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Kasparov-Topalov 1999, Wijk aan Zee.

Kasparov-Topalov 1999, Wijk aan Zee. Kasparov's Immortal game.
[Event "Wijk aan Zee"] [Site "?"] [Date "1999.01.20"] [Round "?"] [White "Kasparov, G."] [Black "Topalov, V."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B07"] [WhiteElo "2812"] [BlackElo "2700"] [Annotator "Kasparov"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "1999.01.20"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "13"] [EventCountry "NED"] [EventCategory "18"] [Source "TaL's Chess"] [SourceDate "1999.01.20"] {GM Garry Kasparov (RUS):} 1. e4 {Nothing betokened a storm when I made this move. Topalov who is always eager to fight no matter if he has Black or White, if he plays me or any other adversary answered with} d6 {I was sincerely surprised. Pirc-Ufimtsev Defense is not a usual one for Topalov, and this opening is hardly worth using in the tournaments of the highest category. White has too many opportunities for anybody's liking: one can lead an acute or a positional game, one can vary different ways of developing the initiative. Nevertheless, Topalov obviously counted on surprise, as he thought that I would play worse in a situation I was not ready for, and besides, he hoped to avoid my opening preparation, which he had faced before.} 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 { That was when I began to think. I was actually engrossed in thoughts on the third move, I had often played 3.f3 threatening with King's Indian Defense. However, this opening couldn't scare Topalov off as he was used to it, moreover, that was what he reckoned on. That is why I decided to play at sight. I went for a position I had a definite idea about but never met in practice and, frankly speaking, had never seriously analyzed.} 4. Be3 Bg7 (4... c6 5. Qd2 b5 6. f3 Bg7) 5. Qd2 c6 {As far as I know, Black usually plays c6 and b5 before the move Bg7, but I don't think that this shift changes something seriously.} 6. f3 ({It was also possible to play} 6. Nf3 b5 7. Bd3 {probably it was even better, but here I have to repeat that in this opening both adversaries relied not on exact knowledge but on common sense.}) 6... b5 7. Nge2 {A strange move.} ({If White wanted to play} 7. Bh6 $5 {he could do it at once, leaving the e2-square free for the other Knight and providing an opportunity to develop the other Bishop on d3. Theoretically this Knight could move to h3 one day.}) {Generally speaking, the move 7.Nge2 has no sense, its reason is purely psychological. I remembered that before the game, when we discussed the strategy with [GM] Yury Dokhoian [RUS], he said suddenly looking through Topalov's games: "You know, Garry, he does not like when the opponent makes the moves he can not predict. This affects him strangely." That is why I played 7.Nge2 and surprised Topalov. This move does not contain any threats but continues the development. However, it seemed to me that he did not like the character of the fight, as it did not correspond the ideas he had before the game.} 7... Nbd7 8. Bh6 {Better late than never. It is useful to exchange the Bishop.} Bxh6 9. Qxh6 {[%csl Rf8][%cal Ye8g8] White achieved some sort of success as Black can not castle in a shorter direction. However, this achievement is rather ephemeral because the King can hide on the Queen-side as well. White King will also castle there as a result. Maneuverable fight is waiting ahead and White can not count on significant gains.} Bb7 ({Actually, if Black shows activity} 9... Qa5 {then there is a move} 10. Nc1 {[%cal Gc1b3] and then the Knight moves to b3 with tempo. White will manage to stabilize the game and he will devoid Black of the opportunity to use the diversion of the white Queen on h6.}) 10. a3 $146 {[%cal Ge2c1,Rb5b4,Yd8a5] I did not want to castle at once, because it was not clear how to defend the King after Qa5 from the b4 threat. That is why White makes a wait-and-see move that prepares a long castling and again, on Qa5 there is a move Nc1 that repulses the b4 threat.} (10. O-O-O $145 Qa5 11. a3 (11. Qd2 b4 12. Nb1) 11... b4 12. axb4 (12. Nb1)) 10... e5 {Topalov, after thinking for 11 minutes, decided to strengthen the position in the center and to prepare to castle long. Black had alternative plans, but this one looked most logical.} 11. O-O-O Qe7 12. Kb1 { [%cal Ye8c8,Gd4d5]} a6 {It was probably possible to castle at once, but Topalov defends his King from the potential threat of d5 just to be on the safe side. I doubt that this threat was that real, but Black found this move desirable.} ({White did not have a lot of opportunities either; he had to unravel the tangle of his pieces. That was why I decided to transfer the Knight to b3, taking advantage of the fact that now Black's attempt to play actively with a7-a5 would be repulsed:} 12... a5 $6 13. Nc1 b4 14. dxe5 $1 dxe5 (14... Ng8 15. Qg7 Qxe5 16. Qxe5+ dxe5 17. Na4 $16) 15. Na4 bxa3 16. b3 $16) 13. Nc1 O-O-O 14. Nb3 {[%csl Ya5,Yb6,Yh3][%cal Yg2g3,Yh1e1,Gf1h3,Gh6e3,Gb3a5, Ge3b6] The development of both sides is coming to its end. However, Black has to show some enterprise, as he is under some pressure. If White develops with g3, Bh3, and Rhe1, then it won't be easy for Black. Black's King is slightly weakened and, of course, he should have considered playing c6-c5, but then White would have a choice: close the position by playing d5, or even to exchange. It is probably more promising to close the center. White's space advantage lets him push for an attack. Then I hoped to make use of Black's weaknesses on the Queen-side. It was possible to move the Queen from h6 to b6 or to a7. This was an absurd thought: it flashed across my mind and immediately disappeared, but subconsciously I formed the idea that the Queen on b6 together with the Knight on a5 could make a lot of trouble, especially if the white Bishop appears on h3. This did affect the calculation of variations, but, the mere fact that such an idea surfaced served as a prologue to a wonderful combination.} exd4 $1 {A very good decision: relief in the center. Taking advantage of the fact that White is a bit backward in development, Black does not hesitate to open the game and relies on the possibility that active pieces will compensate for the weakened position of the King.} 15. Rxd4 c5 16. Rd1 Nb6 $1 {[%cal Yd6d5] A good move. Black prepares d6-d5, and I had to think hard for 10 minutes. Now we already have dim contours of a combination. I still could not imagine how it would look like but I realized that the moves g3 and Bh3 could not be bad.} 17. g3 { [%csl Ya5,Yf4,Yh3][%cal Gf1h3,Gh6f4,Gb3a5] Now the Bishop will move to h3, the Queen will return to f4, the Knight will go to a5, and the blow will take place somewhere in that area. At that moment, however, I did not know exactly what this blow would be like. Nevertheless, the idea to dispose the pieces in such a way already reigned over my mind.} ({What does White do next? Let's say if} 17. a4 $6 {then Black gets a good position after} b4 18. a5 bxc3 19. axb6 Nd7) ({And in case of} 17. Na5 d5 18. Nxb7 (18. g3 d4) 18... Kxb7 19. exd5 Nbxd5 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Bd3 f5 22. Rhe1 Qc7 23. Bf1 c4 {[%csl Gc4,Gd3,Yf1,Gf3, Gg2] we have a complicated position with mutual chances. Of course, the black King is out in the open, but the white Bishop is hemmed in by the pawns. Black is sound in the center, and it is most likely that the position is in a state of dynamic balance.}) 17... Kb8 {[%cal Yd6d5] Topalov thinks that he has some time and can calmly prepare for d6-d5.} 18. Na5 ({It is important to say that if White had not played the Knight to a5 on the 18th move but immediately played} 18. Bh3 {[%csl Ga5][%cal Gb6c4,Yb3a5] then the white Knight would not have reached the a5-square after Nb3.}) 18... Ba8 19. Bh3 d5 {[%cal Yd6d5] So, both sides have fulfilled what was planned: White has finished the development and Black has played d6-d5. Though, generally speaking, there was such an opportunity and it was possible to play Rhe1, but that would have been another game. I tried to systematically fulfill the plan that I expected to end in a sacrifice. The move 24.Rxd4 was already clear in my mind, though I had not yet realized the possibility of a draw by repetition of moves. I just saw the outline of an attack.} 20. Qf4+ {[%csl Ya5,Yf4,Yh3]} Ka7 21. Rhe1 {That was when I saw the possibility of a draw. Moreover, I felt that there was a possibility to continue the game, to play without the Rook, though I could not imagine what it would lead to. However, the image of the black King on a5 comforted my heart and intuition given to every man from birth, intuition of an "attacker" (let's call it that way), told me that there would be decision and a mate net around the black King would be spun in spite of the huge material advantage of the adversary. Besides, I was whipped up by curiosity of unexplored. Will there ever be another opportunity to lure out the black King into the center of my own camp!? In the long run, Lasker's ancient game [Lasker, Edward - Sir Thomas, George. London 1912.] with a sacrifice on h7 and King's move g8-g1 was like a myth to us. Such a thing could happen only in those distant times, we assume. And suddenly, this opportunity! Topalov looked quite confident. He played} d4 ({Certainly, after} 21... dxe4 $2 22. fxe4 {[%cal Rc3d5] the game is open and now the threat 23. Nd5 gives Black a lot of trouble: the black King is too weak.}) 22. Nd5 { Frankly speaking, this move is not the strongest but it serves as a prologue for a further combination.} ({White, of course, could have played} 22. Na2 { but after} Rhe8 {or h7-h6 the game would have become very complicated. So naturally, my hand led the Knight to the center.}) 22... Nbxd5 23. exd5 Qd6 { [#] It seemed to me that Topalov was a bit surprised, as he thought that attacking resources had dried out. A check on c6 was senseless, the Knight will be beaten, the King will go to b6, and there is hardly any opportunity for White to move his Rooks toward the black King. The d4-pawn safely protects the d-rank, and there are no squares for intrusion on the e-rank. Actually, this was not quite right, and my next move, made without any hesitation, turned out to be an unpleasant surprise for Topalov.} 24. Rxd4 $3 {[%cal Ga7b6, Rc5d4] When I made this move, I saw only the repetition of the moves and the opportunity to continue the attack, though the whole picture of the combination was not yet clear. I already saw the idea 30...Rd6 31.Rb6, but I still could not get rid of the thought that all lines should be checked to the very end. Maybe black will find some opportunity for defense. Topalov spent about 15 minutes thinking. I walked around the hall - rather, I fled - and at these feverish moments it seemed to me that there were very few participants and that most of the games had already been finished. My mind worked only in one direction, and one of these moments brought me the image of the whole cluster of various lines. I saw the move 37.Rd7. I don't even remember how this line was formed in my head, but I saw the whole line up to the end. I saw the journey of the black King after 36.Bf1, 37.Rd7 and I could no longer suppress my excitement, because at that same moment I realized that the move 24...Kb6 ruined the whole construction. The mere thought that I could spoil such a combination drove me crazy, and I only prayed that Topalov would capture on d4. I still was not sure that this would win, but the beauty of the combination I saw impressed me. I could not believe my own eyes when Veselin twitched abruptly and grabbed the Rook. As he explained after the game, he was exhausted by the tense fight and he thought that White would have to force a draw by the repetition of moves after the Rook was captured. He saw the main idea of the combination, but it did not occur to him that White would play without the Rook, trying to make use of the King's forward position on a4. } cxd4 $6 {[%cal Rc5d4] This move loses the game, but it is worth an exclamation mark, as great combinations cannot be created without partners. If Topalov had not taken the Rook, the game could have finished in a draw: Veselin would have had half a point more, I - half a point less. He would have win a little bit, I would have lost a little bit, but chess and chess amateurs would have lost a lot. However, Caissa was kind to me that day... I do not know what I was rewarded for, but the development of events became forced after the capture on d4.} ({Maybe, if Topalov had played} 24... Kb6 $1 {then I could have found the move} 25. Nb3 $1 {which again makes it impossible to capture the Rook:} ({I was intending to play} 25. b4 {as I underestimated the fact that after} Qxf4 (25... Nxd5 26. Qxd6+ Rxd6 27. bxc5+ Kxc5 28. Nb3+ Kb6 29. Kb2 Rhd8 30. Red1 Bc6 31. f4 Kc7 $11) 26. Rxf4 Nxd5 27. Rxf7 cxb4 28. axb4 Nxb4 29. Nb3 Rd6 {Black's position is better.}) 25... Bxd5 $1 (25... cxd4 $2 26. Qxd4+ Kc7 27. Qa7+ Bb7 28. Nc5 Rb8 29. Re7+ $18) (25... Nxd5 $2 26. Qxf7 Rhf8 27. Qg7 Rg8 28. Qh6 Qf8 29. Rh4 $16) 26. Qxd6+ Rxd6 27. Rd2 Rhd8 28. Red1 $11 {and White keeps equality, but not more.}) (24... Bxd5 $6 25. Rxd5 Nxd5 26. Qxf7+ Nc7 27. Re6 Rd7 28. Rxd6 Rxf7 29. Nc6+ Ka8 30. f4) 25. Re7+ $1 {I made this move with lightening speed. And there was nothing to think about. The Rook was inviolable. Such moves are always made with pleasure, and all I have said before (that the d-rank is closed by the d4-pawn and that there are no squares for intrusion on the e-rank) turned out to be ruined. Two white Rooks sacrifice themselves, and thus, the way to the black camp is opened for White's pieces. The construction I dreamt of - Queen on b6, Knight on a5 - has suddenly come true, because of the Bishop on h3.} ({I have to say that} 25. Qxd4+ $2 {did not achieve the goal because of} Qb6 26. Re7+ Nd7 {and White's attack fades away.}) 25... Kb6 ({If Black moves} 25... Kb8 $2 26. Qxd4 $1 { then after} Nd7 27. Bxd7 Bxd5 28. c4 $1 Qxe7 29. Qb6+ Ka8 30. Qxa6+ Kb8 31. Qb6+ Ka8 32. Bc6+ $1 Bxc6 33. Nxc6 {Black loses by force.}) (25... Qxe7 26. Qxd4+ Kb8 27. Qb6+ Bb7 28. Nc6+ Ka8 29. Qa7#) 26. Qxd4+ Kxa5 ({Some of the participants, including Anand, asserted that the move} 26... Qc5 {saved the game. However, after} 27. Qxf6+ Qd6 28. Be6 $3 {White closed the rank but left the opportunity to vary threats and to force Black into a desperate position. For example} Bxd5 (28... Rhe8 29. b4 $1 $18) 29. b4 $1 Ba8 30. Qxf7 Qd1+ 31. Kb2 Qxf3 32. Bf5 {would be the simplest way, as all the lines are closed and mate threats become inevitable.}) 27. b4+ Ka4 {[%cal Ye7a7]} 28. Qc3 {I made the last move without hesitations. Frankly speaking, I could not make myself think as I strove for the end. I already saw it, and it seemed to me that it was the way to finish the game, that Black could not avoid it, and that there were no other defenses. Veselin gave me time when he was thinking himself, but I could not make myself look for another opportunity. My hopes were in vain! However, it is difficult to judge. It seems to me that the beauty of this combination is not inferior to a side line. Though in order to be objective from the point of view of chess truth, it would be stronger to play 28.Ra7!} ( 28. Ra7 $1 {This move was found by Lubomir Kavalek, probably with the help of a computer, as it is impossible to look through all the lines independently. Nevertheless, the idea found by Kavalek provided the opportunity to realize all problem motives in a clearer way, keeping Black from using new defensive resources. Such resources could appear in the game as played, though, frankly speaking, they were not enough.} {The strongest move, as in the game itself, is } Bb7 ({So, after 28.Ra7! both captures on d5 lose quickly:} 28... Nxd5 29. Rxa6+ $3 Qxa6 30. Qb2 Nc3+ 31. Qxc3 Bd5 32. Kb2 $18 {[%csl Ge6][%cal Ya6e6, Rc3b3,Gh3e6] [#] and we approached the position when there was no defense from the threat of Queen's self-sacrifice on b3. Black can not attract another piece to control the a2-g8 diagonal, as the white Bishop controls the e6-square.} (32. --)) ({The Bishop's capture on d5 also loses:} 28... Bxd5 29. Qc3 Rhe8 30. Kb2 Re2 {[%csl Gb3,Yc2] Black linked the c2-pawn and defended from the Qb3 threat. And here the Queen suddenly changes its route -} 31. Qc7 $1 {[%cal Rc7a5] threatening with a mate from a5. And after} Qxc7 32. Rxa6+ { [%csl Ra4] the King turns out to be mated by the white Rook. A wonderful scheme of mating pieces!}) 29. Rxb7 {The continuation after} Qxd5 ({After} 29... Nxd5 {White finds a new mating construction} 30. Bd7 $1 {[%cal Rb7a7, Gd7b5] threatening with Bxb5+ to expose the black King and to mate it again with the Rook, and after} Rxd7 {White varies the threats by the move} 31. Qb2 { [%cal Rb2b3] threatening with a mate on from b3. The only move is} Nxb4 {and then} 32. Rxd7 {attacks the Queen again. And there is a mate from b4 after} Qxd7 {[%csl Ra4][%cal Rb2b4]} (32... Qc5 33. Rd4 {[%csl Rb4,Rh8] threatens to capture on b4 and on h8. And after} Rc8 {White plays} 34. Qb3+ Ka5 35. axb4+ { and Black suffers crucial material losses.})) 30. Rb6 a5 ({In case of} 30... Ra8 {White restores the material balance after} 31. Qxf6 {and continues the crucial attack} a5 32. Bf1 Rhb8 33. Rd6 {[%csl Rd5] driving away the black Queen and the white Queen comes back and mates.}) {It seems that after} 31. Ra6 {Black can defend himself playing} Ra8 {but then a sudden change of a mating construction follows:} 32. Qe3 $3 {Right here, as after} Rxa6 {goes} 33. Kb2 { (which threatens mate on a3), and after} axb4 34. axb4 {[%csl Ra3] the a3-square is open for a new mating construction.} {The only defense is} Qa2+ ({ A capture on b4} 34... Kxb4 {postpones the mate by one more move.} 35. Qc3+ Ka4 36. Qa3# {checkmate.}) 35. Kxa2 Kxb4+ 36. Kb2 {Black has rather good material - two Rooks for the Queen - but White continues the attack and there is no escape from it:} Rc6 37. Bf1 {[%cal Re3a3] threatening with a mate from a3.} Ra8 38. Qe7+ Ka5 39. Qb7 {[%csl Ra8,Rc6][%cal Rb7b5] A mate threat on b5 results in the win of the Rook.}) 28... Qxd5 {Here, Topalov had less than half an hour, I had 32 minutes.} ({It would be even weaker to play} 28... Bxd5 { because of} 29. Kb2 $1 {[%csl Ra4] with inevitable mate.}) 29. Ra7 $1 Bb7 30. Rxb7 {[%csl Gb3][%cal Yd5d1,Gb1a2]} ({White refuses the last opportunity to force a perpetual checkmate playing} 30. Qc7 {I was sure that White would achieve more.} Qd1+ $145 31. Kb2 Qd4+ 32. Kb1 $11) {It is important that there is no checkmate on d1, because the white King suddenly goes to a2 and it turns out that the threat Qb3 can be also supported by the King from the a2-square. That is why the black Queen has to be on d5 (one has to understand this very important moment), in order to control the b3-square and to be able to play Qd4 if the white King is on b2. Therefore, the Rook should be on d8. It leaves enough opportunities for most various problem motives that are more vivid in this particular line. Both adversaries saw the line and Topalov, having spent some of his precious minutes, played} 30... Qc4 {This is the most natural defense, and I counted on it, too. Moreover, this is the defense that leads to the most effective mating end that I had no rest from for the last 15-20 minutes, ever since its image mysteriously arose in my mind. Actually, Black had two other defenses, and each of them could have ruined the delicate conception that I had in mind.} ({The first one was} 30... Rhe8 {the move Topalov showed on the next day before the round started. Thus he drove me into a tight corner in my game with Reinderman, where I was deep in thought calculating various lines after 30...Rhe8 and, not being able to find the way out. I was very careless in the opening, making two slips and mixing everything up. Fortunately, I rethought quickly, got rid of all these fixed ideas and nightmares and played a marvelous game. However, Topalov's idea was not likely to live a long life, because everyone was interested in this game and the statement that the move Rhe8 could refute White's brilliant composition must have caused inward protest. So, at the end of the round, Ligterink proudly showed a brilliant victory for White.} {Thus, White plays} 31. Rb6 Ra8 {[%cal Gd5e5,Yb1b2]} 32. Bf1 $3 {[%csl Gc4][%cal Yd5c4,Gf1c4] Objecting to ...Qc4, White creates a quiet threat Rd6, which is crucial in the case of Nd7.} ({It is important to note that the move} 32. Be6 {which suggests itself, does not achieve the goal:} Rxe6 33. Rxe6 {[%csl Ge6][%cal Rb1b2,Yf7e6] And Black, of course, can not capture the rook on e6, as after Kb2 there is no defense from the mate, but plays} Qc4 {This is the very counter-sacrifice that I told you about.} {White has to beat c4:} 34. Qxc4 bxc4 35. Rxf6 Kxa3 {and then} 36. Rxf7 Re8 {Black starts a counter-attack and, strange as it may seem, keeps good chances to win the ending. White cannot allow such exchanges and, as we can see, the c4-square is now crucial. Black could change the defense, playing 30...Rhe8. In this case one Rook would defend the a6-pawn from a8, and the move Kb2 faces Qe5. The Rook controls the e5-square, and the Queen is ready to move to c4. That is why the key move is 32.Bf1!!} (36... --)) {Ligterink, most likely with the help of computer, found a unique defense. This is a counter-sacrifice that faces a marvelous, though probably also computer, denial. This is} 32... Re1+ {(after 32.Bf1)} (32... Nd7 33. Rd6 $1 Rec8 34. Qb2) ({If} 32... Re6 {then White simply makes an exchange on e6} 33. Rxe6 fxe6 {and plays} 34. Kb2) ({If} 32... Red8 {White plays} 33. Rc6 {[%cal Rc6c5] and creates a threat Rc5, now we have Rd6 anyway after} Nd7 {as the d-rank is closed.} ({And after} 33... Nh5 {we can, for instance, play} 34. Rc5 Rac8 35. Kb2 {And there is no way out again!}) 34. Rd6) 33. Qxe1 Nd7 {[%cal Yd7b6] White Rook is captured, but the most important thing is that the black Knight tries to go to b6.} {However, after 33...Nd7 White makes a diverting Rook-sacrifice -} 34. Rb7 $1 {[%csl Gb7][%cal Yb6b7]} ({and after} 34. Qc3 Nxb6 35. Kb2 {this Knight checks the King from c4,} Nc4+ {after} 36. Ka2 {he checks the King from d2,} Nd2+ {[%csl Ra2,Gb3][%cal Gc4d2] controls the b3-square, and suddenly Black wins.} (36... --)) {And after} 34... Qxb7 {there is that very computerlike ending:} ({It is necessary to beat the Rook, as after} 34... Ne5 35. Qc3 Qxf3 {the easiest way to the victory would be} 36. Bd3 Qd5 37. Be4) 35. Qd1 Kxa3 36. c3 {[%cal Rc2a2,Rd1c1,Rc1c2] and the white Queen mates in a stair-like way Qc1-c2-a2. Checkmate is inevitable! I do not know if it is possible to find this line during a game, but the beauty of the combination is absolutely irresistible. In essence, we deal with a problem of changing mates, which, as far as I can remember, have never been practiced by serious chess players. Such interchange of mates is characteristic only of special chess problems.}) ({Black has another counter-opportunity: he can make a sudden Knight-sacrifice} 30... Ne4 $1 {and after} 31. fxe4 Qc4 {the idea becomes clear - if White follows the line of the game absent-mindedly, then after the move Bf1 in the very end of the line, Black will capture on e4 with check. The difference is that the white pawn moves from f3 to e4 and now this square is clear for the black Queen.} {After 31...Qc4 the right move would be} 32. Ra7 {[%cal Ra7a6] as it threatens with a mate on a6 again.} ({Of course, White does not have to play} 32. Qf6 {though after} Kxa3 33. Qxa6+ Kxb4 34. Bd7 {he is not at risk. The game, however, would end in a draw.} (34. c3+ $145 Kxc3 35. Qa1+ Kd2 36. Qb2+ Kd1 {[%cal Yh3f1,Rc4e4]} 37. Bf1 Qxe4+ {#6})) ({The move } 32. Qe3 $2 {is not promising either. Black plays} Rc8 {which is the same counter-sacrifice} 33. Bxc8 Rxc8 {approaching to the counter-attack:} 34. Qc1 Qd4 $1 {- the best way. And White has accept a draw.}) ({A capture on c4 gives Black chances to win and leads to a complicated ending:} 32. Qxc4 $6 bxc4 33. Kb2 {The best move is} f5 {and after} 34. exf5 {Black has to play} c3+ {and give an intermediate checkmate} ({as after} 34... Rd6 35. fxg6 c3+ {White plays } 36. Ka2 hxg6 37. Bf1 {[%csl Ra4][%cal Gb7a7,Yf1c4,Yc4b3,Gf1b5] and we come across mating constructions once again: either Bc4-Bb3, or Bb5-Ra7.}) {However, after} 35. Kxc3 Kxa3 36. f6 Rd6 37. f7 Rc6+ 38. Kd4 Rxc2 39. Bf1 {[%csl Gf7] [%cal Yd4g7] White has some chances to win. Maybe he will win the ending because of a strong pawn and the opportunity to push the King to g7. However, White didn't start this combination to win the ending. Fortunately, a detailed analysis shows that White has a better opportunity.}) {And after} 32... Rd1+ ({ Now after} 32... Ra8 {White wins playing} 33. Qe3 {in order to play Kb2 after} Rxa7 {[%csl Ra4][%cal Yb1b2]} (33... --)) 33. Kb2 Qxc3+ 34. Kxc3 Rd6 {we come to an ending, but this ending if different from the previous one. The black King is still threatened with a mate. The pawn has not yet left the b5-square and White can continue forcing threats, in spite of the disappearance of the Queens:} 35. e5 Rb6 36. Kb2 Re8 ({where else? if} 36... Rd8 {then} 37. Bd7) 37. Bg2 $1 {Thus, after} Rd8 {[%csl Gd5][%cal Ye8d8] Black controls the d5-square, and then} ({in order to play} 37... Rxe5 38. Bb7 {and then} Re7 39. Bd5 {[%cal Rd5b3] and suddenly the Bishop gets at b3. As we know, the result would be just as if the Queen were there.} (39. --)) 38. Bb7 Rd7 39. Bc6 $3 {[#] Now after} Rd2 ({And after} 39... Rd8 40. Bd7 {we receive the position in question. Black is paralyzed and can do nothing but wait for a disgraceful end.}) {the move} 40. Be8 {will decide.}) ({Of course,} 30... Rd6 31. Rb6 $1 {[%csl Ra6, Rd4][%cal Yd6d4,Yd6a6] is an effective variant, but not very complicated. The black Rook on d6 can not do two things simultaneously: defend the a6-pawn and control the d4-square, as Black has to play Qd4 after Kb2.} Rxb6 $145 32. Kb2 Qd4 33. Qxd4 Nd7 34. Qd3 Nc5 35. Qb3+ Nxb3 36. cxb3#) 31. Qxf6 Kxa3 {[%cal Gf6a6,Ya3b4,Gh3d7] Topalov still erred in thinking that White had nothing better than 32.Qxa6 Kxb4 and 33.Bd7. Really, White has no other possibilities as the King is under mate himself.} ({Black misses the best defense that let him continue the resistance in the ending playing} 31... Rd1+ $1 {And then} 32. Kb2 Ra8 33. Qb6 $1 {[%cal Rb6a5] threatening a mate from a5.} Qd4+ ({At} 33... a5 34. Bd7 {is decisive}) 34. Qxd4 Rxd4 35. Rxf7 {Technically, it is the most complicated decision.} ({I planned to play 35.Bd7. Analysis showed that this was also enough for the victory. White tries to dominate, to press the black pieces, and he prepares to move the King-side pawns, taking advantage of the fact that the Rook should be on a8. Black tries to defend himself from Bb5+ and not to let the Bishop go to b3. Nevertheless, he does not succeed. After} 35. Bd7 $5 {[%cal Gh3d7]} Rd2 36. Bc6 f5 37. Rb6 Ra7 38. Be8 Rd4 39. f4 {Black is nearly stalemated.} Rc4 40. Bf7 Rxb4+ 41. axb4 Rxf7 42. c3 {After} Ra7 {the only way is to play} 43. Re6 a5 44. Re1 {[%cal Re1a1] and we come across a new mating construction. This time it is a front checkmate from a1; the Rook mates the black King on the a-rank.}) {Black must play} 35... a5 36. Be6 axb4 37. Bb3+ Ka5 38. axb4+ {[%csl Gb4][%cal Rc2c3] and it turns out that the Rook can not capture on b4 because after c3 this Rook is trapped and the ending is technically won. Then after} Kb6 (38... Rxb4 39. c3 {[%csl Rb4]}) 39. Rxh7 Rc8 40. h4 {White has to win this position without much trouble. The Bishop and three pawns are much stronger than the Rook. White's disposition is marvelous and his victory is a point of time. However, the continuation 35. Bd7 was more effective, and I counted on it during the game because, frankly speaking, I did not see that after 38.axb4+ Rxb4 the move 39.c3 trapped the Rook.}) {Nevertheless, Topalov took on a3 with the King, and the line I dreamt of came true! Once again, tried to check the lines, and, afraid to believe my own eyes, I made sure that what I had thought of for so long was just about to happen. It seemed to go on for ages, but in fact, it took not more than two minutes. Then followed} 32. Qxa6+ Kxb4 {[#]} 33. c3+ $1 {[%cal Yc2c3] Probably, that was when Topalov realized everything. Of course, he saw the move 36...Rd2 and then, as it often happens to chess players, he immediately saw 37.Rd7. Black has no choice, he has to take with the King on c3.} Kxc3 34. Qa1+ Kd2 ({There is no way back:} 34... Kb4 35. Qb2+ Ka5 36. Qa3+ Qa4 37. Ra7+ {[%cal Ra7a4] winning the Queen.}) 35. Qb2+ Kd1 {[%csl Yh3] The black King has made the way to his Calvary - from e8 to d1 - across the whole chessboard! And when it seems that he has reached a quiet harbor (White has no more checkmates), the Bishop, which was on h3 and did nothing but shot in the emptiness and defended the e6 square, made his move.} ({Another change of mating constructions! In fact, we should not forget another opportunity: in stead of 35...Kd1} 35... Ke3 {can be played, then the continuation would be} 36. Re7+ Kxf3 37. Qg2#) 36. Bf1 $1 {[%csl Rc4,Rd1][%cal Gb2e2,Gb2c1] [#] White attacked the Queen who can not escape: if he retreats along the c-rank the move 37.Qe2 and a checkmate would follow, and retreat to e6 will cause a mate from c1.} ({This is one more of the innumerable mating finals. Thus, after } 36. Bf1 {the Bishop is also inviolable, as after} Qxf1 37. Qc2+ Ke1 38. Re7+ {[%csl Re1] - I don't know who would like such a mate. This is a trifle in comparison with all we had before.}) 36... Rd2 {[%cal Rd2b2] Black makes a counterblow and for another second it seems that the worst is left behind, because White seems to have no more resources.} (36... Qc5 37. Qe2#) (36... Qe6 37. Qc1#) {With one more second to rest, Black will announce checkmate to the white King himself. But this is where the white Rook enters.} 37. Rd7 $1 { [%cal Ga1h8] [#] The weakness of the a1-h8 diagonal is the most important element of this combination. Usually everything depends on such trifles. If only the black Rook had been on g8, there would have been no combination at all... And after 37.Rd7 Black has nothing else to hope for. However, Topalov still continued the fight mechanically. Black has to take the Rook on d7.} Rxd7 $1 38. Bxc4 bxc4 39. Qxh8 Rd3 {[%csl Gh7][%cal Rc4c1] This moves gives the illusion of activity. If Black suddenly takes on h7, then after c3 he will queen the black pawn. But we did not play draughts, it was not obligatory to capture, and now the Queen could show her true strength.} 40. Qa8 {Moving closer to the battlefield.} c3 41. Qa4+ Ke1 42. f4 {And thus Black is deprived of the last hope to get a position of "the Rook against the Queen" that demands a certain accuracy from the strongest side, if playing a computer. And still, as practice has proved, a weaker side in the battle of two chess players is not able to resist, as it is nearly impossible to make a "computer move" that would take the Rook away from the King. However, it is not necessary to know all these nuances. White keeps a lot of pawns so that Black could hope to win them sometime.} f5 43. Kc1 {Neutralizes any Black's hope connected with c-pawn.} Rd2 44. Qa7 {[%csl Re1,Rh2][%cal Yd2h2,Ra7g1] The Queen starts attacking black pawns, and the h2-pawn is inviolable because of Qg1+. Topalov resigned and this wonderful game was over.} 1-0

Δευτέρα, 26 Μαΐου 2014

Insomnia Chess tournament.

Insomnia Chess tournament.
[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "1"] [White "astrinos"] [Black "insomnian"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C20"] [WhiteElo "1079"] [BlackElo "1316"] [Annotator "Crocodile23"] [PlyCount "44"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. g3 $6 {Odd choice.} Bc5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. d3 $6 {Another inaccuracy. White has to play d4 so 4.Ne2 was the way to go.} h6 $6 {4...d6 or an immediate 0-0 was more logical and better.} 5. Nf3 d6 6. a4 $2 {Out of game's needs. A simple c3 or 0-0 or Nd2 would be much better. White needs to take advantage of the waste of tempo of previous black's move 4...h6?! so he needs to play actively. 6.a4 does nothing.} a5 {Clever! Black can afford to do this and probably should do this to avoid a future b4 giving space to white. Now b4 belongs to black and d4 is weak also for white.} 7. b3 $6 {Not a good idea. Creating a skeleton of Pawns in light squares, weakens the dark one's and does nothing useful for white also. Before one plays a move, should ALWAYS consider: "What does my move offers to me?" And b3 has the only useful plan of playing Ba3 but with d6 there and black's Bishop that can play Ba7 immediately, Ba3 is useless also. A simple 7.0-0 would be fine.} Ng4 $6 {Just a waste of tempo. White now can play 0-0 and he is fine. Black should have played 7...0-0 with a better game. Now it's a balanced game.} 8. Bb2 $2 {A huge blunder!! 0-0 by all means to protect the f2 square.} Bxf2+ {Better was capturing with the Knight. Yet it still wins.} 9. Ke2 Nc6 $2 {Another bad move, returning the favor. 9...Ba7 with a huge advantage was the way to go. Now h3 and black would lose a piece too.} 10. h3 Ne3 11. Qc1 Nb4 {A better try would be 11...Nxc2} (11... Nxc2 12. Qxc2 Nb4 13. Qc3 Bxg3 {Interesting position. Black has 3 Pawns for a Knight. In middlegame Knight is a little better if center is closed and there is no immediate attack for the side with the Pawns. And here white's King is in the center that can be easily opened, white's pieces are not cooperating together well and black can safely castle and play f5 with an immediate attack so black is better.}) 12. Kxf2 $6 { Interesting try(see in the continuation after the correct 13.Qd2) but most probably doesn't work, and objectively better was 12.Na3.} (12. Na3 f5 13. Qd2 Bxg3 14. Qxe3 Bf4 15. Qf2 fxe4 16. dxe4 O-O $15 {Black has the initiative. White has his King exposed and has huge development problems to solve. Black will immediately play Be6 and will soon play d5 and then white will have huge problems defending his King. Yet, it's not that easy for black and with a piece more in the middlegame if white manages to solve these problems he will end up superior.}) 12... Nexc2 13. Na3 $4 {Huge blunder, giving up the Queen and the game.} (13. Qd2 Nxa1 14. Bxa1 O-O $17 {Very unclear but most probably bad for white. Sure white has his a1 and b1 Bishop and Knight sleeping and his King in a bad shape but if he manages to solve these problems, the position will change and he will be better. But it would not be easy at all, as black can immediately attack with Be6 and f5 and with the a1 and b1 Bishop and Knight sitting there out of all the action and the King in the center, black will probably end up much better.}) 13... Nxd3+ 14. Kg1 Nxc1 15. Rxc1 Ne3 16. Nb5 c5 17. Kf2 Nxg2 18. Kxg2 O-O 19. Rhd1 Qd7 20. Nxe5 Qxh3+ 21. Kf3 dxe5 22. Rxc5 Bg4+ 0-1
