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31 Dec 2014

C44 King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation

C44 King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation
[Event "Corr game 27.9.2005-23.12.2005"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2005.09.27"] [Round "?"] [White "ozanan"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C44"] [WhiteElo "1495"] [BlackElo "1841"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2005.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 {King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation} 3. d3 (3. b4 { King Pawn Game: Paschman Wing Gambit}) (3. Bb5 b6 {Spanish Game: Rotary-Albany Gambit} (3... Bb4 4. c3 Ba5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 {Spanish Game: Alapin Defense: Alapin Gambit})) 3... Bc5 4. Nc3 h6 5. Nd5 (5. Be3 Bb6 6. d4 exd4 7. Bxd4 Nxd4 8. Nxd4 Nf6 9. Bc4 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 d5 11. Bxd5 Qxd5 12. Qd3 Bf5 13. Nb3 Qe6 14. Nbd2 Bc5 15. O-O Qe5 16. h3 Bd6 17. Qg3 Qxb2 18. Nc4 Qxc2 19. Qc3 Qxe4 {Fitton,N (770) -Claassen,C (847) Waterkloof 2015 1-0 (34)}) 5... Nf6 6. c3 Bb6 $146 (6... d6 7. Nxf6+ Qxf6 8. Be3 Bb6 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be2 O-O 11. d5 Ne7 12. h3 Bh5 13. Bxb6 axb6 14. O-O Bg6 15. Bd3 Qf4 16. Re1 Ra7 17. c4 Rfa8 18. b4 Ra4 19. a3 Rxa3 20. Rxa3 Rxa3 21. c5 {Banks, D-Taylor,J Lansing 1993 0-1 (40)}) 7. Nxb6 axb6 8. h3 {Prevents intrusion on g4} O-O 9. Be2 d5 {Black threatens to win material: d5xe4} 10. O-O $2 (10. Qc2 $142 $11 {and White is still in the game}) 10... dxe4 $17 11. dxe4 Nxe4 12. Qe1 Nf6 13. a4 Bf5 14. Nh4 Bc2 15. b3 (15. b4 $142 $5 $17) 15... Bxb3 $19 16. Kh1 (16. Bb5 $19) 16... Rxa4 17. Rxa4 Bxa4 18. Bf3 ( 18. Nf5 {does not solve anything} Bc2 19. Ne3 Bd3 $19) 18... Re8 (18... Qd3 { makes it even easier for Black} 19. Be3 $19) 19. Nf5 (19. Qe3 {cannot undo what has already been done} Bc2 $19) 19... Bb5 20. Be2 Bxe2 (20... Bd3 { might be the shorter path} 21. Ne3 $19) 21. Qxe2 Qd5 22. Qe3 (22. Rd1 {doesn't do any good} Qb3 23. Qe1 Qe6 $19) 22... Qe4 23. Nxh6+ (23. Ng3 {cannot change destiny} Qxe3 24. Bxe3 Na5 $19) 23... gxh6 24. Qxh6 Qg6 25. Qh4 (25. Qxg6+ { is no salvation} fxg6 26. Re1 Ra8 $19) 25... Ra8 26. f4 (26. f3 {doesn't improve anything} Ra2 27. Rf2 Ra1 $19) 26... Ne4 27. Kg1 (27. f5 {praying for a miracle} Ng3+ 28. Kg1 Nxf5 29. Qe1 $19) 27... Ra2 28. g4 {[%cal Yf4f5] White prepares the advance f5} Nxc3 29. f5 Qh7 (29... Ne2+ 30. Kh1 Qd6 31. Qg5+ Kf8 32. Qh6+ Ke8 33. Qxd6 cxd6 34. Rf3 Ncd4 35. Re3 Nxc1 36. h4 b5 37. h5 b4 38. h6 Kf8 39. g5 b3 40. h7 Kg7 41. g6 fxg6 42. Rh3 Ra8 43. h8=R Rxh8 44. f6+ Kxf6 45. Rxh8 b2 46. Rh2 b1=Q 47. Rf2+ Kg7 48. Rf1 Qe4+ 49. Kh2 Qh4+ 50. Kg2 Qg4+ 51. Kh1 Qh3+ 52. Kg1 Nde2+ 53. Kf2 Qg3#) 30. Qg5+ (30. Bh6 {is one last hope} Ne2+ 31. Kg2 Nf4+ 32. Kg1 $19) 30... Qg7 31. Qh4 Ne2+ 32. Kh1 Nxc1 33. f6 Qh7 34. Qg5+ Kf8 35. h4 (35. Qg7+ {cannot change what is in store for White} Qxg7 36. fxg7+ Kxg7 37. Rxc1 Nd4 38. Rc3 b5 39. Re3 b4 40. Kg1 b3 41. Kf1 Ra1+ 42. Re1 Rxe1+ 43. Kxe1 b2 44. h4 b1=Q+ 45. Kf2 Qd3 46. g5 Qf3+ 47. Kg1 Ne2+ 48. Kh2 Qg3+ 49. Kh1 Qg1#) 35... Qe4+ (35... Qe4+ 36. Rf3 Qxf3+ 37. Kg1 Qd1#) 0-1 [Event "Corr game 15.11.2010-5.12.2010"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2010.11.15"] [Round "?"] [White "chessandcoffee"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C44"] [WhiteElo "1538"] [BlackElo "1831"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "50"] [EventDate "2010.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 {King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation} 3. a3 (3. Bb5 a6 (3... a5 {Spanish Game: Bulgarian Variation}) 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Graz Variation} (5... Na5 6. Bxf7+ {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Norwegian Variation Nightingale Gambit})) 3... Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. d4 exd4 6. Nxd4 d6 7. Nxc6 (7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O Re8 9. f4 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Bg4 11. Bd3 Be6 12. Qf2 c6 13. h3 g6 14. f5 Bc8 15. Bg5 gxf5 16. exf5 d5 17. Rae1 d4 18. Rxe7 Qxe7 19. Qh4 {1-0 (19) Terbe,J (2191)-Lewtak,D (2356) Krakow 2017}) 7... bxc6 8. h3 $146 {Secures g4} (8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O d5 (9... a5 10. Qe2 Nd7 11. f4 Bf6 12. Be3 Rb8 13. Rab1 Re8 14. Qd2 Bb7 15. Rbd1 c5 16. e5 dxe5 17. Bb5 c6 18. Ba4 Nf8 19. Qf2 Qc8 20. Ne4 exf4 21. Nxf6+ gxf6 22. Bxf4 Ba6 23. Bxb8 Bxf1 24. Rxf1 {Ivanov,S (2356)-Lehti,J (2243) Helsinki 2008 1-0 (35)}) (9... Re8 10. h3 a5 11. f4 d5 12. e5 Nd7 13. Na4 Nb6 14. Nxb6 Bc5+ 15. Kh1 cxb6 16. Bd2 Ba6 17. Bxa6 Rxa6 18. Qf3 Ra7 19. Rae1 f5 20. b4 axb4 21. axb4 Bf8 22. Ra1 Ree7 23. Qd3 g6 24. Be3 {Marholev,D (2449)-Janev,T (2297) Plovdiv 2009 1-0 (41)}) 10. Kh1 Rb8 11. Rb1 Bc5 12. Bg5 Qd6 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. exd5 cxd5 15. Nxd5 Qh4 16. Qf3 Bd6 17. h3 Re8 18. Ne3 h5 19. Bc4 Re7 20. b4 Qd4 21. Rfd1 Qe5 22. Kg1 Qh2+ { Ewert,H (1678)-Schmidek,E (1957) Oberhof 2013 0-1 (48)}) (8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O a5 10. Re1 Nd7 11. Rb1 Bf6 12. Bd2 a4 13. Na2 Nb6 14. Bd3 Be6 15. Nb4 Qd7 16. Qf3 Nc4 17. Bxc4 Bxc4 18. Bc3 Bxc3 19. Qxc3 Bb5 20. e5 Rae8 21. Rbd1 Re6 22. exd6 cxd6 {Egorov,E (2381)-Aleksandrov,A (2615) Pavlodar 2015 1/2-1/2 (50)}) 8... O-O 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. Be3 Ne5 11. Be2 Be6 12. b3 {Controls c4} (12. O-O Nc4 13. Bxc4 Bxc4 $11) 12... Nd7 (12... f5 13. exf5 Bxf5 14. O-O $11) 13. b4 {Black has a cramped position} (13. O-O a5 $14) 13... Bf6 {Black threatens to win material: Bf6xc3} 14. Qd2 {Black has a cramped position} Nb6 {White has an active position} 15. Rb1 (15. O-O $5 $11 {is noteworthy}) 15... Nc4 $17 16. Bxc4 Bxc4 17. Bd4 (17. Ne2 Qe7 $17) 17... Re8 18. Bxf6 (18. Kd1 a5 $17) 18... Qxf6 19. Ne2 $4 {the pressure is too much, White crumbles} (19. f4 $142 Rad8 20. Kf2 $19) 19... Rxe4 $19 20. O-O Rxe2 21. Qd1 (21. Qc1 {is not much help} Qg6 22. Qf4 Re4 $19) 21... Qc3 (21... Rae8 $142 $5 {and Black can already relax } 22. Rc1 $19) 22. Re1 Rae8 23. Rxe2 Rxe2 24. Qf1 (24. f3 {is not the saving move} Rxc2 25. Qe1 Qxe1+ 26. Rxe1 Kf8 $19) 24... Rxc2 25. Re1 (25. Qe1 { the only chance to get some counterplay} Qxe1+ 26. Rxe1 $19) 25... Kf8 (25... Kf8 26. Re3 Bxf1 27. Rxc3 Rxc3 28. a4 Bc4 29. f3 d5 30. Kf2 d4 31. b5 d3 32. Kg3 d2 33. b6 cxb6 34. Kh4 d1=Q 35. Kg4 Qd6 36. a5 Be6+ 37. Kh4 Qf4+ 38. g4 bxa5 39. Kh5 Qh6#) 0-1 [Event "Banded Quartets"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.08.16"] [Round "1"] [White "KingDavid403"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C44"] [WhiteElo "1690"] [BlackElo "1871"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 {King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation} 3. h3 (3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Bb4 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Alapin's Defense Deferred} (4... Bc5 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Classical Defense Deferred}) (4... d6 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. d4 f6 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense})) 3... Nf6 4. d3 Be7 (4... d5 5. Nbd2 (5. Qe2 d4 6. Bd2 Nb4 7. Bxb4 Bxb4+ 8. c3 dxc3 9. bxc3 Bd6 10. Qc2 c5 11. Nbd2 O-O 12. Nc4 Be6 13. Ncxe5 Qc7 14. Nc4 Bxc4 15. dxc4 Nxe4 16. Be2 Rfe8 17. O-O Nf6 18. Bd3 Re7 19. Rae1 Rae8 {Bukhari,M (1737) -Sulimani, Y (1760) Al Ain 2015 1/2-1/2}) 5... Bc5 6. Be2 O-O 7. c3 a5 8. a4 Be6 9. Qc2 Qe7 10. Nf1 Rad8 11. g4 dxe4 12. dxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Bd5 14. Qc2 e4 15. Ng5 h6 16. h4 hxg5 17. Bxg5 f6 18. Be3 Ne5 19. O-O-O {Radvanyi,T (2130) -Vass,V (2150) Budapest 2000 1/2-1/2 (41)}) 5. Be2 O-O $146 (5... d5 6. Nc3 dxe4 7. dxe4 Qxd1+ 8. Bxd1 O-O 9. O-O h6 10. Re1 Be6 11. Be2 Rad8 12. Bd3 Nh5 13. Be3 Nf4 14. Bxa7 Nxd3 15. cxd3 Nxa7 16. Nxe5 Bf6 17. f4 Bxe5 18. fxe5 Rxd3 19. Rad1 Rxd1 20. Rxd1 {Liashenko,M-Opanasjuk,M Evpatoria 2007 0-1 (55)}) 6. c3 {Covers b4} d5 7. exd5 (7. Nbd2 Qd6 $11) 7... Qxd5 {Black has a very active position} 8. O-O {White has a cramped position} Bf5 9. Nh4 {White threatens to win material: Nh4xf5} Be6 {White has a cramped position} 10. Bf3 {White threatens to win material: Bf3xd5} Qd7 11. Bxc6 {White forks: d7+b7} Qxc6 { Black has the pair of bishops} 12. Qe2 (12. Nf3 Nd7 $17) 12... Bd6 {White has a cramped position} (12... e4 $142 $5 13. Re1 Nd7 14. Qxe4 Qxe4 15. Rxe4 Nc5 $19) 13. Nd2 $15 Rad8 14. Ne4 (14. Re1 $5 $15) 14... Nxe4 $17 15. Qxe4 Bd5 { Black threatens to win material: Bd5xe4} (15... Qd7 16. Re1 c6 17. d4 $17) 16. Qg4 g6 (16... Rfe8 $5 $17) 17. Bh6 $15 {White threatens to win material: Bh6xf8 } Rfe8 18. Nf5 $4 (18. c4 $142 {was much better} Be6 19. Qg5 $15) 18... Be6 $19 19. Qg5 (19. Qe2 {doesn't change anything anymore} Bxf5 20. Rad1 Qa6 $19) 19... Bxf5 20. Qf6 (20. Rad1 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} Be7 21. Qe3 Bc5 $19) 20... Bf8 21. Qxc6 bxc6 22. Bxf8 Kxf8 23. Rfe1 (23. f3 {does not improve anything} Rxd3 24. Rad1 Red8 25. Rxd3 Rxd3 $19) 23... Rxd3 24. Rad1 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Rb8 26. b3 (26. Rd2 {does not win a prize} Ke7 $19) 26... Ke7 27. f3 (27. g4 {does not help much} Be6 $19) 27... Rd8 28. Re1 Kf6 29. g4 (29. Re2 { hardly improves anything} h5 $19) 29... Be6 30. Re2 (30. Kg2 {does not save the day} Rd2+ 31. Kg3 Rxa2 $19) 30... Rd3 31. c4 Rxf3 32. Kg2 Rd3 33. Rf2+ Kg5 34. Kh2 e4 35. Kg2 Kh4 36. Re2 f5 37. gxf5 gxf5 38. Rf2 Rg3+ (38... Rxh3 39. Rf4+ Kg5 40. Kxh3 Kxf4 41. Kg2 e3 42. a3 Ke4 43. a4 f4 44. b4 f3+ 45. Kf1 Bxc4+ 46. Kg1 f2+ 47. Kh2 f1=Q 48. Kg3 Qf2+ 49. Kg4 Qf4+ 50. Kh5 Be2#) 39. Kf1 $19 Kxh3 (39... Kxh3 40. Ke1 Rg1+ 41. Kd2 Rg2 42. Rxg2 Kxg2 43. Ke3 Kg3 44. a3 f4+ 45. Kxe4 f3 46. Ke5 Bh3 47. Kf6 f2 48. Ke7 f1=Q 49. b4 Qf4 50. a4 Qd6+ 51. Kf7 Be6+ 52. Kf6 Bxc4+ 53. Kg7 Qg6+ 54. Kh8 Qg8#) 0-1 [Event "Tournament 27899239"] [Site "online arena"] [Date "2015.03.14"] [Round "3"] [White "ferrante"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C44"] [WhiteElo "1749"] [BlackElo "1821"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "112"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 {King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation} 3. d3 (3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. c3 Bd7 (5... f5 6. exf5 Bxf5 7. O-O {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense}) 6. d4 g6 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation} (6... Nge7 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense})) 3... Nf6 4. Be2 Be7 5. c3 d5 6. exd5 (6. Qc2 O-O 7. Bg5 Be6 8. Nbd2 Qd7 9. O-O Rfe8 10. b4 a6 11. a3 h6 12. Bh4 Nh7 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Rfe1 dxe4 15. dxe4 Ng5 16. Nf1 Nxf3+ 17. Bxf3 Qf6 18. Ne3 Ne7 19. Rad1 Rad8 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 {Prohaszka,P (2294) -Fordan,T (2215) Budapest 2005 1/ 2-1/2 (32)}) 6... Qxd5 $146 {White has a cramped position} (6... Nxd5 7. O-O O-O 8. Nbd2 (8. Re1 Re8 9. Nbd2 Nf4 10. Ne4 Nxe2+ 11. Qxe2 Bg4 12. h3 Bh5 13. Qe3 f5 14. Ned2 Bg5 15. Qe2 Bf6 16. Nb3 e4 17. dxe4 Rxe4 18. Qd2 Rxe1+ 19. Qxe1 Qd6 20. Bg5 Bxg5 21. Nxg5 Re8 22. Qf1 Qe7 {Ludwig,M-Flessa,H Zuerich 1983 1-0 (43)}) 8... a5 9. Nc4 Bf6 10. Ne3 Re8 11. Nxd5 Qxd5 12. Bg5 Qd6 13. Qa4 Bxg5 14. Nxg5 Qg6 15. Qh4 h6 16. Ne4 b6 17. Bh5 Qe6 18. f4 g6 19. Nf6+ Kg7 20. Nxe8+ Qxe8 21. Bf3 {Moravek,I (1782)-Savina,M (1719) Slovakia 2007 1-0 (44)}) 7. Nbd2 Bf5 (7... O-O $11) 8. Nb3 (8. Nc4 e4 9. Ne3 Qd7 $11) 8... Rd8 (8... a5 9. O-O a4 $17) 9. c4 $2 (9. d4 $142 {and White has air to breath} exd4 10. Nbxd4 $11) 9... Qd7 $17 10. O-O Bxd3 11. Bxd3 Qxd3 12. Qxd3 Rxd3 13. Be3 O-O 14. Rad1 Rfd8 15. Rxd3 Rxd3 16. Bc5 $4 {shortens the misery for White} (16. Rc1 a5 $19) 16... e4 (16... Rxb3 $142 {and Black wins} 17. Bxe7 Rxb2 18. Bxf6 gxf6 $19) 17. Bxe7 $17 exf3 (17... Nxe7 18. Ne5 Rd6 19. f3 $17) 18. Bxf6 fxg2 (18... gxf6 19. Nc5 fxg2 20. Kxg2 $17) 19. Kxg2 gxf6 20. Nc5 Rd2 21. Rb1 Rc2 22. b3 b6 {Black threatens to win material: b6xc5} 23. Ne4 (23. Na6 Rxa2 24. Nxc7 Ne5 $17) 23... Rxa2 (23... Kg7 $142 $5 24. Rd1 f5 $19) 24. Nxf6+ $15 Kh8 25. Nd5 {White threatens to win material: Nd5xc7} Ne5 (25... Na5 26. Nxc7 Ra3 27. Rd1 $15) 26. Nxc7 $11 Nd3 {Black threatens to win material: Nd3xf2} 27. Rf1 (27. Kf3 $142 $5 $11 {is interesting}) 27... Rb2 $17 28. Nb5 (28. Kf3 Rxb3 29. Ke4 Kg7 $17) 28... a5 29. Nd4 Kg7 30. Kg3 (30. Kf3 $5 Nc5 31. Rd1 $19) 30... Nc5 $19 31. Kf3 (31. Kf4 Kf6 $19) 31... Nxb3 32. Rg1+ Kf6 33. Nxb3 (33. Ke4 {is no salvation} a4 34. Nb5 Rxf2 $19) 33... Rxb3+ 34. Ke4 Rb2 (34... a4 $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} 35. Rg8 a3 36. h4 $19) 35. Rg2 $2 (35. Ra1 Rxf2 36. Rb1 Re2+ 37. Kd5 $19) 35... a4 36. Kd4 (36. Rg3 {no good, but what else?} Re2+ 37. Kd4 Rxf2 38. Ra3 Rf4+ 39. Kd5 Rf5+ 40. Kd6 $19) 36... a3 37. Kc3 Re2 38. Rg1 Rxf2 39. Ra1 a2 40. h4 Kg6 41. Kb4 Kh5 42. Kb5 Rb2+ 43. Kc6 f5 44. Kd5 Kg4 45. c5 (45. Kd4 {does not help much} f4 46. Kc3 Rg2 47. Kb3 f3 48. c5 bxc5 49. Rf1 Re2 50. h5 f2 51. Rc1 Re1 52. Rc4+ Kf3 53. Rc3+ Ke4 54. Rc4+ Kd5 55. Rc2 a1=Q 56. Rd2+ Kc6 57. h6 Rb1+ 58. Kc2 Rc1+ 59. Kd3 Qd4+ 60. Ke2 f1=Q#) 45... bxc5 46. Kxc5 ( 46. Rg1+ {cannot change destiny} Kxh4 47. Ra1 Kg3 48. Rg1+ Rg2 49. Rf1 f4 50. Ke4 Re2+ 51. Kd3 f3 52. Rd1 Rb2 53. Rg1+ Kf4 54. Ra1 f2 55. Rf1 Kg3 56. Ke3 Rb3+ 57. Kd2 Rb1 58. Kc2 Rxf1 59. Kd3 Rd1+ 60. Kc4 a1=Q 61. Kxc5 Qc3+ 62. Kb6 Rb1+ 63. Ka7 Qa1#) 46... h5 (46... f4 47. Rg1+ Kf5 48. Ra1 f3 49. h5 f2 50. Rf1 Ke4 51. Rd1 Rb1 52. Rd4+ Ke3 53. Rd8 Rc1+ 54. Kb4 a1=Q 55. Re8+ Kf3 56. Rf8+ Kg3 57. Rg8+ Kh4 58. Kb3 Rc3+ 59. Kb4 Qb2+ 60. Ka5 Ra3#) 47. Kc4 (47. Rg1+ { doesn't do any good} Kxh4 48. Rh1+ Kg3 49. Rg1+ Rg2 50. Ra1 f4 51. Kc4 f3 52. Kd5 f2 53. Kd6 Rg1 54. Rxa2 f1=Q 55. Ra3+ Kh4 56. Ra4+ Rg4 57. Rxg4+ hxg4 58. Kc5 g3 59. Kb4 g2 60. Kb3 g1=Q 61. Kc3 Qc5+ 62. Kb2 Qcc1+ 63. Kb3 Qfc4#) 47... Kxh4 (47... f4 48. Rg1+ Kxh4 49. Rh1+ Kg3 50. Rg1+ Rg2 51. Ra1 f3 52. Kd5 f2 53. Kd6 Rg1 54. Rxa2 f1=Q 55. Ra3+ Kh4 56. Ra4+ Rg4 57. Rxg4+ hxg4 58. Kc5 g3 59. Kb4 g2 60. Kb3 g1=Q 61. Kc3 Qc5+ 62. Kb2 Qcc1+ 63. Kb3 Qfc4#) 48. Kc3 (48. Kd5 {does not win a prize} f4 49. Ke4 Kg3 50. Rg1+ Kf2 51. Ra1 f3 52. Kd3 Kg3 53. Kc3 Rb1 54. Rxa2 f2 55. Rxf2 Kxf2 56. Kd4 h4 57. Kc3 h3 58. Kc2 Rb7 59. Kd3 h2 60. Kc3 h1=Q 61. Kd4 Qc6 62. Ke5 Rb5+ 63. Kd4 Rd5+ 64. Ke4 Qc4#) 48... Rf2 49. Kd3 (49. Kb3 {doesn't improve anything} Kh3 50. Rg1 f4 51. Ka3 Kh2 52. Ra1 h4 53. Kb3 h3 54. Ka3 Kg2 55. Rxa2 Rxa2+ 56. Kxa2 f3 57. Kb3 f2 58. Kb4 f1=Q 59. Kc5 Qf5+ 60. Kb4 h2 61. Kb3 h1=Q 62. Ka3 Qd3+ 63. Ka4 Qhb1 64. Ka5 Qa3#) 49... Kg3 50. Ke3 (50. Rg1+ {hardly improves anything} Kf3 51. Ra1 h4 52. Rc1 h3 53. Ra1 Kg2 54. Rc1 h2 55. Ke3 h1=Q 56. Rxh1 f4+ 57. Ke4 Kxh1 58. Kd3 a1=Q 59. Ke4 Re2+ 60. Kd3 Qd1+ 61. Kc4 Rc2+ 62. Kb3 Qb1+ 63. Ka4 Ra2#) 50... f4+ ( 50... Kg2 51. Re1 h4 52. Ra1 h3 53. Rc1 h2 54. Ra1 f4+ 55. Ke4 h1=Q 56. Rxh1 Kxh1 57. Kd3 a1=Q 58. Ke4 Re2+ 59. Kd3 Qd1+ 60. Kc4 Rc2+ 61. Kb3 Qb1+ 62. Ka4 Ra2#) 51. Kd3 f3 (51... h4 52. Kc4 Kg2 53. Kb3 h3 54. Rxa2 Rxa2 55. Kxa2 f3 56. Kb2 f2 57. Kb3 h2 58. Kc3 f1=Q 59. Kb4 h1=Q 60. Kc5 Qh5+ 61. Kd4 Qfd1+ 62. Kc3 Qa5+ 63. Kb2 Qaa1#) 52. Rg1+ (52. Kc4 {doesn't change anything anymore} Rg2 53. Kd5 f2 54. Ke6 Rg1 55. Rxa2 f1=Q 56. Ra3+ Kh4 57. Ra4+ Rg4 58. Rxg4+ hxg4 59. Kd5 g3 60. Ke6 g2 61. Kd5 g1=Q 62. Ke6 Qc5 63. Kd7 Qff5+ 64. Ke8 Qcf8#) 52... Rg2 53. Ra1 (53. Rf1 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} f2 54. Ke3 Rg1 55. Rxf2 a1=Q 56. Rf3+ Kg4 57. Rf4+ Kg5 58. Ke4 Re1+ 59. Kd3 Kxf4 60. Kc4 Rc1+ 61. Kb3 Rc3+ 62. Kb4 Qb2+ 63. Ka5 Ra3#) 53... h4 (53... f2 54. Kd4 Rg1 55. Rxa2 f1=Q 56. Rc2 Qf6+ 57. Kd3 Rd1+ 58. Kc4 Qd4+ 59. Kb5 Rb1+ 60. Rb2 Rxb2+ 61. Kc6 Rb6+ 62. Kc7 Qd6+ 63. Kc8 Rb8#) 54. Ke3 (54. Kc4 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} h3 55. Kc5 h2 56. Rd1 Rg1 57. Rd8 Rc1+ 58. Kd6 Rd1+ 59. Kc5 Rxd8 60. Kb5 h1=Q 61. Kc6 Qc1+ 62. Kb6 Rb8+ 63. Ka7 Qc7+ 64. Ka6 a1=Q#) 54... h3 55. Kd3 h2 56. Ke3 (56. Kd4 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} Rg1 57. Rxa2 h1=Q 58. Ra8 Rd1+ 59. Kc3 Qe1+ 60. Kb3 Qe3+ 61. Kb4 Qd4+ 62. Ka5 Qc3+ 63. Ka4 Ra1+ 64. Kb5 Rb1+ 65. Ka4 Qb4#) 56... Rg1 (56... Rg1 57. Rxa2 h1=Q 58. Kd4 Rd1+ 59. Kc3 f2 60. Kb4 Qe4+ 61. Ka5 Rd5+ 62. Kb6 Qe6+ 63. Kc7 Rd7+ 64. Kc8 Qe8#) 0-1 [Event "Glacial Super Casual"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.09.13"] [Round "1"] [White "Chippy Minton"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C44"] [WhiteElo "1426"] [BlackElo "1943"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 {King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation} 3. d3 (3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. c4 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense (#3)} ( 5. Nc3 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense}) (5. O-O { Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense})) 3... Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Be3 $146 (5. Nbd2 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Bxe7 Qxe7 8. c4 Nf6 9. h3 O-O 10. Be2 Bf5 11. O-O Rad8 12. Re1 Rfe8 13. Nh4 Be6 14. Bf1 Nd7 15. Nhf3 f6 16. Ne4 Nc5 17. Nxc5 Qxc5 18. Qc2 Bf5 19. Rad1 Re7 {Braunecker,U-Deventer,B Speyer 1986 1/2-1/2 }) (5. c3 d5 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. Be2 Be6 8. O-O Re8 9. a3 Nd7 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. Ne1 Nf6 12. Nc2 Rad8 13. Qe1 Qc5 14. Kh1 a5 15. Rc1 Qb6 16. b4 axb4 17. cxb4 Ra8 18. exd5 Bxd5 19. Nc4 Bxc4 {Chalus,K-Hosticka,F (2235) Czechia 1997 0-1 (90)}) (5. g3 d6 6. Bg2 Be6 7. d4 Nxe4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. d5 Bg4 10. dxc6 bxc6 11. Nbd2 d5 12. O-O Rb8 13. Qc1 Ng5 14. Nxg5 Qxg5 15. b3 O-O 16. Nf3 Qf5 17. Qg5 Qxg5 18. Nxg5 h6 19. Nf3 Rfe8 {Navas Duran,A-Pastrana Blanco,J (1685) Malaga 2001 1/ 2-1/2 (52)}) (5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. Nc3 (6. Nbd2 d5 7. Be2 Be6 8. O-O O-O 9. h3 Qd7 10. Nh2 Rad8 11. Bg4 Nd4 12. f4 exf4 13. Rxf4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Be5 15. Nc5 Qd5 16. Nxe6 Nxe6 17. Bf3 Qc5+ 18. Kh1 Bxf4 19. Ng4 Rd6 20. Qf1 Qg5 {Mihelich, J-Worthey,R Flint 1992 0-1 (69)}) 6... g6 7. Be2 d6 8. O-O Be6 9. a3 Qd7 10. Qd2 h6 11. h3 Bg7 12. Rab1 f5 13. exf5 gxf5 14. Nh4 Rg8 15. Bf3 O-O-O 16. Bxc6 Qxc6 17. Nf3 Bf6 18. Kh1 Rxg2 19. Kxg2 Rg8+ {Genske,S-Janknecht,E Bremen 1992 0-1}) (5. Nc3 d6 $11) 5... O-O 6. Be2 d5 {Black threatens to win material: d5xe4} 7. Nbd2 h6 8. h3 $4 {Secures g4} (8. c3 a5 $15) 8... Be6 $4 {White has a cramped position. throws away a nice position} (8... d4 {might be the shorter path} 9. Bxh6 gxh6 10. Nh2 $19) 9. O-O $4 (9. c3 $142 $11 {was necessary}) 9... d4 $19 10. Bxh6 (10. c3 dxe3 11. fxe3 Bc5 $19) 10... gxh6 11. a3 Kh7 12. b3 (12. Nh2 {cannot change what is in store for White} Rg8 13. Kh1 Bd6 $19) 12... Rg8 13. a4 (13. Kh1 $19 {is one last hope}) 13... Bxh3 14. Nh4 ( 14. Ne1 {does not solve anything} Qd7 15. Bf3 Rg6 $19) 14... Nxe4 $1 { Discovered attack: f6, Be7xh4} 15. Nxe4 (15. Nxe4 Bxh4 {Discovered attack}) ( 15. dxe4 Bxh4 {Discovered attack}) 15... Bxh4 16. Bf3 Qf8 (16... f5 $142 { might be the shorter path} 17. Kh2 Bg4 18. g3 $19) 17. Kh2 Be6 18. g3 (18. Rh1 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} f5 19. Kg1 Be7 $19) 18... Be7 19. Bh5 (19. a5 {doesn't change anything anymore} a6 $19) 19... Qg7 (19... f5 $142 $5 { keeps an even firmer grip} 20. Nd2 e4 21. a5 $19) 20. Rg1 Bg4 (20... f5 $142 $5 {and Black can already relax} 21. Nd2 e4 22. Qe2 $19) 21. Bxg4 Qxg4 22. Qxg4 ( 22. Nd2 {doesn't do any good} Qe6 $19) 22... Rxg4 23. f3 Rg6 24. Kg2 (24. Nd2 { doesn't get the bull off the ice} Rag8 $19) 24... Rag8 25. g4 f5 26. Nf2 fxg4 27. fxg4 Bh4 (27... Nb4 $142 {seems even better} 28. Rh1 Rc6 $19) 28. Kf1 (28. Rad1 {does not save the day} Nb4 29. Rd2 Nd5 $19) 28... Bxf2 (28... Rf8 $142 { secures victory} 29. Rg2 Rgf6 $19) 29. Kxf2 Rxg4 30. Rxg4 Rxg4 31. Kf3 (31. a5 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} a6 $19) 31... h5 32. Rh1 Kg6 33. Kf2 Kg5 34. Rg1 Rxg1 35. Kxg1 Nb4 (35... Nb4 36. a5 Kg4 37. a6 bxa6 38. Kf1 h4 39. c3 dxc3 40. Ke2 c2 41. Kd2 h3 42. d4 h2 43. dxe5 h1=Q 44. Kc3 c1=Q+ 45. Kxb4 Qd2+ 46. Ka3 Qa1#) 0-1

