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05-04-2004, 10:54 PM
I've posted this game to show how tiredness and being too eager to push a critical pawn home results in a "zero" instead of a "one" on the "scoresheet".

It was played on ICC
I have it in my liblist there.

eclectic: 1792
opponent: 1803
time control: 20 20
opening: Alekhine's Defence B03

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. h3 dxe5 6. dxe5 Qxd1+ 7. Kxd1 Nc6
8. Nf3 g6 9. Nc3 a6 10. Bf4 e6 11. Kc2 Bc5 12. Ne4 Nd4+ 13. Nxd4 Bxd4 14.
Nf6+ Kf8 15. Bh6+ Ke7 16. f4 c5 17. Bg5 Kf8 18. Bh6+ Ke7 19. Bg7 Bd7 20. Rd1
h5 21. Bxh8 Rxh8 22. Nxd7 Kxd7 23. b3 a5 24. Be2 Kc7 25. Rd3 Nc8 26. Rhd1
Rd8 27. g4 h4 28. f5 exf5 29. gxf5 gxf5 30. Bh5 Rf8 31. Rxd4 cxd4 32. Rxd4
Re8 33. Rd5 Re7 34. Rc5+ Kb8 35. Rxa5 Nb6 36. Kc3 Nd7 37. Kd4 f4 38. Bf3 f6
39. exf6 Nxf6 40. Rf5 Nh7 41. Rxf4 Ng5 42. Rf8+ Ka7 43. Bg4 Kb6 44. c5+ Kb5
45. Rf4 b6 46. a4+ Ka5 47. c6 Ka6 48. Bd7 Ka7 49. Kd5 Nf7 50. Rf5 Kb8 51.
Rxf7 Rxf7 52. Kd6 Rf6+ 53. Ke7 Rh6 54. c7+ Kxc7 55. Be6 Kc6 56. b4 Rh7+ 57.
Bf7 Rh6 58. Be8+ Kd5 59. Bf7+ Kd4 60. a5 bxa5 61. bxa5 Ra6 62. Be6 Ke3 63.
Bg4 Kf4 64. Kf7 Kg5 65. Kg7 Rxa5 66. Kg8 Kf4 67. Kf8 Kg3 68. Kg7 Kg2 69. Kg6
Rc5 70. Kh6 Rc3 71. Kh5 Rxh3 72. Bxh3+ Kxh3 73. Kg5 Kg3 {White resigns} 0-1



20-04-2004, 09:49 PM
Hi. That was a good game, I enjoyed watching it. It is ashame about the outcome and the tiredness was easy to see as your endgame seem to gradually decline from what was a good start.

It was good to see you sacrificing the exchange to get a better advantage although I am curious as to why you exchanged your knight in the middle game. It was a very strong piece and as the endgame got played out, it would have been alot easier with the knight there.

Still, good game. Keep 'em coming.

Kevin Bonham
21-04-2004, 02:19 AM
Although you may have lost the game you can take pride in having been involved in something extremely rare - a game with four exchange sacrifices. :clap: Tim Krabbe's site notes that he found 14 games with four active exchange sacs out of 1.9 million serious games in a database. In this case one of the exchange sacs was "passive" but still I expect it would happen perhaps 1 game in 20,000 or so.

It is not your eagerness to push the pawn through that cost you the game but your lack of technique in doing so. Your second exchange sac was a very strong move, but instead of 53.Ke7 you should have played 53.Be6 when it is very obvious that Black has no defence against the pawn queening, save to give up his rook with a dead lost ending. Even after 53.Ke7 you are still winning easily if you play 54.Kd8!. The threat is to shepherd home the pawn, and 54...Rh8+ is answered by 55.Be8 clearly winning. The same theme both times (the bishop shelters the king long enough for the pawn to get home) but on different squares. After 54.c7+?? Black has a won game.

Incidentally this is the sort of thing I was talking about in the opening vs endgame thread. You could have been worse in the opening but your opponent failed to see it and you were generally winning through the middlegame. However the cost of simple errors in the ending is so much higher than most opening errors.

18-08-2004, 01:22 AM
Event: ICC 15 15
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2004.08.17
Round: -
White: ewp9848
Black: eclectic
Result: 0-1
ICCResult: White disconnected and forfeits
WhiteElo: 1720
BlackElo: 1467
Opening: King's gambit
ECO: C30
NIC: KG.05
Time: 10:28:06
TimeControl: 900+15

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Nc6 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. fxe5 Bg4 7. Qe1 Bxf3
8. Rxf3 Ng5 9. exd6+ Kd7 10. Rf1 Bxd6 11. Bxf7 Ne5 12. Bd5 Re8 13. Qf2 Ng4
14. Qf5+ Ne6 15. Qxg4 g5 16. Rf7+ Kc8 17. Bxe6+ Kb8 18. Rd7 Qf6 19. Rxd6
cxd6 20. Qf3 Qxe6 21. Qf2 Kc7 22. Nc3 Rf8 23. Nb5+ Kd7 24. Qg3 Rae8 25. Qh3
g4 26. Qxh7+ Rf7 {White disconnected and forfeits} 0-1

ok i've put another game in the same thread as my last game contribution

i thought of resigning when my knight was taken on move 15 but decided to hang on for a while

my icc rating has slipped somewhat since that last contribution too ... indeed my opponent is rated somewhere near my previous best

[ i can't understand why my opponent disconnected ... :hmm: ]


24-08-2004, 09:16 PM
This is why your opponent disconnected (if you really didn't find it yourself):
27.Qh4 (else 27...Qe1 mate) Rf1+! 28.KxR Qe2+ 29.Kg1 Qd1+ 30.Kf2 Re2+ 31.Kg3 Qe1 32.Kxg4 Re4+ wins. :whistle:

24-08-2004, 09:26 PM
This is why your opponent disconnected (if you really didn't find it yourself):
27.Qh4 (else 27...Qe1 mate) Rf1+! 28.KxR Qe2+ 29.Kg1 Qd1+ 30.Kf2 Re2+ 31.Kg3 Qe1 32.Kxg4 Re4+ wins. :whistle:

better is:

27 Qh4 Qe1 28 Qxe1 Rxe1# (other rook at f7 guards f2) :whistle: