Sunday, January 01, 2006

2005 was a draw

Sadler_K - Sadler_C
December Match Internet Chess Club (5), 31.12.2005
C82 - Ruy Lopez : Open, St. Petersburg Variation

1.e4 The fifth (and deciding) game of our December match. All i needed was a draw 1...e5? The question mark was purely for non-chessical things. Sure I had been studying the Karpov-Korchnoi match (hence the Open Lopez) but I had been working on the Sicilian for weeks and weeks and this is supposed to be my main weapon. 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 [One of the main reasons I don't play this OTB is 6.Re1 where I can't find a really good respone for it. 6...Nc5 7.Bxc6 dxc6 8.Nxe5 and White is good enough to me.] 6...b5 [An interesting line here is the Riga Variation (which allegedly was refuted by Capablanca). It continues 6...exd4 7.Re1 d5 8.Nxd4 Bd6 9.Nxc6 Bxh2+ and if 10.Kxh2 (Capablanca's variation was 10.Kh1 Qh4 11.Rxe4+ dxe4 12.Qd8+ Qxd8 13.Nxd8+ Kxd8 14.Kxh2 with an interesting game. Maybe I'll try it sometime ;)) 10...Qh4+ 11.Kg1 Qxf2+= with perpetual]

7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 [The other line is 9...Be7 allowing the knight to retreat to 10.-- Nc5 , but i preferred to try and go for the throat. maybe not the best idea in a match where a draw will suffice, but i had fire in the belly today] 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Nxe4? [11.Bc2 is the main line when I can either play 11...Bf5 (or 11...f5 ; or the Dilworth Variation (a favourite of mine) with 11...Nxf2 12.Rxf2 f6 13.exf6 Bxf2+ 14.Kxf2 Qxf6 and sharp play) which was Korchnoi's choice in the game I was currently studying 12.Nb3 Bg6 13.Nfd4 Bxd4 14.cxd4 a5 with an interesting game.] 11...dxe4 12.Ng5 Bxb3 13.Qxb3 Nxe5? [Much better was the blocking of his forces with 13...e3! 14.Nxf7 (14.Nf3 exf2+ 15.Kh1; 14.Ne4) 14...exf2+ 15.Rxf2 (15.Kh1 Rxf7 16.e6 Rf5 17.e7+ Qd5 18.Qxd5+ Rxd5 19.b4 Bxe7 20.Rxf2 Rd1+) 15...Bxf2+ 16.Kxf2 Qh4+ 17.g3 Qxh2+ 18.Ke1 Qxg3+ 19.Ke2 Rxf7] 14.Nxe4 Bb6 15.Bf4 Nd3 16.Rad1 Nxf4? [Much, much better was 16...Qe7! threatening something. 17.Rxd3 Qxe4 and then after 18.Rf3 his pieces are tied up and I'm definitely better. Not sure why I missed that relatively easy move] 17.Rxd8 Raxd8 18.Rd1 Rde8 19.Ng5 Nd3? [I made some strange decisions this game. Obviously I wanted to attack f7 but something like 19...h6 first was much better. 20.Nf3 Re2] 20.Kf1? [20.Qc2! threatening mate on h7 was best. What do I have? 20...h6 21.Qxd3 hxg5 for instance? I'm not particularly happy with my position.] 20...Nxf2 Rook+bishop+pawn = queen right? I was happy enough with my position, but I definitely wanted to keep the rooks on if possible 21.Rd7 Ne4 [21...Ng4 was better, actually threatening something. The idea of Ne4 was the fork on c5. He almost had to exchange now;
I was planning on holding off on the knight move hoping for something like 21...-- 22.Nxf7 Ne4! etc.] 22.Nxe4 [22.Rxf7 Nd2#] 22...Rxe4 23.Qd5 Rf4+ To guard f7, freeing up the other rook. 24.Ke2 Re8+ [24...Rf2+ instead, winning a pawn?] 25.Kd3 Re3+ 26.Kc2 Re8? Allowing him to trade off rooks. [26...Rf2+ 27.Kb3 g6 giving myself some luft.] 27.Rd8 Rfe4 28.Qxe4 I almost resigned here, but Kirk said he wanted to play on 28...Rxd8 29.Qe7 Rf8 [Too passive. More active was something like 29...Rb8 ] 30.Kb3 g6 31.h4?! Kirk got impatient I think. His advantage would turn out to be on the queenside in the upcoming endgame. [31.c4 was better in my patzer opinion] 31...c5? [And again, my advantage was on the kingside so I should've played to my advantage with 31...f5 ;
31...c5 32.g4 I of course was hoping for something like 32...c4+ 33.Kb4 a5+ missing that it wasn't mate and he could just play 34.Kxb5] 32.Qb7 c4+ 33.Kc2 Bc5? Hoping for some kind of perpetual. My play was ridiculous [33...Bf2 was better aiming for the h-pawn.] 34.Qxa6 Re8 35.Qxb5 Re2+= and I offered a draw which Kirk smartly declined 36.Kd1 Re5 Nicely played game by Kirk, I basically threw myself on his sword. Hopefully I can play stronger with Black in 2006, neither one of us had more than a draw in our weekly matches. 1-0

