Monday, January 16, 2006

black is back y'all

C - K
January Match Internet Chess Club (5), 15.01.2006
C31 - King's Gambit Declined : Falkbeer, Tartakower Variation

I decided before this game to play a King's Gambit. I had found a new idea v. the Falkbeer which Kirk plays and wanted to try it out 1.f4 e5 [I go through this move order for a couple of reasons. I didn't believe that Kirk would play 1...d5 because history has shown that he doesn't like the closed positions that follow. Also, Kirk never plays 1.e4 e5] 2.e4 [And also history has shown that I don't like From's Gambit 2.fxe5 . Lasker's defense is my antidote (as Black) to From's 2...d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5! with equality] 2...d5 3.Nf3 And here's mine (and Tartakower's idea).

I've been looking for an alternative line to [3.exd5 because I just don't like the positions after 3...e4 I like Tchigorin's 4.Bb5+ but the positions aren't particularly good and the mainlines i don't find any better, so hence the text] 3...Bg4! [and of course I don't even consider this move. It looks strong to me. I had looked at 3...exf4 transposing back to C36. ;
and the position after 3...dxe4 4.Nxe5 is fairly good as far as I'm concerned with lines like 4...Bd6 5.d4 exd3 6.Nxd3] 4.Be2 This was the only move I saw that didn't immediately lose material or ruin my position [4.exd5 e4 5.Qe2 is more in line with the falkbeer lines;
4.Nc3 d4 looks much better for Black;
4.h3 dxe4 5.hxg4 exf3 6.Qxf3 gives me a mangled kingside;
4.Qe2 was another option but i think Kirk would have ended up way ahead in development after something like 4...Nc6] 4...Bc5?! [This is a novelty as far as I can tell 4...exf4 has been played a number of times.] 5.Nxe5 Bxe2 [5...Bh3! was a possible move, threatening 6.gxh3 (6.Kf1 may be better for White according to Fritz, but i think it sucks to play as White) 6...Qh4+ 7.Kf1 Qf2#] 6.Qxe2 Nf6 [6...Nd7 7.exd5 Qh4+ 8.g3 Qe7] 7.Qb5+ Nbd7 8.exd5 [8.Nxd7 Nxd7 9.Qxb7 and 9...d4 with an ugly position is almost forced(9...Rb8 for instance 10.Qxd5 and i'm better; 9...dxe4 10.Qxe4+ Be7 11.0-0 looks better for me as well) The immediate 8.Qxb7?! isn't as good because after 8. ...Rb8 I can't capture the d-pawn. That tactical point is what I missed ] 8...0-0 9.b4? [Brutal. SOmething like 9.Nxd7 Nxd7 10.Kd1 would have been better. I'm way behind in development at this point, i just wanted to get the bishop off the diagonal so i can castle but i missed that...] 9...Bd4! attacks my rook 10.c3 [10.Nc3 doesn't really help me. At this point I wasn't counting on castling, so if I'm not going to castle trading off pieces is probably my best idea] 10...Bxe5 11.fxe5 Nxe5 12.0-0 [Plans change. Maybe 12.d4 first was better.] 12...Qxd5 i'm definitely worse here....i'm going to have to trade off queens without picking off the b-pawn which was the point of my queen excursion in the first place. 13.Qxd5 Nxd5 14.Rf5!? Nd3 [I was counting on this move. If he would've played something like 14...Rfe8 ;
or 14...f6 , but the text actually half gives me a chance to get back in the game, and catch up in development] 15.Rxd5 Nxc1 Trading off one of my undeveloped pieces 16.Na3?! A forcing move but [16.Rd7 was likely better] 16...Ne2+ 17.Kf2 [In the big picture 17.Kf1 would've been better. When I made this move i didn't picture him picking off the d-pawn (with check, hence Kf1 being better than Kf2). I imagined something grand like me pushing the d-pawn to d4 and all the way to victory or something like that. Delroy rides again! Unfortunately the continuation wasn't quite so dramatic...] 17...Nf4 18.Rd7 Rfd8 19.Rxc7 Ne6? [I imagine he played this because he was afraid of 19...Rxd2+ 20.Ke3 but 20...Rxa2! 21.Rxa2 Nd5+] 20.Rxb7 Rxd2+ 21.Kf1 two moves to get to f1, instead of one. an extra tempo here would've likely really helped me out. [21.Kf1 -- 22.Nc4 Rc2 23.Nd6 Rxc3 24.Rd1 i dunno if it's really better] 21...Nf4 22.Re1 Rxa2? [Allowing a tactic because of back rank mate. 22...h6 was likely better winning him a pawn. One of Kirk's "chess weaknesses" is refusing to slow down things to give his king some breathing room.] 23.Rxa7 Rd8 [23...Rxa7?? 24.Re8#] 24.Nb5 this is the key here. 24...Rxg2 [24...Rxa7 may have been better 25.Nxa7] 25.Nd6? not calculating hard enough [I thought about 25.Rd7 again with but if 25...Rb8 (25...Rxd7 26.Re8#) (not 26.Rb7 with a repetition but) 26.Re4! g5 27.Rxf4! gxf4 28.Kxg2 Rxb5 29.Kf3 and I think i'm better in in this endgame.] 25...Rxh2 26.Re8+?! [I think now was the time to go for the repetition by 26.Rd7 Ra8 27.Ra7 and if 27...Rf8 28.Ree7] 26...Rxe8 27.Nxe8 Rc2 28.Nd6 h6 29.Rxf7 Nd5 30.Rf3 [30.Rd7 Rxc3 31.b5 was pretty close to what happened] 30...Nxc3 [Of course hoping for 30...Rxc3 31.Rxc3 Nxc3] 31.b5 Nd5 32.Rb3 Nb6 33.Ne4 Kf7 34.Rf3+ Ke6 35.Rg3 g5 36.Nxg5+? [36.Rh3! was much better, but i figured that even I could draw R+N v. R] 36...hxg5 37.Rxg5= and I offered a draw which Kirk initially declined. He did offer a draw afterwards, but I don't know if it was at this point or when it was. I didn't see it (or hear it on ICC) so I continued playing and... 37...Kd6 38.Rf5 Rb2 39.Ke1 Nd5 40.Rg5 Rxb5

