Reversed Dragon Theme Tournament

Kenilworth Chess Club, May 4, 2006

The following are seven of eight games played in the Kenilworth Chess Club's Reversed Dragon Theme Tournament on May 4, 2006. Everyone played two games (one as White and one as Black), according to rating or result. The time limit was Game 30. I think the opening was very well chosen, since it allowed good opportunities for both White and Black. The winner of the event was Mauricio Camejo, and the crosstable can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Mauricio Camejo - Michael Goeller [A29]

KCC Theme Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA (2) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. d3

6. Bg2 Nxc3 7. bxc3 e4 8. Nd4 Nxd4 9. cxd4 Qxd4 10. Rb1 Bd7?! 11. Rxb7 Ba4!? 12. Bb2!

6... Be7 7. Bg2 Nb6

7... Be6!=

8. Be3 O-O 9. h4 f5?!

"Why give him what he wants?"

9... Be6! 10. Ng5 Bd5 11. Nxd5 Nxd5=

9... f6 10. h5 Be6 11. h6 g6

10. Qb3+ Kh8 11. Ng5

11. O-O-O!

11... Qe8

11... Nd4 12. Nf7+ Rxf7 13. Qxf7 Be6 14. Qh5 Nc2+ 15. Kd2 Nxa1

12. Nb5??

12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Ne6

12... Na5 13. Qc2 Qxb5 14. Qxc7 Qxb2?

14... Bb4+! 15. Kf1 Nd5 16. Qxe5 Nxe3+ 17. Qxe3 f4 18. Qe4 Bf5 19. Qd5 Qxd5 20. Bxd5 fxg3 21. Nf7+ Rxf7 22. Bxf7 Rf8 23. Bd5 Bxd3 24. exd3 Rxf2+ 25. Kg1 Bc5 26. b4 Bd4

15. O-O Bxg5 16. hxg5 Nc6 17. g6!? hxg6 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Qxc6 Bd7

19... Rb8 20. Qxg6 Qxe2 21. Bh6 Rb7

20. Qxg6 Qxe2 21. Bh6 Rg8

21... Qg4!? 22. Bxg7+ Kg8 23. Qxg4 fxg4 24. Bxf8 Rxf8

21... gxh6 22. Qxh6+ Kg8 23. Qg6+

22. Bg5 Qf3??

Time pressure.

a) 22... Qg4? 23. Kg2 Rgc8 24. Rh1+ Kg8 25. Rh4 Bc6+ 26. Kg1 Qe2 27. Qe6+ Kf8 28. Rh8#

b) 22... Rgf8?! 23. Kg2!? (23. Bh6!? Qg4 24. Bxg7+ Kg8 25. Qxg4 fxg4 26. Bxf8 Kxf8) 23... Kg8 24. Rh1 Rac8! 25. Rh7! Bc6+ 26. Kg1 Rf7 27. Rh4 Rfc7 28. Qh7+ Kf8 29. Qxf5+ Kg8 30. Qh7+=

c) 22... Nd5? 23. Kg2! Nf4+ 24. Bxf4!

d) 22... Rgc8! 23. Bf6 (23. Kg2 Bc6+) 23... Qg4! (23... gxf6 24. Qh6+ Kg8 25. Qg6+ Kf8 26. Qxf6+ Kg8 (26... Ke8?! 27. Rfe1) 27. Qg6+=) 24. Bxg7+ Kg8 25. Qxg4 fxg4 26. Bxe5 Bc6!

23. Bf6!!

I resigned here, but later Scott Massey suggested I should have tried the tricky

23... Qf4!?

though White still mates by

24. Qh5+! 1-0


Mark Kernighan - Mauricio Camejo [A29]

KCC Theme Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. d3

6. Bg2 Nxc3 7. bxc3 e4 8. Nd4 Nxd4 9. cxd4 Qxd4 10. Rb1 Bd7?! 11. Rxb7 Ba4!? 12. Bb2!

6... f6 7. Bg2 Bb4?! 8. Bd2 Be6 9. Nxd5?!

