Tuesday, April 18, 2006


C - K
April Match (4), 18.04.2006
C25 - Vienna gambit

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 Bc5 5.d4 Bb6 6.Na4 Nf6 7.Nxb6 axb6 8.Bd3 d6 9.Bxf4 Bg4 10.c3 0-0 11.0-0 Re8 12.Re1 Ne7 13.e5 Nfd5 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 15.Bd2 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Kxh7 17.c4 dxe5 18.cxd5
[18.dxe5 c5 19.Qxf7 Nc7 20.Bg5 Qd4+ 21.Kh1] 18...Qxd5 19.Qh3+ [19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Qxe5] 19...Kg8 20.Rad1 [20.Rxe5 Qxd4+ 21.Qe3 Nf5 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Qxd4 Nxd4] 20...Qxd4+ 21.Kh1 Qxb2 22.Bc3 Qa3 23.Rxe5 Ng6 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Qd7 Re7 26.Qd8+ [26.Qd4 f6 27.Qd5+ Rf7 28.Qxb7] 26...Kh7 27.Qd4 f6 28.Qd3 [28.Bb4 Qxa2 29.Bxe7 Nxe7] 28...b5 29.Qh3+ [29.Qf5 Qxc3 30.Qh5+ Kg8 31.Rd8+ Nf8 32.Qd5+ Kh7 33.Qh5+] 29...Kg8 30.Qc8+ Kf7 31.Ba1 Qxa2 32.Qxb7 Qe2 33.Qd5+ Re6 34.h3 Nf4 35.Qf3 Qxf3 36.gxf3 Nxh3 White resigns 0-1

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Not a lot of comments by Craig, so I'll try to pick it up.

Sadler,C - Sadler,K [C25]
ICC G/25+5, 18.04.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 I was sort of hoping for a King's Gambit, so I gave Craig the chance of getting an attacking game by playing this line.
2...Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 Bc5!? [I decided against going to a Muzio-like 4...g5 for sake of development. Better is .. Bb4 as I can't get kicked back. My intent was to prevent Craig from castling. ]
5.d4! Bb6 6.Na4 Nf6 [I missed 6...Nxd4 7.Nxd4 (7.Nxb6 Nxf3+ 8.Qxf3 axb6 9.Bxf4) 7...Qh4+!]
7.Nxb6 I am a little concerned with my position because of the strength of his central pawns. It doesn't look like I am going to get mated though.
7...axb6 8.Bd3 [I think that 8.e5 had to be tried. Otherwise I can get developed comfortably. Black's best line is 8...Qe7 9.Be2 Nd5 10.0-0 d6 11.Bc4 where Black gets kicked around a bit. White has the initiative and should try to take advantage of it. All that being said, Fritz prefers the text.]
8...d6 Worried about e5.
9.Bxf4 Bg4 The idle threat of Nxd4.
10.c3 Now White's center is strong and he should just be able to coast to victory.
10...0-0 11.0-0 Re8 Trying to go at the only potential hole in his pawns.
12.Re1 [12.Qc2! threatens all kinds of bad things, mostly involving sacrifices and checkmates around the Black king.]
12...Ne7 I had a tough time deciding on a decent plan here. I was hoping to lure him into playing e5 (which he did), but otherwise, I can repost my knight on g6 and then depending on how the pawns go, in the center.
13.e5 This is where the think begins for me. Lots of material in play.
13...Nfd5 [13...dxe5 14.Bxe5 Nc6 15.h3 Bh5 16.g4 Bg6 17.Bxg6 hxg6 18.g5 Nd5 leads to an interesting tactical battle. I was more worried about the potential for scooping a pawn with the text.]
14.Bxh7+ Conceptually this is okay. The idea that my kingside can become fractured is a good one. The only problem is if I can avoid getting checkmated I should be up some material as both bishops are being attacked.
14...Kh8 15.Bd2 Bxf3 [I couldn't make 15...dxe5 16.Nxe5 Bxd1 17.Nxf7+ Kxh7 18.Nxd8 Rexd8 19.Raxd1 work, but Black is just up a piece for 2 pawns.]
16.Qxf3 Kxh7 17.c4! This is what i missed in my calculations.
17...dxe5 18.cxd5 Qxd5 19.Qh3+ [19.Qh5+ alows White to grab the e-pawn.]
19...Kg8 20.Rad1 [20.Rxe5 Qxd4+ 21.Qe3 is slightly better. ]
20...Qxd4+ 21.Kh1 Qxb2 22.Bc3 Qa3 [22...Qxa2 may be technically better, but I wanted to trade off material as quickly as possible and coast to victory.]
23.Rxe5 Ng6 Fritz instantly picks this up as the best move, but I had to consider where the best plan of attack was for my Knight. I decided here that it was going to be used as a defensive piece and prevent mates down the h-file.
24.Rxe8+ [24.Rh5 leads to nothing.]
24...Rxe8 25.Qd7 Re7? [25...Re3 threatens to win some material.]
26.Qd8+ [26.Qd4! f6 27.Bb4! wins material. Craig says he was looking for this all the way through, and he had it.]
26...Kh7 [26...Nf8 may technically be better, but I hate tying up my pieces. The eventual threat in this position would be swinging his rook to the h-file. Black threatens checkmate and the c3-bishop as well though.]
27.Qd4 f6 [27...Re5 and now all the threats seem to be defended.]
28.Qd3? [28.Bb4 and Whtie is ahead.]
28...b5 [28...Qxa2 29.Qh3+ Kg8 30.Qc8+ Kf7! and Black's king is (relatively) safe.]
29.Qh3+ [29.Qf5 Qxc3 30.Qh5+ Kg8 31.Rd8+ Kf7 32.Qd5+ threatens perpetual.]
29...Kg8 30.Qc8+ Kf7 31.Ba1 This was an interesting move by Craig I thought: still keeping his piece active around my king and defending it with his Rook. The problem is that his rook is tied to defense for the remainder of the game.
31...Qxa2 32.Qxb7 Qe2 [32...Nf4! is a nice shot. 33.Qf3 Qd2! 34.h3 Re1+! 35.Rxe1 Qxe1+ and the game is pretty much done.]
33.Qd5+ Re6 34.h3 Nf4! 35.Qf3 Qxf3 36.gxf3 Nxh3 A decent game, but both missed tactics. 0-1