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31 Jul 2014

B07 Pirc Defense: General

B07 Pirc Defense: General

There are some moves in this game that even though they were bad, I didn't make any markings on them, since those moves didn't really change the outcome of the game anymore. There might be in worse case scenario four days when I'm not able to post anything here due to the fact that I'm heading off to a Blitz tournament and I start making my way there tomorrow and come back Monday. There might be also other changes to this blog starting next week, mostly affecting the way I do the analysis. I might also get some training positions in addition to the daily puzzle that already is here in courtesy of GameKnot. Analysis updated February 1st 2015.

30 Jul 2014

B06 Modern Defence (1.e4 g6 2.d4 c6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e5 Bg7 5.c4)

B06 Modern Defence (1.e4 g6 2.d4 c6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e5 Bg7 5.c4)

This is one of those games where the engine didn't really like the Black's opening choice and considered this clearly better for White from the start. Since I started analysing my games for this blog, I have started to see positions where the engine gives maybe a bit false results. In the old versions of Fritz I faced this more often and started to disengage myself from computer analysis and started to think better moves myself and not be so reliant on the computer.

The biggest increase in my chess skills was probably when I started playing correspondence chess in 2004, then I used to spend several hours thinking about the next moves in my games. I used to write down on my notebook the variations that I came up with so I could remember them after it was my time to move again. I can't even think of doing that again, just not enough time anymore for that sort of thing. So many other things taking up my time these days but back then my day schedule was like, wake up, get breakfast, turn on computer and see what my opponents have done, start analysing the positions on my chess board. It was that glorious time when I spent most of my waking time studying chess.

[Event "ICC 5 0"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2014.05.27"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "dtimm1"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B06"] [WhiteElo "1573"] [BlackElo "1424"] [Annotator "Stockfish 5 64 SSE4.2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "300"] 1. e4 g6 {Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto.} 2. d4 c6 (2... Bg7 3. Bd2 { Modern Defense: Westermann Gambit.} (3. Bd3 {Modern Defense: Wind Gambit.}) (3. c4 c5 4. d5 Qa5+ {Pterodactyl Defense: Central. Benoni Pterodactyl} (4... d6 5. Nc3 Qa5 {Pterodactyl Defense: Central. Benoni Quetzalcoatlus} (5... Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 {Pterodactyl Defense: Central. Benoni Beefeater Pterodactyl}))) (3. Bc4 b5 {Modern Defense: Bishop Attack. Bücker Gambit})) 3. Nf3 d5 4. e5 Bg7 5. c4 f6 6. Nc3 (6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Bb5 Bg4 9. O-O fxe5 10. dxe5 e6 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Rc8 13. Qg4 Qd7 14. Rd1 Nge7 15. Ne4 O-O 16. Nc5 Qe8 17. Nxe6 Rf5 18. Nxg7 Kxg7 19. Qh4 a6 20. Bd3 Rxe5 {Ehlvest,J (2585)-Ivanov,I (2505) Saint John 1988 1-0 (55)}) 6... fxe5 7. dxe5 Nh6 {N} (7... e6 8. h4 Nd7 9. Bf4 Nh6 10. h5 Nf7 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. hxg6 hxg6 13. Rxh8+ Bxh8 14. Nxd5 exd5 15. e6 Qe7 16. Qe2 Kf8 17. exf7 Bxb2 18. Rb1 Bc3+ 19. Kd1 Qxe2+ 20. Bxe2 Kxf7 21. Rc1 Ba5 22. Ng5+ {Djuraev,S (2339)-Khamrakulov,I (2580) Dresden 2008 0-1 (37)}) (7... e6 {!? +/= is noteworthy}) 8. cxd5 {+/-} O-O 9. Be2 Bg4 $2 (9... Nf7 10. O-O { +/-}) 10. O-O (10. Ng5 Bxe2 11. Qxe2 cxd5 {+-}) 10... Bxf3 (10... cxd5 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 {+/-} (12. gxf3 e6 {+/-})) 11. Bxf3 Nf5 (11... Nf7 12. Qb3 Qb6 13. e6 {+-}) 12. dxc6 {+-} Nxc6 $2 (12... bxc6 13. Qb3+ Kh8 {+-}) 13. Qb3+ Kh8 14. Qxb7 Nxe5 15. Qe4 (15. Qxa8 {and White takes home the point} Qxa8 16. Bxa8 Rxa8 17. Rd1 {+-}) 15... Nxf3+ (15... Nd6 $5 {should be considered} 16. Qe3 Nxf3+ 17. gxf3 Qd7 {=/+}) 16. Qxf3 {+/=} Qb6 17. Nd5 {White threatens to win material: Nd5xb6} Qd6 (17... Qb7 {=}) 18. Bf4 $4 {White lets it slip away} (18. Qe4 Rad8 19. Nc3 Qb6 {+/=}) 18... Qd7 $4 {throwing away the advantage} (18... e5 19. Bg5 h6 20. Bd2 {+/-}) 19. Rab1 $4 {hands over the advantage to the opponent} (19. Qe4 {+/-}) 19... Nd4 {-+} 20. Qe4 Rae8 $4 {ignoring the path to victory} (20... Qf5 {and Black is on the road to success} 21. Rfe1 Rad8 22. Qxf5 Rxf5 (22... Nxf5 23. Ne3 {+/-}) 23. Rxe7 Rfxd5 {-+}) 21. Be5 {+/-} Nf5 ( 21... Ne2+ 22. Qxe2 Qxd5 23. Bxg7+ Kxg7 24. Rfd1 {+/-}) 22. Bxg7+ Kxg7 (22... Nxg7 23. Rbd1 {+-}) 23. Nf4 (23. Rbd1 $5 Qb7 {+-}) 23... e5 {+/-} 24. Nh3 (24. Nd3 Nd6 25. Qd5 Qe6 26. Qxe6 Rxe6 {+/-}) 24... Nd6 (24... Re7 25. Rbd1 Qb7 26. Qxb7 Rxb7 27. Rd2 {+/-}) 25. Qd5 Qe6 26. Qxe6 Rxe6 27. Rbd1 e4 28. Rfe1 (28. g3 Rfe8 {+/-}) 28... Rfe8 (28... h6 {!? +/-}) 29. Nf4 Re5 $4 {the pressure is too much, Black crumbles} (29... Rf6 {+-}) 30. Rxd6 {Black resigns} 1-0

29 Jul 2014

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian Variation. Advance Variation

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian Variation. Advance Variation

Another short game with a nice finish. This a decent example of how I play better chess when the time controls are longer. Sure there are still some small mistakes here and there but not clearly as much big blunders as there are in shorter games. There will be couple of days that I can't update this blog but rest assured that it will continue with daily updates after this small break. Saturday and Sunday this week there will be no posts here, Monday evening I might have enough time to make a post here but I can't quarantee it. The analysis was updated February 1st 2015.

Game number two. The game below was played in the 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800 tournament that is still in progress at Red Hot Pawn. Well, at least two games are still ongoing though the winner has been decided quite a long time ago. The second and third place finishers are the only ones that have not been officially decided yet. This eight player tournament started September 10th 2014.

Game number three. I thought it would be a good idea to play some games again at the FIDE Online Arena after a break of around a month, turns out that it was not such a good idea after all as the game below quite clearly shows. This was played with a time controls where both players have 15 minutes as the basic time and with each move the players got 10 seconds added to their clocks. I really tried to think about my moves and use the time, but this unfamiliar opening became my downfall and I made some bad to really awful moves. I can't even believe that I did not see the knight protecting the d6 pawn and I happily just took the pawn and for a second or so I thought I had just won a pawn and things were starting to look a bit better for me. That illusion was destroyed very quickly when my opponent just took the bishop...

28 Jul 2014

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: Williams Variation

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: Williams Variation

If anything, this game that I have analysed today, shows how sometimes I just can't see tactics. For quite a long time now I have done 3 tactical exercises every day and that is the minimum amount but I may need to increase it, in order to improve my vision more. The level at which I see tactics now, is disgraceful at least to me. Only barely over 50% accuracy in solving is not all that good. Well, in truth that is only my accuracy in the tactical trainer at On Chess Tactics Server, I have managed a 85% solving accuracy but as it is based on solving the exercises as fast as possible, my tactical rating there is really bad, since I am old and slow... ;-)

27 Jul 2014

B02 Alekhine Defense: Two Pawn Attack

B02 Alekhine Defense: Two Pawn Attack

Another game in an opening I know almost nothing about. Somehow I get into decent positions, sometimes even winning positions and then I walk straight into a mate in one...

26 Jul 2014

B00 Queen's Fianchetto Defence, Nimzowitsch Defense (1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d6)

B00 Queen's Fianchetto Defence, Nimzowitsch Defense (1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d6)

An example of an opening that I don't face all that often in my games. Even though this is not all that great opening for Black, it may still have quite descent results against low rated people. I mean even I can hang a queen at any given moment...;-) That actually has happened too many times lately, not sure why that might be. Sure there was a long time when I didn't play chess at all, but I have played quite a lot this year at least on the internet. Then again, what I consider to be a lot, might not be the same to everyone. I may have actually only played less than 100 games last year or maybe barely over that and this year I have already played probably hundreds of games.

