My opponent in this game has a provisional rating. He played Peter for his first rated game, and lost, so it gave him a 1400 rating. Well, in round 1, this time he won against Peter, who is 1940 rated, so I knew that I had my work cut out for me.
It’s funny, I played the Bb5 Sicilian again, and haven’t even gotten to seriously studying yet. Lately, I’ve been studying all kinds of other oddball openings. I played this opening against Larry, who was an Expert a year ago, and won with it last month. I played it tonight, spur of the moment decision. Other than that, I haven’t played it OTB or online in over a decade. Such a strange decision, but the C3 Sicilian is equal, and I have looked at quite a few of RP’s games. 😉 I was just happy to see the early …Nc6 move on move two, and figured it was a good time to learn some more about this opening.
I was late, but only had 11 minutes off my clock when I started – forgot to get gas, and had to stop off the freeway to get some, and put air in my tires.
Early in the middlegame, I figured that Ron had gone wrong, and White was winning, but later I blundered with 20.Bxa6??, and saw my blunder as soon as I started taking my hand away from the piece. Naturally, I had been looking at something else when I played this, was looking at trying to trap his queen with 20.Bc3 Ba4 (found this, late), 21.Qf3 with Ra1 coming, but he can extricate his queen with Qb3, and it appeared he had gotten out of trouble. Well, of course there are other moves, but I simply hadn’t blunder-checked that one that I played.
After this, I was trying to hang in there, and then he laid that creative combination on e4 on me, which surprised me. This is when I knew exactly how good a player that my opponent was.
28…Qc5! Surprised again. I figured that he would probably win after 29…Qc1+, not just draw, so I didn’t allow it.
31…Qf6? I was pleasantly surprised to see this move, as I figured that 31…Qe6 was basically an easy win for Black.
33…Bf8 At first, I figured that this move was simply winning, but he took so long to play it that I was inspired to find an antidote. So, I found and played my move shortly after seeing …Bf8 played.
Now comes the strange phase. I guess I got hypnotized by his clock, as he was repeating the position with 4 seconds when he moved (then, he would get his 30 seconds and repeat this procedure). I didn’t want the draw, but did look up at him at one point to see if he wanted it, but Ross was still studying the board, so I was quite okay with this. Meanwhile, I would play my moves with around 50 seconds left, because I do like some kind of buffer in case something goes wrong.
Anyway, you see how the game played out. I saw g3 the first time, but not h4. For some reason I kept looking at the terrible f4, even though I could plainly see that it does little more than drop a pawn.
[Event “City Championship”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Ross Inman”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. c3 d6 6. Re1 Bd7 7. d4 cxd4 8. cxd4
a6 9. Bf1 Qc7 10. Nc3 Nf6 11. h3 O-O 12. Bg5 h6 13. Be3 e6 14. Rc1 b5 15. d5
Ne5 16. Nxe5 dxe5 17. Nxb5 Qa5 18. Nc7 Rac8 19. Bd2 Qxa2 20. Bxa6 Rxc7 21. Rxc7
Qxa6 22. Bc3 Ba4 23. Qf3 Qd6 24. Ra7 Bc2 25. Rb7 Nxe4 26. Rxe4 Bxe4 27. Qxe4
exd5 28. Qa4 Qc5 29. Qd7 d4 30. Rc7 Qb6 31. Rb7 Qf6 32. Bb4 Rd8 33. Qc7 Bf8 34.
Rb6 Qg5 35. Rb7 Qf6 36. Rb6 Qg5 37. Rb7 Qf6 38. Rb6 Qh4 39. Rb7 Qf6 40. Rb6 Qg5
41. Rb7 Qf6 42. Rb6 Qh4 43. g3 Qg5 44. h4 Bd6 45. Rxd6 Ra8 46. hxg5 1-0