Sunday, July 29, 2018

 Round 5: nealbruce takes apart the Sicilian Defense!

nealbruce (1653) - walkover (1712)

Result: 1-0
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2018.07.22
[...] 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 £xd5 4.d4 e6 5.¤f3 ¤f6 6.¥e2 ¤c6 7.¥e3 cxd4 8.cxd4 ¥e7 9.O-O O-O 10.¤c3 £d6 11.h3 b6 12.¦c1 ¥b7 13.£d2 ¦ac8 14.¦fd1 ¤d5 15.¤xd5 £xd5 16.¥c4 £h5 17.¥e2 £d5 18.a3 ¥f6 19.¥c4 Continuing the Q chase and development! 19...£h5 20.b4 ¦fd8 21.d5 exd5 22.¥xd5 ¦e8? Better to keep pressure on white Q... 23.¥g5 £g6 24.¥xf6 £xf6 25.¤g5 ¦f8
25...¤d8 is much better for Black 26.¤xf7 ¦xc1 27.¤xd8 ¥xd5 28.£xd5 ¢h8 29.¦xc1 ¦xd8 30.£c6 £f4 31.¦e1 h6
26.¤e4 £e5 It's all over with this move 27.¤d6!27...£xd6??28.¥xf7 ¢xf7 29.£xd6 ¦fd8 30.£f4 ¢g8 31.¦xd8 ¦xd8 32.£c4 ¢h8 33.£f7 ¤d4 34.¦c7
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T77: Highlights

Here is a nice little French defense R4...

andrew37 (1623) - fireball (1571)

Result: 0-1
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2018.07.13
[...] 1.e4 e6 2.¤f3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 ¤f6 5.¥d3 ¥d6 6.O-O O-O 7.c3 ¥g4 8.¥e3 ¤bd7 9.¤bd2 ¦e8 10.h3 ¥h5 11.£c2 ¥g6 12.¦ae1 ¤e4 13.c4 c6 14.c5 ¥c7 15.b4 f5 16.¤b1 ¤df6 Black has a strong attack here 17.¤h4 f4 18.¤xg6 hxg6 19.¥c1 g5 20.¥xe4
20.¤d2 g4 21.hxg4 ¤xg4 22.¥xe4 ¦xe4 23.¦xe4 If white takes with N - it's all over! (23.¤xe4 £h4 Best for White is this ) 23...dxe4 24.£xe4 ¤f6 25.£e6 ¢f8 26.¦e1 £e8 27.£xe8 ¦xe8
20...dxe4 21.£c4 ¢h8 22.¤c3 £d7 23.a4 f3 24.¥xg5 fxg2 25.¢xg2! This wins 25...£f5 26.¥xf6 £f3 27.¢g1 gxf6 28.¦e3 ¦g8
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Sunday, April 29, 2018

T76 Highlights: Round 2

fireball wins with the Smith-Morra Gambit! . 
One of my favorite openings - key after gambiting the pawn is keeping the pressure on.


fireball (1593) - az2112 (1528)

Result: 1-0
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2018.04.07
[...] 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.¤xc3 ¤c6 5.¤f3 d6 6.¥c4 ¤f6 7.O-O Pushing e pawn early here is an option...
7.e5 ¤g4 (7...dxe5 8.£xd8 ¢xd8 9.¤g5 ¤a5 10.¥xf7) 8.exd6 £xd6 9.£xd6 exd6 10.¤b5 ¦b8 11.¥f4 ¤ge5
7...e6 8.£e2 ¥e7 9.¦d1 ¥d7 10.¤b5 £b8 11.¥f4 e5 12.¥g5 Keeps attack going - Bg3 is too passive... 12...a6 13.¥xf6! Disrupting pawn structure and delaying Black castle... 13...gxf6 14.¤c3 b5 15.¥b3
15.¥d5 £b6 16.¥xc6 £xc6 17.¤d5 ¦c8 18.£d2 h5 19.¦ac1 £b7 20.¦xc8 ¥xc8 21.¤h4 ¦g8 22.g3 ¦g4 23.f3 ¦g5 24.¢g2 £b8 25.¦c1 ¥d8 26.¤e3 ¥e6
15...¤a5 16.¥c2 ¤c4 17.¥d3 ¥e6 18.¤d5 ¤b6 19.¤e3 £b7 20.¤h4 d5?21.exd5!21...¤xd5 22.¥e4 (22.£f3 ¥c5 23.¤hf5 £b6 24.¤xd5 ¥xf2 25.¢h1 ¥xd5 26.£xd5) 22...f5 And it's over for Black. I thought about this move below, which looks good at first blush but fails to the B check which gives back a tempo... (22...¤c3 23.¥xb7 ¤xe2 24.¢f1 ¦b8 25.¥c6 ¢f8 26.¢xe2) 23.¤hxf5 £d7 24.¤xd5
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T76 Highlights: Round 2

Tobiasdelmonte shows how to play a QG - lots of great tactics and a key sacrifice. 
This is the sort of game I love. White's King was engineered into an inescapable position after setting up a mating net and a sacrifice.