[Event "ICC 5 0"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2014.06.19"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "arben"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B00"] [WhiteElo "1587"] [BlackElo "1360"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 b6 {Owen Defense: General} 2. d4 Bb7 3. Nc3 (3. Bd3 f5 4. exf5 Bxg2 5. Qh5+ g6 {Owen Defense: Matovinsky Gambit}) (3. Bg5 {Owen Defense: Naselwaus Gambit}) (3. f3 e5 {Owen Defense: Wind Gambit}) (3. Nf3 {Owen Defense: Smith Gambit}) 3... e6 4. Nf3 d6 {B00 Queen's Fianchetto Defence, Nimzowitsch Defense } 5. Bc4 Nd7 6. O-O (6. Qe2 a6 7. a4 g6 8. Bg5 Ne7 9. h4 h6 10. Bf4 Bg7 11. O-O-O Nf6 12. Kb1 d5 13. exd5 Nexd5 14. Nxd5 Nxd5 15. Be5 O-O 16. h5 g5 17. Bd3 Nb4 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. Be4 Bxe4 20. Qxe4 Qd5 {Dominguez Pons,E (2325)-Palit,S (2435) Barcelona 2012 1/2-1/2}) 6... g6 7. Bg5 Ne7 8. Qd2 Bg7 $146 (8... h6 9. Be3 Bg7 10. Rad1 a6 11. a4 Nf6 12. Bd3 d5 13. exd5 Nfxd5 14. Nxd5 Nxd5 15. Ne5 Bxe5 16. dxe5 Nxe3 17. Qxe3 Qg5 18. Qg3 Rd8 19. f4 Qxg3 20. hxg3 h5 21. Kf2 Ke7 22. a5 bxa5 23. Ra1 {Ambrus,E (2375)-Roy Chowdhury,S (2469) Canberra 2009 1/ 2-1/2 (50)}) 9. Bh6 Bxh6 10. Qxh6 {Black has a cramped position} Nf8 $2 (10... Ng8 11. Qe3 $16) 11. Ng5 $4 {there were better ways to keep up the pressure} ( 11. d5 $142 {and White can look forward to a comfortable game} a6 12. dxe6 Nxe6 13. Rad1 $18) 11... Ng8 $11 {Black threatens to win material: Ng8xh6} 12. f4 $4 {throws away the game} (12. Bb5+ $142 {was possible} c6 13. Qg7 $11) 12... Nxh6 $19 13. d5 Qd7 (13... exd5 {keeps an even firmer grip} 14. Bxd5 Bxd5 15. Nxd5 $19) 14. dxe6 Nxe6 15. Nh3 O-O-O 16. Rad1 Nc5 17. e5 Qg4 18. Bd5 Bxd5 19. Nxd5 dxe5 20. fxe5 Nf5 21. c4 Rxd5 $1 {Decoy: d5} 22. cxd5 (22. cxd5 Ne3 {Decoy Double attack}) (22. Rxd5 Ne3 {Decoy Double attack}) (22. -- $140 Ne3 {Mate threat}) 22... Ne3 23. Rd2 Nxf1 24. Kxf1 Re8 25. d6 (25. Re2 {is no salvation} Nd3 26. Ng1 Rxe5 27. Nf3 Rxe2 28. Kxe2 Qe4+ 29. Kd2 Nf4 30. Ne5 Qxe5 31. b4 Qe2+ 32. Kc3 Nxd5+ 33. Kb3 Qd3+ 34. Kb2 Qd2+ 35. Kb1 Nc3+ 36. Ka1 Qxa2#) 25... Rxe5 (25... Qc4+ 26. Kf2 Ne4+ 27. Ke1 Rxe5 28. d7+ Kd8 29. g4 Nxd2+ 30. Kf2 Qe2+ 31. Kg3 Nf1+ 32. Kh4 Qxh2 33. a3 Qg3#) 26. dxc7 (26. Ng1 {doesn't change anything anymore} Qc4+ 27. Ne2 Nd3 28. g3 Qe4 29. Kg1 Qe3+ 30. Kh1 Qxd2 31. d7+ Kxd7 32. Ng1 Ne1 33. Ne2 Qxe2 34. a3 Qg2#) 26... Qf5+ (26... Nd3 27. Rxd3 Qe2+ 28. Kg1 Qe1#) 27. Nf2 Kxc7 (27... Ne4 28. Re2 Ng3+ 29. hxg3 Qb1+ 30. Nd1 Qxd1+ 31. Kf2 Qxe2+ 32. Kg1 Qe3+ 33. Kf1 Rf5#) 28. g4 (28. Rd4 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} Qc2 29. g3 Qe2+ 30. Kg2 Rf5 31. Rf4 Rxf4 32. gxf4 Ne4 33. a3 Qxf2+ 34. Kh3 Qf3+ 35. Kh4 Qh5#) 28... Qb1+ (28... Qf4 29. Rc2 Kb8 30. a3 Nd3 31. Kg2 Nxf2 32. b3 Nxg4 33. h3 Qh2+ 34. Kf3 Qxh3+ 35. Kf4 g5#) 29. Kg2 (29. Rd1 {is not the saving move} Qxb2 30. Kg2 Re2 31. Rf1 Nd3 32. Kf3 Qe5 33. g5 Qe3+ 34. Kg4 Nxf2+ 35. Rxf2 Rxf2 36. a3 Rf4#) 29... Ne4 (29... Qc1 30. Rd1 Qf4 31. Rf1 Re2 32. h4 Ne4 33. Rc1+ Qxc1 34. g5 Rxf2+ 35. Kh3 Qf1+ 36. Kg4 Rf4#) 30. Nxe4 (30. Re2 {does not solve anything} f6 31. a3 Nxf2 32. Kxf2 Qd3 33. Rxe5 fxe5 34. h4 e4 35. a4 Qf3+ 36. Kg1 e3 37. Kh2 e2 38. a5 bxa5 39. b3 e1=Q 40. b4 Qfh1#) 30... Qxe4+ 31. Kg3 Qe3+ 32. Kh4 (32. Kg2 {does not win a prize} Qxd2+ 33. Kf3 g5 34. a3 Re3#) 32... Qxd2 (32... g5+ 33. Kh5 Qh3#) 33. b3 (33. Kg3 {cannot undo what has already been done} g5 34. a3 Re3#) 33... Qxh2# 0-1

25 Jul 2014

A88 Dutch Defense: Leningrad Variation. Warsaw Variation

A88 Dutch Defense: Leningrad Variation. Warsaw Variation

This time I present you with two light games, both are under twenty move short games. In the first game I manage to get a win, not a brilliant win since I was in a position earlier in the game that should have ended in my loss. It is quite horrible sometimes when I look at my blitz games and see how bad moves are played in them. Maybe in time I learn not to make as much bad moves as I make nowadays. Analysis updated January 31st 2015.

Game number two. Another short game in which we play again the same opening but this time my opponent gets the win. Analysis updated January 31st 2015.

A83 Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. General Variation

A83 Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. General Variation

This is quite a long game and if possible I try to post shorter games in the future in order to do these posts a bit faster. It is safe to say that analysing this game took much longer than it did to play it... In any case, I hope you enjoy all the mistakes in the game and maybe learn from my mistakes aswell. Going through my database of games in Eco order lately so next game is probably A88 Leningrad Dutch. Going through the games this way helps me get through all the possible opening variations easier. If you like these posts, feel free to tell your friends about it and other chess enthusiasts. Also if you want to see a game in particular opening that I haven't covered yet, please leave a comment and I'll see if I can find a game in that opening and I'll analyse and post it here.

24 Jul 2014

A80 Dutch Defense: General

A80 Dutch Defense: General

After I started this blog in July 15th 2014, I have analysed more of my games than I have in years. This year has been somewhat wierd for me, in a few places in the internet where I play chess, I have managed to get my highest ever ratings. This also correspondense chess sites, which might be the oddest thing about my rating progress since I have only used minimal time to look at each move on my corr games. At the same time that this wierdness has been going on this year, in other parts of my life the past nine months or so have probably been worse than ever before. Well the last two of those months have at least gone in better direction. Analysis updated January 29th 2015.

Game number two. A bit differently analysed game for you today, this is an update to the older post. Day of the update September 18th 2014. I think I may need to add the update date on further updates from now on. Then again it may be unnecessary as I do post something that shows in the day I update where I tell what I have updated. Well, we will see how things are done in the future.

My first blog post to feature three games, this will not be the last one though. It does surprise me a bit that the Dutch Defense is the one I posted most games from as it is not the opening I have played the most at all. I still am quite bad at it but maybe someday I get better at it. This post was updated September 23rd 2014.

Game number four. This one was played at on the second round of the tournament called 1800-2000: Knock Out. There were 64 players participating in this tournament and all players were divided in to groups of two and the winner of the duel will advance to the next round. In case there is a tie both players will advance and this happened to me on the first round. This second round I was eliminated from the tournament as I only got half a point out of the two games. This tournament started on May 8th 2014 and the tournament ended for me February 13th 2015.

23 Jul 2014

A53 Old Indian Defense: General

A53 Old Indian Defense: General

A bit newer game than usual and also I don't think I have posted any other 3 minute chess analysis before. One might argue that you should only look at the opening phaze on blitz games as the rest is most likely not that accurately played. Then again I play like an idiot no matter the time controls so that might not apply to me anyway. How many of the readers can, for example, say that they have hang their queen in correspondence games, I have done so twice this year... And yes, I feel very ashamed of that fact. Then again, I have played my corr games almost like blitz lately, so replying to my opponents moves almost instantly I see them, has obvious drawbacks. I think the same kind of concentration loss has had a significant effect on my tactics solving. For instance, the rating I have in the tactics trainer at has been around 300-400 points lower than it was when I was in my peak. If my memory serves me right, my rating used to be easily over 2000 and sometimes close to a 2200 mark. Now I have barely rating of 1700 there.

22 Jul 2014

A45 Trompowsky Attack (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5)

A45 Trompowsky Attack (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5)

It does take a long time to go through a game properly. Sure I could have added some variation examples of games played by much better players than me in the analysis but I think this should be good enough look through to guide me in the right direction in my chess improvement. There are still a lot more games to go through and quite a lot of different opening variations that I haven't gone through. We shall see when the time comes when I ran out of different variations I have played and need to start looking at games that have been in the same variations that I have already posted. Luckily every game is unique so that I never ran out of material to post.