My last post of the year will feature an opening number 167 that is different in some way from the other 166 openings already covered in this blog. In these posts about the different openings I have featured this year 278 analysed games. Some of the analysis might need an update at some point but for now they can remain as they are. When I started this blog July 15th 2014, I had no idea that by the end of the year I would have also added 500 different puzzles!! That is now a reality and more will come next year and I will also start adding tactics puzzles where you only need to find a combination of moves that wins material. As those will take more time than these other puzzles or so I would think at this point, I think I will not add those daily unless it goes smoothly and reasonably fast. The chess basics page I typed about some time ago is still a work in progress, whether I can add it today or not is not really certain. I just try to do it as well as possible first time around as that is probably something that will not be updated once it is finished. Of course if there is something wrong or it misses something that I did not think of before then it will get an update to fix whatever the problem with it might be. I have added one more game to my post C23 Bishop's Opening: General and also one game to the post C50 Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. The game below might not be the best game I have ever played and I could certainly find improvements to it over nine years later...

If this year has not gone all that well in my life, at least in chess it has gone maybe better than ever before. Highlights of the year include me winning two International Masters and that one draw I got from a FIDE Master who was rated 2456 at the time of the draw. Two of those can be seen in this blog, the win I got against the IM can be found in here and the draw against the FM can be found here. If I would list all the blunders I made this year, it would be a very long list and I would not have time to finish this post today...

This second game was played also at Red Hot Pawn but five years later than the first one. I am getting closer and closer to more recent games and before you know it I am already at the latest games. Well, some serious analysing is needed before that happens.

Third game in this variation and third win, not too bad of a result, so far. The game you see below was played in the first round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. Despite the name of the tournament, in my group there were five players. It was the only group to have that many, other groups were four player groups, more suitable according to the name of the tournament. I was able to win my group and advance to the second round where I no longer managed to win the group and the tournament at the same time. I might be able to finish second in the tournament if the rest of my games go well enough. The winner of the tournament has been decided already and the winner won all his games on round two. If I manage to win my remaining games, I will be six points behind the winner in second place. As you get 3 points for a win and one for a draw, the difference in points is due to the fact I lost both my games against chessicle, the player who won the tournament.

Game number four. This is from the third round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at FIDE Online Arena March 14th 2015. This was my third consecutive win on the tournament and only one game remained to be played. At this time I was really happy of the way that things had gone. I tried to keep my cool in the last round game aswell. More about that later when I am ready to publish it.

30 Dec 2014

A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation

A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation

This is the game that ruined my chances of ending the year with a win at GameKnot. I do not feel that bad though as I am quite likely to end the year with a win on other sites I play correspondence chess. There is still time though to change that... I do not know what it is but I can't really play on GameKnot as well as I can play on other sites because if I could, my rating would not be as low it is at the moment, only barely over 1700. Maybe it is due to the openings I try out there as I do not play the same stuff on any other site. I should try and play stuff I am more familiar with in order to check if it significantly changes the outcome more to my favor. Then again I have made stupid blunders there in a few games which are completely unrelated to the opening. I have added ten more puzzles that are divided in to mate in one, two, three and four pages. Tomorrow I shall update ten more puzzles so that there are 500 puzzles by the end of the year, well in my timezone at least it will be still the year 2014. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

29 Dec 2014

A09 Réti Opening: Advance Variation

A09 Réti Opening: Advance Variation

I remember vaguely experimenting with this line with the black pieces some years ago but I have no real feel to it and I can't remember what happened in those games. This game is part of a tournament called tedjj's mini-tournament XLIII. That tournament is going as badly as it can go for me, I had to resign one more game only a moment ago. Before that happened I added one more game to the post A04 Zukertort Opening: Pirc Invitation and typed there that it is nice to finish the year in a win as it is unlikely that I would finish more games this year on GameKnot. Well, I was very wrong in that matter. Now it looks like that I will end the year in a loss, well at least on this site. The only game I have won in this tournament is the game you see below. I have added ten more puzzles today divided in to mate in one, two, three, four and five pages.

