6 Nh8 26. Rxc5 dxc5 27. Nxe5 Qc8 28. f3
Bd7 29. Nxd7 Qxd7 30. Bh3 Qe7 31. Be6+ Nf7 32. gxf7+ Rxf7 33. Qxg7# 1-0

Nice game Jonathan! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Basil
06-03-2011, 10:12 PM
Nice game Jonathan! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Seconded.

Garrett
06-03-2011, 10:29 PM
and hereby awarded first place for whatever month this is.

Congratulations :clap:

Kevin Bonham
06-03-2011, 10:37 PM
Seems the concept largely folded for a shortage of judging action.

Adamski
07-03-2011, 06:54 PM
and hereby awarded first place for whatever month this is.

Congratulations :clap:
Thanks - but it is about time I played another decent game(s). Hoping the Sydney International Challengers will provide some opportunities that I accept!

Adamski
09-09-2011, 01:56 PM
Thanks - but it is about time I played another decent game(s). Hoping the Sydney International Challengers will provide some opportunities that I accept!This is my first game since then that I am reasonably happy with. (In next post.)
He made more mistakes than I did - I note Fritz agrees with me entirely on all moves after his losing 33 Nd5? But it was already -+ once he played 27 Re7? allowing ...Bf8!. 27 Qc3 would have been better.
So I was happy with how I finished the game, with another checkmate appearing on the board!
Earlier on I did not intend to give the P back but it worked out all right with the 2 B's once ...e6 one reached better square ..c4.

Adamski
09-09-2011, 02:07 PM
Event "Para CC Spring U 1800 FIDE Rated"]
[Site "Paramatta Chess Club"]
[Date "2011.09.08"]
[Round "4.3"]
[White "Edwards, Greig"]
[Black "Adams, Jonathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A87"]
[WhiteElo "1354"]
[BlackElo "1502"]

1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. c4 O-O 6. Nc3 d6 7. O-O Qe8 8. Re1 a5 9. Qd3? Na6 10. a3 e5 11. dxe5dxe5 12. e4 Nc5 13. Qc2 Nfxe4 14. Be3 Be6 15. Bxc5 Nxc5 16. Nxe5 c6 17. Rad1 Rd8 18. Nd3 Nxd3 19. Rxd3 Rxd3 20. Qxd3 Qf7 21. c5 Bc4 22. Qd2 Qf6 23. Na4 Qd8 24. Qc1 Bb3 25. Bf3 Qd4 26. Nb6 Rd8 27. Re7? Bf8! 28. Rxb7 Bxc5 29. Qe3 Qxe3 30. fxe3 Bxe3+ 31. Kf1? Rd2 32. Bxc6 Rxb2 33. Nd5 Bc4+ 34. Ke1 Re2+ 35. Kf1 Rxh2+ 36. Ke1 Rh1# 0-1

Sorry, couldn't quite get my pgn file to work yet...Does adding question marks and exclamation marks give a problem?

Zwischenzug
09-09-2011, 02:12 PM
Lets see how this game looks:

1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. c4 O-O 6. Nc3 d6 7. O-O Qe8 8. Re1 a5 9. Qd3? Na6 10. a3 e5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. e4 Nc5 13. Qc2 Nfxe4 14. Be3 Be6 15. Bxc5 Nxc5 16. Nxe5 c6 17. Rad1 Rd8 18. Nd3 Nxd3 19. Rxd3 Rxd3 20. Qxd3 Qf7 21. c5 Bc4 22. Qd2 Qf6 23. Na4 Qd8 24. Qc1 Bb3 25. Bf3 Qd4 26. Nb6 Rd8 27. Re7? Bf8! 28. Rxb7 Bxc5 29. Qe3 Qxe3 30. fxe3 Bxe3+ 31. Kf1? Rd2 32. Bxc6 Rxb2 33. Nd5 Bc4+ 34. Ke1 Re2+ 35. Kf1 Rxh2+ 36. Ke1 Rh1# 0-1

Adamski
09-09-2011, 02:22 PM
Thanks for that Zw. Gotta get practice at this pgn uploader thing. I always sems to get something wrong on my first attempt.

Maybe an incentive to play some more decent games (rather than more 'worst of the worst" like one week earlier!!).

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2011, 02:29 PM
Sorry, couldn't quite get my pgn file to work yet...Does adding question marks and exclamation marks give a problem?

Not usually - the only problem with your game text was that the two 11th moves were run together.

However it's also worth noting that if you have long headers (all the computer-generated event/site/date/round stuff at the top) and include them inside the PGN tags this will always lead to problems. The first PGN tag should be directly before move 1.

Adamski
09-09-2011, 04:58 PM
Thanks Kevin. It is pretty easy to make a little mistake and ruin the pgn but hipefully I will get better - and maybe even get better at chess!

Capablanca-Fan
14-09-2011, 04:16 AM
Thanks for that Zw. Gotta get practice at this pgn uploader thing. I always sems to get something wrong on my first attempt.

Maybe an incentive to play some more decent games (rather than more 'worst of the worst" like one week earlier!!).
I always like to see the B-pair in devastation mode!

Igor_Goldenberg
14-09-2011, 10:00 AM
It shows danger of delaying d5, which white should've played on move 8.

Adamski
14-09-2011, 11:17 PM
Thanks for the comments, Jono and Igor. I certainly enjoyed the end stages and indeed the non-playing of d5 by my opponent.

Capablanca-Fan
20-10-2011, 01:24 AM
Jono v Inukpuk
1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Bb4
4. cxd5 Qxd5
5. Nf3 Nf6
6. Bd2 Bxc3
7. Bxc3 Nc6
8. e3 b6
9. Bd3 Bb7
10. Qc2 O-O-O
11. e4 Qh5
12. O-O-O Nd7
13. Kb1 Rhe8
14. Rc1 g5
15. h3 g4
16. hxg4 Qxg4
17. d5 exd5
18. exd5 Ncb8
19. Be5 c6
20. dxc6 Nxc6
21. Qxc6+ Bxc6
22. Ba6#

Capablanca-Fan
10-11-2011, 09:16 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2011.11.9 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Ja_Ja_Binks"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2543"]
[BlackElo "2218"]
[Board "7790252"]

1. e4 e7-e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3?! dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Bc4 Bfb4 6. Qb3 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Na5!? 8. Bxf7 Kf8 9. Qa3 Kxf7 10. Qxa5 Nf6 11. e5 Re8 12. Nf3 d6 13. O-O dxe5 14. Nxe5 Kg8 15. Bg5?! Qd5! 16. Qxd5 Nxd5 17. Rfe1 Nxc3 18. Bd2 Nd5 19. Rb1 b6 20. Nc6 Bd7 21. Ne5 Be6 22. Nc6 a5 23. Nd4 Bf7 24. a3 Rxe1 25. Rxe1 Kf8 26. f4 Re8 27. Rxe8 Kxe8 28. g4 Kd7 29. Kf2? Nf6 30. g5 Ne4+ 31. Ke3 Nxd2 32. Kxd2 c5 33. Nf3 Be6 34. Kc3 b5 35. Ne5 Kd6 36. Nd3 Kd5 37. Nf2 b4 38. axb4 axb4 0-1

Adamski
10-11-2011, 09:57 PM
Ta Jono. Interesting that your opponent with such a cute pseudonym had such a high rating. Must have been titled?
PS. I like to see the Danish Gambit taken down.

Kevin Bonham
10-11-2011, 10:40 PM
PS. I like to see the Danish Gambit taken down.

I like to see anyone who would adopt a username modelled on Jar Jar Binks taken down. :lol:

Capablanca-Fan
11-11-2011, 08:26 AM
Ta Jono. Interesting that your opponent with such a cute pseudonym had such a high rating. Must have been titled?
Thanks Adamski. I have no idea who he is.


PS. I like to see the Danish Gambit taken down.
FWIW I took down the Evans 20 years ago in a game with some similarities:

[Event "NZL-ch"]
[Site "New Zealand"]
[Date "1991.??.??"]
[EventDate "1991.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Kendall Boyd"]
[Black "Jonathan D Sarfati"]
[ECO "C52"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "2320"]
[PlyCount "102"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4
7. O-O Nge7 8. cxd4 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Ba3 Be6 11. Bb5 f6
12. Qa4 Bb6 13. Bxc6+ bxc6 14. Qxc6+ Kf7 15. Nc3 Re8 16. Ne4
Nf4 17. Qc2 Bd5 18. Rae1 Kg8 19. Re3 Bf7 20. Rd1 Qd5 21. Nc3
Qc4 22. Rde1 Nd5 23. Rxe8+ Rxe8 24. Rxe8+ Bxe8 25. Qe4 Bf7
26. Nxd5 Qxd5 27. Qe7 h6 28. Bc5 Qxa2 29. h3 Qe6 30. Qf8+ Kh7
31. Bxb6 axb6 32. Qb4 Qc4 33. Qd2 b5 34. Qe3 Bg6 35. Nd2 Qc1+
36. Kh2 b4 37. g4 Qc3 38. Qxc3 bxc3 39. Nb3 Kg8 40. Kg3 Kf7
41. Kf3 Ke6 42. Ke3 Kd5 43. f4 Kc4 44. Nc1 Bb1 45. h4 c6
46. Ne2 Bc2 47. Nc1 Bd1 48. g5 Bg4 49. Ke4 c2 50. Ke3 Kc3
51. Nd3 Be6 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
08-01-2012, 02:06 AM
A variant on a well-known theme (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/retitartakower.html):

J. Sarfati v NN
Douglasville Chess Club, Georgia
5 January 2012
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 Ne5 9.h3 a6 10.f4 Nc6 11.Bf3 Re8 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.e5 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nd5 15.Nxd5 cxd5 16.Qxd5 Rb8 17.Qxf7+ Kxf7 18.Bd5+ Kg6 19.Bf7#

flukey
08-01-2012, 07:06 AM
A variant on a well-known theme (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/retitartakower.html):

J. Sarfati v NN
Douglasville Chess Club, Georgia
5 January 2012
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 Ne5 9.h3 a6 10.f4 Nc6 11.Bf3 Re8 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.e5 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nd5 15.Nxd5 cxd5 16.Qxd5 Rb8 17.Qxf7+ Kxf7 18.Bd5+ Kg6 19.Bf7#

Very cute finish!!

road runner
08-01-2012, 08:20 AM
A variant on a well-known theme (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/retitartakower.html):

J. Sarfati v NN
Douglasville Chess Club, Georgia
5 January 2012
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 Ne5 9.h3 a6 10.f4 Nc6 11.Bf3 Re8 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.e5 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nd5 15.Nxd5 cxd5 16.Qxd5 Rb8 17.Qxf7+ Kxf7 18.Bd5+ Kg6 19.Bf7#
Nicely done :)

Kevin Bonham
08-01-2012, 11:59 AM
Nice; don't think I've seen that combo before, another one for the Philidors-mashing arsenal. :lol:

Was this a one-on-one game (tournament or casual) or was it a simul by you?

Adamski
08-01-2012, 02:49 PM
Indeed, a very nice finish Jono! After your Qxd5 it's just totally won!

Capablanca-Fan
08-01-2012, 05:32 PM
Thanks guys. I wish I could claim it as a simul, but it was only one-on-one.

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2012, 09:36 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2012.1.19 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "Dragon 5"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2218"]
[BlackElo "1932"]
[Board "7892455"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. h4 Qa5 11. O-O-O Rfc8 12. Bb3 Ne5 13. h5 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. Nb3 Qc7 16. g4 a5 17. hxg6 fxg6 18. e5 dxe5 19. g5 Bf5 20. gxf6 exf6 21. Qd5+ Kh8 22. Rxh7+ Kxh7 23. Rh1+ Bh6 24. Bxh6 a4 [24... g5 25. Bxg5+ {with a material advantage, and Black's K is far more exposed, e.g.} 25... Kg6 26.Be3 a4 27. Rg1+ Kh7 28. f4! {threatening Qh1#} [28.Bb6!]] 25. Bf8+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
04-02-2012, 01:33 AM
In a very sharp line in the Ponziani, my opponent quickly went wrong by overlooking the main threat of 12... Bf5. Notes based on Can the Ponzi Fly Again? by Tim Harding (http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz171.pdf).

