2018 Colorado Round-Robin April 28-29

G/70, Inc 30,  five rounds.  Round times Sat 9:30, 2, 5:30.  Sun 10, 2.

DAY I

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

 

DAY II

Round 4

Round 5

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Oh wait, here’s my new excuse…

…just kidding.   ;-p

Some  people read this blog just to find out what my excuse will be this time.  😉

Round 4

This game was really an ‘openings duel’.

I didn’t play the attacking continuation exactly, and turned what should have been an easy win into an equal position.

14.RxR?  I saw this entire line from starting it with Nb5, but missed …Nd7 until after making this move.  14.Ke2!! didn’t occur to me, although I should have looked for this idea as there is distracting counterplay to be concerned about.

16.BxN?!  My longest think of the game was on this seemingly obvious move.  I did look at the best line 16.Ba5, then if …b6, 17.Bc3 e5, 18.Ra1 Be6, 19.NxB fxN, saw this far, and now 20.Bc4 wins a pawn, so I cut off my analysis one ply too soon, but I can also say that wasn’t appreciating the positional strength that White has here, +1.65, as I was only counting material or appreciating that OTB, really.  It’s hard to believe that the position is now nearly equal, from what it was.

17…Kc6?  OTB, I was afraid of 17…e6, trying to trap my knight, but I missed this clever little strategem 18.Bd4 e5, 19.Bb6! Kc6, 20.Nd5, and now the Ra1 is free to trap the bishop unopposed.  Certainly, I saw all of the ideas, but I didn’t calculate them into a correct sequence.  I saw the line 17…Bg7, 18.Nd5 e6, 19.Nb4 Ra8, 20.Be3 Bc3 but didn’t know what exactly to make of it – it’s +=.

18…Bxb3??  Naturally, I was surprised that he gave me the piece, but just as much relieved, as the tension in the position has kind of left after this.

24…d5  After 24…g5, 25.Nxe6 Rg6 I was planning to trade down with 26.Ng7+ BxN (forced), 27.BxN, and this game is effectively over.

25.Nxe6  played relatively quickly.  25.e5 is more accurate, as it stops …Bd6, nevertheless I could see right away that that was his idea, and played against it.

25…Bd6  Naturally, 25…Bh6??, 27.Re7 mate ends things immediately.

29.Nd4  29.Nd8 wins a pawn, but I had already seen this fortress, as well, so went for it instead.

30…Kg7  I expected an obvious trick like 31.Kf5 played quickly, but had seen this before I played my knight.

My rating dropped to 1840, but it was still a fun tournament.

 

[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.04.25”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Christopher Motley”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1541”]
[ECO “B58”]
[EventDate “2018.04.25”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1868”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be2 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 Qb6 8.
Qxb6 axb6 9. Be3 Be6 10. Bxb6 g6 11. Nb5 Rxa2 12. Nc7+ Kd7 13. Bb5+ Kc8 14.
Rxa2 Bxa2 15. O-O Nd7 16. Bxd7+ Kxd7 17. b3 Kc6 18. Nd5 Bxb3 19. cxb3 e6 20.
Bd4 f6 21. Bxf6 Rg8 22. Rc1+ Kd7 23. Rc7+ Ke8 24. Nf4 d5 25. Nxe6 Bd6 26. Rc8+
Kf7 27. Rxg8 dxe4 28. Rh8 Kxf6 29. Nd4 Be5 30. Nc2 Kg7 31. Re8 Kf6 32. Kf1 1-0

Hanging Queens

Friday’s quick-rated tournament was set to G/24, d/10 time-control.  Master Shtivelband decided not to come down from Denver.  LM Brian Wall was also going to come down and play, but apparently got detoured because of the snow (he’s staying down here for the week with another Master, and I imagine he had to get over to Woodland Park before being snowed in over there).  There were plenty of other players who were potentially coming, but didn’t because of the snow.  It dumped a bunch of snow in a short time here in the Springs, but the weather is so mild that it rapidly melted.

