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7 May 2018

It is time for me to retire from typing a blog about chess and its variants

It is time for me to retire from typing a blog about chess and its variants

When I started doing this blog on July 15th, 2014, my goal was to go analyze all my games with an engine and name the posts according to the opening played in the games that appear in the post. This meant that I needed to update older posts whenever I discovered other games in a certain opening that I had already covered in the blog. It was also a way for me to force myself to go through my games, which I would not have normally done. Later I started to also add Chess960 games to the blog when I found a publishing tool that was able to that. While I have been able to reach my goal partly, I have in the past made quite a few mistakes in the posts that you may or may not have noticed. When I have noticed a mistake, I have corrected it the best I way can. For quite a long time now I have been doing changes to the blog, but it does seem like a never ending task and I have not been able to get back to posting consistently new games both from chess and Chess960. It would likely take several more months for me to complete the changes and I do not really think that it would the best use of my time.

Well, I should go now for the actual reason why I named the post the way I did. Lately I have started to think of ways how to best use my time and what I want to do in the future. Typing this blog has been something I have done somewhat regularly for nearly four years and especially recently it has become more of an annoyance to me than anything else. Therefore I think it is time to start using the time I spent doing this blog to other things. I have not been all that passionate about chess or Chess960 for quite some time now and I think I can't type about them in all that interesting way. Continuing to make posts for this blog is something I do not think would be beneficial to me or to other people anymore. I have also turned off the ads, as you may have noticed. It is probably a permanent change. At this point I would like to thank all of the people who have visited my blog or viewed my videos at YouTube or made comments in any of my posts or subscribed, it is much appreciated. I probably won't delete the blog, it will be here in case I ever decide to come back, but at the moment it is very unlikely thing to happen.

3 May 2018

B22 Sicilian: 2.c3 (1.e4 g6 2.d4 c5 3.c3)

B22 Sicilian: 2.c3 (1.e4 g6 2.d4 c5 3.c3)

This game was played at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club and it was played between August 14th, 2014 and September 20th, 2014. With this win my rating at the site increased from 2118 to 2122. I am currently at my peak rating there, which is 2214. I have not played there for over a year now, my last game there ended on March 14th, 2017. While I have not played there for a quite a long time, I might at one point return there.

[Event "OS INCLIVEIS"] [Site "http://www.queenalice.com/game"] [Date "2014.08.14"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "adelio"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2118"] [BlackElo "1864"] [Annotator "Tactical Analysis 2.10 (30s)"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 c5 3. c3 {B22 Sicilian: 2.c3} Nc6 (3... Qa5 4. Nd2 cxd4 5. Nc4 Qc7 6. cxd4 Nf6 7. e5 Nd5 8. Nf3 Bg7 9. h4 h6 10. Qb3 Nc6 11. Bd2 d6 12. Rc1 Bg4 13. Nxd6+ exd6 14. Qxd5 O-O 15. h5 dxe5 16. hxg6 exd4 17. gxf7+ Rxf7 18. Bd3 {Fiorito,F (2435)-Quinteros,M (2505) Mar del Plata 1995 1/2-1/2 (38)}) 4. Nf3 $146 d6 5. Be3 a6 6. dxc5 Bg4 {1.35/24} ({Black should try} 6... Nf6 { 0.83/27}) 7. Be2 {0.70/25} ({White should play} 7. cxd6 $16 {1.35/24 aiming for Qb3.} Bh6 8. Bxh6 Nxh6 9. Bc4) 7... Bxf3 {1.14/27} (7... dxc5 $14 {0.70/25} 8. Nbd2 (8. Bxc5 Nf6 $14) 8... Bh6) 8. Bxf3 {White is better.} Bg7 {1.81/24} ( 8... dxc5 $16 {1.04/27} 9. O-O (9. Bxc5 Qxd1+ 10. Bxd1 e6 $16) 9... Nf6) 9. cxd6 $1 $18 Qxd6 10. Qxd6 exd6 11. Nd2 Ne5 {2.45/26} (11... Bh6 $142 {1.68/28} 12. Bxh6 Nxh6) 12. Be2 Nf6 13. f3 b5 14. Rc1 Nc4 $2 {3.09/26 [#]} (14... O-O $16 {1.53/27} 15. O-O Rfe8) 15. Nxc4 bxc4 16. Bxc4 O-O 17. Rd1 Ne8 18. O-O Kh8 19. Bd4 f6 20. Bd5 Rb8 21. c4 Rxb2 $2 {10.93/24 [#]} (21... f5 {3.47/28} 22. b3 fxe4 23. Bxe4 Rf7) 22. Bxb2 a5 23. Bc6 h5 24. Bxe8 Rxe8 25. Rxd6 Kh7 26. Bxf6 Bxf6 27. Rxf6 {White mates.} Rc8 28. Rc1 Rc5 29. Rd6 h4 30. Rd5 Rxd5 31. cxd5 { Endgame KR-K3P} Kg7 32. d6 Kf7 33. Rd1 Ke8 34. d7+ Kd8 35. a4 g5 36. h3 g4 37. fxg4 Ke7 38. d8=Q+ Ke6 39. Rd5 Kf7 40. Rd6 Kg7 41. Qe7+ Kh8 42. Rd8# { Precision: White = 53%, Black = 13%.} 1-0

Below you can see the latest and highest rated reference games from my reference database.

