Friday, April 07, 2006

Another Exciting Game

I recently played another exciting, tactical game. Here, I will actually provide some handy-dandy images, unlike last time. I played black in a Ruy Lopez:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 a6
4. Ba4 Nf6
5. 0-0 Be7
6. d3 d6 (diagram)

I then proceeded to castle and to threaten his strong white-squared bishop with my knight and queenside pawns:

7. Nc3 b5
8. Bb3 Na5
9. Be3 (diagram)

9. ... Nxb3
10. axb3 Bb7
11. Ne2 d5
12. exd5 Nxd5
13. Nxe5 Bf6
14. d4 (diagram)

This is where the game gets exciting. He opts against a queen trade and the battle heats up!

14. ... Nxe3
15. fxe3 Bxe5
16. dxe5 Qg5
17. Nf4 Qxe5
18. Qd4 Rfe8
19. Rae1 Rad8
20. Qa7 (diagram)

In hindsight, this move seems to have been the nail in white's coffin. After moving his queen to the edge of the board he sticks with his decision and goes for the material win:

21. ... Qe4
22. Rf2 Re5
23. Nd3 Rg5
24. Ree2 h6
25. Nc5 (diagram)

This is white's fatal mistake, opening up his back rank to a vicious, brutal, and intense attack! hehe, as they say, it's the victors who write history. In the end, I get to make an exciting (and necessary) queen sacrifice that got my blood pumping.

25. ... Rd1+
26. Kh2 Qe5+
27. Rf4 Qxe3
28. Qxb7 Qg3#

In the end, it came down to a tactical battle with his queen off to the side and both of us striving for the win. It came down to mating attack versus a material attack. The mating attack won...

Here's the pgn for those who desire it:

[Event "FICS rated standard game"]
[Site "FICS, San Jose, California USA"]
[Date "2006.04.02"]
[Time "17:52:16"]
[Round "-"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "generalkaia"]
[WhiteElo "1729"]
[BlackElo "1715"]
[TimeControl "1200+15"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. h3 O-O 8. Nc3
b5 9. Bb3 Na5 10. Be3 Nxb3 11. axb3 Bb7 12. Ne2 d5 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Nxe5
Bf6 15. d4 Nxe3 16. fxe3 Bxe5 17. dxe5 Qg5 18. Nf4 Qxe5 19. Qd4 Rfe8 20. Rae1
Rad8 21. Qa7 Qe4 22. Rf2 Re5 23. Nd3 Rg5 24. Ree2 h6 25. Nc5 Rd1+ 26. Kh2
Qe5+ 27. Rf4 Qxe3 28. Qxb7 Qg3#
{White checkmated} 0-1


At 12:25 AM, Blogger Jim said...


Not to take anything away from you because you definitely made all the right moves, but how does somebody get to be rated as high as your opponent was and make thse kind of mistakes? I can't imagine a real live USCF 1700+ player losing a game in such a fashion at a tournament. Up until the 25.Nc5 he was fine. Shredder 9 give you a tiny advantage. After 25...Rd1+ it's mate in 3!

Sheesh. How guys like this don't come to tournaments I play in? [grin]

At 6:41 AM, Blogger DreadPirateJosh said...

Nice game Generalkaia, very well played and way to take advantage of the opp's mistake.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger generalkaia said...

Jim, I agree that my advantage was tiny and that his mistake was huge. I guess it was just up to the first person to make a mistake. But at least my rating is nearing its previous peak!

Thanks. It would be fun to see you on FICS more often.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger generalkaia said...

I also fingered him after the game, and he had lost about 3/4ths of his games and had an RD of maybe 25! I couldn't believe he had such a high rating.


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