[Date "2012.2.3 "]
[White "BJOERN SIGURD"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1868"]
[BlackElo "2221"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. Bb5?! dxe4 5. Nxe5 Qg5! 6. Qa4 Qxg2 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. Qxc6 Kd8 9. Rf1 [9. Kd1 {is better} 9... Qxh1+ 10. Kc2 Nh6! 11. Qxa8 Bd6 12. Nc6+ Kd7 13. Nxa7? {White lost quickly in Robert Taylor v Mark Hebden, Aintree 1998. 13. Nd4 is not losing but still not great for White}] 9...Bh3 10. Qxa8+ Ke7 11. Kd1 Qxf1+ 12. Kc2 Bf5 13. Qd5 [13.Na3 f6! {clear advantage for Black, John Enns and Tim Harding}] 13... e3+ 14. Nd3 Bxd3+ 15. Qxd3 e2 {winning, because White hasn't a hope of a perpetual check while Black queens} 16. Qe4+ Kd7 17. Qf5+ Kd8 18. Qd5+ Bd6 19. Qa8+ Kd7 20. Qxa7 e1=Q 21. Qa4+ Ke7 22. Qh4+ Nf6 {a whole queen up, and threatening Qd1# and Qxc1+} 0-1

road runner
17-02-2012, 07:21 PM
5 0 net game




1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Bb4 7. cxd5 exd5 8.
Bd3 Qa5 9. Qc2 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 O-O 11. O-O Re8 12. c4 Ne4 13. Bf4 Ndf6 14. Ne5 Nh5 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. Qxe4 f6 17. Nxc6 Rxe4 18. Nxa5 Nxf4 19. exf4 Rxd4 20.Rfd1 Rxf4 21. Rd8+ Kf7 22. Re1 b6 23. Nc6 Kg6 24. Rxc8 Rxc4 25. Rxa8 Rxc6 26.Rxa7 {resigns} 1-0

Igor_Goldenberg
27-02-2012, 08:17 AM
In a very sharp line in the Ponziani, my opponent quickly went wrong by overlooking the main threat of 12... Bf5. Notes based on Can the Ponzi Fly Again? by Tim Harding (http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz171.pdf).

[Date "2012.2.3 "]
[White "BJOERN SIGURD"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1868"]
[BlackElo "2221"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. Bb5?! dxe4 5. Nxe5 Qg5! 6. Qa4 Qxg2 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. Qxc6 Kd8 9. Rf1 [9. Kd1 {is better} 9... Qxh1+ 10. Kc2 Nh6! 11. Qxa8 Bd6 12. Nc6+ Kd7 13. Nxa7? {White lost quickly in Robert Taylor v Mark Hebden, Aintree 1998. 13. Nd4 is not losing but still not great for White}] 9...Bh3 10. Qxa8+ Ke7 11. Kd1 Qxf1+ 12. Kc2 Bf5 13. Qd5 [13.Na3 f6! {clear advantage for Black, John Enns and Tim Harding}] 13... e3+ 14. Nd3 Bxd3+ 15. Qxd3 e2 {winning, because White hasn't a hope of a perpetual check while Black queens} 16. Qe4+ Kd7 17. Qf5+ Kd8 18. Qd5+ Bd6 19. Qa8+ Kd7 20. Qxa7 e1=Q 21. Qa4+ Ke7 22. Qh4+ Nf6 {a whole queen up, and threatening Qd1# and Qxc1+} 0-1

I like the e pawn's blatant self-promotion.

Igor_Goldenberg
27-02-2012, 08:19 AM
5 0 net game




1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Bb4 7. cxd5 exd5 8.
Bd3 Qa5 9. Qc2 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 O-O 11. O-O Re8 12. c4 Ne4 13. Bf4 Ndf6 14. Ne5 Nh5 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. Qxe4 f6 17. Nxc6 Rxe4 18. Nxa5 Nxf4 19. exf4 Rxd4 20.Rfd1 Rxf4 21. Rd8+ Kf7 22. Re1 b6 23. Nc6 Kg6 24. Rxc8 Rxc4 25. Rxa8 Rxc6 26.Rxa7 {resigns} 1-0
23...Kg6 is a shocker. 23...Rxc4 is safe and leads to a good position.

MichaelBaron
28-02-2012, 03:16 PM
5 0 net game




1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Bb4 7. cxd5 exd5 8.
Bd3 Qa5 9. Qc2 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 O-O 11. O-O Re8 12. c4 Ne4 13. Bf4 Ndf6 14. Ne5 Nh5 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. Qxe4 f6 17. Nxc6 Rxe4 18. Nxa5 Nxf4 19. exf4 Rxd4 20.Rfd1 Rxf4 21. Rd8+ Kf7 22. Re1 b6 23. Nc6 Kg6 24. Rxc8 Rxc4 25. Rxa8 Rxc6 26.Rxa7 {resigns} 1-0
Hmm, the thread is called best games :hmm: ...

road runner
02-03-2012, 07:13 PM
Sorry champ, I must have touched a nerve on another thread. :lol: :hand:

Capablanca-Fan
16-03-2012, 07:59 AM
Beating the King's Gambit: it's often important to be "greedy" and hold the Pf4, because it cramps the enemy.

[Date "2012.3.4 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "fnic"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2243"]
[BlackElo "2211"]
[Board "7981861"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Nxg4 Nxe4 7. Qe2 [7.d3 Ng3 8.Bxf4 Nxh1 9.Qe2+ Qe7 10. Nf6+ Kd8 11. Bxc7+ Kxc7 12. Nd5+ {wins the Q but Black has too much for it.}] 7... Qe7 8. d3 Ng3 9. Qxe7 Bxe7 10. Rh2 d5 {Now Black has a clear advantage; White's 6th is just no good.} 11. Ne5 f6 12. Nf3 Bd6 13. Nc3 c6 14. Ne2 Nh5 15. Bd2 Bg4 16. O-O-O c5 {too loosening; just complete development first} 17. Nc3 d4 18. Nb5 Kd7 19. Re1 Nc6 20. Be2 Rhg8 21. c3 dxc3 22. Bxc3 Be7 23. d4 a6 24. Nba3 cxd4 25. Nfxd4 Nxd4 26. Bxd4 Rac8 27. Nc2 Bf5 28. Bc3 Ng3 29. Rd1 Ke8 30. Bd3 Bxd3 31. Rxd3 Ne2 32. Kb1 Nxc3 33. bxc3 Rg3 {things are back on track} 34. Rh3 Rxg2 35. Rhf3 Rc4 36. Rd4 Rxd4 37. Nxd4 Bd6 38. Ne6 Rg4 39. h5 Kd7 40. Nd4 Rg3 41. Kc2 Rxf3 42. Nxf3 Ke6 43. Nd4 Ke5 44. Kd3 Bc5 45. a4 Bxd4 46. cxd4 Kd5 47. a5 h6 0-1

Here is a game in that Q-for-RNB exhange on note 7, where Morphy managed to beat Anderssen (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1019060), but only through a blunder.

Capablanca-Fan
18-03-2012, 07:14 AM
Hard endgame with RvBPP

[White "gethro"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2121"]
[BlackElo "2209"]
[Board "7971948"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Qf1 Qh5 18.Nd2 Re6 19.a4 Rfe8 20.axb5 axb5 21.Ra6 Bc7 22.Bxd5 Qxd5 23.Qg2 Qd7 24.Rea1 f5 25.Ra7 Qc8 26.Nf3 f4 27.Rxc7 Qxc7 28.Bxf4 Bxf3 29.Qxf3 Re1+ 30.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 31.Kg2 Qd7 32.h4 Qd5 33.Qxd5+ cxd5 34.Bd6 Re2 35.Ba3 Kf7 36.Kf3 Re4 37.Bd6 h5 38.Bc5 Ke6 39.Bf8 g6 40.Bb4 Kf5 41.Bd6 Re1 42.Bc5 Rd1 43.Ba3 Rd2 44.Ke3 Rc2 45.Kf3 Rc1 46.Bd6 Rd1 47.Bb4 Rd2 48.Ba3 Rc2 {the first Zugzwang} 49.Kg2 Kg4 50.Bb4 Rxb2 51.Ba5 Ra2 52.Bb4 Rd2 53.Ba5 Rd3 54.Bb4 Kf5 55.Kf1 Rd2 56.Kg2 [56.f3 {I couldn't see how to breach the fortress}] 56...Ke4 57.Ba5 Rc2 58.Bb4 Kd3 59.Kf3 Rxc3 60.Bxc3 Kxc3 0-1

Redmond Barry
01-06-2012, 11:22 PM
This isnt a win and there are a number of blunders in it, but this is actually an improvement for me and a perpetual draw wasnt too far away. I challenge anybody to come up with a more dodgier sacrifice this week than Nxe5. ;)

Event: ?
Site: Somewhere
Date: 2012.06.01
Round: ?
White: me
Black: my opponent
Result: 0-1
ECO: C90
Annotator: IJ Reilly
PlyCount: 71

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {"lopez vs black player rated 250-300 points higher"
} a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bb7 7. d3 Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9. c3 d6 10. Nbd2 Na5
11. Bc2 c5 12. b4 cxb4 13. cxb4 Nc6 14. a3 Rc8 15. Bb2 Qb6 16. Bb3 a5 17. bxa5
Nxa5 18. Ba2 h6 19. Nf1 Rc7 20. Ne3 Bc8 21. h3 Be6 22. Bxe6 fxe6 23. Rc1 Rxc1
24. Bxc1 Nd7 25. Ng4 {i was thinking about d4 here but didnt think opening up
the position was a good idea.} Nc5 26. Kh1 h5 27. Ngxe5 {in hindsight this is
a nomination for "dodgy sac of the week !!". Obviously the other option is 27.
Ne3 but i had a feeling i could form an attack against blacks kingside.} dxe5
28. Nxe5 Bf6 {according to fritz, Bd6 was needed.} 29. Ng6 Rd8 30. Re3 $4 {
blunder 1 !!} (30. Qxh5 Nxd3 31. e5 Qc5 32. Be3 Qd5 33. Qh8+ Kf7 34. Qh5 Kg8
35. Qh8+ Kf7 36. Qh5 $11) (30. e5 Nxd3 31. Qxh5 Qc5 32. Be3 Qd5 33. Qh8+ Kf7
34. Qh5 Kg8 35. Qh8+ $11) 30... Nc4 31. Rg3 $4 {blunder 2 !!} (31. Qxh5 {Again,
a second chance for the draw.} Nxe3 32. Bxe3 e5 33. f4 Rxd3 34. Qh8+ Kf7 35.
Qf8+ Kxg6 36. Qe8+ Kh6 37. f5+ Kh7 $11) 31... Nxe4 32. Qxh5 Nxg3+ 33. fxg3 Ne5
34. Qh8+ Kf7 35. Nxe5+ Bxe5 36. Qxd8 $4 {Blunder 3 !! this is what i actually
played in the game.} (36. Qh5+ g6 37. Qxe5 Rxd3 38. Qf4+ Kg8 39. Kh2 $15 {this
is a variation i had calculated but chose to gift my queen away like a good
samaritan because im profoundly generous. Still, the evaluation is -0.7 ~ in
favour of black.}) 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
27-06-2012, 01:09 PM
A weak way of declining the Benko, and he wastest lots of time with ineffectual discovered attacks with his N.

[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2012.6.27 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "alo67"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1685"]
[BlackElo "2217"]
[Board "8210108"]

1. Ng1-f3 Ng8-f6 2. d2-d4 c7-c5 3. d4-d5 b7-b5 4. c2-c4 g7-g6 5. cxb5 a7-a6 6. Nb1-c3 axb5 7. Nc3xb5 Qd8-a5+ 8. Nb5-c3 Bf8-g7 9. Bc1-d2 O-O 10. Nc3-e4 Qa5-b6 11. Ne4-c3 Qb6xb2 12. Ra1-b1 Qb2-a3 13. Rb1-b3 Qa3-a5 14. Qd1-b1 Bc8-a6 15. Nc3-e4 Qa5-c7 16. Ne4-c3 d7-d6 17. Rb3-a3 Nb8-d7 18. Nc3-e4 Rf8-b8 19. Ne4xf6 Nd7xf6 20. Qb1-c2 Nf6xd5 21. Bd2-a5 Qc7-d7 22. Ra3-b3 c5-c4 23. Rb3xb8 Ra8xb8 24. e2-e4 Rb8-b2 25. Qc2-c1 Qd7-b5 26. Nf3-d2 Qb5xa5 27. exd5 Rb2xd2 28. Qc1xd2 Bg7-c3 29. Qd2xc3 Qa5xc3_ 30. Ke1-d1 Qc3-a1 31. Kd1-c2 Qa1xa2 32. Kc2-c3 Qa2-a1 33. Kc3-b4 c4-c3 34. Bf1xa6 Qa1xh1 35. Kxc3 Qa1+ 36. Kb4 Qxa6 0-1

that Caesar guy
27-06-2012, 03:25 PM
This amused me a lot...

[Event "ChessCube Game"] [Site "www.chesscube.com"] [Date "2012.06.27"] [Round "-"] [White "muzzaboi@chesscube.com"] [Black "luis_alfredop@chesscube.com"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2743"] [BlackElo "2632"] [ECO "C00"] [Time "14:24:37"] [TimeControl "60"] 1. Nc3 e6 2. e4 d5 3. d4 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Ng3 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Bd3 b6 9. c3 Bb7 10. Qe2 c5 11. O-O-O Qc7 12. h4 Rac8 13. Kb1 cxd4 14. Bxd4 Nc5 15. Bc2 Rfd8 16. Ng5 h6 17. Nh5 Nxh5 18. Qxh5 Bf8 19. Qxh6!! (good stuff) Be4 20. Bxe4 gxh6 21. Bh7# 1-0.