[Event "EU-ch 14th"] [Site "Legnica"] [Date "2013.05.13"] [Round "8"] [White "Laznicka, Viktor"] [Black "Dubov, Daniil"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2679"] [BlackElo "2622"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2013.05.05"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "POL"] [SourceTitle "CBM 155"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2013.07.16"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Nc6 6. Nc3 Nh6 7. Bf4 Bg7 8. Qd2 Nf5 9. Nf3 e6 10. Bb5 Bd7 11. Bxc6 Bxc6 12. Bg5 Qb6 13. g4 Ne7 14. O-O-O h6 15. Bh4 Qc7 16. Kb1 Qd7 17. Rc1 Rc8 18. Rhe1 Kf8 19. Bf6 Bxf6 20. exf6 Ng8 21. Ne5 Qd8 22. Nb5 Nxf6 23. Nxa7 Ra8 24. Naxc6 bxc6 25. Rxc6 Ra7 26. f3 Kg7 27. Rec1 Qb8 28. Qc2 Qb5 29. Rc7 Rxc7 30. Qxc7 Rf8 31. a3 Qe2 32. Qa7 Nh7 33. Rc7 Ng5 34. h4 Qe1+ 35. Ka2 Qxh4 36. f4 1-0 [Event "Beijing Sportaccord blizt (Women)"] [Site "Beijing"] [Date "2013.12.16"] [Round "24"] [White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2527"] [BlackElo "2629"] [PlyCount "148"] [EventDate "2013.12.14"] [EventType "tourn (blitz)"] [EventRounds "30"] [EventCountry "CHN"] [EventCategory "12"] [SourceTitle "Mega2014 Update 01"] [Source "Chessbase"] [SourceDate "2014.01.06"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. d5 Nb8 7. Be3 d6 8. f4 Nf6 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Be2 Nbd7 11. O-O Nc5 12. Bxc5 dxc5 13. e5 Ne8 14. Ne4 Nc7 15. d6 exd6 16. Nxd6 b6 17. Bc4 Be6 18. Bxe6 fxe6 19. Nd2 Nd5 20. Qg4 Qe7 21. Rae1 Rad8 22. N2e4 Rf5 23. g3 Rff8 24. Ng5 Nc7 25. Qh3 h6 26. Nge4 Nd5 27. Qg4 Kh7 28. h4 Rf5 29. Qe2 Rff8 30. a3 a5 31. Qb5 Qd7 32. Qe2 Qe7 33. Qg4 Rf5 34. Nd2 Rff8 35. Nf3 Rg8 36. Rf2 Bh8 37. Rh2 Nc7 38. Kf2 Rxd6 39. exd6 Qxd6 40. Re2 Bd4+ 41. Kg2 Qd5 42. h5 gxh5 43. Qxh5 Qxh5 44. Rxh5 Nd5 45. Kh3 Nf6 46. Rh4 Kg6 47. Rxe6 Kf5 48. Rxb6 Bf2 49. Rxf6+ Kxf6 50. Rxh6+ Kf5 51. Rh5+ Ke4 52. Ng5+ Kd3 53. Rh6 Kc2 54. Rb6 c4 55. Rb5 Bd4 56. a4 Bxb2 57. Rxa5 c3 58. Rc5 Kb1 59. Ne4 c2 60. Nd2+ Kc1 61. Nb3+ Kd1 62. Rd5+ Ke1 63. Rc5 Rh8+ 64. Kg2 Kd1 65. Rd5+ Ke1 66. Rc5 Kd1 67. Rd5+ Ke1 68. Rc5 Kd1 69. a5 Rb8 70. Rd5+ Ke1 71. Rc5 Kd1 72. Rd5+ Ke1 73. Rc5 Kd1 74. Rd5+ Ke1 1/2-1/2 [Event "EU-ch blitz"] [Site "Wroclaw"] [Date "2014.12.19"] [Round "7"] [White "Bortnyk, Olexandr"] [Black "Kulaots, Kaido"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2533"] [BlackElo "2563"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2014.12.19"] [EventType "swiss (blitz)"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "POL"] [SourceTitle "Mega2015 Update 06"] [Source "Chessbase"] [SourceDate "2015.01.01"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. exd5 Nf6 6. Bb5+ Nbd7 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. d6 exd6 9. Qe2+ Qe7 10. Bf4 Qxe2+ 11. Ngxe2 O-O 12. Bxd6 Re8 13. O-O a6 14. Ba4 b5 15. Bb3 Bb7 16. a4 Ne4 17. Bf4 b4 18. Nd5 Nd2 19. Bxd2 Rxe2 20. Bxb4 Rxb2 21. Rab1 Bxd4 22. Rxb2 Bxb2 23. Rd1 Nf8 24. Nc7 Rc8 25. Bd6 Bf6 26. Re1 a5 27. h3 Rd8 28. Be7 Bxe7 29. Rxe7 Rd7 30. Bxf7+ Kg7 31. Rxd7 Nxd7 32. Bc4 Kf6 33. f4 Nb6 34. Bb5 Be4 35. Na6 Ke7 36. Nc5 Bd5 37. Kf2 Kd6 38. Nd3 Bb3 39. Nb2 Kc5 40. Ke3 Kb4 41. Kd4 Ka3 42. Kc5 Nxa4+ 43. Nxa4 Bxa4 44. Bxa4 Kxa4 45. Kc4 Ka3 