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Southpaw Jim
04-03-2008, 10:57 PM
Perhaps not. That was just to get attention :P

Had an enjoyable win against a 1465 on FICS tonight, which soothes the pain of my club loss last night. A couple of minor mistakes, but nothing that harmed the outcome - interested to know my opening play was sound, or whether I could've done better in that respect.

White: "kirasole"
Black: "JimAbbott"
WhiteElo: 1465
BlackElo: 1247
TimeControl: 30 0
Result: 0-1

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. O-O d6 8. Bf4 a6 9. Bb3 Nf6 10. e5 dxe5 11. Nxe5 Qxd1 12. Raxd1 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 O-O 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Rd2 b5 16. Ne4 Be7 17. Rfd1 Bb7 18. Nd6 Ra7 19. Nxb7 Rxb7 20. Rd7 Rxd7 21. Rxd7 Rc8 22. g3 Bc5 23. a3 Kf8 24. Bd1 Ke8 25. Rd3 Rd8 {Ke7 is apparently better, but I was happy to exchange down at this point} 26. Be2 Rxd3 {...Bd4} 27. Bxd3 Ke7 28. Bxh7 {I initially thought "crap, I've hung a pawn!", but then remembered that I've fallen into this trap myself in the past} 28... g6 29. g4 Kf8 30. h4 Kg7 31. Bxg6 fxg6 32. Kg2 a5 33. f4 a4 34. Kg3 b4 35. axb4 Bxb4 {this is apparently wrong, but the outcome was good enough} 36. Kf3 Bc3 37. bxc3 a3 {White resigns} 0-1

I think I'll sleep a little sounder tonight.. :))

Basil
04-03-2008, 11:02 PM
Played like a pro.

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2008, 11:14 PM
{Ke7 is apparently better, but I was happy to exchange down at this point}

If the opponent is much higher rated and you're content with a draw this makes sense. If you're going for a win it is worth knowing that opposite colour bish endings a pawn up are generally much easier to win if you keep one pair of rooks on the board - except when the other side is attacking strongly (in which case sometimes it's safest to swap up).


{this is apparently wrong, but the outcome was good enough}

It actually isn't wrong at all (what you played wins easily) but the computer just smells the coffee faster with ...Bd4 and the a-pawn quickly queens.

Alexrules01
07-03-2008, 09:53 PM
on 18...Ra7?!
I don't see any way getting your peices active. He made the blunder the wrong choice next move by exchanging the Knight for the bishop. He should have left the night on d6 and maybe play a4. He controls the d-file and that knight is very good.

By having a quick look, I'd say 18...Bc6. 18...Ra7 just seems to put your rook out of play.

Capablanca-Fan
08-03-2008, 03:29 AM
28. Bxh7 {I initially thought "crap, I've hung a pawn!", but then remembered that I've fallen into this trap myself in the past}
You're not the only one; by far the most famous occurrence was in
Spassky Fischer, World Championship Match 1972, game 1 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1044722).

Southpaw Jim
08-03-2008, 08:17 PM
Good to know I play like a champion then :) :wall:

Another pleasing win from last night, not that I think my opening/middlegame play here was very good (I didn't feel like I really had a plan going), but I managed to deliver mate under pressure, with both of us down to less than 30secs!

