Last game in California

Match of one game

In what is likely to have been my last game in CA, and my last game for quite a while I guess, I got a brand new opponent.  Joe is an older gentleman, who was an Expert back in the 90’s and before they computerized the ratings in 1992.  He finished last months Wednesday tournament in 2nd place out of 24 players, and has played in 421 tournaments listed, to my 330 or so, quite an experienced player.

I was Black, but once again I feel that I blew any real chances that I had in time-pressure, making the move 30 time-control with but 20 seconds to spare (30/90, G/30, d/5).

2…e6  I felt this move was premature, after I had played it.  It offers White to play the London with 3.Bf4, where I can’t counter with the easing …Bf5.  Still, my move is seen in a system at the top-level against the London, I remembered.

3…c5  An offer to sharpen the play, but he counters with the Colle, so I figure he’s probably played this system forever and knows the ins-and-outs of it.

6…Nc6  Again, trying to sharpen the play as ….Nbd7 ought to be less risky.

9…Re8  Rather optimistic.  I didn’t play …Qc7 (which would control e5) because I was trying to stop the e4 push with the threat of winning the d4 pawn.  Perhaps more prudent would have been 9…b6, 10.Ne5 Bb7, in the nick of time, and then …Rc8.  The rook on f8 is actually doing a good job of defending f7, I thought later, to my chagrin.  😉

10…Bd7  I played this move to connect the rooks, as I was concerned about, for example 10…Qc7, 11.Nxf7+ KxN, 12.Bxh7 (tattering up my kingside) Nxh7, 13.Qh5+ Kg8, 14.QxRe8.

12…Rd8  During the game, I was concerned this had been too optimistic, that I should take the Ne5 now, less he play 13.g5 Ne4, 14.NxBd7, but then looking now I see 14…NxNd2, 15.Ne5 Ne4, and I am still not losing a pawn (didn’t want to lose both pawn and minor-exchange).

15…NxNe5  Other moves considered were …f6 and …f5.  OTB, I was scared off by 15…f6, 16.Bxh7+ KxB, 17.Qh5+ Kg8, 18.Qf7+ Kh8, and 19.Ng6+, but that is hand-waving as I can see now that simply 18.g6 should do the job for White.  15…f5, 16.exf Bxf, 17.Qh5 BxNe5, 18.Qxh7+ Kg8, 19.fxBe5 is going to be winning for White, and 17…g6, 18.Bxg6 hxg6, 19.Qxg6+ Kh2, 20.Nf7 mate rules out …f5, so I thought I did well to rule out these two moves OTB.

17…BxBe4  I considered 17…Bd5, 18.c4 Bxc, 19.Bxb7 Bd5, 20.BxB RxB, but saw no need to ruin my pawn chain and give him all the freedom of removing his c3 pawn and stopping me from simply playing ….c4 first.  Plus, I wanted his queen stuck in front of his e-pawn upon recapture, when he likely spends another tempo moving his queen.

19.Rb1  In relative time-pressure, I missed this move, only seeing 19.Qc2.

21…Qc6  I am panicking a bit in time-pressure.  I had seen when I had played …Rd5 that I could counter b3 with …Rb5, and now would be the time to play it, as after …b3, c3 hangs, and otherwise I have …Ba3, exploiting the pin, which looks quite bad for White.

23…Rc5  Again, panic-mode in time-pressure.  I rejected 23…gxh, 24.f5!, but perhaps I should not have rejected 23…Rd1, 24.QxQ bxQ, 25.Ke2 RxR, 26.KxR Rd3, 27.Ke2 when White now has both Bd2 and a3 available, so it was correct to avoid this variation.  However, the other variation that I was looking at 23…Qd7 (my ”back-out” plan), 24.b3 Rb5 does still look good.  I was too unsure of myself when I decided to trade queens in  time-pressure.  However, I was also trying to somehow “avoid” 24.b4, which I saw in this position, and which would not be possible had I played …Rb5 earlier, instead of …Qc6.