28 Dec 2014

A04 Zukertort Opening: General

A04 Zukertort Opening: General

My games can be so problematic sometimes that the program I use sometimes refuses to analyse the whole finished game but instead it crashes everytime on the same move. I have found two such games while going through my games and both times I contacted support and told about the problem and in both cases they fixed the problem quite soon on their program update. Chess is a very hard game and winning the so called won game is really difficult sometimes. You may have the winning position but if you do not know how to win the game from that position, it does not matter. I am quite likely to play some sloppy moves at those positions and give my opponent more chances than they might deserve. I did three tactical exercises today and solved only one of them... I really would need to practise tactics more. With all the games I have in progress at the moment and all the other stuff that uses my time, it is very hard to find the time to solve those exercises or rather in my case usually fail miserably while trying. I have added one more game to A46 Indian Game: Knights Variation. General and I have also added ten more puzzles divided in to mate in ones, twos and threes.

27 Dec 2014

B07 Czech Defense: General

B07 Czech Defense: General

The game I am sharing with you today is my latest game that I have played at the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. This game was played in the second round of the AUTO-MASTER-2088 tournament. The rating of the people who were allowed to join this tournament had to be in the range 1900-2300. As the rating of the people who joined differs during the tournament, my other opponent in round two has a rating of 2481 at the moment I type this. I am of course always willing to play against these higher rated people because I might just learn something from them. In round two there are only three players left so the winner of this group will be the winner of the tournament. I still have chances for winning the group as three games are left in the round but it will require a really good playing on my part. This game was a tough one for me and I thought at some point I would be losing this one, only after my opponent's last move in the game did I know that I was going to win. I rarely get to play moves like 29.Qxe5, so it felt good to play that move. After this game my rating went to my current peak rating of 2191. I have added one more game to my post B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation and I have also added 10 more puzzles today divided in to mate in one, two and four pages.

Game number two. The game below 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. I have still 9 games left to finish in this first round and I still have very small chances to win the group and advance to the second round. Actually I am very close of dropping out of the battle for the win. In order for me to take the first place, I would need to win all my remaining nine games and the current leader would need to lose all his remaining games. So even though I have theoretical chances still, I do not think that I have no practical chances anymore. A player called takinitez007 (1930) is currently on first place with 50 points, only point losses have come from two draws, the rest he has won!! Second place belongs to a player called caissad4 (1969), who has gathered 38 points so far. On third place is a player called jankrb (2040) who has gathered 34 points so far. I am currently in seventh place with only 24 points gathered at the moment.

Game number three. This one was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament. I have gathered 30 points so far and the loss from this game meant that I can no longer fight for the win of group 1 and therefore I can't advance to the second round either. A player called takinitez007 (1843) is on first place with 50 points and a maximum possible score of 62. My opponent in the game below, jankrb, is currently second with 40 points and a maximum possible score of 52. Third place belongs to caissad4 (1753) with 38 points and a maximum possible score of 59. The win of the group will decided between four players, takinitez007, jankrb, caissad4 and veca (1430). However, takinitez007 can drop both jankrb and veca out of the battle by just winning one game, so caissad4 is the main rival for takinitez007.

26 Dec 2014

E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense

E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense

The game you see below was played in a tournament called AUTO-OPEN-3254 and that tournament is held at the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. It has been maybe the only correspondence chess site where my rating has gone steadily upward and I have only suffered only momentary rating losses. The first round of this tournament is still going even though it would not be if the players who could claim a win on time, would actually claim their wins. Those four games that are still going needlessly do not even have any effect on who advances to the next round as that is already decided. The 20 players that are on the tournament are divided into five groups of four players. And I believe only the winner advances into the next round. As there can be only maximum of six simultaneous games, in the next round there will be one group of three people and one group where there are only two players. The winners of round two will face off in the final third round. No matter what happens in the two remaining games of my group, I will be able to advance to the next round as I have secured my win in the group already. Not sure if those games will ever finish though... With the win in this game I was able to increase my rating to 2169. I have added ten more puzzles today divided in mate in two, three and four pages.

Game number two. The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament that has been in progress since October 24th 2014 at Red Hot Pawn. I am the current leader of group 1 but the win is far from certain. My opponent in this game, caissad4, has the best chances of winning the group and advancing to the second round. I was actually lucky to get even this draw against caissad4, who was without any point losses before this game. The position at the end is favorable for Black and maybe caissad4 should have continued playing this game. The second place is currently tied between NN Cheap and aukermdr as both have gathered 52 points so far. Like these two players, my maximum possible score is 58. Caissad4 is currently on fourth place with 49 points but his or her maximum possible score is 64. This game was added to this post June 27th 2015.

25 Dec 2014

C10 French Defense: Normal Variation

C10 French Defense: Normal Variation

Now this is a game I have wanted to share for some time but as I value the order of posting maybe more than presenting the selected games first, it was only now that this game came up in the database of games I have gone through. And after this game I shall move to another database of games, I like to keep my games from one site in a database where there are only games from that site. The game you see below was played in the first round of the French 2014 thematic tournament where the starting position was after the moves 1.e4 e6 had been played. My opponent in this game was a FM Juergen Kaufeld. We played two games against each other in the first round and the other game I lost. I have already posted that loss and that can be found in my post C16 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General. This is most likely the best draw I have ever had. In the light of the ratings that is. I would assume that my opponent remains the highest rated person I have drawn against for quite a long time. I did manage to advance to the next round in this tournament even though there was two titled players in my group one International Master and one FIDE Master. Well, I came third in the group and barely advanced to the next round, half a point ahead of the IM. Only three games remain in the round one, so the next round might start soonish, I have not checked what is the status of those games but assuming those games are not really long games, they should not take many months to finish. Today I have added 14 more puzzles divided into mate in two, three and four pages. I have also added one more game to C45 Scotch Game: Mieses Variation.

This paragraph has been added July 31st, 2016. This opening can also be found with the names C10 French Defense: Paulsen Variation or C10 French, Paulsen Variation depending on the source.

This second game is from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament where I may get to third place if I win my remaining games. With the way I have played lately, I seriously doubt it. I will do my best though.

24 Dec 2014

C96 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense

C96 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense

The opening played in this game I have learned from watching chess videos that have featured strong players. I have never really looked at the theory until I looked it for the post analysis of this game. The game below is a bit unfinished as my opponent lost this game on time. This game was played in the match called We celebrate 500 members by honoring Mequinho - the Brazilian WOLF. The match is played between The WOLF and Chess Society America. I play board 4 for The WOLF and currently our opponent leads the match 1-3. Our board two lost both of his games on time, so that was not good but we still have a chance in the match. I have added one more game to my earlier post C23 Bishop's Opening: General and I have also added more puzzles to mate in ones, twos and threes today. I am going to add puzzle number 500 on December 31st 2014 and that means that I have to increase the amount of puzzles per day to 10 and one day even need to do 11 in order to reach that goal. I am also hoping that I get my other project finished before this year ends so it will be a busy time for me and new content will be coming in a faster pace at least the last week of the year. This is also my 160th different opening featured here!! I have also reached new peak at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club and that new peak rating is 2191!!

Game number two. It seems that the move order was slightly off from the theoretical line in this second game aswell. It does not matter all that much as we reached the same position in both games after move 10...c5 in both games. There was a move order that made some difference in this game because if my opponent had played 11...Qc7 we might have ended up in a different line in the Spanish. In the game my knight was allowed to go to c3 which I could not have done so easily after 11...Qc7 and I might have placed it to d2 instead and rerouted it to g3 maybe later. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. In this 21 player all versus all with both colors tournament I won both my games against this opponent and I am also currently fighting for the victory in the tournament. I am currently second, ten points behind the current leader, caissad4. This game was added February 25th 2015.

Game number three. This is the fifth round game of the third WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that I have played at the FIDE Online Arena. I managed to get quite a decent score of 3,5 out of 5 but my monitored elo did drop a bit because of the result. Out of the three monitored elo games I got two out of three but it was not enough to keep my rating where it was or to increase it. The game below was a bit sloppy from me but I was able to get the win and include a piece sacrifice in the game by playing 46...Nxg6!

Game number four. This is the 1200th chess game added to this blog! The game below was played in a team match called Great Viking Warriors vs. Kopaonik. The match is played on 90 boards and I played on board 18 for Kopaonik. My personal score in the match is one win and one loss. My win on the other game was fast due to a blunder made by my opponent after which he resigned. On this second game I am outplayed by my opponent. For around 17 moves I played a decent game, but with my 18th move, my position started to go down the drain and I had to finally resign after 32.Rxf6. The current score in the match is 60.5 - 91.5 in favor of Kopaonik, so we shall win this match after all games have finished!

Game number five. This is the first correspondence game I have played at the Internet Chess Club. This was not the first game I started there, actually this was the second game to start, the first one was aborted on move one. This is the only game I have played all the way through using only my phone to make moves. The Chess at ICC app is easy to use, so making moves with that was not really a problem and actually it was more convenient for me than logging into ICC using the client on my pc. That being said, I would use the client to play chess on other time controls because then the games would be automatically saved into a pgn-file and therefore it would be much easier for me to analyse the games at some point. If I could ask an improvement for the app, it would be that I could, when creating a new correspondence game, see the different time control options or set the time controls I would like to play with. Also I would like to see how much time I have left before I must make a move, during the game I had no idea about the time controls used in this game... Before I started playing this game, I had looked for information on how to play correspondence games at ICC and tried to find what time controls they use and based on the information I only got a reasonable estimate on how long I could think for each of my moves. On the game board on the app it only said 00:00:00 all the time for me both for me and my opponent, so that did not really help me in any way to determine how much time I can use.

The game below started like a lot of my games in the Spanish have recently started, but the problem is that at some point I have no clue what to do. Even though I determined a long time ago that these closed systems are not my cup of tea, I still play the closed systems in the Spanish. It is a thing that I should stop doing and look for more open games if possible. I was very close of just losing this game because I did not see the very obvious idea of 41.Nxg6 and the following complications at all. When I played 39...Rcf7, I thought that I might get some play on the f-file, but only after 41.Nxg6 did I realise that I might be in bigger troubles than I thought. My 39th move should have been the losing move, but I am glad that my opponent went for the draw instead.

23 Dec 2014

E14 Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System

E14 Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System

This game is a rare draw in my team match games, actually it is currently the only draw I have played in a team match at Chess.com that is. In over the board chess I have drawn quite many times in a team match. The game below is from a team match called Friendly match and I played board one for the Himgouree's club, our opponent was Internet tim BASK Beograd. I have shared my other game previously from this team match which was a loss and that game can be found in the post C87 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Averbakh Variation. My opponent offered me the draw in that final position and because I thought that I am worse in that position, I accepted the draw offer. And I still believe that if someone is going to win that game, it is my opponent as my pieces are badly placed. It was kind of sad that my only loss and a draw in a team match happened in the same match. Well, only point losses so far that is. There will be more quite likely as I can't win them all. I always try to play for the win but sometimes the opponent is just better. Today I have updated the mate in one, two and three puzzle pages. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

22 Dec 2014

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation

It is a rare thing that I play any other games than either team match games or tournaments these days but this one is neither, it is a challenge I created apparently in June this year. This game lasted over five months, so it is one of the longest games I have played but I am quite sure that there will be longer games as time goes by. My move speed is too slow these days to indicate something different. All I can say from this game is that mistakes were made on both sides and this was by no means an easy game for me. I have added more puzzles to mate in ones and twos today. I have also added one more game to look at in my earlier post about D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation.

