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Eduardas Rozentalis vs Helen Milligan
Queenstown Chess Classic (2012), Queenstown NZL, rd 1, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Exchange. King's Bishop Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: A Capablanca-like performance from Rozentalis.
Jan-16-12  Gilmoy: The 613-pt gap is <Capablanca-simul>-like ...
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  Richard Taylor: It looks as though Helen got into a panic when she saw 6. c3 which is a bit unusual. she plays the black side of the Ruy but a lot of Spanish players forget about the exchange variation or don't pay as much attention to it which was probably Rozentalis's strategy. (Or is one plan he has with the Ruy as White I would say he even analyzed possibilities like this in his general preparation.

It was easy to play once Black went wrong. I think Helen suffered from first round nerves, and remember she is also organizing the Web page.

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  Richard Taylor: No - 6. c3 is not unusual it is 7. Na3 which isn't in ('s) data base, but it may be in chess base or it is a line Rozentalis has as his own...

There are 2 games ehre with 7. d4 which were draws.

Jan-16-12  King Death: Here's a game with 7...b5 which looks more natural (see the line 5...Qd6 6.Na3 b5) In the games that I found between strong players White hasn't done so hot with this line against the Exchange with +1 -3 =2.
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  Richard Taylor: Here is some analysis:

[Event "Queenstown Chess Classic 2012]
[Site "Queenstown, NZL"]
[Date "2012.01.15"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "Eduardas Rozentalis"]
[Black "Helen Milligan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2592"]
[BlackElo "1979"]
[ECO "C68"]
[Annotator "Taylor,Richard"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "2012.01.15"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bd6 6. c3 c5

This has been played before. Another valid line is 6... ♗g4 7. d4 f6 8. ♗e3 ♘e7 9. ♘bd2 ♕d7 10. dxe5 fxe5 11. ♕b3 O-O-O 12. ♘g5

7. Na3 Ne7 8. Nc4 Ng6 9. d4 Qe7?!

This is a natural but perhaps not the best. An alternative is: 9... exd4 10. cxd4 O-O 11. ♘xd6 (11. e5 ♗e7 12. dxc5 ♗xc5 13. ♗e3 ♕e7 =) (11. d5 ♖e8 12. ♖e1 ♗f8 13. ♗g5 ♕d7 =) 11... cxd6 12. ♗e3 b6 13. ♖e1 ♖e8 14. ♕b3 ♗g4 15. ♘d2 (15. ♘g5 ♖a7) 15... ♗e6=)

10. dxe5 Nxe5?

This is virtually losing, but otherwise ♗lack isn't too bad. ♗etter was 10... ♗xe5 11. ♗g5 ♗f6 12. ♗xf6 ♕xf6 13. ♕d5 ♕e7 14. ♖fd1 O-O 15. ♘ce5 ♖e8 16. ♘xg6 hxg6 17. e5 c6 18. ♕e4 ♗e6 =

11. Nfxe5 Bxe5

The game, probably now won for White is played now on auto by the GM. When I saw the game, I saw White was going to exchange on e5, but I thought he would follow up with 12. f4 which is not as good, but also hard to meet. I thought

12. Qh5 Bd6 13. e5 Qe6 14. exd6 Qxc4 15. Re1+ Kf8 16. dxc7 Be6 17. Be3 b6 18. Rad1 Ke7 19. Qg5+

I think if one is unfamiliar with a line it pays to be very careful esp. versus a GM! But I have never played a GM OTB so I can understand. Black was possibly over nervous on the occasion.

Jan-17-12  King Death: <Richard Taylor> It's natural to feel some nerves when playing any very strong player. You can make it work for you if you keep things under control and try to never show what you're thinking.

In this game Black tried 6...f6:

Jan-17-12  waustad: <RT>The only GM I've ever played OTB was in an offhand game (while he was an IM), your own Murray Chandler. I'm a 1700+ (or was, at 60+ and inactive I'm probably lower now) and felt really helpless. First I lost a pawn. Then another. Then it was connected outside passers and I resigned.

HM probably draws much nicer dinasaur pictures than her opponent.

Jan-17-12  Shams: <HM probably draws much nicer dinosaur pictures than her opponent.>

Random comment...the woman does turn 50 this year. Is she known for her renderings of, say, the apatosaurus?

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  Richard Taylor: I have beaten a GM! In a lightening game online. Also I drew with Susan Polgar in 2 minute game! Lost two online blitz games to Seirawan and Anderson! But only played them (otherwise) in simuls. I have draws and wins against IMs. Quinteros wiped me out but I drew with Euwe and Averbakh and had an amusing game vs. Spassky. He signed my score sheet. I mght have played correspondence GMs in the 80s

Helen has played many games in International chess. She is an associate with GM Chandler <waustad> (he beat me in simul once also, but remember a simul is (mostly) much easier for the GM. Chandler now runs GambitBooks here in NZ and he organised (or subsidised) the QT Classic.

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  Richard Taylor: < King Death: <Richard Taylor> It's natural to feel some nerves when playing any very strong player. You can make it work for you if you keep things under control and try to never show what you're thinking.

In this game Black tried 6...f6:>....

I agree but not everyone is such. I have beaten Paul Garbett twice. I see he is now playing a good game vs. one of the GMs.

I recall when I got into the NZ Champs in 2011 I was excited, as in all my years of playing I had never got anywhere near that, but partly with encouragement from Edward Tanoi, I played good chess to go from about 1500 to 2065 (NZ ratings in about 6 years) I beat FMs Watson, Steadman as well as Lukey...also beat NM Peter Stuart my old rival. But then when I got to the NZ Champs and found in RD1 I was facing IM Kerr, several times NZ Champion + I was on was all too much is seemed to snap (especially after I 'hallucinated' in my game against Peter Stuart) and from then on just folded in game after game...*

BUT so did a lot of players...Smith and Watson both missed easy wins against IM Ker. Ker is very very focused. But for me, playing in the National Champs it seemed surreal. My mistake was not to just play for draws when appropriate and so on. And I didn't have a good plan for when things went wrong which I did when I won some B Grade tourneys. My mistake was to let my bad results affect me and I started to self destruction quite a few games until I pulled out of my dive in about round 8 or so...

Helen is more used to these situations but I can relate to her having nerves in RD1

Note also that she is one of the organizers. Nor was her game as bad as it seems. When she made two main errors they kind of compounded (escalated) in effect. Now I have lost a serious OTB game in 5 moves! I also overlooked a mate in one in a NZ Correspondence Champ game!!

But ...yes, psychology of all kind is a big part of chess, which is like having a fight (or a war). In a fight your ferocity and cunning will help. Too much courage and you make errors, not enough and you fold, and under or overestimating your or opponent is fatal...and then a fighter or say a tennis player has to think of the next game....!

Such is life!

* But taking into account that I am now nearly 64 I did pretty well!

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  Penguincw: Things already looked bleak after 13.e5.

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