Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday 042715 Had 13 Players and a Beginner's Corner

There is nothing better than chess with friends.
We had an 'average' crowd at the club tonight. We had some casual games, a small speed Ladder tournament, a 960 match and some chess lessons. We do it all at LCCC.
We had three new players and a past player return tonight. Welcome Ted H, Gavin S and Dawson S and hello to the returning Swen S.

Here is a game submitted by a chess student of LCCC - and a fellow classmate of Ted H. It’s not important which side Trevor played. What is important are the lessons within. Enjoy.
1.  b3                               d5
Not the best opening move for White unless White knows what he is doing. Although three of White’s next four moves are correct for following up this first move by correctly fighting for the center of the board.
2.  c4                                e6
3.  Na3     ?                      c5
“A knight on the rim if grim”. Knights belong in the center where they control more squares.
4.  Bb2                             f5?
Black opens up his King side for no reason. Developing a knight to either c6 or f6 keeps Black in the lead positionally.
5.  Qc2                             dxc4
6.  O-O-O?                      h5?
Castling is normally a good idea, but not here for three reasons. 1) White is castling where he has advanced his pawns so the king is not as protected. Those big pieces around him will be leaving to do battle and he will be all alone. 2) Black just took a pawn and White needed to recover it with Nxc4. (3) Now Black can capture another pawn and really strip away the cover from in front of White’s king with 6. …..cxb3, but Black missed that move.
Black is making the mistake of making silly pawn moves instead of developing his pieces or winning material.
7.  Nxc4!                  e5  
8.  Nf3                              g5?
More weakening Black pawn moves. White is way ahead positionally! His king is safer, his pieces are better developed and Black’s pawns are easy targets if White concentrates on attacking them.
9.          Nfxe5!                Bg7
10.       g3?                 Nc6?
White missed 10. d4! Where Black’s queen is indirectly under attack from White’s nicely developed rook on d1.
Black’s 10th move was to prevent that strong pawn move, but he left himself open to a loss of material after 11. Nxc6, bxc6 12. Bxg7!  But White missed this.
11.       Ng6                 Rh6
12.       Nge5               Be6
13.       Nxc6               bxc6?
White wins a free bishop with 14. Bxg7!
14.       d4                   cxd4
15.       Rxd4??           Bxd4
White was winning the position battle until that move that lost material. White has wasted moves and allowed Black to develop his pieces by capturing White’s better developed pieces. Now Black is ahead material (a bishop for a rook) and has the better position.
16.       e3                    Bf6
17.       Qd1                h4
18.       Nd6+              Ke7?
White to make move #19.
 White has a great pin with 19. Ba3! Then White might get to play 20. Nb7+!! Winning Black’s queen because the king is in check by the bishop. If Black moves his king, the knight takes the queen. If Black blocks with his queen, the bishop simply takes the queen.

19.       Bc3?              hxg3
White moved his bishop to a square where it is unprotected and Black sweeps it up two moves later. White is down the equivalent of a queen right now between material and position.
20.       fxg3                 Bxc3
21.       Nb7                 Qc7
22.       Ba6 ?              Rh7
White places another piece in danger to protect his knight that was in danger.
23.       Qc2?               Ba1?
24.       Re1 ?              Qb6!
Finally Black wins the material. White needed to let the knight escape with Nc5 in any of his last three moves.
25.       Bc4                 Qxb7
26.       Bxe6               Kxe6
27.       e4                    fxe4
28.       Rxe4+             Kd7
29.       Kb1                 a5??
Black just gives up his bishop.
30.       Kxa1               a4
31.       bxa4               Ra5
32.       Qd2+              Rd5!
Black correctly counters aggression with aggression!
33.       Qe2 ??            g4?
Black keeps allowing White counter attacks that luckily for him White keeps missing. 34. Qxg4+ gives White some fighting possibilities to win material or check Black’s king all over the board.
And Black missed the crushing 33. ….Rxh2!! If 34. Qxh2 then Rd1++!
34.       Qe1 ?              Rxh2
35.       Rb4                 Qc7
36.       Qg1                 Rhd2
37.       Rxg4               Qe5+
White is completely lost.
38.       Kb1                 Rd1+??
What was wrong with 38…..Qb2++
39.       Kc2                  Rxg1
40.       Rxg8               Rgd1
41.       Kb3                 R5d4
42.       g4                    Qe3+
43.       Kc2                  Qd3+
44.       Kb2                 Rb4++

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