Saturday, November 19, 2005

White wins again

Training G/30 Internet Chess Club (6), 19.11.2005
B00 - Owen Defense

Before the game, I told Kirk that I was gonna beat him because I was like Korchnoi and eating oatmeal everyday. He said I was probably right because he was like Botwinnik and out drinking in the woods for two weeks. 1.d4 I wanted to play the Owens all along, since I am from Owen Sound and also the other stuff hadn't gotten me much. So I was frustrated that he played this. 1...e6 I figured that Kirk would play 2.e4 here. My best chance to actually transpose into an Owens2.e4 [If 2.c4 I probably would've gone to a Nimzo] 2...b6 My plan 3.g3?! [Kirk said he played this because he thought I was pissed off that he transposed into a French. If I wanted to avoid the position of 1.e4 e6 2.d4 altogether I wouldn't have played ...e6 in the first place. More regular is 3.Nc3 ;
or 3.Bd3 . This position had actually already been played by Amos Burn v. John Owen in their Liverpool match in 1874;
In a previous game this year OTB actually, Kirk got this position and played 3.c4 Qh4 similar to the Steinitz defense to the Scotch. (I wonder if 3...Bb7 was better) 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.Nf3 Qg4 6.0-0 h5? 7.Ne5 Qxe4?? 1-0 Sadler_K-Page,S/Barrie, ON 2005 (28) and White eventually won. ] 3...Bb7 4.Bg2 f5 Inspired by Miles! [Owen continued in a more controlled style with 4...Nf6 5.Nd2 c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bb4 8.f3 The position is much better for Black. Look at his light squared bishop. If Black can ever force White (or vice versa) to play f3 and g3 within the first 8 moves, they've done something right. 8...Nc6 9.Ne2 0-0 10.0-0 Ba6 11.Nb3 e5 12.d5 Nd4 13.Nexd4 Bxf1 14.Bxf1 exd4 15.Qxd4 a5 16.a3 Bd6 17.Bb5 Qe7 18.Kh1 a4 19.Bxa4 Be5 20.Qc4 Ne8 21.f4 Nd6 22.Qb4 Qf6 23.Kg1 Nxe4 24.Qxe4 Bxb2 25.Bxb2 Qxb2 26.Rb1 Rxa4 0-1 Burn,A-Owen,J/Liverpool 1874 (26)] 5.Qd3? At this point I'm just better [Fritz likes 5.f3 but I'm not a big fan.;
I looked at 5.Qh5+ g6 6.Qe2 but i don't think White's position is anything special] 5...Bxe4 [I didn't want to play 5...Nf6 because of 6.Bg5 but after 6...fxe4 7.Bxe4 Bxe4 8.Bxf6 (8.Qxe4? Nxe4 9.Bxd8 Kxd8 I'm up a piece) 8...Bxd3 9.Bxd8 Nc6 10.cxd3 Nxd4! 11.Kd1 Rxd8 I stand better. Note that I saw none of the following sidelines during the game. My tactical vision is weak.] 6.Bxe4 fxe4 7.Qxe4 Nc6 A forced developing move, but in all honestly, until he made the move, I didn't even see that the a-rook was hanging. With all the open lines, I just wanted to continue with the attack. Even so I'm better developed, have the f-pawn for the e-pawn and his queen is in the middle of the board. 8.Bf4 [freeing the queen from the defense of the d-pawn may have been better. 8.Be3 ] 8...Nf6 9.Qe2? [He said this was a mouseslip, but where was he aiming? 9.Qe3 is not much better with 9...Nd5] 9...Nxd4 10.Qc4 Bc5 11.Nd2 0-0 12.b4 d5 Now this is where the position gets hairy. 13.Qc3? [Best is 13.Qd3 Nxc2+ 14.Qxc2 Bxb4 and I have three pawns for the piece. If 15.Bxc7? Rc8 16.Bxd8 Rxc2 17.Bxf6 Rxd2 and I'm better or 15.Qxc7 Qxc7 16.Bxc7 Ne4 17.Rd1 (17.Bf4 Bxd2+ 18.Bxd2 Nxf2) 17...Nxf2!;So he's forced to play something like 15.Ngf3 and I can free my c-pawn with something like 15...c5 and it's an interesting game.; ] 13...Nb5? [13...Ne4! 14.Nxe4 (14.Qb2 Bxb4 15.Qxd4 Bxd2+ 16.Bxd2 c5 17.Qe5) 14...Bxb4] 14.Qd3 Bxf2+? [<14...Bd4 15.0-0-0 a6 would've done. I admit I never even saw that and that was simple. This game was far from pretty or well-played.] 15.Kxf2 Ng4+? [Maybe 15...e5 now instead 16.Bxe5 (16.Qxb5 exf4 17.gxf4) 16...Ng4+ 17.Ke1 and I'm in the game in both lines] 16.Kg2 e5 17.Bxe5?? [17.h3 Nf2 18.Kxf2 exf4 was better for White] 17...Nxe5? [17...Rf2+! 18.Kh3 Nxe5 and he has to give up his queen else 19.Qxb5 Qc8+ 20.Kh4 Qg4#] 18.Qxb5 Qf6? [18...Ng4 threatening 19.-- Rf2+ was much better.] 19.Qxd5+ Kh8 20.Ngf3? Ng4? [20...Rad8! 21.Qe4 Nxf3 22.Nxf3 Qxf3+ 23.Qxf3 Rd2+ 24.Kh3 Rxf3 and we're even] 21.Qd4? [21.Qe4 was much better] 21...Qg6? [21...Qxd4 22.Nxd4 Rf2+ 23.Kh3 Rxd2 I overlooked the threat of Rf2+ the whole game.] 22.Raf1 Rad8 23.Qe4 Qxe4? [23...Rxd2+ 24.Nxd2 Qxe4+ 25.Nxe4 Ne3+ was better] 24.Nxe4 Ne3+ The fork was not as good here without getting all the pieces off (see previous note) 25.Kh3 Nxf1 26.Rxf1 h6 27.Rf2 g5 28.Kg4 Rd4 29.Re2 Black resigns What a terrible effort by both sides. Neither one of us paid attention and lots was missed. I like the fact that I can get an interesting middlegame with this opening, but I wonder if an interesting, painfully tactical middlegame is what i'm looking for vs. these ham and eggers at the tournament. Should I just play the Caro? 1-0

