Thursday, May 22, 2008

Final Score - 3.5-2.5

Even though I got back-doored into a French and checkmated horribly, it just felt good to play...i need a weekend tournament of 5 games in 2 days to get me out of this mood :)

C02 - French : Advance Variation
Match Owen Sound (6), 22.05.2008

1.e4 c5
I figured I'd give him another crack at the Sicilian 2.d4 Unexpected 2...e6 3.c3! This is the downfall of my move order. White can basically force an Advanced French v. 2. ...e6. 3...d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Be2 [7.Nbd2 is theory. I should be working on b3 since he didn't get there before m] 7...Nge7 [7...Na5 8.Nbd2 Bd7 is a more sensible set up for me] 8.Nh4 g5!? 9.Bxg5 [I won a pawn because Kirk thought that 9.Nf3 g4 10.Nfd2 h5 I was happy with the position because with the b- and c-pawns gone it's just a matter of marching my passed c-pawn in right?] 9...Qxb2 10.Nd2 Qxc3 11.0-0 Nxd4 12.Bh5 Rg8? 13.Bxf7+! Kxf7 14.Qh5+ Ng6 15.Qxh7+ Rg7 16.Qh5 Nf5 [16...Qd3] 17.Ndf3 Nfxh4 18.Nxh4 Qxe5 19.f4 Qd6 [19...Qb2 20.f5 exf5] 20.Rae1 Be7?? [20...Qc5+ 21.Kh1 d4 protecting the 5th rank although it's still ugly 22.Re5! Qxa3 23.Nxg6 (23.f5 exf5 24.Bh6 (24.Rfxf5+) ; 23...Rxg6 24.f5 exf5 25.Rexf5+ Bxf5 26.Rxf5+ Kg8 27.Qxg6+ Bg7 28.Qe6+ (28.Qf7+=) 28...Kh7 29.Bd2 protecting mate by me. The position is still won for Kirk, but there were a lot of exact moves he would have had to find...i certainly didn't see it over the board :)] 21.f5 Bxg5 22.fxe6+ Kg8 23.Nxg6 Rh7 24.Qxg5 Qxh2+ 25.Kf2 Rg7 26.Rh1 Rxg6 27.Qxg6+ Kf8 1-0

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Game 5

C - K
D35 - Queen's Gambit Declined : Exchange
Match Owen Sound (5), 20.05.2008

1.c4 Nf6
This was surprising. I played 2.d4 because he mentioned he was thinking about playing the Queen's Indian 2...c6 I don't believe there's a way to punish this move order, can't stop him from playing ...d5. Anand has played it. Kirk may have just allowed me to start playing the Semi-Slav again (without allowing the Colle) :) 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 e6 5.cxd5!? [Not the best move but I didn't want to play v. the Cambridge Springs after 5.Bg5 ;
I didn't know the Shirov-Shabalov Gambit and I would feel funny playing the Meran for the first time in my life 5.e3. I had thought about this eventuality before the match started and decided to stick to my prep and play the exchange ] 5...exd5 [5...cxd5 is a bad Slav Exchange] 6.Bg5 Bf5? [6...Be7;
or 6...Nbd7 transpose to a normal QGD Exchange, but Kirk wanted to try and punish my move order, by getting the bishop out before his knight] 7.e3 [I knew that 7.Qb3 was probably stronger as moving the b-pawn was forced because he can't move his queen, but I wasn't interested in refuting. I wanted to try and push on the queenside] 7...Nbd7 [He could've tried 7...Qb6 here] 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 g6

I had a couple of ideas here. I could've played on the queenside, pushed the e-pawn and played with the IQP or pushed h4 and went for the kingside attack. I thought I'd castle and decide between b4 and e4 10.0-0 Bg7 11.b4 [Kirk seemed to think that 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 0-0 13.Rfe1 was something fabulous, but I saw nothing great about it and I gave myself an isolated pawn for him to beat up on after something like 13...Qb6 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.-- Nd5] 11...0-0 12.b5 [I could've tried 12.Rab1 ] 12...Qc7 Getting out of the pin 13.bxc6?! [13.Rab1 -- 14.Rfc1 was better 14...--;
I could've also tempoed his queen to a worse square 13.Bf4 ] 13...bxc6 14.Rfc1 Leaving the option of Rab1 open. I intended to protect the Rb8 by Bf4 eventually 14...Qd6 15.Bf4 Qe6 16.Na4 Ne4 [Fritz preferred getting rid of my bishop with 16...Nh5 ] 17.Nd2? [17.Rab1 -- 18.Rb7] 17...f5 [17...g5 would have traded off the bishop in all likelihood;
17...c5 was good as well] 18.Nxe4 fxe4 I wasn't worried about the position here because of the pressure on the backward c-pawn and he can't easily attack down the f-file. The one tactic I have to look out for is Bxd4, exd4, Rxf4 19.Qc3 Rac8 20.Nc5 Nxc5 21.Qxc5 Rf7! An obvious move but now can use Alekhine's Gun up the f-file and he also protects the a-pawn. I lost the thread here somewhere. I was going to try and trade off one pair of rooks and win either the c- or a-pawn 22.Rab1 Bf8 23.Qa5 Bd6 [23...Bg7 Renewing the threat of Bxd4 was okay] 24.Bxd6 Qxd6 25.Qa6 Qf6?? Big blunder. Kirk played pretty good up to this point [25...Rcc7 was decent, but I am bringing up pressure and that c-pawn is going to be hard to hold] 26.Qxc8+ So I'm up 3½-1½. Kirk hasn't played that well but like he said he hasn't looked at much chess lately 1-0