26….Rcd5  Unfortunately, this was already a blitz move, as I had grossly mismanaged my clock.  26…Rcb5 just looks screaming to be played, and after I had played this move realized I had let the cat out of the bag with his 27.b3.  Somehow, when calculating tactics so much in time-pressure, it can be easy to lose sight of the strategic picture.  The strategic picture is easier to gain sight of when thinking on the opponent’s clock.

27…cxb3  This is not what I had previously had in mind; this is another good example of how time-pressure can warp your strategic thinking.  27…Rb5 looks very natural, and then 28.b4, and if …a5, 28.a3 looks kind of okay for Black, so 28…Rb5-d5 (once again, very natural).  If 29.Ba3, then …a5, but 29.Kf3 looks like it can hold.  29…Rd1, 30.RxR RxR, 31.Ke2 Rh1, 32.a3 Rh2+, 33.Ke2 followed by Bd2 with Kc2, letting the rook out in mind, looks like it could or should hold.

30.Rh6  My lack of technical strength/experience caused me to miss this idea of weaseling the rooks on the h-file and/or 7th rank.

30….BxBb4  His bishop is cutting off my king’s access to the f8 escape square.

33.Ke2  He spent around four minutes and then played 33.Ra3, which I immediately pointed out was illegal.  I had 24 minutes, and although we were playing on a house chronos clock, I felt no need to summon the arbiter to get two minutes added, especially since he just gave me a free four-minute think on a forced move!  He felt that his missing of the check was in bad form, and a likely disturbance to me (it wasn’t), so he offered me a draw.  See, so if you are a gentleman to your opponent, and not an a-hole like a  lot of players in CO who jump at every chance to add two minutes their clock, your opponent may return the favor and simply offer a draw; what a novel concept!

At this point, I was happy to get the draw, looking at the defensive-minded line 33…Rc2, 34.a3 Rd2, 35.Rb1 Rh2, 36.RxR RxR, 37. Rd1

After the game, he said he was going to play, after 33…Rc2, 34.Ra3 and it went Rxb, 35.Rxa Ra4, 36.Rb6! This caught me off guard, and I hadn’t realized that 36…Rxa??, 37.Rb8+! was mating, which he soon figured out, so 36…Rd8, 37.Rxb Rxa, and I eventually did manage to draw after all the pawns got traded down, but can’t say it was all best moves as it should probably still be winning for White.  I definitely did blow my opportunities in time-pressure (blow you name it in time-pressure) as per the usual flaw-fatale in my games.  So, it was nice to get a fun, interesting game, as Black, with a draw.  I actually was happy to get Black since I knew it would give me a more challenging game, and there is no tournament on the line or anything like that.

So….now I can look at the game with an engine!  I just downloaded ChessX on my new (Windows7) laptop that I got for Christmas.

So far, looking at it with Stockfish has been much as I suspected.   21…Qc6?  When I played this move, I strongly wanted to play 21…Rd1 at first, but then thought I’d try this cheapo and then play …Qd7 once he steps out of it.  21…Rd1 is actually winning for Black!  Also, now is the only time to play it with winning chances.  After this, it is only a draw until I play …cxb3, as then I am just worse.
















Final round of tournament in Cali

Round 7

I played on Wednesday in California in the  last round of their two-month tournament.  I got a new opponent, of course, who was nice and complimentary but also a bit chatty.

3…d5  I decided for a “favorable French” over a Sicilian defense, and was willing to get some practice in a technical game, in general.

7…Be7  I seriously considered 7…Qb6, but decided it might look a bit silly giving up doubled pawns so soon in the opening – this was the first of many favorable opportunities in this game that I let slip by.

13…Rfc8?! Each time  I detected a threat, I reacted badly to it in this game.  13…cxd, 14.Nxd Nxd, 15.cxd Rfc8 is quite favorable for Black.

