Another Slav

Round 3, Tuesdays

I was 15 minutes late for this round.  Got 5 hrs sleep the night before, and then took a 20 minute nap before the round.  I remember that 1.d4 had served me well last time that I had played Jesse, to avoid a Scandinavian Defense.  Also, I had been going over quite a few of Magnus Carlsen’s games the past week, and so I was motivated to try and play an endgame.

It’s kind of funny, my usual style broke out, and I got coffeehouse-like by the end of the game, knowingly sacking two pawns, when I probably should have pushed the d-pawn.  One of the secrets of Magnus endgame play is that there are frequently these sort of snap mating threats because there is less material in the way of the king.

It seems crazy the way I play, and probably had around two minutes left when I sacked the two pawns.  I suppose it was less than ideal, from the promising position which I had had previously, but I was guided by intuition.

After the game, I admitted that I thought I was lost in a couple places.  Intuition isn’t always an objective thing, sometimes it tells you where you have swindling chances.  With more time, I would have played more objectively.  Even before I saw the engine’s analysis, I guessed most of it’s moves, figured that I should have played Rad1 earlier, d5 push, played more sanely, indeed!  I felt rusty already from the layoff, the way I used my clock, and was fortunate to come out of it with a victory.

[Event “March Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2019.03.19”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Jesse Williams”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1743”]
[ECO “D12”]
[EventDate “2019.03.19”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1907”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bf5 5. e3 e6 6. Be2 dxc4 7. Bxc4 Nbd7 8. a3
Bd6 9. O-O Qc7 10. Re1 Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Nb6 13. Ba2 Nfd5 14. e4 Nxc3
15. bxc3 Be7 16. Bf4 Qd7 17. Bb3 O-O 18. Qg3 Rfd8 19. a4 Nc8 20. e5 Bf8 21. Bg5
Ne7 22. Bc2 Rdc8 23. Re3 c5 24. Rf3 g6 25. Rd1 Nf5 26. Bxf5 exf5 27. Re3 Qxa4
28. Rde1 cxd4 29. cxd4 Qxd4 30. e6 fxe6 31. Rxe6 Rc3 32. Be3 Qc4 33. Qe5 Bg7
34. Re8+ Rxe8 35. Qxe8+ Bf8 36. Bh6 Qc8 37. Bxf8 Qxe8 38. Rxe8 Kf7 39. Ra8 a6
40. Bb4 Rb3 41. Ba5 h5 42. Kf1 g5 43. Rh8 h4 44. Rh6 Kg7 45. Rb6 Rxb6 46. Bxb6
Kg6 47. Ke2 g4 48. hxg4 fxg4 49. Ke3 Kf5 50. Bd8 h3 51. gxh3 gxh3 52. Kf3 b5
53. Ba5 Ke5 54. Bc3+ Kd5 55. Kg3 Kc4 56. Bg7 a5 57. f4 b4 58. f5 Kd5 59. Kxh3
b3 60. Kg4 a4 61. Bb2 Kc4 62. f6 Kb4 63. f7 1-0

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Colorado Springs Open 2019

I was able to get a half-point bye for rounds 1 and 4.  Of course, it’s too bad that I wasn’t able to play all five rounds.  Day 1, rather quiet, not a huge tournament, 44 or 45 players I heard.  So many players have come and gone, children, adults.  A small group of faces make up the regulars, and very few from say 2010, when I first attended.