[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "Frod0"] [Black "King_of_Blues"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1054"] [BlackElo "1346"] [PlyCount "122"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 $6 {A very unfortunate move. One with bad results generally.} e6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. O-O a6 {I don't like this move. Not really a mistake but 4... Nf6 and 4...d5 are better.} 5. a3 {a3 is playable but a4 must be better since it prevents b5 completely.} g6 $6 {No. b5 by all means here!!} 6. d3 $6 { Dubious! d4 and white starts to stand better.} Bg7 7. Nc3 Nge7 8. Be3 $4 {A serious mistake missing the d5 reply. Bf4 was what should have been played.} d6 $2 {Black misses the strong reply d5! and white loses a piece.} (8... d5 { [%cal Gd5d4] Threatens light squared Bishop as also to advance and fork Bishop and Knight, so white has to capture.} 9. exd5 exd5 $17 {Now white has to lose a piece.}) 9. Qd2 $2 {Still not seeing the tactic of d5.} O-O $2 {There is still time for playing d5. Not as effective as before but still it would gain advantage for black.} (9... d5 10. exd5 exd5 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. Bxc5 Be6 $17) 10. Bh6 Qc7 11. Qg5 {I don't like it. Seemingly putting pressure to black's King but realistically Rad1 or Ne2!? was better. Placing the Queen too advanced in the opponent camp without having a direct hit is never a good idea. } b5 12. Ba2 Bb7 $6 {No. Nd4 now!!} (12... Nd4 13. Nxd4 {Forced.} cxd4 14. Bxg7 (14. Ne2 Bxh6 15. Qxh6 Qxc2 16. Nxd4 Qxb2 $11 {White has nothing.}) 14... Kxg7 15. Ne2 Qxc2 $11 {And white's attack dies down.}) 13. Qh4 $1 {Nice. The only way to continue the attack.} Kh8 $4 {A very serious blunder giving up the game. Yet, the white side didn't take advantage of it.} (13... Nd4 {Only move.} 14. Nxd4 (14. Ng5 {This doesn't work as there is a complicated forced line with a nice trick move now for black Nf5!} Nef5 15. exf5 Nxf5 16. Nxe6 Qc8 17. Qh3 fxe6 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 {Black is fine.}) 14... cxd4 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Ne2 {[%cal Gh4e7,Ye2f4,Rf2f4,Ye2d4] Black can't play Qxc2 and white has f4 or Nf4 as plans and threatens Nxd4.}) 14. Ng5 Rad8 15. Bxg7+ Kxg7 16. Bxe6 {White misses the easy win with Qxh7 and the classic theme.} (16. Qxh7+ Kf6 17. e5+ $1 Nxe5 (17... Kxe5 18. f4+ Kd4 19. Qh4 $18 {Black is toast.} Nf5 20. Nf3+ Ke3 21. Rfe1#) (17... Kf5 18. Qh3+ Kxe5 19. f4+ Kf6 20. Nce4+ Kg7 21. Qh7#) (17... Kxg5 18. f4+ Kf5 19. Qh3#) 18. Nce4+ Bxe4 19. Nxe4+ Kf5 20. Qh4 Nxd3 21. cxd3 f6 22. Ng3+ Ke5 23. Qe4# {Incredible position!!}) 16... h6 17. Nxf7 Rxf7 18. Bxf7 Kxf7 {While white missed the easy win with 16.Qxh7+! he is still winning with 19.Qxh6!} 19. Qf4+ $2 {Gives all the advantage. 19.Qxh6! and white would win.} (19. Qxh6 $1 {Black's King is too lonely to survive. f4->f5 and the Rooks behind them are in the air. Or even Rae1->e3 and the Rook gets into attack.} Rg8 {This puts the best resistance.} 20. f4 ({Or even.....} 20. Rae1 $16 {[%cal Ge1e3]}) 20... Nd4 21. Rf2 $16) 19... Kg7 20. Rfe1 $6 { Inaccuracy. f4 should be played some time and the Rook should be behind. The a-Rook belongs to e1 not the f-one.} Ne5 $2 {Nd4 by all means. This is a mistake.} 21. Nd5 $2 {Ne2 or Qg3! was the way to go. This is a mistake. When you have a Rook against Knight+Bishop the only way to win is to attack or go to an open endgame. The latter is nowhere near and black has a lonely King open in the corner so white has to attack! So IN NO WAY he should trade material. He should avoid exchanges by any cost. But he didn't. From then on white's chances are over and he went downhill.} Nxd5 22. exd5 Bxd5 23. a4 $6 {d4} Rf8 24. Qg3 b4 25. Qh4 $2 {White was hopeless anyway but Re3 could provide some resistance and some tricks for black to think of.} Qf7 26. d4 $2 {The end. Nf3+ now with a nice tactic and white is dead.} g5 {Missed the nice tactic Nf3+!} (26... Nf3+ {[%cal Gf3h4,Gf3g1]} 27. gxf3 Qxf3 {[%csl Gg2,Gh1][%cal Gd5g2,Gf3h1]} 28. Re7+ Kg8 29. Kf1 Qh1+ 30. Ke2 Bf3+ 31. Kd2 Qxa1 $19) 27. Qg3 cxd4 28. c3 $6 {Rad1} dxc3 29. bxc3 bxc3 30. Ra3 c2 31. Rc3 Ng6 $2 {Re8, Qe6, Qg6 win easily. This perplexes things for no reason.} 32. Rxc2 Nf4 33. Rec1 $2 {Bad move, giving an easy win to black.} (33. f3 {Still white is losing but at least black must fight for the win.}) 33... Kg8 $6 {Re8} 34. Qe3 $2 {f3 could put some more resistance, still losing though.} Nxg2 35. Qd4 Nf4 36. Qd2 Nh3+ 37. Kf1 Nf4 {Qf3 quickly finishes the game.} 38. Rc8 Qf5 39. Rxf8+ Kxf8 40. Qc3 Bg2+ 41. Ke1 Nd3+ 42. Kd1 Nxc1 43. Qxc1 Qd3+ 44. Ke1 Qf1+ 45. Kd2 Qxc1+ 46. Kxc1 Bc6 47. a5 Ke7 48. Kd2 Ke6 49. Ke3 Kf5 50. h3 d5 51. Kd4 Kf4 52. Kc5 Bb5 53. Kxd5 h5 54. Kd4 Bc6 55. Kc5 Bg2 56. Kb6 Bxh3 57. Kxa6 Bg2 58. Kb5 h4 59. Kc4 h3 60. a6 h2 61. a7 h1=Q 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.26"] [Round "?"] [White "King_of_Blues"] [Black "Frod0"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1403"] [BlackElo "997"] [PlyCount "109"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 d6 {Nope. Obsolete move. Should remain in the past and not be tried.} 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 $6 {No. Things have changed. c4 only should be played here and ok maybe Nc3 also is perfectly playable.} Bg7 4. Be3 {Nope. c3, c4 or Nc3 are the ways to go nowadays.} Nf6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. h3 c6 {a6 has better results.} 7. Bd3 { a4! is much better positionally.} d5 $2 {Of course not the bad d5? but Nbd7 is the best continuation here.} 8. e5 Nfd7 9. Qd2 $2 {We definitely want to maintain the nice structure d4-e5 of our Pawns by preventing the consequences of the annoying c5 move that's coming. The only way to do that is to play c3 after a possible c5 so we had to prepair it so the best move here was Ne2 with good future spot (g3) for the Knight also.} f6 $2 {Only c5 there is here. Black has to challenge these white Pawns in the center that dominate the game.} 10. exf6 exf6 11. O-O-O {Not the optimum move. h4 should have been tried. 0-0-0 misses the point.} (11. h4 $1 {[%cal Gh4h5] A nice move and a very dangerous one for black. He has to be careful now because this mighty Pawn could bring many troubles with the Rook also behind it.} Re8 (11... Nb6 $6 { [%csl Gc4] Trying to eliminate the Queen-Bishop battery but it doesn't work.} 12. h5 Nc4 13. Bxc4 dxc4 14. hxg6 hxg6 15. O-O-O {Black has huge problems to solve.}) 12. O-O-O $1 {Black is suffering.}) 11... b5 (11... Nb6 {Probably better.} 12. h4 Bg4 13. Rde1 (13. h5 {Interesting try.} Bxh5 14. Rxh5 gxh5 15. Rh1 {With an attack.}) 13... Qd7) 12. Ne1 $6 {h4 would be much better. When you have in such position a Pawn sitting in h3 and you castled long and the Rook is behind it then you should automatically push the Pawn.} (12. h4 $16) 12... b4 {Clever(with the idea of a5 etc) but too slow. The attack of white is much faster so we had to try Nb6 activating our Bishop.} 13. Ne2 a5 14. g4 $6 { A waste of tempo. h4 is the best here. White is not in a position to waste tempos since black can attack also. In these reverse castled positions tempos are VERY CRITICAL. Sometimes a win can transform into a loss if you lose just one tempo.} (14. h4 Nb6 15. b3 {Clever move denying the Knight from c4 square.} (15. h5 $6 Nc4 16. Bxc4 dxc4 17. d5 (17. hxg6 hxg6 18. Bh6 Ra7 19. Bxg7 Rxg7 { Black is more than fine here.}) 17... Qxd5 18. Qxd5+ cxd5 19. Nf4 Nc6 20. hxg6 (20. Nxd5 {White will put very strong pressure to the advanced black queenside Pawns, he can always try h6 leading the Bishop to the ugly h8, he has the initiative, but still black is in a good shape and should hold.}) 20... hxg6 21. Nxg6 {Black has many problems to solve. His King is not that safe, his queenside Pawns are vulnerable but realistically the position is almost equal.} ) 15... Re8 (15... a4 $2 {This won't work. It's too slow.} 16. h5) 16. h5 $40 { With an attack. Now black struggles.} g5 $1 17. f4 $1) 14... Nb6 15. b3 a4 { Nice. Now white is in trouble. All these because of the bad g4 wasting a tempo. } 16. Kb1 {Good prophylactic move. Although now it's a bit late.} axb3 $2 { Misses the point. In these positions you play Qe7(or a5 if possible) to aim for the a3 or a7 square in this specific case, creating a powerful battery with the Rook. And protecting the b4 Pawn in this situation.} (16... Qe7 $1 { Black starts feeling better.}) 17. cxb3 Na6 $2 {Kills his own attacking prospects! Rf7 with the idea of Rfa7 attacking, as also protecting his King (the King can go to f8 now as also the Bishop and the Rook protects h7 also) was a better move.} 18. Nf4 $6 {Now was time for f4! or even h4!?} (18. h4 $5 Rf7 (18... Bxg4 19. f3 Be6 (19... Bd7 20. h5 $16) (19... Bf5 20. Bxf5 gxf5 21. Bh6 $16) 20. Nf4 $16) 19. h5 {And black is under a huge attack.}) (18. f4 $1) 18... Nd7 $2 {Big blunder. Giving the game to white. Re8 should have been played.} ( 18... Re8 19. Rc1 (19. h4 Bxg4 20. Rc1 {White still can attack but it's much more unclear.}) 19... Qd6 {White can attack in many ways but it's very complicated for both.}) 19. Ne6 Qe7 20. Nxg7 Kxg7 21. Bh6+ Kg8 22. Bxf8 Kxf8 23. Bxa6 Bxa6 24. Qc2 $6 {Nc2 with an easy win.} Rc8 $6 {Misses c5! The only try for saving the day.} (24... c5 25. dxc5 Nxc5 26. f3 {This is mandatory. Ne4 would be huge for black.} Ne6 (26... Rd8 27. Qf2 $1 $16) 27. Rxd5 Bb7 28. Rd2 Nf4 {Very complicated. White is in a dangerous position but he still should be able to win this.}) 25. Nd3 {White has an easy win now.} Kg7 26. Rhe1 Qf8 27. Nc5 Nxc5 28. Qxc5 Qxc5 29. dxc5 Kh6 30. Re6 Kg5 31. Kc2 Rc7 32. Kd2 f5 33. Re5 Kf4 34. Re3 $2 {Bad move. Rde1 was winning. The text move is on the verge of blowing everything away and drawing the game.} fxg4 35. hxg4 Kxg4 {Is this still winning for white? I think so but white has to suffer finding the best moves.} 36. Rde1 $2 {No. Misses the Rf7! reply. Now this brings the game even closer to draw. Rg1+ was the easier try for a win.} Kg5 $2 {There was only Rf7! And maybe there was no win left for white.} (36... Rf7 $1) 37. Re7 Rc8 38. Rxh7 Kg4 39. Ree7 Bb5 40. Ke3 g5 41. Kd4 Rf8 42. Rhf7 Rh8 43. Rb7 Rh1 44. f3+ Kg3 45. Ke5 $4 {What does white is trying to do?? He most probably just lost his win!! A simple Rxb5 would be more than enough for an easy win.} (45. Rxb5 $1 cxb5 46. c6 $18 {White wins easily.}) 45... Rf1 $4 {Black returns the favor and does not play Re1+ that should draw.} (45... Re1+ 46. Kf5 d4 47. Rfd7 Rd1 $1 48. Ke4 Ba6 49. Rxb4 (49. Rb8 d3 50. Rd6 Re1+ $1 51. Kf5 Rc1 {Probably a draw. For example:} 52. Rxc6 d2 53. Rd8 d1=Q 54. Rxd1 Rxd1 55. Rxa6 Rd5+ 56. Ke4 Rxc5 57. f4 gxf4 58. Rg6+ Kf2 59. Kxf4 Rh5 $1 60. Rg4 $1 Ra5 61. Rh4 Ke2 62. Ke4 Kd2 63. Kd4 Rb5 64. Rg4 Kc2 65. Kc4 Rb8 66. Rg2+ Kb1) 49... Re1+ 50. Kf5 Bc8 51. Rbxd4 Re7 52. Kxg5 Bxd7 53. f4 {Black should hold.}) 46. Rg7 Kh4 47. Rgf7 Kg3 48. Rxb5 Re1+ 49. Kd6 cxb5 50. Kxd5 Re3 51. c6 Rc3 52. c7 g4 53. fxg4 Kxg4 54. Kd6 Rd3+ 55. Kc5 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "eco_"] [Black "kpartsi"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C40"] [WhiteElo "1734"] [BlackElo "1098"] [Annotator "Crocodile23"] [PlyCount "39"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 $2 {Terrible opening choice.} 3. Nc3 {Perfectly playable and good, but the tricky Nxe5! is better.} (3. Nxe5 Ne7 (3... fxe5 {This is losing straight away!} 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Qxe5+ Qe7 6. Qxh8 Nf6 (6... Qxe4+ 7. Kd1 $18) 7. d3 $18 {Whiet's Queen seems trapped but it's ok because black can do nothing to prevent Bg5 or Bh6 now.}) 4. Nf3 $16) 3... Nc6 4. Bc4 {d4 might be worth trying.} Nh6 $6 {Bc5 is better.} 5. O-O {It works but d4 is even better.} (5. d4 exd4 6. Nxd4 $16 {Black has to many issues to solve as white dominates the board. And black's King is in the center and very soon white will castle and start the attack so black has to be careful and deal with this, as any missed tempos now or miscalculations would mean the end of the game.}) 5... d6 {Putting the annoying and powerful c4-Bishop to a worse square by playing Na5, seems more reasonable.} (5... Na5 {[%csl Gc4][%cal Gc4e2]}) 6. h3 {Clever choice. No need for any pins and to give the chance for any threats to black.} Na5 7. Be2 Be7 8. d4 $1 {Correct. Time to open up the position as white is way ahead in development.} Be6 $4 {Terrible move giving the Knight.} (8... Nf7 9. d5 c5 {[%csl Gb4] Protecting the Knight from a possible b4.} 10. a3 $1 b6 11. b4 Nb7 12. Bb5+ Bd7 13. Ba6 Rb8 14. Nb5 $16) 9. d5 Bf7 10. Be3 {Wins but easier is b4 and the Knight is history.} (10. b4 {[%csl Gb3,Gc4,Gc6] The Knight has nowhere to go.}) 10... O-O {c5 puts more resistance, thought still black is losing.} (10... c5 11. Bxh6 gxh6 12. Nh4 $18 {Black's King has nowehre to go and has to stay in the center. h4-Knight has the very strong spot f5, Bishop can go to b5 getting into the attack, h6-Pawn is very weak, a3->b4 is coming and it would be devastating for black, a possible f4 is in the air opening the position, so black is hopeless.}) 11. Qd2 (11. b4 $18 { [%csl Gb3,Gc4,Gc6] Wins easily.}) 11... g5 {c5 again makes a little more difficult life for white.} 12. b4 {At last! :)} c5 13. bxa5 Qxa5 14. Rab1 Rfb8 15. h4 Ng4 16. hxg5 Kg7 17. gxf6+ Bxf6 18. Bg5 b5 19. Bxf6+ Kxf6 {Allowing a mate in 1 but white would win anyway.} 20. Qg5# 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "Fotis_13"] [Black "Lanike"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D00"] [WhiteElo "1346"] [BlackElo "1054"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 d5 {Outdated opening and not that brilliant for black.} 2. d4 $6 {No d4. In this opening you play exd5 plain and simple!} (2. exd5 {The correct response.} Qxd5 3. Nc3 {Winning a tempo.}) 2... dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 {OK understandable. Trying to regain the Pawn, but f3 should leave white with a Pawn down but with more advanced development. f3 is slightly better.} (4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3) 4... Bg4 {Bf5 has better results.} 5. f3 {I don't like this move. Better is to leave the tension the e4 black Pawn creates. So Qd2 or even Be2 are better. Then black should not try that hard to keep the Pawn as he would be in a difficult situation as white is ahead in development.} (5. Be2 Bxe2 { Black can't do that, because now white gets the upper hand again.} 6. Qxe2 $14) (5. Qd2 $5) 5... exf3 6. Nxf3 Nc6 $2 {h6, e6 and even c6 are all better moves from this. Black has to put his King in safety so his has to activate his dark Bishop and protect d5 also, so e6 seems mandatory(after h6 white will retreat and then e6 is coming with good game for black)./} 7. d5 Ne5 $2 {Terrible move. Loses at once.} (7... Nb4 {The only move.} 8. Bxf6 exf6 9. a3 Qe7+ 10. Be2 { Equality.}) (7... Bxf3 $6 8. gxf3 Nb8 (8... Nb4 9. Bxf6 exf6 10. a3 Qe7+ 11. Kf2 O-O-O 12. axb4 Qxb4 13. Kg2 {White is better.}) 9. Qe2 {White is better.}) 8. Bb5+ $2 {Misses the win. Nxe5! wins. It's a nice combination.} (8. Nxe5 $1 { [%csl Gd1][%cal Gg4d1] Giving his Queen.} Bxd1 9. Bb5+ c6 (9... Nd7 10. Rxd1 $18) 10. dxc6 {Creating too many threats that black can't solve.} a6 (10... Bg4 11. c7+ Qd7 12. Bxd7+ Nxd7 13. Nxg4 $18) 11. c7+ axb5 12. cxd8=Q+ Rxd8 13. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 14. Kxd1 $18) 8... Nfd7 $2 {Wrong Knight! Loses on the spot to 9.Nxe5!} ( 8... Ned7 9. h3 {White is slightly better and black is highly undeveloped and cramped, but he can give a fight.}) 9. Qe2 $2 {But white doesn't see it. The correct path to win is giving his Queen with Nxe5! that wins easily.} (9. Nxe5 Bxd1 10. Rxd1 {[%cal Gb5d7,Ge5d7] Same as before. White wins.} c6 11. dxc6 $18) 9... Nxf3+ 10. gxf3 Bh5 $2 (10... Bf5 11. O-O-O h6 12. Be3 a6 13. Bd3 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 {White is slightly better but it's complicated.}) 11. O-O-O a6 (11... f6 {Better try to resist but still loses.} 12. Bf4 a6 13. Rhe1 Qc8 (13... axb5 {Doesn't work.} 14. Nxb5 {[%cal Gb5c7,Gf4c7]} Ne5 15. Bxe5 fxe5 16. Qxe5 $18) 14. Bxd7+ Qxd7 15. Bxc7 $1 Qxc7 16. d6 Qc5 17. Rd5 Qb4 18. d7+ Kd8 19. Rxh5 e5 20. Nd5 $18 { Black is toast.}) 12. d6 $1 {Very nice sacrifice!} f6 ( 12... axb5 13. Nxb5 {[%cal Gb5c7,Gd6c7] White wins.} cxd6 14. Nxd6#) (12... cxd6 13. Ne4 {[%cal Ge4d6] Black has to play the e-Pawn losing his Queen.} e6 ( 13... Qb6 14. Nxd6+ Kd8 15. Bxd7 $18) 14. Bxd8 $18) (12... c6 13. dxe7 Bxe7 14. Rhe1 f6 15. Bc4 fxg5 16. Be6 {[%cal Ge6d7,Gd1d7]} Nf6 17. Rxd8+ Rxd8 18. Bh3 $18) 13. dxc7 Qxc7 14. Bxd7+ Qxd7 15. Rxd7 Kxd7 16. Rd1+ Ke8 17. Bf4 (17. Nd5 { For a faster kill.}) 17... e5 18. Bxe5 Be7 19. Nd5 Bxf3 20. Nc7+ Kf7 21. Qxf3 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.28"] [Round "?"] [White "Lanike"] [Black "Fotis_13"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "997"] [BlackElo "1403"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 {d4 here shows more fighting spirit and it's better generally.} (5. d4 {The standard move here. Best by test!}) 5... Qe7 6. d3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Qxe2+ 8. Bxe2 Be7 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bxf6 $6 {Why give up the Bishop so easily? Bh4 or Bf4 are perfectly fine.} Bxf6 11. Nd5 Bd8 12. O-O-O O-O 13. Nd2 Be6 $6 {Just a waste of tempo. Nf4 now and the Bishop has to move again. correct was c6 to get rid of the Knight from there and then d5 to start the development and "kill" the white Bishop.} 14. Bf3 c6 15. Nc3 $6 {Step by step white weakens his position. Nf4 again was the wiser choice.} Bb6 16. Rhf1 $6 {Too passive. White should have found Nc4 an indirect way to protect the f2-Pawn.} (16. Nc4 Bc7 (16... Bxf2 $2 17. Nxd6) (16... Bxc4 $2 17. dxc4 Bxf2 18. Ne4 Be3+ 19. Kb1 {White equalized.})) 16... Re8 {Nd7 is better. Rooks are not yet clear where they do belong.} 17. Rde1 Na6 18. a3 d5 19. Nb3 { Another small inaccuracy. White should get rid of the problem with the f2-Pawn that is keeping his Rook frozen to protect it. Re2 and then Rfe1 to free a little from this situation was better.} Bc7 20. d4 Bf4+ 21. Kd1 {Another inaccuracy. The King does not belong there as it's restricting the mobility of his own army. He should go on b1 and stay away from all the action.} Rac8 22. Na5 Bc7 {Setting a trap.} 23. Nxb7 $2 {White should not take the bait and play Nb3 or b4.} Rb8 24. Nc5 $2 {Another mistake. Be2 should be tried though the situation for white is terrible anyway.} (24. Be2 Rxb7 25. Bxa6 Rxb2 26. Kc1 ( 26. h3 Ba5 $17) 26... Reb8 $17) 24... Nxc5 25. dxc5 Rxb2 26. Kc1 Rb7 {Reb8 with easy finishing.} 27. g3 Ba5 28. Kd2 d4 $1 {The beginning of a nice combination.} 29. Bxc6 {[%cal Rc6b7,Rc6e8]} Bxc3+ 30. Kc1 Rb2 $1 31. Bxe8 Ra2 32. Kd1 d3 33. Rxe6 (33. Bxf7+ Kxf7 34. cxd3 Bb3+ 35. Kc1 Ra1#) 33... Ra1# 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "kpartsi"] [Black "Fotis_13"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D00"] [WhiteElo "1084"] [BlackElo "1445"] [PlyCount "42"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 {c4 apart from being more fun is slightly better.} Nf6 3. Nf3 Bf5 4. Bf4 e6 {What's the purpose of this move? To avoid a probable Nc6 for example? Well that seems to be a little dubious.