Friday, November 23, 2007

A Small Reprieve

I’ve a somewhat quiescent point with things at home that allowed me a chess moment at the club. I had a side game with a father who was waiting for his kid to finish. It was a serious imbalance in ratings being 500 points higher than him. I admire he was still a sport for the challenge and I must admit he had a good game.

The position below was reached after:
White: Blunderprone Black: Chess Father

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.Qd2 a6 7.Bh6 Re8 8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.0-0-0 Bg4 10.e5 dxe5 11.dxe5 Qxd2+ 12.Rxd2 Nfd7 13.Nd5 Ra7 14.Ng5 b5 15.h3 Be6 16.Nxe6+ fxe6 17.Nf4 Nc5 18.b4 Ne4 19.Rd4 Nxf2 20.Nxe6+ Kh8 21.Rg1 Nc6 22.Rh4 Nxe5 23.Kd2 c6 24.Ke2 Rd7 25.Kxf2 Rd2+ 26.Ke3 Rxc2 27.Ng5 Rc1 28.Kd2 Ra1 29.Kc3 Rf8

The position looks threatening for me with both rooks looming on my bishop and a rook pinned. Believe it or not, I actually planned it that way as I saw a nice tactic that just doesn’t jump out in this position. Can you?

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30.Bc4 Lose the game or lose the rook !
30...Rxg1 31.Rxh7# 1-0

I will be able to escape on Sunday to attend the Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial ( one of Massachusetts early champions).

I haven’t had much OTB experience and a little on line but I am looking forward to some good sparring. I’ll be playing in the Under 1900 section.

On a side note, in continuation of tactics training, I am in the process of converting CT-ART to PGN and playing it against Fritz using 3D mode since visualization is important for OTB and I am too lazy to set up a board. After the initial material gain, I find playing the game to the win isn’t as easy as it seems against Fritz. Despite the material gain, it’s a good exercise in not blowing a won game.


Chessaholic said...

Nice tactic! That's the kind of stuff I hope my tactics training will help me find more easily in the future...

Glenn Wilson said...

I quickly saw a variant of your idea. 30. Rxh7+ Kg8 31. Bc4+

But, your move order is better as it gives the opponent the opportunity to go wrong...


Unknown said...

New Post! Anybody have any ideas?

gorckat said...

After the initial material gain, I find playing the game to the win isn’t as easy as it seems against Fritz. Despite the material gain, it’s a good exercise in not blowing a won game.

Huh. Never thought of that. Good idea!

BlunderProne said...

On the CT-ART PGN transposition, I found that the only way to really do this is for EACH position I have to invoke Crafty as if I were to play the position. Once the new board appears, I right click in the white area where the moves would be and I can save to a PGN. I keep appending the same PGN file for each level. If you don't make any moves, the starting position is captured as FEN in the PGN. I then copy the FEN and PASTE it into Fritz ( FILE-> NEW-> POSITION SETUP [PASTE FEN] )

Anonymous said...

I also like the idea of using positions from CT-Art against a chess engine. Great idea!

likesforests said...

At a glance I spotted 1.Rxh7 Kg8 2.Bc4+ Nxc4 3.Rxa1. Your sequence and result is definitely better!

wang said...

Good luck in the upcoming tourney! I like your idea, although it sounds a bit time consuming. Anyway good luck again.

Anonymous said...

Like everyone else, I saw Rxh7 first and stopped looking. It's good to see you've had a little breathing room.

Anonymous said...

Send me an eMail and I'll send you the pgn.

sschere [at] gmail [dot] com

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Anonymous said...

30. Bc4! is actually much better than Rxh7+? since after 30. Rxh7+ Kg8 31. Bc4+ Nxc4 32. Rxa1 Rf5 the knight is overloaded, for instance 33. h4 Rxg5 hxg5 Kxh7 and it's a real battle.

Unknown said...

Nice game George!

When you get that PGN from CT-ART going, please let us know. I'd love to play against it. BTW, I manually put in Pawn endgames from "Total Chess Training" (Studies 2.0) as I go through each exercise, it really helps (but its painful...). Do you have an automatic way to make the PGN??