9. O-O O-O 10. Rc1 (10. a3 Be7) 10... Qd7 (10... Bxc3 11. bxc3) 11. Nxd5! Bxd2 12. Nxf6+!

9... Bxd5 10. Bxb4 Nxb4 11. Qa4+ Nc6 12. Rc1 Qd7 13. O-O Ne7 14. Qc2 c6 15. Rfd1

15. e4! Bf7 16. d4! exd4 17. Rfd1 O-O 18. Nxd4

15... Qe6? 16. b3

16. e4! Bxa2 17. Nd2 a5 18. b3

16... Bxf3

16... e4 17. Nd4

17. Bxf3 h5 18. d4 O-O-O 19. Qc3?!

19. dxe5 Qxe5=

19... e4! 20. Bg2 Kb8!?

20... h4!

21. Qc2 f5 22. b4 Rd5?! 23. a4 Rhd8

23... h4!

24. Qc4 Qd6 25. e3 a6 26. h4

Fritz likes this too, but it gives Black's attack a natural hook.

26. f3!? h4 27. f4 hxg3 28. hxg3 g5 29. Kf2 Rg8 30. Rh1 gxf4 31. gxf4 Qg6 32. Rcg1 Qg3+ 33. Ke2 Qg4+ (33... Rd6 34. Bxe4) 34. Kd2

26... g5! 27. hxg5 h4! 28. gxh4 Ng6!?

28... Rh8!

29. Qe2?!

29. b5! axb5 30. axb5 Rxb5 31. h5 Nh4 32. Qf7 Rf8 33. Qg7 Nxg2 (33... f4!?) 34. Kxg2 f4

29... Nxh4 30. Rc5 Nxg2 31. Kxg2

and Black won.

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Michael Goeller - John Moldovan [A29]

KCC Theme Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6

a) 6... Nxc3 7. bxc3 e4 8. Nd4!? Nxd4 9. cxd4 Qxd4 10. Rb1

b) 6... Be7? 7. Nxe5!

c) 6... Be6 7. O-O Be7 8. d4!

7. O-O Be7 8. d3 O-O 9. Be3!?

Focusing on the c5 square, which is often a key battleground of the line.

9... Kh8!?

Preparing the ...f5 push.

9... f5? 10. b4! Bxb4 11. Qb3+ Kh8 12. Nxe5!

9... Be6! 10. a3 Nd5

10. a3 Be6 11. b4 f6 12. Ne4 Qd7 13. Bc5!?

With the idea of gaining c5 for the Knight by exchanging the Bishops.

White should simply get the two Bishops with 13. Nc5! Bxc5 14. Bxc5 Rfe8 15. b5! Ne7 16. a4

13... f5 14. Ned2

14. b5?! fxe4 15. bxc6 Qe8

14... Rad8!?

This move practically loses a pawn, but perhaps Black can turn it into a gambit.

14... Bd5 15. Qc2 Rae8

15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. b5 e4?!

Best may be 16... Nd4! 17. Nxd4 (17. Nxe5 Bd5 18. f4 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Nxb5) 17... exd4 18. Bxb7 Bd5! 19. Bxd5 Nxd5 and Black has plenty of compensation for the pawn due to pressure on the e-file against the White e-pawn, kingside attacking possibilities beginning with ...f4, and the weakness at c3 where Black can post his Knight to great effect, e.g.: 20. Re1 Nc3 21. Qb3 f4!

17. bxc6 exf3 18. Nxf3 bxc6 19. Ne5 Bd5

During the game I rather feared 19... Bb3!? 20. Qxb3 Qxe5 21. e3 Qb5 22. Qxb5 cxb5 23. d4 but despite material equality, Black is definitely worse.

20. Nxc6 Bxc6 21. Bxc6 Nd5

21... f4!?

22. Qb3 Qe5?! 23. d4! Qd6

23... Qxd4?? 24. Rad1

24. Bxd5 Qxd5 25. Qxd5 Rxd5 26. e3!

26. Rfc1!? Rxd4 27. Rxc7 Ra4 28. e3

26... c5

The logical move, eliminating a weak pawn. But now White gains a big edge.

27. dxc5 Rxc5 28. Rfc1 Rfc8 29. Rxc5 Rxc5 30. Rb1 Kg8?

Necessary was 30... h6 31. Kg2 though White still has very good winning chances.

31. Rb8+ Kf7 32. Rb7+ 1-0


Greg Tomkovich - Ed Selling [A29]

KCC Theme Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA (2) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. d3 Be7 7. Bg2 Be6 8. O-O O-O 9. a3 a6?!