} 5. Ne5 {The good old e3 seems the most logical continuation here.} (5. e3) 5... Nbd7 6. e3 Nxe5 7. Bxe5 Bb4 8. g4 $2 {Loses a Pawn for nothing. The move white should play is Bd3 or even f3 to protect the e4 from a Knight's invasion. Since if black Knight goes on e4 then white can't resolve the situation of the pinned Knight. This is a classic hole on e4 that white has to protect. But he didn't and he also offered a Pawn for free.} Nxg4 9. Bxg7 $4 {[%cal Rd8h4,Rh4f2] I guess this was the purpose of the previous move. I lose a Pawn, opponent loses a Pawn, i threat the Rook, fair deal. But the reality is that this move gives the game! White should keep an eye on the black Queen and that she can immediately attack via the d8-h4 diagonal.} (9. Bg3 {White is still in a bad shape but not yet lost.}) 9... Rg8 {Black is winning.} 10. Be5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Be4 12. f3 Qh4+ 13. Ke2 O-O-O 14. Qd4 c5 15. Qd2 d4 16. fxe4 dxc3 17. Qc1 cxb2 18. Qxb2 Rd2+ 19. Kf3 Qh5+ 20. Kf4 Qg5+ 21. Kf3 Qg4# 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.29"] [Round "?"] [White "Fotis_13"] [Black "kpartsi"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C55"] [WhiteElo "1473"] [BlackElo "1073"] [PlyCount "35"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 Nf6 {Alekhine's defense. An aggressive opening but black should know how to play it or else it can quickly turn very bad for him. As every hypermodern opening.} 2. Nc3 {e5 of course here is the standard move and the best one!} e5 3. Nf3 d6 {d6 allows d4 now, which slightly favors white so the 4 Knights game with 3...Nc6 is a little preferable.} 4. Bc4 {OK but d4 must be a better choice.} Nc6 $6 {Oops! Missed the next possible reply of white with Ng5. 4... Be7 was the best choice here.} (4... Be7) 5. d3 {Normal development, but Ng5 is better and leads to a small edge.} (5. Ng5 $5 d5 6. exd5 Na5 7. Bb5+ c6 8. dxc6 bxc6 9. Be2 {White lacks a bit in development but a Pawn is a Pawn and black has no real immediate threats, so white here is better.}) 5... h6 6. Be3 {a3 might be a good idea to protect the light squared Bishop as he has a nice view of the board towards the King.} (6. a3 {[%cal Gc6a5,Rc4a2]}) 6... Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 $6 {Bad choice. Be6 challenging his counterpart and avoiding the next move of white, is better.} (7... Be6) 8. g4 Bg6 9. Qe2 {No. a3 or a4 first to protect the strong Bishop and then everything else. white c4-Bishop has a very nice view of the King. Why let the Knight on c6 to destroy this?} (9. a3 { [%cal Gc6a5,Rc4a2]}) 9... h5 $2 {No. Na5 by all means is the best move. There was no possible reason not to capture the powerful Bishop of white with Na5.} ( 9... Na5) 10. g5 {Correct.} Nd7 11. O-O-O {Not the best. Now black can play h4 and have some counterplay with a possible Bh5 and Be7 putting pressure to g5 Pawn. The best was h4 or Nh4 to avoid the black Pawn push that would keep cramped the g6-Bishop and the h8-Rook and also prepare Rg1 and f4.} (11. Nh4 $5 ) 11... Nb4 $2 {This is bad. h4 to avoid Nh4 with horrible consequences for black, was the best choice.} (11... h4) 12. a3 $6 {Why this? Why not start an attack to the sitting duck black King?? All the ingredients are there and the position is screaming for that. We have completed our development, black's King is in the center, black has no threats whatsoever so white SHOULD OPEN the position!! d4 is crushing!} (12. d4 exd4 13. Bxd4 {Black will fall.}) 12... Na6 $2 {Leaving the battlefield. Nc6 would put much more resistance. Black needed to protect d4 from an advance of the Pawn so Nc6 was forced.} (12... Nc6 ) 13. d4 {Black is history.} exd4 14. Bxd4 c5 15. e5 cxd4 16. exd6+ Be7 17. Rxd4 Qa5 {Don't want to be tortured any longer.} 18. Qxe7# 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "benign_man"] [Black "King_of_Blues"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B28"] [WhiteElo "2054"] [BlackElo "1395"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 {Normal replies of e6, e5, g6, Nf6 are all better.} 5. c4 {A solid move and a deviation from the more normal Nc3.} e5 6. Nf5 d5 {Daring!} 7. cxd5 Bxf5 8. exf5 Nd4 9. Nc3 Ne7 10. Bd3 Nxd5 11. O-O Bb4 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. Be3 Rd8 $2 {Gives the upper hand to white. Black should have played Be7 for stop worrying about the dangerous Qa4+ and also cover g5.} (13... Be7 14. Bxd4 (14. Qg4 Bf6 {Black is fine.}) 14... Qxd4 15. Qc2 O-O 16. f6 Bxf6 17. Bxh7+ Kh8 {White can try some things but with opposite colors Bishops this has many drawing prospects if black manages to exchange Queens.}) 14. Qa4+ Nc6 15. Rfd1 Qa5 16. Qxa5 {Positionally this might be better than Qc2 since in the upcoming endgame black suffers, but since the black King is still in the center keeping the Queens must be better.} (16. Qc2 $5 {Maintaining the tension might be a better idea, leading to a better play for white.} Nd4 (16... Be7 17. Qb3 Qb4 18. Qxb4 Bxb4 19. a3 Be7 20. Be4 { Positional edge for white with his Bishops controlling the board, but it won't be that easy.}) 17. Bxd4 Rxd4 {White has many things to try here, f6, a3, Be4. White is a little better here as black has to improvise to solve his problems.} ) 16... Bxa5 17. Be4 f6 $6 {Making life easier to the light squared white Bishop is not the ideal thing to do. Ke7, now that Queens are off the board, connecting the Rooks and activating the h-one is the best try. The King might be useful in the center if an endgame arises.} (17... Ke7 $1) 18. Bc5 Bc7 $6 ( 18... Rd7 {Trying to activate the other Rook doesn't seem to work either but it was a better try from the passive Bc7.} 19. Rac1 Bd8 (19... Kd8 20. Kf1 $14) 20. Bd5 Nd4 21. Be6 Nxe6 22. fxe6 Rxd1+ 23. Rxd1 Be7 24. Be3 O-O 25. Rd7 Rd8 26. Bb6 Re8 27. Rxb7 Bf8 28. Ra7 Rxe6 29. Rxa6 $14) 19. Rac1 Rd7 20. Bd5 $1 { Cutting the King from doing anything and preparing Be6. } Nd4 $2 {Immediately giving the game without a fight. Much better was g6 or Rd8 putting strong resistance.} (20... g6 21. Be6 Rd8 $16) 21. Bxd4 $2 {Missing the win with Bxb7. } (21. Bxb7 {[%cal Gb7a6,Ya2a4,Yb2b4]} Kf7 $1 (21... Kd8 $6 22. Bxa6 Nxf5 23. b4 Nd4 (23... Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1+ Nd4 25. a4 Kd7 $18 {Transposition (23...Nd4 24.a4 ..... 26.Rd1+ Nd4)}) 24. a4 {White dominates.} Ne6 25. Rxd7+ Kxd7 26. Rd1+ Nd4 (26... Kc6 27. Ba7 { [%cal Gb4b5]} Nd4 28. b5+ Kd6 (28... Kd7 29. b6 Bb8 30. Bxb8 Rxb8 31. a5 $18) 29. b6 Bb8 30. Bxb8+ Rxb8 31. a5 Kc5 32. Rc1+ Kd6 33. Bd3 Nc6 34. Ra1 g6 35. a6 $18 Rxb6 36. a7 Nxa7 37. Rxa7 $18) 27. a5 $1 Rb8 28. Bxd4 (28. Bd3 {Also works. } Bd6 29. Bb6 f5 (29... Bxb4 30. a6 Ra8 31. a7 $18) (29... Kc6 30. b5+ Kd7) 30. b5 g6 31. f4 $18) 28... exd4 29. Rxd4+ Bd6 (29... Kc6 30. Be2 Rd8 31. Rg4 Re8 ( 31... g5 32. b5+ Kd5 33. Ra4 $18) 32. Kf1 g6 33. b5+ Kd5 34. b6 Be5 35. Rc4 $18 ) 30. b5 Ra8 31. Kf1 Ra7 32. Ke2 Ke7 33. Re4+ Kd7 34. Kd3 h5 35. Rc4 Rc7 36. b6 $18) 22. Bxa6 Rb8 23. b4 (23. Bxd4 {Leads to 2 Pawns more but in an opposite color Bishop ending and this is a bit dangerous for a draw.} exd4 24. Bc4+ Kf8 $1 (24... Ke7 $6 25. Be6 Bf4 26. Rc4 Rc7 27. Rcxd4 Be5 28. Rd7+ Rxd7 29. Rxd7+ Ke8 {This must be won for white but with opposite color Bishops it's never sure and can be tricky.} 30. Rxg7 Rxb2 31. g3 h6 32. Rg4 Rd2 (32... Ke7 33. Rh4 Rd2 34. Rxh6 Bd4 35. Kh1 Rxf2 36. h4 Kd6 37. h5 $18) 33. Rh4 Bd4 34. Rxh6 Rxf2 35. Rh8+ Ke7 36. Rh7+ Ke8 37. Kh1 Rf1+ 38. Kg2 Rf2+ 39. Kh3 Rc2 40. Kg4 Be5 41. a4 $18) 25. Be6 Re7 26. b3 Rd8 27. Rc4 d3 28. a4 Bb6 29. b4 Rc7 30. a5 Rd4 31. Rxd4 Bxd4 {White can try many things but it seems drawish..}) 23... Bb6 24. Bb5 Rdd8 25. Bxd4 Bxd4 26. a4 Rdc8 27. Kf1 Ke7 (27... Rxc1 28. Rxc1 Rb7 29. Ke2 Ke7 30. f3 Bb6 31. Bc4 Kd6 32. a5 Bd4 33. Rb1 Ra7 34. Kd3 Kc7 35. Bd5 Kd6 36. Be4 Kc7 37. Kc4 Kb8 38. Rd1 Rc7+ 39. Kb5 Rc8 40. f4 $18) 28. Ke2 Kd6 29. f3 Kd5 30. h4 h6 31. Kd3 {Black is doomed to fall.} h5 32. Bc4+ Kd6 33. Rb1 Rd8 34. a5 Rb7 35. Rd2 Kc7 36. Ra2 Ra7 (36... Kb8 37. b5 Rc7 (37... Bb6+ 38. Kc3 Bc5 39. b6 Rbd7 40. Rb5 $18) 38. b6 Ba1+ 39. Ke2 Rxc4 40. Rbxa1 Kb7 41. Rb1 Ka6 42. Rd2 Rxd2+ 43. Kxd2 Rc8 44. b7 $18) (36... Bc5+ 37. Kc3 Kb8 38. b5 Rc7 39. b6 Rc6 40. Rb5 Be3 41. Kb3 $18) 37. Ke2 Kb7 38. Be6 $18) 21... exd4 $4 { Serious mistake. Rxd5 was forced in order to hold. Now the game is history.} ( 21... Rxd5 22. Rxc7 O-O 23. Rxb7 Rc8 24. g3 {Escaping from the back rank mate threat.} exd4 {White is a Pawn up but this advance d-Pawn of black is a big annoyance for white. White has to try hard to capitalize this material advantage.}) 22. Be6 $18 Bb6 23. Bxd7+ Kxd7 24. Rd3 Kd6 25. Rb3 Ba5 26. Rxb7 g6 27. fxg6 hxg6 28. b4 Bd8 29. Ra7 Re8 30. Rxa6+ Kd5 31. Kf1 Re4 {Black doesn't want to suffer any longer.} 32. Rc5# 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "benign_man"] [Black "Frod0"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A46"] [WhiteElo "2054"] [BlackElo "996"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 {Perfectly playable, but kinda unorthodox square for Bishop in the eye. 3...Nh5 4.Bd2 should not concern white since the Bishop on d2 is perfectly fine while the Knight on h5 is useless and bad placed.} Nd5 $6 {No. Gives the Bishop a nice square to camp on g3 and the Knight is vulnerable on Pawn attacks there. 3...b6 or 3...d5 are the best choices here and also 3...c5 for a more aggressive try.} 4. Bg3 b6 $2 {Well e4 gives white a pleasant game from a superior position so 4...f5 should definitely be tried here. Or even the realization of our previous unfortunate choice of 3...Nd5, by playing 4...Nf6 again. Ugly, but we can't let white dominate the center.} 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. Bd3 d6 8. h3 {Securing a place for his valuable Bishop and denying g4 from Knight and the black Bishop with annoying pins.} (8. e5 { It's worthwhile examining this. Perhaps a bit premature to start an attack from now and h3 is to be preferred as a more quiet move to prepare the attack better. White has much more space advantage so he can play as he likes.}) 8... Bb7 9. O-O O-O {Black has to be careful now. Light squared Bishop heads to his King so he should consider his King safety first before making any move. There is no immediate threat right now but he has to keep an eye in the critical g5 square as he has to control it the moment d3 Bishop has access to h7.} 10. Qe2 d5 $6 {Black does not want to activate the d3-bishop of white. This is dangerous and careless play.} 11. e5 {Does not want to play exd5 that would give him a clear positional edge but with no immediate advantage, so he prefers the move that will create an attack to the King. I prefer these kind of moves also, that try to create an attack to the King but here i think black's defense is solid enough so exd5 must be a better move.} (11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Bxd5 13. c4 Bb7 (13... Bxf3 14. Qxf3 {[%cal Rf3a8]} Nd7 {White stands better. Black is too passive although white has no clear targets.}) 14. Be4 Bxe4 15. Qxe4 Nd7 16. Qc6 Rc8 (16... Nf6 17. Rad1 {Black must fight to equalize.} (17. Qxc7 {Not this of course.} Qxc7 18. Bxc7 Rac8 19. Bf4 Rxc4)) 17. Rfe1 {Black must fight to equalize.}) 11... Nfd7 {White here has to start thinking about the classic Bxh7+ sacrifice but of course not now since it does not work. But should he concentrate his powers and his plan to achieve this? Of course not since black can start a counterattack very soon with c5 and white's position will collapse. So white has to play keeping in mind his defense also.} 12. Nd1 $1 {Preparing c3 to maintain the good Pawn structure in the center. White does not want to open the center. The light Bishop of black is terribly placed there while that of white has found a superb place.} c5 13. c3 c4 $2 {This is what white wants. A locked center. How can black achieve a counterattack without for example an open c-file?} 14. Bc2 Nc6 15. Ne3 a5 $2 { Destroying his counterattack chances!! b5 was the move that should be played here to avoid the next move of white.} 16. a4 Ba6 17. Rae1 {[%cal Re3g3,Re1e3] Now that black's counterattack chances are almost gone, white has the luxury of thinking far ahead into the future for possible Re3->Rg3 attacks. Re3 and bringing the Rook into the attack is always a big threat in these type of positions.} b5 18. axb5 Bxb5 19. Nd2 $1 {The beginning of the attack. Black struggles to create a counterattack on the empty queenside for winning perhaps a Pawn, while white has other plans and goes for the big fish. The black's King!} a4 20. f4 $1 {Stick to the plan. The black King starts feeling too lonely now. Yet Chess is not that simple. The attack might not work so white has to calculate if the counterattack with a3 now of black will not work. Yes the black King seems too lonely and white has brought his whole army in front of him so with no concrete variations thinking but with just a glance on the board, black seems dead. Mikhail Tal would agree and go for it also. But with one day per move type of games, white has to be careful as the defense level increases(theoretically- depending on the opponent of course).} a3 21. bxa3 Rxa3 22. Nb1 Ra2 $2 $18 {Cheap mistake. A classic tactic. Too bad, because it would be a very interesting game otherwise, seeing how white will attack and whether black will manage to defend.} 23. Bxh7+ Kxh7 24. Qxa2 Qb6 25. f5 exf5 26. Nxf5 g6 27. Nxe7 Nxe7 28. e6 Nb8 29. Rxf7+ Rxf7 30. exf7 Qf6 31. Bxb8 Qxf7 32. Qa7 Bd7 33. Qxd7 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "Lanike"] [Black "kpartsi"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C61"] [WhiteElo "1129"] [BlackElo "1037"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 {Bird's defense! Another surprise opening. Objectively better are of course the classic a6 and Nf6 and if one wants something interesting he can go with f5.} 4. Nxd4 exd4 5. d3 {OK, but O-O or Bc4 might be a little more preferable.} c6 6. Bc4 b5 {It has very bad results. An immediate d5 or Nf6 should be better.} 7. Bb3 Nf6 $2 (7... d5) 8. Bg5 $6 { A simple O-O would be better. But the best move here is the strong e5! The Bishop should not hurry to enter the game as a simple h6 for example now would make it to move again.} (8. e5 $1 Nd5 9. Qg4 {[%cal Rg4d4]} d6 (9... Qb6 10. O-O $16) 10. Qxd4 Be6 11. exd6 Qxd6 $16) (8. a4 $5 $14) (8. O-O $14) 8... Be7 9. O-O d5 $6 {Big inaccuracy. A simple O-O would be fine for black.} (9... O-O) 10. exd5 Bg4 $6 {No sensible reason for playing this. f3 and the Bishop has to retreat losing a tempo for nothing.} (10... cxd5 {Ugly position for black but this is what it could save after the bad 9...d5. Still much better than the text move of 10...Bg4}) 11. f3 Bd7 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Re1+ Kf8 (13... Be7 {Not this of course.} 14. d6) 14. dxc6 Bxc6 15. Nd2 Bh4 $6 {Again no reason to give white a free extra move. While the position of black collapses, there was Bg5 that was better.} (15... Bg5 {[%cal Gg5e3]} 16. a4 $1 Be3+ (16... b4 17. Qe2 $16) 17. Kh1 b4 18. Nc4 Bf4 19. g3 {This is a bit dangerous for white but must be the best.} Bd6 20. Kg1 h5 {Black has enough counterplay but realistically white is better.} 21. Qd2 h4 22. g4 {White is better.}) 16. g3 Bg5 $2 {Loses. Not just a tempo this time, but the game.} (16... Bf6) 17. Ne4 $2 {f4 was winning. Now black can equalize.} (17. f4 Bf6 18. Qh5 {[%cal Rb3f7,Rh5f7]} Qd7 (18... g6 19. Qc5+ {[%cal Gc5c6,Gc5f8]}) 19. Ne4 Bxe4 20. Rxe4 Re8 21. a4 Rxe4 (21... g6 22. Qh6+ Bg7 23. Rxe8+ Qxe8 24. Qg5 b4 25. Kf1 $18) 22. dxe4 d3 23. Rd1 (23. Qc5+ {This may win also.} Be7 24. Qc3) 23... Bd4+ (23... bxa4 24. Rxd3 Bd4+ 25. Kf1 axb3 26. c3 {Transposition (TR-1).}) 24. Kf1 bxa4 25. Rxd3 axb3 26. c3 {(TR-1)} g6 27. Qh6+ Bg7 (27... Ke7 28. Rxd4 Qc6 29. Qg7 $18) 28. Qxg7+ Kxg7 29. Rxd7 $18) 17... Be7 $2 {Be3+ by all means to have equality.} (17... Be3+ 18. Kg2 (18. Rxe3 dxe3 19. Qe2 g6 20. Qxe3 Kg7 21. d4 {Equal game but with chances for both sides.}) (18. Kh1 h5 {Black has dangerous counterplay so he stands just fine.}) 18... h5 {Black has dangerous counterplay so he stands just fine.}) 18. Nf2 $2 {Loses the chance to get a clear edge.} (18. Qd2 $1 { [%cal Gd2f4,Gf4f7] The best move here. Qf4 has to be played so white had to prepare it with Qd2.}) 18... Bd6 $6 {Another miscalculation. Black has to activate his h-Rook that it's sleeping and h5 is the only way to do this. Attacking very effectively also. This h-Pawn is very dangerous for white since it can open white's King position.} (18... h5 {[%cal Gh8h1,Rh5h4] Black can be very dangerous now as he has good attacking prospects.}) 19. Qe2 $6 (19. Qd2 $6 h5 20. Ne4 h4 21. g4 Rh6 {Black has his chances.}) (19. Ne4 {The best reply. Necessity of repeating moves for Knight(18.Nf2 19.Ne4), shows how bad was the 18th move.}) 19... Qf6 $2 {Terrible move! Gives the game to white at once.} ( 19... h5 {Again, by all means this is mandatory. Black can give a fair fight after that.}) 20. Ne4 Bxe4 21. fxe4 Re8 ( 21... Qe5 22. Rf1 $18) 22. Rf1 Qg6 23. Rxf7+ Kg8 24. Rf6+ Qf7 25. Bxf7+ Kf8 26. Rxd6 Ke7 27. Rxd4 Kxf7 28. Qh5+ Ke7 29. Qe5+ Kf7 30. Rf1+ Kg6 31. Rd6+ Re6 32. Rxe6# 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.28"] [Round "?"] [White "kpartsi"] [Black "eco_"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D00"] [WhiteElo "1035"] [BlackElo "1742"] [PlyCount "28"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 {Again very early deviation from the usual openings. Although a lot passive and probably seeking for a calm opening(perhaps a stonewall setup?), it may reasonable to not want to play more aggressively against a much higher rated opponent with a classic c4 or Nf3 for example.} d5 {c5 is also a good idea to kill the opponent's dreams of a quiet opening.} 3. Bb5+ $2 {No! That's terrible. First of all it loses a tempo, but even worse positionally it's a very very bad idea to exchange your good Bishop here and the one that will cover your light square holes.