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Small satisfactions February 12, 2009

Posted by dorigo in chess, games, personal.
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This evening I worked out some small satisfaction for myself by routing in turn an international master, Guido Kern (Dorot his ICC handle), and the South Carolina State champion of 2007, Timur Aliyev (gatorchess his handle), at blitz chess on the Internet Chess Club.

The game with Kern was not very correct: we both committed several mistakes. Normal stuff, when you have an average 5 seconds per move. Here is a position from the game:

I am white, and it is my turn to move. The move sequence is very simple to guess, so I will give it without further ado. I played simply 17.Nxe4! Nxe4 18.Bxe4, having seen from the start that after 18….Rae8 19.Bxd5+ Kh8 20.Qg5 I would end up with a large advantage. The game continued 20…. Bg6 21.Bf7! Qe7 22.Bxe8, and with an exchange and two pawns of advantage I converted to an easily won ending in a few more moves.

In the game with Aliyev, I played a much more impressive kingside attack. Here is the position after black’s 26th move. I am white.

The plan plays itself, and in fact here is how the game finished: 27.Rc1, Rgg8; 28.Rcc7, Rgf8; 29.Re7, Qd6; 30.Rcd7, Qc6; 31.Rxf7, resigns. In fact, there is no way to parry the mate on h7.

So, it is true that at the mature age of 43 years I feel my neurons abandoning me one by one… But those left can still give me some small satisfactions now and then!


1. carlbrannen - February 17, 2009

In both these sequences, Fritz loves your play and claims that your opponents are making a series of half pawn to couple pawn inaccuracies. That is, the initial positions are a lot more fair than the result but there isn’t any single black move that lost.

In the second, Fritz keeps asking for … Qb6 instead of Rgg8. Then the c rook is stuck on the back rank protecting from mate. I.e. otherwise Rcc7 Ne2 4. Kh3 Qf2 5. Rd1 etc. In practice, this would requires nerves of steel given the amount of force pointed at h8.

Lately I’ve been reading a book on chess by Capablanca. His analysis, according to Fritz, is incredibly poor. And these are positions that he specifically chose in order to try to make a point.

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