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09-08-2016, 02:45 PM
I'm playing in the Zhongfu Cup here in Shijiazhuang, China.

Chess results thread: chess-results.com/tnr233621.aspx?lan=1

The first round will start in about two hours, and I'm on board one vs. FM Liu Yan (a strong junior FM). Wish me luck!!

09-08-2016, 06:42 PM
I got trounced in round 1 by FM Liu Yan (FIDE 2413 vs. my FIDE 1831). Oh well...

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Qc2 Nc6 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3
d6 9.e4 e5 10.d5 Nb8 11.h3 Nh5 12.g3 f5 13.Bd3 Nd7 14.b4 fxe4 15.Bxe4 Ndf6
16.Nd2 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bf5 18.Qe2 Qf7 19.Ra2 Qg6 20.Nd2 Nxg3 21.fxg3 Qxg3+
22.Kd1 Qxc3 23.Rg1 Rf7 24.Qh5 Qd4 25.Qg5 Bb1 0-1

I didn't seem to play all that badly; my opening was half decent. But he was able to magnify my imperfections, and I eventually crumbled.

09-08-2016, 10:31 PM
Maybe you could keep a log book of the number of chess kilometres you cover in China over twelve months!

09-08-2016, 11:23 PM
Maybe I should. But this might be my last tournament for a while. *shrugs*

10-08-2016, 10:52 AM
Maybe I should. But this might be my last tournament for a while. *shrugs*

Good luck! It is hard to play against such strong opposition. You appered to be making no major mistakes yet after Nxg3 it was all over. I guess you had to get grip over the center rather than spend time on b4.

10-08-2016, 01:10 PM
Good luck! It is hard to play against such strong opposition. You appered to be making no major mistakes yet after Nxg3 it was all over. I guess you had to get grip over the center rather than spend time on b4.

Considering his recent performance, including wins against FMs and IMs, and draws against GMs, I can't be too upset. He's simply a stronger player (and on the rise; I'm guessing he'll be an IM soon), and they tend to make weaker players look like they barely know the rules.

Next round, I'm black vs. unrated Cao Zhanning. I have no idea what to expect here. (He drew with a 1944-rated player in July.)

10-08-2016, 08:12 PM
Whoops! I lost a piece. :(

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 Qh4 7.Nf4 Bb4 8.Bd2 Nd7
9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.cxd3 Nh6 11.h3 Qe7 12.Nh5 f6 13.exf6 Nxf6 14.Nxf6+ Qxf6 15.
g5 Qxd4 16.gxh6 Rf8 17.Qe2 Kd7 18.hxg7 Qxg7 19.O-O-O Rf5 20.Rde1 Qf6 21.
Qg4 Bd6 22.f4 h5 23.Qe2 Bxf4 24.Bxf4 Rxf4 25.Qxh5 Rh8 26.Qe5 Qh6 27.Kb1
Rf5 28.Qd4 b6 29.Rhg1 Rh7 30.Qa4 a5 31.Qd4 Qxh3 32.Qxb6 Qxd3+ 33.Ka1 Rhf7
34.Na4 Qc4 35.Nc5+ Kc8 36.Rg8+ 1-0

One major slip up and I lost a piece, and afterwards my efforts to wriggle out of trouble didn't do much in the end. (Although it did create a bit of time pressure.)

11-08-2016, 07:49 PM
In round 3 I was white vs. Sima Chengtai (unrated). Yay! I played well today. After yesterday's problematic sharp opening, and expecting a well-prepared opponent, I went in for a quiet opening. I guess it paid off in the end.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.c3 e6 4.Nbd2 d5 5.e3 Nc6 6.Bd3 a6 7.O-O Be7 8.e4 dxe4
9.Nxe4 cxd4 10.cxd4 O-O 11.Be3 Nd5 12.Rc1 Ncb4 13.Bb1 Nxe3 14.fxe3 Nd5 15.
Qd3 g6 16.a3 Bd7 17.Qb3 b6 18.Ne5 Qe8 19.Ba2 Ba4 20.Qd3 Bb5 21.Bc4 Bxc4
22.Rxc4 b5 23.Rc2 f5 24.Nc5 Bg5 25.Re2 Kg7 26.Qb3 Ra7 27.e4 fxe4 28.Rxf8
Kxf8 29.Rxe4 Kg7 30.Nf3 Be3+ 31.Rxe3 Nxe3 32.Qxe3 Qe7 33.Qe5+ Kh6 34.Nxe6
g5 35.Nfxg5 Kg6 1-0