} (3. Bd3) (3. c4) (3. f4 { [%csl Re5][%cal Rd4e5,Rf4e5,Rc2c3] Setting a stonewall system.}) 3... Bd7 { Clever trying to exchange white's good Bishop leaving his camp unprotected. c6 is also good.} 4. Na3 $6 {Bd3 or Bxd7 are better. The Knight there is bad placed.} e6 5. Nf3 $6 {Another inaccuracy. There was still time for retreating with Be2.} Bxa3 {Correct!} 6. Bxd7+ {Forced.} Nbxd7 7. bxa3 {White has ended up having a terrible Pawn structure with huge wholes on e4 and c4 that blacks Knights can take advantage and white also has a very bad Bishop. Black is a lot better.} c5 8. Rb1 Qc7 (8... Qa5+ {Even better.} 9. Bd2 (9. Qd2 Qc7 $17) 9... Qxa3 10. Rxb7 Qa6 $17) 9. c3 {O-O was better.} c4 $2 {Black should castle or play Ne4. No need for this Pawn push that is completely unjustified and dubious. Had white decided to capture it, it would be in black's favor. So black should had made a development move.} 10. Qa4 $6 {O-O again. Protection first, so then the Queenside area could be examined.} O-O 11. O-O a6 12. Qc2 b5 13. g4 $4 {What is this???? A completely dubious move.} (13. a4 {White struggles but he is almost fine.}) 13... Nxg4 14. Ng5 $4 {Committing suicide!!!!} (14. a4) 14... Qxh2# 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "Assasin13"] [Black "Frod0"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B07"] [WhiteElo "1466"] [BlackElo "966"] [Annotator "Crocodile23"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 d6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Bc4 {Not and the most brilliant opening choice. Classic d4 here is way wiser choice.} Bg7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 c6 7. Bg5 a5 $6 { The classic trick that works with total beginners. First a5 and if white doesn't notices it then b5 and then a4 trapping the Bishop. But here it's unnecessary gambling and dubious. A direct b5 would be better.} 8. d4 a4 {What possible purpose this move has?} 9. a3 d5 (9... Nxe4 10. Nxe4 d5 11. Bd3 dxe4 12. Bxe4) 10. Bd3 (10. exd5 {This is better. It avoids the simplification the text move brings. White should not seek for piece trades in this position. Exchanging pieces here favors black that has a space problem and undeveloped pieces.} Nxd5 11. Re1 Re8) 10... dxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 Nd7 {Probably c5 challenging the other Pawn and provoking more exchanges, is better.} 13. c3 Nb6 14. h3 Be6 15. Re1 Bb3 16. Qd2 $6 {Not good because of black's next reply. Bc2 would be better.} Nc4 17. Qc1 Nd6 {f6 provoking even more trades of pieces and more importantly protecting the critical g5 square as also supporting an e5 push.} (17... f6 $1 {[%cal Rf6g5,Re7e5]}) 18. Bc2 Bd5 $2 {black forgot about the e7 weak square that was left undefended. From then on he didn't manage to recover.} (18... Be6) 19. Bxe7 Qd7 20. Bxf8 Rxf8 21. Ne5 Bxe5 22. dxe5 Nf5 23. Qf4 Ne7 24. Rad1 b5 25. g4 Qe6 26. Qg3 Bb3 27. Rd6 Qc4 28. Bd3 Qc5 29. h4 Nd5 30. h5 Bc4 31. Be4 Ba2 32. Qf3 Re8 33. hxg6 fxg6 34. Bxg6 hxg6 35. Rxg6+ Kh7 36. Qf7+ 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "insomnian"] [Black "astrinos"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C41"] [WhiteElo "1544"] [BlackElo "1129"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Bb5+ {Careless and pointless move. Nc3, Be3, Bc4 are all solid good moves.} c6 6. Bc4 Bg7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Bg5 Qb6 9. Bxf6 $6 {In this position it is worthwhile looking for starting an attack to the uncastled King. This can come after Bb3 now. The text move does not follow position's requirements and it's a bad one.} (9. Bb3 Nxe4 $6 10. Re1 d5 11. Be3 O-O 12. Nf5 Qd8 13. Nxg7 Kxg7 14. Qd4+ ({Or even:} 14. Nd2 Nf6 15. Nf3) 14... Nf6 15. c4) 9... Bxf6 10. c3 {[%cal Gb6b2] Is the b-Pawn a poisoned one?} O-O ( 10... Qxb2 11. Nb3 b5 12. Bxb5 Be6 (12... cxb5 $6 {All forced moves from now on for both players.} 13. Qd5 O-O 14. Qxa8 Be6 15. Qxa7 b4 16. N1d2 bxc3 17. Rab1 Qc2 18. Rbc1 Qd3 19. Nf3 Qxe4 20. Qe3 {About equal but very dynamic position.}) 13. Ba4 O-O 14. Qxd6 (14. Qc1 {Black is fine and has a tiny advantage. So no poisonous Pawn in this variation.}) 14... Rd8 15. Qf4 Nd7 { Black is fine and even slightly better. So b-Pawn is not a poisonous one so black could have captured it.}) 11. Nb3 Nd7 $2 {Losing a Pawn for some compensation like the initiative or for a positional reasons or for creating an attack is fine, but here there is no reason to give that Pawn for free.} ( 11... Rd8) (11... Qc7) 12. Qxd6 Be5 13. Qd1 Qc7 14. g3 b6 $6 {What was the purpose of this move? There doesn't seem to make any sense. Just losing a tempo.} (14... Bg7 {[%cal Gd7e5,Gd7f6] Making way for the Knight. Now f4 is actually a weakening move.} 15. f4 Rd8) (14... Rd8) 15. N1d2 (15. f4 {About the same. Both f4 and N1d2 are the best moves.}) 15... c5 $2 (15... Bg7 16. f4 Rd8 17. e5 b5 18. Be2 Nb6 {White is a little better.}) (15... b5 16. Be2 Bg7 17. f4 {White is a little better.}) 16. Nf3 {Not the best.} (16. f4 $1 Bg7 17. e5 $16) 16... Bd6 $6 {Bishop belongs to the King's defense.} (16... Bg7) 17. Re1 Re8 18. Bb5 (18. Qd5 $1 {White should have tried this.} Ne5 19. Nxe5 Be6 20. Qd3 Bxe5 21. Bxe6 Rxe6 22. Rad1 {[%cal Gd3d7]} Rd6 23. Qe2 (23. Qc4 {Gives a favorable endgame but not an easy one to win.} Rad8 24. Rd5 {[%cal Ge1d1]} Rxd5 25. exd5) 23... Rad8 24. f4 {White is better.}) 18... Re7 {Another small inaccuracy but that gives a little more edge to white.} (18... Bb7 {[%cal Gb7e4,Ge8e4]} 19. Nbd2 Bf8) (18... a6 19. Bc4 Rb8 {Black resists.}) 19. Ng5 { Premature. White's attack can't really support that.} (19. Nbd2 {This was better.}) 19... h6 {It provoked this weakening move sure, but now white has to lose a tempo and in this position the tempo is more important.} 20. Nf3 a6 $2 { Why? We don't want to give to the Bishop a better square.} (20... Bb7 {[%cal Gb7e4,Ge7e4] Black stands perfectly fine.}) 21. Bc4 Ra7 22. Qd2 Kh7 23. Rad1 Be5 24. Nxe5 (24. a4 $1 {[%cal Ga4b5,Gc4b5]}) 24... Nxe5 25. Bd5 $4 {Oh God. Loses on the spot with the classic Knight fork.} (25. Be2) 25... Nf3+ 26. Kg2 Nxd2 27. Rxd2 {Game is essentially over for white as black should win this blindfolded. Yet, somehow black managed to lose!} Bb7 28. c4 Bxd5 {Allowing an advanced passed Pawn is not and the most brilliant plan but still black wins easily.} 29. cxd5 b5 $4 {Allowing a fork of the Queen this time for his side. Terrible oversight. Black can still win this but the move was horrible.} (29... Qd6 $19) 30. d6 Qc6 31. dxe7 Rxe7 {Black is winning because the Queen can cooperate very well with her 3 Pawns taking advantage of the 3Vs2 Pawn majority on the queenside.} 32. f3 b4 $2 {It's like black is trying not to win. } (32... Rd7 $1 $19 {In these type of positions with Queen+Rook versus Knight+Rook+Rook, you try to trade the Rook in order to take full advantage of the mobility of the Queen. Here if white exchanges Rooks the Queen will destroy the Knight and the Rook and even worse in this specific position the 3Vs2 Pawn majority in the queenside for black will mean a comfortable win. If white does not trade the Rooks, black still wins having a Rook on a critical open file and by advancing his queenside Pawns. Overall an easy win with easy play for black.} 33. Rf2 (33. Red1 Rxd2+ 34. Rxd2 c4 35. Nd4 Qb6 36. Kf1 Qa5 { [%cal Ga5d2,Ga5a2] White is toast.}) 33... c4 34. Na1 {Ugly but the best. Nc2 has to be played later on.} Rd3 35. Nc2 a5 {[%cal Gb5b4] There is nothing white can do to prevent the inevitable invasion of the Pawns.}) 33. Rc1 Qa4 34. Rxc5 Qxa2 35. Nc1 Qe6 36. Rcd5 Qf6 37. Ne2 h5 38. Rd6 Re6 39. R6d5 h4 40. Nf4 Rc6 41. e5 Qe7 $6 {The computer like move Qh8 was the only move that could still try for a win.} (41... Qh8 $1) 42. e6 g5 $2 {And another mistake is enough to give white the upper hand.} (42... Rxe6 43. Nxe6 Qxe6 {Draw!}) 43. Rd7 Qe8 44. exf7 Qf8 45. Rd8 Qxf7 46. R8d7 Qxd7 47. Rxd7+ Kh6 48. Nd3 Rc2+ 49. Kh3 Rd2 50. Kg4 b3 51. Kf5 Rxh2 52. Ne5 {A pretty checkmate is coming.} hxg3 53. Ng4+ Kh5 54. Rh7# 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "Assasin13"] [Black "King_of_Blues"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D20"] [WhiteElo "1431"] [BlackElo "1271"] [PlyCount "125"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nc3 g6 $6 {Ill-advised. Sticking to the normal opening variations is better. 3...a6 or Nf6 or e5 or c6 provide much better game for black.} 4. e4 e6 $6 {Dubious. Makes everything easy for white.} (4... Bg7 { Much better.}) 5. Bxc4 Bg7 6. Nf3 a6 7. Be3 b5 8. Bb3 (8. Bd3 {Even better. On b3 the Bishop does not do that much.}) 8... Bb7 9. Qc2 Ne7 10. Rd1 Nd7 $6 ( 10... O-O {Getting the King out of all the action seems the safest path.}) 11. d5 {Nice! Taking advantage of his huge development edge.} exd5 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 $2 {Loses.} (12... c5 13. Bxc5 Nxd5 14. Bxd5 Bxd5 15. Rxd5 Qc8 16. O-O Nxc5 17. Rxc5 Qb8 {Difficult position for black to play but black can give a fair fight here.}) 13. Bxd5 Bxd5 14. Rxd5 c6 15. Rd1 $2 {Why not the obvious capture Qxc6 that would win?} (15. Qxc6 {[%cal Gc6d7,Gd5d7]} Rc8 (15... Qc8 16. Qd6 Bxb2 17. O-O $18) 16. Qxa6 O-O 17. Qxb5 Rc7 18. O-O $18) 15... Qa5+ 16. Bd2 Qc7 17. O-O O-O 18. g3 Rfe8 (18... c5 $5 {Pawns need to be pushed when you have a majority in one side.}) 19. Bf4 Qb7 20. Rfe1 Nf6 21. Be5 c5 22. Bxf6 {Illogical! Making life of black easier.} Bxf6 23. Re3 (23. Rd6 Be7 24. Rd5 Rad8 25. Red1 c4 26. b3 Rxd5 (26... Qc7 27. bxc4 Qxc4 28. Qxc4 bxc4 29. Rxd8 Bxd8 30. Rd6 Kg7 31. e5 c3 32. Rxa6 Re7 33. Rc6 Rc7 34. Rxc7 Bxc7 $11) 27. exd5 Rc8 28. bxc4 bxc4 29. Ne5 Bf6 30. Ng4 Bg7 31. d6 {Drawish.} c3 32. d7 Rd8 33. Qa4 Qc7 34. Ne3 h5 35. Nd5 Qc5 36. Qe4 Kh7 37. Ne3 Bh6 38. Qe8 Bxe3 39. Qxe3 Qc6 40. Qd3 a5 41. h4 a4 42. Kh2 c2 43. Rc1 Rxd7 44. Qxc2 Qf3 45. Re1 Rd3 {Most probably a draw.}) 23... Qc7 {Small inaccuracy.} (23... Rad8 {And blacks starts to stand better.}) 24. Rde1 Re7 25. e5 Bg7 26. Qc3 Rae8 (26... Rd8 {Rooks are better performing on open files. Black should not be afraid of a e6 since his Queen is for the moment pinned. Rae8 makes no real sense as the e5 Pawn is overdefended and can't be conquered.}) 27. b3 b4 28. Qb2 h6 29. Qe2 Re6 30. h4 a5 31. Re4 Qc6 32. Rc1 Kh7 $2 {Allows a deadly fork because of the Queen pin. Queen had to move.} (32... Qd5 {And white can do nothing to break the position. } 33. Rd1 Qb7 34. Rc1 Qd5 35. Qe3 Bf8 $144) 33. Nd4 Qd7 $2 (33... Qxe4 {Black had to try this.} 34. Qxe4 Rxe5 35. Qf3 cxd4 36. Qxf7 R5e7 {It wouldn't be so easy for white to deal with the 2 Rooks and the protected passed Pawn of black. } 37. Qf3 Re1+ 38. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 39. Kg2 Re5 $1 {Not really a fortress but white's Queen seems a little helpless to do anything useful to crack black's position. For example pushing the f-Pawn:} 40. Qc6 h5 41. Qc4 Kh6 42. f4 Rf5 { Black can move his King from h6 to h7 and his Rook to some available squares along the 5th-rank so it seems drawish.}) 34. Nxe6 $18 Qxe6 35. Rxc5 Ra8 36. Qb5 Qf5 37. Qc4 Rd8 38. e6 Qf3 39. Rd5 Rxd5 40. Qxd5 fxe6 41. Qxe6 Qd1+ 42. Kg2 Qd2 43. Qf7 Qc2 44. Re5 h5 45. Rxa5 Kh6 46. Qf4+ Kh7 47. Ra7 Qc5 48. Rb7 Qd5+ 49. Qf3 Qa5 50. Qf7 Qe5 51. Rxb4 Qc5 52. Rc4 Qa5 53. a4 Qa8+ 54. Kh2 Qa5 55. Rc6 Qa8 56. Qxg6+ Kg8 57. Rf6 Kh8 58. Rf7 Qf8 59. Rxf8+ Bxf8 60. a5 Bb4 61. a6 Bc5 62. Qxh5+ Kg7 63. Qxc5 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.29"] [Round "?"] [White "King_of_Blues"] [Black "benign_man"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C02"] [WhiteElo "1268"] [BlackElo "2055"] [Annotator "Crocodile23"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. a3 f6 7. exf6 (7. Bd3 {It's better to put the Bishop here first than the text move.}) 7... Nxf6 8. Bd3 Qc7 9. dxc5 $2 {Giving up the center and giving a free move to black(Bxc5).} (9. O-O {This is a lot better.}) 9... Bxc5 10. b4 (10. O-O {Better. White has to be more cautious and get as quickly as possible his King into safety.}) 10... Bd6 11. c4 $2 {Opening the position while our opponent is ahead in development and our King in the center is a very bad idea.} (11. Be3) 11... Ne5 $1 12. c5 { Black seemingly does lose a piece but this is not the case.} Bxc5 13. bxc5 $2 ( 13. Bb2 {This is better. White should have seen the tactic after 13.bxc5?}) 13... Qa5+ 14. Kf1 Nxd3 {[%cal Gd7b5,Gb5f1]} 15. Kg1 Nxc1 $19 16. Qxc1 Rc8 17. Nbd2 Rxc5 18. Qb2 Qc3 19. Qb1 O-O 20. h3 e5 21. Kh2 e4 22. Nb3 exf3 23. Nxc5 fxg2 24. Kxg2 Ng4 25. Nd3 (25. hxg4 Qf3+ 26. Kh2 Qxf2+ 27. Kh3 Rf3#) 25... Nxf2 26. Rg1 (26. Nxf2 Qf3+ 27. Kh2 Qxf2#) 26... Nxd3 27. Rf1 Qd2+ 28. Kg1 Qe3+ 29. Kh1 Qxh3+ 30. Kg1 Qg3+ 31. Kh1 Rf2 32. Qxd3 Qh2# 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "benign_man"] [Black "Assasin13"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A03"] [WhiteElo "2054"] [BlackElo "1466"] [Annotator "Crocodile23"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. Nc3 {Second rate choice. More successful are d3, Bb5+ and the one that is tried more and more recently with good results b3!?} e6 5. Bd3 {A new position.} (5. b3 $5) 5... Bd6 6. O-O O-O 7. b3 Nc6 8. Bb2 a6 {[%csl Ga6,Gb5,Rc2,Gc5,Rd2,Gd5,Ge6,Gf7][%cal Gb7b5] e5 might be slightly better but this maintains the complexity of the position and tries more quietly to build an advantage. In these kind of positions where one side has its Pawns in front of the pieces like black here, the strategic battle is huge and the side with frontal Pawns normally gets a small initiative while white waits to try to exploit a whole or a weakness in black's Pawn structure.} (8... e5 {May be slightly better for black.} 9. fxe5 Nxe5 10. Nb5 (10. Rc1 Bg4) 10... Nxd3 11. cxd3 Bb8 $5) 9. Ne2 Nb4 10. a3 Nxd3 11. cxd3 b6 {Patience. Nice move. c-file is open for white so overextending with b5 for example is not a good idea.} 12. a4 a5 (12... d4 {This is a good chance to grab the initiative.} 13. exd4 Bb7 $36) 13. Bxf6 {More or less forced as this Knight can be very dangerous intruding to white's camp. Especially some variations going on g4 are unwelcomed. White is obviously playing for securing first he will not lose. If white succeeds in defending well then the overextension that black had with his Pawns, will be a real weakness that white can take advantage of.} Qxf6 14. Nc3 $1 {[%csl Yb5] Heading to b5, a good outpost for the Knight.} Ba6 15. Nb5 Rfd8 16. d4 g6 (16... cxd4 $5 {A chance again to grab the initiative and a small advantage.} 17. Nfxd4 Bc5 18. Nc6 Rdc8 19. Ne5 (19. Nca7 Bxb5 20. Nxb5 d4 21. e4 (21. exd4 $2 {Out of question.} Bxd4+ 22. Nxd4 Qxd4+) 21... d3+ 22. Kh1 Bb4 {White has many problems to solve. Black is slightly better.}) 19... Qf5 $36) 17. Rc1 Bxb5 $6 (17... cxd4 {The only chance for fighting for the point.} 18. Nfxd4 (18. exd4 $6 Bxb5 19. axb5 Qxf4 20. g3 Qe4 21. d3 Qe3+ 22. Kg2 Rac8 23. Rc2 Re8 $15) 18... Bc5 19. Nc6 Rdc8 20. Nca7 Bxb5 21. Nxb5 d4 22. e4 d3+ 23. Kh1 Bb4 {Black is a tad better.}) 18. axb5 Rac8 $6 (18... Rdc8 $5 {The correct Rook that should go here.} 19. h3 (19. dxc5 {This doesn't work now.} bxc5 {And white has to fight for equality.}) (19. g3 {Almost equal but black will put on some pressure for white.}) 19... Rc7 {Again white will have to face some pressure.}) 19. dxc5 Bxc5 (19... bxc5 20. d4 (20. Qe2 $11) 20... cxd4 $11) 20. d4 Bd6 (20... Ba3 {A clear draw.} 21. Rc2 Qe7 $11) 21. Qe2 Rxc1 22. Rxc1 Kg7 {Unnecessarily perplexes the situation for him. Re8 is more solid.} ( 22... Re8 {Draws easier.} 23. Rc6 Qd8) 23. Rc6 Qf5 (23... Rd7 $5 {This probably leads to a draw.} 24. Rxb6 Qd8 25. Ra6 $5 (25. Rc6 Rb7 26. g4 (26. h4 h5 $11) 26... Qb8 {[%cal Gb8b5,Gb7b5]} 27. f5 Be7 28. fxg6 (28. fxe6 Rxb5 29. exf7 Rxb3 30. Ne5 Rb1+ 31. Kg2 Rb2 32. Rc2 Rxc2 33. Qxc2 Qb7 $11) 28... hxg6 29. Qf1 {[%cal Gf3e5,Ge5f7,Gf1f7]} Qd8 30. Kg2 ( 30. Ne5 Bg5 $11) 30... Bf6 $11) 25... Rc7 26. Qd3 Rc1+ 27. Kf2 Qc7 28. b6 Qc6 29. b7 Qd7 30. b4 a4 31. b5 Qc7 32. b8=Q (32. Rxa4 Rc2+ 33. Kg3 Rb2 34. Ra6 Be7 35. Ra1 Qxb7 36. Rb1 Ra2 37. Rb3 f6 38. Qc3 Bd6 39. h4 (39. Qc6 Qxc6 40. bxc6 Rc2 41. Rb6 g5 $11) 39... h5 40. Qc1 Ra4 41. Qb1 Be7 {Seems very drawish as white can't make a breakthrough. For example:} 42. Ne1 {[%cal Ge1d3,Gd3c5]} e5 43. dxe5 fxe5 44. b6 exf4+ 45. exf4 {The position is too open for the white King to protect himself from the checks.} Bd6 46. Qb2+ Kh7 47. Nd3 Qf7 48. Qf2 d4 49. Qb2 Rc4 50. b7 Rc3 51. Rxc3 dxc3 52. Qxc3 Qxb7 $11) 32... Qxb8 33. Rxa4 Qc7 34. Ra2 Rc3 {Very drawish.}) 24. Qd1 (24. Nd2 h5 $1 $11 {[%csl Gg4][%cal Rg2g4]}) 24... Be7 25. Rxb6 Rc8 26. Rc6 Rb8 27. Rc7 (27. Qf1) 27... Bd8 28. Rd7 Rc8 29. h3 $6 {Misses the chance to try for a win with Qe1!} (29. Qe1 $1 Qd3 30. Ne5 (30. b6 $6 Qxb3 31. b7 Rb8 $11) (30. Rxf7+ $6 Kg8 31. Rb7 a4 $11 32. bxa4 Ba5 33. Qxa5 Qxe3+ 34. Kf1 Rc1+ 35. Ne1 Qxf4+ 36. Ke2 Qe4+ 37. Kf2 Qxd4+ $11 {White can't escape the checks.}) 30... Qxb5 31. Rxf7+ Kg8 32. h3 $11 { Creating a flight square for the King.} (32. h4 $11 Qxb3 33. Rd7 (33. h5 Qb2 34. hxg6 hxg6 35. Kh2 $11 (35. Qg3 $2 Rc1+ 36. Kh2 Qb1 $19 {[%cal Gb1g6,Gc1h1]} )) 33... Bf6 34. Kh2 Bxe5 35. fxe5 Qd3 36. Ra7 Rf8 37. h5 gxh5 38. Rxa5 {Seems totally drawish.}) (32. Qd1 $1 {The only try for a win.} Rc3 33. Ra7 Qb8 $14 ( 33... Bh4 $14 34. g3 Bf6 35. Ng4 Bg7 36. Ra8+ Bf8 37. Kg2 $14 Qxb3 (37... Rxb3 $6 38. Kh3 Rc3 39. Nf6+ Kg7 40. Qg4 Qb7 41. Re8 $16) 38. Qxb3 Rxb3 39. Kf3 $14) (33... Rxb3 $6 34. Qg4 Rb1+ 35. Kf2 Rb2+ 36. Kg3 Qe8 37. h4 $16) 34. Rd7 Bh4 $14 (34... Bf6 $14 35. Qg4 $14 (35. Ng4 $14 {This may be good also.} Bg7 36. Qe1 Qxb3 37. Rd8+ Kf7 38. h3 {Incredibly black has only one move here: Qa3. In order to protect e7.} Qa3 {[%cal Ga3e7,Re1h4,Rh4e7]} (38... a4 $2 39. Qh4 $18) 39. Kh2 Rc7 (39... Rc1 40. Qf2 {[%cal Gg4e5,Ge5f7]} Qe7 41. Ra8 Rc7 (41... h5 42. Ne5+ Bxe5 43. fxe5+ Kg7 44. e4 {White is better.}) 42. Rxa5 h5 43. Ne5+ Bxe5 44. dxe5 Rb7 45. Ra6 Rd7 46. Qc2 Ra7 47. Rc6 Kg7 48. Rd6 Qc7 49. Qxc7+ Rxc7 50. Rxe6 Rc3 {White is better.}) 40. Ne5+ Bxe5 41. fxe5 Qe7 42. Ra8 a4 43. Rxa4 Kg7 44. Ra2 {White is slightly better and has prospects for a win.}) 35... Qe8 36. Rd6 Bxe5 37. dxe5 Qe7 (37... Qf7 $2 38. Qg5 {White is a lot better.