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James Rousselle vs Mariano Sana
LA Champ (2007), Kenner, LA USA, rd 7, Sep-03
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E08)  ·  0-1


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Jan-23-12  Knight13: 22...Nxe6??
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  Fusilli: <K> The mistake was 20.Qc5. He played 22.Nxe6 because there is no way to avoid material loss.

Obviously, I was losing up to that point, having handled the opening badly. This game was played in the last round and got me the Louisiana State championship in 2007.

Jan-23-12  Knight13: <Fusilli> Got it. Did White play 20. Qc5 quickly?
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  Fusilli: <K> Hm... don't remember. It was pretty upsetting for him. He would have in all likelihood been the state champion that year (which he was before) had it not been for that blunder. I think that tournament was his return to tournament play after a long hiatus.
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  NM JRousselle: I played in this tournament at the prompting of two of my students. They said something like, "You seem to know what you are talking about, but we have never seen you play in a real tournament." So after many years, I came out of retirement.

Before the last round, the 3 of us had lunch. On the way, I asked if they had expected me to play so well and be playing for the title in the final round. They looked at each other and said, "Frankly, we are surprised how well you have been playing."

Yes, I was upset after this game. Comments on the game are in another post.

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  NM JRousselle: Knight13, the time control was game in 2.5 hours. After move 19, White had 78:26 remaining. Black had 60:00.

I spent about 1 minute on 21 Qc5? 21 e4 is much stronger. Even b4 is far better than Qc5.

After the mistake on move 20, White played nearly flawlessly for the next 15 moves. 36 Ba4 is a losing move. 36 Bf4! gives white a slight edge. Black's best is 36... Rc8, 37 Bf7 Kf7, 38 Bd2

After the mistake on move 20, I was lost in my mind and did not play with the fighting spirit that I have since taught my students. I use this game as an example of how NOT to behave.

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  NM JRousselle: 14 Ne7 is not the best. Better is 14 Nf6, Nf6 15 Qc5 Bc5. White can then continue with either Bf4 or b4 and Bb2. In either case, Black has no counterplay and is behind in development. White's g2 bishop would be very strong.

As played, White must find 15 Nd4 to prevent Bf5. I spent over 16 minutes coming up with Nd4. If I had liquidated correctly on move 14, it would have been clear sailing. Even after the error on move 14, White played well enough until 20 Qc5?

Jan-25-12  rannewman: Took me a while to see that if 21. Rc4 B5 22.Rc6, 22...N:d4 wins since 23...N:e2+ is threathend.
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  morfishine: The tactics remind me of a pinball machine lol

Can White play <12.b4> winning a piece? Seems better than 12.Nc3


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  Fusilli: <morf> 12...Qa4 :)
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  morfishine: <Fusilli> Thanks, a dizzying game to say the least! Very nicely navigated by yourself!


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  Fusilli: <morf> Thanks! I got lucky though. I fumbled the opening and lost a pawn with no compensation. He got overconfident.
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