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8/30/06 - Tennessee 0 :: Seattle 4

The Tennessee Tempo got off to a terrible start in the US Chess League on Monday night. We managed to lose all 4 boards against the other expansion team, the Seattle Sluggers, the first ever sweep in the USCL. Certainly not the start we were looking for. On the bright side, since the league operates on match points, not game points, it was only one point. We fielded our top lineup with Ron Burnett, Todd Andrews, myself, and Jerry Wheeler. We had a bunch of trouble with our internet connection (there was a big lightning storm in Nashville) and after the second time it went out league commissioner Greg Shahade declared that we would only be allowed to relay our moves over the phone. It made for a pretty chaotic environment with the four of us calling out moves to Chris Prosser who would also call back their moves as they were made. Beyond the noise, this also made it hard to figure out where the clocks stood. With a 30 second increment, there wasn't much chance of losing on time, but when your clock is under 5 minutes and you only get an update on where you stand every few moves.

I'm going to try to post "express commentary" on my game a day or two after each round (we'll be playing each Wednesday for the rest of the season). I believe Todd will be posting a manager's commentary on the USCL site covering all 4 games.

Seattle sat out IM Orlov and FM Mikhailuk, so I faced FM John Readey with the White pieces. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. g3 d5 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Nf3 dxc4 7. O-O Nc6 8. Re1 Carlsen beat Adams in the Olympiad with 8. a3 I didn't think the timing of this move was important, but if 8... Be7 as in the game, then White doesn't need to spend a tempo on Re1 and can play directly 9. e4 8... Rb8 9. e4 b5 10. a3 Be7 11. d5 Na5 12. Nd4 a6 13. e5 Nd4 seemed like my key piece, so I rejected 13. Bf4 Bc5 and 13. Be3 e5 13... Ne8 My intention was 13... Nxd5 14. Nxd5 exd5 15. Bd2 with Nc6 coming, but perhaps Black can get away with 15... Nb3 16. Nc6 Qe8 17. Nxb8 Nxa1 since Nb8 is stuck 14. Bd2 One of our reserves, Gerald Larson, suggested, 14. Nc6 Nxc6 15. dxc6 Qxd1 16. Rxd1 but it only looks equal after f6 17. Bf4 fxe5 18. Bxe5 Bd6; Another interesting variation is 14. Be3 exd5 15. Nxd5 c5 16. Bd2 14... c5 15. Nc6 Nxc6 16. dxc6 Rb6 17. Ne4 In his commentary to the match, Seattle manager Clint Ballard makes the rather ludicrous suggestion this was the losing move and that I was now on the run. 17... Rxc6 18. Nf6+ gxf6 19. Bxc6 fxe5

A critical position, White has many possibilities, with moves like Qg4, Qh5, Bh6, Bc3, Rad1, Rxe5, Re4, Be4 all in the air in a myriad of variations. 20. Qg4+ After the game, Ron and I looked at 20. Bxe8 I didn't relish exchanging my light squared bishop although I realized Ne8 could turn into a good defensive piece. 20... Rxe8 21. Qg4+ Kh8 22. Bc3 f6 23. Rad1 Qc7 24. Qh5 but we didn't consider 24... Rd8 and Black is fine. The engine suggests 20. a4 softening up Black's queenside pawns and then simply exchanging queens with 20... b4 21. Bh6 Qxd1 22. Raxd1 Ng7 23. Rxe5 which looks really good for White 20... Kh8 21. Bh6 Rg8 22. Qh5 Nd6 23. Qxe5+ Bf6 24. Qxc5 Nf5 25. Bf4 Bxb2 26. Rad1 Qf8 27. Qxf8 Rxf8 28. Be4?? a totally sick move with my clock running down giving Black 3 connected passed pawns, White still would keep winning chances after 28. a4 b4 29. Re4 28. Be5+ Bxe5 29. Rxe5 28... Bxa3 29. Bxf5 exf5 30. Bh6 Rg8 31. Bd2 Bb2 32. Rb1 32. Re7 is more active, but shouldn't change the result. 32... Bf6 33. Ba5 Be6 34. Red1 Rc8 35. Rbc1 Rc6 36. Bb4 Kg7 37. Rd6 Rxd6 38. Bxd6 a5 39. Bc7 a4 40. Bd6 Bb2 41. Rc2 a3 42. Rxb2 axb2 43. Be5+ Kg6 44. Bxb2 b4 45. Bd4 f4 46. Bc5 46. f3 would put up more resistance since the Black king can't just walk in, but it is still a technical win. 46... b3 47. Bd4 f3 48. Kf1 Kf5 49. Ke1 Ke4 50. Bf6 Kd3 51. Kd1 c3 52. Kc1 Bf5 53. g4 Bxg4 0:1

8/26/04 - Battle of Murfreesboro

I played in the 14th edition of the Battle of Murfreesboro the Saturday before last. I had missed last year's event to play in the Colias Memorial. I played pretty well, scoring a clean 5-0 to take clear first. I was the top seed, and had White in Round 1 versus John Miglietta. I forced the win of material after 19. Rag1

g7 is hit 3 times, while defended only twice, and the only other piece that can be brought to the defense is Rf8, which is busy guarding his queen, so he traded 19...Qxg6 20. Rxg6 but now both g7 and e6 are attacked. 20...Rf7 21. Rxe6 Rg8 a better chance was to try to trap the rook with 21... Nde7 intending Nd8, but White has a couple of ways to defend. Probably the simplest is 22. Bb5 Nd8 23. Be8, but 22. Bc4 Nd8 23. Reg6 also seems to work. After the text, the rook just escapes and Black has no compensation for the pawn or the two bishops versus two knights.