Game number two. This game was played in a team match called ITS A KNOCKOUT Quarter Finals: LEGION vs Obsessive Chess Disorder!! This 20 board match is still in progress and I have still my other game ongoing against noresign on board 18 for OCD. Despite the name, noresign resigned this game. The winner of the match is not yet decided but it does look good for us because the current score in the match is 4.5 - 15.5 in favor of Obsessive Chess Disorder!!

21 Dec 2014

C00 French Defense: Knight Variation

C00 French Defense: Knight Variation

Today I shall present to you this short game that I won on time. Even if my opponent had not flagged, the position for him was really bad anyway. This game was played in Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52), the time control for the game was 3 days/move. There was at the start of the tournament 100 players that were divided into groups of five. From each group two of the best players will advance to the next round. I had to resign my last game of round one against a player who was around 450 points lower rated than me but played much better than his rating would suggest. I am actually surprised that he did not make it to round two. That game was also the only loss I suffered in round one in this tournament. In my other game against the player who was the only one that could beat me, I also had difficulties but I was able to get a win in that game. I will post that game at some point here, when I have analysed it. I should maybe avoid playing correspondence chess tournaments where the winner advances to the next round. This is because I may completely forget that tournament even exists before the next round starts. Assuming that I win my group, of course, it does not happen all the time. Today I noticed that my Red Hot Pawn games had increased from 133 to 141, so I started look what had caused this. After I found out what games had started, I figured out that one of the tournaments had moved on to the next round. I had forgotten all about that tournament. This meant that my games in progress is now 288, so the real chance of it getting over 300 is still there. I have added more puzzles to mate in ones, twos and threes today.

Game number two. This was played in the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. The tournament was held at Red Hot Pawn. I lost both my games against stardogon in this tournament but I was able to gather the same amount of points as my opponent. This meant that I finished fourth and he finished third. This game showed once more that I am oblivious to tactics from time to time. Had I spent sufficient time of studying the position, I would have seen that 18...h6?? hands over the advantage to my adversary and loses the game.

Game number three. This one was played on the third round of the French 2014 tournament. It is being played at Chess.com and it started on August 7th, 2014. I am playing in Group 2 and I have finished three games so far in this group that consists of four players. Both of my games against amir88 have ended and the other one I was able to draw. I have also lost a second game and that was against NM Ejarov. I am on last place with a half a point to show for my three finished games. I am going to be most likely on last place in the final standings as my opponents are a bit strong for me at the moment. Amir88 is currently leadind the group. Amir88 has gathered four draws and one win in the five games that he has finished. He has currently one point more than NM Ejarov, who is on second place, but NM Ejarov has three games left to finish, two more than amir88.

For 16 moves I am able to play well enough to keep the game balanced, but then with my 17th move I go a bit astray. Amir88 does not take his opportunity to get a clear advantage, but instead goes for a more equalizing move. With my next move 18...Re6, I am again offering a clear advantage to my opponent, but amir88 does not find the most accurate reply, so the position is after 19.Rxe6 only slightly better for amir88. Inaccurate moves by me make my position very difficult to play and on move 27 I make the losing move Kf8. To be honest, it was probably just a matter of time when my position would have been completely lost, but I may have prolonged the game a bit with a better move.

20 Dec 2014

A43 Benoni Defense: Benoni Gambit Accepted

A43 Benoni Defense: Benoni Gambit Accepted

This is one of the ten games I played in the round one of the 28th Chess.com Tournament. The rating range for the group was 1601-1800. The next round of the tournament still has not begun as 119 games still remain to be played on round one while I type this. This game started to go wrong for my opponent early on, especially after the move 12...b6 which was a big blunder that lead to a loss of a bishop for a pawn. After that blunder there was no real hope for a comeback for my opponent even though I may not have played the rest of the moves in the game optimally.

The amount of games I play simultaneously seems to have stabilized to 278 games which is at the moment a bit too much as I am not able to give enough attention to every game. I have tried to move faster recently but I have still not managed to get my games to a point where there would be less games in which I have to move than those where it is my opponent to move. I have updated mate in one, two and three puzzle pages today.

19 Dec 2014

C87 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Averbakh Variation

C87 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Averbakh Variation

The game I am sharing with you now is from a team match game called Friendly match and it was played between Himgouree's club and Internet tim BASK Beograd. It was a three board match and we were outrated on every board. I played board one for the Himgouree's club and only got a draw from the two games I played. Our team only lost the match 2-4, so despite being the clear underdog we did quite a good job, mostly due to our board two who managed to get 1,5 points out of the two games against a much higher rated opponent. The game below is the only loss I have suffered in the team matches I have played at Chess.com. In the 18 team games I have played there, I have won 16 games, played one draw and lost one game. Those statistics will become worse as time goes by that is quite certain even though I play as well as I can in every game. I have added more puzzles to mate in twos and threes today.

Game number two. This was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. There are still six players that have a possibility to win this tournament and I am one of the lucky ones that are included in that group. I am currently in fifth place and 35 points behind the current leader but I have more games in progress so I still have a chance to turn things in my favor.

18 Dec 2014

C60 Spanish Game: General

C60 Spanish Game: General

The game you see below is from a team match game called we love chess and fun. The match is played between F&R and We Love Chess!!! I play board two for the latter team and only my other game is still left in the match. In case I win the remaining game, we can tie the match to 5 - 5. On two boards we lost 0-2 with timeouts so the boards that actually played their games did a good job to counter those timeouts. I have reached a new peak at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club yet again and now the peak rating is 2181!! 2200 is now so close that I believe I can have a rating over 2200 at some point but that requires very careful and strong moves. I have updated mate in one, two and three pages today.

Game number two. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. This is one of the rare tournaments there that I have still chances of winning. Currently I am in the lead in group 1 but that can change at any time. This tournament started on October 24th 2014 and it has a timeout of 7 days and a timebank of 7 days. You get 3 points for the win and one for a draw. Because of the point calculation system, I have gathered 54 points so far and can reach 60 if I win both of my remaining games. The game below was one of the many unevenly matched games played in this tournament.

Game number three. The live commentary of this game can be viewed in the video below.

