Monday, March 20, 2006

2-1 for Kirk

[Event "G/60"]
[Date "2006.03.19"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Jung, Hans (FM)"]
[Black "K"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C49"]
[WhiteElo "2229"]
[BlackElo "1398"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2006.03.19"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bb4 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 h6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. Nxe5 Re8 9. Nf3 d5 10. e5 Nd7 11. Bf4 Nf8 12. h3 d4 13. Ne4 Bf5 14. Ned2 Ng6 15. Bg3 Be7 16. Nb3 c5 17. Qd2 Qd5 18. Kh2 c6 19. a4 Bd8 20. Na5 Bc7 21. Nc4 Re6 22. a5 Rae8 23. Rfe1 Bb8 24. Re2 f6 25. Rae1 fxe5 26. b3 e4 27. Bxb8 exf3 28. Rxe6 Rxe6 29. g4 Rxe1 30. Qxe1 Be6 31. Bxa7 Nf4 32. Qe5 1-0

[Event "G/60"]
[Date "2006.03.19"]
[Round "2"]
[White "K"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "1398"]
[BlackElo "1382"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2006.03.19"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 h6 6. O-O Bb4 7. c3 Ba5 8. Be3 Ne7 9. Nh4 O-O 10. Nxf5 Nxf5 11. Bd3 Nd7 12. Bxf5 exf5 13. Qh5 Re8 14. Nd2 Re6 15. Qxf5 c5 16. dxc5 Rxe5 17. Qh3 Qe7 18. Rae1 Nxc5 19. Bxc5 Qxc5 20. Rxe5 Bc7 21. Qe3 Qd6 22. Nf3 Rf8 23. Rd1 Bb6 24. Qd3 Qc5 25. Nd4 f6 26. Re3 Qc8 27. Nf5 Kh8 28. Re7 Qc5 29. Qg3 g5 30. Rd4 Qc8 31. Qh3 1-0

[Event "G/60"]
[Date "2006.03.19"]
[Round "3"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "K"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "1679"]
[BlackElo "1398"]
[PlyCount "70"]
[EventDate "2006.03.19"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. e3 e6 5. c4 c6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Rc1 O-O 8. Be2 Nbd7 9. O-O Rc8 10. Nh4 Bg6 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. a3 Be7 13. cxd5 cxd5 14. Bd3 a6 15. h3 Nh5 16. Bh2 Nb6 17. Qe2 Bd6 18. Bxd6 Qxd6 19. Rfd1 Rc6 20. e4 Nf4 21. Qe3 Nxd3 22. Qxd3 Nc4 23. Qe2 Rfc8 24. exd5 exd5 25. Qc2 Nxa3 26. Qb3 Nb5 27. Nxb5 axb5 28. Ra1 b4 29. Ra7 Qb8 30. Ra4 Qd6 31. Rxb4 Rc1 32. Rxb7 Qf4 33. Rf1 R8c2 34. Qe3 Rxf1+ 35. Kxf1 Qh2 0-1


Kirk Sadler said...

Jung,H (2229) - Sadler,K (1398) [C49]
Owen Sound G/60 Owen Sound, Ontario (1), 19.03.2006

