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31 Dec 2015

E18 Queen's Indian: Old Main Line (4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Nc3) (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Qc2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.O-O Nd7 10.Nxd5 Bxd5 11.e4 Bb7)

E18 Queen's Indian: Old Main Line (4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Nc3) (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Qc2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.O-O Nd7 10.Nxd5 Bxd5 11.e4 Bb7)

Last day of the year brings a new opening variation to look at. It might not be new to you, but it is to me. The game below was played in a team match called REMATCH: Battle For Victory vs. NINJA EMPIRE ~ 忍者帝国. The match is being played on 102 boards, so it is a decent size match. I am playing on board 11 for Battle For Victory. The score in the match is at the moment I type this 79.5 - 85.5 in favor of NINJA EMPIRE ~ 忍者帝国. The match has featured both of the things you do not like to see in these team matches, timeouts and people who have the cheater badge next to their usernames. In the game below I started to go a bit wrong with the move 10...Bxd5, which allows e4 with a tempo. It was not the losing move and only gave my opponent some play he or she would not have had if I had played 10...exd5 instead. I started to drift towards a loss after I played 13...c5. I thought during the game that I could get the pawn back relatively easily which is why I sacrificed it in the first place. I thought that it would be better than to allow Nc6 which I did not like to see at all. I collapsed completely only a few moves later.

Because this is the last day of 2015, I want to take a look back on the year and see what has happened during this year in this blog of mine and in my chess and chess960 games and other stuff related to it. When this year started I was playing 270+ correspondence games and on January 12th I was playing 300 games at the same time. It only lasted for a few hours though and after that peak, I wanted to decrease my game load. I have been able to do that quite nicely and for awhile I had maybe less than 70 games in progress. However, lately I have increased the amount of games I play to some extent. I am currently playing 99 games at the same time. It has been actually easier to handle than I have previously thought. I have also started playing at the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club again where my rating peaked at 2203 September 10th this year. It is also my current rating there. I have two games in progress there, one is against a player who is rated 2267 and the other one is rated 2617. I have never before played against a player rated 2600+ before this in a correspondence game. I think I faced a GM rated over 2600 couple of years ago in a blitz tournament.

When I played more games, I was able to keep my rating higher in different sites. Recently my rating has dropped at Chess.com and Red Hot Pawn clearly under 1900. Especially at Chess.com I have been going downhill lately. The main reason for that is that I have been facing higher rated people on average than before. However, I have also been playing a lot worse than before. While I started more games, I also tried out two sites that I had not played at before, chessrex.com and lichess.org. Both of those sites I will keep on playing in the future as well. Lichess I have only played rapid chess960 games and I think that will continue be the case also in the future. While I play and have played both chess and chess960 at ChessRex, I think I would prefer to play chess960 there.

I am now playing correspondence chess in five different sites, Chess.com, Red Hot Pawn, GameKnot, ChessRex and Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. I have also played on other places this year, ICC, FICS and maybe at playchess.com too, but I do not remember if it was last year instead. I was able to get my standard rating at FICS to 2180 this year, which is my peak rating there. Lastly I would like to take a look at some statistics from this blog. I have now covered 442 different opening variations, 43 different chess960 starting positions and I have also added 2071 puzzles in total since the time I started doing this blog. If my statistics are correct, there are now 1168 analysed chess games out of which I have won 703 (60.19%), drawn 113 (9.67%) and lost 352 (30.14%) games. Out of all the opening variations I featured, I have had the best success with C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense my winning percentage is 81.82% after 11 games. I only considered the variations where I had ten or more games played. My worst variation at the moment from the ones I have played more than 10 times is C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation, I have lost half of the 14 games I have played in that variation. I have also shared 77 analysed chess960 games, out of which I have won 48 (62.3%), drawn 10 (13%) and lost 19 (24.7%).

I have also earned two official FIDE titles this year, the first one, Arena FIDE Master, I received on April 14th and the second one, Arena International Master on December 12th! I was not able to get any wins against titled players this year, but I have a game against an IM currently at Chess.com. Some sites like Red Hot Pawn or Queen Alice Internet Chess Club it is not clear always if someone is a titled player, but on both sites I face currently opponents that could be IM or even GM strength based on their ratings there. For all who have read this, happy new year!! Also big thank you to all who have followed me on Google+ and Twitter or shared my posts in these places, it is much appreciated!

[Event "REMATCH: Battle For Victory vs. NINJA EM"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.11.16"] [Round "?"] [White "TTourist"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E18"] [WhiteElo "1961"] [BlackElo "1856"] [Annotator "Stockfish 6 64 BMI2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "35"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Nc3 {Queen's Indian Defense: Anti-Queen's Indian System} O-O (6... Ne4 7. Bd2 {Queen's Indian Defense: Opocensky Variation}) 7. Qc2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. O-O Nd7 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. e4 Bb7 {E18 Queen's Indian: Old Main Line (4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7. Nc3)} 12. Rd1 Nf6 13. Ne5 c5 (13... Qe8 14. Be3 Rc8 15. d5 Bd6 16. Nc4 exd5 17. exd5 Qe7 18. a3 Rfe8 19. Rac1 Ng4 20. Bd4 Ba6 21. Qa4 Bxc4 22. Qxc4 Qg5 23. Qc3 Re7 24. h3 Nf6 25. Qd2 Qxd2 26. Rxd2 Rce8 27. Rdd1 a5 28. h4 {Ribli,Z (2620) -Unzicker,W (2465) Germany 1988 1-0 (37)}) 14. dxc5 (14. d5 exd5 15. exd5 Bd6 16. Nc4 b5 17. Nxd6 Qxd6 18. Bf4 Qb6 19. Be3 Rac8 20. b4 Rfd8 21. bxc5 Nxd5 22. cxb6 Rxc2 23. Bxd5 Bxd5 24. b7 {1-0 (24) Schneider,S (2382) -Skjoldager,P (2170) Lund 2015}) 14... Qc7 15. c6 Rad8 16. Bf4 {N} (16. Rxd8 Rxd8 17. Bf4 Qc8 18. Rc1 Ba8 19. Qa4 a5 20. c7 Re8 21. Nc6 Bc5 22. Na7 Qb7 23. Qxe8+ Nxe8 24. c8=Q Qxc8 25. Nxc8 {1/2-1/2 (25) Wiewiora,E (2118)-Lorek,M (1996) Murzasichle 2011}) 16... Bd6 (16... Nh5 {is not the saving move} 17. Ng6 $3 {Discovered attack: e5, Bf4xc7} Nxf4 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. cxb7 (19. gxf4 $6 Bc8 {+-}) 19... Qxb7 20. gxf4 {+-}) 17. Nd7 (17. Nxf7 {nails it down} Kxf7 18. e5 Bxe5 19. Bxe5 Qxe5 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 21. cxb7 {+-}) 17... Bxf4 (17... Rxd7 18. Rxd6 Rxd6 19. Bxd6 Qxd6 20. e5 {+-} (20. cxb7 $6 Qd7 {+/-})) 18. Nxf8 (18. Nxf8 Rxf8 19. gxf4 Qxc6 20. Qxc6 Bxc6 21. f3 {+-}) 1-0

30 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP458

Chess960 SP458

This is the second time when I have had the chance of using the Chessbase game replayer for a chess960 game if I recall correctly. This is of cource only possible when neither side has castled during the game. Maybe if chess960 would get more popular, Chessbase would make publishing chess960 games as easy as they have made publishing chess games.

This is another silly game that I played at lichess.org. I had a clear idea to play 3.Bxb7 if my opponent does not stop it. However, I somehow forgot it and played 3.Nc3 instead, in order to control d5... So this was the second game in a row there where I played the first few moves a bit mindlessly. I had a chance to take on b7 also in the next move, but again I missed it and instead played f4 in order to develop my bishop to f2. I did play 5.Bf2 even though I did not like my position all that much if my opponent had played d4 in reply. My opponent, milovanovic-goran, did not play that however, and instead played 5...Nc4 which has the effect of preventing me from castling no matter what I do in reply. Had I played 6.Nd3, it will be replied with 6...e4 and my knight must leave the protection of b2. Therefore I played 6.Bxd5, which I thought during the game to be nearly winning move. With the move 6.Bxd5 started a period in the game where I seemed to be awake again and I did not give my advantage away in the remaining moves. I am not sure why my opponent resigned after 12...Nc4 because had the game continued, I still have some practical problems to solve. I have added one analysed game to the following posts of mine: B01 Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines, C66 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Improved Steinitz Defense, C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense and E72 King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Deferred Fianchetto. I have also added one mate in two, three mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today.

29 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP672

Chess960 SP672

Today I played at lichess.org once again with the 10 minute and 10 second increment time controls. The game starts with a huge blunder on my part. I only wanted to develop my bishops and did not even look what my opponent was threatening. It was silly of me, but I did continue on because my opponent was rated 1289 and I was rated 1799... I thought that my opponent's rating had to be low for some reason or the other, so I played on and tried to take advantage of any mistakes that I could see my opponent do. After I saw the move 4.Qb2, I initially thought that I am in huge trouble and that the game will not last long. I thought that 4...Ng6 has no chance of prolonging the game because my opponent might just play 5.Qg7 though after 5...Nf6 I might barely hang on. My position looks pretty depressing after the move 6...hxg6 and the possibility for a huge upset is in the air. On move 9 my opponent finally makes a mistake I can take advantage of and get at least a pawn back. Not sure why my opponent played 8.Ng5, it does not seem to do anything. On move 9 I anticipated the move Ne3, which would have been much better than the move played in the game because that move protects the pawn on g2. That being said, my opponent has almost all of her or his pieces developed on move 10, while I have only one bishop developed.

Then on move 11 whewell blunders and I get more material back. Knights are quite weak protecting each other and I took advantage of that fact with the move 11...f6. I think whewell should have played 12.Nxf6+ next, I thought that it would have been the better pawn to take during the game. After 12...Bxd6 material is even though not the same material for both sides, I have the bishop pair in exchange for the rook and a pawn. Around this time my opponent starts to self-destruct. While 14.Rxg6 is interesting, it is a huge blunder after the reply 14...Kf7. Had I moved the bishop instead, then 14.Rxg5 would have been a good move, because whewell could have taken on g8 with a check next. I had to be careful on the game continuation because there were tactical possibilities still for my opponent. The move 16...f5 was necessary to avoid the queen h7+ which would have made the game more difficult for me again. I think that 22.e4 is a mistake though it is hard to offer better moves for white at that point. Had I just taken the pawn by 22...fxe4, it probably wins as well, but makes the game unnecessarily hard. After the horrible 23.exf5?? it is clear that I am going to win because either the queens are exchanged or I am going to mate my opponent. Both continuations are easy wins though the queen exchange at least prolongs the game for a bit. I have added one analysed game to the following posts: B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation, C89 Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. General, C02 French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack and C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation. I have also added two mate in one, one mate in three and two mate in four puzzles today.

28 Dec 2015

C84 Closed Spanish Game: Unusual White 6th moves (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.h3 Be7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Re1 O-O 8.c3 Bd7 9.d4 b5 10.Bb3)

C84 Closed Spanish Game: Unusual White 6th moves (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.h3 Be7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Re1 O-O 8.c3 Bd7 9.d4 b5 10.Bb3)

This was played in a team match called Visiting Wolve's lair. It was played on 23 boards between F&R and TROY. I played on board 2 for F&R in this match. In addition to this win, I drew my other game against driso. This was quite one-sided match where timeouts played a huge part. We lost six games on timeouts, but our opponent suffered 12 timeout losses. It was also sad to see two players who ended up having cheater badges next to their handle during the match, one from each team. We won the match with a score of 30.5 - 15.5!

