Sunday, July 01, 2007

Rounds 3 and 4: More "Practice"

My brain is not working.

Blunder Prone: 1 World: 3

Here are the two games today in pgn. ( You can cut and paste them into this viewer.)

[Event "35th World Open "][Site "?"][Date "????.??.??"][Round "3"][White "Duval, George"][Black "Pena, Joel"][Result "1-0"][ECO "B06"][Annotator ",gduval"][PlyCount "109"][SourceDate "2007.06.30"]
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 c5 4. c3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 d6 6. Bc4 Nc6 7. O-O Nf6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9. e5 Ne4 10. exd6 Qxd6 11. Qf3 Nf6 12. Bf4 Qc5 13. Nd2 Bg4 14. Qe3Qxe3 15. Bxe3 Nd5 16. Bc5 Rb8 17. Nb3 Bf5 18. Rfe1 e6 19. Bxa7 Ra8 20. Bd4 O-O21. Bxg7 Kxg7 22. Nd4 Ne7 23. f3 c5 24. Nxf5+ Nxf5 25. Re5 Rfc8 26. Rd1 Ra4 27.Bb3 Ra7 28. Re4 Rac7 29. Bc4 Ra8 30. g4 Ne7 31. Rd2 Nc6 32. b3 Kf8 33. a4 Na534. Kf2 Rb8 35. Rb2 Rcb7 36. Bb5 Ke7 37. b4 Rxb5 {I'm not sure Black needed to lose the exchange here. Then again, the knight is trapped on a5.} 38. axb5 Rxb539. Ra2 Nc6 40. bxc5 Rxc5 41. Rc2 f6 42. f4 e5 43. Ree2 Rc4 44. fxe5 Nxe5 45.h3 Kd6 46. Ke3 Kc5 47. Rf2 Nd7 48. Rf4 Ne5 49. Rxf6 Nxg4+ {Better Might havebeen 49... Rxg4 then if I take back with the pawn 50. hxg4 Nxg4 with a checkand a rook. The game would then be harder for me to win with the two connectedpawns and a knight holding. I think he had drawing chances. Instead this flatout gives me the game.} 50. hxg4 Rxg4 51. Rh2 h5 52. Kf3 Kc4 53. Rf4+ Rxf4+ 54.Kxf4 Kxc3 55. Kg5 1-0

[Event "35th World Open"][Site "?"][Date "????.??.??"][Round "4"][White "Hooks, Jerry"][Black "Duval, George"][Result "1-0"][ECO "E06"][Annotator ",gduval"][PlyCount "97"][SourceDate "2007.06.30"]
1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. Nf3 e6 {Bf5 would havebeen MUCH better here. I really didn't know what I was doing. } 7. O-O Be78. Nc3 O-O 9. Bf4 a6 10. Rc1 b5 11. Nxb5 Bb7 {I was not thinking clearly here.11...axb5 12 Rxc6 Rxa2 would have equalized. I wasn't thinking clearly in thisposition. I was too worked up on the English g3 position that I was unfamiliarwith.} 12. Nc3 Ne4 13. a3 Rc8 14. Qd3 Na5 15. Nd2 Nxd2 16. Bxd2 Nb3 17. Rb1Nxd2 18. Qxd2 Bg5 19. e3 Qa5 20. Rbc1 Rc6 21. Nb1 Qxd2 22. Nxd2 Rfc8 23. Nb3Be7 24. Rxc6 Rxc6 25. Rc1 Rb6 26. Rc3 g6 27. Bf1 Bd6 28. Be2 e5 29. Kf1 exd430. exd4 Be7 31. Ke1 Kg7 32. Kd2 Rf6 33. Rf3 Rb6 34. Kc2 Bc8 35. Rc3 Bf5+ 36.Bd3 Be4 37. Na5 Bf6 38. Nc6 Bxd3+ 39. Kxd3 Rxb2 40. Rc2 Rxc2 41. Kxc2 a5 42.Kc3 a4 43. Kb4 Kf8 44. Kxa4 Ke8 45. Kb5 Kd7 46. Kb6 Kc8 47. a4 Bxd4+ 48. Nxd4Kb8 49. a5 1-0

As can be seen. I am sucking much wind here. The win in round three was against a kid. The loss in round four was just my brain not working. I have had the chance to go over my follies with MUCH strong players and close friends who are generally concerned with The Blunderful one. I have lots of encouragement and some better clarity.

I chocked up the last two days as experience and practice for some real chess. Why not have 4 real slow games in two days to warm you up for 5 rounds of G45! Yes, you guessed it. I am re-entering the event in the 3-day schedule. This means I will have 5 rounds of insanity only to sync back up with everyone on Tuesday. Call me insane, call me a fool, but most assuredly you can call me a Knight Errant.

This is fun. The kids are have a good time. Nika has 1.5 points ( thanks to a full point bye in round 4) and Tyler is all done practicing since he won both his games today.

I plan on making a comeback. Its a good think I've been practicing Blitz and G15 on ICC. I knew it would come in handy... See BDK? There are good reasons to play Blitz on line... after you suck wind for the first few rounds you doll out more money to play faster rounds and re-enter!

Stay tuned... I'll be running on adrenaline and espresso for tomorow's 5 rounds of insanity.



Joshua said...

The doubling down sounds like it's gonna be a blast, action-packed intensity. Don't forget to hit the clock a lot! And if your opponent's in time trouble, remember to keep inching the ticker away from him every time you hit it so that he has to reach for it ;-)

BlunderProne said...

Thanks Joshua.

Seen from the club: David Harris, David Plotkin, Bennet Pellows, Robert Harvey, Dennis Shmelov ( sp?)

Of course our local GMs: Ivanov and Perehlstyn.

And,not necessarily from our area ... but I have to say it... Elvest is in the house ... thank you very much. ;)

Blue Devil Knight said...

Have fun. I'm jealous! Maybe next year.

Anonymous said...

You forgot about me, George.


hisbestfriend said...

I am pretty sure that the world open will be on my schedule for next year. Due to the scandalous nature of sandbagging that comes from living in Washington State, mybestfriend has and excellent chance in one of the scholastic nationals coming up this next year. So no nationally rated chess until then.

But then, the jig will be up, and it will be a summer of chess bliss. Then the Teenage years...

BlunderProne said...


How could I forget you? Sorry... just an oversight.

Yes I also saw Steve Eddins ( Steve Learns Chess) from our club too.