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Basil
12-04-2008, 11:15 PM
This is the thread to share your favourite game. It occurred to me that qualification for favourite will mean different things to different people. You may have lost the game, learned something from it, had your sublime and subtlety pants on or perhaps run off with the trophy. Whatever - it's all good - let's have it.

I encourage all strengths to participate, especially the bigger boys and girls.

My offering is against a junior rated 300 points below me at the time (however I've just seen that he's improved 300 points in less than the year since the game was played :eek: - I won't even begin to discuss what that means about his real strength at the time of the game :lol: :whistle: :naughty: ).

To keep within the spirit of THIS thread, It'd be good if any offerings were accompanied by a quick synopsis of why it was your favourite.

Finally, after a bit more thought, It'd be good to try and limit offerings to just one game (of course post more if you must (like what am I going to do about it? :doh:)) so the thread doesn't dilute into just another games thread. The emphasis is very much on your favourite and its reasons. Part of the fun is determining your 'all time fav', I hope.

Basil
12-04-2008, 11:17 PM
My favourite so far has already been posted on this BB.

I call it Mini Me 'Blasting Through' or 'Material Be Damned'
It gets my gong because:
1) I enjoyed the tournament immensely (an away match in Adelaide)
2) It took balls of steel (or gross stupidity) to play the decisive move
3) It worked OTB :P

[Event "Lidums U/1600"]
[Date "2007.07.07"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Howard"]
[Black "James Griggs"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1498"]
[BlackElo "1171"]
[ECO "A45"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 g6 3. e3 Bg7 4. Nd2 d6 5. Bd3 Nbd7 6. f4 c5 7. Ngf3 Nd5 8. f5 f6 9. fxg6 fxg5 10. gxh7 Nf8 11. Nxg5 Nf6 12. O-O Bg4 13. Bb5+ Bd7 14. Rxf6 Bxb5 15. Rxf8+ Rxf8 16. c4 Ba6 17. Ne6 Qa5 18. Nxg7+ Kf7 19. Qg4 e5 20. Rf1+ Ke7 21. Qe6+ Kd8 22. Qxd6+ 1-0

Garrett
13-04-2008, 08:26 AM
Nice game Howie, very aggressive !

Okay, this game is one of my two favourites because it was played against a >2000 player, was a bit wild (wild for Garrett anyway), was in an opening I had never played against before (the Blumenfeld), but most of all because it was decided by a quiet little pawn move.

Garrett - Kevin Casey (March Madness 2007)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. cxb5 d5 7. e3 Bd6 8. Nc3 0-0 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Qc2 e5 11. e4 d4 12. Bc4+ Kh8 13. Nd5 h6 14. Nh4 Re8 15. Nxf6 Qxf6 16. Nf5 Nd7 17. 0-0 Rad8 18. Bd2 Bb8 19. Ba5 Rc8 20. a4 Nf8 21. Ra3 Ne6 22. Rg3 Rg8 23. Bxe6 Qxe6 24. h4 c4 25. f3 Bd6 26. h5 Bc5 27. Qc1 d3+ 28. Kh2 Bf8 29. Rg6 Qf7 30. Bc3 Re8 31. Qe3 Bc8 32. g4 Qc7 33. Rc6 Qd8 34. Kh3 Re6 35. Rxe6 Bxe6 36. Bxe5 Bxf5 37. Qxh6+ Bh7 38. g5 Qd7+ 39. Kg2
1-0

Garrett
13-04-2008, 08:32 AM
ok - I have no idea how to get the pgn viewer to work.

Could a mod please tell me what I am doing wrong ?

Capablanca-Fan
13-04-2008, 09:55 AM
Garrett – Kevin Casey (March Madness 2007)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. cxb5 d5 7. e3 Bd6 8. Nc3 0-0 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Qc2 e5 11. e4 d4 12. Bc4+ Kh8 13. Nd5 h6 14. Nh4 Re8 15. Nxf6 Qxf6 16. Nf5 Nd7 17. 0-0 Rad8 18. Bd2 Bb8 19. Ba5 Rc8 20. a4 Nf8 21. Ra3 Ne6 22. Rg3 Rg8 23. Bxe6 Qxe6 24. h4 c4 25. f3 Bd6 26. h5 Bc5 27. Qc1 d3 + 28. Kh2 Bf8 29. Rg6 Qf7 30. Bc3 Re8 31. Qe3 Bc8 32. g4 Qc7 33. Rc6 Qd8 34. Kh3 Re6 35. Rxe6 Bxe6 36. Bxe5 Bxf5 37. Qxh6+ Bh7 38. g5 Qd7+ 39. Kg2 1-0

5. dxe6 it's not necessary to accept; 5. Bg5 is a reasonable alternative)
11. e4 (celebrated Black wins, such as Tarrasch vs Alekhine, Bad Pistyan 1922 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1012085) arise when White omits e4; Karpov was also successful with a well-timed e4 against Lobron, 1997 All the same, Black could probably have played 13... Nxd5 then ...e4
21. Ra3 this R leads a charmed life!
24. h4 would probably have been better to clamp down on Black's central expansion with 24. b3, even though White later managed to come through the gaps
34... Re6 looks like an oversight, losing the vital Pe5.
A good finish against a strong opponent; black is tied up and helpless against g6

Garrett
13-04-2008, 11:23 AM
Thanks for the comments Jono.

Are you going to post a favorite game ?

Capablanca-Fan
13-04-2008, 11:58 AM
Thanks for the comments Jono.

Are you going to post a favorite game ?
You're welcome. I guess some of mine would be
Ortvin Sarapu vs Jono, North Island Championship 1985 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1411366) because of the strength of the opponent (IM, who would win 20 NZ titles from 1952–1990).
Jono vs Russell Dive, Harbour City 60/60 1991 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450762) not a great game overall — the former and future NZ champ played indifferently — but the combination was pleasing
Hilton Bennett vs Jono, NZL 1995 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450817), quick demolition of irregular opening.
Robert Smith vs Jono, NZL-ch 1988 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450732), not spectacular, but this game won the New Zealand Championship. White's sacrifice on move 17 gave me some anxious moments, but giving up my queen to obtain R+2B v Q+3P removed most of his attacking force. Black was able to block White's pawns in a way that prevented onrushing united passed pawns. Thus the pieces could gain ascendancy, and cooperate and overpower the lone Q.
Jono vs Paul Garbett, NZL-ch 1988 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450727), probably my best game from that championship; long-term positional attack, while dodging counterattacks.
Jono vs Graeme Spain, NZL-ch 1991 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450770), exploitation of strategic weaknesses, exchanging off the pieces that didn't contribute to the advantage.
Jono vs Simon Rutherford, AUS Masters 1995 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450834), sudden finish
Jono vs Boris Spassky, Plaza International, Wellington, 1988 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1129514), had to include that!

