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25 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (9.Ne5)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (9.Ne5)

This was played on round one of the tournament called Matin päivän turnaus that was held at Espoo between February 25th and February 27th 2005. This was I guess the first time in my chess playing days that I was the highest rated player of the group. It is a place I do not really like because then I usually create too much pressure for myself because I think I have to win every game. When the pressure gets too much to handle, I crumble and can't perform at my usual level anymore. I think I have learned over the years to not put too much pressure on myself and keep my head calm when I play. The first move that the engine does not really like is 7...d5 and it certainly has downsides, but I am likely to play it in the future as well because I feel quite comfortable playing the positions after that.

The reason why 7...d5 is a questionable move is that one should not open the e-file while your own king is in the center and the king of the opponent is safely castled on the kingside. If White plays well, then Black is in some trouble. My opponent in this game, Heikki Luoma, played the correct reply 8.exd5. Had he played 8.e5, I would have been happy because the center remains closed and I would be able to take the game under control with the bishop landing on g4 and try to attack the central pawns. In the game I continued with the obvious 8...Nxd5 and most of the time I have faced the move 9.Re1+, but I have faced the move 9.Ne5 that my opponent played in this game a few times too if my memory serves me right. The moves 9.Re1+ and 9.Bg5 were much better than what Heikki played in the game. Those two moves would have kept my opponent on the clearly better side of the board. The move 9.Ne5 was not as strong and brought the position into balance once again. I took another bad path when I played 11...g6 and allowed my opponent to take the knight on d5 with a check.

I was ahead in development, but behind in material and my position did not look at all good. My king was out in the open, while my opponent's king was safe. The game evened out quickly, however, the game continued with the moves 12.Qxd5+ Be6 and then Heikki traded queens, which is usually a good thing to do when one is ahead in material, but not in this position. The only way to keep the advantage was to play 13.Qf3+. After the queen trade I had enough pressure on the isolated pawn on d4, so that I was able to win it and get material equal once again. Even though the material evened out, I had worse pawn structure, but because I had the more active pieces, the game continued evenly up to the move 32.Kc3.

The game continued with the moves 32...g5 33.Nd4 Bb5 34.Nf3+ Kf4 35.Nd2 Bc6. The game did not continue clearly in favor of my opponent all that long, already with his 36th move f3 Heikki threw the advantage away. The move my opponent should have played was 36.g3+. Heikki did get two more chances for a clear advantage, first of which saw the light of day when I played 45...Bb5.

The correct move in reply would have been 46.Nc5, but my opponent went for the move 46.Ne5. I then made my final mistake of the game and moved my bishop to f1. 47.a4 was my opponent's last chance for a clear advantage, but luckily for me, Heikki moved the knight to f7 and that the game ended in a draw after his 48th move.

Game number two. The game below was played on the second round of a rapid chess tournament that was played at Salo on May 10th, 2008. There is no need to keep a score sheet during these over the board rapid chess tournaments, but I have done so occasionally and this game might be the only time I did so during this tournament. I mainly did it because my opponent was a much higher rated player than me and maybe I could learn something from this game. Actually he still is much higher rated player than me... I played my favorite line in the Spanish, so at least I sort of knew what kind of positions I want to get out of the opening. I was able keep things quite even for the first 13 moves, apart from the moves 7...d5 8.exd5 Nxd5, but then I made the game losing blunder on move 14.

My opponent used his chance to get a winning advantage after 14...Kd8 and the game ended in a few moves to my resignation.

[Event "MatSK"] [Site "?"] [Date "2005.02.25"] [Round "1"] [White "Luoma, Heikki"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1620"] [BlackElo "1730"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "95"] [EventDate "2005.02.25"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) (4... Nd4 5. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Defense: Zaitsev Variation}) 5. c3 Bb6 6. d4 exd4 7. cxd4 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Ne5 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6. White threatens to win material: Ne5xc6} Bd7 $146 (9... Qf6 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 O-O 12. Nc4 (12. Re1 Rd8 13. Qh5 h6 14. Ba3 Nxe5 15. Rxe5 Be6 {1/2-1/2 (15) Bobotsov,M-Tringov,G Sofia 1963}) 12... Rd8 13. Nxb6 axb6 14. Qh5 (14. Qe2 Be6 15. Be3 Ra3 16. Rfd1 Ne7 17. Bc1 Ra5 18. Bd3 Nd5 19. Qd2 Bf5 20. Qc2 Bxd3 21. Rxd3 Re8 22. Qd1 Qf5 23. h3 Qe4 24. Qf1 Qe2 25. Qxe2 Rxe2 26. Bd2 Ra3 27. Kf1 Re8 28. g3 b5 { Bhend,E-Canal,E Venice 1953 0-1 (79)}) 14... Ra5 15. a4 Be6 16. Qg5 Ne7 17. Qg3 Rda8 18. Qxc7 h6 19. Bd2 Bd5 20. Rfe1 Ng6 21. c4 Rxb5 22. cxb5 Nh4 23. Qe5 Nf3+ 24. gxf3 {Kopetzky,K-Canal,E Vienna 1952 0-1 (32)}) (9... O-O 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Bxc6 Rb8 12. Qa4 Qd6 13. Be3 Ne7 14. Bf3 Nf5 15. Rd1 Bd7 16. Qa3 Rfe8 17. Qxd6 cxd6 18. Na3 Nxe3 19. fxe3 Rxe3 20. Nc4 Re6 21. Nxb6 Rxb6 22. Rac1 Re8 23. Rc7 Be6 24. b3 {Nedeljkovic,A-Bogoljubow,E Belgrade 1952 1/2-1/2 (54)}) (9... O-O 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Bxc6 $11) 10. Nxf7 $14 {White forks: d8+h8. Decoy: f4} Kxf7 11. Qh5+ g6 (11... Kf8 12. Qxd5 Be8 13. Qf3+ Qf6 14. Qa3+ Qe7 15. Qxe7+ Nxe7 16. Be2 $14) 12. Qxd5+ Be6 13. Qxd8 (13. Qf3+ $142 Kg7 14. Bxc6 bxc6 15. Qxc6 $16) 13... Raxd8 14. Bxc6 bxc6 {Black has the pair of bishops} 15. Be3 Bxd4 16. Bxd4 {White forks: h8+a7} Rxd4 17. Nc3 Rhd8 (17... Rb8 18. b3 $11) 18. b3 { Covers c4} R8d7 19. Rfd1 Rxd1+ 20. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 21. Nxd1 {A minor pieces endgame occured} Ke7 22. Kf1 Kd6 23. Ke2 Kc5 24. Kd2 Kb4 25. Kc1 c5 26. Kb2 c4 27. a3+ Kc5 28. b4+ Kd4 29. Kc2 Bd7 30. Nc3 a6 {Consolidates b5} 31. Ne2+ Ke5 32. Kc3 g5 (32... c5 $142 $5 $11 {should be examined more closely}) 33. Nd4 $16 Bb5 34. Nf3+ Kf4 35. Nd2 Bc6 36. f3 (36. g3+ $142 Kg4 37. Nxc4 $16) 36... Ke3 $11 37. Nxc4+ Kf2 {Black threatens to win material: Kf2xg2} 38. Ne5 {White threatens to win material: Ne5xc6} Be8 39. g4 {White has a new backward pawn: f3} Kg2 { Black threatens to win material: Kg2xh2} 40. Kd4 Kxh2 41. Ke3 Kg3 42. Nd3 h5 43. gxh5 Bxh5 {Exerts pressure on the isolated pawn} 44. Ne5 Be8 45. Nd3 Bb5 ( 45... Bh5 46. f4 g4 47. f5 $11) 46. Ne5 Bf1 (46... Be8 47. Ke4 $11) 47. Nf7 { White threatens to win material: Nf7xg5} (47. a4 $142 $5 $16) 47... Kh4 $14 48. Kf2 1/2-1/2 [Event "Salon nopean shakin turnaus"] [Site "?"] [Date "2008.05.10"] [Round "2"] [White "Rehn, Ralf"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "2144"] [BlackElo "1675"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "37"] [EventDate "2008.03.06"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) (4... Nd4 5. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Defense: Zaitsev Variation}) 5. c3 Bb6 6. d4 exd4 7. cxd4 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Ne5 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} Qd6 10. Nc4 {White threatens to win material: Nc4xd6} (10. Nc3 O-O 11. Nc4 Qd8 12. Ne3 Nf6 13. d5 Ne5 14. Be2 a6 15. b3 Re8 16. h3 Ba7 17. a4 Ng6 18. Nc4 Ne4 19. Nxe4 Rxe4 20. Be3 Bxe3 21. Nxe3 Qg5 22. Qc2 Re7 23. Bg4 Nf4 24. h4 Qh6 {Daulyte,D (2307) -Martinez de Negri,M (1945) Puerto Madryn 2009 1-0}) (10. b3 O-O 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. Ba3 c5 13. Nd2 Nc3 14. Qe1 Qxd4 15. Ndf3 Qf4 16. Qxc3 Be6 17. Bxc5 Rfd8 18. Rad1 Bd5 19. Bxb6 cxb6 20. Rd4 Qf5 21. Rfd1 f6 22. Nc6 {1-0 (22) Gil Sierra,J (2041)-Soto Martin,P (1740) Madrid 2013}) 10... Qf6 $146 {The pressure on the isolated pawn grows. Black threatens to win material: Qf6xd4} (10... Qb4 11. Qe2+ Be6 12. Bd2 (12. Nc3 O-O 13. Nxb6 axb6 14. Nxd5 Bxd5 15. Be3 Nxd4 16. Bxd4 Qxd4 17. Rfd1 Qe4 18. Qxe4 Bxe4 19. f3 Bc6 20. Bxc6 bxc6 21. Rd7 Rac8 22. Re1 Rfd8 23. Rde7 Kf8 24. R1e2 Re8 25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Rc2 Re6 {Carretero Ajo, J-Hernandez Romero,J Valladolid 1979 1/2-1/2 (59)}) 12... Qe7 13. Nxb6 axb6 14. Nc3 O-O 15. Nxd5 Bxd5 16. Qxe7 Nxe7 17. Bb4 c5 18. dxc5 Nc6 19. Bxc6 bxc6 20. cxb6 Rfb8 21. Bc5 Bxa2 22. Rfd1 h6 23. Rd7 Be6 24. Rda7 Rxa7 25. bxa7 { Kyriakides,S-Bastian,A Luzern 1982 1-0}) 11. Nc3 {White threatens to win material: Nc3xd5} Be6 12. Nxb6 cxb6 (12... Nxb6 13. Be3 O-O 14. d5 $14) 13. Nxd5 Bxd5 {White has the pair of bishops} 14. Re1+ Kd8 $4 (14... Be6 $142 $11 { saving the game}) 15. Qh5 $18 Ne7 (15... Bf3 {is still a small chance} 16. gxf3 Qg6+ 17. Qxg6 hxg6 $18) 16. Rxe7 (16. Bg5 Bc6 17. Rxe7 Kxe7 18. Bxf6+ gxf6 19. Re1+ Kd6 20. Bxc6 bxc6 21. Qxf7 Rae8 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Qxe8 Kd5 24. Qd7+ Kc4 25. a4 a6 26. Qxc6+ Kxd4 27. Qxb6+ Ke5 28. Qxa6 h6 29. a5 f5 30. Qxh6 f4 31. a6 f3 32. a7 Kd4 33. a8=Q Kc4 34. Qhc6+ Kd3 35. Qc3+ Ke2 36. Qaxf3#) 16... Qxe7 17. Qxd5+ Kc7 (17... Kc8 {does not save the day} 18. Bf4 a6 19. Rc1+ Qc7 20. Rxc7+ Kb8 21. Qxb7#) 18. Bf4+ Kc8 19. Rc1+ (19. Rc1+ Qc7 20. Rxc7+ Kb8 21. Qxb7#) 1-0

22 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.c3)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.c3)

There has been a lot of posts about the Spanish Game also known as Ruy Lopez lately and there will be a few more still to go before the posts start to go away from the Spanish. The game below is from the first round of a tournament that was played at Turku over 13 years ago. I started the tournament with a win against a lower rated opponent. I would normally like to play against higher rated opponents, but of course I can't choose my opponents in tournaments. I had some problems in the early part of this game, but I survived from the difficulties and I was able to turn the game around again. My 5th move 5...d5 was perhaps already a step in a bad direction, but my 6th move dxe4 was a horrible blunder and I should have castled instead.

6...dxe4 was a move I played because I wanted to keep material even, but I completely missed the reply 7.Nxf7! Not only did I lose the pawn anyway but I also lost the right to castle. After the game continuation 7...Kxf7 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qxc5 I was down a pawn and my king was in some trouble. The only thing going for me was the fact that I was ahead in development. With my 9th move I continued my development with Be6, but that was not a good decision and after that I was in a losing position. Moves like 9...Re8 and 9...a6 were better choices for me. At this point in the game it seemed that I was going to lose to a player who was lower rated than me by almost 400 points. I was in serious trouble, but with the move 10.b4 my opponent threw some of the advantage away, a stronger move was 10.Qe3. It was with the move 12.Bxc6 though that my opponent's advantage almost disappeared.

Even though my opponent was still up a pawn in material, the fact that he had not developed the queenside pieces gave me counterplay for the material. A couple of moves later moving only the queen placed my opponent already on the worse side of the board. Admittedly my opponent should have moved the queen on move 15, but he chose the wrong square to go to. In the game Seppo played 15.Qe5, which is a dangerous square for the queen. Even though centralizing the queen is usually a good idea, it was a horrible one in this particular position. The move I should have played in response was 15...Rae8, but I played the sloppy 15...Bd5 instead, which was only good enough for a slight advantage, whereas 15...Rae8 would have given me an advantage that was close to winning.

At this point in the game my opponent should have finally developed a piece by playing 16.Bf4 because that would have also increased pressure towards the pawn on c7. The move my opponent chose was 16.a4, which was the game losing time waster of a move. I replied with the move 17...Rae8, which was my first step towards victory. The game continued up to the move 38...Qb2, but I never let go of my winning advantage and in a position where I had an extra rook, my opponent resigned.

[Event "TSY"] [Site "?"] [Date "2004.04.23"] [Round "1"] [White "Laine, Seppo"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1313"] [BlackElo "1706"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "76"] [EventDate "2004.04.23"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) (4... Nd4 5. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Defense: Zaitsev Variation}) 5. c3 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} d5 6. Nxe5 dxe4 7. Nxf7 Kxf7 8. Qh5+ g6 9. Qxc5 Be6 10. b4 $146 (10. Qe3 Bf5 11. f3 exf3 12. Rxf3 a6 13. Bc4+ Kg7 14. d4 b5 15. Qh6+ Kf6 16. Bg5# { 1-0 (16) Kawaler,A (1610)-Guzik,T (1284) Szczyrk 2014}) (10. Qe3 Qd5 11. Na3 Nf5 $18) 10... Rf8 (10... Re8 11. Re1 Qd5 12. Na3 $16) 11. Qe3 Qd5 12. Bxc6 ( 12. c4 $5 Qd3 13. Nc3 Bxc4 14. Bxc4+ Qxc4 15. Nxe4 $16) 12... Qxc6 $14 13. d4 ( 13. Na3 Nf5 14. Qf4 Kg8 $11) 13... Nf5 {Black threatens to win material: Nf5xe3 } 14. Qf4 Kg8 {Black king safety improved} 15. Qe5 (15. Qg5 a5 $11) 15... Bd5 ( 15... e3 $142 16. Bxe3 Bd5 $17) 16. a4 $4 (16. Bf4 $142 $15 {the rescuing straw }) 16... Rae8 $19 17. b5 Qd7 (17... Rxe5 {is a bad alternative} 18. bxc6 Re6 19. cxb7 $16) 18. Qf4 Nxd4 19. Qh6 (19. cxd4 {praying for a miracle} Rxf4 20. Bxf4 $19) 19... Nc2 (19... e3 20. Qh4 Ne2+ 21. Kh1 Re4 22. Qh6 Rg4 23. f3 Rxf3 24. Rxf3 Bxf3 25. Qf8+ Kxf8 26. Ba3+ Kg8 27. h3 Qd1+ 28. Kh2 Rxg2#) 20. Be3 $19 Nxa1 21. Nd2 (21. Rc1 {is no salvation} Rf5 $19) 21... Nc2 22. Bxa7 (22. Rc1 { there is nothing else anyway} Nxe3 23. Qxe3 $19) 22... b6 23. c4 Bxc4 (23... e3 24. f3 Bxc4 25. Nxc4 Qd4 26. Nxe3 Nxe3 27. Bxb6 cxb6 28. Kh1 Nxf1 29. Qc1 Qh4 30. Qxf1 Re1 31. g3 Rxf1+ 32. Kg2 Qg5 33. Kxf1 Qd2 34. h3 Re8 35. f4 Re1#) 24. Nxc4 Qd4 (24... Qd3 25. Ne3 Nxe3 26. Qxe3 Qxe3 27. fxe3 Rxf1+ 28. Kxf1 Ra8 29. Bb8 Rxb8 30. Kf2 Ra8 31. Kg3 Rxa4 32. Kf4 c6 33. bxc6 Rc4 34. g3 b5 35. Ke5 Rxc6 36. h3 b4 37. Kd5 Rc8 38. Kd6 b3 39. Kd7 Rc2 40. g4 b2 41. Ke6 b1=Q 42. Kd5 Rd2+ 43. Ke5 Qb5+ 44. Kxe4 Qd5+ 45. Kf4 g5+ 46. Kg3 Qg2#) 25. Na5 Qxa4 ( 25... e3 26. Nb3 exf2+ 27. Kh1 Re1 28. Qc1 Qd3 29. Nd2 Rxc1 30. h3 Qg3 31. Rxc1 Ne1 32. Rxe1 fxe1=Q+ 33. Nf1 Rxf1#) 26. Qd2 bxa5 (26... e3 27. Qd5+ Kh8 28. Nb3 e2 29. Nd2 Qf4 30. h3 e1=Q 31. Qd3 Qfxd2 32. Qxd2 Qxd2 33. Bb8 Re1 34. Bxc7 Rxf1+ 35. Kh2 Qxf2 36. Be5+ Kg8 37. Bh8 Kxh8 38. h4 Qxh4#) 27. Qd5+ $19 Rf7 28. Qc6 (28. h3 {no good, but what else?} Nb4 29. Qc4 $19) 28... Rd8 29. Rc1 Nd4 ( 29... e3 30. Bxe3 Nxe3 31. h3 Rd1+ 32. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 33. Kh2 Nf1+ 34. Kg1 Qe1 35. Qa8+ Kg7 36. Qa7 Ng3+ 37. Kh2 Ne2 38. f4 Qg3+ 39. Kh1 Rxf4 40. Qxc7+ Kh6 41. Qc1 Nxc1 42. Kg1 Ne2+ 43. Kh1 Rf1#) 30. Qxe4 $19 Rf4 $1 {Deflection: e2} 31. Qe7 (31. Qxf4 Ne2+ {Mate attack Deflection}) 31... Rdf8 (31... Nc6 $142 { makes it even easier for Black} 32. Qe6+ Rf7 $19) 32. Bxd4 (32. Qe5 {is still a small chance} Qa3 33. Qd5+ R8f7 34. Qd8+ Qf8 35. Qxf8+ Rxf8 36. Ra1 $19) 32... Qxd4 33. Qe6+ Kg7 34. Rxc7+ (34. Qe7+ {hardly improves anything} R8f7 35. Qe3 Qxe3 36. fxe3 Rf1+ 37. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 38. Kxf1 a4 39. g3 a3 40. Ke2 Kf6 41. h3 a2 42. b6 cxb6 43. h4 a1=Q 44. Kd3 Ke5 45. g4 Qb2 46. h5 Qb3+ 47. Ke2 Ke4 48. Kf2 Qd1 49. g5 Qf3+ 50. Kg1 Qg3+ 51. Kf1 Kxe3 52. h6 Qf2#) 34... R8f7 (34... Kh8 35. h3 Rxf2 36. Qg4 Rxg2+ 37. Kxg2 Qf2+ 38. Kh1 Qf1+ 39. Kh2 Rf2+ 40. Kg3 Rg2+ 41. Kh4 Qf6+ 42. Qg5 Qxg5#) 35. Rxf7+ Rxf7 36. Qe1 (36. h4 {is not much help} Qxf2+ 37. Kh2 Qxh4+ 38. Kg1 Re7 39. Qh3 Qxh3 40. gxh3 a4 41. Kf2 a3 42. h4 a2 43. h5 a1=Q 44. b6 Qe1+ 45. Kg2 Re2+ 46. Kh3 Qf1+ 47. Kh4 Qf4+ 48. Kh3 Rh2#) 36... a4 37. h3 (37. Qe2 {does not win a prize} Qa1+ 38. Qf1 Qxf1+ 39. Kxf1 a3 40. f3 a2 41. Kf2 a1=Q 42. h4 Qe5 43. h5 Rd7 44. h6+ Kxh6 45. f4 Qxf4+ 46. Ke1 Qe3+ 47. Kf1 Rd1#) 37... a3 38. Qe2 (38. b6 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} a2 39. Kh2 a1=Q 40. Qxa1 Qxa1 41. b7 Rxb7 42. g4 Rb2 43. Kg3 Qe1 44. Kf3 Rxf2+ 45. Kg3 Rf1+ 46. Kg2 Qf2#) 38... Qb2 (38... Qb2 39. Qxb2+ axb2 40. f3 b1=Q+ 41. Kh2 Qe1 42. b6 Qe5+ 43. f4 Qxf4+ 44. Kg1 Re7 45. g3 Qxg3+ 46. Kf1 Re1#) 0-1

