Last Round for this Month

Round 3

This morning I’m flying to California for the funeral of my step-sister, and then staying over for Christmas.  Thanks for all of your condolences on her passing, and well-wishes!

This game that I played Thursday evening with Paul was once again, a tale of two cities.  First there was the middlegame where I was doing well, then blundered a pawn and immediately noticed it (told Paul after the game since he didn’t see it).

13…dxc4?!  I meant to win a pawn with 13…dxc4, 14.Qxc b5 traps the queen, or so I thought until I moved, and then immediately realized my c6 would just be hanging, so I should have set it up with …Rc8 first.  Miscue #1.  I was trying to move faster in this game at times, and that is the main motivation for the blunders that followed.

18…b6??  Again, it was maybe ten seconds before I noticed he has 19.Rxc6 Qxc6??, 20.Nf6+ winning the queen, therefore I was going to respond with 19…Qd7, told Paul afterwards.

41…Rc2?? I had spent a lot of time further weakening his position, and then made the mistake of seeing what I wanted to see.  Never saw 42.Nd5+, but he played it right away.  If I had blunder-checked this move thoroughly – i.e, seen this tactic – I would have played 41…Ke8, and if 42.Ne4, then I would have played 42…Bg5, followed by 43…Bf6, when he has to take on one of these squares.  I had already had this in mind when I was surprised to see his 41.Ne4-c3, setting up the trap.  This plan above would have been an easy win because I had weakened his back ranks to his king, so that if he plays b4, then …BxN, followed by …Rc3+ would pick up the a-pawn (or even better force-trading rooks).

43.RxRc2?  Surprisingly, he did not win my bishop and instead took the exchange.  This takes us to the infamous 0.0 ending against Paul Anderson.  With my remaining clock time, and my endgame abilities compared to his I never seem to escape these things alive!

45….d3?  At this point, I sensed that I was “crossing the Rubicon”, as did he, but I simply didn’t have sufficient time to figure out this ending, based on my current abilities.  It’s almost a different endgame, as I push the pawn, and have to play it differently after each push.  This endgame wasn’t losing, but his side was easier to play, and he played it much better than I.  Most of my moves were mistakes, but it was difficult to figure out what I should or could be doing as most things I looked at simply didn’t work as far as I could see.  Disappointing way to lose a game, but you have to play a lot of blunder-free moves to beat anyone over 1900, in my experience.  Funny how my blunder on move 41 could have been after a 40 move time-control.  In a way, that is a good thing, making only one serious blunder in the first 40 moves.  For me, this represents some progress, but perhaps not to most players these days who regard 40/2 as a thing of the past.  Technically, at 40/2 I still would have had ten minutes on my clock, as compared to the speed we played at at G/90, Inc 30.  I had less than two and a half minutes on my clock when I made the move 41 blunder.  No, it was a four and a half minutes, but I spent two minutes realizing there was nothing I could do to not lose a piece, and contemplated resigning.

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7 thoughts on “Last Round for this Month

  1. Merry Christmas!
    His 22. Rdc1 was a mistake, 24. Rcd1 was another one, he forgot about e2.
    Yeah, after 45… d3 he didn’t see Rh8.
    54. Rc7 provoked you to move your king to f6.
    This ending is at least drawn, but you need time to play it.

  2. I played on Chess.com all evening ,like over 8 hrs. Here is my last game:[White “thezozzo”]
    [Black “linuxguy1”]
    [ECO “C50”]
    [CurrentPosition “6k1/1pp3pp/pb1pbr2/4p1Q1/1P2P3/P2P1q2/2P2P1P/1R1N1RK1 w – – 2 19”]

    1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d3 Nf6 5.Ng5 O-O 6.Bxf7+ Rxf7 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.Bg5 d6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.O-O Kg8 11.Nc3 Be6 12.a3 Rf8 13.Qd2 a6 14.Nd1 Nd4 15.b4 Bb6 16.Rb1 Nf3+ 17.gxf3 Qxf3 18.Qg5 Rf6

  3. Played another nice game right before that one:
    [White “linuxguy1”]
    [Black “robwilby”]
    [ECO “B22”]
    [CurrentPosition “8/5ppk/4p2p/5q2/PP6/3QBPP1/6KP/3R4 b – – 0 35”]

    1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Nc3 Qe6+ 8.Be3 Qc8 9.Rc1 e6 10.Bb5 Bb4 11.O-O Ne7 12.d5 Bxc3 13.dxc6 Nxc6 14.Rxc3 O-O 15.Nd4 Be4 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.Bxc6 Bxc6 18.Qc1 Qb7 19.Rxc6 Rab8 20.b3 h6 21.Rc7 Qd5 22.Rxa7 Rfc8 23.Rc7 Rxc7 24.Qxc7 Rd8 25.Qc4 Qa5 26.a4 Rd5 27.Rc1 Kh7 28.g3 Qd8 29.b4 Rd1+ 30.Kg2 Qa8+ 31.Qc6 Qd8 32.Qc2+ Rd3 33.Rd1 Qd5+ 34.f3 Qf5 35.Qxd3

  4. Happy New Year!

    Game 1 – Nf3 in the end was nice.
    Game 2 – he played very bad in the opening, 7… Qe6 was losing, though after 7… Qd6 it was bad too.
    9. d5 would be very strong, it worked in a few moves too.

  5. Thanks! They are tough on Chess.com, too. I got my rating to about 1530 before I stopped, at 5/5, but they play well at that rating or my endgames at blitz are just terrible, and it’s only when I hunkered down on my endgames there that my rating went up.

  6. I was occupied with divorce issues last couple of weeks, lots of paper work.
    Yesterday was a last meeting in the court before the trial, it was so tense that my lawyer almost got into a fight with hers (joking, but they had a heated argument). 🙂
    There is a chance of settlement, but pretty low.
    This week the chess clubs are still closed.

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