Kapil Chandran plays frisbee
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Vicary,Elizabeth - Eng,Randall [B31]
Marshall Sat g/60 (round 3), 18.07.2009
Marshall Sat g/60 (round 3), 18.07.2009
3. Bb5 It's really so much fun to play the Rossilimo against 1900s. It might be the only part of chess I always, unreservedly enjoy. In this game I thought I was much better in the opening and early middlegame, although it turns out I was not. But that didn't stop me feeling proud, safe, and crafty the whole time.
4.Bxc6 bxc6 played instantly. inside, I chortled with joy.
5.d3 it doesn't matter, but probably it makes sense to castle first, since it is the most certain move on the board.
6. 0–0 Nf6
9.h3 white always wants to play h3 in these lines because g4 is the only place where black's light squared bishop is at all relevant. ok, sometimes if white is not paying attention black organizes ...Ba6 and ....c4, but otherwise.
10.Rb1 I learned this move from putting my game against Kelleher into rybka. I guess sometimes just staring dumbly at the engine evaluation does help.
My intention is some kind of dark squarey kingside attack: Bh6, N somewhere (g5?), f4-f5, rook lift etc.
I also know for almost certain that he will move the rook, so when I play Bh6, he can answer Bh8. This is my other favorite thing about playing 1900s: they all believe wholeheartedly in this maneuver. Why is that? Just look at it for one second-- doesn't it look terrible??? Maybe it's good in the Yugoslav or something, when you need the bishop for your own attack, but I think it's an enormous stretch to think you are doing this for the safety of your own king. ...Bh8 weakens f7 (since no rook can defend on f8 and a knight on g5 cannot be easily kicked away) and takes every escape square away from the king. A knight on e7 is checkmate!! It's like some weird group hysteria.
12.Bh6 Bh8 sucker
13.b3 I'm playing this to free my rook to go to e1. Maybe I don't need to do this, but on the other hand maybe he'll play ....d5 and I'll win an exchange. oh, and one more thing I'm hoping for....
Find the Wrong Move (i.e. find a move that looks normal but loses immediately)
Wrong Move: 13...Qa5?? loses spectacularly to 14.Nd5!
15.Ng5 Rybka points out that 15.e5! is good. This is interesting to me, because I had not even considered changing the pawn structure like this. 15... Nc7 (15...dxe5 16.Nxe5 Qc7 17.Bf4) 16.exd6 exd6 (16...Qxd6 17.Bf4 Qd7 18.Ne4) 17.Ne4 Ne6 18.Bg5 Nxg5 19.Qxg5 f5 20.Nf6+
Here I was gloating internally, pitying this poor, poor planless child. Rybka thinks it's equal. Can anyone help me reconcile my ego with reality?
16...Nb5 I was thinking he would play 16...Ne6, when I was considering 17.Nxf7, but it doesn't work: 17... Kxf7 18.f5 gxf5 19.Rxf5+ Bf6 and I have nothing.
As time pressure set in, I began to realize I had no idea how to break through. Over the next few moves, I went from 30 minutes to 15 without thinking about much that wasn't circular. After spending 4-5 minutes each move, I would panic and play something random and nondestructive, in the hopes of something good occurring to me while he was thinking.
I was excited because I finally have a threat here. What is it?
I'm threatening to break through with 22.e5 Bxe5 23.Rxe5 dxe5 24.fxg6 hxg6 25.Qxe5. Of course he didn't allow that and played
22.Qg4 yeah, I know, very stupid
27.Bxg5 I can try 27.Nf3 Qh5 28.Nxg5 hoping for 28...Qxe2? (28...fxg5! and bishop is still trapped) 29.Nf7#
The only potential trick I can see here is Ng6, but my Rf1 needs to be defended for that to work. Because of this, I considered Qc1, but I felt that would make my intentions very obvious and my queen very passive.
30.Qf2 Bg3 oops
34.Rxf2What's black's best move??
Black's best is 34...Be6!, preventing the white rook from getting to the seventh. how instructive!
37.Rd8 I'm actually kinda proud of how I played this endgame. This combined with last year's Rossilimo endgame "hurray I slime a child" , makes me think that the best part of my chess might be winning losing endgames. I do feel very relaxed and happy playing them-- there's no pressure, since I'm lost anyway, and I just have to find ways to be annoying every move, which I find fun. And then when you don't lose, such unmitigated joy.
39.Rd8 what I don't want is for him to play Ra6xa2, after which I will lose all my pawns and the game very quickly, so tying his rook down is a big priority.
42.h4+ I figured there was at least a small chance he'd go to h5. Maybe Rf8 is better.
Perhaps I shouldnt give him e5 with tempo. It frees his bishop, obv, but also maybe I can play Rd5 later and maybe it will win a pawn.
57.Rxa7 etc 1–0