Games from Round 8

Mark Kernighan (2210) - Steve Stoyko (2325) [D59]

Kenilworth Chess Club Chp./Kenilworth, NJ (8) 2006


1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 b6 Steve chooses the Tartakower system over Lasker's 7... Ne4 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bg3!? c5 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bd3?!










White should have better than this:

a) The "hanging pawns" that Black has after 11. dxc5 bxc5 give him good play due to his greater control of space and good development.

 

b) better than the game line was probably 11. Be2 Bf5 12. O-O Nc6 with mutual chances.

 

11... c4! 12. Bb1 Bb4+ 13. Kf1

White may be able to play 13. Nd2!? Ba6 (13... c3 14. bxc3 Bxc3 15. Qc2 Bxd2+ 16. Qxd2 Ba6 17. Bd3=) 14. O-O! c3 (14... f5!?) 15. bxc3 Bxf1 16. cxb4 Ba6 17. a4 with some compensation for the Exchange.

 

13... Nc6 14. Qc2 g6 15. Qa4 Bd7 16. Qd1

16. Ne5 Nxe5 (16... c3!?) 17. Qxb4 Nd3 18. Bxd3 cxd3

 

16... Re8 17. Bf4 Bf8 18. h4 Bg4! 19. h5!? Bxh5 20. a3 Bg7 21. Qa4

There is not much hope in 21. Rxh5!? gxh5 22. Qc2 Re4! (22... Qf6 23. Qh7+ Kf8 24. Bf5 ) 23. Nd2?! (23. Qd1 Rxf4!? 24. exf4 Qf6 ) 23... Nxd4! 24. exd4 Rxf4-+

 

21... Qf6 22. Ne5 Nxe5

22... Nxd4! 23. g4!? Nb3-+

 

23. Bxe5 Qe6

23... Rxe5!? 24. dxe5 Qxe5

 

24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Bc2 Bg4 26. Qb4 Bf5 27. Ba4 Bd3+ 28. Kg1 Reb8 29. Re1 b5 30. Bd1 a5 31. Qd2 h5 32. Rh4 Rh8 33. Bf3 f5

An interesting idea, but hardly something you want to get involved in when up a pawn, is 33... g5!? 34. Rxh5 Rxh5 35. Bxh5 Rh8 36. Qd1 f5 37. g4 Be4 38. f3! fxg4!? 39. fxe4 (39. Bxg4?? Qh6-+) 39... Rxh5 40. e5 Rh3! with good attacking chances.

 

34. b3 Be4 35. Bd1 Qe7 36. g3 Qxa3 37. f3 Bd3 38. Be2 Bxe2 39. Rxe2 Raf8?

Black is clearly winning after either 39... Qxb3 or 39... cxb3

 

40. bxc4 bxc4 41. e4 Qxf3??










A very unfortunate time pressure blunder. The Queen will not escape this square after White's next. Black is still winning after a number of other moves, including 41... fxe4 42. Re3 Qa1+ 43. Re1 c3!!-+

 

42. Re3 fxe4 43. Rxf3 Rxf3 44. Qxa5 drawn by repetition in a time scramble that was not recorded. 1/2-1/2 [Fritz8]


Joe Demetrick (1560) - Bob Pelican (1649) [C02]

Kenilworth Chess Club Chp./Kenilworth, NJ (8) 2006


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bd7 4. Nf3 a6

An interesting line, better than the Wade Variation where Black tries to exchange off his bad bishop via c5, Qb6, and Bb5. Here Black does not commit to c5 and does not expose his Queen to attack while creating chances to exchange the Bishop. Meanwhile, if White tries a move to avoid Bb5, then Black can transpose back to normal lines where Bd7 is no loss of time.

 

5. Bd3

This natural move seems to play into Black's plans to exchange light-squared Bishops. It's like putting money into a car you know you are going to be exchanging. What's the point? Better to develop any other piece. Gary Lane gives 5. Bg5 Ne7 6. Nc3!? c5 7. dxc5 Qa5 8. a3 Qxc5 9. Bd3 Ng6 Borngasser-Basman, Birmingham 1972

 

5... Bb5!










6. O-O Bxd3 7. Qxd3 c5 8. c3?!

Again, the stereotypical French Advance moves seem out of place here. 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. c4! Ne7 10. Nc3 trying to gain some advantage from White's temporary development lead looks good, with ideas like Bg5, Rfd1, and Rac1.

