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Kevin Bonham
18-04-2008, 12:06 AM
[next several posts sf. favourite game thread]

This is a game that is not my favourite but serves as a further reason why I like the one I posted.

Bonham - Chadwick, HICC 2001

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.Re1 Nf6 7.d3 e6 8.c3 Be7 9.Na3 0-0 10.Nc2 Rac8 11.d4 cxd4 12.Ncxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 b5 14.a4 a6 15.axb5 axb5 16.Qb3 Rb8 17.Ra5 b4 18.cxb4 d5 19.e5 Bxb4 20.exf6 Bxa5 21.Qg3 g6 22.Qg5 Kh8 23.Qh6 Rg8 24.Nf3 g5 25.Nxg5 Rxg5 26.Bxg5 Rg8 27.Ra1 Qd8 28.Qg7+ Rxg7 29.fxg7+ Kxg7 30.Bxd8 Bxd8 31.b4 Kf8 32.b5 Ke8 33.Ra7 Bb6 34.Ra8+ Ke7 35.Rh8 d4 36.Kf1 e5 37.Ke2 Ke6 38.Rxh7 e4 39.Rh6+ f6 40.g4 d3+ 41.Ke1 Ba5+ 42.Kd1 Ke5 43.g5 fxg5 44.b6 Kf4 45.b7 Bc7 46.Rh7 Be5 47.Rf7+ Kg4 48.Rf8 Bxh2 49.b8=Q Bxb8 50.Rxb8 Kf4 51.Rf8+ Ke5 52.Kd2 g4 53.Ke3 1-0

Like the Billam game, I certainly play some very nice moves in this game after the usual dodgy opening and early middlegame.

19.e5 deserves at least one exclamation mark as I'm allowing both ...Bxb4 and ...Rxb4, both of which are very messy and need calculation several moves ahead but appear to favour white - all this for the sake of a lousy pawn being saved after 19...Ne4 (probably best) 20.b5 instead of just 19.b5 losing e4.

In the line played in the game, white has lots of fun leaving both rooks en prise and black can't take the second one, and ends up having to return the first one a pawn down.

28.Qg7+ is the sort of simplifying combo everybody loves to see on the board in front of them - but it's especially rewarding when the endgame that comes after it is not a walkover but a tricky win requiring some technique to keep the opposing pawns under lock and key.

But the reason I don't rate this one as anything but a fun and interesting game is the flaw in the middle of the mindless violence. The mug with the white pieces played 22.Qg5? which allows the missed defence 22...Bd8 23.Bf4 e5 and white is exchange for pawn down and probably not quite putting food on the table (though there should be very good drawing chances). 22.Qf4! instead avoids that defence.

I have several on the same level as this one - nice attack with a single flaw in the middle of it, or I won nicely but for one move in the opening the opponent could have been +/-.

Garvinator
18-04-2008, 12:53 AM
Not really a favourite game, but certainly memorable: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=2936

Event: 2006 Nell Van Der Graaff Classic
Round: 1
White: Gray, Garvin
Black: Solomon, Stephen
Result: 0-1

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. e5 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. fxg5 Nd5 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Qh5 Bg7 14. gxh6 Qa5+ 15. c3 Bxh6 16. Bg5 Bg7 17. Qf3 dxe5 18. Bf6 e4 19. Qf4 Bxf6 20. Qxf6 Rh5 21. Qxc6+ Ke7 22. Qxa8 Qc5 23. O-O-O Qe3+ 24. Kc2 Be6 25. Bxa6 Rg5 26. Rd2 f5 27. h4 Rg8 28. Qb7+ Kf6 29. Qb4 f4 30. Qd4+ Qxd4 31. cxd4 e3 32. Re2 Bf5+ 33. Bd3 Rc8+ 34. Kd1 Bxd3 35. Rhe1 Rc4 36. g3 Rxd4 37. gxf4 Bg6+ 38. Kc1 Rc4+ 39. Kd1 Bh5 40. a3 d4 41. Rg1 d3 42. Rg5 dxe2+ 0-1

Basil
18-04-2008, 12:56 AM
Bloody hell!
This thread is turning into "hey have a look at this game!"
Not happy Jan!

Kevin, would you please split these into a thread entitled something like
"NOT my favourite game ever so far ... actually it's crap but I won and I had fun!!!"

Bloody hell! Did I already say that?

CameronD
18-04-2008, 01:00 AM
Thread so that people can stop putting their non favorite in gunners thread

Basil
18-04-2008, 01:01 AM
:lol:

Kevin Bonham
18-04-2008, 01:21 AM
Which of Jono's several do you want me to move there? :lol:

Of course, I carefully cheated by making the second one I put up part of my reason for the first one being my favourite. I believe that this masterful exercise in rules-lawyering should be treated with acclaim, and preferably even awe.

Oh, by the way, are freestyle or team games allowed on this thread, or does it have to be one-on-one unassisted OTB? (NB This is not a threat to post another game, tempting though it is.)

Basil
18-04-2008, 01:25 AM
Which of Jono's several do you want me to move there? :lol:
:lol: indeed. Jono had the good grace to put them all into one post which earned him brownie points. I also liked his brief assessment of why they were favs.


Oh, by the way, are freestyle or team games allowed on this thread, or does it have to be one-on-one unassisted OTB? (NB This is not a threat to post another game, tempting though it is.)
I can't see why freestyle games shouldn't be permitted. I didn't have them in mind when I created the thread because to my own disposition against the damned things.

Basil
18-04-2008, 01:29 AM
...I certainly play some very nice moves in this game after the usual dodgy opening and early middlegame.
Nice finish (prior to the workmanlike mopping up).

Basil
18-04-2008, 01:30 AM
Not really a favourite game, but certainly memorable: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=2936
Yup. You acquitted yourself well.

Garvinator
18-04-2008, 01:33 AM
Yup. You acquitted yourself well.
I thought I deserved quite a few GCD's for at least posting a loss, which I think I am the first for this thread.

Kevin Bonham
18-04-2008, 01:36 AM
I thought I deserved quite a few GCD's for at least posting a loss, which I think I am the first for this thread.

I'll be interested to see if anyone ever gives a loss as their favourite game!

I think a lot of my losses are more spectacular and memorable than even my showiest wins. It's not enough for the wheels to just fall off; they have to flatten adjacent buildings in the process.

Rincewind
18-04-2008, 01:38 AM
I thought I deserved quite a few GCD's for at least posting a loss, which I think I am the first for this thread.

Ah yes but you have so many to choose from. ;) (Sorry, no malice intended)

Basil
18-04-2008, 01:39 AM
I'm tempted to post the only two games where I have won the queen for modest (and ultimately insufficient) compensation and managed to lose both! Or is that 'The Pits & Shockers'?

Rincewind
18-04-2008, 01:42 AM
I'm tempted to post the only two games where I have won the queen for modest (and ultimately insufficient) compensation and managed to lose both! Or is that 'The Pits & Shockers'?

Maybe in the Aaron "Why must I lose to this idiot?" Nimzowitsch thread.