21 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5...Bg4)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5...Bg4)

This one was played in the first round of the Roy Lopez Classical Tournament. And yes, the tournament was named liked this and not Ruy Lopez Classical Tournament as one might have thought. This game ended June 8th 2015 and it was also my last game in the tournament because I finished third in my group and only the winner of the group advanced to the next round. This tournament started on September 7th 2014, so it is going to be most likely taking over a year to finish the tournament, especially because not all the games start at the same time. You need to finish your first game against your opponent before you get to play the second game with reversed colors. If my opponent had won or drawn this game, he would have advanced to the second round.

While this was recognized as theory by Deep Fritz 14's classify opening function, this is not a line anyone should play. Up to the move 5.c3 it is okay, but the move 5...Bg4 is a horrible blunder that should lose the game. The problem with the move 5...Bg4 is that it does not help to prevent the d-pawn's advance. I could have played 6.d4 and my opponent would have lost a piece no matter how dgrish would have replied. The square d4 was well enough protected despite the pin on my knight and when the bishop is driven away from c5, the pawn's advance d4 to d5 will win a piece if the bishop went to b6 immediately that is.

Even though I had seen similar pawn advances before this game, for some reason I totally missed it at this time and played the silly 6.h3 instead. Luckily for me, I got another chance to play d4 because dgrish blundered a second time in a row and moved the bishop to h5. Had my opponent taken on f3, the position would have been fine for both sides. I did not miss my second chance and played 7.d4. After that the game was completely in my control and I had a winning advantage from this point on to the last move played in the game. My opponent tried to resist the inevitable as best he or she could and had a few moments where I could have gone wrong and end up being mated, but I was able to avoid all the tricks and emerge victorious from this game.

[Event "Roy Lopez Classical Tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "dgrish"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1916"] [BlackElo "1824"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Thematic Game - This is the starting position. Spanish Game: Classical Variation.} 4. O-O d6 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. c3 Bg4 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} 6. h3 Bh5 7. d4 (7. Re1 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bc2 Nf6 10. d3 O-O 11. Nbd2 Rc8 12. Nf1 Re8 13. Ng3 Bg6 14. Be3 Bxe3 15. fxe3 d5 16. exd5 Nxd5 17. e4 Nf4 18. Qd2 Qd6 19. Rad1 b4 20. Ba4 bxc3 21. Qxc3 Nb4 {Fertakis,D (1064)-Tsouchnikas,G (1046) Porto Rio 2016 0-1 (40)}) 7... Bb6 $2 $146 (7... exd4 8. cxd4 Bb4 (8... Bb6 9. d5 a6 10. Ba4 Qd7 11. dxc6 bxc6 12. Nc3 Nf6 13. Nd5 O-O 14. Nxf6+ gxf6 15. Bh6 Rfe8 16. Bc2 Kh8 17. Be3 Rg8 18. Kh2 Rxg2+ 19. Kxg2 Rg8+ 20. Kh2 Bg4 21. Rg1 d5 22. Bxb6 Qd6+ 23. Rg3 {Franssen, M-Tontheon playchess.com INT 2004 0-1}) 9. Bd2 Bxd2 10. Nbxd2 a6 11. Ba4 b5 12. Qc2 Qd7 13. Bb3 Nf6 14. Rfe1 O-O 15. Rac1 Ne7 16. Qxc7 Rfd8 17. e5 dxe5 18. Rxe5 Bxf3 19. Rxe7 Qxc7 20. Rcxc7 Bh5 21. g4 Bg6 22. Nf3 { Schock,K (1363) -Maier,M (1173) Deizisau 2002 1/2-1/2 (61)}) (7... Bxf3 8. Qxf3 exd4 9. e5 Qd7 10. exd6 cxd6 11. Qe4+ Nge7 12. cxd4 d5 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. Qe3 Bd6 15. Nc3 O-O 16. Qf3 Ng6 17. Ne2 Rfe8 18. Nf4 Nxf4 19. Bxf4 Bxf4 20. Qxf4 Re4 21. Qd2 Rae8 22. Rfe1 {Szwajkowska,K (1321)-Godek,M (1373) Solina 2012 1/ 2-1/2 (50)}) (7... Bxf3 $142 8. gxf3 Bb6 $18) 8. d5 a6 9. Ba4 (9. dxc6 $6 { is the less attractive alternative} axb5 10. cxb7 Rb8 $14) 9... Nge7 10. dxc6 bxc6 11. Bg5 (11. Nbd2 {seems even better} O-O $18) 11... f6 12. Bh4 O-O 13. Qd3 Bg6 14. Nbd2 d5 15. Qe2 Kh8 16. Rad1 Qc8 (16... Rb8 17. g4 $18 (17. Qxa6 { is a useless try} Ra8 18. Qe2 Rxa4 $17)) 17. Bc2 (17. Nxe5 {makes it even easier for White} Qe8 18. Nxg6+ Nxg6 $18) 17... Bf7 (17... Qd7 18. c4 $18) 18. Nb3 (18. Nxe5 $142 {secures victory} Be6 19. Nef3 $18) 18... Ng6 19. Bg3 Be6 ( 19... a5 20. Rfe1 $18) 20. Kh2 (20. c4 {might be the shorter path} dxc4 21. Nbd2 c3 22. bxc3 a5 $18) 20... a5 21. a4 Qe8 22. Nbd2 Nf4 (22... Qe7 23. Nh4 Nxh4 24. Bxh4 $18) 23. Bxf4 exf4 24. exd5 (24. Rfe1 {keeps an even firmer grip} Bf7 $18) 24... cxd5 25. Qd3 Qh5 26. Nd4 Bf7 27. N2f3 c5 28. Nb5 g5 29. Ng1 (29. Qd2 $5 {and White can already relax} Rad8 $18) 29... Rad8 30. Qe2 (30. Rfe1 { keeps an even firmer grip} d4 31. Qf3 Qxf3 32. Nxf3 Kg8 $18) 30... Qh6 (30... Qxe2 31. Nxe2 Rfe8 32. Ng1 $18) 31. Bf5 Bh5 (31... Rfe8 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} 32. Qc2 $18) 32. Bg4 (32. Qe6 $142 $5 {and White can already relax } Rb8 33. Nf3 d4 34. cxd4 cxd4 35. Nbxd4 Qg7 $18) 32... Bxg4 33. Qxg4 f5 34. Qe2 Rfe8 35. Qc2 Re5 (35... Qf6 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} 36. Rfe1 Re4 37. Rxe4 dxe4 38. Ne2 $18) 36. Rfe1 Rde8 (36... Rxe1 {what else?} 37. Rxe1 Qf6 $18) 37. Rxe5 Rxe5 38. Nf3 Re4 39. Rxd5 g4 40. Ng1 (40. Rxf5 $142 { makes it even easier for White} g3+ 41. fxg3 fxg3+ 42. Kxg3 Qg6+ 43. Ng5 Qxf5 44. Nxe4 Qe5+ 45. Kg4 Qe6+ 46. Kf3 Qf5+ 47. Ke2 Qg6 $18) 40... c4 (40... g3+ { hardly improves anything} 41. Kh1 c4 42. Nd4 $18) 41. Nd4 g3+ (41... Qg6 { does not win a prize} 42. Rxf5 g3+ 43. Kh1 $18) 42. fxg3 fxg3+ 43. Kh1 Qe3 44. Rxf5 Qe1 (44... Rf4 {doesn't change anything anymore} 45. Rxf4 Qxf4 46. Ngf3 $18) 45. Rf7 (45. Rf1 Qe3 46. Rf8+ Kg7 47. Nf5+ Kxf8 48. Nxe3 Rxe3 49. Qxh7 Re6 $18) 45... Kg8 46. Rf3 h5 (46... Re5 {a last effort to resist the inevitable} 47. b3 Rg5 $18) 47. Nde2 Bxg1 48. Rxg3+ Rg4 49. hxg4 Bf2+ 50. Kh2 Bxg3+ 51. Nxg3 h4 (51... hxg4 {doesn't do any good} 52. Qg6+ Kf8 53. Qxg4 Qe7 54. Qf4+ Kg8 55. Nf5 Qe2 56. Qg4+ Qxg4 57. Nh6+ Kg7 58. Nxg4 Kg6 59. Ne5+ Kf5 60. Nc6 Ke4 61. Nxa5 Kd3 62. g4 Kc2 63. Nxc4 Kb1 64. g5 Ka2 65. g6 Kb3 66. a5 Kxc4 67. a6 Kb3 68. a7 Ka2 69. g7 Ka1 70. a8=Q+ Kb1 71. g8=Q Kc2 72. Qa4+ Kb1 73. Qd1+ Kxb2 74. Qgb3#) 52. Qg6+ Kf8 53. Nf5 (53. Qd6+ Qe7 54. Qxe7+ Kxe7 55. Nf5+ Kf8 56. Kh3 Kf7 57. Kxh4 Ke6 58. Nd4+ Kd5 59. g5 Ke5 60. Kh5 Kd6 61. g6 Ke7 62. Kg5 Ke8 63. g7 Kf7 64. Nf5 Ke6 65. g8=Q+ Kd7 66. Qxc4 Ke8 67. Kf6 Kd7 68. Ne7 Ke8 69. Qc8#) 53... Qe5+ 54. Kh3 (54. Kh3 Qxc3+ 55. Kxh4 Qe1+ 56. Kh5 Qh1+ 57. Nh4 c3 58. bxc3 Ke7 59. g5 Qd1+ 60. g4 Qxa4 61. Nf5+ Kd8 62. Qb6+ Kd7 63. Qb7+ Ke6 64. g6 Ke5 65. Qe7+ Kd5 66. g7 Kc4 67. g8=Q+ Kxc3 68. Qe1+ Kb2 69. Qg7+ Qd4 70. Qxd4+ Kb3 71. Qec3+ Ka2 72. Qb2#) 1-0

20 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.Nc3)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.Nc3)

The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament that was held at Red Hot Pawn. This is still the most successful tournament I have played at the site and I think my next tournament win there if there ever will be a second one, will be far in the future. With the way I play these days, I am not that confident of my abilities to win a game or even a tournament. That being said, my results have been a bit better lately in correspondence chess, though it may be only due to the fact that my opponents have been lower rated on average compared to the time not so long ago when I lost almost every game.

While some inaccurate moves were played before the move 11.c4, it is the 11th move by my opponent that made a real weakness in Diapason's position. Moving the pawn to c4 allowed me to control the square d4 dominantly. The move hardly lost the game, but it made playing the game more difficult for my opponent.

The game went further down the drain for Diapason, when my opponent played 15.d3. After that move the engine thinks that White is quite lost or at least very close to being lost. The strongest reply seems to be 15...Bh5, though I would prefer 15...Qf7 with the idea of increasing the pressure towards White's pinned knight and perhaps winning some material as well.

Diaposon's position quickly fell apart completely, the clearest losing blunder being 17.g3, after which it was crystal clear that I was on my way to win the game, which I was able to do by checkmating my opponent on move 20.

[Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Diapason"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1514"] [BlackElo "1827"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "40"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. Nc3 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} a6 {Black threatens to win material: a6xb5} 6. Bd3 $146 (6. Ba4 Ba7 (6... d6 7. d3 h6 8. Be3 Ba7 9. Bxa7 Rxa7 10. d4 Bd7 11. d5 Na5 12. Bxd7+ Qxd7 13. Nd2 b6 14. f4 c6 15. fxe5 dxe5 16. b4 Nb7 17. Nc4 cxd5 18. exd5 Qc7 19. Qd3 b5 20. Nb2 O-O 21. Rf3 {Apaza,J-Perez,J Cochabamba 2015 0-1 (43)}) 7. d3 O-O 8. Bg5 f6 9. Be3 Kh8 10. Bxa7 Nxa7 11. d4 d6 12. Ne2 Bg4 13. Qd3 b5 14. Bb3 Nac6 15. a3 Na5 16. Ba2 c5 17. b4 c4 18. Qe3 Nac6 19. d5 Nb8 20. h3 Bh5 {Reinup,H (1433)-Stuhr,F (1740) Shrivenham 2016 0-1 (46)}) (6. Bc4 b5 (6... O-O 7. Ng5 Qe8 8. Qh5 h6 9. Nxf7 Rxf7 10. Bxf7+ Qxf7 11. Qxf7+ Kxf7 12. d3 b5 13. Be3 Bd4 14. Nd1 Bb7 15. c3 Bxe3 16. Nxe3 Rf8 17. f3 Kg8 18. Kh1 Ng6 19. Rg1 Nce7 20. h3 Nf4 21. Kh2 {Duriez,A-Stotskaja,E Rimavska Sobota 1992 1-0 (38)}) 7. Bb3 d6 8. Ng5 d5 9. Nxd5 Nxd5 10. Bxd5 Qxg5 11. Bxc6+ Bd7 12. Bxd7+ Kxd7 13. d4 Qg6 14. dxc5+ Ke7 15. Qf3 Qc6 16. Be3 b4 17. Rfd1 a5 18. Rd5 f6 19. Rad1 Rhd8 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 {Pecha,T (2212)-Maracek,I (2103) Slovakia 2013 1-0 (34)}) ( 6. Bxc6 $5 Nxc6 7. Nxe5 Nxe5 8. d4 $14) 6... O-O 7. a3 {Covers b4} d6 8. b4 { White threatens to win material: b4xc5} (8. Bc4 b5 9. Ba2 Bg4 $11) 8... Ba7 $15 9. Nd5 (9. Bc4 b5 10. Ba2 Nd4 11. Nxd4 Bxd4 $15) 9... Be6 (9... Nxd5 10. exd5 Ne7 11. c4 $15) 10. Nxe7+ (10. Bc4 Bxd5 11. Bxd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 Nd4 $11) 10... Qxe7 11. c4 (11. c3 f5 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Bxf5 Rxf5 $11) 11... Nd4 12. Bb2 Bg4 13. Be2 Nxe2+ 14. Qxe2 f5 15. d3 (15. c5 fxe4 16. Qxe4 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Qg5+ 18. Kh1 Qxd2 $15) 15... Qf6 (15... Qf7 16. Rae1 $17) 16. h3 (16. c5 Qg6 $17) 16... Bh5 17. g3 $4 {the position was bad, and this mistake simply hastens the end} ( 17. c5 $142 $19) 17... fxe4 18. dxe4 Bxf3 19. Qd3 (19. Qe1 {is not much help} Bg2 20. Qe2 Bxh3 $19) 19... Qg6 20. Bc1 (20. c5 {desperation} Bxe4 21. Qc4+ d5 22. Qe2 $19) 20... Qxg3# 0-1

19 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.d3)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.d3)

The game below was played at Red Hot Pawn in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II. This tournament is still the only one I have been able to win at the site. The tournament consisted of 21 players and every player faced each other twice, one with both colors. All games started at the same time, so this tournament added my game count by 40 games. I gathered 112 points from those games. I won the tournament with only a 2 point difference to the player who finished second. Player who was 3rd in the final standings gathered 22 points less than me. A couple of small mistakes early on made by Dadnay gave me a clear advantage. The first one coming as early as move six. Dadnay's 6th move c4 was a mistake because it weakens the control of the dark squares, especially the square d4. It also does not help with development, so it was a waste of time.

While the position might be slightly favorable for me after Dadnay's 6th, a draw was still the most likely result. My opponent's position transitioned from bad to worse on move 9 and soon after that collapsed completely to a lost position. Dadnay played 9.g4, a risky pawn advance in a position which my opponent only had only one developed piece on the board.