Round 1 – bye

Round 2

[Event “Colorado Springs Open”]
[Site “Manitou Springs City Hall”]
[Date “2019.03.09”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Shirley Herman”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “989”]
[ECO “A18”]
[EventDate “2019.03.09”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Be2 b6 6. Nf3 Bb7 7. Qc2 d5 8. cxd5
exd5 9. e5 Ng4 10. h3 Nxf2 11. Kxf2 Bh4+ 12. g3 Be7 13. Be3 f6 14. Rac1 fxe5
15. Nxe5 O-O+ 16. Kg2 c5 17. Rhf1 cxd4 18. Bxd4 Bc5 19. Rxf8+ Qxf8 20. Rf1 Qe8
21. Qd2 Nd7 22. Nxd7 Qxd7 23. Bg4 Qd6 24. Qe3 Bxd4 25. Qxd4 Qc5 26. Be6+ Kh8
27. Qxc5 bxc5 28. Bxd5 Bxd5+ 29. Nxd5 Rd8 30. Ne7 Re8 31. a3 c4 32. Nc6 Ra8 33.
Nxa7 h6 34. Nb5 Rb8 35. a4 Ra8 36. Ra1 Rb8 37. Ra2 Kg8 38. Nd6 Rb4 39. a5 Rb8
40. a6 Rxb2+ 41. Rxb2 c3 42. Rb8+ Kh7 43. a7 c2 44. a8=Q c1=Q 45. Qe4+ g6 46.
Qe7# 1-0

Round 3

[Event “Colorado Springs Open”]
[Site “Manitou Springs City Hall”]
[Date “2109.03.09”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Earl Wikle”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1913”]
[ECO “C55”]
[EventDate “2109.03.09”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1989”]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8.
Bxc6 bxc6 9. O-O Bc5 10. Be3 Qe7 11. f3 Ng5 12. f4 Ne4 13. Nd2 Nxd2 14. Qxd2
Bb6 15. Nb3 a5 16. Qf2 a4 17. Nc5 O-O 18. b4 axb3 19. axb3 Bf5 20. b4 f6 21.
exf6 Qxf6 22. Bd4 Qg6 23. c3 Rae8 1/2-1/2

Round 4 – bye

Round 5

Last round, I needed a win to tie for the U1900 prize, which would have been 42 bucks each, had me and Sam split it.  Unfortunately, even though my opponent was half an hour early to the board, and looked to be in a serious mood, he probably only needed a draw to win U1700 prize money.

My opponent offered me a draw, immediately after 36.Kg2, have spent a grand total of three minutes of his clock time on the game so far.  I never thought that someone with 1hr 27 minutes remaining on their clock would offer a draw.  I spent a long time before accepting the offer.  The only move that appeared playable to me was 36…f5, which is the move I wanted to play until I saw 37.Rf1, but even then that is not best nor necessary.  White is up around +.7, but it’s quite difficult to play Black.  All the other moves that I saw for Black I determined to be losing.

26…h5  This was a crazy plan, but it looked safe still, for some reason, even though giving up a passed pawn.  I also wanted to play 26…a5, 27.b4 a4, and then my knight can invade somewhat.  The plan I really wanted to go for was 26…f5, 27.gxf gxf, 28.Ne3 f4, 29.Nf5 Nc5, but I obviously had trouble evaluating this position, as I thought it was the riskiest plan of the three.  Actually, the plan I chose was the riskiest, and the …f5 plan is nearly +1.5 in Black’s favor!

[Event “Colorado Springs Open”]
[Site “Manitou Springs City Hall”]
[Date “2019.03.10”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Aditya Krishna”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1913”]
[ECO “C99”]
[EventDate “2019.03.10”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1630”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 d6 8. h3
O-O 9. c3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. cxd4 Bb7 14. Nf1 Rac8 15.
Bd3 Nc6 16. d5 Nb4 17. Ng3 Nc2 18. Bxc2 Qxc2 19. Qxc2 Rxc2 20. Nf5 Re8 21. b3
Bf8 22. Ba3 Rd8 23. Nh2 g6 24. Ne3 Rcc8 25. Neg4 Nd7 26. Rac1 h5 27. Ne3 Nc5
28. Bxc5 Rxc5 29. Rxc5 dxc5 30. Rc1 Rc8 31. Nf3 f6 32. g4 Bh6 33. Nd2 hxg4 34.
hxg4 Bxe3 35. fxe3 Kf7 36. Kg2 1/2-1/2

The Najdorf

Round 1, Wednesdays Strong Swiss

Bill was the only other player who showed up, and didn’t take a bye.  This was good practice against the Najdorf.  We both had over ten minutes remaining at the end of the game.

