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18 Jul 2014

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 "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [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