Chess Game at Chess Match
White: D. Cronshaw - Black: A. Satz
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. g4
Darn. Years ago, when I played chess virtually every day, I knew all these tricky variations of the Advance Caro-Kann by heart. Now I don't and I have to find my way by myself each time. Well, at least for this move there is no choice.
5... Bg6 6. Nge2 c5 7. Nf4
After the game my opponent suggested 7. Be3 as probably better.
7... cxd4 8. Qxd4 Nc6
I could have taken the c-pawn with the bishop, but my lag in development was beginning to look scary, so it didn't seem a good idea...
9. Bb5 Qa5 10. Nxg6
Quite a relief for me; my bishop had little play, and could eventually get trapped by h4-5.
10... hxg6 11. Bxc6
Probably my opponent wanted to prevent the simplifying 11...Qxb5 12. Nxb5 Nxd4 13. Nxd4.
11... bxc6 12. 0-0 Bb4 13. Ne2!
I was hoping for the natural 13. Bd2, which would be followed by 13...Rh3! with iniciative.
13... Bb5 14. Qf4 Rb8 15. c3 Rh3
I thought a lot of time for this move, and I am still not convinced it is the right one.The idea is to take squares from the white queen and answer the expected 16. Nd4 with 16... Rd3. On the other hand I must confess I don't know what I would have done after 16. Rd1.
This made me happy, as the knight is going far from its ideal square d4 to a not very promising place. On the other hand, the rook in h3 is useless now...
...so I try to make it useful by shifting sides the queen. The threat is 17... Qh5.
17. g5 Ne7 18. Kg2 Rh8 19. b4
Needed in order to develope the bishop. I seem to be losing space, but White is creating weaknesses at the same time.
19... Bb6 20. Be3 Nf5 21. Nxf5 gxf5 22. Rad1 Bc7
It is better to keek the bishop instead of exchanging it, as the White bishop is "bad" and mine can put pressure on his pawns, and indirectly, his king. 23. Bxa7 would be countered with 23... Ra8 24. Be3 25. Rxa2, followed by Qa8 controlling the a-file.
23. Rd2 Rb7 25. a3?
White is hoping to play c4, but overlooks Black's threat.
The position suddenly opens with disastrous consequences for White.
26. gxf6 gxf6 27. Bd4
Ok, I know it is not modest to put a "!!" on a move I did myself, but I'm really proud of having seen it. It is a typical "intermediate" move: it seems pointless at the moment, but will prove crucial six moves ahead. Wait and see...
27. bxc5 fxe5 28. Bxe5 Bxe5 29. Qxe5 Qg5+ 30. Kh1
In case of 30. Kf3, I had planned 30... Rh3+ 31. Ke2 Qg4+ 32. Ke1 Rb1+ winning. Here we see the first point of 26... c5: to open the b-file for the rook. And it even has another one, which will be seen next...
30... Rxh2+ 31. Qxh2 (of course not 31. Kxh2?? Rh7 mate) Qxd2 32. Qh8+ Kd7 33. Qg7+
If I had not played 26... c5, this would be a problem for me as I would have to play 33... Kc8 and a few more checks would get him to take my e-pawn, which could be dangerous. As things stand now, this check is harmless and even makes things easier for me.
33... Kc6 34. Qg6 Qe2 35. Rg1 Kxc5 36. Qg8?
White's position is hopeless anyway, but this attempt to trap me (36... Qxf2? 37. Qc8+ Kb6 39. Rb1+) brings about a quick demise.
36... Qf3+ 37. Rg2? (37. Kh2 resisted a bit more) Qh3+ 38. Rh2 Rb1+ 39. Qg1 Rxg1+ 40. Kxg1 Qg4+ 41. Rg2 Qd1+ 42. Kh2 Qf3.
So the match was finally a draw at 2.5 - 2.5. But it's really a pity that we keep defaulting games because we could be doing much better, so, er... does any of you know a University of Nottingham student willing to play chess for the team?
UPDATE: Due to some weird trouble with Blogger, I thought this post had been lost and then posted the diagram as a chess problem. I have already deleted the second post as it was pointless if the whole game can be seen here.