Eastgate March Swiss
March 7-28, 2001
"One bad move nullifies forty good ones." -- I.A. Horowitz. Black plays a strong game until he blunders at move 34.
With three of Black's minor pieces dominating the queenside, the minority attack which typically comes from this exchange would be difficult.
Preventing defense of the passed pawn at c4 with ... d5.
Likewise stopping ... b5.
18... Re8 19. Re1 Nh5 20. Nd2 Nf4 21. Re3 Nd3 22. Rb1 Ne5 23. Qe2 Ng4 24. Rg3 Qh4 25. h3 Ne5 26. Nf3 Qf6 27. Nxe5 Qxe5 28. Rc1 f5! 29. Re3 f4 30. Rf3 g5 31. g4 fxg3 32. Rxg3 Qf4 33. Rc2 Bf5 34. Qf3 Bxe4??
Black forgets his g5 pawn is pinned.
White loses a piece in the opening and never recovers.
Through 5. Bb5 this game is the same as the one we had played just four days previously. In that game I allowed White to double my pawns with 5... a6 I wasn't too fond of that position so I varied here.
Black's bishop now has free reign along the long diagonal.
Threatening 14... c3#
14. Nc3 Ba6 15. Ng5 Ne7 16. Nge4 Rc8 17. Nxc5 Rxc5 18. Kxf2 Rxe5 19. Re1 Rxe1 20. Rxe1
A fairly even game until white finds a winning combination.
1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3
My first time playing Alekhine's defense in a tournament game. I lose a piece in the opening, but for the second time in this tournament, win when my opponent forgets that the piece defending his queen is pinned.
3... Ng8 is required to avoid losing a piece.
4. Bd5 Nxf2 5. Kxf2 Nc6 6. d4 e6 7. Bxc6 dxc6 8. Nf3 Be7 9. Nc3 h6 10. Be3 g5 11. h3 f5 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. Ne5 Bxe5 14. Qh5+ Ke7 15. dxe5 Qf8+ 16. Qf3 Qg7 17. Qxc6 Rf8+ 18. Ke2 Ba6+ 19. Nb5 Qxe5 20. Qxc7+?? Qxc7 21. Kd2 Bxb5 0-1