Michael Goeller (2023) - Kenneth Chieu (2030) [B23]
Roselle CC at Kenilworth CC/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2005
During the game I debated with myself whether to play a Closed Sicilian or Open Kan lines. Most books suggest that the Closed makes sense when Black has played an early ...a6 because that move is usually unnecessary in the Closed lines and therefore a waste of time. I also figured that my opponent likely knew the open lines better than I did. But the open lines are better suited to my style and I should probably study them more. 5. d4 cxd4 6. Qxd4!? followed by Qf2 looks good.(6. Nxd4 is more standard but here the pawn at f4 looks out of place) The move order 5. d3 b5 6. g3 likely amounts to the same thing but I wanted to keep open the possibility of d4 if only to make him think about it.
(8... Nc6 9.
O-Od6 10. f5 e5 11. Be3 Nf6 12. h3 Be7 13. Qd2 d5 14. exd5 Nxd5 15. Bg5 h6 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Rae1 O-O18. Nh2 Qd6 19. Ng4 Kh7 20. f6 h5 21. Be4+ Kg8 22. Qg5 1-0 Branding,V-Becker,J/Kassel 1998 (22))
9. e5 h5 10. c3 a5 11. Be3 Nc6 12. Bf2 Ba6 13. h3 Rb8 14. Qc2 bxc3 15. bxc3 Be7 16.
I regret not playing, after long thought, 9. f5! e5 (9... Ngf6? 10. fxe6 fxe6 11. Ng5 ) 10. Nd5 Bxd5 (10... Qd8 11. c3 and d4) 11. exd5 Ngf6 12. d3 puts a cramp on Black. Not 12... Nxd5? 13. Ng5-> (or 13. Nxe5)
(10. b3!? Nc6 11. Bb2 Be7 12. Rae1 Nd4 13. Nxd4!? (13. Qf2 Nxf3+ 14. Bxf3=) 13... cxd4 14. Nd1 e5 15. c3! dxc3 16. Bxc3
O-O17. d4!? exd4 18. Bxd4 Bf6= 1/2-1/2 Qi Jingxuan-Torre,E/Buenos Aires 1978 (65))
10... Nc6 11. Nd1 Be7 12. c3
This move is the beginning of a mistaken concept. Basically, I wanted to discourage him from castling queenside before playing for a kingside attack, thinking that I could thus get a grip on both sides of the board. But this move potentially helps Black develop queenside play, leavespotentialweaknesses , wastes time, and could always be played once Black castles on that side. Better is to begin organizing for kingside play by
Maybe better was 11. Nb1!? to remaneuver via d2.
The "logical" follow-up.
An interesting temporary pawn sac. Black can also keep the edge simply by 20... Nb6!
I was afraid of putting my queen on d4 due to the risk of an eventual Bc5. But perhaps the pin on the Knight makes it playable. 23. Qd4 Bd5!? 24. cxb4 axb4 25. Qxb4 Ne4 26. Qe1 Nc5! looks like a mess for White but it might end up in an equal ending.
We both missed 25... Ne4!!-+ threatening Rxd3 and Bc5 with a powerful Black initiative.
Going into a likely drawn Bishops of opposite color ending. I had very little time left on the clock and would have been happy at this point simply to secure a draw. Trickier was 31. Rd7! Nb6 32. Rd6! Rc8 (32... Rb8? 33. Be2 Rh1 (33... Rd4? 34. Be3+-) 34. Rxd5!! Nxd5 35. Bf3 ) 33. Rxb6 Rcxc1 34. Rxc1 Rxc1 35. Rb5 and White actually has an edge!
I think I offered a draw here, which he refused.
White to play and at least force a draw.
Here I lost on time. In desperate time trouble, I thought I saw the glimmer of a forced draw by doublng Rooks on the 7th but failed to implement the plan in time. Best here was 38. Rd1!! Re8 39. Rdd7! and White will have at least perpetual check and probably would have an edge if it were not for the the clock. Oh well... I probably should have gotten slaughtered in the middlegame anyway, so losing in the ending is not so bad! 0-1 [Michael Goeller]
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