June 16, 2001
I win the exchange early on, but Black convincingly demonstrates the power of the two bishops.
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.
Rather than 16. Rg1 with the thought of doubling rooks at some point. Also will protect the c2 pawn.
In preparation for e4. However, I never get around to that.
Chessmaster notes 24... Rxd4!
Claiming more space, but also opening lines to my king for Black's bishops.
Missing the threat. A better response might be 35. Rhf2 preparing to give back the exchange.
Now planning on getting rid of one of Black's bishops by giving back the exchange, something I should have done long before.
White eventually loses on time, although I had a lost game anyway.0-1
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.
However, Chessmaster notes White loses only a knight with 26. Nxg6!
Threatening 29... Re1#
Black goes on to win.0-1
My third draw in a row against this opponent.
but also suggests 4. e5
or 4. Bd3 as alternatives.
Chessmaster likes 27. Qb4 better.
Chessmaster says 32. f3!? is OK here.
Draw agreed. I probably offered the draw too quickly--Chessmaster plays this out to a win for white--but I was getting to feel pretty tired by this point, having had little sleep the night before.1/2-1/2
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.
Declining the French Wing Gambit, which has done well for me the past two times I've faced the gambit.
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
For the past several moves, I've been remembering to keep f6 covered, and after all that it slips my mind.
White goes on to win.1-0