Wednesday, February 08, 2006

analyze this

AB - C
Grey Bruce Chess Club 2006
B09 - Pirc : Austrian Attack

1.e4 d6!? not something i'm gonna play next weekend but i wanted to try something different and move the struggle to the middlegame. also it's poor to get your opening busted by a stronger player before you go to a tournament. so i play something that i will never actually play OTB 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be3 c6? [I haven't played this system very much before, but better than the "Rat" was 6...Nc6 ;
or the double-fianchetto 6...b6 i fell in love with the idea though of 6. ...c6 7.Bc4? Nxe4! ] 7.Qd2 Bg4 [7...Ng4 was another option] 8.Be2 b5 Trying to make him think twice about queenside castling 9.h3 Bxf3 [9...b4! 10.hxg4 bxc3 11.Qxc3 Nxe4 12.Qd3 was a more interesting try] 10.Bxf3 a5 11.0-0?! My threats worked. I think it would have been a better plan for him to push g4 etc. instead of castling kingside, but what do i know? ;) 11...Qc7? [11...d5 To stop the threat of e5] 12.Nxb5? [12.e5! b4 13.Nb5 won immediately] 12...cxb5 13.e5 Nc6 14.exf6 Bxf6 Now I feel I'm better with the c- for e-pawn trade 15.Rac1 [Maybe 15.c3 ] 15...Rac8 16.c4 b4 17.c5 dxc5 18.Rxc5 Qd6 19.d5? [Asking for too much out of the position. Maybe 19.Rd5 was better] 19...Nd4 20.Rxc8 [20.Rxa5 Rc2 21.Qd3 Nxf3+ 22.Rxf3 Rxb2] 20...Nxf3+ 21.Rxf3 Rxc8 22.Bf2 Rd8 23.Rd3 e6 I win a pawn by unbearably shoddy technique does me in. if you can believe it, i actually lose this game 24.a3 exd5 25.axb4 Qxb4 26.Qxb4 axb4 27.Bd4

[What a silly mistake by me. I realized that only his king would be able to help him, but missed that his king would be closer to my pawn. 27...Be7 was decided to be best afterwards.] 28.Rxd4 Kg7 29.Kf2 Kf6 [29...b3 may have been better 30.Rb4 d4 31.Ke2 Re8+ 32.Kd3 Re3+ 33.Kxd4 Rg3] 30.Rxb4 d4?? [Probably the losing move 30...h5 was much better allowing my king to stay near my pawn. Why did I make such terrible blunders? I was mentally defeated after the 27. ...Bxd4. i needed to take a breath and think. THIS GAME WAS NOT LOST AT THIS POINT] 31.Ke2 h5 [31...Re8+ 32.Kd3 Re3+ 33.Kxd4 Rg3] 32.Kd3 Kf5 33.Rxd4 Rb8 34.b4 Rb7 35.g3 Ke6 36.Rc4 Kd5= 37.Rc5+ Kd6 38.Kc4 f5 39.b5 Rb6 40.Kd4 and I stopped recording and eventually lost. It was good to play some strong opposition but I made some strange moves in the middlegame. 1-0

there were some good things to take from that. i won a pawn and had an excellent middlegame v. a relatively strong player. that is the level of player i will play in kitchener. the problem is that when he put a bit of pressure on me i crumbled. i need to focus more. Kirk, if you wouldn't mind doing a bit of analysis on this, i'd appreciate it ;)

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Both,A - Sadler,C [B09]
G/30, 08.02.2006

Craig asked me to annotate his game against Aaron Both. I am glad that Craig and Aaron are going to try to play a timed half hour game per week, as this should really help Craig to improve.

