Friday, April 20, 2012

Game 24

Tommyg and I started a 4-game series of 75 15 matches tonight.  The first game was a bit of a nail-biter.  You can replay the whole game here.  The opening was pretty good on both sides - no major slip-ups that I saw.  I was getting settled in when he decided to send this queen side pawns down the side.  I held them off pretty good, but then he played 12...Ne4; a real tricky move that could have gone disastrous (for me) quite quickly.  I had to take his N with my N, but then I could see I would be able to gain a pawn ... except for his playing 14...f6 which would dislodge my N and allow the game to remain even.

But I paused and pondered a bit.  I tried finding imaginary positions ... I found one.  I started working out the details and it would seem I could go up two pawns.  I played 15. Qg4 with the idea that I could get the e6 and b5 pawns.  It worked out; and we even traded queens.

Since I still had all my pawns and he only had 3, I needed to figure out a way to queen one of them.

So they started trudging up the side.  He tried to get some counter play going with his N, but inevitably, the N would be mine.  I kept constant pressure on until he resigned on move 33.  I took his B with one of my Rs and then one of my pawns was going to come out a Q.

So a good first battle.  We plan on playing next week at the same time.

Game 25 is only a few hours away (with nygren).   I need to get some shut-eye for the big match tomorrow morning.


  1. You pounced on that 12...Ne4? really well I think Rocky. After the exchange of Kt's the c4 pawn has one less defender then before and you are able to win the pawn w/ the Qg4 and ensuing threats all over the place. 12...cxb3 I think is the right move for black to play. Open up that c-file for black on your backward c3 pawn and pressure it as best as he can.

  2. Anonymous9:09 AM

    Nice job finding 15. Qg4!

  3. What do you play after 22 ... Rc8 (threatening Bc4)? Black may be lost already, but he definitely is after you get c4 in.