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Alan Shore
07-12-2004, 01:47 PM
OK, let's play. First one to respond will be my opponent. Minimum one move per day.

1. e4

skip to my lou
07-12-2004, 01:52 PM
e6

Alan Shore
07-12-2004, 02:06 PM
2. d4

skip to my lou
07-12-2004, 02:18 PM
d5

Alan Shore
07-12-2004, 02:23 PM
3. exd5



[heading off for some golf now, back later sometime. Thanks for responding so quick Jeo, good luck].

skip to my lou
07-12-2004, 06:07 PM
exd5

playing with no board.

Alan Shore
07-12-2004, 06:12 PM
4. Nf3

arosar
07-12-2004, 06:12 PM
Are we allowed to kibitz?

AR

Alan Shore
07-12-2004, 06:21 PM
Are we allowed to kibitz?

AR

I don't mind, as long as you don't suggest moves and if my opponent consents.

arosar
07-12-2004, 06:29 PM
I don't mind, as long as you don't suggest moves . . . .

OK, so instead of saying, "Bd3" you want me to just say, "develop the bishop"?

What if I see a forced line, can I say something like, "sac a piece" without saying which piece on which square?

AR

skip to my lou
08-12-2004, 06:06 PM
Nf6

Alan Shore
08-12-2004, 07:19 PM
5. Bd3


(I got the idea from Amiel post #10, lol)

skip to my lou
08-12-2004, 07:25 PM
Bd6

Alan Shore
08-12-2004, 09:46 PM
6. Qe2

Check.

Garvinator
08-12-2004, 09:48 PM
6. Qe2

Check.
how about doing a pgn board to make it easier to follow?

skip to my lou
09-12-2004, 12:33 PM
qe7

Trent Parker
09-12-2004, 02:01 PM
I reckon maybe just kibitzing after the move is played.

Alan Shore
09-12-2004, 03:42 PM
Copycat!

7. Qxe7+

skip to my lou
09-12-2004, 04:35 PM
bxe7

Alan Shore
09-12-2004, 05:26 PM
8. Castle kingside.

skip to my lou
09-12-2004, 05:51 PM
0-0

Alan Shore
09-12-2004, 06:58 PM
9. Re1

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Bd6 6. Qe2+ Qe7 7. Qxe7 Bxe7 8. 0-0 0-0 9. Re1

skip to my lou
10-12-2004, 06:07 PM
bd6

Alan Shore
10-12-2004, 07:50 PM
10. Bg5

Alan Shore
12-12-2004, 01:24 AM
Mate, you've violated the one move per day rule :(

If you want to continue playing, I'll give you the rest of today (Sunday) to play a move. Next time I'll have to claim victory.

skip to my lou
12-12-2004, 08:29 AM
oops sorry

nd7

Alan Shore
12-12-2004, 03:21 PM
11. c3

Garvinator
13-12-2004, 11:57 PM
i think this game is going nowhere, are you two still playing?

Alan Shore
14-12-2004, 12:07 AM
i think this game is going nowhere, are you two still playing?

Well, apparently not.. I'm calling K's flag for not responding in time (again).

How about a new opponent who can be bothered playing some moves against me? :confused:

skip to my lou
14-12-2004, 12:10 AM
sorry did not expect to be this busy... if anyone wants to take over then please do.

Garvinator
14-12-2004, 12:26 AM
Well, apparently not.. I'm calling K's flag for not responding in time (again).

How about a new opponent who can be bothered playing some moves against me? :confused:
well i am already playing and it isnt difficult for me to get a game with Bruce if i really wanted to.

Spiny Norman
14-12-2004, 04:25 AM
How about a new opponent who can be bothered playing some moves against me? :confused:

I'm game if you are .... I definitely need the practice! :)

Alan Shore
14-12-2004, 09:48 AM
I'm game if you are .... I definitely need the practice! :)

OK Frosty, let's play.. good luck.

1. e4

Spiny Norman
14-12-2004, 05:49 PM
e5

Alan Shore
14-12-2004, 08:56 PM
2. Nf3

Spiny Norman
15-12-2004, 04:33 AM
2. ... Nf6

Alan Shore
16-12-2004, 04:14 AM
3. d4

Spiny Norman
16-12-2004, 06:31 AM
3. ... d5.