Okay, so there’s almost always some crazy time or clock occurrence when it comes to a quick-chess tournament.   I was again playing with one of those zmart-fun clocks set to Bronstein mode, I believe.  Anyway, after one move in my round 4 game where I had 2.9 seconds left, I spent maybe 5 seconds on the move, but when I pressed my clock I noticed that it said 0.00 on it.  Teah made her move, pressed the clock, and then my clock instantly read 2.9 seconds left again.  The way the clock works, let’s say you have 20 seconds left and spend eight seconds (ten second delay) on a move.  Well, the clock will count down from 20 to 12 seconds in that case, on your move, but after your opponent replies with their move it will go back to 20 seconds.  Well, in this case, my time must have gone from 2.9 into the negative, so that it read 0.00, but didn’t flag me because I hadn’t used 10 seconds on the move.

Round 1

[Event “Friday Quick”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.04.20”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Dean Brown”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1868”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1598”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8.
Bxc6 bxc6 9. O-O Bc5 10. c3 Qe7 11. Bf4 O-O 12. Nd2 Nxd2 13. Qxd2 Bb6 14. Qd3
c5 15. Nf5 Bxf5 16. Qxf5 Qe6 17. Rae1 Qxf5 0-1

Round 2

5.c4?  White should play 5.Bd3, trading bishops; now the trouble begins =+, even though optically it looks better for White.

13…Bd7? (13…Qc8=+).

14.Rfd1? Played quickly, and returning the favor.

14…Ne5??.  14…Ncb4 was =.

[Event “Friday Quick”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.04.20”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Jesse Williams”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1583”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1868”]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Nxd5 4. Nf3 Bf5 5. c4 Nb4 6. Qa4+ N8c6 7. Na3 e6 8.
Be3 Be7 9. Rd1 O-O 10. Be2 Nxa2 11. O-O a6 12. d5 exd5 13. Rxd5 Bd7 14. Rfd1
Ne5 15. Qb3 c6 16. Rxe5 Nb4 17. Re4 Qc8 18. Rxe7 Rd8 19. Qxb4 Be6 20. Rxd8+
Qxd8 21. Qd6 Qxd6 22. Rxb7 Rb8 23. Bc5 Qd8 24. Bb6 Qc8 25. Rc7 Qe8 26. c5 Bd5
27. Bd3 g6 28. Bc4 Bxc4 29. Nxc4 Qe2 30. Ne3 Qxb2 31. h3 Rxb6 32. cxb6 Qxb6
33. Rc8+ Kg7 34. Ne5 c5 35. Rc6 Qb3 36. Rc7 a5 37. Rxf7+ Qxf7 38. Nxf7 Kxf7
39. Kf1 Ke6 40. Ke2 a4 41. Nc4 Kd5 42. Kd3 1-0

Round 3

[Event “Friday Quick”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.04.20”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Jose A Llacza Magno”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1868”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1752”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. O-O d6 8. Bg5
h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Bd7 11. c3 Qe7 12. d4 Bb6 13. Re1 Nh5 14. dxe5 dxe5 15.
Nxe5 Nxg3 16. Nxc6 Bxc6 17. hxg3 Qf6 18. Qf3 Qxf3 19. gxf3 Rd8 20. Na3 Rd2 21.
Rf1 Rxb2 22. Nc2 Ke7 23. Nd4 Bd7 24. Rae1 c5 25. Nf5+ Bxf5 26. exf5+ Kf6 27.
g4 c4 28. Bd1 Rxa2 29. f4 Rd8 30. fxg5+ hxg5 31. Re2 Rxe2 32. Bxe2 Rd2 33. Bd1
a5 34. Bf3 a4 35. Bc6 Rb2 36. Kg2 a3 37. Kh3 Rxf2 38. Ra1 a2 39. Bg2 Bc7 40.
Rg1 Be5 41. Rh1 Bxc3 42. Re1 Be5 43. Bc6 Rh2# 0-1

