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22 Aug 2017

C99 Closed Spanish Game: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 (15.Ne3)

C99 Closed Spanish Game: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 (15.Ne3)

This one was played in the paweljaniak's mini-tournament I at GameKnot. I was second in the final standings in this 7 player tournament and I gathered 8.5 points in the 12 games. Paweljaniak has finished all of his games and has also secured the win in his own mini-tournament. I have to think of a better variation to play in the Spanish because I do not like this one at all. Alternatively I could just learn to play this better and maybe start to like it if my results get better.

This game started to differ from the games previously seen in this post again on Black's 13th move. This time I tried the move 13...Bd7. It should be a perfectly playable move. One improvement that might have made this game more interesting is had I played 16...bxc4 instead of 16...Qxc4 in the position below. The idea behind taking with the queen was that I liked to keep the c-file open for me and I also liked to keep my pawn structure better and not create an isolated pawn on the a-file. However, due to my bad judgement, I got into trouble on the c-file and I was forced to be on the defensive.

The game continued with the moves 17.Bb3 Qc7 18.Be3. The 18th move by paweljaniak reduced my opponent's advantage into a small one. When we reached the position below, I played 19...Bc6?? It was a huge blunder that threw away the game. It started a series of tactical blows that decided the game.

I should have played 19...Rxc1 and I might have been able to fight for a draw. I thought it best to resign a couple of moves later after my opponent played 22.Rxc6.

[Event "paweljaniak's mini-tournament I"] [Site ""] [Date "2016.02.27"] [Round "?"] [White "paweljaniak"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C99"] [WhiteElo "2042"] [BlackElo "1763"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "43"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 Na5 9. Bc2 c5 10. d4 Qc7 11. h3 O-O 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. cxd4 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System} Bd7 14. Nf1 Rfc8 15. Ne3 { C99 Closed Spanish Game: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4} Nc4 16. Nxc4 Qxc4 (16... bxc4 17. Bd2 Bc6 18. Bc3 Nd7 19. Qe2 Bb7 20. Rad1 Bf6 21. dxe5 Nxe5 22. Nd4 Ng6 23. Qd2 d5 24. Nf5 dxe4 25. Bxf6 e3 26. Rxe3 gxf6 27. Re8+ { 1-0 (27) Pourkashiyan,A (2356)-Iman,H (2094) Muscat 2015}) 17. Bb3 Qc7 18. Be3 $146 (18. Bg5 Ra7 (18... h6 19. Rc1 Qd8 20. dxe5 hxg5 21. exf6 gxf6 22. Rxc8 Rxc8 23. Nd4 Qf8 24. Qh5 Rc5 25. Bd5 Qg7 26. b4 Rc7 27. Nf5 Bxf5 28. exf5 Qf8 29. Qe2 Kh7 30. Qf3 Kg7 31. a3 Qh8 32. Bb3 Qc8 33. Kh2 {Morovic Fernandez,I (2611)-Loncar,R (2406) Pula 2000 1-0 (56)}) 19. Rc1 Qb8 20. Rxc8+ Bxc8 21. Bh4 (21. dxe5 dxe5 22. Be3 Rd7 23. Qc2 Rc7 24. Qb1 Bd6 25. Rd1 Rd7 26. Bg5 Ne8 27. Bd5 h6 28. Bh4 Bb7 29. Bxb7 Rxb7 30. Qd3 Kh7 31. Qd5 f6 32. Qc6 Rb6 33. Qd7 Rb7 34. Qf5+ g6 35. Qe6 Re7 {Bartek,L (2057)-Mrva,V (2149) Slovakia 2008 1-0 (61)}) 21... Rd7 22. Ng5 Bf8 23. Nxf7 Rxf7 24. dxe5 dxe5 25. Qd8 Qb7 26. Rc1 Bxh3 27. Rc7 {1-0 (27) Varga,D (2330)-Mrva,V (2112) Brezova 2010}) (18. Bd2 Qb8 19. Bb4 exd4 20. e5 Ne8 21. Qxd4 dxe5 22. Nxe5 Bxb4 23. Bxf7+ Kh8 24. Ng6+ hxg6 25. Qh4# {1-0 (25) Pacher,M (2324)-Mrva,V (2142) Zvolen 2008}) 18... Qb8 19. Rc1 Bc6 $4 (19... Rxc1 $142 {this is the best way to fight back} 20. Qxc1 a5 $14) 20. Bxf7+ Kxf7 21. dxe5 Nxe4 (21... dxe5 22. Qb3+ Bd5 23. exd5 Qd6 $18) 22. Rxc6 $1 {Decoy: c6} (22. Rxc6 Kg8 23. Qd5+ Kh8 24. Qxe4 Rxc6 25. Qxc6 $18) 1-0

21 Aug 2017

C97 Closed Spanish Game: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7, sidelines (14.Nf1)

C97 Closed Spanish Game: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7, sidelines (14.Nf1)

The game below was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. I played on group 1 and I gathered 46 points. It was not much compared to the winner of the group, cenerentola, who gathered 82 points. Cenerentola is clearly the highest rated player of the group, but also the highest rated player on the site by almost a hundred points. If nothing else, I can at least say after this that I have faced some of the top players at RHP. I have played against three of the four best players on the site. Obviously I have lost all my games against them, but maybe in the future I could make these encounters a bit more interesting and not be the automatic point giver. That is what I would like to be able to do, but it does require a huge improvement on my chess abilities before that happens.

