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dzechiel
Member since Mar-30-04 · Last seen Oct-07-17
David Zechiel, USCF member since 1969. Correspondence master 1995. OTB ~1900. Avatar self portrait taken ~1979. Visit http://www.zechiel.com for more.

My favorite chess authors are Irving Chernev, Andrew Soltis and Mikhail Tal.

Favorite players? Not as easy to answer, but I would have to select Mikhail Tal and David Bronstein, both were able to conjure up combinations that take your breath away. For instance, the ending of Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1962 is just startling. And J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 was a blitz game!

As white I try to steer the game into a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit whenever possible. As black I enjoy the Four Knights Sicilian and Budapest Defence.

I have posted several games from my correspondence days below. Please feel free to comment or post questions about them, I'm happy to reply.

Here's a picture taken of me at my chessboard: http://www.zechiel.com/images/david...

For anyone wondering how I go about composing my initial posts, I open Windows Notepad next to the diagram and put down all my thoughts. Frequently I will rearrange some of my ideas, occasionally deleting whole paragraphs if I discover that a line I'm pursuing is fatally flawed. I will spend anywhere from five minutes to the better part of an hour depending upon the day of week, then I usually add "time to check", click on the diagram and post my analysis without looking at the game or anyone else's contributions. I say "usually" because sometimes I do look before posting, and in those cases I might add some additional text below "time to check" (but I don't change my original text).

I can't speak for everyone, but I do recommend giving this technique a try. Be honest with yourself and you might find that it will improve you analytical skills.

I like to play chess online at http://freechess.org/ using the handle dzechiel. My preferred time control is "2 12 u".

I own too many chess sets, most of them very nice.

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   dzechiel has kibitzed 3629 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-17-17 P Rout vs M Al Sayed, 2016 (replies)
 
dzechiel: At first I spent time looking at 34 Qh6+ Rxh6 35 Rxf7+ Kg8 but the following discovered check got me nowhere. The black king hides safely on h8. Then I looked at 34 Qxg6, but that seemed to be even worse. Finally I considered 34 Rxf7+ Rxf7 35 Qh6+, but had to see 35...Kg8 36 Qxg6+ ...
 
   Nov-17-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
 
dzechiel: <OhioChessFan> Pretty funny!
 
   Nov-17-16 Karpov vs Leko, 1996 (replies)
 
dzechiel: Saw 28 Rxh6 right away and felt that it had to be the correct move. However, after 28...Qxh6, I mistakenly wanted to follow up with 19 Qxe7. I overlooked the fact that the knight was still pinned. <*sigh*>
 
   Nov-02-16 Ivanchuk vs Sutovsky, 2002 (replies)
 
dzechiel: Anticipated by <Aspirador>. I should have read the next comment!
 
   Oct-24-16 Prince Dadian vs S Kostrovitsky, 1896 (replies)
 
dzechiel: I could be mistaken, but it looks to me like 17 f7 winds this game up pretty quickly.
 
   Oct-05-16 N Batsiashvili vs N Zhukova, 2015 (replies)
 
dzechiel: Spotted 22...Nc1 pretty quickly, but mostly because I knew there was a good move to be found. I think it was Averbach who approached each position as if it had a wonderful move to be found by first looking at all the ways to sacrifice his queen, then his rooks, etc, before settling
 
   Sep-22-16 O Girya vs A Kashlinskaya, 2015 (replies)
 
dzechiel: My very first thought was 44...Rxb2. It's always so much easier to find a good move in a position if you are told there is a good move in a position.
 
   Sep-21-16 Tartakower vs E Steiner, 1921 (replies)
 
dzechiel: Like <Once>, I saw both 25 Qe4+ and 25 Rb8+. Since both combinations contained the rook check, I persuaded myself that I should play it first in order to eliminate any counter-play opportunities by black. :(
 
   Sep-20-16 G Lambert vs Nunn, 1977 (replies)
 
dzechiel: I agree with YouRang. White's position is so sad that black has multiple approaches to bring home the point.
 
   Oct-25-15 dzechiel chessforum (replies)
 
dzechiel: Game #122 starts out OK, neither side showing too much aggression. It looks like it's headed for a draw when Genaddiy makes a number of poor moves in the endgame. [Event "Internet Personal"] [Site "www.chesspresso.net"] [Date "2015.10.17"] [Round "122"] [White ...
 
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May-07-15
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  dzechiel: Game #100. A tatical game, all played in one day.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.05.07"]
[Round "100"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Nc3 Bc5 6 Ndb5 a6 7 Nd6+ Bxd6 8 Qxd6 Qe7 9 Qg3 f6


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This last move surprised me, mostly because it inhibits the king-knight's development. I played my next move hoping to provoke 10...e5, where I would then have d5 available for my knight. I guess Gennadiy saw this as well.

10 Bf4 Qf7 11 Bd6 Nge7 12 Na4


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If I can get the knight to b6 black will never develop his queen-side pieces. His next move is probably the best he has.