In the second round, I had Black against Scott Cantrell. He played the Moeller Attack, but after 13... h6

He went into the tank for 20 minutes (the time control varied throughout the tournament, this round it was G/60) before playing a new move 14. Qa4+ After 14... Bd7 15. Bb5 I decided to transpose to familiar terrain with 15... Bxb5 which seemed clearer than the two rooks vs. queen position arising from 15... a6 16. Rae1 Bxb5 17. Rxe7+ Qxe7 18. Rxe7+ Kxe7 19. Qe4+16. Qxb5+ This position is generally reached by the move order 14. Bb5+ Bd7 15. Qe2 Bxb5 16...Qd7 17. Qxb7 This is the attempted improvement on 17. Qe2 Kf8 hitting g5 and d5 and Black was clearly better in Barczay-Portisch 1968 Hungarian Championship. 17... O-O 18. Rae1 Ng6 19. Nf3 Rfb8 20. Qc6?! Most annotators stop after Black's 19th with the conclusion that Black is clearly better, but White could try for compensation with 20. Qa6 Rxb2 21. Nd4. Now he just ends up a pawn down with a weak pawn on c6 and I won without problems after 20... Qxc6 21. dxc6

In Round 3, I had White against Brad Watson. Brad hasn't been too active the past few years, but this was our 20th tournament game, the most I have played against any player. This time he made a serious mistake after 16. Nxe6

16...Qxe6?16... Nxe6 and White is only slightly better because of the two bishops, now the queen gets in trouble.17. Bf5 Qd6 18. Bg3 Qb4 19. Bc7 and Black loses material since he is forced to play 19...b6 to make a5 available for his queen.

In the 4th round I played Matan Prilleltensky with Black After 19...Re8 He played a typical breakthrough sacrifice in this type of position

20. e5 dxe5 21. f5 This is the way it is usually done, but I expected 21. Ne4 We talked briefly after the game about it, he missed a couple of things, he thought on 21...exf4 22. Nxf6, that Black could simply play 22...Qxf6 guarding the pawn on f4. This may be the case, but it isn't as simple as that since Nd7 is hanging, but after 23. Rxe8+ Rxe8 24. Qxd7 Re1+ Black has a very strong attack. Black could also just play 22...Nxf6 23. Bxf4 Nxd5 when White has 2 bishops against 2 knights, but it doesn't look like enough for two pawns. The other alternative after 21. Ne4 exf4 is 22. Qxd7 which he rejected because Re1 is lose after 22...Qxd7 23. Nxf6+ Kg7 but White has 24. Rxe8! leading to a complex material imbalance where it seems White is likely better. I was planning on meeting 21. Ne4 with 21... Bg7 which is roughly level after 22. Nd6 Re7 23. Nxb5 In the game, after 21... Nc5 22. Ne4 Nxe4 23. Bxe4 Nb3 24. Rxa8 Qxa8 White doesn't really have compensation for his pawn since the two bishops don't have good lines and the White pawn structure is junk.

In the final round, I had White against the number 2 seed, my Tennessee Tempo teammate Jerry Wheeler. We reached a fairly typical Queens Gambit minority attack position after 22...Bc8

Since he had elected to keep the a-pawns on the board there are no entry points on the b-file. Although the light-square bishop is technically Black's "bad bishop" I decided to try to exchange it since it seemed to be a key defender for him. 23. Ba6 Bf5 24. Bd3 Rac8 I think it was better to try to repeat moves 24... Bc8 After which I was planning 25. Nb3 when White can continue to increase the pressure with Na5 and Qc5 25. Bxf5 Nxf5 26. Rb7 Re7 27. Rcb1 Rce8 28. Rxe7 Rxe7 29. Nb7 Qc7 30. Qc5 and White had a big stranglehold on the position, I won a few moves later.

