Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Team4545 League round 2

This is my second game from the Team4545 ICC league tournament. If you actually like seeing these games, leave a quick comment because they're a pain in the ass to post and I won't do it if no one takes the time to look at them. Thanks

White: frank001
Black: caissapriest
Result: 0-1

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9. Kb1

9. f3 Be7 10. h4 h6 11. Be3 h5 is the main line with f3

9... b5?! playing a bit too much on autopilot.

9... h6 10. Be3 Ng4 11. f4 Nxe3 12. Qxe3 =

10. f3 Qb6

10... h6 11. Be3 Ne5 scores best, and is probably the best line 12. Bd3 Qc7 13. h4 (13. g4 b4 14.Nce2 d5=) 13... h5 14. f4 b4 15. fxe5 bxc3 16. exd6 Bxd6 17. Qxc3 Qxc3 18. bxc3 Ng4 19. Bg1 Ke7 20. Be2 Rhb8+ 21. Ka1 Ba3 22. Nb3 Bc6 23. Bxg4 hxg4 24. Bh2 Rd8 25. Rde1 f6 26. Bc7 Rdc8 27. Bb6 Rab8 28. Ba7 Rb5 29. Re3 Ba8 30. Rg3 Kf7 31. Rxg4 Rxc3 32. Rd1 Rb7 33. Bg1 Rxc2 34. Be3 e5 35. Rd8 Re2 36. Bd2 Rf2 37. Rxa8 Rf1+ 38. Bc1 Bxc1 39. Kb1 Ba3+ 40. Kc2 Rf2+ 41. Kd3 Rxa2 42. Na5 Rd7+ 43. Kc4 Be7 44. Rxa6 Rd4+ 0-1 Herrera,I (2450)-Rodriguez Cespedes,A (2555)/Matanzas 1997/CBM 057 ext

11. Be3 Qb7 12. Nxc6 Bxc6

The best recapture, supporting ...d5 at some point in the future

13. Qf2?!

This is a common move in the English attack against the Najdorf, but here it is not as good.

13. g4 Rc8 14. Bg2 b4 15. Ne2 e5 16. g5 Nd7 17. h4 Nb6 18. Qxb4 Bb5 19. Bxb6 Bxe2 20. Rd2 Bb5 21. Qa5 Be7 22. b3 Rc6 23. Be3 Bc4 24. Ka1 Be6 25. c4 1-0 Vasquez,R (2445)-Leon,R (2181)/Chile 2000/EXT 2001

13. Ne2 right away is possible, taking away the tempo I would gain by ...b4

13... b4 14. Ne2 Be7 15. h4

15. Qg3 was a move I was worried about. I was planning to sacrifice a pawn b3 (15...O-O 16. Bh6 Ne8 17. Nd4 a5 is Fritz's choice, with a slight initiative to black) 16. cxb3 (16. Qxg7 bxc2+ 17. Kxc2 Rg8 18. Qh6 Ba4+ 19. b3 Rg6 20. Qh3 Bd7 is assessed as equal by the computer, but I like black) 16... O-O 17. Bh6 Ne8 18. Nd4 Bd7 is about even, but white is definitely doing the pushing.

15...a5 16. g4 a4?!

16... b3 is even better right away 17. axb3 a4 18. g5 Nd7 19. Nd4 axb3 20. Nxb3 Ba4 21. Nd4 Nc5 -+ is Fritz's favorite line

17. h5?! way too slow

17. Nd4 is fine for white, though he's still a bit worse

17... b3 18. cxb3? axb3

18... Nxg4! 19. Qg1 Bxe4+ $3 20. fxe4 Qxe4+ 21. Ka1 Nxe3 is extremely strong, but I didn't see it. This is a problem I have: I see one line of a combination, and I don't take the time to look for a stronger, related continuation. I should definitely work on this.

I love the moment when you see a possible tactic if the opponent just makes natural moves, but I go insane waiting on them to play during that period of time. It's so nerve racking when you know that just proceeding with their plan could get them killed. I was pacing like crazy waiting for him to play, worrying about Nd4 or other moves that would spoil my potential combination.