This is an unbelievable blunder. My excuse is that I was tired. A more realistic excuse is that (similar to my game in Kitchener last year where I dropped my queen on the sunny side of Q+P v. RR) I had already mentally chalked this up as a draw and the only thing i was trying to avoid was a fork. I wasn't even looking for my rook to be captured. Yes I feel he should have accepted my draw, but I should've opened my eyes. Sub-masterly play by me ;) 41...Nc3+ 42.Kd3 Rxg5 43.Kxc3 Rg4 44.Kd3 White resigns 0-1

i still need to learn focus. sneaky's recommendation of writing down the moves has startd but i totally played from about move 21 on too fast and was hardly paying attention at the end. oh well live and learn.

in response to my terrible tournament last year, i read an interesting article today about "Why We Have Disaster Tournaments". I'm just glad I'm not the only one ;)


Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,C - Sadler,K [C31]
January Training (5), 15.01.2006

An interesting game. Craig fell asleep literally at the end, so I consider this a draw.
1.f4 e5 2.e4 d5 The Falkbeer Counter Gambit. This I believe is the refutation to the King's Gambit, and I encourage Craig to prove me wrong in the future.
3.Nf3 Craig's goal is to transpose to a King's Gambit Accepted against me, but I'm not falling for it.
3...Bg4 Fritz rates this as equal, but you know what: I'm black and I'm happy with equality!
4.Be2 Bc5 [Fritz for some reason prefers 4...exf4 but I'd rather get my pieces developed. The line that Craig plays is the refutation.]
5.Nxe5! Bxe2 6.Qxe2 Nf6 Now White has a solid pawn.
7.Qb5+! Nbd7 8.exd5
[8.Nxd7 Nxd7 9.Qxb7 wins another pawn for White. Craig hates to fish for pawns though, as now he has no pieces developed.]
8...0-0 9.b4? [9.c3 seems to be a little more productive. If he wants to kick my bishop, set it up with this first!]
9...Bd4! The proper response, now White gets a tough position.
10.c3 Bxe5 [10...Nxe5 11.fxe5 Nxd5 works better because if 12.cxd4 Qh4+! 13.Kf1 Qxd4 and White will really have a tough time not dropping significant material. This is what I like about the counter-gambit: it is White who is down in development in this line!]
11.fxe5 Nxe5 12.0-0 In this line, there is enough time for Black to get castled. Black maintains a slight advantage here because of his perfect pawn structure and the fact that White's pieces aren't developed. White has the open f-file as compensation.
12...Qxd5 13.Qxd5 Nxd5 14.Rf5 Nd3 [I misplayed this, but is 14...Rfe8 15.d4 Nd3 any better? The answer is "yes" because now I threaten mate in several ways. Best is 16.Bd2 (16.Rxd5 Re1#) 16...c6 and now Black's position is secure.]
15.Rxd5 Nxc1 16.Na3 Ne2+ 17.Kf2 Nf4 18.Rd7 This is the problem now: White gets to the seventh. Play develops but Black has to show great care not to lose too much material here.