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,K - Sadler,C [A40]
Training Match G/30 (7), 19.11.2005

This is our final preparations for our tournament next weekend. I do very little preparation during the week, so it makes sense that I didn't have a high quality of play in this game and Craig just got back from Kansas City.

Regardless of excuses, I would have hoped for a higher quality of play going into our last game. Craig says that he said this was our best middlegame, but with the number of errors, I'd say it was our *worst* middlegame yet. You be the judge.
1.d4 I got beat in a simul about a week ago in my French defense as Black, so since I anticipated losing I didn't want to get my confidence shot in a line.
1...e6 This was most unexpected and I assumed that Craig was pissed off and was going to toss the game away.
2.e4 I took a few minutes before playing this. I knew that I wanted to punish him for playing .. e6, but wasn't sure what his reply would be.
2...b6? I figured "Great, he's pissed off now and playing inferior moves". No matter how much Craig says that he wanted to get to the "Owen's Defense" he used about 6 or 7 minutes in the entire game, so I'm not sure this is the case.
3.g3? I figured: "if one person can play subpar moves, both of us can". I realize that the mainline is gaining space with c4/Nc3/Bd3/Nf3/Be3 (like always) but wanted to play it this way. I figured that if Craig was going to disrespect the chessboard with .. b6, then I'd do the same.
3...Bb7 4.Bg2 f5! A good move by Craig, putting more pieces at my e-pawn.
5.Qd3 I hate doing this.
5...Bxe4 6.Bxe4 fxe4 7.Qxe4 So if Craig's goal was to get me into uncomfortable territory, then mission accomplished. I can admit it: I am not developed and my position is in shambles.
7...Nc6 8.Bf4 Nf6 9.Qe2?? I'd love to say this was a mouseslip, but I didn't see it until after I moved. At about this point, Craig started blitzing for the remainder of the game (which shows the errors).
9...Nxd4 10.Qc4 I had to start threatening something...of course I missed Craig's reply
10...Bc5! A good move by Craig, I expected gaining tempo with .. Nc6, but now all Craig's pieces are becoming more aggressively placed.
11.Nd2 Just constant developing. I'd assume that I would castle queenside at this point.
11...0-0?? [This is where the comedy of errors begins: 11...d5 12.Qd3 Nf5 13.0-0-0 0-0 leaves Black with a tremendous position.]
12.b4! Winning a piece: if White follows up properly.
12...d5 A nice counterstrike.
13.Qc3?? [13.Qd3 was the only move: 13...Bxb4 14.Qxd4 Bxd2+ 15.Qxd2 and all my king safety is shattered]
13...Nb5? [The comedy of errors continues: if 13...Ne4! black is able to escape: 14.Qd3 (14.Nxe4?? Bxb4!) 14...Bxb4 15.Qxd4 Bc3!]
14.Qd3 Bxf2+? [Missing the saving move 14...Bd4! (attacking the rook) Now, that is a lot of mistakes. If Craig says that is a good middlegame, he and I have differing opinions.]