Sunday, May 11, 2008

C 2½-1½ K

C - K
A16 - English Defense
Match Owen Sound, ON (3), 11.05.2008

Game 3. I had to start playing better 1.c4 [I wanted to play the QGD Exchange again but went for the English move order instead of 1.d4 because I was worried about tranposing to the Slav. ] 1...d5?! [I expected 1...e6 ;
If 1...c6 I can just play 2.e4 and tranpose into a Panov] 2.cxd5 [Kirk said after that he was hoping for 2.d4 ] 2...Nf6 3.Nc3 [3.e4 was probably better as 3...Nxe4 4.Qa4+ loses] 3...Nxd5 This tranposes to a line i play as Black. 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.e4 [Hoping to tranpose to a Grünfeld. 4.g3 is playable as well] 4...Nb4 [I thought he'd go for 4...Nxc3 5.bxc3 g6 6.d4 and get a Grünfeld] 5.d4? [5.Nf3 was better. I was worried about him playing Nd3+] 5...e5? [Shit 5...Qxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc2+ and he's better] 6.dxe5 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Bc5 Now I'm better 8.a3 N4c6 9.f4 [9.Nd5 Kd7 10.f4 was better] 9...0-0 10.Nf3 [I could've pulled the trigger with 10.Nd5 as well 10...Rd8 11.Kc2] 10...Bg4 11.Be2 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Nd4 13.Be3 c6 [I thought that 13...Nbc6 was better but after 14.Nd5 Kirk may have been right to stop my knight from getting to d5] 14.Na4 Rd8 15.Nxc5 Nb3+ 16.Kc2 Nxa1+ 17.Rxa1 b6 18.Nb7 Rd7 19.Nd6 c5

[20.e6 Rxd6 21.e5 Rxe6 22.Bxa8] 20...Rxf7 21.e6 Re7? [21...Rc7 I thought that 22.e7 was good but (22.Rd1 Nc6 23.Rd7 Rxd7 24.exd7 Rd8 25.e5 and now I have a won endgame but it is hard to prove 25...Nb8 26.e6 looks good) 22...Nc6! makes it almost even 23.e5 Kf7 24.Rd1] 22.e5 Nc6 23.Bxc6 he thought that he would be able to pick off the e-pawn and hopefully make a game of it but since i'm attacking his rook 23...Rd8 24.Bd7 and defending the e-pawn he resigned 1-0

