I went to play chess tonight, although my mind was on other things like this programming project I’m getting started on, etc.
Had a rematch (still White) against the 1400 (approx rating) player that I lost to last time as White. Right off the bat, I blundered. It felt like I was still pushing the pawn to e5 when I saw it.
Then I thought I might have two pieces for rook and pawn. But to my horror, I realized it was going to be three pawns and a rook for two pieces. As if that weren’t enough, it took me a long time before I spotted that he could get his bishop out by pushing …g5, then …g4 and I am not even winning the second piece. So I had to figure out my best chance to at least win a pawn back if nothing else. My Qe2 move should have lost it for me, Kf2 was the way to get the piece back, of course my initial impulse was to play Kf2, but I refrained.
Well, he traded queens, so I was probably going to be down two pawns and the exchange. He played inaccurately and let me back into the game, I had lots of traps for him. Next thing you know he’s castling and deciding to let the piece go for a pawn.
I am still looking at his pawn storm with my knight and bishop against his rook, but it’s sort of too much for him to hold onto all those pawns and he continues inaccurately. Now I simply have bishop and knight for rook. Bd8 or Be4? Bd8 looks sharper, but apparently I didn’t calculate it right in time-pressure, mostly went based on looks, then realized I was dropping a piece once he marched his king toward my bishop, even though I had considered that reply.
So now I am losing a rook vs. bishop ending, even pawns, but he messes up amazingly not seeing I was dropping a pawn on e4, and I am pushing the pawns. He sacs the rook but I blunder the win late, knew it as soon as I had moved, needed to move my king to keep his king off h8. But even more surprising he moves off h8 to attack my pawn and my king grabs g8 to guide the pawn home. Wow, talk about a game being a gift from above, this one was.
Here is the game
They only gave me 11 rating points for the 1.5/4 against 1900’s at the Colorado Class Championship. I guess they figure the second half of the tournament, if you are 0-2, then you are playing rusty players, so it barely counts for anything. That’s rather disappointing that they see it that way.
One thing about this game is how non-standard that Owen’s Defense is. I almost never see it, and it’s opening patterns are different from the usual. Nice surprise weapon, kind of like how the Nimzovich def. is sometimes. It’s just that if people saw them all the time, they would find the holes. With Nimzovich def., you can try and get Black to play …f6 at not the right time, but it’s still tricky.