Monday, July 28, 2008

Wanganui Championship

King,M (1853) - Stewart,J (Unrated) [B78] Wanganui Championship (Round 2), 28.07.2008

When ever we lose a game some people have the tendency to hide the game from being published and live in denial. The reality is you must go over every loss and tear it apart in every aspect. Opening middle game, ending, the psychological aspects, time management, tournament and match strategy. You must move forward from every game no matter what the result as each game you play is the greatest study material of all.
The following is a quick annotation.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Nc3 Bd7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 g6 8.Qd2 Bg7 9.0-0-0 0-0 10.Bc4
Somehow white decides that a dragon is best, steer the game back towards sharp theory, If black is unprepared ok but white must be prepared also. When facing a weaker opponent it is perhaps an idea to chose a safer opening and just wait for the mistakes to come. White's time-105 Black's time - 113
This move is not normal and should promise white an easy advantage but white must react quickly with his attack as in many dragon lines sometimes that one tempo proves to be decisive.
10...Qa5 11.Bb3 Rfc8 12.Kb1 Ne5 13.Bg5 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nb3 Qe5 16.Rhe1 Rxc3 17.bxc3 Be6 18.Be3 Rc8 19.Bd4 Qb5 20.Ka1 Qa4 21.Rb1 Bf8 22.f4 Nd7 23.f5 Bc4 24.h4 e5 25.fxe6 Bxe6 26.h5 Ne5 27.hxg6 hxg6 28.Rh1 Bg7 29.Qg5 b5 30.Qe7 Bf8 31.Qf6 Bg7 32.Qe7 Bf8 ½-½ Ree,H-Tal,M/Wijk aan Zee 1973/
10...Rc8 This is main line theory. 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.Kb1 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.g4 b5 15.b3 Rc5 16.Ne6 fxe6 17.Bxc5 dxc5 18.e5 Qa5 19.exf6 Bxf6 20.Ne4 Qxd2 21.Rxd2 Bc6 22.Nxf6+ Rxf6 23.Rf1 Bxf3 24.Rd7 Kf7 25.Rxa7 e5 26.Rc7 e4 27.Re1 Rf4 28.h3 Bg2 29.Re3 Rf3 30.Re2 Rf1+ 31.Kb2 Bf3 32.Re3 Rh1 33.Rxc5 Rxh3 34.Rxb5 h5 35.gxh5 Rxh5 36.a4 Kf6 37.Rxh5 gxh5 38.a5 h4 39.a6 h3 40.a7 h2 41.a8Q h1Q 42.Qf8+ Ke6 43.Rc3 Qd1 44.Rc6+ Kd5 45.Rc7 Qd4+ 46.Ka3 1-0 Tiviakov,S-Van Wessel,R/Haarlem 1999/