I’ll probably take a round 1 and 4 bye this weekend, which would put me out of any prize contention, since Buck said he only allows one half-point bye.  I feel like my rating should warrant two half-point byes, but maybe that’s just how he does things.

I should describe how using clock-time helped me in some of my calculations.  When I first saw 15…Na5?  I wanted to trade knights and play 17.e5 d5 – this position is +1.5, but even then I wasn’t so sure of that.  The reason that I played the seemingly natural and obvious 17.Bd3 (he was even surprised by it, and thought it was a good/strong move), is because I saw that 17.e5, could be met by …Qc7, which can also support …Bc6, and indeed the engine agrees that …Qc7 is essentially the refutation to 17.e5, where White goes from advantage to near equality.

20.Rdf1  Here, I felt like the most prudent move was 20.Ne2, not waiting to see …b4 provoke it, and indeed that is the engines choice at first, but if you give it more time it surprisingly says the move I played was best.  After 20.Rdf1 b4, 21.Nd5 is a shot – it takes the computer time, but it’s at least +4, and I haven’t even looked into why yet.

21.Qe3?!  My opponent was surprised by this move, and I actually felt intuitively that White should be able to punch the pawns home with 21.g6! but this is also where the clock becomes a factor and it was eating too much of my time while I tried calculating it.

You know, organizers, like the one this weekend, may think of clock-times as some mere convenience for them and “the players”.  I can say that shorter time-controls definitely affect the moves played on the board, where one has to choose when they can and can’t afford to allot time in calculating moves.  Two rounds of G/90, d/5, followed by a third round of G/90, inc 30 is quite a lot of Classical chess for one day, with mixed/shortened time-controls to boot, while also offering players a mere one round, half-point bye for a five-round tournament.

I chose 21.Qe3 for practical reasons, it attacks the …Ra7 as well as it supports the g5 pawn, so that after say …b4, knight moves, ….Qxg5 doesn’t drop a pawn, where f6 could fall after that as well.

 

[Event “Strong Swiss”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2019.03.06”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Bill Weihmiller”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1801”]
[ECO “B98”]
[EventDate “2019.03.06”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3
Qc7 9. O-O-O O-O 10. g4 Nc6 11. Nb3 Bd7 12. h4 b5 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. g5 Be7 15.
Kb1 Na5 16. Nxa5 Qxa5 17. Bd3 Bc6 18. f5 Rfd8 19. f6 Bf8 20. Rdf1 Ra7 21. Qe3
Rc7 22. h5 b4 23. Ne2 d5 24. g6 fxg6 25. hxg6 h6 26. f7+ Kh8 27. Qd4 Rxf7 28.
gxf7 dxe4 29. Rxh6# 1-0

The Falkbeer

Round 1, Tuesdays

I have to admit that I was thinking to avoid any upset loss, risky move in this game, and so that explains why I chose 11.c3?  I’ve noticed that Masters of the past would often chose a second-rate move, and still get a long game out of it, so that’s what I did here.  I didn’t realize the move was so bad, though.

10…Qb8 was best, and that’s what I had calculated, but I felt I needed to make a committal move here to play the position correctly.  11.Ne5 NxN, 12.Bxf4, as we looked at in the post-mortem, is indeed strong for White as I correctly deduced, +1, but 11.Ne5 g5! is possible, and I think I did consider that, as a last part of my conclusion, but forgot it in the post-mortem.  I spent a long time on 10.Nb5, and 11.c3, by far the biggest chunk of time spent in the game by me.