K - C
E97 - King's Indian : Bayonet Attack
Match Owen Sound, ON (4), 11.05.2008

In between games I asked him if he wanted to take a break (sometimes we do that) he said no, so I thought I'd use my bit of "prep" (Bayonet attack) and try and wipe him off the board as he fell apart at the beginning of the last game 1.e4 g6 He thought quite a long time 2.d4 d6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.c4 Nf6 [I was trying to make ...f5 work but I couldn't 4...Bg4 ;
or 4...c5 would be playable, but of course I was aiming for the King's Indian] 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 [9...a5 is the other main line] 10.Re1 f5 [There were three lines I was looking at before the game...the text 10...a5 ;
and 10...Nf4 the mainline going 11.Bf1 f5 (or 11...a5 I couldn't remember the theory and this was the mainline) 12.g3 Nh5] 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.Ne6?! [The mainline is 12.f3 c6 13.Be3 and then i can play (13.b5 c5 14.a4) 13...Bh6 because if 14.h4 (14.Ne6 Bxe3+) 14...cxd5 taking away the threat of b5 (14...f4 15.Bf2 Bg7) 15.cxd5 Bd7;
or 12.Bf3 and I think I can play 12...c6 here too. The idea being that he should guard the e-pawn before he plunks his d-pawn on e6] 12...Bxe6 13.dxe6 Nxe4 [Maybe I should've played 13...fxe4 ] 14.Nxe4 fxe4 15.Bg4 Nf5 [I wanted to play 15...Nc6 aiming to d4, but after 16.Qd5 Qe7 (Of course I missed 16...Qh4! 17.e7+ Rf7 18.Qd1) ] 16.Qd5 c6 17.Qxe4 [17.e7+ cxd5 18.exd8Q Raxd8 19.cxd5 and so on] 17...Qe7 [17...d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 was okay too. I wanted to keep the d-pawn protected by a pawn though so I could eventually play Qe7] 18.Rb1 Nd4?! [Not sure why I didn't just play 18...Qxe6 ] 19.b5 Rab8?! [19...Rad8 was better in every way...took the tactics off the b-file and also protected the d-pawn with something besides the queen] 20.Ba3? [20.bxc6 bxc6 21.Be3 (or even the same idea as the text with 21.Rxb8 Rxb8 22.Ba3 was better. The text falls to tactics) ] 20...Rf4 21.Qe3 Rxg4 22.bxc6 Qxe6?! [I could've removed what little drama was left with 22...Nxc6! and I'm just up a piece] 23.Rxb7 Nxc6 [I could've also tried 23...Rf8 ] 24.Rxb8+ Nxb8 25.Qxa7 Nd7 [Of course 25...Nc6 26.Qa8+ Bf8 27.Qxc6] 26.Rd1 Rd4? [Missing the tactic of 26...Rxg2+ 27.Kxg2 Qg4+;
He's playing for tricks. I could've just played 26...Rxc4 and he couln't have done anything because of back rank tricks] 27.Qa8+ Bf8 28.Re1 Qxc4 29.Rc1 Qa4 funnily seeing the double attack on d1 but not the mate in 2.

Kirk didn't play that well but I played better. Will have to think how I will play the last 2 games[29...Qxc1+ 30.Bxc1 Rd1# Man I wasn't very sharp] 0-1

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Match v. K.

Me and K decided to have a 6-game rated active match. It didn't start off too good for me. I will annotate the games after the match lest i give away some ideas

C - K
D36 - Queen's Gambit Declined : Exchange, 6.Qc2
Match Owen Sound (1), 03.05.2008

This was my favourite game of the match, despite the result 1.d4 d5 A good choice by Kirk, avoiding the French. He was pretty sure I wasn't going to allow him to play the Cambridge Springs, so he could count on the QGD 2.c4 e6 [If he tried to get into the Semi-Slav via 2...c6 I was going to play 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.cxd5 and either get a great Slav Exchange or play a QGD Exchange with Nf3] 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 Be7 7.e3 g6?! Normally this is played with the inclusion of Nf3 so after [7...g6 8.Nf3 Black can play 8...Bf5 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 etc.;
or 7...0-0 are theory. The position almost ends up like a Grünfeld with Bg5, e3 etc. It's interesting. I wonder if Kirk will try to improve him move order next time.] 8.Bd3 0-0 [8...Nbd7 has been played by a couple of people including Tom O'Donnell;
The immediate 8...Nh5 is not good because of 9.Bxe7 Kxe7 (9...Qxe7 10.Nxd5 cxd5 11.Qxc8+) 10.Nf3 and so on] 9.Nge2 Played with the wrong intentions. This should have been played with the intention of castling kingside, playing f3 and e4 etc. Instead I wanted to keep the option of kingside castling open. [9.Nf3 was just as good. I don't have to play the QGD EXchange without Nf3] 9...Nh5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Ng3? [Not the best move in the world. King safety should have been higher on my list 11.0-0 ] 11...Nxg3 [During the game I thought that 11...Nf4 was good with something along the lines of 12.0-0 Nxd3 13.Qxd3 sure it takes a few moves, but his position is okay] 12.hxg3 Bg4 13.Ne2 Again with the intention of castling, but I get greedy [13.Kd2 may have been okay, not worrying about castling at all, but i was worried about an eventual ...c5 and opening all the lines to my king] 13...Nd7 14.f3 Qxe3!? [I thought that getting tempo with 14...Be6 ;
or something like 14...Qb4+ 15.Qd2 Qxd2+ 16.Kxd2 was forced. I've got to look wider] 15.fxg4 Rfe8 16.Qd2 [16.Kd1 getting rid of the pin was good] 16...Qxg3+ [16...Qxd4 was probably as good, gettign rid of a central pawn and leaving me with the Irish pawns