12-08-2016, 07:42 PM
Today I played black against Ha Yihan (rating 1459), and, well, I lost. Hahaha! At least a little girl will be happy as a result. (Although, bye bye rating points!)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 e6 6.e3 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.Nf3
O-O 9.Bd3 Bd7 10.O-O Bc6 11.Rc1 Nbd7 12.Ne2 e5 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Qxe5
15.Nd4 Bd7 16.Qb3 Ng4 17.Nf3 Qd6 18.Qxb7 Rfb8 19.Qc7 Qe6 20.Bxh7+ Kh8 21.
h3 Nxe3 22.Nd4 Qh6 23.fxe3 Qxe3+ 24.Kh1 Qxd4 25.Qxd7 Kxh7 26.Qf5+ Kh8 27.
Qh5+ Kg8 28.Qxf7+ Kh8 29.Rf4 Qb4 30.Rxb4 1-0

The computer suggests my 12...e5 was premature (due to the line my opponent played).

My 16...Ng4 was poor---it was an attempt at creating some problems for my opponent. She didn't have any problems with it though.

The computer says 21...Nxe3 doesn't work. I spent a lot of time calculating this, but it seems I was still wrong. My intended line was thwarted by 22.fxe3 Qxe3+ 23.Kh1 Rc8 24.Qe5! (which I didn't see). If I were to continue 24...Rxc1 25.Qxe3 Rxf1+ 26.Kh2 Kxh7 then I get forked 27.Qd3+ losing the rook.

I was struggling with 24...Rc8 and the computer says it's best, with white playing either 25.Rc3 Qxc3 26.Qxc3 Rxc3 27.bxc3 Kxh7 28.Rxf7 or 25.Qf4 Qxf4 26.Rxc8+! Rxc8 27.Kxh7 Rxf7 and either way white is up a pawn.

26...g6 was the best response to the check (26.Qf5+), but it loses two pawns after 27.Qxf7+ Qg7 28.Qxd5. I could hope for some kind of perpetual, perhaps.

29...Qb4 was me being cheeky [*blushes*]---I was wondering if she would play 30.Rh4+. She didn't. Haha!

All in all, she played well, and it was an interesting game. So I'm not too unhappy about the result.

13-08-2016, 09:51 PM
Today's game was a long one! I played black against Li Yanzhe (unrated). I felt in control most of the game, then one major blooper in the endgame (on increment time) lost me the game. My opponent offered a draw on move 63 which I declined.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Bc4 e6 8.O-O
Ngf6 9.Re1 Be7 10.Qe2 O-O 11.Bb3 Re8 12.Bd2 Qc7 13.c4 Rad8 14.Bc3 Bf8 15.
Bc2 Bxc2 16.Qxc2 b5 17.b3 bxc4 18.bxc4 c5 19.dxc5 Bxc5 20.Ne4 Be7 21.Bb2
Rc8 22.Rac1 Red8 23.Qc3 Nc5 24.Nxc5 Bxc5 25.Qc2 Qe7 26.Red1 h6 27.h3 Bb6
28.Qe2 Nd7 29.Nd4 Qb4 30.Re1 Qd6 31.Nf3 Qf4 32.Qc2 Nc5 33.Rcd1 Nd7 34.Re4
Qf5 35.Qe2 Nf6 36.Re5 Rxd1+ 37.Qxd1 Qf4 38.c5 Rxc5 39.Rxc5 Bxc5 40.Qd8+
Kh7 41.Bxf6 gxf6 42.Qd3+ Kg7 43.Qc2 Bb6 44.Qe2 Qc1+ 45.Kh2 Bc7+ 46.g3 Bb6
47.Kg2 Qc6 48.Kh2 Qd5 49.Ne1 Qd4 50.Nd3 e5 51.Kg2 Qd5+ 52.Kh2 Qe6 53.Kg2
Bd4 54.Kh2 Qf5 55.Kg2 Qg5 56.Kh2 h5 57.Ne1 Qf5 58.Nd3 Bb6 59.Kg2 Kg6 60.
Kh2 Qd7 61.Kg2 Qd5+ 62.Kh2 Qd4 63.Kg2 h4 64.g4 Bc7 65.Qc2 Bd6 66.Nxe5+ Kg7
67.Nf3 Qf4 68.Qf5 Qxf5 69.gxf5 Kh6 70.Kf1 Bc5 71.Nd2 Bb6 72.Ne4 Kg7 73.Ke2
Bd4 74.Kf3 Kh6 75.Kg4 Bb6 76.Kxh4 Ba5 77.Kg4 Bb6 78.h4 Bd8 79.Nd6 Kg7 80.
Kf3 Bb6 81.Ne8+ Kh8 82.h5 Bd4 83.Ke4 Bxf2 84.Nxf6 Kg7 85.Ng4 Bg1 86.f6+
Kh8 87.Nh6 Bf2 88.Nxf7+ Kg8 89.Ng5 Bh4 90.Kf5 a5 91.Kg6 Bxg5 92.Kxg5 a4
93.Kg6 a3 94.f7+ Kf8 95.h6 1-0

