Saturday, December 03, 2005

December Match (1)

K - C
December match Internet Chess Club (1), 03.12.2005
D28 - Queen's Gambit Accepted

Me and Kirk have decided to play the same things and have the same repetoire, which includes 1.Nf3 as White. Najdorf v. 1.e4 and QGA v. 1.d4. 1.d4 [I believe he avoided 1.Nf3 today because we agreed to play 1...c5 v. it] 1...d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Qe2 b5 8.Bb3 cxd4 THe immediate 8. ...Bb7 was better. I was hoping to give him an IQP though 9.Rd1 Be7 10.a4 Qb6 [10...bxa4 was Reshevsky-Fine I think I'm in good company. His move was definitely stronger.] 11.axb5 0-0 12.Nxd4 Bb7 13.Nc3 axb5 14.Rxa8 Bxa8 15.Qxb5 Qc7 16.Bxe6 Bc6? [16...Bd6 17.f4 fxe6 18.Nxe6 Qe7 19.Nxf8 Qxf8;
16...fxe6 17.Nxe6 Qc8 18.Nxf8 Kxf8 19.f3
] 17.Nxc6 Nxc6 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.Bxd5 Nb4 20.Qb7 Nxd5 [20...Qc2] 21.Qxd5 Rd8 22.Qb3 Rb8 23.Qc3 Qb7 24.Qd4 Bf6 25.Qd7 Qb6 26.Rd6 Qb3 27.Rd3 Qc2 28.Rd1 h6 29.Qd2 Qc7 30.g3 Qb6 31.Qe2 Bxb2 32.Bxb2 Qxb2 33.Rd8+ Black resigns[33.Rd8+ Of course I could've played 33...Kh7 but i was shocked when he found that and i went braindead. I guess I should've played on. Oh well. Despite my tactical oversights, I think the QGA held up pretty well and i was pretty happy with it.; 1-0

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,K - Sadler,C [D28]
December Training (1), 03.12.2005