White: unnamed
Black: my good self
WhiteElo: 1375
BlackElo: 1286
Result: 0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O c5 {is this ok? I'd been aiming for a Benko, and obviously wasn't getting there} 6. b3 cxd4 7. Nxd4 d5 8. Bf4 e6 9. Nb5 Ne8 {I thought my play had been dodgy to this point, but Fritz gives a clear edge to me. Ne8 is apparently not best (Nh5)} 10. c3 a6 11. N5a3 f5 12. h4 Nf6 13. f3 b5 14. Nc2 Re8 {here I miss another opportunity to pressure with Nh5 and exchange on f4} 15. Bg5 Bb7 16. Qc1 Nbd7 17. Rd1 a5 18. Nd4 Qb6 19. Be3 b4 {Qa6 is apparently much better. Up to this point I'd felt under pressure, but from here I feel as though I'm much more in control of matters} 20. Nxf5 Qc7 21. Nd4 Qxg3 22. Bf4 Qxh4 23. Bh2 Qh5 24. f4 Ng4 25. Nf3 Nxh2 26. Nxh2 Qxe2 27. Re1 Qa6 28. Nf3 Rac8 29. Bf1 Qb6+ 30. Re3 d4 31. Rd3 Nc5 32. Rd2 dxc3 33. Rf2 c2 {Fritz prefers ...Ne4, and I can now see why} 34. Qxc2 Bxa1 35. Nbd2 Bc3 36. Ne4 Nxe4 37. Kg2 Bd4 38. Re2 Rxc2 39. Rxc2 Bc3 40. Be2 Qf2+ 41. Kh3 Qg3# {White checkmated} 0-1

It was a bit messy, but I got there in the end :eek: I'm trying to make sure I play more online, so I don't turn up to club not having played for 7 days :doh:

Capablanca-Fan
08-03-2008, 08:35 PM
White: unnamed
Black: my good self
WhiteElo: 1375
BlackElo: 1286
Result: 0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O c5 {is this ok? I'd been aiming for a Benko, and obviously wasn't getting there. Fine, swapping side P for centre P} 6. b3 {slack, and especially weakening when White doesn't fianchetto} 6... cxd4 7. Nxd4 d5 8. Bf4 e6 {8... Re8 would threaten e5. 8... Nc6 is good too, because that long diagonal will worry White} 9. Nb5 Ne8 {I thought my play had been dodgy to this point, but Fritz gives a clear edge to me. Ne8 is apparently not best (Nh5) No, not dodgy, just a little slack with 8... e6 which defended a P that wasn't under attack. The rest was reasonable.} 10. c3 a6 11. N5a3 f5 12. h4 Nf6 13. f3 b5 14. Nc2 Re8 {here I miss another opportunity to pressure with Nh5 and exchange on f4. It would leave your Bg7 unopposed.} 15. Bg5 Bb7 16. Qc1 Nbd7 17. Rd1 a5 18. Nd4 Qb6 19. Be3 b4 {19... Qa6 is apparently much better. Up to this point I'd felt under pressure, but from here I feel as though I'm much more in control of matters. Yes, exceedingly dangerous to leave your Q exposed to that discovered attack. Consider it as almost as dangerous as a direct attack. } 20. Nxf5 Qc7 21. Nd4 {21. Nxg7 gives White a big plus} 21... Qxg3 22. Bf4 Qxh4 23. Bh2 Qh5 24. f4 Ng4 25. Nf3 Nxh2 26. Nxh2 Qxe2 27. Re1 Qa6 28. Nf3 Rac8 29. Bf1 Qb6+ 30. Re3 d4 31. Rd3 Nc5 32. Rd2 dxc3 33. Rf2 c2 {Fritz prefers ...Ne4, and I can now see why. So can I, but your move is fine, winning a whole R.} 34. Qxc2 Bxa1 35. Nbd2 Bc3 36. Ne4 Nxe4 37. Kg2 Bd4 38. Re2 Rxc2 39. Rxc2 Bc3 40. Be2 Qf2+ 41. Kh3 Qg3# {White checkmated} 0-1

Southpaw Jim
15-05-2008, 12:18 AM
To counterbalance tonight's posting in the Shockers thread, here's an offsetting blitz (10 0) swindle (despite numerous attempts from me to lose):

White "newblank"
Black "JimAbbott"
Result "0-1"