I strongly wanted to play the best move, 11.Ng5 Bg4, 12.Qd3, and I thought about 12…Nh5, but it’s not possible I realized while trying to analyze my game again, before flipping on the engine, because of 13.Qxh7 mate.  It also crossed my mind 12…Nb4, 13.Qb3 Bh5, and this was as far as I mentally chose to go because I could also see that after ….Bg4, that his queen was getting out along the back-rank after any Bxf4 move, and actually 14…f3, 15.gxf3 Bh5 is the engine’s preference.  So, because I feel that improvement isn’t so much about the right answer, as it is about calculating deeply, and correctly, I want to put that line in full.  11.Ng5 Bg4, 12.Qd3 Nb4 (not best, but forcing), 13.Qb3 Bh5, 14.Bxf4 Qd8 (and here the worry is dropping the d4 pawn with check, after say …a6, kicking the Nb4), 15.Rae1! a6, 16.RxBe7! (I was looking at this and the following pattern even during the game and post-mortem), and now if 16…axNb5, 17.Bxf7+! BxB, 18.RxB RxR, 19.QxR+ Kh8, 20.Be5 (protecting the d4 pawn) – that was just the sideline (if 17…Kh8 there, then 18.QxBb4 to protect the Re7).  16…QxBe7, 17.Bd6 Qd7, 18.QxNb4, the point of Bd6 and the exchange sacrifice!  …axNb5, 19.Bxb5 Qg4, 20.BxRf8 QxNg5, 21.Bc5 Rxa2, 22.Re1 h6, 23.Be7  All that calculation to win a single pawn!  It’s close to +1.5 here.

So, basically, I played 11.c3 to avoid getting into all of those unknowns, even though I should have done it, and I had a poor sense of realizing how slow that c3 would turn out to be, and how cramped that my position after it really was.

17.Bc2.  Right after making this move, while thinking on his turn – since he didn’t automatically respond with …g6 – I realized that I had missed the shot 17.Nxb5 axN, 18.Qxb5 double-attacking the Bb7 and Nh5.  The computer confirms this shot, as being around +1.67.

18.Re2, going for the “Karpovian” move here, sensing that the maneuvering battle has gotten subtle, and I did spot the feint …Qd5, attacking a2.  I was planning to reply with b3, but apparently Bb3 is better.  I was hoping to outmaneuver him, while trying not to risk too much, and that is basically how it played out in the game.  In the post-mortem, I thought I might have tried 18.Ne5, but even here the engine shows a tactical refutation with …NxN, 19.RxN QxR, 20.dxQ RxQ, 21.BxR Bc5+, 22.Kh1 Rd8 skewering the bishops on d2, and d3.  Of course, the …Bc5+ isn’t totally necessary, but this is about how far a committal move/idea like this  needs to be checked to make sure that it works tactically, or how far the brain needs to press in analysis.

There’s a lot to this game that could be analyzed, those are just a couple of the critical moments of the game.  I’m lucky that this style of game was played with the 30 second increment, rather than a mere 5 second delay.

The game ended when my opponent flagged.  If Black had played 35…f6, I was going to respond with 36.Nc4, putting the question to the queen, as I showed in our post-mortem.  It’s +8, in the final position.

 

[Event “March Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2019.03.05”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Clint Eads”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1301”]
[ECO “C36”]
[EventDate “2019.03.05”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 exf4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bc4 Be7 6. Nc3 c6 7. dxc6 Nxc6 8.
d4 Qd6 9. O-O O-O 10. Nb5 Qb8 11. c3 a6 12. Na3 b5 13. Bb3 Bb7 14. Qd3 Nh5 15.
Bd2 Qd6 16. Rae1 Rad8 17. Bc2 g6 18. Re2 Qf6 19. Be1 b4 20. Nc4 bxc3 21. Bh4
Qg7 22. Bxe7 Nxe7 23. Rxe7 Bxf3 24. gxf3 cxb2 25. Nxb2 Qf6 26. Re5 Qb6 27. Nc4
Qa7 28. Rd1 Qd7 29. Rxh5 Qc6 30. Ne5 Qb7 31. Rh4 Kg7 32. Rxf4 Rc8 33. Qe4 Qb2
34. Bb3 Rc1 35. Qd3 1-0

Last round Strong Swiss

Round 4

First, let’s get the excuses out of the way.  I had only gotten maybe 5 1/2 hours sleep the night before, and a draw would win first outright, so I was hoping to draw this game from the outset.  Of course, it didn’t cross my mind at the time that only $40 EF was paid into this tournament (4×10), so that the prizes would be small.