15.Kxf2 Craig still has to find a good square for the Knight. Fritz finds a good solution, but Craig is pissed off at his blunder to allow b4 and goes for the king (and rightly so)
15...Ng4+ [15...e5 16.Bxe5 Ng4+ 17.Ke1 Qd7 and the fun really begins for White's king: 18.Bf4 Rae8+ 19.Ne2 Rxf4 20.gxf4 Re3! 21.a4 Rxd3 22.cxd3 Nd6 and a win for Black]
16.Kg2 e5 17.Bxe5?? After I played this I thought "shit" or at least "time to take the Browns to the Superbowl". Craig missed the obvious move though: [17.h3 Nf2 18.Kxf2 c6! 19.c4 Nc7 20.Ne2 and White has a solid material advantage] Out of all my blunders of the day, this was the worst.
17...Nxe5?? [17...Rf2+ is the natural move, and really gives White a hard time 18.Kh3 Nxe5 19.Qxb5 Qc8+ 20.Kh4 Qg4#]
18.Qxb5 Qf6?? [18...Ng4! and put the same threat again! This is a problem for both of us: if we don't see a threat initially, we don't reconsider the threat (the same thing happened to Craig, who says that he checked out b4 and said it was okay a move before). The mate threats are still here with the Knight and the rook.]
19.Qxd5+ Kh8 20.Ngf3?? [Not that I'm perfect either. Black will have a hard time after 20.Rf1 hanging onto all his material (knight, rooks, etc.) 20...Ng4! 21.Rxf6 Ne3+ 22.Kh3 Nxd5 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 is the best option for Black]
20...Ng4?? [Why not just threaten with 20...Rad8 because now if 21.Qxe5 Rxd2+ 22.Kh3 Qxf3 White's king is not safe.]
21.Qd4?? [Again, our best middlegame? After 21.Qe4! Rae8 22.Qxg4 Re2+ 23.Kh3 Rxd2 the game is over, but if I slip up with 24.Nxd2?? Qh6+ 25.Qh4 Qe6+ Black escapes with a perpetual.]
21...Qg6?? [21...Qxd4 22.Nxd4 Rf2+ simple simple...gain your piece back.] 22.Raf1 Rad8 23.Qe4?? [This was the worst blunder, because I knew the refutation after I played it. Craig was fortunately blitzing out moves now so it didn't really matter, but: 23.Qc3 Qxc2 24.Qxc2 Ne3+ 25.Kh3 Nxc2 is a nice line, but White is still up a piece.]
23...Qxe4?? [23...Rxd2+ 24.Nxd2 Qxe4+ 25.Nxe4 Ne3+ and its all good for Black. If you are wondering if either of us will make a good move, the answer is a resounding "No"]
24.Nxe4 Ne3+ 25.Kh3 Nxf1 26.Rxf1 White still has a small advantage, but Black's threats are there.
26...h6 27.Rf2 g5 28.Kg4 Rd4?? I'm stopping the game here, as Craig resigned, but I moved (a millisecond before he resigned) 29.Re2?? [instead of the winning 29.Nxd4 The beauty of this game was that the blunders were start to finish. So how is next weekend going to go? I can guess: if Both is there (or players of his tactical quality), we both lose to him and wipe through Kees and the gang otherwise. Actually Craig will bounce back as his evenings are free, but I'll score 3/5 or 4/5 and lose a few points.

Not a fond way for your final training match to go (not sure if we are going to have an OTB one next Saturday or not). I'll be interested to see Craig's annotations once I post this. Best of luck to both of us next week!] 1-0