After this beautiful sacrifice my opponent's next game demonstrated the psychological ruin he was in:

[Event "ChessCube Game"] [Site "www.chesscube.com"] [Date "2012.06.27"] [Round "-"] [White "luis_alfredop@chesscube.com"] [Black "muzzaboi@chesscube.com"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2620"] [BlackElo "2755"] [ECO "A35"] [Time "14:26:06"] [TimeControl "60"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 Nh6 6. O-O Nf5 7. b3?! O-O 8. Bb2 d6 9. Rb1 Rb8 10. e3 a6 11. d4? cxd4 12. Nd5? e6 13. Nf4 dxe3 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Nd4?? exf2+ 16. Rxf2 Ncxd4 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
28-06-2012, 02:55 AM
[Event "ChessCube Game"] [Site "www.chesscube.com"] [Date "2012.06.27"] [Round "-"] [White "luis_alfredop@chesscube.com"] [Black "muzzaboi@chesscube.com"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2620"] [BlackElo "2755"] [ECO "A35"] [Time "14:26:06"] [TimeControl "60"]
1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 Nh6 6. O-O Nf5 7. b3?! O-O 8. Bb2 d6 9. Rb1 Rb8 10. e3 a6 11. d4? cxd4 12. Nd5? e6 13. Nf4 dxe3 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Nd4?? exf2+ 16. Rxf2 Ncxd4 0-1

road runner
28-06-2012, 07:18 AM
^ nice. 60 mins or seconds?

Capablanca-Fan
29-06-2012, 01:20 AM
^ nice. 60 mins or seconds?
Indeed. Blackburne's Mate is a rare bird these days, and it's a different setting from normal (where a Pg6 is deflected not a Pg7).

Agent Smith
29-06-2012, 05:59 PM
31.♖g3
blunder 2 !!
Thats the sort of move thats ok in blitz chess, but in a proper game, you should probably have seen it as bad.

36.♕xd8
Blunder 3 !! this is what i actually played in the game.
( 36.♕h5+ g6 37.♕xe5 ♖xd3 38.♕f4+ ♔g8 39.♔h2 this is a variation i had calculated but chose to gift my queen away like a good samaritan because im profoundly generous. Still, the evaluation is -0.7 ~ in favour of black. )
haha

Capablanca-Fan
03-07-2012, 01:29 PM
Sarfati_FM 2217 vs. Bironcar 1687
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 e5
6. Ndb5 a6 ?
7. Nd6+ Ke7
8. Bg5 Nd4
9. Nxc8+ Rxc8
10. Nd5+ Ke8
11. c3 Ne6
12. Bxf6 gxf6
13. Bd3 Nc7
14. Ne3 d5
15. Nf5 dxe4
16. Bxe4 b5??
17. Bc6+ {mate next}

Trent Parker
13-07-2012, 05:56 AM
Parker-Greenwood

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 O-O 6.Ne2 cxd4 7.exd4 b6 8.O-O Bb7 9.Ng3 g6 10.Bh6 Re8 11.Nce4 d5 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.Qg4 dxc4 14.Nh5 Qe7 15.Bg5 Qf8 16.Nf6+ Kh8 17.Qh4 h5 18.Nxh5 Qg7 19.Nf6+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
30-08-2012, 12:35 AM
Some Stonewall bashing:

[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2012.8.29 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "CHARLIK74"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2234"]
[BlackElo "1835"]
[Board "8315343"]

1. d2-d4 f7-f5 2. Ng1-f3 Ng8-f6 3. g2-g3 e7-e6 4. Bf1-g2 Bf8-e7 5. O-O O-O 6. c2-c4 c7-c6 7. b2-b3 d7-d5 8. Bc1-a3 {A good strategic idea to swap off Black's good B, but rather slow. But Black plays rather simplistically with his remaining B rather than releasing it via ... b6, when it may become no worse than White's B currently biting on the granite of d5} 8...Bxa3 9. Nb1xa3 Qd8-e7 10. Na3-c2 Bc8-d7 11. Nc2-e1 Bd7-e8 12. Ne1-d3 Nb8-d7 13. Qd1-c2 Be8-h5 14. Nf3-e5 Nd7xe5 15. Nd3xe5 Nf6-d7 16. Ne5-d3 {avoiding swaps while Black remains cramped. White would rather swap his B for the N if he can do it without exposing the light squares around his K too much} 16... a7-a6 17. Ra1-c1 Nd7-f6 18. c4-c5 Nf6-e4 19. f2-f4 Ne4-f6 20. b3-b4 Nf6-e4 21. Nd3-e5 g7-g5 22. e2-e3 g5-g4 23. Bg2xe4 dxe4 24. a2-a4 Ra8-c8 25. Qc2-b3 Bh5-e8 26. Ne5-c4 b7-b5 {an unforced error that loses quickly; he has nothing better than to try to cope with my coming b5 as best he can, and try for something with ...h5-h4 although it's hard for him to do that much} 27. cxb6 Rc8-b8 28. a4-a5 h7-h5 29. Nc4-e5 h5-h4 30. Ne5xc6 Be8xc6 31. Rc1xc6 Rfe8 32. Rfc1 hxg3 {Don't hurry to open a file unless you know that you, not the opponent, will make better use of it ;)} 33. hxg3 Qe7-f6 34. Qb3-a2 Re8-e7 35. Rc6-c8 Rb8xc8 36. Rc1xc8 Kg8-g7 37. Qa2-h2 {see note to move 32. To stop White mating with 38. Qh8+, Black must lose his Q with 37... Qh6 38.Rg8+ Kh7 39. Rh8+} 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
05-09-2012, 01:38 PM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2012.9.4 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "avslahel"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2222"]
[BlackElo "2234"]
[Board "8295836"]

1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 3. Bf1-c4 Ng8-f6 4. d2-d3 Bf8-c5 5. Nb1-c3 d7-d6 6. O-O Bc8-g4 7. a2-a3? Nc6-d4 8. h2-h3? Nxf3 9. gxf3 Bg4xh3 10. Rf1-e1 Nf6-h5 11. f3-f4 Qd8-h4 12. Qd1-f3 Bh3-g4 13. Qf3-g2 exf4 14. Qg2-h2 Bg4-h3 15. d3-d4 Qh4-g4 16. Kg1-h1 Ng3+! 17. fxg3 Qg4-f3 18. Kh1-g1 Bc5xd4+ 19. Bc1-e3 Bd4xe3+ 20. Re1xe3 Qf3xe3+ 21. Qh2-f2 Qe3xf2+ 22. Kxf2 fxg3+ 23. Kxg3 Be6 24. Bd3 {resignation would be preferable} 24...O-O 25. Rh1 f5 26. Bd3-e2 f4 27. Kf3 Rf6 28. Nc3-d5 Be6xd5 29. exd5 Rae8 30. Bd3 h6 31. Kf2 g5 32. Be2 Kg7 33. Bh5 Re5 34. c2-c4 Re3 35. Rh1-c1 Re3-h3 36. Bh5-f3 Rh3-h2 37. Kf2-g1 Rh2xb2 38. c4-c5 dxc5 39. Rc1xc5 Rf6-f7 40. Bf3-g4 f4-f3 41. Rc5-c1 f3-f2 42. Kg1-f1 Rf7-e7 43. Bg4-e6 Kg7-f6 44. Rc1-c3 h6-h5 45. Rc3-f3 Kf6-g7 46. Rf3xf2 Rb2xf2 47. Kxf2 Rxe6 48. dxe6 Kf6 0-1

Adamski
07-09-2012, 12:24 AM
J. Adams - Rowan Willathgamuwa. Parramatta Spring Open. 06/09/2012. Ok he blundered a bit but I enjoyed my win!

1 e4 e6 2 d3 d5 3 Nd2 Nf6 4 Ngf3 dxe4 5 dxe4 Bc5 6 Bd3 0-0 7 e5 Nd5 (?) 8 Ne4 Bb6 9 Bg5 qe8 10 Nf6+ (!?) gxf6 11 exf6 Kh8 (?. He has to try 11...Nd7.Or 11...Qd8 but Ne5 still winning after the latter) 12 Ne5 Nbd7 13 nxd7 Bxd7 14 Qh5 (+++) h6 15 Qxh6+ Kg8 16 Qg7 Mate.

A win v a junior who has represented Australia in age group competition in 16 moves!

If no-one beats me to it I will do the PGN soon.

Capablanca-Fan
07-09-2012, 01:00 AM
J. Adams - Rowan Willathgamuwa. Parramatta Spring Open. 06/09/2012. Ok he blundered a bit but I enjoyed my win!

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 dxe4 5. dxe4 Bc5 6. Bd3 0-0 7. e5 Nd5? 8. Ne4 Bb6 9. Bg5 Qe8 10. Nf6+!? gxf6 11. exf6 Kh8? [11... Qd8 {better, but still} 12.Ne5] 12. Ne5 Nbd7 13. Nxd7 Bxd7 14. Qh5 h6 15. Qxh6+ Kg8 16. Qg7#.

Adamski
07-09-2012, 01:14 AM
Thanks, Jono! Time for bed but I have been on a high since that game. Rowan is usually better than that.

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 01:21 AM
11..Qd8 12.Ne5 is still losing. 11...Nd7 looks like the real test of white's attack; 11...Qa4 is also interesting [EDIT: looks like Qa4 also loses, see below].

Adamski
07-09-2012, 01:28 AM
If 11...Qa4 doesn't 12 Ne5 still win? He can't stop Qh5.

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2012, 01:43 AM
If 11...Qa4 doesn't 12 Ne5 still win?

I think you're right there so scrub 11...Qa4. The line I was looking at is 11...Qa4 12.Ne5 Qb4+ 13.c3 (because if Kf1 then ...Qd4 threatens mate) 13...Nxc3 but it seems that after 14.Qh5 Ne4+ 15.Kf1 Qxb2 16.Bh4 Qxa1+ 17.Ke2 Qb2+ 18.Kf3 black is going to have to give his queen up for the Ne5 after which despite having rook, knight and pawn for queen he's clearly busted (he loses his own knight in the process).

Can anyone refute 11...Nd7 ?

Adamski
07-09-2012, 07:16 AM
Can anyone refute 11...Nd7 ?
I had planned if I couldn't find anything better after 11...Nd7 to simply take the exchange and restore materrial (near) equality. Maybe my sac was unsound. Reminds me of the Adams-Gold Sokolski/ Polish game and many of Tal's - unsound sacs winning!:)
But maybe I had something better? I had hopes of mate with the minor pieces.

Adamski
07-09-2012, 02:12 PM
After 1...Nd7 I think I do have better than to snaffle the exchange. Bh6 yes and follow up with vacate f3 with N (to h4 rather than e5 due to obvious Nxe5!) and then Qf3 - g3 and I think he will have to sacrifice bigtime to avoid mate.

Adamski
21-09-2012, 02:11 PM
Believe it or not, I won another game with Qxg7 mate. That makes 3 in recent years, all on this BB. ASs Igor said, mate is always a good move!!

I will post Adams- Bayani soon....

Adamski
21-09-2012, 03:42 PM
1 e4 c5 2: Nc3 d6 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 e6 5 d3 a6 6 f4 Be7 7 Nf3 Qc7 8 0-0 Nc6 9 h3 Bd7 10 Be3 0-0 11 g4 d5 12 g5 d4 13 gf6 Bxf6 14 e5 Be7 15 Bf2 dc3 16 bc3 Qa5 17 Qd2 Rad8 18 Kh2 Na7? 19 Nh4 Bc6 20 Rg1 Kh8 21 f5 Qc7 22 Rae1 Qa5? 23 f6! gf6 24 Qh6 Rg8 (...Bf8 loses to Rxg8+ and Rg1 +) 25 Bc6 Nc6 26 ef6 Qc3 27 Rg7!! Rxg7? (He only has spite checks or spite Q sac I think.) 28 Qg7 mate.

He wasted far too much time on Q side. I think he is lost after 23.
Will try and get PGN done soon if not beaten to it again! :)

FYI, I am ACF 1573 and FIDE 1746. Steffen is ACF 1683 so I was pleased to beat him.

Zwischenzug
21-09-2012, 04:29 PM
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 e6 5. d3 a6 6. f4 Be7 7. Nf3 Qc7 8. O-O Nc6 9. h3 Bd7 10. Be3 O-O 11. g4 d5 12. g5 d4 13. gxf6 Bxf6 14. e5 Be7 15.
Bf2 dxc3 16. bxc3 Qa5 17. Qd2 Rad8 18. Kh2 Na7 19. Nh4 Bc6 20. Rg1 Kh8 21. f5 Qc7 22. Rae1 Qa5 23. f6 gxf6 24. Qh6 Rg8 25. Bxc6 Nxc6 26. exf6 Qxc3 27. Rg7 Rxg7 28. Qxg7#

Adamski
21-09-2012, 04:33 PM
Many thanks, Zw!