17 Dec 2014

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation
[Event "Man of History - Gough Whitlam (Round Tw"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.09.21"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "johnb2007"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "1870"] [BlackElo "1542"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. a4 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation} (7. Nf3 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Positional Variation}) (7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Kd1 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Paoli Variation} ( 10. Ne2 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line}) )) 7. Nf3 Ne7 8. Bd3 c4 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Nd7 $146 (10... Bd7 11. Bg5 Bc6 12. Bh4 Nf5 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bc1 Ba4 15. g4 Ne7 16. Be3 Nd7 17. Qd2 Kh7 18. g5 Nf5 19. gxh6 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 gxh6 21. Kh1 Rg8 22. Rac1 Nf8 23. Nh4 Qe7 24. Ng2 Bc6 25. f4 {Carbonell,A-Cortes,M Dos Hermanas 2003 0-1 (48)}) (10... Nbc6 11. Re1 ( 11. a4 Bd7 12. Ba3 h6 13. Qd2 b6 14. h4 f5 15. h5 Rf7 16. Qf4 Kh7 17. Nh4 g5 18. hxg6+ Nxg6 19. Nxg6 Kxg6 20. Qh4 Qd8 21. Bh5+ Kg7 22. Qg3+ Qg5 23. Bxf7 Kxf7 24. Qxg5 hxg5 25. g3 Kg6 {Auvinen,E (1887) -Hasberger,W (1739) Marianske Lazne 2016 1-0 (49)}) (11. Bg5 b5 12. Qd2 Bd7 13. Rfb1 Rab8 14. h3 h6 15. Bf4 g5 16. Bxg5 hxg5 17. Qxg5+ Ng6 18. Qh6 Rfe8 19. Ng5 Nf8 20. Bh5 Re7 21. Re1 Ng6 22. Qh7+ Kf8 23. Bxg6 {1-0 (23) Rodriguez Llorens, J (1472)-Valles Blomecke,I (1696) Cerdanyola del Valles 2011}) 11... f6 12. Bf1 (12. exf6 Rxf6 13. Bg5 Rf7 14. Qd2 Ng6 15. Nh4 Nf4 16. Bxf4 Rxf4 17. g3 Rf6 18. f4 Bd7 19. Bf3 Raf8 20. Bg2 Qd8 21. Nf3 h6 22. Ne5 Nxe5 23. Rxe5 Qb6 24. Qc1 Rf5 25. Re2 R5f6 26. Rb1 Qc7 {Podolsky,A (2240)-Ivanov,V (2075) Shepetivka 2011 1/2-1/2 (31)}) 12... fxe5 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Rxe5 Rf5 15. Re1 Bd7 16. g3 Raf8 17. Re2 h6 18. Bh3 R5f6 19. a4 Ng6 20. a5 Re8 21. Qe1 Qc6 22. Ba3 Ne7 23. Bc5 Nc8 24. Re3 b6 25. axb6 { Sharapov,E (2505)-Ivanov,V (2100) Khmelnitsky 2009 1-0 (67)}) 11. a4 Ng6 (11... a5 12. Ba3 Qd8 13. Qd2 $14) 12. Ba3 {White threatens to win material: Ba3xf8} Re8 13. Qd2 a6 14. Rfb1 f6 (14... Qd8 $14) 15. exf6 (15. Bd6 $142 $5 Qd8 16. a5 $16) 15... Nxf6 $11 16. Qg5 Ne4 17. Qe3 Bd7 18. Bc1 b5 (18... e5 19. a5 $11) 19. axb5 Bxb5 (19... axb5 20. g3 $11) 20. Ng5 Nxg5 (20... Nf6 $5 $11) 21. Qxg5 $16 Qf7 22. f4 Ne7 23. Bg4 (23. Qe5 $5 $16) 23... Nf5 $11 24. Bh3 h6 {Black threatens to win material: h6xg5} 25. Qg4 Reb8 (25... Nd6 26. Qe2 $11) 26. Bd2 (26. Ba3 Be8 $14) 26... Qa7 (26... Bd7 27. Rxb8+ Rxb8 28. g3 $11) 27. Kh1 (27. Qe2 $5 Qf7 28. Qe5 $14) 27... Qf7 $11 28. Qe2 Qg6 (28... Bd7 29. Kg1 $11) 29. Re1 (29. Qe5 Kh7 $14) 29... Bd7 $11 30. Reb1 (30. Qe5 $142 $5 $11 {would allow White to play on}) 30... Rxb1+ $17 31. Rxb1 a5 32. Qe5 Nh4 (32... a4 $5 { should be investigated more closely} 33. Ra1 Ra6 34. Qb8+ Qe8 35. Qxe8+ Bxe8 36. Bxf5 exf5 $15) 33. Rb7 $14 {[%cal Re5e6,Rh3e6,Gd7e6,Gg6e6] Exerts pressure on the backward pawn. White threatens to win material: Rb7xd7} Bc8 {Black threatens to win material: Bc8xb7} 34. Re7 $4 {[%cal Re5e6,Re7e6,Rh3e6,Gc8e6, Gg6e6] Increases the pressure on the backward pawn. a transit from better to worse} (34. Rc7 $142 {and White has air to breath} Kh7 35. Bc1 $14) 34... a4 $17 35. Be1 $4 {strolling merrily down the path to disaster} (35. Bc1 $142 a3 36. f5 Nxf5 37. Bxf5 $17) 35... Nf5 (35... a3 $142 {makes sure everything is clear} 36. f5 Qg5 37. Bxh4 a2 $19) 36. Bxf5 $14 {White has a mate threat} Qxf5 $4 (36... Qf6 $142 {the only rescuing move} 37. Qc7 exf5 $16) 37. Qxg7# 1-0 [Event "Tournament 28376646"] [Site "online arena"] [Date "2015.03.28"] [Round "3"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "chamo47"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "1727"] [BlackElo "1679"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. Nf3 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Positional Variation} (7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Kd1 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Paoli Variation} (10. Ne2 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line}))) 7. Qg4 f5 8. Qd1 (8. Qh3 Ne7 9. Kd1 O-O 10. Nf3 b6 11. Rg1 Qd7 12. g4 Ba6 13. Bxa6 Nxa6 14. gxf5 Nxf5 15. Nh4 cxd4 16. cxd4 Qa4 17. Nxf5 Rxf5 18. Qg4 g6 19. Rb1 Rc8 20. Rb3 Qc4 21. Rb2 Nc7 22. Rb4 Qc6 {Zavadsky, P (2330)-Priehoda,V (2400) Hlohovec 1995 0-1 (59)}) 8... Nc6 (8... Ne7 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Be2 b6 11. a4 Nbc6 12. O-O cxd4 13. cxd4 Bb7 14. Ba3 h6 15. c4 Rfd8 16. c5 Rac8 17. Qd3 Na5 18. Nd2 Ng6 19. g3 bxc5 20. Bxc5 Nxe5 21. Qe3 Nf7 22. Bxa7 Ng5 23. Rfb1 {Babrauskas,D (2001)-Pidluznij,G (1352) Kaunas 2016 1-0 (45)}) 9. Nf3 Nge7 10. Bd2 $146 (10. Be2 Bd7 11. O-O O-O-O 12. a4 cxd4 13. cxd4 Kb8 14. Ba3 Nc8 15. Ng5 h6 16. Nf7 g5 17. c4 dxc4 18. Nxh8 Rxh8 19. Bxc4 h5 20. Rc1 h4 21. d5 exd5 22. Bxd5 Rh6 23. Re1 {1-0 (23) Illescas Cordoba, M (2595)-Plo Palacian,S (1849) ajedrez.educaterra.com 2003}) (10. Be2 h6 $11) 10... Bd7 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O a6 {Prevents intrusion on b5} (12... Be8 13. a4 $11) 13. Bg5 ( 13. Re1 b5 $11) 13... cxd4 14. cxd4 Rac8 15. g3 h6 16. Be3 Na5 17. Bd3 Nc4 18. Bc1 Ba4 19. Ra2 Be8 (19... Qb6 20. Bd2 $15) 20. Nd2 $11 Nxd2 21. Bxd2 Nc6 { [%cal Ya5c4,Yc6a5,Ye7c6] The idea is Ne7-c6-a5-c4} 22. c3 {Controls b4+d4} Na5 23. Qe2 Nc4 {Praise the knight!} 24. Bc1 b5 (24... Qa5 25. Qe1 $11) 25. f4 $11 Qa5 {[%cal Ra5a3,Rc4a3,Ga2a3,Gc1a3] The isolani on a3 becomes a target. Black threatens to win material: Qa5xc3} 26. Qe1 Bh5 27. Bc2 Be8 28. Bd1 Rc7 29. Rg2 Bg6 (29... Nxa3 $2 {doesn't lead to the expected results} 30. Ra2 b4 31. cxb4 $18) 30. g4 fxg4 31. Bxg4 Qb6 32. Qh4 Kh7 33. Rg3 Bf5 34. Bh5 $2 (34. Bxf5+ Rxf5 35. Kh1 Qc6 $11) 34... Qb8 (34... a5 $142 {would have given Black a clear advantage} 35. Rgf3 b4 36. axb4 axb4 37. cxb4 g6 $19) 35. Bg4 $15 Bxg4 (35... Qe8 36. Kh1 $15) 36. Qxg4 $11 Qe8 37. Rf2 (37. f5 exf5 38. Rxf5 Kh8 $11) 37... Rf5 38. Rfg2 Qf7 39. h4 Re7 (39... Qe7 40. Kh2 $15) 40. Qd1 Qh5 41. Qxh5 Rxh5 42. Rg4 Rf7 43. Ra2 (43. Rg6 Rxh4 44. Rxe6 Rh3 $11) 43... Rhf5 (43... g6 44. Kf2 $15) 44. Kg2 (44. Rag2 $5 $11 {should be examined more closely}) 44... Nb6 45. Kg3 $2 (45. Kf1 $142 $15 {would keep White in the game}) 45... Rc7 46. Bd2 (46. Kh2 Rxc3 47. Rag2 $19) 46... Na4 $4 {hands over the advantage to the opponent} (46... Nc4 $142 {makes it even easier for Black} 47. Kh3 Nxd2 48. Rxd2 Rxc3+ 49. Rg3 Rc1 $19) 47. Rc2 (47. Kg2 Rc4 (47... Nxc3 $6 48. Rc2 b4 49. axb4 $11) 48. Rg3 Nb6 $15) 47... Rf8 (47... h5 $5 48. Rg5 Rxg5+ 49. fxg5 Nb6 $17) 48. Kf3 Rfc8 (48... h5 $142 49. Rg2 Nb6 $17) 49. Kf2 $2 (49. h5 $5 $15) 49... Nxc3 (49... a5 50. c4 Rxc4 51. Rxc4 Rxc4 52. Bxa5 Rxd4 53. h5 $19) 50. Bxc3 $17 Rxc3 51. Rxc3 Rxc3 52. Rg3 $4 {causes even greater problems} (52. h5 $142 Rd3 53. Rg6 Rxd4 54. Ke3 Re4+ 55. Kf3 $17) 52... Rxg3 53. Kxg3 (53. Kxg3 Kg6 54. Kf2 Kf5 55. Kf3 h5 56. Kg2 Kxf4 57. Kf2 a5 58. Ke2 g5 59. hxg5 Kxg5 60. Ke3 h4 61. Ke2 h3 62. Kf3 b4 63. axb4 axb4 64. Ke2 h2 65. Kd1 h1=Q+ 66. Kc2 Qf3 67. Kb2 b3 68. Ka3 Qc3 69. Ka4 b2 70. Kb5 b1=Q+ 71. Ka4 Qca1#) 1-0 [Event "atadros's mini-tournament V"] [Site "http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?"] [Date "2016.03.18"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "willy_13"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "1778"] [BlackElo "1877"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. a4 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Advance Variation} (7. Nf3 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Positional Variation}) (7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Kd1 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Poisoned Pawn Variation, Paoli Variation})) 7. Bb2 f5 (7... Ne7 8. Bd3 (8. Nf3 Nbc6 9. Bd3 Bd7 10. O-O c4 11. Be2 f6 12. Re1 O-O-O 13. a4 Ng6 14. Ba3 fxe5 15. dxe5 Ngxe5 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. Qd4 Nc6 18. Qc5 b6 19. Qb5 Kb7 20. Qb2 Ka8 21. Rab1 h5 22. Qc1 Na5 {Civi,A (1582)-Korkmaz, T (1948) Antalya 2013 0-1 (45)}) 8... b6 9. Qg4 g6 10. Qf3 Ba6 11. Qf6 Rf8 12. Nf3 Bxd3 13. cxd3 Nec6 14. Ng5 h6 15. Nh7 Rg8 16. Qh4 Nd7 17. Qxh6 O-O-O 18. Qf4 f6 19. Nxf6 Ndxe5 20. dxe5 Nxe5 21. O-O Rgf8 22. Rfe1 {Reuss,A (2301) -Scheeff,V (2132) Schwaebisch Gmuend 2012 1-0 (34)}) 8. Nf3 $146 (8. Nh3 Ne7 9. Qh5+ Ng6 10. Nf4 Qf7 11. Nxg6 Qxg6 12. Qxg6+ hxg6 13. c4 cxd4 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Bxd4 Nc6 16. Bb5 Bd7 17. Bxc6 Bxc6 18. O-O-O b6 19. e6 Rh7 20. Rde1 Ke7 21. h3 Rc8 22. Re2 Bb5 {Ulusoy,N (1711)-Faruq,A Iasi 2012 1-0 (44)}) 8... Ne7 9. Be2 Nbc6 10. O-O Bd7 (10... b6 11. a4 $11) 11. a4 $14 Na5 {[%cal Yc5c4] Black intends c4} 12. Nd2 O-O-O $2 (12... b6 13. Bh5+ Ng6 14. Ba3 $14) 13. Qb1 $4 { with this move White loses his initiative} (13. Ba3 Kb8 $18) 13... g5 $4 (13... c4 14. Ba3 Be8 15. Bd6 Rxd6 16. exd6 Qxd6 17. Qd1 $11) 14. Qa2 $4 {instead of simply winning the game} (14. Ba3 $142 {White had this great chance} Kb8 15. Bxc5 $18) 14... c4 $15 {Black wins space} 15. Qa3 Bc6 16. Qb4 h5 (16... b6 17. Nb1 $15) 17. Ba3 (17. Nf3 Rdg8 18. h4 gxh4 19. Kh1 $11 (19. Nxh4 $143 Ng6 20. Nxg6 Rxg6 $17)) 17... Ng6 $15 18. Nf3 {White threatens to win material: Nf3xg5} Nf4 {Black threatens to win material: Nf4xe2} (18... Nb3 19. cxb3 a5 20. Qc5 $15) 19. Bd1 $11 Rhg8 (19... g4 20. Nh4 Rdg8 21. Bc1 $11) 20. g3 (20. Bc1 $5 $14 {has some apparent merit}) 20... Nh3+ $11 21. Kg2 {White threatens to win material: Kg2xh3} g4 {Black threatens to win material: g4xf3} 22. Ng1 (22. Qc5 $142 $5 $11 {looks like a viable alternative}) 22... Ng5 $17 23. Ne2 (23. Bc1 $142 h4 24. Bxg5 Rxg5 25. Ne2 $17) 23... Nh3 (23... b6 $142 $17) 24. Ng1 $11 Ng5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Split"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2016.01.25"] [Round "2"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "NN Cheap"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "1929"] [BlackElo "2149"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. a4 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Advance Variation} (7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Ne2 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line}) (7. Nf3 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Positional Variation})) 7. Qg4 f5 8. Qh5+ Qf7 9. Qxf7+ Kxf7 10. Rb1 (10. Nf3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Bd7 12. f4 Ne7 13. Rb1 b6 14. c4 Rc8 15. cxd5 Nxd5 16. Bd2 Nc7 17. Bc4 Ke8 18. O-O Nc6 19. Nf3 Ne7 20. Nd4 Nc6 21. Nf3 Ne7 22. Nd4 {1/2-1/2 (22) Kindermann,S (2560)-Jussupow,A (2615) Munich 1990}) 10... cxd4 11. cxd4 Ne7 12. Bd3 $146 (12. Bd2 b6 13. Nf3 h6 14. h4 Ba6 15. Bc3 Bxf1 16. Rxf1 Nd7 17. Kd2 a5 18. Kd3 Rhc8 19. Bd2 Rc4 20. c3 Rac8 21. Ne1 Nc6 22. Nc2 Ra4 23. f4 h5 24. Rb3 Na7 25. Ne3 b5 26. Ke2 Nb6 { Jakic,I (2246)-Haba,P (2461) Bibinje 2001 1/2-1/2 (88)}) 12... Nd7 {Black's piece can't move: c8} (12... b6 13. Ne2 $11) 13. Nf3 h6 {Consolidates g5} 14. h4 Nb6 15. Bd2 {Black has a cramped position} Bd7 16. Ba5 {White threatens to win material: Ba5xb6} (16. Rg1 g6 $14) 16... Nec8 (16... Nc4 $5 {is an interesting alternative} 17. Bxc4 dxc4 18. Rxb7 Bc6 $11) 17. h5 Bc6 {Black has a cramped position} 18. Nh4 (18. Bd2 Nc4 $14) 18... Nc4 19. Bxc4 (19. Bd2 $5 $16) 19... dxc4 $11 {Opposite coloured bishops appeared} 20. O-O Ne7 21. Bb4 ( 21. f3 b6 22. Bb4 Nd5 $11) 21... Nd5 $15 22. Bd6 (22. f3 $5 $15) 22... Nf4 $17 23. Rfe1 $2 (23. f3 $142 $5 Nxh5 24. g4 $17) 23... Nxh5 $19 24. g3 g5 {[%cal Yf5f4] Black plans f4} 25. Ng2 f4 26. gxf4 $2 (26. Kh2 Kg6 $19) 26... gxf4 27. Kh2 (27. f3 Bxf3 28. Rf1 Bxg2 29. Kxg2 Rhg8+ 30. Kf3 Rg3+ 31. Kf2 $19) 27... Rhg8 28. Rg1 Rg4 (28... Rg4 29. f3 Bxf3 $19) 0-1 [Event "French 2014 - Round 3"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2016.01.06"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "Ejarov"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "1846"] [BlackElo "2343"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppp1ppp/4p3/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 2"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. Qg4 (7. a4 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Advance Variation}) 7... Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Kd1 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Poisoned Pawn Variation, Paoli Variation} (10. Ne2 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Poisoned Pawn Variation, Main Line})) 7. Bb2 Ne7 8. Nf3 (8. Bd3 b6 9. Qg4 g6 10. Qf3 Ba6 11. Qf6 Rf8 12. Nf3 Bxd3 13. cxd3 Nec6 14. Ng5 h6 15. Nh7 Rg8 16. Qh4 Nd7 17. Qxh6 O-O-O 18. Qf4 f6 19. Nxf6 Ndxe5 20. dxe5 Nxe5 21. O-O Rgf8 22. Rfe1 Nxd3 { Reuss,A (2301)-Scheeff,V (2132) Schwaebisch Gmuend 2012 1-0 (34)}) 8... b6 9. Be2 Ba6 $146 (9... Ng6 10. Qd3 Ba6 11. Qe3 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Nxe5 13. Bxa6 Nxa6 14. f4 Nc4 15. Qc1 Nc5 16. O-O Ne4 17. f5 exf5 18. Rxf5 Nxb2 19. Qxb2 Nxc3 20. Re1+ Kd8 21. Nb5 Qc5+ 22. Kh1 Nxb5 23. Rd1 Nc3 24. Qb3 {Kali,R (1092)-Craciun,C (1192) Calimanesti 2013 0-1 (61)}) 10. O-O Bxe2 {Black forks: d1+f1} 11. Qxe2 Nd7 12. Nh4 Ng6 (12... Rc8 13. Qb5 $15) 13. Nxg6 $11 hxg6 14. Bc1 (14. c4 $5 dxc4 15. Qxc4 $11) 14... Rc8 15. Ra2 (15. Bd2 Nb8 $15) 15... cxd4 $17 16. cxd4 Qc4 17. Qxc4 Rxc4 (17... dxc4 $6 18. c3 $11) 18. Be3 O-O 19. Rc1 Nb8 (19... Rfc8 20. Kf1 $17) 20. c3 Rfc8 21. Bd2 Nc6 22. Rb1 f6 {Secures g5} 23. f4 Kf7 24. Kf2 Rh8 25. Rh1 Na5 26. a4 Nb3 27. Be1 Nc1 {Black threatens to win material: Nc1xa2} 28. Ra3 Nd3+ {Black forks: f4} 29. Kg3 (29. Kf3 $5 a5 30. exf6 gxf6 31. Rb3 Nxe1+ 32. Rxe1 Rxh2 33. Kg3 $15) 29... g5 $17 (29... Nxe1 $6 30. Rxe1 Rh5 31. exf6 Kxf6 32. Rf1 $11) 30. Bd2 (30. fxg5 $5 fxe5 31. Bd2 $17) 30... gxf4+ $19 31. Bxf4 fxe5 32. Bxe5 Rhc8 33. Rf1+ Kg6 34. Rf3 (34. Bd6 Rxc3 35. Rxc3 Rxc3 $19) 34... Ne1 35. Rf1 (35. Rf2 Rxc3+ 36. Rxc3 Rxc3+ 37. Kh4 $19) 35... Rxc3+ 36. Rxc3 Rxc3+ (36... Rxc3+ 37. Kg4 Nd3 $19) 0-1 [Event "ichthus's mini-tournament v"] [Site "http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?"] [Date "2016.10.08"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "willy_13"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "1792"] [BlackElo "1913"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "22"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. a4 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Advance Variation} (7. Nf3 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Positional Variation}) (7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Ne2 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line})) 7. Qg4 f5 8. exf6 Nxf6 9. Qg3 Qxg3 10. hxg3 Nc6 11. Nf3 (11. dxc5 e5 12. Nf3 O-O 13. Bb2 e4 14. Ng5 h6 15. Nh3 Bxh3 16. gxh3 Rad8 17. O-O-O Nh7 {1/2-1/2 (17) Fleck, J (2390)-Gross,K (2215) Germany 1985}) 11... c4 $146 (11... O-O 12. Bd3 Bd7 ( 12... c4 13. Be2 Ne4 14. Ng5 Nxc3 15. Nxh7 Nxe2 16. Be3 Nexd4 17. O-O-O e5 18. Nxf8 Bf5 19. c3 Nb3+ 20. Kb2 d4 21. g4 Bxg4 22. f3 Rxf8 23. cxd4 exd4 24. Bf2 Be6 25. Rde1 c3+ 26. Kc2 Bc4 27. Rh4 {Kaderabek,J (2234)-Richter,M (1996) Klatovy 2013 0-1}) 13. Rb1 c4 14. Be2 b6 15. O-O Ne4 16. Bb2 g5 17. Rbd1 Be8 18. Nd2 Bg6 19. Nxe4 Bxe4 20. Rd2 b5 21. Bg4 Bf5 22. Bxf5 exf5 23. Re2 Rfe8 24. Rfe1 Kf7 25. Bc1 h6 26. Be3 {Medvec,M (1872)-Karas,M (1951) Banska Stiavnica 2012 0-1 (48)}) 1/2-1/2

