Memories of Summer 2012

Summer has passed, but I thought I'd post a couple of games from the Summer Tournament that I did not have time to get to until now.

Mark Kernighan - Michael Goeller [A80]

KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2012


1. d4 f5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 d6!? 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Nbd2

5. Nc3 e5 6. d5 Nb4 7. Bc4 c6 8. dxc6 bxc6

 

5... e5 6. dxe5 dxe5 7. e4

 










7... f4!?

This move has a potentially stifling effect on White's position, which requires him to seek active counterplay.

a) 7... fxe4?! 8. Nxe4 Nxe4 9. Bxe4 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 Bd7 11. Be3 O-O-O 12. Ke2 and Black's isolated pawn is a long-term liability.

b) 7... Bb4! is a slightly stronger way of playing the same idea as in the game: 8. O-O (8. exf5 e4) 8... Bxd2 9. Nxd2 f4!

 

8. Qe2 Bg4

Safer would be 8... Bd6 9. Bb5 Bd7=

 

9. Bb5 Nd7!?

9... Bd6 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. b3

 

10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Qa6

I had not even considered this idea, which practically gains a pawn by force -- but Black clearly has plenty of compensation for the material.

11. O-O Bc5 12. Rd1 Qf6

 

11... Qf6 12. Qb7 Rb8 13. Qxa7

13. Qxc7!? Bxf3! 14. gxf3 (14. Nxf3? Bc5 and the white queen is trapped) 14... Bc5

 

13... Bxf3!? 14. Nxf3

14. gxf3 Bc5 15. Qa4 O-O

 

14... Bc5 15. Qa6 g5!

15... Qg6 16. O-O Qxe4 17. Re1 Qxc2 18. Bd2 O-O 19. Rac1

 

16. h3 h5 17. Nd2

 










17... Rf8?!

Missing my best chance: 17... g4! 18. hxg4 hxg4 19. Rxh8+ Qxh8 20. Nb3 Bxf2+! (20... Qh1+? 21. Qf1 Qh2 22. Bd2) 21. Kxf2 Qh4+ 22. Ke2 Qh1 23. Qxc6 Qxg2+

 

18. Qe2 Qg6 19. Nb3 Rb4 20. Nxc5?!

20. f3! g4 21. hxg4 hxg4 22. Bd2

 

20... Nxc5 21. f3 Nxe4 22. O-O! Nd6 23. Qxe5+ Kd7 24. Bd2

24. b3

 

24... Rb5

24... Re8! 25. Qxe8+ Kxe8 26. Bxb4 Qxc2

 

25. Qc3 g4 26. hxg4

26. fxg4 Ne4 27. Qd3+ Rd5 28. Qa3 hxg4 29. Bxf4 Rh8 30. hxg4 Qh7

 

26... hxg4 27. Qd3

27. fxg4 Ne4 28. Qa3 Qxg4 29. Qxf8 Rg5

 

27... Qxd3 28. cxd3 Rxb2 29. Bc1 Rc2 30. fxg4 Re8 31. Bxf4 Ree2 32. Rae1 Rxg2+ 33. Kh1 Rxa2

33... Rxg4

 

34. g5 Rg4 35. Rd1 Rh4+

35... Nf7

 

36. Kg1 Rg4+ 37. Kh1 Rh4+ 1/2-1/2 [Michael Goeller]


Greg Tomkovich - Praveen Balakrishnan [E70]

KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2012


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nge2 e5 7. d5 a5 8. O-O Na6 9. f3 Nc5 10. Be3!?

10. Bc2

 

10... Nxd3 11. Qxd3 Nd7 12. Rae1 f5 13. f4?!

13. exf5 gxf5

 

13... exf4! 14. Nxf4 Ne5 15. Qe2 fxe4! 16. Nxe4 Bg4

16... Bf5!

 

17. Qc2 Bf5!?

This pin is annoying for White.

 

18. h3 Re8

18... Qe7 is stronger, followed by Rae8 perhaps, but the idea is the same: pile up on the pinned piece.

 

19. Bd2 Qe7 20. g4?

 










White cracks under the pressure!

 

20... Nxg4!

The most attractive way to cash in on Black's advantage. Also good is 20... Nf3+ 21. Rxf3 Bxe4 22. Qb3 Bd4+ 23. Kh2 Qe5

 

21. hxg4 Bxe4 22. Qb3 Qh4 23. Qh3 Qxh3! 24. Nxh3 Bd3!

The exchange of queens has done nothing to diminish Black's initiative. The rest is easy.

 

25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Rd1 Bxc4 27. b3 Bd4+ 28. Kh2 Bxd5 29. Bxa5 c5 30. Bb6 Re2+ 31. Kg3 Rg2+ 32. Kf4 Be5+ 33. Kg5 Kg7 34. Rxd5 h6+ 35. Kh4 Bg3# 0-1 [Michael Goeller]

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