So I'm on 1 point out of 5. How embarrassing. Anyway, it happens.

14-08-2016, 08:02 PM
Round 6, I was white vs. Zhang Hanning (rating 1526). I guess I got greedy pawn grabbing, and was quickly crushed as a result.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 exf4 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Qe2+ Qe7 6.Nc3 a6 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.d3
g5 9.h4 Rg8 10.hxg5 Rxg5 11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.dxe4 b5 13.Bd3 Bg4 14.Nf3 Bxf3 15.
gxf3 Qe5 16.Qf2 Nd7 17.Qh4 Bd6 18.Qxh7 Nf6 19.Qh2 O-O-O 20.Qe2 Rdg8 21.Kf1
Bc5 22.Qh2 Rg3 23.Bd2 Rxf3+ 24.Ke1 Qxb2 25.Rd1 Be3 26.Bxe3 Rxe3+ 27.Kd2
Rgg3 28.Be2 Nxe4+ 29.Ke1 f3 30.Qh8+ Qxh8 31.Rxh8+ Kd7 32.Rh2 Rg1# 0-1

I guess I have to concede that I'm no longer as good at chess as I used to be. Ah well...

15-08-2016, 12:10 PM
I guess I have to concede that I'm no longer as good at chess as I used to be. Ah well...

Bare in mind all of these Chinese kids (just like the Indian kids) are severely underrated!~

15-08-2016, 01:20 PM
Bare in mind all of these Chinese kids (just like the Indian kids) are severely underrated!~

I get that impression! They're not making 1500-level bloopers, like they do in Australia. Many have new ratings, which they got playing other underrated Chinese kids. (Although my last game wasn't against a kid.) Most of them have coaches too, who help them prepare sharp openings that play into their strengths.

At the same time, I used to be much better prepared. I used to have well-prepared openings (infrequently played but sound openings, sharp lines memories, clear idea of what the plans were for both sides, and familiarity with the common traps on both sides), and practiced the endgames that would commonly arise from those openings. In some cases, I'd memorize my favorite line all the way to the endgame (which I would have practiced).

But this is all forgotten now. Nowadays, I simply don't have time to do this, and I "wing it" (the other side of the coin is that my research is going well). I just cross my fingers and hope not to embarrass myself too badly.

15-08-2016, 06:10 PM
Here's my game today; I was white vs. Wang Bingfei (unrated). I finally won one. (:

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Qd2 c6 7.e3 Ne4 8.Nxe4 dxe4
9.Ne5 Qe7 10.c5 Bc7 11.Be2 O-O 12.h4 Qd8 13.Bc4 Qe8 14.h5 Nd7 15.Nxd7 Qxd7
16.Bxe6+ Qxe6 17.Bxc7 Qf7 18.Be5 Be6 19.b3 Rfe8 20.Qa5 h6 21.Kd2 Qd7 22.
Qc7 Qxc7 23.Bxc7 Kf7 24.Kc3 Bd5 25.Rh4 Rac8 26.Bd6 Kf6 27.Rah1 Bf7 28.Rf4
Rcd8 29.g4 Be6 30.Be5+ Kg5 31.gxf5 Bxf5 32.Rg1+ Kxh5 33.Rxf5+ Kh4 34.Rxg7

16-08-2016, 01:54 AM
Good work!

