Chess Fail, Part II

This was the first two rounds of a four round tournament over two weeks, G/30, d/10.  For a game that lasts only an hour, I’m not going to spend time annotating the game, since I’ve already spent far more time going over the game than I actually did playing it.

Round 1

Round 2

27…Nf6?  27…e4 wins.  I was worried about ghost threats on g6 after a future Nh4 or h4-h5.

31…Nf6-d7?  31…f4 wins, as Alex pointed out after the game, but I never saw it in time-pressure.

33…RxNf5  Needless complication.  I should be more comfortable defending for the win, even in time-trouble, down a pawn for a piece.

34…RxRf5  Again, 34…Qg5 is easily winning, as Master Josh Bloomer pointed out immediately when he saw the position, as g4 would then come in with a counter-pin against her own king, and a future Kg1 breaking the pin could be met by …Qg6 breaking the pin for Black – Touche!

Shirley offered a draw with 34 seconds on my clock.  I didn’t want to lose on time, and felt that after 36…Qe5, 36.QxRf5+ (she was thinking of keeping up the pin with Qc2, which I immediately told her would have been good for Black) QxQ, 37.gxQf5 appeared to be a fortress type of draw.  Master Josh took one look at the position, saying Black should be winning, and played 37…Ne5, followed by 38….Nxc4, 39.bxNc4 b3 winning, and won against any attempt I made to rebuff this, at lightening speed.

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2 thoughts on “Chess Fail, Part II

  1. Round 1 – I would want in your place to punish severely your opponent for that kind of opening play. But you let him escape and then he got you into that kind of sticky positional play that he apparently does well.

    Round 2 – I learned the hard way that if you have an essential advantage you need to finish off your opponent as soon as possible.
    The more you drag it, the more there is a chance that you will get exhausted or get into time trouble and will give your opponent a chance.
    33… Rxf5 was fine by the way. Yeah 34… Rxe4 was a mistake, 34… Ref8 was winning.
    The final mistake was 35… Qf6 instead of Qg5.
    And your master is right – in the end you could take on c4 or b3 with the knight.

  2. Round 1, I should really try to get semi-open positions and not closed positions against him, unless it is an unbalanced closed position such as the French.

    Round 2, you are right on all accounts, of course. I have to accept more defensive responsibilities for sure.

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