12...b5 13 Nb6 Ra7 14 a4 Rb7 15 Nxc8 Nxc8 16 axb5


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Black can't recapture with the rook because of the bishop on f1. Recapture with the pawn allows 17 Ra8. He finds still more resources.

16...Nd4 17 bxa6 Nxc2+ 18 Kd2 Rb6


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A lot going on here, but I think the pawn push is strongest.

19 a7 Rxd6+ 1-0


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Final position of game #100. It ends with white going up an exchange after 20 Qxd6 Nxd6 21 a8=Q+ Ke7 22 Qxh8 Nxa1 23 Bd3 Nb3+.

May-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Starting our second hundred games. This one was played while I was on vacation in Europe. I don't offer that as an excuse for my abysmal play, but perhaps as a reason. I was not giving this game the attention it deserved, and Gennadiy played as well as he ever has against me.

An unusual Sicilian, I started trying to stir things up before I completed my development, a typical chess no-no.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.05.07"]
[Round "101"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 g6 4 c3 a6 5 Bxc6 dxc6 6 d4 cxd4 7 Qxd4 Qxd4 8 Nxd4 Bg7 9 O-O Nf6 10 f3 Bd7 11 Be3 c5


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This last move could have waited. It's not clear if it ever needs to be played. I think black should have simply castled at this point.

12 Nb3 b6 13 N1d2 O-O 14 Rab1 Rfd8 15 Nc4 Bb5


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I played this last move fully expecting what was to come, but I underestimated the strength of white's position after the exchange sacrifice.

16 Nxb6 Bxf1 17 Kxf1 Rab8 18 Bxc5 Nd7 19 Nxd7 Rxd7 20 Bd4 Bxd4 21 Nxd4 Rc7 22 Ne2 e5 23 b3 Rd8 24 c4 Rcd7?


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This last move seems to have been a real mistake. Pretty quickly white gets those pawns rolling.

25 Nc3 Rd2 26 Nd5 Rxa2 27 Rc1 Kf8 28 c5 Rc8 29 c6 Ra5 30 b4 Rb5 31 c7 Ke8 32 Rc6 a5


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Trying to set a trap for white. If he goes for the tempting 33 Nb6, then black can respond with 33...Rxb6 34 Rxb6 axb5 followed by 35...Kd7 and 36...Rxc7, and black should be able to draw easily. But Gennadiy was having none of that.

33 bxa5 Rxa5 34 Nf6+ Ke7 35 Nxh7 Ra7 36 Nf6 Rb7 37 Kf2 Kf8 38 Nd5 Ke8 39 Kg3 Kd7 40 Rc3 Kd6 41 Rc2 Rb5 42 Rd2 Rxc7 43 Nxc7+ Kxc7


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The smoke has cleared and black is simply losing. With the king cut off, there's no good way to stop white from pressing his extra pawn advantage.

44 Kg4 f6 45 h4 Rb8 46 g3 Rh8 47 f4 exf4 48 gxf4 Rh5 49 Rd5 Rxd5 50 exd5 Kd6 51 f5 1-0


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Final position of game #101. Well played by Gennadiy.

May-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #102. I get a very nice advantage out of the opening, then Gennadiy just collapses with a couple of pretty bad moves in a row. A far cry from our previous game.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.05.16"]
[Round "102"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 d4 g6 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 e4 d6 4 f4 Bg7 5 Nf3 Nbd7?


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This allows white real control of the center without a struggle.

6 e5 Ng8 7 Bc4 e6 8 O-O d5 9 Bb3 c5 10 dxc5 Nxc5 11 Qd4 Nxb3 12 axb3 a6 13 Be3 Ne7 14 Nb5


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This last move by white means that the knight will find a very nice home on d6. The proverbial "rusty nail in the knee".

14...O-O 15 Nd6 Qc7 16 c4 Nc6 17 Qb6 Qxb6 18 Bxb6 dxc4 19 bxc4


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Material is even, but white has such a good position, and black is still struggling with development. The next move by black seems to be going in the wrong direction, and gives white an idea for a trap.

19...Nb8 20 Rfd1


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So, I thought, "He moved the knight back do b8, what does he intend to do with it?" The only thing I saw was to move it to d7, and by moving my rook to the d-file, I set up a simple combination that wins a piece.

20...Nd7? 21 Nxc8


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Black tumbles right into the pitfall.

21...Nxb6 22 Nxb6 Rfd8? 23 Nxa8 1-0


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Final position of game #102.

May-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #103. A repeat of game #101 in the opening, but black plays better, and white plays worse. Black was starting to dominate when white dropped a piece in a pretty easy-to-see combination.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.05.16"]
[Round "103"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 g6 4 c3 a6 5 Bxc6 dxc6 6 d4 cxd4 7 Qxd4 Qxd4 8 Nxd4 Nf6 9 f3 Bg7 10 Be3 O-O 11 O-O c5 12 Nb3 b6 13 Rd1 Be6


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I like the move order for black better in this game than in #101. Chances are probably equal, but black does have the bishop pair and a slight lead in development.