so my training schedule for 2006 is firstly to finish off the Karpov book and then to go through tactics and art of attack. my new policy is not to buy a new book until i have finished two.

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,K - Sadler,C [C82]
December Training (5), 31.12.2005

This is the final game of ours from 2006. I was in mood for another Sicilian as White, as I wanted to give Craig a good competitive battle in the Najdorf (I won't disclose the line I was planning to play for the next time we play).
1.e4 e5 A shock. After the game Craig said that he had been reading the Karpov book (which I got him for Christmas) and he said that he was inspired by Korchnoi to play this.
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 A mild surprise, but nothing earth shattering. Craig had played the Open Lopez in the past.
6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 I was on my own at about this point. In our last game in this line, Craig said "this is the Botvinnik System of this line" (meaning that it is the most tactical and theoretical).
10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Nxe4 [11.Bc2 is the mainline. I actually looked at a Fischer game today that went to an early draw (I am doing this from memory so excuse me if it's a bit off) 11...Bxf2+ 12.Rxf2 Nxf2 13.Kxf2 f6 14.exf6 Qxf6 15.Kg1 Craig said after the game that this was the line that he and Korchnoi recommended.]
11...dxe4 12.Ng5 Bxb3 13.Qxb3 Nxe5 [The move that refutes this line is continuing the pressure with 13...e3! Now the Knight on g5 isn't protected and White has to just give up a pawn: 14.Nf3 exf2+ 15.Kh1 Qd3 16.Bf4 with the initiative to Black.]
14.Nxe4 Now the position is equal. I am worried about a few things: 1) my bishop is still on the back rank. I try to get my rooks connected as soon as possible, and doubly so after my miniature from the last game where I had all my pieces on the back rank. 2) I would typically just kick the knight with f4, but I have to find a way to break the pin.
14...Bb6 15.Bf4 [15.Bg5 was better, but I wanted to play the text to give me the initiative. It turned out that the square that Black goes to is exactly the one that he wanted to go to anyway, regardless of the location of my Bishop. After 15...Qe8 16.Rfe1 the tactical threats are piling up for both sides. These are typically how our games go, with us both trying to play sharply and something inevitably falling.]
15...Nd3! 16.Rad1 Although this response is the strongest and it caused Craig's game to fall apart, there are still some options for Black to have a good game.
16...Nxf4? [Giving up far too easily. 16...c5 17.c4 bxc4 18.Qxc4 Nxb2! the line that probably both of us missed (I know I did) 19.Rxd8 Nxc4 and Black is up a solid pawn.;
as well, a simple counterattack with 16...Qe7 17.Rxd3 Qxe4 18.Rf3 leaves Black with great chances, as White's pieces are out of play.]