White plays a safe move but this is not in the spirit of the opening. Black hasn't threatened anything so the K-side attack must move without delay.
11.h4! White must attack quickly there is no need for safety moves like Bb3 and Kb1 white will crash through first.
A) 11...b5?! 12.Bb3 Na5 13.h5 Nxh5 14.Bh6 Nxb3+ (14...Nc4 15.Bxc4 bxc4 16.Rxh5+-) 15.Nxb3 Be5 After looking at the alternatives sacking the exchange seems like black's best chance. (15...Bxh6?! 16.Qxh6 b4 17.Nd5 a5 18.g4+-; 15...b4?! 16.Nd5 e6 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Nf4 Nxf4 19.Qxf4 h5 20.Rxd6 Qc7 21.e5+- White has a strong position.) 16.g4 Ng3 17.Rh2 a5 18.Bxf8 Qxf8 19.Nd5 a4 20.Nd4 a3 21.b3 White is the exchange up and should consolidate in a few moves.
B) 11...Qa5 12.Bb3 Rfc8 13.h5 Nxh5 14.g4 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 Bxd4 16.Qxd4 Nf4 17.Bxf7+ Kxf7 18.Rxh7+ Ke6 19.Nd5 Ne2+ 20.Kb1 Re8 21.Rxe7+ 1-0 Hamdouchi,H-Aalders,H/Andorra 2000/
11...b5?! 12.Kb1?
12.h4 Transposing to the above variations is of course better.
12...Rb8 13.g4?!
13.Nxc6 Promises white nothing.
13.h4! Na5 (13...h5 I was worried about this move during the game thinking black would stop my attack and this is true. White must alter his plan and play for central control but I should still get the advantage afetr 14.Nxc6 Bxc6 15.Rhe1 a5 16.Bd4 a4 17.Bd5 Bxd5 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.exd5 b4 21.g4 White is better due to a stronger attack on the King and nice central pressure ) 14.h5 Nc4 15.Bxc4 bxc4 16.Bh6 Qb6 17.b3 Bxh6 18.Qxh6 cxb3 19.cxb3 Qc5 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.exd5 Qxd5 22.hxg6 Bf5+ 23.Nc2 Bxc2+ 24.Kc1! Black is forced to sac his queen 24...Qxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Bxg6 White is better but black has good chances to draw]
13...Na5 14.g5?!
14.h4?! Nc4 15.Bxc4 bxc4 16.h5 Qb6 17.Qc1=;
14.Rhe1?! Nc4 15.Qd3 Nxe3 16.Qxe3 b4 17.Nd5 a5 black has a slight edge.
The best move appears to be 14.Bh6 Bxh6 15.Qxh6 b4 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 Nxb3 18.Nxb3 and white may claim to be a bit better
14...b4 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Qc7 17.h4 Nxb3 18.Nxb3 a5 19.Bd4 a4 20.Bxg7 axb3! 21.Bxf8 Qa7 22.Qd4 Qxa2+ 23.Kc1 Rxf8³
15.Nxb3 Ne8 16.Nd5 e6 (16...Nc7 17.Bb6+-) 17.Nf4
16.h4 Nc7 17.h5 b4 18.Nd5?!
18.Nce2 a5 19.Ng3 Re8 20.hxg6 hxg6 21.Qh2 Kf8 22.f4 e6 23.Qh7±
18...Nxd5 19.exd5 Qc8?!
Better is 19...Qa5
White's time - 6 minutes Black's time - 101 minutes as can be seen white has used too much time already and this is the major factor for the loss.
20...Bf5+ 21.Ka1 Qd7 22.Nc6
22.Rc6 Rfc8 23.Rxa6 gxh5 24.Nc6 Rb7 25.Rxh5 e6 26.Bd4 exd5 27.Bxg7 Rxc6 28.Ra8+ Rc8 (28...Kxg7 29.Qd4+ Kg6 30.Rh6+ Kxg5 31.Qh4#) 29.Rxc8+ Qxc8 30.Bd4 Rb8
22...Rb7 23.Rhe1?!
23.hxg6 Bxg6 24.Rh4 e6 25.Bd4
23...a5 24.h6
24.hxg6 Bxg6 25.f4 e6 26.Bd4 Bxd4 (26...exd5 27.Ne7++-) 27.Qxd4 Re8 White is fighting for advantage.]
24...Bh8 25.Bd4 e5 26.dxe6 fxe6 27.Bxh8 Kxh8 28.Nxa5
28.Red1 d5 29.Nxa5 Ra7 30.Qxb4 Rfa8 31.Qd4+ Kg8 32.b4+- White just needs to consolidate black's pressure and he is won.