14 N1d2 Rfd8 15 Kf2 Rd7 16 Ke2 Rad8 17 Nf1??


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Oops. This move drops a piece to a little four move combination.

17...Bc4+ 18 Ke1 Rxd1+ 19 Rxd1 Rxd1+ 20 Kxd1 Bxf1 0-1


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Final position for game #103.

Jun-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #104. A Philidor's Defence. At first I thought I was getting a significant advantage, but after a while it seemed to just run it's course. I don't know if I had more in the position or not.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.05.20"]
[Round "104"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Be7 6 Bf4 Nc6 7 Be2 Nxd4 8 Qxd4 O-O 9 O-O Bd7 10 Rad1 Ne8 11 Nd5


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So, at this point I'm feeling pretty good. White seems to have better control of the center as well as a space advantage.

11...Bf6 12 Nxf6+ Qxf6 13 e5 Qe6 14 Bc4 Qg6 15 Bd3 Bf5 16 exd6 Nxd6


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I think I should have played 17 Bxd6 here, I think it wins a pawn. I don't know why I moved the queen instead, I'm sure I had a good reason at the time.

17 Qc3 Bxd3 18 Rxd3 Rac8 19 Re1 Qf5 20 Rg3 f6 21 Rf3 Qd5 22 b3 Nb5 23 Qb2 Rfe8 24 Qc1 Qc6 25 c4 Nd4 26 Rfe3 Rxe3 27 Rxe3 Qd7 28 h3 c5


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Black seems to have recovered nicely here. Most of the material comes off of the board and we agree to fight another day.

29 Kh1 Re8 30 Qe1 Kf7 31 Rxe8 Qxe8 32 Qxe8+ 1/2-1/2


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Final position from game 104.

Jun-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #105. I lost this game due to hasty play. I had worked out a wonderful combination that should have given me a winning advantage, but played the moves out of order!

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.05.27"]
[Round "105"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6 6 b3? cxd4 7 cxd4 Bb4+ 8 Bd2 Nxd4


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Black wins a pawn in a French Defence. White's 6th move was not the best.

9 Nxd4 Qxd4 10 Bxb4 Qxb4+ 11 Nd2 Bd7 12 Be2 Qd4 13 Nf3 Qc3+ 14 Kf1


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And now white can no longer castle either. Black is looking good.

14...Ne7 15 Qc1 Qa5 16 g3 Rc8 17 Qg5 Ng6 18 h4 h6 19 Qg4 O-O 20 h5 Qc3??


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This move was played out of order. I had intended to play 20...f5 first, then after 21 exf6 Qc3, allowing me to play 22 hxg6 Qxa1+ 23 Kg2 Qxf6. Sigh.

21 hxg6 f5 22 Qd4 1-0


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Final position from game #105. White saves his queen and rook with one move.

Jun-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: A long tough draw. I thought I was winning a pawn, but Gennadiy comes up with a brilliant move to save the draw.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.05.27"]
[Round "106"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 e4 Nxe4 4 Nxe4 dxe4 5 Bc4 e6 6 Ne2 Be7 7 O-O c5 8 c3 O-O 9 Ng3 cxd4 10 cxd4 Bd7 11 Nxe4 Bc6 12 Nc3 a6 13 Be3 b5 14 Bb3 b4 15 Ne2 a5 16 Ng3 Bb5 17 Re1 a4 18 Bc2 Bc6


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We have been messing around for 18 moves. White has the bishops and a slight lead in development, black has better pawns.

19 Qh5 g6 20 Qh6 Bf6 21 Nh5 Bh8 22 Rad1 Ra5 23 Nf4 Bg7 24 Qh3 Qc8 25 Bb1 Qb7 26 Nd3 Rh5 27 Qg3 Nd7 28 Nf4 Ra5 29 f3 Nf6 30 Qf2 Nd5 31 Nxd5 Bxd5 32 Rc1 Rc8 33 Rxc8+ Qxc8 34 Rc1 Qb7 35 Qc2


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White commands the c-file, but will this be enough to win?

35...Ra8 36 Qc7 Qa6 37 Kf2 Bf8 38 Bf4 Bg7 39 Ke3 b3 40 Bd3 Qb7 41 a3 h5


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With the last move by black, all ideas of checking on the back rank followed by Bh6 stop working. Time to remove the queens.

42 Qxb7 Bxb7 43 Rc4 Bd5 44 Rb4 Bf8 45 Rb6 Be7 46 Bb5 Kg7


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In this position white offers to trade rooks. This is a mistake. White should first move his king to d3.

47 Rb8? Rxb8 48 Bxb8 Bxa3!


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A wonderful move for black. If he doesn't come up with something quick, white will simply win the a-pawn and press his advantage.

49 bxa3 b2 50 Bd3 Ba2 51 d5 b1=Q 52 Be5+


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A last trap, but too easy for black to see.