If they were playing online at ICC, I would assume this was a "mouse slip," since the pawn seems to serve little purpose here.

9... a5!? weakens b5 but does inhibit White's queenside play.

10. Bd2 Rb8 11. Rc1 f6 12. b4 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Na7 14. Qc2 c6 15. d4 exd4?!

15... Nb5!

16. Nxd4 Bd5 17. e4! Bf7 18. Rcd1! Qb6 19. Nf5! Rfe8?

19... Nc8 20. Rd7

20. Nxe7+ Rxe7 21. Bd4! 1-0


John Moldovan - Mark Kernighan [A29]

KCC Theme Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA (2) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. d3

8. Rb1 g5!?

8... O-O

8... g5!? 9. d4!? exd4 10. Nb5

9. a3 Be6 10. b4 a6?!

Too passive and potentially weakening of the queenside.

Better 10... f5 11. b5 Nd4! 12. Nxe5?! Bf6

11. Bd2

a) 11. Be3! Nd5 12. Nxd5 Bxd5 13. Rc1

b) 11. Ne4 Bd5! 12. Nc5 Nd4 13. e3 Bxc5 14. bxc5 Nxf3+ 15. Bxf3 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 Na4

11... Qc8 12. Rc1 Bh3!? 13. Bxh3 Qxh3 14. Ne4

14. Qb3!?

14... Nd5 15. Rxc6? bxc6 16. Nxe5 Qe6 17. d4??

17. f4 gives White some play for the Exchange.

17... f6 0-1


Joe Demetrick - Henry Charry [A29]

KCC Theme Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA (2) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. a3 a5!?

Stopping White's thematic expansion on the queenside, but potentially weakening the b5 square.

9. d3 Be6 10. Bd2 a4! 11. Qc1 h6 12. Ne4 O-O 13. Nc5

13. Bxh6? gxh6 14. Qxh6 Bf5!

13... Bxc5 14. Qxc5 f6 15. Nh4!? Bd5 16. Nf5

16. Ng6 Bxg2 (16... Rf7)

16... Bxg2 17. Kxg2 Qd5+

17... Qd7

18. Qxd5+ Nxd5 19. Rac1 Rfc8 20. Rc5 Nde7 21. Ne3?! Nd4! 22. Re1 Nb3 23. Rc2 c5 24. Nc4 Nd4 25. Rc3 Rc6 26. Rcc1 Nd5 27. Ne3 Nxe3+ 28. Bxe3

and Back eventually won.

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Ed Selling - Joe Demetrick [A29]

KCC Theme Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. b3 O-O 9. Bb2 Bf5 10. d3 Qd7 11. Nb5 a6 12. Na3 Bh3 13. Nc4 f6 14. Rc1 Bxg2 15. Kxg2 Nd5 16. a3 Qg4 17. h3? Qg6?!

17... Nf4+! 18. Kg1 Nxh3+ 19. Kh2 Bc5

18. Kh2 Rac8 19. Nh4 Qf7 20. Nf5 Rfd8 21. Nd2?!

21. e4!? Nb6 22. Nxb6 cxb6 23. f4

21... Bf8 22. Ne4 Qe6 23. Ne3 Nd4 24. b4 Nb6 25. Nc5 Bxc5 26. Rxc5

26. bxc5 Nd5 27. Bxd4 exd4 28. Nxd5 Rxd5 29. Qb3 Re5 30. Qxe6+ Rxe6

26... e4!? 27. Bxd4 Rxd4 28. Qc2 exd3 29. exd3 Qd7 30. Rd1 c6 31. Nf5 Rd5 32. d4 Re8 33. Rxd5 Nxd5 1/2-1/2

Games in PGN

Theme Tournament Crosstable

Player R1 R2 T
(1) Camejo, Mauricio (2030) W5 W4 2
(2) Tomkovich, Greg (1696) D3 W6 1.5
(3) Charry, Henry (1765) D2 W7 1.5
(4) Goeller, Michael (2025) W8 L1 1
(5) Kernighan, Mark (2210) L1 W8 1
(6) Selling, Ed (1644) D7 L2 .5
(7) Demetrick, Joe (1563) D6 L3 .5
(8) Moldovan, John (1774) L4 L5 0