The game continued with the moves 9...Bf7 10.Nc3 Ne7 and then Dadnay continued the g-pawn's advance, which really would have thrown the game away, had I replied with 11...Bh5, for instance. I played 11...Ng6 instead, which was a decent move, but much weaker than moving the bishop to h5 or castling. Dadnay's next move, Be3, was the final nail in the coffin because I just took the bishop, doubling the pawns on the e-file and won the pawn on g5. I had a solid position and much safer king. I continued my dominance the remainder of the game and my opponent finally decided to resign after I won my third pawn on move 41.

[Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Dadnay"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1390"] [BlackElo "1814"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Bxc6 (4. c3 Bb6 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation}) (4. O-O Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 4... dxc6 5. d3 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 } f6 6. c4 $146 {White has a new backward pawn: d3} (6. Be3 Bd6 (6... Bb6 7. Bxb6 cxb6 8. Nbd2 Bg4 9. O-O Ne7 10. h3 Bh5 11. Qe1 O-O 12. Qe3 Ng6 13. g4 Bxg4 14. hxg4 a5 15. Nc4 b5 16. Ncd2 Qc8 17. Nh2 Nf4 18. Rfe1 Rd8 19. b3 c5 20. a3 a4 21. Reb1 {Conradie,D (997)-Huisamen,B (1034) Bloemfontein 2016 0-1 (35)}) 7. O-O (7. Nc3 c5 8. Nd2 Be6 9. Qh5+ g6 10. Qe2 Qd7 11. a4 Ne7 12. Nc4 Nc6 13. Nb5 Nd4 14. Bxd4 cxd4 15. Nbxd6+ cxd6 16. b3 O-O 17. O-O g5 18. a5 Rac8 19. Qd2 Kh8 20. Qb4 Rfd8 21. Rfe1 d5 {Anton Guijarro,D (2627)-Vahidov,T (2435) Almaty 2016 1-0 (43)}) 7... Bg4 8. Nbd2 Ne7 9. Re1 c5 10. Nf1 Qd7 11. Ng3 h5 12. h3 h4 13. Nf1 Bh5 14. N1h2 g5 15. Qe2 O-O-O 16. Qf1 Rdg8 17. Kh1 Ng6 18. Ng1 g4 19. hxg4 Bxg4 20. Nxg4 Qxg4 {Woehl,E-Saemisch,F Berlin 1920 0-1 (37)}) (6. Nbd2 Ne7 7. Nc4 O-O 8. Be3 Bd6 9. h3 f5 10. exf5 Nxf5 11. Qe2 Qf6 12. Ncd2 Be6 13. Ne4 Qg6 14. Nfg5 Bd5 15. Rg1 h6 16. Nf3 Be6 17. g4 Ne7 18. Nfd2 Nd5 19. O-O-O Nf4 20. Bxf4 exf4 {Valencia,C (1933)-Salazar, A (1581) Florencia 2013 1-0}) (6. O-O Ne7 $11) 6... Bg4 $15 7. h3 {White threatens to win material: h3xg4} Bh5 8. a3 { Prevents intrusion on b4} a5 9. g4 (9. O-O $5 $15) 9... Bf7 $17 10. Nc3 Ne7 ( 10... Qd6 $142 $17) 11. g5 $4 (11. Be3 $5 {is worthy of consideration} Bxe3 12. fxe3 $15) 11... Ng6 (11... Bh5 {and Black can already relax} 12. gxf6 Rf8 13. Bg5 $19) 12. Be3 $2 (12. Na4 $142 $5 Ba7 13. h4 $17) 12... Bxe3 $19 13. fxe3 fxg5 14. Rg1 h6 15. c5 $6 {doesn't do very much to defend the position} (15. h4 gxh4 16. Qe2 Qe7 $19) 15... Qd7 (15... Qe7 {makes it even easier for Black} 16. Qe2 O-O 17. d4 $19) 16. Rg3 (16. h4 g4 17. h5 gxf3 18. hxg6 Be6 $19) 16... O-O 17. d4 (17. Qe2 {is not the saving move} Rad8 $19) 17... Rae8 18. b4 (18. Qc2 { does not solve anything} exd4 19. exd4 Nh4 $19) 18... axb4 19. axb4 exd4 20. Qxd4 (20. Qd3 $19 {doesn't get the cat off the tree}) 20... Be6 (20... Qe7 { might be the shorter path} 21. Nb1 Rd8 22. Qc3 Qxe4 23. Nbd2 $19) 21. O-O-O ( 21. Qxd7 Bxd7 22. Ra4 $19) 21... Qe7 22. Ne5 (22. Qd3 $19 {no good, but what else?}) 22... Nxe5 23. Qxe5 Bb3 (23... Rf2 $142 {finishes off the opponent} 24. Qd4 Qf7 $19) 24. Qxe7 Rxe7 25. Rdg1 Rf2 26. R3g2 Ref7 27. e5 (27. b5 {doesn't improve anything} R2f3 $19) 27... R2f3 (27... R7f3 {seems even better} 28. Rxf2 Rxf2 29. Ne4 Rc2+ 30. Kb1 $19) 28. Rg3 Kf8 (28... Rxg3 {keeps an even firmer grip} 29. Rxg3 Rf2 30. e4 Rc2+ 31. Kb1 $19) 29. Kb2 (29. Ne2 {does not help much} Rf2 30. R1g2 Bd5 31. Rxf2 Rxf2 $19) 29... Be6 30. Ne4 (30. Kc1 {does not improve anything} Bxh3 31. Ne2 Rxg3 32. Rxg3 Bd7 $19) 30... Bxh3 31. Nf6 (31. Kc3 $19 {there is nothing else anyway}) 31... Rxg3 (31... gxf6 $6 {is impossible} 32. Rxf3 g4 33. Rf5 fxe5 34. Rh5 $11) 32. Rxg3 gxf6 33. Rxh3 Kg7 34. exf6+ (34. e6 {the only chance to get some counterplay} Re7 35. Kc3 $19) 34... Rxf6 35. Kc3 Kg6 36. Kd4 Re6 (36... g4 $142 {makes sure everything is clear} 37. Rh2 Kg5 38. e4 $19) 37. e4 h5 38. e5 g4 39. Re3 Kf5 40. Re4 h4 41. b5 cxb5 (41... cxb5 42. Re1 g3 43. c6 bxc6 44. Rf1+ Kg5 45. Ra1 h3 46. Ke4 Kg4 47. Ra8 Rg6 48. Rf8 g2 49. Rf4+ Kg5 50. Rf2 g1=Q 51. Rf5+ Kh4 52. Rf4+ Rg4 53. Kf5 Rxf4+ 54. Kxf4 Qg4+ 55. Ke3 h2 56. e6 h1=Q 57. e7 Qc1+ 58. Kd3 Qgc4#) 0-1

18 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5...Bb6)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5...Bb6)

The first game was played in the 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800 tournament at Red Hot Pawn. The tournament started September 10th, 2014. I was 2nd in the final standings and I was able to gather 31 points in 14 games. Win awarded 3 points and 1 point was given for a draw. This relatively short game featured 4 horrible moves, the first of which was played by me on move 14. I moved my knight to b4, which may not seem so bad at first, but then you see the move 15.a5 and notice the bad placement of pieces and realize that Black loses material by force. If the bishop moves to a7, then 16.Qa4 Qd6 17.Ne4 Bb5 18.Nxd6 Bxa4 19.Rxa4 Nc2 20.Nxb7 Nxe1 21.Nxe1. Other alternative moves are possible, but it would seem there is no way to save Black's position and prevent material loss.

In the game peterh played 15.Nd2 and I could breath more easily. The game continued evenly only for the duration of the moves 15...Bd3 16.Nf3 Bf5. Then peterh blundered with the move 17.Rc1, which did not help my opponent at all because it does not prevent the knight fork, it only changed the square from which it happened. Instead of the move 17.Rc1 that lost the game, peterh should have played 17.a5 or perhaps even 17.Bg5 in order to stay in the game.

Game number two. This is taken from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament. This was my first and so far my only tournament victory at Red Hot Pawn. I won all my 20 games when I controlled the black pieces, when I controlled the white pieces, I won 17 games, drew 1 and lost 2 games. The key moment in the game came to the board quite early in the game. Apsol's 9th move, e5, was a blunder from which my opponent could not recover.

It enabled me to play 9...Bg4 in reply, which either wins a pawn or ruins the kingside pawn structure. In the game I was able to do both and therefore I gained a winning advantage. We continued the game quite long despite of my clearly winning advantage. When I was able to get 4 pawns ahead in material on move 28, my opponent resigned.

Game number three. This was my third game in a row against this same opponent. Interestingly all these three games were won by the player with the black pieces. After this game I had played 35 rapid games with a rating of 1700 or above, so I was still missing 15 games from the Arena International Master title. I was very optimistic at this point in time that I could easily get those required games without my rating dropping below the rating requirement. My confidence was boosted by the fact that my opponent seemed to play much too quickly considering that this was a 15 minute game. Not only in this game, but also in our previous encounters, probably for that reason we ended up playing four games against each other. Had the games taken their full duration, I might have not played beyond game two. In this game, for instance, Hermie used only 44 seconds for the full game while I used 1 minute and 14 seconds out of the 15 minutes... Despite of the fast pace, the twelve first moves were played rather well by both players.

It was the unfortunate bishop move on move 13 that lost Hermie Cagatin the game. Hermie moved the bishop to e3, allowing me to ruin the kingside pawn structure with 13...Nxf3+. After that the game quickly ended with the moves 14.gxf3 Bh3 and now 15.Bxa7 making my job of winning the game much easier because I had a forced mate, starting with the move 15...Qxg5+. My 15th move was also the last move played in the game.

[Event "Octet"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.09.10"] [Round "1"] [White "peterh"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1636"] [BlackElo "1844"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "36"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. c3 Bb6 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} 6. a4 $146 (6. Na3 O-O 7. Nc4 d5 8. exd5 (8. Nxb6 axb6 9. d3 Bg4 10. h3 Bh5 11. g4 (11. Qe2 Qd6 12. g4 Bg6 13. Nh4 Qc5 14. Bxc6 Qxc6 15. Nf5 Rfe8 16. Re1 f6 17. Kh2 Bf7 18. g5 dxe4 19. dxe4 Nxf5 20. exf5 fxg5 21. Bxg5 Qd7 22. Qg4 h5 23. Qf3 Bd5 24. Rad1 e4 25. Qf4 Qf7 {Szabo, L-Florian,T Hungary 1972 1-0}) 11... Bg6 12. Qe2 f6 13. Nh4 Bf7 14. g5 Qd6 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. f4 fxg5 17. fxg5 Be6 18. Rxf8+ Rxf8 19. Kh2 dxe4 20. dxe4 Qd7 21. Be3 Bxh3 22. Rd1 Qc8 {Kuijf,M (2470)-Welling,G (2360) Wijk aan Zee 1987 1/2-1/2 (43)}) 8... Qxd5 9. Nxb6 axb6 10. Ba4 Bg4 11. Bb3 Qd6 12. Qe2 Qg6 13. Qe3 Nf5 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Qxe5 Rfe8 16. Qf4 Be2 17. Bc2 Bxf1 18. Kxf1 Qe6 19. g3 Nd4 20. cxd4 {0-1 (20) Guarini,C-Hellmann,E Trieste 1923}) (6. Re1 O-O 7. h3 d5 8. d3 d4 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Bxd4 11. Bc4 Ng6 12. Nd2 Nf4 13. Nf3 Ne6 14. Rb1 c6 15. Nxd4 Nxd4 16. Be3 b5 17. Bxd4 Qxd4 18. Bb3 a5 19. a3 Ra7 20. Qc2 Rc7 {Vladyka,V (2074)-Nagel, G (1880) Leutersdorf 2003 1/2-1/2}) (6. b4 d6 7. a4 a5 8. bxa5 Bxa5 9. Na3 O-O 10. Nc4 Be6 11. Ra3 h6 12. d4 Bxc4 13. Bxc4 exd4 14. cxd4 d5 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Nb6 18. Qg4 Bd2 19. Rg3 Bg5 20. Bb3 Kh8 {Sardarov,E-Naftalin, S Tbilisi 1957 1-0 (41)}) 6... a6 {Black threatens to win material: a6xb5} 7. Bc4 O-O 8. d4 (8. d3 h6 $11) 8... exd4 9. cxd4 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nc3 { White threatens to win material: Nc3xd5} Be6 12. Bxd5 (12. Bg5 Qd7 $15) 12... Bxd5 $15 13. Be3 Bc4 {The pressure on the isolated pawn grows. Black threatens to win material: Bc4xf1} (13... Re8 14. Ne5 $15) 14. Re1 $11 Nb4 $4 {Black is ruining his position} (14... Ba5 15. Nd2 Bd5 16. Nb3 $11) 15. Nd2 $4 {White threatens to win material: Nd2xc4. allows the opponent back into the game} (15. a5 $142 {and White could have gained the advantage} Ba7 16. Qa4 $18) 15... Bd3 16. Nf3 Bf5 (16... a5 $142 $15) 17. Rc1 $4 (17. a5 $142 {had to be tried to avoid defeat} Ba7 18. d5 $11) 17... Nd3 $19 18. Rb1 $2 (18. b4 $19) 18... Nxe1 (18... Nxe1 19. Qxe1 Bxb1 20. Qxb1 Qd6 $19) 0-1 [Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "1"] [White "apsol"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1598"] [BlackElo "1844"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. c3 Bb6 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} 6. Re1 O-O 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 d5 9. e5 Bg4 10. Be3 Bxf3 $146 (10... f6 11. Bxc6 Nxc6 12. exf6 Qxf6 13. Nbd2 Bxd4 14. Qb3 Bxe3 15. Rxe3 Rae8 16. Qxd5+ Kh8 17. Qb3 Rxe3 18. fxe3 Qe6 19. Qxe6 Bxe6 20. Ng5 Bg4 21. h3 h6 22. Nge4 Bh5 23. Nc5 b6 24. Ncb3 Re8 25. Rc1 {Rozman,M (1689) -Ursic,J (1910) Sentjur 2005 1-0 (64)}) (10... Nf5 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. h3 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Qh4 14. Kh2 Bxd4 15. Bxd4 Qxd4 16. Qd2 Rab8 17. Re2 Rfe8 18. f4 Rb4 19. Nc3 Qxf4+ 20. Qxf4 Rxf4 21. Rae1 Nd4 22. Kg3 Nxe2+ 23. Nxe2 Re4 24. f4 f6 {0-1 (24) Sebastian Enesco,A-Lopez Paniego,N (2011) Padrun 2008}) 11. gxf3 Nf5 12. Nc3 $2 (12. Bxc6 $142 bxc6 13. Qd3 $19) 12... Ncxd4 13. Bxd4 (13. Kh1 c6 14. Bd3 Qh4 $19) 13... Nxd4 (13... Bxd4 $6 14. f4 Qh4 15. Qf3 $19) 14. Bf1 c6 15. f4 Qh4 16. Bg2 Qxf4 17. Qd3 Rae8 (17... Ne6 {seems even better} 18. Qg3 $19) 18. Rad1 (18. Ne2 {hardly improves anything} Qg4 19. Nxd4 Bxd4 $19 (19... Qxd4 $6 20. Qxd4 Bxd4 21. Rad1 Rxe5 22. Rxe5 Bxe5 23. Bf3 $19)) 18... Rxe5 19. Rxe5 Qxe5 20. Kf1 (20. Qg3 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} Qf6 $19) 20... Re8 21. Qg3 Qxg3 (21... Qe7 $142 {secures victory} 22. Qf4 g6 23. Bh3 $19) 22. hxg3 (22. fxg3 $4 Nc2 23. Bf3 Ne3+ 24. Ke1 Nxd1+ 25. Kxd1 Bd4 $19) 22... Re6 23. Bh3 Rf6 24. Kg2 Kf8 25. Bc8 Ne6 (25... Nf5 $142 {might be the shorter path} 26. Bxb7 Bxf2 27. Kxf2 Nd6+ 28. Ke2 Nxb7 $19) 26. Bxb7 (26. f4 g5 27. Ne2 $19) 26... Nd8 (26... Rxf2+ $5 {keeps an even firmer grip} 27. Kh1 Rxb2 28. Bxc6 $19) 27. Ba6 Rxf2+ 28. Kh3 (28. Kh1 {cannot change what is in store for White} Rxb2 29. Rc1 Ne6 $19) 28... Rxb2 0-1 [Event "Challenge 35774953"] [Site "online arena"] [Date "2015.12.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Cagatin, Hermie"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1753"] [BlackElo "1760"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "30"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) (4... Nd4 5. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Defense: Zaitsev Variation}) 5. c3 Bb6 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4. O-O Nf6} 6. a4 $146 (6. Na3 O-O 7. Nc4 d5 8. exd5 (8. Nxb6 axb6 9. d3 Bg4 10. h3 Bh5 11. g4 (11. Qe2 Qd6 12. g4 Bg6 13. Nh4 Qc5 14. Bxc6 Qxc6 15. Nf5 Rfe8 16. Re1 f6 17. Kh2 Bf7 18. g5 dxe4 19. dxe4 Nxf5 20. exf5 fxg5 21. Bxg5 Qd7 22. Qg4 h5 23. Qf3 Bd5 24. Rad1 e4 25. Qf4 Qf7 {Szabo, L-Florian,T Hungary 1972 1-0 }) 11... Bg6 12. Qe2 f6 13. Nh4 Bf7 14. g5 Qd6 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. f4 fxg5 17. fxg5 Be6 18. Rxf8+ Rxf8 19. Kh2 dxe4 20. dxe4 Qd7 21. Be3 Bxh3 22. Rd1 Qc8 { Kuijf,M (2470)-Welling,G (2360) Wijk aan Zee 1987 1/2-1/2 (43)}) 8... Qxd5 9. Nxb6 axb6 10. Ba4 Bg4 11. Bb3 Qd6 12. Qe2 Qg6 13. Qe3 Nf5 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Qxe5 Rfe8 16. Qf4 Be2 17. Bc2 Bxf1 18. Kxf1 Qe6 19. g3 Nd4 20. cxd4 {0-1 (20) Guarini,C-Hellmann,E Trieste 1923}) (6. Re1 O-O 7. h3 d5 8. d3 d4 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Bxd4 11. Bc4 Ng6 12. Nd2 Nf4 13. Nf3 Ne6 14. Rb1 c6 15. Nxd4 Nxd4 16. Be3 b5 17. Bxd4 Qxd4 18. Bb3 a5 19. a3 Ra7 20. Qc2 Rc7 {Vladyka,V (2074)-Nagel, G (1880) Leutersdorf 2003 1/2-1/2}) (6. b4 d6 7. a4 a5 8. bxa5 Bxa5 9. Na3 O-O 10. Nc4 Be6 11. Ra3 h6 12. d4 Bxc4 13. Bxc4 exd4 14. cxd4 d5 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Nb6 18. Qg4 Bd2 19. Rg3 Bg5 20. Bb3 Kh8 {Sardarov,E-Naftalin, S Tbilisi 1957 1-0 (41)}) (6. d4 Ng6 $14) 6... a6 $11 7. Bxc6 Nxc6 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 d6 {Secures e5} 10. Nc3 {White has an active position} (10. d5 Ne7 $11) 10... Bg4 11. d5 {White threatens to win material: d5xc6} Ne5 12. a5 Ba7 { White has an active position} 13. Be3 $4 {gives the opponent counterplay} (13. Qa4+ $142 {would keep White alive} Bd7 14. Qd1 $11) 13... Nxf3+ $19 14. gxf3 Bh3 15. Bxa7 $4 {the pressure is too much, White crumbles} (15. Qa4+ $142 Kf8 16. Kh1 Bxe3 17. fxe3 Bxf1 18. Rxf1 $19) 15... Qg5+ (15... Qg5+ 16. Kh1 Qg2#) ( 15... Rxa7 $6 {is easily refuted} 16. Ne2 Bxf1 17. Kxf1 $19) 0-1

15 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (4.Nxe5)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (4.Nxe5)

This was played in the first round of the Roy Lopez Classical Tournament. In this tournament I was not able to go to the second round which is currently a good thing as I like to minimize the amount of games that are still ongoing. My opponent of this game not only won our group but also the tournament. I was 3rd in the final standings of the group consisting of six players. It did not take long for one of the players to make a horrible move, DEEPERGRAY'S 7th move was so a bad that it could meant a loss for my opponent.

