From the Opening to the Endgame

The late GM Edmar Mednis had a series of books by this title.

Round 4, Wednesdays

Hadn’t played Dean in a whole month, having withdrawls.

A very interesting game where I decided to not bother blunder-checking my e5 move, and it should have cost me, I feel.  c5 was the database move.





[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.05.23”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Dean Brown”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1514”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1835”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Ndb5 a6 7. Nd6+ Bxd6
8. Qxd6 Qe7 9. Bf4 O-O 10. e4 Qxd6 11. Bxd6 Re8 12. e5 Ng4 13. f4 f6 14. Be2
Ne3 15. Kf2 Nf5 16. Ne4 fxe5 17. Bxe5 Nxe5 18. fxe5 b6 19. Rhd1 Rf8 20. Kg1
Rf7 21. Nd6 Nxd6 22. Rxd6 Rb8 23. Bf3 a5 24. Be4 Ba6 25. b3 a4 26. Rad1 axb3
27. axb3 Bc8 28. g3 g6 29. Ra1 b5 30. c5 b4 31. Rb6 1-0


2 thoughts on “From the Opening to the Endgame

  1. Interesting that all the game was around d6 square.
    Then the fact that “e” pawn stayed on the initial position decided the game,
    as well as your 31. Rb6! move. 🙂

  2. Thanks! I was planning to play Rb4 a couple moves earlier, to win his b-pawn, engine says yes, but he stopped that. I was considering trading a pair of rooks on the f-file, but I focused more on time-management in this game, having maybe 12 minutes left at the end. When the game ended, I told him I was planning on playing after ….d5, exd, then trading bishops on b7 and forcing a pawn home with Rd1, which does work.

    I also told him that his …Rf7 helped me a lot, and in fact that was where I got my big advantage, and he winced and such right after making this move. I was looking at this long continuation where I trade the c4 pawn for the d7 pawn, and it’s almost as if he sensed the same thing.

    He should have gotten his rook active on the f-file. When he played …f6, I immediately wanted to play exf, which is correct, but logic won the battle against intuition, and I refrained, throwing away an advantage.

    Instead of …a6 in the opening, he should have played …d5. I was expecting …d5 or …d6.

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