30 November 2007

What was I thinking?

. . . and why did I get away with it?


Stripes,J (1627) - Copeland,C (1555) [E07]
Turkey Quads Spokane (3), 15.11.2007
[Stripes]


1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.c4
The Reti

3...e6 4.d4
no longer the Reti

4...c6 5.Bg2 Nbd7 6.0-0 Be7


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7.Nc3
[ 7.Qc2 is the correct move, as is known by everyone that plays the Catalan]

7...0-0 8.Bf4
seemed like a reasonable move, and it is certainly thematic in the Queen's Gambit, but I have almost always regretted this move--this game is no exception.

8...dxc4 9.e4
Staunton and Steinitz would be proud of me for getting this nifty pawn center--but Chris will not let it stand long

9...Qb6
the novelty of our game, and not a particularly good one. But why? What is wrong with a move that attacks the pawn nearly always laced with poison?

10.Qe2 c5 11.Qxc4

[ 11.d5 occupied most of the time I spent thinking about my move, and may have been a better choice]

11...cxd4 12.Nxd4



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12...e5?
giving White the advantage that should have been his birthright
[ 12...Qxb2 was possible]

13.Nf5 Re8?
two inaccuracies by Black, and White now has a good game
[ 13...exf4 14.Nxe7+ Kh8 15.gxf4 Qxb2 seemed better for Black to me, but my engine disagrees;
13...Bc5 is the move Hiarcs prefers]

14.Nxe7+ Rxe7 15.Be3 Qe6
[ 15...Qxb2 was still possible, and would make White fight for the win]

16.Nd5
[ 16.Qxe6 seems simple enough]

16...Kh8??

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[ 16...Re8]

17.Rac1 b6 18.Rfd1 Nxd5?
it is not easy to play a position such as Black has created for himself
[ 18...Bb7]

19.exd5 Qd6 20.Qxc8+ Re8
[ 20...Rxc8 is suicidal 21.Rxc8+ Re8 22.Rxe8+ Nf8 forget about the queen as she is helpless against two rooks and two bishops]

21.Qc7 Qxc7 22.Rxc7
I like pigs!

22...Nf6 23.d6 e4 24.d7 Red8 25.Bg5 Rxd7 26.Rdxd7 Nxd7 27.Rxd7 f6 28.Bxe4

1-0


This badly played pseudo-Catalan gave me a much needed but undeserved win.





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