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.

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2 thoughts on “The Fantasy Variation

  1. Round 3, Tuesdays – 19… c3 looks weird as his whole play in the opening.
    24… Nh4 is unsound and is a crucial mistake.
    Letting your queen to get on f6 was another serious mistake.

  2. I posted my games 3 and 4.
    I played yesterday, got a young guy rated 1762, provisional.
    I had White, we got Ruy Lopez, old Steinitz variation ( 3. Bb5 d6 ).
    I missed a win in the middlegame and we went into a rook endgame, where I managed to overplay him.

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