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|Aug-03-04|| ||acirce: Thank you. Next I'll publish my almost flaw-free 8 move draw from round 3. ;-) (As Black against the highest rated player in the group and after starting with 2 wins I thought it could be fitting to get some rest.) |
|Aug-04-04|| ||cu8sfan: Nice game <acirce>! I used to play 3.e5 as White against a French but always ran into trouble on the Queen side. Now I am considering 3.♘d2 over 3.♘c3 which doesn't block your c-pawn.|
Why aren't I surprised that you play 8 move draws?! (-; OK, in the situation you mentioned above it may well be legitimate.
|Aug-04-04|| ||acirce: In a later round I played a 20 move draw but what can you do when your opponent offers it in a position better for him? I was sure that he as half a point behind would play for a win but he was all minded to avoiding relegation. |
|Aug-04-04|| ||acirce: <uponthehill> In your 7-round game I feel sceptical about that Ng4-f6-h5-g3 maneuver just to exchange knight for bishop. Even if the position is closed it is a slow thing to do and as the game showed, often in those cases the opponent can make good use of the opened line that occurs. He could also have considered 14.fxg3. You're still no worse since the ingenious Kh2-Rh1-Kg1 plan might not have worked if you had not weakened your position with ..f6?! and ..g5?!|
19.Bh5 doesn't look like the best either, instead of blocking his own h-file he should want to exchange off your light-squared bishop with something like Bg4 because that piece is the only one that can defend squares like f5. Your 19..Bf7? helps him do just that and was probably the key mistake, after that it just looks hopeless. After 19..Qd7 it is anybody's game.
|Aug-04-04|| ||uponthehill: <acirce> Thanks for valuable remarks. Well, I guess that I have to improve my position's evaluation as quickly as possible. |
The truth about that game is that I didn't trust that I can win it- since the beginning I was playing for draw, I was building that pawn hedgehog beliving that it can stop opponent's moves. That was my last tournament in which I played games with such adjustment.
|Aug-07-04|| ||artemis: <acirce> I have some bad news. I was intrigued by your sacrifice, and entered it in Fritz. It is a draw. The opponent's second best line of play was your reccomended, 20. ... Kxf7. However, the incredible (for a human to find, not for fritz) 20. ... Ke7! is followed by 21. Qh4+ Kd7 22. Bg8 Qxa2 23. f8=Q Qxc2+ 24. Ke1 and draw by perpetual check. The line I entered here was Fritz's top play for both sides, following you sacrifice. |
|Aug-07-04|| ||acirce: <artemis> hmm. Thanks for pointing it out. I also used Fritz when I analysed this game but this ..Ke7 possibility went unnoticed for some reason, probably my fault. However, when I play these moves my Fritz 8 tends after a while to favour White after 23.Qxd4 (instead of 23.f8=Q). However it seems not clear at all and I had already concluded in above analysis that the rook sac was dubious.. during the game I overlooked some possibilities I had after 19.Rb1 and at the same time I felt confident that the rook sac at least couldn't lose so I played it. What does your machine say about 23.Qxd4, it may be a hardware thing. The main line after that is 23..Qa3 24.Ne2 Qf8 25.Nf4 Rxg8 26.fxg8=Q Qxg8 27.c4 giving a significant but not decisive advantage and it seems hard to disagree. |
|Aug-07-04|| ||clocked: <artemis> First <acirce> does have Qxd4 which could be avoided by Qb2 instead of Qxa2; however, either way, after Bg8 I can't find your perpetual. White will just give up the knight (Ne2) to escape. |
