Wednesday, March 22, 2006

March match (3)

C02 - French : Advance variation

1.e4 e6!
[A nice choice from Kirk. I was hoping for 1...e5 and playing a Ruy Lopez] 2.d4 d5 3.e5 [I had a feeling that Kirk was hoping for 3.Nc3 Bb4 but I still don' thave a good line] 3...c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 Nge7?

The only trap I know in the French 8...dxc4 9.Nxc4 Qa6 [Kirk claimed after the game that he was lost at move 8 but I disagree. I liked his ...Qa6 better than 9...Qc7 ] 10.Nd6+ Kd7 11.Nxf7 Rg8 12.Qb3 [Sveshnikov-Milos went 12.Qc2 h6] 12...Nf5 [The subtle 12...Qd3 was an interesting try, but it was counterintuitive after all the tempi i gained] 13.d5!? I figured that forcing play would have been better. I may have been wrong 13...Na5 14.dxe6+?! [14.Qa4+ was better] 14...Ke8 [Believe it or not ,because of the way the pieces are set up 14...Kc7! is safer for Black] 15.Qa4+ Nc6 16.Qxa6 bxa6 17.g4 Again I wanted to be forcing and keep the threat of Nd6+ available [17.Bf4 protecting e5 may be better] 17...Nh6 18.Nxh6 [Protecting g4 was probably better, but I am down a piece after all and I was hoping to open lines. Kirk was blitzing moves at this point and had almost given up 18.h3 ] 18...gxh6 19.g5? Bxe6 20.gxh6? [20.Rg1 was better but even still... ] 20...Bg4? [Kirk missed 20...Bd5! after which 21.Rg1 Rxg1+ 22.Nxg1 Nxe5 he is just better] 21.Rg1 Kf7? 22.Ng5+ Black resigns I wonder if Kirk didn't really want to play. There is still some play left. 1-0

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,C - Sadler,K [C02]
ICC G/30 (3), 22.03.2006

Craig continues his domination. This game prompted us to decide to try to make these games resemble OTB games much more (once I get my router figured out).
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 I wanted to get a French Winawer against him.
3...c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 I wondered why Craig went into the mainline...
7.Nbd2 Nge7? [The mainline is 7...Na5! defending the c4 pawn 8.Be2 Bd7 9.Rb1 Qc7 but my kingside development is very poor. I am planning this as my backup defense in the Canadian Open so I have to get used to these ugly positions and using the .. f6 push to my best advantage.]
8.Bxc4! I remembered after this that Craig showed me this line a few months ago. I was psychologically defeated at this point and didn't look for much counterplay as I saw at this point that my king would be badly exposed.
8...dxc4 9.Nxc4 Qa6 [Looking at it, 9...Qc7 seems natural, but still after 10.Nd6+ Kd7 11.Nxf7 Rg8 12.Qd3 things are still ugly as all hell.]
10.Nd6+ Kd7 11.Nxf7 Rg8 I was blitzing the moves at this point, but these are forced moves. The problem is that after 5 forcing moves, I couldn't get myself back to slowing down and missed a few opportunities for counterplay. White's position is better because of the exposed king, but if I can get to safety my material advantage should tell.
12.Qb3 Nf5 Desperately trying to free my pieces.
13.d5! It was tough to think constructively here, as I would much rather be playing the white side as the attacks are natural. This was a great move by Craig, causing me big problems.
13...Na5 [Fritz likes 13...Ke8 with the idea of 14.dxc6 Kxf7 15.Ng5+ Ke8 16.cxb7 but its starting to get (more) hairy around my king. Craig was right though: despite the unpleasantness, my position is defendable. Note the position of my queen at a6 really holds the position together defensively as it prevents White from castling and getting a rook into the attack.]
14.dxe6+ Ke8 [Fritz likes 14...Kc7 perhaps with the idea of .. Kb8? I guess the idea is that I am getting my king away from his pieces and keeping the lines open for my bishops to (eventually) escape.]
15.Qa4+ If my king was on c7, this wouldn't be a check. It was a waste of time when I have to run again.
15...Nc6 16.Qxa6 bxa6 My position is in tatters, and White has full compensation for his piece.
17.g4? I realize the idea behind his move, but he opens himself to unnecessary risk. Better is just patient development, followed by castling. I assume that Craig wanted to kick the knight and then get his bishop to e3.
17...Nh6 18.Nxh6 gxh6 Further destroying my pawns. Fritz says that Black has the advantage here, but I have a hard time seeing it. I assume it is because the e6-pawn is going to fall.
19.g5 Looking to strike again.
19...Bxe6 20.gxh6 Bg4? [As Craig says, I was mentally defeated here, and missed the tactcial shot 20...Bd5! which makes the game good for Black, as I will pick off the e5-pawn now too: 21.Rg1 Rxg1+ 22.Nxg1 Nxe5]
21.Rg1 Kf7 Missing the tactical strike, but i was thinking that I had to find a way to defend my rook.
22.Ng5+! A nice finish. Craig says it is playable still, but the continuation is RxN e6+ Bxe6 and then RxR or BxR. Good game by Craig, but I had chances for counterplay. I have to get used to strongly defending, as it will happen in the Canadian Open.