[Event "ICC 15 0"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2014.05.09"] [Round "?"] [White "Sallubhai"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A45"] [WhiteElo "1505"] [BlackElo "1768"] [Annotator "Tactical Analysis 2.10 (30s)"] [PlyCount "52"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 d5 {A45 Trompowsky Attack} 4. f3 (4. c3 e6 5. Nd2 Bd6 6. Bxd6 Nxd6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Ngf3 Qe7 9. Qb3 c6 10. c4 dxc4 11. Nxc4 Nxc4 12. Bxc4 O-O 13. O-O e5 14. dxe5 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Qxe5 16. Rfd1 g6 17. a4 Rb8 18. Rd4 Bf5 {Klaric,Z (2445)-Cvitan,O (2515) Palma de Mallorca 1989 1/2-1/2 (46)}) 4... e5 (4... g5 5. Bc1 Nd6 6. Bxg5 h6 7. Bf4 e6 8. e3 Nd7 9. Bd3 c5 10. c3 cxd4 11. exd4 Qh4+ 12. Bg3 Qe7 13. Ne2 h5 14. O-O h4 15. Bf4 Bh6 16. Re1 Nb6 17. Bxh6 Rxh6 18. Qd2 Qf6 19. Nf4 {Tirelli,M (1990)-Biava,P (1655) Crema 2012 1-0 (49)}) 5. dxe5 $146 (5. Bxe5 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. e3 O-O 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. Bg3 Re8 10. Bf2 c5 11. Be2 Qa5 12. Qd2 Nb6 13. a3 Bf5 14. g4 Bxg4 15. fxg4 Ne4 16. axb4 Qxa1+ 17. Qd1 Qxb2 18. Nxe4 dxe4 19. bxc5 Nd5 {Egberts,K-Sylbing,G Haarlem 2000 0-1}) 5... Nc5 6. Nc3 {0.32/26} (6. e4 $1 $16 {0.79/24}) 6... c6 {0.87/23} (6... d4 $14 {0.32/26}) 7. e3 {0.05/28} (7. e4 $16 {0.87/23}) 7... Be7 {0.54/25} (7... Qb6 $11 {0.05/28 should be considered.}) 8. Bd3 {White is slightly better.} (8. Bg3 {seems wilder.} O-O 9. Nge2 Re8 10. Nd4 Bf8 11. Be2) 8... Nxd3+ {0.81/23} ( 8... Nbd7 $11 {0.18/25 keeps the balance.}) 9. Qxd3 O-O 10. Nge2 Be6 {0.86/25} (10... Nd7 $11 {0.20/27}) 11. O-O-O $16 Nd7 12. g4 {0.28/27} (12. Kb1 $16 { 0.78/24}) 12... Bg5 {1.47/24} (12... Qc7 $11 {0.28/27}) 13. Bg3 {0.78/27} (13. Kb1 $142 {1.47/24}) 13... Bh4 {1.35/23} ({Black should try} 13... Nc5 {0.78/27} 14. Qd2 Be7) 14. Bxh4 Qxh4 15. f4 {-0.15/26} (15. Qd4 $14 {0.69/23}) 15... Bxg4 $11 16. Rdg1 $2 {-1.90/25 [#]} (16. Rhg1 $11 {-0.15/26}) 16... Bf3 $19 17. Qf5 {-3.38/24} (17. Qd4 {-1.90/27 keeps fighting.}) 17... Nc5 18. Rf1 Bxh1 19. Rxh1 Rae8 20. Rg1 Qxh2 $2 {0.00/27 [#]} (20... f6 $19 {-3.93/24 Threatens to win with ...fxe5.} 21. e6 g6) 21. Qg4 $2 {-2.44/25} (21. Rxg7+ $1 $11 {0.00/27} Kh8 (21... Kxg7 22. Qf6+) 22. Rxf7 Qh1+ 23. Kd2) 21... Qh6 22. Ng3 Qg6 {-0.83/28} ( 22... Kh8 $19 {-2.06/26 is more deadly. White must now prevent ...Qe6.} 23. Nf5 Qg6 24. Qxg6 hxg6) 23. Qh4 $2 {-3.10/25} (23. Qd1 $17 {-0.83/28 is the only way for White.}) 23... Kh8 24. f5 $2 {-3.97/28} (24. b4 {-2.02/26 is a better defense.} Ne6 25. Qh1) 24... Qh6 25. Nh5 $2 {-16.72/24} (25. Qd4 {-3.90/29} Nd7 26. Rh1) 25... Rxe5 {-6.72/28} (25... Qxe3+ $142 {-16.72/24} 26. Kd1 Qxg1+ 27. Qe1 Qg4+ 28. Qe2 Qxf5) 26. Rxg7 Rxf5 {Precision: White = 18%, Black = 24%.} 0-1

21 Jul 2014

A39 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Mecking Variation

A39 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Mecking Variation

Another day, another opening variation to share with the world. This game I went through with Stockfish today and went on all the major advantage changes 25 or more moves deep. I also did some chess video experimentations today so that maybe in the future I could get also a youtube channel, where I would post videos were I would commentate the games while I play and usually quite badly ;-) Maybe those fun times will be on the near future... If or when that happens I will post here the necessary details to let you know how you can find me on youtube. Analysis updated January 27th 2015.

This second game was played in a team match called we love chess and fun. It was played between F&R and Life Is Chess. I played board two for the latter and I think our team changed its name during the match. It was before we love chess and fun. If I recall correctly that is. This match was played on five boards and ended in a draw 5 - 5. I won both my games in the match. On boards 3 and 4 we lost 2-0 due to timeouts.

Game number three. This is the 23rd game in the 100 game match that me and Tomi are playing against each other. With this win I finally tied the match. The score was 11.5 - 11.5 after this game.

Game number four. This is the 25th game in the 100 game match between me and my friend. Tomi was able to tie the match with the win he was able to get in the game below. After this loss of mine, the score was 12.5 - 12.5.

Game number five. This is the 27th game in the 100 game match that me and a friend of mine are playing. After this draw, the score in the match was 13 - 14 in favor of my friend.

Game number six. This is the 31st game in the 100 game match between these two players. Even after this many games the match was still going quite evenly and after this game the score was 16 - 15 in my favor. At this point it seemed that there will be no clear winner for this match.

Game number seven. The game below is the 41st game in the 100 game match that is played with 15 minute time controls between these two players. This variation has become quite drawish in this match, so I will maybe only play it from time to time when I need to take a break from losing if that starts to happen in an alarming pace. After this game the score in the match was 24 - 17.

20 Jul 2014

C55 Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. De Riviere Gambit

C55 Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. De Riviere Gambit

Since I started posting my games and maybe looking at them a bit closer than before, it has been interesting to see how many different openings and variations I have really faced over the years. This particular opening variation I had never before even heard of, until I did some studying, did I learn what it is called. Truth to be told though, the game doesn't follow the normal move order of this variation. The normal order is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.c3. This has not been the first time nor will it be the last time that the move order in my games doesn't follow the usual move order. As you can see, it is another loss as I'm trying to balance things out. If I would post all the games I have notations of, I would be slightly on the plus side but maybe not in the ratio that you see my games here in this blog. The analysis for this game was updated January 26th 2015.

19 Jul 2014

C03 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation

C03 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation

In my many games over the years, French Defense is most likely one of the rarest occuring opening. Despite that fact, I would like to at some point learn it so that I could play with both colors with some confidence. Well, actually I would like to at some point rotate between a lot openings without the result suffering in the process. It is an ambitious plan I have to admit and I may never achieve it but I am still going to try my best, for what it is worth.

Game number two. This game was part of the French Thematic tournament held at and it is only one of the two times that I have faced an International Master in correspondence chess. The other time was actually against this same opponent in this same tournament. That game ended in my victory, so I was able to tie my record against him.

For the third example of the C03 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation, I have put in the notation different opening variations than in the previous games in this same line. I try to do this whenever it is possible so that there are some fresh ideas in them.

This fourth game is from the round one of the French 2014 tournament. This was the shortest loss I suffered on round one. I did manage to get to round two though barely. In round two I am in a group of five people where I am the lowest rated player. We will see how well this round goes for me but I am kind of hoping that I will not advance to the next round as I am starting to lower the game load as much as possible. This game was added January 16th 2015.

Game number five. My opponent in this game was National Master Okechukwu Iwu. This game was played in round two of the French 2014 thematic tournament at I playing on group #2 which consists of five players and I am currently in fourth place. Three of the best players from each group will advance to the next round and I have still theoretical chances of advancing to the third round. I have only gathered two points in the six games that have finished this round and there are two games left for me to finish. NM Okechukwu Iwu will win the group as he has won all his finished seven games and the last game that he has in progress will not change that. Second place finisher is not so clear at this point but it currently belongs to Lasker64. Lasker64 has gathered 4 points and he or she has only one game left. Albatros1 is on third place and he or she has gathered two points like me but has four games left to finish, while I have only two. While the game below was not completely horribly played by me, it was quite clear who the better player was the whole game.

Game number six. This game was played on the third round of the French 2014 tournament. In all games the moves 1.e4 e6 have been premade, so the games start with White's second move. I advanced from the first round by finishing third in Group 3 with 4.5 points. I was able to get half a point more than the player who finished fourth. Three of the best players in each group will advance to the next round, so I barely managed to get to the second round. Then on the second round I was again able to get third place, this time having a full point more than the player who finished fourth. On the second round I played in Group 2 and was able to get 3.5 points. The first round group consisted of six players and the second round group had five players in it. On this third round I am playing in Group 2 and it has four players. I am basically on shared third place at the moment with half a point to show for my three games. I think this time I face strong enough opponents that I will not advance to the fourth round. Actually I am currently the only player who has lost any of his games, so my luck is maybe running out. Honestly I did not think that I could advance from the first round either when I saw who were playing in the same group, but I managed to squeeze my way through. It was really disappointing for me to see in what group I was going to play in on round 3, mainly because two players from the previous round are playing in the same group as I am. I would have preferred to play against different people this time. One of the players I had faced also on round two was National Master Ejarov. I have now lost all my three games against him and I doubt that the fourth game will change the grim results I have had against to a more positive ones. Ejarov is currently on second place with 2 points. Those two points consist of 2 draws and 1 win.

