Wednesday, February 8, 2017

T71 GOTW Rnd 5: "a lovely Closed-Catalan miniature"

Tobiasdelmonte wins GOTW Rnd 5. Nominated by JPSVI, and his most elegant intro is as follows "This is a lovely Closed-Catalan miniature. Black releases the tension in the center with 15...c5 with the object of obtaining a passed and protected center pawn- only to find he has slipped the leash on all of  White's pieces which quickly and concurrently attack every sector of the board. JPSVI". 

Review by f5 GOTW Guru "For the Round 5 Game of the Week, I selected an aggressive Catalan system played by Tobiasdelmonte against Portola.The closed Catalan opening began innocently enough, with both players developing all of their minor pieces and castling within the first 9 moves. White commonly plays 10.Qc2, but Re1 in the game had the same idea in mind: to push e4. However, after recapturing on e4, the Rook awkwardly retreated to e2.Then Black commits a serious positional mistake by committing to 15... c5. Better was Rad8, x-raying the enemy Queen and discouraging the d5 break. Alas, c5 only begs White to play 16.d5. After 17.Bxf6 and 18.Nh4, the Black Kingside was fatally weakened. Had White played Re1 instead of Re2 on move 15, then 21.Qg4 would have immediately ended the contest.White was not to be denied and finds the crushing 21.Re5. Although not checkmate, White immediately won the Bishop on d6. The game might have finished sooner had White found Nf5 on move 25 or 26 (instead of Ne4), but the outcome was never really in doubt. Black ended the suffering by allowing mate in 1 on move 46.

I haven't much to add to their analysis - here is the game!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

T71 Playoffs: A good catch with the French defense

fireball springs a trap with the French defense, winning the first game!


Monday, July 11, 2016

T69 Round 2: Storming the ramparts!

nidusin2 goes "all in" and demolishes the Benko opening. Great play with pawns, knights and a final Killer sacrifice. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

T69 Round 1: The Bird is the Word

JPSVI wins with Bird's Opening. These unorthodox openings are fun. 

T69 Round 1: French rules

fireball wins with the French. Lots of tactical fun played and not.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

T68 - Playoff highlights

fireball takes the first game in the Playoff round with careful play against an anti-French gambit (Euwe variation).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

T65 Playoffs - First Blood!

fireball uses the Dutch defense to win the first U1800 Playoff match!