Sunday, April 15, 2007

Brought back to earth in Rockford

In my last 14 rated games I had lost only two games, both to masters. I was the top seed and paired against a player more than 400 points below me. I spent my time getting the following position as black with black to play. Around this time my confidence had turned into over-confidence, and that is very dangerous place to be.

I went into a pawn endgame which I thought was a win for me, but with best play it was a draw, but I still had a chance to win with a4 in this position, but by this time I didn't have that much time left:I ended up losing, and was so rattled by this that I lost the next game to a 1700 player.

Well, back to the drawing board...

(2) Romano,R (1430) - Wijetunge,I (1874) [B16]Rockford (1), 14.04.2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.gxf3 e6 9.Be3 Nd7 10.f4 f5 11.Bc4 Nb6 12.Bb3 Qh4 13.Qf3 Nd5 14.Bxd5 cxd5 15.0-0-0 Qd8 16.Rd3 Rc8 17.Rb3 Qd7 18.Qe2 Rg8 19.Qb5 Qxb5 20.Rxb5 Rc7 21.Rd1 Kd7 22.Rb3 Be7 23.Rbd3 Rg2 24.Rh1 Rc8 25.Rdd1 Bh4 26.Rdf1 b5 27.Kd2 b4 28.Rhg1 Rcg8 29.Rxg2 Rxg2 30.Ke2 Bf6 31.Rh1 Kc6 32.Kd3 Bh4 33.Ke2 Kb5 34.b3 Rg8 35.Kd3 a5 36.Rc1 Rc8 37.c4+ bxc3 38.Rxc3 Rxc3+ 39.Kxc3 Be7 40.Kc2 Bb4 41.Bd2 Bxd2 42.Kxd2 Kb4 43.Kc2 Ka3 44.Kb1 f6 45.f3 h6 46.h4 h5 47.Ka1 Kb4? [ 47...a4 Wins! for black 48.bxa4 Kxa4 49.Kb2 Kb4 50.Kc2 Kc4 51.Kb2 Kxd4 52.a4 Kc5 53.Kb3 d4 54.a5 d3 55.Kc3 Kb5 56.Kxd3 Kxa5 57.Kd4 Kb4 58.Kd3] 48.Kb2 Kb5 49.a3 a4 50.Kc3 Ka5 51.bxa4 Kxa4 52.Kb2 Kb5 53.Kb3 1-0


  1. How can you possibly even CONSIDER trading off the bishops. Look at the position. Yours is good, his is bad. His has no place to go, yours tears up the board. Furthermore, did you forget about your dark square weaknesses? Your pawns were doing a great job covering the light squares and the bishop had the dark squares under control and then you trade of the bishop!?!? You need to rethink your game before can make it to the next level.

  2. Well, the reason that I went into the pawn end game was because I thought it was winning for me. (I was down to the last few min. at this time)

    The pawn end game was actually drawn, but my I still had a chance to win(with 47...a4), since White did bot make the best move.