I played this tournament impromptu. Alex was going up to Denver to see his mom, and needed a ride, so he offered to pay my EF. It took me an hour and a half to get out the door, and I was not planning on playing at all. Ironically, the restaurants in Denver are nearly all upscale, so I spent quite a bit on food as usual.
I got maybe two and a half hours of sleep each night, but I guess that is my usual state anyhow.
I’ll add to this post round-by-round, so it will be a work in progress until all five rounds are completed.
I just analyzed this game without a computer, so my first notes that I post here can contain errors. I’ll look at it with engines later.
It wasn’t a great tournament for me, lots of crazy results, did well to come out of it with only surrendering four rating points, in some ways.
LM Brian Wall presented me a trophy in front of all the participants that says “Strongest 1600 – 2012. Longest Think – 2017. Best Chess Blog 2018.” after I said I’ve never gotten a trophy in chess. Very nice gesture on his part! 🙂
LM Brian Wall told me that the problem with my blog is that I discuss tactics but not strategy. I tried to focus on strategy more after he told me that, but I think it only worked for one move, and after that I was back to doing my same old tactical mad-hacks. I will work on the strategy part though. Master Shtivelband, in our post-mortem emphasized that he wanted to take away my plan, and that my pawn moves were concessions, and he praised a move of mine for it’s prophylaxis, and was focused on moves that developed pieces.
This game, I wanted to play more quickly, something I had played before rather than something new – I thought about playing …g6,…c6.
14…c4? Played too quickly. After I moved, I realized that I was going to lose too much time holding this pawn. 14…Qc7, 15.Ne3 Rfd8 (preventing the immediate 16.Nd5, and allowing for 16.Nf8 Bf8).
15…b5? Another weak move. It was if I had mentally switched to clock focus over board focus, given how the rest of the tournament had gone. 15…Re8 (preparing …Bf8, which I had wanted to do). 16.Qa4, and now 16…Qa4 fails to 17.QxQ NxQ, 18.Nxe5, but 16…a6, 17.Nxc? b5 forks. So 15…b5 was actually unprovoked.
16…Bd8 No doubt I will regret this. I looked at 16…NxN, 17.exN Bf5, 18.Qe2 Bd3, 19.Qe3, and could not see how to hold the e-pawn, after the Nc6 moves, although even this may not be as bad as the game continuation. 16…Nd7, 17.NxB NxN with idea of …f6 looks as though that should hold.
17…g5 His kingside attack is beginning to look alarming. 17…Nh7 appears a much better way to keep the g5 push at bay. At this point, I hadn’t seen his potential knight sacs on h6, and then one g5, yet.
18…Kg7? 18…Nh7 is still a way to defend against the kingside attack. Also, 18…Nd7 would stop Bc5, and prepare …f6 to be played one move sooner. The king also gets checked on g7.
24…Bd8?! 24…Rg8, 25.Ne7 NxN, 26.BxN Bd8 appears to defend the kingside. 24…Nb6, 25.hxg hxg, 26.Nxg fxN, 27.Qxg5 BxN, 28.QxB+ QxQ, 27.exQ Rac8.
25…Be7?? After 25…BxN, 26.exBf5 Nb6, 27.Nd4 exd4. If 27.Nxe5 fxe5, 28.Qd6 Ne7, 29.BxR QxB. Another line is 27…Nxe5, 28.BxR QxB. Another idea is 25…Rg8 with …Rb8 to follow.
31.QxN?? 31.BxN picks up a piece versus just regaining the piece lost, and Black can resign.
32…Nf6 32…Nc5 allows 33.f6 Rc7, 34.Bf3, and Black is in command compared to the game.
33…Rb6? The other move I nearly played was 33…e4!, 35.Bxe Nxe, 36.fxe Rxe, 37.Rd7+ Kh6, 38.Rxa7 (38.Kh2 preparing Rh1 makes no difference) Rxg4+ and Black is fine, while 35.fxe Nxg4 covers the e5 square.
35…a6? I realized how useless this move was as soon as I had played it. It was the last chance to play 35…e4.
40…Rb7 40…b4, 41.Rc6 b3, 42.a3 is obviously lost for Black.
46.e5 I was expecting 46.Ra3 here.
52.Rg4 Was happy to see this. 52.Ra4 is resignable.
The rest of the game is a recreation and very close to what actually happened. My scorekeeping became hit or miss in terms of squares and such.
[Site “Centennial Holiday Inn Express”]
[White “Mukund Gurumurthri”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c5 4. O-O Nc6 5. d3 e5 6. Nbd2 Bf5 7. Re1 Be7 8. e4
dxe4 9. dxe4 Bg4 10. c3 h6 11. Qc2 O-O 12. h3 Be6 13. Nf1 c4 14. Ne3 b5 15. Rd1
Qc8 16. Nd5 Bd8 17. g4 g5 18. Be3 Kg7 19. Bc5 Re8 20. Bd6 Nd7 21. Ne3 Bc7 22.
Nf5+ Kh7 23. Qd2 f6 24. h4 Bd8 25. Ba3 Be7 26. Bxe7 Bxf5 27. exf5 Rxe7 28. hxg5
hxg5 29. Qd6 Rb8 30. Nxg5+ fxg5 31. Qxc6 Qxc6 32. Bxc6 Nf6 33. f3 Rb6 34. Rd6
Kg7 35. Rad1 a6 36. Be4 Rxd6 37. Rxd6 Nxe4 38. fxe4 Kf7 39. Kf2 a5 40. Ke3 Rb7
41. Re6 b4 42. Rxe5 bxc3 43. bxc3 Rb2 44. Rxa5 Rg2 45. Kf3 Rc2 46. e5 Rxc3+ 47.
Ke4 Rg3 48. Rc5 Rxg4+ 49. Kd5 Rh4 50. Rc7+ Ke8 51. Rxc4 Rh2 52. Rg4 Rxa2 53.
Rxg5 Ra5+ 54. Ke4 Ra4+ 55. Kf3 Kf7 56. Rg4 Ra3+ 57. Kf4 Ra4+ 58. Kg5 Ra8 59.
Re4 Rg8+ 60. Kf4 Rg1 61. e6+ Kf6 62. e7 Rg8 63. Re5 Kf7 64. f6 Rh8 65. Kf5 Rh5+
66. Ke4 Rh4+ 67. Kd5 Ke8 68. Re4 Rh1 69. Ke5 Kf7 70. Kd6 Rd1+ 71. Ke5 Ra1 72.
Rd4 Ra5+ 73. Rd5 Ra8 74. Kf5 Ra1 75. Kg5 Rg1+ 76. Kh6 Rh1+ 77. Rh5 Rf1 78. Kg5
Rg1+ 79. Kf4 Rf1+ 80. Ke5 Ra1 81. e8=Q+ Kxe8 1/2-1/2