15…Rxc6!  This was the sharper option.  I saw that 15…bxN, 16.cxd c5, 17.Nf3 c4 looked quite  promising for Black, but decided to go for more, knowing this line would require more accuracy on Black’s part.

16…dxc  I played this move quickly, with the pawn sac next move in mind.  I looked at 16…d3, 17.Bf3, and here 17…Ne4 is now strong, stopped considering at move 17.Bf3.  Right after I moved, I noticed I had 17…Re6, where he said after the game  that he was planning on playing 18.Be5, but I notice right away that I can grab the bishop pair with 18…Ng4, 19.BxNg4 BxB – which is favorable for Black.

17….Ne4  My longest think of the game, and i saw this move right away but did not want to resort to playing it.   I saw 17…d4, 18.Bxd4 Rc2 (spent most of my time calculating 18…Rad8, 19.Nf3), 19.Bc3 Nf5, 20.Bd1 NxNc3, 21.BxR BxB and rejected it here, but I didn’t notice the intermezzo 21.Ne2+! winning – saving the knight.  After this expenditure of time, he asked to know what I was thinking here after the game.

19….Bc5  at this point, the previous think had gotten to me, and I couldn’t rein in my chess common-sense.  Actually, after his next move he said “This guy is good!” while a spectator was watching, and I starting shaking my head as I was having a difficult time focusing and the words had distracted me a bit – nothing worse that being flattered before or during a chess game, when it comes to maintaining the ability to concentrate.  Nevetherless, it’s my fault for playing the moves that I did.

19…Bf6 was the other move I was considering, and it is correct here, play up the pawn, same colored bishops.  I played this move hastily.

20…Bf5  This move is virtually incomprehensible, particularly considering that I knew I wanted White to play f3, and I also knew he would resond with 21.Bf3.  After  the game, 21…b5 appeared obvious, with his bishop going to the other side of the board, no engine required to point that one out.  I had simply lost focus in the nervous tension  of battle, and clock.

21…Rd6??  Obviously, 21…Rd8 was the move, I figured this miss out again without a computer.  I visualized this move for three seconds in my mind before playing it, as the “visual blunder-check”, but this is too short, should spend at least ten seconds on a visual, after playing the move in one’s mind.  Once I pressed the clock and wrote down the move, I looked up and saw b4 right away, and knew he’d play it as it was so obvious.

He offered me a draw once before I played 17…Ne4, and one which I accepted at the end of the game.  I spent five minutes, then took the draw when I reached ten minutes remaining, but I wanted to play on  and really felt he shouldn’t have offered it, but also felt I was losing.

Immediately after the game, he wanted to play on to see what would happen.  Well, was winning of course, but I did trick him in a losing position and pull it out, so there is a decent chance I would have won by playing on.  I had mixed feelings about accepting thee draw, and wasn’t thinking  that a draw is “half a loss” (lost 14 rating points).  I was prepared to play on and was  a little disappointed about how it ended, but decided to be objective about it when I took the draw.  That’s what draws are, sober objective judgments of the position.  Draws don’t happen out of thin-air, most draws, and draws as a rule, are very deliberate decisions and actions.

Before the game, he said “Take it easy on me, I haven’t played in six months!”, but that is a bit of a fib, as I can see he played  all seven rounds, with a 4 out of 7 score, and finished over 1400.

I’m on an 8 game winning streak in blitz on lichess, since this unfortunate draw.  Spending quality-time on all moves is  something difficult to build the discipline for, but it’s a goal to work toward.  Stronger technical chess is still my goal when playing.







Last game in Cali for this year

Round 2

I’m not going to make a long blog post about this game, as it will appear as a silly loss anyway.

