Friday, December 30, 2005

C 2½-1½ K and a blindfold win too

Sadler_C - Sadler_K
December Match Internet Chess Club (4), 29.12.2005
B90 - Najdorf : Kasparov Variation

We had just previously played a blindfold game, so I felt more focused. In reality this is probably the worst game (more double question marks) that we have played since we started doing this weekly thing. 1.e4 [The blindfold game K - C went 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ (The paradoxical 4...Be7 is the main move in this line. The benefit being that the d-pawn is unguarded because the bishop blocks everything.) 5.Nxd2 (5.Qxd2 the knight's best square is c3) 5...0-0 6.e4! d6 7.Bg2 e5 8.Ngf3 Bg4 9.Qb3 Bxf3 10.Nxf3 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nc6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.0-0 Rb8 14.Qc2 c5 15.Rfd1 Qe7 16.Re1 Nd7 17.f4 Rbd8 18.Re3 h5 19.Rae1 h4 20.e5 hxg3 21.Bd5 gxh2+ 22.Qxh2 Kirk actually played 18.Re2 but announced 22.Qxh2 on this move, and i agreed with it, so to make it work we listed 18.Re3 22...dxe5 23.Rxe5 Nxe5 24.Rxe5 Qf6 25.f5 Rde8 0-1 Not the greatest game but it got us both thinking] 1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 [I half expected 5...g6 , but instead of trying to blow him off the board with the Yugoslav attack I was going to try and punish him instead with Korchnoi's 6.Bb5+] 6.Be3 Ng4!? [This was a big surprise! I had planned on going for a Keres attack with 6...e6 7.g4 etc.] 7.Bg5 [The alternative is 7.Bc1 Nf6 but I wanted to try this line and see if he had something planned] 7...h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 h5? [A dubious novelty. Developing with 9...Bg7! was much stronger. Kirk said it was a "grandmasterly" move, and if by grandmasterly he means "ugly" then yes, yes it was a grandmasterly move] 10.h3 Nf6 11.Qd2 Bh6N [I apologize to Kirk. This line was actually played between two grandmasters Kachian-Shneider EUCup 1997 where it continued 11...h4 12.Bh2 e5 13.Nf3 g4 with an eventual draw. Kirk's idea was to try to pressure me into not castling queenside.] 12.f4? [Dubious. 12.f3 was much better.] 12...Rg8 13.fxg5 [13.f5 was the move. I was thinking about doing this (this move was my longest think) but then i thought why don't i just exchange his one active piece (bishop) and get on with it? look at his queenside pieces.] 13...Bxg5 14.Bf4?? [Of course 14.Qe2 was necessary and he has a good position] 14...Bh4+?? [14...Bxf4! 15.Qxf4 e5 and it's curtains] 15.g3 [15.Kd1 may have been better] 15...Bxg3+ 16.Bxg3 Rxg3 17.0-0-0 Rxc3?! Dubious but interesting sac. It is unplayable here because of his lack of development. 18.Qxc3 Nxe4 This is worth a diagram.

Morphy would eat this position alive 19.Qf3 [19.Qe3 is a better diagonal for White. I won't be able to get an attack on f7] 19...e5?? 20.Qxe4 Qg5+ 21.Kb1 f5 22.Nxf5?? [absolutely idiotic. I was wondering why Kirk didn't resign and he would have if i would've played the correct 22.Qe2 ] 22...Qxf5 23.Qxf5 Bxf5 24.Rxd6 Ke7 25.Rb6 [25.Rh6 was obviously better] 25...Be4! 26.Rg1 Nd7 27.Rb4? [27.Rg7+! Kd8 28.Rd6 Bf5 29.Rg8+! wins;
Even 27.Rh6 was better as well, giving me a second chance. But if I missed it the first time I will miss it the second time too] 27...Nc5 28.Rg5 [The way the game went, I missed his threat of Bf3. 28.Be2 was a much better move. Guarding the back rank and freeing up my bishop] 28...Kf6 29.Rxh5 Rd8 30.Kc1 Bf3! Threatening something for the first time. I thought that I was busted. Luckily I saw a move 31.Rb6+ Kg7 32.Rg5+ Kh7 33.Bd3+! Clearance sacrifice 33...e4 [33...Nxd3+ may have been better but I'm still winning] 34.Rxc5 exd3 35.cxd3 Rxd3 36.Rc7+ Kg8 37.Re6 Rd8 38.Ree7 Rb8 [38...Bd5 i would've tried 39.Rxb7 Bxb7 40.Rxb7 and won the rook endgame since his king is stuck on the 8th rank] 39.Rg7+ Kf8 [39...Kh8 40.h4 -- 41.h5 -- 42.h6 etc.] 40.Rgf7+ Kirk said that he wanted to do two weekly games (Saturday and Sunday). i think it's a good idea. we'll play one more game tomorrow to finish off 2005. 1-0

