Thursday, June 21, 2007

From the Jaws of Victory

Ok, this is me speaking.  But this doesn't seem like bad news at this point.  I am rather encouraged.

My best friend came in 3rd overall this weekend.  It was only a 3/5 score, but he lost to the 1 and 2 players.  Each of them from the significant jaws of victory.  He claims it was because he did not get enough rest each round as his was the last game each round. This says way more about the competition than him.  

Since it seemed to happen with each player he player, and he had a tough time occasionally during the speed chess portion of the game we are going to start with clocks at the beginning of the game.  At least then it won't be a guess as to when speed chess starts, which appeared to start when it got down to 3 boards.

But here is the game against the top player.  He is clearly ahead when the clock was started and writing the score stopped.  You can just smell the cheap-o coming.   We had a quick discussion on how to convert the win, and that there were at least two occasions that he could force the exchange of rooks, and take his merry time once all hope had been extinguished.

But I am quite proud.  He is actually gotten a bit stronger than his ego, which is good.  This means that he will be able to catch up to his natural strength a bit slower.   And it will be interesting to see where we end up this summer.  But already he is much much stronger that he was.  And he, is only really doing tactics training.

[Event "Boys and Girl's Club"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2007.06.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "The Enemy"]
[Black "My Best Friend"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C48"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 d6 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. O-O Ba6 7. Re1 g6 8. d3 Bg7 9. Bg5 O-O 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. d4 exd4 12. Nxd4 c5 13. Nf3 Rb8 14. e5 dxe5 15. Qxd8 Rfxd8 16. Nxe5 Rxb2 17. Rac1 Re8 18. Nd7 Rxe1+ 19. Rxe1 Bxc3 20. Rc1 Bd2 21. Rd1 Be2 22. Ra1 Rxc2 23. Nf6+ Kh8 24.Ne4 c4 25. Nxd2 Rxd2 26. g3 Bf3 27. h4 c3 28. Rc1 c2 29. Kh2 Rxf2+ 30. Kh3 Be2 31. a3 Bd3 32. g4 Bf1+ 33. Kg3 Rd2 34. h5 gxh5 35. gxh5 Bd3 1-0



HardDaysKnight said...

What a great game black played! You and he have every reason to be proud. Way to go!

Loomis said...

I think there must have been 5-6 times he could have forced a trade of rooks, including 29. ... Rd1 (if Rxc2 Rh1#). If you don't see the mate on h1, 29. ... Be4 and Rd1 next wins the rook for the pawn or makes a new queen. I think a pawn on the 7th with an opposing rook blockading it is an important kind of position. There are lots of good tactics for dislodging the rook.

I think your son played really well. The tactic to win the piece was not a simple one. 21. ... Be2 was also awesome.

One move that a lot of beginners would find attractive is 6. ... Ba6 because it appears to develop a piece with a tempo. In reality, the rook wants to go to e1 anyhow and it's not totally clear the bishop belongs on a6.

Cratercat said...

Beautiful endgame technique on your son's part. Seized half-open files with his rooks and worked white's pawns like a wrecking ball. At least his superior play cushioned the loss on time in a clearly won game by black. Nice work!

Blue Devil Knight said...

Excellent game. He seems to be becoming a force to be reckoned with.