Craig set this up and it worked wonders! I can't tell you how much better either a good first game, or a game where you have to concentrate and think, really helps to propel you for the rest of the event. Against the strongest player that I have played against I put up a good fight I think so it was a worthwhile game.
1.e4 e5 I have taken up e4 e5 for the time being. Although I got busted out of the opening, my opponent picked a solid line with not a lot of tricks.
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 A little disappointing at the time, but a smart play. Get into traditional theory that I wouldn't be as booked up in. I was hoping that my study of Capablanca and Tarrasch would pay off now.
3...Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 h6? [Of course Capablanca and Tarrasch wouldn't have played this. 6...d6 is theory. I figured that the pawn couldn't be taken because of pressure on the e-file in exchange and the tempo that I would gain. I was wrong.]
7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.Nxe5 Re8 9.Nf3 [At the time, I felt that 9.Bf4 would have put significantly more pressure on me. I suppose that he figured that 9...Bd6 10.d4 c5 11.Bg3 starts to let me back in the game with the tension.]
9...d5 I knew this was shifty when I played it, but I had to start doing something to fight back
10.e5 Nd7 11.Bf4 Nf8 [Fritz preferred 11...Nb6 but I was shooting to get at e6/g6 with my knight to put pressure on his position.]
12.h3 d4 Again not wanting to be patient. I figured (for the third time now) that I had to strike as quickly as possible, as regular development would cause me problems.
13.Ne4 Bf5 14.Ned2 [14.Nxd4 Qxd4 15.c3 Qd5! 16.cxb4 Bxe4 17.dxe4 Qxe4 18.Qd2 Ng6 continues to be an interesting position.]
14...Ng6 [Fritz preferred 14...Ne6 (defending the d4-pawn I'd assume), but I wanted to keep pressure on the e-file.]
15.Bg3 Be7 Now the d-pawn really can't be taken and I am setting up .. c5.
16.Nb3 c5 17.Qd2 This is the part of the game that I stopped understanding. Hans puts pressure on the queenside and starts pushing pawns, but I can't see how to make roads for White otherwise.
17...Qd5 Of course I strike tactically (or try to). The threat is Bxh3 gxh3 Qxf3 with an exposed king and the snatch of a pawn.
18.Kh2 c6 19.a4 Bd8 [19...Be6 was better. My move preventing the Rooks from unifying. I was getting to the point where I was short on time and running out of moves and ideas. I went with my old standby of pushing to f-pawn so that my rook would dominate.]
20.Na5 Bc7 More pressure on the e-pawn.
21.Nc4 Re6 22.a5 Rae8 23.Rfe1 Bb8 I was exceptionally short on time and just started making moves. I did the old theory of forcing White to win. This is not a good idea against someone rated 800 points higher.
24.Re2 [24.Nd6 Bxd6 25.exd6 looked good, but 25...Bxh3! 26.Kxh3 Qh5+ 27.Nh4 Nxh4 28.Bxh4 g5! is great! Of course, Fritz sees this, not me.]
24...f6! More tension on the center. Because of White's rook move the rook is only defended once and this prevents White from capturing. Let me state for a fact that I was at one point equal during the game. 25.Rae1 fxe5 Unbelievably I have in fact regained my pawn because of all the pins.
26.b3 e4! Let it be stated that I had a microscopic advantage against an FM once in my life.
27.Bxb8 exf3 28.Rxe6 Rxe6? [And then I throw it away. 28...Bxe6! still attacking the Bishop is necessary. 29.Bg3 fxg2 30.f4 g1Q+ 31.Kxg1 and Black has all the pressure and a sizeable lead. Unfortunately I had less than 3 minutes left and that cost me.(31.Rxg1 Qh5) ]
29.g4! Now I think I am forced to exchange. Note if my Rook was still on e8 that I could have just attacked the bishop.
29...Rxe1? [29...Qd8!! was another save in a tactical position. If 30.gxf5 Qxb8+ 31.Kh1 Qf4! 32.fxe6 (32.Qxf4?? Rxe1+ 33.Kh2 Nxf4) 32...Qh4 with a great advantage for Black. The text move sadly just loses.]
30.Qxe1 Be6 31.Bxa7 Nf4 32.Qe5 I ran out of time but I am done anyway. A really interesting game with some positive sidelines for me. 1-0

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,K (1398) - Turner,B (1382) [B12]
Owen Sound G/60 Owen Sound, Ontario (2), 19.03.2006
[Sadler, Kirk]

After a loss to an FM, it was kind of good to play people who were around my level again.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Craig and I have gotten to this position probably 100 times in the past, so I am comfortable in these positions.
5...h6 A little odd, but the idea behind this move is to prevent the exchange of the Bishop when White plays the eventual Nh4.
6.0-0 Bb4!? This move is just a loss of time. Black's idea was good (develop his Bishop so his Knight can safely go to e7), but the timing was bad. Either .. Ne7/g6 or .. Nd7 followed by the .. c5 push was better.
7.c3 Ba5 8.Be3 Ne7 9.Nh4 My pieces continue to be strongly placed and my opponent has to react.
9...0-0? [Why waste a tempo in the opening if you won't play 9...Bh7 ]
10.Nxf5 Nxf5 11.Bd3 Nd7 [Giving up a pawn. Better was opening up lines for me with 11...Nxe3 12.fxe3 Bb6]
12.Bxf5 exf5 13.Qh5 As always, people hate defending. The sacrifices are present, although they aren't required...yet.
13...Re8 14.Nd2 I felt that he isn't defending his f5-pawn, so why not get more pieces into the attack.
14...Re6 15.Qxf5 c5 16.dxc5 Rxe5 [16...Nxe5 with the idea of doubling rooks on the e-file is the best idea for Black.]
17.Qh3 Qe7 18.Rae1 I was hoping for some sort of Rook lift here, and if possible a brilliant mating attack on h7, but I get a gift:
18...Nxc5?? 19.Bxc5 Qxc5 20.Rxe5 Black decides to give up a rook for nothing. I coast to victory.
20...Bc7 21.Qe3 Qd6 22.Nf3 Rf8 23.Rd1 Bb6 24.Qd3 Qc5 25.Nd4 f6 26.Re3 Qc8 27.Nf5 Kh8 28.Re7 Qc5 29.Qg3 g5 30.Rd4 Qc8 31.Qh3 1-0