Dropped Pawns

Round 3

I was thinking I’d probably get Daniel, but surprisingly got Ayush, I’m guessing due to colors.

I did spend half an hour on a move, but still finished the game with 38 minutes remaining.  On move 31, I missed both a mate-in-one, and a mate-in-two, although I was looking forward to getting some endgame practice in, converting the pawn advantage.  Ultimately, it wasn’t such a challenging ending, as my opponent’s biggest weakness is perhaps maintaining concentration at the board (he’s susceptible to making quick moves).

Ayush actually managed to draw Expert Paul A. in round one, something I haven’t managed to do.  I stayed to watch a marathon game between Paul and Mark.  Mark won as Black in 158 moves, longest game that I’ve witnessed in moves.

[Event “June Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.06.19”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Ayush Vispute”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1110”]
[ECO “B76”]
[EventDate “2018.06.19”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1879”]

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 Qa5 10. Kb1 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Be6 12. Nd5 Qxd2 13. Nxe7+ Kh8 14. Rxd2
Rae8 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Nd5 Bg5 17. Rd1 Bxd5 18. Rxd5 Be7 19. Bc4 Rc8 20. Bb3
Rc5 21. Rhd1 Rfc8 22. Rxc5 dxc5 23. Bxf7 Rd8 24. Rxd8+ Bxd8 25. Kc1 Kg7 26. Bd5
Kf6 27. Bxb7 Bc7 28. g3 Ke5 29. Kd2 Kd4 30. c3+ Kc4 31. Bd5+ Kb5 32. f4 Kb6 33.
e5 Bd8 34. Kd3 Kc7 35. Ke4 Kd7 36. Bg8 Ke8 37. Bxh7 g5 38. f5 Be7 39. f6 Bf8
40. Bg6+ Kd8 41. e6 Be7 42. fxe7+ Kxe7 43. Ke5 g4 44. Bf5 a5 45. Bxg4 a4 46. a3
c4 47. Kd5 Ke8 48. Kxc4 Ke7 49. Kd5 Kf6 50. Kd6 Kg5 51. Bh3 Kh6 52. e7 Kh5 53.
e8=Q+ Kh6 54. Ke6 Kh7 55. Bf5+ Kg7 56. Qf7+ Kh8 57. Qh7# 1-0

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3 thoughts on “Dropped Pawns

  1. I thought for a moment why you went into an ending with opposite-colored bishops, but then calmed down. 🙂

  2. hehe. Yeah, I didn’t mean for that to happen, thought I might have messed up by not playing g4 instead of taking the e7 pawn, but computer confirms that the opposite bishops is +1.4, and g4 is 0.0.

    I spent half an hour on Rh1-d1 because I realized that RxR is too drawish, and h4 with idea of h5 is a little too insane, and realized that if …RxR, then BxR, which Stockfish confirms is best.

    Yeah, against lower-rated player you know they are going to give you chances so you have to make sure you don’t pull the trigger too soon. hehe. I had same feeling as you OTB about opposite-bishops situation, but as long as it’s +1 pawn and a pair of rooks is still on the board, White can continue to work for a win. 🙂

    No rooks and up two connected center pawns is also winning. He didn’t know this and kept offering draws.

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