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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T74 Playoffs: Round 3

Nealbruce wins deciding game in final Championship round! 

nealbruce (1697) - pokerram (1498)

Result: 1-0
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2017.11.17
[...] 1.e4 c5 2.c3 ¤f6 3.e5 ¤d5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 ¤c6 6.¤f3 d6 7.¥c4 ¤b6 8.¥b3 dxe5 9.dxe5 ¥g4 10.¥xf7 ¢xf7 11.¤g5 White is ahead here 11...¢g8 12.£xg4 ¤d4 13.O-O h5 14.£e4 £d5 15.¤c3 £xe4 16.¤gxe4 g6 17.¥f4 (17.b3 ¦d8 18.¥e3 ¥h6 19.¥xh6 ¦xh6) 17...¤e6 18.¥e3 ¤c4 19.¥c1 ¤xe5 20.¦d1 ¢f7 21.¤g5 ¤xg5 22.¥xg5 ¥g7 23.¦ac1 ¦hd8 24.¤d5 Back to even here... 24...¥f6 25.¥xf6 exf6 26.f4 ¤c6 27.¤c7 ¦ac8 28.¦xd8 ¦xd8 29.¤b5 a6 30.¤c3 ¦d2 31.b3 ¤b4 32.¤e4 ¦d7 33.a3 ¤c6 34.¢f2 ¤e7 35.g3 b6 36.¢e2 ¤f5 37.b4 ¤d4 38.¢f2 ¤f5 39.¦c6 ¦d3 40.¦xf6 ¢g7 41.¦xb6 White with advantage after pawn grab 41...¦xa3 42.¤c5 a5 43.bxa5 ¦xa5 44.¦b7 ¢f6 45.¤d7 ¢g7 46.¤e5 ¢g8 47.¤xg6 ¦a2 48.¢g1 ¤e3 49.¤h4 ¤g4 50.h3 ¤f6 51.¦b5 ¦a1 52.¢g2 ¦a2 53.¢g1 ¦a1 54.¢h2 ¦a2 55.¤g2 ¢g7 56.g4? This loses a pawn.. 56...hxg4 57.hxg4 ¤xg4 58.¢g3 ¤f6 59.f5 ¤e4 60.¢f4 ¤c3 61.¦b7 ¢f6 62.¦b6 ¢f7 63.¤e3 ¤e2 64.¢g5 ¤g3 65.¦b7 ¢g8?? This loses outright for Black, Computer predicts mate in 15, not easily seen for us non-computers though! 66.¢g6 ¦a8 67.f6 ¤e4 68.¦g7 ¢f8 69.¦h7? Rh7 allows a draw, but it is not simple. Couple of mating lines for White...
69.¦f7 ¢e8
69...¢g8 70.¤d5 ¤g5 71.¤e7 ¢h8 72.¦g7 ¦e8 73.f7 ¦d8 74.¦g8 ¦xg8 75.fxg8=£#
70.¦e7 ¢f8 71.¦xe4
69...¤xf6 Computer sees a draw 70.¦h8 ¤g8 71.¤f5 ¦a6 72.¢g5 ¢f7 73.¦h7 ¢f8 74.¦b7 ¦a8 75.¤d6 ¤e7 76.¢f6 ¤d5 77.¢e5 ¤e7 78.¢e6 ¤g6 79.¢f6 ¤e7?? Black blunders the piece - White wins now, but it is not simple (79...¦d8 80.¢xg6 (80.¤f7 ¦e8) 80...¦xd6) 80.¦xe7 ¦d8 81.¢e6 ¦a8 82.¤f5 ¦a6 83.¤d6 ¦a1 84.¦b7 ¦e1 85.¢f6 ¦f1 86.¤f5 ¦e1 87.¦b8 ¦e8 88.¦b7 ¦e1 89.¦f7 ¢e8 90.¤d6 ¢d8 91.¤f5 ¢e8 92.¦a7 ¦d1 93.¢e6 ¦e1 94.¢d5 ¦d1 95.¤d4 ¦h1 96.¢d6 ¦h6 97.¤e6 And that was the winning move! Good work by White!
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