In the game below I think that both players played reasonable moves until my opponent played 10...Ne8 which seemed a bit odd to me. I am not saying that all my moves up to that point in time had been perfect, but at least I had not made any big mistakes. The idea behind Ne8 is I assume to prepare for the move f5. However, it does take some time for my opponent to play that move and when he eventually plays it, it turns out to be a huge mistake. I think the whole plan of f5 in these type of positions is a mistake and the player with the black pieces should play more solidly. Because I was not playing the best moves, the position got more even again and on move 22...Nxh5, the position is quite even once more. I even end up in a lost position a few moves later, then things get balanced again after which I gain the upper hand again, only to almost lose it due to inaccurate moves. But because my opponent did not use his last chance for a draw on move 51, I ended up being the one with the upper hand for the remaining duration of the game.

[Event "Visiting Wolve's lair - Board 2"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.05.23"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "driso"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "1879"] [BlackElo "1875"] [Annotator "Stockfish 6 64 BMI2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "113"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense (#2)} 5. h3 (5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. d4 f6 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense}) (5. c3 Bd7 6. d4 g6 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation} (6... Nge7 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense})) 5... Be7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Re1 O-O 8. c3 Bd7 9. d4 b5 10. Bb3 {C84 Closed Spanish Game: Unusual White 6th moves} Ne8 {N} (10... Qc8 11. Nbd2 Rb8 12. Nf1 a5 13. Ng3 Ne8 14. Be3 Bf6 15. dxe5 Bxe5 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. f4 Nc4 18. Bc1 a4 19. Bc2 Qa6 20. Rb1 Qb6+ 21. Kh2 Qc5 22. Qd3 g6 23. b3 axb3 24. axb3 Nb6 25. Be3 {Schlechter, C-Suechting,H Vienna 1908 1-0 (44)}) (10... Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. a3 Na5 13. Ba2 Bc6 14. b4 Nb7 15. Qc2 g6 16. Bb2 Bg7 17. c4 exd4 18. Nxd4 Bd7 19. c5 dxc5 20. bxc5 c6 21. e5 Nh5 22. N2f3 Nf4 23. Qe4 Ne6 24. Nxe6 Bxe6 25. Qxc6 {Swic,W (2345)-Sygulski,A (2220) Zielona Gora 1982 0-1 (58)}) (10... Na5 11. Bc2 Nc6 12. Be3 d5 13. dxe5 Nxe4 14. Qxd5 Nf6 15. exf6 Bxf6 16. Bc5 Re8 17. Rxe8+ Qxe8 18. Nbd2 Rd8 19. Re1 Ne7 20. Bxe7 Bxe7 21. Qe4 g6 22. Qxe7 Bc6 23. Qxc7 Qd7 24. Qxd7 Rxd7 25. Nd4 { Acosta Quintana,M (1628)-Gonzalez Martin,J Las Palmas 2015 1-0}) (10... exd4 11. cxd4 Na5 12. Bc2 d5 13. e5 Ne8 14. Nc3 Be6 15. Qd3 g6 16. g4 Ng7 17. Bh6 f5 18. exf6 Rxf6 19. Ng5 Bf7 20. h4 c5 21. h5 Nc6 22. Nxf7 Kxf7 23. hxg6+ hxg6 24. dxc5 Bxc5 25. Re2 {Cordovil,J-Eggmann,R Barcelona 1965 1-0 (34)}) 11. Nbd2 Kh8 12. Nf1 Bf6 13. Ng3 g6 14. Be3 Bg7 15. Ng5 {White threatens to win material: Ng5xf7} (15. a4 Na5 16. Bc2 Nc4 {+/-}) 15... Qe7 16. Nf3 Rd8 (16... Qd8 17. a4 {+/-}) 17. Qd2 (17. a4 {+/-}) 17... f5 $2 (17... Na5 {!? +/= and Black is still in the game}) 18. exf5 {+-} gxf5 19. Bg5 (19. Nh5 $5 e4 {+/-}) 19... Bf6 {+/-} 20. Nh5 e4 (20... Bxg5 21. Qxg5 Nf6 {+/-}) 21. Bxf6+ (21. Bh6 {would have given White a clear advantage} Na5 22. Bxf8 Qxf8 23. Nxf6 Nxf6 24. Nh4 {+- }) 21... Nxf6 {+/=} 22. Qh6 (22. Nf4 {!? +/=}) 22... Nxh5 {=} 23. Qxh5 { Black king safety improved} Na5 24. Bc2 $2 (24. Qh6 c5 {=}) 24... Rg8 (24... Nc4 25. a4 Qf6 26. Nh2 Nxb2 27. axb5 {-+}) 25. a4 Nc4 26. b3 (26. axb5 $5 axb5 27. Qh6 {+/-}) 26... Nb6 27. axb5 Qf6 $4 {gives the opponent new chances} ( 27... axb5 28. g3 Nd5 29. Qh6 Nxc3 30. b4 {-+}) 28. Nd2 $4 {not a good decision, because now the opponent is right back in the game} (28. bxa6 $5 { and White hangs on} Nd5 29. g3 exf3 30. Qxf3 {=/+}) 28... Bxb5 (28... axb5 29. Nxe4 fxe4 30. Bxe4 {-+}) 29. c4 (29. Nxe4 fxe4 30. Rxe4 Rg7 {+/-}) 29... Be8 30. Qe2 Qg5 (30... d5 {!? +/-}) 31. g3 Bh5 {Black threatens to win material: Bh5xe2} 32. Qe3 Qg7 (32... f4 33. Qc3 d5 34. Bxe4 fxg3 35. fxg3 dxe4 36. d5+ Qg7 37. Qxg7+ Rxg7 38. Nxe4 {+/-}) 33. Rxa6 (33. Bd1 Bxd1 34. Raxd1 Rdf8 {=}) 33... Rdf8 {=/+} 34. Qf4 (34. Nxe4 fxe4 35. Bxe4 Rf6 {=/+}) 34... Qxd4 {+/-} 35. Bd1 $2 (35. Kh1 Nd7 36. Ra2 Nc5 {+/-}) 35... Be8 $4 {spoils everything} ( 35... Bxd1 $5 {seems even better} 36. Rxd1 Rxg3+ 37. Qxg3 {-+}) 36. Ra5 $2 (36. Ra3 Bf7 {=/+}) 36... Qf6 (36... Rxg3+ $1 {Black clearly has the better chances} 37. Kh2 Rgg8 38. Rxf5 Qg7 {-+}) 37. Ra7 {=/+ White threatens to win material: Ra7xc7} Rg7 38. Nf1 Rfg8 (38... Nc8 $5 {is noteworthy} 39. Ra8 Bc6 {=}) 39. Rxe4 {+/= Deflection: f5.} Bc6 (39... fxe4 40. Qxf6 {Deflection Pinning}) 40. Re1 (40. Qh4 Qc3 41. Re6 {+/-}) 40... Qf8 $2 (40... Nc8 {and Black can hope to live} 41. Ra6 Bb7 {+/=}) 41. Ne3 {+-} Be4 42. Bc2 Bxc2 43. Nxc2 Qb8 (43... Nc8 44. Ra5 Rf7 45. Nd4 {+-}) 44. Raa1 (44. Ra5 $5 {makes it even easier for White} Nc8 45. Rb5 Qa8 {+-}) 44... Nd7 45. b4 (45. Nd4 $5 {might be the shorter path} Rf7 {+-}) 45... Qb7 (45... Ne5 46. Ra3 {+-} (46. Qxf5 $6 Rf7 47. Rxe5 Rxf5 48. Rxf5 Qe8 {+/-})) 46. Re3 (46. Qxf5 $2 {fails because of} Rxg3+ {Deflection: g2} 47. Kf1 Qg2+ 48. Ke2 Rf8 {-+}) 46... Ne5 47. b5 Qc8 48. Kh2 (48. Nd4 Nxc4 49. Nxf5 Rf8 50. Nxg7 Rxf4 51. Re8+ Rf8 52. Rxc8 Rxc8 {+-}) 48... Qe6 (48... Qf8 49. Rea3 Ng6 50. Qd4 {+/-}) 49. Ra4 {+-} Qf7 50. Rc3 (50. Nd4 Rf8 51. Re2 Qf6 { +-}) 50... Qh5 $2 (50... Ng6 51. Qf3 Ne5 52. Qd5 {=}) 51. Kg2 $4 {White king safety dropped. throwing away the advantage} (51. Nd4 Ng6 52. Qf3 (52. Qxf5 $6 Qd1 53. Nb3 Rf8 {+/-}) 52... Qxf3 53. Nxf3 {+-} (53. Rxf3 f4 {+-})) 51... Rg5 $4 {Black lets it slip away} (51... Ng6 {the only rescuing move} 52. Qd4 Nh4+ 53. Kf1 Nf3 {=}) 52. Ne3 (52. c5 {keeps an even firmer grip} R5g7 53. cxd6 cxd6 54. b6 {+-}) 52... Qf7 (52... R5g7 53. Qxf5 Qh4 {+-}) 53. Ra7 Qf6 (53... R5g7 { what else?} 54. b6 Ng6 {+-}) 54. Nd5 Qh6 (54... Qe6 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} 55. Rxc7 R5g7 56. Rxg7 Rxg7 57. Qd4 {+-}) 55. Rxc7 Ng6 56. Qd4+ Ne5 57. f4 (57. f4 Qh4 58. Qf2 {+-}) 1-0

25 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP627

Chess960 SP627

The game below was again played at lichess.org. It was played as a 10 minute game with a 10 second increment. This somewhat short game ended in a wierd way. During the game I thought I was winning and when my opponent resigned, I thought that it was how the game should have ended. However, after the game when I put the computer to analyse this game, I noticed a peculiar fact, my opponent resigned in a position where he had a mate in one. He still had over four minutes on the clock when the game ended, so if he would have just thought a little bit longer, he would have won the game. I did think that my king has very few squares it can go to, but I did not see that if my opponent just plays Na7+ it is also mate... Somehow my brain just not registered that at all and luckily my opponent did not see that either. If I ever have won a game with luck, this certainly qualifies as one example. I was happily playing the moves, thinking that I have a good position and then on move 16 I thought about either Qe5 or c5. I decided to play Qe5 because then the threat of c5 is very strong or so I thought anyway. I did not think that Bxd6 is all that bad for me, though earlier I was worried about the knight jumping to b5. Of course I was completely ignoring my opponent's possibilities. For two moves, my opponent could have played Na7# which would have been a nice mate and it is very surprising that neither player saw it. I have added two analysed games to my post Chess960 SP50 and one analysed game to the following posts: Chess960 SP33, Chess960 SP369 and Chess960 SP878. I have also added one mate in three and four mate in four puzzles. Until Monday, my fellow chess and chess960 enthusiasts!

24 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP21

Chess960 SP21

Another chess960 game today as I had not enough time to go through my databases and look for an opening variation that I have not covered yet. This was played as a 10 minute game with 10 second increment at lichess.org. This time I got a human player to play against. I think the game started to go a little bit wrong for my opponent after seitties played 9.Nxd5 because after 9...Nbxd5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 white has an isolated pawn on d3 which seems quite weak. On move 21, I had to make a critical choice that could either win the game or lose it. I played Rc2 because I thought that if seitties takes the pawn on b7, I could play e4 in reply and all would be fine again. I did not see that seitties would play 22.d4 instead and at this point in the game I thought that I would be in trouble because seitties threatens my rook on c2 and maybe even in some situations to take on e5. I replied to 22.d4 with 22...Qc6 and I think my opponent should have played 23.d5. Instead seitties played 23.Qg4 which I think was the final losing move in the game and after this my opponent could not recover and resigned couple of moves later. I have added one mate in two, two mate in three and two mate in four puzzles.