Garrett
13-04-2008, 01:02 PM
cool

some interesting games. You have a very wide playing styles with some closed and some open games.

You can't go past a draw with a former world champion though. When you played him he probably would have been still world top 100.

I had a good game on the black side of a von-hennig schara gambit against Karpov in a simul at expo '88. I lost it but I thought I was sticking it to him for a while. If I still had the score would have been one of my top few favourite games.

It's interesting that you have abandoned the fianchetto variation for the Samisch against the Kings Indian. I would rather play against the Samisch anyday but I guess it's a matter of taste.

Cheers
Garrett.

Basil
13-04-2008, 06:28 PM
... but most of all because it was decided by a quiet little pawn move.
Exactly the flavour of this thread. Great contribution.

Kevin Bonham
13-04-2008, 06:47 PM
Probably this one, which I've mentioned a few times before. There is a version with notes here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=644).

Bonham - Billam, HICC 2004

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.O-O Nge7 5.d4 Nxd4 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Qxd4 a6 8.Be2 Nc6 9.Qc3 Qf6 10.Qg3 Be7 11.c3 O-O 12.Na3 b5 13.Nc2 d6 14.Be3 Bb7 15.Rad1 Rac8 16.f4 e5 17.fxe5 Qxe5 18.Bf4 Qc5+ 19.Kh1 Ne5 20.Be3 Qc7 21.Bf3 f5? 22.Nd4! fxe4 23.Ne6 Bh4! 24.Qxh4 exf3 25.Nxc7 fxg2+ 26.Kg1 gxf1=Q+ 27.Rxf1 Nf3+ 28.Rxf3 Rxf3 29.Ne6! Re8 30.Ng5 Rfxe3 31.Qxh7+ Kf8 32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.Qxg7+ Kd8 34.Qxb7 Re1+ 35.Kf2 R8e2+ 36.Kf3 Rd2 37.Qc6 Rdd1 38.Nf7+ Ke7 39.Qc7+ Ke6 40.Nd8+ Kd5 41.Qf7+ Kc5 42.b4+ 1-0

It is my favourite (at least tentatively) not because of the quality of the full game (I certainly should have got more out of the opening, and not all my middlegame decisions were justified) but because of the accuracy of my calculation in the very wild mess that developed after 21....f5. I spent twenty-five minutes (from a G90 flat) on my 22nd move and had to see all the way to move 34 and judge the resulting position as well as consider various sidelines before playing it. Opponent had not seen all the way to the loss of his bishop and offered me a draw halfway through.

Opponent was rated in the 1900s, isn't active anymore alas, a strong player by local standards.

CameronD
13-04-2008, 07:04 PM
This would easily be the best result Ive had. Remarkable that I had been playing for only 9 mobths (27th game) and had learnt how to play only 12 months ago. I won more due to my low rating then skill and draw offers scaring my opponent.

[Event "1 Hour 2006 (60+10)"]
[Site "The Gap, Brisbane, Aus"]
[Date "2006.08.05"]
[Round "5"]
[White "De Vere, Cameron"]
[Black "Thomas, Brian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "1116"]
[BlackElo "1749"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "2006.06.16"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "7"]

1. d4 e6 2. Bf4 c5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 b6 5. Nbd2 Bb7 6. Bd3 Be7 7. h3 d6 8. O-O
O-O 9. c3 d5 10. Re1 Nbd7 11. Rc1 (draw offer by white declined) Ne4 12. Qc2 f5 13. Be2 Bh4 14. Nxe4 fxe4 15.
Nxh4 Qxh4 16. Bg3 Qf6 17. Qa4 Bc8 18. Rf1 Nb8 19. dxc5 e5 20. Bh2 bxc5 21. f3
Qg5 22. f4 exf4 23. Bxf4 Qe7 24. Rf2 Nd7 (No more recording due to 5 minute rule, Brian still had 25 minutes on clock. White won endgame of opposite coloured bishops (after 2 more draw offers) after 80 moves. Black made an error of winning Rook+2pawns for rook and pawn, but whites pawn become unstoppable while blacks extra pawn could not progress, blacks flag ten fell.


http://www.geocities.com/thegapchessclub2/news2006/news257.html

eclectic
13-04-2008, 07:04 PM
perhaps the thread should have been about unusual quirky etc games that one has played

"favourite" tends to be clichéd as a thread "raison d'être"

Basil
13-04-2008, 07:13 PM
perhaps the thread should have been about unusual quirky etc games that one has played "favourite" tends to be clichéd as a thread "raison d'être"
No. Favourite! This is the place to share favourite games. Simple. The point may be lost on you, but I have enjoyed looking at colleagues' games and trying to share their moment.

Kevin reported a 20 minute calculation that worked OTB.
Garrett reported a 'little move'.
I reported balls of steel (ignorance/ stupidity).

eclectic
13-04-2008, 07:18 PM
No. Favourite! This is the place to share favourite games. Simple. The point may be lost on you, but I have enjoyed looking at colleagues' games and trying to share their moment.

so that means that if one is posting ones most favourite game EVER one can only post ONE not a collection ...

ah yes

"so far"

the loophole which permits "favourite EVER" to be a open ended exercise ...

... for some :whistle:

Basil
13-04-2008, 07:20 PM
Some of the games to come may well be technically correct (and not at all quirky) and that would be why they qualify as favs.

Perhaps you'd be good enough to move on (to non chess?) now that you've said your piece(s), regardless of their value.

Desmond
13-04-2008, 07:38 PM
I won more due to my low rating then skill and draw offers scaring my opponent.Actually I put the loss down to a long day at work and the fact that I could barely keep my eyes open.



(No more recording due to 5 minute rule, Brian still had 25 minutes on clock. White won endgame of opposite coloured bishops (after 2 more draw offers) after 80 moves. Yes I made several uncharacteristic errors and threw away my extra pawns and winning advantage.


Black made an error of winning Rook+2pawns for rook and pawn,Actually I made a neat little trick that won your R+B for my R. It only lead to a drawn ending though, as I had only 1 pawn left and your pawn would cost me my bishop. My king was also not well placed.
but whites pawn become unstoppable while blacks extra pawn could not progress, blacks flag ten fell.I could have put my bishop on the line to stop your pawn. Game drawn. I didn't. While busily mentally uppercutting myself for stupidity my flag fell.

Axiom
13-04-2008, 07:45 PM
No. Favourite! This is the place to share favourite games. Simple. The point may be lost on you, but I have enjoyed looking at colleagues' games and trying to share their moment.

Kevin reported a 20 minute calculation that worked OTB.
Garrett reported a 'little move'.
I reported balls of steel (ignorance/ stupidity).
I report pure astonishment !