C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation

C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation

I have played the Scotch on both colors though more games as Black than with White. It is a opening that I know quite well these days in my honest opinion, well at least the two variations that I most often faced either over the board or in the internet. Since I no longer really play close chess and haven't done so in quite a long time, it has been more of the latter for me for some months. I did by accident analyse this game again with my current engine so I replaced the old analysis with the new one.

Second example in this line features a bit newer game to look at.

Game number three in this variation is updated the same day when I put my 100th opening variation post and the date for that is October 23rd 2014.

Game number four that I share with you all is a game I played awhile ago at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club.

Game number five but first one where I play with the white pieces. It may be interesting to note that the ratings shown are not the ones that were the ratings of these players during their encounter but the ratings are taken from the day when I got the pgn-file for the games. This applies to all my Queen Alice Internet Chess Club games, maybe also other correspondence chess games that I have shared publicly in this blog.

This sixth game was played over three years ago at GameKnot. Two other games against this same opponent I have also recently posted as they were consecutive games on the database I got them from.

This seventh game is a bit newer one as the previous one, this one was played this year. With seven wins in seven games this has also become the most successful opening variation for me that I have featured in this blog.

Eight game and finally also a loss in this line... It started to be a bit too hard to maintain a perfect score in this opening. Well, this game was not decided in the opening so it was only my later moves in the middle game that cost me the game. Sometimes my understanding of the positions is very limited to nonexistent. This game was played in a team match called 50 MEMBER MILESTONE and it was played between Life Is Chess and Chess School on 10 boards. I played board two for Life Is Chess. This game was the first one of the two games I played in this match to finish, the one that finished later I won. That was also I think the last game of the match and the match ended 12 - 8 in to our victory!

Game number nine. This was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. It is all versus all times two tournament and I am currently fighting for the third place in the tournament. The victory in the tournament is already impossible for me as I have lost too many points.

Game number 10. This one is from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. This tournament started August 11th 2014, the thinking times are 7 days per move and 14 days are in the bank. Points are calculated as follows: three points for a win and one point for a draw. I have currently 91 points and I can get to 115 if I win my remaining games. That puts me in second place behind caissad4 who is at the moment leading the tournament with currently at 101 points and he can get to 116 points. I am still playing both my games against the leader of the tournament, so anything can happen still.

Game number 11. If I am not mistaken my opponent in this game was the first player at Red Hot Pawn to reach the amazing milestone of one million moves!! There are actually two players now there who have reached that milestone and I think they will be the only ones for quite some time. Well, I am not sure if players can be sorted by the amount of moves they have made there but I would think that no one else comes close to these two. As I looked my opponent's profile, it seems that he has 1118 games in progress at the moment. I do not know he has time to make so many moves during the day. That being said, making that many moves might not take all that much time if you just make moves without spending all that much time in doing them. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament. It is a 21 player tournament where everyone plays against everyone else twice. This game was added to this post February 28th 2015.

Game number 12. Second game in a row against the hardcore move maker ZorroTheFox. This one was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. This tournament has thinking times of 7 days per move and 14 days are in the bank. That means that if you go over the seven day limit, the bank starts depleting. For each move you get the minimum of seven days. I have still minimal chances of finishing second in this tournament but that would mean that I would win all my remaining games and the player currently second could not get more points in his remaining games. This game was added February 28th 2015.

Game number 13. The game you see below was played in a team match called Diamonds vs NINJA EMPIRE---Open 3day/move, 1-10 boards. It is stilll ongoing match between Diamond Members & Staff and NINJA EMPIRE ~ 忍者帝国. I play board two in this match for the Diamond Members & Staff. We have already secured the win in this match as only my other game against desker is left to play and we lead the match 10,5 - 8,5. Luckily for me this loss was not a meaningful to the match anymore. It is a good thing that my teammates were more alert than I was. We will see if i can get something done in my other game against desker and feel not that bad about my performance in this match. This match started November 3rd 2014. This game was added to this post March 6th 2015.

Game number 14. This one was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently on fourth place in this 21 player tournament. I have still some chances for third place but I think that second place is too unlikely to happen at this point. Especially since it feels like I lose almost every game I play these days.

Game number 15. This one was played in the third round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena. After this game I had experienced every possible result in this tournament, a win, a loss and a draw. At this point, my unmonitored rating was going down and my monitored elo was maybe slightly improving. There was quite a few chances for my opponent to get a winning position but luckily for me, ilragno was not able to find the path to victory this time.

Game number 16. The game below is just one more example of the unnecessary losses that I faced a few at some point in time. Missing a mate in one in a correspondence game is of course ridiculous and should not happen but with me everything is possible. Well, I have learned from these losses and I think I can avoid these type of losses from now on. Despite this loss, I am still fighting for the win in this 2014 Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament with five other players. The tournament is played at Red Hot Pawn and it started September 11th 2014.

Game number 17. This was played in a 21 player tournament called 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III. It started September 11th 2014 and the tournament is still ongoing. The timeout in this tournament is 7 days and there is also 14 days in the timebank. I am currently fifth in the tournament but I still have chances to win it as I have 14 games still in progress out of the 40 games that started in this tournament. There are a couple of players who have better chances to win this as they have higher maximum possible score than I have. I still have most of my games against the leading players in progress though, so I can maybe mix things up a bit.

Game number 18. The game below was played in a team match called Open Challenge Team Bengaluru - ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು. It was played between Team Bengaluru - ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು and King Hunters. I played on board 2 in this match for King Hunters and I was able to get one win and loss out of my two games. The match was played on 10 boards and the final result was 13 - 7 in favor of Team Bengaluru - ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು.

Game number 19. This was played in the fourth and final round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on March 29th 2015. I finished the tournament with three wins and one loss, which was a decent result from these games.

Game number 20. The game below was played in a team match called burek. It is played between Bosnia and Herzegovina and CHOCOLATE II on 31 boards. I played on board 4 for CHOCOLATE II and in addition to this draw, I won my other game against Sadudin. The winner of the match has been decided already some time ago and with only one game left in the match, Bosnia and Herzegovina leads the match 39.5 - 21.5. This game was added to this post on August 11th 2015.

Game number 21. This game was played in the first round of a rapid chess tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on April 4th 2015. This has been one of the easiest starts to a tournament there because my opponent basically just blundered a couple of pieces too easily in this game.

Game number 22. The game below is from the second round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on April 11th 2015. Second loss in a row in this tournament and fifth one in a row at FOA, so things looked really bad at this point. There were three rounds left to turn the downward spiral into an uphill climb and generally just stop losing.

Game number 23. This was played on the fourth round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on April 13th 2015. At the moment this is the latest tournament that I have played there. After this tournament I have only played some challenge games there. Mostly against a friend of mine against whom I have 100 game match in progress. It has been on pause quite some time now but maybe next week we can continue that match once more. The game below was my first actual win of the tournament, so better late than never I guess.

Game number 24. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament that is still in progress at Red Hot Pawn. This is probably the slowest paced tournament that I have ever taken part of, timeout is 21 days and there are also 21 days in the bank. I have four games in progress on this first round that will also be my final round because I was unable to keep myself in the battle for the win of the group. I have gathered 33 points so far and my maximum possible score is 45. If I win all of my remaining games I have theoretical chances to finish second on this group. I am currently in fifth place. The leader of the group is a player called takinitez007 (1873), who has gathered 56 points so far and has a maximum possible score of 62, which is also the highest maximum possible score that anyone has at the moment, so takinitez007 has the best chances to win the group. Actually takinitez007 is already secured at least a shared win of the group because the closest rival of takinitez007 is a player called caissad4 (1854), whose maximum possible score is 56, which is the second highest maximum possible score in the group, but only enough to tie the score with takinitez007.

Game number 25. This game brings you board 4 action from a team match called Chess mates 97th match. The match is played on 20 boards between ♕♖ChEsS MaTeS♕♖ and Unikat - Automat Team. I played for ♕♖ChEsS MaTeS♕♖ and I was able to win both my games against akl19591959. My success on board 4 was of little help for our team this time, as the current score 12.5 - 23.5 is in favor of Unikat - Automat Team and therefore they will also get the win of the match as soon as all the games have finished.

Game number 26. This was played in a team match called 2015.08.28 ~~~ TCP - * The WOLF *. It is played on 31 boards between TURK CHESS PLAYERS and * The WOLF *. I played on board 3 for * The WOLF *. This time I was not able to help the team at all in points, I lost both of my games against dekara. Unfortunately I was not the only one in our team who was not able to get points from our opponent and the current score in the match is 35 - 26 in favor of TURK CHESS PLAYERS. The score tells a grim tale of our loss, which will be confirmed after all the games have finished. Our opponent even could lose more games on time than we did and still we are going to lose. Of course the timeout losses were quite even, TCP only had two more of them than we did, so it was not enough to make a huge difference on the final result.

Game number 27. This one was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament. The first round is still in progress at Red Hot Pawn and I have still six more games left to finish before I can stop thinking about this tournament and my games in it. That is because only winner or winners of the group will advance to the next round and it was determined some time ago that I have no chances to fight for the win of the group. My goal in those last games is just to maintain or improve my rating, preferably the latter of course. ZorroTheFox has currently 19 points and only has two more games to improve his score. 19 points are enough for the 11th place at the moment. There are two players who can overtake him still though. I am currently on 6th place with 39 points, but my position in the final standings is still far from clear. I can finish anywhere between 3rd and 9th place at the moment, though 3rd and 9th place are really unlikely at the moment.