8/25/06 - Emory/Castle Grand Prix

The annual Emory/Castle was the weekend after the Kentucky Open. It seemed as though fewer of the camp instructors played this year, it was still a strong tournament. I got off to a slow start in round 1 with Black against Damir Studen. I took some risks in an even rook ending and they seemed to be paying off when I had connected passed pawns and he had less than a minute on his clock after 47. Rb7

47... Rf2+ 47... Ra3 48. Rb6+ Kf7 49. g5 b3 50. Kf5 certainly isn't correct, but 47... Rb2 48. Rb6+ Kf7 49. Ra6 Ra2 50. Rb6 doesn't seem to make much progress either. 48. Ke4 Ra2 a sad return, but 47...Rb2 is similar to the last note and 47...Rd2 48. Rb5 doesn't seem to be going anywhere either. After the text he was able to get his king in front of the pawns when Black can make no progress after 49. Kd4 Ra3 50. Rb5 b3 51. Kc3 a4 52. Kb2 Ra2+ 53. Kb1

In round 2, I had White against Benjamin Francis. We continued our discussion of the Marshall Gambit of the Semi-Slav, but he went badly wrong in the early middle game after 13. Bd3

13...e5? 14. Re4 Qf5 15. Rxe5 Qd7 Here, I naturally looked at the move 16. Bxh7+ Kxh7 but I guess the theme Bxh7 followed by Ng5+ is so deeply imbedded that I missed the simple 17. Qxd7 Bxd7 18. Rxe7 and White is a clean pawn up. However, I managed to eventually grind out an endgame win after 16. Rh5

In Round 3, I had one of the more bizzare games I have ever played with the White pieces against Lawrence White. I built up a very strong position after 20...b5

but I threw it all away with 21. Qc7? 21. Qc6 maintains a clear advantage to white. Instead, White is cold busted after 21... Nxd5 I kept on playing mostly out of momentum and the fact that he had spent almost three-quarters of his two hours on the first 20 moves. He continued at a leisurely pace and won a second pawn, then a third, then even a fourth! By this time he was under 10 minutes, but that still shouldn't have been any trouble especially since the 5 second delay was in effect. He gave back one pawn to activate his king, but then instead of just pushing his pawns he started playing for mating nets which weren't there. His clock continued to tick down and even as it was counting down under 10 seconds I couldn't really believe that he would allow his time to run out. But sure enough he flagged and was in a state of shock when I pointed it out.

That good fortune did not continue the next morning. For the second year in a row I had Black against GM Serper in an ICC featured game. We had a nice discussion beforehand as he mentioned that he had stumbled across this site while doing a search and was greatly impressed by it. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, my play against him was not impressive. 1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Nc6?! A spur of the moment decision, generally not a good idea against a GM. I hadn't played or prepared this variation since the late 1990s. 5. d5 Nd4 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Qb6 8. Qd2

8...e5? I vaguely recalled 8... Bg4 was a move, but at the board 9. f3 Bxf3 10. Na4 didn't look right, and that is indeed the book refutation.; 8... Nf6 is the main line, but Black has scored horribly after 9. f3 Nd7 10. Rd1 O-O 11. b3 Nxe2 12. Bxe2 which makes sense as Black has spent 3 tempi to trade his knight. The text has been played by Suttles, but that isn't saying much since I think Suttles played every reasonable looking (and some not so reasonable looking) move in the Modern at some point in his career. 9. dxe6 fxe6 Suttles tried 9... Bxe6 against Ivkov in the 1967 Sousse Interzonal, but didn't get a very good position out of the opening and lost. 10. Rd1 e5 11. Nd5 Qc6 It looked like the king was going to have to go queenside, so I didn't want to retreat to d8. 12. Nxd4 exd4 13. Bg5 Be6 14. Be2 He had a long think here deciding between this and 14. Bd3 which is also good. He admitted to me afterwards that he couldn't figure out what I was going to do, and indeed Black is already is considerable difficulties. I tried to run the king to the queenside, but there really isn't anywhere to hide. 14... Kd7 15. f4 Rf8 16. O-O Kc8 17. Rb1 Kb8 18. b4 h6 19. Bh4 g5 20. fxg5 Rxf1+ 21. Rxf1 hxg5 22. Qxg5 Qd7 23. bxc5 [1:0]

In the final round I had White against Patrick Tae. I think this game illustrates how important the move order in variations can be. After 17. dxe6

the forcing 17... Qxd1+ 18. Rxd1 Rxf3 19. gxf3 Nc6 20. Bxc5 Re8 would lead to the position in the game. Instead, 17... Nc6? gave me an opportunity which I missed 18. Bxc5 18. Qb3! looks like it just busts black. 18...Ne7 19. Rxf8+ and 20. Bxc5 leave White a clear pawn up with the passer on e6. 18... Qxd1+ 19. Rxd1 Rxf3 20. gxf3 Re8 reaching the position in the note to the 20th move 21. Rd7 Ne5?! Again, a move order mistake. Afterwards we looked at 21... Rxe6 22. Rxb7 Ne5 23. Kg2 Nd3 24. Ba3 Bxc3 25. bxc3 Re2+ 26. Kg3 Rxa2 and couldn't find a way for White to make any progress. 22. Rxg7+! stronger than 22. Rxb7 Rxe6 transposing to the previous note. 22... Kxg7 23. Bd4 Kf6?! A natural looking move, guarding the knight, but I think more resistance could be put up with 23... Kg8 24. Bxe5 Rxe6 not allowing White to turn his f-pawn into a passed e-pawn after 24. f4 Kxe6 25. fxe5 after which I managed to win the ending.