Saturday, October 01, 2005

Sharpen your teeth

Finished 1017 exercises and plugging through level 6 as an overloaded donkey. This week I had to interrupt my daily addiction - meetings, lunches etc... - glad this circus is behind my back now. So I can focus again on my daily addiction and wrapped this level up. Current status is 61%.
I played yesterday my first OTB game of the season (30 moves in 1h30 and 1hr KO). I was quite curious what it would give. Normally the match would start at 20h15. Due to organizational problems I think it was soon 21h00 or later before the clock was pushed.

Again I had to stick up with my old pains: time trouble, giving up a pawn for nothing in the opening - all this material you have to watch over, it just subtract you from the real issue - oversight etc.

And there was an additional complication: I had to drive back home! So no strong beer as compensation this time.

I'm black again and the real (under)dog this time.

Yep, an ELO difference of more than 300 points. No worries mate.

Broekaert W.(1874) - Montse (1513) [C50]
Liga 2005 - 2006 (1), 30.09.2005

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.c3 Na5

Personally I find Na5 dubious. Anyway there goes my pawn.

5.Nxe5 Nxc4 6.Nxc4 d5 7.exd5 Qxd5 8.Ne3 Qe4 9.d3 Qg6

At first sight rather satisfied with my pos. and rapid development might give me compensation for the pawn

10.Qa4+ Bd7 11.Qe4 Qa6

With 10.Qa4+ : his idea is to trade off my Q and go for Queenless middlegame and endgame. With center pawn up he will be in great adv.

12.d4 Nf6 13.Qc2 (weak move) 0-0-0 14.Nd2 Ng4

12.d4 his first intention to go for a pawn attack; his king is still stuck in the center; and Q-side pieces are not yet developed. I think he played without a clear plan.

15.Nf3 h5 16.h3 Nxe3 17.Bxe3

Time trouble: 13 moves in 5 minutes.

g6 (weak move f6 was better i think) 18.Ne5 Bf5 19.Qe2 Qe6 20.Qc4 Rd5

21.0-0-0 ?? [-1.94 Fritz 7: 21.Qa4 a6 22.0-0-0 f6 23.Nd3 Qe4 24.Rhg1 Rhd8 0.41/10 ]

Did I see it or not? Yes I did. Coz I was convinced he would protect his Q, I immediately looked for another move. Time trouble. He played 0-0-0. I was so baffled, that I forgot my first move!!

21...f6 [0.34 Fritz 7: 21...Rxe5 22.d5 Qa6 23.Qxa6 bxa6 24.Rhe1 Re8 25.f4 Re4 26.Kd2 h4 -1.94/10 ]

First opportunity to gain an adv but soon I'll knock his socks off.

22.Nd3 Qe4 23.Bf4 Bd6 24.Bxd6 Rxd6 25.f3 Qe3+ 26.Kc2 [-2.41 Fritz 7: 26.Rd2 Bxd3 27.Qxd3 Qxd3 28.Rxd3 Re8 29.g4 h4 30.f4 Ra6 31.a3 Re2 0.47/10 ] 26...Rc6 27.Qb5 a6 28.Qb3 [-2.72 Fritz 7: 28.Rhe1 Qf2+ 29.Kc1 Qg3 30.Qb4 Bxd3 31.Re3 Rb6 32.Qa4 Bb5 -2.03/10 ] 28...Qe2+ (29.Rd2 Bxd3+ 30.Kc1 Qe3) ½-½

So why did I let him go? It was already past midnight and the battle could go on for quite a while, before I might or might not cash in the game. If one feels to tired, one should try to shorten the game if possible.

Sharpen your teeth, bite and never let go.

I know I let him go


Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

I thought you did really well through out the game. I'm not sure "dropping" the pawn was actually bad. It gave you a really nice lead in development and a very playable position with the bishop pair. Good job!

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