Game number 28. The game below was played on the third round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). I am currently on fourth place with 2 points. If I win all my remaining games, I will finish 2nd and advance to the next round. It might be too much to ask at the moment, but I guess I still have a small chance to do that. My opponent, DocOrtho, is on 5th place in this five player group's final standings. DocOrtho had a really rough time and lost all 8 games this round. I was able to advance from the first round by winning Group 14 with a one point difference to the player who finished second. Then on the second round I was second in the final standings of Group 1 and I was able to get half a point less than the winner of the group. More importantly I was able to get one full point more than the player who finished third and secured my place on round three.

The balance in this game shifted many times from even to my small advantage to clear advantage and back to a more even position. The game losing blunder comes when my opponent played 22.Qc3. After that the game is lost for DocOrtho. Had he played the exchange sacrifice that Stockfish suggested in this after game analysis, he could have kept the game in balance.

Game number 29. The game below was played in a team match called Limitless Harmony. The match is played at on 86 boards between The Harmony Chess and Limitless Chess. I played on board 19 for Limitless Chess and in addition to this draw, I won my other game against anvari-hasan on time. I only made one move in that game while my opponent did not move at all. The current score in the match is 97 - 65 in favor of The Harmony Chess, which means they have secured the win in the match quite comfortably. I could have won this game if I had found the right way to handle the ending with the opposite colored bishops. I was even somewhat worried that had I continued the game, I would have tried too hard to win and would have lost the game.

For the first seven moves both players played reasonable moves, but then on his 8th move, my opponent blunders and gives me the opportunity to get a clear advantage. I did get a clear advantage with my move, but I could have played 8...Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Re8 and things are looking quite good for me. The next mistake of the game was played by anvari-hasan with his 11th move. Had I replied correctly, I would have been close to winning this game already at this point in the game. I played a bad move instead after which the position is closer of being equal again. The reply to my move 11...Qg5+ is not a good one and I would have been in a good position to get a deciding advantage, but then it was my turn to blunder the advantage away. The position was about even after 13.f3, but for a few moves after that anvari-hasan was on the better side of the board and could have had a winning advantage, had my opponent replied accurately to my huge blunder 18...Ne7. It was better to move the knight to d6, which I probably rejected during the game because it would appear that it loses a pawn. This kind of thinking is probably one of the reasons why I have not become a great chess player and instead play roughly at the same level as I have for some years now.

I played a second awful move in a row which did give the opportunity for my opponent to get the win in case he played accurately enough. I even made third blunder in a row, but even that did not guarantee loss for me, which is rather wierd. After that third blunder 20...Be6, my opponent played 21.Qg3, which is not the best move and now White's advantage only clear instead of winning. My positional downhill continued again with the move 22...a5, but again immediately anvari-hasan throws some of the advantage away by playing 23.h6. The next turning point of the game came when my opponent played 28.Rhf1, which brings the game closer to a draw again. Even still White has compensation for the pawn. Around this point the compensation for the pawn starts to decrease a bit and the material advantage I had, started to count again. I was doing well until I played 37...Be4 after which my opponent could have played 38.Rc1 and I would have been in trouble. Anvari-hasan forfeited the advantage immediately by playing 38.Qa7, which could have been the losing move, had I known how to win that endgame. Both players played some really horrible moves and this game could have gone either way many times, maybe I am quite okay with the draw, but I need to turn similar endings into won games in the future.

18 Jul 2014

C25 Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit

C25 Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit

This is similar to the King's Gambit as I don't like either opening all that much. I know this particular oppenent quite well, he is better at tactics than I am and almost every time we play blitz he usually gets a better position, sometimes he is even up a piece or something but his time usage gives me usually the win...

Game number two. This game was played in a team match called TMCL 2016, Sub-Div. WL2, R1. It is played between Battle For Victory and Unikat - Automat Team on 193 boards. I played on board 54 for Battle For Victory and in addition to this loss, I won my other game against qwewrty. The current score in the match is 113 - 182 in favor of Unikat - Automat Team. While the current score is very grim from our point of view, we can still turn things around.

I have usually accepted the gambit when its either this Vienna Gambit or King's Gambit, but in this game I decided to decline it. I am not sure if accepting the gambit would have changed the result in any way. In my opinion I had a decent position after 7...O-O. After that I am not sure if my decisions were all that good. I liked the look of 8...Nd4 followed by 9...Nxf3+, but opening the g-file and creating doubled pawns on the f-file probably was not as good to me as I had thought. Actually the open g-file just helped my opponent to create an attack against my king. I did not really like the looks of my next two moves Bh3 and Be6 either. Bh3 actually just helped my opponent because I was not able to keep my bishop there. I was somewhat worried that if I do not move it away from h3, then my opponent will play f3, Kh1, Ng1 and wins a free piece because there is no way for me to protect the bishop.

Even after Be6 I thought that I should survive, but I knew that I had messed up to some extent. Maybe I could have held on, had I not played 16...d5, which of course looked good to me at the time I played it, but not when I saw the reply 17.Qg3 threatning to both take the pawn on e5 and end the game next move with Qxg7#. My position looked quite horrible at that time and I knew that I will most likely lose this game. I did look for possible moves that could save me, and I thought I had found it when my opponent played 19.Bd4. That move basically traps the queen, so I played the horrible Bd6 that indeed makes it impossible for the queen to flee safely, the big problem for me is that qwewrty could play Qxf6!! It would not have been possible as long as my bishop defended the knight on f6. I completely missed that idea and after I saw it, I considered resigning the game, but continued my futile resistance for a couple of moves instead.

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5)

This one was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently second in the tournament but I still have some chances for taking the first place and be the winner of the tournament. Only time will tell what will happen. I have already secured at least third place in the 21 player tournament so this will not be a huge disaster no matter what happens in my remaining games.

Up to the move 7...d5 both players played if not accurately, at least reasonably. The diagram below shows the position in which my opponent played 8.d4, a move that created problems for jose sureda. Both pawn captures 8...dxe4 and 8...exd4 good enough to take the advantage. However, with accurate play my opponent should still be holding the position.

The penultimate mistake from jose sureda saw the light of day when he played 15.Qd2 in the next diagram position. The move that my opponent played ignored my threat of Nc2 completely and it was something that jose sureda could not afford to do.

I was mostly able to keep my winning advantage, but I did mess up on move 28, when I played c5. The position where I played that move can be seen in the next diagram. I should be clearly better after that move, but the sloppy move gave some unnecessary counterplay to my opponent.

The game continued with the moves 29.Ne4 Qe7 and then jose sureda made the move that lost the game 30.Rxc5. I replied with 30...Bb6 and it should be quite clear that the game is over.

[Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site ""] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "1"] [White "jose sureda"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1472"] [BlackElo "1844"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} 4. h3 (4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 Nxe4 8. Qd3 Nd6 9. dxe5 Nxb5 10. Bg5 f6 11. exf6 gxf6 12. Bh6 d5 13. Qxb5 Kf7 14. Rd1 a6 15. Qd3 Bg4 16. Nbd2 Qd7 17. Nb3 Bb6 18. c4 dxc4 {Rocha,S (2285)-Santos,C (2405) Lisbon 1991 1/2-1/2}) (4. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Spanish Wing Gambit}) (4. c3 Bb6 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation} ( 4... d5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Konikowski Gambit}) (4... f5 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit})) 4... Nge7 5. c3 $146 { Consolidates b4} (5. d3 d6 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Bd7 9. Nc3 f5 10. h4 f4 11. Bh2 g4 {0-1 (11) Fontalvo, N (1507)-Mosquera,A (1741) Cartagena 2012}) 5... Bb6 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 (7. d3 d6 $11) 7... d5 8. d4 (8. d3 $5 $11 {is an interesting idea}) 8... exd4 $15 9. cxd4 dxe4 10. Rxe4 Bf5 {Black threatens to win material: Bf5xe4} 11. Re1 a6 (11... Nxd4 12. Nxd4 Bxd4 13. Nc3 $17) 12. Bxc6 Nxc6 13. Bg5 {White threatens to win material: Bg5xd8} f6 {Black threatens to win material: f6xg5} 14. Be3 Nb4 15. Qd2 $2 (15. Qb3+ $142 { would keep White in the game} Nd5 16. Bd2 $15) 15... Nc2 $19 16. Nc3 Nxa1 17. Rxa1 Qd7 18. Nh4 Rad8 19. Nxf5 Qxf5 20. Re1 $2 (20. Qe2 Qd7 21. Rd1 Qf7 $19) 20... Rfe8 (20... Bxd4 {might be the shorter path} 21. Bxd4 c5 22. Re4 $19) 21. Ne2 (21. a3 Qg6 22. d5 Bxe3 23. Rxe3 Rxe3 24. Qxe3 Qe8 $19) 21... Qd5 (21... c5 {keeps an even firmer grip} 22. Qc3 cxd4 23. Nxd4 $19) 22. Nc3 (22. b4 c6 $19) 22... Qc4 23. b3 Qb4 24. Rd1 (24. d5 {doesn't change anything anymore} Ba5 25. Rc1 c6 $19) 24... Ba5 25. Nb1 Qb5 (25... Qxd2 {and Black can already relax} 26. Nxd2 c5 27. Nf3 cxd4 28. Rxd4 Rxd4 29. Nxd4 $19) 26. Nc3 (26. Qb2 c6 $19) 26... Qc6 (26... Qh5 $142 $5 {makes it even easier for Black} 27. Rc1 c5 28. d5 $19) 27. Rc1 Qd6 28. Qd3 c5 (28... Bxc3 $142 {and Black can already relax} 29. Rxc3 c6 $19) 29. Ne4 $17 Qe7 30. Rxc5 $4 {cause more grief.} (30. Nxc5 $142 Qf7 31. a3 $17) 30... Bb6 $19 (30... Qxe4 $6 {is clearly weaker} 31. Qxe4 Rxe4 32. Rxa5 $17) 31. Qc4+ Kh8 32. d5 (32. Nd2 {the only chance to get some counterplay} Bxc5 33. dxc5 $19) 32... Qxe4 33. Qxe4 Rxe4 34. Rc4 (34. Rc3 {otherwise it's curtains at once} Bxe3 35. fxe3 $19) 34... Rxc4 35. bxc4 Bxe3 36. fxe3 0-1

A10 English Opening: Anglo-Dutch Defense

A10 English Opening: Anglo-Dutch Defense

Even if this game doesn't have the usual move order of the Stonewall Dutch, it does end up in a same position as it would after the usual move order 1.d4 f5 2.c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. 0-0. But it does miss the last move in that line 6...Bd6, so it must be classified under a different opening. I do have examples of the Leningrad Dutch aswell, those in the usual move order but they have not yet been analysed so it will take some time to post even one of them. Until next time my fellow chess enthusiasts. Improved and updated analysis added January 5th 2015.