1. e4 c5 2. d3 d6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Be2 g6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Bd2 O-O 7. Qc1 Nc6 8. c3 b5 9. Bh6 Qb6 10. Bxg7 Kxg7 11. Nbd2 c4 12. a3 a5 13. dxc4 bxc4 14. Nxc4 Qb3 15. Ne3 Nxe4 16. c4 Nc5 17. Nd5 Qb7 18. Qc3+ Kg8 19. Rab1 Bf5 20. Rbc1 Be4 21. b4 Na4 22. Qe3 axb4 23. Qxe4 Nc5 24. Qb1 bxa3 25. Qxb7 Nxb7 26. Ra1 Nc5 27. Rfd1 Rfb8 28. Nc7 Ra4 29. Nd4 Nxd4 30. Rxd4 a2 31. Nb5 Nb3 32. Nc3 Nxd4 33. Nxa4 Nxe2+ 34. Kf1 Rb1+ {White resigns} 0-1

Lots of mistakes, but was fun to clean up in the end :) especially since I suck at time management, and therefore blitz. This win finally got my blitz rating over 1100 for the first time (woohoo! :doh: ) after languishing between 800-1000 for a long time.

Southpaw Jim
10-06-2008, 11:13 PM
Played a long-ish (45 45) game against a much higher rated opponent, and in the end got lucky with a back rank mate.

I'm keen to hear any advice about what I could've done (in terms of plans) to have played better here. It seems my opening play was too passive, especially beginning with 7.Qd2. I played the exchange sequence beginning at move 17 wrong, should've played Rxe8 instead - had I done this would I've been able to avoid the problems with my Q-side pawns?

Event: FICS rated standard game
White: JimAbbott
Black: gkrellm
Result: 1-0
ECO: C45
WhiteElo: 1223
BlackElo: 1673

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nge7 5. Nc3 Nxd4 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Qd2 Bb4 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Ne5 10. f4 Nxd3 11. Qxd3 Re8 12. Bd2 c6 13. e5 Bc5+ 14. Kh1 d6 15. Rae1 dxe5 16. Rxe5 Bf8 17. Qxd8 {17. Rxe8 Qxe8 =} 17... Rxd8 18. Bc1 Bg4 19. Rfe1 Bb4 20. R5e3 Bf5 21. R1e2 Bxc3 22. bxc3 Rd1+ 23. Re1 Rxe1+ 24. Rxe1 Kf8?! = 25. Ba3+ Kg8 26. Re7 {Rybka gives Bc1 Bxc2, but no idea why that's better, both are -+} 26... b6 27. h3 Bxc2 28. Bc1 Rd8 29. Kh2 Rd1?? 30. Re8# {Black checkmated} 1-0

Curiously, the computer gives mate in 1 with Re8, or mate in 126(!) with Rxa7 :eek:

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2008, 11:47 PM
I think 7.Qd2 is reasonable. Qd1 is also worth considering, so that both bishops develop freely.

12.Nd5 looks good for white. In that kind of position it is a big help to you if you can get rid of the opposing bishop pair (his main compensation for your good-ish centre) and whether this is by exchanging knight for bishop or bishop for bishop isn't all that crucial with that much material still on the board.

13.e5 allows black to get rid of white's centre. I would be building up towards a kingside attack here, possibly with an eventual f5 instead of e5 in mind as that opens a line for the bishop which might be annoying. It's pretty tricky to get the right positional balance here though; you don't want to be so slow that black just opens the game for his two bishops. Ideally you want one of the things off the board as noted above.

And yes, the exchange of queens on 17 loses time and gives black the open file that helps him to pester your queenside, as well as the rook being a poor defender of c2 compared to the queen; if you swap rooks instead there should not be such problems. Often a strong opponent will take advantage of a lower-rated player's desire to swap off pieces and accumulate small advantages with each trade. He was well on the way to making that stick but 28...Rd8? is not the right plan even if he hadn't walked into mate the next move. I like 28...Bb1 for black with the idea of either winning the a-pawn while protecting black's own (this is worth giving up the c-pawn to acheive since black will be a pawn up with an outside passer) or else getting white to play a3, when the white bishop becomes very weak and will probably soon get badly hassled by black's rook.