White: Bruce Dickinson,
Black: Stephen Frost,
Date: commenced 14/12/2004,
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5

Alan Shore
16-12-2004, 03:05 PM
Oh wow I suck, I read Nf6 as Nc6.... oh well. The sad thing is I still wouldn't have realised without Frosty writing 'Petroff Defence' :confused:

4. Nxe5

Spiny Norman
16-12-2004, 09:06 PM
Oh wow I suck, I read Nf6 as Nc6.... oh well.

Doh! :eek: Here was me thinking "d4 ... he's really going for it" and you thought you were playing a Scotch?

Ah well, that's correspondence chess for you. I've made my share of mistakes with typos in years gone by. Fortunately yours is nowhere near non-fatal and should contribute to a more exciting game with a bit of luck. :P

I'll continue the symmetry for now:

4. ... Nxe4

Alan Shore
17-12-2004, 03:11 AM
5. Nd2

Spiny Norman
17-12-2004, 06:20 AM
5. ... Bd6

Alan Shore
17-12-2004, 02:14 PM
6. Qe2

Spiny Norman
17-12-2004, 05:51 PM
6. ... Qe7

Spiny Norman
17-12-2004, 06:11 PM
White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6 6.Qe2 Qe7

Alan Shore
17-12-2004, 11:28 PM
And now for something completely different...

7. Nec4

Spiny Norman
18-12-2004, 06:03 AM
That made me think for quite a while...

7. ... Nc6

Alan Shore
18-12-2004, 06:22 PM
8. Nxe4

Spiny Norman
18-12-2004, 08:01 PM
8. ... Qxe4

Alan Shore
18-12-2004, 08:35 PM
9. Nxd6+

Spiny Norman
19-12-2004, 06:40 AM
9. ... cxd6

Alan Shore
19-12-2004, 10:15 PM
10. c3

Spiny Norman
20-12-2004, 05:07 PM
10. ... Qxe2+

Spiny Norman
20-12-2004, 05:09 PM
White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+

Alan Shore
20-12-2004, 06:49 PM
Bxe2

Spiny Norman
20-12-2004, 09:32 PM
11. ... Bf5

Alan Shore
21-12-2004, 06:49 PM
12. Bf4

Spiny Norman
21-12-2004, 07:01 PM
12. ... Kd7

Alan Shore
22-12-2004, 03:36 AM
13. Kd2

Spiny Norman
22-12-2004, 06:18 PM
13. ... a6

Alan Shore
23-12-2004, 12:49 AM
14. Rae1

Alan Shore
23-12-2004, 01:46 PM
I think I'll take up your offer of adjournment till New Year. Stupid lightning storm... have a good Christmas.



White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+ 11. Bxe2 Bf5 12. Bf4 Kd7 13. Kd2 a6 14. Rae1

Spiny Norman
23-12-2004, 05:49 PM
No worries ... see you in a week or so ... put up a post when you're ready to resume. Have a great Christmas. I'll spend mine dreaming about my doubled pawns. :)

Alan Shore
04-01-2005, 10:12 AM
Frosty, you can post your next move but I still haven't really got net access, so if we continue now there may be a delay of more than a day for my next move, hope that's ok.

Spiny Norman
04-01-2005, 05:56 PM
Frosty, you can post your next move but I still haven't really got net access, so if we continue now there may be a delay of more than a day for my next move, hope that's ok.

OK, lets see how we go. Lets that the 1-day time limit off for a couple of weeks. I'm cancelling my OzEmail ADSL connection this Sunday night and will be switching back to a laptop for a week or so whilst I arrange something with a new ISP ... so I may be a bit scarce around here myself for a bit.

So, to restart the process:

14. ... Rhe8

Alan Shore
04-01-2005, 09:25 PM
15. h4

(I had to remember all the analysis from a week ago, hehe).

Spiny Norman
05-01-2005, 07:01 AM
15. ... b5

Alan Shore
05-01-2005, 07:38 PM
16. g4

Spiny Norman
05-01-2005, 07:56 PM
My mother-in-law managed to knock the board over in the loungeroom whilst vacuuming the carpet. I shouldn't complain ... I was never gonna pick up the vacuum cleaner myself (!). Hopefully I've reconstructed the position OK.

16. ... Be6

Alan Shore
05-01-2005, 08:34 PM
17. a3

At least you have a board set up.. I'm doing some of this in my head and some looking at the pgn board I posted above, hehe

Spiny Norman
05-01-2005, 08:41 PM
At least you have a board set up.. I'm doing some of this in my head and some looking at the pgn board I posted above, hehe

Doh! OK, lemme help you out a bit!

17. ... Na5


White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5

Alan Shore
05-01-2005, 10:56 PM
After 2 hours of analysis.... (most of it a waste of time I'm sure!)

