Fantasy, Again

Last round Tuesday nights

I kept good score, but misplaced my scoresheet.  I recreated the game, but for all I know it’s 100% exactly what happened.

9.Nge2  My longest think of the game, just not on the move I made of course.  My instinct on seeing 7…b5 was to play b4 and a4, so I saw virtually every variation you can think of here.  Earl said that if I had played 9.a4, he was going to reply with 9…bxa, 10.Rxa a5, 11.b5 (we whipped these moves out in the post-mortem, as I had already planned this line during my OTB analysis).   Rather late in my analysis, I also saw 9…Bd6 and 9…Na6.  I figured that White would be okay after 9…Na6, 10.axb Nxb, 10.Qd2 but wondered if this were really worth it as it might be equal (which it is) and I am letting his pieces out when instead I could defend and see whether I could build an attack.

Naturally, I contemplated f3, Ng3, and Nh3 – too bad I didn’t choose any one of them over what I played!

11.Nec1  This is too slow, but I wasn’t looking far enough ahead from his side of the board.  I thought he would try to play …Nb6-c4, BxNc4 but Earle always seems to go after my king instead, and this game was no exception.  I thought I should have played 11.c3, and Nac1 (the other knight), but apparently it’s all too slow and already -1 even here.

17.e5  I saw his sac coming the moment I played this move, and thought instead I should have played 17.h3 Qg3, 18.Bf3 but it turns out that that is just as bad.

20.hxBg3.  Earl thought I should have played 20.Rf2, and that was my original plan as well, but I had to pick one and chose the greedier option.

25.Qe4?  Totally missed 25.Rf2! Qg3+, 26.Kf1 but saw this idea later.

27.Qf3? (second best move) Earl said he was expecting 27.Qg4 (the third best move).  I was going to play the best move, 27.QxNh4 but somehow my choice looked safer, and more positional.  Guess not!  Who knows these things.  lol.

32.Na2?  Patzer sees check to queen, gives it.  32.Nd1!  I maneuvered my knights clumsily.

41.Kf1??  Either 41.Rc3 or 41.Rc8+, followed by 42.Rc7+ would save the rook.

An interesting, exciting game, but in the few games where I ever try to maneuver, something like this happens.  I am often amazed how GMs seem to hold a solid enough position where they have plenty of time to maneuver there pieces back and fort, to and fro.

[Event “February Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.02.27”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Earl Wikle”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1956”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1854”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qd3 Ne7 6. a3 Ba5 7. Be3 b5 8. b4 Bc7
9. Nge2 a5 10. Na2 Nd7 11. Nec1 e5 12. c3 O-O 13. Be2 exd4 14. cxd4 dxe4 15.
fxe4 Ng6 16. O-O Qh4 17. e5 Ndxe5 18. dxe5 Bxe5 19. g3 Bxg3 20. hxg3 Qxg3+ 21.
Kh1 Qh3+ 22. Kg1 Qg3+ 23. Kh1 Qh3+ 24. Kg1 Nh4 25. Qe4 Bf5 26. Rxf5 Rae8 27.
Qf3 Nxf3+ 28. Rxf3 Qg4+ 29. Kf1 Re6 30. Nc3 axb4 31. axb4 Qxb4 32. N1a2 Qe7
33. Nd1 f5 34. Rc1 Re8 35. Bc5 Qh4 36. Re3 Rxe3 37. Bxe3 Rxe3 38. Nxe3 Qf4+
39. Ke1 Qxe3 40. Rxc6 f4 41. Kf1 Qh3+ 42. Kf2 Qh2+ 43. Ke1 Qh1+ 0-1


The Fantasy Variation

Round 3, Tuesdays

[Event “Tuesdays Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.02.20”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Mike Smith”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1644”]
[ECO “B12”]
[EventDate “2018.02.20”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1854”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 e6 4. Nc3 c5 5. Be3 Nc6 6. Bb5 c4 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. Qd2
a5 9. Nge2 Nf6 10. O-O h5 11. e5 Nd7 12. f4 f5 13. Na4 h4 14. Kh1 Be7 15. Nec3
Nf8 16. Nc5 Nh7 17. N3a4 g5 18. Qe2 g4 19. b3 c3 20. Qd3 Nf8 21. Qxc3 Ng6 22.
Rac1 h3 23. g3 Ra7 24. Qd3 Nh4 25. gxh4 Bxh4 26. Bf2 Rg7 27. Bxh4 Qxh4 28. Qg3
Qd8 29. Rg1 Rhg8 30. Rcd1 Kf7 31. Rd3 Qc7 32. Qh4 Qb8 33. Qf6+ Ke8 34. Nxe6 Rg6
35. Qd8+ Kf7 36. Qc7+ Qxc7 37. Nxc7 Bd7 38. Na6 c5 39. N6xc5 Bb5 40. Re3 Ke7
41. Nb2 Rc8 42. c4 Bc6 43. Rd1 Rgg8 44. Rg3 Rgd8 45. Kg1 Ba8 46. Kf2 Rc6 47.
Ke3 a4 48. cxd5 Rxd5 49. Nbxa4 Rc8 50. Rgg1 Rb8 51. Nc3 Rdd8 52. d5 Rg8 53. d6+
Kd8 54. Nd5 Rb5 55. b4 Bxd5 56. Rxd5 Rxb4 57. e6 Re8 58. e7+ Rxe7+ 59. dxe7+
Kxe7 60. Rgd1 Re4+ 61. Nxe4 1-0

Wednesday Round 3

[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.02.21”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Jeffrey Kerbow”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1854”]
[ECO “A20”]
[EventDate “2018.02.21”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1744”]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 d5 6. Nc3 Be6 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. e3
Nc6 9. Qa4 Bc5 10. Nge2 O-O 11. O-O Qa5 12. Qxa5 Nxa5 13. Rd1 Rfd8 14. Nd4 Bg4
15. Rd3 Nc6 16. Nce2 Rac8 17. b3 Ne5 18. Rc3 Ne4 19. Rc2 Bxd4 20. Rxc8 Rxc8 21.
Nxd4 Nd3 22. Bxe4 dxe4 23. Ba3 Ne5 24. Kg2 a6 25. h3 Bd7 26. Rd1 Nd3 27. g4 h6
28. f3 exf3+ 29. Nxf3 Bb5 30. Nd4 Ne5 31. Rd2 Be8 32. Bb2 Rd8 33. Rc2 Nc6 34.
Nf5 f6 35. Kf2 Bf7 36. Ke2 Be6 37. Nh4 Kf7 38. Nf3 Rd7 39. Kf2 Nb4 40. Re2 Nxa2
41. Bxf6 Kxf6 42. Rxa2 Bxb3 43. Rb2 Bd5 44. Rb6+ Ke7 45. Ne5 Rc7 46. Ng6+ Kf7
47. Ne5+ Kg8 48. Ng6 Rf7+ 49. Ke2 Kh7 50. Ne5 Re7 51. Ng6 Bc6 52. Nxe7 1-0

51…Bc6??  I knew I was winning this, but my clock said 48 seconds, and I forgot it’s the Bronstein timer, so it adds 30 seconds after opponent’s move, so I didn’t realize I had 1 min. 18 seconds.  I thought about 51…Re6??, 52.RxR BxR, 53.Nf8+, then I was going to play 51…Rf7, but I got nervous that he was creating a repetition, so it all went together in my head, not realizing that with my king on h7, I now can complete my plan that I saw without repetition.  In fact, he immediately wanted to post-mortem after I said “damn! I was winning!” under my breath.  So play continued 51….Rf7, 52.Ne5 Rf6, 53.Rb2 Re6, 54.Nd5?? Bc4 and then he spent a few tries before realizing his knight was lost.  I looked at the clock, and I saw it count down to three seconds, then said “Look, I still had time on my clock!”

This would have to be my most frustrating loss ever, objectively, but that’s chess.  Nobody cares why you lose.  Ratings have a lot to do with playing long enough to learn not make mistakes like this in time-pressure.  In a four-round tournament, one blunder like this is enough to be knocked out of any realistic chance for first place, you can’t really afford to make one game-losing mistake in a four-round tournament.  He was kind of lucky to have that repetitious-looking knight maneuver in time-pressure, that sort of thing is usually an apparition that masquerades as a draw.

