Thursday, March 05, 2009

My round 3 win from the Waukesha Memorial

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Below is my last game againts the same opponent (Jason vs Ivan Jan. 25th 2009)

Black to move after Whites 26th move. A few days before this game I was reading a book where it taked about how the good players can feel it when there is a winning sacrifice. I decided to sac the exchange and played Bxh4,[ instead of that Rb8 and Black is much better because he at least wins the b pawn, since the Knight on h5 is hanging]. Well, that proves that I am not a good player yet!

Flanders, Jason (1628) - Wijetunge,Ivan (1883) [B13]
NEO Neenah 25.01.2009
1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 e6 [6...Bg4 7.Qb3 Na5 8.Qa4+ Bd7; 6...Bf5 7.Qb3 Na5 8.Qa4+ Bd7 9.Qc2 Nxc4] 7.Rc1 Be7 8.a3 a5 [8...0–0 9.b4 dxc4 10.Bxc4 a5 11.b5 Nb8 12.a4 Nd5 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Bd3 Bb4+ 15.Bd2 Qg5 16.Bxb4 axb4 17.Bf1 Re8+ 18.Ne2 Nd7 19.g3 Nb6 20.Bg2 Nxa4] 9.Nf3 0–0 10.Qc2 Bd7 11.cxd5 exd5 [11...Nxd5 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Bd3 Bg4 (13...Rc8 14.Qb3 Bg4 15.Qxb7 Rc7 16.Qb6 Bxf3 17.gxf3) 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 15.Bd3 Bxf3 16.gxf3] 12.Bd3 h6 13.0–0 Rc8 14.Qb3 Bg4 15.Nd2 [15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 d4 17.exf6 Bxf6] 15...Qd7 16.Bb5 Bf5 17.Qa4 Bd8 [17...Ng4 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Qxa5 Ra8] 18.Ne2 Ng4 19.Ng3 Be6 20.Nf3 g5 21.h3 Nxe3 22.fxe3 Qd6 23.Nh5 f6 24.Bxc6 bxc6 25.Qc2 Bf7 26.Qf5 Bxh5?? [26...Rb8 27.g4 Rxb2 28.Rf2 Rb6 29.Rc5 a4 30.Qc2 Re8 31.Re2 Bxh5 32.gxh5 Qg3+; 26...Rc7 27.g4 Re8 28.Rc3] 27.Qxc8 Bxf3 28.Rxf3 Bc7 29.Qf5 Kg7 30.Rcf1 Qh2+ 31.Kf2 1–0


  1. Not a bad game but you must admit that your opponent didn't put the best resistance he could. But then again, can one ask from a 1600+ to play like a GM? :-)

    One remark, you where lucky that your opponent didn't play 6. ... Nh5 to take your black squared bishop off the board. A move that is played frequently in this kind of position where the bishop doesn't have a save square to run to.

    I believe the opening that you played is called the London System, not sure though.

  2. It's more like the Bf4 system in the QGD. In the normal London system White skips c4 and plays c3.

  3. I know Jason and he is typically not that passive of a player. I think you beat him mentally when you won that pawn early. After that he appears to just be going through the motions. I noticed he won the last time you guys squared off. Can we see that game for comparision? Did anyone check his performance rating? Over the last 9 games (2 events) he has a performance rating of 1929. That's SLIGHTLY higher than yours or Mr. Murphy's. :)

  4. In the above position; why not ... Qe6? That seems to be the most forcing move.

  5. I don't see the point of ...Qe6.

    In the current position White's bishop is hanging and Black's rook is hagning. The obvious move to make is to use the rook to attack the b pawn, and thus winning it since the bishop has to be protected.

    What does ... Qe6? do?

    Guy Chess

  6. Forces the Trade of the Qs because of the hanging pawn with check, on e3 and simplifies the position. W/O his Q, white's attack is pretty much dissipated. After QxQ, BxQ I believe black is winning, but I don't drink beer while I play so I could be wrong.

  7. White has no attack!

    His Knight is hanging.

    After ...Rb8 his b-pawn is also hanging.

    So he would lose the b pawn and Black would be in charge.

    Qe6 does not win a pawn?

  8. His N is not currently "hanging" in the position above. It is hanging AFTER Rb8. Long and short of it was that Ivan miscalculated whether the exchange sacrifice was winning or not. He redeemed himself in Waukesha.

  9. White has an attack and most likely, at least the draw after ...Rb8 with 1. Nxg5 fxg5 (black cannot take the N on h because of the mate threat) 2. Nf6+ Bxf6 3. Qxf6 Qxf6 4. Rxf6 Rxb2 5. Rxh6 Re8 6. Rhxc6 Rxe3 7. R6c3 Re4 8. Rg3 Kg7 9. Rf1 Rxd4 10. Rxg5+ Kh6. Black cannot underestimate white's plan just because he cannot see it... :)

  10. So did Fritz help you with all that? We are talking about an attack that wins some thing.

    Any one can attack with one piece and get no where.

    The bottom line is that White does not have a winning attack.

    After Rb8 Black will most probably win.

    The exchange sac is interesting, but losing!

    USCF 2200

  11. Definitely Not AshishMarch 5, 2009 at 3:27:00 PM CST

    Only Jason knows what his plan was. Maybe he didn't have one, but from what I know of him, I wouldn't be surprised if he did plan to sac one or both of his Knights, otherwise why even bring them over there? There aren't too many uscf 2200s that read this blog but whoever you are :), I agree Ivan was his own worst enemy in this position and it was his game to lose.
    Any other games to look at, now that this one is a dead horse?

  12. " the good players can feel it when there is a winning sacrifice."

    Yes, they may FEEL the MOMENT but they will definitely calculate the line and not play Kamikaze as you did. You obviously played just a one-move sacrifice without a clear line/position in mind to aim for.

    BTW I 'feel' that you lost a little bit your focus, Ivan.
    This blog seems to be more the playground of Wisconsin chess players rather than a blog about your path to 2000.

    Take up your path again!


  13. Nice to hear from you BRUZ