Wednesday, June 06, 2007

You’re (still) a Mean one Mr. Grinch

Last night, as the dawn of a new month presents a new club tournament round, I was paired with…yet again… my version of Little Cindy-Lou.

Ready for a rematch from last week, I had white this time. First off, I found myself surround by all the children from whoville. So, here I am cuddly as a cactus and charming as an eel ( you have to know the song) towering with no remorse over these little ones.

Before I could get a handshake and clock started, Little Cindy Lou asks to get a drink of water. “There! There! My dear, Shall we start now?” 1.e4 c6! Oh how cute! Last week I played the Caro-Kann against her. I suppose the best flattery is imitation. I was flattered. With all the termites showing, I smiled and proceeded down the mainline path. 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 …. I paused for a moment, thought about throwing her the 5.Nc5 move I was preparing a while back against the possibility of playing a 1900 player. But, since that was 2 months ago, and my brain was full of spiders, I decided to see how far down the path of the mainline I could take her.

Continuing, 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 and now 7. Nge2 Nf6. At this point she’s riffling out move after move not consuming even 1 minute on her clock. It was as if she had to be home by 8:30 or something. I played slow and deliberate. 8. Nf4 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nbd7 11. Ne6.

I played this “bad banana with a slippery black peel” move because at this point she only consumed 2 minutes on her clock firing off rote responses to my garlic laced soulful moves. I must say, this slowed her down. She wasn’t touching my Knight with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole. If 11…fxe6 12. Qg6#. Instead she cautiously played 11… Qb6. 12. Nxf8 Rxf8 13. Nf5 0-0-0 14. Nxe7+ Kb8 15. Bf4+ Ka8 16. 0-0-0 and then she made a miscalculation…. 16…Nc5. I won the exchange. 17. dxc5 Rxd3 18 cxb6 Rxd1+ 19. Rxd1 I think the Ne6 move rattled her and threw her off track. She made a series of missteps after this and resigned after Move 28.

The rest of the game went as follows ( complete with me willfully hanging my knight for several moves with a mate threat).

19…g6 20 Bxh6 Rfe8 21. Bg5 Nh7 22. Be3 a6 23. Bf4 Nf8 24 Bg3 ( was looking at a mating threat starting with Nxc6 and ending with Ra7# but I had to set it up) 24.. Ne6 25. Rd7 Rh8 26. Nxc6 Rf8 27. Bd6 Rc8 28. Na5 …she resigned. Yes, I have the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile.

I hope you don’t mind my colorful annotations from the evil mind of a chess Bully.



Greg K. said...

Congrats on the win. I enjoyed your colorful writing style. I'm not very familiar with this variation, but it seems to me that 10...Nbd7? is a very weak move that leaves Black clearly worse after the move you played. In fact, 11. Ng6 is probably even more accurate because the knight is again immune but Black is practically forced to play the useless 11...Rg8 instead of the somewhat more useful 11...Qb6.

Anyway, congrats again on the win.

Anonymous said...

it's the colorful annotations i keep coming back for, you bad bananan with a greasy black peel...

Blue Devil Knight said...

I'll bet your heart is ten sizes too small.

Good win.

hisbestfriend said...

The lead picture has become my new desktop. If it isn't yours good choice. It it is yours, it is amazing, I would love a full res version.

At any rate, excellent game! one of the things that I learned, if you want respect from the junior set.

Play them hard. They are going to play you hard.

hisbestfriend said...

Sorry, I am going through your game, and you have 7. Nge2

The only problem is that both knights are on the g-file. I think your move is suppose to be 7. N1e2 is that correct?

BlunderProne said...

I'm glad you all like my warped sense of annotating and my trials with these phonoms in our club.

HBF: Yes, 7. N1e2 is correct. The young lady's name is Michelle Chen and you might be able to get a better resolution from our club's website directly :

Did I mention her USCF rating is 1732? She may be cute... but she is tough ... for a 9 year old.

I show no Mercy

Grandpatzer said...

Of course, this loss is only going to make her'll have to savour wins and draws against her while you can. :D

BlunderProne said...

So my 2007 Chess Bully shirt will have the slogan:

Chess Bully...beating future grandmasters while he still can.

likesforests said...

"So my 2007 Chess Bully shirt will have the slogan: Chess Bully...beating future grandmasters while he still can." LOL! Great posts, keep it up. 9 years old and 1732? Wow.

transformation said...

i studied karate very seriously for many years, lastly under a great shichi dan, or 7th degree blackbelt, a wildman superhuman marines special forces dude...

in any event, at times i was forced to spar against a young girl, the only problem was, tiny as she was, she was totally efficient, and what she lacked in size or strength, more than made up for in superior vision of all moves, and was always there 'before' me, and i couldnt lay one finger on her.

of course, she was soon thereafter a blackbelt. humbling indeed.

i can relate to this same near child calm these future masters possess, and how oft putting it is, indeed!