}) 38. h3 (38. Rxe6 $6 Qc5 39. Re8+ Kg7 40. Qd7+ Kh6 41. Qh3+ Kg7 42. f5 Qxe3+ 43. Qxe3 Rxe3 44. f6+ Kf7 45. Kf2 d4 46. Re7+ Kf8 47. Rxh7 Rxe5 48. Ra7 d3 $11) ( 38. Qxe6+ $6 Qxe6 39. Rxe6 Rxe3 40. Ra6 g5 41. fxg5 (41. g3 gxf4 42. gxf4 Re4 43. Rxa5 d4 44. f5 d3 45. Rd5 d2 46. Rxd2 Rxe5 47. b4 Rb5 48. Rb2 Kf7 49. Kf2 Rxf5+ 50. Ke3 Ke6 51. b5 Kd7 52. Ke4 Rg5 53. b6 Kc8 54. Kf4 Rh5 55. Kg4 Rd5 56. b7+ Kb8 57. Rb4 h5+ 58. Kh4 Re5 $11) 41... Rxe5 42. Rxa5 Rxg5 $11 {E.g:} 43. Kf2 Rh5 44. h3 Kf7 45. Ra7+ Ke6 46. Ke3 Re5+ 47. Kd4 Re4+ 48. Kc5 Re2 49. g4 Re3 50. Rxh7 Rxb3 51. g5 Rc3+ 52. Kd4 Rc4+ 53. Kd3 Kf5 54. h4) 38... Kf7 {Only move.} 39. Qe2 Rxb3 (39... Qa7 $2 40. Kh2 Kg7 41. Qe1 $1 $18) 40. Qc2 Rb8 41. Qc6 {[%cal Gd6d7]} Rd8 42. Kf2 {Black has run out of moves!! Only the h-Pawn can be played.} h6 (42... Qh4+ 43. Kf3 Qe7 44. Ke2 a4 45. Rxd8 Qxd8 46. Qxa4 $14 {Similar lines with the main line.}) 43. Ke2 a4 (43... Rxd6 $6 44. exd6 Qd8 45. Kd3 $16) 44. Rxd8 Qxd8 45. Qxa4 Qc7 46. Kf2 {[%csl Rd6,Rf6] White has some pressure because of the Pawn more and the e5 Pawn that is very annoying for black but this may not be winnable.} h5 $1 (46... Qb7 $2 47. Qa5 Qe7 48. Qb6 Kg7 49. Qd6 Qf7 50. g4 g5 51. Kg3 Qa7 52. Kf3 Qf7 $16) 47. Kg3 (47. g4 hxg4 48. hxg4 Qc1 49. Qa5 Kg7 {Perpetual check must be difficult for white to avoid.}) 47... Qe7 (47... Qb7 $2 48. Qa5 Qe7 49. Qb6 $1 g5 (49... Kg7 50. Qd6 $16) 50. Qd6 $16) 48. Qc6 Qa7 49. Qc3 $1 Kg7 50. Kf2 Kf7 (50... Qe7 $6 51. Qc6 $16) 51. Qb2 $1 (51. Qb4 Qa2+ 52. Kg3 Qa7 53. Qc3 Kg7 54. Kf3 Qb7 55. Kf2 h4 56. Qc5 Qf7 57. Qd6 g5 58. Qd8 Qf5 59. Qxg5+ Qxg5 60. fxg5 Kg6 $11) 51... Qc7 (51... Kg7 $2 52. Qb4 Qf7 53. Kg3 $16) 52. Kg3 Qa7 53. Kf3 Qa8 (53... Qa6 54. Kf2 Qa7 55. Qb4 $16) 54. Kf2 Qa5 (54... Qc6 55. Kg3 $1 $16) 55. Qb7+ Kf8 56. Kf3 d4 57. Qc8+ Ke7 58. Qc2 Qa3 59. Qe4 d3 60. Qxg6 $16) 35. g3 Bf6 36. Qg4 Qe8 37. Rd6 Bxe5 38. fxe5 {White has a small advantage. For example:} Rxb3 (38... Qf7 {Perhaps the best try?} 39. Qxe6 Qxe6 40. Rxe6 Rxe3 41. Rd6 Rxb3 42. Rxd5 a4 43. Ra5 a3 44. Kf2 $14) 39. Rxe6 Rb1+ 40. Kg2 Rb2+ 41. Kh3 Qf8 42. Rf6 Qh6+ 43. Qh4 Qxh4+ 44. Kxh4 Rxh2+ 45. Kg4 $14) 32... a4 $1 ( 32... Qxb3 $2 33. Rd7 Qb6 34. Kh2 Bf6 35. Ng4 Rf8 {Forced.} 36. Nxf6+ Rxf6 37. Qh4 Rf7 38. Rxf7 Kxf7 39. Qxh7+ Kf8 40. Qxg6 Qd6 41. g4) 33. bxa4 Qb2 $1 $11) 29... Qe4 $11 {Forced.} 30. Qe2 (30. Qd2 h5 $11 {Draw!}) (30. Qe1 a4 $1 31. bxa4 Ba5 32. Qxa5 Qxe3+ $11) 30... Qb1+ 31. Kh2 h5 $1 {Had Black didn't have this move, he would be in a zugzwang situation and with every move he'll make he would weaken terribly his position and lose. h5 is not only the only move that doesn't weaken his position but as the continuation will show it allows h4 denying the g3 from the King which will be crucial in some critical variations.} (31... Kg8 $2 32. b6 Rb8 (32... Bxb6 33. Qb5 Rb8 34. Rxf7 $1 Qc1 ( 34... Kxf7 35. Qd7+ Kg8 (35... Kf8 36. Ng5 {[%csl Gf7]} Qf5 37. Nxe6+ {[%csl Gg7][%cal Gd7g7,Ge6g7]} Qxe6 38. Qxe6 $18) 36. Qxe6+ Kf8 37. Qd6+ {[%cal Gd6f8, Gd6b8]} Ke8 38. Qxb8+ Bd8 39. Qe5+ Be7 40. Qxd5 $18) 35. Qd7 $18 Qc7 36. Rg7+ Kf8 37. Qxc7 Bxc7 38. Rxc7 $18) 33. b7 $18 {[%cal Gf3e5,Gd7f7]}) (31... Kf8 $2 32. b6 {Same with Kg8. White wins.}) (31... h6 $2 32. b6 Bxb6 33. Qb5 Rc7 34. Ne5 Rxd7 35. Nxd7 Bd8 (35... Bxd4 36. exd4 $18) 36. Qc5 {[%csl Rf8]} Kh7 (36... Qf5 37. Qf8+ Kh7 38. Qxd8 $18) 37. Qf8 Qf5 38. Qxd8 $18) (31... Rc2 {Maybe this draws also but no reason to make things complicated since there is the clear draw with h5!} 32. Qe1 Rc1 33. Qf2) 32. b6 (32. Ng5 Bxg5 33. fxg5 Qxb3 34. Qf3 Rf8 35. Rb7 a4 $11) 32... h4 $1 {[%csl Rg3]} 33. Nd2 Qa1 34. b7 Rc1 { [%csl Rg3][%cal Gc1h1] This is the point of 31...h5 move. That after 32...h4 white can't promote to a Queen now, since Rh1+ is a checkmate.} 35. Nf1 Rxf1 $4 {Terrible mistake!! It misses the Bc7! that draws and now black is lost.} ( 35... Bc7 $1 36. Rxc7 Rxf1 37. Qxf1 (37. b8=Q $4 {That is awful of course.} Rh1#) 37... Qxf1 38. b8=Q {White has a Rook more but he can't avoid the draw.} Qe1 $1 $11 {[%cal Ge1g3] Black will give checks through g3-e1 and black can't do nothing to avoid that. Draw!}) 36. Qxf1 $18 {Crushing!} Qxf1 37. b8=Q $18 { Unlike in the drawing variation with 35...Bc7 that black can give a perpetual check on the e1-g3 squares, here he can't since the white Rook does not obstruct the Queen's view on the g3 after f5, like it did in the Bc7 variation, so white wins.} Bf6 (37... Qe1 38. f5 $18 {[%cal Gb8g3]}) 38. Qe8 {[%csl Rf7] [%cal Re8f7,Rd7f7] Black resigns.} 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "eco_"] [Black "Lanike"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C62"] [WhiteElo "1715"] [BlackElo "1121"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 {The old Stenitz defence. It's somewhat obsolete as it leads to a solid but passive game for black. Generally first 3...a6 4. Ba4 and then 4...d6 is considered the more active choice.} 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bd7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Nc3 Nxd4 {Black wants to solve his space problems but this road brings him to passivity and more slim chances for a win.} 8. Bxd7+ Qxd7 9. Qxd4 Be7 10. Bf4 (10. Rd1 $5 {A bit unexplored but powerful.} O-O 11. e5 Ne8 12. Bf4 {White has the edge even from the opening.}) 10... O-O 11. Rad1 Nh5 12. e5 $6 {Why to give the chance to black to release a big part of the pressure? White's Bishops is a strong one while black's Knight desperately wanted to do something useful and being on the h5 was an odd square and not very useful for him. The pin on black's Queen was very annoying for him, so white should have kept the pressure with Be3 or even better Bc1!(for not obstructing the Rook's view after a Rfe1) .} (12. Bc1 $1 {[%cal Ge4e5,Gf1e1]}) 12... Nxf4 13. Qxf4 f6 $2 {Missing the little tactic that makes black's position very unfavorable.} ( 13... Qc6) (13... Rfe8) 14. Qc4+ Kh8 15. e6 {A dagger in black's heart. Black Bishop suffers and this Pawn is huge there.} Qc6 16. Qd3 f5 {A decent try for some counterplay but probably a mistake since it's better for black to try Rae8 first or any other Pawn moves in the queenside and not alter the Kingside's status as white has the initiative and controls the board so black has to be extra careful by changing his Pawn structure in the Kingside.} 17. Rfe1 Qe8 $6 {Too passive. It's better to play Rae8 for example, and stay there waiting for white to try something and act appropriately.} (17... Rae8 18. Nd5) 18. Nd5 $1 {[%csl Rc7]} Rc8 19. Re3 $6 {White loses a big amount of his advantage with this move. Situation is simple. White has a big Knight on d5 that black wants to get rid of and the simple c6 does that. But then d6 is weak so after Nxe7, Qxe7 white can win a Pawn with Qxd6. But by playing Re3, white can't win the Pawn because after Qxd6 there is Rcd8! threating mate by capturing the unprotected Rook on d1. Instead if c3 for example is played then white can win the Pawn as Rcd8 doesn't work anymore as the Rooks are connected and protect each other(See the variation with Re3 and b3). So the white Knight is safe from a possible c6 by playing any Pawn move for example, in the queenside like a4, c3, c4 etc and trying to improve his position. While on the same time black is cramped and he has no really useful moves and he is almost in zugzwang so he has a very difficult game to play.} (19. Re3 $6 c6 20. Nxe7 { [%csl Rd6][%cal Gd3d6,Gd1d6]} Qxe7 21. Qxd6 Rcd8 22. Qd7 (22. Qxe7 $4 Rxd1+) 22... Rxd7 23. exd7 Qd8 {Probably a draw even though black has a Queen for a Rook! The analysis is on the original game in 21th move of white.} 24. g3 Kg8) (19. c3 c6 $2 20. Nxe7 Qxe7 21. Qxd6 Rcd8 22. Qxe7 Rxd1 $18) (19. a4 $5) 19... c6 20. Nxe7 Qxe7 21. Qa3 (21. Qxd6 $2 Rcd8 22. Qd7 {Perhaps a draw even though black has a Queen for a Rook!} (22. Qxe7 $4 Rxd1+) 22... Kg8 23. g3 Rxd7 24. exd7 Qd8 25. Kg2 Kf7 26. Red3 g6 27. c4 c5 28. a3 Kg7 29. b4 cxb4 30. axb4 a6 31. c5 Rf7 32. h4 {Black can try some tricks and white should be careful about some checks on his King with the Queen in some variations but it's a kind of fortress where the Queen can't leave d8. It's extremely complicated but it smells a draw. Not sure draw though.}) 21... c5 22. Qxa7 Ra8 23. Qb6 Rxa2 24. Qb3 Rfa8 25. Red3 R8a6 26. Qd5 g6 (26... Rxb2 $6 27. Qxf5 Kg8 28. g3 $1 $16 { No more back rank mate threats.} g6 29. Qe4 Rbb6 (29... Rb4 $2 30. c4 $18) 30. h4 $1 $16) 27. Rb3 Ra1 28. Rbd3 $6 {Now it's equal.} (28. Rf1 {The only move to keep the slight advantage and the pressure to black, as white has this very annoying passed Pawn.}) 28... R1a2 (28... Kg7 {Even better. Complete equality.} ) 29. Qc4 Rxb2 $4 (29... R2a4 $11) 30. Qc3+ {[%csl Gb2,Gh8]} Qg7 31. e7 {Black resigns because of:} (31. e7 Ra8 32. Rxd6 $1 {[%cal Gg7c3]} Qxc3 33. Rd8+ Kg7 ( 33... Rxd8 34. exd8=Q+ Kg7 35. Rd7+ Kh6 36. Qh4#) 34. Rxa8 {[%cal Ge7e8]} Qxc2 35. Rf1 Qe2 36. e8=Q Qxe8 37. Rxe8 b5 38. f4 $18 {White wins as the 2 passed Pawns are very far away from promotion.}) 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "manupao"] [Black "insomnian"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C68"] [WhiteElo "1146"] [BlackElo "1553"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 $2 {Oops. A beginner's mistake in the opening. It's not justifiable in any way this big inaccuracy in the opening. In this exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez white has 3 good choices. O-O, d4 and Nc3. O-O is the one the legend Fischer used with success. Ne5 is terrible as it gives up the center and gets no compensation at all for the Bishop pair he gave to black after Bxc6.} (5. O-O) 5... Qd4 6. Ng4 Qxe4+ 7. Ne3 Bc5 {White stands terribly. A total disaster in the opening. He gave up every advantage he have by playing first.} 8. Rg1 $2 {Terrible also. Why not Nc3 or perhaps d3 to develop with tempo?} (8. d3) (8. Nc3 Qg6 (8... Qh4 9. O-O Nf6 10. d3 O-O {White has his problems but is not a total disaster.}) 9. O-O Nf6 {Black is slightly better.}) 8... Bxe3 $6 {No need. A development move is much more precise. That Knight was a bit oddly placed and the Bishop was superb and could be used to a possible King attack after castle with Bd6->Bxh2 and anyway it's not a good idea to give up your Bishop pair so easily for no reason.} (8... Ne7 $5) (8... Nf6) 9. dxe3 Bf5 10. Na3 $6 {Trying to save the Pawn is a bad idea. White is doomed to passivity.} (10. g4 $5 {That would be clever.} Bg6 11. f3 {Losing a Pawn for better position. Black now dominates the board but after g4 white loses a Pawn but starts to have a better control with his pieces of the board.} Qxc2 12. Qxc2 Bxc2 13. Na3 Bg6 (13... Bd3 14. b3 Rd8 15. Kf2 Ne7 16. Rd1 O-O 17. e4 Ng6 18. Ke3 Bb5 19. Bb2 f6 20. Nxb5 cxb5 21. Rac1 c6 22. f4 {White has a better game even though a Pawn down, so it's about equal.}) 14. Nc4 Ne7 15. b3 {White is a Pawn down sure, but his increased mobility, his advanced Pawns provide him with good chances at least for equality.}) 10... Rd8 11. Qh5 $2 {Loses instantly.} (11. Qe2) 11... Nf6 $6 { Not taking full advantage of the previous mistake of white.} (11... Bg4 {[%csl Rd1][%cal Rd8d1,Rg4d1,Rg4h5]} 12. f3 (12. Qc5 Rd1#) 12... Bxh5 13. fxe4 Nf6 14. Bd2 (14. g3 Nxe4 15. g4 Bg6 {Black is much better. E.g:} 16. b3 h5 17. g5 Bf5 18. Bb2 O-O 19. Rf1 Bh3 20. Rf4 Nxg5) 14... Nxe4 {Black dominates all over the board.}) 12. Qe2 $2 {Correct is Qg5.} (12. Qg5) 12... O-O $6 {Misses Qh4} ( 12... Qh4 {[%cal Gf5g4]} 13. h3 (13. Bd2 Bg4 14. Qf1 Ne4 $19) 13... Ne4 14. Nc4 O-O {The storm is coming!!} 15. g3 Qe7 16. Nd2 Qf6 17. g4 Bg6 18. Nxe4 Bxe4 { [%cal Ge4f3]} 19. Rg3 Rd6 20. Kf1 Qe5 21. f4 Qc5 22. Kg1 Rfd8 23. Kh2 a5 { [%cal Ge4c2]} 24. c3 (24. a3 a4 25. c3 Rd3 26. Rg1 R8d5 27. g5 (27. Kg3 Qd6 $19 ) 27... Qd6 28. Qg4 Qd8 $19) 24... Rd3 25. Rg1 R8d5 26. Kg3 Qd6 27. Re1 (27. Qf2 Rd1 $19) 27... Rd1 $19) 13. f3 Qb4+ 14. Kf1 b5 15. c3 $2 (15. g4 $5 { Extremely weakening the kingside but it's the best try.} Be6 16. Kg2 Rfe8 17. c3 (17. h3 {White has to improvise to get some decent game and black stands better but it's not that easy. For example:} h5 18. c3 Qc5 19. Nc2 Rd6 $1 ( 19... Bd5 20. Nb4 {white puts a strong resistance.}) 20. Nd4 (20. Rd1 Bc4 $19) 20... hxg4 21. hxg4 Bd5 22. Kf2 {The same continuation with TRANSPOSITION AA on 17.c3 line.} (22. Kg3 $2 Nxg4 $1 23. fxg4 Rf6 $17)) 17... Qc5 18. Nc2 h5 19. h3 hxg4 20. hxg4 Rd6 $1 21. Nd4 Bd5 22. Kf2 {TRANSPOSITION AA} (22. Kg3 $2 Nxg4 $1 23. fxg4 Rf6 $17) 22... Bc4 23. Qe1 Qe5 24. e4 Bd5 25. Nf5 Nxe4+ (25... Bxe4 $6 26. Rg2 (26. fxe4 Qh2+ 27. Kf1 Rxe4 $19) 26... Nxg4+ {Very nice position!!} 27. Rxg4 Bxf5 28. Qxe5 Rxe5 29. Bf4 Bxg4 30. Bxe5 Rd5 31. Bxc7 Rf5 32. f4 Rd5 { Black is slightly better but game is almost equal because of the opposite color Bishop that don't favor black's chances in the endgames.}) 26. fxe4 Bxe4 27. Rg3 (27. Rh1 Qf6 $17) 27... Rd3 28. Bd2 (28. Rxd3 $4 Qh2+ 29. Ke3 Bxf5+) ( 28. Kg1 Bxf5 29. Qxe5 Rd1+ 30. Kf2 Rxe5 31. gxf5 Rxf5+ 32. Rf3 Rh5 {[%cal Gh5h1]} 33. c4 {[%cal Gf3c3,Gc3c1]} b4 {[%csl Rc3]} 34. Rb3 c5 35. a3 Rh2+ 36. Kg3 Rc2 37. axb4 Rcxc1 38. Rxc1 Rxc1 39. bxc5 Rxc4 40. Rb8+ Kh7 41. b4 $17) 28... g6 29. Nh6+ Kg7 30. Be3 Qf6+ 31. Ke2 Qd6 32. g5 Bf5 33. Kf1 (33. Nxf5+ $2 gxf5 $17) 33... Rdxe3 34. Nxf5+ gxf5 35. Rxe3 Qf4+ 36. Qf2 Qxe3 37. Qxe3 Rxe3 38. Rd1 Kg6 39. Rd7 Kxg5 {Black is better but it's not a clear win yet.}) 15... Qh4 (15... Qe7 $1 {[%cal Gf5d3,Rd3f1] Even easier. White is toast. He literally doesn't have any useful moves!!!! Every move weakens his position terribly.} 16. e4 (16. Ke1 Bd3 17. Qf2 (17. Qd2 Rfe8 $19 {[%cal Gf6d5]}) 17... Nd5 {[%cal Gf8e8]} 18. e4 f5 $19) 16... Nxe4 $1 17. fxe4 Bxe4 {[%cal Ge4d3]} 18. Ke1 Rfe8 19. Nc2 Qh4+ 20. g3 Bf3 21. Be3 (21. gxh4 Rxe2+ 22. Kf1 Rd1+ 23. Ne1 Rdxe1#) 21... Qe4 $19) 16. g3 Qh3+ 17. Ke1 (17. Qg2 Bd3+ 18. Kf2 Qf5 19. g4 Qc5 {White is losing.} 20. Rd1 (20. Qg3 Rd6 $17) 20... h5 $1 $19) 17... Rd6 $6 {Misses the chance to win easily. Now he loses a big amount of his advantage.} (17... Bd3 {Much faster death for white.} 18. Qg2 Qf5 19. g4 Qc5 20. Nc2 Rfe8 21. Nd4 Nd5 22. Kf2 Nf4 23. exf4 (23. Qh1 Nh3+ 24. Kg2 Nxg1 25. Qxg1 $19) (23. Qg3 Rxd4 $1 24. cxd4 (24. exd4 Re2+ $19) 24... Qc2+) 23... Re2+ 24. Kg3 Rxg2+ 25. Rxg2 Re8 26. Bd2 (26. Rg1 h5 $1 $19) 26... h5 $1 $19) 18. Rf1 $4 {Gives the game!} (18. Qg2 {Black is better but the win is not easy at all anymore.} Qh6 19. e4 Qg6 20. Bf4 (20. exf5 $4 Qxf5 $19) 20... Nxe4 21. Bxd6 Nxd6 22. Qd2 {White has big issues with his King safety but a Rook is a Rook. Black is slightly better but the battle will be long and tough.}) 18... Bd3 19. Qf2 Bxf1 20. Bd2 (20. Qxf1 Rd1+ {Removing the defender.} 21. Kxd1 Qxf1+) 20... Bd3 21. Kd1 Rfd8 22. Nc2 Bxc2+ 23. Kc1 Rxd2 24. Qe1 Rd1+ 25. Kxc2 Rxe1 26. Rxe1 Qxh2+ 27. Kb3 Rd2 28. Rb1 Qxg3 29. a3 Qxf3 30. Re1 Qd5+ 31. c4 Qxc4# 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.30"] [Round "?"] [White "Frod0"] [Black "benign_man"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A80"] [WhiteElo "965"] [BlackElo "2082"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 e6 2. Bf4 f5 {A solid choice. Surrendering the development advantage to white, for gaining a solid defense, leading to a positional game where long term strategy will be needed than a more tactical battle although the control of e4 means black should be able at some time to unleash an attack to the kingside.} 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. h3 Nc6 {b6(and then Bb7) is much faster if black wants to take advantage of the control of e4 in preparing an attack to the kingside. And in the spirit of f5 move, i think the b-Knight belongs better to d7 and not in c6.} (4... b6) 5. e3 b6 6. Bd3 {Prefers a more calm approach. c4 asks for a little more wild game. A little more flexible move is Be2.} Bb7 7. c3 $6 {O-O or c4 are better ideas than the passive and almost pointless c3. Yes it keeps the Knight away from b4 and the Bishop but he should not worry much about it.} Nd5 (7... Bd6 {A superb chance to get rid of this bad Bishop. Creating a small problematic Pawn structure but not a big problem.} 8. Bxd6 (8. Bg5 $6 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 {Black is more than fine.}) (8. Ne5 Bxe5 9. dxe5 Nd5 10. Bg3 {Black is OK.}) 8... cxd6 {Equality.}) 8. Bg3 Be7 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. Ne5 $6 { White is not ready for this. O-O was much better and perhaps e4!? also.} (10. O-O {[%cal Gd1c2,Ge3e4] White should prepare Qc2 and e4 to find use of the c2-h7 diagonal trying to attack.}) 10... Nxe5 11. Bxe5 Bf6 12. Bg3 Bg5 13. Qe2 $6 {Oops. White missed the next move.} (13. O-O f4 14. Qh5 {[%cal Gd3h7,Gh5h7]} Bh6 (14... g6 15. Bxg6 hxg6 16. Qxg6+ Kh8 17. Bh4 {Quick draw.}) (14... h6 15. Qg6 fxg3 16. Qh7+ Kf7 17. Bg6+ Ke7 18. Qxg7+ Kd6 19. Qe5+ Ke7 20. Qg7+ {Draw.}) 15. Bh4 Qe8 16. Qxe8 Raxe8 17. e4 g5 18. Bxg5 Bxg5 19. exd5 Bxd5 20. Be4 Bxe4 21. Nxe4 $11) 13... f4 $1 14. exf4 Bxf4 (14... Nxf4 {Only move if he wants to keep a small advantage.} 15. Bxf4 Bxf4 {[%cal Gb7g2]}) 15. O-O-O $6 {Wrong side for the castle. The best move that of castling short keeps the game equal. Now black takes the upper hand.} (15. O-O Bxg3 16. fxg3 $11 {Equality.} Qg5 { The critical difference here with O-O-O, is that white here can play Ne4 now attacking the Queen and protecting the g3-Pawn. The fact that on f-file white has a Rook to challenge its counterpart on f8 is also a plus for white.} 17. Ne4 {[%csl Gg3,Rg5]}) 15... Bxg3 16. fxg3 Qg5 17. Kb1 Qxg3 18. h4 $4 {Loses on the spot.} (18. Ne4 {Keeps his drawing chances alive.}) 18... Nf4 19. Ne4 Nxe2 20. Nxg3 Nxg3 21. Rhg1 Rf2 22. h5 Be4 23. h6 Raf8 24. Bxe4 Nxe4 25. g4 gxh6 26. a3 Nd2+ 27. Ka2 Nc4 28. Rb1 R8f3 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.30"] [Round "?"] [White "kpartsi"] [Black "Lanike"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D05"] [WhiteElo "1011"] [BlackElo "1184"] [PlyCount "38"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bd3 c5 5. c3 Nc6 6. Qa4 $6 {The Queen does not belong there and should not move there. There was just a single game with this move and no wonder white lost. 6.Nbd2 or O-O are the normal opening replies for white.