Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Centrifuge II etc.

4SS, G/90 Green Bay, WI 54304.

Tournament Result

I scored 1-1=2. With a performance rating of 1900. I think that my main problem is lack of confidence when I have bad results.

My confidence took a big hit on 2007-04-14 when I played in this Rockford tournament and it took me a while to get it back.

I think I have turned it a round in the last two tournaments. In the last 7 rated games I have played, I have lost three games to players rated 2100, 1967 and 1918 (2-3=2).

This is the story behind the loss to the 1967 (Me vs Ferguson,W - Hales Corners G/100 21.06.2007).

I have been reading the very interesting book, "The Art of Learning" by J. Waitzkin. In it he talks about how he used to confused opponents by going into complex positions confident that he would be able to come out on top. In the following position, I guess you could say I was inspired by J.W. to play the move 17 e4. (But when a floored out A player tries to do what J.W. was able to, the results are unpredictable to say the least!)

17.... Nfxe4 18.Bxg7 Nxd2 19.Bd5
I saw the moves up to this:
But here Black has the winning move Qe2.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hales Coners G/100. 3 Rnd Swiss.

Games Replay
Round 3 June 21
Loss to Ferguson,W (1967)

Round 2 June 14
Won against Alex Jensen 1579

After a dismal run of 14 games(2-5=7) where I had just 2 wins (against a 1200 and an unrated), I finally won against a 1579 player today. Might not seem like much, but I was 0-1=1 against this opponent until today and I was starting to believe that I could not beat anyone over 1200!

Me (1800) - Jensen,A (1579) [A40]Hales Corners G/100 (2), 21.06.2007

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Nd2 b6 4.a3 Be7 5.e4 Bb7 6.Bd3 d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e5 Bg5 9.Ngf3 Bh6 10.0-0 [ 10.Qc2 Nd7 11.Nb3 Bxc1 12.Rxc1 ] 10...Ba6? 11.Bxa6 Nxa6 12.Qe2? [ 12.Qa4++- ] 12...Qc8 13.Qb5+ [ 13.Nb3 Bxc1 14.Raxc1 Ne7 ] 13...c6 14.Qe2 Nc7 15.Re1 Ne6 16.b4 Ne7 [ 16...Nf4 17.Qf1 Ne7 18.Nb3 0-0 19.Bxf4 Bxf4 20.g3 ] 17.Nb3 Bxc1 18.Rexc1 Qb7 [ 18...Nf4 19.Qd2 Qg4 20.Ne1 Ne2+ ] 19.Rc3 Rc8 20.Rac1 0-0 21.h4 Rc7 22.Ng5 Qc8 23.Qc2 Nxg5 24.hxg5 a6 25.f4 Qg4 26.Qf2 Rfc8 27.Rg3 Qe6 28.Rh3 Rf8 29.Rcc3 Qg4 30.Rc1 Nf5 31.Qf3 [ 31.Qc2= ] 31...Qxf3 32.Rxf3 g6 33.g4 Ne7 34.Kg2 Kg7 35.Rh1 [ 35.f5 gxf5 36.gxf5 Nc8 37.Rh3 Na7 38.Rch1 Rh8 39.a4 ] 35...Rh8 36.f5 gxf5 37.gxf5 Ng8 38.Rg3 Kf8 39.Rgh3 Kg7 40.Kf3 Rc8 41.Kf4 [ 41.f6+ Kg6 42.Kf4 h6 43.gxh6 Rxh6 44.Rg1+ Kh7 45.Rg7+ Kh8 46.Rxh6+ Nxh6 47.Kg5 Ng8 48.Rxf7 a5 49.Kg6 Nxf6 50.exf6 Rg8+ 51.Kh6 Rg1 52.Rf8+ Rg8 ] 41...h6 42.Rg1 [ 42.f6+ Kg6 43.gxh6 Rxh6 44.Rg1+ Kh7 45.Rg7+ ] 42...Kf8 43.g6 fxg6 44.Rxg6 Rc7 45.f6 [ 45.e6 h5 46.f6 Rch7 47.Rc3 Rh6 48.Rxc6 Nxf6 49.Rxh6 Rxh6 50.Kg5 Ng8 51.Rxb6 h4 52.Rb8+ Kg7 53.Rb7+ Kh8 54.Rb6 h3 55.e7 Rh5+ 56.Kg4 Rh4+ 57.Kg3 Re4 ] 45...Rf7 46.Ke3 [ 46.a4 Ne7 47.Rgxh6 ] 46...Ke8 47.Rf3 Kd7 48.Rfg3 Rf8 49.Nc1 [ 49.Rg7+ Ke6 50.Rc7 Nxf6 51.exf6 Rxf6 52.Rxc6+ Kf7 53.Rc7+ Ke6 54.Rb7 Kf5 ] 49...h5 50.Nd3 Nh6 51.Rg7+ Kc8 52.Kf4 Ng4 53.Kf5 Rh6 54.Ke6 Kd8 [ 54...Nxf6 55.exf6 Rfxf6+ 56.Ke5 Re6+ 57.Kf5 Rhf6+ 58.Kg5 Rh6 ] 55.Rf3 Re8+ 56.Kd6 Rf8 57.Kxc6 [ 57.Ra7 ] 57...Nxf6 58.Rxf6 Rfxf6+ 59.exf6 Rxf6+ 60.Kxd5 Rf3 61.Ke4 Rf1 62.Rh7 Rh1 63.Kd5 1-0