52...f6 53 Bxb1 Bxb1 54 d6 Kf7 55 d7 1/2-1/2


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Final position from game #106. Of course black doesn't want the bishop. On 55...Ke7 56 Bxf6+ black simply plays 56...Kxd7 and it's dead drawn.

Jun-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #107. Gennadiy gets sloppy and allows me to capture a piece en prise.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.06.10"]
[Round "107"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 e4 d6 2 f4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 Nf3 Bf5 5 d3 Nc6 6 Be2 e6 7 O-O h6 8 b3 Nge7 9 Bb2 Bh7 10 Nh4 d4 11 Nd2 Nd5


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This last move threatens 12 Ne3, forking queen and rook, as well as 12 Qxh4. I guess Gennadiy spotted one of the threats.

12 Rf3 Qxh4 0-1


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Final position from game #107.

Jun-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #108. Gennadiy's 5th move in this game seems to be his downfall. White gets a big lead in development and the game is over quickly.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.06.10"]
[Round "108"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6?


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This move allows a combination that pushes all of black's pieces back on their home squares.

6 Nxc6 bxc6 7 e5 Ng8 8 Bc4 e6 9 O-O


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Look at the development lead white enjoys. It's all over but the shouting.

9...Ne7 10 Bg5 Qc7 11 Ne4


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Inviting black to play 11...Qxe5 12 Nd6+ Kd8 13 Nxf7+ Kc7 14 Nxe5, winning the queen.

11...Nd5 12 Re1


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Once again the pawn on e5 is available to the black queen, and once again that would drop the queen after 12...Qxe5 13 Nf6+ gxf6 14 Rxe5 fxe5, but at least here black would get material in compensation.

12...Be7 13 Bxe7 Kxe7 14 Nd6 a5


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This last move by black is not good, but he was desperate to develop something. Now the white queen forces some weaknesses.

15 Qg4 Kf8 16 Qh5


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Threatens mate, often an effective way to panic an opponent.

16...g6 17 Qh6+ Kg8?


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That was bad. At the very least it drops a piece.

18 Bxd5 1-0


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Final position of game #108. Black cannot recapture on d5, as after 18...cxd5 19 Ne8 Qd8 20 Nf6+ Qxf6 21 exf6 with mate on g7 next move.

Jun-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #109. I win a pawn, and am in the process of converting the point when Gennaidy just drops a piece out of sheer carelessness.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.06.12"]
[Round "109"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 e4 c6 2 g3 d5 3 e5 Bf5 4 Bg2 e6 5 d3 Bc5 6 Ne2 Qc7 7 d4 Bb6 8 a4 c5 9 c3 Nc6 10 dxc5 Bxc5 11 b4


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I thought long and hard here about an assortment of sacrifices, particularly on 11...Nxb4 12 cxb4 Bxb4+ and 13...Qxe5, but was never happy with the outcome. I decided discretion was the better part...

11...Be7 12 f4 f6 13 exf6 Nxf6 14 O-O


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I think castling here was probably a mistake. Black suddenly gets a lot of play.

11...Qb6+ 15 Kh1 Ne4


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Threatening to win the exchange with 16...Nf2+.

16 Nd4 Nxc3


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Winning a clean pawn.

17 Nxc3 Qxd4 18 Qxd4 Nxd4 19 b5 Nb3 20 Ra2 Nxc1 21 Rxc1 Rc8 22 Ne2 Kd7


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Black is in good shape here. A pawn up, the bishop pair and a centralized king.

23 h3 Rxc1+ 24 Nxc1 Rc8 25 Ne2 Rc2


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Forcing the trade of rooks on c2.

26 Nc1? Rxc1+ 0-1


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Instead he drops a knight. Final position of game #109.

Jun-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #110. Once again Gennaidy falls way behind in development and white simply dominates.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.06.17"]
[Round "110"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c6 4 e4 dxe4 5 Nxe4 Nf6 6 Nxf6+ Qxf6 7 Nf3 h6 8 Bd2 b6 9 Bd3 Qd8 10 O-O


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Look at the difference in development. If black doesn't catch up in development very quickly, it will be too late.

10...Be7 11 Qe2 Bf6 12 Qe4 Bb7 13 Rad1 Qc8 14 b3


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Instead of catching up, black seems to fall farther behind in development.

14...Nd7 15 Rfe1 g6 16 Qg4 Kf8 17 Bxg6


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Time to open up black's position.

17...Rg8 18 Bxh6+ Ke8 19 Rxe6+


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Ugh. This looks bad for black. Perhaps with so much white material under attack, he can get something for all his trouble.

19...Kd8 20 Rxf6 Nxf6 21 Qxc8+ Rxc8 22 Bxf7 Rh8 23 Bg7 1-0


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Final position of game #110. Black is simply losing more material and want's to be done with it.

