Friday, September 30, 2016

Casual Chess on 092616 - Quick Tournament Oct 10 - A Spassky Classic

Chess is a game for everyone.....casual or formal.
We had seven players this Monday night. And we will have open chess again next week, so stop on by.

For those looking for some tournament action, the LCCC Quick Tournament will begin on Oct 10!

The time limit will be 10 minutes per player with a 5 second delay. Two rounds will be played!

The final two rounds will be played two weeks later on October 24. If we need a final tie break round, that will be on November 7.

So if you always thought that chess was a slow game, here is your chance to experience it .....well....quick!

Its a fun tournament so be sure to sign up!

Now another classic game by Boris Spassky!

Boris Spassky – Lev Polugaevsky
USSR Championship, Baku 1961
       1.      d4                    Nf6
       2.      c4                    e6
       3.      Nf3                  b6
       4.      Nc3                 Bb7
       5.      Bg5                 Bb4
Spassky prefers the complications of this line to the early trades of the counter-fianchetto in the Queen’s Indian. [Igor3000 has the position at (+.3) of a pawn for White.]

       6.      e3                    h6
       7.      Bh4                 g5
       8.      Bg3                 Ne4
       9.      Qc2                Bxc3
      10.  bxc3                d6
      11.  Bd3                 Nxg3
A double edged position is reached after a series of normal moves. (+.2)
      12.  fxg3                 g4
      13.  Nh4                 Qg5
      14.  O-O!                Qxe3+
This sacrifice suggests itself. Anything else allows Black time for castling long. (EVEN)

      15.  Kh1                 Nd7!
The beginning of a very deep defense. Now if 16. Rae1, Qg5 and the White rook is misplaced on e1. (+.2)

      16.  Rf4                  Rg8
      17.  Raf1                O-O-O!
The real threat was 18. Qd1 and Re1 with a snare of the Queen. Now this idea fails to 18. ……Ne5! 19. dxe5, de     and the Bishop on d3 falls. White tries to keep the trap “on” with his next move. (+.2)

       18.  R1f2                Qe1+!
Again ….a witty defense! White would have met 18. …..Ne5 with 19. Bf1! But now, Bf1 is weak as 19. …..e5 20. Re2 and the Black Queen can hide on a1! (EVEN)

       19.  Rf1                  Qe3
       20.  Rxf7                Rdf8
       21.  Qe2                 Qxe2
Spassky visualizes that in the ending he will have a King-side majority, targets to work on and the more active pieces. In contrast, Black’s active Queen makes the middle game barren. (+.2)

       22.  Bxe2                h5
       23.  Kg1                 Be4
       24.  Rxf8+              Nxf8
Actually forced because the minor piece ending is very bad after 24. ….Rxf8 25. Rxf8, Nxf8 26. h3     and Black’s King is too far away. (EVEN)

       25.  Kf2!                Ng6
       26.  Ke3                 Bc6
Exchanging the White Knight on h5 for Black is not as good as it looks. (+.4 instead of EVEN)

       27.  Rf6                  Nxh4
The sixth rank for White is more important than the seventh. If the Knight were on d7, White would not have much. [(EVEN) White doesn’t have much now. But Igor3000 is not Spassky. Actually,  Polugaevsky stops defending like Igor3000.]

       28.  gxh4                g3!
But Polugaevsky is still defending well at this point. (EVEN)

       29.  hxg3                Rxg3+
       30.  Kf4                  Rxg2
       31.  Bxh5               Rxa2
       32.  Rxe6                a5
       33.  Bg4                 Kd8
       34.  h5                    Rh2?

Position after Black played  34. ..........Rh2?

This move was the error. 

[Igor3000 sees 34. …..Rf2+ 35. Kg5, Rg2 36. Re2, Rg1 37. Kh4, Rh1+ (EVEN). Instead White leads (+1.2)].

       35.  h6                    Bd7
After the pawn race begins with 35. …..a5 36. Kg3, Rh1 37. Bh3, Rg1+ 38. Kf4, Rb1 39. h7, Rh1 40. Bf5 wins easily. (+1.2) Now it is all simply a matter of Spassky technique.]

       36.  Kg3!!               Rh1
Taking the rook with 36. …. Bxe6 loses in all lines.

       37.  Bf3!                 Rg1+
       38.  Bg2!                Rc1
Now all the right squares are covered and the h-pawn must reach the eighth rank.

       39.  h7                    Rxc3+
       40.  Kh2                 Bxe6
       41.  h8 = (Q)+        Ke7
       42.  d5                    Resigns

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