Kevin Bonham
21-09-2012, 05:10 PM
He wasted far too much time on Q side. I think he is lost after 23.

He is lost after 22...Qa5? The reason this loses is not just that he is messing around on the queenside ignoring the attack, but also that he makes the attack stronger by unpinning your e-pawn.

Adamski
21-09-2012, 06:20 PM
He is lost after 22...Qa5? The reason this loses is not just that he is messing around on the queenside ignoring the attack, but also that he makes the attack stronger by unpinning your e-pawn.Thanks Kev and very true.
I forgot to say game was played in Parramatta Spring Open. A pity I have lost 2 games in the event.

Adamski
21-09-2012, 06:46 PM
Oops. That is twice now that I have forgotten that my mate Rhubarb registered this event as the Parramatta Spring CUP. Doh.

Capablanca-Fan
13-11-2012, 11:28 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2012.11.12 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "jammboy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2234"]
[BlackElo "1899"]
[Board "8457900"]

1. d2-d4 g7-g6 2. e2-e4 Bf8-g7 3. Nb1-c3 d7-d6 4. Bc1-e3 Nb8-d7 5. Qd1-d2 e7-e5 6. Ng1-f3 f7-f5 7. exf5 gxf5 8. Be3-g5 Ngf6 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Bf1-c4 c7-c6 11. O-O-O Qd8-c7 12. Rhe1 Nb6 13. Re1xe5+ Ke8-f8 14. Qd8+ 1-0

Garrett
13-11-2012, 12:04 PM
good game !

But e5 then f5 is just ridiculous. Don't open the game when behind in development.

James Peirce
23-11-2012, 09:59 AM
22/11/12
White Chess101 (Junior Master) 1237
Black Bookworm1237 886
Time Control 15mins
This one of my favourites and i could use a second opinion.
(Note: The Latvian Game is suspect and probably unsound.


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bd6 5. Nc4 fxe4 6.Nxd6+ cxd6 7.d3 exd3 8.Bxd3 d5 9.0-0 d6 10. Re1 Kf7 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Qh5 g6 14. Bxg6 Qg6 15.Re7 Kf6 16.Nxd5#

Capablanca-Fan
23-11-2012, 11:45 AM
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nf6 4. Nc3 [5. exf5 {just an extra P}] 4... Bd6 5. Nc4 fxe4 6.Nxd6+ cxd6 7.d3 exd3 8.Bxd3 d5 9.0-0 [9. Nxd5 Nxd5 10.Qh5+ {wins a P}] 9... d6 10. Re1 Kf7 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Qh5 g6 14. Bxg6! Qxg6 15.Re7+ Kf6 16.Nxd5# {a forceful finish}

James Peirce
23-11-2012, 11:45 AM
having some issues with the pgn viewer, if anyone else can fix it, it would be appreciated{Edit:} Thanks Jono!

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2012, 12:31 PM
4.exf5 is not a free pawn. 4...Qe7 5.Qe2 d6 and black recovers it, albeit white is better.

In the game 4...d6 would have been better for black than 4 ...Bd6 by far, though white is still better. I think 4.Bc4 is a bit more dangerous than 4.Nc3 for this reason.


9. Nxd5 Nxd5 10.Qh5+ {wins a P}

Yes it does but black's position is so awful it might be barely worth winning anyway in view of the slight loss of impetus via 9...Qa5+ 10.Nc3.

Crushing finish though black made several mistakes to make it possible. Apart from the dubious opening choice mistakes include ...Bd6 (kicking the knight to a square where black has to move the piece again or concede a horrible weakness), ...exd3 (developing white's bishop onto an aggressive square), ...d5 (wasting time moving a pawn in a critically bad position - and onto a square where it is more likely to be taken).

Capablanca-Fan
24-11-2012, 03:02 AM
4.exf5 is not a free pawn. 4...Qe7 5.Qe2 d6 and black recovers it, albeit white is better.
I meant, the best Black could do is be a clear P down, as in that line, hence my wording, “extra P”. Black's small development lead will soon pass, but the P deficit will remain. Compare that to the proper 3... Qf6, material is equal—although Black should get a rotten position after best White play. Likewise with 3... Nf6 4. Nc3 that didn't punish the bad black move so he would have been fine after 4... d6. 3... Nf6 4. Bc4 seems unnecessarily messy compared to a simple P-up position, e.g.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nf6 4. Bc4 Qe7 5.d4 [5. Nf7? d5] 5... d6 6.Nf7 d5 7.Nxh8 dxc4 {and will win that Nh8}

Capablanca-Fan
28-11-2012, 03:08 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2012.11.27 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "guruguru"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1823"]
[BlackElo "2234"]
[Board "8482069"]

1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 3. Bf1-c4 Ng8-f6 4. d2-d3 Bf8-c5 5. O-O d7-d6 6. h2-h3? h7-h6! {The difference between these two moves is that White has castled there, so h3 is a target while ...h6 is preparation to aim at this target} 7. a2-a3 g7-g5 8. b2-b4 Bc5-b6 9. Nb1-c3 g5-g4 10. hxg4 Bc8xg4 11. Qd1-e2? Nc6-d4 12. Qe2-d1 Nf6-h5 13. Nc3-d5 Bg4xf3 14. gxf3 Rh8-g8+ 0-1

James Peirce
28-11-2012, 01:40 PM
This game was played between Wilson Ngieng and Ari Dale at the State Finals(VIC) Ari is top seed and the debate has centered on move 9 for white, can the knight be taken without significant material loss?


[Event "State Secondary Finals"]
[Site "Brighton Grammar"]
[Date "2012.09.19"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Wilson Ngieng"]
[Black "Ari DAle"]
[ECO "B13"]
[Opening "Caro-Kann: Exchange, 4.Nf3"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Bg4 6.Be2 Qc7 {Should White play
safe with O-O or should he try to swap off some pieces against his stronger
opponent with Ne5?} 7.Ne5 {Wrong choice!} Bxe2 8.Qxe2 Nxd4!! {Opps! If White
now captures on d4 9...Qxc1+ so he decided to move his Queen instead. He
touched the Queen and started moving to e3 whereupon he noticed a small
problem. Where can the Queen go? h5 perhaps, but then g6 is annoying.
White's best option? Resigns! This analysis is actually incorrect as my
further analysis shows} 9.cxd4 Qxc1+ 10.Qd1 Qxb2 11.Qa4+ b5 12.Qa6 Qc1+ 13.Ke2
Qc2+ 14.Nd2 Qc7 15.Qxb5+ Kd8 16.Nxf7+

Max Illingworth
28-11-2012, 02:11 PM
I have a feeling Ari would have settled for the pawn up position after 10...Qxd1. However you're right that resigning in a position a pawn down (everything else being equal) is premature.

Capablanca-Fan
03-01-2013, 02:57 AM
Not often that someone resigns before any piece has been taken. My opponent was kind enough to let me lock up his entire Q-side.
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2013.1.2 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "budda132"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2234"]
[BlackElo "1211"]
[Board "8545904"]

1. e2-e4 e7-e6 2. d2-d4 c7-c6 3. c2-c4 h7-h6 4. Nb1-c3 Ng8-e7 5. Ng1-f3 g7-g5 6. Bf1-d3 f7-f6 7. Bc1-e3 a7-a6 8. a2-a4 Bf8-g7 9. O-O b7-b6 10. b2-b4 Bc8-b7 11. d4-d5 e6-e5 12. d5-d6 Ne7-g6 13. c4-c5 b6-b5 14. a4-a5 Bg7-f8 15. Nc3-e2 Ng6-e7 {severe desperation, but I value my Pd6 more than his N} 16. Ne2-g3 Ne7-c8 17. Ng3-f5 Rh8-h7 18. Nf3-d2 Nc8-e7 19. Qd1-h5 1-0

Garrett
03-01-2013, 06:50 AM
That's what happens when you have two bishops, and both of them are bad.

Capablanca-Fan
09-01-2013, 04:46 PM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2012.12.10"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "menatwork"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black resigned"]
[WhiteElo "2234"]
[BlackElo "1784"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2013.1.7"]
[ECO "B50"]
[Board "8509756"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 {just as bad as in the Philidor; too much time lost} 4.dxc5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Qa5+ 6.Nc3 Qxc5 7.Be3 Qa5 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.e5 Rc8 10.exd6 exd6 11.O-O Be7 12.Rfe1 a6 13.Ba4 Nf6 14.Bd4 Qg5 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Bxc6+ bxc6 17.Ne4 {Black never got time to castle, thanks to the pins in the centre} 17... Qg6 18.Nxd6+ Kd7 19.Nxc8 Rxc8 20.Rad1+ Bd6 21.Qe3 Rg8 22.Rxd6+ {forced sequence, long but relatively low-branched so not too difficult to calculate} 22... Kxd6 23.Qe7+ Kd5 24.Rd1+ Kc4 25.b3+ Kb5 26.Qb7+ Kc5 27.b4+ {Black resigned} [27.b4+ Kc4 28.Qxc6+ Kxb4 29.Rb1+ Ka3 30.Qc3+ Kxa2 31.Qb2#] 1-0

James Peirce
08-02-2013, 05:51 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.01"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Chess101 (ck)"]
[Black "calabash fan (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1274"]
[BlackELO "1329"]
[ECO "B50"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Bb5+ Nc6 5. Nxd4 Qb6 6. c4 Bd7 7. Be3 Qc7 8. Nc3 e6 9. Qe2 Nf6 10. f4 Be7 11. g4 Nxd4 12. Bxd7+ Nxd7 13. Bxd4 O-O 14. h4 a6 15. h5 d5 16. exd5 Qxf4 17. Qe3 Qxg4 18. Rg1 Qh4+ 19. Kd2 e5 20. Bxe5 Nxe5 21. Qxe5 Bf6 22. Qf5 Qd4+ 23. Kc2 Rae8 24. Rad1 Re2+ 25. Nxe2 Qxb2+ 26. Kd3 Qa3+ 27. Ke4 Re8+ 28. Kf4 Qe3+ 29. Kg4 Re4+ 30. Nf4 Qe2+ 31. Kh3 Re3+ 32. Rg3 Rxg3+ 33. Kxg3 Qe3+ 34. Kg2 1-0

James Peirce
08-02-2013, 05:52 PM
I am having trouble with the pgn viewer, can anyone help?

Kevin Bonham
08-02-2013, 05:57 PM
I am having trouble with the pgn viewer, can anyone help?

With what you posted previously, you just need to put the PGN tags around the moves themselves (not around the headers above them).

PGN tags are {PGN} at the start and {/PGN} at the end but using square brackets instead of curly brackets.

James Peirce
08-02-2013, 06:02 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.01"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Chess101 (ck)"]
[Black "calabash fan (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1274"]
[BlackELO "1329"]
[ECO "B50"]
[TimeControl "900"

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Bb5+ Nc6 5. Nxd4 Qb6 6. c4 Bd7 7. Be3 Qc7 8. Nc3 e6 9. Qe2 Nf6 10. f4 Be7 11. g4 Nxd4 12. Bxd7+ Nxd7 13. Bxd4 O-O 14. h4 a6 15. h5 d5 16. exd5 Qxf4 17. Qe3 Qxg4 18. Rg1 Qh4+ 19. Kd2 e5 20. Bxe5 Nxe5 21. Qxe5 Bf6 22. Qf5 Qd4+ 23. Kc2 Rae8 24. Rad1 Re2+ 25. Nxe2 Qxb2+ 26. Kd3 Qa3+ 27. Ke4 Re8+ 28. Kf4 Qe3+ 29. Kg4 Re4+ 30. Nf4 Qe2+ 31. Kh3 Re3+ 32. Rg3 Rxg3+ 33. Kxg3 Qe3+ 34. Kg2 1-0

James Peirce
08-02-2013, 06:07 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.01.27"]
[Round "?"]
[White "fearless (ck)"]
[Black "Chess101 (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1242"]
[BlackELO "1097"]
[ECO "A56"]
[TimeControl "120+12"]
I lost this game but felt it was one of my best games


