Monday, April 17, 2006


K - C
April Match (3), 17.04.2006
E68 - King's Indian: fianchetto, classical variation, 8.e4

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3
I thought he was really trying to win here since he played 2.Nf3 which he knows I have a tough time against. 2...g6 I decided not to play a Grunny and go for a KID. To digress for a second, this kind of thing happens to me *all* the time. I play something OTB that I've never actually played before. I've started working with a FM and I hope he points me in the right direction opening wise. 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.c4 d6 [5...d5;
or 5...c6 will transpose to a Grünfeld] 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 c6 9.Bg5 [9.h3 is the mainline 9...Qb6 is the mainline. I'm not sure I like this position] 9...Qc7 10.Qd2 exd4 11.Nxd4 Ne5 12.b3 c5? [12...c5 I only saw 13.Nf3 after which 13...Bh3 with the threat of 14.Bxh3 (But unfortunately (for me) it falls to 14.Nxe5 Bxg2 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Ng4 Bxf1 17.Nxf6+ Kg7 18.Nfd5) 14...Nxf3+] 13.Ndb5 Qb6 [13...Qd7 14.Qxd6 Qxd6 15.Nxd6 Neg4] 14.f4 Nc6 15.Nxd6 Rd8 16.e5 Ne8 17.Nd5 Kirk got greedy 17...Rxd6 18.exd6 [I really wanted to give up the exchange 18.Nxb6 Rxd2 19.Nxa8 Rxg2+ (19...h6 20.Bh4 g5 21.fxg5 Bxe5) 20.Kxg2 b6] 18...Qa6 19.Rae1 Bd4+ 20.Kh1 [Kirk missed the winning 20.Qxd4!! but of course the finish is not easy Be6 (20...cxd4 21.Rxe8+ Kg7 22.Bf6+ Kh6 23.Rg8 Kh5 24.Bf3+ Bg4 25.Bg5 Rxg8 26.Nf6#; 20...Nxd4 21.Rxe8+ Kg7 22.Nf6 Ne2+ 23.Kf2 Bh3 24.Rxa8 Bc8 25.Rxc8 Qxd6 26.Rg8#) 21.Nf6+] 20...Bd7 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Nf6+? [22.Nc7 Qb6 23.Nxe8 Bxe8 was winning] 22...Bxf6 23.Bxf6 Re6 Kirk said he missed this move 24.Qc3 Nd4= I offered a draw here, for some reason mentally I thought the queen was on d3 so that after 25.Bxd4 cxd4 [I could pin the queen with 25...Rxd6 ] 26.Qxd4 Rxd6 27.Qb2 Qa5 28.Bxb7 [28.Qe5 Qa6 29.Kg1] 28...Rd2 29.Qf6 Qxa2 I didn't see a mate for him so I wanted to make him prove it 30.Bd5? Rxh2+? [30...Rxd5 31.cxd5 Bh3 32.Rg1;
Anything else won 30...Be6 31.Bc6 Bh3 32.Re1 Rxh2+ 33.Kg1 Qf2#] 31.Kg1 Be6 32.f5 Again I saw no mate 32...Bxd5 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.f6+ Kh6 35.Qxd5 Qe2 36.Qa8 Kg5 37.Qd5+ Kh6 38.Qb7 Rh5 39.Rf2 Qe3 40.Qxf7 Qxg3+? [40...Qe1+ 41.Rf1 (41.Kg2 Qh1#) 41...Qxg3#] 41.Kf1 Qd3+ 42.Kg1 Qg3+ 43.Kf1 Rh1+ 44.Ke2 Qe5+ 45.Kd2 Qe1+ [45...Qd4+ 46.Ke2 Qd1+ 47.Ke3 Rh3+ 48.Rf3 Rxf3+ 49.Ke4 Qd3+] 46.Kd3 Rh3+ White resigns I fought back but he was better for quite a bit. I missed quite a few things defensively (and a bit offensively) but i guess so did he 0-1

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