Saturday, November 11, 2006

Kings Island Open : Nov 11-12 (Mason, OH)

I only played one good game (round 4), but still lost only 2 rating points to finish with 1-1=2 with a rating of 1872.

Complete Results

Round 1
Bye

Round 2 - Me vs MICHAEL A MORRIS (1944) Loss
In this game I could have forced the following position (on move 16) with Black to play:

I thought that the isolated pawn would be a liability, but I think that my active pieces compensate for this and White should be fine. I lost this game because of the move 17. Nh7, for a moment I forgot that rooks can move horizontally too!

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Round 3 - KEVIN MALLOY (1914) vs me Draw
I could have played Kh7 and there are no more checks and Black shold be able to win with the extra piece.

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Round 4 Me vs - MICHAEL CHIANG (1856 ) Win

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Round 5 GEORGE J ELGIN (1771) vs Me Draw

This was a very interesting but frustrating draw. I was clearly winning for most of the game, and then I got into a winning pawn endgame (43...e5). I then blundered with 51...Kg2 and should have lost, but my opponent captured the wrong pawn and the game was drawn. 60. K x b5 wins while K x b4 draws. So instead of gaining about 12 rating points I lost a couple.

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12 comments:

  1. Interesting games - thanks. In G4 in particular, seems to me that Black played quite passively. Did you look at either 14 d5 or 16 d5 to mount pressure on e6?

    An observation about taking the B on d6 - from a pawn structure perspective, it evens things up for Black. Another plan - even earlier in the game - might have been to use your Rooks on the half-open c file. Nice finish on the K-side.

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  2. Hey I played at KI in the u2000, I haven't had a cance to look at your games (or even mine for that matter) but will sometime this week. I am trying to break 2k also but I think it will take me a couple of years if I work hard...

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  3. How did you do at the KI, Maybe we can colaborate on the getting 2000 goal

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  4. I scored 2.5 (see my blog). I am looking for training partners so maybe we can arrange some games and analyze them together...

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  5. Hi Ivan,

    I like your game 4 against Michael Chiang and especially how your locked out his white bishop. I agree with the first comment that it looks like he played passively. Good game.

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  6. Is there a way to swap the board displays to always play through the games from Ivan's point of view?

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  7. In R5, did you consider playing Ke7 rather than castling? That would have left your K much closer to the action.

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  8. Although I knew better I was not disciplined enough not to get over confident in this game. I was so sure that I was going to win, that I was in auto pilot mode. I read some where that the bigger your advantage the more you have to lose. I forgot that during this game.

    I spent about 20 minutes on my 43…e5 just to make sure that I was winning in all variations. If White went after my q-side pawns he would lose by a tempo, I didn’t spend too much time looking at him going to the k-side since I had 2 reserve tempi with my b7 pawn.

    My evaluation was correct, but I made the horrible blunder 51…kg2 with 50…g5 it was an easy win.

    There is no way to flip the board.

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  9. 60. Kxb4 is the most obvious blunder of all.
    60. Kxb5 Kc3 61. Ka4 and black loses.

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