|Aug-07-04|| ||acirce: <clocked> that's pretty amazing, there will be a line such as 22..Qxa2 (22..Qb2 leads to the same thing but with my a-pawn left, I can't imagine that hurts me) 23.f8=Q Qxc2+ 24.Ke1 Qc1+ 25.Kf2 Qb2+ 26.Kf1 Qb5+ 27.Ne2! Qxe2+ 28.Kg1 Qe3+ 29.Kh2 Qxe5+ 30.g3 Nc6 31.Bxe6+ and Black can't survive the attack with 2 queens when his own development so much behind; 31..Qxe6 32.Qg7+ or 31..Kc7 32.Qf7+ Kd6 33.Bxd5 Be6 34.Qxe6+ are two examples; are there improvements here? Most black moves seem forced except how he choses to check my king around in the beginning of the series but it will lead to the same position it seems. Too bad this didn't happen in the game! ;-) |
|Aug-07-04|| ||arifattar: I am posting my latest win here. I am proud of this win actually as this has been one of my better games. |
[Event "Let's play chess"]
1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 Nc6
6. Bg5 O-O 7. e4 h6 8. e5 hxg5 9. exf6 Qxf6 10. h3 d5
11. cxd5 exd5 12. Bd3 a6 13. h4 gxh4 14. Qh5 g6 15. Qh6 Bf5
16. Bxf5 Rfe8+ 17. Kd2 Qxf5 18. Nf3 g5 19. Qxg5+ Qxg5+ 20. Nxg5 f6
21. Nf3 Re4 22. Nxh4 b5 23. f3 Re7 24. Ng6 Rh7 25. Ke3 Kg7
26. Nh4 Re8+ 27. Kf2 Ne7 28. Rae1 Kf7 29. g4 f5 30. Nxf5 Rxh1
31. Rxh1 Ng6 32. Rh7+ Kf6 33. Rxc7 Nf4 34. Kg3 Ne2+ 35. Kf2 Kg5
36. Ng7 Rh8 37. Kxe2 1-0
|Aug-08-04|| ||uponthehill: <arifattar> I feeded Fritz with your game and he showed ?? two times about your moves:|
18. Nf3?? ( 18. ...Na5 19. Rxh4 Nb3+ 20. Kd1 f6 )
35. Kf2?? (35. Kh2 )
|Aug-08-04|| ||arifattar: Thanks <uponthehill>. I played the game over and realised the mistake on move 18. Nf3.
But I can't decipher why Fritz wants 35.Kh2 as that would bring the black rook into play.|
By the way, I like the notation on the 19th move.
19. Qxg5+ Qxg5+
I don't think there would be many games where both white's and black's moves notations are identical with a check involved in both moves.
|Aug-09-04|| ||oldtimer: Your 35. Kf2 is obviously winning also and there is no brilliant victory after 35.Kh2, so it's propably a difference between forced mate in 40 moves and in 35 moves. Computer stuff. Anyway, my crafty (inferior to fritz, but a tough one nevertheless) actually prefers Kf2.|
I am new here and found your post pretty entertaining. Advantage of women in chess because of their sexiness... You poor guys :-)!
I wonder whether her boyfriend also has problems in his games with her, even though he's rated higher.
|Aug-09-04|| ||uponthehill: I see fellow-countryman so just in case I'll sit silent :D |
|Aug-10-04|| ||oldtimer: Don't worry, I will not tell anyone your secrets :-)
But the topic itself interests me very much and even though you don't want to share your experience with us, perhaps somebody else will.
I am from Poland so I've heard several funny stories about boys and girls playing against each other and I wonder, how does it look like in other countries. Do you also have difficulties concentrating? Do you perhaps want to act like a gentleman and offer a nice draw in a better position - and perhaps ask her out later?? I've heard aboout one girl, who at the beginning of a tournament was dating one guy, and on the end - another one. (she dumped a "civilian" and got a chess player, so it's good for you, guys!)
Any story - I am very interested.
Don't hesitate to write: email@example.com
|Aug-10-04|| ||Lawrence: Hi <oldtimer>, welcome. Maybe the best ploy is a baseball cap pulled down low so you can't even see her. |
|Aug-10-04|| ||iron maiden: Reminds me of a girl at my chess club. You usually find her dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt--unless it's tournament day, in which case she wears the lowest-cut shirt money can buy and always leans over the board... |
|Aug-10-04|| ||Bobsterman3000: <arifattar> Your opponent should have also played 31... Nxf5 if he lacked any other concrete plan at that point. |
|Aug-10-04|| ||Shadout Mapes: I'll post a French win I'm proud of.
