Amateur Team East, 17.02.2009
I was too lazy to prepare anything against this move, which is very stupid because Perelshteyn's very good and very, very popular book, Chess Openings for Black, Explained, recommends it. I know c3 and d4 are both moves, and I figured c3 was a better choice against a kid.
5...d5 is a much better move. I learned this because I looked this position up for one of my kids last month. Other than knowing that, I'm kinda on my own here. I don't play this exact structure for either side, so I don't have any pre-formed plan, and I was trying to puzzle out things like where the bishops go and the queen and what, if anything, I'm going to try to do, later.
I felt like my d4 pawn might be a little vunerable and so I'm preventing Bg4. I also suspect the Bc8 might be jobless.
Am I playing for space on the center and the queenside? maybe I am?!
9.Be2 I felt insecure about putting it on c4.
Now, I feel like this position looks like a very typical position, like your world's most average middlegame position, but aren't I already better? I felt I was.
12.b3 b5 Now I did something very stupid. I felt like I deserved to be better, so I thought that a break in the center ought to work. And for some reason, I calculated the line 13. e5 b4 14. Nb5 Ne4 15. Qxb4 and I thought, super, I'm up a pawn. 14...Nd5 never even crossed my mind.
13.e5 I should just play 13.Bd3 b4 14.Ne2+/=.
where should my knight go?
My original intention was to play Nb5, but I got scared it was going to get trapped. Here's a sample line: 14.Nb5 Nd5 15.exd6 Qb6 16.dxe7 (I missed this good idea : 16.Nc7! Nxe3 17.fxe3 Qxd6 18.Na6=) 16...Rfe8 17.a4 a6;
I completely missed that I could even consider taking on f6: 14.exf6 bxc3 15.fxe7 Qxe7 16.Qe1:
analysis diagram: guess what rybka thinks?
I assumed this must suck for me, but the computer seems to think white's just winning the c3 pawn and calls it –0.24. a long, strange forced line: 16...Qd8 17.Rc1 Qc7 18.Ba6 Nb7 19.Bc4 Qa5 20.Qxc3 Qxc3 21.Rxc3 d5 22.Bxd5 Rxc3 23.Bxb7 -/=
but back to reality, I actually played...
I felt that I needed to exchange some pieces, and of course I was hoping for the cheapo 15...Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Nc3 17.Ng5
I knew I probably shouldn't do this, that the trade isn't quite favorable, but I just couldn't think of what else to do.
Oh god, why do I have such a miserable positon against a kid? also, he's the kid on the sled on the cover of this month's chess life for kids. and I know I did it to myself with the godawful e5 b4 stupidity. I have no idea whta to do here or how to not lose my d pawn basically immediately, so I figured I would manufacture fake threats on the kingside.
This was a total bluff. I played it knowing ...hxg5 is very good for him, but gambling that he would feel that closing the position was safer.
25.Rh4 now I defend my pawn, gleeful.
26.Be2 Nca7 Now I started preparing e6 and Ne5
32.Bc2 So now I "triangulate," because I want his knight on a7 when I play e6. If it's on c8, then black can defend f7 with Nd6.
35.dxe5 At the time, I thought this capture was obvious, as it unisolates my d pawn, and if 35. Rxe5 Nc6 looks annoying, but I missed how strong 36.Rxf7+ Kxf7 37.Qf4+ Kg7 38.Re6 is.
41.Rxa6 Ne2 I have no idea why he didn't defend his b pawn.
43.Bxf5 hxg3 He wants to throw thismove in to weaken my pawns (44.fxg3? gxf5), but that's not really how zwischenzugs work
47.Ra7 [47.Rb7 Rxg5 48.Rxe6] 47...Rxg5
54.b7 actually he played to mate, but I'm too lazy to input the rest 1–0