29.Qxb4! just grab the material Rfa8 30.Qc3+ Kg8 31.b4±
29...Rfa8 30.a4
30.a3 bxa3 31.Qxd6 axb2+ 32.Kxb2 Ra2+ 33.Kc3 Qb7
31.Qxd6 Qb7 32.bxa3 Qxb3 33.Re3 Rxa3+ 34.Qxa3 Rxa3+ 35.Nxa3 Qb7±
31...d5 32.Qb2+ Kg8 33.a4 dxc4 34.Rxc4 Qd3 35.Rec1 Qd7
36.Qc3 e5 37.Qxe5 Qe7?
Throwing away any advantage black had. 37...Be6-+ and black should win
38.Qxe7 Rxe7 39.Rc7 Ra7 40.Rxa7 Rxa7
White has the better winning chances in this position but unfortunately for me it is a little tricky to play and with only 30 sec for each move it is no wonder I stuffed it up. It does not excuse losing however that is just bad play I should have been able to hold the draw.
41.Kb2 Kf7 42.Re1 Rc7 43.Re2
A possible continuation is 43.b4 Rc2+ 44.Kb3 Rf2 45.Re3 Be6+ 46.Kc3 Ra2 47.a5 Ke7 48.Re5 Kd6 49.Rb5 Kc7 50.Kd4 Bd7 51.Rb6 Bc6 52.Ra6 Rd2+ 53.Kc3 Ra2 54.Ra7+ Bb7 55.b5 Kb8 56.b6 Kc8 57.Kd4 Ra3 58.Ke5 Rxf3 59.a6 Bxa6 60.Rxa6 Rf5+ 61.Ke6 Rxg5 62.Ra7 Rb5 63.Rxh7 Rxb6+ 64.Kf7 g5 65.Rh8+ Kd7 66.h7 Rh6 67.Kg7 Rh1 68.Rf8+-
43...Be6 44.Re3?!
44...Rc5 45.f4
45.Rc3! Rxg5 (45...Rxc3 46.Kxc3 Ke7 47.b4 Kd6 48.Kd4 Bb3 49.a5 Bd1 50.f4 Bc2 51.a6 Kc7 52.Ke5 Kb6 53.Kf6 Kxa6 54.Kg7 Kb5 55.Kxh7 Be4 56.Kg7 Kxb4 57.h7) 46.Rc7+ Kf6 47.Rxh7 Rf5 48.Rh8 Rxf3 (48...Bf7 49.Rc8 Rh5 50.a5 Rxh6 51.a6 Rh2+ 52.Ka3 Rh1 53.Kb2 Rh2+=) 49.Rf8+ Bf7 50.h7
45...Rc6 46.Re4
46...Ke7 47.Rb4
47...Rc7 48.a5 Kd7 49.Rb8 Bd5 50.Rf8?
White's time - 50 sec Black's time - 50 mins. Now black is doing the opposite of white and using too little time It is always tempting to blitz out your moves when your opponent is low on time but if you have a superior position this is just crazy!
50.f5 gxf5 51.g6 Kc6 52.g7 f4 53.Rb6+ Kc5 54.Kc3 Rc6 55.b4+ Kd6+ 56.Rxc6+ Kxc6 57.Kd4 f3 58.b5+ Kd6 59.b6 f2 60.b7 Bxb7 61.g8Q f1Q 62.Qd8+ Ke6 63.Qb6+ Kf5 64.Qxb7 White has the better ending but someone with table bases will come to a concrete solution.
50...Kc6 51.Rf6+ Kb5 52.Rb6+?
52...Kxa5 53.Rb8
Black is now winning
53...Rf7 54.Rd8 Bb7 55.Rd4 Kb5 56.Kc3 Kc5 57.b4+ Kb5 58.Rc4 Kb6 59.Kd2 Rd7+ 60.Kc3 Ba6 61.Rd4

Black again is moving quickly and doesn't see what is going on in the position because now white has a forced win. 61...Rc7+ Holds black's pressure in the position.
62.Rxd7 Kxd7 63.Kd4??
Problem is I didn't have enough time to calculate f5 and I panicked, Black is now winning comfortably.
63.f5 And white wins with a pawn break through.
A) 63...Bb7 64.Kd4 gxf5 (64...Ke7 65.fxg6 hxg6 66.h7) 65.g6 hxg6 66.h7;
B) 63...gxf5 64.g6]
63...Ke6 64.Ke4 Bb7+ 65.Kd4 Kf5 66.Ke3 Bc6 67.Kd4 Kxf4 68.Kc5 Bg2
White Resigns
So in conclusion what can be gained from such a terrible loss.
Time Management is critical sometimes a average move is better than trying to find the best move. Understanding the spirit of the opening is important and If you play sharp opening's you better know what you are doing. Never underestimate your opponent they still have to make mistakes for you to win. Calculating in time pressure is not an easy task but one which must be practiced.

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