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 g6 6. Nf3 Bg7 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O Bg4 9. Re1 Nbd7 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 b6 12. a3 Ne8 13. Ne2 Ndf6 14. Ng3 Bh8 15. b4 Rb8 16. Bg5 Bg7 17. Rab1 h6 18. Bd2 Qc7 19. Rb3 Nd7 20. Qe2 Qc8 21. Reb1 Nef6 22. Be3 Qc7 23. Qd2 Kh7 24. b5 Ng8 25. a4 Kh8 26. h4 Qd8 27. h5 Ndf6 28. hxg6 fxg6 29. f4 Ng4 30. Be2 Qh4 31. Bxg4 Qxg4 32. Ne2 Rf7 33. Rf1 Rbf8 34. g3 g5 35. f5 Bf6 36. Bf2 h5 37. Qe3 Nh6 38. Kg2 Rg8 39. Qf3 h4 40. Ng1 Rh7 41. Qxg4 Nxg4 42. Nf3 h3+ 43. Kh1 Rgg7 44. Nh2 Nxh2 45. Kxh2 g4 46. Be3 Kg8 47. Rd3 Kf7 48. Ra3 Ke8 49. a5 Bh4 50. Bf2 Bg5 51. axb6 axb6 52. Ra8+ Bd8 53. Rfa1 Rb7 54. Be3 Kd7 55. R8a7 Rc7 56. Bg5 Rxa7 57. Rxa7+ Bc7 58. Ra3 Rh8 59. Bf6 Rf8 60. Bg7 Rf7 61. Bh6 Rh7 62. Bg5 Rg7 63. Bh4 Rf7 64. Ra8 Rg7 65. f6 Rf7 66. Rg8 Bd8 67. Rxg4 Bxf6 68. Kxh3 Bxh4 69. Kxh4 Rf3 70. Rg7+ Ke8 71. Rb7 Re3 72. Rxb6 Rxe4+ 73. g4 Rxc4 74. Rxd6 Rb4 75. b6 c4 76. Rc6 Kd7 77. b7 Rxb7 78. Rxc4 Rb5 79. Kg5 Rxd5 80. Kf5 Rd6 81. Kxe5 Re6+ 82. Kf5 Ke7 83. Rc7+ Kd6 84. Rc6+ Kxc6 85. Kxe6 1-0

James Peirce
08-02-2013, 08:14 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "TAS (ck)"]
[Black "64Saivignesh (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1137"]
[BlackELO "1017"]
[ECO "B09"]
[TimeControl "1200"]
Any thoughts on improvements


1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd2 e6 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. Qe2 b6 9. O-O-O Bb7 10. h3 Rc8 11. g4 h6 12. Rdg1 Kh7 13. g5 Ng8 14. gxh6 Bxh6 15. h4 c5 16. dxc5 Rxc5 17. Ng5+ Bxg5 18. hxg5+ Kg7 19. Qh2 Re8 20. Qh7+ Kf8 21. Rh2 b5 22. Rgh1 b4 23. Qxg8+ Kxg8 24. Rh8+ Kg7 25. R1h7# 1-0

James Peirce
08-02-2013, 08:15 PM
I am White in the previous game

Dr Swartz
09-02-2013, 09:29 AM
[Event "Casual Game"]
[Site "State Library of Victoria, Australia"]
[Date "2013.01.26"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michael Tang"]
[Black "Dr Swartz"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "1874"]
[BlackELO "?"]
[ECO "B03"]
[TimeControl "?"]


1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Bc4 Nb6 5. Bb3 Bf5 6. Qf3 e6 7. Qxb7 d5 8. Nf3 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 a5 10. c4 Bd3 11. Bxb4 axb4 12. Nbd2 O-O 13. Rc1 Na6 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Qc6 Re8 16. Rd1 Re6 17. Qc1 f6 18. Nf1 Be4 19. Qe3 Bxf3 20. Qxf3 fxe5 21. dxe5 Rxe5+ 22. Ne3 Nc5 23. O-O Nxb3 24. axb3 Qh4 25. Qg4 Qxg4 26. Nxg4 Re2 27. Rb1 d4 28. h3 c5 29. Rfe1 Rae8 30. Rxe2 Rxe2 31. Kf1 Rc2 32. Ne5 Nd5 33. Nc4 Nf4 34. Rd1 g5 35. Kg1 h6 36. Kf1 h5 37. Kg1 h4 38. Kf1 Kg7 39. Kg1 Kf6 40. Kf1 d3 41. Kg1 Kf5 42. Nd6+ Ke5 43. Nc4+ Kd4 44. Kf1 Ne2 45. Ke1 Ke4 46. Nd6+ Ke5 47. Nc4+ Kd4 48. Nd6 Nf4 49. Nf5+ Ke4 50. Nd6+ Kd5 0-1

James Peirce
09-02-2013, 06:31 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "fearless (ck)"]
[Black "TAS (ck)"]
[Result "1/2"]
[WhiteELO "1316"]
[BlackELO "1069"]
[ECO "A22"]
[TimeControl "120+12"]1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Be6 6. d3 Nc6 7. Nf3 Bc5 8. O-O Qe7 9. Ng5 Nxc3 10. bxc3 f6 11. Nxe6 Qxe6 12. Qa4 O-O-O 13. Bxc6 Qxc6 14. Qxc6 bxc6 15. Bd2 Bb6 16. a4 a5 17. Rfb1 Kb7 18. Be3 Ka6 19. Bxb6 cxb6 20. Kf1 Rd7 21. Rb2 Rb8 22. c4 c5 23. Rab1 Rd6 24. Rb5 Rdd8 25. Ke1 Ka7 26. R1b3 g5 27. e4 h5 28. h3 h4 29. g4 Rb7 30. Kd2 Rd4 31. Ke3 Rb8 32. Rb2 Rb7 33. R5b3 Ka6 34. Kd2 Ka7 35. Rb1 Ka6 36. Rf1 Rbd7 37. Ke3 Ka7 38. f3 Ka6 39. Rfb1 Rb7 40. R3b2 Ka7 41. Rf1 Rbd7 42. Rd2 Ka6 43. Rff2 Ka7 44. Ke2 Ka6 45. Rf1 Ka7 46. Rc1 Ka6 47. Rc3 Ka7 48. Rb2 Ka6 49. Rcb3 Rb7 50. Rb1 Ka7 51. Rh1 Ka6 52. Rg1 Rbd7 53. Rf1 Ka7 54. Re1 Ka6 55. Rd1 Ka7 56. Rc1 Ka6 57. Rcb1 Rb7 58. Ra1 Ka7 59. Ra2 Ka6 60. Raa3 Ka7 61. Kd2 Ka6 62. Kc3 Rbd7 63. Kc2 Ka7 64. Rb5 Ka6 65. Rab3 Rb7 66. Ra3 Ka7 67. Kd2 Ka6 68. Ke3 Ka7 69. Rb1 Ka6 70. Raa1 Ka7 71. Rd1 Rbd7 72. Rd2 Ka6 73. Rad1 Ka7 74. Rh2 Ka6 75. Ra2 Ka7 76. Ke2 Ka6 77. Rb2 Ka7 78. Rbd2 Ka6 79. Ke1 Ka7 80. Kf1 Ka6 81. Ke2 Ka7 82. Re1 Ka6 83. Rh1 Ka7 84. Ke3 Kb7 85. Rhh2 Ka6 86. Rh1 Kb7 87. Rdd1 Ka6 88. Rhe1 Ka7 89. Re2 Rxc4 90. Ra2 Rc3 91. Rdd2 Ka6 92. Ke2 b5 93. axb5+ Kxb5 94. Rdb2+ Ka6 95. Rd2 Rc1 96. Ke3 Rb7 97. Rac2 Rxc2 98. Rxc2 Kb6 99. Kd2 Kc6 100. Ra2 Ra7 101. Kc3 a4 102. Kc4 Ra5 103. Ra3 Ra6 104. Ra1 a3 105. Kb3 Kb5 106. Kc3 Ra4 107. Ra2 Ka5 108. Kb3 Rb4+ 109. Kc3 Ka4 110. Kc2 Rb3 111. Ra1 Kb4 112. Ra2 Rb2+ 113. Rxb2+ axb2 114. Kxb2 c4 115. dxc4 Kxc4 116. Kc2 Kd4 117. Kd2 Kc4 118. Kc2 Kb4 119. Kb2 Kc5 120. Kc3 Kb5 121. Kb3 Kc6 122. Kc4 Kd6 123. Kb5 Ke6 124. Kc6 Ke7 125. Kc7 Ke6 126. Kc6 Ke7 127. Kd5 Kd7 128. Kc5 Ke6 129. Kc6 1/2-1/2

James Peirce
09-02-2013, 06:32 PM
it is unsual that the pure pawn ending was a draw

James Peirce
09-02-2013, 07:06 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "raiyan (ck)"]
[Black "TAS (ck)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "1442"]
[BlackELO "1148"]
[ECO "A00"]
[TimeControl "900"]
Opponent disconnected
Any opinions on whether the sac is sound.


1. e3 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Be2 d5 4. a3 Nf6 5. d3 Bd6 6. O-O e4 7. dxe4 dxe4 8. Nd4 Nxd4 9. exd4 Bd7 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Nc3 Qg6 13. g3 h5 14. Nd5 h4 15. Ne3 hxg3 16. fxg3 Rxh2 0-1

Kevin Bonham
09-02-2013, 07:26 PM
it is unsual that the pure pawn ending was a draw

Not all the way through though. 123...Ke6 losing the opposition was in fact a mistake and white then could have won with 126.Kd8. Earlier black missed easy wins, for instance 112...c4.


Any opinions on whether the sac is sound.

Sound in the sense that black is winning, but unnecessary. 16...Qh6 is probably better, as white might have responded to 16...Rxh2 with 17.Bg4!

James Peirce
09-02-2013, 07:33 PM
Sound in the sense that black is winning, but unnecessary. 16...Qh6 is probably better, as white might have responded to 16...Rxh2 with 17.Bg4!
Wouldn't black then play 17.... Qh6

Kevin Bonham
09-02-2013, 07:47 PM
Wouldn't black then play 17.... Qh6

18.Bxd7+ with Qg4 coming and I don't think white's in trouble anymore.

James Peirce
09-02-2013, 07:50 PM
instead of Qh6 wouldn't Bxf3 work to hold onto the extra material

road runner
09-02-2013, 07:51 PM
Isn't white winning this?

129. Kc6 Ke7 130.Kc7 Ke6 131.Kd8 Kf7 132.Kd7 and Ke6
or the counterattack seems miles too slow 131... Kd6 132.Ke8 Kc5 133. Ke7 and xf6

Kevin Bonham
09-02-2013, 08:13 PM
instead of Qh6 wouldn't Bxf3 work to hold onto the extra material

I assume you mean g3. Yes that works, black is two pawns up.


Isn't white winning this?

Yes - but only if black doesn't claim the triple rep. :owned: 131.Kd8 is the same as 126.Kd8 would have been.

James Peirce
11-02-2013, 11:32 AM
after Bg4 fritz13 gives the line 17... Rh3!! as Bxd7+ Kxd7 Qg4+ Qxg4 Nxg4 Rxf3+ with material advantage for black

James Peirce
11-02-2013, 11:43 AM
[Event "Unkown"]
[Site "Unkown"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Junior Master"]
[Black "Raiyan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[Opening "Van Kruijs"]



1.e3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Be2 d5 4.a3 Nf6 5.d3 Bd6 6.O-O e4 7.dxe4 dxe4 8.Nd4 Nxd4
9.exd4 Bd7 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nc3 Qg6 13.g3 h5 14.Nd5 h4 15.Ne3 hxg3
16.fxg3 Rxh2 17.Kxh2 (17.Bg4 Rh3 18.Bxd7+ (18.Bxh3 Qxg3+ 19.Bg2 Qxe3+
(19...Bh3 20.Qe2 Qh2+ 21.Kf2 Bg3#) 20.Rf2 (20.Kh1) 20...Bg3) 18...Kxd7 19.Qg4+
Qxg4 20.Nxg4 Rxg3+ 21.Kh1 Rxg4) 17...Qxg3+ 18.Kh1 Qh2# 0-1

James Peirce
11-02-2013, 11:44 AM
the game above has all the variations and show that Rxh2!! wins in all variations

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2013, 01:07 PM
the game above has all the variations and show that Rxh2!! wins in all variations

Which it does (17...Rh3! is nice), but after 18.Bxh3 Qxg3 19.Bg2 Qxe3+ 20.Rf2 Bg3 21.Qe2 etc black will be "just" a couple of pawns up with a nasty pawn storm. Certainly winning with best play, but actually 16...Qh6 was even stronger - the knight is threatened and so is mate on h2. If black wins the knight he still has a huge attack after winning it. If white tries to save both threats with 17.Kf2 then Qxh2+ 18.Ke1 Qxg3+ (two pawns already) 19.Kd2 Rh3 and if white saves the knight he'll get mated.