18. h5

Spiny Norman
06-01-2005, 06:41 PM
After 2 hours of analysis.... (most of it a waste of time I'm sure!)

2 hours? I've been spending no more than 5-10 minutes a move. :eek: I think I'd better start paying more attention to what you're up to. I've gotta duck out to a committee meeting tonight and my weekend is stuffed due to me doing a mail system upgrade at my work. I'll do my best to post at least 1 move a day but can't promise. Here's tonight's effort:

18. ... Nc4+

Alan Shore
06-01-2005, 11:06 PM
2 hours? I've been spending no more than 5-10 minutes a move. :eek: I think I'd better start paying more attention to what you're up to.

Don't worry, I had only spent about 5 mins max myself prior to now but it's kind of a critical position for me where I had to figure out a lot of eventualities.. I almost made a bit of an error too. I think it's the longest I've ever thought on any move I've ever played and it was pretty innoccuous, haha. Still, it means I shouldn't have much to think about over the next few moves!

19. Kc2

Spiny Norman
07-01-2005, 09:14 PM
19. ... Re7

Alan Shore
09-01-2005, 07:28 PM
19. ... Re7

Well, a little unexpected I must say.. still, I'll go with my original 'analysed plan' despite your slight divergence.

20. Bc1

Spiny Norman
10-01-2005, 07:22 PM
You can probably rely on the fact that I don't know what I'm doing. ;)

20. ... Rae8

Spiny Norman
13-01-2005, 07:18 PM
BD ... your move man ... :)


White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5 18.h5 Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7 20.Bc1 Rae8

Alan Shore
14-01-2005, 02:23 AM
Yes sorry.. little preoccupied. My new modem is taking ages to get here...

21. Rhg1

Spiny Norman
15-01-2005, 07:15 AM
21. ... f5

Alan Shore
16-01-2005, 05:10 PM
21. ... f5

22. Bd3

Spiny Norman
16-01-2005, 05:37 PM
22. ... g6

Alan Shore
16-01-2005, 06:47 PM
23. f4

Spiny Norman
16-01-2005, 07:05 PM
23. ... fxg4

Alan Shore
18-01-2005, 10:30 AM
24. hxg6

Spiny Norman
19-01-2005, 07:15 AM
24. ... hxg6

Alan Shore
19-01-2005, 09:35 AM
25. Bxg6

Alan Shore
19-01-2005, 09:37 AM
White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5 18.h5 Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7 20.Bc1 Rae8 21. Rhg1 f5 22. Bd3 g6 23. f4 fxg4 24. hxg6 hxg6 25. Bxg6

Spiny Norman
19-01-2005, 06:02 PM
25. ... Rf8

Alan Shore
19-01-2005, 09:04 PM
26. b3

Spiny Norman
20-01-2005, 08:54 PM
26. ... Nb6

Alan Shore
21-01-2005, 11:40 AM
27. Ref1

Spiny Norman
22-01-2005, 07:39 AM
Looks like I can't hang on to my passed pawn, no matter what, so ...

27. ... Bf5+

I got in my car last night to drive down to BHCC to catch up with starter and the automatic transmission has packed it in. Damn! Its a 4-speed too, so it'll probably cost a fortune to fix. Ended up having to leave the car in Mitcham and hitch a ride back home with one of the guys from work who (fortunately for me) was working late.


White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5 18.h5 Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7 20.Bc1 Rae8
21.Rhg1 f5 22.Bd3 g6 23.f4 fxg4 24.hxg6 hxg6 25.Bxg6 Rf8
26.b3 Nb6 27.Ref1 Bf5+

Alan Shore
22-01-2005, 11:59 AM
Sorry to hear about your car.. my car is older than me so if something goes majorly wrong with it, it's probably game over. I recently had to get a new starter motor but everything's working well now.

28. Bxf5+

Spiny Norman
22-01-2005, 12:30 PM
28. ... Rxf5

Alan Shore
23-01-2005, 12:25 PM
29. Rxg4

Spiny Norman
24-01-2005, 07:20 PM
29. ... a5

Alan Shore
25-01-2005, 03:32 PM
30. Rg5

Spiny Norman
26-01-2005, 01:25 PM
30. ... Ref7

I'm starting to get that slightly out-of-breath feeling that one gets when being slowly crushed by a boa constrictor. :) Ah well, still a bit of play left and I would be remiss if I didn't follow he old adage of "gotta make 'em earn it".