Round 4

[Event “Friday Quick”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.04.20”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Teah Williams”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1712”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1868”]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Qe7 6. Nxg4 Qxe4+ 7. Qe2 d5 8.
d3 Bxg4 9. dxe4 Bxe2 10. Bxe2 dxe4 11. Bxf4 Nc6 12. Bb5 Kd7 13. Nc3 f5 14. Be5
Nf6 15. Bxf6 Rg8 16. Rd1+ Bd6 17. O-O Rg6 18. Be5 Ke6 19. Bxd6 cxd6 20. Bc4+
Kd7 21. Rxf5 e3 22. Re1 Ne5 23. Bb3 Ng4 24. Rf3 a5 25. a4 Rc8 26. Rf7+ Kc6 27.
Bd5+ Kc5 28. Bxb7 Rb8 29. Rf5+ Ne5 30. Bd5 Re8 31. b3 1/2-1/2

Casual, Rated Chess

That’s what I think of the G/90, Inc 30 time-control.  If there were even another time-control at move 60, I would have used all my time to find the correct moves.

Round 3

This was a fun, interesting game.  At one point, I realized I should have lost if he had played 30.Bh3, but he played 30.Be4 instead, which I had been hoping for, and so let out a near whisper “Thank God!” to myself (I’m sure he didn’t hear it).  It’s interesting to see all the time-controls I survived, 30 moves, 40 moves, but not 60 moves.

I had tried one or two times previously to get a second pair of score-sheets, but Jesse moved and I had to stay in my seat.  So, before my 57th move, with his sister sitting across from us, and Peter and others watching from the window next to the table, I went and got scoresheets.  I figured he might get them since he had more time – he got down to 9 minutes, but nope I went and got them while Jesse was intensely studying the position.  When I got back he said “Thanks!” with a beaming smile (which made me think he must have found a draw, so I was more intent on finding a win then I told myself to.).  Jesse moved as soon as I got back, and then I made my move 57….Kd8?? as I saw my clock go down to 56 seconds (it’s one of those zmart clocks that shows the tenths of a second once you go under a minute, so it’s super-annoying to try and read the clock once it does that), to which he instantly replied 58.Kh6, and I knew I was suddenly done for, just like that, with 1:20 still on my clock.

Technically, it’s not unfair what happened to me there, but it ruined the rythm of the game for me, as I did not spend any time on his clock thinking about what he would do next, I forgot to think of a good move for him.  When I got back to the board, my mind was doing like a reset “Oh yeah, I’ve got to make a move.”  I had no idea of what move I would make when I got back to the board.  Earlier, I meant to leave when I had an idea, but I never got that opportunity, we were going back and forth, and I had to stay at the board.  30 seconds away from the board is all it takes to lose focus.

[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2108.04.18”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Jesse Williams”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1868”]
[ECO “A22”]
[EventDate “2018.04.18”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1585”]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Be6 6. e3 Nc6 7. Nge2 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. e4 Bc4 12. d5 Nd4 13. Nxd4 Bxf1 14. Kxf1
exd4 15. f4 g6 16. e5 Bg7 17. Qxd4 f6 18. e6 Qd6 19. Qc4 Rfe8 20. f5 g5 21. Be3
b6 22. b4 Qe5 23. Bd4 Qxf5+ 24. Kg1 Rac8 25. Rf1 Qg6 26. Ba1 f5 27. Bxg7 Kxg7
28. Qd4+ Qf6 29. Qxf6+ Kxf6 30. Be4 Ke5 31. Bxf5 Kxd5 32. Bxh7 Rf8 33. Re1 Rfe8
34. Bg6 Re7 35. Bf7 Kc4 36. Re4+ Kb5 37. h4 gxh4 38. gxh4 c5 39. a4+ Kc6 40.
bxc5 bxc5 41. Kf2 Kd5 42. Ke3 c4 43. Rd4+ Kc5 44. Rd7 Rxd7 45. exd7 Rd8 46. Be8
Kd5 47. h5 Ke5 48. Kd2 Kf6 49. Kc3 Rb8 50. Kxc4 Ke7 51. Kc5 Rb6 52. Kd5 Ra6 53.
Ke5 Ra5+ 54. Kf4 Rxa4+ 55. Kg5 Ra1 56. h6 Rg1+ 57. Kh5 a5 58. h7 Kd8 59. Kh6
Rh1+ 60. Bh5 a4 61. h8=Q+ Kxd7 62. Qe8+ 1-0