Game number two. This was played on the second round of a tournament that was played at Helsinki close to ten years ago. After two rounds I had two losses, so a terrible start for the tournament, but catastropfic start was just around the corner. All the four losses I suffered in this tournament were from the first four rounds and all of my opponents were higher rated than me on those rounds. Then again they were only rated 1800+, so I should not have lost all of them, because the rating difference was not that great. My only win in this tournament came against a lower rated player, who ended up being the last one in group B.

Game number three. The game below was played on the first round of a tournament that was held at Salo in 2006. Losing was really common thing for me in 2006 and this continued my horrible results during that year. I do not have the exact statistics for the year 2006, but I think that I lost 60 to 80 percent of all the over the board games that I played that year. My losing percentage in this tournament was 80, only my fourth round win brought some solace to me.

Game number four. The game below was played on the third round of a weekend tournament that was held at Hämeenlinna in 2008. This was my second win in this tournament and after three rounds I had 2 points, because I had lost my second round game. The game below went on featuring only small mistakes up to move 15, but the two small mistakes by my opponent 14...Bd7 and 15...gxf5 enabled me to get a clear advantage after my opponent's 15th move. In that position my pieces are more active than the ones that my opponent controls and especially both of my bishops have more scope than their counterparts. With my 17th move I made a judgement error and played b6. It seems like a tempting move for me to play even now, to be honest. The drawback is that after the reply axb6, I have just helped my opponent to activate his rook on a8. The pressure I had on the b-file after Rxb6 should not have been a good enough reason to play b6 in the first place because the pawn on b7 is not actually all that weak at the moment and had my opponent played 18...Bc8, I would not have had all that much play left on the b-file. The trade of the b-pawn to the a-pawn only accompished the weakening of my a-pawn and the activation of my opponent's a-rook, so my whole idea was flawed. Lars played the extremely passive Rb8 instead of the much superior move Bc8 and that reenabled my chances to fight for the advantage. I was able to keep the advantage on my side for the rest of the game, even though I played the inaccurate move 20.Qb2, which made the position go from a clearly advantageous to only slightly advantageous for me. It did not really matter because Lars made a huge blunder on his next move that basically lost the game for him or I should say it should have been the losing move, but I made some bad moves that enabled my opponent to get some play. Even with my bad moves, the advantage was on my side for the rest of the game.

17 Jul 2014

A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System

A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System

Here is an example of the Botvinnik System which has in turn embedded in the comments, examples from games played by much better players than I am. I hope you find it useful. There are a lot of examples in my analysed games of the English and this type of system but I think I will find games from other openings for my next post. The analysis in this game has been updated January 5th 2015.

Game number two to be featured here is quite old, being played almost seven years ago. Sometimes it does take a while for me to look at the games I have played...

Game number three. This was played on the fifth and final round of a tournament that was played during a weekend at Eura between September 24th and September 25th in 2005. This was a tournament where I started very well, but finished very poorly. On the first round I got a win against a player who was rated 2063. Never before had I won a game against so high rated opponent. The rest of the tournament was a complete disaster for me as I lost all my remaining four games. I have to say though that I was the only one who was able to win against that first round opponent as he then went on to win all his remaining games.

The game below is against a player who I faced quite regularly in my earliest chess playing days, but whom I have not played against in years. I do not remember exactly how many games I have against Kimmo, but I think it is maybe five to ten games. I think the results have been quite balanced if I recall correctly. This loss made sure that I was third last in the final standings.

Game number four. The game below was played on the fifth and final round of a tournament that was played at Helsinki close to ten years ago. This was my only win in the tournament, I lost every game on the first four rounds. I was 27th in the final standings of this tournament's group B. The group B consisted of 28 players and the only player who finished worse than me was the player who I faced in this game. The result of this bad tournament was that my rating dropped by 41 points. Later on the year this downward spiral continued and my rating ended plummeting more than any other year before that or since then. I think my over the board rating dropped by 238 points in 2006.

C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense

C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense

One of the rare examples of me winning a game in the King's Gambit Accepted. Just to balance things out, I will post my losses at some point in time. Feel free to post a comment if you want to see a game in particular opening and I will get an example of it if I can and analyse it. This game was analysed quite awhile ago with Fritz 10. I will post newer games when I come across something I want to share with the readers and other chess enthusiasts. Analysis updated January 23rd 2015.

Second rare example of me winning a game in this line. I honestly think that my results in this opening variation should usually be the other way around but first two games that I found in this line and analysed were both ones that I won. Also this one is quite a bit newer example than the first game as this was played seven years later than the first one. The engine and the computer used to analyse the game has been much improved for this game.

Third game to be featured here and my first publicly shared game where I lose in this line. My opponent here is the strongest by far that I have faced in correspondence chess. I have played two games against him and both ended in my loss very quickly. That other game I will also post today under my post called A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General.

This fourth game was played in a team match called Halloween match. The two teams playing against each other are CHESS CORNER and Obsessive Chess Disorder!! I played for the latter team on board 11 in this match-up. I won both my games against this opponent on time. We are currently leading the match 6,5 - 4,5 but still a lot of games left, so the winner is not decided yet. This game was added December 15th 2014.

Game number five. This my second game against CCapivara in this same opening, this time I had to settle for a draw. Well, draw was all I could hope for in the final position. This game decreased my rating by two points so it was not that bad. It does mean that my peak rating is now two points away but I can maybe get my rating over 2200 after the next game ends. It does require a win from me but I am feeling confident about my chances at least for the moment. I really should learn an alternative way to play against the King's Gambit to give me alternatives to this quite annoying opening.

This sixth game was played in a team match called south prairie. It is played between Wolf's Lair and Himgouree's club. I am playing board one for Himgouree's club. Only one game remains in the match and it is my other game against jevta22. As we lead the match 2 - 5, even I lose my other game, we win this match. Both teams had four players in this match and each player played against their opponent one simultaneous game at a time but each player plays two games one with the white pieces and the other with the black pieces. I did won this game on time but had the game continued who knows what would have happened. I think all results would have still been possible.

Game number seven. Here is funny game, or so I thought after the game, during the game it was nerve wrecking experience. Before this game I didn't know much about the King's Gambit or this particular variation and during the game I just tried as best as I can to work out the variations. After the game, when I had analysed it with Fritz 10 I was surprised to see that it was theory up to move 9. 0-0. This is I think the only time I faced this particular variation in the 13 years I have played chess. Well I may have played chess longer than that but I consider 2001 being the first year, since it was a year when I started to actually look some theory or some tactical exercises. I also played my first tournament in 2001. During the analysis update for this I did realise that it was not Muzio Gambit after all, so I moved the game here and deleted my post about Muzio Gambit. When I first published this game I looked that the analysis was a bit old but it did say that the opening would have been C37 King's Gambit: Accepted. Muzio Gambit and as mentioned before it said in the notation that 9.O-O was last book move. I thought surely this has to be right but only after actually looking at theory I could not find a variation of Muzio Gambit that would include 3...d6 or d6 at any point in the variation. It is true that the game variation has some aspects of the Muzio Gambit but it can't be in my opinion classified as that. The game was moved here with updated anylysis on January 25th 2015.

Game number eight. This game is from the Team Match Champions League Division D, round one. This match is played between DEORLS! and THE VAMPIRE. I play board 7 for the DEORLS! in this match where there are players on 27 boards. The current score is 21,5 - 23,5 in favor of THE VAMPIRE. The winner of the match is still not decided and hopefully I can get a better result in my other game against ACW. There is no explanation why I was able to play again so badly but it has been a reoccuring theme lately. I still do not like this opening...

Game number nine. This was played in the first round of the 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800 tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. I was able to win my first round group with quite a clear difference to the player who finished second place in the group. I got 20 points and the second place finisher got 13 points. You get 3 points for a win and one for a draw in this tournament. The tournament is currently in the second round and the winner is almost clear already. If I can win all my remaining games, I can tie the current leader in points. It is actually quite doubtful that I can do that but we will see what happens.

Game number ten. This game is from a tournament called 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800. I got one win and one draw against gilaadm in this tournament. Even that half a point loss did mean that there was no chance for me to win the tournament. Then again the more important games against the player who won the tournament I lost both my games, so even if I would have won the game you see below, it would not have made any difference to the winner of the tournament. Interestingly enough the only player who managed to even get a draw from the winner, is the same player who I am battling for second place. My opponent in those two remaining games is also the lowest rated player currently in the tournament.

Game number 11. The game below is from a team match called Let;s get it on 2015! The match is still ongoing and it is played between !♔NM Aww-Rats Free Video Lessons!♔ and Romeo and Juliet. I am playing board 13 in this match for Romeo and Juliet. This match is played on 107 boards and the current score is 82,5 - 108,5 in favor of Romeo and Juliet. That means that we have secured the win already in this match! Maybe I have been mostly helpful in this match for our team before the match started and was able to drop people to lower boards. I do try my best in the last remaining game aswell so that I would maybe feel a bit better on my playing in this match.

Game number 12. This was played in a team match called ♔ Chess Without Limits ♔ vs RED STONES and it was played between Limitless Chess and RED STONES. I played board 8 in this match for Limitless Chess and I was able to win both of my games. The score after all the games on 16 boards had finished is 23,5 - 8,5 in favor of Limitless Chess.