Here i am, a mind numbingly poor bullet(1minute for all moves) player playing a 2665 rated computer under the influence of turps.
At the end of the game i was technically in shock . I then proceeded to laugh heartily as i realised i had stumbled upon and revealed yet another axiom !

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 a6 6.d3 b5 7.a3 c4 8. g3 Nh6 9.d4 Nf5 10.Bg2 Bd7 11.0-0 Qb6 12.Qe1 Ncxd4 13.Nxd4 Bc5 14. Kh1 Nxd4 15.a4 Nxc2 16.Qe2 Nxa1 17.f5 Nb3 18.Bf4 Nd4 19.Qh5 Nxf5 20.g4 Nd4 21. Bg5 0-0 22. Bh6!! gxh6 23.Qxh6 Rfd8 24.Ne4! Kh8 25.Nf6 a5 26.Qxh7#
computer had 27 secs remaining , Axiom had 26 secs remaining.

This game revealed much more to me than chess alone , and hence is a favourite.

Desmond
13-04-2008, 08:10 PM
Came across this one whilst looking for a different game, but it's up there.

[Event "Doeberl Cup"]
[Date "2000.04.22"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Xie, George"]
[Black "Thomas, Brian"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B76"]
[PlyCount "102"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O Qa5 10. Kb1 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Be6 12. Nd5 Qd8 13. Nxf6+ Bxf6 14. Bxf6 exf6 15. Qxd6 Qa5 {threatening a2 and also ...Rd8}16. Qa3 Qxa3 17. bxa3 Rfd8 18. Rxd8+ Rxd8 19. Bd3 Rd6 20. Ka1 Kf8 21. Rb1 b6 22. a4 a5 23. Kb2 Bd7 24. Ka3 Ke7 25. Rb3 Rc6 26. Kb2 Rd6 27.Ka3 Rc6 28. g3 Be6 29. Rb1 Kd6 30. Rd1 Kc5 31. Bb5 Rd6 32. Rxd6 Kxd6 33. Kb2 Kc5 34. c3 Bc8 35. Kc2 Bh3 36. Kd2 Be6 37. a3 Ba2 38. Kd3 Bb1+ 39. Ke3 Ba2 40.g4 g5 41. f4 h6 42. h3 Bb1 43. fxg5 fxg5 44. Bd3 Ba2 45. Kd2 Bb3 46. Bb5 Kd6 47. Kd3 Ke5 48. Ke3 Bc2 49. Bc6 f6 50. Kf3 Bd3 51. Ke3 Bc2 1/2-1/2

CameronD
13-04-2008, 08:14 PM
Actually I put the loss down to a long day at work and the fact that I could barely keep my eyes open.


Yes I made several uncharacteristic errors and threw away my extra pawns and winning advantage.

You only had an extra pawn once.

Actually I made a neat little trick that won your R+B for my R. It only lead to a drawn ending though, as I had only 1 pawn left and your pawn would cost me my bishop. My king was also not well placed.I could have put my bishop on the line to stop your pawn. Game drawn. I didn't. While busily mentally uppercutting myself for stupidity my flag fell.

By memory, I think your bishop was blocked in and couldn't stop the pawn in time

Desmond
13-04-2008, 08:21 PM
By memory, I think your bishop was blocked in and couldn't stop the pawn in timeNo, your king was covering the square it needed to go to. But your king was also inside the square of my pawn. I push the pawn, you move the king, I move my bishop, 1/2-1/2. I saw it at the time but didn't do it.

CameronD
13-04-2008, 08:32 PM
No, your king was covering the square it needed to go to. But your king was also inside the square of my pawn. I push the pawn, you move the king, I move my bishop, 1/2-1/2. I saw it at the time but didn't do it.

Didn't learn endgames till a year later, sacking the bishop would've worked at that time control left

Desmond
13-04-2008, 08:43 PM
It was something like this:


8/8/b3P3/8/1K1p2k1/8/8/8 b - - 0 1

...d3, drawn every day of the week and twice on sundays.

Basil
13-04-2008, 09:28 PM
Came across this one whilst looking for a different game, but it's up there.
Memories? Why could it be your fav? Is it simply the strength of the opponent? We're not here to work it out for ourselves you know!:P

Basil
13-04-2008, 09:40 PM
BTW, perhaps the squad would consider splitting the 'boring to everyone else' discussion between Boris and Cameron; which I reckon is all but off-topic (not to mention clogging up a half decent thread). This will post will self-destruct in ...

Basil
13-04-2008, 09:45 PM
I report pure astonishment !

Here i am, a mind numbingly poor bullet(1minute for all moves) player playing a 2665 rated computer ...
Good one Ax. Bullet can provide all sorts of outcomes against all strengths. I'm glad this is memorable for you. FWIW I enjoyed playing through your game because you achieved the purpose of the thread and set the scene. I can visualise Mr 2600 looking for half decent moves and picking up material rapidly while you're busy swindling him with a kingside hack :lol:

Basil
13-04-2008, 10:04 PM
I guess some of mine would be...
All worthy. Different ideas. Enjoyed each one of them. Now the million dollar question! Which one?

Desmond
13-04-2008, 10:54 PM
Memories? Why could it be your fav? Is it simply the strength of the opponent? We're not here to work it out for ourselves you know!:PI think he was prolly about 2000 at the time, but then again I was prolly only 1500. I liked my defence, and also that I correctly evaluated the ending quite early on.

Kevin Bonham
13-04-2008, 11:11 PM
Oddly enough I find that most of my wins against opponents who either were or soon became much stronger than me are actually dreadful games that for the most part are simply embarrassments for both sides. However a hard-fought draw against such an opponent, like the one above, is usually a thing to be proud of.

Garrett
14-04-2008, 05:14 AM
I can hardly believe it !

Cheers
Garrett

Garrett
14-04-2008, 05:19 AM
It is my favourite (at least tentatively) not because of the quality of the full game (I certainly should have got more out of the opening, and not all my middlegame decisions were justified) but because of the accuracy of my calculation in the very wild mess that developed after 21....f5. I spent twenty-five minutes (from a G90 flat) on my 22nd move and had to see all the way to move 34 and judge the resulting position as well as consider various sidelines before playing it. Opponent had not seen all the way to the loss of his bishop and offered me a draw halfway through.

Opponent was rated in the 1900s, isn't active anymore alas, a strong player by local standards.

good calculation Kev. It's after games like that we think we can play chess :)

Desmond
14-04-2008, 09:59 AM
{Boris plays the dragon.{
I can hardly believe it !

Cheers
Garrett
Yeah I don't always try to win by putting my oponent to sleep. :)

Ian Murray
14-04-2008, 01:07 PM
One of my 60 memorable games (the other 59 escape me for the moment) was played over the phone as part of the erstwhile Queensland Country Clubs Telechess Championship.

The winning combination is (I suggest, with eyes modestly downcast) as pretty as they get at that level.