 

8... Nc6 9. Bf4!?

White can accept safe equality now with 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Be3=

 

9... Qb6 10. Qd2 Rc8=

10... cxd4! 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. cxd4 Bb4 13. Nc3 Rc8 14. Rfc1 Rc4 15. Be3 Ne7 gives Black a clear edge.

 

11. dxc5! Bxc5 12. b4!?

In exchange for contol of the d4-square and potential queenside play, White commits to a long-term structural weakness of a backward pawn and weak c4-square. But it is a reasonable trade-off....

 

12... Bf8! 13. Na3 Nge7 14. Nc2 Ng6 15. Bg3

Better 15. Rfe1 ("take my bad bishop, please!") or 15. a4!? Qc7 16. Rfe1

 

15... Be7 16. a3?!

16. a4! seeking queenside counterplay is in order if White wants to spend time moving the a-pawn at all.

 

16... O-O 17. h4! Rfd8?!

17... Qc7 18. Rfe1 h5 19. Ncd4 Nxd4 20. cxd4 Qc3 21. Qxc3 Rxc3 22. Rec1 Rfc8 23. Rxc3 Rxc3

 

18. Ncd4

18. h5 Nf8 19. h6

 

18... Rd7 19. h5! Nf8 20. h6 g6 21. Qf4 Qd8 22. Rfd1 f6?! 23. Qg4?!

This gives Black the chance he needs to shut down White's kingside attack. Necessary was to open lines with 23. exf6 Bxf6 24. Qe3

 

23... f5! 24. Qf4 g5! 25. Qd2 g4?!

25... >= Nxd4 26. Nxd4 Rdc7 27. Rac1 Qe8=

 

26. Ne1

>= 26. Nxc6 Rxc6 27. Nd4

 

26... Nxd4 27. cxd4 Ng6 28. Nd3 b6

28... Bg5!

 

29. Nf4 Kf7

29... Bg5 30. Nxe6!? Bxd2 31. Nxd8 Bxh6 32. Ne6 Rc3

 

30. Nxg6 hxg6?!

30... Kxg6=

 

31. Kf1?

31. Rac1

 

31... g5

31... Bg5

 

32. Ke2 Kg6 32... Qh8 33. f3 33. Rh1! 33... gxf3+ 34. gxf3 Bf8 35. Rac1 Rc4 36. Qb2?!

36. Rh1 Rdc7 37. Bf2 Rxc1 38. Rxc1 Bxh6

 

36... Rdc7 37. Rxc4 Rxc4 38. b5 a5 39. Rc1? >= 39. Rh1 39... Qc7 40. Kd2?










40... Rxc1 41. Qxc1 Qxc1+ 42. Kxc1 Bxa3+-+ and Black must queen one of his passed pawns on opposite sides of the board. 43. Kd2 Kxh6 44. Kd3 Bc1 45. Be1 a4 46. Kc2 Be3 47. Kd3 Bc1 48. Kc2 Be3 49. Kd3 f4 50. Bb4 Kh5 51. Bd6 g4 52. Bc7 a3 53. Kc3 Bxd4+ 54. Kb3 Bc5 0-1 [Fritz8]


Ted Mann (1476) - Ed Selling (1644) [B22]

Kenilworth Chess Club Chp/Kenilworth, NJ (8) 2006


1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nc6!?

2... Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Bc4?! Qc7! 2... d5 3. exd5 Qxd5=

 

3. d4 d6?! 4. Bb5!?

This pin does not gain much since it is easily broken by ...a6. Better to gain space by 4. d5! Ne5 5. f4 Nd7 6. Nf3

 

4... Qb6!? 5. Qd3 Bd7 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. Na3 a6 8. Ba4 cxd4 9. Nc4?

9. Nxd4=

 

9... Qc7 10. e5

10. Nxd4 b5-+

 

10... dxe5 11. Bxc6 Bxc6 12. Ncxe5 Bxf3 13. Nxf3 dxc3 14. b3?!

White should regain one pawn or develop: 14. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 15. bxc3 Rc8-+ or even 14. O-O!? cxb2 15. Bxb2 with some compensation for the two pawns, one of which should be recovered.

 

14... e6-+ 15. O-O Be7 16. g3?! Rd8 17. Qc2 O-O 18. Bf4 Qc5 19. Be3 Qd5 20. Nd4 Rc8 21. h3 b5 22. Rad1 Qe4 23. Qc1 Nd5 24. Rfe1 Nxe3?