Round 1 June 7
Loss to Jon Breider 2100

(1) Breider,J (2100) - Me (1800) [B12]Hales Corners G/100 (1), 21.06.2007

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Bd3 Nd7 [ 4...c5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5+ Nc6; 4...dxe4 5.Bxe4 f5 6.Bd3 Qxd4] 5.Qe2 Qb6 6.c3 Ne7 7.b4 Ng6 8.h4 h5 [ 8...Bd6 9.e5 Bxb4 10.cxb4 Qxb4+ 11.Bd2 ( 11.Kf1 Qxd4 12.Bb2 Qf4 13.Qd2 Qxd2 14.Nxd2 Ngxe5) 11...Qxd4 12.Bc3 Qf4 13.Bxg6 hxg6; 8...Qc7 9.e5 a5 10.b5 cxb5 11.Bxb5 Ne7 12.Be3 b6; 8...Bxb4 9.cxb4 Qxb4+ 10.Qd2 Qxd4 11.Bb2] 9.exd5 cxd5 10.Bxg6 fxg6 11.Nh3 Be7 12.Bg5 a5 [ 12...Bxg5 13.Nxg5 0-0 14.Qxe6+ ( 14.Nxe6 Re8-+; 14.Qd3 e5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Qxd5+ Nf7 17.Qd4 Nxg5 18.hxg5 Qxd4 19.cxd4 Rf5) 14...Qxe6+ 15.Nxe6 Re8-+; 12...Bf6 13.Bxf6 ( 13.Nf4 Kf7 14.0-0 Qd6 15.Nh3 e5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Bf4) 13...gxf6 14.Nf4 Kf7] 13.b5 a4 14.Nd2 [ 14.Bxe7 Kxe7 15.Ng5 Nf6 16.Qd3 Rh6] 14...Ra5 15.Rb1 Qc7 16.Qxe6 Nf6 [ 16...Qg3+ 17.Kf1] 17.Qe5 Qxc3 [ 17...Qxe5+ 18.dxe5 Bf5 19.exf6 ( 19.Rd1 Nd7 20.Bxe7 Kxe7 21.Nf4) 19...gxf6 20.Be3 Bxb1 21.Nxb1 Rxb5] 18.0-0 Kf7 [ 18...Bxh3 19.gxh3 0-0 20.Qxe7 Qxd4+ 21.Kh1] 19.Rfc1 Qa3 20.Nf4 Bd6 21.Rc7+ Bxc7 [ 21...Bd7 22.Qe6+ Kf8 23.Nxg6#] 22.Qxc7+ Qe7 23.Qxa5 Qe3+ 24.Kh1 Re8 25.Nxd5 Qxd4 26.Nxf6 gxf6 27.Qc7+ Kf8 28.Bh6+ Kg8 29.Qg7# 1-0

Games Replay