Game number 13. The game below was played at GameKnot in a tournament called mike5972p's mini-tournament VII. I have lost two games out of the thirteen games I finished already in this tournament and this is one of the losses. I really need to come up with an alternative way to play against the King's Gambit as the way I have been playing it is not that good. I have started to face the King's Gambit surprisingly often lately, so I need to look at this opening quite soon. It is true that it is kind of rare compared to other openings I face but maybe it comes often enough that it requires to be dealt with...

Game number 14. The game below is from the mike5972p's mini-tournament VII that is being played at GameKnot. I am currently on sixth place but I could get to second place still if I manage to win my remaining games. I might actually tie for first place if I indeed manage to win all six games I still have left to finish in this tournament. At the moment it does not look all that likely thing to happen though. The game below was lost in one move as I did not see the very good reply to my move that I thought would be good for me. 19...Nxb2?? was the huge blunder because my opponent could simply reply with 20.e6! and the game could have finished there but I did try to find some tricks that could have saved me, unfortunately I was not able to do so as my opponent played well enough to secure his point.

Game number 15. The game below was played in a team match called Visiting Wolve's lair and it is played between F&R and TROY. I am playing on board 2 in this match for F&R. The current score in this 23 board match is 29,5 - 15,5 in favor of F&R. With only game left to play in this match, my other game against driso, we have secured the win in this match.

Game number 16. This was played in the third and final round of the 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 tournament that is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. This third round has been really tough for me and so far I have lost all my games. It is true that there is only two that have finished so far but the remaining games do not look all that great for me either. It would be quite close to a catastrophe if I were to lose all my third round games but how the games are going, I would not be all that surprised by that. It also seems at the moment at least that I am clearly the lowest rated player in this group but not that much lower rated that I should not have any chances in these games. I have dropped my rating at RHP quite consistently lately and I think I would need a complete reboot there. Meaning that I would like to finish all my current games, then take a little bit of a break and then start to build the game load again with a better understanding on how many games I can play at the same time without much problems.

Game number 17. This was played on the third round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on April 12th 2015. My opponent in the game below is by far the strongest player that I have faced at FOA. This was my first loss in this tournament and after three rounds I had won two and lost one game.

Game number 18. This one was played in the first round of the LA BELLE FRANCE TOURNAMENT 3 that is being played at This was the last game in this tournament for me as I finished third in group #3 and only two of the best players from each group advanced to the next round. This is one of the worst performances in tournaments at that I can remember. My opponent in the game below, Diogenes_of_Sinope won the group having scored 4 points in six games. It was half a point better score than that of luismiguelmonreal, who finished second.

Game number 19. This was one of those games where I was able to salvage the game to a draw from a position that should have been lost. From my move 24...Nf4?? to my move 41...h3, I was in constant danger of losing the game. Then on move 42 my opponent made an inaccuracy that enabled me to get into an even position. The position went closer and closer to a dead draw and after the move 56.Rxa3 the game should have ended to a draw in my opinion. I did offer my opponent a draw couple of times in this king and rook versus king and rook endgame but eldesgarrador did not accept it. I think my opponent was annoyed by the fact that the position had become a clear draw and only tried to flag me at this point and get the full point that way as the win was not possible anymore in other ways. I would offer a draw in these type of positions against anyone and despite the times on the clock, because I do not like to waste time. The only positions where I would continue playing king and rook versus king and rook endgame would be one where I could win my opponent's rook by force. After 50 moves without captures or pawn moves, the game was declared a draw and I could finally relax. I was never really in that short of time that my opponent's try to flag me would have worked. I think I had around two or three minutes to play those 50 moves.

Game number 20. The game below was played in a team match called LullabyVisca vs !♔NM Aww-Rats Free Video Lessons!♔. The match is played on 90 boards and I played on board 20 for LullabyVisca. In addition to the loss in this game, I was able to win my other game against Cratercat. The current score in the match is 95 - 78 in favor of LullabyVisca. That is not enough for the Super Admin of our opponent to acknowledge the loss, however, because apparently our Super Admin deleted boards 91-97, which means that he feels we ought to get 97.5 points in order to win this match in the way he can accept. Regardless what happens in the remaining games, as far as is concerned, LullabyVisca has already won the match.

Game number 21. This was played in a team match called Alien Go To Russia. It is a match that consists of 100 boards and it is played between LullabyVisca and Team Russia. I played on board 34 for LullabyVisca in this match and addition to this loss, I drew my other game against Trogvar. The current score is 89.5 - 109.5 in favor of Team Russia. Team Russia has therefore secured their win in the match quite comfortably. We had a huge problem with timeouts, we lost 39 games due to timeouts. While timeouts were a problem to our opponent as well, they only lost 13 games on time. There is only one game in progress, so that will not change things all that much in one way or the other as far as this match is concerned.

This game had a lot of promising moments for me, times when I thought that I can actually win this game. I ended up in difficult positions despite my material advantage and I was not able to convert my advantage into a win, but instead messed up and lost the game. Losing this game was really disappointing for me, not only because I was probably in a winning position for awhile, but also because this game lasted several months. The game started on June 26th, 2015 and finished on March 12th, 2016.

C53 Italian game: Classical Variation. De la Bourdonnais Variation

C53 Italian Game: Classical Variation. De La Bourdonnais Variation

This game and the analysis that comes with it are a blast from the past, played around seven years ago on a correspondence chess site called Red Hot Pawn. By the way, I changed my handle in the notation so if you do find this handle in Red Hot Pawn it isn't me. I could post my other games quite fast from now on, well the ones that have already been analysed but when they run out, I need to start analysing again and then the rate of my posts will slow down a bit. Posts will come everyday though, so be prepared for them. Please post comments if you find something odd about the analysis or in general want to chat about the great and time consuming 64 square madness that we call chess. In the game below you see a game that is full of mistakes, which hopefully means that you can learn from the mistakes made in this game, so you are not going to do similar ones in your own games. I may not remember much from these old games but I do remember seeing that mate in two on moves 23... and 24... after it was no longer possible to do. I was angry for myself not being able to see it before. Luckily now that I am older and maybe in some cases even wiser, I do not take it all that hard if I miss something like this and I am able to concentrate on next moves without the previous mistakes still in mind.

16 Jul 2014

B72 Sicilian Dragon: 6.Be3, lines with h3+Bc4 and sidelines (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.O-O Nc6 8.Be3 O-O 9.Qd2 Ng4 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bf4)

B72 Sicilian Dragon: 6.Be3, lines with h3+Bc4 and sidelines (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.O-O Nc6 8.Be3 O-O 9.Qd2 Ng4 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bf4)

I don't know the openings all that well but maybe after I have done enough studying them for these blog posts, I will play them better... That is the hope anyway and hopefully readers will find my posts in some way useful as well. The games so far that I have put here are from my ICC five minute pool games but I will post in the future also probably games from other places as well, for example, some of my correspondence chess games from various sites.

Even though this was a five minute game, the first mistake of note was played on move 17, which just shows that even lower rated players can play quite well for some time with fast time controls. The diagram below shows the situation at the board after my 17th move e5. Vicwill played the horrible 17...Nh5 in reply, which placed the knight on a square from which it can't go anywhere safely. I should have played 18.Be3, but instead I thought that the bishop needed to stay on the h2-b8 diagonal and backed up with my bishop to h2. Had I played 18.Be3, it would have attacked the queen on b6, which in turn would have given me time to perhaps trap the knight on h5. However, had I played g4 after Be3, then the pawn cover in front of my king would have been very much weakened and I am not sure it would be worth it to do so just to trap the knight.

The game then continued roughly evenly up to the move 20.Qxc4. The diagram position is taken after my 20th move. In that position vicwill made another horrible move 20...Qxb2. Taking the pawn on b2 was not a good idea because it allowed me to play 21.g4 and trap the knight on h5. I did not go for the material because I was probably worried a bit too much for weakening the pawn cover in front of my king. I played 21.a4 instead and saved my pawn on the a-file. It was an awful move that turned the tables because my opponent would have been able to win the pawn on e5, so that my opponent would be up two pawns.

Winning the second pawn with 21...dxe5 was probably the best idea for my opponent to take the pawn and gain a clear advantage, but also the moves 21...Qb4 and 21...Bxe5 would have been good alternatives. All three moves should give vicwill a clear advantage. For some reason vicwill decided not to win a pawn from e5 and played 21...d5, which only attacked my queen and reached an equal position. Maybe the move d5 was designed as a trap for me. Had I taken the pawn on c6, then Rfc8 or Rac8 and my knight on c3 would be lost. I saw the problem with Qxc6, so I moved my queen to d3. It was not the best square for the queen, d4 was the right square for the queen. The next diagram shows the situation at the board after my 22nd move Qd3.

Vicwill played 22...Bh8 in order to allow the knight from h5 to have one safe square to which it could go. It was a blunder that turned the tables once again. I was able to take the advantage of my opponent's sloppy move and moved my rook to b1. It forced the queen to go to a3 and then I had the very nice move Nxd5! It wins at least a pawn because it is a discovered attack on the undefended queen on a3, so vicwill could not have taken the knight with the pawn because it would be replied with Qxa3 and the game would be lost for my opponent. If vicwill would take the queen on d3, then I would play Nxe7+ and then cxd3 and then I would be up a pawn. Therefore Qc5 would be vicwill's best reply to Nxd5. I missed my chance and played 24.Rb6?? Vicwill could have replied with 24...Qc5 and I would have been clearly worse. Vicwill did not protect the pawn on c6 at all, instead my opponent played 24...e6. I took my chance to get material equality and took the pawn on c6. After that the position was even again. In reply vicwill made a move so horrible that it could have meant a loss for my opponent, had my answer to it being the correct one. It may not seem at first that it matters which rook to place to c8, but there is a significant difference. The move played in the game, 25...Rac8, would have allowed me to play 26.Nxd5 and win material. Had my opponent played the other rook to c8, I could not have played 26.Nxd5, because of the following line 26...Qxd3 27.Ne7+ Kf8 and I would lose material.