I’ve gone over this endgame a bit with an engine, and it’s trickier than it looks, especially for Black who has the odd pawn-structure.  I was planning to continue with 21…c4, when Sam offered a draw (I had offered one a few moves earlier).  I had 41 minutes remaining to Sam’s maybe 37-39 minutes.  I think that this is where Experts and Masters really shine, is in these sorts of endgames that look more like a big nothing-burger to us Class players.

When the game ended, I pointed out to Sam that 21…c4, followed by 22…cxb, 23.axb seems like nothing, but actually a5, to name one example, is a big target for White, with the a-file and fourth rank to it wide open.

[Event “Strong Swiss”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2019.02.27”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Sam Bridle”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1897”]
[ECO “A01”]
[EventDate “2019.02.27”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1800”]

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 d5 4. Bb5 Bd6 5. f4 Qe7 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. fxe5 Bxe5 8.
Bxe5 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Qxe5 10. Nc3 Nf6 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. O-O O-O 13. Qf4 Rfe8 14.
Rf3 c5 15. Raf1 Qxf4 16. Rxf4 Re7 17. Ra4 a5 18. Raf4 c6 19. R1f3 Nd7 20. Kf2
Ne5 21. Rh3 1/2-1/2

To not leave you with that draw, here is a blitz game I just played as White, where there was no endgame in sight.

French Advanced game

A long battle for first place

Round 4, final round

A five hour battle, finishing some time near midnight.  At one point, after the other games had finished, I mentioned to Paul whether we would win anything if we drew.  It was clear from his body language that he didn’t want a draw, and what an exciting game that it turned out to be!

Going into this game, I had 7 wins out of 43 games against Paul, and no draws!  By comparison, Dean B. has 6 wins and 2 draws against Paul in 45 games.  For a long time, I was Paul’s whipping-boy.  I still feel as though Paul is the Expert, and I am the one trying to make 1900+ – he gave me a good thrashing in the post-mortem.  🙂

38.Rc6?  Around here I was playing too impulsively, on this and my next move.  Should have probably played 38.Kc3 with 39.b4 to follow.

50.b4?  Here, I am trying as hard as I can to lose by going for a win.  I was down on time compared to Paul, but it ought to have been obvious to prepare this move with 50.Nc1, first.  I just didn’t bother to calculate here, and played on hope instead.  The calculation is rather simple, and can be done quickly, no reason to have failed to bother with it.

54.Kd2  I thought that I was possibly lost here, as I have no fortress to stop his king from coming in, and my king can do nothing on the queenside unless he wins my pawn, so I was glad to see that he played to win my pawn rather than sit tight and invade my king-side with his king.

58….Kd7  Paul still had plenty of time, but we were both blitzing here, and I was glad to not see 58…Nc5, shutting down the show when the position is just a draw.  My king can’t invade without letting his a-pawn go; I saw than in time, but apparently he did not, or perhaps it was his turn to wrongly push for a win.

61…Nd6?  After a long think, I was stunned to see this move.  I thought we were going to trade knights for a draw, but he pointed out a win for White, in that case.  We suddenly blitzed moves here, and he quickly went down two pawns.  After that, I was trying to figure out how to win, as he kept up the quick moves.

84…Ng4?  Expecting only 84…Nf7, this was the break that I was looking for.  His move struck me as reckless, but even so it was only as I started to reach for my knight that I realized that my pawn was attacked.

85.f7  I realized that I was winning here, but there were still quite a few moves to be played.

89…Kd8  He spent quite a while on this move, so I noticed a trick he had.  If 89…Kf6, 90.e7?? Ke7! winning that pawn, so I’d need to play 90.Kc7 first.  If he takes my Ng5, then I can sac the d-pawn for his knight, and then promote the f-pawn.

This tournament started with a couple miniatures, and a bye, and finished with a hundred-mover.  Quite an uneven tournament in a way, but I’ll take it.  I used the prize-money to renew my club membership.