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #111. This was kind of an exciting game. I won a pawn, but then Gennaidy sacrificed a knight and got quite an attack going. I had to give the piece back to blunt the attack, but I still ended up a pawn. The endgame was going to be tough, when Gennaidy made a hasty move, dropped another pawn, and resigned.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.06.18"]
[Round "111"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 Nc3 Qc7 5 O-O Nd4 6 Nxd4 cxd4 7 Ne2 Qe5 8 Bc4 Nxe4


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Black snips off a pawn. But white puts together quite an initiative.

9 d3 Nd6 10 f4 Qf6 11 Bb3 g6 12 Ng3 Nf5 13 Ne4 Qb6 14 Ng5 Nd6 15 Qe2 Bg7 16 h4 Bf6 17 Bd2 O-O 18 h5 Nf5 19 Rf3 d6 20 Nxh7


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White sacrifices a knight and throws black onto the defensive.

20...Kxh7 21 hxg6+ fxg6 22 Rh3+ Kg7 23 g4 Nh4 24 Rh2 Qc6 25 Rf1 Nf3+


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Black gives the knight back. There's no really good way for white to deal with this. A capture with the rook, 26 Rxf3, allows 26...Bxg4. Capturing with the queen (as we see in the text) allows the exchange of queens and the extinguishing of white's attack.

26 Qxf3 Qxf3 27 Rxf3 Bxg4 28 Rg3 Bf5 29 Bd5 Rab8 30 Rh5 e6 31 Be4 Rh8 32 Rxh8 Kxh8 33 Rg2 d5 34 Bxf5 gxf5


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This position may be drawn. Black's extra pawn is doubled, and white may be able to construct a fortress.

35 Kf1 Bg7 36 Re2 Re8 37 c3 Kg8 38 Rg2 Kf7 39 c4 dxc4 40 dxc4 Rh8


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Looking better for black. The doubled pawn has been exchanged off, and the passed d-pawn dominates the board.

41 b4 Rh3 42 Ke2 0-1


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Final position. White realized that his last move allows 42...Ra3 and there's no way for white to save the a-pawn.

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #112. In a Philidor's Defence, white gambits a pawn, but never gets quite enough for it. Black is able to trade queens, and it looks like he will be OK until a simple oversight allows white to win an exchange.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.07.02"]
[Round "112"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 exd4 4 Qxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bb5 Bd7 7 Bxc6 Bxc6 8 Bg5 Be7 9 O-O-O O-O 10 h4 Nd7


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This is where we left published analysis. I liked white's chances.

11 Nd5 Bxd5 12 Qxd5 Bf6 13 Qf5 Re8 14 h5 h6 15 Bf4 Qe7 16 Rde1 Be5 17 g4 Bxf4+ 18 Qxf4 Qe6 19 g5 Nc5 20 e5 Qxa2


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Black gets bold and goes after the white a-pawn. Subsequent play shows that this may a good move.

21 gxh6 dxe5 22 Qg3 Qa1+ 23 Kd2 Qa5+ 24 Ke3 Ne6


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Black's last move is the only way to prevent disaster. Now white has to justify his pawn sacrifice.

25 Rd1 Qc5+ 26 Kd2 Qb4+ 27 Kc1 Qf4+


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A pawn up, black goes for the queen exchange.

28 Qxf4 Nxf4 29 hxg7 Kxg7 30 Rd7


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White starts to put pressure on the black pawns. An even down a pawn, black must always be aware of the white h-pawn.

30...Rac8 31 Ng5


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Another attack, but with a sneaky threat if black isn't paying attention.

31...Rf8 32 Ne6+


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Black tumbles into the trap. The knight fork means white is winning an exchange.

32...Kf6 33 Nxf8 Rxf8 34 Rxc7 1-0


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Another black pawn falls and he's had enough. Time to start another game.

Jul-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: This game was interesting because Gennaidy was able to put together a dangerous attack. But he overlooked a key defensive maneuver, and I was able to chalk up the point. A Sicilian Defence.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.07.09"]
[Round "113"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 d6 4 d4 cxd4 5 Nxd4 Bd7 6 O-O Nf6 7 Nc3 g6 8 Nxc6 bxc6 9 Bd3 Bg7 10 Ne2 O-O 11 c3 Qb6


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I wasn't sure what to do here. Black is fine and has a slight lead in development. But the only "weakness" I could spot was the white b-pawn.

12 Rb1 Ng4 13 Bd2 Ne5 14 Be3 Qa5 15 Bc2


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White opts to save his bishop pair and give up the a-pawn. Probably the correct decision.

15...Qxa2 16 b3 Qa6 17 h3 c5


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White's last move, 17 h3 cuts off the last flight square for the black knight. I played 17...c5 to free up c6 for the knight.

18 f4 Nc6 19 f5 Ne5 20 Nf4


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White's getting a lot of pull for his pawn. The knight threatens to jump to d5 where it can wreak all sorts of havoc. I gotta keep it off of that square.