15…Nd5??  My instinct was to play the correct 15..f6, but I saw ghosts in that line, and upon a second look at the game instantly noticed the …Nd4 resource to take away a lot of threats after 15…f6, 16.Nh5 Nd4, but that wasn’t the biggest takeaway.  My analysis methodology was off, i wasn’t applying “process of elimination” correctly.  In a tired moment I played this blunder, and noticed it as soon as I planted the piece.  I don’t do a blundercheck of holding the piece on the square for a few seconds, to make sure it isn’t really a blunder, as Isaac Martinez once used to do (he made Expert, then quit chess for music).  I consider that bad form.

I thought about resigning, but Paul took five minutes to show up at the board, then five minutes playing 16.e4, which struck me as rather odd, and so I decided to play on.  Paul prances around quickly while the position is even, then slows to a crawl once he is winning.  I was surprised at one point that he had gotten down to 17 minutes, much of his time spent after my blunder.  In fact, after 16…f6, he was going to play 17.Qc1 to torture me on the clock some more, seemingly.  I guess once he is an hour up on the clock, if not already winning by then, then he can allow himself to play for a win with a massive time-advantage.

Anyway, 25…Qd2?? I missed 25…Rd4 in time-pressure, though it was still a lost position here.

I did spend some time looking at the game and opening with an engine, but it’s not really pertinent to what happened in the game.

One of the real tests of analysis comes when defending rather than attacking.  Attacking is usually more pattern-recognition.  Defending tests one’s methodology more, when remembering and choosing between lines.

Ironically, before this game I would get to sleep by midnight, and got tired during the game, and afterward I am back to getting to sleep later and waking up later.  Some players such as Paul seem to have boundless energy even at 1am.  The thing I like least about Tuesdays is the late start time, as I don’t believe I would have played so poorly during the day.  Even if life was only about chess, the late start time would still make it difficult for a player to alternate between early morning weekend events, and late night weekday events.

I’ve seen Paul play one weekend event that I can recall over the seven years I have played in CO.  He appeared out of it, his results were off, lost many rating points.  His analysis was just as sharp as ever, but he appeared to have trouble holding his thoughts together, which is exactly what has happened to me many times on Tuesdays nights, in long games.

Time-Warp Chess

Round 1 Tuesdays

We both started this game off with 1 hr, 30 minutes.  I finished the game with approx. 1 hr. 45 minutes left, to his 1 hr, 28 minutes.

19.Kf2  I was writing down my move, for example, when he played 18…Nd3, so I basically looked at the board for a moment and played this move.  It’s a bit comical that I didn’t take his bishop, since it would have only taken a couple of seconds to notice that is hanging.  Such was the pace of my play, bullet-chess speed.

After the game, I offered to play him an “extra” game (rated, but not part of the tournament) as Black, but he declined and said he had homework to finish.  Well, at least this kid has his priorities straight!

When Grayson (young teenager) reached to play 11.Bxf5, he said “What can I say?  My generations, we don’t have to take responsibility!”  lol.

[Event “Tuesdays Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2017.12.05”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Grayson Harris”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1013”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1869”]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 c6 5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Qxd8+ Kxd8 7. Nxe5 Bd6
8. Nxf7+ Kc7 9. Nxh8 Be6 10. f4 Bb4 11. f5 Bxf5 12. exf5 Nbd7 13. Bf4+ Kb6 14.
Nf7 Re8+ 15. Be2 Ne4 16. Nd6 Nxc3 17. Nxe8 Nd5+ 18. Bd2 Ne3 19. Kf2 Bxd2 20.
Rad1 Nxd1+ 21. Rxd1 Nc5 22. Rxd2 Ne4+ 23. Ke3 Nxd2 24. Kxd2 Kc5 25. Nxg7 Kd6
26. f6 Kd7 27. Bc4 b5 28. Ne6 Ke8 29. Bb3 Kf7 30. Nd8+ Kxf6 31. Nxc6 a6 32. a4
h5 33. axb5 axb5 34. Nd4 Kg5 35. Nxb5 h4 36. Bd5 Kf4 37. Kd3 Ke5 38. c4 Kf6
39. Nd4 Ke5 40. Nf3+ Kd6 41. Nxh4 Kc5 42. Nf5 Kb6 43. b4 Kc7 44. Kd4 Kd7 45.
Ke5 Kc8 46. Ke6 Kd8 47. Ng7 Kc7 48. Ke7 Kb6 49. Kd7 Ka7 50. Kc7 Ka6 51. Ne6
Ka7 52. Nd8 Ka6 53. Bb7+ Ka7 54. Nc6# 1-0