In order to punish my opponent from the mistake, I needed to continue with the move 7...c6. I just happily castled, ignorant of my chance to get a winning advantage. That was actually the only moment in the game when one of the players could have taken a winning advantage. The rest of the game continued to be quite well played by both players up to the last move of the game 37...R8e6.

Game number two. This was played in the first round of a Ruy Lopez thematic tournament at Chess.com. The tournament has gone really well for me so far, I have won 33 games, four games ended in draws and no losses!! This is one of the tournaments that has the longest time controls you can get in tournaments at Chess.com, which is 14 days per move. I was the first player to mess up, I castled on move 8, which the engine thinks is a mistake.

Good replies to 8...O-O were 9.Kg1 and 9.d4. The reason why I had to play either 8...Ng6 or 8...d5 was that otherwise my knight at f6 will get pushed back to the awful square e8. Knights_23 played d3 instead and the position was roughly even once again. The equality lasted until knights_23 blundered with the move 15.Qxf4?

Taking with the queen was bad due to the reply 15...Qc5+ and the pawn on c2 was lost. The game quickly ended after that to my opponent's resignation.

[Event "Roy Lopez Classical Tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.09.07"] [Round "?"] [White "DEEPERGRAY"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1978"] [BlackElo "1914"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Thematic Game - This is the starting position. Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Nxe5 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} (4. O-O Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 4... Bxf2+ 5. Kxf2 Nxe5 6. Rf1 Nf6 {Black threatens to win material: Nf6xe4} (6... c6 7. Be2 d6 8. d4 Ng6 9. Kg1 N8e7 10. Bd3 O-O 11. Qh5 Be6 12. h3 Qd7 13. Nc3 f6 14. Bd2 Bf7 15. Qf3 c5 16. d5 Ne5 17. Qg3 Kh8 18. a4 Nxd3 19. cxd3 Ng6 20. Ne2 Rae8 21. Bc3 { De la Villa Garcia,J (2440)-Mayer,R (2235) Alcobendas 1993 1-0 (62)}) 7. Qe2 $4 $146 {a transit from better to worse} (7. Nc3 O-O 8. Kg1 c6 9. Be2 d5 10. d4 Ng6 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. exd5 cxd5 14. Qd2 Kg7 15. Bf3 Be6 16. Rae1 Qd6 17. Qf2 Rad8 18. Be2 Bc8 19. Bf3 Be6 20. Be2 Bc8 21. Bd3 a6 {Schwab,P-Talmon,T Germany 1998 1-0 (58)}) (7. Kg1 c6 8. Be2 (8. Ba4 d5 9. exd5 O-O 10. d4 { 1/2-1/2 (10) Taistra,E-Feige,M Gruenheide 1997}) 8... Qb6+ 9. d4 d6 10. Kh1 Nxe4 11. dxe5 Nf2+ 12. Rxf2 Qxf2 13. exd6 Bf5 14. Nc3 Bxc2 15. d7+ Kd8 16. Bg5+ f6 17. Qxc2 fxg5 18. Rf1 Qh4 19. Qf5 Kc7 20. Qe5+ Kb6 21. b3 a6 {Metev,M (2004) -Le Borgne,R (1707) Sofia 2015 1-0}) (7. Kg1 c6 8. Ba4 d6 $16) 7... O-O $4 { Black lets it slip away} (7... c6 $142 $5 8. Bd3 Qb6+ 9. Ke1 d5 $17) 8. Kg1 { White king safety improved} (8. d4 $5 {has some apparent merit} Ng6 9. Kg1 $11) 8... c6 $15 {Black threatens to win material: c6xb5} 9. Ba4 d6 (9... d5 10. exd5 Neg4 11. d4 Nxd5 12. h3 $15) 10. h3 {Secures g4} (10. d4 Bg4 11. Qe3 Ned7 $11) 10... Be6 (10... Qb6+ 11. Kh1 Qd4 12. Nc3 $15) 11. Bb3 $11 Re8 12. d4 { White threatens to win material: d4xe5} Ned7 13. Nc3 Bxb3 14. axb3 h6 { Consolidates g5} 15. Qf3 Qe7 16. Bd2 a6 {Controls b5} 17. Rae1 Qf8 18. Qg3 Kh7 (18... Re6 19. d5 cxd5 20. exd5 Rxe1 21. Rxe1 $11) 19. Qd3 (19. Rf5 Re6 $16) 19... Kh8 (19... Kg8 20. Bf4 $11) 20. Nd1 Re6 21. Bb4 c5 {Black threatens to win material: c5xb4} 22. Bc3 (22. d5 Rxe4 23. Rxe4 Nxe4 24. Qxe4 cxb4 25. Qxb4 b5 $11) 22... Rae8 23. Nf2 cxd4 24. Bxd4 Nc5 {Increasing the pressure on the isolated pawn on e4} 25. Bxc5 dxc5 26. Re2 Qe7 27. Rfe1 Qc7 28. Qf3 Kg8 (28... b5 29. Kh1 $15) 29. Nd3 $11 Nd7 30. Nf4 Re5 31. Nd5 {White threatens to win material: Nd5xc7} Qc6 32. c4 b5 33. Qd3 Nb6 34. Kf2 {White king safety dropped} Kf8 35. Re3 Nc8 36. Nc3 Nd6 37. Nd5 {An ideal square for the white knight.} R8e6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Ruy Lopez - Round 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.10.10"] [Round "?"] [White "knights_23"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1418"] [BlackElo "1840"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "34"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {Thematic Game - This is the starting position.} Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Nxe5 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} (4. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Spanish Wing Gambit}) (4. c3 Bb6 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation} (4... d5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Konikowski Gambit})) 4... Bxf2+ 5. Kxf2 Nxe5 6. Rf1 c6 (6... Nf6 7. Kg1 c6 8. Be2 Qb6+ 9. d4 d6 10. Kh1 Nxe4 11. dxe5 Nf2+ 12. Rxf2 Qxf2 13. exd6 Bf5 14. Nc3 Bxc2 15. d7+ Kd8 16. Bg5+ f6 17. Qxc2 fxg5 18. Rf1 Qh4 19. Qf5 Kc7 20. Qe5+ Kb6 21. b3 {Metev,M (2004)-Le Borgne,R (1707) Sofia 2015 1-0}) 7. Be2 Nf6 $146 {Black threatens to win material: Nf6xe4} (7... d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. Bb5+ Bd7 10. Bxd7+ Qxd7 11. Re1 Qd6 12. d4 Qb4 13. Nc3 f6 14. dxe5 fxe5 15. Qh5+ Kd8 16. Qxe5 Nf6 17. a3 Qa5 18. Qe7+ Kc8 19. Qxg7 Qd8 20. Qg3 Rf8 21. Kg1 Qb6+ 22. Kh1 {Moreno, A-Alshasmeary,D Linares 2007 0-1}) (7... d6 8. d4 Ng6 9. Kg1 N8e7 10. Bd3 O-O 11. Qh5 Be6 12. h3 Qd7 13. Nc3 f6 14. Bd2 Bf7 15. Qf3 c5 16. d5 Ne5 17. Qg3 Kh8 18. a4 Nxd3 19. cxd3 Ng6 20. Ne2 Rae8 21. Bc3 Bxd5 22. Nf4 {De la Villa Garcia, J (2440)-Mayer,R (2235) Alcobendas 1993 1-0 (62)}) (7... Qh4+ 8. Kg1 Qe7 9. d4 Ng6 10. Nc3 b5 11. e5 d5 12. exd6 Qxd6 13. Ne4 Qd8 14. Nc5 N8e7 15. Bf3 O-O 16. Bg5 h6 17. Bxc6 Rb8 18. Bxe7 Nxe7 19. Bf3 Nf5 20. Qd2 Qxd4+ 21. Qxd4 Nxd4 22. c3 {Liebert,E-Janska,J (1705) Mureck 2011 0-1 (50)}) 8. Nc3 O-O (8... Ng6 9. d4 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Qxd5 12. Kg1 $14) 9. d3 (9. d4 $5 Ng6 10. Kg1 $14) 9... d5 $11 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Qxd5 12. Kg1 {White king safety improved} ( 12. d4 Ng6 13. Kg1 Bf5 $11) 12... Be6 (12... Qd4+ 13. Kh1 $11) 13. Bf4 Ng6 14. Qd2 Nxf4 {Black has a mate threat} 15. Qxf4 $2 (15. Rxf4 $142 $5 {and White can hope to survive} Rfe8 16. d4 $11) 15... Qc5+ $17 16. Kh1 (16. Rf2 $5 Qxc2 17. Qb4 $17) 16... Qxc2 $19 17. Rab1 $4 {the final mistake, not that it matters anymore} (17. Bf3 $142 Qxd3 18. Rfd1 $19) 17... Qxe2 0-1

14 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (4...dxc6)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (4...dxc6)

The first game shared in this post was played over nine years ago in a correspondence chess site called Red Hot Pawn. This game is yet another addition to the games where I get outplayed by my opponent. This game was actually quite well played by both players until I played 23...h6. It was a terrible idea to weaken my kingside pawn structure without any provocation. Like it has been stated many times before, you can't move your pawns backwards, therefore it is very important to make sure you want to move them in the first place. Culpistar played 24.h4 in reply, which was also a bad pawn move, much stronger was 24.d4. Despite of the sloppy pawn move, my opponent should be favored in the position.

I was able to play reasonable moves and stay in the game until it came time to make my 27th move. It was then that I made the worst move in the game, which ended up being the final mistake that meant a loss for me. I took the pawn on e5 with my queen, not noticing that it would be replied with 28.Nf4.

The knight from f4 attacks both the rook on e6 and the pawn on g6, I can only defend one, not both. I actually took the pawn on e4 and sacrificed the exchange, which is the preferred move according to Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT, but it should be clearly losing nonetheless. I tried to hang on as best as I could, but ended up being mated on move 45.

Game number two. The game below was played in the first round of a tournament called Ruy Lopez. The time control in this tournament is 14 days per move which is also the longest thinking times you can get at Chess.com. This has been my best tournament at Chess.com and I have still avoided losing a game. I won the first round group with a score of 21.5 out of the possible 22 points. On the second round I have gathered 13.5 points in 15 games and three games are still unfinished. I am currently leading the second round group, but only due to tie-break. The first time when my opponent's position started to collapse was when jcsk8 played 8.d4.

I replied with the move 8...exd4, which is actually not the strongest move, the move to play was 8...Rd8. The move I played gave me a small advantage, but 8...Rd8 would have given me a clear advantage. My opponent's position deteriorated even further with his or her next move 9.Nxd4. It was a really bad decision to take on d4 because of my next move 9...Rd8. It was a better idea to just move the knight to a4. Then jcsk8 made a third mistake in a row by placing the bishop to g5, ignoring the threat to the knight on d4. It was the final mistake, after that there was no way for my opponent to avoid defeat.

[Event "Corr game 21.12.2007-8.3.2008"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2007.12.21"] [Round "?"] [White "culpistar"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1986"] [BlackElo "1856"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2007.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Bxc6 (4. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Spanish Wing Gambit}) (4. c3 Bb6 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation} (4... d5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Konikowski Gambit}) (4... f5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit})) (4. O-O Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 4... dxc6 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} 5. Nc3 f6 (5... Bg4 6. d3 Qe7 ( 6... Nf6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. O-O Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Qxf3 11. gxf3 O-O 12. Kh1 Rfe8 13. Na4 b6 14. Nxc5 bxc5 15. Rab1 Rab8 16. c3 Red8 17. b4 cxb4 18. Rxb4 Rxb4 19. cxb4 Rxd3 20. a4 Rd4 21. b5 {Von Hugo,A (729)-Duong,N Magdeburg 2015 0-1 (43)}) 7. Be3 O-O-O 8. Qd2 Nf6 9. O-O-O Bb4 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Nxe4 13. Qe3 Nxc3 14. Bxe5 Nxd1 15. Rxd1 Bxf3 16. gxf3 f6 17. Bd4 Qxe3+ 18. fxe3 Rhf8 19. Rf1 c5 20. Bc3 {Castillo Ventura,R-Requejo,O (2235) Sullana 2012 0-1}) 6. d3 $146 (6. O-O Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. d3 Ne7 9. Be3 Bb6 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Rfd1 Qd6 12. d4 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 exd4 14. Bxd4 Bxd4 15. Ne2 Bxf2+ 16. Qxf2 Qe5 17. Nc3 a6 18. Rd2 Nc8 19. Rad1 Nd6 20. Qe2 Rfe8 {Khachatrian,G-Zyrianov,V Dagomys 2009 0-1}) 6... Ne7 7. O-O O-O 8. Be3 Bxe3 9. fxe3 {White has new doubled pawns: e3+e4} Bg4 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 c5 12. Rad1 c6 {Covers b5+d5} 13. a3 b5 14. Na2 Qb6 15. Qg4 Rad8 16. Kh1 Rd6 17. Nc3 Rfd8 18. Ne2 Kh8 19. Qh5 g6 { Black threatens to win material: g6xh5} (19... a5 20. g4 $15) 20. Qh4 $11 Kg7 { Black king safety dropped} 21. Rf3 a5 22. Rdf1 Ng8 23. Qg3 h6 $4 {not a good decision, because now the opponent is right back in the game} (23... Re8 $5 $11 {must be considered}) 24. h4 (24. d4 $142 $5 cxd4 25. exd4 $18) 24... Qc7 25. d4 cxd4 26. exd4 Re6 27. dxe5 Qxe5 $2 (27... Rxe5 $142 28. Rf5 Rd7 $14) 28. Nf4 $18 Qxe4 29. Nxe6+ Qxe6 30. Re3 Qf7 31. Rfe1 c5 32. Re6 Rd5 (32... h5 33. Rc6 Nh6 34. Rxc5 $18) 33. Qf3 (33. Qb8 {keeps an even firmer grip} b4 34. Re8 Rd7 $18) 33... Qd7 34. Re8 Kf7 35. b3 Rh5 (35... b4 36. Qe4 f5 $18) 36. Qa8 Rxh4+ 37. Kg1 Qd4+ 38. R1e3 Qd1+ 39. Kf2 Rf4+ 40. Kg3 Rg4+ 41. Kh3 g5 (41... Rh4+ { a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} 42. Kxh4 g5+ 43. Kh3 Qh5+ 44. Kg3 Qh4+ 45. Kf3 Qh5+ 46. Kf2 Qh4+ 47. Kg1 Qd4 48. Rf8+ Kg7 49. Rxg8+ Kh7 50. Rh8+ Kg6 51. Qe8+ Kf5 52. Qe6+ Kg6 53. Rg8+ Kh5 54. Qh3+ Qh4 55. g4#) 42. Qa7+ (42. Rxg8 $6 {is easily refuted} Rh4+ 43. Kg3 Qd6+ 44. Kf3 Qd1+ 45. Kg3 Qd6+ 46. Kf3 Qd1+ 47. Kg3 $11) 42... Kg6 (42... Ne7 {does not help much} 43. Qxe7+ Kg6 44. Rg8+ Kf5 45. Qh7+ Kf4 46. Re4#) 43. Rxg8+ Kf5 44. Qh7+ Kf4 45. Qe4# ( 45. Re4#) 1-0 [Event "Ruy Lopez - Round 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.10.10"] [Round "?"] [White "jcsk8"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1165"] [BlackElo "1858"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "42"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Bxc6 (4. c3 d5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Konikowski Gambit} (4... f5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit})) (4. O-O Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 4... dxc6 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} 5. Nc3 Qe7 (5... Bg4 6. d3 Qe7 7. Be3 O-O-O 8. Qd2 Nf6 9. O-O-O Bb4 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Nxe4 13. Qe3 Nxc3 14. Bxe5 Nxd1 15. Rxd1 Bxf3 16. gxf3 f6 17. Bd4 Qxe3+ 18. fxe3 Rhf8 19. Rf1 c5 20. Bc3 {Castillo Ventura,R-Requejo,O (2235) Sullana 2012 0-1}) 6. O-O (6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6 8. Qd3 O-O 9. h3 Re8 10. f3 Rd8 11. Be3 Be6 12. O-O-O Bb6 13. Qe2 Ba5 14. Nxe6 Qxe6 15. Kb1 Nh5 16. Rxd8+ Rxd8 17. Rd1 Rxd1+ 18. Qxd1 h6 19. Bxa7 Qc8 20. Bd4 Qd8 {Oprica,R (1044)-Scanteie,D (1001) Calimanesti Caciulata 2016 1-0 (52)}) 6... Nf6 $146 (6... Be6 7. Nxe5 Bd4 8. Nf3 Bxc3 9. dxc3 Rd8 10. Qe2 Nf6 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 Bc8 14. e5 Nh5 15. Rfd1 O-O 16. Rxd8 Rxd8 17. Rd1 Re8 18. h4 Nxg3 19. fxg3 f6 20. Qc4+ Kg7 21. hxg5 {Beer,M (1250)-Himl,D (1250) Mlada Boleslav 2012 0-1 (48)}) 7. h3 { Consolidates g4} O-O 8. d4 (8. d3 $5 $11 {must definitely be considered}) 8... exd4 9. Nxd4 (9. Na4 $5 {is worth looking at} Nxe4 10. Nxc5 Qxc5 11. Nxd4 $15) 9... Rd8 $17 10. Bg5 $4 {the pressure is too much, White crumbles} (10. Be3 $142 Nxe4 11. Nxe4 Qxe4 12. c3 $17) 10... Bxd4 $19 11. Bxf6 (11. Qf3 $19 { is one last hope}) 11... Qxf6 12. Qd2 (12. Qd3 {cannot undo what has already been done} Qg5 13. Qf3 Be6 $19) 12... Bxc3 (12... Qh4 $142 $5 {might be the shorter path} 13. Nd5 Bxb2 14. Rab1 $19) 13. Qxc3 Qxc3 14. bxc3 Be6 15. a4 Rd2 16. Rac1 (16. a5 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} Rxc2 17. Rfb1 Rb8 $19) 16... Rad8 (16... a5 {seems even better} 17. f3 $19) 17. f4 (17. a5 {cannot change destiny} f6 $19) 17... Bc4 18. Rfd1 (18. Rfe1 {is still a small chance} a5 19. h4 $19) 18... Rxd1+ 19. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 20. Kf2 Rd2+ 21. Kg3 Rxc2 (21... Rxc2 22. Kg4 b5 23. axb5 cxb5 24. g3 Rxc3 25. f5 b4 26. e5 b3 27. e6 fxe6 28. fxe6 Bxe6+ 29. Kf4 b2 30. Ke5 b1=Q 31. Kxe6 Qb5 32. Ke7 Rd3 33. g4 Qe5#) (21... Bf1 22. f5 Rxg2+ 23. Kf3 Rxc2 24. Ke3 Rxc3+ 25. Kd2 Rxh3 26. a5 Rf3 27. e5 h5 28. a6 Bxa6 29. e6 fxe6 30. fxe6 Kf8 31. e7+ Kxe7 32. Kc1 h4 33. Kb1 h3 34. Kb2 h2 35. Kc2 h1=Q 36. Kd2 Qg2+ 37. Kc1 Rf1#) 0-1