 

 

 

Quick Six – Week 2

Round 4

Hung queen

[Event “Quick Six”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.04.10”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Mike Evars Smith”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1610”]
[ECO “C55”]
[EventDate “2018.04.10”]
[TimeControl “G/24, inc/5”]
[WhiteElo “1868”]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Ng5 d5 6. exd5 Qe7+ 7. Kf1 Ne5 8.
Bb3 h6 9. Nh3 Bxh3 10. gxh3 Qd7 11. Qxd4 Qxh3+ 12. Ke2 Qf3+ 13. Kf1 Qxh1+ 14.
Ke2 Bd6 15. Ba4+ Ned7 16. Nc3 O-O 17. Bxd7 Nxd7 18. Bxh6 Rfe8+ 19. Kd2 Bf4+ 20.
Qxf4 Qxa1 21. Nd1 Qxb2 22. Nxb2 gxh6 23. Qg4+ Kf8 24. Qxd7 Rad8 25. Qxc7 Rxd5+
26. Nd3 Rb5 27. Qd6+ Kg7 28. Qd4+ Kh7 29. Qxa7 Re4 30. a4 Rb1 31. Qc5 Rxa4 32.
Qe7 Kg7 33. Ne5 Rf4 34. f3 b5 35. Ke3 Rf6 36. Qd7 b4 37. Qg4+ Kh7 38. f4 Re1+
39. Kd2 Rh1 1-0

Round 5

19….QxQ.  Of course 19…Qa6+, winning the exchange, but this gives an idea of the pace of the game, saw it after I moved.

25…Rc2+, this is a silly move, but I reached to play it and nicked the rook “with intent”.  So, although he probably didn’t notice it (I reached, and then pulled my hand back), I knew that I had touched it.  If 26.Kd1 here, I was planning to play 26…Bd3.

27.Nxg2??  The quick move that I was hoping for.  After the game, he pointed out that he noticed he should have played 27.fxBe4.

31.Ke2??  This is funny.  After the game, I told Supreme that we both forgot about his hung rook here, and that he should have played 31.Rb8+ – he didn’t recall.  If 31.Rxb6??, then Nc4+ forks; we both saw this, so we both anticipated that he would move his king, forgetting that his rook was still hanging.  I noticed it after I had played 31…Nc4; I gave myself some good laughs that I kept to myself from this game, for sure.

While I wrote the moves down, I stopped at some point, so I’m not so sure about those last couple moves, but that’s basically what happened, I promoted the f-pawn.  The 5 second increment helped, as he said that he didn’t know it was increment (we were using someone else’s clock as well, club clock), or he would have resigned sooner.  I was gaining time, since I didn’t have to write my moves down.

 

[Event “Quick Six”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.04.10”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Supreme King”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1868”]
[ECO “D50”]
[EventDate “2018.04.10”]
[TimeControl “G/90, inc 5”]
[WhiteElo “1972”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 h6 7. Bh4 c5 8. e3
Qa5 9. Bxf6 Qxc3+ 10. Ke2 gxf6 11. Rc1 Qxa3 12. cxd5 exd5 13. Rxc5 Nc6 14. Qc2
Be6 15. Nf3 O-O 16. g3 Rfc8 17. Bg2 Ne7 18. Rb1 Bf5 19. Qb3 Qxb3 20. Rxb3 b6
21. Rcc3 Rxc3 22. Rxc3 Rc8 23. Ra3 Rc7 24. Nh4 Be4 25. f3 Rc2+ 26. Kd1 Rxg2 27.
Nxg2 Bxf3+ 28. Kd2 Bxg2 29. Rxa7 Nf5 30. Rb7 Nd6 31. Ke2 Nc4 32. g4 Kg7 33. h4
Bh3 34. Kf3 f5 35. g5 hxg5 36. hxg5 Kg6 37. Kf4 Bg2 38. Rb8 Be4 39. Rg8+ Kh7
40. Rc8 Kg7 41. Rb8 Bd3 42. Ra8 b5 43. Rb8 Na3 44. Ke5 Be4 45. Rb7 Nc2 46. Rxb5
Nxe3 0-1

 

Round 6

Mark was under half a minute when I blitzed out 21.Nf5, hoping that he would play 21….Qxe??  After the game, we went over this opening for nearly an hour, trying to find improvements for Black at every turn; nevertheless. White was finding plenty of wins in the post-mortem as well.

