Holiday Blitz

By Michael Goeller

The following wild games were played during the 2007 Holiday Party at the Kenilworth Chess Club. I thought they were fun and interesting, if only because in both Black's King steps out for a walk via d7 rather early in the game.

Mark Kernighan (2200) - Michael Goeller (2000) [D07]

Blitz:5'/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2007


1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c4 Bg4 4. cxd5 Bxf3 5. gxf3 Qxd5 6. e3 e6 7. Nc3 Qh5 8. Bg2 Nf6 9. f4 Qh4?

Trying to keep things complicated, but the Queen exchange is objectively fine for Black: 9... Qxd1+! 10. Kxd1 O-O-O! 11. Bxc6? bxc6 followed by ...c5.

 

10. Qa4 Kd7!

This looks crazy, but it's the best chance for Black to hold things together.

 

11. Qb5 Ng4 12. Nd1

12. Rf1! Qxh2 13. Be4! (13. Qxb7?? Qxg2 14. Qxa8? Nh2!)

 

12... Bb4+ 13. Ke2 Rhb8!

Indirectly defending the Bishop at b4 and clearing the way for the King to find safety on the kingside without locking in the Rook.

 

14. d5

14. Qg5! Be7! 15. Qxh4 (15. Qxg7?? Rg8 16. Qxf7 Raf8) 15... Bxh4 16. Rg1!

 

14... exd5 15. Bxd5

15. Qxd5+ Ke8 16. h3 Nf6 17. Qg5!

 

15... Nxh2!?

15... Ke8! 16. Bxc6+ bxc6 17. Qxc6+ Kf8

 

16. Bf3?! Qh3 17. Qd5+ Ke8 18. Nc3?










18... Bxc3?

The exchanges looked about equal, but I miss a critical in-between-move -- and I miss a win for Black with my own zwichenzug: 18... Rd8! gives me a critical tempo on the game line: 19. Qh5 Qxf3+ 20. Qxf3 Nxf3 21. Kxf3 h6 -- note that White can't play 21.Rxh7 here due to Bxc3, Ng1+ and Rd1+ etc. and the Knight is rescued.

 

19. bxc3 Qxf3+ 20. Qxf3 Nxf3 21. Rxh7!

zwichenzug!

 

21... Ng1+! 22. Kf1 Rd8!? 23. Kxg1

23. Ba3!

 

23... Rd1+ 24. Kg2 Rad8 25. Rxg7 Kf8 26. Rh7 Kg8 27. Rh5 Re1 28. Bb2 Rxa1 29. Bxa1 Rd2 30. f5

30. c4! Kf8 31. Bf6 Ke8 32. a3

 

30... Rxa2 31. Rh1 f6 32. c4 Kg7 33. Rd1 Na5?

33... Kf7 34. e4 (34. Rd7+ Ke8 35. Rd1) 34... Ra4!

 

34. Rd7+ Kh6 35. Bxf6 Nxc4 36. e4 Nd6 37. Kf3

37. Rd8 Nf7 38. Rf8 Ng5 39. Rg8 Nh7 40. Bg7+ Kg5 41. Be5+ Kh6 42. Kg3

 

37... Ra3+?

37... Rxf2+! 38. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 39. Kf3 Nxf6 40. Rxc7 Kg5 offers drawing chances.

 

38. Kf4 Ra4










39. Bg5+ 1-0


Michael Goeller (2000) - Mark Kernighan (2200) [B23]

Blitz:5'/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2007


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 d6 4. Bb5 Bd7 5. Nf3 g6 6. O-O Bg7 7. d3 e6 8. Bxc6!?

8. Qe1 is better, but I liked the idea of 9.f5 to follow.

 

8... Bxc6 9. f5 h6!?

To prevent Ng5 or Bg5 in some lines.

 

10. Qe1 Ne7 11. Nh4!? gxf5 12. exf5 Bd4+ 13. Be3!










13... Kd7?!

Mark has never been known to care much for king safety.... But, then, my King went for a walk to the same square in the previous game! Black has time to castle queenside, though, which is better:

a) 13... Qb6?! 14. fxe6 fxe6 15. Bxd4 cxd4 16. Na4!! (16. Ne4?! O-O-O) 16... Bxa4 17. Qxe6 Kd8 18. Rae1 Re8 19. Qf6!

b) 13... Bxc3! 14. Qxc3 e5 is likely Black's best, with the idea of O-O-O.

 

14. Bxd4 cxd4 15. fxe6+ fxe6 16. Ne4 Nd5?! 17. Qg3

17. Rf7+! Kc8 18. Qg3 e5 19. Nf5

 

17... e5

17... Kc7 18. Rf7+ Kb6 19. Nxd6

 

18. Qg7+

18. Rf7+! Kc8 19. Nf5 is deadly.

 

18... Kc8










19. Ng6?

I stink at blitz! White need not worry about the Knight hanging when he can just press forward with the attack: 19. Nxd6+! or 19. Rf7 are clear winners.

 

19... Re8

19... Rg8 20. Nxd6+!

 

20. Rf7 a6 21. c4 dxc3 22. bxc3 Kb8 23. Rb1 Qa5?

23... b5 24. c4 may have been survivable, given that Mark is so much faster than I am at blitz.

 

24. Rbxb7+ Bxb7 25. Rxb7+

1-0

[Michael Goeller]

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