James Peirce
17-02-2013, 04:30 PM
Junior Master
Robert Jamieson

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be3 Nc6 6. d5 Ne5 7. Be2 Nxf3+ 8. Bxf3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Qd7 10. O-O Nf6 11. Bd4 O-O 12. Rfe1 c5 13. dxc6 bxc6 14. e5 dxe5 15. Bxe5 Rac8 16. Rad1 Qb7 17. Ne4 Nxe4 18. Qxe4 f6 19. Bc3 e5 20. Qc4+ Qf7 21. Qa4 Rfe8 22. Rd2 Red8 23. Rxd8+ Rxd8 24. b3 Qd7 25. Qc4+ Qd5 26. g3 Qxc4 27. bxc4 Bf8 28. Kg2 Bc5 29. Re2 Kf7 30. Rd2 Rxd2 31. Bxd2 f5 32. f3 Ke6 33. Kf1 e4 34. Ke2 Bd4 35. h3 h5 36. g4 fxg4 37. fxg4 hxg4 38. hxg4 Ke5 39. Bb4 Kf4 40. c3 Bb6 41. c5 Bc7 42. c4 Kxg4 43. Bd2 Kf5 44. a4 g5 45. a5 a6 46. Kf2 g4 47. Bc3 Bf4 48. Be1 e3+ 49. Ke2 Ke4 50. Bh4 g3 51. Bxg3 Bxg3 0-1
Not bad considering the rating gap

Adamski
17-02-2013, 10:32 PM
A very good scalp, JM.:clap:

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2013, 10:55 PM
A very good scalp, JM.:clap:

No, jammo won. Check the game.

That said there is no rating gap as jammo no longer has a rating as such, his ACF having expired and his FIDE being inactive. I expect he would still be 2200-ish at least but until he makes a comeback to proper chess we will not know. So still good to perform competitively against him.

Adamski
17-02-2013, 11:16 PM
LOL the dangers of posting from mobile...

Kevin Bonham
18-02-2013, 12:03 AM
But Jammo would have been scalped if White had seen 26.Rd1!

What was the time control?

James Peirce
18-02-2013, 01:43 PM
Time control was 15mins+5secs

James Peirce
18-02-2013, 04:20 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Junior Master(ck)"]
[Black "fearless (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1181"]
[BlackELO "1161"]
[ECO "A52"]
[TimeControl "900"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Bc5 5. e3 g5 6. Bg3 h5 7. h3 Nh6 8. Nf3 g4 9. Nd4 Nc6 10. hxg4 Nxg4 11. Qxg4 hxg4 12. Rxh8+ Bf8 13. Bh4 Ne7 14. Nf5 d5 15. Bxe7 1-0

James Peirce
23-02-2013, 07:14 PM
Junior Master
Liam Harrison


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. e4 g6 6. Bg5 Bg7 7. Nf3 Qb6 8. b3 Qb4 9. Bd2 Qb6 10. Bd3 Nbd7 11. O-O Qc7 12. Re1 b6 13. Ng5 Ne5 14. Bc2 h6 15. Nf3 Nfd7 16. Rc1 h5 17. Ng5 Nb8 18. Nf3 Na6 19. Ng5 Nb4 20. Bb1 Nbd3 21. Nb5 Qd7 22. dxe6 fxe6 23. f4 Nxc1 24. fxe5 Bxe5 25. Bxc1 Ba6 26. Nf3 Bxb5 27. Nxe5 dxe5 28. cxb5 Qxb5 29. Qd6 Qd7 30. Qxe5 Rf8 31. Bg5 Qd4+ 32. Qxd4 cxd4 33. e5 Rf5 34. Bxf5 gxf5 35. Rd1 Rc8 36. Rd2 Rc5 37. Bf6 Rd5 38. Kf2 Kd7 39. a4 Kc6 40. Rc2+ Rc5 41. Rxc5+ Kxc5 42. Be7+ Kd5 43. Bd6 Kc6 44. Ke2 b5 45. axb5+ Kxb5 46. Kd3 Kc6 47. Kxd4 h4 48. Kc4 a5 49. h3 Kd7 50. Kb5 a4 51. bxa4 1-0

James Peirce
27-02-2013, 06:53 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Junior Master (ck)"]
[Black "fearless (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1181"]
[BlackELO "1161"]
[ECO "A40"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. e4 b6 4. f4 Bb7 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. Bd3 e6 8. Be3 Ne7 9. Qc2 O-O 10. d5 exd5 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 Re8 13. Kd2 Nf6 14. h4 Ng4 15. Bg1 c6 16. h5 Qf6 17. f5 cxd5 18. Bd4 Qd8 19. Bxg7 dxc4 20. hxg6 cxd3 21. gxf7+ Kxf7 22. Qc4+ Kxg7 23. Rxh7+ Kxh7 24. Qf7+ Kh8 25. Rh1+ 1-0
I challenge anyone to understand this game without the use of a computer. I certainly didn't have a clue:hmm: :lol: :lol:

ER
28-02-2013, 06:53 AM
I 've never seen such a powerful and symmetrically developed centre as the one White achieved in this game!

Also very impressed by White's tactical play!

All in all a great attack!

Note to myself: I better be very careful if I want to come out of Devonport alive and in one piece after having played this youngster!

Capablanca-Fan
01-03-2013, 11:47 AM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.02.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Junior Master (ck)"]
[Black "fearless (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1181"]
[BlackELO "1161"]
[ECO "A40"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. e4 b6 4. f4 Bb7 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. Bd3 e6 8. Be3 Ne7 9. Qc2 O-O 10. d5 exd5 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 Re8 13. Kd2 Nf6 14. h4 Ng4 15. Bg1 c6 16. h5 Qf6 17. f5 cxd5 18. Bd4 Qd8 19. Bxg7 dxc4 20. hxg6 cxd3 21. gxf7+ Kxf7 22. Qc4+ Kxg7 23. Rxh7+ Kxh7 24. Qf7+ Kh8 25. Rh1+ 1-0
I challenge anyone to understand this game without the use of a computer. I certainly didn't have a clue:hmm: :lol: :lol:
Very nice tactical finish. For earlier parts, no computer is necessary. There was no need for 10.d5; just hold the centre, castle, and let Black come up with something. 11. Nxd5 was wrong because it helps black exchange and relieve his cramp somewhat. 11. cxd5 looks better instead, and 12. cxd5 was also better. It wasn't pleasant having your K stuck in a non-closed centre. Black could have improved on move 17 with ... Bh6+ or ... Qxb2.

Kevin Bonham
01-03-2013, 12:47 PM
White a bit lucky there. Can't see anything wrong with 18...Ne5 when it doesn't seem white has anything and may even be that the wheels are falling off. Sequence at the end well calculated though.

James Peirce
01-03-2013, 12:53 PM
Sequence at the end well calculated though
I simply hoped for the best:lol:

James Peirce
08-03-2013, 09:54 AM
This is quite an interesting games and i would like suggestions on improvements for either side.
(Note: I played this with a freind of mine where we look at the moves for both sides.)
Anyway the game


[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D85"]
[Opening "Gruenfeld: Exchange, 5.e4"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Rb1 Qa5
9.Ne2 Bg4 10.f3 Bd7 11.O-O Nc6 12.d5 Ne5 13.Bb3 c4 14.Bc2 Qxa2 15.Rb2 Qa6
16.Nd4 O-O-O 17.Bf4 h5 18.Qb1 Bf6 19.Rb4 g5 20.Bxe5 Bxe5 21.Ne2 Bd6 22.Rb2 h4
23.e5 Bc5+ 24.Nd4 e6 25.dxe6 Bxe6 26.Be4 Rd7 27.Rd1 Bd5 28.Bxd5 Rxd5 29.Qf5+
Kb8 30.Qxf7 Rhd8 31.Rdb1 b6 32.e6 Rxd4 33.cxd4 Bxd4+ 34.Kf1 c3+ 35.Re2 c2
36.Rc1 Bc5 37.Ke1 Bb4+ 38.Kf2 Bc5+ 39.Ke1 Qa5+ 40.Kf1 Rd1+ 41.Rxd1 cxd1=Q+
42.Re1 Qdxe1# 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
08-03-2013, 03:47 PM
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D85"]
[Opening "Gruenfeld: Exchange, 5.e4"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Rb1? {mixing systems} 8... Qa5 9.Ne2 Bg4 [9... cxd4 {ruins White's centre}] 10.f3 Bd7 11.O-O Nc6 12.d5 Ne5 13.Bb3 c4 14.Bc2 Qxa2? 15.Rb2? [15.Rxb7] 15...Qa6 16.Nd4 O-O-O {doesn't look advisable to castle into enemy half-open files} 17.Bf4 h5 18.Qb1 Bf6 19.Rb4 g5 20.Bxe5 {why give the enemy the B-pair, especially when the dark squares are weak?} 20... Bxe5 21.Ne2 Bd6 22.Rb2 h4
23.e5 Bc5+ {seems good simply to take the P} 24.Nd4 e6 25.dxe6 Bxe6 26.Be4 Rd7 27.Rd1 Bd5 28.Bxd5 Rxd5 29.Qf5+
Kb8 [29... Qe6!] 30.Qxf7 Rhd8 {black missed a combo} [30... Rxd4! 31.cxd4 Bxd4+ 32.Rxd4 Qa1+] 31.Rdb1 b6 32.e6 Rxd4 33.cxd4 Bxd4+ 34.Kf1? {now it was White's turn—Get the K to safety and run his own passed P} [34.Kh1! Bxb2 35. e7 Qc8 36.exd8=Q Qxd8 37.Re1 {then Re8}] 34... c3+ 35.Re2 c2
36.Rc1 Bc5 37.Ke1 [37.Re1 {so Black can't play Rd1 with check, and must watch his own back rank for checks}] 37... Bb4+ [37... Qa5+ {as you saw next time}] 38.Kf2 Bc5+ 39.Ke1 Qa5+ 40.Kf1 Rd1+ 41.Rxd1 cxd1=Q+
42.Re1 Qdxe1# 0-1

James Peirce
10-03-2013, 11:44 AM
this is a truly complex game

[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.03.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "calabash fan (ck)"]
[Black "TAS (ck)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "1452"]
[BlackELO "1035"]
[ECO "D02"]
[TimeControl "300"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nbd2 Nc6 4. g3 Bf5 5. c3 e6 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. O-O Qe7 8. b3 O-O-O 9. Bb2 Ne4 10. c4 h5 11. c5 Bxg3 12. hxg3 g5 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Nh2 h4 15. g4 h3 16. Bh1 Bxg4 17. Nxg4 f5 18. Nh2 g4 19. e3 Rhg8 20. Qe1 Qh4 21. f3 gxf3+ 22. Ng4 Rxg4+ 23. Kh2 Qg5 24. Rg1 Rg2+ 25. Rxg2 hxg2 26. d5 Rh8+ 27. Bxh8 gxh1=Q+ 0-1

Redmond Barry
18-03-2013, 10:22 PM
adventures in the bayonet attack .........................

im not quite sure how white let me win this but he did.

this was more white falling asleep than me playing well but its the first time ive beaten a 2000+ player on fics.

so yay for me. :)

1. c4 {[%emt 0.0]} Nf6 {[%emt 0.0]} 2. d4 {[%emt 3.491]} g6 {[%emt 10.248]} 3. Nc3 {[%emt 3.98]} Bg7 {[%emt 4.98]} 4. e4 {[%emt 4.716]} d6 {[%emt 1.872]} 5. Nf3 {[%emt 3.642]} O-O {[%emt 10.685]} 6. Be2 {[%emt 5.261]} e5 {[%emt 16.733]} 7. O-O {[%emt 5.78]} Nc6 {[%emt 5.086]} 8. d5 {[%emt 3.702]} Ne7 {[%emt 33.53]} 9. b4 {[%emt 4.457]} a5 {[%emt 23.602]} 10. Ba3 {[%emt 4.589]} axb4 {[%emt 9.343]} 11. Bxb4 {[%emt 4.222]} b6 {[%emt 3.052]} 12. a4 {[%emt 11.806]} Re8 {[%emt 11.917]} 13. Re1 {[%emt 3.969]} Bb7 {[%emt 21.303]} 14. Qd2 {[%emt 12.139]} c5 {[%emt 9.406]} 15. Ba3 {[%emt 6.961]} Rf8 {[%emt 9.832]} 16. Rab1 {[%emt 6.76]} Bc8 {[%emt 28.89]} 17. Qb2 {[%emt 4.769]} Rb8 {[%emt 12.875]} 18. Qc2 {[%emt 5.231]} Bg4 {[%emt 8.002]} 19. h3 {[%emt 5.266]} Bxf3 {[%emt 10.623]} 20. Bxf3 {[%emt 3.683]} h5 {[%emt 23.487]} 21. Qd3 {[%emt 4.587]} Nh7 {[%emt 7.24]} 22. Bd1 {[%emt 4.694]} Qd7 {[%emt 48.303]} 23. Re2 {[%emt 8.181]} Kh8 {[%emt 69.915]} 24. Reb2 {[%emt 34.358]} f5 {[%emt 59.245]} 25. Rxb6 {[%emt 14.056]} Rxb6 {[%emt 31.255]} 26. Rxb6 {[%emt 3.312]} fxe4 {[%emt 16.916]} 27. Nxe4 {[%emt 4.421]} Qf5 {[%emt 11.687]} 28. Rxd6 {[%emt 21.098]} Ng5 {[%emt 51.46]} 29. f3 {[%emt 84.438]} Bh6 {[%emt 58.211]} 30. Nxc5 {[%emt 29.924]} Nxh3+ {[%emt 23.487]} 31. gxh3 {[%emt 15.102]} Qxh3 {[%emt 3.372]} 32. Kf2 {[%emt 161.693]} Nf5 {[%emt 47.149]} 33. Rxg6 {[%emt 18.36]} Be3+ {[%emt 5.604]} 34. Ke1 {[%emt 17.046]} Qh4+ {[%emt 18.196]} 35. Kf1 {[%emt 29.387]} Qf2# {[%emt 5.514]} {White checkmated} 0-1

Kevin Bonham
18-03-2013, 10:26 PM
this is a truly complex game

Indeed. Shame about missing 22...h2# though. :lol:

James Peirce
19-03-2013, 10:35 AM
i only found h2# when using fritz afterwards

James Watson
27-03-2013, 12:31 AM
This was a game from a while ago, I was white and my opponent was close to 500 rating points higher than me.