Now my king being in the center (and the queen being on the king's safest square d2) i'm in trouble. But so is his king, it's a race to see who gets mated first] 17.Kd1 Qxg4 18.Kc2? [To connect rooks but 18.Qh6 allowing my king to get to d2 (which i missed) was a lot better 18...Nf6 19.Kd2] 18...Nf6 19.Raf1 I thought I was in good shape here 19...Ne4 20.Qh6 Ng5 21.Kc3? [21.Rf2! was the move because it overprotected everything allowing me to trap his queen. the threat is 21...-- 22.Rh4 Qe6 23.Qxg5 and so on. I didn't even look for quiet moves. I wasn't ready for this game] 21...c5 22.Rf4 cxd4+ 23.Rxd4 Rac8+ 24.Kd2?? [I was in time trouble, but this was still exactly the wrong move 24.Kb3 because my rook controlled the entry file 24...Qxg2 25.Rh2 and I'm set 25...Qf1 (25...Rxe2 26.Rxg2 Rxg2 is best according to Fritz) 26.Qxg5] 24...Rxe2+ 25.Bxe2 Qxd4+ 26.Ke1 Rc1+ Nicely played game by Kirk. Taking advantage of what I gave him. I had a bit of time trouble but didn't look hard enough when it needed looking. I thought far too hard (and long) about responding to 9. ...Nh5. I didn't realize that d2 was the safest spot for my king until i looked at the game after

In the next game I am going to start with 1.c4 and transpose back into the same line. I won't be so worried about playing Nf4 and will probably play 9.Nf3 this time 0-1

K - C [B22]
B22 - Sicilian : Alapin variation
Match Owen Sound (2), 03.05.2008

1.e4 c5 2.c3!?
[A big surprise. I got cautious. Normally he had played (and I had readied myself for) 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 et al. I knew I had to be careful because he normally sticks to his repertoire] 2...d5 [Because I was nervous I decided to play this instead of my usual 2...Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 thinking something was up. Something was up but unfortunately it was in this line 5...Nc6 6.Nf3 d6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb3 d5 is a line. i will check out others] 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Na3! This was something specially prepared by Kirk. Good for him I said. 6...cxd4 [6...Qd8 is the main line, but I didn't want to waste a tempo. This actually looks better for White. Crazy. It tranposes back to a 1.e4 c5 2.Na3 game with 7.Nc2 Tiviakov has made a living out of this line. Do I look for an improvement earlier?] 7.Nb5 Na6 8.Qa4!? Another interesting move by Kirk. He brought his creativity if nothing else 8...Qe4+? [I couldn't make this work after something like 8...Bd7 9.Qxd4 (9.Qxa6 Qe4+ Of course! Intermezzo. Dammit) 9...Bc5 was much better] 9.Be2 Bd7 10.Qxd4 Bc5 11.Nc7+ [11.Qxc5 Nxc5 12.Nd6+ may have been good if he really wanted to get the queens off] 11...Nxc7 12.Qxc5 Na6 [A more active move was 12...Ncd5 ] 13.Qe5 0-0 14.0-0 Qc6 15.Bh6 Qd5 I'll have to look at this move order after 16.Qxd5 Nxd5 17.Bxa6 bxa6 and he's better 18.Bd2 Rab8 19.b3 Rfc8 20.c4 I was mentally defeated here, playing stupid moves, but i couldn't find any play. 20...Nf6 21.Rfe1?! [21.Rfd1 would've taken care of what few chances i have] 21...Bc6 22.Ne5 Be4 23.Bg5 Bg6 24.Bxf6 gxf6 25.Nd7 i missed this. Now in addition to a terrible, passive position i am down a pawn 25...Rb7 26.Nxf6+ Kg7 27.Ne4 Rd8 28.f3 [28.Nc5 would've made doubling up on the d-file impossible 28...Rb6 29.Rad1 looks good] 28...Rbd7 29.Rac1 [29.Kf2 would've saved the day] 29...Bxe4= [29...Bxe4= Kirk offered a draw but Fritz thinks overwise. Let's see 30.fxe4 Rd2 31.Ra1 Rb2 32.Red1 works. darn it 32...Rxd1+ 33.Rxd1 Rxa2 34.Rd7 Rb2 35.Rxa7 Rxb3 36.Rxa6 Rc3 37.Rc6 Kf6 even still this would have taken some finesse.

For next game I will have to decide whether to try this line again, or to play the Alekhine-esque 2. ...Nf6.

But the real question is do i find a line of the Bayonet which I think i will like? That's probably the best thing i can do for round 4.] ½-½