13 Sep 2017

C78 Spanish Game: Archangelsk and Möller Defences (6...Nf6)

C78 Spanish Game: Archangelsk and Möller Defences (6...Nf6)

While the games I have lately shared are ones that have appeared in the blog before, I have mostly needed to do the commentary to the games completely from scratch due to the very lazy way I posted these games before. This is especially true with the games that were in the post called C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation originally. So, all the games where it still says after the move 3...Bc5 Spanish Game: Classical Variation in the notation were in that post. This was played in a tournament called Roy Lopez Classical Tournament and it was held at Chess.com. The name of the tournament was misspelled already when the tournament director created this tournament by the way if anyone is interested to know. I played on group 9 on the first round and finished third, which was not enough to advance to the second round. I gathered 5.5 points in 10 games and the winner of the group gathered 7.5 points, so I was not even close to winning the group, even though I was the only one in the group that managed to get a positive result against the winner. I drew one game against DEEPERGRAY who won the group and the other I won, though only due to a timeout win. DEEPERGRAY went on to win the tournament, so congratulations to him!

The first moment of interest came to the board after my 7th move d4. NormanTaga played 7...exd4, which was a move that I would have likely played as well, had I controlled the black pieces. It is not, however, a good idea to open up the center when your own king is still there. Besides, it does not solve the problem with the central pawns. When White takes back with the c-pawn, the square c3 opens up for the knight, which is the most natural square for it. Indeed the move 7...Ba7 does not look promising either in view of 8.d5. That being said, the problem with the move 8.d5 does not go away with 7...exd4 because the player controlling the white pieces can capture on d4 with the c-pawn.

After the pawns were exchanged in the center, NormanTaga should have moved the bishop to a7. Instead my opponent went for the move 8...b5, which could have lost the game, had I been able to take full advantage of the mistake. This great start for the game should have meant an easy path to victory, but like the result of the game shows, I was able to mess this up. By the move 20...f5, my opponent had been able to make the game difficult for me to play. With my 21st move Qxd6 I went from being clearly better to being in a losing position.

NormanTaga played the obvious 21...Rg8 in reply and it became clear that I would be soon lost. I continued resisting the inevitable for a few moves, but I had to resign after 26...Qh3+ when I saw the forced mate.

[Event "Roy Lopez Classical Tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.09.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "NormanTaga"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C78"] [WhiteElo "1743"] [BlackElo "1795"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "52"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Thematic Game - This is the starting position. Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O d6 (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. c3 a6 6. Ba4 Nf6 {C78 Spanish Game: Archangelsk and Möller Defences} 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 b5 9. dxc5 bxa4 10. Qxa4 (10. cxd6 Qxd6 11. Qxa4 O-O 12. Rd1 Qc5 13. Nc3 Bd7 14. Be3 Qe7 15. Qc4 Rfc8 16. Bg5 Be8 17. Nd5 Qe6 18. Bxf6 gxf6 19. Qc3 Kg7 20. Nh4 Qe5 21. Nf5+ Kh8 22. Nxf6 Qxc3 23. bxc3 Ne5 24. f4 Ng6 {Ramirez Medina,V (2038) -Martin Rodriguez,F Las Palmas 2014 1-0 (44)}) 10... Bd7 11. cxd6 cxd6 12. Bg5 $146 (12. Nc3 Ne5 13. Qd1 Bg4 14. Bg5 (14. Kh1 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Ng6 16. Rg1 O-O 17. f4 Kh8 18. f5 Ne7 19. Rg2 h6 20. Qg1 Rg8 21. Bd2 Qb6 22. b3 Qd4 23. f3 Qxg1+ 24. Rgxg1 Nd7 25. b4 Rab8 26. Rgb1 Ne5 27. Kg2 Nc4 28. Bc1 Rgc8 { Prochaczka,S-Stefanka,M Slovakia 2000 1-0 (55)}) 14... Nxf3+ 15. gxf3 Bh3 16. Qa4+ Qd7 17. Qxd7+ Kxd7 18. Rfd1 Rhe8 19. Rd2 Re6 20. Rad1 Rb8 21. Ne2 Nh5 22. Bh4 Rg6+ 23. Bg3 Nxg3 24. fxg3 Rb6 25. Nf4 Rh6 26. g4 g5 {Stachon,M (1922) -Jelinek,M (1762) Czechia 2011 1-0 (54)}) 12... O-O 13. Nc3 Ne5 14. Qd1 Bg4 15. Nd5 Nxf3+ $2 (15... Ned7 $142 $18) 16. gxf3 Bh3 (16... Be6 17. Nxf6+ gxf6 $18) 17. Re1 h6 (17... Be6 {does not save the day} 18. Nxf6+ gxf6 19. Bh6 $18) 18. Nxf6+ (18. Bxf6 {might be the shorter path} gxf6 19. Qd4 Re8 20. Nxf6+ Qxf6 21. Qxf6 Re6 $18) 18... gxf6 (18... Kh8 {does not win a prize} 19. Nh7 $1 { Discovered attack: f6, Bg5xd8} hxg5 20. Nxf8 Qxf8 21. f4 $18) 19. Bxh6 Kh7 ( 19... Re8 {is no salvation} 20. f4 Qd7 $18) 20. Bf4 (20. Bxf8 $142 {finishes off the opponent} Qxf8 21. Kh1 $18) 20... f5 $16 21. Qxd6 $4 {forfeits the clear win} (21. exf5 $142 Rg8+ 22. Bg3 Bxf5 23. Rc1 $16) 21... Rg8+ $19 22. Kh1 Bg2+ 23. Kg1 Bxf3+ 24. Kf1 Qh4 (24... Bg2+ $142 {seems even better} 25. Ke2 Qh4 26. Qh6+ Qxh6 27. Bxh6 Kxh6 28. exf5 Rab8 $19) 25. Rec1 $4 {sad, but how else could White save the game?} (25. Re3 $142 Rad8 26. Qh6+ Qxh6 27. Bxh6 Bg2+ 28. Ke2 Kxh6 29. exf5 $19) 25... Rad8 (25... Qh3+ 26. Ke1 Rad8 27. Qxd8 Rxd8 28. Rd1 Bxd1 29. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 30. Kxd1 Qf3+ 31. Kc2 Qxe4+ 32. Kd2 Qxf4+ 33. Ke2 Qe4+ 34. Kd1 f4 35. a3 f3 36. Kd2 Qd4+ 37. Kc2 Qxf2+ 38. Kc3 Qe3+ 39. Kc4 f2 40. Kd5 f1=Q 41. Kd6 Qf6+ 42. Kd7 Qfe6+ 43. Kd8 Q3b6#) 26. Qe5 (26. Qh6+ {the last chance for counterplay} Qxh6 27. Bxh6 Kxh6 28. e5 $19) 26... Qh3+ (26... Qh3+ 27. Ke1 Rg1#) 0-1

12 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.O-O)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (5.O-O)

A game from a bit over thirteen years ago features some tactical errors. Not by any means a perfect game which might be actually a good thing so that one could learn from the mistakes made in this game and not do similar mistakes in their own games. The first bad decision was made by me on move 14. I played 14...b5, hoping perhaps that my opponent would take with the a-pawn and in that way fix my pawn structure. The move 14...b5 weakened the pawn on c6 a bit, leaving it to be protected only by pieces.

If my opponent, ZaBlanc, would have actually taken on b5 with her or his pawn, I would have been on the clearly worse side of the board. ZaBlanc played 15.Nf3 instead, which gave me an opportunity to get back into the game, unfortunately I failed to take advantage of the sloppy move and played a move that made my position worse again. I should have moved my a-pawn to a5 on move 15, but moved my knight to g6 instead. The problem with my 15th move is that it did not take into consideration the continuation 16.axb5 cxb5 17.Ra6. It should be clear that White is in the driver's seat after that continuation. Both players missed this idea and ZaBlanc then played 16.d4, allowing the position to even out again. For a few moves the game indeed remained to be equally fought, but then with my 19th move I gave another opportunity to ZaBlanc to run away with the game.

ZaBlanc's advantage did not last long, already with the move 23.Qxd4 my opponent threw away the advantage she or he had gained. I replied with a horrible move 23...c5 and I gave the advantage back to my opponent. However, ZaBlanc insisted on continuing the game evenly with the next move seen in the game, 24.Qc4. My first opportunity to gain an advantage came when ZaBlanc played 27.Qd4. I continued with the move 27...Qc7. From c7 the queen attacked both the pawn on g3 and the pawn on c2.

Everything went well for me, until we reached the position in which I played 32...Rxe4?? My 32nd move was only good enough for an even position.

Taking the pawn was a mistake that could have thrown the win away, but the reply 33.Rxe4 enabled my winning conditions again. I did not waste my second chance to get a winning advantage and I was able to maintain my advantage to the end of the game. After my 42nd move e4+ my opponent resigned.

Game number two. This was played at Red Hot Pawn in 2004. This was my 16th correspondence chess game at the site. At the time I am typing this, I have finished 526 games there. When my opponent played the risky looking 17.g4, the first sign of trouble was seen on the board. I moved my rook to f8, which was one of the best squares for the piece. Arian10 continued with 18.Qe6 and then I failed to find a good move and moved my rook again, this time to f6 in order to defend the knight on c6. The strongest move for me was 18...Qh4.

It is no wonder to me that I was not confident enough to leave the knight hanging on c6, because I do not intentionally give free pieces, unless I can see a forced win. Arian10 then played Qe4 and after that I made two disastrous move in a row, first 19...a6 and 20...cxd4 in reply to 20.Nxd4. At that moment I was in a losing position, unfortunately my opponent continued with the move 21.Bxd4 and equality on the board was reached once again.

In order to keep the position even, I needed to play 21...Nxd4. I did not play it and I was heading towards a loss again with the move 21...Rd6?? The game featured one more huge blunder and luckily for me, it was arian10 who played that blunder.

The game continued up to my 43rd move after which my opponent saw that further resistance was futile.

Game number three. This was played on the third round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on April 11th 2015. The game below finally ended the losing streak that had lasted five games. On the next two rounds of the tournament I continued winning, so I finished the tournament with a decent score of 3 out of 5. Actually only four of those games were actually played, so I scored in the actually played games 2 out of the 4 possible points. The game was played rather evenly up to the move 11...Nxh5. With my opponent's 12th move, g3, the game started to look worse for goscinone. I played perhaps the best reply 12...Nf6 and I was slightly better. The game continued with the moves 13.b4 Bb6 and then my opponent's position went further down the drain with the move 14.Kg2.

Goscinone's move was, however, clearly worse than the one suggested in the living diagram above. I should have continued by playing 14...a5, but instead I moved c-pawn to the 5th rank, which was a bad decision and it was only good enough for an equal position. The game continued with the moves 15.bxc5 Bxc5 and then goscinone went downhill again with the move 16.Nb5. Much better alternative was to move the knight to b3 and drive the bishop away from c5. The knight on b5 only attacked the pawn on c7, but otherwise it was doing nothing there. I moved my bishop to b6 in order to defend the pawn on c7 and then the a-pawn started to run up the board with the move 17.a4. The idea behind it was to play a5 next and win the c-pawn. I did not have to allow that and I chose to play 17...a6. A better move for me was 17...Bd7. I still remained on the better side of the board, but only slightly. One of the moves that could have meant a loss was seen on the board when goscinone played 19.Nf5.

Goscinone's 19th move turned out to be the starting point for my opponent's downfall. Even though I played rather poorly at times during the remainder of the game, I still remained on the better side of the board for the last part of the game. The game only ended after I played 48...b1Q. In that position I had a queen, a rook and two pawns against three pawns of my opponent.

