Posts Tagged ‘luck in chess’

The Fabulous 10s: Mesa Showdown

February 4, 2010

Mesa Showdown

IM Danny Rensch and his American Chess Events hosted an interesting “Experience vs Youth” event in Mesa, Arizona in January 2010.

GM Yermolinsky, Danny and I represented the “A” squad in a Scheveningen-style pairing system.  “Youth” (in some cases adults younger than I) took on the “A” team and some interesting games were played.   There were even a few upsets.  A young player Chakraborty downed Danny in a Sicilian endgame.  Yermo was held to a draw by the very same Chakraborty although I was able to defeat this upstart by confusing him as black in a Sozin Sicilian.  I drew in round one after messing up a good position vs. young NM David Adelberg.  It turns out Adelberg was trying out a suggestion from GM Fedorowicz that he had gleaned at the World Youth.  Yermo and Danny were able to dispatch Adelberg. And so the vicious circle goes.

[Event “mesa showdown”]
[Site “mesa az”]
[Date “2010.01.30”]
[Round “4”]

Pedram Atoufi  2331 – M. Ginsburg  2427  Sicilian Scheveningen   Game in 1 hour

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8. Be3 O-O 9. f4 Bd7 10. Nb3!

I think this is white’s best chance.  In Milman-MG, North American Open 2009, white allowed the exchange of knights on d4 and black’s position was fairly easy to handle.

10…Qc7 11. Bf3 Rfd8 12. Nb5?! Nothing is gained by this knight expedition.

12…Qb8 13. c4 a6 14. N5d4 Nxd4 15. Nxd4 b5 15…e5!? is interesting and possibly a little stronger.

16. cxb5 axb5 17. Qb3 b4 18. e5 At the time I thought this was a blunder.  But, it’s actually all right!

18…dxe5 19. fxe5 Qxe5 20. Bxa8 Ng4! White after the game admitted he had totally overlooked this nasty zwischenzug.  Black doesn’t have to recapture any pieces yet.  And indeed, I thought I was winning now.  But white after some cogitation finds a resource!

White to play and not lose!

21. Rf4! Forced but adequate!

21…Qxe3+ The rather annoying fact is the ‘brilliant followup’ 21…Ba4 trying to deflect the white queen off e3 is met by the calm 22. Nc6! and white is fine.  There is luck in chess; white missed black’s 20th move, is being led downstream by force, and has amazing defensive shots to hold the game in the aftermath.  Readers – have you experienced this?  Your opponent totally does not see a strong tactic, then down the road has shot after shot to keep afloat.  I would call that luck in chess, although some might disagree and say it’s just happenstance.

22. Qxe3 Nxe3 23. Nc6! The eternal point!  White keeps the balance.

23…Bxc6 24. Bxc6 Bc5 25. Kh1 e5 26. Rf2 f5 27. h3

This position is about equal with black’s very active minor pieces keeping white at bay.  But,eventually

0-1

The game result was only decided when white went wrong in time-trouble. I will locate and post the other moves.

In Other News: Must-See Videos

There are certain videos chess players must watch to become stronger.

Techno Viking (pay attention to the altercation starting at 0:38)

Arbeit Nervt by Deichking

Did you think I would only assign you two videos?

Dancing Bear

Test Your Tactical Skills

Aries2-Valet 2253  ICC 5-minute blitz

1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. Nc3 d6 4. e4 a6 5. a4 Be7 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 Bxf3 8.
Bxf3 Bg5 9. O-O Bxc1 10. Qxc1 Ne7 11. a5 Nd7 12. Na4 b5 13. axb6 Nxb6 14.
Be2 O-O 15. Nxb6 Qxb6 16. Ra3 f5 17. Qa1 a5 18. exf5 Nxf5 19. c3 a4 20. b3
Rab8 21. bxa4 Qa5 22. Bb5 Ne7 23. Qa2 g6 24. c4 Nf5 25. Rd1 Nd4 26. Qd2 Qc7
27. Rh3 Rf4 28. Ra3 Rbf8 29. Rf1 Qe7 30. a5 e4 31. a6 Qg5 32. a7?  Nf3+ 33.
Rxf3 exf3 34. g3 Qh5?

In the battle of chess ideas, there are no sharper scenarios than “advanced passed pawn versus mating threats.”  Here is one such scenario.

Quiz Time!

White to play and win

Do you see the winning move?  It’s a little hidden.  Needless to say, white botched it and played a bad move, but cravenly wound up winning on time:

35. Kh1? R4f7 (Black is now just winning) 36. Qa5 Ra8 37. Qb6 Rfxa7 38. Qxd6 Ra1 39. Qe6+ Kg7 40. Qe7+ Kh6 41. Qe3+ Qg5 42. Qxf3 Rxf1+ 43. Kg2 Raa1 44. h4 Rg1+
45. Kh2 Rh1+ 46. Qxh1 Rxh1+ 47. Kxh1 Qd2 48. Kg2 Kh5 49. Bd7 g5 50. hxg5 {Black forfeits on time}
1-0

Whither Chess Sportsmanship?

ICC 5-minute game.  I don’t need to give you the moves.

— Game 364: Patovsk vs aries2 —
Disconnection will count as a forfeit.

The game starts, about 40 moves go by.

Your opponent offers you a draw.
Use “draw” to accept.  The offer is valid until you make a move.

At this point it’s R&B and R&N with some pawns each, approximately level, but my knight might make a fork and he has slightly weakened pawns.  So I play on, threatening a knight fork. He insta-moves, permitting my knight fork that wins his rook.  Then…

Your opponent has lost contact or quit.
{Game 364 (Patovsk vs. aries2) Patovsk disconnected and forfeits} 0-1
White disconnected and forfeits

Nice.

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