Wednesday, April 11, 2012

my match with Donny Ariel

My match with Donny Ariel has, at last, begun! It was conceived of 7 or 8 years ago, when several people were betting a total of $10,000 on whether I would manage to score 0.5/10 (a draw) or 1/10 (when "my backers" would win). Donny reconsidered at the last minute back then, but then nostalgically called me last week, and we played a g/90 9 second delay game yesterday.

(28) Spiegel,Elizabeth - Ariel,Donny [B22]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Qe2+ Be7 8.Ne5 0-0 9.Nxd7 Nbxd7 10.Be3 c4 11.Ba4 Bd6 12.Nd2 Qc7 13.g3 Rae8 14.Bc2 b5 15.0-0 Ne4 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.f3 f5 18.fxe4 fxe4 19.Rxf8+ Nxf8 20.Kg2 Nd7 21.Rf1 Nf6 22.Bg5 Qe7 23.a4 a6 24.axb5 axb5 25.Bxf6 gxf6 26.Qh5 Rb8 27.Qd5+ Kg7 28.Bxe4 b4 29.Qf5 Kg8 30.Bd5+ Kg7 31.Qg4+ Kh8 32.Bxc4 bxc3 33.bxc3 Qe3 34.Rxf6 Qxc3 35.Bd5 Be7 36.Rf7 Qd2+ 37.Rf2 Qg5 38.Qe4 Bf6 39.h4 Qg7 40.Be6 Rf8 41.d5 Be7 42.Rxf8+ Qxf8

white to move and win

I was about to make the excuse to you that I had only 20 seconds left here, but then I realized this happens to me in every endgame-- I don't know what to do; I spend a lot of time thinking about it, then I'm low on time and play badly and say "well, but what could I do; I had no time." The real problem is that I usually don't care anymore by move 35; I just want it to be over. I traded queens stupidly, (Qf5) but white has a great move here.

I let you think about it and then post the answer tomorrow, hopefully. I'm going to Minneapolis tomorrow for high school nationals. We'll have a team in open and in under 1600-- 19 kids.


Chris said...

43. d6 seems to be winning. After 43...Bxd6 44. Qd4+ wins the bishop after Black interposes with the Queen.

Anonymous said...

After 4 rounds of the HS Nationals,
IS 318 is in clear 1st place.

Global English said...

Congratulations on winning the National HS Tournament!
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!

Rihel said...

I heard a rumor from London that IS 318 won the high school nationals.

Great job!

All the best,

Austin Elliott said...

Yep, 43 d6, like Chris said, looks strong as taking the pawn would lose the B after Qd4+. So Black would probably have to play 43. ..Bf6, after which White could maybe play 44. Qf5 or Qg4

robin vicary said...

Congratulations on winning (and on all the national publicity.