Friday, March 30, 2007

Interesting game against a master

I played this game against Tim Mc Entee (2200) in the last round of the Hawkeye Mind Chellenge last Sunday(March 25th)

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[Event "Hawkeye Mind Challenge"]
[Site "Iowa City"]
[Date "2007.02.25"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Mc Entee, Tim"]
[Black "Wijetunge, Ivan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "2200"]
[BlackElo "1866"]
1. d4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. Nf3 dxc4 4. e3 b5 5. a4 Bb7 6. axb5 cxb5 7. b3 e6 (7... a5
8. bxc4 b4) 8. bxc4 b4 9. c5 a5 10. Ne5 Be7 11. Bb5+ Kf8 12. O-O Qd5 13. Qf3
Qxf3 14. gxf3 f6 (14... Bd8 15. e4 Ne7 16. Rd1 Bc7) 15. c6 Bc8 (15... fxe5 16.
cxb7 Ra7 17. dxe5 Bd8 (17... Rxb7 18. Bc4 Bd8 19. f4 Ke7) 18. Bc4 Ke7 19. Rd1)
16. Nc4 Bd8 17. e4 Ne7 18. d5 g6 (18... exd5 19. exd5 Ba6 20. Bxa6 Rxa6) 19.
Bh6+ Kg8 20. Rd1 Ba6 21. Bxa6 Rxa6 22. c7 Bxc7 23. d6 Bxd6 24. Rxd6 Rxd6 25.
Nxd6 1-0

I tried a side line 4....b5 and although it looked to me and others watching that Black was in a bad way most of the game, infact black was only slightly worse until the bad move 18...g6. (The idea was to find a home for the king at g7 so thet I could get the king's rook out, but I completely missed the obvious reply Bh6)

If I had played 14...Bd8 or 15...fxe5, I was still in the game.


  1. Ivan,

    I fail to see how your even close to equal in that position. Slightly worse would be putting it mildly, for example on move 13. f3 was a lot stronger, when white has close to a winning edge. He will play Qa4 with a total bind. Also, in the ending sideline you gave instead of 18...g6 you said that 18...exd5 is stronger and your still slightly worse, but 19. ed Ba6 20. Bxa6 Rxa6 21. Rd1 Kf7(seems like the only move that does not lose) 22. Bf4 and how do you avoid losing material? Yes, you can sac on c6 and have two passed pawns, but white has them planted which diminishes their power. That position is clearly + -, not slightly worse for black. You need to try an rip your moves apart when you go over your games, and be highly critical of yourself. Never take it easy on yourself or you will keep telling yourself you were alright in the game or you did not play that bad, and you will never get to the root of the problems.

  2. Ivan

    I don't know if you get the Chess Live Newsletter, your getting to 2000 blog is featuered as the hot blog of the week. Congratulations.

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  4. Ivan-

    Tim showed me the game, I recommended 14. ...Bd8, but it was ugly for you. His opening play was fairly enterprising, I thought. Tough game, but it happens.

    (Sorry I tried to edit the first comment but it got deleted)

  5. Will you be playing in the April 21 Hales Corners Challenge V? I decided to give it a whirl since I can drive down there and back the same day. My chess mentor wants some more of my games to dissect. :)

  6. I am not sure about the Hales Corners event. I would like to play in one more tournament before the Chicago Open, but I prefer a slower time control and the entry fee/prize ratio is poor.

  7. Ivan-

    Thanks for the inspiration. I decided to start my own chess improvement blog:

    Also I like your masthead. I use a standard template... how did you build your blog?

  8. I started with a standard template and made a few changes.

    Made everything one color, took away the rounded corners and added a graphic.

  9. This blog was featured in the weekly US Chesslive News Letter for the week of March 30

    Thanks for the nominations.

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