As I compare this game to the previously shared games in this blog, the first new move is 13...Re8. I chose to play a different move in this game than I played in a game that was in progress at the same time as this game was played for some reason. At the time this game started, the other game was still in progress, so I did not know that 13...Nc4 was a mistake. No matter what the reason for me changing my 13th move, but 13...Re8 is somewhat better than the move I had played in the other game. 13...Be6 or perhaps 13...Nc6 might be the best move that Black can do in that position. There is only one critical moment in this game in my opinion. It came in the position below when it came time to play my 16th move.

I played in the position above 16...exd4. It was my first step towards the loss, but it was not the last one. 16...Nc6 was a better option for me. Cenerentola played 17.Nxd4 and then I made the game losing blunder 17...Qd7. The moves 17...Qd8 and 17...Bb7 were better alternatives. Cenerentola took full advantage of my mistakes and I resigned when it was time to play my 26th move.

[Event "Grand Split Three Seven"] [Site ""] [Date "2015.12.21"] [Round "1"] [White "cenerentola"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C97"] [WhiteElo "2541"] [BlackElo "1885"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 d6 9. c3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. cxd4 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System} Re8 14. Nf1 {C97 Closed Spanish Game: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7, sidelines} h6 (14... Bf8 15. Ng3 g6 16. b3 Nc6 17. Bb2 Bg7 18. d5 Nb4 19. Bb1 a5 20. a3 Na6 21. b4 Bh6 22. Bd3 Bd7 23. Qb3 Rec8 24. Ne2 Nh5 25. Nc3 Nf4 26. Bf1 a4 27. Qa2 Qb6 28. Rad1 Nc7 29. Bc1 { Tukhaev,A (2520)-Fruteau,S (2105) Rethymno 2013 1-0 (37)}) 15. b3 $146 { Secures c4} (15. d5 Bf8 16. b3 Bd7 17. Bd2 Rec8 18. Rc1 Nb7 19. N3h2 a5 20. Qf3 Qd8 21. Ne3 g6 22. g3 b4 23. Kg2 Nc5 24. Nc4 Rcb8 25. Rh1 Nh7 26. Ne3 Bxh3+ 27. Kg1 Ng5 28. Qe2 Bd7 29. f3 a4 {Martinez,A (2200)-Collado Pallas,D Palma de Mallorca 1991 1/2-1/2 (49)}) (15. a4 Bd7 16. Re3 Bf8 17. Rc3 Qb7 18. axb5 axb5 19. d5 b4 20. Re3 Nc4 21. Rxa8 Nxe3 22. Nxe3 Rxa8 23. b3 Be7 24. Bd2 Ne8 25. Bd3 Bb5 26. Ne1 Bxd3 27. Nxd3 Bg5 28. Nc2 Bxd2 29. Qxd2 Ra2 {Glaeser,P (2094) -Klaus,H Rheinhausen 2000 0-1 (43)}) (15. Ng3 Bf8 16. b3 Nc6 17. Bb2 Bb7 18. Rc1 Qd8 19. Bb1 Rc8 20. Qd2 g6 21. d5 Nb8 22. a4 Qb6 23. Bc3 bxa4 24. bxa4 Qb3 25. a5 Rc7 26. Ba2 Qa4 27. Rb1 Rec8 28. Bb3 Qe8 29. Bb4 Nbd7 {Mainka,R (2515) -Christofis,I Ano Liosia 1993 1-0 (52)}) 15... Bf8 16. Bb2 exd4 (16... Nc6 $5 $14) 17. Nxd4 $16 Qd7 $2 (17... Bb7 $142 $5 $16) 18. Ne3 $18 Nxe4 $4 {Black crumbles in face of a dire situation.} (18... Bb7 $142 19. Qd2 Qd8 $18) 19. Nd5 Ng5 (19... Bb7 {praying for a miracle} 20. Nb6 Qd8 21. Nxa8 Bxa8 $18) 20. Rxe8 Qxe8 21. Nc7 Qd7 (21... Qd8 {does not save the day} 22. Nxa8 d5 23. Nf3 Nxf3+ 24. Qxf3 $18 (24. gxf3 $6 Qg5+ 25. Kh1 Bxh3 $18)) 22. Nxa8 Qb7 (22... Bb7 { doesn't get the cat off the tree} 23. Nb6 Nxh3+ 24. gxh3 Qxh3 25. f3 Qg3+ 26. Kf1 Qh3+ 27. Ke2 Qg2+ 28. Ke3 Qg5+ 29. f4 Qg3+ 30. Nf3 $18) 23. h4 Ne6 (23... Ne4 {what else?} 24. Qe1 Nc5 25. Qxa5 Qxa8 $18) 24. Qd3 g6 25. Nxe6 Bxe6 26. Qc3 (26. Qc3 f6 27. Nc7 $18) 1-0