Friday, March 14, 2008

Angelo's 138 move win - (Analysis by Angelo)

IM Angelo Young won a 138 mover against Stamnov at the recent FIDE event in Milwaukee. This was a must win game for Angelo if he wanted to share first prize with IM Megen Amanov at 4.5/5.0

Angelo says "I don't know how many times me and FM Stamnov have played each other".

As of 3/14/2008 the answer is: 16 Angelo's USCF record by total games agaist individuals (thanks to USCF -MSA Data program by W. Zimmerle)

It is interesting to note that Stamnov could have claimed a draw by the 50-move rule, but for some reason did not do so. Well, the reason might be that he was oblivious to the fact since he has a bad habit of not keeping score, and when he does it is nothing more than scratch marks!

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(10) IM Young,A - FM Stamnov,A [A11]MCA FIDE, 09.03.2008
I don't know how many times me and FM Stamnov play each other. 1.c4 c6 His favorite the Slav set-up. 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.b3 Nbd7 6.Bb2 Nc5 7.Qc2 Be7 8.d3 a5 9.Rb1! 0-0 10.Be2 Rb8? black must find a way to open the game in order not to get cramped. 11.0-0 Bd7 12.Na4 [ 12.e4 dxe4 13.dxe4 Qc7 14.e5 Ng4 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 f5 17.Qf4 Rbd8 18.h3 Nh6 19.Rbd1 favors white.] 12...Na6 [ 12...Nxa4 13.bxa4 b6 14.e4 Qe8 15.Ne5 dxe4 16.dxe4 c5 17.Nxd7 Nxd7 18.f4+/=] 13.Be5 Rc8 14.c5 Ra8 15.a3 Be8 16.Bxf6 Fritz like this move too! 16...Bxf6 17.d4 Nb8 18.Nb6 Ra7 19.Bd3 g6 20.b4 axb4 21.axb4 Nd7 22.Nxd7 Bxd7 23.Ra1 Qb8 24.Qc3 Re8 25.h3 [ 25.Rxa7 Qxa7 26.Ra1 Qb8 27.Ne5 Bxe5 28.dxe5 b6 29.cxb6 Qxb6 Is more prefeable than the text. 30.Ra6 ] 25...Rxa1 26.Rxa1 e5 27.dxe5 Rxe5 28.Nxe5 Bxe5 29.Qa3 Bxa1 30.Qxa1 b6 31.cxb6 Qxb6 32.Qd4 [ 32.Qa5 suggested by Fritz but my line is safer .] 32...Qxd4 33.exd4 g5 34.Kh2 h6 35.Kg3 Kg7 36.h4 f6 37.f4 gxh4+ 38.Kxh4 f5= Diagram equal but there is a lot of ways black could go wrong . weak pawns and white squares weaknesses. from move 38 thru move 112 was just mere of finding the right break for white. As i need more time too 16 mins to black and 15 mins for white. 39.Be2 Be8 40.Kg3 Kf6 41.Kf2 Ke6 42.Ke3 Kd6 43.Kd2 Kc7 44.Kc3 Bf7 45.Kb3 Kb6 46.Bd3 Be6 47.Kc3 Kc7 48.Kd2 Kd6 49.Ke3 Ke7 50.Be2 Bf7 51.Kf2 Kf6 52.Bd3 Be6 53.Ba6 Bd7 54.Kg3 Kg6 55.Kh4 Kg7 56.Bd3 Be6 57.Be2 Bf7 58.Bd1 Be8 59.Be2 Kf6 60.Bd3 Bd7 61.Kh5 Kg7 62.Kh4 Kg6 63.Kg3 Kf6 64.Be2 Be8 65.Kf2 Ke6 66.Ke3 Bd7 67.Bh5 Kf6 68.Kf3 Ke7 69.Kg3 Be8 70.Kh4 Bd7 71.Bf3 Kf6 72.Kg3 Be8 73.Be2 Ke6 74.Kf2 Bf7 75.Ke3 Kd6 76.Kd2 Kc7 77.Kc3 Be8 78.Bf3 Bf7 79.Kb3 Kb6 80.Ka3 Be8 81.Be2 Bf7 82.Bd3 Be6 83.Kb3 Bd7 84.Kc3 Kc7 85.Kc2 Kd6 86.Kc3 Kc7 87.Bc2 Kd6 88.Bb3 Be8 89.Bd1 Bf7 90.Kd2 Ke7 91.Ke1 Ke6 92.Kf1 Kf6 93.Be2 Be6 94.Bh5 Ke7 95.Kf2 Bd7 96.Kg3 Be8 97.Kh4 Bf7 98.Be2 Kf6 99.Kg3 Kg6 100.Ba6 Be6 101.Kf3 Bd7 102.Be2 Be8 103.Ke3 Kf6 104.Kd2 Ke6 105.Kc1 Kd6 106.Kc2 Kc7 107.Kb3 Kb6 108.Bd3 Bd7 109.Kc2 Kc7 110.Kd2 Be6 111.Kc2 Kd6 112.Kc3 Kc7 113.b5!! The winning move ! it will be hard for black to stop white king from marching inside . 113...cxb5 114.Bxb5 Kd6 115.Kb4 Bf7 116.Ka5 Kc7 117.Bd3 Be6 118.Kb5 Kd6 119.Kb6 Bc8 120.Bb5 Be6 121.Kb7 Bf7 122.Kc8 Bh5 123.Kd8 Bd1 124.Bd3 Ke6 125.Kc7 Bb3 126.Ba6 Bc2 127.Kd8 Be4 128.g3 Bf3 129.Bc8+ Kf6 130.Kd7 Kg6 131.Kd6 Be4 132.Ba6 Bf3 133.Ke5 Kh5 134.Kxf5 Be4+ 135.Ke5 Kg4 136.Be2+ Kxg3 137.f5 Kf2 138.Bh5 Black resigned thus winning the First MCA Fide .I think the right setup to stop the break would be Black Bd7,c6,d5,f5,h6,Kb6. and play Be8,Bf7,Be6 for tempos. 1-0


  1. I wonder why black did not make a 50-move rule claim?

  2. You are right FM Stanov forgot to enforce the 50 move rule.

    This game should have been a draw.

    Angelo got lucky

  3. Ivan--Thanks for publishing this crucial last round game. Tom Fogec

  4. I witnessed a game in Peoria several years ago in which Stamnov's opponent (who shall remain nameless) claimed a draw on the basis of the 50-move rule. (Stamnov was up material, but the opponent had built himself a fortress, and was just waiting out the 50 moves.) He got the TD to confirm, and the TD duly counted off the check marks. Stamnov's only comment was: "I did not know this rule".

  5. I am happy that Stamnov lost this game. Once he played with me and was not keeping the scores and was playing immediately. I got into time pressure due to the same.. Here he lost 1/2 points for this bad habbit of his.