Garden State Chess League, Round One
By Michael Goeller
On Tuesday, March 3, the "Kenilworth Karpovs" took on the Staten Island team in the first round of action in the newly founded Garden State Chess League. Our players were Steve Stoyko, Michael Goeller, Max Sherer and Mike Wojcio. Kenilworth won 3-1. I've annotated the games of the top boards below.
Steve Stoyko (2248) - Jackson Hueckel (1800) [D94]
Garden State Chess League/West Orange Chess Club 2009
This weakens the c-file and the queenside. Necessary was 8... dxc4! when Black gets counterplay, e.g.: 9. Bxc4 Nb6 10. Bb3 (10. Be2 is better)
10... Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 e5! 13. dxe5?! Nfd7 14.
Discouraging e5 ideas.
White's little knight sortee has weakened Black's queenside and gained greater control of the c-file.
Simple chess! Now White has sufficient positional advantage, with the c-file and piece pressure, to practically force some material gain.
White is not only up a pawn, but he also wins the weak a6 pawn. Then he will target the isolated d-pawn. Steve shows fine technique with the remainder.
The Bishop repositions to target the d-pawn!
Heading to f4.
And Black resigned, since three pawns make the win easy even with Bishops of opposite color. A great technical demonstration by FM Stoyko.1-0
W. Sealey (1750) - Michael Goeller (2034) [A50]
Garden State Chess League/West Orange Chess Club, West O (1) 2009
I don't know what inspired this novelty. There are two book moves:
b) 5... e4! is probably best and recommended by Palliser in his book on the Tango. Black then just has to avoid playing ...d5 or we have a reversed French that should favor White here. One interesting example of play was 6. Nd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 d6 8. Be2
Interestingly, I had a very similar position as White out of the Two Knights French vs. Moldovan and missed this Knight maneuver to gain the initiative. But at least I learn frommymistakes!
This works very well in the game but is probably incorrect. I wanted to make sure that my opponent did not get in the annoying f4 advance, which had stopped my attack cold in the Moldovan game. But there is a better way: 13... e4! with the idea of Nf7-e5, b6, and Ba6 was probably the way to go, and if 14. f4!? exf3 15. Bxf3 Nf7 followed by Ne5 and b6 has got to be better for Black.
Logical but loosening.
Now everything goes Black's way, with ideas like f3, Bxh3, and Rf6-h6 in the air.
I wanted to play 19... Nxc4?! but White's ok after 20. Bxf4! gxf4 21. Qxc4 and Black has nothing since 21... Bxh3? 22. gxh3 Qg3+ 23. Kf1 (23. Kh1 Qxh3+ 24. Kg1 Rf7!!) 23... Qxh3+ 24. Ke2 is just bad. But 19...Qg3 first might make Nxc4 possible in some lines.
20. Kh1? Nxc4! 21. Bxf4 Rxf4 22. Qxc4 Bxh3!! and now this works like a charm, e.g.: 23. Re2 (23. gxh3? Rh4) 23... Re8! 24. Qxc7 Rexe4!! 25. fxe4 (25. Qb8+ Kg7 26. Qxb7+ Kg6) 25... Bxg2+ 26. Rxg2 Qh3+ 27. Kg1 Qe3+ 28. Kh1 Rh4+ 29. Rh2 Qf3+ 30. Kg1 Rg4+
Now those doubled pawns are trouble. White should probably try 21.Qf2 just giving one up now to survive.
Fritz prefers 21... Qh2! but I thought my move was more direct.
I debated "which rook," but 23... Rf7 amounts to the same thing.
With all of Black's forces into the attack, White is just lost.
and White resigned because mate is unavoidable.
Games in PGNCopyright © 2009 by Michael Goeller