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Friday, December 30, 2005

Positionally And Tactically Lost

The results are in. Against my brother-in-law last night, played 5 games, lost all 5 games. How pathetic is that?

My answer: Very pathetic. One of the games even ended with my Black king on square a4 (gee...that's a long way from home, isn't it? :) ).

My BIL played the Modern opening in all his games and I couldn't get a grip on any of them. I've never had this much trouble before with this opening. Maybe it's a psychological barrier (of never having beaten him ever) that's affecting my concentration (excuses, excuses....). In the end, I was just positionally and tactically lost.

Onto other chess news, at the OzChess Championships 2006 in Brisbane, the highlight match of the day IMHO was between Ian Rout v Kevin Sheldrick, Black played the Benko Gambit (somewhat a rarity in top level competitions). But one of the strangest looking Benko Gambit variations I've ever saw. On move 16, with the exception of the fianchettoed Bishop on g7, all of Black's pieces are huddled into one corner. White then made a positional error on move 17 vacating the Queen (to attack Black's undefended pawn on e7) that was guarding the square d3 allowing Black's light-squared bishop to infiltrate the position. The subsequent firepower raining down on the Queenside was overwhelming.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. g3 d6 8. Bg2 Bg7 9. Nf3 Nbd7 10. Rb1 Nb6 11. b3 O-O 12. O-O Ra7 13. Re1 Qa8 14. e4 Ne8 15. Qd2 Nc7 16. Bb2 Rb8 (see diagram) 17. Qg5 Bd3 18. Rbd1 c4 19. Re3 h6 20. Qh4 Bc2 21. Rd2 cxb3 22. axb3 Bxb3 23. Bf1 Nc4 24. Bxc4 Bxc4 25. e5 Nxd5 26. Qxc4 Nxe3 27. Qe2 Ng4 28. exd6 exd6 29. Nb5 Rab7 30. Bxg7 Rxb5 31. Ra2 Qb7 32. Ba1 Ne5 33. Nd2 Qd5 34. Nf1 Nf3+ 0-1

In the Russian Championship superfinal, Sergei Rublesvky is the leader after drawing his game with Sergey Volkov as White with Dmitry Jakovenko in second place. Vladimir Kramnik has had a poor performance (perhaps he's preparing for next year's competitions?) so far in joint 7th place with Alexander Motylev.

The worst game so far of the tournament was Khalifman v Rublesvky, with the game agreed drawn after 14 moves! Black had sacrificed a Queen for 3 minor pieces and the game look very edgy and had a huge potential.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f4 Bb4 8.Bd3 Qb6 9.O-O Bc5 10.Na4 Bxd4 11.Nxb6 Bxe3+ 12.Kh1 Bxb6 13.e5 Nd5 14. Qe1 1/2-1/2


  • At 9:14 AM, Blogger The chess nut said…

    The Ian Rout gamewas a game in the reserves. The website has been showing 6 Championship games + 1 Reserves game each day.

    I was going for Ian Rout. He is a regular at - a forum mainly on australian chess.

    On the other hand i'm a big fan of the benko! :D


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