My notes are as published in Queensland Chess September 1993.

[Event "Rockhampton-Toowoomba Telematch"]
[Date "1991"]
[White "Murray, Ian"]
[Black "Frelek, Ray"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[WhiteElo "1373"]
[BlackElo "1503"]
[PlyCount "52"]

1. e4 1... c6 {White's knowledge of the Caro-Kann would leave room to spare on
the back of a stamp. However the Vinken variation has yielded excellent
results against the Sicilian, so let's see how a hybrid Vinken fares against
the Caro} 2. Nc3 d6 3. Bc4 e6 4. f4 4... Qh4+ {A mysterious move, perhaps
weakening White's kingside bastion but at the cost of two tempi} 5. g3 Qd8 6.
Nf3 Nd7 7. a3 {The couple of tempi in hand give White time to create a bolthole for the bishop} 7... b5 8. Ba2 Bb7 9. d3 $2 {9.0-0 was called for} 9... Qb6 10. Qe2 Nh6 11.
Be3 c5 12. O-O {12.0-0-0 may look safer, but the Vinken game plan is to castle
short then throw everything at the black king after ...0-0} 12... Ng4 13. Nd1 {
Looks passive but sticking to the game plan} 13... Be7 14. h3 {To force the exchange, so improving the knight} 14... Nxe3 15. Nxe3 O-O 16. c4 {White plans f5, but first preventing ...c4 with the discovered pin. 16.c4 is also a first step in breaking up the queenside pawns to activate the bishop further down the track} 16... a6 17. f5 b4 18. fxe6 fxe6 19. axb4 19... Qxb4 {Boxes in the white bishop, but the black queen plays no further part in
proceedings fromhere} 20. Rf2 {Back to the game plan, preparing to double rooks} 20... Bf6 21. Raf1 21... Bc6 {Aiming to work on the half-open b-file} 22. Ng4
{Still the game plan} 22... Bd4 23. Nxd4 23... cxd4 {White has both rooks
targeting the black rook on f8, which is defended three times. So, how to
distract the defenders?} 24. c5 $3 {An inconsequential-looking move which is
actually loaded for bear! The obvious threat is 25.Bxe6+ (forcing ...Kh8 then
26.Bxd7 wins); the equally obvious reply 24...Nxc5, apparently winning the
pawn while holding Black's e-pawn, in fact loses instantly as per text}
24... Nxc5 {What else does Black have?} (24... d5 {is no help -} 25. exd5 Bxd5
(25... exd5 26. Qe6+ Kh8 27. Qxd7) 26. Bxd5 exd5 27. Qe6+ Kh8 28. Qxd7 {
Best seems to be}) (24... Rxf2 25. Bxe6+ Kh8 (25... Kf8 26. Qxf2+ Ke7 27. Qf7+
Kd8 28. Bxd7 Bxd7 29. Qg8+ Be8 30. Rf8 Qe1+ 31. Kg2 Qe2+ 32. Nf2) 26. Qxf2 Qb8
(26... Qxc5 27. Bxd7 Kg8 28. Be6+ Kh8 29. Qf8+) 27. Qxd4 dxc5 28. Qf2 {
resolving Black's immediate problems but giving White a favourable endgame})
25. Nh6+ 1-0 {The coup de grace. 25...Kh8 and White mates with the rooks. Hobson's choice is 25... gxh6 26. Qg4+ 26... Kh8 {then the rooks mate} 1-0

Basil
14-04-2008, 01:22 PM
A worthy addition Ian. I believe that's the first time I've ever seen you play!
(I assume the combo is the reason for the fav status).

Ian Murray
14-04-2008, 01:59 PM
A worthy addition Ian. I believe that's the first time I've ever seen you play!
I was known to push a pawn in anger from time to time in days of yore.

Around 1995 I opted for a career path as an adminstrator rather than a player - there weren't enough hours in a day for both.

Capablanca-Fan
14-04-2008, 03:32 PM
I was known to push a pawn in anger from time to time in days of yore.
A good finish, and a shock for the opponent with pieces that seemed so far away. There are other comments I could make ...

Ian Murray
14-04-2008, 04:05 PM
A good finish, and a shock for the opponent with pieces that seemed so far away. There are other comments I could make ...
I would not be all that shocked if you found flaws in my analysis :doh:

Garrett
14-04-2008, 06:33 PM
I was known to push a pawn in anger from time to time in days of yore.

Around 1995 I opted for a career path as an adminstrator rather than a player - there weren't enough hours in a day for both.

aahh yes I think can remember that day. We played at your house, under the house, you had two large dogs and fishing rods stuck under the beams. There was a (dark?) SUV in the driveway (Barbara's?).

I don't remember too many pawns pushed in anger though, I remember you liked 1.c4 (edit: actually mosttimes the scotch game) and can remember losing a game to you in the symetrical english at the Leichardt hotel in the CQ open one year.

Cheers
Garrett.

Kevin Bonham
14-04-2008, 06:37 PM
good calculation Kev. It's after games like that we think we can play chess :)

Aye, and after all the games where we cannot see three moves ahead in a far far simpler position that we wonder how on earth we ever did it.

I liked your Casey game. I think his ...h6 is asking for some trouble but you had to be quite sharp to stop him getting counterplay.

Capablanca-Fan
14-04-2008, 07:13 PM
[Event "Rockhampton-Toowoomba Telematch"]
[Date "1991"]
[White "Murray, Ian"]

[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[WhiteElo "1373"]
[BlackElo "1503"]
[PlyCount "52"]

