Saturday, April 08, 2006

what a mess

C - K
April Match (2), 08.04.2006
C29 - Vienna Gambit


This was a funny game. I'm sure Fritz will jump all over it. 1.e4 [I decided to play 1.Nc3 , but I suspected that Kirk wouldn't transpose into something proper, so I decided to invite 1.e4 e5 and play the Vienna] 1...e5 2.Nc3!? Nf6 3.f4 The Vienna Gambit 3...d5! The strongest move at this point. I had thought about this previously and I decided to play it as a "bad" Falkbeer with Nc3 and Nf6 thrown in 4.exd5? [4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 is the mainline and is better than what happened;
4.d3 is also playable] 4...Bc5? [4...Nxd5;
4...exf4;
4...e4
were all better I think. Chessgames.com didn't have ...Bc5 listed] 5.Bb5+!? following Tchigorin's example, but it threw a real wrench into the proceedings [5.fxe5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 may have been okay] 5...c6 6.dxc6 bxc6 7.fxe5 and Fritz agreed with me. let's see what happens 7...Ng4 8.Ne4? [I had thought about 8.Qf3! , but I couldn't makee it work as I still thought that 8...Nf2 was good for Black but I guess after 9.Bxc6+ Nxc6 10.Qxc6+ Bd7 11.Qxc5 Nxh1 I'm better. That's disappointing] 8...Bxg1 and Now I'm down a piece 9.Nd6+ Ke7? [9...Kf8 was much better. Avoiding the check when I take with the knight] 10.Qf3? [10.Rxg1 was much better as the bishop could not be taken 10...cxb5 11.Qf3] 10...Nxe5 I thought I was screwed but luckily 11.Nxc8+ was there getting the queen off the d-file 11...Qxc8 12.Qa3+ Ke8 13.Rxg1 cxb5 14.d4 Nc4 I missed this move 15.Qf3 Qe6+ 16.Kd1 [16.Kf2 Qf6 and he's better] 16...Nc6?? [16...Qc6 would have been better. I was worse the whole game but missed a lot of tactics] 17.Re1= and I offered a draw but he resigned. We both missed quite a lot. I think it's good that we played an open game like this. It really showed me what I need to work on 1-0

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,C - Sadler,K [C29]
G/30 OTB, 08.04.2006
[Sadler, Kirk]


This was played OTB in a coffee shop.
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Of course, transposing into something that he plays without allowing me to go into something bad.
2...Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.exd5 [4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nxe4 dxe4 6.d4 exd3 is the mainline.]
4...Bc5 [I couldn't find a suitable reply so played this sacrifice. Better is 4...e4 5.Bb5+ etc., transposing into a Falkbeer countergambit.]
5.Bb5+ Craig told me after that he wasn't going to play anything shoddy, and pointed to this move as an example of something he shouldn't play, but this is a good enough move.
5...c6 The only way to fight back.
6.dxc6 bxc6 7.fxe5 Ng4 Craig thought this was a surprise. Black's position looks good here.
8.Ne4 [The only move for White is 8.Qf3 ]
8...Bxg1! 9.Nd6+ Ke7 [9...Kf8! was far better. This keeps the king off the soon to be opened e-file and prevents White from getting discovered checks, etc. I played the text because I wanted to eventually play .. Re8 in order to get my rooks connected.]
10.Qf3 [10.Rxg1 cxb5 11.Qf3! and Black loses his Rook. If I will be playing the Falkbeer lines similar to this, I will have to watch out for this tactic (similar to the long diagonal in the Alekhine defense)]
10...Nxe5 [Even more classy is 10...Bf2+ 11.Kf1 Nxe5 12.Nxc8+ Qxc8 13.Qe4 Qe6 when White is forced to recapture with the king rather than the rook.]
11.Nxc8+! This now makes Black's king move earlier seem to be a bad one.
11...Qxc8 12.Qa3+ Ke8 13.Rxg1 [Realizing that he would be down a piece with 13.Be2 Bb6 seems to be better.]
13...cxb5 14.d4 Nc4! The natural place. Black's position is excellent now.
15.Qf3 Qe6+ A bad idea overall. If this would have been done with the hope of exchanging off then it would have been good, but with the ideal of tactics it causes problems. I saw White's threat of my rook, and just thought "let's play .. Nc6 etc and go from there" missing the tactic that Craig had...
16.Kd1 Nc6?? [Dubious. Better is 16...Qc6 17.Re1+ Kd8 18.Qxf7 Qxg2 19.Qe7+ Kc8 20.Qe6+ Kb7 and although Black's king position seems hairy, it is defendable.]
17.Re1 Craig sportingly offered a draw here, but I declined. Craig may think there were lots of mistakes (which there were), but I find this style of open game much more entertaining to play. As an aside, I am taking up the Petroff from now on (it had nothing to do with this game). 1-0