Winter Springs Open 2017

Round 1

57.Rg5??  (57.Rg8)

59…h4??  (59…c2)

Round 2

22…Nf5?? I realized that I had turned off my brain here, and was no longer calculating anything so that I could make a move and offer a draw. I played this move quickly, seeing that 23.Nxg7 sac wouldn’t work, and realizing all the while that 22…g6 was a perfectly good move. Actually, …Nf5 is sort of bad as well because I want to play …Qf5 in some of those variations, which I had seen.

After the game she said she was expecting 22…g6 (which I had no qualms about playing), then said she was going to play 23.Qd2??, and I told her (blindfold-like) that I could keep her queen out of h6 with …Nf5. But even during the game I had seen this ….Qf5 move, which attacks f3 and Nh5. So, I had apparently lost my will to concentrate at this point, and perhaps she was close to that point as well. White was alternatives to the 23.Qd2?? move, such as 23.Nc3, attacking the d5 knight, 23.Rc2, and 23.Qd3, and it’s just an equal position.

25…RxRe7?? I was going to play the correct 25…NfxRe7, but then I began to count material, noticing I was down three pawns for the exchange, and doubted my ability to hold this position passively, even though my intuition at first told me that I could. I used that flimsy “ghost” excuse that after 25…Nfxe7, she could play 26.Rc7, and my knight can’t take it, but this belies that I am the one with the two rooks, and her posting a rook on the 7th rank isn’t going to amount to anything with the solid blockade of her d-pawn. My next move there would be 26…Rac8, which is equal, according to Houdini.

26.Nf4! As soon as I had made my last move, I was worried about 26.Nhf6, but I think we both figured out it was nothing. For some reason, I never considered or saw this move, even though I suspected she must have something there because I felt that I had blundered on my last move.

26…Qd7 I considered 26…Nfe3 here, but saw that she can just take the knight with 27.fxNe3. At this point, I realized the game was over but played on for a few more moves.

I still need to learn to continue to calculate in equal positions, since I lose from more equal positions than from attacks, I simply lose focus and sense of danger in equal positions. I didn’t drink any coffee before this game, which is unusual for me, but much worse is that I only had a small lunch (should have gone to Subway and filled up), and I think that lack of enough food may have been affecting my ability to concentrate late in that last round of the day. I felt less energetic, before the game, than she seemed – she seemed to have plenty of energy and managed hers well.

Where my attitude began to go south was no move 18…Nb7?!  I wanted to play 18…Ne6!, but doubted I could hold the ..Nf4 for some reason.  I saw this continuation 18…Ne6, 18.d5 Nf4, 19.Nf5 and thought that here her knight is threatening to remove my bishop’s support of my knight on f4.  I did spend a sizeable amount of time looking at 19…Qd7, 20.NxB+ RxN. 21.Kh1 Qh3, 22.Rg1 but stopped my analysis here.  As soon as Houdini said that Black is winning here, I knew the shot must be 22…Re1! (deflection).

So, that is how close I came to calculating a winning line for myself during the game.  I wasn’t so sure which move to make, but I think once I consciously started to play for a draw, my mind somewhere had lost interest in the game.  What I have to realize is that even equal positions can still contain all three results.