1. e4 1... c6 {White's knowledge of the Caro-Kann would leave room to spare on
the back of a stamp. However the Vinken variation has yielded excellent
results against the Sicilian, so let's see how a hybrid Vinken fares against
the Caro. [B]A bit different, because the c6 pawn makes it easier to kick the B with d5 or b5} 2. Nc3 d6 (2... d5) 3. Bc4 e6 4. f4 Qh4+ {A mysterious move, perhaps
weakening White's kingside bastion but at the cost of two tempi. Not worth the tempo loss, since Black is not in a position to exploit the weakness} 5. g3 Qd8 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. a3 {The couple of tempi in hand give White time to create a bolthole for the bishop} 7... b5 8. Ba2 Bb7 9. d3 $2 {9.0-0 was called for} 9... Qb6 10. Qe2 Nh6 11.
Be3 c5 12. O-O {12.0-0-0 may look safer, but the Vinken game plan is to castle short then throw everything at the black king after ...0-0. I wouldn't call it safer, since Black has already started the pawn roller, so you were right to go short} 12... Ng4 13. Nd1 {
Looks passive but sticking to the game plan} 13... Be7 14. h3 {To force the exchange, so improving the knight. But exchanging the dark-squared B helps Black, because White's Ps are on light squares, leaving the dark squares weak. Preventing ...Ng4 with h3 is common in such positions} 14... Nxe3 15. Nxe3 O-O 16. c4 {White plans f5, but first preventing ...c4 with the discovered pin. 16.c4 is also a first step in breaking up the queenside pawns to activate the bishop further down the track. But this further weakens the dark squares, and the Ba2 couldn't have appreciated it} 16... a6 (waste of a move if Black was planning b4, which is good) 17. f5 b4 18. fxe6 fxe6 19. axb4 Qxb4 {Boxes in the white bishop, but the black queen plays no further part in
proceedings from here. The move is OK; the mistake was later.} 20. Rf2 {Back to the game plan, preparing to double rooks. Black might have tried the same; that's why it's often best to double before opening.} 20... Bf6 21. Raf1 21... Bc6 {Aiming to work on the half-open b-file. But the priority was dealing with White's threats, as well as playing in the central dark squares that White has so kindly weakened. 21... Ne5 exhanges off a White attacker and guardian of those squares. Black should welcome exhanges on the f-file at this time, because then the disadvantages of the Q-side P weaknesses and bad B would become more important} 22. Ng4
{Still the game plan. It's a good move} 22... Bd4 (a bad mistake. Having missed the chance to keep this strong B, he should just stay put here. 23. Nxd4 cxd4 {White has both rooks
targeting the black rook on f8, which is defended three times. So, how to
distract the defenders?} 24. c5 $3 {An inconsequential-looking move which is
actually loaded for bear! The obvious threat is 25.Bxe6+ (forcing ...Kh8 then
26.Bxd7 wins); the equally obvious reply 24...Nxc5, apparently winning the
pawn while holding Black's e-pawn, in fact loses instantly as per text. A sudden turnaround; all White's pieces spring into action}
24... Nxc5 {What else does Black have?} (24... d5 {is no help -} 25. exd5 Bxd5
(25... exd5 26. Qe6+ Kh8 27. Qxd7) 26. Bxd5 exd5 27. Qe6+ Kh8 28. Qxd7 {
Best seems to be}) (24... Rxf2 25. Bxe6+ Kh8 (25... Kf8 26. Qxf2+ Ke7 27. Qf7+
Kd8 28. Bxd7 Bxd7 29. Qg8+ Be8 30. Rf8 Qe1+ 31. Kg2 Qe2+ 32. Nf2) 26. Qxf2 Qb8
(26... Qxc5 27. Bxd7 Kg8 28. Be6+ Kh8 29. Qf8+) 27. Qxd4 dxc5 28. Qf2 {
resolving Black's immediate problems but giving White a favourable endgame})
25. Nh6+ 1-0 {The coup de grace. 25...Kh8 and White mates with the rooks. Hobson's choice is 25... gxh6 26. Qg4+ 26... Kh8 {then the rooks mate} 1-0

Ian Murray
14-04-2008, 07:46 PM
aahh yes I think can remember that day. We played at your house, under the house, you had two large dogs and fishing rods stuck under the beams. There was a (dark?) SUV in the driveway (Barbara's?).

I don't remember too many pawns pushed in anger though, I remember you liked 1.c4 (edit: actually mosttimes the scotch game) and can remember losing a game to you in the symetrical english at the Leichardt hotel in the CQ open one year.

Cheers
Garrett.
Hi George

You have the venue right, but I would never have stuck the dogs under the beams!

Now you mention it, I did beat you in the CQO one year, but have only a vague recollection of the game. Another brilliancy, of course

Ian

eclectic
14-04-2008, 08:49 PM
i've just finished watching a program about a young lady who has indeed moved on into the non chess section

i do believe i played against her once but i somehow doubt she would have rated it as her favourite game ever

may she rest in peace

Ian Murray
14-04-2008, 09:03 PM
i've just finished watching a program about a young lady who has indeed moved on into the non chess section

i do believe i played against her once but i somehow doubt she would have rated it as her favourite game ever

may she rest in peace
A lovely lady, Jess. She worked for me as a chess coach in schools while she was at uni - I knew her quite well.

Australian Story was a moving account of her life, much too short as it was.

Rincewind
14-04-2008, 09:12 PM
Kreznovic - Cox
2000 Club Championship

1.d4 Nf6 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3 Bf5 4.e3 e6 5.a3 Be7 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Bb5 O-O 8.b4 a5
9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.bxa5 Rxa5 11.Ne5 Qa8 12.O-O c5 13.Nc3 cxd4 14.exd4 Ne4
15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.c4 f6 17.Nf3 dxc4 18.Qe2 Bd5 19.f5 e5 20.dxe5 fxe5 21.Nxe5 Bxg2
22.Qxc4+ Bd5 23.Qe2 Ra4 24.Nd3 Re4 25.Qd1 Bc4 26.Bb2 Bxd3 27.Qxd3 Rg4+ 28.Kf2 Qg2+
29.Ke1 Bh4+ 30.Kd1 Rd8 31.Qxd8+ Bxd8 32.Re1 Qxb2 33.Re8+ Kf7 34.Re2 Rg1+

I was unrated at the time though I had been playing at the local club a bit. My opponent was reasonably strong for the club (previous club champion), especially in tactics, though I had noticed he tended to use this pawn set up and give up his white squared bishop for the knight on c6 before.

I thought the h1-a8 diagonal could be quite useful and so looked to set this up from the outset. In the words of Hannibal Smith, "I love it when a plan comes together."


Footnote: Kreznovic won the club championship that year with a score of 6/7.

Capablanca-Fan
15-04-2008, 12:42 AM
Kreznovic - Cox
2000 Club Championship

1.d4 Nf6 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3 Bf5 4.e3 e6 5.a3 Be7 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Bb5 O-O 8.b4 a5
9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.bxa5 Rxa5 11.Ne5 Qa8 12.O-O c5 13.Nc3 cxd4 14.exd4 Ne4
15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.c4 f6 17.Nf3 dxc4 18.Qe2 Bd5 19.f5 e5 20.dxe5 fxe5 21.Nxe5 Bxg2
22.Qxc4+ Bd5 23.Qe2 Ra4 24.Nd3 Re4 25.Qd1 Bc4 26.Bb2 Bxd3 27.Qxd3 Rg4+ 28.Kf2 Qg2+
29.Ke1 Bh4+ 30.Kd1 Rd8 31.Qxd8+ Bxd8 32.Re1 Qxb2 33.Re8+ Kf7 34.Re2 Rg1+

I was unrated at the time though I had been playing at the local club a bit. My opponent was reasonably strong for the club (previous club champion), especially in tactics, though I had noticed he tended to use this pawn set up and give up his white squared bishop for the knight on c6 before.

I thought the h1-a8 diagonal could be quite useful and so looked to set this up from the outset. In the words of Hannibal Smith, "I love it when a plan comes together."
White had a self-destructive case of leucotetragonophobia.