[Event "Corr game 9.8.2004-10.9.2004"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2004.08.09"] [Round "?"] [White "ZaBlanc"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1567"] [BlackElo "1837"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2004.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Bxc6 (4. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Spanish Wing Gambit}) (4. c3 Bb6 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation} (4... d5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Konikowski Gambit}) (4... f5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit})) (4. O-O Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 4... dxc6 5. O-O {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Ne7 (7... Nf6 8. d3 h6 (8... O-O 9. Be3 Bd4 10. Bxd4 Qxd4 11. Nc3 Rad8 12. Rab1 b5 13. a3 a5 14. Qe3 Qxe3 15. fxe3 b4 16. Na4 b3 17. Nc5 bxc2 18. Rbc1 Nd7 19. Rxc2 Nxc5 20. Rxc5 Rxd3 21. Rxa5 Rxe3 22. Rxe5 Rb3 23. Rf2 {Labanda, J-Polan,R (1739) San Antonio 2014 1/2-1/2}) 9. Qg3 Qe7 10. Nd2 Nh5 11. Qg4 Nf6 12. Qg3 Nh5 13. Qg4 g6 14. Nc4 b5 15. Na5 Bb6 16. Nb3 Nf6 17. Qf3 g5 18. a4 a5 19. Qf5 Nh5 20. Kh2 b4 21. Be3 Ng7 22. Qg4 {Hrbolka,L (2250)-Gutdeutsch,O (2180) Decin 1997 0-1 (43)}) 8. Qb3 $146 {White threatens to win material: Qb3xb7} (8. Nc3 O-O 9. d3 Re8 10. Ne2 Qd6 11. Ng3 Rad8 12. h4 Qe6 13. Bg5 f6 14. Be3 Bb6 15. Bxb6 axb6 16. Rfe1 Rf8 17. Nf5 Nxf5 18. Qxf5 Qxf5 19. exf5 Rd4 20. g3 c5 21. Re3 Re8 22. Kg2 Kf7 {Garcia,E-Finlayson,M Mingara 2000 0-1 (45)}) (8. Qe2 Qd6 9. c3 Ng6 10. b4 Bb6 11. a4 a5 12. b5 Nf4 13. Qg4 h5 14. Qxg7 O-O-O 15. d4 Rhg8 16. Qxe5 Nxh3+ 17. Kh2 Qxe5+ 18. dxe5 Nxf2 19. bxc6 Rg4 20. cxb7+ Kxb7 21. Nd2 Rdg8 22. Rxf2 Bxf2 {De Saint Amant,P-Cochrane,J London 1842 0-1}) 8... Bb6 ( 8... a5 9. Nc3 $11 (9. Qxb7 $4 {taking the pawn will cause White grave problems } a4 $19)) 9. d3 $14 O-O 10. Bg5 Kh8 11. Nd2 f6 12. Be3 Qe8 13. a4 Bxe3 14. fxe3 b5 (14... b6 $5 $11) 15. Nf3 (15. axb5 cxb5 16. Ra6 h6 $16) 15... Ng6 ( 15... a5 $14) 16. d4 (16. axb5 $5 cxb5 17. Ra6 $16) 16... Rb8 (16... exd4 $5 { should not be overlooked} 17. exd4 Qxe4 18. axb5 cxb5 19. Qxb5 Qxc2 $11) 17. axb5 $14 Rxb5 18. Qc3 exd4 19. exd4 (19. Nxd4 Rb7 $14) 19... Qb8 (19... Qxe4 $5 {deserves consideration} 20. Rfe1 Qd5 $11) 20. b3 Qb6 21. Ra4 c5 22. Rfa1 cxd4 23. Qxd4 (23. Nxd4 Rd8 24. Qc6 Qxc6 25. Nxc6 Rd7 $16) 23... c5 (23... a5 24. Kh1 $11) 24. Qc4 (24. Qe3 $5 $16) 24... a5 (24... Rb4 25. Qa6 Qxa6 26. Rxa6 Rxe4 27. R1a5 $11) 25. g3 {Prevents intrusion on f4+h4} (25. Kh1 $5 $14) 25... Rb4 $11 26. Rxb4 cxb4+ 27. Qd4 (27. Kg2 $5 $11 {might be a viable alternative}) 27... Qc7 $17 28. Qf2 Re8 29. Re1 Ne5 30. Nxe5 Rxe5 (30... fxe5 $6 31. Rd1 $11) 31. Kg2 (31. Re2 h6 $17) 31... Qc6 32. g4 Rxe4 $4 {allows the opponent back into the game} (32... Kg8 $142 $17) 33. Rxe4 $4 {throwing away the advantage} ( 33. Qf3 $142 {the only rescuing move} Qxc2+ 34. Kg3 Qc7+ 35. Kg2 Qc2+ 36. Kg3 $11) 33... Qxe4+ $19 34. Kg3 Kg8 (34... Qe5+ $142 {seems even better} 35. Kg2 h5 $19) 35. Qc5 $4 {leading to a quick end} (35. Qd2 $142 $19) 35... Qe5+ 36. Qxe5 fxe5 37. Kf3 Kf7 38. h4 (38. Kf2 {cannot change what is in store for White } Ke6 39. Kf3 Kd5 40. h4 e4+ 41. Ke3 Ke5 42. h5 h6 43. Ke2 Kf4 44. Kf2 e3+ 45. Ke2 Ke4 46. Kd1 Kf3 47. Ke1 e2 48. Kd2 Kf2 49. Kd3 e1=Q 50. Kd4 Qd1+ 51. Ke5 Qxc2 52. g5 Qxb3 53. gxh6 Qe3+ 54. Kd6 gxh6 55. Kd7 b3 56. Kc6 b2 57. Kb5 b1=Q+ 58. Kc6 Qbb6+ 59. Kd7 Qee6#) 38... g6 39. Ke4 Ke6 40. g5 (40. Kd3 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} Kd5 41. h5 e4+ 42. Kd2 gxh5 43. gxh5 Ke5 44. Ke3 h6 45. Ke2 Kf4 46. Kd1 e3 47. Ke2 Ke4 48. Kd1 Kf3 49. Ke1 e2 50. Kd2 Kf2 51. Kd3 e1=Q 52. Kd4 Qe6 53. c3 bxc3 54. Kxc3 Ke3 55. Kb2 Kd4 56. b4 axb4 57. Ka1 Kc3 58. Kb1 Qb3+ 59. Ka1 Qb2#) 40... Kd6 41. Ke3 (41. Kf3 {doesn't do any good} Kd5 42. Ke3 e4 43. Ke2 Kd4 44. Kd2 e3+ 45. Kd1 Ke4 46. Ke2 Kf4 47. Kd1 Kf3 48. Ke1 e2 49. Kd2 Kf2 50. Kd3 e1=Q 51. Kd4 Qd2+ 52. Kc5 Qxc2+ 53. Kd6 Qxb3 54. h5 Qe3 55. hxg6 hxg6 56. Kd7 b3 57. Kc6 b2 58. Kb5 b1=Q+ 59. Kc6 Qbb6+ 60. Kd7 Qee6#) 41... Kd5 42. Kd3 e4+ (42... e4+ 43. Ke3 Ke5 44. Kd2 Kf4 45. c3 e3+ 46. Kd3 bxc3 47. Kxc3 e2 48. Kd2 Kf3 49. h5 gxh5 50. b4 a4 51. g6 hxg6 52. b5 a3 53. Kc2 e1=Q 54. Kb3 Qe3+ 55. Kc4 a2 56. Kd5 a1=Q 57. Kc6 Qf6+ 58. Kd7 Qee7+ 59. Kc8 Qff8#) 0-1 [Event "Corr game 9.8.2004-23.9.2004"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2004.08.09"] [Round "?"] [White "arian10"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1557"] [BlackElo "1838"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2004.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Bxc6 (4. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Spanish Wing Gambit}) (4. c3 Bb6 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation} (4... d5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Konikowski Gambit}) (4... f5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit})) (4. O-O Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 4... dxc6 5. O-O {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Ne7 (7... Nf6 8. d3 h6 (8... O-O 9. Be3 Bd4 10. Bxd4 Qxd4 11. Nc3 Rad8 12. Rab1 b5 13. a3 a5 14. Qe3 Qxe3 15. fxe3 b4 16. Na4 b3 17. Nc5 bxc2 18. Rbc1 Nd7 19. Rxc2 Nxc5 20. Rxc5 Rxd3 21. Rxa5 Rxe3 22. Rxe5 Rb3 23. Rf2 {Labanda, J-Polan,R (1739) San Antonio 2014 1/2-1/2}) 9. Qg3 Qe7 10. Nd2 Nh5 11. Qg4 Nf6 12. Qg3 Nh5 13. Qg4 g6 14. Nc4 b5 15. Na5 Bb6 16. Nb3 Nf6 17. Qf3 g5 18. a4 a5 19. Qf5 Nh5 20. Kh2 b4 21. Be3 Ng7 22. Qg4 {Hrbolka,L (2250)-Gutdeutsch,O (2180) Decin 1997 0-1 (43)}) 8. c3 $146 {Controls b4+d4} (8. Nc3 O-O 9. d3 Re8 10. Ne2 Qd6 11. Ng3 Rad8 12. h4 Qe6 13. Bg5 f6 14. Be3 Bb6 15. Bxb6 axb6 16. Rfe1 Rf8 17. Nf5 Nxf5 18. Qxf5 Qxf5 19. exf5 Rd4 20. g3 c5 21. Re3 Re8 22. Kg2 Kf7 {Garcia, E-Finlayson,M Mingara 2000 0-1 (45)}) (8. Qe2 Qd6 9. c3 Ng6 10. b4 Bb6 11. a4 a5 12. b5 Nf4 13. Qg4 h5 14. Qxg7 O-O-O 15. d4 Rhg8 16. Qxe5 Nxh3+ 17. Kh2 Qxe5+ 18. dxe5 Nxf2 19. bxc6 Rg4 20. cxb7+ Kxb7 21. Nd2 Rdg8 22. Rxf2 Bxf2 { De Saint Amant,P-Cochrane,J London 1842 0-1}) (8. d3 a5 $11) 8... O-O 9. Rd1 ( 9. d3 a5 $11) 9... f5 $15 10. d4 exd4 11. cxd4 Bxd4 (11... Bb6 12. e5 $15) 12. Qb3+ $11 {White forks: b7} Kh8 13. Be3 c5 14. Nc3 b6 (14... f4 15. Ne2 fxe3 16. fxe3 $11) 15. Nb5 {White threatens to win material: Nb5xd4} (15. Qa4 fxe4 16. Bxd4 cxd4 17. Rxd4 Qe8 $11) 15... Nc6 $11 16. exf5 Rxf5 17. g4 (17. Qe6 $142 { would keep White in the game} Rf6 18. Qg4 $11) 17... Rf8 $17 18. Qe6 Rf6 { Black threatens to win material: Rf6xe6} (18... Qh4 $5 19. Qxc6 Bxe3 20. fxe3 Qg3+ (20... Qxh3 $6 21. Re1 $11) 21. Kh1 Qxh3+ 22. Kg1 Qxe3+ 23. Kh1 Qh3+ 24. Kg1 Qg3+ (24... Qxg4+ $6 25. Qg2 Qf4 26. Rf1 Qe3+ 27. Kh1 $15) 25. Kh1 Qxg4 $17 ) 19. Qe4 $15 a6 $4 {gives the opponent counterplay} (19... Qg8 $142 {and Black hangs on} 20. Nxd4 cxd4 21. Bxd4 Nxd4 22. Rxd4 Raf8 $15) 20. Nxd4 $16 ( 20. Bxd4 $6 cxd4 21. Rac1 axb5 22. Rxc6 Rxc6 (22... Rxa2 $2 {is nothing because of} 23. Rxf6 gxf6 24. Rxd4 $18) 23. Qxc6 Rc8 $11) 20... cxd4 $2 (20... Nxd4 $142 21. Bg5 Qf8 22. Bxf6 Re8 23. Bxg7+ Kxg7 24. Rxd4 Rxe4 25. Rxe4 Qf6 $18) 21. Bxd4 $4 {a weak move, ruining a winning position} (21. Bg5 {makes it even easier for White} Qe8 22. Qxe8+ Rxe8 23. Bxf6 gxf6 $18) 21... Rd6 $4 { with this move Black loses his initiative} (21... Nxd4 $142 {would bring relief } 22. Rxd4 Qg8 $11) 22. Bxg7+ $1 $18 {it's all over} Kxg7 23. Rxd6 Qxd6 24. Rc1 Nd4 (24... Qe7 25. Qxc6 Rc8 $18) 25. Qxa8 (25. Rxc7+ $142 $1 {and White has prevailed} Qxc7 26. Qxd4+ Kg6 27. Qe4+ Kg7 28. Qxa8 $18) 25... Ne2+ $19 26. Kf1 (26. Kg2 {doesn't improve anything} Nxc1 27. Qxa6 Qd5+ 28. Kg1 Nd3 $19) 26... Nxc1 27. Qxa6 (27. a3 $19 {what else?}) 27... Qd3+ 28. Qxd3 Nxd3 29. Ke2 (29. b3 Nc1 30. Ke1 Nxa2 31. Kd1 $19) 29... Nxb2 30. Kd2 c5 (30... Kf6 $142 $19 { seems even better}) 31. f4 (31. Ke2 Nc4 32. Kd3 $19) 31... Nc4+ 32. Kd3 Nd6 33. a4 Kf6 34. h4 {White prepares g5} (34. Kc3 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} Ke6 35. Kd2 Kd5 36. Kd3 c4+ 37. Ke3 Nf7 38. f5 Ke5 39. f6 Kd5 40. h4 Ke5 41. g5 Kd5 42. a5 bxa5 43. Kf4 c3 44. Ke3 Kc4 45. h5 Nxg5 46. h6 Nf7 47. Ke2 Kd4 48. Kd1 Kd3 49. Kc1 c2 50. Kb2 Kd2 51. Kb3 c1=Q 52. Ka4 Qc5 53. Kb3 Qc2+ 54. Ka3 Nd6 55. f7 Nc4#) 34... Ke6 (34... h5 35. gxh5 Kg7 36. Kc3 Kh6 37. Kb2 Kxh5 38. f5 Nxf5 39. Kb3 Kxh4 40. Kc4 Nd6+ 41. Kb3 Kg4 42. Kc2 Kf5 43. a5 bxa5 44. Kb1 c4 45. Kc2 Nb5 46. Kd1 c3 47. Kc1 Nd4 48. Kb1 c2+ 49. Kc1 Kf4 50. Kd2 Ke4 51. Kc1 Kd3 52. Kb2 Kd2 53. Ka1 c1=Q+ 54. Ka2 Qc2+ 55. Ka1 Nb3#) 35. h5 Kd5 {Black prepares the advance c4} 36. g5 (36. Ke3 {does not win a prize} c4 37. a5 bxa5 38. Kd2 Kd4 39. g5 Nf5 40. g6 c3+ 41. Kc1 hxg6 42. h6 Nxh6 43. f5 Kd3 44. f6 c2 45. f7 Nxf7 46. Kb2 Kd2 47. Kb3 c1=Q 48. Ka4 Qc5 49. Kb3 Qc2+ 50. Ka3 Qb1 51. Ka4 Qb4#) 36... c4+ 37. Kc3 (37. Ke3 {is not much help} Nf5+ 38. Ke2 h6 39. a5 bxa5 40. gxh6 Nxh6 41. f5 Kd4 42. Kd2 c3+ 43. Kc2 Nxf5 44. h6 Nxh6 45. Kc1 Kd3 46. Kd1 c2+ 47. Kc1 Nf5 48. Kb2 Kd2 49. Ka3 c1=Q+ 50. Ka4 Qc5 51. Kb3 Nd4+ 52. Ka2 Qc2+ 53. Ka1 Nb3#) 37... Ne4+ (37... Kc5 38. g6 hxg6 39. a5 bxa5 40. h6 Nf7 41. f5 gxf5 42. h7 Nh8 43. Kb2 Kd4 44. Kc2 c3 45. Kb3 Kd3 46. Ka4 c2 47. Kxa5 Kd4 48. Kb6 c1=Q 49. Kb7 Kd5 50. Kb6 Qc6+ 51. Ka5 Qb7 52. Ka4 Kc4 53. Ka3 Qb3#) 38. Kc2 (38. Kb2 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} Kd4 39. Kc2 c3 40. h6 Nd6 41. a5 bxa5 42. f5 Nf7 43. g6 hxg6 44. fxg6 Nxh6 45. g7 Ng8 46. Kc1 Kd3 47. Kd1 c2+ 48. Kc1 a4 49. Kb2 a3+ 50. Kxa3 c1=Q+ 51. Ka2 Qc4+ 52. Ka1 Qb5 53. Ka2 Kc2 54. Ka1 Qb2#) 38... Kd4 39. g6 (39. h6 {does not solve anything} c3 40. g6 Nf6 41. gxh7 Nxh7 42. f5 Kc4 43. a5 bxa5 44. f6 Nxf6 45. h7 Nxh7 46. Kc1 Kd3 47. Kd1 c2+ 48. Kc1 Ng5 49. Kb2 Ne4 50. Kc1 Nc5 51. Kb2 Kd2 52. Ka1 c1=Q+ 53. Ka2 Qc2+ 54. Ka1 Nb3#) 39... hxg6 40. hxg6 (40. h6 { does not help much} Nf6 41. a5 bxa5 42. f5 gxf5 43. h7 Nxh7 44. Kd2 c3+ 45. Kc2 f4 46. Kb3 f3 47. Ka4 f2 48. Kb5 c2 49. Kb6 f1=Q 50. Ka7 Qf7+ 51. Kb6 c1=Q 52. Kxa5 Qa7+ 53. Kb4 Qc4#) 40... c3 41. g7 (41. f5 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} Nf6 42. g7 Kc4 43. a5 bxa5 44. g8=Q+ Nxg8 45. f6 Nxf6 46. Kb1 Kd3 47. Ka1 c2 48. Kb2 a4 49. Kc1 Ne4 50. Kb2 Nc5 51. Ka1 c1=Q+ 52. Ka2 Qc2+ 53. Ka1 Nb3#) 41... Nf6 42. f5 Kc4 43. Kc1 (43. a5 {cannot change what is in store for White} bxa5 44. g8=Q+ Nxg8 45. f6 Nxf6 46. Kb1 Kd3 47. Ka1 Nd5 48. Kb1 Kd2 49. Ka2 c2 50. Kb2 c1=Q+ 51. Kb3 Qc3+ 52. Ka2 Nb4+ 53. Kb1 Qc1#) 43... Kb3 (43... Kb3 44. a5 bxa5 45. g8=Q+ Nxg8 46. f6 Nxf6 47. Kd1 Kb2 48. Ke2 c2 49. Ke3 c1=Q+ 50. Kf3 Qf1+ 51. Kg3 Ne4+ 52. Kg4 Qf6 53. Kh3 Qf5+ 54. Kg2 Qf2+ 55. Kh3 Qg3#) (43... Kd3 44. a5 bxa5 45. g8=Q Nxg8 46. f6 Nxf6 47. Kb1 Nd5 48. Ka2 Nb6 49. Ka1 c2 50. Kb2 Kd2 51. Ka1 c1=Q+ 52. Ka2 Nc4 53. Kb3 Qc2#) 0-1 [Event "Tournament 28843065"] [Site "online arena"] [Date "2015.04.11"] [Round "3"] [White "goscinone"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1274"] [BlackElo "1835"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "96"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. Bxc6 (4. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Spanish Wing Gambit}) (4. c3 Bb6 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation} (4... d5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Konikowski Gambit})) 4... dxc6 5. O-O {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} Qe7 (5... Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3 Qf6 8. Be3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Qxf3 10. gxf3 Bd6 11. Nd2 Ne7 12. Nc4 Ng6 13. Nxd6+ cxd6 14. Kh2 f6 15. Rg1 Kf7 16. Kg3 a6 17. h4 f5 18. f4 Nxf4 19. Bxf4 exf4+ 20. Kxf4 {Obertin, F-Monaville,G (2215) Luxembourg 1993 1/2-1/2 (34)}) 6. d4 (6. h3 Nf6 7. d3 Bd7 8. Nfd2 O-O-O 9. Nc4 Be6 10. Nbd2 Bxc4 11. Nxc4 h6 12. Qe2 g6 13. Be3 Nh5 14. Bxc5 Qxc5 15. Qe3 Qd4 16. Qxd4 exd4 17. f4 Rhe8 18. Ne5 Re7 19. Rae1 g5 20. Ng4 Nxf4 {Jimenez Dominguez,A (1690)-Martin Capitan,F (2114) Barcelona 2016 0-1 (35)}) 6... exd4 7. Nxd4 Qe5 $146 (7... Nf6 8. Bg5 O-O (8... Bg4 9. Qd2 Qxe4 10. Nc3 Qe5 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Rfe1+ Kd8 13. Nxc6+ Kc8 14. Ne5 Bd6 15. Nxg4 Qh4 16. Qe2 Kd7 17. Rad1 Rhe8 18. Ne5+ Rxe5 19. Qxe5 f6 20. Qg3 Qh5 21. Nb5 Qc5 22. Nxd6 cxd6 23. Qh3+ {Danitz,N (779)-Muchow,S Rotenburg/Wuemme 2006 1-0}) 9. Nb3 Bd6 10. Nc3 Be6 11. Qf3 Be5 12. Rfe1 Rad8 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. e5 Bg5 15. Qe4 f5 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. Nd4 Rd6 18. Nxe6 Rdxe6 19. Qc4 Kh8 20. Rxe6 Rxe6 21. Rd1 Qf7 22. g3 {Oliveira,T (1551)-Mendes,M (1816) Oeiras 2015 0-1 (64)}) ( 7... Nf6 8. c3 $11) 8. c3 {Secures b4+d4} Nf6 9. Re1 O-O (9... Nxe4 $2 { leads to nothing} 10. Nd2 f5 11. Nxe4 fxe4 12. Qf3 exf3 13. Rxe5+ Kf7 14. Rxc5 fxg2 15. Bf4 $18) 10. f4 Qh5 11. Qxh5 Nxh5 12. g3 (12. Be3 $5 $11 {must be considered}) 12... Nf6 $15 13. b4 Bb6 14. Kg2 (14. Bb2 a5 15. a3 axb4 16. axb4 Rxa1 17. Bxa1 c5 18. bxc5 Bxc5 $17) 14... c5 (14... a5 $142 $5 15. bxa5 Bxa5 $17) 15. bxc5 $11 Bxc5 16. Nb5 (16. Ba3 $5 {should not be overlooked} Bxa3 17. Nxa3 $11) 16... Bb6 17. a4 a6 {Black threatens to win material: a6xb5} 18. Nd4 Rd8 19. Nf5 $2 (19. Bb2 $142 $5 $15 {is worth consideration}) 19... Bxf5 (19... Re8 $142 $5 20. Nd4 Rxe4 21. Rxe4 Nxe4 $19) 20. exf5 $17 Rd3 (20... Re8 21. Rxe8+ Rxe8 22. Kf1 $17) 21. Kh3 (21. a5 $5 Bc5 22. Ra2 $17) 21... Re8 22. Rxe8+ Nxe8 23. Nd2 (23. Ra2 $17) 23... Rxc3 $19 24. Ne4 Rd3 (24... Rc4 $5 25. Nd2 Rc2 26. Ne4 $19) 25. Bb2 (25. Ra2 Bd4 $17) 25... Nd6 (25... Re3 26. a5 Bxa5 27. Nc5 $19) 26. Nxd6 $17 Rxd6 (26... cxd6 $6 27. f6 $15) 27. Re1 (27. a5 Bc5 $17) 27... Kf8 (27... f6 $5 28. Ba3 Rd8 29. Kg4 $19) 28. Rc1 c5 (28... Rd5 29. f6 gxf6 30. Bxf6 $17) 29. Be5 Rc6 30. Rd1 $2 (30. Rb1 $142 $17) 30... Bc7 $19 31. Bxc7 $4 {leading to a quick end} (31. Rb1 f6 32. Ba1 $19) 31... Rxc7 32. Rd8+ ( 32. a5 {does not improve anything} c4 $19) 32... Ke7 33. Rg8 (33. Rd1 {is the last straw} c4 34. a5 $19) 33... Kf6 (33... c4 34. f6+ Kxf6 35. Rd8 c3 36. Rd6+ Kf5 37. Rd5+ Ke4 38. Re5+ Kd3 39. Rd5+ Ke3 40. Rd1 c2 41. Rc1 Kd2 42. Ra1 c1=Q 43. Rxc1 Rxc1 44. Kg2 b5 45. axb5 axb5 46. g4 b4 47. f5 b3 48. f6 gxf6 49. Kf3 b2 50. g5 Rc3+ 51. Kg4 b1=Q 52. gxf6 Qe4+ 53. Kh5 Rc5+ 54. Kh6 Qg6#) 34. g4 g6 (34... c4 35. Rd8 c3 $19) 35. fxg6 (35. Re8 {cannot undo what has already been done} c4 36. a5 Rc5 $19) 35... hxg6 36. g5+ (36. a5 {otherwise it's curtains at once} c4 37. Re8 $19) 36... Kf5 37. Kg3 c4 38. Rd8 c3 39. Rd5+ (39. Kf3 { does not save the day} c2 40. Rd5+ Ke6 41. Re5+ Kd6 42. Re1 c1=Q 43. Rxc1 Rxc1 44. a5 b5 45. axb6 a5 46. f5 a4 47. fxg6 fxg6 48. b7 Rb1 49. b8=R Rxb8 50. Ke4 a3 51. h4 a2 52. h5 a1=Q 53. hxg6 Rb4+ 54. Kd3 Qa3+ 55. Kc2 Rb2+ 56. Kd1 Qa1#) 39... Ke6 40. Re5+ (40. Rd1 {does not help much} c2 41. Re1+ Kd6 42. a5 c1=Q 43. Rxc1 Rxc1 44. f5 Rg1+ 45. Kf2 Rxg5 46. h3 Rxf5+ 47. Ke1 Rxa5 48. h4 Rc5 49. h5 gxh5 50. Kd1 b5 51. Ke2 b4 52. Kd1 b3 53. Ke2 b2 54. Kd1 b1=Q+ 55. Ke2 Qb3 56. Kf2 Rc2+ 57. Ke1 Qb1#) 40... Kd6 41. Re1 b5 42. axb5 axb5 43. Kg4 c2 44. Rc1 (44. h4 {cannot change destiny} b4 45. h5 b3 46. hxg6 fxg6 47. f5 c1=Q 48. Rxc1 Rxc1 49. f6 Rf1 50. f7 b2 51. f8=Q+ Rxf8 52. Kh3 b1=Q 53. Kg2 Qd3 54. Kh2 Rf2+ 55. Kg1 Qf1#) 44... b4 45. Kf3 (45. Kh4 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} b3 46. Kg3 Kd7 47. Re1 b2 48. Re4 Rc3+ 49. Kf2 c1=Q 50. Rd4+ Ke7 51. Re4+ Kf8 52. h3 b1=Q 53. Re1 Qxe1+ 54. Kg2 Qa2#) 45... b3 46. Ke3 (46. Kf2 { is no salvation} b2 47. Re1 c1=Q 48. Re2 Qxf4+ 49. Kg2 b1=Q 50. Rd2+ Qxd2+ 51. Kh3 Qf5+ 52. Kh4 Qdxg5#) 46... b2 47. Rxc2 (47. Kd2 {cannot change what is in store for White} bxc1=Q+ 48. Kxc1 Kd5 49. h3 Kd4 50. Kd2 c1=Q+ 51. Ke2 Qxf4 52. h4 Rc1 53. h5 Qe3#) 47... Rxc2 48. h4 (48. Kf3 {does not save the day} b1=Q 49. h3 Qb3+ 50. Kg4 Rg2+ 51. Kh4 Qg3#) 48... b1=Q (48... b1=Q 49. f5 Qb3+ 50. Kf4 Rc4#) 0-1

