Monday, February 06, 2006

February Round 1

C - K
February Match(1) Internet Chess Club (1), 06.02.2006
QGD: Tarrasch, Prague variation, 9.Bg5

First new game of February. Kirk has just moved to a new place and was "borrowing" a wireless connection from a neighbour so there were long periods with no connection. Finally, after about 15 moves I got frustrated and just offered a draw. 1.c4 Something new for me in my quest to avoid the Queen's Gambit and still allow the Nimzo ;) Of course Black can play stuff like [1.c4 e5 (and 1...c5 but it will give me a chance to think over the board since these positions are all new to me.) ] 1...c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 [I was hoping for something like 3...Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d4!] 4.g3 [I could've tried 4.d4 here;
but I was thinking about 4.e4 and a Mikenas-Carls. The problem with trying to get a Nimzo out of 1.c4 is that I can't play the Mikenas-Carls.] 4...d5 5.cxd5 exd5 [The text allows me to transpose into the Tarrasch Defense. If he would've tried 5...Nxd5 I don't think I would've been quite so comfortable going into a Semi-Tarrasch 6.d4] 6.d4 Nc6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bg5 Be6

And after some to-ing and fro-ing we actually made it to the mainline of the Tarrasch Defense. A Queen's Gambit, which I was hoping to avoid with 1.c4, but the Tarrasch, at our patzer level, is easier to play as White. [The mainline is 9...cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Be3 Re8] 10.Rc1 [10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nxd5 Qxb2 13.Nc7 was another interesting choice] 10...Nd7?! [No mention of 10. ...Nd7 in any book on the Tarrasch I have, but it seems an interesting choice. Similar to the idea of 10...Ne4 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 with the knight guarding the c5-pawn, but i think the knight may be more influential on e4 than d7.] 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.dxc5 Qxc5 13.Ng5! d4 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Bxc6? Throwing away advantage by looking for tricks [15.e3! was much better, with the idea of attacking the queen with tempo before exchanging the bishop 15...Rad8 16.Ne2 Qb6 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Qxd4] 15...bxc6 16.Ne4 [16.e3 Ne5 17.exd4 Qxd4 18.Qxd4 Nf3+ may have been better.] 16...Qe5= Again i offered a draw because i was fed up with the connection[I had only thought about 16...Qd5 17.Qc2 . I threw away a White, but there's lots more opportunity. Plus maybe I have a future option as White with 1.c4 :)] ½-½

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

[Date "2006.02.06"]
[White "Sadler, Craig"]
[Black "Sadler, Kirk"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D34"]

Not really a real game, as I had connection problems based upon my move (that connection problem being that I am pirating my internet from my neighbour and it drops out). All I have to do is avoid internet for the next month and I can draw February!

1. c4 An interesting opening choice by Craig. He is planning to play 1. e4 at the tournament in Kitchener, and I think he avoided it because I told him that I'd play a Lopez sideline so that he didn't ruin my opening preparation.
c5 I played this only because I play 1. Nf3 c5 and if 2.c4 I technically play the Symmetrical English.
2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 e6 4. g3 I was only familiar with 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4
d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. d4 Nc6 Unbeknownst to me, I had just transposed to the mainline of the Tarrasch Defense. I knew that something was up as the tension was picking up.
7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Bg5 Still theory and a good move by Craig. This puts more pressure on my position and White is threatening to win a pawn.
Be6 10. Rc1 Nd7 I'm still not sure this is the best move, but my other option was 10. .. c4, but I have a tough time playing that. I also considered 10. .. b6 but that support doesn't look good either.
11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. dxc5 Qxc5 13. Ng5 Very good play by Craig. The position is definitely in favour of White now, as Black is reeling.
d4 I wanted to complicate things a slight bit. Another option is 13. .. Qe7, but my move is more active.
14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. Ne4 Qe5
We called it a day here, but there is still lots of play. White definitely has the advantage here are my pawns are going to cause me trouble. Black's main advantage is "Delroy the Destroyer", and if Black can get support by pushing his c- or e-pawn.1/2-1/2