Glendale April Swiss
April 21, 2001
Black decides not to play on once the loss of a piece is inevitable.
Usually Black tries to get in an early ... c5 in the Queen's Gambit Accepted. With this move he is saddled with a backwards pawn on a semi-open file.
Chessmaster recommends meeting the threat with 13... e5
14. Bg5 1-0
I blunder a piece in the opening. I try to create counterplay, but am ultimately unsuccessful.
Chessmaster found 7... Nxe4!! 8. dxc6 Nxc3 9. bxc3 (If 9. Qc2? Bf5! winning the queen or else 10. Qxf5 Qd1#) 9... Bxc3+ 10. Bd2 b5! 11. Qd1 Bxa1 12. Qxa1 with Black now up a rook and three pawns for two minor pieces.
Black's e-pawn will be hanging after his knight is eliminated. It could be saved by either 12... f6
Trying to damage White's pawn structure as much as possible for the endgame. But even so, trading off pieces when down material is questionable.
18. gxf3 Rd3 19. Re3 Rd1+ 20. Kg2 Rd7 21. Ba3 Rd5 22. Rae1 Rg5+ 23. Kf1 Rd8 24. Re8 Rh5 25. Bf8 Rxh2 26. Rxd8+ Kxd8 27. Kg1 Rh3 28. Kg2 Rh5 29. f4 Ra5 30. Bxg7 f5 31. Bf6+ Kd7 32. Re7+ Kc6 33. Rxh7 Rxa2 34. Rh5 Ra5 35. Be5 Rd5 36. Rxf5 b5 37. Rf6+ Kc5??
Leaving both the a- and c- pawns en prise, when 37... Kb7 would have defended both.
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nc3 e6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Bxc4 c6 6. Nf3 b5 7. Bb3 Be7 8.
Now if White withdraws his Rook Black has a strong attack at g2.
White still has two pawns for the Exchange; not a lost cause, by any means.
38... Rd7 saves Black's a-pawn.
Blocking the open file.
Draw agreed. The consensus among people watching the game afterwards was that I probably should have played on, given my passed pawns, and in retrospect they were probably right. Chessmaster played this out to a win for White, although it was a complex one I'm not sure I would have found given the limited time I had left on my clock. White has to move his bishop before his b-pawn can advance, but this opens up the c-file for Black. I probably overestimated the threat of a Black invasion along the open c-file.1/2-1/2
White gets a strong attack going against my queenside-castled king. I am able to defuse it somewhat, but White still manages to get a perpetual check when I'm up a few pawns.
Transposing into the Advance Variation of the French.
There's a lot of White pieces pointing at my kingside, so I was hoping this might be better. Of course, my queenside isn't as well covered by my pawns.
I was expecting an f5 push from white sooner or later.
b7 is the critical square where the attack will come. After ... Bc6 the queen and bishop will both defend this square.
Leading to back-row threats. Not 32... bxa6? 33. Rxa6+ Ra7 34. Rxc6 Rb7 35. Ra6+ Ra7 36. Qb6 Rc8 (preventing queen checks on c6) 37. Rxa7+ Qxa7 38. Qb5 and now the threat of a6 followed by Qb7 is too strong.
Chessmaster found a winning combination in 38... Qg1+!! 39. Kg3 Rc3+ 40. Kh4 (40. Kf4? Qd4+ 41. Qe4 Qxe4#) (40. Kg4? Qc1 (threatening 41... Qg5#) ) 40... Qc1 (threatening 41... Qg5#) 41. Qg4 (41. Qh5? g5+ 42. Kg4 Qf4#) 41... Qe1+ 42. Kh5 Qxe5+ 43. Kh4 Qf6+ 44. Kh5 g6+ 45. Kxh6 g5+ 46. Kh7 (46. Kh5 Qg6#) 46... Qg6+ 47. Kh8 Rc8#
Missing the perpetual check threat.