11 Sep 2017

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (4...Nge7)

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6 (4...Nge7)

It did not take me long to mess up in this game. Already my 5th move was a horrible move that gave my opponent a clear advantage. In similar positions I usually take on f2, but I guess it is not a good idea when my opponent has already castled. The only move that Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT seems to like against 5.Nxe5 is Nxe5 and then the game should continue with the moves 6.d4 c6 7.Ba4 Bd6 8.dxe5 Bxe5. 5...Bxf2 was the move I played in the game, which was bad because it opened the f-file for the rook and when I took on e5, mrobit32 could play d4, kick my knight from e5, get the center under his or her control and have a rapid development.

A sloppy move by my opponent on move ten allowed me to get back into the game again. Mrobit32 played 10.Qd3, which places the queen on a square where it seems to be very passive. I replied by taking on e4, which I think was a good decision. It opens up a square for my knight and avoid the center from closing up. That being said, I am not sure if playing e5 later on would have been a good idea for my opponent. The center pawns might actually become too weak and fall.

Only a few moves later I made a mistake once again and one of my journeys towards a loss started again with the move 13...Qc7. Exchanging the bishop to the knight on e4 was a better idea because at the time the knight was a better piece than the bishop. Mrobit32 did not continue the game in the most accurate way possible and because of that it gave me a chance to get back into the game when my opponent played 18.Re1.

The move 18.Re1 does not look like a bad move and in fact it is not a horrible one, but it is a bit sloppy. I played 18...Qd7 in reply, which still kept me in the game, but already with my next move I threw the game away.

Mrobit32 continued with 19.Bf1 and then I made the game deciding blunder 19...Nf5?? A much better move for me would have been 19...Nc8. My opponent noticed the problem with the move I made and played 20.d5. It is actually the second strongest move in the position, even stronger is 20.Rxe6, but it was clearly good enough to get the winning advantage. I made three more moves, but in a position where my queen was pinned to the king by mrobit32's bishop, I finally accepted my loss.

Game number two. This was played in the Roy Lopez Classical Tournament and it was my second game against NormanTaga. I lost both of my games against him. I actually thought that this tournament would go well for me as I thought I knew a good way to play this line but as many times before, I was wrong. The first position in which one of the players made a clear mistake was seen on the board when NormanTaga played 25.Rcd1.

In the game I played 25...Nd5 in response, which was a good enough move to get a winning advantage. After my knight move it should be clear that the queen on e6 has no safe squares to go to and it is close to being trapped. There are no good moves to suggest for my opponent in reply to my 25th move, in the game NormanTaga chose to play 26.Nxe5, which is at least an interesting try. It might not be the best try, 26.b3 might be the most accurate move. If then 26...Rfe8 27.Rxd5 and now I would need to take back on d5 with my queen because of the back rank issues. The game continued with 26...fxe5, which is the only move that I can play without losing the game. NormanTaga then made a horrible move 27.Rxe5 that actually worked out okay for my opponent since I made the worst move of three moves that kept me in the better side of the board. The move I played was 27...Nf6. Both 27...Nf4 and 27...Ne3 were stronger than the move I chose. The former clearly better than the latter. After my 27th move the position is only slightly in my favor. I got another chance to take the winning advantage when my opponent played 28.Rde1. NormanTaga moved the right rook, but to the wrong square. It was better to play 28.Rxd8. Everything seemed to go my way for quite some time, until I played 39...Nf6??

I am not sure why I did not like the looks of that fork. I probably had a too defensive mindset once again. Unfortunately this allowed NormanTaga to get back into the game. The game continued with the moves 40.Rf8+ Ke7 41.g5 and then I made a horrible move, after which I was going towards a loss. I played 41...Ne4+?? What I should have done instead was to play either 41...Rd3+ or 41...hxg5 and the game would have continued evenly. NormanTaga then played 42.Kf3 and my opponent had the keys to victory in his or her hands. Up to the move 44...Rxd8 I was losing despite of being up in material. NormanTaga played 45.Rxa6, which could have been the mistake that would have enabled me to get back into the game, but unfortunately I was too materially conscious and played 45...hxg5 instead of the best defense that would have started with the move 45...Kf8.

My opponent then went for the move 46.fxg5, which was the right way to go. After that both players made a few really bad moves in a row. The last mistake in that sequence was played by me, on move 48 I moved my king to f8.

I was not able to get back into the game during the last part of the game and had to resign after 57.Kxf2 in a position where I am two pawns down without any counterplay.

Game number three. This game is from the first round of a Ruy Lopez tournament where the thinking time is 14 days/move. 96 players were divided in to 12 player groups and everyone plays two games against each other in the group. I have so far had a good start in the tournament, I won the first round group with a score of 21,5 out of 22. On the second round I have gathered 13,5 points in 15 games and I have still avoided losing a game. I am the current leader of group 1, but only due to tie-break being in my favor. This game only featured only blunder that decided the game, it was my opponent's 11th move h3.

The move 11.h3 weakens the kingside too much and loses at least a pawn. The game ended with the moves 11...Nxf3+ 12.gxf3 Bxh3 and then FianchettoGambit played 13.Bxc5, which loses by force in two moves. I only needed to play the move 13...Qg5+ and the game ended in my opponent's resignation.

Game number four. This was played in a team match called Royal > 1799. This was a small match played on 3 boards between The Not Wanteds and ☼ The Farm ☼. The match ended with a score of 1,5 - 4,5 in favor of ☼ The Farm ☼. There were two times during this game when one of the players made a mistake that could have been the starting point for a loss for that player. The first mistake appeared on the board when I played 25...f6.

The game continued with the moves 26.h5 Rf7 and then T48 made a bad move 27.Kf2, after which the game was fought evenly once again. In order to keep the clear advantage on side of my opponent, T48 should have played, for instance, 27.Re1 or 27.Re2. I think it was me who offered the draw in the final position and I assume I was really lucky that my opponent accepted the draw. The position was pretty much drawn until my last move in the game 51...Kd6?? because it seems it would have been a losing move, at least according to the engine and now that I look at it, it does make some sense. That is because my rook is really badly placed after my move 51...Kd6 and losing the rook is a real possibility.

Game number five. This was played on the first round of a tournament that was held at Vammala in 2005. If I recall correctly that rating of 1779 was my peak rating at the time before this tournament. In my previous tournament at Hanko I had been able to increase my rating by 101 points, so the idea was then to continue that good progress I was making and winning the first round game was a good start in the right direction. The first clear mistake of the game was played by my opponent, when he played 9.e5. The mistake is so severe that Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT considers it to be close to a losing move.

I was quite familiar with similar positions already at this time and playing the move 9...Bg4 seemed like an obvious move. It is, of course, the best move in the position, but already with my next move I took a wrong path. My opponent played 10.Be3 and I should have played Bxf3 in reply, but instead I moved my knight to f5, which I preferred at the time. It did, however, allow my opponent to get back into the game. My opponent found the correct move 11.Bxc6 and the position was roughly even again. After the natural reply 11...bxc6 my opponent made the losing move 12.h3.

While my opponent's 12th move led into a losing position, the game was far from over as far as the number of moves is concerned that is. Only after my 33rd move Qf5 did my opponent resign.

