Wednesday, May 27, 2009

SW Chess Club Quads G/100

There are 6 Quads and a 5 person Swiss
Quad 1



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1John Veech2040X
-0- -1-
-1-
2Allen Becker2000-1-X
-1-
-0-
3Daniel Munoz1854 -0-
-0-
X
.5
4Ivan Wijetunge1836-0-
-1-
.5
X

Veech vs Wijetunge Rnd 2
I got a chance to play WI newest expert. (so new that he still had the "new expert smell") We played a crazy game with inaccuracies on both sides and pieces flying every where. The following position is right after Veech played Rxh5? I didn't find the winning move f5 here, but played Bc6 which should have lost if White finds the right continuation, but since he did not I still had chances to be slightly ahead or =. But in the end I lost with the clock ticking down.
Postion after Rxh5?

Wijetunge vs Becker Rnd 1
This is the position after I played Nf3xg5!!

The !! is not because it is the best move (I thought that Bg3 was the best move), it is because sometimes other factors also come in to play. Allen usually spends a long time on the first part of the game leaving him little time for the rest, and this game was no exception. One of the hardest things to do is defend with not much time on the clock. I give up a Knight for 2 pawns. In exchange I get:
  • an annoying pin of the f6 knight
  • good attacking chances with a possible rook lift with f4 and Rf3
  • force Black to play accurately in time trouble

6 comments:

  1. Allen Becker will be cursing out loud. What a bad start he has. Now he must win all the remaining games to even have a little shot of end victory.

    Congrats to you for winning your first round game!!!!

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  2. Hi Ivan, I was surprised you sacked your bishop but it certainly turned out well. Congratulations!

    John Veech

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  3. That's a very smart move from a practical standpoint. His position becomes more difficult to play after Nxg5 when under time pressure. Consideration of the clock in games is probably an underrated aspect of tournament play. Was this your first win against Allen or have you beaten him before? Well played.

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  4. My record against Allen is 3-9=2

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  5. I heard that you had a wild game last night. Are you going to post it on the blog?

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