} Bd7 {[%cal Gc6d4,Rd7a4] Now white has to move the Queen again.} 7. O-O $2 {He doesn't, so a Pawn is lost.} (7. Qc2) (7. Qd1) 7... Nxd4 8. Qa3 $4 { Committing suicide.} (8. Qd1 Nxf3+ 9. Qxf3 {Black is better.}) 8... c4 {[%cal Rc4d3,Rf8a3]} 9. b4 Nxf3+ 10. gxf3 cxd3 11. Rd1 Bb5 12. f4 Ne4 13. Nd2 Nxf2 14. Kxf2 Qh4+ 15. Kf1 Qh3+ 16. Kg1 Qxe3+ 17. Kh1 d4 18. Qa5 Bc6+ 19. Nf3 Bxf3# 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.26"] [Round "?"] [White "anelka39"] [Black "astrinos"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D30"] [WhiteElo "1351"] [BlackElo "1129"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. cxd5 exd5 4. Nc3 g6 $6 {Out of the opening's logic this move! c6, Be7 and c5 or Bb4 were normal opening theory.} 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Bg5 Qd6 $6 {A distaster in the opening for black. The Queen is terribly placed there but that's just the beggining of his problems.} (6... Nf6) 7. e3 Nf6 8. Bd3 b6 $6 {Another inaccuracy. There is nothing wrong with O-O and then c6 setup that black should play.} (8... O-O 9. O-O c6 {White is better but black starts preparing things of his own also.}) 9. a3 $6 {Why? What does achieves? Bf4 hunting the Queen, followed by Nb5 improving furthermore his position were easy options that white should have played.} (9. Bf4 Qd8 10. Nb5 {[%csl Rc7]} Na6 11. Rc1 {The Pawn can't be saved.} O-O (11... c5 $2 12. Nd6+ Kf8 13. Ne5 $18) 12. Nxc7 Nxc7 13. Bxc7 Qe7 14. O-O $16) 9... Bb7 $6 {Again, castling is better! The King should get out of all the action.} (9... O-O) 10. Nb5 Qd7 $2 { Loses.} (10... Qe7 11. Rc1 (11. Bf4 O-O 12. Bxc7 Ne4) 11... c6 12. Bf4 O-O 13. Bd6 Qd8 14. Bxf8 Bxf8 15. Nc3 c5 {Sure white is up the exchange and is better, but black has more than enough counterplay now so there is a lot of game left.} ) 11. Ne5 Qe7 12. Rc1 $6 {Much better was Ng4 with easy play taking advantage of the Knight pin..} (12. Ng4 {[%cal Gb5c7,Gc7a8]} c5 13. Qf3 {[%cal Gf3f6, Gg5f6,Gg4f6]} Nbd7 14. Nc7+ Kf8 15. Nxa8 Bxa8 16. O-O $16) 12... c6 $6 (12... c5 {This is the correct reply.} 13. dxc5 bxc5 14. Ng4 O-O 15. Nxf6+ Bxf6 16. Bxf6 Qxf6 17. Nc7 $14 {White is slightly better but black has counterplay. Here he can try c4!? or d4 each with different plan.}) 13. Nc3 $6 {Missed the best reply.} (13. Ng4 $1 {Nice move. Too bad white didn't find it. Here white gives a Knight for opening the c-file and pinning} cxb5 (13... O-O 14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. Nc7 Nd7 17. Nxa8 Rxa8 18. Qf3 Qe7 19. O-O $16) 14. Bxb5+ $16 (14. Qf3 $16 O-O (14... Nbd7 15. Rc7 $16) 15. Nxf6+ Bxf6 16. Bxf6 Qd6 17. Bxb5 {White is better.}) 14... Kf8 15. Qf3 Qe6 (15... Qe4 16. Bxf6 Qxf3 17. gxf3 {[%cal Gc1c7]} Bxf6 18. Nxf6 Na6 19. h4 $3 {[%csl Rb4,Rc5,Rd5][%cal Rb7d5, Ga6b4,Ga6c5]} Kg7 20. Bxa6 Bxa6 21. Nxd5 $16) 16. Nxf6 h6 17. Rc7 hxg5 18. Nd7+ Kg8 19. Rxb7 Nc6 20. O-O Na5 21. Rc7 a6 22. Ba4 $16) 13... c5 $2 (13... O-O 14. O-O Nbd7 15. f4 {White is slightly better.}) (13... Qd6 14. f4 O-O 15. O-O Nbd7 {White is slightly better.}) (13... Qe6 14. f4 O-O 15. O-O Nbd7 {White is slightly better.}) 14. dxc5 $2 {Very bad move. White could grab a good advantage but instead it gives a slight one to black with this move.} (14. Bb5+ Kf8 15. f4 {Black's has the big problem of his h-Rook as also the space advantage white has and having a good Knight on e5 also. White is better.} h6 { For example:} 16. Bh4 a6 17. Be2 Nbd7 18. O-O) 14... Qxe5 15. Bf4 Qe7 (15... Qe6 {This is also playable. Black is more than fine and it is white that has to fight for equality.} 16. Nb5 O-O 17. Nc7 Qd7 18. O-O Nc6 19. Nxa8 Rxa8 $15) 16. Bd6 (16. Bb5+ $2 Nc6 17. Nxd5 {Only move.} Nxd5 18. Qxd5 Rc8 $17) (16. Nb5 $6 O-O 17. Bd6 Qd8 18. Nc7 $6 (18. Bxf8 {Bad idea.} Bxf8 19. cxb6 axb6 {Black is better.}) (18. Bxb8 bxc5 (18... Rxb8 $6 19. c6 $11 {[%cal Gc6c7]}) 19. Bf4 c4 20. Be2 $15 {Blacks stands better.} Qa5+ 21. Nc3 Ne4 22. O-O Nxc3 23. bxc3 Bxc3 24. Qc2 Bf6 $17) 18... bxc5 19. Bxf8 (19. Bxc5 Qxc7 $1 (19... Na6 $6 20. Bxa6 Qxc7 21. Bxf8 Qa5+ 22. Qd2 Qxa6 (22... Qxd2+ $6 23. Kxd2 Bxa6 24. Bxg7 Ne4+ 25. Ke1 Kxg7 26. f3 Ng5 27. Kf2 $11 {Because of the extra Pawn in the one side of the board and the open file and position white fine and position is about equal.}) 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. f3 $15) 20. Bxf8 Qa5+ 21. Bb4 Qb6 {Black is better.}) 19... Qxc7 20. Bxc5 Nc6 21. O-O {Black is better. 2 Knight in the middlegame are way more powerful than a Rook.}) 16... Qd7 17. Nb5 bxc5 18. Bxc5 a6 $2 {Very bad. Gives the big advantage to white. Ne4 would keep him in the lead.} (18... Ne4 {Black maintains his slight advantage.} 19. Bd4 Bxd4 20. Nc7+ Kf8 21. exd4 Nc6 22. Nxa8 Bxa8 23. O-O Kg7) 19. Nd6+ Kd8 20. Bb6+ Ke7 21. Rc7 $2 {Missed the easy win with Nxb7. It seems an easy move, since Rc7 pinning the Queen and the King, is protected so he wins a piece for free and black's position is horrible as his King is in the center between heavy material of white and with big threats.} (21. Nxb7 {[%cal Gb6c5,Gc5f8]} Nc6 (21... Qxb7 22. Rc7+ $18) 22. Nc5 Qd6 23. Nxa6 {[%cal Gb6c5]} Nd7 24. Bb5 {White has crushing threats.} Rac8 (24... Nxb6 25. Rxc6 Qd8 26. Qc1 $18) 25. Bc7 Rxc7 26. Nxc7 Qxc7 27. Qxd5 Ndb8 28. Bxc6 Rc8 29. b4 $18) 21... Kxd6 {Now it's equal, although the material imbalance is very interesting.} 22. Rxd7+ Nfxd7 23. Ba5 Bxb2 $2 { Loses. Nc6 or Rc8 keep the game balanced.} (23... Nc6 {Black's 2 Knights and the 1 Rook is better than white's Queen but because of black's King position and the extra Pawn for white, the game is equal.}) 24. Bb4+ (24. Qb3 $1 $18 { [%cal Gb3b2,Gb3b7] Wins.} Nc6 {The only way not to lose a piece for nothing.} 25. Bb4+ Nxb4 26. Qxb4+ Nc5 {Protecting from the check and the Queen can't capture the Bishop.} 27. Ke2 Bxa3 (27... Bg7 $6 {Trying to save the Bishop doesn't work.} 28. Qb6+ Kd7 29. Qxc5 Rhc8 30. Qb6 Rcb8 (30... Rab8 $2 31. Qa7 $3 $18 {[%cal Gd3a6]}) 31. Rc1 $16) 28. Qxa3 $16 {Now the side with the Queen is better.} Rhc8 29. Rc1 f5 (29... Rab8 30. g4 $1 $16 {Black's King safety will always be an issue that will make black suffer in this position.}) 30. g4 $3 $18 fxg4 31. e4 $18 (31. Qb4 $18 a5 32. Qf4+ Ke7 33. Rb1 Bc6 34. Qh6 Nxd3 35. Qxh7+ Kf6 36. Kxd3 Re8 (36... Ra6 37. Qh4+ Kf7 38. Qxg4 $18) 37. Rb6 Re6 38. Qc7 Ra6 39. Rxa6 Bb5+ 40. Kd4 Bxa6 41. Qd8+ Kf7 42. Qd7+ Re7 43. Qxd5+ Kg7 44. Qd6 Ra7 45. e4 $18)) 24... Ke6 25. e4 $2 {A mistake. Only Qb1 keeps his chances alive.} (25. Qb1 $1 Be5 26. f4 a5 (26... Bd6 {This doesn't work because of Qxb7 that is coming.} 27. Bxd6 Kxd6 28. Qxb7 $18) 27. Bd2 {[%cal Gf4e5,Gb1b7]} Ba6 28. Bxa6 Nxa6 29. fxe5 Nac5 30. O-O Rhc8 {White is better but it won't be easy at all to break black where it has his chances also.}) 25... dxe4 $2 (25... a5 $11) (25... Rc8 $11) 26. Bc4+ (26. Bxe4 $1 {Wins!} Bxe4 27. Qd6+ {A lonely Queen against 2 Knight, a Bishop and a Rook, but she can do miracles with her mobility and in cooperation with the Bishop and Rook, attacking the opponent's King. White wins.} Kf5 28. g4+ $3 Kxg4 (28... Kg5 29. Bd2+ Kxg4 30. Qf4+ Kh3 31. Qg3#) 29. Rg1+ Kf5 30. Bd2 {[%cal Gg1g5]} h6 (30... Bg2 31. Rxg2 {[%cal Gg2g5]} h6 32. Qd3+ Kf6 33. Bc3+ Bxc3+ 34. Qxc3+ {[%cal Gc3h8]} Ne5 35. f4 Re8 36. fxe5+ Kg7 $18) 31. Qf4+ Ke6 32. Qxe4+ $18 {[%cal Ge4a8]}) 26... Kf6 27. Qd6+ $2 {There is only Qb3 or Qb1 for trying to win. Qd6 does not only gives up white's advantage but makes black even a little better.} (27. Qb3 Bd4 28. Be7+ Kxe7 29. Qxb7 Ra7 30. Qxe4+ Be5 31. f4 Re8 32. fxe5 Nxe5 33. Qh4+ Kf8 34. Qxh7 Nxc4+ 35. Kf2 Nc6 36. Qh8+ Ke7 37. Qh4+ Kf8 38. Qxc4 {White is better but the lack of too many Pawns gives black many endgames chances for a draw.}) 27... Kg7 28. O-O $2 {Loses.} (28. Bxf7 $15 {Again the only move. All other are way inferior.} a5 (28... Kxf7 $2 29. Qe7+ Kg8 30. Qe6+ Kg7 31. Qe7+ $11) 29. Bd5 $15) 28... a5 (28... Rc8 $1 $17 {Black is clearly better.}) 29. Bd2 {Incredibly complicated position. Black is better but he has to be very careful as the Queen is too powerful and every mistake by black will be punished. It's very easy for a human to get lost here in all the maze of tactics, but thankfully we have computers for that. All agree that Rc8 now for black is the best move and a very good move that gives him a good game with many winning prospects. Black's problem is also what plan to have. Usually in such position you just play safe moves and try putting you pieces to better squares and slowly white will collapse. But it's easier said than done as even the slightest mistake can be used by white with his Queen.} Ba6 $2 {A human move. Trying to exchange some pieces to leave the Queen alone, as the Queen works MUCH better in such positions with help. Unfortunately black missed Rc8! which secures a big advantage. Ba6 is a good idea but it doesn't work.} (29... Rc8 $1 $17) 30. Qd5 $2 {Gives the complete advantage to black.} ( 30. Bxf7 $1 $11 {The correct response.} Bxf1 (30... Kxf7 $6 31. Rb1 $14) 31. Bd5 {[%cal Gd5a8]} Re8 (31... Ra7 $4 32. Qe7#) 32. Bxa8 {Seems about equal because black's King will never find a peaceful place.}) 30... Bxc4 31. Qxa8 ( 31. Qxc4 Re8 $17) 31... Bxf1 32. Kxf1 Bxa3 (32... Nf6 33. Qxa5 Rc8 34. Bh6+ Kxh6 35. Qd2+ Kg7 36. Qxb2 Nbd7 37. a4 Rc5 {Seems good for black but i'm not sure he can make progress. This a-Pawn is critical and it must be a draw.}) 33. Bc3+ Nf6 {Now it's a draw.} (33... f6 {Black had to try this. Pinning the Knight is not and the more wise thing to do. Giving the 7th rank for possible checks to the Queen is bad but black can't have it all.} 34. Qxe4 Rf8 35. Bxa5 Rc8 36. g4 {Seems drawish.}) 34. Qxe4 Nbd7 35. Qh4 $2 {Big mistake. There was no way to win the Knight so this is pointless. g4 to try to get the Knight for a Pawn was the only way to continue. Now, after this loss of a tempo, white loses.} (35. g4 $1 {[%cal Gg4g5,Gc3g7] The way for a draw.} h6 36. h4 {[%cal Gg4g5]} Rc8 37. Qd3 Bb4 38. Bb2 Rc7 39. g5 hxg5 40. hxg5 Rc5 41. f4 Rc7 42. Qe3 Rc6 43. gxf6+ Nxf6 44. f5 Kg8 45. Bd4 Rd6 46. fxg6 fxg6 47. Be5 Re6 48. Kg2 Be7 49. Qd4 a4 50. Bxf6 Bxf6 51. Qxa4 $11) 35... Bb4 36. Bb2 $6 {Why not win a Pawn with Bxb4 ?} (36. Bxb4 axb4 37. Qxb4 {Is this winnable by black? 2 knights do not cooperate well against a Queen and black in order to win has to intrude in white's camp but that means he then will leave his King alone so there is an increased drawing probability for this. Black's plan is to advance his Pawns with his King always near them and to find good squares for his Knights. White dhould be careful not to play pointlessly with the Queen or else all the black pieces will advance and then situation will be very difficult to defend. For example:} Rb8 38. Qc3 Rb1+ 39. Ke2 Nb6 40. g3 Nbd5 41. Qe5 Rb4 42. Kf1 Re4 43. Qb2 h6 44. h4 Rc4 45. Qe5 Rc1+ 46. Kg2 Rc2 47. Kg1 Kh7 48. f3 Rc3 49. Kf2 h5 50. Qb8 Kg7 51. Qe5 Ne3 52. Ke2 Rb3 53. Qa1 Ned5 54. Qd4 Ne3 55. Qa1 {Doesn't seem to work.}) 36... Re8 37. g3 (37. g4 $6 {[%cal Gg4g5] Trying to pin the Knight.} Re1+ 38. Kg2 Re4 39. Qg3 (39. h3 h5 40. Qg3 hxg4 41. hxg4 Kf8 42. Kh3 Rxg4 43. Qc7 Re4 {Black starts to have serious threats and is better.}) 39... Kg8 40. h3 Nd5 41. Qf3 Nc5 {Black starts to dominate.}) 37... Re1+ 38. Kg2 Re2 39. Bd4 Re7 $6 {A completely unnecessary retreat and wrong move. Black's Rook had a good square so black should have made a move to put ever more pressure to white.} (39... Ne5 $1 {White is in a dangerous net. White has to capture the Knight.} 40. Bxe5 Rxe5 $19 {Now that the Queen is alone it can't make many things against the 3 black pieces. The a-Pawn is critical as also the fact black has the Bishop power too. Here 2 Knights instead of Bishop+Knight would be a lot worse for black although he would still be in a better position. Here black is winning. His King is safe and he just have to find a way to push the a-Pawn and it's not that difficult.} 41. Qd4 (41. Qc4 Rd5 {[%cal Gd5d2]} 42. Qf4 Rd2 43. h3 Nd5 44. Qe5+ Kh6 45. Qe8 Bc5 46. Kh1 Rxf2 47. Qb5 Rc2 48. Qa4 Rc1+ 49. Kh2 Rc3 50. Qe4 Nf6 51. Qe5 Rc2+ 52. Kh1 Kg7 53. g4 h6 54. Qf4 Re2 55. Qc7 Ne4 56. Qe5+ Kg8 57. Qe8+ Bf8 {0-1} 58. Kg1 a4 59. Qxa4 Bc5+ 60. Kh1 Ng3#) 41... Re2 42. Qc4 (42. Kf1 Rd2 43. Qc4 Nd5 44. Qb5 a4 $1 45. Qxa4 Bc5 {[%csl Rf2]} 46. Kg2 Rxf2+ 47. Kh3 Rd2 $1 {[%cal Gd5f6,Gc5g1] White is toast.}) 42... Rd2 43. Qf4 h5 44. h3 Nd5 45. Qe5+ f6 46. Qe6 Bc5 47. Qd7+ Kh6 48. Qc8 {[%cal Gc8h8]} Rxf2+ 49. Kh1 Rf1+ 50. Kh2 Bg1+ 51. Kg2 Ne3+ 52. Kh1 Rd1 53. Qf8+ Kg5 54. Qe8 h4 $3 {Crushing move!!} (54... Bf2+ { Effectively the same with 54...h4 as black has to play it in the next move.} 55. Kh2 h4) 55. gxh4+ Kf4 {White is on an unstoppable mating net.} 56. Qxg6 f5 57. Qg8 a4 58. h5 (58. Qb8+ Kf3 59. Qb7+ Kg3 60. Qc7+ Kxh3) 58... Kf3 59. h6 Bh2+ 60. Kxh2 (60. Qg1 Bxg1 61. h4 Kg3 62. h5 Bf2#) 60... Nf1+ 61. Kg1 Ng3+ 62. Kh2 Rh1#) 40. Qg5 h6 41. Qd5 Kh7 42. Qf3 Re6 (42... Ne4 $17 {Much better.} 43. Qd3 (43. Be3 Bc5 44. Qf4 (44. Bxc5 Ndxc5 45. Qe2 Rd7 46. Qc4 a4 $19 47. f3 Rd2+ 48. Kg1 (48. Kh1 Nf2+ 49. Kg1 Ne6) 48... Ne6 49. Qxa4 (49. fxe4 a3 50. Qc1 a2 51. Kh1 (51. Qxd2 a1=Q+ $19) 51... Ng5 52. Kg1 Nh3+ 53. Kf1 Rf2+ 54. Ke1 Rxh2 $19) 49... N4g5 50. Kf1 (50. f4 Nf3+ 51. Kf1 Ned4 52. Qe8 Kg7 53. Qe3 Nxh2+ 54. Kg1 Nhf3+ 55. Kf1 Re2 $19) 50... Nd4 $19) 44... Bxe3 45. Qxe3 Ndf6 46. Qa3 (46. f3 Nd5 47. Qa3 Nec3 (47... Nd2 48. Kf2 (48. Qxa5 Re2+ 49. Kh3 Nf1 $1 50. Qxd5 Rxh2+ 51. Kg4 Ne3+ {[%csl Rd5,Rg4]}) 48... Nc4 49. Qc5 Nce3 50. Qxa5 Nd1+ 51. Kg1 Re2 52. Kf1 N5c3 53. Qa7 Rf2+ 54. Ke1 Rxf3) 48. Qxa5 Ne3+ 49. Kg1 Ne2+ 50. Kf2 Nd4 51. Qd2 (51. Qd8 Nef5 52. Qf8 Re2+ 53. Kg1 Nxf3+ 54. Kf1 Re7 55. Kg2 Ne1+ 56. Kg1 Nd3 57. h4 h5 58. Qc8 Re3 $19) 51... Nec2 52. Qf4 Re2+ 53. Kg1 Kg7 54. h4 Re3 55. Kg2 Nxf3 56. Kh3 Ng1+ 57. Kg2 Ne2 58. Qc7 Ncd4 59. g4 Rg3+ 60. Kf2 Rxg4 $19) 46... Rc7 47. f3 (47. Qxa5 Rc2 48. Qa7 Rxf2+ 49. Kg1 Kg7 50. Qb7 Rd2 51. Qa8 g5 $1 52. g4 Rd1+ 53. Kg2 Nd5 $19) 47... Rc2+ 48. Kg1 Ng5 49. h4 ( 49. Qb3 Rd2 50. h4 Ne6 51. Qc3 Nd4 {[%cal Rf3g1,Rf3d2,Gd4f3]} 52. Kf1 Rd1+ 53. Kf2 h5 54. Qc7 Kg7 55. Qc3 (55. Qxa5 Rd3 $19) 55... a4 56. Qe3 Nf5 57. Qc3 a3 58. Qxa3 Rd2+ 59. Ke1 Rh2 $1 60. Qa4 Nxg3 61. Qf4 Rh1+ 62. Kf2 Nf5 63. Qe5 Rxh4 $19) 49... Nh3+ 50. Kf1 Kg7 51. g4 (51. Qxa5 Rf2+ 52. Ke1 Rxf3 $19) (51. Qd3 Rf2+ 52. Ke1 Rg2 53. f4 a4 54. Qe3 Rg1+ 55. Ke2 Rb1 56. g4 a3 57. Qxh3 (57. Qxa3 Nxf4+ 58. Kd2 Rg1 59. g5 hxg5 60. hxg5 Rxg5 $19) 57... a2 $19) 51... Rf2+ 52. Ke1 a4 53. Qc3 (53. Qxa4 Rxf3 54. Qc4 Rf4 55. Qb3 Ng1 56. g5 Nf3+ 57. Kd1 hxg5 58. hxg5 Nxg5 $19) 53... Rg2 54. Qb4 Rg3 55. Ke2 g5 $1 56. hxg5 Nxg5 $19) 43... Bc5 $1 44. Be3 (44. Bxc5 Ndxc5 {[%csl Ga5,Gc5,Yd3,Ge4,Ge7] 2 Knights, a Rook and a passed Pawn are too much for a lonely Queen.} 45. Qd4 (45. Qb5 Rb7 46. Qc4 (46. Qxa5 Rb2 {[%csl Rf2]} 47. Kg1 Rxf2 48. Qb4 Rf5 49. Qe1 Ng5 50. Qe7 Nce4 51. h4 Ne6 52. Kg2 Rf2+ 53. Kg1 Rf3 54. Qb7 Rxg3+ 55. Kh1 Nd6 56. Qe7 Rd3 57. Qf6 Rd4 58. Kg2 Rg4+ 59. Kh3 Rf4 60. Qe7 Ne4 $19) 46... a4 47. f3 Rb2+ 48. Kg1 Ne6 49. fxe4 a3 50. Qc1 Ng5 51. Kf1 Nxe4 52. Kg1 (52. Qc7 Ng5 53. Qc1 (53. h4 a2 $19) 53... Nh3 54. Ke1 Nf2 {[%cal Rf2d3]} 55. Qc7 Nd3+ 56. Kd1 Rf2 57. Qa7 a2 58. g4 a1=Q+ 59. Qxa1 Rf1+ $19) 52... Nc3 53. Qxc3 Rb1+ 54. Kf2 a2 55. Qc4 (55. Qf6 a1=Q $19) 55... a1=Q $19) 45... Rd7 46. Qc4 a4 47. f3 (47. Qc1 { [%csl Ra3][%cal Rc1a3]} Rd2 {[%csl Rf2]} 48. Kg1 Ne6 $1 $19) 47... Rd2+ 48. Kg1 Ne6 $1 49. Qxa4 (49. fxe4 a3 50. Qc1 a2 51. Kh1 (51. Qxd2 a1=Q+ 52. Kg2 $19) 51... Re2 52. e5 Ng5 53. Kg1 Nf3+ 54. Kf1 Re1+) 49... N4g5 50. Kf1 Nxf3 51. Qb3 Nxh2+ 52. Ke1 Re2+ {[%cal Ge6d4,Rd4e2,Rd4b3]} 53. Kd1 Rg2 $19) 44... a4 45. f3 Ng5 46. Bc1 Ne6 {[%cal Ge6d4,Ge7e2]} 47. f4 Nd4 48. Qc4 Re2+ 49. Kh3 Kg8 $1 50. Qd3 g5 $3 51. fxg5 hxg5 52. g4 (52. Bxg5 Ne5 53. Qd1 Ndf3 {[%cal Ge2h2]} 54. Qd8+ Kh7 55. g4 Ng1+ 56. Kg3 Bf2+ 57. Kf4 Ng6+ 58. Kf5 Re5+ 59. Kf6 Nh3 $19) 52... Ne5 53. Qa6 a3 $19) 43. Qb7 Re7 44. Qc8 Re8 $2 {Players agreed to a draw. Black player was planless. He doesn't seem how to make any progress so he agreed to a draw. This is wrong, since he could still win starting with 44... Ne5.} (44... Re8 45. Qc6 Re6 46. Qc7 Re7 47. Qd8 Re6 48. Qc7 Kg8 49. Qd8+ Re8 50. Qc7 {No progress can be made.}) (44... Ne5 {The most logical move for pushing for the win. There are countless variations but black can slowly outplay with his 3 more pieces and his extra passed Pawn the white side. Black's plan is to exchange the white Bishop for a Knight or for a Bishop. For example:} 45. Qa8 Ne8 46. Bb6 Nc4 47. Bd4 Ncd6 48. Bb6 Re2 49. Qc6 Rd2 50. Be3 Rd3 51. Qc2 Rc3 52. Qa2 Ng7 53. h4 Ngf5 54. Bf4 h5 55. Be5 Rd3 56. Qa4 Rd2 57. Qb3 Nc4 58. Bf4 (58. Qxc4 Ne3+ {[%csl Rc4,Rg2]}) 58... Rd4 59. Kh3 Bd6 60. Bg5 Be5 61. Qb5 Kg7 {[%cal Ge5f6]} 62. Qa6 Nfd6 63. Qc6 (63. Qa7 Rd3 64. Kg2 Nf5 $19) 63... Ne4 64. f3 Ned6 65. Kh2 Rd3 66. Be7 Bf6 67. Bxf6+ Kxf6 $19) 1/2-1/2