[Event “February Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2019.02.26”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Paul Anderson”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1952”]
[ECO “A42”]
[EventDate “2019.02.26”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1869”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be3 Qc7 7. Be2 Nd7 8. h3
Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Ngf6 10. Qd2 e5 11. d5 c5 12. Nb5 Qb8 13. a4 O-O 14. Bh6 a6 15.
Nc3 Ne8 16. g4 Qd8 17. h4 Bxh6 18. Qxh6 Qf6 19. Be2 Qf4 20. g5 f6 21. h5 Qxg5
22. hxg6 Qxh6 23. Rxh6 hxg6 24. Rxg6+ Kf7 25. Rg2 Rh8 26. Kd2 Nc7 27. Rag1 Rag8
28. Bg4 Ke7 29. a5 Nf8 30. Bc8 Rxg2 31. Rxg2 Ng6 32. Rxg6 Rxc8 33. Rg7+ Kd8 34.
Na4 Ne8 35. Rxb7 Rc7 36. Rb8+ Rc8 37. Rb6 Ra8 38. Rc6 Ra7 39. Nb6 Rc7 40. Rxc7
Kxc7 41. Ke3 Ng7 42. f4 Nh5 43. f5 Nf4 44. Na4 Kd7 45. Nc3 Ng2+ 46. Kd3 Nf4+
47. Kd2 Ng2 48. Ne2 Ke7 49. Kc3 Ne1 50. b4 cxb4+ 51. Kxb4 Nd3+ 52. Kc3 Nc5 53.
Ng3 Kf7 54. Kd2 Nb3+ 55. Kc3 Nxa5 56. Kb4 Nb7 57. Ne2 Ke7 58. Nc3 Kd7 59. Na4
Kc7 60. c5 dxc5+ 61. Nxc5 Nd6 62. Nxa6+ Kb7 63. Nc5+ Kb6 64. Nd7+ Kc7 65. Nxf6
Kb6 66. Kc3 Kc7 67. Kd3 Kd8 68. Ng4 Nf7 69. Ke3 Ke7 70. Kf3 Ng5+ 71. Ke3 Nf7
72. Kd3 Kd6 73. Kc4 Ng5 74. Nf2 Nh7 75. Kb5 Nf6 76. Kb6 Ne8 77. Kb7 Kd7 78. Kb8
Nd6 79. f6 Nf7 80. Kb7 Nd8+ 81. Kb6 Kd6 82. Kb5 Nf7 83. Kc4 Nh6 84. Nh3 Ng4 85.
f7 Ke7 86. Ng5 Nf6 87. Kc5 Nd7+ 88. Kc6 Nf8 89. d6+ Kd8 90. Kd5 Ng6 91. Ne6+
Kd7 92. f8=N+ Nxf8 93. Nxf8+ Kd8 94. Kxe5 Ke8 95. Ng6 Kd7 96. Kd5 Ke8 97. e5
Kf7 98. d7 Kxg6 99. d8=Q Kf7 100. e6+ Kg6 101. e7 Kh7 102. e8=Q Kg7 103. Qg5+
Kh7 104. Qeg8# 1-0

Sweet song about having her first child

Defense

So, I had the pleasant fortune of facing the Semi-Slav two nights in a row – nothing too aggresive was thrown at me in the opening.

Round 3

[Event “Strong Swiss”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2019.02.20”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Bill Weihmiller”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1847”]
[ECO “D52”]
[EventDate “2019.02.20”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1869”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 a6 7. c5 h6 8. Bh4 Be7
9. Qc2 Nh5 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. Be2 Nhf6 12. O-O O-O 13. b4 e5 14. Rfe1 e4 15. Nd2
Re8 16. a4 Nf8 17. b5 axb5 18. axb5 Bg4 19. Bf1 Ng6 20. Na4 Nh4 21. Nb6 Rxa1
22. Rxa1 Nf3+ 23. gxf3 exf3 24. bxc6 bxc6 25. Ra8 Rxa8 26. Nxa8 Nh7 27. Qb1 Qa7
28. Nb6 Qe7 29. Na4 Qc7 30. Qb6 Qc8 31. Qa7 Ng5 32. Nb6 Qf5 33. Qb8+ Kh7 34.
Qf4 Qe6 35. Qg3 f5 36. h3 Bxh3 37. Bxh3 Qg6 38. Kh2 Qh5 39. Nd7 1-0