Craig decided that he wanted to begin a new match (which makes sense). We haven't figured it out if it is going to be every month or every 6 weeks or whatever, but it gives a chance to begin again.
1.d4 Craig and I have decided to keep playing the same openings between now and the Canadian Open. We will also both try to play the same things during this time. Right now we are sticking with 1. Nf3 2. d4 as White, the QGA and Sicilian as Black. I gave Craig this rather than 1. Nf3 because I wasn't in the mood for a Sicilian this morning.
1...d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Qe2 [After the game Craig and I decided to play 7.a4 Nc6 8.Qe2 as White in the future, but the idea of the text move is to prevent Black from trading off all the pieces. I wanted to keep lots of pieces in play this morning.]
7...b5 A good move by Craig, and right up his alley. By doing this Craig gets some play with his Queenside pawns.
8.Bb3 [Another option is 8.Bd3 cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Nc3 0-0 as in Yusupov-Shirov, Eurotel, 2002. I was more than comfortable keeping my Bishop on that diagonal because I assumed that if I played Bd3 Craig would eventually get .. c4 with tempo on me.]
8...cxd4 [The mainline is 8...Bb7 and with good reason (as this game shows). The with this White is unable to effectively strike back with a4. 9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Nc3 as played many times by Super GMs in the 50s and 60s.]
9.Rd1 I wasn't really enthusiastic with trading pieces off so I thought I'd get more pieces in play!
9...Be7 [9...Bb7 may have been an option now.]
10.a4! I think a good move. This really forces Black's hand and prevents him from castling.
10...Qb6 [10...0-0 11.axb5 Qb6 12.exd4 with a good position for White.]
11.axb5 Does White have a pawn now? These are the types of positions that I am more comfortable in: calculation is really necessary in this position. White is threatening both the d4 and a6 pawn.
11...0-0 Fritz may not agree with me, but I think that Black made the correct decision in (temporarily) giving up the pawn. King safety is more important and the b2 pawn will have to eventually fall. This should be a concern for both of us (since we play the same openings now) as White has a really forceful position just 12 moves in.
12.Nxd4?! [Fritz (and Craig) say that I make the wrong capture. Correct is giving my self an isolated pawn with 12.exd4 Bb7 13.d5! and a wonderful position for White!]
12...Bb7 [If only Craig would have seen 12...e5! I'm sure that he considered it, but he made fun of me for not taking the isolated pawn, but Craig's weakness is that he hates weak pawns. He will need to (temporarily) defend that e5 pawn now with a piece and he strongly dislikes that. Now 13.Nf3 e4 14.Nd4 Bc5 15.Nc3 and Black is beginning to threaten.]
13.Nc3 A lot is still going on here. I am trying to setup a e4-e5 push myself and neither side is as fully developed as he would like.
13...axb5? [Releasing the tension and giving White the initiative. Craig's hope was to pick up the b-pawn, but avoiding trading off his Queen will cost him. 13...Rd8 14.Bd2 Nbd7 15.bxa6 Bxa6 and the position continues to get complicated.]
14.Rxa8 Bxa8 15.Qxb5 White is now up a solid pawn with little counterplay for Black in the short term.
15...Qc7 [15...Qxb5 16.Ndxb5 gives active pieces for White with no compensation for Black. Black needs to keep his Queen on if he hopes to pick off the b2-pawn.]
16.Bxe6! A nice sacrifice, but this was the best line that Black had.
16...Bc6? [Best was counter attacking with 16...Bd6 (threatening Bxh2+) 17.f4 fxe6 18.Nxe6 Qe7 19.Qc4! Kh8 20.Nxf8 Qxf8 21.e4 White still is good in this position as well.;
I would have liked to see how the game would have progressed after 16...fxe6 17.Nxe6 Qc8 18.Nxf8 Kxf8]
17.Nxc6 Nxc6 18.Nd5! I was happy with this move, because the action still continues!
18...Nxd5 19.Bxd5 White has now given himself a second pawn and should be able to coast for the win (yeah right).
19...Nb4 20.Qb7? [I missed a few things, but better was 20.Bb3 Bd6 21.g3 Nc6 22.Bd2 with a good game for White.]
20...Nxd5! 21.Qxd5 Rd8 22.Qb3 Rb8 [22...Rd6 23.Rxd6 Bxd6! double threat - Qxc1 and Bxh2+ 24.Bd2 Bxh2+ 25.Kf1 and Black has regained his pawn with some chances.]
23.Qc3 Qb7 Now I'm stuck defending this damn b2-pawn for the rest of the game. Although White technically is up 2 pawns, Craig put it correctly after the game "I was really up a piece because your bishop did nothing". Actually it did do something, it got in the way of my rook!
24.Qd4 Bf6! Continuing the pressure on b7.
25.Qd7 Qb6 26.Rd6 Qb3 27.Rd3?! [For a fleeting moment of insanity I considered 27.Rxf6?? gxf6 28.Qg4+ with no follow up. It sounded good though...didn't it?;
27.Rc6! was best (protecting the bishop on c1)]
27...Qc2 [27...Qb4! 28.Rd1 and Black gets what he wants.]
28.Rd1 h6 A good move, because all my threats of hanging onto that pawn are because I threaten mate.
29.Qd2 I have conceded playing out a 4 v. 3 rook endgame, but Craig wants to fight it out still.
29...Qc7 30.g3 Qb6 31.Qe2 Bxb2? 32.Bxb2 Qxb2 33.Rd8+ Craig gave up here, because he thought it was a tactical shot, but realistically, he can just play 33. .. Kh7 and I trade queens and have a 4 v. 3 rook endgames. Admittedly I didn't see that until now either.

So I got a nice position, but made a few inaccuracies in the middlegame. Overall though, I had an advantage as White for the majority of the game, which is good to see. 1-0