23 Dec 2015

B19 Classical Caro-Kann: 4...Bf5 main line (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3)

B19 Classical Caro-Kann: 4...Bf5 main line (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3)

After what seems like forever to me, I post a never before seen opening variation, as far as this blog is concerned that is. This post also differs from the ones I have done lately in the amount of updated earlier posts, it goes back to more crazier times, when I did added more than five games a day. This will not be happening that often, but I felt that these were games that in my earlier plans should have been previously added, so I thought I will see if I can get more work done in a day than I have been able to do recently. This game was played in a team match at Chess.com and the match is being played between CYBERMEN ELITE and CHOCOLATE II on 23 boards. I played on board 1 for CHOCOLATE II and I drew my other game that I played in the match. The draw I even had to force because I would have otherwise also lost that game. There is only one game left to be finished in the match, it will not decide the winner, only the final score. We will win the match as far as Chess.com is concerned, but if the result would be altered, so that the one point that the only cheater received would be given to the player who did not cheat, then the score in the match would be a tie at the moment. However, the score currently is 21.5 - 23.5 in our favor. Then again if I remember correctly what Chess.com's policy is in these cases, I think it was that if these cheaters wins have an effect to the winner of the team match, then they correct the result, but they will not give rating points back to the players who have faced the cheater.

[Event "CYBERMEN ELITE vs CHOCOLATE II - Board 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.08.15"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "stormin1ca"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B19"] [WhiteElo "1871"] [BlackElo "1901"] [Annotator "Stockfish 6 64 BMI2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "122"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 {Caro-Kann Defense: Classical, Spassky Variation} Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 { B19 Classical Caro-Kann: 4...Bf5 main line} Qb6 (10... e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 {Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation, Lobron System} (12... Bd6 { Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation, Seirawan Variation})) 11. b3 (11. Bd2 Qxb2 12. O-O Qb5 13. c4 Qa6 14. Rab1 Ngf6 15. Qb3 b6 16. Ne5 Qb7 17. Qf3 Rc8 18. Bb4 Qc7 19. Rfe1 c5 20. Nxd7 Nxd7 21. dxc5 Nxc5 22. Nf5 e6 23. Qg4 Rh7 24. Nd4 Be7 25. Bxc5 Bxc5 {Zivkovic, V (2379)-Zelcic,R (2554) Sibenik 2010 1/2-1/2 (45)}) (11. Qb3 e6 12. Bf4 Ngf6 13. O-O-O Qxb3 14. axb3 Be7 15. Nd2 Nd5 16. Be3 O-O 17. Nde4 f5 {0-1 (17) Montolio Benedicto,C (1816)-Nikitinyh,B (2065) St Petersburg 2015}) 11... e6 {N Black has a cramped position} (11... Ngf6 12. Bb2 e6 13. O-O-O O-O-O 14. Kb1 Kb8 15. Qe3 Bd6 16. Ne5 Bxe5 17. dxe5 Qxe3 18. fxe3 Ng4 19. Rh4 Nxe3 20. Rd2 Nb6 21. Ne4 Rxd2 22. Nxd2 Rd8 23. Ne4 Nf5 24. Rf4 Rd1+ 25. Bc1 Nd5 26. Nf2 {Le,M-Le,C Ho Chi Minh 2013 0-1 (39)}) 12. Bb2 Bb4+ 13. Nd2 {White has an active position} Ngf6 14. O-O-O O-O-O (14... a5 15. Nde4 {=}) 15. Qc4 (15. Kb1 Qc7 {+/=}) 15... Kb8 16. Nde4 Be7 17. Rhf1 (17. Kb1 {!? = must definitely be considered}) 17... Qa5 {Black threatens to win material: Qa5xa2} 18. Kb1 Nxe4 19. Nxe4 Qxh5 20. Rd3 (20. f3 Qg6 {=/+}) 20... Qd5 21. Qxd5 cxd5 22. Nc3 Nf6 23. Rg3 g6 (23... Rdg8 24. Bc1 {+/-}) 24. Re1 Rc8 25. f3 (25. Bc1 Bb4 26. Bd2 g5 {+/-}) 25... Bd6 26. Rh3 Bb4 27. Re3 h5 28. Nd1 Rhd8 (28... Bd6 29. Bc1 {+/-}) 29. Nf2 Rc6 30. Nd3 Bd6 31. Ne5 Rc7 32. Rh4 g5 33. Rh1 h4 34. Bc1 Nh5 35. Bd2 Rdc8 36. c3 Nf4 37. Rg1 Re8 38. Ree1 f6 (38... Nh5 39. Kb2 {+/- }) 39. Ng4 (39. Bxf4 gxf4 (39... fxe5 40. Bxg5 Rxc3 41. dxe5 {=}) 40. Ng4 Rxc3 41. Nxf6 Re7 {+/-}) 39... Rf7 40. Kc2 Kc7 41. Nf2 (41. c4 Kc6 {+/-}) 41... Kd7 42. Nd3 Nxd3 43. Kxd3 Bg3 44. Re2 Rg7 45. Rf1 e5 46. dxe5 Rxe5 47. Rxe5 (47. Rc1 Rh7 {+/-}) 47... fxe5 {-+} 48. Be3 a6 49. Rd1 Ke6 50. Rd2 (50. Ke2 g4 51. fxg4 Rxg4 {-+}) 50... g4 51. fxg4 Rxg4 52. Re2 b5 53. Bb6 Kf5 {Black prepares the advance e4} 54. Bc5 Bf4 55. Bb6 (55. Kc2 {-+}) 55... Rg3+ 56. Kc2 e4 (56... b4 {and the rest is a matter of technique} 57. Bd8 Rxc3+ 58. Kb2 d4 {-+}) 57. Bd4 (57. a3 {-+ hoping against hope}) 57... Be5 58. Bxe5 (58. Rf2+ {does not win a prize} Ke6 59. a3 Bxd4 60. cxd4 a5 {-+}) 58... Kxe5 59. Kd2 (59. b4 { -+ what else?}) 59... a5 60. a3 b4 $1 {Deflection: c3} 61. axb4 (61. axb4 axb4 62. cxb4 Rxb3 {Deflection Pinning} (62... d4 {Passed pawn})) (61. cxb4 Rxb3 { Deflection Pinning} (61... d4 {Passed pawn})) 61... axb4 (61... axb4 62. Kc2 bxc3 63. b4 d4 64. Rf2 e3 65. Rf1 Rxg2+ 66. Kd3 c2 67. Ra1 Rd2+ 68. Kc4 Rd1 69. Ra5+ Ke4 70. Kc5 Rg1 71. Kc6 Rg6+ 72. Kd7 c1=Q 73. Rc5 Qf1 74. Kc8 Qa6+ 75. Kd8 Rg8+ 76. Kc7 Rg7+ 77. Kd8 Qd6+ 78. Ke8 Qe7#) 0-1

22 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP901

Chess960 SP901

Today I did not get to play against any human opponents in chess960, so I tested the Stockfish AI level 6, which is rated 1900 at lichess.org. To be honest, when I started this game, I thought I am probably going to lose, but I thought that the AI level 6 would be a good test for me in any case. There are eight different AI levels you can play against at lichess, ranging from level 1 (1350) to the level 8 (2500). I should maybe test all of them and see if they indeed differ in playing strength. Of course the most problematic part is that the moves from this AI come nearly instantly, so without an increment of some sort or otherwise long thinking times, I would most likely lose on time. I thought I would play a game with 10 minute 10 second increment and see if the increment helps to not lose on time. Time is not what got me, it was the poor moves I made. I might have done a little bit better had I used more time, but eventually I would have been in time trouble against a computer and I would have lost anyway.

The first obvious mistake I did was when I played the stupid 10...Qe5. After I saw the reply 11.Nf3, I considered my options and thought returning to e8 would be my best option, so I had basically wasted a move. I finally lose the game on move 26 when I play Rf7 and the following move from the AI show why that move was so bad. But then it made a blunder according my chess engine that could have brought me back to the game. I did not think of it as a blunder during the game though, I actually thought it was a good move during the game. It probably was a good move when made against me, but a blunder against the best reply. Very quickly after this, I fall apart completely and on move 35 I thought my best move is to click the resign button. I have added one mate in two, three mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today.

21 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP384

Chess960 SP384

The game below was played at lichess.org and it was not a rated game, but instead a casual game. Both players had 5 minutes as the basic time and with each move both players received additional 8 seconds to the clock. The game started with both players activating their bishops that have their target set to the enemy king from the start. On move three we start to get different ideas and while my opponent also puts his or her queen on the a1-h8 diagonal, I activate my knights. Kirill1986 starts to get a great position with more space and an attack and is probably close to winning after my blunder 15...Qg4. I was surprised to see on move 19 that my opponent played Nxf6+ instead of taking the rook on f8. Even though the rook is passive on f8 and is a couple of moves away from activating, it would have been better to take the material advantage instead of the positional advantage. After that I felt I can hang on in the game again especially because I started to get my pieces more active than my opponent. After the exchanges on f5 that allowed my opponent to play 33.Re4 I face rather problematic situation again because I must put my king on f8 to prevent the rook from getting into my side of the board. After that I can only move my own rook for the most of the time. When Kirill1986 played 40.Kf2 and allowed me to play g5 in response, I started to get some activity to my rook again. I thought it to be probably insufficient counterplay, but I had to see how the game would progress. After I saw the position after Kirill1986 had played 48.Rxc5, I thought that I would lose the game now. It did turn out to be easily drawn endgame for me instead. I offered a draw to my opponent somewhere earlier and he or she was probably right not to accept the offer at that point as Kirill1986 was on better side at that point in the game. I have added two mate in three, one mate in four and two mate in five puzzles today. I have also added one analysed game to my post C41 Philidor Defense.

18 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP11

Chess960 SP11

The game below was played as unrated 10 minute game at lichess.org today. This indeed was a casual game in many ways because this has been the only game for many years where my opponent has asked to take back a move. I actually did allow that takeback because it was really bad move and quite obvious misclick. Had the game been rated, I would have thought about granting that takeback maybe a bit more. The game went ok for me until I ended up playing the silly mistake 3.Nd3 which loses a pawn on d4. On move 9 my opponent blundered by playing a4 and I was able to get the pawn back with 10.Nc5. The takeback move came when my opponent first played 16...Qb5 and after I allowed the takeback traded the queens. It was something that I was ok with because I had thought about it before the takeback and considered it bad for my opponent. The idea was that after the queens are traded, I play my knight on d3 and then play Bxc6. My opponent allowed me to take on b4 without needing to trade my bishop for the knight, so on move 19 I already was up a pawn and had an easy game to play. Two moves later I was two pawns up and my opponent seemed to sacrifice pawns for no good reason in my opinion. The rest of the game did not pose any real problems and I was able to play the moves without much thought. I have added two mate in two, two mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today. Until Monday, when I may get back to posting also analysed chess games again.

17 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP447

Chess960 SP447

Well, I messed up another chess960 game at lichess. It all went horribly wrong quite quickly because for some reason I did not use a similar plan in the opening than I did on a game I played there two days ago. In the starting position 495, there are also bishops on g1, g8, h1 and h8. In that game I developed my bishops by moving both g and f pawns. I should have done that in this game as well because my dark squared bishop ended up being locked on g1. I really do not know why I played some of the moves in this game. The move 2.d4 I already felt was a mistake during the game, because it makes the development of my dark squared bishop rather difficult. Better pawn structure would have been with pawns on d3, e4 and f4. The problem is that I would like to castle long and I would like therefore keep the queenside pawns intact, so after black plays g6, the black bishop eyes on b2 and I need to somehow react to that and I would probably need to defend the pawn with Nd3. So it is probably best not to move the d pawn originally at all. The losing move was 9.d5 which I did think about a bit, I knew it probably does not work the way I would like but could not think about anything better, so I played that move. I did not even consider the move that my opponent played as a reply, I thought quickcastle would take on c3 with the bishop and then on the next move take on d5. The move played in the game 9...Nb4 was of course much stronger than the sequence I had thought about. I could not recover from this blunder, but on move 12, had I played f4, I would have been quite close of getting a decent position where I have some chances for a draw. I have added one mate in two, two mate in three and two mate in four puzzles today.

16 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP753

Chess960 SP753

This was played yesterday evening at lichess.org. It was a 10 minute game with 10 second increment. The first move that I did not like from my opponent was 6...Ng6, which seems like the wrong idea to protect the pawn on e5. I may have preferred the move 6...Bf6 and develop that knight later on to e6. My first longer think came on move 8, up to that point I think I moved relatively fast. I considered whether or not I should play my knight on e1 to g2 or just play h4. I rejected the knight move because I thought that my opponent could play f5 in response which would make my position quite bad. The doubled pawns that came after 8...Bxe3+ are not that bad in my opinion, they control the center quite well and restrict the movement of my opponent's pieces nicely. On move 10 I had no clear idea on how do I want to proceed, I wanted to move my queen next but I was not sure where I want to place it. I was not sure if I should bring the queen to the queenside and maybe generate an attack towards the enemy king or should I instead keep it on the kingside and try to make something happen there. I decided to do something on the kingside because I could not see an easy way to generate an attack on the queenside. The biggest problem at the moment for me is how to get my knight from the back rank into play because I thought that I could not play it to g2 in view of f5. So I wanted to prevent that move.

I think I started to get a good grip on the position around move 18 because my pieces seemed a bit more active than those of my opponent's. On move 20 I considered for a while the moves 20.e4 and 20.Rdf1, I chose the latter but almost immediately after my opponent played 20...Be6 I thought that the other alternative would have been better. After my opponent played 23...Ng7, I thought that maybe I had misplayed somewhere because my opponent seems to get some play now and improve his or her position. Then I saw the Bf7 to Be6 maneuver which held my position together and I was more confident about my chances again. I made some inaccurate moves and my opponent was able to get back into the game, but then on move 29 I think my opponent lost the game, mb22 should have taken the bishop on e6 instead of playing the retreating move 29...Nd8. After my move 35.Bc1 all of my opponent's pieces are really badly placed in my opinion. The game continued in my advantage until I get into my 47th move and with that blunder, the game could have been drawn. I did think of that 47th move quite awhile without coming up with a good move and ended up playing 47.Bc1?? which I knew could lead to a draw, but somehow I could not think that e1 is a much better square for the bishop. For some reason my opponent did not play the drawing line and ended up choosing the line that gives me winning chances again and this time I hold my advantage to the end, though I did have some minor technical difficulties. I have added two mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today.

15 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP495

Chess960 SP495

This is the 34th different starting position that I have played, so most of them are really unexplored territory for me. Well technically it is the 35th if I consider SP518 a proper starting position for chess960 because it is also the starting position for chess. Then again if I do not, then it could be called chess959, but I prefer maybe to call it chess960 even with there being a starting position that is the same as in chess. The game below was played at lichess.org and it has become the main place for me to play rapid chess960 games. This is mostly because I can get a game there reliably fast or so it has seemed up to this point anyway. I could get a game of chess960 quite fast at the Internet Chess Club as well, but probably not with the time controls that I am comfortable with. There are also other sites where I could play rapid chess960 games though not that many where I could play a game reliably fast with the time controls I would like. Admittedly, I have not played chess960 in all that many sites. I think the only sites where I have played chess960 are Chess.com, lichess, ICC, Free Internet Chess Server and ChessRex.com. I have arranged those sites in order where I have played most chess960 games to the lowest amount of games played. However, there is no telling for sure if that will remain in that order and it is possible for it to change as time goes on. There might also be other sites that I may or may not try from time to time that will add to the list. I like the diversity of the sites which keeps them interesting to me.

The game below was played as a 10 minute game with 10 second increment. It was a challenge that I had issued. I issued a challenge that had increment because I wanted to avoid the problem I had in the game yesterday. I noticed a problem again in this game, I started moving too many pawns again in the beginning of the game. It was ok I guess because my opponent did a similar thing and moved pawns rather than pieces in the first few moves. The first mistake of the game was seen already with thekillermoves 3rd move f4, which was played in the position below. It was a better idea to play 3.b3 and activate the queen on the long diagonal. It would also attack the undefended pawn on e5. I could have taken a clear advantage, had I played 3...e4 in reply. I would have more space in the center and therefore an easy development ahead of me. Contrary to me, thekillermove would have had a harder time of developing his or her pieces. Instead of being clearly better, I played 3...g6, which gave the advantage slightly to my opponent. The difference in the position is that the game continuation allows White to develop his or her pieces rather easily and the bishop on h1 is very active on the long diagonal.

Thekillermove played another bad move, 4.Nf3, in response to my 3rd move g6. It allowed me to play 4...e4 again and this time I used my chance and I was clearly better. The move 4...e4 attacks the knight on f3, blocks the long diagonal for White's light-squared bishop and prevents my opponent playing b3 by opening the long diagonal for my dark-squared bishop. Thekillermove should have prevented me from playing 4...e4 with the move 4.b3. It would prevent it because I would lose my bishop for free due to the fact that the queen could have taken the undefended bishop on h8. While my opponent was clearly worse, thekillermove was not in a losing position until he or she played 6.Bf2 in the position below.

Better options for thekillermove were 6.a4 and 6.b3. Despite of them being better moves, it may not have been enough to save my opponent. I then played a bit inaccurate move 6...b6, but even then I should have been clearly better. Better moves would have been 6...Ng4, 6...b5 and 6...Nd6. Then thekillermove made another blunder 7.h3, which removed the last safe square from the knight that resided at g5. After that the game was rather easy for me. The next mistake that I noticed during the game was 9.dxe4 and I thought that the better move was 9.fxg5 even though I do not think that it saves my opponent in any way. The move played in the game allows my knight to jump to e4 and it is very well placed there. Later on I placed my queen on e3 and for a moment I thought that it would be trapped there. Then I noticed the move 15.Bc4 and all lines seem to be in my favor after that and I think my opponent agreed because thekillermove resigned after that move.

Game number two. My second attempt in this starting position and the second time with me moving the black pieces. In both of these games my opponents started the game with the move 1.g3. In the first game I replied with the move 1...e5, but in this game I went for the move 1...g6, which might be the better alternative of the two moves. The first position in which one of the players made a clear mistake can be seen below. Poh59 played the move 7.Bf2 and I was clearly better. The problem with the move is that it gave me a chance to get the initiative with the move 7...Bd5. The move 7...Bd5 would not have been as good, had my opponent's bishop not blocked the rook's path to f3. In the game continuation poh59 had to move the bishop a second time in a row in order to keep the material balance. However, moving the bishop to e1 and later on to c3 was probably what my opponent planned on doing anyway.

A few moves later it was my turn to play a bad move. In the position below I played 11...Nd7. It was a passive move that allowed my opponent to trade the dark-squared bishops and get an equal position. I should have gone with the more active move 11...e5. When only taking a brief glance at the position, one might think that e5 is unplayable because White controls the e5 square with four pieces and Black only with three, but thinking the position a bit more reveals that one of White's pieces, the knight on f3 can't move and that makes the move 11...e5 possible. The knight can't move because I would be able to take the bishop on h1 for free as it is inadequately protected. After my 11th move Nd7, the game was evenly fought once again.

The game continued to be evenly fought until poh59 played 18.Rhe1 in the next position. Better moves for poh59 are 18.Nb5, 18.e4 and 18.g4. After my opponent's 18th move Rhe1 I should be on the clearly better side of the board with correct play. I replied by playing 18...Nf3, which was not the best idea and it did give some of my advantage away. Moving my knight from d7 to f6 was a better idea as it would have improved the location of perhaps the last badly placed piece that I had. However, my move was not really horrible either and it did have a clear idea behind it. The game continued with the moves 19.Nxf3 Qxf3. After my 19th move poh59 played 20.Nd4, which could have cost my opponent the game.

The position after 20.Nd4 can be seen below. I do not remember the reason why I answered by playing the horrible 20...Qb7, but for some reason I played this very passive move instead of taking a pawn on g3. Maybe I thought that the queen had to remain on the long diagonal and had I taken the pawn, I could not have easily relocated my queen back to the long diagonal. After my 20th move the position should be roughly even. That is if my opponent had played 21.Nc6, for example. In that case I could not have taken the pawn on e3 with my rook because of the continuation 21...Rxe3 22.Rxe3 Rxe3?? 23.Qh8+, where the reply Nf8 is needed because 23...Re8 will allow mate on the next move. I would not have needed to take the rook back, but in that case I would have lost a rook for a pawn and I would have been clearly lost in that case too.

Poh59 played the passive 21.Qd2 in the game, which allowed me the opportunity to seize the advantage once again. I did get a small advantage after 21...Ne5, but I lost it with my next move 22...Qa6, which was a reply to 22.Qf2. A couple of moves later I made my first huge blunder of the game, which could have been the reason I lost this game, had my opponent played the correct move in response. The position below is the one where I made the horrible mistake of moving my rook to f7 on move 25. The moves 25...a6, 25...Qd5 and 25...Kb8, for instance, would have kept the position equal. Luckily for me, poh59 did not see the winning idea 26.Qxf7! Poh59 played 26.Qe2 instead and I survived for awhile longer.

Actually I got one more chance to get a win from this game when my opponent played 34.Re8 in the position below. It made the queen to be overloaded, which would have allowed me to get two free pawns and possibly an easy win. Unfortunately I did not go for the winning continuation 34...Nxd4 35.Qe4 Qxc2+ 36.Qxc2 Nxc2.

Instead I went for the forced mate, or rather allowed my opponent to play a forcing sequence of moves after which I would have been mated, had I not resigned before the checkmate was seen on the board. I played 34...d5 in order to guard the e6 square with my queen and prevent the 35.Qe6#. When poh59 played 35.Nc5+ I understood that I can't avoid the mate and resigned.

14 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP873

Chess960 SP873

This game was played today at lichess.org as a 10 minute rated game. I think this was another good game from me, unfortunately I just moved too slowly and ended up losing on time. I did offer my opponent a draw when I had a bit over a minute on the clock, but my higher rated opponent thought to try and win on time instead... I guess I can't blame my opponent for doing that but had the situation been reversed, I would have accepted the draw. Maybe in my younger days I would played on and tried to win on time as well, but not anymore because I do not try to win clearly drawn games but instead offer a draw and if it is accepted, I move into other things. The game below was my second loss at lichess and I have played 11 games there so far, all of which have been chess960 games.

I was able to finally play enough games Saturday at the FIDE Online Arena that I am now Arena International Master!! It took a little bit too long in my opinion to get that title, but I am very happy to finally receive it. However, in case the diploma for the title take as long to receive as it did with my first title, it will be March or April next year that I have the certificate for the title. I mean surely it can't take so long to send those via e-mail. I have added one mate in one, two mate in three and two mate in four puzzles today. I added yesterday one more analysed game to the following posts: A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System, A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General, D37 Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General, A10 English Opening: General, C45 Scotch Game: General and A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General. I also noticed yesterday something that I thought was impossible before, I found a duplicate game in the blog... I did remove it when I noticed it. In my post called A17 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Hedgehog System there was previously two games, now there is only one. I was only able to notice it when I started to create a database that has all the games I have published. The reason I did not realise it when I posted that other game is that the names of my opponents were different and so was the analysis done to the games.

11 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP673

Chess960 SP673

This is the second game of the two games that I played at lichess.org yesterday. The game below was played with 14 minute time controls, no increment this time. This one did not last long in view of moves played or with the time used because the game ended after my 19th move and I had used 3 minutes 41 seconds for those moves while my opponent used 4 minutes 49 seconds to the game. Sometimes when I play either chess or chess960 I have thought about the moves that my opponent is going to play and have a good counter to them. In the game below my opponent played quite a lot of moves that I had looked and thought what I would do in reply. This is not something that happened in the past for me, then I was only considering what would be a good plan for me and I usually was not able to anticipate the moves of my opponent at all. Dare I say that I have much more knowledge of the game now than I had back then, so anticipating the moves that my opponent is going to play has become easier. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three and two mate in five puzzles. Until Monday, my fellow chess and chess960 enthusiasts!

10 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP196

Chess960 SP196

This is one of the rare games that I have played unrated online. The game below was played at lichess.org and it had 10 minute and 10 second increment time controls. I was really happy to the way that the game went in the early part of the game and after my opponent played 12.Bxe4 I thought that I am going to win for sure now. As the game notation shows, I was wrong to think that. Actually Anonymous was clearly better at that point and had my opponent played 13.d5, I would have been in huge trouble. That is because I can't take the pawn on d5 in the view of 14.c4+ and it would be time for me to resign. The move chosen by my opponent 13.dxc5?? made things really easy for me. I played 13...N6xc5 quite fast as a reply, but then my opponent stopped moving for several minutes and I thought that he or she would let his or her time run out, but when my opponent had less than one minute left on the clock he or she played 14.Ne5 and said that the reason for the long think was a telephone call that happened. No matter what the reason was, this game felt a bit unfinished to me as only 15 moves were played, but I am obviously always happy to win a game. After this game I had played 9 games at lichess and I had won 7, drawn 1 and lost 1, so my stats so far are really good. I did play another game there today as well, but I will share that tomorrow. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, two mate in four and one mate in five puzzle today.

9 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP703

Chess960 SP703

I played in the Chess960 pool again today at the Internet Chess Club and of course I lost yet again. I should stop playing in that pool because I am just not playing fast enough to get any good results in there. I can maybe play well for some time, but then I just blunder the game away, like I did on move 24.b3? in this game, which loses the game immediately. Up to that point I can be quite happy with the way I played. After my blunder I could have just resigned because my position is really hopeless. I have now played five games in that pool with a grim score of one win and four losses. I guess tomorrow I will play some games at lichess again to get different starting positions to post for the rest of the week.

Yesterday I went to play some games at the FIDE Online Arena again in order to get my next title and I am happy to say I was able to play seven more games out of the title requirement, so I only need to play nine more games there to get it. Obviously I can't lose too much because otherwise I may fall below the rating requirement again. I am really confident about my abilities to hold the rating above the requirement this time because I am further above it than I was the first time that I was close to the game requirement for the Arena International Master title. I think I had less than ten games to go and then I dropped below the rating that is required for it. If it happens the same way this time, I will be really annoyed. I also noticed that FOA had changed since the last time I played there, now you need to show your real name while playing games there because they are official games. I do not mind the change that much, but as it also created now a different pgn-file where it stored the games and becasue of that I did not find them at first because I only looked in the previous pgn-file the client had created. Therefore I had to check if my settings had changed there too and then I noticed the different file it had put the games in. I think there were also other minor changes in the way you challenge people to play a game, but the main look of it remained the same. I have added one mate in two, two mate in three and two mate in four puzzles today.

8 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP295

Chess960 SP295

I think my posts this week will be mostly about different chess960 starting positions once again, but next week the latest I am planning on starting going through my chess games again. The game below was played as a 10 minute game with no increment at lichess.org. Even though I have not played this exact same starting position before, it is similar that I have played before, so I was able to play it with some confidence. I have played in some starting positions where the bishops or the queens are on the corner 1.b3, 1.g3, 1...b6 or 1...g6, but when I have done so, I have noticed it is not always the best plan. Usually it is better in my opinion to just control the center if possible like in chess.

In the first few moves we see a different way of handling the opening phase by both players. I play so that I try to take control of the center and develop my pieces as fast as possible. My opponent, however, moved the knight that started on b1 three times during only six moves which can't be a good thing to do. It is true that I did move my knight two times during those six moves, but at that point I already had some initiative. Actually I think my opponent's 6.Nc3 was already the losing move or at least close to it and indeed like it says in the notation of this game 6.Na3 was correct as it protects c2 efficiently. I may not see tactics so well all the time, but I am happy that I noticed the 7...Bxd4! possibility. After that the game went quite effortlessly and the only thing I really had to notice was that I had to play 20...Ne8, so that I will not lose easily. After that my I think my opponent just self-destructed even more and made my win easier. I was also surprised earlier when my opponent played 12.Ke1, I thought that MAHONY1 would take the knight on b5, to at least give me doubled pawns, admittedly you should not generally trade pieces when you are down in material, but in my opinion, it would have at least make my position a bit worse. The game continuation did not pose any problems for me, it actually went like I wanted. I have added one mate in two, one mate in three and three mate in five puzzles.

7 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP611

Chess960 SP611

This game was played in the Chess960 pool at the Internet Chess Club today. I needed to play a quick game of chess960 reliably and I think the pool at ICC delivers just that. Today there was a chess club at high school where I was supposed to go teach some chess, unfortunately there was no one to teach... That club has been somewhat disappointing so far, it has been been held four times now and half the time no one comes there and the other half only one student comes there, so not really a success. I think there is no point continuing that club next year. Of course I needed to stay there until the time for the club ended, so it was necessary time wasted... Anyway, as I do not seem to get almost anything useful done these days, it may not have been that disruptive to my schedule. But had I been able to use that time I wasted at the high school differently, I would have at least had a chance to do something useful in that time.

As I have recently played mostly rapid games or longer games, I have not really used to the blitz time controls that they use in the pool. This meant that I used too much time on the early part of the game, so I was able to get into a better position than my opponent, but as I noticed my time running out, I started to play some fast moves to gain some time, well not that much as the increment is only one second. I had only few seconds left by move 36, so I pretty much self-destructed at that point. I have added three mate in two and two mate in three puzzles.

4 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP476

Chess960 SP476

I played again today at lichess.org, this time only one game because my opponent did not want to play a rematch that I offered. And this game was different also because of the time controls, this game was played with 7 minute and 10 second increment time controls. This starting position is one that I am not sure how to best develop the pieces, already after a couple of moves I knew that this is not going to go so well for me, too many pawn moves at the start and the development of my pieces was quite slow. The biggest problem that I have in this particular starting position is how to get the bishops developed. I think in the starting positions where the bishops are on b1, g1, b8 and g8, the bishops are in the worst possible positions. I would not want to play both c4 and f4 to get the bishops out, in this SP476 I would prefer to develop my bishops by placing the bishops on the b-file to a2 and a7 respectively and get the bishop on the g-file into play by moving the f-pawn. Because the queens reside in h1 and h8, I would also like to castle queenside if possible. This was the first loss I suffered at lichess, so after seven games there I have won five, drawn one and lost one. I have added three mate in two and two mate in five puzzles today. Until Monday, my fellow chess and chess960 enthusiasts!

3 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP369

Chess960 SP369

I played two games of chess960 at lichess.org again today and below are the games I played analysed. These were played with 10 minute time controls without increment. That being said I think my opponent played too fast and only used 3 minutes 27 seconds for the game and by comparison I used 6 minutes and 23 seconds for the game. I am not afraid to use the time to make the moves even in these games without increment, because if I just blitz out the moves, I am very likely to play really horrible moves. I have noticed in these 14 years or so that I have played chess more or less actively that I am much more likely to win if I use more time than my opponent to the game. Of course the time usage should be concentrated on the critical positions and not so much on the opening phase necessarily, well in the case of chess that is. In chess960 it is useful to take a look on the starting position you are facing and plan out how you are going to develop your pieces, to me that may take a minute or two depending on the time controls. Maybe with the time controls that were used in the games below, it may be 30 seconds or so. Well, long enough that I know I should be able to develop my pieces to relatively good squares. Some pieces, like the queen are sometimes in positions where it is quite hard to get them into the game. So I try to take all that into consideration when thinking about what my first move should be. I also consider the side that seems better to castle on. In some starting positions I think that castling on the queenside is far better than castling on the kingside, like in this particular starting position I would prefer castling on the queenside mainly because the queen is located on h1 and h8, which means I am likely to open the long diagonal for the queen by playing g3 or g6 depending which side of this I am. If I have learned something about chess, it is that it is not a good idea to have that diagonal open on the side that you have castled if you have not fianchettoed your bishop. I have added one mate in two, two mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in five puzzle today.

Game number two. This was a rematch offered by my opponent which I accepted without much thought. I think in the case of chess960, it is a good idea to play on both sides of the starting position in order to give your opponent a change to play on the favorable side, though I am not sure if this particular starting position clearly favors either side. In some starting positions I have prefered to play with white and others I have prefered to play with the black pieces. This is the 26th or maybe 27th different starting position for chess960 that I have encountered. The reason I am not sure because I have no idea what the starting position was when I played chess960 over the board. Though the likelihood that it would have been something that I have played online is quite small, at the moment anyway.

Game number three. This was played at lichess.org. It was a 5 minute game without increment. As you might notice from the name of my opponent, I faced a random opponent in a game that was not rated. Because of that I can't really tell anything about the playing strength of my opponent. I think Anonymous played rather well, so definetely not a beginner, but instead an experienced player. The first clear mistake that I can see from Anonymous was when my opponent played 30.c5 which loses a pawn. Actually before that moment came, I was maybe somewhat on the worse side. After I got that free pawn, my game become much easier to play. My opponent tried to get some tactics work on me, but I did notice them quite well in my humble opinion. I think we both started to be quite low on time at this point and my opponent blundered again in the time trouble when Anonymous played 37...Qc7, which gives up yet another pawn. I was in a solid position with two pawns up, so I was very confident about winning the game. Not only that but I was also up in time. On move 40, my opponent ran out of time. I had 1 minute and 19 seconds still left on my clock.

2 Dec 2015

A37 Symmetrical English vs ...g6: 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 (1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 e5 6.d3 Nge7)

A37 Symmetrical English vs ...g6: 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 (1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 e5 6.d3 Nge7)

This was played on the fifth round in a tournament that was played at Turku in 2005. On the first four rounds I gathered three wins and one draw, which meant that I was fighting for the win of group C and had I won this game, I would have won the group on my own. The same goes for my opponent as well, he could have won group C without anyone sharing the win with him. Actually the win of group C was also possible for two other players in the group. One of them could have won the group on his own or shared the win with either me or my opponent, but the other one was only able to share the win if the game below was drawn and it indeed ended up happening, so the win of group C was shared among three players. The tie-break put the final standings in a way that my opponent was on first place and I was on second place. The fact that I am able to play the tournament without losing is always nice to me, because it does not happen all that often. Even though I managed to get 4 out of 5 points, my rating only increased by 20 points because I mainly played against people who were rated 200 to 300 points lower than me.

[Event "TuTS"] [Site "?"] [Date "2005.12.04"] [Round "5"] [White "Seppä, Juri"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A37"] [WhiteElo "1748"] [BlackElo "1735"] [Annotator "Stockfish 6 64 BMI2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2005.09.02"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 e5 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Botvinnik System Reversed} (5... Nf6 6. O-O O-O 7. b3 { English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Double Fianchetto} (7. d3 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Duchamp Variation}) (7. d4 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Mecking Variation})) 6. d3 Nge7 {A37 Symmetrical English vs ...g6: 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3} 7. Ne4 d6 8. Bg5 O-O (8... h6 9. Bf6 O-O 10. Nfd2 Be6 11. O-O Bxf6 12. Nxf6+ Kg7 13. Nd5 Bxd5 14. cxd5 Nb8 15. a4 Na6 16. Qb3 Qd7 17. e3 Rae8 18. Qb5 Qc8 19. d4 exd4 20. exd4 b6 21. dxc5 bxc5 22. Nc4 Rd8 23. Rfe1 {Weyrich,M (2380)-Kleeschaetzky,R (2295) Germany 1996 1-0 (38)}) 9. Bf6 (9. Bxe7 Nxe7 10. O-O h6 11. Nc3 Be6 12. e4 Qd7 13. Ne1 f5 14. Nc2 f4 15. Nd5 Nxd5 16. cxd5 Bh3 17. f3 h5 18. Qe2 Kh7 19. Bxh3 Qxh3 20. Qg2 Qd7 21. b3 b5 22. Qe2 g5 23. Rf2 Bh6 {Burakov,A (1807)-Zaika,D (1983) Moscow 2015 0-1 (36)}) 9... Bxf6 10. Nxf6+ Kg7 11. Ne4 {N} (11. Nd5 Be6 12. Nd2 Qd7 13. Nxe7 Nxe7 14. Ne4 f6 15. Qd2 Rfd8 16. f4 Ng8 17. fxe5 fxe5 18. O-O Qe7 19. b4 Bf5 20. bxc5 Bxe4 21. Bxe4 dxc5 22. Rab1 Rab8 23. h4 b6 24. h5 Rf8 25. hxg6 hxg6 { Dyballa,M (2398)-Daum,N (2105) Berlin 2005 1-0 (87)}) 11... f5 {Black threatens to win material: f5xe4} 12. Nc3 d5 (12... h6 {!? = is worth looking at}) 13. cxd5 {+/=} Nxd5 14. Nxd5 (14. Nxe5 $5 {looks like a viable alternative } Nxc3 15. Nxc6 Nxd1 16. Nxd8 {+/=}) 14... Qxd5 {=} 15. O-O Qd6 16. Rc1 Rb8 17. Qa4 Be6 (17... Bd7 {!? =}) 18. Ng5 {+/=} Bd7 19. Qa3 (19. Bxc6 Bxc6 20. Qxa7 Qf6 {+/=}) 19... b6 20. Bxc6 Qxc6 (20... Bxc6 $5 {should not be overlooked} 21. Qxa7+ Rb7 {=}) 21. b4 {+/-} (21. Qxa7 $4 {That pawn is poisoned} Ra8 22. Ne6+ Qxe6 {-+}) 21... Rfc8 22. Qb3 {White has a mate threat} (22. bxc5 bxc5 23. Nf3 {+/-} (23. Qxa7 $4 {a poisoned pawn} Ra8 24. Ne6+ Qxe6 {-+})) 22... Qf6 { = Black threatens to win material: Qf6xg5} 23. Nf3 cxb4 24. Qxb4 Bc6 25. Nd2 Bd5 26. a3 Kf7 27. Nc4 (27. e4 fxe4 28. Nxe4 Bxe4 29. dxe4 Kg8 {+/=}) 27... Bxc4 28. Rxc4 Qe6 29. Rfc1 Rxc4 {Black forks: b4+c1} 30. Rxc4 Rc8 31. Rxc8 { White has a mate threat} Qxc8 {A queen endgame occured} 32. Qd6 {White threatens to win material: Qd6xe5} Qe6 {Black threatens to win material: Qe6xd6 } 33. Qb8 {White threatens to win material: Qb8xa7} Qe7 34. a4 Ke6 1/2-1/2

1 Dec 2015

Chess960 SP839

Chess960 SP839

Yesterday I was almost too distracted to be able to make the post. So, I decided today to change the way that I planned on doing the post because I thought I might be a bit too distracted today as well to get the planned things done. I think I will also do the posts for the rest of the week a bit differently than I previously thought. Main difference will be that I am unlikely to update my older posts at least this week, I will do that again when I know that I can concentrate properly again. Maybe this does not make that much sense to those who are reading this, but it makes sense to me. Anyway, today I played two more chess960 games at lichess.org. These were played with 14 minute and 8 second increment time controls. The first game especially was played way too fast considering the time limits. I maybe used only slightly over 8 minutes for the 35 moves in the game and my opponent used even less time for the game. This is my only draw that I have played at lichess.org. I was the one who offered the draw in this game because I thought that win was not possible anymore. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two and five mate in four puzzles today.

Game number two. Once again, it was my opponent who challenged me to this game. I used more time on this game than on the first game because I knew that I have to play better moves and only way to do that is to use more time on the game. The game below is my fourth game on lichess.org, which all have been chess960 games. After four games I have won 3 three games and drawn one game. So far it has gone quite well, but undoubtedly I am put to my place as I play more games there.

30 Nov 2015

C28 Vienna Game: 2...Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6 (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nge2)

C28 Vienna Game: 2...Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6 (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nge2)

This was played on the second round of the over the board tournament that was played at Eura a bit over ten years ago. I came to the second round after winning a game against a player who was rated 2063. On this second round I faced another player who was rated over 2000. This was not at all a success like the first round game, but maybe a demonstration that I clearly was not playing well enough at the time that I could get two wins in a row against 2000+ rated players. Actually I am not that convinced that I could win games regularly against 2000+ players even today, but maybe I could win more than I did back then. Then again this is only a small sample of games from which I can't make too hasty decisions of. Only in the last year or so have I even be able to play quite consistently against players who are rated over 2000+ and even though I do not remember exactly when was the first time I broke that limit, not on over the board chess, but rather while playing in the internet, I do remember what was the place where I did it. It was years ago, probably close to ten years ago at Pogo. It was a brief moment that I was over that limit, but it did show me that I could do that. Nowadays I do not play there, actually I have not played there in several years because other places to play the game have been better. At the moment, I have two ratings on different sites over 2000, though on neither site have I played in months, so those ratings are far from accurate.

[Event "Eura"] [Site "?"] [Date "2005.09.24"] [Round "2"] [White "Lehmusvaara, Esa"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C28"] [WhiteElo "2018"] [BlackElo "1783"] [Annotator "Stockfish 6 64 BMI2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2005.09.24"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 {Vienna Game: Stanley Variation, Three Knights Variation} 4. Nge2 {C28 Vienna Game: 2...Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6} Bc5 5. d3 (5. O-O O-O 6. Ng3 d5 7. Nxd5 Ng4 8. Ne3 Bxe3 9. dxe3 Qh4 10. h3 Nxf2 11. Kxf2 Be6 12. Bd5 g6 13. Qe1 Nb4 14. Qxb4 Bxd5 15. Qe1 Bc4 16. Bd2 f5 17. exf5 Bxf1 18. Kxf1 Rad8 19. Bc3 e4 {Seres,B (2269)-Piroska, I (2195) Hungary 2010 1-0}) 5... Ng4 (5... h6 6. O-O d6 7. Kh1 Ng4 8. d4 Nxd4 9. Nxd4 {0-1 (9) Benavides Villavicencio,R (1485)-Sanchez Villarreal,J (1653) Carpuela 2014}) 6. d4 exd4 {N} (6... Nxd4 7. Nxd4 exd4 8. Qxg4 dxc3 9. Qxg7 Rf8 10. O-O Qh4 11. Bg5 Bd4 12. Qxf8+ Kxf8 13. Bxh4 {1-0 (13) Dimitrov, N-Tiholov, G Sofia 2009}) 7. Na4 {White threatens to win material: Na4xc5} Bb4+ (7... d6 8. O-O O-O 9. h3 {=/+}) 8. c3 {=} dxc3 9. bxc3 (9. Nexc3 $5 Nf6 10. Bf4 {=/+}) 9... Ba5 {+/-} 10. O-O $5 Nge5 {Black threatens to win material: Ne5xc4} 11. Bd5 {Black's piece can't move: c8} O-O 12. f4 Ng6 (12... Ng4 13. e5 d6 14. h3 {+/-}) 13. f5 {= This push gains space} Nge5 {The knight is not easily driven from e5} 14. f6 gxf6 15. Bh6 {White threatens to win material: Bh6xf8} Re8 (15... d6 {=}) 16. Qe1 $4 {Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8. with this move White loses his initiative} (16. Nf4 d6 17. Qe1 Kh8 {+/-}) 16... Ne7 $4 {not a good decision, because now the opponent is right back in the game} (16... Kh8 {!? +/-}) 17. Qg3+ (17. Nf4 c6 18. Nh5 cxd5 19. Qf2 {+-}) 17... N5g6 $4 (17... N7g6 18. Nf4 c6 19. Nh5 {+/=}) 18. Bb3 {White has a king attack} (18. Bxf7+ {and White has prevailed} Kxf7 19. Rxf6+ Kg8 20. Nf4 {+-}) 18... d5 {+/- Black threatens to win material: d5xe4} 19. Nf4 {White threatens to win material: Nf4xd5} (19. Rxf6 b5 20. Nc5 {+/=}) 19... c6 $4 {gives the opponent counterplay} (19... b5 { the rescuing straw} 20. Bxd5 c6 (20... Nxd5 21. Nxd5 bxa4 22. Nxf6+ Kh8 23. Rad1 {+/-}) 21. Nxg6 hxg6 22. Bxf7+ Kxf7 23. Rxf6+ Kxf6 24. Rf1+ Bf5 25. exf5 bxa4 26. fxg6+ Ke6 27. Qg4+ Kd6 28. Bf4+ Kc5 29. Be3+ Kd6 30. Bf4+ Kc5 31. Be3+ Kd6 32. Bf4+ {=}) 20. Nh5 {+-} Bc7 $4 {terrible, but what else could Black do to save the game?} (20... b5 21. Nxf6+ Kh8 22. Nxe8 Qxe8 {+-}) 21. Nxf6+ Kh8 22. Qf2 (22. Qxc7 {keeps an even firmer grip} Qxc7 23. Bg7+ Kxg7 24. Nxe8+ Kf8 25. Nxc7 {+-}) 22... Qd6 $4 {the pressure is too much, Black crumbles} (22... Rg8 23. Nxg8 Nxg8 24. Be3 {+-}) 23. g3 (23. Bg7+ $1 {and White takes home the point} Kxg7 24. Nxe8+ Kh6 25. Nxd6 Bxd6 26. exd5 cxd5 27. Qd2+ Kg7 28. Bxd5 {+- }) 23... Rd8 (23... Bh3 24. Nxe8 Rxe8 25. Qxf7 {+-}) 24. Rae1 (24. Nh5 { and White can already relax} f6 25. Bg7+ Kg8 26. exd5 cxd5 27. Bxf6 Bh3 {+-}) 24... b5 (24... Ne5 25. Bg5 b5 26. Nxd5 {+-}) 25. Nh5 f5 26. exd5 cxd5 (26... bxa4 27. Qd4+ Ne5 28. Bg7+ Kg8 29. Bxe5 Bb6 30. Bxd6 Rxd6 31. Rxe7 axb3 32. axb3 Rh6 33. Re8+ Kf7 {+-}) 27. Qd4+ Ne5 28. Rxe5 $1 {Decoy: e5} Kg8 (28... Qxe5 29. Bg7+ {Decoy Double attack}) 29. Re6 (29. Rxd5 Kf7 30. Rxd6+ Be6 31. Qf6+ Kg8 32. Bxe6#) 29... Bb6 (29... Kf7 {cannot undo what has already been done} 30. Rxd6 Bxd6 31. Re1 Rg8 32. Qf6+ Ke8 33. Qxd6 Be6 34. Nf6+ Kf7 35. Qxe6+ Kg6 36. Nxg8+ Kh5 37. Bd1#) 30. Nxb6 $1 {Mate attack} (30. Nxb6 Qc5 31. Qxc5 Ng6 32. Bxd5 Rxd5 33. Rxg6+ Kf7 34. Rf6+ Kg8 35. Rf8#) 1-0

27 Nov 2015

Chess960 SP711

Chess960 SP711

Instead of the normal one game in the new post, there are now two because it made sense to post these two games at the same time. The second site that I visited for the first time three days ago was lichess.org. After I started to play there I noticed at least one thing that I had not seen on any other site before, the starting position for chess960 is shown while you play, which is a great thing because now if I play there I do not need to figure out the starting position on my own after the game. Sure it is not that hard to check the starting position for each game afterwards, but this saves me some time and that is always a good thing. Both of these games are 10 minute games and it really seems to be a good time control for me to use on this variant.

Both lichess.org and ChessRex.com (the sites I played chess960 three days ago) seem to use similar idea for downloading the games you have played there. As far as I can tell, when you download the games, it automatically downloads all your games, which can be great or bad, depending on how you look at it. It is somewhat inefficient if you just want to download your latest game. There might be a way to do that as well, but I am new to both sites, so I do not know all of this stuff just yet. Then again you could just replace the old database with a new one every time. I am not sure what I think about that just yet, but it might be better than some of the options that are given on other sites I have played where you can select which games you download, but there is a limit on how many you can download at a time. I am also not sure why on almost every site the pgn-file that is created from those downloaded games has the chess960 variant in a way that Chessbase does not understand it. Now if there are different ways that different chess programs understand the variant name in the pgn-file, I think that is something that should be a standard, so that no matter what program you used, it would still be able to understand the pgn-file, without the need for the user to modify the file in order for it to work. Also my problem that I told about in the post yesterday has been fixed, it seemed that I needed a bit of fixing, I caused the problem on myself. I talked about my problem to the programmer of the site and after that little chat I realised what I had done wrong. I have added one analysed game to the following posts: D00 Queen Pawn Game: General, A06 Zukertort Opening: Old Indian Attack, A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General and A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General. I have also added two mate in three, one mate in four and two mate in six puzzles today.

Game number two. This was a rematch that my opponent challenged me into. It was actually a good thing that the rematch used the same starting position, it gives both players the opportunity to play on both sides of that starting position. Some starting positions might seem to favor one side more than the other, or so I have thought occasionally when I have played chess960.

26 Nov 2015

Chess960 SP878

Chess960 SP878

Sometimes it is fun to test chess/chess960 sites that I have not been playing before and two days ago I did just that. First I went to see what this e-chess960.com site was all about after I had seen a blog post that said it was a good place to play chess960. After I had created an account there, I asked some silly questions in chat because I was new to the site and did not know how things are done at that site. People were helpful and I got answers I was looking for, so it was time to play a game there. I have finished one game there and it is the game you can see below. This was a 10 minute game without increment and I think the quality of the game is better than it was on those previous chess960 games that I have posted recently from the Chess960 pool. After this game I offered my opponent a rematch, but we did not start a new 10 minute game, but instead a correspondence game with a 5 day timeout. Chances are that I can't finish that new game, because I can't log into that site anymore for some reason. I contacted the admin of the site today and time will tell what happens. If for some reason there is no solution to my problem, the game I share now is the last one I have played there. I do not really believe it would end up being like that and I think some solution will be reached and I can log in there some time in the hopefuly near future to continue that game I started and also play other games and get to know the site better. I did end up also testing another site the same day, but more about in the post I will do tomorrow. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two and three mate in four puzzles today. In addition, I have added one analysed game to the following posts: C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense, C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation, A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General and A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General.

Game number two. The game below was played at lichess.org on December 25th 2015. This was a 7 minute game with a 4 second increment. I was rated 1775 before this game and marriedbachelor was rated 1557. The game started in a decent fashion where I got the hold of the center and it was hard for my opponent to develop his dark squared bishop. Actually on move six he decides to sacrifice a pawn in order to get his bishop activated. I am happy to get that material even if I have to give up the bishop pair in order to do so. My opponent blunders a pawn when he decides to play 13...Ne4? and after I take twice on e4, I am up a second pawn. The rest of the game does not pose that many difficulties for me and marriedbachelor resigns after I took his queen on move 26.

Game number three. For this game, I will for now post only a video of me doing a live commentary of the game. I will analyse this game at some point in a similar way as I have with the two other games found in this post, but unfortunately it might take quite a long time.

25 Nov 2015

D35 Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Bd3 b6 8.cxd5 exd5)

D35 Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Bd3 b6 8.cxd5 exd5)

This game is from the fifth round of the tournament that was held at Hanko between June 17th and June 19th in 2005. Before this final round game I had gathered two wins and two draws. So I had played quite well, considering that the draws were played against higher rated players. The win in the game below meant that my final score was 4 out of 5! I think this was the first time that I was able to play these weekend tournaments without a loss. This also marks the record breaking rating increase in one over the board tournament for me because I was able to increase my rating by 101 points! I have not been able to break this record so far and it is very unlikely that I will ever be able to do that. I think I have been able to increase my rating by 100 points once after this tournament, but I have been able to decrease it in a similar fashion as well. That very bad tournament lasted nine rounds though.

Another very busy day for me and it does not even after this post. Luckily similar days I face only once a month, because the club tournament I participate in, is played on a last Wednesday of the month. I think that tournament will end in May, so I need to face these type of days for quite awhile still.

[Event "Hangon turnaus"] [Site "?"] [Date "2005.06.19"] [Round "5"] [White "Pesonen, Pekka"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D35"] [WhiteElo "1724"] [BlackElo "1678"] [Annotator "Stockfish 6 64 BMI2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2005.06.19"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O {Queen's Gambit Declined: 4. Bg5 Be7, 5.e3 O-O} 6. Bxf6 (6. Nf3 b6 (6... h6 7. Bh4 b6 8. cxd5 exd5 {Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Variation, Exchange Variation} (8... Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Rc1 Be6 {Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Variation}) ) 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Ne5 {Queen's Gambit Declined: Pillsbury Attack}) 6... Bxf6 7. Bd3 b6 8. cxd5 exd5 {D35 Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation} 9. Qc2 (9. Qh5 Re8 10. Nf3 c6 11. Qxh7+ Kf8 12. O-O Bg4 13. Ne5 Be6 14. f4 Ke7 15. Qh5 Rh8 16. Qf3 Qd6 17. Rad1 Nd7 18. e4 Bxe5 19. fxe5 Qb4 20. Bb1 dxe4 21. Bxe4 Rac8 22. Rf2 Rh4 23. Qe3 Kf8 {Uhlmann, W (2500)-Brueggemann, J (2305) Germany 1991 1-0}) 9... g6 10. Nf3 Bb7 11. O-O {N} (11. h4 h5 12. O-O-O Kg7 13. g4 hxg4 14. Ne5 Bxe5 15. dxe5 Nd7 16. e6 Ne5 17. exf7 Nxd3+ 18. Rxd3 Rxf7 19. h5 Qf6 20. hxg6 Qxg6 21. Nxd5 Bxd5 22. Qc3+ Qf6 23. Qxf6+ Rxf6 24. Rxd5 Rxf2 25. Rg5+ Kf6 {Rummelshaus,H (1927)-Rempe,M (1648) Moehnesee 2010 1/2-1/2 (79)}) 11... Nd7 12. e4 dxe4 {Black forks: d3+f3} 13. Nxe4 {White has an active position.} (13. Bxe4 c6 {=}) 13... Bg7 14. b4 Nf6 15. Nxf6+ Bxf6 { Attacking the isolated pawn on d4} 16. Be4 Bxe4 17. Qxe4 Qd6 (17... c5 18. bxc5 bxc5 19. Rad1 {=/+}) 18. a3 Rfe8 {Black threatens to win material: Re8xe4} 19. Qd3 (19. Qc2 {!? =/+ should not be overlooked}) 19... c5 {+/-} 20. bxc5 bxc5 21. Rad1 cxd4 22. Rfe1 (22. Rc1 Rac8 {+/-}) 22... Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Qc5 24. g3 a5 25. Rd1 Rd8 26. Nd2 Be7 27. Nb1 (27. a4 {-+}) 27... a4 28. Kg2 Qb6 (28... Rb8 29. Qe4 {-+}) 29. Qe4 Bc5 30. Qd3 Rb8 31. Nd2 Qa5 (31... Qc6+ 32. Qe4 Qa6 33. Nf3 {-+}) 32. Rb1 (32. Ne4 Qa8 33. f3 Qa5 {+/-}) 32... Rd8 (32... Rxb1 $5 33. Nxb1 Qb6 34. Nd2 Qb7+ 35. Kg1 {-+}) 33. Ne4 {+/-} Qa8 34. Kg1 (34. f3 Be7 {-+}) 34... Bxa3 $1 {Deflection: e4} 35. Nf6+ (35. Qxa3 Qxe4 {Overloading Deflection} ) 35... Kg7 36. Rb6 $4 {the final mistake, not that it matters anymore} (36. Qxa3 Kxf6 37. Rb4 {+/-}) 36... Be7 {-+} 37. Ra6 Qc8 (37... Bxf6 $6 {is no comparison} 38. Rxa8 Rxa8 39. Qa3 {-+}) 38. Ne4 a3 39. h4 Qc1+ (39... Qb7 $5 { keeps an even firmer grip} 40. Ra4 {-+}) 40. Kg2 Rd7 41. Qb5 (41. h5 {is not the saving move} Qb2 42. g4 Qb7 {-+}) 41... Qc7 42. Rc6 (42. Rb6 {does not save the day} d3 43. Nd2 Rd4 {-+}) 42... Qb7 43. Qe5+ (43. Qxb7 {does not win a prize} Rxb7 44. Ra6 Rb2 {-+}) 43... Kg8 44. Rc1 d3 (44... f5 {and Black can already relax} 45. Qe6+ Kf8 46. Kg1 fxe4 47. Qe5 {-+}) 45. Kh3 (45. Kh2 { is one last hope} a2 46. Ra1 {-+}) 45... d2 46. Rd1 Qd5 (46... a2 47. h5 Rd5 { -+}) 47. Qxe7 (47. Qxd5 {is the last straw} Rxd5 48. f4 {-+}) 47... Qf5+ (47... Qf5+ 48. g4 Qf3+ 49. Ng3 Rxe7 50. Rxd2 Rb7 51. Re2 Rb2 52. Re3 Qxf2 53. Re8+ Kg7 54. Re2 Rxe2 55. Nxe2 Qxe2 56. g5 Qe3+ 57. Kg2 a2 58. h5 a1=Q 59. h6+ Kf8 60. Kh2 Qag1#) (47... Rxe7 $6 {is a weaker possibility} 48. Nf6+ Kg7 49. Nxd5 { =}) 0-1

24 Nov 2015

B00 Queen's Fianchetto Defence, Nimzowitsch Defence (1.d4 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bd3 d5)

B00 Queen's Fianchetto Defence, Nimzowitsch Defence (1.d4 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bd3 d5)

After four consecutive posting days of new and different chess960 starting positions, it is time once again to introduce new opening variation, as far as this blog is concerned that is. The game below was played on the first round of the tournament called Maximum ! which is named so because of the thinking times used in the tournament. The longest possible thinking times you can get at Chess.com is 14 days for each move and this tournament has that time control. I still have one game in progress on this first round that started on September 11th 2014. No matter what happens on that last game, I will not be able to advance to the second round, but instead I am eliminated from the rest of the tournament. If I looked the tie-break numbers correctly, I will be fifth in the final standings of group #4 if I win my last game. I am currently on seventh place with 12.5 points. My game is the last one still in progress in this group, but there are still seven other games in progress luckily, so that people are not just waiting for my game to end, but other games as well. The top three that will advance to the next round are players called chramer (21.5 points), astra81 (18 points) and thematrosken (14 points). Had AndreasChess won this game, he would have been third in the final standings and advanced to the next round. Probably draw would have also sufficed for him, because then he would have tied thematrosken on points.

[Event "Maximum ! - Round 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.09.11"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "AndreasChess"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B00"] [WhiteElo "1873"] [BlackElo "1930"] [Annotator "Stockfish 6 64 BMI2 (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "149"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. d4 b6 {English Defense (#2)} 2. e4 (2. c4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e5 {English Defense: Eastbourne Gambit}) 2... Bb7 3. Nc3 (3. Bd3 f5 4. exf5 Bxg2 5. Qh5+ g6 { Owen Defense: Matovinsky Gambit}) (3. Bg5 {Owen Defense: Naselwaus Gambit}) 3... e6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bd3 d5 {B00 Queen's Fianchetto Defence, Nimzowitsch Defence} (6... h6 7. Bd2 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Qe2 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. O-O-O Nd7 12. g4 Qc7 13. Nxd5 Bxd5 14. c4 Bb7 15. Be4 O-O-O 16. Bxb7+ Kxb7 17. Kb1 Rhe8 18. Bc3 f6 19. Nd4 Bxd4 20. Bxd4 e5 21. Be3 {Matthiesen,M (2300) -Kragh,N Copenhagen 2000 1/2-1/2 (37)}) 7. e5 (7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8. e5 Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O c5 11. Nb5 Bc6 12. h4 h6 13. g4 c4 14. Be2 Bxb5 15. c3 a5 16. g5 h5 17. Nh2 g6 18. Rdg1 Kg7 19. Nf1 a4 20. a3 Rh8 21. Rh3 Nc6 {Volpati,A (1609) -Gorini,M (1394) Crema 2013 0-1 (46)}) 7... Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. O-O {N} (9. Bxe4 dxe4 10. Nd2 c5 (10... e3 11. Nf3 exf2+ 12. Kxf2 Nc6 13. Qd3 Rd8 14. a3 O-O 15. Ne2 Nxd4 16. Nexd4 c5 17. c3 cxd4 18. cxd4 Rd7 19. Rac1 Rfd8 20. Rhd1 f6 21. Qe3 fxe5 22. Nxe5 Qh4+ 23. Kg1 Rxd4 24. Rxd4 Qxd4 25. Qxd4 {Hava, P-Provaznik,J Klatovy 2001 1-0 (40)}) 11. Ndxe4 cxd4 12. Qxd4 O-O 13. O-O Rd8 14. Nd6 Nc6 15. Qf4 Ba6 16. Rfe1 Nxe5 17. Qxe5 Rxd6 18. Qe4 Bb7 19. Qa4 Bc6 20. Qa3 Rad8 21. Qb4 Qb7 22. g3 Bh1 23. f3 Qxf3 {Huistra,H-Perluka,P Hengelo 1997 0-1 (34)}) 9... O-O 10. Bxe4 (10. Ne2 c5 {=}) 10... dxe4 {=/+} 11. Nd2 e3 ( 11... Rd8 $5 {should be investigated more closely} 12. Ncxe4 Nc6 {=/+}) 12. fxe3 {+/=} Qg5 {Black has a mate threat} 13. Qe2 Qg6 (13... Ba6 14. Nc4 Bxc4 15. Qxc4 Qxe3+ 16. Kh1 {+/=}) 14. Rfc1 Nd7 15. Nf3 f6 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. e4 Raf8 18. Rf1 c5 19. d5 exd5 20. Nxd5 {Menacing.} Re6 {Black threatens to win material: Re6xe4} 21. Qb5 {White threatens to win material: Qb5xd7} (21. Nc3 {= }) 21... Bc6 $4 {not a good decision, because now the opponent is right back in the game} (21... Qxe4 {and Black hangs on} 22. Qxd7 Qxd5 {=/+} (22... Bxd5 $2 23. Rae1 Qf5 24. Ne5 Qxf1+ 25. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 26. Kxf1 Rxe5 27. Kf2 {+-})) 22. Qb3 $4 {there were better ways to keep up the pressure} (22. Qxc6 $1 {and the result of the game is clear: White will win} Rxc6 23. Ne7+ Kh8 24. Nxg6+ hxg6 25. Rad1 {+-}) 22... Kh8 (22... Rxe4 {must be avoided because of the following mating combination} 23. Ne7+ Kh8 24. Nxg6+ hxg6 25. Ng5 Rf6 26. Rad1 Re5 27. Qh3+ Kg8 28. Qh7+ Kf8 29. Qh8+ Ke7 30. Qxg7+ Kd8 31. Qxf6+ Kc7 32. Ne6+ Rxe6 33. Qxe6 b5 34. Rxd7+ Kb6 35. Rf6 c4 36. Qxc6+ Ka5 37. Rxa7+ Kb4 38. a3#) 23. Nd2 Rxf1+ 24. Rxf1 Qg5 25. Qd3 Rd6 $2 (25... h6 26. Rf5 Qh4 27. c4 {+/-}) 26. c4 (26. Nf3 $5 Qd8 27. c4 {+-}) 26... Rg6 {+/-} 27. Rf2 h5 (27... h6 {!? +/-}) 28. Qf3 Kh7 (28... h4 29. Qh3 Bxd5 30. exd5 {+-} (30. cxd5 Rf6 31. Re2 Ne5 {+/- }) (30. Qxd7 $6 Bxc4 31. e5 Kh7 {=})) 29. Qf5 (29. Qe2 {might be the shorter path} Qh6 30. Nf3 h4 {+-}) 29... Nf6 $2 (29... Qxf5 30. Rxf5 (30. exf5 Rg4 {+/- }) 30... Kh6 31. Kf2 {+-}) 30. Nxf6+ (30. Ne7 $5 {and White can already relax} Qxf5 31. exf5 Rh6 32. Nxc6 Ng4 {+-}) 30... gxf6 31. Qxg5 $4 {weakening the position} (31. Qc8 {would have made live much easier for White} Ba4 32. b3 {+-} ) 31... fxg5 {+/-} 32. Rf7+ {White forks: a7} Kh6 (32... Rg7 $5 33. Rxg7+ Kxg7 {+/-}) 33. Kf2 (33. Rxa7 $6 Rd6 34. Rc7 Ba8 {+/=}) 33... a5 (33... Rg7 34. Rf8 {+/-}) 34. Ke3 (34. Re7 Rg8 {+-}) 34... g4 (34... Re6 35. Rf8 {+/-}) 35. g3 Re6 36. Rf8 Kg5 37. Rb8 Be8 38. Rd8 a4 39. Rd5+ Kg6 40. Kf4 Kf6 $2 (40... Rf6+ 41. Rf5 Rd6 42. Rg5+ Kh6 43. Rd5 Rf6+ 44. Ke3 {+/-}) 41. Rf5+ (41. e5+ {keeps an even firmer grip} Ke7 {+-}) 41... Ke7 $2 (41... Kg7 {+/-}) 42. e5 Bg6 43. Rg5 Kf7 44. Ne4 Kg7 45. Nf6 Kh6 (45... a3 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} 46. bxa3 Kf7 {+-}) 46. Ng8+ (46. a3 {and White has triumphed} Bf7 47. Ng8+ Kh7 48. Kf5 {+-}) 46... Kg7 $4 {Black threatens to win material: Kg7xg8. with this move Black loses his initiative} (46... Kh7 47. Nf6+ Kh6 48. a3 {+-}) 47. Nf6 { Twofold repetition} Kh6 48. Nd5 (48. a3 $5 {makes it even easier for White} Bf7 49. Ng8+ Kh7 {+-}) 48... Bb1 $4 {further deteriorates the position} (48... Re8 49. Ne3 Rd8 50. Nf5+ Bxf5 51. Rxf5 Rd4+ 52. Ke3 {+/-}) 49. Nc3 (49. Rg8 $5 { makes it even easier for White} Bd3 50. Ne3 Re7 {+-}) 49... Bd3 $2 (49... Bg6 50. Nb5 Re8 {+/-}) 50. Nxa4 $4 {forfeits the clear win} (50. Rg8 Re7 51. Rf8 Bxc4 52. Rf6+ Kg7 53. Nxa4 Bxa2 54. Rxb6 Rf7+ 55. Kg5 Re7 {+-}) 50... Bxc4 $4 { forfeits the advantage} (50... Re8 51. Rf5 Bxf5 52. Kxf5 Rf8+ 53. Ke4 Rf2 54. Nxb6 Rxb2 {-+}) 51. a3 {+-} Rc6 $2 (51... Bd3 52. Rg8 Re7 {+-}) 52. Rf5 b5 53. Nc3 b4 (53... Kg7 {there is nothing better in the position} 54. Ne4 Bd5 55. Rxh5 b4 56. Rg5+ Kf8 57. Rxg4 bxa3 58. bxa3 Rc7 {+-}) 54. axb4 cxb4 55. Ne4 Rg6 (55... Kg6 56. Rf6+ Rxf6+ 57. Nxf6 {+-}) 56. Rf6 (56. Nf6 Bf1 57. Rxh5+ Kg7 58. Kf5 Bd3+ 59. Ke6 Bc4+ 60. Ke7 Rh6 61. Rxh6 Kxh6 62. Nxg4+ Kg7 63. Ne3 Ba2 64. h4 Bb3 65. e6 Kg6 66. Kd6 Ba4 67. g4 b3 68. Nd5 Bb5 69. Nc7 Ba4 70. e7 Kf7 71. g5 Kg6 72. e8=Q+ Bxe8 73. Nxe8 Kf5 74. Nf6 Kg6 75. Ke6 Kg7 76. h5 Kh8 77. Ke7 Kg7 78. Ne8+ Kh7 79. Kf7 Kh8 80. Kf8 Kh7 81. Nd6 Kh8 82. Nf7+ Kh7 83. g6#) 56... Bd5 (56... Be6 {hoping against hope} 57. Rf8 Rg7 {+-}) 57. Rxg6+ (57. Kf5 Rxf6+ 58. Nxf6 Bc6 59. e6 Kg7 60. Nxh5+ Kf8 61. Kf6 Ke8 62. Ng7+ Kd8 63. e7+ Kc7 64. Ke5 Bd7 65. e8=Q Bxe8 66. Nxe8+ Kb6 67. b3 Kc5 68. Nf6 Kc6 69. Nxg4 Kd7 70. Nh6 Ke8 71. g4 Kf8 72. Ke6 Ke8 73. g5 Kf8 74. h4 Ke8 75. g6 Kf8 76. h5 Ke8 77. Nf7 Kf8 78. h6 Kg8 79. h7+ Kg7 80. h8=Q+ Kxg6 81. Qh6#) 57... Kxg6 {+-} 58. Nc5 b3 (58... Ba8 59. Nd3 b3 {+-}) 59. Nd7 Be6 60. Nf8+ Kf7 61. Nxe6 Kxe6 62. Kg5 (62. Ke4 Ke7 63. Kf5 Kf7 64. Kg5 Ke6 65. Kxh5 Kxe5 66. Kxg4 Kd4 67. h4 Kd3 68. h5 Kc2 69. h6 Kxb2 70. h7 Kc2 71. h8=Q b2 72. Qh7+ Kc1 73. Qh1+ Kc2 74. Qe4+ Kc1 75. Qc4+ Kd2 76. Qb3 Kc1 77. Qc3+ Kb1 78. Kf3 Ka2 79. Qc4+ Ka3 80. Qb5 b1=Q 81. Qxb1 Ka4 82. Ke4 Ka3 83. Kd5 Ka4 84. Kc4 Ka3 85. Qa1#) 62... Kxe5 63. Kxh5 Kf5 64. Kh4 Ke4 65. Kxg4 Kd3 66. h4 Kc2 67. h5 Kxb2 68. h6 Kc1 (68... Ka2 {hardly improves anything} 69. h7 b2 70. h8=Q b1=Q 71. Qa8+ Kb2 72. Qb7+ Ka1 73. Qxb1+ Kxb1 74. Kf5 Ka1 75. g4 Kb1 76. g5 Ka1 77. g6 Kb1 78. g7 Kc2 79. Ke4 Kd2 80. Kd4 Ke2 81. g8=Q Kf3 82. Qg5 Kf2 83. Qg4 Ke1 84. Qg2 Kd1 85. Kd3 Kc1 86. Qc2#) 69. h7 b2 70. h8=Q b1=Q 71. Qh1+ Kc2 (71... Kb2 {cannot change destiny} 72. Qxb1+ Kxb1 73. Kf5 Ka1 74. g4 Kb2 75. Kf4 Ka1 76. g5 Kb1 77. g6 Kc2 78. Ke3 Kb3 79. g7 Kc4 80. g8=Q+ Kb5 81. Qd8 Kc6 82. Kd4 Kb5 83. Qd7+ Kb4 84. Qb7+ Ka3 85. Kc3 Ka2 86. Qb2#) 72. Qxb1+ Kxb1 73. Kf5 Kc2 (73... Ka1 { does not save the day} 74. g4 Ka2 75. g5 Kb2 76. g6 Kc2 77. Ke4 Kb3 78. g7 Kc4 79. g8=Q+ Kc3 80. Ke3 Kc2 81. Kd4 Kb2 82. Kd3 Ka1 83. Kc3 Kb1 84. Qb3+ Ka1 85. Qb2#) 74. g4 Kd3 (74... Kc1 {does not improve anything} 75. g5 Kb2 76. g6 Kc2 77. g7 Kd3 78. g8=Q Kd4 79. Qb3 Kc5 80. Ke5 Kc6 81. Qc4+ Kd7 82. Qc3 Ke8 83. Qc7 Kf8 84. Kf6 Kg8 85. Qg7#) 75. g5 (75. g5 Kc2 76. g6 Kb1 77. Ke4 Kc2 78. g7 Kd2 79. g8=Q Kc3 80. Qd5 Kc2 81. Qb5 Kc3 82. Ke3 Kc2 83. Qb4 Kc1 84. Kd3 Kd1 85. Qb1#) 1-0