Friday, August 05, 2005

A Summer Tournament Miniature

I played a cute game against Greg Tomkovich in the Summer Tournament Thursday night. It was all over on move 9, but Greg continued for 10 more moves out of inertia before he resigned. I think I might try that Janowski Indian again some time. My victory allowed Kernighan to take the lead in the event with only two weeks to go.

[Event "Kenilworth CC Summer Tournament"]
[Site "Kenilworth, NJ USA"]
[Date "2005.08.04"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tomkovich, Greg"]
[Black "Goeller, Mike"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A53"]
[Annotator "Goeller,Michael"]
[PlyCount "38"]
[TimeControl "G60"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c4 Bf5 4. Nc3 Nc6 $5 {Despite its success in the present game, this move is not best.} ({ The more standard plan is} 4... g6 {when} 5. Nh4 Bd7 6. e4 Bg7 7. Be2 e5 8. Nf3 O-O {leads to familiar positions from the King's Indian Defense, but with Black having the extra move ...Bd7. E.g.:} 9. O-O Nc6 10. d5 Ne7 11. Ne1 Ne8 $5 $13) 5. Qb3 $6 { This move appears premature, as the sequel shows.} ({Best must be} 5. d5 $1 Ne5 (5... Nb4 $4 6. Qa4+) (5... Nb8 $5) 6. Nxe5 $1 (6. Nd4 Bd7 $11) 6... dxe5 7. f3 $14 {which would have discouraged me from playing this line again.}) 5... a5 $1 ({ Of course, Black can defend the b-pawn with} 5... Qc8) (5... b6) 6. a3 (6. Qxb7 $2 Nb4 $1 $17) (6. d5 $5 Nb4 7. Nd4 Bd7 8. a3 Na6 $11 { followed by Nc5 and e5, and White dare not play} 9. Qxb7 $4 Nc5 $19) 6... a4 $5 {A little too aggressive in retrospect.} (6... Bd7 $11) 7. Qxb7 $2 { A blunder that hands Black an edge.} ({Better is} 7. Nxa4 Na5 8. Qd1 Be6 $5 9. d5 Bd7 10. Nc3 Nxc4 11. e4 $14) ({Also playable is} 7. Qd1 $5 Bd7 (7... e5 8. d5 Na5 $5 9. Qxa4+ Bd7 10. Qc2 Nxc4 11. e4 Nb6 12. Be3 $14) 8. e4 (8. Nxa4 $6 Nxd4) 8... e5 9. d5 Ne7 10. Bg5 h6 $5 $13) 7... Na5 8. Qb4 $4 ({Forced is} 8. Qb5+ Bd7 9. Qg5 h6 $1 10. Qh4 Nb3 11. Rb1 Rg8 $1 $17) 8... Nb3 { This simply wins at least a piece.} 9. Nh4 $2 Nxa1 $19 {The threat of Nc2+ winning the Queen prevents White from grabbing the Bishop. The rest is simply ugly, but it is always difficult to resign at move 10.} 10. Kd2 c5 11. Qb7 Nb3+ 12. Kd1 Na5 13. Qf3 Bg4 14. Qg3 $6 cxd4 15. Nb5 e5 $1 { Trapping the Knight and threatening to win the Queen by ...Ne4.} 16. f3 Be6 17. e4 Nxc4 18. Qe1 $2 Qb6 19. Qb4 $2 d5 $19 0-1

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