Southpaw Jim
11-06-2008, 08:36 AM
I think 7.Qd2 is reasonable. Qd1 is also worth considering, so that both bishops develop freely.
Rybka gives Qd5, which I considered, but felt it was too easy to boot her with tempo. Glad to know that Qd2 is ok :)


13.e5 allows black to get rid of white's centre. I would be building up towards a kingside attack here, possibly with an eventual f5 instead of e5 in mind as that opens a line for the bishop which might be annoying.
If f5 eventually, what here? Rae1? a3? or some Q move, eg Qf3? I was concerned to do something about ...d5 on the move... :hmm:

Kevin Bonham
11-06-2008, 01:41 PM
Rybka gives Qd5, which I considered, but felt it was too easy to boot her with tempo.

Fritz likes this too. It is not as easily booted with tempo as may appear, eg if the bishop does the booting the queen might go to b5 attacking b7, which doesn't seem all that poisonous, or if the knight does the booting it either gets in the way of black's development or goes to b4, a silly square. So Qd5 might well be best. But after Qd2 White's position is still not bad.


If f5 eventually, what here? Rae1? a3? or some Q move, eg Qf3? I was concerned to do something about ...d5 on the move... :hmm:

13.Rae1 stops ...d5 but at the cost of allowing ...Qb6+ then ...Qa6 when if you swap queens, black's bishop pair at least compensates for his doubled pawns. 13.Rf3 looks good at first but there is a lot of tricky stuff after ...d5. Black can let you take on d5 and temporarily go a pawn down because it opens the board for the two bishops to such a degree that he is bound to get it back.

It's actually a very tricky position to find the best move for white in, and my thinking e5 is bad was founded on the view that white was better before that, which I'm now not so sure about. It may even be that 13.f5!? immediately (this discourages ...d5 because it takes away a good square for black's bishop) is best.

Southpaw Jim
21-06-2008, 10:39 PM
I've been feeling a bit negative about my play lately, so a win tonight was a nice little ego boost. However, I'm interested in opinions on my 8th move. Is it bad or indifferent? Rybka suggests Bc4, which I considered, but was worried about Black pushing it back with ...b5 and simultaneously gaining Q-side space. Rybka seems unconcerned about this.

Also, what is wrong with 10.a4? It's nearly 1/3 pawn worse than 0-0 or Bf4. Is it bad, or just sub-optimal?

White: me
Black: another FICSer
WhiteElo: 1261
BlackElo: 1383

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 c5 5. Nf3 Be6 6. Nc3 a6 7. Nd5 h6 8. Bd3 Nf6 9. c4 Be7 10. a4 O-O 11. O-O Nbd7 12. b4 {I see that this loses a pawn now} 12... cxb4 13. Nxb4 Ne5 14. Nxe5 dxe5 15. Nd5 Bg4 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Qxg4 Qxd3 18. Bxh6 Qxc4 19. Ra3 b5 20. Bxg7 Bxg7 21. Rg3 {Black resigns} 1-0

Kevin Bonham
21-06-2008, 11:04 PM
Your opponent played the same sort of shlocky Philidor-with-c5-leaving-d6-backwards stuff I had from Milutin last week. Not exactly the same line but similarly weak. You did let him back into it a bit but finished him off with a nice combo.


I've been feeling a bit negative about my play lately, so a win tonight was a nice little ego boost. However, I'm interested in opinions on my 8th move. Is it bad or indifferent? Rybka suggests Bc4, which I considered, but was worried about Black pushing it back with ...b5 and simultaneously gaining Q-side space. Rybka seems unconcerned about this.

Bd3 is certainly not "bad". Rybka is probably unconcerned about ...b5 because there is virtually nothing happening over there and a gain of queenside space by black is meaningless at best; after a4 hitting b5 black will have to play ...b4 and there will be outposts for white everywhere.


Also, what is wrong with 10.a4? It's nearly 1/3 pawn worse than 0-0 or Bf4. Is it bad, or just sub-optimal?

One issue with it is that b4 becomes a potential outpost for black knights. Another is that it's a relative waste of a move, since black is not threatening ...b5, so there is no need to stop it.