16-08-2016, 07:15 PM
Round 8, I played black vs. Liu Jiantong (unrated), and I had another win!

1.Nf3 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Bf4 Qb6 4.Qc1 Nf6 5.e3 Bf5 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O c5 8.Bg5 Ne4
9.c3 Nxg5 10.Nxg5 Be7 11.Nf3 O-O 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.dxc5 Qxc5 14.c4 Rac8 15.
Nb3 Qb4 16.cxd5 Nd4 17.Qe1 Qxe1 18.Raxe1 Nxe2+ 19.Rxe2 Bd3 20.Rd2 Bxf1 21.
Kxf1 exd5 22.Rxd5 Rfd8 23.Rxd8+ Bxd8 24.Nfd4 Bf6 25.Ke2 Bxd4 26.Nxd4 Rc1
27.a4 Rb1 28.b3 Rb2+ 29.Kf3 a6 30.h4 h5 31.Kg3 g6 32.f4 Kg7 33.Kf3 Kf6 34.
g3 Rb1 35.Kf2 Ke7 36.Kf3 Kd6 37.f5 Ke5 38.fxg6 fxg6 39.g4 hxg4+ 40.Kxg4
Ke4 0-1

I think I played reasonably well this time. I won an exchange for a pawn in the middle game, swapped off into an endgame, and slowly won it.

17-08-2016, 02:01 PM
In the final round, I played white vs. Mi Gufeng (rating 1505) representing Germany [my opponent, I represented Australia]. I managed to win! A bit of a recovery from my earlier poor performance.

1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8
Rxd8 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Re8 11.Nb5 Rf8 12.Nxc7 Rb8 13.Be3 b6 14.Nd5 Bb7
15.Nxf6+ Nxf6 16.Nxe5 Rfe8 17.Nd7 Nxd7 18.Rxd7 Rxe4 19.Rhd1 Bf6 20.b3 Rh4
21.g3 Rxh2 22.Bf4 Re8 23.Bg4 Bc6 24.R7d6 Rxf2 25.Rxc6 Kg7 26.Rd2 Rf1+ 27.
Kc2 Ra1 28.Kd3 g5 29.Bc7 Rae1 30.Re2 R8xe2 31.Bxe2 Ra1 32.c5 bxc5 33.Ra6
Rb1 34.Rxa7 Bd4 35.Ra6 f6 36.Ba5 Kg6 37.Bc3 Bxc3 38.Kxc3 Rc1+ 39.Kd2 Ra1
40.g4 Rg1 41.Bd3+ Kg7 42.Ra7+ Kf8 43.Bf5 Rf1 44.Bxh7 Rf2+ 45.Ke3 Rf1 46.
Bf5 Re1+ 47.Kd3 Rd1+ 48.Kc4 Rf1 49.Kxc5 Rxf5+ 50.gxf5 g4 51.Kd4 1-0

I played well except for one move. I played a version of the King's Indian that King's Indian players seem to dislike. It's not that great for white if black plays 9...Re8, but my opponent didn't play that. 11.Nb5 was a move I was happy with (and the computer indicates I should be).

13.Be3 looks inferior to 13.Nd5; it provokes 13...b6, which black benefits from anyway.

After 18...Rxe4, I was surprised that black didn't lose a piece (there seems to be so many tactics). But if you check them one by one, they don't work properly.

23.Bg4 was a big mistake it loses the exchange (or worse) after 23...Bc8. If I move the rook, then 24...Bxg4 losing the bishop and hitting my other rook. Fortunately, my opponent counter-blundered, and afterwards it was a matter of technique.

Oh, and I got interviewed for TV again... *shrugs*