Tuesday, November 09, 2004

match v. k.

so i was checking out the CFC home page and apparently there's a tournament in London, ON on November 27th which is 4 G/60s. November 27th is a Saturday and apparently also is also BUY NOTHING DAY in England. random. anyways, i think that would be a good tune-up...there's a guy at work who would likely trade me so i'm gonna ask kirk if he wants to go. i can't think of any reason why he wouldn't want to. the problem is that i wouldn't want to unass my opening "secrets" but it shouldn't be a big deal.

Opening "Secrets" so far

well i have a couple of ideas actually. firstly, i have to decide whether i want to play chess or if i want to win. if i want to win, i believe i will play the Dilworth Variation of the Ruy Lopez the line basically goes 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Bc2 Nxf2 12.Rxf2 f6 and so on. the only problem is getting kirk to play 11.Bc2. let me see if there's any realistic alternatives for white.

Dolezal - Z.Polgar 1994 continued 11.Nxe4?! dxe4 12.Ng5 Bxb3 13.Qxb3 e3 14.Ne4 exf2 15.Nxf2 Nxe5 16.Bf4 Ng4 17.Bg3 Ne3 18.Rfe1 Qf6 19.Ne4 Qc6 0-1

there's some brutal open lines there. if i can get polgar's position after 13. ...e3 i should be fine :)

i'll try the open lopez one game...possibly two. i wouldn't mind actually playing some chess with kirk with either the marshall or the tchigorin but i worry i'm fighting an uphill battle with either. i guess i'll plan on playing the open and go from there. the open lopez is an excellent idea because kirk feels "above" playing garbage and will go for the ruy lopez. we've played in once before in a "fun" match and also in a blindfold game at work. i feel confident enough in that line. it will all depend on how the match is going. here's the ratings of us after the match is over depending on the score...(btw, we decided on a 4 game rated active G/50 match)

K.Sadler Score C.Sadler
1606 4-0 1478
1574 3½-½ 1494
1542 3-1 1510
1510 2½-1½ 1526
1486 2-2 1542
1470 1½-2½ 1558
1454 1-3 1574
1438 ½-3½ 1598
1422 0-4 1630

so basically i need to score at least 2½/4 to keep my rating and anything higher is gravy. my goal is likely to win both games with black and 1/2 with white.

so what are my plans for v. 1.d4? probably a nimzo if possible. i had a good idea from Sasikiran-Torre, Olympiad 2004 where he played ...d6, ...Nc6, ...e5, ...O-O-O. i likely already posted that but i think it's a lovely idea. if he played 3.Nf3 instead of 3.Nc3 then i will likely play the Queen's Gambit Declined : Tartakower, Makagonov, Bondarevsky system against him. But if he wants to go into a QGD he can't be hoping for that much. Let's say he gets brave and tries 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 i guess i'll just do my usual two knights stuff v. him. okay enough about black


okay i have a couple of ideas here. firstly, i believe that i am going to play 1.d4 for a couple of reasons. 1.i'm worried that he's going to unass the Alekhine defense. for real. i was planning on meeting it with 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.f4?! but i realized that it may not be my cup of tea. same with the sicilian. who knows what he will play, i don't want to try an inferior line, he would likely play 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 hoping to get me into an advanced french. to be perfectly honest i wouldn't mind playing a sicilian. maybe i could try 1.Nf3 in the second game and give him the option. in any case, i'm hoping for 1.d4 e6, my plan is James Mason's 2.Bf4


it looks terrible but maybe it's not so bad. my trick here is to piss him off horribly then attempt to transpose into a QGD with Bf4, or a QGD Exchange with Bf4.

i have a couple of other ideas...firstly being 1.f4 e5 2.e4 exf4 3.Bc4 because he has absolutely no idea what to play and it would piss him off to no end. that is a possibility for the second game. another idea, if let's say he doesn't play 1.d4 e6 (but he will the first time because he will want to offer me the french, is the Geller gambit as played in Shipov-Lesiege FIDE KO 2001

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.O-O a6 7.e4

although that is taking a gamble, because who knows it he plays 6. ...a6 in the QGA or even if he plays the QGA, but if he does it's an interesting gambit. i don't think he'd offer the botwinnik system, but if he did i would have to take it. my main plan though is the Bf4 QGD. i think it could work.

anyways that's enough for today. time to study the lines a little bit :)

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