[Event "Let's play chess"] [Site "http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?"] [Date "2009.03.11"] [Round "?"] [White "mrobit32"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1652"] [BlackElo "1729"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "45"] [EventDate "2009.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. Nxe5 Bxf2+ 6. Rxf2 Nxe5 7. d4 N5g6 8. Nc3 c6 (8... O-O 9. Qh5 d6 10. Bg5 Be6 11. Raf1 f6 12. Be3 Bf7 13. Qh3 c6 14. Bd3 Qb6 15. b3 Qc7 16. Ne2 Rae8 17. Ng3 Qc8 18. Nf5 Nxf5 19. exf5 Ne7 20. Rf3 Kh8 21. Rg3 Nd5 22. Bd2 c5 23. c4 { Strybuk,A (1394)-Slikas,D (1481) Panevezys 2016 1/2-1/2 (95)}) 9. Be2 $146 (9. Bc4 O-O 10. Qf1 (10. Qf3 d5 11. exd5 b5 12. Bb3 b4 13. dxc6 bxc3 14. c7 Qxd4 15. bxc3 Qb6 16. Be3 Qb7 17. Bxf7+ Kh8 18. Qh5 Qe4 19. Bxg6 Nxg6 20. Rxf8+ Nxf8 21. Bd4 Bb7 22. Qh3 Ne6 23. Be3 Nf4 24. Bxf4 Qxf4 {Zhukov, V (2219)-Zemliakov, V (2175) Tula 2004 0-1}) 10... d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. Bd3 Qb6 13. Ne2 Bg4 14. c3 Rae8 15. Nf4 Be6 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Bg5 e5 18. Bxe7 Rxf2 19. Qxf2 Rxe7 20. Bxg6 Qxg6 21. Rf1 Rf7 22. Qxf7+ Qxf7 23. Rxf7 Kxf7 {Konstantinov, A-Dimov,T Skopje 2009 1-0 (40)}) (9. Qf3 O-O 10. Bc4 d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. Nxd5 Be6 13. Nxe7+ Nxe7 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15. Qxf8+ Qxf8 16. Rxf8+ Rxf8 $16) 9... d5 (9... O-O 10. Qd2 $14) 10. Qd3 (10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Qxd5 $16) 10... dxe4 $14 11. Nxe4 Bf5 12. c4 {White has an active position} O-O {Black castles and improves king safety} 13. Qe3 {White has an active position} Qc7 (13... Bxe4 14. Qxe4 Nc8 15. Qd3 $11 ) 14. Ng3 $16 {White threatens to win material: Ng3xf5} Be6 (14... Qd7 15. Bd2 $16) 15. Qc3 Rad8 16. b3 f6 17. Ba3 Rfe8 18. Re1 Qd7 {Black threatens to win material: Qd7xd4} 19. Bf1 Nf5 $4 (19... Bf7 $142 $14 {saving the game}) 20. d5 $1 $18 {the final blow} cxd5 (20... Nxg3 {hardly improves anything} 21. dxe6 ( 21. Qxg3 $143 cxd5 22. h4 d4 $11) 21... Rxe6 22. Rxe6 Qxe6 23. Qxg3 $18) 21. cxd5 Qxd5 (21... Bxd5 {is still a small chance} 22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 23. Nxf5 h6 $18) 22. Nxf5 Bxf5 (22... Rc8 {cannot change destiny} 23. Bc4 Rxc4 24. bxc4 $18) 23. Bc4 (23. Bc4 Be6 24. Bxd5 Bxd5 25. Rfe2 Rxe2 26. Rxe2 $18) 1-0 [Event "Roy Lopez Classical Tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.09.21"] [Round "?"] [White "NormanTaga"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1847"] [BlackElo "1883"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "113"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Thematic Game - This is the starting position. Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. Re1 O-O 6. c3 Bb6 ( 6... d5 7. d3 (7. exd5 Qxd5 8. Qe2 Bg4 9. c4 Bxf3 10. cxd5 Bxe2 11. dxc6 Bxb5 12. cxb7 Rad8 13. Rxe5 Rd5 14. Re1 Bc6 15. Nc3 Rf5 16. Re2 Bxb7 17. Na4 Ba6 18. d3 Bxd3 19. Rd2 Re5 20. g3 Re1+ 21. Kg2 Bf1+ {Olszewska,W (1361)-Mikheeva,G (1477) Prague 2016 0-1 (32)}) 7... Bg4 8. Nbd2 d4 9. c4 Qd6 10. a3 a5 11. Nf1 f5 12. Qd2 fxe4 13. Ng5 e3 14. fxe3 Rxf1+ 15. Kxf1 Rf8+ 16. Nf3 dxe3 17. Rxe3 Bxe3 18. Qxe3 Nd4 19. Kg1 Bxf3 20. gxf3 Qg6+ {0-1 (20) Baruch,A-Cipolli,A (2103) Sao Jose dos Campos 2012}) 7. d3 $146 (7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 d5 9. e5 (9. Nc3 Bg4 10. exd5 Nxd4 11. Be2 Nxe2+ 12. Rxe2 Nf5 13. Qa4 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Nd4 15. Re4 Nxf3+ 16. Kg2 f5 17. Re6 Nh4+ 18. Kg1 Nf3+ 19. Kg2 Ng5 20. Re1 Qf6 21. Bf4 Qg6 22. Rg1 Ne4+ 23. Kf1 Qh5 {Salgado,F-Ricciardi,G (1711) Buenos Aires 2011 0-1}) 9... Bg4 10. Be3 (10. Bxc6 Nxc6 11. Be3 f6 12. Kh1 fxe5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Bg5 Bxf3 15. gxf3 {0-1 (15) Catizone,F-Wagner,T Wurmannsquick 1998}) 10... f5 11. Bg5 Nxd4 12. Be2 Nxe2+ 13. Qxe2 h6 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Nc3 c6 16. Qd3 Rae8 17. h3 Bh5 18. Rac1 Qc5 19. Qe2 Qa5 20. a3 Bd8 21. Qd3 Bg6 {Porras Mateo,A (1890)-Calderon Diestro,M (1745) Aviles 2008 1/2-1/2}) 7... d6 8. h3 {Covers g4 } Be6 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bh4 a6 11. Ba4 Qc8 (11... d5 $11) 12. Kh2 (12. d4 exd4 13. Nxd4 Bd7 $11) 12... Ba7 (12... g5 13. Bg3 $17) 13. Nbd2 b5 14. Bb3 Ng6 15. Bg3 Nce7 (15... Qd7 16. Bxe6+ Qxe6 17. b4 $11) 16. Nf1 (16. a4 Kh8 $11) 16... c6 { Prevents intrusion on d5} 17. d4 Bxb3 18. Qxb3+ Kh8 19. Ne3 c5 20. Rac1 Qb7 21. dxc5 (21. d5 Bb6 $11) 21... dxc5 22. Qe6 (22. c4 Qxe4 23. cxb5 axb5 24. Qxb5 Rfb8 $11) 22... Rad8 (22... c4 23. Nf5 Nxf5 24. Qxf5 $15) 23. Nf5 Nxf5 24. exf5 (24. Qxf5 c4 $15) 24... Ne7 (24... Rde8 $142 25. Qb3 c4 $15) 25. Rcd1 $2 (25. c4 $142 $15 {is the best option White has}) 25... Nd5 $17 26. Nxe5 (26. b3 Rfe8 (26... Nxc3 $2 {is a blank shot} 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Nxe5 fxe5 29. Qxe5 $18) 27. Rxd5 Qxd5 28. Qxa6 Qd7 $19) 26... fxe5 $19 27. Rxe5 $4 {terrible, but what else could White do to save the game?.} (27. Bxe5 $142 Bb8 28. Bxb8 Qxb8+ 29. Qe5 $19) 27... Nf6 (27... Nf4 $142 $1 {and Black wins} 28. Bxf4 Rxd1 $19) 28. Rde1 $2 (28. Rxd8 $142 Rxd8 29. Bh4 $17) 28... c4 $19 29. Qe7 Qxe7 (29... Qa8 30. Re6 Bb8 31. Qc5 $19) 30. Rxe7 Bc5 31. Rc7 Bd6 32. Bxd6 Rxd6 33. g4 $2 (33. b3 Rd2 34. Kg1 Nd5 $19) 33... h6 (33... Rd2 $142 {and Black has triumphed} 34. Kg3 Rxb2 $19) 34. Re2 Rfd8 35. Kg3 Nd5 (35... Rd1 $142 $5 36. f3 Rg1+ 37. Kh2 Rf1 $19) 36. Ra7 $17 Kg8 37. f4 (37. h4 Kf8 $17) 37... R8d7 (37... R6d7 38. Rxd7 Rxd7 $19) 38. Re8+ $2 (38. Ra8+ $142 {would keep White alive} Kf7 39. g5 $15) 38... Kf7 $19 39. Raa8 (39. Re6 $142 Ne7 40. Rxd6 Rxd6 41. g5 $19) 39... Nf6 $4 {Black threatens to win material: Nf6xe8. gives the opponent new chances } (39... Nc7 40. Rf8+ Ke7 41. Rab8 $19) 40. Rf8+ Ke7 41. g5 {White threatens to win material: g5xf6} Ne4+ $4 {weakening the position} (41... Rd3+ $142 { saving the game} 42. Kh4 hxg5+ 43. fxg5 Nd5 $11) 42. Kf3 $18 Nd2+ (42... Nxg5+ {cannot change destiny} 43. fxg5 Rd3+ 44. Kg4 hxg5 45. Rg8 $18) 43. Kg4 Rd8 ( 43... Rd3 {there is nothing better in the position} 44. f6+ gxf6 45. gxh6 f5+ 46. Rxf5 Rd8 47. Rxa6 Nf1 $18) 44. Rfxd8 Rxd8 45. Rxa6 (45. f6+ $142 {and the result of the game is clear: White will win} gxf6 46. Rxd8 h5+ 47. Kxh5 Kxd8 48. g6 $18) 45... hxg5 46. fxg5 {Black wins a piece} Nf1 $2 (46... Kf8 $14) 47. Rb6 $4 {White threatens to win material: Rb6xb5. gives the opponent counterplay } (47. Kh5 Kf8 48. Kg6 Ne3 $18) 47... Rd5 $4 {releasing the pressure on the opponent} (47... Ne3+ 48. Kh5 Nxf5 49. Rxb5 $11) 48. Rb7+ $4 {forfeits the advantage} (48. Kf4 $142 $18) 48... Kf8 $4 {there were better ways to keep up the pressure} (48... Kd6 $142 $11 {and Black could well hope to play on}) 49. g6 (49. Kf4 $5 {makes it even easier for White} Rd2 50. Rxb5 Rf2+ 51. Ke5 Ng3 $18) 49... Ne3+ 50. Kf4 Nd1 $4 {the pressure is too much, Black crumbles} ( 50... Rd3 51. Rb8+ Ke7 $16) 51. Ke4 {White has a mate threat} (51. Rb8+ $142 { and White can already relax} Ke7 52. Rg8 Nxb2 53. Rxg7+ Kd6 54. Rd7+ Kxd7 $18) 51... Rc5 $4 (51... Rd2 $142 $11 {the rescuing straw}) 52. Rf7+ $18 Kg8 (52... Ke8 {is one last hope} 53. Kd4 Rc6 54. Rxg7 Nf2 $18) 53. Rd7 Nf2+ 54. Ke3 Rxf5 (54... Re5+ {a last effort to resist the inevitable} 55. Kxf2 Rxf5+ 56. Ke3 Rf8 $18) 55. Rd8+ Rf8 56. Rxf8+ Kxf8 57. Kxf2 (57. Kxf2 Ke7 58. Ke3 Kf6 59. Kd4 Kxg6 60. Kc5 Kg5 61. Kxb5 Kh4 62. a4 Kxh3 63. a5 g5 64. a6 g4 65. a7 g3 66. a8=Q g2 67. Qf3+ Kh2 68. Qf4+ Kh1 69. Qh4+ Kg1 70. Kxc4 Kf1 71. Qf4+ Ke2 72. Qg3 g1=Q 73. Qxg1 Kf3 74. Qg5 Ke4 75. b3 Kf3 76. Kd3 Kf2 77. Qg4 Kf1 78. Ke3 Ke1 79. Qg1#) 1-0 [Event "Ruy Lopez - Round 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.10.10"] [Round "?"] [White "FianchettoGambit"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1301"] [BlackElo "1891"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "26"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {Thematic Game - This is the starting position.} Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 { Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. d3 O-O 6. Nc3 (6. Bg5 f6 7. Bh4 d6 8. h3 Ng6 9. Bg3 f5 10. exf5 Bxf5 11. Nc3 Bd7 12. Na4 Bb6 13. Nxb6 axb6 14. Bc4+ Kh8 15. a3 Qf6 16. Nd2 Nf4 17. Ne4 Qg6 18. Bxf4 Rxf4 19. Ng3 Ne7 20. Qh5 Bc6 {Restrepo,J (1887)-Polo,V (2148) Mosquera 2014 0-1}) 6... a6 $146 ( 6... d6 7. Bg5 (7. Nd5 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. Qe1 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Nxd5 11. exd5 Nd4 12. Qd1 Nxb5 13. f4 exf4 14. Bxf4 Qh4 15. Be3 Bxe3 16. fxe3 Qg3+ 17. Kh1 Qxh3+ 18. Kg1 Qg3+ 19. Kh1 a6 20. Qe1 Qxe1 21. Rfxe1 Na7 {Braun,B-Gabler,D Germany 2009 0-1 (35)}) 7... Bg4 8. Nd5 f6 9. Nxe7+ Qxe7 10. Bh4 Nd4 11. Bc4+ Kh8 12. c3 Nxf3+ 13. gxf3 Bh3 14. Re1 g5 15. Bg3 h5 16. f4 exf4 17. Qxh5+ Qh7 18. Qxh7+ Kxh7 19. d4 Bb6 20. Bxf4 gxf4 21. f3 {Bugar,P (1597)-Macko,M (1791) Stara Lubovna 2014 0-1 (58)}) (6... Ng6 7. Nd5 Nce7 8. Ne3 c6 9. Ba4 d5 10. c3 Bb6 11. Bb3 Qd6 12. Qc2 Bc7 13. c4 dxe4 14. dxe4 Nf4 15. g3 Bh3 16. gxf4 Bxf1 17. Kxf1 exf4 18. Ng2 Qh6 19. e5 Ng6 20. Qf5 f6 21. Nxf4 {De Jager,L (1875) -Bettman,J (1773) Soest 2001 1-0 (44)}) 7. Bxc6 Nxc6 {Black has the pair of bishops} 8. Re1 (8. Nxe5 Nxe5 9. d4 Bd6 10. dxe5 Bxe5 $11) 8... d6 9. Be3 Nd4 10. a3 {Controls b4} Bg4 11. h3 $4 (11. Bxd4 $142 {would be a reprieve} Bxd4 12. h3 Bxc3 13. bxc3 $11) 11... Nxf3+ $19 12. gxf3 Bxh3 13. Bxc5 (13. f4 { hoping against hope} Qh4 14. Qf3 Bxe3 15. fxe3 $19) 13... Qg5+ (13... Qg5+ 14. Kh2 Qg2#) 0-1 [Event "Royal > 1799 - Board 2"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.12.21"] [Round "?"] [White "T48"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "2005"] [BlackElo "1896"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "102"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) 5. Bxc6 (5. d3 d6 6. Be3 Bb6 7. Nh4 Be6 8. d4 exd4 9. Bxd4 Bxd4 10. Qxd4 O-O 11. Qc3 a6 12. Be2 f5 13. Nxf5 Nxf5 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. Bf3 Rb8 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Na3 c5 18. Rab1 Rb4 19. b3 Rg4 {Jelica,M (2165) -Kosir,P (2095) Nova Gorica 1992 1-0 (32)}) 5... Nxc6 6. Nxe5 Bxf2+ $146 (6... Nxe5 7. d4 Bd6 8. dxe5 Bxe5 9. f4 Bd6 10. Qd4 (10. Qg4 Bc5+ 11. Kh1 Qf6 12. Nc3 d6 13. Qg3 Qg6 14. Qd3 Bd7 15. Nd5 Rc8 16. b4 Bb6 17. Rf3 Bg4 18. Rf1 Rd8 19. h4 Qh5 20. Qg3 Bd4 21. c3 Be2 22. cxd4 Bxf1 23. Qxg7 Bxg2+ 24. Kxg2 Qe2+ {Fayolle,G (2073)-Merly,J (1730) St Quentin 2001 0-1 (35)}) 10... O-O 11. e5 Be7 12. Be3 d6 13. c3 b6 14. Nd2 Bb7 15. Nc4 dxe5 16. Qxe5 Re8 17. Rad1 Qc8 18. Bd4 Bf6 19. Qh5 Bxd4+ 20. cxd4 Qe6 21. b3 {Przybylek,P (1780)-Oges,H (1620) Bethune 2004 1/2-1/2 (47)}) (6... Nxe5 7. d4 Bd6 8. dxe5 Bxe5 9. f4 $11) 7. Rxf2 $14 Nxe5 8. d4 {White threatens to win material: d4xe5} Ng6 {Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8} 9. Qf3 {White has a mate threat} (9. b3 d6 $14) 9... O-O $11 { Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8} 10. Nc3 d6 11. g3 { Secures f4+h4} (11. Qg3 b6 $11) 11... Rb8 (11... Be6 12. b3 $11) 12. b3 (12. h4 Ne7 $11) 12... b6 13. Bb2 Bb7 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 {White has new doubled pawns: d4+d5.} Qd7 16. Raf1 Rbe8 17. Kg2 {White king safety dropped} (17. h4 h6 $11) 17... Qb5 (17... f5 18. Bc1 $15) 18. a4 {White threatens to win material: a4xb5} Qd7 19. h4 Ne7 20. Bc1 c6 21. dxc6 Nxc6 22. c3 {Controls b4+d4} Na5 23. c4 Rd8 24. Ba3 Nb7 (24... h6 25. Kh2 $14) 25. Bb4 (25. Qd5 Qc7 $14) 25... f6 ( 25... Rde8 $5 $11 {should be examined more closely}) 26. h5 Rf7 (26... h6 27. Re1 Rde8 $16) 27. Kh2 (27. Re1 $142 $5 $16) 27... d5 28. cxd5 (28. Re2 $5 { is an interesting alternative} a5 29. Ba3 $14) 28... Qxd5 $11 29. Rd1 (29. Re2 Qxf3 30. Rxf3 h6 $11) 29... Qxf3 {Black forks: d1+f2} 30. Rxf3 Rfd7 {Black threatens to win material: Rd7xd4} 31. Rc3 Nd6 (31... h6 32. Ba3 $15) 32. Bxd6 $11 Rxd6 33. Rc7 {White threatens to win material: Rc7xa7} R8d7 {Black threatens to win material: Rd7xc7} 34. Rc8+ Kf7 35. Rc4 (35. g4 g6 36. hxg6+ hxg6 $11) 35... Rd5 (35... f5 36. g4 $15) 36. g4 $11 g6 37. hxg6+ hxg6 38. Kg3 g5 39. b4 a6 40. Rc6 R7d6 41. b5 axb5 42. axb5 Ke7 43. Re1+ Kd7 44. Rf1 { White threatens to win material: Rf1xf6} Rxb5 45. Rxd6+ Kxd6 46. Rxf6+ Ke7 47. Rf3 Rd5 {Black threatens to win material: Rd5xd4} 48. Rb3 b5 49. Rb4 Kd6 50. Kf3 Kc6 51. Ke4 Kd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Vammalan SK:n turnaus"] [Site "Hotelli Ellivuori"] [Date "2005.09.02"] [Round "1"] [White "Pohjala, Ilari"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1584"] [BlackElo "1779"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2005.09.02"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation} 4. O-O Nge7 {C64 Spanish Game: Classical Defence (3...Bc5) except 4.O-O Nf6} (4... Nf6 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 {Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line}) (4... Nd4 5. b4 {Spanish Game: Classical Defense: Zaitsev Variation}) 5. Re1 O-O 6. c3 Bb6 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 d5 9. e5 Bg4 10. Be3 Nf5 $146 (10... f5 11. Bg5 Nxd4 12. Be2 Nxe2+ 13. Qxe2 h6 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Nc3 c6 16. Qd3 Rae8 17. h3 Bh5 18. Rac1 Qc5 19. Qe2 Qa5 20. a3 Bd8 21. Qd3 Bg6 {1/2-1/2 (21) Porras Mateo, A (1890)-Calderon Diestro,M (1745) Aviles 2008}) (10... Bxf3 $142 $5 11. Qxf3 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Bxd4 $19) 11. Bxc6 $15 bxc6 12. h3 $2 (12. Qd3 $142 {and White hangs on} Nxe3 13. Rxe3 $15) 12... Bxf3 $19 13. gxf3 $4 {sad, but how else could White save the game?} (13. Qxf3 $142 Nxd4 14. Bxd4 Bxd4 15. Nd2 $19) 13... Qh4 14. Kg2 Bxd4 (14... Rae8 $142 $5 {might be the shorter path} 15. Na3 Re6 16. Nc2 $19) 15. Bxd4 Qxd4 (15... Nxd4 $142 {and Black can already relax} 16. f4 Qxf4 17. Nd2 $19) 16. Qc2 $4 {terrible, but what else could White do to save the game?} (16. Qxd4 Nxd4 17. Na3 c5 $19) 16... Ne7 (16... Nh4+ $142 { ends the debate} 17. Kf1 Rae8 18. Nd2 $19) 17. Nd2 (17. Nc3 Rab8 18. Rac1 Qh4 $19) 17... Rab8 (17... Ng6 {makes it even easier for Black} 18. f4 Nxf4+ 19. Kf1 $19) 18. Rab1 (18. Nb3 {doesn't change anything anymore} Qh4 19. Rg1 Ng6 $19) 18... Rb7 (18... Ng6 $142 $5 {and Black can already relax} 19. f4 Nxf4+ 20. Kf1 Nxh3 21. Re3 $19) 19. Nb3 (19. Qc3 Qh4 20. f4 $19) 19... Qb4 (19... Qh4 {keeps an even firmer grip} 20. Rg1 Rb4 21. Rbe1 $19) 20. Rec1 $4 {shortens the misery for White} (20. Nc5 Rb5 21. Nd3 Qh4 $19) 20... Rd8 (20... Ng6 $142 { nails it down} 21. Rg1 Qf4 $19) 21. Nc5 Rb5 22. a3 $2 (22. Qa4 $19) 22... Qd4 ( 22... Qf4 $5 {might be the shorter path} 23. b4 Ng6 24. Rg1 $19) 23. e6 Qf6 24. exf7+ Qxf7 25. Qe2 (25. b4 $19) 25... Rd6 (25... Rxc5 $142 {seems even better} 26. Rxc5 Qg6+ 27. Kh2 Qd6+ 28. f4 Qxc5 29. b4 $19) 26. a4 (26. Re1 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} Ng6 27. Nd3 $19) 26... Rb4 (26... Rg6+ $142 {and Black can already relax} 27. Kf1 Rxc5 $19) 27. b3 $4 {a blunder in a bad position} (27. Re1 $142 Ng6 28. Qe8+ Nf8 29. Qxf7+ Kxf7 30. Nd3 Rxa4 31. Ne5+ Kf6 32. Ng4+ Kg6 33. Re7 $19) 27... Ng6 28. Kh2 Rf4 (28... Rh4 29. Nd3 Qf5 30. Qe8+ Nf8 31. Nf4 Qxf4+ 32. Kg2 Re6 33. Qxe6+ Nxe6 34. Rh1 Qf5 35. Ra1 Nf4+ 36. Kf1 Qd3+ 37. Kg1 Qxf3 38. Rh2 Rh6 39. Kf1 Rg6 40. Re1 Qd3+ 41. Re2 Qxe2#) 29. Rc3 (29. Re1 {a last effort to resist the inevitable} Qf6 30. Qe8+ Nf8 31. Qe5 $19) 29... Nh4 (29... Rh4 $142 {seems even better} 30. Re1 Rxh3+ 31. Kg1 Nf4 32. Qe8+ Qxe8 33. Rxe8+ Kf7 $19) 30. Re3 (30. Re1 {desperation} d4 31. Rd3 Nxf3+ 32. Rxf3 Rxf3 33. Qe8+ Qxe8 34. Rxe8+ Kf7 35. Re1 Rxf2+ 36. Kg1 $19) 30... Nxf3+ 31. Kh1 h6 (31... Qf5 32. Rxf3 Qxb1+ 33. Kg2 Rxf3 34. Kxf3 Rf6+ 35. Kg2 Rg6+ 36. Kf3 Qf5+ 37. Ke3 d4+ 38. Kxd4 Qd5+ 39. Kc3 Qxc5+ 40. Kb2 Rf6 41. f3 Kf7 42. h4 Qd5 43. Qc2 Rxf3 44. Ka3 Rd3 45. Qf2+ Ke7 46. Qc2 Qd6+ 47. Ka2 Rd2 48. Kb1 Rxc2 49. Kxc2 Ke6 50. b4 Kd5 51. Kc3 Qg3+ 52. Kd2 Kd4 53. Kc2 Kc4 54. a5 Qf2+ 55. Kb1 Kc3 56. b5 Qb2#) 32. Re8+ Kh7 33. Re7 (33. Ne6 {otherwise it's curtains at once} Re4 34. Rf8 Qxe6 35. Qxf3 Re1+ 36. Rxe1 Qxe1+ 37. Kh2 $19) 33... Qf5 (33... Qf5 34. Rxg7+ Kxg7 35. Qe7+ Kg6 36. Qe8+ Kg5 37. Rg1+ Nxg1 38. Kxg1 Rg6 39. Kf1 Rxf2+ 40. Ke1 Rh2 41. Ne4+ Qxe4+ 42. Qxe4 dxe4 43. b4 Kf4 44. Kf1 Kf3 45. h4 Rh1#) 0-1