Tobiasdelmonte (1668) - Konstantinos (1658)

Result: 1-0
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2018.04.01
[...] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.¤f3 ¤f6 4.¤c3 e6 5.¥g5 ¥e7 6.e3 ¤bd7 7.¦c1 b6 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.¥b5 ¥b7 10.¤e5 O-O 11.¤c6 ¥xc6 12.¥xc6 ¦c8 13.¥a4 ¤e8? Opens the door for a nice combination! 14.¥xe7 £xe7 15.¤xd5 exd5 16.¦xc8 Advantage White - just need to finish it! 16...£b4 17.¢f1 ¤df6 18.¥xe8 ¦xe8 19.¦xe8 ¤xe8 20.£c2 White is up exchange and a pawn but Black still has resources... 20...¤d6 21.g3 g6 22.¢g2 a5 23.h4 £b5 24.h5 Keep attack going with pawn push to open Rook file!! 24...£e8 25.hxg6 hxg6 26.b3 £e7 27.£e2 ¤f5 28.£f3 £e6 29.£f4! And not a lot Black can do here... 29...f6 Best defense for Black looks like
29...¤g7 30.£b8 ¤e8 31.£e5 £xe5 32.dxe5 g5 33.¦h6 b5 34.¦b6 b4 35.¦b5 a4 36.bxa4 ¢g7 37.¦xb4 ¤c7
30.£b8 ¢f7 31.¦h7
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

T75 Highlights: Round 2

Ajolote wins a wild one - lots of great tactics and a key sacrifice. 
This is the sort of game I love. White's King was engineered into an inescapable position after setting up a mating net and a sacrifice.


ANGELLR (1878) - Ajolote (1860)

Result: 0-1
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2017.12.27
[...] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.¥f4 e6 3.e3 ¥d6 4.¥g5 O-O 5.¤f3 ¥e7 6.c4 b6 7.¤c3 d5 8.¥d3 h6 9.¥h4 ¥b7 10.¦c1 ¤bd7 11.h3 dxc4 12.¥xc4 ¤e4 13.¥xe7 £xe7 14.¤xe4 ¥xe4 15.O-O ¤f6 16.¤e5 ¦fd8 17.¥b5 c5 18.¥c6 ¦ac8 19.¥xe4 ¤xe4 20.£d3 £b7 21.¦fd1 £d5 22.f3 ¤g3 23.¢h2 ¤f5 24.g4 If he plays the obvious e4.... (24.e4 £xd4 25.£xd4 ¤xd4) 24...cxd4 25.¦xc8 ¦xc8 26.exd4 ¤d6 27.£a3 ¦c2 28.¢g3 a5 29.¦d3 g5 Computer says one could go straight to the Ne4 sacrifice, though it's not obvious...
29...¤e4 30.fxe4 £xe4 31.¤f3 g5 32.¦d2 ¦xd2 33.¤xd2 £f4 34.¢g2 £xd2 35.¢f1 £d1 36.¢g2 £xd4 Black is winning here with 2 pawns up and a passed pawn - back to the real game!
30.¤d7?? White must trade Qs! (30.£b3 £xb3 31.¦xb3 b5 Black is a little ahead here ) 30...¢g7
30...¤f5 Stops the Qf8 check and opens K up 31.gxf5 £xd7 32.¦c3 Stops the immediate check and mate with Qc7 32...¦d2 33.fxe6 fxe6 34.d5 exd5 35.¦c6 (35.b3 £e6 36.£a4 h5 37.h4 £e5 38.£f4 £xf4) 35...£xc6
31.¤xb6 Mate in 6.. 31...¤e4!!32.fxe4 £xe4 33.¦f3 £e1
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

T74 Playoffs: Round 3

fireball battles opponent to a draw in final Championship game. 

fireball (1601) - Zugzwanged (1731)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2017.11.17
[...] 1.e4 e6 2.¤f3 c5 3.d4 Transforming into a Smith-Morra Gambit - my favorite opening! 3...cxd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.¤xc3 ¤c6 6.¥c4 d6 7.O-O ¥e7 8.£e2 ¤f6 9.¦d1 e5 10.b4 If he takes it ... 10...¥g4 If he takes it this allows... (10...¤xb4 11.¤xe5) 11.a3 ¤d4 12.¥b5 ¤d7 13.£d3 ¤xf3 14.gxf3 ¥e6 15.¤d5 White recovers Gambit pawn here 15...O-O Or if.. (15...¥xd5 16.£xd5 a6 17.¥c4 O-O 18.£xb7 a5 19.bxa5 ¤c5 20.£b4 ¦xa5) 16.¤xe7 £xe7 17.£xd6 £xd6 18.¦xd6 ¤b6 19.¥e3 ¤c4 20.¥xc4 Here is a line I missed.... White grabs a pawn here. (20.¦xe6 ¤xe3 21.¦xe5 ¤c2 22.¦a2 ¤d4 23.¢g2 ¦ad8 24.¥e2 a6) 20...¥xc4 21.¢g2 ¥b3 22.¦d7 b6 23.¦c1 ¦fd8 24.¦xd8 ¦xd8 White playing for a draw, as per posted results that was needed for U1600 win. 25.¦c7 ¦a8 26.¢f1 ¢f8 27.f4 exf4 28.¥xf4 b5 29.f3 ¥c4 30.¢f2 a5 31.¥d6 ¢e8 32.bxa5 ¦xa5 33.¥b4 This avoids Black's rook coming in to annoy White's King and pretty well locks down the draw. 33...¦a8 34.¦c6 ¢d7 35.¦d6 ¢e8 36.h4 ¦d8 37.¦xd8 ¢xd8 38.¢e3 ¢d7 39.e5 ¢e6 40.f4 ¢f5 Hoping to get Qg4 41.¢f3 ¥d5 42.¢g3 ¥e6 43.¥f8 g6 44.¥b4 f6 45.exf6 ¢xf6 46.¥d6 ¢f5 47.¥e7 ¢e4 48.¥b4 ¥f5
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