This Week’s Round 1 Games

Round 1, Tuesday


This game, I finished up two minutes, so started with 1hr 30min, finished with 1hr 32min.

[Event “Tuesdays”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.02.06”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Ayush Vispute”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1164”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1854”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8.
Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Nh5 11. g4 Nf6 12. h4 d5 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Bxg7
Nxc3 15. Qxd8 Rxd8 16. Rxd8+ Kxg7 17. bxc3 a6 18. Bd3 b6 19. Kb1 Bb7 20. Rxa8
Bxa8 21. Bxa6 Bxf3 22. Rg1 h5 23. g5 f6 24. Re1 fxg5 25. hxg5 Kf7 26. Rf1 Ke6
27. Rxf3 Kd5 28. Rf7 e5 29. Kc1 Ke4 30. Kd2 b5 31. Bb7# 1-0


Round 1, Wednesday


[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.02.07”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Will Wolf”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1389”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1854”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Qf6 4. d4 d6 5. Nc4 fxe4 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Be3 Nh6 8.
Nxe4 Qh4 9. Ng3 Bg4 10. Be2 O-O-O 11. Qd2 d5 12. Bg5 Bxe2 13. Bxh4 Bxc4 14.
Bxd8 1-0

This game, I took half my time since I was facing an aggressive gambit opening.

4.d4  I recalled a Smyslov game that goes 4.Nc4, but I am not a finesse player such as this, my style is a bit more crude still, so I had wanted to play this 4.d4 move, if I had ever got this position on the board.

7.Be3  I missed this idea of 7.d5! (even though I knew I wanted to push this d-pawn before he could push his).  After 7…Ne5, 8.Nxe4 White has a tremendous position.

8.Nxe4  Even here, 8.d5! Ne5, 9.NxN QxN, 10.Bb5+ Bd7, 11.BxB KxB, 12.0-0 gives White a sizeable advantage, and Black has to put effort into holding onto the e-pawn.

9.Ng3  My longest think, and a poor move at that.  I didn’t want to play this move, but did a remarkably bad job of analysis with this position (my blitz move would have been 9.Ng5, which is better).  I also considered 9.Nc3 and 9.Ncd2, the top two moves but analyzed them poorly.  Therefore, this move represented the safest practical try.

12.Bg5  I’d like to tell you that this was played straight-away, but no.  I looked at 12.Ne5 NxN, and then 12.Na5 NxN, 13.QxN.  Not finding either move satisfactory, I looked for other ideas and found this one.  When I finally played this move, Will Wolf said “How long has that been there for?”




Last Round At Club Chess!!

Round 5

[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.01.31”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Joshua Williams”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1542”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1844”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 Nd7 4. Nc3 dxe4 5. fxe4 Ngf6 6. Nf3 e6 7. a3 Qa5 8.
Bd3 e5 9. Be3 exd4 10. b4 Bxb4 11. axb4 Qxb4 12. Bxd4 c5 13. Rb1 Qa5 14. Rb5
Qd8 15. Be3 a6 16. Rb1 b5 17. O-O c4 18. Be2 O-O 19. Kh1 Re8 20. Bg5 h6 21.
Bh4 Bb7 22. Qd4 g5 23. Nxg5 hxg5 24. Bxg5 Re6 25. Bg4 Re5 26. Bxf6 Nxf6 27.
Qxd8+ Rxd8 28. Rxf6 Kg7 29. Rf4 Rd2 30. Rc1 b4 31. Nb1 Rd4 32. Bf3 a5 33. c3
Rd3 34. cxb4 axb4 35. Be2 Rd4 36. Bxc4 Bxe4 37. Rxf7+ Kg6 38. Rff1 Rc5 39.
Bf7+ 1-0

I made oversights during this game, with at least one tactic that I forgot to play.  I’ve thoroughly gone over this game, but I’ll leave it here as it stands.

Me and Mark both won our last round games, but finished a half-point out of the two first place finishers – who both lost their final game.

I lost rating points in this tournament, but gained 20 from my win over the Expert back in CA, so once they re-rate my rating will stand at 1855.  Not an enviable rating, since I can’t win any U1800 prizes with it.  I would say that this rating is currently dead-set in non-man’s-land.

I didn’t play in the quick tournament on Tuesday.