The Chess Wanderer

"Les pions sont l´âme du jeu" Francois-André Philidor, 1749

Sunday, March 20, 2005

My hardest fought game to date

Wow, this one was a killer. It took at least an hour and a half to play. I was up material with a good position but made mistakes toward the end. I'm not sure if I was getting tired or something. It was a great game and we agreed to play again the next time we meet. Man, I need to take a nap now!

[Event "ICC 30 25"]
[Date "2005.03.20"]
[White "PawnSensei"]
[Black "wiggley"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "1290"]
[BlackElo "1229"]
[Time "15:58:00"]
[TimeControl "1800+25"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O c5 5. d3 Nc6 6. c4 dxc4 7. dxc4 Be7 8.Nc3 Rb8 9. Qxd8+ Bxd8 10. Nd2 Bd7 11. Rd1 O-O 12. Nde4 h6 13. Nxc5 Be8 14.N3e4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Be7 16. Bf4 Rc8 17. Nxb7 Nb4 18. Nd6 Rc5 19. b3 Bc6 20.a3 Bxe4 21. Nxe4 Rc6 22. axb4 Rb6 23. Rxa7 Bxb4 24. Bd2 Bxd2 25. Nxd2 Rd626. c5 Rd5 27. c6 Rc8 28. c7 Rd7 29. b4 Rdxc7 30. Rxc7 Rxc7 31. b5 Rd7 32.b6 Kh7 33. Rc1 Rxd2 34. b7 Rb2 35. Rc7 Kg6 36. f4 Kf6 37. Kf2 Rb3 38. h4 Kg639. e3 f5 40. Kf3 Kf6 41. h5 g6 42. hxg6 Kxg6 43. g4 h5 44. gxf5+ exf5 45.Rc6+ Kh7 46. Rf6 Rxb7 47. Rxf5 Kg6 48. Rg5+ Kh6 49. Kg3 Rb3 50. Re5 Kg6 51.Kh4 Rc3 52. Rxh5 Rxe3 53. Kg4 Re4 54. Rg5+ Kf6 55. Rf5+ Kg6 56. Ra5 Rb4 57.Ra6+ Kf7 58. Kg5 Rb5+ 59. f5 Re5 60. Ra7+ Kf8 61. Kf6 Rb5 62. Ra8+{Black resigns}1-0


At 3/25/2005 9:24 PM, Blogger psalcido said...

Black had chances for Lucena Position (draw) in this game in move 59 that he missed. Just incase you ever end up in this position, Lucena would have involved him staying on the 5th rank, but away from the e-file. After you checked on the 7th, he would move his King to the 8th file (f8), followed by your f6. He would have played Rc6+ or Rb6+, and you would move your King back to the fifth rank. He would stay on the sixth rank until you pushed your pawn (f6), and then he would play Rb1 or Rc1. Here, try this line as a variation on move 59:

59...Rc5 60.Ra7+ Kf8 61.Kf6 Rc6+ 62.Kg5 Rb6 63.f6 Rb1 64.Kg6 Rg1+ 65.Kh7 Rh1+ 66.Kg6 Rg1+ 67.Kf5 Rf1+ 68.Ke6 Re1+ 69.Kd7 Rd1+ 70.Kc8 Rc1+ 71.Kb8 Rb1+ 72.Ka8 Rf1 73.Ra6 Kf7 74. 1/2-1/2

You played well, beating him at his mistakes, but you should know this position because YOU might be at the 'hoping to draw' end of this one day.

At 3/26/2005 5:43 PM, Blogger Pawnsensei said...


Hey thanks! You know, I was just reading up on the Lucena endgame too. I'm going to look over your variation tonight.



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