[Event "Saturday Swiss"]
[Site "Houston Chess Club"]
[White "Whitsitt, Seth"]
[Black "Campbell, John"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Ba4 6.b4 cxb4?!
<At the time I played this game, I did not know this line. I expected 6...cxd4 as I had seen it in Fischer - Tal and a few other games, but I had no idea what to play in case of cxb4. I thought for a while and ended up playing the book move>
7.Nb5 Bc7 <the book likes 7...Nc6, but this looks fine> 8.Qg4 g6 9.h4 Nc6 10.h5!? a6 11.Nxc7+ Qxc7 12.hxg6 fxg6 13.Bd3 Ne7 <maybe 13...Nxe5?> 14.Nf3 Nxe5!?
<I don't know what to think of this, but it probably loses. Fritz gives it two exclams but then shows white winning by over two points.>
15.Nxe5 Qc3+ 16.Ke2 Qxa1 17.Nxg6 <Fritz gives this two exclams as well> 17...Bd7?
<If 17...Rg8 18.Rxh7 Nf5 19.Qg5 works, I think>
18.Nxa8 O-O-O 19.Nf7 Rf8 <If 19...Rg8 20.Qh4> 20.Rxh7!
<It looks like I'm dropping a whole piece, doesn't it?>
20...Qxc1 21.Nd6+ Kc7 22.Rxe7 Kxd6 23.Rxd7+!
<Fritz: "An unpleasant surprise."
My opponent after the game: "That.... was a good move.">
23...Kxd7 24.Qg7+ Kc6 25.Qxf8 bxa3
<Suddenly, things get complicated.>
26.Qc8+ Kd6 27.Qxb7 Qa1 28.Qxa6+ Ke7 29.Kd2
<Scared of the passed pawn, I try to bring my king closer>
29...Qb2 30.Qa7+ Kf6 31.Qa8
<A new idea strikes me. Mate the king!>
31...Qb4+ 32.Ke3 Qe1+ 33.Kf3 Qd1+ 34.Kg3 Qc1??
<34...Qh5 avoids mate, but after 35.f4!! black's a pawn falls and black can't check the white king>
35.Qf8+ Kg5 36.Qg7+ Black Resigns 1-0
A nice win over a guy in the upper 1600s who is probably around twice my age.
|Aug-11-04|| ||tpstar: <Shadout Mapes> Nice game! Fine mix of tactics and strategy, and you deservedly came out on top. Here's a recent example of that line = Topalov vs Ermenkov, 1994 |
|Aug-11-04|| ||PizzatheHut: <Shadout Mapes> Where are you from in Houston? I'm from Houston also. I looked into joining the HCC one time, but their rates are pretty high. |
|Aug-11-04|| ||Shadout Mapes: I live in a place called Garden Oaks, it's near (a little north of) the Heights. I usually only go to HCC (same acronym as Houston Community College so I feel wierd using it..) on Saturdays to play in the weekly Saturday Swiss, and usually only once a month or so. |
|Aug-11-04|| ||PizzatheHut: I'm from Clear Lake, so far south that it's only technically Houston :) How many people usually come on an average weekend to those swiss tournaments? I've been thinking about coming but don't want to if it's only a few people. |
|Aug-12-04|| ||Shadout Mapes: A nice amount of people show up, 10-20, i'm not sure, but it's only 3 rounds, so you'll play 3 people and then it's over. Also, the president dude (Larry) gives a lesson in the morning. Once again, I don't go too often because it's tiring to play 3 long games in a row, but it's sometimes rewarding. |
|Oct-04-04|| ||refutor: how do you get a tournament FIDE rated? e.g. how many games does an unrated player need to play v. a FIDE rated player? i know their performance has to be higher than 1800 |
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