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Kerry Stead
01-06-2004, 05:27 PM
Just when you thought people had to play good chess to win a tournament ... I present 2 shocking swindles I pulled off on the weekend. Apologies to Alex and Sartaj if they are reading this, but they both should have won the games!

Round 2
White: Kerry Stead
Black: Alex Mendes da Costa
1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 exf3 5.Nxf3 {This junk nowadays makes an occasional appearance in my games} 5...e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.0-0 c5 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Ne5 Bxb5 12.Qxd8+ Rxd8 13.Nxb5 0-0 14.Ng4 Nce4 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Nxa7 Rd2 {This position has to be lost for white, or at the very least much better for black} 18.Rac1 Rd5 19.c4 Rd2 {Ra5 was what I was worried about} 20.Rf2 Rfd8 21.Rc2 Rd1+ 22.Rf1 Ne4 23.Nb5 R1d2 24.Rxd2 Rxd2 {I now have nothing better than passive defense for a while, with some outside chance of play on the queenside} 25.Rb1 f5 26.a3 Rc2 27.b3 Kf7 28.h3 Kf6 29.Rd1 Nd2 30.b4 e5 {taking on c4 would have been much simpler} 31.c5 Kg5 32.Nd6 Kf4 33.Nxb7 e4 34.c6 e3 {Kg3! leaves me paralysed! Now for the swindle} 35.Nc5 Kg3 36.c7 Nf3+ 37.gxf3 Rg2+ 38.Kf1 Kxf3 39.Rd3 f4 40.c8=Q Rf2+ 41.Ke1 Rg2 42.Qb7+ 1-0

The one I am even more ashamed about ...
Round 4
White: Kerry Stead
Black Sartaj Hans
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 exd4 6.Qxd4 Qxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.Bd3 Bg4 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.c3 Nc5 11.Bc2 {a shocking blunder but there are more to come} 11...Ncxe4 12.Bh4 Bc5 13.Nb3 Bb6 14.N1d2 Nxd2 15.Nxd2 {This is horrible! Kxd2 had to be played, but I didn't like the idea of running my king to b1 and having to push the a pawn to get my rook out, but if I'd seen what was coming} 15...0-0-0 16.Nf3 Rhe8+ 17.Kf1 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Rd2 {Now we have got to the embarassing stage, at times I was thinking 'I'll resign soon', but kept on thinking 'lets just try one more trick, one more trick' , and eventually Sartaj allowed one to work} 19.Bf5+ Kb8 20.Re1 Rxe1+ 21.Kxe1 Rxb2 22.Bxf6 {My one hope for a swindle in this position - a passed h pawn!} 22...gxf6 23.Bxh7 Rxa2 24.Bb1 Rb2 25.Be4 Ba5 26.h4 Bxc3+ 27.Kd1 {Again another inaccurate move. Kf1 looks to be better} 27...a5 28.Bc2 a4 {The old overworked piece theme} 29.Ke2 a3 {Rxc2 followed by Rf2 was I thought much simpler. If need be the black rook can sit on h8 while the king and pawns roll home to victory} 30.Kd3 Be5 31.h5 Rxc2? 32.Kxc2 a2 {Now for the swindle} 33.f4! a1=Q {Bxf4 Kb2 does not really help matters as the bishop must sacrifice itself for the h pawn eventually, and I don't think the pawns will be able to beat the rook, but it was probably a better try than the line in the game} 34.Rxa1 Bxa1 35.f5!! {The point! Now white is queening the h pawn!} 35...Bd4 36.h6 b5 37.h7 c5 38.h8=Q+ Kc7 39.Kb3 Kd6 40.Qe8 b4 41.Kc4 Kc7 42.Qxf7+ Kb6 43.Qe6+ Kc7 44.Kb5 b3 45.Qe7+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
01-06-2004, 08:46 PM
The second one is a masterpiece of the genre. :clap: :lol: A fellow practitioner of the evil arts salutes you.

The first one - it actually looks (to me) like Black's winning chances drifted out to sea a fair while before the end, probably when he didn't take the pawn on c4.

JGB
01-06-2004, 10:40 PM
To be honest I dont thin the quality is all that bad for 15 minute chess, and as for swindles, im not so sure? Maybe your being a bit self critical. 'luck' plays a good part in rapid play chess and the player who plays the least mistakes or the 2nd from last mistake will probaly win... if hes lucky.

Congrats on your performance by the way! :clap:

skip to my lou
01-06-2004, 10:46 PM
To be honest I dont thin the quality is all that bad for 15 minute chess, and as for swindles, im not so sure? Maybe your being a bit self critical. 'luck' plays a good part in rapid play chess and the player who plays the least mistakes or the 2nd from last mistake will probaly win... if hes lucky.

Congrats on your performance by the way! :clap:

I dont think these are rapid games. I thought he played this at Mingara.

alexmdc
01-06-2004, 11:56 PM
In our game, I think 33...Kg3 looks pretty good. After 34. Nd6 g6 white seems to be paralysed. Thanks to mating threats on the first rank white can't push his b or c-pawns as black will take the c-pawn, while black's plan of ..f4-f3 looks decisive. I also can't see anywhere useful for white to send his knight.

I didn't want to take on c4 because I was pretty confident my kingside attack would come before he could march his pawns through, and I didn't want to allow white's rook any activity!

JGB
02-06-2004, 12:01 AM
I dont think these are rapid games. I thought he played this at Mingara.

sorry, i just must have got mixed up because I heard Kerry won a rapid championship.

Kevin Bonham
02-06-2004, 12:34 AM
In our game, I think 33...Kg3 looks pretty good. After 34. Nd6 g6 white seems to be paralysed. Thanks to mating threats on the first rank white can't push his b or c-pawns as black will take the c-pawn, while black's plan of ..f4-f3 looks decisive. I also can't see anywhere useful for white to send his knight.

Yes, I think you are correct, and that Black was actually better if not winning until 33...e4 and 34...e3.

Kerry Stead
06-06-2004, 04:05 AM
The second one is a masterpiece of the genre. :clap: :lol: A fellow practitioner of the evil arts salutes you.

The first one - it actually looks (to me) like Black's winning chances drifted out to sea a fair while before the end, probably when he didn't take the pawn on c4.

Thanks Kev!
Actually I thought it was once he didn't take one of the queenside pawns (a or c - he had the option a few times) and failing to defend the b7 pawn that did it ...
One more for the 'I'll resign NEXT move' category ... again ...

As for the question that was asked, the games were from Mingara ... 60 each, followed by 10s/move ... so basically 1 hour each games.