18...Rfd8 Fritz finds this in an instant, but I had to think about .. Rac8 as well.
19.Rxc7 [19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.d4 Re8 may not be "that" much better for Black, but it feels stronger.]
19...Ne6 [Shoot. I couldn't make 19...Rxd2+! work over the board, because I thought that 20.Ke3 didn't work, missing: 20...Rxa2! 21.Rxa2 Nd5+! 22.Kd4 Nxc7 A cheap tactic, but effective.]
20.Rxb7 Now White is sitting fairly pretty.
20...Rxd2+ 21.Kf1 Nf4 22.Re1 Rxa2 [22...h6 removing all the mate threats, may have been better.]
23.Rxa7! Rd8 24.Nb5 Rxg2 25.Nd6 [25.Ree7 Rd1+ 26.Re1 Rxe1+ 27.Kxe1 g5 with a totally equal game, but;
25.Rd7! Rf8 26.Re4 tries to take advantage of Black not getting off the back rank.]
25...Rxh2 26.Re8+ Rxe8 27.Nxe8 Rc2 28.Nd6 h6 29.Rxf7 Nd5 30.Rf3 Nxc3 31.b5! This endgame is pretty much equal now: I'm going to have to make a few sacrifices to stop the b-pawn.
31...Nd5 [31...Nxb5 32.Nxb5 Kh7 didn't even come to mind, but that is one of my best winning chances.]
32.Rb3 Nb6 33.Ne4 Kf7 34.Rf3+ Ke6 The active king!
35.Rg3 g5 [35...Ke5! looks much better for Black: 36.Rxg7 Kxe4 37.Rg6 Nd5 38.Rxh6 Rb2 39.Re6+ Kd4 40.b6 Ne3+ 41.Ke1 Nc4 42.b7 Rxb7 and it seems that Black cannot force a win (without help from his opponent)]
36.Nxg5+! An inspired sacrifice which should have saved the game!
36...hxg5 37.Rxg5 Kd6 38.Rf5 [38.Rg6+ Kc7 39.Rc6+! Rxc6 40.bxc6 Kxc6 ends the game straight away.]
38...Rb2 39.Ke1 Nd5 40.Rg5 Rxb5 41.Ke2?? I felt horrible about this, but I declined his draw offer a few moves before. Black had all the winning chances and I thought that I'd play it out for a few moves.
41...Nc3+ 42.Kd3 Rxg5 43.Kxc3 Rg4 44.Kd3 0-1

Craig said...

from TWIC587

[Event "Winter Open"]
[Site "Belgrade SCG"]
[Date "2006.01.29"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Boskovic,Maksimilijan"]
[Black "Karadarevic,S"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[BlackElo "1866"]
[EventDate "2006.01.21"]
[ECO "C31"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Be2 exf4 5. exd5 Bxf3 6. Bxf3 Qh4+ 7. Kf1
Bc5 8. d4 Bd6 9. c4 b6 10. Qe2+ Ne7 11. c5 O-O 12. cxd6 cxd6 13. Qf2 Qf6
14. Bd2 Nf5 15. Na3 Re8 16. Nc2 g5 17. Re1 Rxe1+ 18. Qxe1 Na6 19. Bc3 Nc7
20. Kf2 Re8 21. Qd2 Ne3 22. Re1 g4 23. Nxe3 fxe3+ 24. Rxe3 Rxe3 25. Qxe3
gxf3 26. Qxf3 Nxd5 27. Qxf6 Nxf6 28. Ke3 Kf8 29. Kd3 d5 30. Bd2 Ne4 31. a3
Ke7 32. Bf4 a6 33. Ke3 Ke6 34. Kf3 f5 35. Ke3 b5 36. Kf3 a5 37. Ke3 Kd7 38.
Kd3 Kc6 39. Bd2 a4 40. Bb4 Kd7 41. Ke3 Ke6 42. Be1 Nd6 43. Bc3 Kf6 44. Kf4
Ne8 45. g4 Ng7 46. gxf5 Nxf5 47. h3 Nd6 48. Bb4 Nc4 49. Bc3 Kg6 50. Kg4 h5+
51. Kf4 Kf6 52. h4 Nd6 53. Be1 Nf5 54. Bf2 Ne7 55. Be1 Ng6+ 56. Kg3 Kf5 57.
Kf3 Nf4 58. Bd2 Nd3 1/2-1/2