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16-10-2006, 08:56 AM
I was challenged to a G/60 match, and will post our weekly games and analysis here.

I'm rated 1532. As White I play the English. As Black I play the Scandinavian, Nimzo-Indian, Bogo-Indian, or Orthodox Defense. I prefer to play tactical games at 2+12 and 15+10 time controls. I have 142 games under my belt, mostly blitz.

Freidenker's 1497. As White he plays the Queen's Gambit or Symmetric English. As Black he plays the Caro-Kann, Nimzo-Indian, or Queen's Indian. He prefers to play positional games at 30+30 or 60+15 time controls. He has 309 games under his belt.

The first to six wins, wins the match. In our previous games, I scored +0, -1, =1.

16-10-2006, 03:04 PM
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. Nf3 e6 4. e4

{A19: English Opening, Mikenas Attack. Often e4 is bad choice because it leaves a hole on d4, but here it threatens e5. I'm out-of-book.}

4...Nc6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Bb4 7. f3 O-O 8.a3

{I note two things: (a) My opponent's still in-book, (b) 7.f3 is an error, as almost every game with these moves resulted in a loss.}

8...Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 a6

{An imbalance. I was hoping for this. I have the bishops, an open b-file for my rooks, and my knights on d4 can't be captured. I also have the weakness of doubled, isolated pawns--an interesting game lay ahead.}

10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3

{Weakening his kingside pawn structure. If I can advance the f-pawn, it will break right open, giving me a good attack. I have an advantage already.}

12...Qa5 13. Qd2

{12...Qa5 is tricky. It attacks and pins the c3 pawn. If Qc3 or Qb2, for example, my knight would hang.}

13...Rd8 14. f4?? Nxe4

{After this advance, the kingside will crack! I calculate that a d-pawn advance or Nxd4 won't interfere. Uhoh?! I hung my e-pawn.}

15. Qe3 Qxc3+ 16. Qxc3 Nxc3 17. Ne2 Ne4 18. fxg5 Nxg5

{Yikes. After the 14.f4 blunder I'm now 2 pawns down. My plusses are the bishop pair, my opponent's pieces being locked in, and a semi-exposed enemy king. I need to do something... now!}

19. Bh4 d5 20. Bxg5 hxg5 21. h4 gxh4 22. Rxh4 Kf8

{It's looking rather hopeless. Rh8+ only trades pieces--which is bad, too.}

23. O-O-O dxc4 24. Rxc4 Rxd1+ 25. Kxd1 Bd7 26. Nf4 Rd8 27. Ke1 b5 28. Rc3 Nd4 29. Ne2 Nxe2 30. Bxe2 Ke7 31. a4 b4 32. Rb3 a5 33. Rb1 Rb8 34. g4 b3 35. Kd2 Bxa4

{We each made several imprecisions. I could've gobbled one pawn}

36. Kc3 Kf6 37. Bd1 Kg5 38. Kb2 e5 39. Ka3 Bd7 40. Rxb3 Rxb3+ 41. Bxb3 f6 42. Bc2 Bxg4 43. Ka4 f5 44. Kxa5 f4 45. Kb4 e4?? 46. Bxe4 Bf5

{Bam! He blunders, and I win a free pawn.}

47. Bf3 Kh4 48. Kc3 Kg3 49. Bc6 Kf2 50. Kd2 Bg4 51. Be4 Bf3 52. Bf5 Kg3

{I reached a drawn position, but forfeit on time. Argh.}


{The lessons are, watch your clock and always check your moves for blunders. Any comments welcome.}