BTW, the car turned out to be $1,500 :doh: and its still got a problem with the left-front shocker and the LPG system (stills intermittently). So its back to the garage again on Friday. One of those cases where I can't afford keep it and I can't afford to replace it either!


White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5 18.h5 Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7 20.Bc1 Rae8
21.Rhg1 f5 22.Bd3 g6 23.f4 fxg4 24.hxg6 hxg6 25.Bxg6 Rf8
26.b3 Nb6 27.Ref1 Bf5+ 28.Bxf5+ Rxf5 29.Rxg4 a5 30.Rg5 Ref7

Alan Shore
27-01-2005, 01:53 PM
30. ... Ref7

I'm starting to get that slightly out-of-breath feeling that one gets when being slowly crushed by a boa constrictor. :) Ah well, still a bit of play left and I would be remiss if I didn't follow he old adage of "gotta make 'em earn it".

BTW, the car turned out to be $1,500 :doh: and its still got a problem with the left-front shocker and the LPG system (stills intermittently). So its back to the garage again on Friday. One of those cases where I can't afford keep it and I can't afford to replace it either!

Ouch.. I know what you mean in a way, if my car cost $1500 to fix it'd be off to the wreckers I think.. or off to trade it in somehow.

I still (!) have no net access at home. My internet company have said 'it must be the modem' even though it's brand new. I even checked if I had the latest software upgrades for it, tested it at another location and it's fine (as expected), and Telstra confirmed there's nothing wrong with the line so they're complete gits and I'm going to get stuck into them when I call them back this afternoon..

Anyway.. as for the game, I like rook endings, should be interesting. (Also when the game's over, I'll post some annotations).

31. Rfg1

Spiny Norman
27-01-2005, 07:21 PM
31. ... Rxf4

Alan Shore
28-01-2005, 06:35 PM
32. Bxf4

For some reason I thought you'd sac that rook.. I don't mind though :)

Spiny Norman
29-01-2005, 12:27 PM
I figured, based on virtually zero attempts at analysis, that I would probably have better defending against a passed pawn on the other side of the board ... but the more I look at it the less happy I am ... and I have no doubt that you don't mind me having done it either! :doh:

32. ... Rxf4

Alan Shore
29-01-2005, 01:37 PM
33. Rg7+


White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5 18.h5 Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7 20.Bc1 Rae8
21.Rhg1 f5 22.Bd3 g6 23.f4 fxg4 24.hxg6 hxg6 25.Bxg6 Rf8
26.b3 Nb6 27.Ref1 Bf5+ 28.Bxf5+ Rxf5 29.Rxg4 a5 30.Rg5 Ref7 31. Rfg1 Rxf4 32. Bxf4 Rxf4 33. Rg7+
[/QUOTE]

Spiny Norman
29-01-2005, 04:41 PM
33. ... Kc6

Alan Shore
30-01-2005, 08:22 PM
34. Ra7

Spiny Norman
31-01-2005, 06:04 PM
34. ... Rf2+

Alan Shore
01-02-2005, 07:06 PM
35. Kd3

Spiny Norman
01-02-2005, 10:02 PM
35. ... Rf3+

Spiny Norman
01-02-2005, 10:14 PM
White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5 18.h5 Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7 20.Bc1 Rae8
21.Rhg1 f5 22.Bd3 g6 23.f4 fxg4 24.hxg6 hxg6 25.Bxg6 Rf8
26.b3 Nb6 27.Ref1 Bf5+ 28.Bxf5+ Rxf5 29.Rxg4 a5 30.Rg5 Ref7
31.Rfg1 Rxf4 32.Bxf4 Rxf4 33.Rg7+ Kc6 34.Ra7 Rf2+ 35.Kd3 Rf3+

Alan Shore
02-02-2005, 03:18 PM
36. Ke2

Spiny Norman
02-02-2005, 07:20 PM
I originally intended to play Rf8 here, but after looking at it for a while I felt more and more claustrophobic ... so I'll try this instead:

36. ... Nc8

Alan Shore
03-02-2005, 07:28 PM
You didn't consider grabbing that pawn then? :P

OK, I've had a bit of a good look at this position, think I've come up with the goods though.

37. Ra6+

Spiny Norman
04-02-2005, 08:08 PM
Oh, I considered it ... not for very long though. :( My position now resembles a cardboard box that has been left out in the rain ...