The time control in this game probably had some effect to the inaccurate moves and may have caused me not to see the move 26.Nxd5. I played 26.Qb5 probably because it does not require as much calculating as the move 26.Nxd5. The safer move unfortunately also threw away the possibility for me to win the game and I had to accept an even position. The balance did not last long, my 29th move that was played in the diagram position below put me in some trouble. I took the pawn on a5 and probably thought that I can get something done with my pawn on the a-file. It was more important for me to prevent the rook from coming to the second rank with Rxc2. The rook on c2 would attack the knight on e2 and after it moves, the rook could go to c4 perhaps and I would lose another pawn on a4.

My opponent had other plans in mind, however, vicwill played 29...Qc5 and immediately turned the tables again. From a clearly favorable position vicwill went to a position where my opponent was worse. The game continued with me taking the queen on c5 and vicwill then took back with the rook obviously. I replied to that with the move 31.c3, protecting my pawn and taking better control over the square d4. After my 31st move it should be clear why 29...Qc5 was so bad move. It only helped me to keep my material advantage. With queens on the board and my opponent's rook wreaking havoc on the second rank, the game would have been much more difficult for me. In the continuation where the rook took on c2, I would have likely lost the a-pawn and maybe even the e-pawn at some point. The last option might have been less likely to happen, but I would have had at least two pawns less than on the game continuation. To 31.c3 vicwill answered with 31...d4, which was a huge blunder that could have lost the game. I continued correctly with the move 32.cxd4 and then my opponent played 32...Rc2 a little bit too late as it would have been much more impactful a couple of moves earlier. The next diagram shows the situation on the board after 32...Rc2.

I wanted to keep everything as well defended as possible, so I played 33.Re1. It is a really passive move that allows my opponent to be more active and therefore get good compensation for the material. Vicwill replied with 33...Ra2 and I played 34.Nc3 because I thought that the pawn on a4 is more important than the pawn on d4. However, I could not protect the pawn on a4 as the move 34...Ra3 basically forced my knight away. I may have tried the move 35.Rc1, but then 35...Nxd4 with the threat of Rxc3 Rxc3 Ne2+ winning my knight and I do not like the position. Then again I may just reply to 35...Nxd4 with 36.Kf1 and the tactic does not work. After driving the knight away, my opponent took the pawn on a4 and it seemed that a draw would be the likely outcome of the game. A draw should have been indeed the outcome, but I tried too hard to win and made a huge blunder because of it. The next diagram is taken after the move 43...Kg6.

I unnecessarily weakened my position with the move 44.h4 and my path towards a loss had started. We played a few more moves, but I resigned after I had accidentally sacrificed my rook... At that point it was pointless to carry on with the game.

[Event "ICC 5 0"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "vicwill"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B72"] [WhiteElo "1532"] [BlackElo "1470"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "92"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 {Sicilian Defense: Dragon variation. General} 6. Bc4 (6. Be2 Bg7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Nb3 {Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation} (8. O-O O-O 9. Nb3 {Sicialian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation Normal Line} (9. Qd2 {Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation Battery Variation}) 9... Be6 (9... a5 { Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation Alekhine Line}) 10. f4 Na5 {Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation Maroczy Line} ( 10... Qc8 {Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation Tartakower Line}) 11. f5 Bc4 12. Nxa5 Bxe2 13. Qxe2 Qxa5 14. g4 {Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation Stockholm Attack})) 6... Bg7 7. O-O Nc6 8. Be3 O-O 9. Qd2 Ng4 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Bf4 {B72 Sicilian Dragon: 6.Be3, lines with h3+Bc4 and sidelines} Qb6 {Black threatens to win material: Qb6xb2} (11... Be6 12. Bxe6 fxe6 13. f3 Qb6+ 14. Kh1 Qxb2 15. fxg4 Bxc3 16. Qe2 Rxf4 17. Rab1 Raf8 18. g3 Rxf1+ 19. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 20. Qxf1 Qxc2 {0-1 (20) Garcia Cruz,J (1408) -Acosta Sosa,J (2141) Las Palmas 2012}) 12. Bb3 $146 {White has an active position} (12. Nd1 Be6 13. Be2 f5 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. h3 Ne5 16. Be3 Qb7 17. Rc1 Rfb8 18. c3 Be6 19. b3 a5 20. Rc2 c5 21. f4 Nf7 22. Bf3 d5 23. Bxc5 Qc7 24. Bd4 Nh6 25. Bxg7 Kxg7 26. Bxd5 Qc5+ {Arsenault,Y (1402)-Duret,S (990) Gatineau 2009 1-0 (38)}) (12. Rab1 Qb4 13. Bd3 Rb8 14. h3 Ne5 15. a3 Qa5 16. b4 Qc7 17. Bh6 Be6 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. Be2 f6 20. Qd4 Qb6 21. Qxb6 Rxb6 22. Rfd1 Rfb8 23. Na4 R6b7 24. Ba6 Rc7 25. f4 Nc4 26. Bxc4 Bxc4 {Buldrova,M-Cedikova,K (2082) Klatovy 1999 1/2-1/2 (42)}) 12... Qd4 13. Qe2 a5 14. h3 Nf6 15. Rad1 {White threatens to win material: Rd1xd4} Qb4 {White has an active position} 16. a3 { White threatens to win material: a3xb4} Qb6 {White has a very active position} 17. e5 {White threatens to win material: e5xf6. White forks: d6+f6} Nh5 (17... Ba6 18. Qe3 Qxe3 19. Bxe3 $11) 18. Bh2 (18. Be3 $142 Qa6 19. Bc4 $16) 18... Ba6 $15 19. Bc4 Bxc4 20. Qxc4 Qxb2 $4 {letting the wind out of his own sails} ( 20... Bxe5 $142 21. Bxe5 dxe5 $11) 21. a4 $4 {there were better ways to keep up the pressure.} (21. g4 $142 $16) 21... d5 {Black threatens to win material: d5xc4} (21... dxe5 $5 22. Rb1 Qxc2 23. Rfc1 $17) 22. Qd3 (22. Qd4 $142 Rfb8 23. g4 $11) 22... Bh8 $4 {hands over the advantage to the opponent} (22... Qb4 $142 23. Ne2 Bh6 $17 (23... Qxa4 $143 24. g4 $16)) 23. Rb1 $16 Qa3 24. Rb6 $4 { White loses the upper hand} (24. Nxd5 $142 $5 Qc5 25. Nb6 $18) 24... e6 (24... Qc5 $142 $5 25. Rb7 Ng7 $17) 25. Rxc6 (25. g4 $142 Qc5 26. Rfb1 $14) 25... Rac8 $4 {Black is ruining his position} (25... Rfc8 26. Nb5 Qxa4 27. Rxc8+ Rxc8 28. Nd6 $11) 26. Qb5 $4 {White threatens to win material: Qb5xa5. simply marches past the door to victory} (26. Nxd5 $142 {secures victory} Qxd3 27. Ne7+ (27. cxd3 $2 exd5 28. Rfc1 Ra8 $19) 27... Kg7 28. cxd3 $18) 26... Ng7 {Black's piece can't move: h8} 27. Ne2 Nf5 28. Rxc8 Rxc8 29. Qxa5 (29. c3 $142 $15) 29... Qc5 $4 {Black prepares the advance d4. Black has let it slip away} (29... Rxc2 $142 30. g4 Nh4 31. Qd8+ Qf8 32. Qxh4 Rxe2 $17) 30. Qxc5 $16 Rxc5 31. c3 ( 31. Ra1 $142 Ra5 32. Nc1 $16) 31... d4 $2 (31... Ne7 $142 $14 {and Black can hope to live}) 32. cxd4 $18 Rc2 33. Re1 (33. g4 $142 $5 Ne7 34. Re1 $18) 33... Ra2 $14 {Black threatens to win material: Ra2xa4} 34. Nc3 {White threatens to win material: Nc3xa2} (34. a5 $5 $14) 34... Ra3 $11 {Black threatens to win material: Ra3xc3} 35. Nb5 {White threatens to win material: Nb5xa3} Rxa4 { Attacks the backward pawn on d4} 36. g4 Nxd4 37. Nxd4 Rxd4 38. Rc1 Kg7 39. f4 h6 40. Bg3 Rd3 {Black threatens to win material: Rd3xg3} 41. Kg2 g5 (41... Kh7 42. h4 $11) 42. fxg5 (42. f5 $5 $14) 42... hxg5 $11 43. Rc7 Kg6 44. h4 $4 (44. Rc5 $142 $5 $11 {is an interesting idea}) 44... gxh4 (44... Rxg3+ 45. Kf2 gxh4 46. Rc5 Rxg4 47. Rc1 Bxe5 48. Rh1 Kg5 49. Ke2 Rg3 50. Kd2 h3 51. Kc2 Rg2+ 52. Kb3 h2 53. Ka3 Rg1 54. Rxh2 Bxh2 55. Ka2 Kf5 56. Kb3 Ke4 57. Kc4 Rc1+ 58. Kb3 Be5 59. Ka4 Kd5 60. Kb4 Rb1+ 61. Ka4 Kc5 62. Ka3 Kc4 63. Ka2 Ra1#) 45. Bxh4 $17 Bxe5 46. g5 $4 {causes further problems for White} (46. Rc5 $142 Re3 47. Rc4 $17) 46... Bxc7 (46... Bxc7 47. Kf1 e5 48. Be1 Kxg5 49. Ke2 e4 50. Bd2+ Kg4 51. Be1 f5 52. Bd2 f4 53. Kd1 f3 54. Kc2 f2 55. Bc1 f1=Q 56. Bd2 Qe2 57. Kb2 Qxd2+ 58. Ka1 Be5+ 59. Kb1 Rb3#) 0-1