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round "] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.06.01"] [Round "?"] [White "Assasin13"] [Black "benign_man"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A96"] [WhiteElo "1506"] [BlackElo "2084"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 a5 8. Qc2 Nc6 {All solid opening moves so far. A good battle is coming.} 9. Rd1 {The never-ending dilemma. In which file does each Rook belong? Although here the question is larger as white has to consider e4 also very seriously. a3 is also playable with a good game.} Bd7 10. a3 {No reason to allow the annoying Nb4.} a4 {[%cal Gc6a5,Ga5b3] On the other hand 10.a3 allows a future Na5->Nb3.} 11. Bf4 $6 {Misses the chance to control the game.} (11. d5 $5 {Here it's a perfect time for d5.} exd5 (11... Na5 $14 12. dxe6 Bxe6 13. Nd4 Bxc4 14. Nxa4 c5 {Forced.} (14... d5 15. b4 Nb3 16. Nxb3 Rxa4 17. Nc5 Bxc5 18. Qxa4 $14) 15. b4 cxd4 16. bxa5 $14 {[%cal Gc2c4]} Be6 (16... Bf7 17. Bd2 {[%cal Gc2f5]} Ne4 { Practically forced.} 18. Nb6 Rb8 {White has a very good game.} 19. Bxe4 fxe4 20. Qxe4 Bf6 $14) 17. Bd2 Rc8 18. Qd3 d5 $14 {White has multiple ideas like Rab1, Rac1 or Qxd4 and he stands better here.} (18... Bc4 19. Qxd4 $14)) 12. cxd5 Ne5 13. Nd4 {[%cal Gd4f5,Gc2f5]} Qc8 14. Bd2 (14. Bf4 {White can try this also.} Ra5 (14... Nh5 15. e3 Ra5 16. Rac1 $14) 15. e4 fxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Rc5 18. Qe2 Bf6 19. Rac1 $14) 14... Ra6 $1 15. Na2 {White is doing better. }) 11... Na5 12. Nd2 Nh5 13. Be3 f4 14. gxf4 Nxf4 15. Be4 $2 {The Knight had to be eliminated.} (15. Bxf4 Rxf4 16. e3 Rh4 17. f4 $5 {[%cal Gc2h2] Seems a totally weakening move for the kingside but gives some flexibility to bring defensives forces closer to the King.} (17. Ne2 {Another logical defensive move that is solid, but a bit slower.}) 17... Qe8 {[%cal Ge8h5]} (17... Qf8 18. Ne2 {White is fine. Black is a tad better due to the pressure on the King but if white manages to defend solidly then his space advantage will bring him on the top.}) 18. Rf1 {White has to solve his King safety problems but the position is perfectly playable with both sides to had their chances.} Qh5 19. Rf2) 15... Nh3+ 16. Kg2 Bg5 $1 {There is no salvation for white.} 17. Nf3 (17. Kxh3 Bxe3 18. Nf3 (18. fxe3 Qg5 {[%cal Ge6e5]}) 18... Rxf3+ $1 19. exf3 Qg5 { [%cal Ye6e5]} 20. Rg1 e5+ 21. Rg4 exd4 22. Bd5+ Kh8 23. Ne4 Qg6 24. fxe3 (24. Kg2 Bxg4 25. fxg4 Bf4 26. Qxa4 (26. h3 c6 $19) 26... c6 $19) 24... h5 25. Kg2 hxg4 26. Qf2 gxf3+ 27. Kh1 dxe3 {[%cal Yg6g2,Rf2e3]} 28. Qxf3 Bg4 29. Qf4 Re8 $17) (17. Qd3 {The best try to save the day.} Bf4 $1 $17) 17... Bxe3 18. fxe3 Rxf3 (18... Nxc4 {[%cal Gc4e3,Re3c2,Re3g2] Wins easily! Although the black player had chosen a more steep road for the win.} 19. Rd3 (19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. Kxh3 Rxf3+ $3 21. exf3 Qg5 {[%cal Ge6e5]} 22. Rg1 e5+ 23. Rg4 Rf8 $19) (19. Kxh3 Nxe3 20. Bxh7+ Kh8 21. Qg6 Rf6 22. Qg1 Nxd1 23. Ne4 Rh6+ 24. Kg3 Nxb2 $19 25. Neg5 Qf6 26. Qc1 Bc6 27. Be4 d5 28. Bd3 Nxd3 29. exd3 Rf8) 19... Rxf3 $1 20. exf3 (20. Bxf3 Qg5+ 21. Kxh3 e5+ 22. Bg4 Qxg4#) (20. Kxf3 Qf6+ 21. Kg3 Qg5+ 22. Kf3 Rf8+ $19) 20... Nxe3+ $3 21. Rxe3 Qg5+ 22. Kh1 (22. Kxh3 e5+ 23. Bf5 Bxf5+) 22... Qxe3 23. Rf1 d5 $19) 19. exf3 Nxc4 $1 {[%cal Gc4e3,Re3c2,Re3g2]} 20. Qe2 Qg5+ 21. Kh1 Nxe3 22. Re1 Nf5 23. Rad1 Rf8 24. Rf1 (24. Qd2 Qh5 25. Rf1 {Black is better and has a huge attack running, but there is no straightforward win.} Rf6 26. Qe1 (26. d5 e5 27. Bxf5 Rxf5 28. Qe3 Ng5 29. Rd2 Nxf3 30. Rg2 Rf7 31. Rff2 h6 32. Rg3 Nd4 33. Rxf7 Qxf7 34. Rg2 {This is the best white can do. Black is much better and should win.}) 26... Nf4 27. Bxf5 Rxf5 28. Ne2 Nxe2 29. Qxe2 Qf7 30. Rf2 Bc6 31. Kg2 Qg6+ 32. Kh1 Qf6 33. Kg2 Qg5+ 34. Kh1 Bd5 35. Rdf1 (35. Rg1 Qf6 36. Rg3 h5 37. Kg2 g5 38. Qe3 g4 39. h3 Bxf3+ 40. Kh2 Kf7 $17) 35... Qf4 36. Kg1 Qxd4 37. Rc1 Rg5+ 38. Kh1 c5 $17 {The poor white Rook can't keep up against a Bishop and 3 Pawns.}) 24... Ne3 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "anelka39"] [Black "insomnian"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B06"] [WhiteElo "1339"] [BlackElo "1627"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. e5 $6 {Violates one of the main opening rules of not moving the same piece(including Pawns) twice in the opening. e5 is unjustified and just loses a tempo. Nc3, Nf3, c4, c3 are all the normal continuations.} f6 $6 {Not the ideal response. d6 or c5 are better. Black's f-Pawn should stay in its square. d6 releases the light-squared Bishop also.} 4. f4 $6 {Has the idea to establish a strong Pawn center blocking the g7-Bishop, but it's a bad idea since black can easily break this Pawn structure with a simple d6 and also f4 considerably weakens the Kingside. Nf3 would be the best response.} d6 5. Nf3 $6 {Another miscalculation. This asks for trouble because now if white wants to keep the Pawn has to give up castling which is not so bad in a queenless game but white had much better options like 5.exd6} (5. exd6 {[%csl Rf6][%cal Rg7f6] And let the black f-Pawn block his own Bishop.}) 5... dxe5 6. fxe5 fxe5 7. d5 $2 {Absolutely no need to lose a Pawn. White must have been afraid of Qxd1 after Nxe5 Bxe5 dxe5, so the King will remain uncastled and in the center but this is not that bad since the Queens will be off the board so he should not worry too much for an attack.} (7. Nxe5 Bxe5 8. dxe5 Qxd1+ 9. Kxd1 {White is ok. And definitely much better than giving a Pawn as in the game.}) 7... c6 8. Bc4 Bg4 $2 {Mistake. f7 is weak for black and dangerous. So black should concentrate in King safety a bit and resolve the d5-Pawn situation so Nf6 had to be played to deal with d5-Pawn and develop the Knight. Now black starts having problems with his King safety due to the weakened f7-square.} (8... Nf6 {The best move in this position and the one that keeps black a lot better!} 9. Nc3 (9. Nxe5 $6 Qd6 $17) 9... b5 {Black is better.}) 9. Qd3 $6 {Misses the chance to equalize.} (9. h3 $1 Bxf3 (9... Qa5+ 10. c3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Nf6 12. dxc6 Nxc6 13. Be3 O-O-O {White has now 2 different plans, Nd2 and then O-O-O or O-O with interesting open game with attacking potential for both sides. Black has a Pawn more but white has stronger Bishops and better coordination of his pieces. The black Queen also is badly placed so white is fine.}) 10. Qxf3 {[%csl Gf7]} Nf6 11. Nc3 Rf8 {Black has to destroy his short castle.} ( 11... e4 $6 12. Nxe4 Nxd5 13. Ng5 {white has the initiative and good attacking prospects.}) 12. Bg5 {Equality with very complicated game and with both sides have chances to win.}) 9... Bxf3 $2 {Missed e4! Now white is equal again and with good attacking chances.} (9... e4 $1 10. Qxe4 Nf6 11. Qe2 (11. Qf4 cxd5 12. Bb3 {Black is better.}) 11... cxd5 12. Bb3 {Black is better.}) 10. Qxf3 Nf6 11. dxc6 (11. Nc3 $11 {Development plus support for the Pawn.}) 11... Nxc6 { [%cal Gc6d4,Rd4f3,Rd4c2,Yc2e1,Yc2a1]} 12. c3 {[%csl Rd4]} Rf8 13. Qe2 $6 (13. O-O {An immediate O-O forcing black to deal with his King, that is in a dangerous position in the center, is way preferable!}) 13... Qc7 (13... Nd5 { [%cal Gd5f4,Rf8f1] Better.}) 14. Qd3 $2 {Pointless and really bad. Now black is a lot better.} (14. Be3 O-O-O 15. O-O {Black is slightly better because of the Pawn but white can put pressure because of the Bishop pair and the better development.}) 14... e4 15. Qd1 $2 {Loses.} (15. Qh3 {The best of all the crappy moves white has, in a desperate situation.}) 15... Nd7 (15... Rd8 $19 { White is toast.}) 16. Nd2 e3 $2 {A really bad move selection for black. A common mistake in this level, when you can force a threat in a piece by a Pawn do it. But what this move does is to give a tempo for white to develop his Knight in a better square and make the Pawn a liability now for black, that has to find a way to protect it.} (16... Nce5 {Easy win for black.}) 17. Nf3 Bh6 {Trying to keep the pressure.} (17... Nce5 18. Be2 Nxf3+ 19. Bxf3 Bxc3+ 20. Ke2 Qc4+ 21. Qd3 Qxd3+ 22. Kxd3 Bg7 23. Kxe3 Ne5 24. Bxb7 Rb8 25. Bf3 Bh6+ 26. Kd4 Nxf3+ 27. gxf3 Bxc1 28. Raxc1 Rxb2 $17 {[%cal Gb2a2,Gf8f3]}) 18. Be2 (18. O-O O-O-O 19. Qe2 Nce5 {Only move.} 20. Bd5 Qc5 21. c4 Nxf3+ 22. gxf3 e6 $17) 18... O-O-O 19. Qc2 (19. O-O Nde5 20. Qe1 Nxf3+ 21. Bxf3 Qb6 22. Qe2 Ne5 23. a4 Rd3 24. a5 Nxf3+ 25. gxf3 Qd6 $17) 19... Nf6 (19... Nde5 {Better.}) 20. b3 $6 { Nothing works but no need to surrender so easily.} (20. Qa4 e5 21. Bb5 Kb8 22. Bxc6 bxc6 23. g3 Nd5 $17) 20... Nd5 (20... Ng4 $1 21. Qe4 Nxh2 $1 22. Bxe3 (22. Nxh2 Qg3#) 22... Qg3+ 23. Bf2 Bd2+ 24. Nxd2 Rxf2 {[%cal Gf2f4,Rg3e1]} 25. O-O-O Qxc3+ 26. Qc2 Qxc2+ 27. Kxc2 Nd4+ 28. Kb2 Rxe2 29. Rxh2 Nf5 30. Rc1+ (30. Kc2 Ne3+) 30... Kb8 $19) 21. Bb2 Nf4 22. Bd1 Nd3+ 23. Kf1 Nce5 24. Be2 Nxb2 25. Qxb2 Nxf3 26. gxf3 Rd2 27. Qc1 Qc6 28. Rg1 Rxf3+ 29. Ke1 Rf2 30. Bg4+ Kb8 31. c4 Rg2 32. Qxd2 Rxg1+ 0-1


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.25"] [Round "?"] [White "astrinos"] [Black "manupao"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B01"] [WhiteElo "1205"] [BlackElo "1033"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Be2 Bh5 $6 {Why? Again no reason to move the same piece twice in the opening losing precious time!! Nc6 was fine.} 5. O-O e5 $2 {Terrible. Almost loses.} (5... Nc6) (5... Nf6) 6. c3 $6 {We have a series of bad moves from both sides. Black here should deal with the situation in the center and release some of the tension by playing e4 so he would exchange Bishops and then start thinking about his development without having to worry about different tactical hits. With the white battery of Queen+Bishop directing to black's Bishop and the black Queen there, there are many possible tricks white can do. With Bd6 black provokes that. e4 by all means to clear the situation in the center.} (6. Nc3 $16 Qe6 7. d4 $1 Nd7 8. dxe5 $16 {Black is in a terrible position. White has completed his development, he has castled, he is a Pawn more while black has a badly placed Bishop and a Queen in a vulnerable position in the center that can be threatened by minor pieces. It's just a matter ot correct solid play for white to win.}) 6... Bd6 $6 {We have a series of bad moves from both sides. Black here should deal with the situation in the center and release some of the tension by playing e4 so he would exchange Bishops and then start thinking about his development without having to worry about different tactical hits. With the white battery of Queen+Bishop directing to black's Bishop and the black Queen there, there are many possible tricks white can do. With Bd6 black provokes that. e4 by all means to clear the situation in the center.} (6... e4 {This is better.} 7. Nd4 Bxe2 8. Qxe2 Ne7 {Protecting from a possible pin the e4-Pawn.}) 7. b3 $2 {Caissa is good to black. After all his mistakes, white returns the favor each time.} (7. d4 { White is a lot better now!}) (7. c4 {This works also. White is better!} Qe6 8. d4) 7... Nf6 8. Bb2 (8. d4 $1) 8... e4 9. c4 $1 Qc5 10. Re1 $6 {Clever to set a trap to a beginner but not that clever generally. The best move here was the more forcing d4.} (10. d4 {Next 3 moves are forced for black now.} exd3 11. Bxd3 O-O 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Nc3 $14) 10... Ng4 $2 (10... O-O {And black's problems are gone. He even stands a tad better now.} 11. d4 {Forced.} exd3 12. Qxd3 Bg6 {Black is more than fine.}) 11. Bd4 Qf5 12. Bd3 Nf6 13. Bxf6 O-O 14. Bxe4 (14. Bxg7 {Slightly better.} Bxf3 15. Qxf3 (15. gxf3 $4 Qh3 $19) 15... Qxf3 16. gxf3 Kxg7 17. Bxe4 Nc6 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Nc3 {With 2 Pawns more white is better.}) 14... Qxf6 15. Bxb7 Nd7 {Qxa1 was better.} (15... Qxa1 16. Bxa8 Nd7 17. Be4 (17. Qc2 {Or trying to save the Pawn.} Qf6 (17... Rxa8 $4 18. Nc3 Bg6 19. d3 Qxe1+ 20. Nxe1) 18. Bc6) 17... Qxa2 18. Nc3) 16. Bxa8 (16. Nc3 { Even better. Development is much better. Black has to move the Rook so white is like winning a tempo.} Rab8 17. Ne4) 16... Rxa8 $2 {Loses instantly.} (16... Qxa1) 17. Nc3 (17. d4 $1 {Rook and Knight are generally stronger than 2 Bishops, but here white has 2 extra Pawns also that dominate in the center so white is very much better. d4 covers e5 not allowing Ne5, that would put pressure on the pinned f3 Knight so it gives white a very pleasant game and a sure way to win.}) 17... g5 {Ensures an easy win for white.} (17... Ne5 {This provides much more fight although in all fairness it should lose also. g5 is a straightforward loss.} 18. Nd5 (18. Rxe5 {The best way to resolve this.} Bxf3 ( 18... Bxe5 19. d4 Bd6 20. Ne4 Qe7 21. Nxd6 Qxd6 {With 2 Pawns more, white is a lot better.}) 19. Qxf3 Qxf3 20. gxf3 Bxe5 21. Re1 Bxc3 {Black should not allow white's Pawns deployment with d4, d5 etc so he has to destroy their structure.} 22. dxc3 {2 Pawns more should be enough for a win but it's that easy with the broken structure of white Pawns.}) 18... Qd8 19. Rxe5 Bxe5 20. d4 Bd6 21. Nc3 { White is better. Although 2 Knights are inferior to the Bishop pair power, the 2 extra Pawns are decisive.}) 18. Ne4 {It's all over now.} Qf4 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. d4 Nf6 21. Qd3 g4 22. Ne5 Re8 23. g3 h6 24. Qf5 Kg7 25. Rad1 Rg8 26. d5 a5 27. Nc6 Bg6 28. Qe5 Qa3 29. Ra1 h5 30. Qxc7 a4 31. Qa5 Nd7 32. Qc3+ Kh7 33. Ne7 Rg7 34. Nxg6 Kxg6 35. Qc2+ Kh6 36. Qc1+ Qxc1 37. Raxc1 Nc5 38. bxa4 Nxa4 39. d6 Nc5 40. Rcd1 f5 41. Re5 Nd7 42. Rxf5 Kg6 43. Rfd5 Kf6 44. Rxh5 Kg6 45. Rhd5 Nb6 46. Rb5 Nxc4 47. d7 Rg8 48. d8=Q Rxd8 49. Rxd8 Kf6 50. Rc5 Ne5 51. Rd6+ Kf5 52. Rd4 Ke6 53. Re4 1-0


[Event "1. Insomniac's chess tournament - Round"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.05.31"] [Round "?"] [White "Frod0"] [Black "Assasin13"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A45"] [WhiteElo "949"] [BlackElo "1520"] [Annotator "Crocodile23"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [TimeControl "1"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 {An opening that i personally dislike very much!} Ne4 3. Bh4 d5 ( 3... c5 {This has better results.}) 4. f3 Nd6 5. e3 (5. Nc3 {A better opening move.}) 5... Nf5 6. Bf2 g6 $6 {A new move. But a dubious choice for this opening as fianchettoing the Bishop doesn't make so much sense with e3-d4 white Pawn structure. e6 is much more logical and gets the Bishop to open air immediately.} (6... e6) 7. Bd3 (7. e4 Nd6 8. Nc3 {This is better for white than the game's continuation.}) 7... Nd6 {What does black is afraid of? He should not touch this Knight unless a Pawn threatens it.} (7... Nc6) 8. Nc3 e6 9. Nge2 Bg7 10. Bg3 {No reason to move the Bishop there. A Simple O-O or e4 would be better.} (10. O-O) (10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4) 10... O-O 11. O-O a6 (11... b6 {Activating the Bishop with Bb7 and preparing c5 is more logical.}) 12. e4 c6 $6 (12... dxe4 {Much better.}) 13. e5 {Not really a mistake but much better moves were Na4 or Qd2.} (13. Qd2 {White controls the game.}) (13. Na4 $5) 13... Nc4 $2 {A mistake. Knight belongs to f5 contributing to King's defense, threatening g3 Bishop and where a white capture with Bxf5 favors black.} (13... Nf5 {That's typical. Black should prepare c5 or even f6 now and he will be fine.}) 14. b3 $4 {White blunders. H didn't noticed the classical Knight fork. White could take the advantage by capturing the Knight, but now it is black that takes the lead.} (14. Bxc4 dxc4 15. Ne4 {[%cal Ge4d6] White is better now. Black Knight on d6 is huge. As Kasparov said, a Knight on d6 is worth a Rook!}) 14... Ne3 {[%cal Ge3d1,Ge3f1]} 15. Qd2 Nxf1 16. Rxf1 Nd7 17. Bf4 $6 (17. Nd1 { [%cal Gc2c3] Much better to take precautions for c5 that is coming. c5 is a critical move since if white can't deal with it properly it will unlock the center and the e5 Pawn will become weak and the game will be over for white.}) 17... f6 (17... c5 $1 $17 {White's position collapses.}) 18. Bh6 $2 (18. exf6 { The only move.} Bxf6 {Black is better but white can have some counterplay.}) 18... Rf7 (18... fxe5 $19 {White is toast}) 19. Na4 (19. Bxg7 {Provides a little more resistance although black is winning of course.} Kxg7 20. exf6+ Qxf6) 19... b5 20. Nb2 fxe5 21. Bxg7 Rxg7 22. dxe5 Nxe5 23. Qe3 Qc7 24. f4 Nf7 25. Ng3 Bd7 26. Nd1 Nh6 27. Be2 Re8 28. Nf2 Nf5 29. Nxf5 exf5 30. Qd2 Qb6 31. Kh1 Rge7 32. Bf3 Qe3 33. Qd1 Qe1 34. Nd3 Qh4 (34... Qxd1 {Easy win. When you're a Rook up, trade pieces as much as you can. :-) And especially the Queen to avoid possible attacking troubles.}) 35. Qd2 Re3 36. Ne5 R3xe5 37. fxe5 Rxe5 38. Qc3 Qe7 39. h3 h5 40. Qd2 Be8 41. Rc1 Kg7 42. c4 dxc4 43. bxc4 bxc4 44. Qd4 Kh7 45. Qxc4 Qb7 $2 {Giving the Pawn is a mistake since it may lead to a drawish position and mainly because there are much better moves!} ( 45... Re1+ 46. Rxe1 Qxe1+ 47. Kh2 Qe5+ $17) (45... c5 $1 46. Qxa6 Bf7 $17 { [%cal Gc5c4]}) 46. Qc3 {Why not grab the Pawn? What did white see and was scared of doing it? Perhaps the endgame i comment below that may be a win for black, but now blacks stands obviously better again. He should have taken the chance to go for a 50-50(since we can't possibly know the theoretical outcome of the resulting endgame i note below) endgame where he will lose or draw, rather than giving black again the clear advantage. But perhaps he acted wisely since he knew that this position after Qc3, is difficult to play for black also and even though he has a better position he may not find the optimal moves for maintaining his advantage.} (46. Bxc6 Qxc6 (46... Qc7 47. Bb5 Qxc4 48. Bxc4 {Very drawish.}) 47. Qxc6 Bxc6 48. Rxc6 {Looks drawish! But of course the extra Pawn can prove otherwise. A tough endgame. The most logical and best continuation is:} Ra5 49. Rc2 h4 $1 {There is a maze of countless variations here where the slightest tempo matters and transforms the game from a draw to win or from a win to draw so i will not attempt to analyze it.}) 46... Re7 (46... Qc7 47. Rb1 (47. Bxc6 {This doesn't work now.} Bxc6 48. Qxc6 Re1+ 49. Rxe1 Qxc6) 47... Re7 48. Qc5 {Only move.} a5 $17) 47. Qf6 $2 (47. Bxc6 $1 Bxc6 48. Qxc6 Qb2 49. Qc5 {This does look very drawish. Black has to force an exchange of the Queens if he wants to win but it's almost impossible to do.} ) 47... a5 48. Qd6 (48. Bxc6 $2 Qc7 $19 {Wins as white's Rook is overloaded by protecting the back rank from checkmate by the Rook and defending the Bishop also.} 49. Kg1 (49. a4 Bxc6 50. Rxc6 Re1#) 49... Qb6+ 50. Kh2 Qb8+ 51. Kh1 Rc7 52. Rc3 Qb6 53. Qd6 Bxc6) 48... Qb4 49. Qg3 $6 (49. Qxb4 axb4 50. Rc4 (50. Bxc6 $2 Rc7) 50... Rb7 51. Bxc6 Rc7 52. Bd5 Rxc4 53. Bxc4 h4 $19 {Here black should win because the white isolated Pawn is on a light square and the black one is on a dark square.}) (49. Qf6 {The best try!} a4 $1) 49... Qd2 50. Ra1 c5 51. Rd1 Qb4 52. Rd6 (52. Qf2 c4 53. Qh4 Ba4 54. a3 Qxa3 55. Bxh5 Bxd1 56. Bxd1+ Kg7 57. Qd4+ Kf7 58. Qxc4+ Re6 59. Bb3 Qa1+ 60. Kh2 Qe5+ 61. Kg1 Qe1+ 62. Kh2 Kf6 63. Qc8 Qe5+ 64. Kh1 Re7 $19) 52... h4 53. Qg5 (53. Qf2 Re1+ 54. Kh2 Qf4+ 55. g3 Qxd6 56. Qxe1 c4 57. Kg2 Qxg3+ 58. Qxg3 hxg3 59. Kxg3 c3 60. Bd1 Bc6 61. Bb3 Be4 62. Kf4 c2 $19) 53... Qe1+ 54. Kh2 Qe5+ 55. Kh1 Qxd6 56. Qxh4+ Kg7 57. Qf2 c4 58. Qb2+ Kh7 59. Qf2 c3 60. Qh4+ Kg7 0-1