19. a3? Nxe4!

19...Bxe4+ 20. fxe4 Qxe4+ 21. Ka1 Rxa3+ 22. bxa3 Qc2 23. Rd2 b2+ 24. Ka2 b1=Q# is an incredibly cool mating sequence that I didn't even begin to see.

20.fxe4? the sacrifice should not be accepted.

20. Qe1 Nc5 leaves black in control, but white has play and between players of our levels he's not really at that much of a disadvantage in such a sharp, open position.

20... Bxe4+ 21. Ka1 Bxh1 22. Nd4 Bc6

22... O-O was a move I looked at a lot, and would have been better. I was afraid of white's play on the kingside. I may have a few extra pawns, but that also means open lines and I was worried about them. 23. Bd3 Bd5

23. Rc1 Rc8?? Oh shit! White can equalize with a combination

24. g5?

Thank god for me he missed it. 24. Rxc6! Rxc6 25. Bb5 O-O 26. Bxc6 Qc7 and he's totally fine

24... Bd7 25. Rd1 d5?!

A very hard decision. I used over a third of my time on this move, and I erred. I should have castled. 25... O-O 26. h6 g6 was what I was worried about. I did not want to get mated in the corner. White has no immediate threats, I just hate positions like that and since I'm used to not castling in the Rauzer, it didn't bother me to leave the king in the center.

26. g6 hxg6 27. hxg6 f6

I thought for a long time here as well. I wanted to take it, or castle, but it just seemed to loose 27... Bf6 28. Bg5 fxg6 29. Bxf6 O-O would have been fine too

27... O-O 28. Bd3 fxg6 29. Qg2 Rf6 is a bit risky

28. Rd3 e5

Best. I can't retain the pawn, but this move is the strongest continuation. It opens lines and forces him to move the well centralized knight.

29. Rxb3 Qa8 30. Nb5 d4

This move scared me a little, because of the possibility of the sac on d4. I didn't have a ton of time left, and the complications could have been hard to deal with.

31. Bd2

31. Nxd4 exd4 32. Bxd4 Be6 33. Qe3 Qd5 34. Ka2 Rb8 wins for black

31... Be6 32. Rg3 Qc6

32... Rh1! is stronger

33. Qe1 Ra8?

A very bad mistake. He had the chance to create a lot of problems for me.


34. Bg2! Qc4 35. Nc7+ Qxc7 36. Bxa8 is a little loose for black, though he's still winning completely. Doesn't make it simple.

34... Rxa5!

That's that. I found a nice combo early, but gave my opponent a chance to equalize. Thankfully for me he missed it, and I didn't screw up. I love and hate games like this. Black has good chances, but it's so sharp you can't relax for a single move. Very stressful. Still, I'll take winning chances over a dry draw anytime. I did an okay job in this game of taking his checks, threats, and captures into account (Heisman), but clearly I missed a few. I guess I better get stronger.

35. Qxa5 Qc1#



natec said...

I like seeing the games.. of course there is a good chance that I will be paired with you in local tournaments and the more info the better :)

This game strikes me as odd, in that white seems slow the whole game.

What did you have planned if 11. Nxc6? I'm assuming the line 11 .. Bxc6 12.Bxf6 gxf6 and now 13.Qf4 looks interesting to me. One plan that I see for white is playing Ne2-g3-h5. Which seems slow but black will probably be forcing one of those tempos anyway.

G-Funk said...

Yo if you're gonna play these lines as black just know that the ...Nxg4 stuff there is super thematic, and you have to always watch out for it. Like, not only if there is an immediate win, like in this game, but you can generally always get 2p+initiative+good pieces for a piece. Other than missing Rxc6 you probably played this ok for a online G/45 or whatever.

Caeruleum Canis said...

If Nxc6, then you pretty much always recapture with the bishop. His play was really slow in this one, I thought. Most of his aggression was rather superficial; he wasted too much time in the opening.

