Friday, June 17, 2005

Game against Mike Wojcio

At last night's meeting, Mike Wojcio brought more than 100 old photos of the club, mostly from the 1990s, and laid them all around for us to see and for me to pick from for the website. Mike has been a fixture of the Kenilworth Club since the beginning and has done a lot to keep it going over the years. His History of the Kenilworth Chess Club is a great piece, and I hope he is willing to make future contributions to our site (maybe by annotating some games from the U.S. Open when he goes later this summer - hint, hint).

After talking about pictures, we played each other in the Summer Tournament. Mike lost too much time in the opening and was punished accordingly:

[Event "KCC Summer Tournament"]
[Site "Kenilworth, NJ USA"]
[Date "2005.06.16"]
[White "Wojcio, Mike"]
[Black "Goeller, Mike"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 {This move wastes time, since White can easily play 3.d4 without this extra support. The move also makes it difficult to defend the e-pawn comfortably, as we shall see. Most of my games go 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 =} Nf6 4. Qe2 Bg4 5. g3 {The Bishop needs to develop, but this move weakens the support of the Knight at f3 and hands Black the initiative.} d5 {Mike almost played 6.e5? Nxe5!} 6. exd5 Qxd5 7. Bg2 O-O-O 8. d4 e5 9. c4 {A blunder, but White is in trouble.} Qa5 {Black can also win a pawn by 9...Nxd4!? but this is stronger.} 10. Bd2 Bb4 11. d5 e4 {I wanted to open the e-file, but likely 11....Nd4! is even stronger.} 12. O-O Nd4 {Easier is simply 12...exf3. Now White loses his Queen but gets some tricky tactics against my king.} 13. Nxd4 Bxe2 14. Bxb4 Qxb4 15. Nxe2 Qxb2 16. Nbc3 Qb4 17. Nb5 Qxc4 18. Ned4 Qxd5 19. Nxa7 Kb8 20. Nab5 c6 21. Nxc6 Qxc6 22. a4 Rd2 23. Rac1 Qb6 24. Nc3 e3 25. Rb1 exf2 26. Kh1 Rb2 27. a5 Qb3 28. Rxb2 Qxb2 29. Na4 Qb4 30. Nb6 Qxa5 31. Rb1 Qe1 0-1

I had no PGN editor handy to put that file together, but I found a good one online from Chessters by Andrew Lapides. It took a little time and one annoying wrong button push, but I thought it was a useful little program. My advice: remember to use the "edit" and "save" buttons when creating PGNs and no others.

I also got two games by our newest member, Laukik Gadgil, who recently graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick and has been spending what free time he has (outside the job search) playing and studying chess. I hope to post those games later today or tomorrow when I have time. Laukik had Greg Tomkovich on the ropes in their game and probably could have forced mate at one point, but Greg's experience and a little trickery won out.


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