20...e6 21 Ra1 Qc6 22 g4 a6 23 h4 Rad8 24 Qe2 Bc8 25 g5


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Black cannot allow 25...f6. White's pieces are working well together.

25...exf5 26 exf5 gxf5 27 Nh5 f4


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This seems to be the move that keeps black in the game. Besides threatening 28...fxe3, there's the text move 28...Bg4. White seems to collapse here.

28 Bxf4 Bg4 29 Bxh7+ Kh8


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It's possible that 29...Kxh7 was playable, but the text is much clearer.

30 Bxe5 Bxe2 31 Bxg7+ Kxh7 32 Rf6 0-1


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Final position of game #113. White just spotted 32...Bxh5 33 Rh6+ Kxh7. We have started our next game.

Jul-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #114. Gennaidy just gets careless and drops a piece. Another Philidor's Defence.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.07.20"]
[Round "114"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 h3 Nf6 4 Nc3 Nc6 5 Bc4 h6 6 O-O Be7 7 d4 exd4 8 Nxd4 Nxd4 9 Qxd4 Be6 10 Nd5


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White looks good here, but certainly not winning.

10...Nxd5 11 exd5 Bf6?


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What is he thinking? OK, I have to move my queen, but once I do, his other bishop is toast.

12 Qe3 Be5 13 dxe6 1-0


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Final position. He's just phoning it in.

Aug-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #115. Gennaidy is doing fine until he overlooks a simple combination.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.07.22"]
[Round "115"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 e6 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 d3 d5 6 exd5 exd5 7 Bb5 d4 8 Bxc6+ bxc6 9 Ne4 Bg4 10 O-O Nxe4 11 dxe4 Bd6 12 Qd3 O-O


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Black comes out of the opening with the bishop pair and a very slight lead in development.

13 Bg5 Qc7 14 h3 Bh5 15 Ne1 h6 16 Bd2 Rae8 17 f4 Bg6 18 f5 Bh7 19 Nf3 Bg3


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Black's last move was to stop 20 g4, after which black's light squared bishop would have a tough time getting back into the game.

20 Be1 g6 21 Bxg3 Qxg3 22 Nd2 Qe3+


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A nice move. White doesn't want to trade queens as the white e-pawn would fall and black's advanced pawn would pose real problems for white.

23 Kh2 gxf5 24 exf5 Re5 25 g4?


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Oops. Now black wins a piece.

25...Qxd3 0-1


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Final position of game #115. After 26 cxd3 Re2+ snags the knight. Our next game is underway.

Oct-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #116. This one involves a lot of middle game maneuvering. The final combination had to be examined carefully in order to make sure there were no perpetual checks in the position.

[Event "Internet, Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.07.26"]
[Round "116"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 h3 Be7 4 Bc4 h6 5 O-O Nf6 6 Nc3 O-O 7 d4 exd4 8 Nxd4 Nc6 9 Be3 Ne5 10 Bb3 c5


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I think this last move of black's is weakening. The backward d-pawn will be a problem for him throughout the game.

11 Nf3 a6 12 Qe2 b5 13 Bd5 Nxd5 14 Nxd5 Bb7 15 Rad1 Bxd5 16 Rxd5 Qc7 17 Rfd1 Rad8


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Black now has difficulty on the d-file and no good way to dislodge the rook on d5.

18 Nd2 f6 19 f4 Nf7 20 Nf3 Rfe8 21 Nh4 Kh7 22 Qh5 Nh8 23 f5 Bf8 24 Ng6 Nxg6 25 Qxg6+ Kh8 26 Qg3 c4


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Black could have tried 26...Rxe4, but this would allow white to play 27 Rxc5 or 27 Bxc5.

27 Qf2 Qc6 28 Qf3 Rc8 29 Bf4 Red8 30 Qg3 Qb6+ 31 Be3 Qb8 32 Qf4 Rc6 33 g4 c3 34 b3 Qc7 35 h4 Re8 36 Kg2 Re5


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This probably wasn't black's best.

37 Bd4 Rxd5 38 exd5


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Now the black rook has nowhere to go. The game is pretty much over.

38...Qe7 39 dxc6 Qe2+


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I saw the end of the game at this point.

40 Qf2 Qxd1 41 c7 Qxg4+ 42 Kh2 d5 43 c8=Q 1-0


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Final position of game #116.

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #117. I'm black, it's a Sicilian Defence. Black emerges from the opening with the bishop pair and a little bit of pull. Play is fairly routine until Gennaidy blunders a piece and resigsn.

[Event "Internet, Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.08.05"]
[Round "117"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 e4 e6 2 f4 c5 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 Bb5 Nge7 5 d3 d5 6 exd5 exd5 7 O-O a6 8 Bxc6+ Nxc6 9 Ne5 Be7 10 Nd2 O-O 11 Ndf3 Bf6 12 Nxc6 bxc6 13 d4 cxd4 14 Nxd4 c5 15 Ne2 Bb7


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Black is fine here. Two bishops and better control of the center.