Another thing I have to realize is that good tacticians often don’t get advantages from openings.  Opening theoreticians are not necessarily tactics experts nor endgame experts, nor good attacking players, and vice-versa for all four of these categories above.  Most tacticians are probably going to be decent at the endgame because you have to calculate so well there, and most tacticians like to calculate.  My point though is that tacticians are often even more opportunistic than they are attacking-style players.

Round 3

Quite a doozy.  Plenty of errors on both sides, and didn’t have enough time to figure out the ending, as Earl was able to instantly blitz at the end, building up time, while I played on the increment.  Since I couldn’t calculate how to win it with 30 seconds per move, drew it instead, pretty much intentionally.

Round 4

This game had me super pissed off at myself after the game, drove past my house to the liquor store and bought a beer.  For some reason, I decided to pass up a position I could draw after 33…NxB, and I decided to play for more, instead.  Even here, I only decided to play 35…NxB?? because I had three minutes left on my clock.  35….Kg2 first, once again leads to a drawable position, since Black can’t get out of the pin without making a concession.

[Event “Winter Springs Open”]
[Site “Manitou Springs City Hall”]
[Date “2017.12.02”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Dean Clow”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “2107”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1866”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 dxe4 4. fxe4 Nf6 5. e5 Bg4 6. Nf3 Nd5 7. c4 Nb6 8. Be3
e6 9. Be2 Bb4+ 10. Nc3 Bxf3 11. gxf3 N8d7 12. a3 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 c5 14. O-O Qc7
15. Rc1 O-O-O 16. f4 f6 17. a4 Nb8 18. a5 N6d7 19. Qa4 Rdf8 20. d5 fxe5 21.
dxe6 Nf6 22. Qb5 exf4 23. Bxf4 Qc6 24. Bf3 Qxb5 25. cxb5 Re8 26. Rfe1 g5 27.
Be5 Rxe6 28. Bg4 Nxg4 29. Bxh8 Rh6 30. Re8+ Kc7 31. h3 Rxh3 32. b6+ axb6 33.
axb6+ Kxb6 34. Rxb8 Rg3+ 35. Kh1 Kc7 36. Rf8 h5 37. Re1 Rh3+ 38. Kg2 Rh2+ 39.
Kg1 Rc2 40. Rf5 Kc6 41. Rxg5 Nh2 42. Rg6+ Kb5 43. Rb1+ Kc4 44. Rg2 Nf3+ 45.
Kh1 Nd2 46. Rxb7 Rc1+ 47. Rg1 Rc2 48. Rf7 Ne4 49. Rf4 Kd3 50. Rf3+ Kc4 51. Rg2
Rc1+ 52. Kh2 Nxc3 53. Bxc3 Rxc3 54. Rxc3+ Kxc3 55. Kg3 Kd3 56. Kf3 c4 57. Rg5
c3 58. Rd5+ Kc4 59. Rd8 h4 60. Ke2 Kb3 61. Kd1 1-0

[Event “Winter Springs Open”]
[Site “Manitou Springs City Hall”]
[Date “2017.12.02”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Sara Herman”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1866”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1954”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. Ng3 Nbd7 8. b3
Re8 9. Bb2 b6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Be2 Bb7 12. Rc1 a6 13. O-O c5 14. Bf3 cxd4 15.
Qxd4 Nc5 16. Qd1 d4 17. exd4 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Nb7 19. Nce4 Nd6 20. Kh1 Nd5 21.
Rg1 Qd7 22. Nh5 Nf5 23. Rxg7+ Kh8 24. Rxf7 Qe6 25. Rxe7 Rxe7 26. Nf4 Qd7 27.
Nxd5 Qxd5 28. Nf6 Qf7 29. d5 Ng7 30. d6 Re6 31. d7 Rd8 32. Rc8 Qe7 33. Rxd8+
Qxd8 34. Nh5 Re7 35. Nxg7 Rxg7 36. Qd4 1-0

