Tuesday, I got off work late like last week (after being at work for 11 hrs), and so decided to play chess at the club, since it was on the way home.
In the first round I played the TD, Earl. Earl is around my age and has been coming to Panera off and on all year, but finally decided to play last month, whereupon his regular rating fell from 1920 to 1894. Interestingly is Quick Rating was only 1 point off his regular rating, and he won the tournament to improve to 1936 Quick.
Oddly, I had much more time than him, but made my attack far too complicated for the time-control, and basically flailed around in the waning couple of seconds like an animal that needed to be put down, but resigned in a position where I gave up …Qxf2+ rather than lose my knight. I recorded the game up to 32.h3, the rest is how I remember it as far as I can. However, it’s funny to look at it now, because for example 35.Nf3 would simply win Black’s queen. You can see how crazy I play, though, even in time-pressure, since I was originally planning 30.g4 Qc1+, 31.Kg2 Qg5, 32.h4, but realized that this was just way over the top. hehe. Yes, any sane person would have simply played 30.g3, and White is at least better with a comfortable edge.
My original plan was to play 22.Rd1, and I had figured this when I played 21.Rad1, and even saw his reply 22.Rd6 Qc7, but I got overly cute with the position, not even using more straight-forward play such as doubling or tripling on the e-file, and my hanging back-rank finally got the better of my position.
Possibly the strangest game. Jefferey is an older gentleman, his standard rating is 1966, and he doesn’t play at the Panera tournaments. I may have played him once before and lost or drawn, can’t remember hardly at all, but it would have been at the Colorado Springs City Championship one year, if I did.
The opening, I just made that up. hehe. It was like a Declined Budapest, which is interesting since I’ve never even played the Budapest accepted before. hehe. I don’t know why he went in for that massive central piece exchange, which I was tickled pink to see.
Later, I goaded him into playing e4, without seeing that I was dropping the g5 pawn, and luckily he didn’t see it either! Actually, I moved quickly and he saw he missed it right after had played it. I exchanged the favor by noticing that 23…RxR would be totally winning, right after I had just moved my king.
He actually resigned because he had illegally played Kf5, then realized that that square is in check, and he will still have to move his king, allowing me to play …Ke5. I wasn’t so sure what I was doing there, or was probably just as sure of the wrong thing. As it turned out from the post-mortem, which he understood better than I, but I am just spotting this for the first time, Black has to win, in general, not by winning the a2 or c4 pawn, per se, but by boxing out White’s king and advancing the f-pawn!
This game is so sadly played that if you aren’t laughing by the end of it, you probably aren’t breathing(!)
10…Be6 probably shouldn’t be played until after the central pawn capture.
12.Bxd5? This is evidently wrong, and played after a long think. A better try might be 12.e4 dxe, 13.Ne2 (completing development!) e3, 14.Ne4 with idea of NxBd6+, or instead 13.0-0-0 e3, 14.Ne4 and whether …Kb8 or …Rhe8 is played, this 15.Bh3 idea will save Black, but 14…exf, 15.Nh3 and White may yes still be holding on!
On move 21 and 22, Black has a mate in two starting with …Qd2, and …Re1 mate, as Alex was quick to point out after the game.
27.Kh3. NxR?? would have dropped the Rh1.
28…Re5?? I forgot to take my glasses off before this game, as I don’t wear them anymore when I play, and it’s easier to see the whole board that way (made this mistake on my Wednesday game as well when I missed …Qb6+ because I came back from the restroom with my glasses still on – I don’t know how Botvinnik did it!?). My glasses had slipped down on my nose in the time-scramble and I was trying to look through them as they were slipping and simply missed that his pawn was there. Well, it’s obvious now that my losses _were_ due to time pressure after all.
Simply 28…Re2-d7, 29.Qf5+?? (Qh3) Re6, and now 30…Qg2 will win White’s rook. It’s surprising how easily I can find this stuff at home, without the aid of an engine even.