Five-Minute Tournament

The following were among my more memorable efforts in the five-minute tournament at the Kenilworth Chess Club on May 10, 2007.

Anna Matlin (1800) - Michael Goeller (2023) [C25]

Five-Minute Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2007


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 Bb4 4. Nf3

a) in a warm-up game we played before the main event, Anna had tried instead 4. Nd5 Nf6! 5. Nxb4 Nxb4 6. fxe5?! Nxe4 7. Nf3










7... Ng5! (and suddenly White is worse, despite playing natural moves!) 8. Be2 (8. Nxg5 Qxg5 9. d3 Qxe5+) 8... Nxf3+ 9. Bxf3 Qh4+ 10. g3 Qc4 11. b3? (11. d3 Qxc2) 11... Nxc2+ 12. Kf2 Qd4+ 13. Kg2 Nxa1 14. Ba3 c5?! (14... Qd3!) 15. Qc1 Qd3! 16. Qxc5? Qxd2+ 17. Kf1? d6 18. Qxd6? Bh3+ 19. Kg1? Qe3#

 

b) 4. fxe5? Bxc3 5. dxc3 Qh4+ 6. Ke2 Qxe4+ 7. Kf2 Nxe5

 

4... Nf6!?

a) 4... exf4 5. Nd5 Nge7 6. a3 Ba5

b) 4... d6 5. Bb5

5. fxe5!

5. Nxe5 Bxc3 6. dxc3 Qe7 7. Nxc6 Qxe4+ 8. Qe2 dxc6=

5... Bxc3 6. dxc3 Nxe4 7. Qd5 f5 8. Bc4 Qe7










9. Bd3?!

9. O-O! Rf8 (9... Qc5+ 10. Nd4! Qxd5 11. Bxd5 Nxd4 12. cxd4 d6 is a mess) 10. Nd4 Nxd4 11. cxd4 c6 12. Qa5 d5 13. exd6 Qxd6 14. Be3 Be6

9... d6

9... Nf6!? 10. Qb3 d6

10. Bxe4 Be6 11. Qd3 fxe4 12. Qxe4 O-O!?

12... dxe5! 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Qxe5 O-O

13. Bg5

13. exd6! Qxd6 14. Ng5!?

13... Qf7 14. O-O-O dxe5

14... Bf5!

15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. Qxe5 Rae8 17. Qg3










17... Bxa2! 18. b3 Bxb3 19. cxb3 Qxb3 20. Rd2 Rf5 21. Bh4??

21. Bh6

21... Ra5

and Black won. Perhaps even more decisive would have been 21... Rb5!

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Mark Bilenky (2005) - Michael Goeller (2023) [C41]

Five-Minute Tournament/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2007


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d3 f5!?

Trying to gain some traction against White's seemingly passive set-up. But I think I end up over-reaching.

4. Nc3 Nf6 5. g3!?

This looks bad to me, and to Fritz, but I think White can get away with this. He is White, after all.

5... Nc6 6. Bg2 fxe4 7. dxe4 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. Be3 Qd7?!

9... Be7 10. Qd2 O-O 11. O-O-O Kh8 (11... Nxe4?? 12. Qd5+) 12. g4 Bf7 13. Ng5 Bg8

10. Qd2

10. Nd5! O-O-O (10... Bg6) 11. Nxf6 gxf6 12. Nxe5 Bxd1 13. Nxd7 Bxc2 14. Nxf8 Rhxf8 15. Rc1 and White's two Bishops and superior pawn structure leave him for choice.

10... Be7 11. O-O-O h6 12. g4 Bg6 13. Ne1 O-O-O 14. Nd3 Nd4?!