37. ... Kb7

Alan Shore
04-02-2005, 09:29 PM
38. Rxa5

Spiny Norman
05-02-2005, 08:57 AM
38. ... Rxc3

Alan Shore
05-02-2005, 12:36 PM
39. Rxb5

Spiny Norman
05-02-2005, 02:06 PM
39. ... Kc6 and resigns.

Well done. For the last half-dozen or so moves I've been waiting to see if there were any mistakes ... but there weren't ... :doh:

See, told you that little mix-up over the opening wasn't going to be a major issue!


White: Bruce Dickinson
Black: Stephen Frost
Date: commenced 14/12/2004
ECO: C43 (Petroff Defence)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nxe5 Nxe4 5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nec4 Nc6 8.Nxe4 Qxe4 9.Nxd6+ cxd6 10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5 12.Bf4 Kd7 13.Kd2 a6 14.Rae1 Rhe8 15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6 17.a3 Na5 18.h5 Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7 20.Bc1 Rae8
21.Rhg1 f5 22.Bd3 g6 23.f4 fxg4 24.hxg6 hxg6 25.Bxg6 Rf8
26.b3 Nb6 27.Ref1 Bf5+ 28.Bxf5+ Rxf5 29.Rxg4 a5 30.Rg5 Ref7
31.Rfg1 Rxf4 32.Bxf4 Rxf4 33.Rg7+ Kc6 34.Ra7 Rf2+ 35.Kd3 Rf3+
36.Ke2 Nc8 37.Ra6+ Kb7 38.Rxa5 Rxc3 39.Rxb5+ Kc6 1-0

Alan Shore
05-02-2005, 02:44 PM
Thanks for playing, Frosty (Stephen!). If I have some time later I'll put up some comments/annotations.

I think the critical move for you was 19.. Re7. I was expecting a strong push down the queenside that I had analysed when playing 18. h5. Would have been an interesting battle had you pursued that route.

Spiny Norman
05-02-2005, 03:54 PM
I'll be interested to see some analysis ... I considered queenside activity, but was concerned that you'd actually switch over there yourself, so instead I decided to try and blunt the kingside attack. That clearly didn't work. There were a couple of moves there (21. ... f5) where I could perhaps have played more circumspectly but I was looking for "activity". Ah well, live-n-learn.

Alan Shore
07-02-2005, 04:02 PM
Here's some analysis Frosty. Obviously there was heaps more while I was playing that I forget.. feel free to give your thoughts too.

Bruce Dickinson vs. Stephen Frost

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nf6
3.d4

I had actually mistakenly read black's second move as 2... Nc6. I suppose it was better to make such an error now than in a critical position later on!

...d5
4.Nxe5

Apparently the slightly better move (unbeknownst to me) was 4.dxe5 yet Knight takes is still fine.

...Nxe4
5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7

[6... Bxe5 7. Nxe4 Bxd4 8. Bg5 f6 9. Nxf6 Kf7 was a one possible odd outcome]

7.Nec4

I thought for a while to make sure this move was sound.. it seemed to do what I wanted it to do safely enough. I was hoping there wasn't some big bookbash against it though!

...Nc6
8.Nxe4 Qxe4
9.Nxd6+ cxd6
10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2

I was happy with this position (out of a foreign opening), securing the two bishops and wrecking black's pawns a little, although for now they're not so weak.

...Bf5
12.Bf4 Kd7
13.Kd2 a6
14.Rae1 Rhe8
15.h4

I now plan to gain space on the kingside, pushing back Black's bishop with black's last move encouraging me. I was almost expecting a move like h6 to keep his bishop along that diagonal then rush down on the queenside. However, his bishop back on e6 was still very solid too.

...b5
16.g4 Be6
17.a3

I was reluctant to play this move but I convinced myself it was necessary to temporarily nullify black's queenside play. [17.h5 b4]

Na5 18.h5

My push on the kingside was now looking to me as if it wouldn't be sufficient to cause black any real problems. Contrariwise, black was looking dangerous with queenside counterplay. Still, I had the time to play h5 and then swing back and defend the queenside if required. This is about the time I conducted the most analysis of the game on all the things black might try down the queenside with his rooks.

Nc4+ 19.Kc2 Re7

Most unexpected after all my analysis.. black had switched to the centre file! Was expecting stuff like 19... a5 20. Rhg1 Reb8 21. Rb1 b4 22. axb4 axb4. Or the rook coming to c8, or a number of other possibilities.

20.Bc1!?

