Indy TornadoJune 16, 2001 

I win the exchange early on, but Black convincingly demonstrates the power of the two bishops. 1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 d5 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Qxd5 Qxd5 6. Nxd5 Kd8 7. Bf4 Na6 8. Bxa6 bxa6 9. Nxc7 Rb8 10. Ne6+ Bxe6 11. Bxb8 Now I am up the exchange, but Black has the two bishops. My downfall will be not trying harder to get rid of at least one of Black's bishops. 11... Bg7 12. Be5 Nf6 13. h3 Bd5 14. Ne2 e3 15. fxe3 Bxg2 16. Rh2 Rather than 16. Rg1 with the thought of doubling rooks at some point. Also will protect the c2 pawn. 16... Be4 17. Nf4 Bf5 18. In preparation for e4. However, I never get around to that. 19... Bh6 20. Bxf6 Rxf6 21. Kb1 a5 22. a4 Rd6 23. Kc1 Bd7 24. b3 Bf5 Chessmaster notes 24... Rxd4! 25. c4? Claiming more space, but also opening lines to my king for Black's bishops. 25... g5 26. c5 Rd7 27. Nh5 Be6 28. Kc2 Rb7 29. Kd3 Chessmaster likes 29. d5 and after 29... Bxd5 the bishop can be pinned. 29... Rxb3+ 30. Ke4 Bf7 31. Ng3 Rb4 32. Nf5 Bf8 33. Ree2 Bg6 34. Ke5 Kd7 35. Rb2? Missing the threat. A better response might be 35. Rhf2 preparing to give back the exchange. 35... e6 Now the threat is 36... Bxf5 followed by 37... Bg7# 36. Ke4?? Chessmaster notes that 36. c6+! Kxc6 37. Kxe6 is quite playable. 36... Bxf5+ 37. Kf3 h5 38. Rbg2 Now planning on getting rid of one of Black's bishops by giving back the exchange, something I should have done long before. 38... g4+ 39. hxg4 hxg4+ 40. Rxg4 Bxg4+ 41. Kxg4 Bxc5 42. Rh7+ Be7 43. Rh5 Rxa4 44. Kf3 Bd8 45. Ke4 Rb4 46. Rh7+ Kd6 47. Rxa7 a4 48. Ra6+ Ke7 49. Ra7+ Kf6 50. Ra8 Be7 51. Kf3 Rc4 52. Ke2 White eventually loses on time, although I had a lost game anyway. 01 

Black traps White's overly aggressive Rook. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bb5+ Bd7 5. Bxd7+ Nxd7 6. Qe2+ Qe7 7. Qxe7+ Bxe7 8. Nf3 h6 9. White's pawn structure is in shambles. 20. Raf2 is strong. 20... Nc6 21. Nc5 b6 22. Nd3 Rde8 23. Rf5 g6 24. Rf6 Nxe5 25. Nf4? Ng4 White's Rook is trapped after 26. Rc6 Kd7 However, Chessmaster notes White loses only a knight with 26. Nxg6! 26. Rfxb6? axb6 27. Nxd5 Nxe3 28. Nf4 Nd1 Threatening 29... Re1# I missed 29... g5 winning a piece after 30. Rxe8+ Rxe8 31. Nd3 Re3 30. Rc2 Nd1 31. h4 Ne3 32. Rd2 Rd8 33. Re2 Ng4 34. Re1 Rfe8 35. Rf1 Rd2 36. a4 Red8 37. g3 Rd1 38. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 39. Kg2 Ra1 40. h5 g5 41. Nd5 Rxa4 42. Ne7+ Kd7 43. Nf5 c5 44. Kf3 Black goes on to win. 01 

My third draw in a row against this opponent. 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. Nd2 Gallagher gives 4. Nc3 Nxe4 5. Bxe7 Nxc3 6. Bxd8 Nxd1 7. Bxc7 Nxb2 as the main line here, with white a pawn down, but also suggests 4. e5 or 4. Bd3 as alternatives. 4... d5 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Ngf3 c5 8. c3 Nc6 9. Be2 9. Bb5 may be better, but I was worried about 9... a6 10. Ba4 b5 giving Black plenty of queenside space. 9... Chessmaster likes 27. Qb4 better. 27... Be8 28. Rc3 b5 29. a5 Qd8 30. b4 Qf6 31. Rc7 Qf5 32. Rc1 Chessmaster says 32. f3!? is OK here. Draw agreed. I probably offered the draw too quicklyChessmaster plays this out to a win for whitebut I was getting to feel pretty tired by this point, having had little sleep the night before. 1/21/2 

By now I'm very much feeling the effects of having slept little the night before, and my play in this game is completely uninspired. The time control for this round was shortened in order to finish the tournament on time. 1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e5 c5 4. b4 b6 Declining the French Wing Gambit, which has done well for me the past two times I've faced the gambit. 5. Bb2 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8. Apparently I now forget that this is only supposed to be a temporary spot for the knight on its way to f5. 9. d3 Be7 10. Nfd2 29... Nf3+ 30. Qe4 Rf7 31. Bxd4 cxd4 32. Rxd4 g6 33. Qe3 Kg7 34. Rf4 Rxf4 35. Qxf4 Qc5+ 36. Kg2 Qe7 37. g5 Qb7+ 38. Kg3 Qc8 39. h4 Qd7 40. Qf3 Qd4? For the past several moves, I've been remembering to keep f6 covered, and after all that it slips my mind. 41. Qf6+ Kg8 42. Qxe6+ Kf8 43. Qd6+ Qxd6 44. exd6 Ke8 45. Kf4 Kd7 46. Ke5 Kd8 White goes on to win. 10 