16 c3 Qd6 17 Be3 Rfe8 18 Bf2 Qc6 19 Kh1 Rad8 20 Rg1 Qb5 21 Ng3 d4


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It's time for the break in the center. All of white's pieces are particpating. White still has not finished his development.

22 cxd4 Bxd4 23 Bxd4 Rxd4 24 Qg4 Bc8 25 Qg5 h6 26 Qh4 Qxb2


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Black thinks it's time to pick up material. The white queen and knight on the king side look scary, but they are easily kept at bay.

27 Nh5 Qa3 28 Rge1 Red8 29 Qe7 Qc3 30 Qe5 Rd3


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This last move protects against the checkmate, covers the queen, threatens to exchange queens, and if white tries to avoid the exchange, black can play 31...Qxa1 followed by 32...Rd8+.

31 Qxc3 Rxc3 32 Re2? Bg4 0-1


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Final position of game #117. That rook move was really careless.

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #118. A French Defence that quickly boils down to just knights and pawns. After going around for a bit, a truce is declared.

[Event "Internet, Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.09.10"]
[Round "118"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 Be2 Bf5 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 c3 Bd6 7 O-O O-O 8 Bg5 Nbd7 9 Bd3


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Pretty standard stuff. Nothing to see here. Move along.

9...Bxd3 10 Qxd3 c6 11 Nbd2 Qc7 12 Bh4 Rfe8 13 Rfe1 Bf4 14 Bg3 Qd6 15 Rxe8+ Rxe8 16 Re1 Rxe1+


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Let the exchanges begin!

17 Nxe1 Bxg3 18 Qxg3 Qxg3 19 hxg3


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When the dust settles, it's just knights and pawns.

19...Ng4 20 Nc2 f5 21 f3 Ngf6 22 Kf2 Kf7 23 Nb3 b6 24 Ne3 Ke6 25 Nc1 g5 26 Nd3 h5 27 Nb4 c5 28 Nc6 a6 29 Nd8+ Ke7 30 Nc6+ Ke6 31 Nd8+ Ke7 32 Nc6+ 1/2-1/2


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Final position of game #118. There's no progress to be made if white wants a draw.

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #119. A Queen's Gambit Declined. Black fails to castle and gets his king chased over to the a-file. Black's in a bad way when he blunders.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.09.21"]
[Round "119"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c6 4 e4 dxe4 5 Nxe4 Nf6 6 Nxf6+ Qxf6 7 a3 b6 8 Nf3 h6 9 Bd3 Bb7 10 Be4 Nd7 11 O-O Rb8 12 Bd2 c5


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Black seems eager to mix it up. But I think better would have been 12...Be7 and 13...O-O.

13 Bxb7 Rxb7 14 Bc3 cxd4 15 Nxd4 Qg6 16 b4 e5 17 Qf3 e4 18 Rfe1 Nf6 19 Qf5 Rc7 20 Qe5+


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Ugh. The rook on c7 is under attack, and moving it to e7 allows a series of uncomfortable checks starting with Qb8+.

20...Kd7 21 Rad1 Kc8 22 Nb5


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All of white's pieces are developed and in the game. Two of black's pieces are still on their home squares. Right now the black rook has to make a decision. Taking on c4 does pick up a pawn, but it opens lines for the white rooks. Tough decision.

22...Rxc4 23 Nxa7+ Kb7 24 Rd8 Bd6


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This last move was pretty much forced. Any other reply would result in a quick checkmate.

25 Rxd6 Kxa7 26 Bd4 Rxd4


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A gutsy decision to give up the exchange to try and slow down white's attack.

27 Qxd4 Rb8 28 a4 Qf5 29 a5 Qb5 30 Ra1 Qa6 1-0


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Final position of game #119. Black quickly resigns before white can play 31 axb6+ Rxb6 32 Qxb6+ and mate next.

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #120. Queen pawn opening, or perhaps a Colle System. White plays aimlessly, makes a strange pawn move, and pays the price.

[Event "Internet, Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.09.26"]
[Round "120"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 d4 Nf6 2 Bf4 d6 3 e3 g6 4 c3 Bg7 5 Nf3 O-O 6 h3 b6 7 Bd3 Bb7 8 O-O Nbd7 9 Bh2 Ne4


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Black tries to finish his development and perhaps take some space.

10 Nfd2 f5 11 f3 Nef6 12 e4 fxe4 13 fxe4 e5 14 d5 Nc5 15 Bc2 a5


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Black enjoys having the knight on c5 and doesn't want white to play b4 in the future.

16 c4 Qe7 17 Nc3 Nh5 18 Qe2 Rxf1+ 19 Rxf1 Rf8 20 b4?


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I have no explanation for white's last move, but it's probably losing. Things just get better and better for black from now on.

20...axb4 21 Na4 Rxf1+ 22 Qxf1 Qg5 23 Nf3 Qe3+ 24 Qf2 Qc1+ 25 Ne1


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This last move was forced, as the white queen is tied down defending the bishop. White's position has reached the first level of "sucky" here.