1.e4 d6 I shouldn't have read Craig's annotations before this, but he said that he played the Pirc so that he wouldn't get his openings destroyed before the tournament. That is my philosophy too.
2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be3 c6 [Maybe it's not this line, but somewhere I think 6...c5 should have been played in order to gain some space. As it is now White is just calmly developing and getting a superior position.]
7.Qd2 Leaving the option of queenside castling.
7...Bg4 [7...Ng4 has its merits, but I prefer Craig's move because it helps his development. Aaron is an old school player in that he just goes about his business developing and gaining space in the center.]
8.Be2 b5 And now we see the problem of Craig's .. c6. It is difficult to find good squares for the Knight on b8. I realize Craig wanted to gain some space on the queenside and prevent White from castling queenside, but putting more pressure on the center is always a good thing.
9.h3 [It might have almost been time for White to open the center with 9.e5 b4 10.exf6 bxc3 11.Qxc3 Bxf6 12.0-0 c5 and the pressure increases for both sides and Black has finally gained a bit of space for his Knight to develop.]
9...Bxf3 10.Bxf3 a5 I'd assume this was made a gain to prevent queenside castling.
11.0-0 [11.0-0-0 b4 12.Na4 d5 13.e5 Nfd7 14.f5 and we get to a typical Sicilian dragon type structure with both sides trying to checkmate the other as soon as possible. Black is worse here though because of his poor development.]
11...Qc7 12.Nxb5 [A good move by Aaron, but even more deadly is 12.e5 b4 13.Nb5! Qb6 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.c4! and the position become incredibly sharp and White is up a piece for a pawn. 15...d5 16.a4 cxb5 17.Bxd5 Ra7 18.axb5]
12...cxb5 13.e5! This is what Craig missed I'll assume.
13...Nc6 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Rac1 [Much better is 15.c3 with an extremely strong pawn structure. White would then just push his kingside pawns to victory.]
15...Rac8 [Craig would never play 15...e6 as it provokes weaknesses, but the threat of f5 for White is coming.]
16.c4 [16.f5 gxf5 (16...Qd7 17.fxg6 fxg6 18.Bg4 e6 19.d5! Nd8 20.Rce1 Qe7 21.c3 h5 22.Bxe6+ Nxe6 23.dxe6 b4 (23...Qxe6? 24.Bh6) ; 17.Be2 b4 18.Rxf5 Bg7 19.Rg5 and Black is force to defend accurately as all White's pieces are attacking the kingside: 19...Kh8 20.c3 Bh6 21.Rh5 bxc3 22.Rxc3! Bxe3+ 23.Qxe3!]
16...b4 17.c5 [17.d5 Nb8 18.b3 and White's pawns are set for the rest of the game. Aaron is much more worried about tactical threats though.]
17...dxc5 18.Rxc5 Qd6 19.d5? [19.Rfc1! Na7 20.d5 Qd8 keeps the tension.]
19...Nd4! 20.Rxc8 Nxf3+ 21.Rxf3 Rxc8 Now, as Craig says, he is ahead. White's d-pawn will quickly fall and the a- and b-pawns, that I said all game that Craig foolishly pushed, give Black a strong advantage.
22.Bf2 Rd8 23.Rd3 e6! 24.a3 exd5 25.axb4 Qxb4 26.Qxb4 axb4 As mentioned before, Craig has his pawn and should just try to coast to victory.
27.Bd4 Bxd4+ [A poor choice of moves by Craig, but I can understand why 27...Be7 was unpleasant: the Black king is now getting cut off, but the potential of an .. f5 push is too great: 28.g4 f5 29.gxf5 gxf5 30.Rg3+ Kf8 31.Bg7+ Kf7 and Black still has to play well, but he should be able to continue strongly.]
28.Rxd4 Kg7 [28...b3 29.Rd3 d4 30.Kf2 f5 31.Rxb3 Kf7 32.Ke2 Ke6 (32...Re8+ 33.Kd3 Re4! 34.g3 Ke6 35.Rb6+ Kd5 36.Rb5+) ]
29.Kf2 Kf6 30.Rxb4 d4 [30...h5 31.Rd4 Ke6 32.b4 Ra8 and Black should still be able to hold.]
31.Ke2 h5 32.Kd3 Kf5 33.Rxd4 Rb8 34.b4 Rb7 35.g3 Ke6 36.Rc4 Kd5 37.Rc5+ Kd6 38.Kc4 f5 39.b5 Rb6 40.Kd4 This game hopefully showed Craig that there are no "obvious moves" in chess, and that each one should be checked. A good game and I hope that Craig continues to play Aaron each week. 1-0