Yeah, it seems like these lines have some thematic tactics that crop up repeatedly. I was fairly pleased with how I played (it was a 45 min game with a 45 sec increment), hopefully I can bring the pain OTB at the Class champs too on the 16th. However, see my earlier post regarding alcohol and it's effect upon chess performance. It may be a factor.

Caeruleum Canis said...

You know Nate, it's funny that ...h5 is sort of a fringe move in the Najdorf, but it pops up repeatedly in the Classical. Often it's a key defensive move. I wonder what the difference is?

natec said...

Watson addresses ..h5 in the Najdorf section of Volume 1 of Mastering the Chess Openings.
The main difference is that in the Najdorf black has already used a tempo to play a6 so he sometimes doesn't have another spare tempo to play h5. He can usually only do it when white plays a move that doesn't develop such as f3 in the English Attack. (i.e. the line we played in the Indiana Amateur Champ.)

I had a Najdorf line prepared for Garrett a few weeks ago in that I think I came up with an early TN that is quite playable and makes the game look like a Rauzer.

The line goes... 1. e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qf3 h5?!(TN-AFAIK).
One of the main points is that if 7.h3, 7. ... Bg4 is still playable. I think white's best is 7.Bg5 and the game takes on a rauzer type look.

I think it's a little better for white (shredder thinks it's almost a whole pawn better). But I think it is playable especially at faster time controls.

Caeruleum Canis said...

I don't know for sure how I'd react OTB, but that looks really weakening to me. I think it works in the Classical because it's usually only played in response to h4, when obviously and h3-g4 push can't be arranged. Still, with the queen in such a vulnerable position, it might work.

I really think that in the opening it's hard to take engines as seriously as in the middle and endgame. You can go through a lot of lines, even some of the forced drawing lines in the Poisoned Pawn, and the computer will think white is much much better. There are just too many possibilities. If you ever get to play it, email me the game.

G-funk said...

I'm in ur blog, stealing ur preparation!

But seriously Nate, I could see myself playing something like 7.h3 Bg4 8.Qg3, and then if ...h4 (I doubt this is good, but for argument ...), Qe3 Bsomewhere, and maybe you're theoretically fine but I like my position. I can play Bd2, 0-0-0, and f4 in some order w/ attack.

Caeruleum Canis said...

Garrett stole my TNs!! Bastard...though actually I looked at the Najdorf position and I think the h3 Bg4 Qg3 line has promise for white. Black's position is somewhat solid, but it doesn't seem to have as much dynamism as white's. I like white too.

natec said...

I was planning on meeting any antics that include f4 with the "ferocious" move Nh5.

A sample line that I looked at in this variation is.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qf3 h5 7.h3 Bg4 8.Qg3 h4 9.Qe3 Bd7 10.Bd2 e6 11.O-O-O Be7 12.f4 Nh5

And then play a little hope chess sitting there wishing for Be1 to keep the knight out of g3 and the play Nxf4. :)

But failing that the most probable line is the following.

13.f5 Ng3

and some wildness ensues if 14. fxe6 and if 14.Rg1 exf5 15.Nxf5 Bxf5 16.exf5 I would be very tempted to try to grab and hang on to the pawn, but castling is probably more prudent.

This might seem off topic. But with the B played back to d7. This line looks very much like a Classical. Black can probably play Nc6 back at move 10 making it even more Classicalish.

Caeruleum Canis said...

Well, if it's a Classical Richter Rauzer type position and Bd7 has been played, castling is probably a blunder. I'm only half joking, since you rarely castle in the lines with ...Bd7. Interestingly enough, in the ...Bd7 lines the white queen ofter ends up taking a long term post on e3. I want to see a Smith-Criss throwdown in this line at the state championships. I'll laugh.

Tommyg said...

Hey there,

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I have a few on my site and a lot of either people have been using it as well!
Have a good one!

Caeruleum Canis said...

TommyG, that place is awesome. Thanks so much for turning me on to that! it's going to save me a ton of time going forward. Thanks again.

Tommyg said...

You are very welcome! The first time I tried to post one of my games I did it the way you were doing and I also thought that it was a pain in the arse! The chess flash player is much much cooler!

Have a good one,