White is alrea dy better, but after this faulty plan he has several shots -- which, fortunately, he misses at the fast time control. Relatively best may be 14... Qe6!? 15. f4 Qc4 16. f5 Bf7 17. Kb1 Qa6 (17... d5? 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 Bxd5 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21. Nxd5) (17... b5?? 18. b3) 18. Nd5

15. f3

15. Nf4! exf4 16. Bxd4 c5 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Nd5 Qa4 19. Kb1 Bxe4 20. Bxe4 Qxe4 21. Qa5 Kb8 22. Rhe1

15. f4!?

15... Nb5?

15... Bf7

16. Bf1?!

16. Nxe5! dxe5 17. Qxd7+

16... Nxc3 17. Qxc3 Qa4 18. b3?!

It was difficult to tell if this was a blunder or a deliberate sacrifice in order to get a counter-attack along the a-file.

White should play simply 18. Kb1! when both ideas I had in mind lead to White's advantage: 18... d5?! (18... Bf7?! 19. b3 Qa3?? 20. Bc1) (18... Be8 followed by ...Qc6) 19. Nxe5 Bb4 20. Qb3 Qxb3 21. axb3 Be8 22. exd5 Rxd5 23. Rxd5 Nxd5 24. Bxa7! and Black has no compensation.

18... Qxa2 19. Kd2 d5!?

This appears to hold the balance with best play. But I wish I had spent more time examining Fritz's favorite:

19... Bxe4! 20. Ra1 and now I failed to appreciate 20... Bxf3 21. Nf2 Nd5 22. Rxa2 Nxc3 23. Kxc3 Bxh1 24. Nxh1 a6 and Black's Rook and three pawns for two pieces is a winning advantage.

20. Nxe5??

He played this instantly, obviously having forseen my move during my longest think of the game. But it loses instantly if I play correctly. White should retain a positional plus, but no more, after

20. Ra1 d4 21. Rxa2 dxc3+ 22. Kxc3 a6 23. h4! (23. Nxe5?! Bxe4!! 24. fxe4 Nxe4+ 25. Kb2 Bf6 26. Ra5 Rhe8 27. Bf4 g5 28. Bh2 c5 29. Bg2 Bxe5+ 30. Bxe5 Rxe5 31. Bxe4 Rxe4 32. Rxc5+ Kb8=)

20... Bxe4?

I was regretting not playing ... Bxe4 on the previous move and so played this too quickly. Black can win easily in at least one way: a) 20... dxe4+! 21. Bd4 (21. Ke1 Rxd1+ 22. Kxd1 Nd5 23. Qd4 Rd8) 21... Rxd4+ 22. Qxd4 Rd8 23. Qxd8+ Bxd8 24. Nxg6 Qa5+ 25. Ke2 (25. Kc1 Qg5+) 25... Qc3

b) 20... d4 is also strong but less clear after 21. Bxd4 Rxd4+ 22. Qxd4 Rd8 23. Qxd8+ Bxd8 24. Nxg6 Qa5+ 25. Ke2 Qc3

21. Ra1 d4 22. Bxd4 Bb4!










a) 22... Qxc2+ 23. Qxc2 Bxc2 24. Kxc2 Rxd4 25. Rxa7 Kb8 26. Ra4=

b) 22... Rxd4+ 23. Bd3! Bb4 24. Rxa2 transposes moves. 24... Re8

23. Qxb4?

Things are far from decided after the superior 23. Rxa2! Rxd4+ 24. Bd3! (24. Nd3 Bxc3+ 25. Kxc3 Bxf3! 26. Kxd4 Bxh1 27. Rxa7 Rd8+ 28. Kc3 b6) 24... Re8 25. Qxb4 Rxb4 26. Kc3 c5 27. Nc4 Bxf3 28. Rf1 Bg2 29. Nd6+ Kd7 30. Nxe8 Nd5+ 31. Kb2 Bxf1 32. Bxf1 Kxe8 33. Rxa7

23... Qxa1 24. Ba6?! Rxd4+ 25. Nd3 Rxb4

25... Qxh1 26. Qxd4 bxa6

26. Rxa1 Bxd3 27. Bxd3 a6

and Black, a Rook ahead, went on to win.

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