25...Bh6 26 Kf1 Nxa4 27 Bxa4 Qxc4+


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Picking up a second pawn, and threatening the e-pawn.

28 Qe2 Ba6 29 Bd1 Qxa2


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White must have overlooked this last move. Things go rapidly down hill from here.

30 Nd3 b3 31 Ke1 Qa5+ 32 Kf2 Qc3 0-1


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Final position from game #120. White's losing a piece and still has to contend withe the advanced b-pawn.

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #121. A Sicilian Defence. Black loses control over d5 and white starts tightening the screws. A pawn here, a pawn there, finally black has had enough.

[Event "Internet, Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.10.03"]
[Round "121"]
[White "Zechiel, David"]
[Black "futbol9992012"]
[Result "1-0"]

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5 5 Nb5 d6


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This line is well known, but cedes control of d5 to white. I play similar lines for black, but usually a straight Sheveshnikov Sicilian.

6 c4 a6 7 N5c3 Nf6 8 Bd3 Be7 9 O-O Bg4 10 f3 Bh5 11 Be3 O-O 12 Nd5 Nd7 13 Nbc3 Bg6 14 Rb1 f5 15 b4 f4


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White has finished his development. Black still has a rook on his home square, but choses to open lines, particularly the a2-g8 diagnol.

16 Nxe7+ Nxe7 17 Bf2 b6 18 Bh4 Nf6 19 Bc2 Rc8 20 Bb3 Bf7 21 Qd3 Ne8


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White has nice pressure on the d-file.

22 Rfd1 h6 23 Bxe7 Qxe7 24 Nd5 Qb7 25 Rdc1 Be6 26 c5


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Time to make the break! The black bishop on e6 will soon be embarassed.

26...bxc5 27 bxc5 Qa7 28 Nxf4


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White picks up a pawn by attacking the black bishop twice.

28...Bxb3 29 Qxb3+ Kh7 30 Nd3 dxc5 31 Nxe5 Nd6 32 Qb6 Qxb6 33 Rxb6 1-0


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Final position of game #121. Black could play on, but the a-pawn will soon fall, and the c-pawn is also very weak. He decided it would be more fun to start a new game, and game #122 is underway.

Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: Game #122 starts out OK, neither side showing too much aggression. It looks like it's headed for a draw when Genaddiy makes a number of poor moves in the endgame.

[Event "Internet Personal"]
[Site "www.chesspresso.net"]
[Date "2015.10.17"]
[Round "122"]
[White "futbol9992012"]
[Black "Zechiel, David"]
[Result "0-1"]

1 d4 Nf6 2 Bf4 g6 3 Qd2 Bg7 4 Bh6


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I haven't seen this treatment of a fianchettoed bishop before.

4...O-O 5 Bxg7 Kxg7 6 Nc3 d5 7 e3 Bf5 8 Bd3 Qd7 9 Nf3 Nc6 10 Bb5 Qd6 11 Bxc6 bxc6 12 O-O Rab8 13 b3 Ne4 14 Nxe4 Bxe4 15 Ne1 c5


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Up to this point, not too exciting. Black wants to rid himself of the doubled c-pawn, and is willing to allow the exchange of queens.

16 f3 Bf5 17 dxc5 Qxc5 18 Qd4+ Qxd4 19 exd4 Rfc8


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So, how do we assess this position? Material is even, but black has slightly better piece development. I thought the game was headed for a draw.

20 g4 Bd7 21 c4?!


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I think this last move is dubious at best. After the exchange of pawns, black will control the open b-file.

21...dxc4 22 bxc4 Rb4 23 Rc1 Ra4 24 Rf2 Rb8 25 Nd3 Ra3 26 Rd2 h5 27 g5?


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This move is a mistake. Allowing black's bishop back into the game on f5 is probably losing.

27...Bf5 28 Ne1 Rb4 29 Nc2?


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This move drops a pawn, and black still has a better position.

29...Bxc2 30 Rdxc2 Rxf3 31 d5!


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This was a good move. I had been planning 31...Rf4 on the d-pawn and threatening the check on g4. I thought a while here and worked out the combination of threats on pawns that led to the position after 36...Ra4. White really doesn't have much choice.

31...Rf4 32 h3 Rf3 33 Kg2 Rf5 34 h4 Rf4 35 Kg3 Rg4+ 36 Kh3 Ra4


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Threatening 37...Ra3+ leading to the loss of another pawn. Instead white just gives it up right away.

37 Rb1? Raxc4 38 Rxc4 Rxc4 39 Rb5 0-1


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Final position of game #122. White must have gotten tired of looking at the position.

Jul-24-16
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  OhioChessFan: Long time with no games posted. I like them because they are more typical of my play than the impenetrable GM level games.
Nov-02-16
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  gawain: Good to have you back, <dzechiel>. I was pleasantly surprised to see your kibitzing on today's puzzle page.
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