Basil
15-04-2008, 12:46 AM
Not in the spirit of the thread, Jon! And no doubt can leveled at many of the games presented here, to varying degrees. How about we pretend you didn't post that ;) Here, have my rubber!

Rincewind
15-04-2008, 12:53 AM
Not in the spirit of the thread, Jon! And no doubt can leveled at many of the games presented here, to varying degrees. How about we pretend you didn't post that ;) Here, have my rubber!

The comment was entirely reasonable and didn't contain any ill will I could detect. I agree my win was mostly due to my opponent's flagrant disinterest in keeping any sort of check on the white squares. End of story.

The thread is for the favourite game after all, not the best played.

BTW One of the games which clued me in on the leucotetragonophobia was the following allegro effort between the same players a few months earlier. In this game White commits a few major tactical oversights as well. But it is nice to beat a club champion in this fashion when you're reasonably lowly placed in a club.

1.d4 Nf6 2.f4 d5 3.e3 Bf5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.a3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Bb5 O-O
8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.b4 a5 10.bxa5 Rxa5 11.Ne5 Qa8 12.Nb1 Qa6
13.Nd3 Bg4 14.Qd2 Ne4 15.Nb4 Bxb4 16.axb4 Nxd2
17.Kxd2 Qe2+ 18.Kc3 Rxa1 19.Kb2 Rfa8 20.Nc3 Qc4

Basil
15-04-2008, 01:48 AM
The thread is for the favourite game after all, not the best played.
Exactly.


The comment was entirely reasonable and didn't contain any ill will I could detect.
Right then! Stand corrected x 2. Perhaps I've been at the office too long. Let's see it's 1:47 am, I've done most of my webmaster stuff (including accidently dumped my database :wall: and restored it). Now that I've clogged up my own thread I should leave now. Everybody ...



















Carry on!

Capablanca-Fan
15-04-2008, 09:24 AM
Not in the spirit of the thread, Jon! And no doubt can leveled at many of the games presented here, to varying degrees. How about we pretend you didn't post that ;) Here, have my rubber!
Ah, but I didn't criticise the poster; was actually hoping for a word of the day ;) Such a diagnosis is important to explain the chess psychology behind Black's Nc6, knowing that the opponent would play Bb5 then Bxc6; otherwise it's unlikely to be played before c5.

CameronD
15-04-2008, 09:30 AM
[QUOTE=Gunner Duggan]Exactly.


Right then! Stand corrected x 2. Perhaps I've been at the office too long. Let's see it's 1:47 am, I've done most of my webmaster stuff (including accidently dumped my database :wall: and restored it). Now that I've clogged up my own thread I should leave now. Everybody ...

Maybe if you weren't talking to idiots at chesschat, then you'd get your work done and leave the office at 11.

Rincewind
15-04-2008, 12:45 PM
was actually hoping for a word of the day

I think white showed more of a blindness to white squares rather than a fear of them. So maybe leucotetragonopia?

Capablanca-Fan
15-04-2008, 01:04 PM
I think white showed more of a blindness to white squares rather than a fear of them. So maybe leucotetragonopia?
True enough. Then leucotetragonANopia or leucotetragonotyphlosis (from τυφλός, blind or blind man)?

Garrett
15-04-2008, 06:41 PM
Hi George

You have the venue right, but I would never have stuck the dogs under the beams!

Now you mention it, I did beat you in the CQO one year, but have only a vague recollection of the game. Another brilliancy, of course

Ian

Hi Ian

No idea about the brilliancy part but the fact that I can remember as much as you means that most of the $800.00 I spent on shrinks and hypnotherapists was pretty much wasted.

Cheers
Garrett.

Kevin Bonham
18-04-2008, 01:30 AM
In response to Gunner writing angry words in big red texta popular demand, a runners-up section has been created where people can post games they think are especially good, memorable, almost as good as this one but not quite (etc) but are not their favourite ever.

It is to be found here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=8034).

Please do not post more than one of your own games on this thread without coming up with a really neat excuse like Rincewind's above, or mine although I moved my other game to the new thread (not sure what we'll do about Jono; perhaps he gets a special dispensation for being a genuine, bona FIDE, non-Zonal FM!)

Unless you have a new favourite, of course ...

Spiny Norman
16-05-2008, 09:30 AM
I've been wondering for a few weeks whether I'd summon my courage to post in this thread. I looked through some of my old games, particular junior games from the 80's, but nothing really grabbed my eye. Last night the issue was resolved ... my opponent had beaten a couple of 1700-odd players early in the tournament, plus I was on my 3rd Black out of 4 games (I missed the first round).

The game is nowhere near flawless, as I made a mistake in the opening (Nd7) (according to Fritz) that would have left me a pawn down with a positional disadvantage (after Nxg4 Nxg4 e4 and further exchanges) ... but the rest of the game I am very pleased with ... most particularly Qc7 preparing to break open the centre, and Rh4 to initiate exchanges into a "bishops of opposite colour" attack on the black squares around White's king.

White made a few errors, arguably his 17th and I think his 19th is also too slow.

Anyway, here it is:

White: A.N.Other
Black: Spiny Norman

1.d4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Ne5 c6 7.O-O Nbd7 8.f3 Be6 9.Bg5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.f4 Nb6 12.e4 Qd7 13.b3 h6 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Nxd5 hxg5 16.Ne3 O-O-O 17.Qf3 gxf4 18.gxf4 Qc7 19.c4 g5 20.Ng4 gxf4 21.Rae1 Rh4 22.h3 Bxg4 23.hxg4 Bxe5 24.Rd1 Qb6+ 25.Qf2 Bd4 26.Rxd4 Qxd4 27.Qxd4 Rxd4 28.Bf3 Kd7 29.Rf2 f6 30.Kg2 Kd6 31.Rc2 Rh7 32.c5+ Kd7 33.a4 Rg7 34.Kh3 Rd3 35.Kg2 Rxb3 36.Kf2 Ra3 37.Rd2+ Kc7 38.Bd1 Rc3 0-1

Garrett
18-11-2009, 07:41 PM
This one is probably my favourite Black game at the moment. Partly because the opponent was a strong junior around 2100 with an IM norm, partly because it was revenge for the zonal game a few days before in the same variation, and partly because of winning move Nh1, putting the knight to the corner.