1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Ng5 Nf6 5.Bc4 Bg4 6.Qxg4 Nxg4 7.Bxf7+ Kd7 8.Be6+ Kc6 9.Bxg4 e6 10.Nc3 Na6 11.a3 Bd6 12.O-O Nc7 13.Ncxe4 Rf8 14.d3 h6 15.Nxe6 Nxe6 16.Bxe6 Be5 17.Rf3 Qh4 18.Be3 Bxb2 19.Rb1 Bd4 20.Bxd4 cxd4 21.c4 Kc7 22.Bd5 Rab8 23.Nc5 Rfe8 24.Rg3 g5 25.f5 Re3 26.f6 Rxg3 27.hxg3 Qxg3 28.f7 Qe3+ 29.Kh1 h5 30.Ne6+ Kd6 31.Rxb7 Rh8 32.f8=B+ Rxf8 33.Nxf8 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Qf4+ 35.Kg1 Qxf8 36.Rf7 Qb8 37.Rb7 Qe8 38.Be4 Qa4 39.Kh2 Qxa3 40.Rb5 Qc1 41.c5+ Ke6 42.c6 h4 43.Ra5 Qf4+ 44.Kh1 g4 45.Rxa7 g3 46.Ra1 Kd6 47.Rb1 h3

James Watson
27-03-2013, 04:26 PM
This was the rematch against the same opponent. I played the endgame horribly, which is unusual because endgames are normally one of my strong points. I think I should have played 36...Bc4 which would have given me an extra tempo to work with, maybe it might have been enough to say bring the h pawn forward and look for some real counterplay on that wing.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 f5 18.f4 Kh8 19.Bxd5 cxd5 20.Qf1 Qh5 21.a4 bxa4 22.Rxa4 Re6 23.Rxa6 Rfe8 24.Qb5 g5 25.Qxd5 gxf4 26.Rxd6 Rxe3 27.Rxe3 fxe3 28.Rd8 exd2 29.Qe5+ Kg8 30.Rxe8+ Qxe8 31.Qxe8+ Kg7 32.Qa4 d1=Q+ 33.Qxd1 Bxd1 34.Kf2 Bb3 35.Ke3 Kf6 36.Kd3 Kg5 37.c4 f4 38.gxf4+ Kxf4 39.Kc3 Bd1 40.Kb4 Kf5 41.c5 Ke6 42.c6 Kd6 43.Kb5 Bb3 44.Kb6 Bd5 45.c7 Be6

Capablanca-Fan
02-04-2013, 11:29 AM
[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2013.3.30"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "jammboy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black king mated"]
[WhiteElo "2234"]
[BlackElo "1899"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2013.4.2"]
[Board "8692596"]

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Be3 c5 4.Nf3 Qb6 5.Nc3 Qxb2 6.Na4 Qb4+ 7.c3 Qa5 8.Nxc5 Qxc3+ 9.Bd2 Qa3 10.Rc1 b6 11.Ne6 fxe6 12.Rxc8+ Kf7 13.Ng5+ Kf6 14.e5+ Kf5 15.g4# 1-0

James Peirce
05-04-2013, 10:03 AM
Another one of my games vs myself, any comments?

[ECO "E70"]
[Opening "King's Indian: 4.e4 d6"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nge2
Nd7 10.Qc2 f5 11.O-O-O f4 12.Bd2 a5 13.g3 g5 14.gxf4 gxf4 15.Rhg1 Nb6 16.Rg2
a4 17.a3 c5 18.dxc6 Nxc6 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.cxd5 Nd4 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Kb1 Bd7
23.Rc1 Rc8 24.Qd1 Qb6 25.Rg1 Rc5 26.Bb4 Rc7 27.Qd2 Rxc1+ 28.Rxc1 Qd8 29.Ba5
Qh4 30.Rc7 Rf7 31.Rxb7 h5 32.Rb8+ Bf8 33.Bb4 Qf6

Capablanca-Fan
05-04-2013, 02:03 PM
[ECO "E70"]
[Opening "King's Indian: 4.e4 d6"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.Bd3? Nc6 [7... Ng4! 8.fxg4 exd4 {with a big advantage because White's Ps are ruined and he has weak dark squares}] 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nge2
Nd7 10.Qc2 f5 11.O-O-O f4 12.Bd2 a5 13.g3 g5 14.gxf4 gxf4 15.Rhg1 Nb6 16.Rg2
a4 17.a3 c5 18.dxc6 Nxc6 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.cxd5 Nd4 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Kb1 Bd7
23.Rc1 Rc8 24.Qd1 Qb6 25.Rg1 Rc5 26.Bb4 Rc7 27.Qd2 Rxc1+ 28.Rxc1 Qd8 29.Ba5
Qh4 30.Rc7 Rf7 31.Rxb7 h5 32.Rb8+ Bf8 33.Bb4 Qf6

Redmond Barry
05-04-2013, 02:46 PM
Another one of my games vs myself, any comments?

[ECO "E70"]
[Opening "King's Indian: 4.e4 d6"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nge2
Nd7 10.Qc2 f5 11.O-O-O f4 12.Bd2 a5 13.g3 g5 14.gxf4 gxf4 15.Rhg1 Nb6 16.Rg2
a4 17.a3 c5 18.dxc6 Nxc6 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.cxd5 Nd4 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Kb1 Bd7
23.Rc1 Rc8 24.Qd1 Qb6 25.Rg1 Rc5 26.Bb4 Rc7 27.Qd2 Rxc1+ 28.Rxc1 Qd8 29.Ba5
Qh4 30.Rc7 Rf7 31.Rxb7 h5 32.Rb8+ Bf8 33.Bb4 Qf6

shouldnt a game played against oneself always end in a draw ? :D

James Watson
09-04-2013, 01:02 AM
this is why I like maroczy bind type positions, they're just so.... clinical.
It was an internet game 1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nc3 d6 6.O-O a6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qc7 9.e4 Be7 10.Nc2 b6 11.Qe2 Bb7 12.b3 O-O 13.Be3 Rad8 14.Na4 Qb8 15.Bxb6 Rd7 16.Nc3 Ne5 17.Rad1 Ng6 18.Be3 h5 19.Bc1 h4 20.Rd4 hxg3 21.hxg3 e5 22.Rd3 Rfd8 23.Rfd1 Bc8 24.Ba3 Rb7 25.Ne3 d5 26.Bxe7 Nxe7 27.Ncxd5 Nexd5 28.Nxd5 Nxd5 29.exd5 Bf5 30.Re3 Re7 31.c5 Qb5 32.Qxb5 axb5 33.f4 e4 34.Rd4 Rb8 35.Kf2 b4 36.Bxe4 Rbe8 37.Kf3 g6 38.g4 Bc8 39.d6 Bxg4+ 40.Kxg4 f5+ 41.Kf3 Rxe4 42.Rdxe4 fxe4+ 43.Rxe4 Kf7 44.Rxe8 Kxe8 45.c6 The beauty was that after 14...Qb8?? (Nd7 was essential) and 15.Bxb6 black is really in a bad way, its not so much that he is down a pawn, its that the b pawn was the only realistic pawn break black could go with, so since black had no counterplay I was able to simply keep improving the position of my pieces with no worries. Of course I missed the possibilty of either ...Nxe4 or ...Bxe4 on move 17 but apart from that white was constantly in control. The only other move I wonder about is instead of 24.Ba3 I should have played Bh3 to exchange my LSB for blacks ofcourse it didnt matter at that stage since it was clear white was going to win and Ba3 is still a fine move.


and just to avoid a double post I thought I would add this game I enjoyed alot, like the last one I felt that I was in control the entire game, though this time it was more subtle than that. Somehow almost imperceptably I managed to gain a winning advantage just by improving my pieces. this one was a correspondence game 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd7 7.O-O Nc6 8.Nb3 Nf6 9.Nbxd4 Bc5 10.Nxc6 Qxc6 11.Ne5 Qb6 12.c3 O-O 13.Bd3 Qc7 14.Bf4 Bd6 15.Qe2 b6 16.Rfd1 Bb7 17.Bc2 Rad8 18.Rd4 Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Qc6 20.f3 Rxd4 21.Bxd4 Rd8 22.Rd1 Kf8 23.Qe5 Ke7 24.Qg3 Ne8 25.Bxh7 Qb5 26.Rd2 f6 27.Bd3 Qa5 28.Bg6 Nd6 29.a4 Qxa4 30.Bc2 Qe8 31.Qxg7+ Qf7 32.Bxf6+ 24.Qg3 left white with a winning position but I'm not sure why I missed 24.Qg5! though which is a bit stronger



This was a game from a while ago, I was white and my opponent was close to 500 rating points higher than me.



1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Ng5 Nf6 5.Bc4 Bg4 6.Qxg4 Nxg4 7.Bxf7+ Kd7 8.Be6+ Kc6 9.Bxg4 e6 10.Nc3 Na6 11.a3 Bd6 12.O-O Nc7 13.Ncxe4 Rf8 14.d3 h6 15.Nxe6 Nxe6 16.Bxe6 Be5 17.Rf3 Qh4 18.Be3 Bxb2 19.Rb1 Bd4 20.Bxd4 cxd4 21.c4 Kc7 22.Bd5 Rab8 23.Nc5 Rfe8 24.Rg3 g5 25.f5 Re3 26.f6 Rxg3 27.hxg3 Qxg3 28.f7 Qe3+ 29.Kh1 h5 30.Ne6+ Kd6 31.Rxb7 Rh8 32.f8=B+ Rxf8 33.Nxf8 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Qf4+ 35.Kg1 Qxf8 36.Rf7 Qb8 37.Rb7 Qe8 38.Be4 Qa4 39.Kh2 Qxa3 40.Rb5 Qc1 41.c5+ Ke6 42.c6 h4 43.Ra5 Qf4+ 44.Kh1 g4 45.Rxa7 g3 46.Ra1 Kd6 47.Rb1 h3

And finally I'm curious about what people think of the Queen sacrafice in the opening from this game, any thoughts about weather its sound or not?

James Peirce
10-04-2013, 09:57 AM
Watson, where do you play these online games, i would like to give you a game sometime

James Watson
10-04-2013, 01:28 PM
When I play live games ( mostly 5 minute) I play at chess.com using the app on my phone. However when I play correspondence I play at gameknot which is by far my favorite chess site and definitely the best site for correspondence.

road runner
10-04-2013, 08:30 PM
And finally I'm curious about what people think of the Queen sacrafice in the opening from this game, any thoughts about weather its sound or not?Why, it is elementary, my dear Watson.

Adamski
10-04-2013, 09:13 PM
When I play live games ( mostly 5 minute) I play at chess.com using the app on my phone. However when I play correspondence I play at gameknot which is by far my favorite chess site and definitely the best site for correspondence.
I agree with the second point. I like gameknot, where I am Adamskij! (But don't challenge me yet - already playing enough games!)
Not keen on chess.com. Prefer playchess.com.

James Peirce
11-04-2013, 11:08 AM
I 've never seen such a powerful and symmetrically developed centre as the one White achieved in this game!

Also very impressed by White's tactical play!

All in all a great attack!

Note to myself: I better be very careful if I want to come out of Devonport alive and in one piece after having played this youngster!
Jak you are aware i can read the white text right? I think you are overestimating me.

James Peirce
12-04-2013, 09:00 PM
[Site "Latrobe High"]
[Date "2013.04.12"]
[White "Peirce, James"]
[Black "Walker, Kiran"]
[WhiteElo "1176"]
[BlackElo "1089"]
[ECO "B30"]
[Opening "Sicilian: 2...Nc6 3.Nc3 g6"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd2 d6 8.Bd3 Nf6
9.O-O O-O 10.Qe2 Bd7 11.Kh1 Qc7 12.g3 Rfe8 13.Rae1 Bg4 14.f3 Bh3 15.Rf2 Qd7
16.g4 Rab8 17.b3 Bxg4 18.fxg4 Nxg4 19.Rg2 Ne5 20.Rf1 Nxd3 21.cxd3 d5 22.Qf3
dxe4 23.Qxf7+ Kh8 24.dxe4 Rf8 25.Qc4 Qh3 26.Rgf2 Rxf2 27.Rxf2 Rd8 28.Nb1
Who do we think is winning?