17.Rxd8 Raxd8 For some unknown reason Craig decided to sac his queen for a piece and a rook. It may work logically, but all White has to do is coordinate his pieces (or even trade down) and the power of the Queen will show through.
18.Rd1 Rde8 [18...Nd3 19.Kf1 Rd7 20.c4 bxc4 21.Qxc4 Nxb2! (again the Nxb2) works well, but 22.Nf6+! Kh8 23.Nxd7 Nxc4 24.Nxf8 saves it from being lights out for White.]
19.Ng5 [I wanted to keep the tactics on f7, so that Black's rooks would have to be passively defensive, but the more defensive 19.Ng3 Re5 20.Qc2 Rfe8 21.Kf1 gives White more opportunity.]
19...Nd3 [Why not keep going for the throat? It involves a bit of calculation, but White doesn't quite have enough to mate 19...Re2! 20.Nxf7 Ne6 21.Ng5 Rexf2 22.Qxe6+ Kh8 with an extreme amount of tactics going on. Fritz evaluates it at +/= but this is a position for a 1500 player (or from a few moves back) that would need to be calculated carefully.]
20.Kf1 [I totally missed the idea of 20.Qc2!! This was another example of me only worrying about one thing (the f7 square) and not being able to shift my focus. 20...Bxf2+ (20...Nxf2?? 21.Qxh7#) 21.Kf1 Be3 22.Nxh7 Kxh7 23.Qxd3+ and Black is reeling.]
20...Nxf2 21.Rd7 [21.Qc2 is less effective now, but I decide for the classic attack on f7]
21...Ne4 [Better for Black is 21...Ng4! In my calculations, I missed that there is a pin on the king (through the f7 square). This was a much more complicated middlegame than the last game. This move is better than the text because the text allows the pressure to be immediately turned off.]
22.Nxe4 [22.Rxf7 Nd2#;
22.Nxf7 Nc5
22...Rxe4 Despite the material difference, Black has been able to hang on so far.
23.Qd5 I still have my eyes set on f7 and as well the a6-pawn is bound to fall.
23...Rf4+ 24.Ke2 Re8+ [24...Rf2+ 25.Kd3 Rxb2 snaps up a pawn.]
25.Kd3 Re3+ 26.Kc2 Re8 [26...Rf2+ 27.Kb3 g6 28.Qa8+ Kg7 and I would have fallen for 29.Qxa6 Ree2! winning the Queen.]
27.Rd8 Rfe4 28.Qxe4 Craig actually resigned here, as he missed my move and he dislikes that.
28...Rxd8 29.Qe7 [29.Qb7 a5 30.Qc6 guarantees the gain of a pawn.]
29...Rf8 Now I am as happy as can be: his major piece is passively placed for the remainder of the game.
30.Kb3 g6 31.h4 [31.c4 bxc4+ 32.Kxc4 a5 and I start my march on the queenside.]
31...c5 32.Qf6 [Better, but similar is 32.Qd6 c4+ 33.Kb4! (I couldn't do that in the mainline) 33...Bg1 34.Qxa6 Rb8 35.Qd6]
32...c4+ 33.Kc2 Bc5 [33...Be3 34.Qxa6 Rd8 gives a few counterthreats for Black]
34.Qxa6 Re8?? [I think Craig had mentally given up at this point. I had less than 5 minutes left and he had more than 15. 34...Rb8 35.a4! Be3 36.axb5 Rd8 with some more tactical fun is the only chance.]
35.Qxb5 With the double attack.
35...Re2+ Craig offered a draw here. I declined of course as a piece has to fall.
36.Kd1 Re5 37.Qb8+ And I scoop up the Rook to end the game. This evened up our December match and had my score in 2005 against Craig as 9-8-8 (including 5-2-5 as White) 1-0