[Event "2009 Gold Coast Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.06.28"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Andrew Brown"]
[Black "Garrett"]
[Result "0-1"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 O-O 6. Nf3 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Be2 exd5
9. cxd5 Bg4 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Nd2 Bxe2 12. Qxe2 Re8 13. Qf3 a6 14. a4 Qe7 15. b3
Rab8 (15... Ng4 {tactics, was better !} 16. e5 Nh6) 16. Bb2 b5 17. axb5 axb5
18. Rae1 Nh5 19. g4 Bd4+ 20. Kh1 Ng7 21. Nd1 Bxb2 22. Nxb2 f6 23. Ra1 Ra8 24.
Qd3 c4 25. bxc4 Rxa1 26. Rxa1 Nc5 27. Qd4 Nxe4 28. Nf3 (28. Nxe4 Qxe4+ 29. Qxe4
Rxe4 30. cxb5 Rb4 31. Nd1 Rxb5 {with a level endgame.}) 28... Qd7 $1 29. h3 Nh5
$1 30. Ra7 Neg3+ 31. Kg2 Re2+ 32. Kg1 Nxf4 (32... Qxa7 {
was better.} 33. Qxa7 Nxf4 34. Qb8+ Kg7 35. Qa7+ Kh6 {
and I didn't see I had a pawn on f6 ready to take the pawn on g5 if it checks.}
) 33. Ra8+ Re8 34. Rxe8+ Qxe8 35. Kf2 Nh1+ 36. Kg1 Ne2+ 0-1

Basil
18-11-2009, 09:05 PM
This one is probably my favourite Black game at the moment.
Noice one. I would have enjoyed that too.

Phil Bourke
19-11-2009, 08:36 AM
and probably more so because of the reasons I played the line chosen.
Event: ANU Minor
Site: Canberra
Date: 2008.07.26
Round: 3.2
White: Bourke, Phil
Black: Palma, Mario
Result: 1-0
ECO: C06
WhiteElo: 1463
BlackElo: 1361
PlyCount: 37
EventDate: 2008.??.??

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 Qb6 8. O-O
cxd4 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Qxd4 11. Nf3 Qb6 12. Qa4 Be7 (12... Qb4 13. Qc2 {
is the mainline.}) 13. Bd2 {Now I recalled a Korchnoi game from his DVD and thought I could play for a queen trap if he took the b-pawn.
Fortunately, my opponent didn't see what I had missed!} (13. Qg4 g6 14. Bh6 Nc5
) 13... Qxb2 ({0.16 Rybka 2.1d3 32-bit:} 13... O-O 14. Qc2 f5 15. exf6 Nxf6 16.
Ne5 Bc5 17. Bc3) 14. a3 {After the game, Mario said he hadn't seen or considered this move, but it is one of those little moves that does a lot.} 14... Qb6 ({2.01 Rybka 2.1d3 32-bit:} 14...
Kf8 {is the surprising salvation for Black.} 15. Rfb1 Nc5 16. Qd1 Qxa1 17. Rxa1
Nxd3 18. Bg5 Bxg5 19. Qxd3 Be7) (14... O-O 15. Rfb1 Nc5 16.
Bxh7+ (16. Qg4) 16... Kxh7 17. Qd1 Qxa1 18. Rxa1 Bd7) 15. Ba5 Qc6 16. Bb5 Qc5
17. Rfc1 Qxc1+ ({4.12 Rybka 2.1d3 32-bit:} 17... Kf8 18. Rxc5 Nxc5 19. Qf4 a6
20. Ng5 f5 21. exf6 gxf6 22. Bb4) 18. Rxc1 b6 19. Bxb6 (19.
Rxc8+ Rxc8 20. Bxd7+ Kf8 21. Bxc8 bxa5 22. Qxa5 a6 23. Qxa6) 1-0
This was from the third round in the U1600 section and seeing as we were both on 2/2 at the start of the game, it adds a little more merit to the win, and in fairness to Mario, 14...Kf8 is one hell of a move to find when you are staring at the loss of your Queen.

Capablanca-Fan
19-11-2009, 07:30 PM
This one is probably my favourite Black game at the moment. Partly because the opponent was a strong junior around 2100 with an IM norm, partly because it was revenge for the zonal game a few days before in the same variation, and partly because of winning move Nh1, putting the knight to the corner.

[Event "2009 Gold Coast Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.06.28"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Andrew Brown"]
[Black "Garrett"]
[Result "0-1"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 O-O 6. Nf3 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Be2 exd5
9. cxd5 Bg4 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Nd2 Bxe2 12. Qxe2 Re8 13. Qf3 a6 14. a4 Qe7 15. b3
Rab8 (15... Ng4 {tactics, was better !} 16. e5 Nh6) 16. Bb2 b5 17. axb5 axb5
18. Rae1 Nh5 19. g4 Bd4+ 20. Kh1 Ng7 21. Nd1 Bxb2 22. Nxb2 f6 23. Ra1 Ra8 24.
Qd3 c4 25. bxc4 Rxa1 26. Rxa1 Nc5 27. Qd4 Nxe4 28. Nf3 (28. Nxe4 Qxe4+ 29. Qxe4
Rxe4 30. cxb5 Rb4 31. Nd1 Rxb5 {with a level endgame.}) 28... Qd7 $1 29. h3 Nh5
$1 30. Ra7 Neg3+ 31. Kg2 Re2+ 32. Kg1 Nxf4 (32... Qxa7 {
was better.} 33. Qxa7 Nxf4 34. Qb8+ Kg7 35. Qa7+ Kh6 {
and I didn't see I had a pawn on f6 ready to take the pawn on g5 if it checks.}
) 33. Ra8+ Re8 34. Rxe8+ Qxe8 35. Kf2 Nh1+ 36. Kg1 Ne2+ 0-1
Quite a dance of knights!

Tony Dowden
19-11-2009, 08:54 PM
Quite a dance of knights!

Very nice Garrett :clap: :clap: Um, knightmares for White ...

that Caesar guy
19-11-2009, 09:24 PM
Very nice Garrett :clap: :clap: Um, knightmares for White ...
Hahahahahahaha...I get it. :rolleyes:

:lol:

JM

Garrett
20-11-2009, 05:55 AM
Very nice Garrett :clap: :clap: Um, knightmares for White ...

ha ha thanks.

Hey, is anyone else having trouble loading Phil's game above ?

I can load the board but the pieces don't move...

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2009, 02:13 PM
Hey, is anyone else having trouble loading Phil's game above ?

I can load the board but the pieces don't move...

Yes, the presence of numbers in the comments that are not move numbers almost invariably causes the game viewer to mess up. In this case it was the inclusion in comments of computer-generated numbers like "Rybka 2.1d3 32-bit:" that was causing the problem.

I've fixed it (at least it works for me) :



Event: ANU Minor
Site: Canberra
Date: 2008.07.26
Round: 3.2
White: Bourke, Phil
Black: Palma, Mario
Result: 1-0
ECO: C06
WhiteElo: 1463
BlackElo: 1361
PlyCount: 37
EventDate: 2008.??.??