Round 3

[Event “Winter Springs Open”]
[Site “Manitou Springs City Hall”]
[Date “2017.12.03”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Earl Wikle”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1866”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1993”]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bb4 5. Nd5 Bc5 6. e3 O-O 7. Ne2 a6 8. O-O
Re8 9. f4 exf4 10. Nexf4 Be7 11. b3 d6 12. Bb2 Rb8 13. Nh5 Ne5 14. Nhxf6+ Bxf6
15. Nxf6+ gxf6 16. Be4 Bg4 17. Qc2 f5 18. Bxf5 Qg5 19. Bxh7+ Kf8 20. Be4 Ke7
21. c5 Rh8 22. Bxe5 dxe5 23. c6 b6 24. Bd5 f6 25. Qe4 a5 26. Rxf6 Qxf6 27.
Qxg4 Rbd8 28. Rf1 Qh6 29. Rf7+ Ke8 30. Rd7 Qxh2+ 31. Kf1 Qh3+ 32. Qxh3 Rxh3
33. Kg2 Rh6 34. Bf7+ Kf8 35. Rxd8+ Kxf7 36. Rd7+ Ke6 37. g4 Rh4 38. Kg3 Rh1
39. Kf3 Ra1 40. a4 Rb1 41. Rd3 Rc1 42. Rc3 Rd1 43. d3 Kf6 44. Ke2 Rg1 45. Rc4
Rb1 46. Kd2 Rxb3 47. Kc2 Ra3 48. Re4 Ra2+ 49. Kb3 Ra1 50. g5+ Kf5 51. g6 Rg1
52. Kc4 Rxg6 53. Rh4 Rxc6+ 54. Kb3 Rc1 55. Rh5+ Ke6 56. e4 Kd6 57. Rg5 Rb1+
58. Kc4 Rb4+ 59. Kc3 Rxa4 60. Rg6+ Kc5 61. Rg7 c6 62. Rd7 b5 63. Re7 Kd6 64.
Re8 Ra3+ 65. Kc2 a4 66. Rd8+ Kc5 67. Re8 Kd6 68. Rd8+ Ke7 69. Rc8 Kd7 70. Rb8
Rb3 71. Rb7+ Kd6 72. Ra7 c5 73. Ra6+ Kd7 74. Ra7+ Kc6 75. Ra6+ Kb7 76. Re6 c4
77. dxc4 bxc4 78. Rxe5 Kb6 79. Re8 a3 80. Rb8+ Kc5 81. Rxb3 cxb3+ 82. Kxb3 Kd4 1/2-1/2

Round 4

[Event “Winter Springs Open”]
[Site “Manitou Springs City Hall”]
[Date “2017.12.03”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Michael Maloney”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1866”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1907”]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 e6 5. Nf3 cxd4 6. cxd4 Nc6 7. Be2 Nf6 8.
O-O Be7 9. Nc3 Qd8 10. Bf4 O-O 11. Re1 Nb4 12. h3 b6 13. Rc1 Bb7 14. a3 Nbd5
15. Be5 Qd7 16. Bb5 Nxc3 17. Bxd7 Nxd1 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. Rexd1 Rfd8 20. Bc6
Bxc6 21. Rxc6 Rd7 22. Rdc1 Kf8 23. Rc8+ Rxc8 24. Rxc8+ Ke7 25. Ne5 Rxd4 26.
Nc6+ Kd7 27. Nxa7 Rd1+ 28. Kh2 Bxb2 29. Rf8 Ke7 30. Ra8 Be5+ 31. g3 Bd4 32.
Nc6+ Kf6 33. Rd8 e5 34. Rd6+ Kf5 35. Nxd4+ exd4 36. Kg2 Ke4 37. Rxb6 d3 38.
Rb7 Ra1 39. Re7+ Kd4 40. Kf3 d2 41. Rd7+ Kc3 42. Rc7+ Kb3 43. Rb7+ Ka2 0-1