24... c2! 25. Rd2 Nb4-+

 

25. Rxe3 Qb7 26. Rxc3 Rxc3 27. Qxc3 Bf6

White has managed to regain one pawn, but Black still has a winning advantage and now reorganizes his forces very effectively.

 

28. Qc2 h6 29. Ne2 Rc8 30. Qb1 Qf3 31. Nf4 Bg5 32. Nd3 Qe2 33. h4 Bf6 34. Nf4 Qc2

It might be easier for Black to win with the Queens on, but he was probably frustrated at not being able to double on the second rank.

 

35. Nh5 Qxb1!?

The resulting Rook ending at least guarantees Black a strong position on the second rank.

 

36. Nxf6+ gxf6 37. Rxb1 Rc2! 38. Ra1 f5 39. Kg2 Kg7 40. Kf3 h5 41. b4 Kf6 42. a3 Rc3+ 43. Kg2

43. Kf4?? e5#

 

43... Ke5 44. f4+ Kd4

Black now has a winning advantage due to his extra pawn and powerfully placed pieces. White's only chance is to mix things up by getting his Rook active.

 

45. a4!? Kc4 46. axb5 axb5 47. Ra7 Kxb4 48. Rxf7 Re3 49. Rh7! Kc3 50. Rxh5 b4 51. Rh7 b3 52. Rc7+ Kd2 53. Rd7+ Kc2 54. Rc7+










54... Rc3!

Black is now poised to Queen first by a long run. Putting the King in front of the pawn would be a mistake and would give White the tempi he needs to catch up in the pawn race.

 

55. Rb7 b2 56. h5 b1=Q 57. Rxb1 Kxb1 58. Kh3 Kc2 59. Kh4 Kb3 60. h6 Rc1 61. Kg5 Kc4 62. Kf6 Kd5 63. h7 Rh1 64. Kg7 Ke4 65. h8=Q Rxh8 66. Kxh8 Kf3 67. Kg7 Kxg3 68. Kf6 Kxf4 69. Kxe6 Ke4 You really only need one pawn and a clear path to queen it.... White resigns. 0-1 [Fritz8]


Mike Wojcio (1603) - Greg Tomkovich (1718) [A07]

Kenilworth Chess Club Chp/Kenilworth, NJ (8) 2006


1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 c6 3. e3?! This move generally does not combine well with a kingside fianchetto. 3... e5 4. Ne2 Nf6 5. b3 Bd6 6. Bb2 O-O 7. d3 Bf5 8. Nd2










8... Nbd7

White is playing a Reversed Hippopotamus, which has got to be one of the most odd-ball reversed openings I've ever seen.

 

9. Nf3 e4 10. Nfd4 Bg6

By a series of simple moves, Black has gained the edge.

 

11. Qd2 exd3 12. cxd3 Ne5 12... Nc5! 13. Nf4 Qe7 14. O-O Rfe8 15. Rae1 Rad8 16. Nde2 Bf5 17. Nd4 Bg4 18. h3 Bd7 19. Kh2 Bc5 20. Nc2 Bb6?! 21. d4 21. Ba3! c5 22. d4+/= 21... Ng6 22. Nxg6 hxg6 23. Rc1 Bf5 24. Ne1 Ne4 25. Qe2 Bc7 26. Nf3 Qd6 27. Qe1 Kh7 28. Nd2 Ng5 29. h4 Ne6 30. Qe2 Rh8!?

An interesting attacking idea, which White underestimates.

 

31. Nf3 Kg8 32. Kg1 Bg4 33. Qe1 Bxf3 34. Bxf3 Rxh4! 35. Kg2 Ng5 36. Rh1 Nxf3 37. Kxf3 Rxh1 38. Qxh1 Qe6 39. Ke2 Re8 40. Qh2 f6 41. Rh1 Qe4 42. Rc1 Bb6 43. Qh1 Qg4+ 44. Kd3 Qf5+ 45. Ke2 Ba5 46. Qg2 Re4 47. Qf3 Qe6 48. Rh1 Qe7!

That's the idea! Switch sides with the attack.

 

49. Kd3 Qb4 50. Qe2?? Diagram #

Necessary was 50. Kc2 Qd2+ 51. Kb1 Qd3+ 52. Ka1 Bc3

 

50... Qb5+ White resigned, since he will lose his Queen next move. 0-1

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