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 Qb6 8. O-O
cxd4 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Qxd4 11. Nf3 Qb6 12. Qa4 Be7 (12... Qb4 13. Qc2 {is the mainline.}) 13. Bd2 {Now I recalled a Korchnoi game from his DVD and thought I could play for a queen trap if he took the b-pawn.
Fortunately, my opponent didn't see what I had missed!} (13. Qg4 g6 14. Bh6 Nc5) 13... Qxb2 (13... O-O 14. Qc2 f5 15. exf6 Nxf6 16.
Ne5 Bc5 17. Bc3) 14. a3 {After the game, Mario said he hadn't seen or considered this move, but it is one of those little moves that does a lot.} 14... Qb6 ( 14...Kf8 {is the surprising salvation for Black.} 15. Rfb1 Nc5 16. Qd1 Qxa1 17. Rxa1 Nxd3 18. Bg5 Bxg5 19. Qxd3 Be7) (14... O-O 15. Rfb1 Nc5 16.
Bxh7+ (16. Qg4) 16... Kxh7 17. Qd1 Qxa1 18. Rxa1 Bd7) 15. Ba5 Qc6 16. Bb5 Qc5
17. Rfc1 Qxc1+ (17... Kf8 18. Rxc5 Nxc5 19. Qf4 a6
20. Ng5 f5 21. exf6 gxf6 22. Bb4) 18. Rxc1 b6 19. Bxb6 (19.
Rxc8+ Rxc8 20. Bxd7+ Kf8 21. Bxc8 bxa5 22. Qxa5 a6 23. Qxa6) 1-0

Phil Bourke
20-11-2009, 02:17 PM
Thanks Kev, I had a go but was outside the edit limit.

Garrett
20-11-2009, 03:34 PM
Thanks Kev, I had a go but was outside the edit limit.

Well trapped, I can well imagine you winning a lot of games with that line.

Taking the d4 pawn is fraught with peril if you are carbon, rather than silicon based lifeform (at least for me anyway).

I prefer 7...g6.

cheers
Garrett.

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2009, 07:41 PM
Ah yes, the Korchnoi Gambit. A game where I munched the pawn and didn't have too many problems is here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=10367#post10367), although I greatly outrated my (then very underrated) opponent in that game.

In Phil's game, yes, 14...Qb6?? is a total disaster for black. The reason ...Kf8 sort-of works is that it unpins the knight allowing Nc5. 14...0-0 is also possible but then white can pick off a pawn with Bxh7+ as Phil also notes since the bishop is dying anyway.

There are quite a lot of games with 12...Be7 but not at 2400+ level. I can find only one database game with Phil's 13.Bd2 and it was not a very good game (black played the 14...0-0 line and white did not see Bxh7+). The 14...Kf8 line is interesting because although the material (rook, piece and two that could become three pawns for queen) in theory favours black, such positions can be hard to play when pieces are badly co-ordinated and the opponent has a lot of open lines. Perhaps white is actually better and as such I am surprised 13.Bd2 has not been tried more often.

Igor_Goldenberg
20-11-2009, 10:27 PM
food is generally good, but too much leads to obesity.
while d4 pawn is quite tasty (in my "French" years I often took it without disastrous consequences), b2 pawn is clearly poisonous.
Not sure I would notice the trap, but would most likely play 13...0-0, as one pawn is enough and black needs to finish development ad consolidate.
white has a compensation for a pawn, but I would prefer black.

Tony Dowden
21-11-2009, 01:00 PM
Well trapped, I can well imagine you winning a lot of games with that line.

Taking the d4 pawn is fraught with peril if you are carbon, rather than silicon based lifeform (at least for me anyway).

I prefer 7...g6.

cheers
Garrett.

I also prefer 7...g6 as I recently played against Chris Kolak in the MCC Cup Weekender.

Many years ago I accepted the pawn against Paul Garbett in a NZ Championship and lost miserably without firing a shot :( (if memory serves me correctly, at the time I thought I was 'winning' a pawn - not realising that Korchnoi and Nunn had both had success with the White pieces)

Phil Bourke
21-11-2009, 09:52 PM
Ah yes, the Korchnoi Gambit. A game where I munched the pawn and didn't have too many problems is here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=10367#post10367), although I greatly outrated my (then very underrated) opponent in that game.

In the DVD, Korchnoi credits Geller with showing him the gambit. Says that they would play blitz in which Geller would play this as White and get nagging pressure, so he decided to give it a whirl himself at times. Now it is universally known as the Korchnoi Gambit :)

Event: October Revolution 50
Site: Leningrad
Date: 1967.??.??
Round: ?
White: Kortchnoi, Viktor
Black: Udovcic, Mijo
Result: 1-0
ECO: C05
PlyCount: 61
EventDate: 1967.??.??
EventType: tourn
EventRounds: 17
EventCountry: URS
Source: ChessBase
SourceDate: 1997.11.17

1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. c3 c5 6. Ngf3 Nc6 7. Bd3 Qb6 8. O-O
cxd4 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Qxd4 11. Nf3 Qb6 12. Qa4 Qb4 13. Qc2 h6 14. Bd2 Qb6
15. Rac1 Be7 16. Qa4 Qd8 17. Rc2 Kf8 18. Rfc1 Nb6 19. Qg4 Bd7 20. Ba5 Rc8 21.
Rxc8 Bxc8 22. Bb4 g6 23. Qh4 g5 24. Nxg5 Ke8 25. Bb5+ Bd7 26. Nxe6 fxe6 27.
Qh5+ Kf8 28. Rc3 Rh7 29. Qg6 Rg7 30. Qxh6 Bxb4 31. Rg3 1-0

The position at move 16 is the one that inspired my effort. Similar but not the same, and one can see the difference between a GM and a woodpusher :) His works, as it is isn't taken, mine did, but shouldn't have :)

Capablanca-Fan
30-06-2011, 04:34 AM
My opponent in this game reminded me of it recently; a rare positional Black win with the Marshall, exploiting weak light squares on the Q-side.

[Event "Civic Quickplay"]
[Site "Wellington"]
[Date "1996.04.08"]
[Round "01"]
[White "MacLeod, Scott"]
[Black "Sarfati, Jonathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C89"]
[WhiteElo ""]
[BlackElo "2223"]

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. Bxd5 cxd5 13. d4 Bd6 14. Re1 [14.Re3 is the Kevitz variation which is certainly viable; Black has no problems in the game line] 14... Qh4 15. g3 Qh3 16. Qf3 Bf5 17. Qg2 Qh5 18. f3 Bh3 19. Qf2 Rae8 20. Bd2 {self-blocking; 20 Be3 is normal} 20... f5 21. Na3 f4 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Re1 Rxe1 24. Bxe1 Qg6 25. Nc2 a5 26. a3 {?} Qd3 27. Na1 Qd1 28. Nc2 Bf5 0-1 {the N is dominated}

Garrett
30-06-2011, 06:05 AM
Yes nice game Jono.