46. Kc3 Ka4 47. Kc4 Ka3 48. g4 a4 49. Kc3 Ka2 50. f5 a3 51. Kc2 1-0 [Event "Sharjah op rapid"] [Site "Sharjah"] [Date "2016.06.12"] [Round "4"] [White "Arencibia Rodriguez, Walter"] [Black "Guseinov, Gadir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2506"] [BlackElo "2623"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2016.06.12"] [EventType "swiss (rapid)"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "UAE"] [SourceTitle "Mega2016 Update 39"] [Source "Chessbase"] [SourceDate "2016.07.01"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Nc6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Bb5 Nh6 8. Bf4 O-O 9. Qd2 Nf5 10. Nf3 f6 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. h3 fxe5 13. Bxe5 Bxe5 14. Nxe5 c5 15. Nf3 Nxd4 16. Nxd4 cxd4 17. Qxd4 e6 18. O-O Qb6 19. Qd2 Bd7 20. Rfe1 Rf5 21. Rad1 Raf8 22. Re2 Bc8 23. Qd4 Qc7 24. Rdd2 Rf4 25. Qe3 Qc4 26. b3 Qb4 27. Na4 R8f7 28. Qc5 Qb8 29. Rc2 Bd7 30. Nb2 R4f6 31. Nd3 Bb5 32. Ne5 Bxe2 33. Nxf7 Rxf7 34. Rxe2 Rc7 35. Qe3 Rc6 36. g3 Qb7 37. h4 a6 38. Kh2 Qf7 39. Kg2 h5 40. Qe5 Qf5 41. Qb8+ Qf8 42. Qe5 Qf5 43. Qb8+ Qf8 44. Qb7 Rc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Budapest Spring op"] [Site "Budapest"] [Date "2017.03.21"] [Round "4"] [White "Nabaty, Tamir"] [Black "Popovic, Dusan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2649"] [BlackElo "2515"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2017.03.18"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "HUN"] [SourceTitle "Mega2017 Update 23"] [Source "Chessbase"] [SourceDate "2017.03.31"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Nc6 6. Nc3 Nh6 7. Bb5 Bg7 8. Bf4 f6 9. exf6 exf6 10. h4 O-O 11. Qd2 Nf5 12. Nge2 Re8 13. O-O-O Nd6 14. h5 g5 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. h6 Bf8 17. f4 a6 18. Ba4 b5 19. Bb3 Be6 20. fxg5 b4 21. Na4 Bf5 22. gxf6 Rac8 23. f7+ Kxf7 24. Rdf1 Kg8 25. Nb6 Nxd4+ 26. Nxc8 Rxc8+ 27. Kd1 Nxb3 28. axb3 Bc2+ 29. Ke1 Bg6 30. Rh3 Be7 31. Qd4 Bf8 32. Rf6 1-0 [Event "BL2-West 1718"] [Site "Germany"] [Date "2017.12.10"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Berelowitsch, Alexander"] [Black "Cicak, Slavko"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B27"] [WhiteElo "2522"] [BlackElo "2512"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2017.10.08"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "GER"] [SourceTitle "Mega2018 Update 26"] [Source "Chessbase"] [SourceDate "2018.04.20"] [WhiteTeam "Duesseldorf"] [BlackTeam "Schott Mainz"] [WhiteTeamCountry "GER"] [BlackTeamCountry "GER"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bg7 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Nbd2 a5 10. h3 Bf5 11. O-O a4 12. Re1 Qb6 13. Nb1 Bd7 14. Nc3 Qa7 15. Bf4 e6 16. Qd2 c5 17. dxc5 Qxc5 18. Rac1 Qa5 19. Red1 Ne7 20. Ne4 O-O 21. Nf6+ Bxf6 22. Qxa5 Rxa5 23. exf6 Nc6 24. Ne5 Nxe5 25. Bxe5 Ra7 26. Rc5 Rc8 27. Rxc8+ Bxc8 28. Rc1 Bd7 29. f3 Kf8 30. Kf2 Ke8 31. Ke3 Kd8 32. Rc5 Ra6 33. Rc7 Rc6 34. Ra7 Rc2 35. g4 h6 36. h4 Ke8 37. h5 gxh5 38. gxh5 Kd8 39. Ra8+ Rc8 40. Rxc8+ Bxc8 41. Bf4 Ba6 42. b3 axb3 43. axb3 Bf1 44. Bxh6 e5 45. Bf8 Bh3 46. Bd6 Be6 47. b4 d4+ 48. Kd2 Bf5 49. Bxe5 d3 50. Bf4 Kd7 51. b5 Kc8 52. Kc3 Kb7 53. Kb4 1-0