2012 USCL Action
(295) Ginsburg-ARZ (2400) – Jones-CAR (2249) [E14]
ICC 60 15 u Internet Chess Club, November 5, 2012
Black needed to play Qe7.
12.Qd4! A very strong centralization.
a5 13.a3 e5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.axb4! Black just emerges with a terrible game.
Nc6 16.Qh4 axb4
With a decisive advantage.
If you wanted 26. Ra5, you’d be right! Black would have to resign shortly.
d3 27.Ke3 Re6+ 28.Kxd3 Ba6+ This flurry of checks was black’s last chance, but he is off by a few tempi.
29.Kd4 Re2 30.Ra1 Rxb2 31.Rxa6!
I correctly go for the rook ending which is winning with least fuss.
The winning maneuver now is to place the King on c8, then the pawn on c7, then the rook on b7, then the king on b8, and wins. I had missed in this formation that black cannot defend with the King on d7 as c8=Q is discovered check! Embarrassingly, I have the chance on all the subsequent moves to set up this winning plan.
Only now does the above-mentioned winning plan not work anymore. 45. f5! still did the trick as black’s king must give way then I can proceed with Kc8, c7, Rb7, and Kb8.
At least Arizona won the match 2.5 to 1.5 We are now in the playoffs against the St Louis Archbishops. My record during the regular 2012 season: +3 -1 = 2, 4 out of 6. Should have been 4.5 if I had known this elementary rook ending!