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,C - Sadler,K [B90]
December Training (4), 29.12.2005

This was our second last game of 2005. Craig and I had just played a blindfold game beforehand (which I got demolished in). This was an over the board G/30, rather than our online game thirty's.
1.e4 c5 I am always glad to play the Sicilian in practice games. I have been playing it fairly consistently throughout 2005, but yet am still not as comfortable as I should be.
2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 I was actually hoping for the mainline so I could get the Poisoned Pawn line but this is another major attack for White. Craig mentions it all the time which makes this no surprise.
6...Ng4 [I play the grandmaster line. Craig was hoping for 6...e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 0-0 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.0-0-0 (or along those lines), giving a Yugoslav Attack type for White. I believe this is called the Short Attack. This is somewhat suitable for White. 10...b5 11.Bd3 Bb7]
7.Bg5 [7.Bd2 Qb6 8.f3 Qxd4 9.fxg4 looks good for Black.]
7...h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 h5 [The grandmaster line is 9...Bg7 10.Be2 etc., which makes sense: development above all! I had kingside attacks on my mind and over extended the kingside.]
10.h3 [10.h4 gxh4 11.Bxh4 is theoretically better for White, but I have the g-file to work with. With this setup, White will no doubt castle queenside though, so is the open g-file a real advantage? Nonetheless look at the position: Black has no development and White is gearing up for an attack.]
10...Nf6 11.Qd2 Bh6 The only move, as Black finally gets some counter pressure against White's position. White has a difficult decision now: how to break the pin?
12.f4? [12.e5 dxe5 13.Bxe5 Nbd7 14.Bh2 g4 15.Qe2 gives White a good game, but Black finally has some counter opportunities as White is unable to castle.;
12.Qe2 h4 13.Bh2 Qb6 14.0-0-0 e5 15.Nf5 Bxf5 16.exf5 Nbd7]
12...Rg8? [I missed the tactical opportunity. Now if 12...gxf4 13.Bxf4 Bxf4 14.Qxf4 e5 Black snags a piece.]
13.fxg5 [Craig is still worried about the pin, as he hopes to castle queenside, thus making 13.f5 Nbd7 not an option. The thing that he forgot in his calculations is that Black is unable to push his g-pawn as the Queen can just take the bishop immediately.]
13...Bxg5 14.Bf4? Bh4+ [Again I miss the tactic. 14...Bxf4 15.Qxf4 e5]
15.g3 [A tougher defense is 15.Kd1 but Craig wouldn't like it because he fought so hard to get himself ready to castle.]
15...Bxg3+ 16.Bxg3 Rxg3 17.0-0-0 So I got a pawn for dominating development for White.
17...Rxc3? Generally in the Sicilian a sacrifice of this type on the c-file is good, but the problem here is that I have no development: the rook was my only developed piece!
18.Qxc3 Nxe4 19.Qf3 e5?? [A total oversight. I anticipated Qxe, dxd and then get my bishop developed as the queen would be off the diagonal. I got punished for poor development and decision making throughout the game. 19...Nf6 20.Bc4 Nbd7 and it is a more equal game.]
20.Qxe4 Qg5+ 21.Kb1 f5 22.Nxf5 [22.Qe2 is much stronger, keeping the material advantage.]
22...Qxf5 23.Qxf5 Bxf5 24.Rxd6 Now I'm just down the exchange.
24...Ke7 25.Rb6 Be4 [Again, my head wasn't in the game. I have to learn to dig in much tighter. 25...Nd7 is the move, and if 26.Rxb7 Be4 forking both rooks.]
26.Rg1 Nd7 27.Rb4 [27.Rg7+ Kd8 28.Rd6 is a nice efficient way to grab a piece.]
27...Nc5 28.Rg5 Rd8 29.Kc1 Kf6 30.Rxh5 Bf3 I thought this was the saving move for me: either I mate Craig or I regain my material. Unfortunately this isn't the case.
31.Rb6+ Kg7 [31...Ne6 32.Rh6+ Kg5 33.Bd3 Nf4]
32.Rg5+! Very good play by Craig.
32...Kh7 33.Bd3+ I had seen all this in my calculations and thought that I could still regain a piece...what I missed was as follows
33...e4 34.Rxc5 This is what I missed in my calculations. Craig just gains back his piece and gained 2 pawns in the process.
34...exd3 35.Rc7+ Kg8 36.cxd3 Rxd3 37.Re6 Rd8 38.Ree7 Rb8 39.Rg7+ Kf8 40.Rgf7+ A good game by Craig. He was disappointed because of the tactical miscues early on and called it "the worst middlegame that we played this year" but we had some ideas in it. I would prefer to have a game get to an endgame (which never happens for us) and have to fight through. Defending down an exchange is extremely difficult and generally Craig or I just resign when that happens, but I will try in 2006 to fight for as long as possible in our games. 1-0