Thursday, December 04, 2008

#410 STC Gauntlet - Round 5, Game 1

Last night I got a good opening with the ...Qd7 Winawer, dropped a pawn at move 17 and should've lost but my opponent made mistakes at turns 25 & 26 to let me escape with a draw.

Here's the lightly annotated PGN...

[Event "STC Gauntlet - FICS Wild Card"]
[Site "FICS"]
[Date "2008.12.03"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "strokerace"]
[Black "jmoldovan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C16"]
[WhiteElo "1897"]
[BlackElo "1806"]
[Annotator "Moldovan,John"]
[PlyCount "56"]
[EventDate "2008.11.04"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[Source "The Chess Coroner #410"]
[SourceDate "2008.12.04"]

{French Defense, Winawer Variation} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Qd7 5.

Bd2 Ne7 6. Nf3 b6 7. a3 Bxc3 8. bxc3 Qa4 $146 9. Bd3 Ba6 10. Qe2 h6 11. O-O O-O 12. h3 c5 13. Qd1 Nbc6 14. dxc5 Bxd3 $6 (14... bxc5 $15) 15. cxd3 Qxd1 16.
Rfxd1 bxc5 17. Be3 d4 $2 (17... c4 18. dxc4 dxc4 $11) 18. cxd4 cxd4 19. Bxd4
Nxd4 20. Nxd4 Ng6 $2 (20... Rfd8 21. Nf3 Nd5 $14) 21. Nc6 $1 $16 Rfc8 22. Rac1
Rc7 23. Rc4 Rac8 $6 24. Rdc1 Kf8 25. Nxa7 $2 (25. Ne7 $1 Rxc4 26. Nxg6+ fxg6
27. Rxc4 $18) (25. g3 $18) 25... Rxc4 26. Rxc4 $2 (26. dxc4 Rc5 27. Rb1 $16)
26... Rxc4 27. dxc4 Nxe5 28. c5 Ke7 $44 1/2-1/2

...&
java-replay.

The rematch/final game is Friday at 8:15 p.m. EST.

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