I was pleased with the discovery of this move. I had originally planned to push on f4 somehow, by first playing 20. Bg3 but then saw the real power of black's 20... Rae8! Threatening Bxg4. I also considered the following: 20. Bd3 Bxg4 21. Reg1 f5 22. Rg3 g6 23. hxg6 hxg6 24. f3 Bh5. I can now play Bxf5+ but it's probably better to leave black's bishop trapped if I can.

However, Bc1 both defended the queenside and opened the way for an eventual f4.

...Rae8
21.Rhg1 f5
22.Bd3 g6

[22...gxf4 23. Bxh7 Rf7 24. Rg2]

23.f4 fxg4
24.hxg6 hxg6
25.Bxg6 Rf8
26.b3 Nb6
27.Ref1 Bf5+

Black is now resigned to losing the pawn. I'd expected something like 27... Rg7 to try to hold but now the point of 26. b3 is realised, with 27... Rg7 28. f5 Bf7 29. Bh6

28.Bxf5+ Rxf5
29.Rxg4 a5
30.Rg5 Ref7
31.Rfg1 Rxf4

Black erases my past pawn at the cost of an exchange. Now all that's required by White is accurate rook play.

32.Bxf4 Rxf4
33.Rg7+ Kc6
34.Ra7 Rf2+
35.Kd3 Rf3+
36.Ke2! Nc8

[36... Rxc2 37. Rgg7!]

37.Ra6+ Kb7
38.Rxa5 Rxc3
39.Rxb5+ Kc6 1-0

Spiny Norman
07-02-2005, 06:08 PM
My thoughts ... you might like to intersperse them with yours if you record the game for posterity:

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nf6

[SF] I almost never play the Petroff, so this was purely a "fun" experiment from my point of view. I had been looking at a bunch of games from yesteryear played by Frank Marshall .... but things rapidly went down an unexpected path.

3.d4 d5
4.Nxe5 Nxe4
5.Nd2 Bd6
6.Qe2 Qe7
7.Nec4

[SF] This was unexpected ... I had not anticipated it when playing my 6th! I considered castling kingside here, but eventually decided on ...

7. ... Nc6
8.Nxe4 Qxe4
9.Nxd6+ cxd6
10.c3 Qxe2+
11.Bxe2 Bf5
12.Bf4 Kd7
13.Kd2 a6
14.Rae1 Rhe8

[SF] I think its fair to observe that Black was in two minds here ... alternating between development of pieces and pushing up on the queenside.

15.h4 b5
16.g4 Be6
17.a3

[SF] In my view, necessary. I would have pushed on immediately with b4.

17. ... Na5
18.h5 Nc4+
19.Kc2 Re7

[SF] Before playing this I spent some time looking at various options on the queenside, but couldn't convince myself that I could make anything substantial out of it. I looked a lot at an immediate b4 as well as trying a5 and then b4.

20.Bc1!?

[SF]I had not anticipated this move.

20. ... Rae8
21.Rhg1 f5

[SF]I spent more time on f5 than on any other move in the game. I spent a couple of hours looking at moves like h6, g6, g5 and f6 ... with the latter looking the most promising (followed up with Bg7 and Kc6). In the end I decided for a more active defence in which I hoped to develop a passed pawn of my own ... but I had not looked far enough!

22.Bd3 g6
23.f4 fxg4

[SF]So I have my passed pawn ... but can I hang on to it?

24.hxg6 hxg6
25.Bxg6 Rf8
26.b3 Nb6
27.Ref1

[SF]Black now has a dilemma. I was hoping to continue defending the pawn on g4 by bringing a rook to its rescue, however I now discovered too late that Reg7 failed to 28.f5 and the Bishop on c1 now becomes active again, threatening the rooks with Bh6. So ....

27. ... Bf5+
28.Bxf5+ Rxf5
29.Rxg4 a5
30.Rg5 Ref7
31.Rfg1 Rxf4
32.Bxf4 Rxf4
33.Rg7+ Kc6
34.Ra7 Rf2+
35.Kd3 Rf3+
36.Ke2!

[SF]Rxc3 fails because of Rgg7 threatening a checkmate on c7. I originally intended here to play Rf8 but decided on one last swindle with:

36. ... Nc8

[SF]Black is hoping that White will grab the a5 pawn immediately (37.Rxa5 Kb6 38.b4 Rxc3) but alas, no:

37.Ra6+

[SF]and another pawn is lost.

37. ... Kb7
38.Rxa5 Rxc3
39.Rxb5+ Kc6 1-0

Glenno
23-05-2005, 03:09 PM
11... Nd7

This was the move made in the first game in the thread. Was that meant to be Nbd7 or Nfd7?