This game is taken from a team match game called Man of History - Gough Whitlam (Round Two). The match is played on 20 boards between Historical Association and Team Australia. I play board nine for the Historical Association. With four games still left in the match, we have already ensured our win because we lead the match 21 - 15. My opponent played very well and I was worse until he made first an inaccuracy and then a huge blunder at the end that ended the game immediately as he went to mate in one. I still have quite a huge load of games that I do not seem to get rid of that easily as I want to play well and simply resigning games without the position otherwise requiring it, does not seem that appealing to me. I have added more puzzles to mate in two and three pages.

Game number two. This one was played in the third round of a rapid chess tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on March 28th 2015. This third game brought me my second win in the tournament and as it was a consecutive win, I was starting to do well after the bad start.

Game number three. This was played in the atadros's mini-tournament V which is the first and so far the only high-stakes tournament I have taken part in. It has an increased cost to join, but also the points you can get from this mini-tournament are increased. I am currently on 9th place with 2.5 points. This tournament has not gone all that well for me since I have already played 9 games, but I have only managed to get 1 win and 3 draws. There are 11 games left for me to finish, so I can turn this into a good tournament for me if all goes well in the remaining games. My opponent, willy_13 is currently on 7th place and he has gathered only 5.5 points in 18 games. The tournament has not gone well for him either, only 3 wins and 5 draws to show from 18 games. A player called foogie1 (2226) is currently leading the tournament, he has gathered 11 points in 14 games. The winner of this mini-tournament is far from clear at the moment and even I have still theoretical chances to win it. The way I am playing at GameKnot, it is very unlikely thing to happen. I think I mess up more games at GameKnot than anywhere else.

Game number four. The game below was played on the second round of the 2014 October Split II tournament. The second round is currently in progress at Red Hot Pawn and the winner of the group will also win the tournament. Four players are fighting for the win and NN Cheap is the one who currently leads the group. NN Cheap has won four out of his five finished games and only has one game left to finish. If NN Cheap wins that last game, he or she has guaranteed at least sharing the win of the tournament. If I had to guess, I think NN Cheap will win the tournament without having to share it with anyone, or so I would interpret the way things are going at the moment. I am basically on last place at the moment and if NN Cheap even draws his or her last game, I can no longer dream of sharing the win. I have only finished two games, but both of them I lost against NN Cheap. On the first round I was able to play a bit better against him or her because I was able to get a win, but now on the second round I was not able to play well enough to offer much of a resistance to NN Cheap.

I was actually able to play decent moves up to the move 21.Bb4, before that I had only made some inaccurate moves, but after my 21st move I was for the first time on the worse side of the position. To make matters worse for me, I continued my downhill on my next move when I played 22.Bd6. I think both of my moves 21.Bb4 and 22.Bd6 are part of the same kind of problem, I did not understand the positional requirements, which meant that I put my bishop on squares where it actually does not do anything even if it looks good on d6, for example. To me it seemed more active square than d2, but in reality the bishop is needed on d2 where it actually has a purpose. On d6 it eyes on some dark squares on NN Cheap's side of the board, which are not relevant for the position, at the moment anyway. Maybe if I had thought about that move a bit longer, I would have understood that playing moves like Bb4 and Bd6 do not really help me in any way. The move 22.Bd6 I consider to be the losing move, even though it was not completely lost like it was after 26.gxf4.

Game number five. The game below was played on the third round of the French 2014 tournament that is still in progress at Chess.com. I am currently on fourt place in 2, which is also the last place unfortunately. I have gathered only half a point in the four games that I have finished so far. Depending on what happens in my last two games, I will either advance to the next round or end the tournament to this round. I think the latter option is more likely at the moment. Then again I have maybe advanced too far as it is. I have faced rather tough players on all rounds, but I think this on this round my luck will end. My opponent in this game, National Master Ejarov, leads the group with a half a point difference to amir88 (2157), who is currently on second place. Ejarov has already secured at least shared win of the group, but by winning his last game, he is able to get to 5 points and be the sole winner of the group.

This game started to go a bit wrong for me already on move 7. I played the defensive move 7.Bb2, which I thought would nicely defend the pawns on the long diagonal and in case of 7...cxd4, I could take back the pawn with a pawn, because the bishop covers the c3 square preventing Qc3+. The problem is that the dark-squared bishop is not a good piece after its locked behind the pawns. The position should be roughly even, but I should have played 7.Qg4 instead. The move that tips the advantage in favor of my opponent, is 9.Be2 and 9.a4 might have been a better alternative. The small advantage that my opponent has after 9.Be2 is lost with the move 12...Ng6 after which the position is about even once again. I was not able to keep the game in balance for long because I played 14.Bc1, which was the starting point for the troubles that I could not recover from because my opponent played well enough to not let the position get even again.

16 Dec 2014

D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation

D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation

The game you can see below was played in the first round of the 28th Chess.com Tournament and the last game of mine in that first round finished only moments ago to my victory. That meant that I won the group number 137 with a score of 10/10!! With that win I also climbed my way back to 1900. I wonder how the next round will be as my tournament entry rating was 1733 which meant that I played in this group but will I be promoted to a higher group in the next round, is still a bit unclear to me. I hope that I will be getting higher rated people to play against so that I do not have that much pressure on winning every single game. Well luckily it might still take awhile before the next round starts as there are still around 3% games left in the first round. The tournament started September 1st 2014, so it took a bit over 3 months to wrap up the first round for me. I also hit my new peak rating at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club today and now the new peak is at 2169!! I might get it a bit higher yet before it maybe comes down a bit. I will share that game at some point. I have added more puzzles today to mate in one, two, three and five pages.

This second game in this line was played in the first round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). My opponent ended up losing this game on time. The first round finished for me recently and I am just waiting for the next round to start as I won my group and the best two players will advance to the next round. 27 games still remain to be played before the next round can start and I kind of hope that they will take their time as I am currently playing too many games as it is.

The third game you see below is from 2008 and it was played at a site called Red Hot Pawn. This one happened to be a short win but I do have short losses to feature in this blog aswell.

Game number four. This is from the round one from the Maximum ! tournament. This is one of the examples where I resign a game when I have no reason to. Admittedly before I resigned, I looked at the position and tried to find a good way to continue to the game, I could not find one, so I resigned as I thought I was completely lost. I guess that final position in this game is just one of the many positions that I have not understood properly. I am currently in eight position in the tournament and I can theoretically climb my way to the second place but it does require me to win almost all my remaining games.

Game number five. This is from a team match called SAVE SMUDGE THE DOG!! It is played on 20 boards between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and Battle For Victory. I am playing on board 4 for OCD in this match and we will see if I can even my score with 777555 in the other game. That second game started after the game below ended, so it might take awhile still to complete. Luckily some of the pressure is off as the match has already been decided and even my loss against a lower rated opponent did not matter that much because the current score in the match is 26.5 - 12.5 in favor of Obsessive Chess Disorder!! Our win secured, I can finish my other game without having any worries but because I will always play to win and definetely like to show the fighting spirit, I will do my best in that other game and go for the win if possible.