[Event “Quick Six”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.04.10”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Mark McGough”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1770”]
[ECO “B94”]
[EventDate “2018.04.10”]
[TimeControl “G/24, inc/5”]
[WhiteElo “1868”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd2
Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. Rb3 Qa5 11. Rb1 e6 12. Be2 Be7 13. O-O O-O 14. Qe3 Re8 15.
Kh1 Nf8 16. e5 dxe5 17. fxe5 Nd5 18. Nxd5 Bxg5 19. Qxg5 Qxd5 20. Rbd1 Ng6 21.
Nf5 Qxe5 22. Ne7+ Kh8 23. Nxg6+ hxg6 24. Qxe5 1-0

Endgame Missteps

Round 1

I played 39.h4? instantly, just to try to use his clock to think, which is what I was trying not to do (“Don’t guess, never guess.”  – GM Melikset).  I’m fairly confident that this endgame was over both of our heads.  Instead of 39.h4, my next try that I had been thinking of at the time was 39.Bd4 Kd7, 40.Be5, and even here, in the post-mortem, Dean immediately pointed out that this gives him 40…Nc5, which is the correct move, but I gave him a while to think, and he choose 40…NxB??  So, I think it’s safe to say that although I was happy at first trying to play for a win in this endgame, that it pretty much turned us both into random-move generators, given the pace that we were trying to play it at.

Between moves 13.Re1, and mostly on move 14.e5, I spent 39 minutes.  If you want to know what goes on during this “lunatic fringe” part of my game.  I had, for example looked at this alternative line 14.Rac1 Nb6, 15.Bxd6! Qxd6, 16.e5  I thought I was positively insane for considering this, as Black has a lot of pressure on d5, but Stockfish gives this as +1.27 in White’s favor.

I was also considering, as an attempt to “act normal”, the line 13.Nfd2 Nb6, and then 14.f3?!, but I correctly didn’t like this move, and wondered about 14.Bg5 instead, which is close to +1 for White.

[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.04.04”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Dean Brown”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1540”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1868”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 Bd6 6. Nc3 Bc7 7. e4 d6 8. h3
O-O 9. Bd3 Ba5 10. O-O a6 11. a4 Nbd7 12. Bf4 Qe7 13. Re1 Re8 14. e5 dxe5 15.
d6 Qd8 16. Nxe5 Bxc3 17. bxc3 Nxe5 18. Bxe5 Nd7 19. Bf4 Rxe1+ 20. Qxe1 Nf6 21.
Qe5 Bd7 22. Qxc5 b6 23. Qd4 b5 24. axb5 axb5 25. Rxa8 Qxa8 26. Qe5 Qd5 27. Qe2
Bc6 28. f3 Qc5+ 29. Qe3 Qxe3+ 30. Bxe3 Nd5 31. Bd4 Bd7 32. Kf2 Nf4 33. Bf1 Ne6
34. Bb6 Kf8 35. Ke3 f5 36. f4 Ke8 37. Bd3 g6 38. g3 Bc6 39. h4 Kd7 40. Bc7
Nxc7 41. dxc7 Kxc7 42. Kd4 Kd6 43. c4 bxc4 44. Bxc4 Be8 45. Bg8 h5 46. Bb3 Ke7
47. Ke5 Bf7 48. Bxf7 Kxf7 49. Kd5 Ke7 50. Ke5 Kf7 51. Kd6 Kf6 52. Kd5 Ke7 53.
Ke5 Kf7 54. Kd6 Kf6 55. Kd5 Kf7 56. Ke5 Ke7 57. Kd5 Kd7 58. Kc5 Kc7 59. Kd5
Kd7 60. Ke5 Ke7 61. Kd4 Kd6 62. Kc4 Kc6 63. Kd4 Kd6 1/2-1/2