Capablanca-Fan
23-06-2008, 04:17 PM
White: Southpaw Jim
Black: another FICSer
WhiteElo: 1261
BlackElo: 1383

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 c5 5. Nf3 {5. Bb5+ would force the exchange of light-squared Bs, making the square d5 stronger for White} 5... Be6 6. Nc3 a6 7. Nd5 {too early; it could result in filling in your strong square with a P} 7... h6 8. Bd3 Nf6 9. c4 Be7 10. a4 O-O 11. O-O Nbd7 12. b4 cxb4 13. Nxb4 Ne5 14. Nxe5 dxe5 15. Nd5 Bg4 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Qxg4 Qxd3 18. Bxh6 Qxc4 19. Ra3 b5 {Not seeing White's cunning threat} 20. Bxg7 Bxg7 21. Rg3 {Black resigns} 1-0

Southpaw Jim
24-06-2008, 09:08 AM
7. Nd5 {too early; it could result in filling in your strong square with a P
What instead? Bd3? K-side fianchetto? Ng5 merely pushes the B back to d7/c8 and then gets booted by ...h6 as far as I can see :hmm:


19. Ra3 b5 {Not seeing White's cunning threat}
I thought it was rather cunning :) The computer doesn't like it thought, thinks it gives away much of my edge after ...Qc8 (a defence I hadn't noticed, +- to = iirc), and prefers R(either)-c1. I considered this too, but didn't see that it really achieved much :hmm:

Desmond
24-06-2008, 11:18 AM
What instead? Bd3? K-side fianchetto? Ng5 merely pushes the B back to d7/c8 and then gets booted by ...h6 as far as I can see :hmm:I think what Jono was getting at is that the d5 square is an excellent outpost to place a white piece on (because it cannot be attacked by pawns, and also you want to keep the d-file open to attack the backward and weak d6 pawn later on). You therefore want to be able to recapture with a piece, not a pawn in case of eg. 7...Bxd5. The Q is not such a good recapturer in this position because of 7.Qxd5 Nf6 driving the Q away and developing with gain of time. Something like 7.Bf4 would be good - building pressure on the weak pawn and reserving the option to occupy the outpost at a more favourable time.

Capablanca-Fan
24-06-2008, 03:12 PM
I think what Jono was getting at is that the d5 square is an excellent outpost to place a white piece on (because it cannot be attacked by pawns, and also you want to keep the d-file open to attack the backward and weak d6 pawn later on). You therefore want to be able to recapture with a piece, not a pawn in case of eg. 7...Bxd5. The Q is not such a good recapturer in this position because of 7.Qxd5 Nf6 driving the Q away and developing with gain of time. Something like 7.Bf4 would be good building pressure on the weak pawn and reserving the option to occupy the outpost at a more favourable time.
Thanx Boris, correct on all counts.

First control then occupy.

Southpaw Jim
24-06-2008, 03:50 PM
Thanks guys :D

Southpaw Jim
30-06-2008, 01:08 PM
Can anyone tell me if White can avoid the classical draw here? This position appeared in a game I had last night, which ultimately ended in the draw. White (me) to move.

1Q1N4/8/2K5/8/4k3/8/5p2/8 w - - 0 1

Garvinator
30-06-2008, 01:12 PM
Qb5 Ke3
Qf1 and then you just bring king or knight over and win the f pawn, seems simplest.

Southpaw Jim
30-06-2008, 01:18 PM
Ah fekkit, I knew there had to be someway of preventing it, I just stupidly assumed I could win it through a series of checks without thinking it through first :doh: :wall:

Silly thing is, I'm well aware of the idea of getting the Q in front of the pawn to prevent the drawn endgame. At least I know better for next time.. ta :)

Kevin Bonham
01-07-2008, 08:38 PM
Also, there are some KQN vs KQ positions that are theoretically won (close to half according to BCE).

Good luck with those, should you ever find yourself in one of them. :lol: