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31 May 2015

A87 Dutch Defense: Leningrad Variation

A87 Dutch Defense: Leningrad Variation

This game was played in a team match called Nueva Vizcaya. This 25 board match is played between Philippine Critical Movers and Kopaonik. I am playing on board 5 for Kopaonik in this match. The current score in the match is 17,5 - 25,5 in favor of Kopaonik which means that after all the games are finished, Kopaonik is declared the winner. The game below is one of the nicest wins I have had recently, especially the ending position is something I like in this game. And even though I did not find all the strongest moves which might have resulted in nicer combinations than seen in the game, I am quite satisfied with the way I played this game.

I have less than 200 games in progress at the moment which has not happened in several months!! This I realised while typing this because it interested me to know how many more games I need to play, so I calculated the total amount from four different sites and it added up to 199. There are also some games that should finish at any point now, so things are looking a bit better for me at the moment as the pressure from the games is easing up a bit. I have added one mate in two, one mate in three, one mate in four and two mate in seven puzzles today. In addition, I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: B54 Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations, C44 Scotch Game: General, A49 Indian Game: Pseudo-King's Indian Variation and C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense.

30 May 2015

C68 Spanish Game: Columbus Variation

C68 Spanish Game: Columbus Variation

I am still continuing on the path where I share my games from Red Hot Pawn and Chess.com on alternating days. There might be a game from GameKnot for a change tomorrow if I can remember to go through it. Probably also some games from Chess.com aswell because if I recall correctly, the opening that was played in the game from GameKnot, it did not offer anything new. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. This is a tournament that had 21 players at the start and everyone played each other twice, so this tournament added the game count for all the players playing the tournament by 40 games. I am currently fourth and I will stay in fourth place since nobody can't overtake me and I also can't overtake anyone anymore. I have three games left in the tournament and I am just trying to keep my rating decent and maybe increase it a bit because it is the only thing I can do at this point. In the game below I had my chances to win but I was not able to do so and ruined my position to the extent that I could have lost the game, but at the end I was happy to reach the draw. I have added two mate in ones, two mate in twos and one mate in three puzzle today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: A45 Indian Game: General, C45 Scotch Game: Mieses Variation and C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

29 May 2015

B33 Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Schlechter Variation

B33 Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Schlechter Variation

Welcome all to another episode of how to beat me at chess. There are more examples in this blog and even maybe better examples than this game but it will do for now. This was played in a team match called K & Ваш ход, товарищ! URAAA ! > 24. and it was played between Ваш ход, товарищ! and The Night's Watch at Castle Black. I played on board 5 for The Night's Watch at Castle Black. In addition to this loss, I played a draw against windpatzer. The current score in this 16 board match is 13 - 18 in favor of The Night's Watch at Castle Black. This means that no matter what happens in the last game, we have already secured the win. It is a good thing that other members of the team were in good shape and were able to take the points because I was lacking on that department this time. The amount of simultaneous games that I play have dropped to 202 today, so maybe I can get some more free time from those games and can concentrate on getting that next FIDE title in the nearish future. Well, when the game load has dropped to 100 or less, I may have interest to play some other chess games than my correspondence chess games. I have added one more analysed game to these two posts today: C20 King Pawn Game: Macleod Attack and D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation. Pseudo-Catalan. I have also added five more puzzles that are divided into two mate in ones, one mate in two, one mate in three and one mate in four.

Game number two. This game was played in a team match called First 'WIld and WIlful' Team match. It was played between Wild & Wilful and Chess School. It was played only on four boards and I played on board 2 for Wild & Wilful. The final result in the match was 6 - 2 in favor of Wild & Wilful. I won my other game against harianja_pr on time and I could have lost the game below if we had continued the game. I think I was the one who offered a draw in this game and I was lucky that my opponent agreed to a draw. I am quite lost in the final position, at least according to the engine. During the game I did not really like my position as my pieces are really tied up. At some point in the game I even thought about sacrifising a piece on f3 to get two pawns for it but decided not to obviously because I was unsure about the resulting position.

Game number three. This was played in the first round of a rapid chess tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena. I probably need to stop experimenting with this line because it has only given me bad results. It is true that three games is too small of a sample to say anything definetely but if I have other lines that I can use that have better results, I should probably use them instead.

28 May 2015

C66 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Tarrasch Trap

C66 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Tarrasch Trap

The game below is from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament that is still in progress at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently leading the tournament by two points and have only two games left. My main rival in this tournament is caissad4, who has already won one of the two games against me in this tournament. It was also the first game to finish of the many games I have against him. Also the only one that has ended from those games against him. Caissad4 has four points higher maximum possible score than me, so he is more likely to win this tournament than me. In the game below I gained an advantage, then lost it, then regained it again and then could have gone to a lost position couple of times but my opponent did not take advantage of his chances. After my move 29.Nf6+ I did not lose the advantage again and went on to win the game. I have added one mate in one, three mate in twos and one mate in three puzzle today. In addition, I have added one more analysed game to these two posts: A45 Indian Game: General and C60 Spanish Game: General. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

27 May 2015

B17 Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation

B17 Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation

The game below is one of the 132 team match games that I have played at Chess.com. I have won 87 of those, played nine draws and lost 36. My winning percentage in team matches is slightly higher than it is when compared to my tournament or other games. This was played in a team match called mini semi open match LBF 206 - 2100 rating and it was played between La Belle France and Hungarian Chess Group. I played on board 2 for La Belle France. In both of my games my opponent offered me a draw but I declined both offers. This I did in order to keep the chances alive for our team to fight for the win. It turned out that I should have accepted the draw in the game I played with the black pieces as I ended up losing it. If I recall correctly, the last two games in this match were played between me and eperjam. The one I lost ended before this and I started to feel quite a bit foolish of trying to win both games. The win in this game was crusial for our team because of that we drew the match 7 - 7. Our board 5 we lost both games due to timeouts, it was a shame since in both games the material in the final positions were even and the winner of those two games was not clear at that point. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, two mate in threes and one mate in five today.

Game number two. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Long Haul Split I tournament. Like you might have guessed from the shortness of the game, I won this on time. The position at the end is even, so the game had not been decided yet. I play on group 2 and the current leader of the group is Blackpoolmad, who has gathered 43 points thus far and has a maximum possible score of 58. Beatlemania is on second place and has 42 points and beatlemania's maximum possible score is 60. Marko Krale is on third place with 38 points and his maximum possible score is 41. I am on shared seventh place and I have gathered only 27 points but because I have not lost or drawn a game in this tournament, my maximum possible score is 66.

Game number three. This is the 35th game in the 100 game match between these two players. The match is played with 15 minute time controls. After the win I received from this game I was leading the match with five points and the score was 20 - 15. Even though the difference is not that much considering how many games were still left, it was still enabling me to be in a quite comfortable situation where one or two losses would not make all that much of a difference.

26 May 2015

C66 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Improved Steinitz Defense

C66 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Improved Steinitz Defense

Another correspondence chess game from Red Hot Pawn and this was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament. Out of the 22 games that started for this tournament, I have 3 games left to finish. I am currently on third place in group 1, only one point behind the current leaders NN Cheap and aukermdr. They are actually not even my biggest competition for winning the group as they have their maximum possible score two points lower than me. However, only by winning the three games I have left can I ensure my place on the second round. The one player that is my biggest rival for the win is caissad4, who is currently on fourth place and has not lost any points so far. So in order for me to take the first place in this group or even share it, I need to win both of my games against caissad4 but that is very hard to accomplish. The game below was one of the easier games in this tournament for me. I have added one mate in one, three mate in twos and one mate in three. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This was played in the first round of the Ruy Lopez tournament that is held at Chess.com. The tournament started with 96 players and they were divided into eight 12 player groups. I am playing on group #1 and I am the current leader of that group. I have gathered 17 wins in 17 games so far, so this is definitely one of my best tournaments at Chess.com. Out of those 96 players 27 have already been eliminated from the tournament and will not advance to the second round.

Game number three. This was played in a team match called SAVE SMUDGE THE DOG!! It was played on 20 boards between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and Battle For Victory. I played on board 4 for OCD against a lower rated opponent, who outplayed me in our other game, so one win and and one loss is what I was able to get in this match. It is not a score I am all that happy with, but it could have been worse, so I take what I can get. The match finished with a score of 27.5 - 12.5 in favor of Obsessive Chess Disorder!!

25 May 2015

C01 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Delayed Exchange Variation

C01 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Delayed Exchange Variation

This time I will present a game that was played at Chess.com in the first round of a tournament called Maximum ! So far I have finished 11 games in this tournament and because there are 12 players in a group anfd you play each player twice, I have half of the games still left to finish. I have gathered 6,5 points in those eleven games and that puts me in eight place at the moment. The player who leads our group is the opponent I had in this game, chramer. He only has one draw in this tournament and has won 20! His only game left is against me. Interestingly this player started the tournament with a rating of 1259. According to his rather bad statistics on Online Chess otherwise, I would think that this is his best tournament. I have added two mate in ones, two mate in twos and one mate in four. Today I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Steinitz Variation, A40 Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto and C45 Scotch Game: Classical Variation.

24 May 2015

E46 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation

E46 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation

This was a very difficult game for me to play and as you may see in the notation, the advantage shifted back and forth a few times. Both players played some horrible moves but as the last ones were made by my opponent, I was able to get the win. This was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. Out of the 21 players that started this tournament, only five are still in the fight for the win. I have 11 games left still from the 40 games that started on September 11th 2014. My playing speed has been quite slow in the last few months but I am hoping that will change as the game load comes down enough. I still have 214 games in progress that are divided into four different sites. The site I am currently most active based on the amount of games in progress is Chess.com. I have added my latest game from the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club to my post D02 Queen Pawn Game: London System. It was the game that lifted my rating up to 2199 there, only two points away from my peak rating on that site. I have also added one mate in one, three mate in threes and one mate in five.

23 May 2015

A40 Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto

A40 Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto

This game was played at Chess.com in a team match called Let;s get it on 2015! and it is played between !♔NM Aww-Rats Free Video Lessons!♔ and Romeo and Juliet. This is played on 107 boards and the current score in the match is 94,5 - 116,5 in favor of Romeo and Juliet. I played on board 13 in this match for Romeo and Juliet and I won one game and lost one. The game below was my better game against Marley_Torpe_Oreo but if my opponent had not lost on time, this might have been far from winning for me. We just need to wait for the last games to finish in order to officially get the win. I have added two mate in ones, two mate in twos and one mate in three today. I have also added one more game to the following posts: A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense, E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense: General and E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation.

Game number two. This was played in a team match called A52 meet ANIMALS. This is a 5 board match between A52 and ANIMALS and it is tied at the moment 4,5 - 4,5. The only game left in the match is the one played on board 1 between me and toto1959. So no pressure on me but the winner of the match is decided on this match. I play for the ANIMALS in this match. This match started on December 15th 2014. The advantage in the game below shifted back and forth a bit. So I had chances of winning this game but I was unable to maintain my advantage or increase it.

22 May 2015

C89 Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line

C89 Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line

This game shows probably one of the longest theoretical lines I have managed to play in my games. It also means that my opponent was able to play it aswell and it was actually me that went out of previously played lines first. I had a good game up to move 24 but then on move 25 I messed up my position a bit and gave my opponent some chances for an equal position. He gave the advantage back to me on his 26th move and after that I was able to maintain my advantage to the end. The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament at Red Hot Pawn. I have five games left to finish from the 22 games that started with this tournament. I am in fourth place but I have some chances of getting the first place in the group and advancing to the second round. I have added two mate in twos, two mate in threes and one mate in six today. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation and A00 Hungarian Opening: General. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This was played in a team match called CHOCOLATE II vs LATINO. The match was played on 58 boards and I played on board 4 for CHOCOLATE II. I lost my other game against JMcito, so I was not able to help the team all that well this time. We lost 19 games on time, while our opponent lost 15 games on time, so the timeout percentage was quite high once again. The timeouts may have not decided the outcome of the match but they certainly affected the result to some degree. We ended up losing this match with a score of 49.5 - 66.5.

Game number three. The game below was played in the atadros's mini-tournament V. The mini-tournament is being played at GameKnot. I have finished 9 games so far and I have only managed to get 2.5 points. Even though the start for the mini-tournament has been quite rough, I have not played all games as badly as this game. This game is probably the worst one I have played in this mini-tournament. I have still 11 games left to finish and out of those 11 games, only 4 are currently in progress. A player can only have 4 games at the most in progress at the same time in these mini-tournaments. I am currently on 9th place, but I still have theoretical chances even to win this high-stakes tournament. A lot would need to go my way in order for that to happen though. My opponent, john_wr, is currently on 8th place with 5 points. John_wr has finished 13 games and therefore can't win the tournament anymore because the leader of the tournament has 12.5 points, half a point more than john_wr can get to if he wins all of his remaining games. The game below showcases my occasional stupidity in chess quite well. I did remember theory up to the move 14...Qh3, but then I completely forgot what I should do. I fell apart quite quickly after the theoretical moves had been played. There is no excuse for the move 16.Qf3... I should know better not to play such a move, but I did and lost this game a bit too easily.

21 May 2015

C52 Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation

C52 Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation

The game below is from a team match that was played at Chess.com. This match is played on 217 boards between DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS and TURK CHESS PLAYERS. I played on board 38 in this match for DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. I won one and lost one, so it was quite evenly matched board this time. The current score in this match is 211,5 - 196,5 in favor of DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS, so we need 6 more points to get the win. Playing against gambit play has not worked out all that well for me in the past but maybe if I get more games like this, I would start to like to play against them. Maybe I should play gambit openings myself in order to learn them better and maybe doing so would improve my tactical awareness aswell. I have added three mate in ones, one mate in two and one mate in six today. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This game was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament. I have currently gathered 28 points in this tournament and my maximum possible score is 64, which is not even enough anymore to fight for the win of the group. I am on 8th place with my current collection of points and Johannes Goethe is on 7th place and he has gathered 30 points so far. I am not sure why my opponent offered me a draw in the final position. Because I thought I would be insane to refuse a draw in a position I was, I accepted the draw.

This game went wrong for me already on move 7 when I played the bold looking d5. It just is not a good move and I should have probably castled instead or play d6 or even Nxe4 was better than the move I played. The game actually briefly advances towards equality, but then on move 9 I start to mess up my position again which I continue to do a few times later on in the game. The final position looks to be clearly better for Johannes Goethe, so it is a mystery to me why he offered me a draw.

20 May 2015

D41 Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation

D41 Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation

The game below is probably the only good game I have played against NN Cheap. This game was actually won on time but I am better in the final position, so the win might have been possible even if the game had continued. This is also the best win at Red Hot Pawn that I have had, based on the rating of my opponent. I do not think I have won against a player higher rated than NN Cheap at Red Hot Pawn. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament. I am one of four players currently on the group I am in that have chances of winning the group and advancing to the second and final round. One of the players who still have chances to win the group is also the opponent I faced in this game. His maximum possible score at the moment is 58 and mine is 60 so I have little bit better chances to win but anything can still happen. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, two mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today. I have also added one more analysed game to my post C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Burn Variation.

19 May 2015

D31 Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit

D31 Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit

With this post there are 300 different opening variations covered!! It is a nice milestone to reach. Not sure how many more can be seen in my games but as long as there new ones, I shall keep doing this blog the same way as before. The move order seen in the game is quite unusual for this opening variation and the normal move order is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4. So basically none of the moves were played in the order they appear in theory but as the position after the moves is the same it does not matter that much. Of course the different move order can give some options that were not present in the normal move order. This game was played in a team match called Open Challenge Royal Challengers. It started on October 26th 2014 and it is still ongoing due to the fact that one game remains in this match. The match is played between Royal Challengers and DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. I play on board 7 in this match for the Royal Challengers. Part of the reason that my game is the last one again to finish is the fact that this game is quite a long one if you consider the move count. The score before the last game ends is 12,5 - 16,5 in favor of DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS which means they will win this match no matter what happens in the last game. I have added three mate in twos, one mate in six and one mate in seven moves puzzles today. I have also added one more game to these two posts: A03 Bird Opening: Dutch Variation and C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation.

18 May 2015

C41 Philidor Defence (5...Bg7)

C41 Philidor Defence (5...Bg7)

The game below was played in the 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800 tournament at Red Hot Pawn. This game and my other game against veca were the last games left in this tournament but now all games are complete and I finished second after the clear winner AttilaTheHorn, who only drew one game and won the rest. These two remaining games decided the second and third place and those two games were long battles and in some ways unnecessarily long. Then again if people want to play to the very end, they have every right to do so. I personally would not continue a game that is completely lost and has no hope of a win or a draw. That being said, it is sometimes hard for me to hit that resign button. Accepting the fact that I have lost after a long battle is very hard for me to do, it used to be much harder, but with every loss it may come a little bit easier. Yesterday I briefly increased my peak rating to 1935 but almost immediately afterwards I had to resign a game and drop my rating eight points. I have added one mate in one, three mate in threes and one mate in six today. I have also added one game to my post C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4.

Apart from some inaccuracies, the game was played reasonably well by both players until it came time for veca to play his or her 17th move N7c6 in the position below. More advisable moves are 17...g5 and 17...Kh8.

I responded with the move 18.Nc4 and after that the game was firmly in my grasp, despite some inaccurate moves I made. The game ended in my favor when I played 60.Qc8#.

Game number two. This was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. This tournament started September 11th 2014 with all the games that are played in the tournament but due to the long time controls, there are still unfinished games. I, for instance, have three games still left to finish and all the games have 46 or 47 moves played in them so far. The winner of the tournament has been already decided though and the winner is a player called kopsov (2013). Kopsov has one more game left to finish in the tournament. The second place is currently in possession of a player called Luft (1978) but that might change as the remaining games finish. A player called Reverb (1702) is on third place at the moment and is the only player who can still overtake Luft and take the second place. I am currently in fourth place and I can only get to third place if all goes well in the remaining games.

This game followed the first game in this post up to the move 5...Bg7. In the first game I played 6.c3, but in this game I decided to play 6.Be3. Both moves should lead to an even position. The game went wrong for veca when my opponent played 7...c5 in the position below. I played 8.Nb5, which was the best reply.

I should be clearly better after my 8th move. If the game was not lost for veca after 7...c5, then it surely was lost after veca's next move 8...Be6?? My opponent never recovered from these early blunders and lost the game with the move 45.Qa8#.

Game number three. This was played on the first round of a tournament called 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+, which is partly still in progress at Red Hot Pawn. 23 players started this tournament and players were divided into two groups, one consisting of 12 players and the other consisting of 11 players. I am playing in group 1, which is the slightly bigger one of the two. Both groups have been decided and therefore the second and final round has already started. All of the games in this tournament at the same time, on November 3rd, 2014. The game below ended on February 10th, 2016. I still have two games in progress from the games that started well over a year ago... That is some real dedication to the game in my opinion. The thinking times in this tournament have been the longest that I have ever experienced, timeout is 21 days and in addition to that there are 21 days in the bank. I am currently on fourth place and I will also be on fourth place in the final standings because the remaining games are not enough to change anything. Because I am currently the third highest rated player in the group, I am slightly disappointed by the way the tournament went. Then again when the tournament started, I may have been further down in the ratings, so at least something has gone in the right direction.

This game followed the first game in this post up to the move 6.c3. In the first game veca played 6...Ne7, but in this game veca chose to play 6...Nf6. The first move that changed the game clearly in favor of either player was seen in position below. Veca played 16...c5 for some reason and lost a pawn.

Due to my sloppy moves I was not able to keep all of my advantage and in the position below, I played 22.Qd2 and allowed my opponent back into the game. Veca replied to 22.Qd2 with the move 22...Qb6 and I was on the clearly better side of the board again. The best chance for veca was 22...d4 and my oppoent could have been quite close of holding on to a draw.

The final mistake of the game was seen a few moves later in the position you can see below. Veca played 27...axb4. It gave me two connected passed pawns on the queenside and made the rest of the game really easy for me.

The game ended when I played 54.Qe5#.

[Event "Octet"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.09.10"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "veca"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C41"] [WhiteElo "1914"] [BlackElo "1703"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "119"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 g6 {Philidor Defense: Larsen Variation} ( 4... Nf6 {Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation}) 5. Bc4 Bg7 {C41 Philidor Defence} 6. c3 Ne7 (6... Nf6 7. Nd2 O-O 8. O-O b6 9. Re1 Bb7 10. f3 Nbd7 11. Nf1 d5 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Bxd5 Bxd5 14. Nf5 Be6 15. Nxg7 Kxg7 16. Be3 h5 17. Qd2 Re8 18. b3 f6 19. Rad1 Qe7 20. Bf2 Rad8 21. Qc2 {Fanouraki,N (2095)-Ninov,N (2445) Ikaria 1997 0-1 (46)}) 7. O-O (7. Be3 O-O 8. O-O Nbc6 9. Nd2 Ne5 10. Bb3 c5 11. N4f3 Bg4 12. h3 Bh5 13. Bc4 Nxc4 14. Nxc4 Bxf3 15. Qxf3 b5 16. Nd2 f5 17. Bf4 Be5 18. Qe3 Bxf4 19. Qxf4 fxe4 20. Qxe4 d5 21. Qe6+ Rf7 {Silber,S (1514)-Denk,C (1221) Magdeburg 2014 1-0 (58)}) 7... Nbc6 $146 (7... O-O 8. Bg5 b6 9. Re1 Qd7 10. Qb3 Nbc6 11. Nxc6 Nxc6 12. Qc2 Ne5 13. Be2 c5 14. f4 f6 15. Bh4 Nc6 16. Nd2 b5 17. Nf3 Re8 18. Rad1 Qe7 19. e5 {1-0 (19) Vidyaev,A-Yumatov, R (1840) Nizhnij Novgorod 2012}) 8. Be3 a6 {Secures b5} 9. Qf3 {White has a mate threat} (9. Nd2 O-O $11) 9... O-O (9... Ne5 10. Qe2 $11) 10. Bb3 Na5 11. Bc2 c5 12. Ne2 Nac6 (12... f5 13. Bg5 $11) 13. Nf4 (13. Nd2 f5 $11) 13... Ne5 14. Qe2 Bg4 {Black threatens to win material: Bg4xe2} 15. f3 {White threatens to win material: f3xg4} Bd7 16. Nd2 (16. Rd1 Qc7 $11) 16... f5 (16... Bb5 17. c4 Bd7 18. Rad1 $11) 17. Rad1 (17. Bb3+ $142 Kh8 18. Ne6 Bxe6 19. Bxe6 $14) 17... N7c6 $4 {Black is ruining his position} (17... g5 $142 {would bring relief} 18. Bb3+ Kh8 $11) 18. Nc4 (18. exf5 {makes it even easier for White} Bxf5 19. Ne4 c4 $18) 18... Nxc4 (18... g5 19. Nh5 f4 20. Bc1 $18) 19. Qxc4+ Kh8 20. Rxd6 fxe4 (20... Ne5 21. Qxc5 Rc8 22. Qb4 $18) 21. Bxe4 (21. Rfd1 $5 { seems even better} Ne5 22. Qxe4 Re8 23. Rxg6 hxg6 24. Nxg6+ Nxg6 25. Qxg6 Qh4 $18) 21... Qe7 (21... Ne5 22. Qxc5 Qc8 23. Qxc8 Raxc8 24. Bxb7 $18) 22. Rdd1 ( 22. Rxg6 $142 {and White has prevailed} Ne5 23. Rxg7 Qxg7 24. Qxc5 $18) 22... Ne5 23. Qe2 (23. Qb3 Bb5 24. Nd5 Qf7 $18) 23... Bc6 (23... Bb5 $5 24. Nd3 Rf6 $16) 24. Bxc6 Nxc6 (24... bxc6 25. Rfe1 $18) 25. Qf2 (25. Nd5 $142 Qe5 26. Rfe1 $18) 25... Rae8 $4 {leading to a quick end} (25... Rf5 $142 $18) 26. Bxc5 Qf7 27. Bxf8 Qxf4 (27... Bxf8 {hoping against hope} 28. Nd5 Rd8 $18) 28. Bxg7+ Kxg7 29. Rd7+ Re7 30. Rfd1 Kf7 (30... Qg5 {does not win a prize} 31. Rxe7+ Qxe7 32. Qd2 $18) 31. Qb6 Rxd7 32. Rxd7+ Ne7 33. Rd1 Qb8 (33... Qc4 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} 34. Qxb7 Qe2 35. Qb3+ Kg7 36. c4 $18) 34. g3 (34. Rd6 $5 { keeps an even firmer grip} Qc8 35. Rf6+ Ke8 $18) 34... Qe5 (34... Qc8 {doesn't improve anything} 35. Rd8 Qc4 36. Rd4 $18) 35. Kf2 Qb5 (35... Qf5 {the last chance for counterplay} 36. Qb3+ Qe6 37. Qxb7 Qh3 38. Qb3+ Kg7 $18) 36. Qxb5 axb5 37. Rd7 Ke6 38. Rxb7 h5 39. Rxb5 Nd5 (39... Kd7 {cannot change what is in store for White} 40. Rb7+ Kd6 41. Rxe7 Kxe7 42. b4 g5 43. a4 Ke6 44. f4 g4 45. a5 Kd6 46. c4 h4 47. a6 hxg3+ 48. hxg3 Kc6 49. b5+ Kc7 50. f5 Kb6 51. f6 Ka5 52. f7 Ka4 53. a7 Ka3 54. a8=Q+ Kb2 55. f8=Q Kc3 56. Qfa3+ Kxc4 57. Qc6+ Kd4 58. Qac3#) 40. c4 Nc7 41. Rb6+ Kf5 (41... Ke7 {hardly improves anything} 42. Rxg6 Kf7 43. Rh6 Ne8 44. b4 Ke7 45. b5 Nc7 46. Rh7+ Kd8 47. Rxc7 Kxc7 48. c5 Kc8 49. g4 hxg4 50. fxg4 Kd7 51. g5 Ke8 52. b6 Kd7 53. b7 Kc7 54. c6 Kb6 55. b8=Q+ Kxc6 56. g6 Kd7 57. g7 Kc6 58. g8=Q Kc5 59. Qc7+ Kb4 60. Qb3#) 42. a4 g5 (42... h4 {cannot change destiny} 43. gxh4 g5 44. a5 g4 45. Rc6 Ne6 46. a6 Nd8 47. Rc8 g3+ 48. hxg3 Nf7 49. a7 Ne5 50. a8=Q Nd3+ 51. Ke2 Nc1+ 52. Kd1 Nd3 53. Qe4+ Kf6 54. Rc6+ Kg7 55. Qe7+ Kh8 56. Rc8#) 43. a5 Ke5 44. Ke3 Ne6 (44... h4 { is not the saving move} 45. Rc6 hxg3 46. hxg3 Ne6 47. Rxe6+ Kxe6 48. a6 g4 49. fxg4 Kf7 50. a7 Ke6 51. a8=Q Kf7 52. Kf4 Ke6 53. Qd5+ Ke7 54. Ke5 Kf8 55. Kf6 Ke8 56. c5 Kf8 57. Qa8#) 45. a6 Nc7 46. a7 Na8 (46... h4 {doesn't do any good} 47. gxh4 g4 48. Rc6 Na8 49. fxg4 Nb6 50. h5 Na8 51. h6 Nb6 52. a8=Q Nxc4+ 53. Rxc4 Kf6 54. Qe8 Kg5 55. Qe7+ Kxh6 56. Rc6#) 47. Rb8 Nc7 48. a8=Q (48. Rc8 Kd6 49. Ke4 g4 50. Rxc7 Kxc7 51. a8=Q Kd6 52. Qa6+ Kc7 53. Kd5 h4 54. Qa7+ Kd8 55. Kd6 h3 56. Qd7#) 48... Nxa8 49. Rxa8 h4 (49... Kd6 {does not improve anything} 50. Rd8+ Kc5 51. f4 gxf4+ 52. gxf4 h4 53. f5 h3 54. f6 Kb4 55. f7 Kc5 56. f8=Q+ Kxc4 57. Qf7+ Kb4 58. Qb7+ Kc5 59. Rd5+ Kc4 60. Qb5#) 50. Rd8 hxg3 51. hxg3 Ke6 (51... Kf6 {does not save the day} 52. Rd4 g4 53. fxg4 Ke5 54. c5 Kf6 55. c6 Ke5 56. c7 Kf6 57. c8=Q Kg5 58. Qf5+ Kh6 59. Qf7 Kg5 60. Qg7#) 52. c5 g4 (52... Ke7 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} 53. Rd6 g4 54. fxg4 Kf7 55. c6 Ke7 56. Rd7+ Ke6 57. Kf4 Kf6 58. c7 Kg6 59. c8=Q Kh6 60. Qa6#) 53. c6 Ke7 (53... gxf3 { does not help much} 54. c7 f2 55. c8=Q+ Kf7 56. Qf5+ Kg7 57. Rd7+ Kg8 58. Qe6+ Kh8 59. Qe8#) 54. c7 gxf3 55. c8=Q f2 56. Kxf2 Kf6 (56... Kf7 {cannot change what is in store for White} 57. Qc6 Kg7 58. Rd7+ Kh8 59. Qc8#) 57. Rd5 (57. Qc6+ Ke5 58. Rd5+ Ke4 59. Qc4#) 57... Ke7 58. Qc6 Kf7 (58... Kf8 {is not the saving move} 59. Rd7 Kg8 60. Qc8#) 59. Rd7+ Ke8 (59... Kg8 {is not much help} 60. Qc8#) 60. Qc8# 1-0 [Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.09.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "veca"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C41"] [WhiteElo "1869"] [BlackElo "1478"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 g6 {Philidor Defense: Larsen Variation} ( 4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bg5 Be6 10. Re1 { Philidor Defense: Berger Variation}) 5. Bc4 Bg7 {C41 Philidor Defence} 6. Be3 { Black is behind in developement} (6. c3 Nf6 7. Nd2 O-O 8. O-O b6 9. Re1 Bb7 10. f3 Nbd7 11. Nf1 d5 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Bxd5 Bxd5 14. Nf5 Be6 15. Nxg7 Kxg7 16. Be3 h5 17. Qd2 Re8 18. b3 f6 19. Rad1 Qe7 20. Bf2 Rad8 {Fanouraki,N (2095) -Ninov,N (2445) Ikaria 1997 0-1 (46)}) 6... Ne7 $146 {Black has a cramped position} (6... Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nxe4 (8... Re8 9. f3 Nbd7 10. O-O Ne5 11. Bb3 a6 12. Bh6 c5 13. Nde2 Bxh6 14. Qxh6 c4 15. Ba4 b5 16. Bxb5 axb5 17. Nxb5 Qb6+ 18. Kh1 Qxb5 19. Qg5 Kg7 20. f4 Nxe4 21. fxe5 Nxg5 {0-1 (21) Jacobsen,C (1586)-Hvenekilde,J (2089) Helsingor 2011}) 9. Nxe4 d5 10. Nc3 dxc4 11. O-O-O c5 12. Ndb5 Qxd2+ 13. Rxd2 Na6 14. Nd6 b6 15. Nxc4 Be6 16. Nd6 Nb4 17. a3 Bxc3 18. bxc3 Nd5 19. Bh6 Rfd8 20. Ne4 Bf5 21. Bg5 {Pruja Ramirez de Cartagen,E (1834)-Roig Ruiz,C (1774) Llinars del Valles 2014 1/2-1/2 (61)}) (6... c5 7. Nb5 Bxb2 8. N1c3 Bxa1 9. Nxd6+ Ke7 10. Nxc8+ Qxc8 11. Nd5+ Ke8 12. Qxa1 f6 13. Nxf6+ Nxf6 14. Qxf6 Rf8 15. Qe5+ Kd8 16. Bg5+ {1-0 (16) Rimala, E-Mariano,F Vadso 1992}) (6... Nf6 7. Nc3 $11) 7. O-O (7. Qd2 $16) 7... c5 $2 (7... O-O $142 $5 $14 {and Black has air to breath}) 8. Nb5 $16 Be6 $4 {Black has lost his nerve... understandable when you consider his position} (8... O-O $142 9. N1c3 Nbc6 $16) 9. Bxe6 (9. Nxd6+ $142 {seems even better} Qxd6 10. Qxd6 Bxc4 11. Rd1 $18) 9... fxe6 (9... O-O {the last chance for counterplay} 10. Bd5 Nxd5 11. Qxd5 Bxb2 $18) 10. Nxd6+ Kf8 11. c3 (11. Qf3+ $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} Nf5 12. Bxc5 Kg8 13. exf5 Nc6 $18) 11... b6 (11... h6 {there is nothing better in the position} 12. Nxb7 Qxd1 13. Rxd1 Nbc6 $18) 12. Qf3+ Nf5 13. exf5 Qxd6 14. fxg6+ Ke8 15. Qxa8 (15. Qf7+ $142 {and White has it in the bag} Kd8 16. Qxg7 hxg6 17. Qxh8+ Kc7 18. Na3 $18) 15... hxg6 16. g3 Kf7 17. Qxa7+ Nd7 18. Nd2 (18. Na3 $142 {and White can already relax} Qe7 19. Nc4 Rd8 $18) 18... Re8 19. Rad1 Re7 20. Ne4 Qc6 21. Ng5+ Kg8 22. Rd2 Bf6 23. Rfd1 Ne5 24. Rd8+ Kg7 25. Nxe6+ (25. Qb8 Nf3+ 26. Nxf3 Qxf3 27. Rh8 Qxd1+ 28. Kg2 Re8 29. Qxe8 Be7 30. Rh6 Qd5+ 31. f3 Qh5 32. Qxe7+ Kg8 33. Rxh5 c4 34. Bh6 b5 35. Qg7#) 25... Qxe6 $18 26. Qa8 Rd7 (26... Nf7 {is still a small chance} 27. Rb8 Be5 28. Rg8+ Kh7 $18) 27. R8xd7+ Nxd7 28. Qb7 g5 29. Qxd7+ Qxd7 (29... Qf7 {doesn't do any good} 30. Rd6 Qxd7 31. Rxd7+ Kg6 32. a4 Kf5 33. Rd6 Be7 34. Rxb6 Bd8 35. a5 Ke5 36. Rb5 Kd5 37. Rxc5+ Ke6 38. a6 Kd6 39. a7 Bb6 40. a8=Q Bxc5 41. Qf8+ Kd5 42. Qxc5+ Ke6 43. Bxg5 Kf7 44. Qc6 Kg8 45. Qd7 Kh8 46. Bf6+ Kg8 47. Qg7#) 30. Rxd7+ Kg6 31. Rd6 Kf5 32. Rxb6 Be7 (32... Bd8 {does not improve anything} 33. Rb8 Bc7 34. Rb5 Bd8 35. a4 Ke6 36. a5 Kd7 37. a6 Kc6 38. c4 Bb6 39. b4 g4 40. Bxc5 Ba7 41. Bxa7 Kd7 42. Bc5 Kc6 43. Rb6+ Kd7 44. a7 Kc7 45. a8=Q Kd7 46. Qa7+ Ke8 47. Qe7#) 33. Rb5 Kg6 (33... Ke6 {is not much help} 34. a4 Kd7 35. Rb7+ Kd6 36. Bxc5+ Kxc5 37. Rxe7 Kc4 38. Rb7 Kd3 39. a5 Kc4 40. a6 Kc5 41. a7 Kd5 42. a8=Q Ke4 43. Rd7+ Kf5 44. Qc6 g4 45. Rd6 Kg5 46. Qd5#) 34. Bxc5 Bxc5 (34... Bd8 { is no salvation} 35. Bb6 Bf6 36. a4 Be7 37. a5 Bd6 38. a6 Bb8 39. Bc5 Kf5 40. Rxb8 Ke4 41. a7 Kd3 42. a8=Q g4 43. Qd5+ Kc2 44. Qb3+ Kb1 45. Rd8 Ka1 46. Rd1#) 35. Rxc5 Kf6 (35... Kh5 {doesn't improve anything} 36. f4 Kg6 37. Rxg5+ Kf6 38. h4 Kf7 39. h5 Ke6 40. h6 Kf7 41. h7 Ke6 42. h8=Q Kf7 43. Qh6 Ke8 44. Rg7 Kf8 45. Qh8#) 36. a4 g4 (36... Kg6 {does not help much} 37. a5 Kf6 38. a6 Ke7 39. a7 Kd6 40. b4 g4 41. a8=Q Ke6 42. Qe8+ Kf6 43. Rc6+ Kg7 44. Qe7+ Kh8 45. Rc8#) 37. a5 Ke6 (37... Ke7 {does not win a prize} 38. b4 Kd6 39. c4 Ke7 40. a6 Kd6 41. a7 Ke7 42. a8=Q Kd6 43. Rc6+ Ke7 44. Qb7+ Kf8 45. Rc8#) 38. a6 Kd6 39. b4 Kd7 (39... Ke6 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} 40. a7 Kd7 41. a8=Q Ke6 42. Qa6+ Kd7 43. Rb5 Ke8 44. Rb7 Kf8 45. Qa8#) 40. a7 Kd6 (40... Ke6 { does not save the day} 41. a8=Q Kd6 42. Qb7 Ke6 43. Qb6+ Kf7 44. Rc7+ Kg8 45. Qb8#) 41. a8=Q Ke6 42. Qa6+ Kd7 43. Rb5 Kc7 (43... Kd8 {does not solve anything } 44. Rb7 Ke8 45. Qa8#) 44. Rb7+ Kc8 (44... Kd8 {hardly improves anything} 45. Qa8#) 45. Qa8# 1-0 [Event "Glacial Super Casual Banded"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.11.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "veca"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C41"] [WhiteElo "1897"] [BlackElo "1745"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 g6 {Philidor Defense: Larsen Variation} ( 4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bg5 Be6 10. Re1 { Philidor Defense: Berger Variation}) 5. Bc4 Bg7 {C41 Philidor Defence} 6. c3 Nf6 7. Qd3 $146 (7. Bg5 O-O 8. O-O h6 (8... Nc6 9. f4 Qe8 10. Nd2 Nxd4 11. cxd4 Ng4 12. Qb3 Bxd4+ 13. Kh1 Nf2+ 14. Rxf2 Bxf2 15. Bh6 Bd4 16. Bxf8 Qxf8 17. Nf3 Bf6 18. e5 Be7 19. Rf1 h6 20. h3 Kg7 21. Nd4 c6 22. exd6 Bxd6 23. f5 {Grierson, J-Kelling,F Auckland 1914 1-0 (67)}) 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. f4 Nd7 11. Nd2 c6 12. Qc2 Nb6 13. Bb3 d5 14. e5 Bg7 15. Rad1 c5 16. N4f3 c4 17. Bxc4 dxc4 18. Nxc4 Qc7 19. Ne3 Nc4 20. Nd5 Qc5+ 21. Kh1 Ne3 {Staunton,H-Horwitz,B London 1846 0-1 (55) }) (7. Nd2 O-O 8. O-O b6 (8... Nbd7 9. f4 Nc5 10. Qc2 a6 11. b4 Ncd7 12. a4 c5 13. bxc5 dxc5 14. N4f3 h6 15. e5 Ng4 16. Ne4 Ndxe5 17. fxe5 Nxe5 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. Bxh6 Qh4 20. Bg5 Qxh2+ 21. Kf2 Bf5 22. Bc1 Qh4+ 23. Ke3 {Feratovic, F-Bajkovic,S Andrijevica 2012 0-1}) 9. Re1 Bb7 10. f3 Nbd7 11. Nf1 d5 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Bxd5 Bxd5 14. Nf5 Be6 15. Nxg7 Kxg7 16. Be3 h5 17. Qd2 Re8 18. b3 f6 19. Rad1 Qe7 20. Bf2 Rad8 21. Qc2 a5 {Fanouraki,N (2095)-Ninov,N (2445) Ikaria 1997 0-1 (46)}) (7. O-O O-O 8. f3 Nbd7 $11) 7... Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 h6 {Black threatens to win material: h6xg5} 11. Be3 Be6 (11... a5 12. f3 $11) 12. Nd2 (12. Bxe6 fxe6 13. h3 Qe8 $14) 12... d5 $11 13. exd5 cxd5 14. Ba6 (14. Bb3 $5 $11) 14... Qd6 $15 15. h3 {Secures g4} Rfd8 (15... c5 $5 { is noteworthy} 16. Rfd1 Rab8 $17) 16. Nb3 $11 c5 (16... Nd7 $142 $11 {and Black hangs on}) 17. Bxc5 $16 Qc6 18. Be3 Ne4 19. Nd4 Bxd4 (19... Qd6 $5 20. Qe2 Bd7 $16) 20. Bxd4 $18 ({Not} 20. cxd4 Rd6 21. Bb5 Qb7 $16) 20... Nc5 (20... Kh7 $142 $18) 21. Bxc5 $4 {forfeits the advantage} (21. Qe3 $142 {White would have gained the upper hand} Kh7 22. Be2 $18) 21... Qxc5 $16 22. Qd2 {White threatens to win material: Qd2xh6} (22. b4 Qb6 23. b5 Bf5 $16) 22... Qb6 (22... d4 $5 $14) 23. Be2 Kg7 24. Rfd1 a5 (24... Rac8 25. Rac1 $16) 25. Qd4+ (25. b3 Rac8 $16) 25... Qxd4 26. Rxd4 Rab8 27. b4 axb4 $2 (27... Rdc8 $142 $16) 28. cxb4 $18 Rb6 $4 {the pressure is too much, Black crumbles} (28... Kf6 29. a4 Ke5 $18) 29. a4 {White prepares b5} Kf6 30. f4 (30. b5 {seems even better} Ke5 31. Rb4 Ra8 $18) 30... Rdb8 (30... Rc6 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} 31. Rd2 Rc3 32. a5 $18) 31. b5 Ra8 (31... Rd6 {doesn't change anything anymore} 32. a5 $18) 32. a5 Rd6 (32... Ke7 {does not save the day} 33. Rda4 (33. axb6 $6 { is a weaker possibility} Rxa1+ 34. Kf2 Kd6 $16) 33... Rbb8 34. Rb4 $18) 33. Kf2 Ke7 34. Ke3 (34. Rb4 $142 {makes it even easier for White} Rb8 35. b6 Bc8 $18) 34... f6 (34... Bc8 {does not help much} 35. Rb4 $18) 35. Rb4 Kd7 (35... Bc8 { hoping against hope} 36. Kd4 Rb8 $18) 36. Kd4 g5 37. fxg5 hxg5 38. a6 (38. b6 $142 {it becomes clear that White will call all the shots} Rc8 39. a6 Rc4+ 40. Bxc4 dxc4+ 41. Ke3 Rxb6 42. Rxb6 Bd5 43. a7 Ba8 44. Rb8 Bxg2 45. Ra6 Ke7 46. Rc8 Kf7 47. Rcc6 c3 48. a8=Q Bxc6 49. Rxc6 c2 50. Rc7+ Ke6 51. Kd4 g4 52. Qd5#) 38... Rb6 39. Kc5 Rbb8 (39... Kc7 {otherwise it's curtains at once} 40. Bf3 Rab8 $18) 40. b6 {White plans a7} Rc8+ 41. Kd4 Rc2 42. Bf3 (42. b7 Rh8 43. a7 Rxe2 44. b8=Q Rh4+ 45. g4 Rd2+ 46. Kc3 Rd3+ 47. Kxd3 Rxh3+ 48. Kd4 Rd3+ 49. Kxd3 Ke7 50. Rb7+ Bd7 51. a8=Q d4 52. Re1+ Kf7 53. Qg8#) 42... Kd6 43. b7 Rb8 ( 43... Rac8 {is not much help} 44. bxc8=N+ Rxc8 45. a7 g4 46. hxg4 f5 47. a8=Q Rxa8 48. Rxa8 fxg4 49. Ra7 Bd7 50. Rb6+ Ke7 51. Bxg4 Kd8 52. Rxd7+ Kc8 53. Ra7+ Kd8 54. Rb8#) 44. a7 Rxb7 (44... Rd2+ {doesn't change anything anymore} 45. Ke3 Rxb7 46. Rxb7 Rc2 47. a8=Q d4+ 48. Kxd4 Rc4+ 49. Kd3 Bd5 50. Rb6+ Kc7 51. Qb8+ Kd7 52. Ra7+ Bb7 53. Raxb7+ Rc7 54. Rxc7#) 45. Rxb7 (45. Ra6+ Ke7 46. Rxb7+ Bd7 47. a8=Q Rd2+ 48. Ke3 Rc2 49. Rxd7+ Kxd7 50. Qxd5+ Ke7 51. Ra7+ Rc7 52. Rxc7+ Kf8 53. Qd8#) 45... Rc4+ 46. Ke3 Rc3+ 47. Kf2 (47. Kd2 Rc8 48. Rb8 g4 49. Rxc8 Bxc8 50. a8=Q gxf3 51. Qxc8 f2 52. Ra6+ Ke5 53. Qe6+ Kd4 54. Ra4+ Kc5 55. Ra5+ Kb4 56. Qb6+ Kc4 57. Ra4#) 47... Rc2+ (47... Rc8 {cannot change what is in store for White} 48. Rb8 Rc2+ 49. Kg3 g4 50. a8=Q gxf3 51. Rb6+ Ke5 52. Qe8 Rxg2+ 53. Kxf3 Rg3+ 54. Kxg3 Kf5 55. Rxe6 Kg5 56. h4+ Kh6 57. Qh8+ Kg6 58. Rxf6#) 48. Kg1 f5 (48... Rc8 {doesn't do any good} 49. Rb8 Ke5 50. Rxc8 Bxc8 51. a8=Q Be6 52. Qb8+ Kf5 53. g4+ Kg6 54. Ra7 d4 55. Qe8+ Bf7 56. Qxf7+ Kh6 57. Qxf6#) 49. a8=Q Rc4 (49... Rc8 {doesn't improve anything} 50. Ra6+ Ke5 51. Rxe6+ Kxe6 52. Qxc8+ Ke5 53. Qc7+ Kd4 54. Rb3 f4 55. Qc3#) 50. Ra6+ (50. Qb8+ Kc5 51. Rd1 Bd7 52. Rxd5+ Kc6 53. Qc7#) 50... Ke5 (50... Rc6 {does not solve anything} 51. Qb8+ Kc5 52. Qe5 Kc4 53. Rxc6+ Kd3 54. Qc3#) 51. Qh8+ (51. Rxe6+ Kd4 52. Qa1+ Kd3 53. Rb3+ Kc2 54. Qd1#) 51... Kf4 52. Rxe6 (52. Qb8+ Ke3 53. Qe5+ Kd2 54. Qe2+ Kc3 55. Qe3+ Kc2 56. Ra2#) 52... Rc1+ 53. Kh2 Rc4 (53... Rh1+ {cannot undo what has already been done} 54. Kxh1 g4 55. Qb8+ Kg5 56. Rg7+ Kh5 57. Qh8#) 54. Qe5# 1-0

17 May 2015

B56 Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations

B56 Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations

This game was for the most part favorable for my opponent but one really bad move at the end was enough for me to turn things around. The game below was played in a team match called 1. To Holmgard And Beyond. This is a match played on 29 boards between DEORLS! and Team Moscow. I played on board 10 for DEORLS! and won both of my games against IGILO. With only one game remaining in the match, the score is 34 - 23 in favor of DEORLS! which means we will win the match, no matter what happens in the last game. I had a bad streak at Chess.com for a while when I lost most of my games but recently I seem to have taken more wins again than losses, so there is some chance left to go back over 1900 again. The average rating of my opponents have increased steadily for some time now but it has not changed my winning percentage all that much, at least not yet. It will undoubtedly change after I start to face either much stronger opponents or much weaker opponents than me. If I could choose the opponents more freely, I would only play against people who are rated roughly 300 points higher than me. I think it would be most beneficial to me. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in four today.

16 May 2015

C15 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Fingerslip Variation

C15 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Fingerslip Variation

This game I share with you today is from the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800 at Red Hot Pawn. Timeout in this tournament was 3 days and there was a timebank of 7 days. Only the first round went well for me as I won my group but then on the second round I faced the group winners and then I faced much tougher resistance. I ended up on fourth place, 15 points behind the tournament winner. If you won a game, you got 3 points, if you drew a game, you got one point and nothing if you lost the game. As far as I am aware, this is the way they calculate all the points in all the tournaments at Red Hot Pawn. I was quite lost in this game for a long time until I got finally some counterplay for the piece. I think this game shows that you should not resign too early, you might get some unexpected chances later on. Well, depends a lot of the disadvantage you are in of course. In case you are a pawn or two down or even a piece from the opening, for instance, there might be chances for a comeback, at least in case of amateur chess. While I typed this, one of my games ended at Red Hot Pawn to my win and it raised my rating once again to a new peak!! Now my all time highest rating there is 1934! That rating now enables me to be the 350th highest rated player on the site. There are 10751 active players on that list, so I am almost in the top 3% there now. I have added two mate in twos, one mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in ten today. In addition I have added one more analysed games to the following posts: E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense: General, B54 Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations, B34 Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Exchange Variation and C44 Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. London Defense.

15 May 2015

A52 Budapest Defense: Adler Variation

A52 Budapest Defense: Adler Variation

It is always nice to see that after a few games that I go through in my database, some new opening that I have not covered yet appears and I get a topic for my posts. I am already nearing 300 different opening variations which makes me grin a bit. I would not have believed this when I started doing this blog but somehow something new always comes along. I know that there is a limit in the openings so if I somehow get to 3600 then I know there are not that many left anymore. I do not know how many there are in total exactly but according to one estimate there are over 3600. I think I should go over some of my chess960 games soon but for now I will cover just my chess games. The game below is from a team match called Open Challenge Team Bengaluru - ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು. It was played between Team Bengaluru - ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು and King Hunters. I played on board two for King Hunters. This 10 board match ended in a score of 13 - 7 in favor of Team Bengaluru - ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು. The match started on January 13th 2015 and ended on April 18th 2015. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in six today. In addition I have added a game to the post C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 d6.

Game number two. The game below was played in a team match called OCD v USCF (1500+). This match is played between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and U.S. Chess Federation on 58 boards. I am playing on board 23 for OCD. The current score in the match is 42 - 57 in favor of the U.S. Chess Federation. The game below had some really bad moves played in it, I think I had four ?? moves according to this analysis and my opponent had three ?? moves but I still won as he did the last mistake.

14 May 2015

D40 Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense

D40 Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense

The game below was played in the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. My opponent in this game was for some reason quite tough to play against and I have lost both of my games against him. This was a tournament that started with 21 players on August 16th 2014 and they were divided into four groups of four and one group of five players. From each of those groups the winner advanced to second round and as all the groups were won by a single player, the group on the second round consisted of five players. In that second round I finished in fourth place, had I won either of the two games in this tournament against stardogon, I would have finished second in this tournament. Well, even that would not have mattered though as only the winners get some sort recognition at Red Hot Pawn. This is because all the tournament victories are listed in your public profile there in case you have any that is. I have not won a single tournament there yet but maybe some time in the future. I also hit my all time highest rating there, 1922, on May 12th 2015. It was actually only a brief visit there as on the same day one game ended that brought me farther away from my peak again. I am also currently only 13 moves away from hitting 10000 moves there! It is nothing compared to the most active players there but to me it is a nice start. I have added two mate in twos, one mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in five today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: A45 Indian Game: General, C45 Scotch Game: General and B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Short Variation.

13 May 2015

A62 Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation

A62 Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation

Game I share with you today was played in a thematic team match between Let's Play Benoni and Himgouree's club. This is a small match as it is only played on three boards. I am playing the last game of the match on board 3 for Himgouree's club. Before that game ends we lead the match 1 - 4 as we are the away team. It is also enough points for our team that we have won the match already but officially it has not been declared yet as one game remains. This match started on January 2nd 2015. Now that I look at this game again, it is mysterious to me why I played 21...Nec4?? because I should been able to see the fork on d3. Maybe this was one of those times where I have just made some move because I had to make certain amount of moves in a hurry in order not to lose on time. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in five today.

12 May 2015

C00 French Defense: Advance Variation. Steinitz Variation

C00 French Defense: Advance Variation. Steinitz Variation

It is time once again to go through games of mine from Red Hot Pawn and this is from the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. This was suppused to be a tournament where there are four players in each group, however, as the number of players and and the amount of groups were undividable by four, so there was one group on round one that had five players and the final group also consisted of five players. In both rounds I was in a group of five people, so I played two games more than anyone else in the tournament. That was because only the group winner from each round advanced to the second round and this time also the final round. This game was pretty much over after my opponent blundered with the move 7...Nge2?? but still the game continued almost 30 more moves. Admittedly when playing against me anything can happen, so resigning too early might be a mistake. By this I mean that I might not take full advantage of my position and give some counterplay for my opponents some time that might compensate for the lost piece. I am always trying to make as good moves as possible but as a mere human, I can't do that all the time. I have added three mate in ones, one mate in six and one mate in seven puzzle today. In addition, I have added one more analysed game to these two posts: A56 Benoni Defense: Modern Variation and C00 French Defense: Knight Variation.

11 May 2015

B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line

B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line

Another win made possible by the fact that my opponent lost on time. If joysaha had not lost on time, I could have been in a lot of trouble since Black is better in the final position. My pieces do not have all that many good squares to go to while Black can play with his pieces more freely. The game below was played in a team match called A new Era. It was played between In Service of The Master and Himgouree's club. I played on board one for Himgouree's club in this match. The final result in the match was 6 - 2 in favor of In Service of The Master, so we lost this four board match quite clearly. The way I have played at Chess.com recently, it will be unlikely that I would break my peak rating in Online Chess anytime soon, maybe never. My highest rating there, 1974, I achieved January 15th 2009. Since then I have not been even close to breaking that. I was over 1900 briefly this year but now my rating has stayed between 1820 and 1860 for quite some time now. The reason why it does not seem to take any huge plummets or skyrocket to new hights might be because the opponents I have faced recently are quite a bit higher rated than when I was able to get my rating over 1900 last time. There might be other peak ratings there that I am unable at this time to break, for example, my tactics trainer rating which peaked at 2165 February 21st 2012 is something I may not be able to break at all. My current rating at the tactics trainer is 1705 and getting it higher has seemed to be a task that I am not able to do well. I guess a lot more training in that area is required... I have added one mate in two, one mate in three, one mate in five and two mate in six puzzles today. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. The game below was played in a team match called I Tournament of Slavic Teams: Round 2. It is played on 44 boards between Kopaonik and CzechoSlovakia * ČeskoSlovensko. I am playing on board 14 for Kopaonik. The match is already decided because the current score is 59 - 25 in favor of Kopaonik, so we will win this match. This match started on March 2nd 2015. Like most team matches played in Chess.com, the thinking time in this one is 3 days per move. The game below was decided when my opponent blundered a piece by playing 12...Na5??. After I won the piece the game was quite easy to convert into a win. That being said, I did not play at all that accurately and there was time when I shuffled pieces back and forth. This game was added July 4h 2015.

Third game. This was played in a team match that is titled ITS A KNOCKOUT Quarter Finals: LEGION vs Obsessive Chess Disorder!! I played on board 18 for OCD in this 20 board match. I won both of my games against noresign, so this time I was able to help the team quite well. The current score 5.5 - 19.5 is in favor of OCD which means we are only a point away from the win! Apart from the disappointment on board 9 which came due to the cheater badge next to our player, the match has gone pretty much as expected because in almost every board our player is higher rated than our opponent.

10 May 2015

D12 Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense

D12 Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense

The game below was played at Red Hot Pawn in the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. As you may notice in the notation, both players are out of the rating range of this tournament, this is partly due to the fact that the ratings that are shown below are not the ones that these players had when this game was played. The ratings are from the time I took the pgn for this game from Red Hot Pawn. It might be better if the rating there would be the one after the game but I guess that is one of the things that nobody wanted to change in the site update that they did awhile back. I think I do like their update on the most part and I do not have any real complaints about it. The one thing that annoyed me in the older version, they fixed, so I am happy about it. This was a tournament in which I finished fourth due to badly played second round that actually determined my final position in the standings. Red Hot Pawn is still the only site where I keep breaking my peak ratings every now and then and the new peak rating I have there now is 1917, which I got May 8th 2015. It might very well start a sligth downward spiral in the nearish future but I may be able to keep my rating over 1900 and that is my goal there, I do not want to drop below it anymore. I have added one mate in one, three mate in threes and one mate in four today. I have also added one new game to the following posts: E16 Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation, C45 Scotch Game: General, A45 Indian Game: General and B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation.

Game number two. The game below is from the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament that is still in progress at a site called Red Hot Pawn. This game had a surprising end to me at least. My opponent resigned in a position that seems equal to me. Actually this game only featured only small inaccuracies by both players. I have so far gathered 4 wins 1 draw and 3 losses with the black pieces and 5 wins and 3 losses with the white pieces. The 9 wins and 1 draw mean that I have gathered 28 points so far. My opponent won 2 games, one with both colors and played one draw, all other games I assume he or she resigned for some reason and therefore only gathered 7 points in the 28 games that atomicpatzer played on this first round.

9 May 2015

C44 Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit

C44 Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit

This post comes again a bit later in the day, this time due to the fact that I played in a over the board rapid chess tournament today. Even though I play close chess rarely these days or even games that I can finish in one sitting, I was able to play quite a decent tournament and got my rating up a few points. Also in preparation for today as I knew that most of this day would be off computer, I added some games yesterday after I had published the main post. I am glad that I did that because I would be maybe running out of time otherwise. The game below was played in a team match called Zeka Oyunları. It was played between Marmara University Chess Club and ANTI NAZI LEAGUE. I played on board 2 for ANTI NAZI LEAGUE in this match and we won this six board match 6,5 - 5,5. It took only move bad move from me to change the advantage from me to my opponent and once he got it, he never let go of it. I have added three mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in four today. Yesterday evening I added one more analysed game to the following posts: C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation, B01 Scandinavian Defense: Mieses-Kotroc Variation, E11 Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation and E10 Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian.

Game number two. This was played in the fifth and final round of TaSK's 80 year celebration tournament. Despite losing this final game, I could still be happy with my performance in this tournament because it was enough to increase my rating over 1400 for the first time. My rating after the tournament was 1403. I lost my first round game, then I won two games in a row and the last two games I lost. All of my opponents were higher rated than me at the time.

Game number three. This is probably the fastest loss I have suffered in this line. When I have played in these over the board tournaments, I have had very bad results against younger opponents and this game continued the same pattern. This was played on the 4th round of the weekend tournament that was played at Turku in December, 2007. This was my second loss of the tournament and also the last over the board loss I suffered in 2007. This was made possible by the fact that I only played one over the board game later that year and that one I was able to draw. On the first round I suffered a loss against a player who was rated 1631, then on the next two rounds I was able to win my games against players who were rated 1514 and 1307. The game below could have ended in under ten moves, but for some reason I wanted to continue the suffering until move 14 when I saw the forced mate. Not much else to say about this game except that I should have played 4...Bb4+, 4...Nf6 or even 4...Bc5 instead of the horrible move 4...Qf6.

8 May 2015

D16 Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation

D16 Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation

This was played in the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. In this second round I only won three games and lost five. That unfavorable result meant that I finished in fourth place in this five player group that decided the winner of the tournament. Timeout in these games was 3 days and there was a timebank of 7 days. After a momentary drop in my rating due to a draw I played against a lower rated player, I have managed to get my rating again close its peak at Red Hot Pawn as I am now one point away from the peak. If I would be able to get my rating to 2000 or above there, I should admit to myself that I have improved my basic playing strength to some extent at least. My lowest rating in a years time is 1695 which means that I have been doing quite well for the most part there. I have also finished a lot more games there since August 2014 than in the previous ten years before that. Lately I have been cutting down the amount of games I play there and I only have about half of the games left since my most active times there. I might reactivate myself on the site but at the moment I need to get a bit of a break from correspondence chess and organise my time better with all the things I need to do. I have added four mate in fours and one mate in seven puzzle today.

7 May 2015

E62 King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Delayed Fianchetto

E62 King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Delayed Fianchetto

The game that I will share with you now is from a team match called Romeo and Juliet Want to Play king's indian defense fianchetto variation !! It is an ongoing match between Romeo and Juliet and ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments. I am playing on board 17 in this match for ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments. This is played on 72 boards and the current score is 68,5 - 73,5 in favor of ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments which means that we have secured the win and the remaining games only serve as a determining factor for the final result. As this was a thematic match, the game started in a position where the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 had already been played. As you may see in the game notation, the game could have gone to a different variation if I had played one of the three possibilities on my seventh move, 7...Bf5, 7...Qa5 or 7...Qb6. I have had quite bad results in my latest games at Chess.com, out of the last ten games I have lost six, played one draw and won only three games. Four of those losses were against higher rated players so maybe the results have not been as bad as I initially thought. Then again if I compare my results from Red Hot Pawn, the story is completely different. I have finished 21 games there since my last loss... Out of those 21 games I have won 19 and played 2 draws. The huge difference in the results can be explained by looking at the average rating of my opponents from both of these sites, at Chess.com it is 1769 and at Red Hot Pawn it is only 1534 in about the same time frame of three months. I have added three mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in five today. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

6 May 2015

D44 Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit

D44 Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit

I think I will cover games from Chess.com and Red Hot Pawn on alternating days from now on as long as there are games to cover from those sites. So today I look at games from Red Hot Pawn and tomorrow games from Chess.com and so on. The end in this game is mysterious to me as I am not sure what happened in my brain when I played 22.Bc4 instead of just taking back the rook. Admittedly I would have been lost either way but had I taken the rook, I might have been able to struggle on for a bit longer. This was played in the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. In the first round of this tournament I was able to advance to this second round fairly easily but the second round I was lost almost every game. I ended up being fourth in the final group that consisted of five players. My opponent in this game, chessicle, won the second round and at the same time the whole tournament by winning all his games on the second round. From the 14 games he played in this tournament he was able to win 12, draw 1 and lose 1. In comparison I played 16 games, won 9 of them, drew 2 and lost 5 games. The difference in the total games played comes from the fact that I played on the first round in a group that had five players, while chessicle played in a group with 4 players. I have added two other games from Red Hot Pawn today aswell and they can be found in the following two posts: C50 Italian Game: Italian Variation and C20 King Pawn Game: General. I have also added three mate in ones, one mate in two and one mate in six today.

5 May 2015

C00 Rat Defense: Small Center Defense

C00 Rat Defense: Small Center Defense

This is from a team match called Welcome Match and it is played between Lutheran Chess Players and Life Is Chess. The match is played on six boards and I am playing on board 4 for Life Is Chess. As the current score in the match is 9,5 - 1,5 in favor of Lutheran Chess Players, they have already secured the win and only one game remains in the match and it is my other game against VincentUSA. Six of our losses came from timeouts, so those were unfortunately the deciding factor in the outcome. No matter what happens in my last game, I have already gathered more points for our team than five other players on their boards which is quite sad.

The game below is my 600th analysed chess game that I have published in this blog!! It is nice to celebrate this milestone with a win but had it been one of the other two possible results, I would have still posted it now. I am happy of the fact that I saw that I can reroute my knight from the queenside to the kingside attack without allowing my opponent all that much counterplay and I had seen the knight sacrifice on h6 before I started maneuvering the knight. Well, it was not a real sacrifice I guess because the knight can't be taken without being mated. I have added one mate in one and four mate in twos today. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

4 May 2015

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: General

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: General

This game was played in the round one of the Team Match Champions League Division B. The teams that are playing against each other in this match are Fair tournament players and Team Dalmatia. I am playing on board 29 for Fair tournament players. This match is played on 109 boards, so it is quite a big match. The current score in the match is 113 - 98 in favor of Fair tournament players so we have secured the win already and the fact that I have not been able to help the team by winning a game does not luckily matter that much as other members of the team have performed well in their games. I have one opportunity to even the score a bit as my other game against igor1979 is still in progress. Only time will tell if I am able to redeem myself or do I just fall flat on my face with another loss. I have added one mate in two, two mate in threes, one mate in four and one mate in five. I have also added two other games from Chess.com today and they can be found in the following two posts: C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation and D15 Slav Defense: Three Knights Variation. In the latter one I get outplayed by a player who is rated over 2300.

3 May 2015

E01 Catalan Opening: Closed Variation

E01 Catalan Opening: Closed Variation

This is my latest game from GameKnot. The result might a bit wierd if you look into the position where the game ended as White is clearly better there but it was my opponent who offered the draw. In my younger days I might have tried to play on even though I would see that I am on the worse side of things. Maybe as I have gotten older, I have also become a bit wiser and would not try to win if there is no real possibility for it anymore. This was played at GameKnot in a tournament called tedjj's mini-tournament XLIII. I have currently two of these mini-tournaments in progress and one is going well and the other one is going quite badly. The mini-tournament that goes badly is where this game was played. I am currently in ninth place in this 11 player tournament and unless I can win my remaining games, I might very well end up residing far, far away from the top positions. I have added two more games from Red Hot Pawn and they can be found in the post B01 Scandinavian Defense: Mieses-Kotroc Variation. After I posted them I switched my attention to GameKnot and prior posting this game, I shared two other games from there and they can be found in these two posts: D03 Queen Pawn Game: Torre Attack and C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense. I have also added three puzzles to mate in twos and two puzzles to mate in threes. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This game was played on the 5th round of the weekend tournament that was held at Turku between November 30th and December 2nd, 2007. Before this final round game I had won 2 games and lost 2 and this game determined if my tournament result was ok or slightly on the negative side. Had I won this game, this would have been an ok tournament, but because I drew, this was slightly bad result. Well, it was much better than if I had lost, but I can never be really happy with a draw. That being said, in the recent years I have certainly become more appreciative to some draws than I would have been in my younger days. This tournament was not a huge disaster, my rating only dropped 12 points, but for someone who played his second tournament after the break from chess that lasted several months because of the really bad results in the tournaments during the previous year, this was not really a confidence booster. At least the first tournament after the break had gone well enough that I ended the year 2007 with a slightly higher rating than what it was at the start of the year.

Both players had their chances to win this game and the first real opportunity for the win becomes a reality for my opponent after I played the horrible 29.Kg1. I clearly was not tactically aware in this game and I do not think that I am all that much better at tactics these days either. Luckily for me, my opponent does not take advantage of his golden opportunity and instead blunders with 29...Bxc5. That move equalizes the position again. Actually, maybe he saw the tactical idea, but executed it poorly because on his next move he played Nxb4, which is now a huge blunder while it would have been a great move, had he played it one move earlier. After 31.Qxb4 I am a piece up for a pawn and I should be winning, but I was not able to use my material advantage to secure the win. Admittedly there were technical difficulties in converting that advantage to win and I just was not up to the task back then. I could have even lost this game because of the move 54.Qd8, but again I am spared for the loss when my opponent does not find the most accurate reply to my blunder.

2 May 2015

E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense: General

E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense: General

In the game below I faced yet again one of the most active players at Red Hot Pawn, Marko Krale. He has currently made 1 065 753 moves which is second highest among all Red Hot Pawn players. ZorroTheFox ha currently most moves played there 1 097 114. ZorroTheFox has over 30 000 moves more than Marko Krale but interestingly Marko Krale has played a lot more games. The amount of games played by both players is insane, ZorroTheFox 29 352 games and Marko Krale has played 32 057 games. If these were just bullet or blitz games, it would not be that much but as these are correspondence chess games, I have not honestly seen that many games played by anyone. I am also quite sure that there is no way that I could ever reach those numbers with the way I have played these games. If there ever comes a time when I would stop caring about my rating and just moved as many times as I could per day, then maybe I could reach that sometime but even still that would be a lot of work. I currently have 255 games played and I have only made 9847 moves at Red Hot Pawn. This game was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II. This is one of the rare tournaments that I have a chance of winning and there is only one player who can take the win out of my grasp, caissad4. Well, I have other games left to play than against him but I think the result of those two games will most likely decide the winner of the tournament. Today I have added four mate in twos and one mate in three puzzle. In addition I have added one more game to these two posts: C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense and C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation.

Game number two. This one was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III at Red Hot Pawn. I have still four games left out of the 40 games that started August 11th 2014 and at this point my only goal is to improve my rating a bit, since the win of the tournament has slipped from my grasp a long time ago. No matter what happens in the remaining games in the tournament, I will be fourth in the final standings. Even though both sides made mistakes in this game, I was never in a real danger of losing but draw was a possibility at some points during the game.

Game number three. The game below was played in a team match called Stairway to heaven. It is played between Hammer Of The Gods and Mermaids and Pirates Playing Chess For The Fun Of It. I am playing on board 4 in this match for Hammer Of The Gods. The score in this 13 board match is currently 13,5 - 11,5 in favor of Hammer Of The Gods. This means that we have secured the win before my last game which is also the last game in the match ends. This match started on December 15th 2014. This game was added to this post May 23rd 2015.

Game number four. The game below was played in a team match called Friendly match and it was played between Himgouree's club and DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. It was played on five boards and I played on board 1 for Himgouree's club. I won both my games against hsparihar9 and we ended up drawing the match with a score of 5 - 5.

Game number five. The game below is the third game I have finished in the tournament called EXPECT NO MERCY - NAZARETH TOUR!!! When I saw the name of the tournament, I had to join because my handle at Chess.com is expectnomercy and also because I am a big fan of the band Nazareth. My handle is actually a reference to a song called Expect No Mercy by Nazareth. While this is the third game I have finished in Group 7, this is the first proper game of those three, becasue the first two were short timeout wins. I am currently on third place with 3 points. JoBer74 is on second place with 3.5 points, but he has only one game left to play which is against me. The group consists of five players out of which only one has finished all of his or her games. Out of the four remaining players only one has lost his chances to win the group and advance to the next round and that player is JoBer74. This is one of those tournaments were the custom trophies are so that I would prefer being either second or third and not win the tournament. Of course it is far too early to say if I even reach far enough in the tournament that I could even fight for the trophies, but I can dream about it anyway.

The balance shook noticeably for the first time when my opponent played 13.Ng5, after that I am slightly better. On his next move JoBer74 blunders with the move 14.Qf3, which should be the losing move. It was not the losing move, however, because I also blunder in a big way with the move 17...Be7. It is at this point that JoBer74 gets his best chance to win the game. He first replies correctly with 18.Bc4+ but his next move 19.Re3 gives me the winning chances again. That 19th move by JoBer74 turns out to be the losing move of the game as I do not mess up anymore in the remainder of the game and I am able to maintain my advantage to the end.

1 May 2015

D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Greco Variation

D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Greco Variation

The game that I will share with you now, I played against Arayn, who is my most frequently played opponent at Red Hot Pawn. I have now played 10 games against this player but some of those games I have not analysed yet. The game below is from the first round of a tournament called 2014 October Long Haul Split I. You get 21 days for your every move in this tournament and there is no timebank which is probably a good thing, considering the already quite long thinking times. 24 players started this tournament and they were divided into two 12 player groups. I am playing on group 2 which is played quite a lot slower than group 1 which is even already decided, so the winner of that group is already known. In group two, however, there are still seven players that have chances to win the group. The winner or winners of the group will advance to the second round. I am doing quite well so far in the tournament as I have not suffered any loss of points in the first six games. There are still 16 games for me to finish, so it is too early to tell how well I am going to finish the tournament. If I start at some point getting my game load down enough, maybe even these games will speed up a bit. Couple of days ago my game load did increase with about ten games as one of the tournaments that I am playing at went to its second round. I had completely forgotten about that tournament of course since the time between the rounds for me were most likely weeks that may turned into months at some point. Time seems to go so fast for me that it is really hard to keep track of all the things like that at this point. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in eleven. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts C20 King Pawn Game: General and B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Short Variation today.