Monday, 2 August 2010

Freddie Sugden Ate My Sandwich

Sorry for the gaping chasm between posts. We've actually been enjoying our day off, being bellowed instructions at by Andrew Martin. If only Tom Rendle could have talked dirty to me, my weekend might have been complete.

Round 6

Philip J. Makepeace (2074) - (2145) Peter A. Williams

My opponent's father commented after this tussle that it was of some significance that I'd played both Felix and Peter in the same tournament. Not entirely sure why, maybe they both support Arsenal or something. There must be at least two people in the world who do.

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg5 Bd6 5. Nbd2 Nbd7 6. e4 dxe4 7. Nxe4 Be7 8. Nxf6+ Bxf6 9. Qd2

I quite like this for white. It's unclear how black's going to unravel.

9... Bxg5 10. Nxg5 h6 11. Nh3!?

I fancied keeping the diagonal open, plus I can perhaps get in Nf4 and c4 to completely control d5.

11... O-O 12. O-O-O Qf6 13. f4 c5 14. g4 Qxd4 15. Qe1!?

We came here to chew gum and kick ass. I'm all out of gum.

15... Qa4 16. Kb1 e5 17. g5 hxg5

White has a disgusting number of possibilities here, mainly involving some kind of manly thrust against the h7 square. Naturally I chose the most preparatory move which didn't come with a swift withdrawal possibility attached.

18. Rg1?! 18... g4 19. fxe5!? Re8

Fair enough, don't walk into all the fruit then. 19...gxh3 20. Rxg7+ Kxg7 21. Qg3+ Kh8 22. Qxh3 Kg7 23. Qg3+ Kh8 24. Bb5 should prove terminal.

20. e6!

Sell to them the killing gem, attack to get it back.

20... Rxe6 21. Qh4 Rh6 22. Qe7 Re6 23. Qd8+!?

The repetition (Qh4-e7-h4 etc.) was very much on. But as Peter was fairly low on time, I thought it would be rude not to give it a go.

23... Nf8 24. Ng5 Re8 25. Qc7 Be6 26. b3 Qb4 27. Bg2 Rac8 28. Qxb7 Qxb7 29. Bxb7 Rb8 30. Bc6 Rec8 31. Bd5 Rd8 32. Bxe6 Nxe6 33. Rxd8+ Rxd8 34. Nxe6 fxe6 35. Rxg4

Black's pawn files are like motorway chevrons, consistently two apart. Except on this occasion, it's definitely not to his advantage. Note to self: never use this simile again, it's a cul-de-sac. BOOM! More than one road type mentioned in the same annotation, I doubt you get this kind of
wordsmithery over at New In Chess. Come on Timman, let's be avenue!

35... Kf7 36. Ra4 Rd7 37. Kb2 e5 38. Ra5 Rc7 39. b4 Rb7 40. Rxc5 Rxb4+ 41. Kc3 Rh4 42. Rxe5 Rh3+ 43. Kb2 Rxh2 44. Ra5 Ke6 45. Rxa7

Sadly, the ending is certainly drawn. But because I respect my elders, I decided to emulate Keith Arkell and play it out in full.

45... g5 46. Rg7 Rg2 47. a4 Kd6 48. a5 Rg4 49. Kb3 Kc6 50. a6 Rg1 51. Kb4 Kb6 52. a7 Rb1+ 53. Kc4 Ra1 54. Rxg5 Kxa7 55. Rb5 Rh1 56. Kb4 Ka6 57. Rc5 Kb6 58. Rg5 Rh4+ 59. c4 Rh6 60. Rb5+ Kc6 61. Ra5 Kc7 62. c5 Rh4+ 63. Kb5 Rh6 64. Ra7+ Kc8 65. Rg7 Rf6 66. c6 Rf1


Round 7

Jaroslav Vrubl (195 ECF) - (2074) Philip J. Makepeace

How are you supposed to prepare for a bloke whose most recent published game is from 1997? Well, I went down the refined route of playing for the victorious ECF cricket team. Figures of 6-0-32-1 and a dozen off the bat went down well.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 h6!?

Designed to avoid any Ng5 grot.

5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Ng3 Bh7

The point.

7. Bc4 e6 8. Qe2 Nf6 9. Ne5 Nd5 10. O-O Nd7 11. f4

Deviating from Rudd - Makepeace, Great Yarmouth 2007 which continued 11. Bb3. It makes sense for white to open the f file against my uncastled king.

11... Nxe5 12. fxe5 Nb6 13. Qf2 Qc7 14. Bb3 Bg6 15. Be3 Nd5 16. c4 Nxe3 17. Qxe3 Be7 18. Kh1 O-O 19. Rad1 Qb6 20. Ne4

As I have the bishop pair, it's necessary for white to attempt to prove the
worth of his knight.

20... a5 21. Rf2 Rfd8 22. c5 Qc7 23. Nd6 Bg5?!

The twins look very happy bearing down the diagonals, but this move prods
white where he wants to go anyway.

24. Qf3 a4 25. Bc4 Rf8 26. Rdf1 Qd7 27. Qg4 Rae8!?
Objectively, of course, this is not a good move. But it gives white a bit to think about and with d4 weak and the dark-squared bishop unopposed, I wasn't surprised when he didn't lop it off.

28. h4 Be3 29. h5!?

Go on old boy, what's in your hump?

29... Bxf2 30. hxg6 fxg6 31. Qxg6 Qe7?

31...Bxd4 would have produced a fairly level endgame.

32. Rxf2??

A spokesman for Mr. Vrubl said after the game: "This was the one thing we didn't want to happen." All white needed to find was 32. g3 Bxd4 33. Rf6! Rxf6 34. exf6 Bxf6 35. Nxe8 and the scoresheets would have been signed not long after the time control.

32... Qh4+ 33. Kg1 Qxf2+ 34. Kh2 Qh4+ 35. Kg1 Qxd4+ 36. Kh1 Qh4+ 37. Kg1 Qe1+ 38. Kh2 Qxe5+ 39. Kh1 Qe1+ 40. Kh2 Qh4+ 41. Kg1 Qf6

With enough pawns hoovered up, I can now go about the triviality of swapping bits off.


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