The price of a single move

Round 3

I spent 40 minutes on 13…Be7, and after 14.Qxd4?, the position was winning for Black.  It took me a while to figure out that Black wants White to take the d-pawn.  Although Mike took the d4 pawn so that he could play his goal of Nc3 (engine likes Nd2), and it certainly opened another half-file against the Black king as well, it still turned out to be more in favor of the Black pieces to have it off the board.

I haven’t heard this song in a long time, but it seems to me reminiscent of the life of a chess player.

[Event “August Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.08.21”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Michael Evers Smith II”]
[Black “Brian John Rountree”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1869”]
[GameNo “-1”]
[WhiteElo “1610”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Ng5 Ne5 6. Bb3 h6 7. f4 hxg5 8.
fxe5 Nxe4 9. Qf3 d5 10. exd6 Nxd6 11. O-O Be6 12. Bxe6 fxe6 13. Qd3 Be7 14.
Qxd4 Nf5 15. Qa4+ c6 16. Qb3 Bc5+ 17. Kh1 Qd6 0-1

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2 thoughts on “The price of a single move

  1. 9. Qf3 is not a book move, right one is Qxd4.
    Yes, Qxd4 is not a good move, better is Nd2.

    15. Qa4 is a game losing move.
    Well played!

    Yeah, the song looks appropriate. 🙂

  2. Thank you! Yes, 9.Qf3 is wrong. I think he has played 9.Qxd4 once before, but this Qf3 probably looked like the scarier option to him. Right, Qa4, he can’t do that, he played his moves rather quickly.

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