Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Devin Camenares Game

Here is a game that our new member Devin Camenares sent me from the Summer Tournament. I look forward to getting back in the action myself on Thursday.

[Event "Kenilworth CC Summer Tournament"]
[Site "Kenilworth, NJ USA"]
[Date "2005.6.30"]
[White "Jose Rodriguez"]
[Black "Devin Camenares"]
[TimeControl "G60"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 {This move was recommended in the book "The Chess Advantage in Black and White" as a way to reach an interesting game while avoiding the complexities of 5...dxc4 6.e4 h6} 6. Bh4 g5 7. Bg3 dxc4 8. e4 b5 9. a4 {This move seems to be rare. 9.h4 or 9.a3 could be improvements.} 9... Bb4 {9...b4 10. Na2 Nxe4 11. Qxc4 Nxg3 12. fxg3 c5 seem stronger, but this seems to be a reasonable alternative.} 10. Qc2 Bb7 11. Be2 {Chessmaster suggests 0-0-0 instead, but white's king safety seems suspect to me.} 11... Nbd7 12. O-O a6 13. Rfd1 Qe7 {13...Nh5 may have been better, and I had been considering as a possiblity for the past several moves, but decided to resist a decentralizing move until I ran out of decent alternatives. At this point, White had about 50 minutes left, and Black had about 56 minutes.} 14. Na2 {I thought poorly of 14. Na2, but black's edge is modest, if at all.} 14... c5 15. axb5 Bxe4 {Upon playing this move, I thought I had made a mistake that allows him to regain his pawn with 16.Qxc4, to which Chessmaster gives the interesting line 16...axb5 17. Qc1 c4 18. Nc3 Rxa1 19. Qxa1 O-O 20. Nxe4 Nxe4 21. Bc7 Rc8 22. Qa7 and rates it as equal. However, 17. Qxb5 Ra5 18. Qc4 Bd5 19.Nxb4 Bxc4 20.Nc6 Bxe2 21.Nxe7 is probably better for white. At this point, the times were White: 44 minutes, Black 53 minutes.} 16. Qa4 {This move effectively hands black the game. My opponent spent a fair deal of time before playing it, as the times now stood at White: 35 minutes, Black: 52 minutes} Nb6 17. Qxa6 Rxa6 18. bxa6 O-O 19. Nxb4 cxb4 20. Ne5 Bd5 21. Rdc1 Rc8 22. Nxc4 Bxc4 23. Bxc4 Rxc4 24. Rxc4 Nxc4 25. a7 {At this point, an onlooker seemed to knod in approval of white's move, but I think white is lost here anyway.} 25... Nb6 26. a8=Q+ Nxa8 27. Rxa8+ Kh7 28. Be5 Ng4 {While 28...Qb7 might be slightly better, I saw no problem with the move. An onlooker to the game started to shake his head in apparent disapproval after I moved the knight.} 29. Rh8+ Kg6 30. Rg8+ Kf5 31. f4 Nxe5 {Chessmaster shows a forced mate with 31...Qa7 32. Kf1 Qa1+ 33. Ke2 Qxb2+ 34. Kd1 Ne3+ 35. Ke1 Qa1+ 36. Kf2 Ke4 37. fxg5 Qf1+ 38. Kg3 Qxg2+ 39. Kh4 Qg4#} 32. fxe5 Qd7 33. h3 {This move and the next two seem to accelerate white's problems by giving away 3 pawns with check.} 33... Qxd4+ 34. Kh2 Qxe5+ 35. g3 Qe2+ {35....Qxb2 must have been more accurate.} 36. Kg1 Qxb2 37. Rf8 f6 38. g4+ Ke5 39. Rh8 Qd4+ 40. Kg2 b3 41. Rxh6 b2 {My gamescore runs out at this point, but as one might guess, the game didn't last that much longer for white.} 0-1


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