Round 4, final round
A five hour battle, finishing some time near midnight. At one point, after the other games had finished, I mentioned to Paul whether we would win anything if we drew. It was clear from his body language that he didn’t want a draw, and what an exciting game that it turned out to be!
Going into this game, I had 7 wins out of 43 games against Paul, and no draws! By comparison, Dean B. has 6 wins and 2 draws against Paul in 45 games. For a long time, I was Paul’s whipping-boy. I still feel as though Paul is the Expert, and I am the one trying to make 1900+ – he gave me a good thrashing in the post-mortem. 🙂
38.Rc6? Around here I was playing too impulsively, on this and my next move. Should have probably played 38.Kc3 with 39.b4 to follow.
50.b4? Here, I am trying as hard as I can to lose by going for a win. I was down on time compared to Paul, but it ought to have been obvious to prepare this move with 50.Nc1, first. I just didn’t bother to calculate here, and played on hope instead. The calculation is rather simple, and can be done quickly, no reason to have failed to bother with it.
54.Kd2 I thought that I was possibly lost here, as I have no fortress to stop his king from coming in, and my king can do nothing on the queenside unless he wins my pawn, so I was glad to see that he played to win my pawn rather than sit tight and invade my king-side with his king.
58….Kd7 Paul still had plenty of time, but we were both blitzing here, and I was glad to not see 58…Nc5, shutting down the show when the position is just a draw. My king can’t invade without letting his a-pawn go; I saw than in time, but apparently he did not, or perhaps it was his turn to wrongly push for a win.
61…Nd6? After a long think, I was stunned to see this move. I thought we were going to trade knights for a draw, but he pointed out a win for White, in that case. We suddenly blitzed moves here, and he quickly went down two pawns. After that, I was trying to figure out how to win, as he kept up the quick moves.
84…Ng4? Expecting only 84…Nf7, this was the break that I was looking for. His move struck me as reckless, but even so it was only as I started to reach for my knight that I realized that my pawn was attacked.
85.f7 I realized that I was winning here, but there were still quite a few moves to be played.
89…Kd8 He spent quite a while on this move, so I noticed a trick he had. If 89…Kf6, 90.e7?? Ke7! winning that pawn, so I’d need to play 90.Kc7 first. If he takes my Ng5, then I can sac the d-pawn for his knight, and then promote the f-pawn.
This tournament started with a couple miniatures, and a bye, and finished with a hundred-mover. Quite an uneven tournament in a way, but I’ll take it. I used the prize-money to renew my club membership.
[Event “February Swiss”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Paul Anderson”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be3 Qc7 7. Be2 Nd7 8. h3
Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Ngf6 10. Qd2 e5 11. d5 c5 12. Nb5 Qb8 13. a4 O-O 14. Bh6 a6 15.
Nc3 Ne8 16. g4 Qd8 17. h4 Bxh6 18. Qxh6 Qf6 19. Be2 Qf4 20. g5 f6 21. h5 Qxg5
22. hxg6 Qxh6 23. Rxh6 hxg6 24. Rxg6+ Kf7 25. Rg2 Rh8 26. Kd2 Nc7 27. Rag1 Rag8
28. Bg4 Ke7 29. a5 Nf8 30. Bc8 Rxg2 31. Rxg2 Ng6 32. Rxg6 Rxc8 33. Rg7+ Kd8 34.
Na4 Ne8 35. Rxb7 Rc7 36. Rb8+ Rc8 37. Rb6 Ra8 38. Rc6 Ra7 39. Nb6 Rc7 40. Rxc7
Kxc7 41. Ke3 Ng7 42. f4 Nh5 43. f5 Nf4 44. Na4 Kd7 45. Nc3 Ng2+ 46. Kd3 Nf4+
47. Kd2 Ng2 48. Ne2 Ke7 49. Kc3 Ne1 50. b4 cxb4+ 51. Kxb4 Nd3+ 52. Kc3 Nc5 53.
Ng3 Kf7 54. Kd2 Nb3+ 55. Kc3 Nxa5 56. Kb4 Nb7 57. Ne2 Ke7 58. Nc3 Kd7 59. Na4
Kc7 60. c5 dxc5+ 61. Nxc5 Nd6 62. Nxa6+ Kb7 63. Nc5+ Kb6 64. Nd7+ Kc7 65. Nxf6
Kb6 66. Kc3 Kc7 67. Kd3 Kd8 68. Ng4 Nf7 69. Ke3 Ke7 70. Kf3 Ng5+ 71. Ke3 Nf7
72. Kd3 Kd6 73. Kc4 Ng5 74. Nf2 Nh7 75. Kb5 Nf6 76. Kb6 Ne8 77. Kb7 Kd7 78. Kb8
Nd6 79. f6 Nf7 80. Kb7 Nd8+ 81. Kb6 Kd6 82. Kb5 Nf7 83. Kc4 Nh6 84. Nh3 Ng4 85.
f7 Ke7 86. Ng5 Nf6 87. Kc5 Nd7+ 88. Kc6 Nf8 89. d6+ Kd8 90. Kd5 Ng6 91. Ne6+
Kd7 92. f8=N+ Nxf8 93. Nxf8+ Kd8 94. Kxe5 Ke8 95. Ng6 Kd7 96. Kd5 Ke8 97. e5
Kf7 98. d7 Kxg6 99. d8=Q Kf7 100. e6+ Kg6 101. e7 Kh7 102. e8=Q Kg7 103. Qg5+
Kh7 104. Qeg8# 1-0
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