15 Dec 2014

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation

Another day, another opening variation. This game was played in the first round of the 28th Chess.com Tournament within the rating range of 1601-1800. I still have one game remaining in the group that I play but after that I need to wait for the other groups to finish so that I can see what is the group going to be like on the next round. The game you see below was decided when my opponent made a huge blunder on move 18...Qd5?? which is clearly the losing move of the game. My opponent played well up to that point so it is a shame that he played that move. I added today one more game to my post about C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense and I have also added more puzzles to mate in one, two and four pages.

Game number two. This is from a team match called Team United States Chess says Trick or Treat to the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy.(og418). This match was played on 21 boards between Team United States Chess and Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I played on board 3 for Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I won my other game against TurboFish, so I don't feel all that bad about this loss. The final score in this match was 11,5 - 30,5 in favor of Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. So this time I played for the winners of the match. This match started on October 31st 2014 and it finished on April 27th 2015.

Game number three. This game was played in the fourth round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on March 26th 2015. After this bad draw, due to the rating situation, I had gathered two wins, one draw and one loss in the first four rounds. The wins I got from the first two games, so I was in good shape at the start of the tournament but I assume I just got tired as the games went on. Even though it might have affected my play, I do not blame the loss or this draw on fatigue but only on my playing skills.

Game number four. The game below was played in a team match called PFCC vs. Vulcan Science Academy. The match was played on 17 boards where each player plays two games against the same opponent, one with the white pieces and one with the black pieces. PFCC stands for PHILIPPINES' FINEST Chess Club. I played on board 2 for the Vulcan Science Academy and in addition to this draw, I won my other game against ruthlessqueen. The match ended with a score of 9.5 - 24.5 in favor of Vulcan Science Academy.

I think I offered a draw a couple of times during this endgame where I knew that if I just keep my king on g7 and my rook behind the pawn while giving checks to her king if it comes to protect the pawn on a7, I should be able to draw this with ease. She did everything she could to try and win this position, but I stayed alert and held the draw. After she played 40.a7 I knew that I should be able to draw this with the plan I mentioned before. I did try to play actively with my king for a while there because I thought that there should be no danger in doing so at that time, but eventually I went to g7 and I am in no danger of losing. Of course if I go to a wrong square with my king, then I will lose, for example, I can't go to g6 after she played 59.Ke6 because then she will check my king with her rook and the pawn will promote.

14 Dec 2014

C17 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation

C17 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation

With this game there are now 150 different opening variations covered in this blog!! It is mind-boggling to notice how many different openings I have played, I guess if I had studied my games more before starting this blog, I would have realised this maybe years earlier... The game below is taken from round one of the French 2014 tournament. It is a thematic tournament where the starting position is after the moves 1.e4 e6 have been played. Round one is still ongoing in my group but I have finished all my games for this round. The round one was nice for me as I got to play against two titled players, FM Juergen Kaufeld and IM Kacper Drozdowski. I managed to only get a draw against FM Kaufeld from our two games but I am happy to get even that. Surprisingly I had a better result against IM Drozdowski getting a win and losing the other one. I also notice now when I look at the tournament results table that I am actually advancing to the next round which I was not expecting at all to do. I finished third in my group, half a point ahead of the player who finished fourth. As the opponent below lost this game on time, my advancement to the next round is not the most glorious one of all time. I do not think there is any luck in a game of chess but I got maybe lucky win on time on this one as this enabled my advancement and the draw I got against the FM. Today I have added more mate in one and mate in two puzzles. Mate in one has now 100 different puzzles to solve!

This second game was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III. It is a 21 player all versus all tournament and you play two games against everyone. In this tournament there are two players that still battle for the win but I am fighting for the third place. Second place I could get in theory I guess but it is too unlikely to happen. Thinking times are 7 days per move and 14 days in bank, hence the name Seven Fourteen in the name of the tournament.

13 Dec 2014

C00 French Defense: Queen's Knight

C00 French Defense: Queen's Knight

This game was played in the first round of the 28th Chess.com Tournament where the rating range is 1601-1800. The tournament is still ongoing and I have managed to secure my place on the next round before my final game ends. Of course when I entered this tournament my rating was on that range but after it had started it went over 1800 at some point. I am very close of getting that place to the second round with a perfect score of 10/10. I have no doubt in my mind that on the next round I will not be able to continue that well but I will try my best of course. I have added more puzzles to mate in twos and threes and I have also added new games to the following posts C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation, E72 King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Deferred Fianchetto and C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Central Variation.

12 Dec 2014

D46 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines

D46 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines

This one is really short due to the fact my opponent resigned quite early. I think he should have played on, especially considering who he was facing. I mean I can make at any point a huge blunder... Not that often luckily but I can miss quite a lot. This year I have went to couple of mate in ones without me noticing before I was in the mate and I have blundered two queens and two rooks in correspondence chess games. Despite those blunders I have for the most part been able to increase my rating at various sites. I have added more puzzles to mate in ones and twos today. I still have a lot of moves to make before I can start doing other things so until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

11 Dec 2014

A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation

A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation

I need to somehow activate myself so that I could do more moves each day because at the moment it just takes way too long for me to move. I have had 270+ games in progress for a couple of months now and it does take a lot more time to cut down that game load. I am not sure if I can even do that all that well, sure a few games end here and there but then I am needed in a team match and a couple more games will start as a result... It is a circle that I am trying to get rid of. If I could get to hundred games or so that would be helping me a lot to manage my time better. Actually if I could take a break from all the games for a couple of weeks that would be maybe enough to recharge my chess enthusiasm. After this a bit over week when I was sick and made only the most necessarry moves, my interest may have dropped a bit towards chess. The reason for the interest loss might also be because the games have not gone as well as they had for a month or two. I have added more mate in one, two and three puzzles to their pages today. The amount of all the puzzles is now at 359, I will most likely continue to add five more puzzles each day, unless I feel update craziness coming in which case there will be more.

This second game is currently my latest game that has finished at GameKnot. It actually finished today January 15th 2015. Before my opponent blundered at move 21 and lost a piece, the game was quite tough and my opponent had his chances in this game.

Third game and first loss in this line, so far that is. I have tried out the Dutch quite a few times but I don't think that it suits me all that well. Still unsure what to play against 1.d4, all the options seem a little bit annoying to me. I just need to find something that I could confidently play against it but so far nothing special has arrived to my field of view.

Game number four. This was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament that is held at Chess.com. I am currently in eight place and I have gathered 8,5 points in the finished 14 games. I have still 8 games to finish in the first round. If I win all my remaining games, I will end up on third place and that unfortunately would mean that I need to play on the next round aswell... Because I want to decrease the amount of games I play that would be a bad thing but I would play the second round games as well as possible regardless.

Game number five. The game below was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament that is still ongoing at Chess.com. I have gathered 9,5 points in the 15 games that have finished. I have still 7 games to finish in round one. I currently reside in eight place. Three players of the twelve player group will advance to the next round and in the group I am in, the first two have been already decided. Chramer won the group with a score of 21,5 out of 22. Astra81 will finish second, he has one game left and that is against me. He has gathered 17 points in 21 games. On third place is the opponent I faced in this game, philgood84. Philgood84 gathered 13,5 points in 22 games.

Game number six. This was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament that is still in progress at Chess.com. I am currently in eight place in the tournament that has featured some really bad moves from me. The game below is a good example of how I can mess things up. I should have agreed to a draw when my opponent offered it, but I did not, because I thought that I can somehow still win the game. While I was trying to prove myself and to my opponent that the position was indeed a win for me, I ended up going to position that actually was losing for me because I overlooked my opponent's chances. This is not the first time that I lose a game that I should not have lost because I have arrogantly thought that my opponent has no real chances to win... Each time I have been shown the error of my ways, which is a good thing because I may learn to avoid similar things in the future.

10 Dec 2014

E11 Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation

E11 Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation

Yesterday evening I started to be bit worried about my correspondence chess games as I could not remember if I had already moved so that I could go to sleep without the need to worry about losing a game on time. Of course for some reason or the other I could not access internet anymore so I could not check whether my fears of losing are actually justified or not. Funny thing is though I slept a lot longer than I usually do, I guess it was a good thing because I am still a little bit sick, no fever though. When I finally was able to log in today to see what the status of the games are, I had not lost on time but I had to resign in one of my games, extending my losing streak to two games in one of the sites I play. Okay, maybe it can't be called a proper losing streak yet as there are only two games contributing to it. I do hope to get back in to winning games again as soon as possiple or my rating will start to drop a lot again. The problem is that I am for the most of the time the higher rated player in the games and that means that if I lose my rating will drop more than it would increase in the case I win. Well, against a lower rated opponent I have to win if I want to increase my rating... I have added more puzzles to mate in one and two pages. I also one more game today to my post C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Central Variation.

This second game is from a team match called south prairie. It was played on four boards between Wolf's Lair and Himgouree's club. I played board one for the Himgouree's club and I managed to get two wins in this match as each player plays the same opponent twice, once with both colors. We won the match 2 - 6 and the match deciding boards where the first two as there we got maximum points. The lower boards were harder fought as there we got a 50% score. In the first two boards we got three timeout wins and those actually decided the match in our favor. If those timeout wins had not happen, this might have been a much more balanced match. This game was added February 27th 2015.

9 Dec 2014

C02 French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack

C02 French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack

I think I found a program crashing game again or rather one position seems to be to much for the analysis program. I thought this would not happen again as the first program crashing bug was fixed when I had a similar problem with my other game. Maybe it is time to contact support again. I will test the program on a different game first to check if the problem is tied to that one position only or does the Full Analysis crash on another game aswell. I do have some games analysed and if things go as well as they did today, there might be a couple more posts worth of material almost ready. I have updated two of my older posts D10 Slav Defense: General and A00 Hungarian Opening: General by adding one more game to them. I have also added mate in two and three puzzles to their pages.

Game number two. This one is from the first round of the Maximum ! tournament. This tournament did not go at all that well for me, though I did avoid a complete disaster at least. I finished on 5th place in group #4 and ended up having 13.5 points out of the possible 22. I had half a point less than the player who finished on third place, so my advancement to the second round was quite close. The group was won by a player called chramer (1617) who gathered 21.5 points out of the possible 22, which is amazing considering his low rating. The second place finisher was astra81 (1918) who gathered 18 points in 22 games. Third place went to thematrosken (1741) who gathered 14 points in 22 games.

8 Dec 2014

A49 Indian Game: Pseudo-King's Indian Variation

A49 Indian Game: Pseudo-King's Indian Variation

It had to happen, I dropped below 1900 again at Chess.com. This was due to only one game but one where my opponent was much lower rated than I was. In that game I made a huge blunder and since I thought that there is no real hope in the game anymore, I resigned. I hope that this dive is only momentary but I know that there is at least one more game where me hitting the resign button is probably the best option. It is also a game that really annoys me, maybe I tell more about it when it comes time to publish that game. The game below is one of my latest games, it was played at GameKnot in a mini-tournament. There are now new puzzles in the mate in one, two, three and four pages. There are also now 101 mate in two exercises! It was the first to reach over 100 puzzles but will not be the last.

Game number two. This game was played in the round one of the Team Match Champions League Division B. This match is played between Fair tournament players and Team Dalmatia. I played on board 29 for Fair tournament players and in addition to this win, I also lost a game against igor1979. The match is played on 109 boards and the current score is 116 - 100 in favor of Fair tournament players which will mean that we will win this first round match against Team Dalmatia as soon as all the games are finished. The game below features a mate that I do not remember seeing ever before.

Game number three. This was played on the first round of third division, group 5 team match between SalSK 2 and SalSK 3. The game below is from the fifth and the lowest board in the match and I played for SalSK 3. The match ended 2-2 despite of the fact that we faced higher rated players from our club. These two teams have faced each other quite a few times over the years, obviously with different people playing on both teams every time, but I do not recall that our higher rated team would have won these with a huge difference. Every time I have played in these encounters, the match has been quite evenly fought as far as I can remember anyway.