Kevin Bonham
13-04-2013, 02:42 AM
White; I don't think black has anything real.

James Peirce
14-04-2013, 07:36 PM
White seems to have problems after 28.... Bd4

road runner
14-04-2013, 07:48 PM
White seems to have problems after 28.... Bd4
29.Qf1

Kevin Bonham
14-04-2013, 07:52 PM
White seems to have problems after 28.... Bd4

But doesn't. 28...Bd4 29.Bc3!

Or just ignore the threat on the rook since if black takes it Bc3+ should win anyway.

James Peirce
15-04-2013, 08:34 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.03.17"]
[Round "?"]
[White "James Peirce(ck)"]
[Black "calabash fan (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1063"]
[BlackELO "1454"]
[ECO "B01"]
[TimeControl "300"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. d4 Be7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. Qc2 h6 10. Bxh6 gxh6 11. Qd2 Bg5 12. Nxg5 hxg5 13. h4 Nxc3 14. bxc3 f6 15. O-O-O Rf7 16. hxg5 fxg5 17. Rde1 Rg7 18. a3 Bd7 19. Qa2+ Rf7 20. Bg6 Qf8 21. Rh7 Nd8 22. Reh1 Ne6 23. Rh8+ Kg7 24. Rxf8 Raxf8 25. Bxf7 Rxf7 26. Qc2 Kf8 27. Rh8+ Ke7 28. Rh7 Rxh7 29. Qxh7+ Kd6 30. Qe4 Bc6 31. Qe5+ Kd7 32. d5 Bxd5 33. Qxd5+ Ke7 34. g3 c6 35. Qd3 1-0

James Peirce
15-04-2013, 09:10 PM
[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.04.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "James Peirce (ck)"]
[Black "fearless (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1242"]
[BlackELO "1464"]
[ECO "A00"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. a3 g6 2. g3 b6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d3 Bb7 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. e4 d6 8. Nge2 e5 9. Bg5 Ne7 10. h4 h6 11. Be3 c5 12. Qd2 d5 13. exd5 Nexd5 14. Na4 Qd7 15. Nac3 Rd8 16. O-O-O Ng4 17. Nxd5 Bxd5 18. f3 Nxe3 19. Qxe3 O-O 20. Nc3 Ba8 21. Ne4 f5 22. Nc3 Qf7 23. g4 fxg4 24. Rdf1 g3 25. Ne4 Qf4 26. Re1 Rd4 27. Rh3 Bxe4 28. Qxf4 exf4 29. Rxe4 Rf5 30. Rh1 Rh5 31. Bh3 Rxe4 32. dxe4 Bf6 33. Bg2 Kf7 34. b3 Bd4 35. Kd2 Kf6 36. Kd3 Bf2 37. Kc4 a6 38. a4 Ke6 39. Bh3+ Ke5 40. Bg2 Be3 41. Rh3 g5 42. hxg5 Rxh3 43. Bxh3 hxg5 44. Bg2 Bd4 45. Bh1 Kf6 46. Bg2 Kg6 47. Kd5 b5 48. Kc6 bxa4 49. bxa4 Kh5 50. Kb6 g4 51. Kxa6 gxf3 52. Bxf3+ Kh4 53. Kb5 Kh3 54. a5 Bc3 55. a6 g2 56. Bxg2+ Kxg2 57. a7 f3 58. a8=Q f2 59. Qg8+ Kf1 60. Qg3 Ke1 61. Qe3+ Kf1 62. Qxc3 Kg2 63. Qd2 1-0

James Peirce
15-04-2013, 09:13 PM
Amazing how often the advantage swings in chess
In this game i was losing, then winning, stuffed up and should have been held to a draw but he made a massive blunder

[Event "Pickup Game"]
[Site "MyChess.com"]
[Date "2013.04.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "James Peirce(ck)"]
[Black "raiyan (ck)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1255"]
[BlackELO "1358"]
[ECO "B41"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Nc6 6. Nc3 Bc5 7. Be3 Qb6 8. Nxc6 Bxe3 9. fxe3 Qxe3+ 10. Qe2 Qxe2+ 11. Bxe2 dxc6 12. O-O-O Nf6 13. Rd6 O-O 14. Rhd1 e5 15. Na4 Nxe4 16. Rd8 Bf5 17. Rxa8 Rxa8 18. Nb6 Re8 19. g4 Be6 20. Bf3 Ng5 21. Bg2 Bxg4 22. Rd6 Bf5 23. c5 h5 24. h4 Ne6 25. Bf3 Nf4 26. Kd2 a5 27. Ke3 Be6 28. a3 f5 29. Nd7 Nd5+ 30. Bxd5 Bxd5 31. Nb6 f4+ 32. Kf2 Be4 33. Nc4 a4 34. Rd7 Bd5 35. Nd6 Rb8 36. Re7 b6 37. Rxe5 bxc5 38. Re8+ Rxe8 39. Nxe8 Kf7 40. Nd6+ Ke7 41. Nb7 c4 42. Nc5 g6 43. Nxa4 Kf6 44. Nc5 Kf5 45. a4 Kg4 46. a5 Kxh4 47. a6 c3 48. bxc3 g5 49. a7 g4 50. a8=Q g3+ 51. Kg1 f3 52. Qd8+ Kg4 53. Qd7+ Kg5 54. Qg7+ Kf4 55. Qh6+ Kg4 56. Qg6+ Kf4 57. Nd3+ Ke3 58. Qxg3 Kxd3 59. Kf2 Kxc3 60. Qh4 Kd3 61. Qxh5 Kd4 62. Qg4+ Be4 63. Qf4 c5 64. Qd2+ Kc4 65. Qc1+ Kd4 66. Qb2+ Kd3 67. Qb5+ c4 68. Qb1+ Kd4 69. Qd1+ Kc3 70. Qd6 Kb3 71. Qb6+ Kc3 72. Qc5 Kb3 73. Qd4 Bd3 74. Kxf3 c3 75. Qxd3 Kb2 76. Qb5+ Kc2 77. Qa4+ Kd3 78. Qb3 Kd2 79. Ke4 c2 80. Qd3+ Kc1 81. Kd4 Kb2 82. Qc3+ Kb1 83. Qb3+ Kc1 84. Kd3 Kd1 85. Qxc2+ Ke1 86. Qe2# 1-0

Kevin Bonham
15-04-2013, 09:43 PM
Interesting that 45...g5 still seems to win for black.

And yes Q vs P with a c-pawn on the seventh can be tricky in positions where the attacking king is close to the pawn. 80.Qb2 Kd1 81.Kd3 is the most elegant win.

James Watson
15-04-2013, 10:02 PM
Black can make life a whole lot more difficult for white by using stalemate motifs. In fact if the attacking king is far away from the seventh rank c pawn then the position is actually a draw.
In this case black should play 83...Ka1! And how do you make progress as white? 84.Qa3+ Kb1 85.Qb3+ Ka1 just repeats the position. 86.Qc3+ Kb1 87.Qd3 again we play 87...Ka1 I'm not even sure what the winning process is for white, it might be that 83...Ka1 actually draws.


Actually I think the position after 83...Ka1! is a draw

Unless white can get the Q to e2 when the black king is on b1 or a1, in that case white could play Kc3! And after...c1Q then Kb3 and black can't avoid mate despite having the queen. However I can't see a way to achieve that position

Jesper Norgaard
16-04-2013, 02:34 AM
Black can make life a whole lot more difficult for white by using stalemate motifs. In fact if the attacking king is far away from the seventh rank c pawn then the position is actually a draw.
In this case black should play 83...Ka1! And how do you make progress as white? 84.Qa3+ Kb1 85.Qb3+ Ka1 just repeats the position. 86.Qc3+ Kb1 87.Qd3 again we play 87...Ka1 I'm not even sure what the winning process is for white, it might be that 83...Ka1 actually draws.


Actually I think the position after 83...Ka1! is a draw

Unless white can get the Q to e2 when the black king is on b1 or a1, in that case white could play Kc3! And after...c1Q then Kb3 and black can't avoid mate despite having the queen. However I can't see a way to achieve that position
Terribly misplayed endgame, but yes 83...Ka1! is a draw (it turned into a tablebase draw a few moves earlier). There was mate in 4 with 77.Ke2! Kc1 78.Kd3 c2 (78...Kd1 79.Qb1++) 79.Qb4 Kd1 80.Qd2++

Also winning on the spot is 80.Qe3+ Kd1 81.Kd3 c1=Q 82.Qe2++. Actually 81...c1=N+ will postpone the mate, so better is 80.Qb2! Kd1 81.Kd3 with the same idea, and now 81...c1=N+ 82.Ke3 is soon mate.

81.Kd4?? spoilt it to a tablebase draw.

The last analysis with the idea Qe2 is incorrect because black can draw with Qc1+/Qb1+

Capablanca-Fan
16-04-2013, 03:04 AM
And yes Q vs P with a c-pawn on the seventh can be tricky in positions where the attacking king is close to the pawn. 80.Qb2 Kd1 81.Kd3 is the most elegant win.
There was no need to let it reach the 7th. Almost all endgames with the P on the 6th are won. White seemed to lose sight of the general principle: the point of the checks or pins is to force the defender to block the P with the K, and use this to move the attacking K closer. This had been achieved with 76... Kc2, so White should have played 77. Ke2. This wins the P in a few moves, e.g. 77... Kc1 78. Kd3 c2 79. Qc2.

Again, after 80... Kc1, move the White K closer with 81. Ke3, then 81... Kb2 82. Qb5+ Ka2 [81... Kc1 82. Kd3 Kd1 83. Qb3 wins P so fastest "basic win" even if not fastest mate] 83. Kd2.

Also, with the P above the 7th, it should be easy for the Q to slip in front of the P from where it can't be dislodged, and the win is simple from there. E.g. 78. Qd1+ Kc4 79. Qc2.

James Peirce
16-04-2013, 11:21 AM
Any comments on my other game with the bishops of opposite colour endgame?

James Watson
16-04-2013, 12:38 PM
The last analysis with the idea Qe2 is incorrect because black can draw with Qc1+/Qb1+
True it doesn't work if the black king is on a8 but if the white queen is on e2 and the black king on b1 then Kc3 would win since c1Q+ Kb3 1-0

Kevin Bonham
16-04-2013, 08:03 PM
Any comments on my other game with the bishops of opposite colour endgame?

54...Bc3?? is one of the worst moves I have ever seen.

Seems there are a few players on these online servers who, even when playing with a half-decent amount of time on the clock, just have little idea about endings and don't get what a pawn race is.

Seems 50.Kd5 covering off black's attempt to get through might have been objectively better than grabbing the pawn. After all 54...g2 would have ended with both sides queening and black with QBP for QPP and good winning chances. But a bit hard to complain when the "worse" move played ended up winning the game while the correct move only would have drawn.

James Peirce
17-04-2013, 07:39 PM
[Site "Latrobe"]
[White "James Peirce"]
[Black "Kiran Walker"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[Opening "Anderssen Opening"]

1.a3 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.d3 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.e4 c5 7.f4 e6 8.Nf3 Re8 9.Bd2
Nc6 10.Qe2 d5 11.e5 Nd7 12.h4 d4 13.Ne4 Bf8 14.O-O-O Be7 15.h5 b6 16.hxg6 fxg6
17.Rh2 Nf8 18.Rdh1 Qc7 19.Nfg5 Bxg5 20.Nxg5 Re7 21.Be4 Bb7 22.Rh6 Nd8 23.Bxb7
Qxb7 24.Qh2 Rc8 25.Ne4 Nf7 26.Nf6+ Kg7 (26...Kh8 27.Rxh7+ Nxh7 28.Qxh7#)
27.Rxh7+ Nxh7 28.Qxh7+ Kf8 29.Qg8# 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
18-04-2013, 05:53 AM
[Site "Latrobe"]
[White "James Peirce"]
[Black "Kiran Walker"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[Opening "Anderssen Opening"]

1.a3 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.d3 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.e4 c5 7.f4 e6 8.Nf3 Re8 9.Bd2
Nc6 10.Qe2 d5 11.e5 Nd7 12.h4 d4 13.Ne4 Bf8 14.O-O-O Be7 15.h5 b6 16.hxg6 fxg6
17.Rh2 Nf8 18.Rdh1 Qc7 19.Nfg5 Bxg5 20.Nxg5 Re7 21.Be4 Bb7 22.Rh6 Nd8 23.Bxb7
Qxb7 24.Qh2 Rc8 25.Ne4 Nf7 26.Nf6+ Kg7 (26...Kh8 27.Rxh7+ Nxh7 28.Qxh7#)
27.Rxh7+ Nxh7 28.Qxh7+ Kf8 29.Qg8# 1-0
White's opening play was a bit disconnected—a mixture of several systems. But White eventually decided on a plan and executed it fairly well, while Black tried a second-rate defense without any agressive ideas of his own.