You might think this is wimpy, but I like to play just a couple games a day, instead of torturing myself with 12 hours of chess. baby steps.
I saw a Brooklyn Castle poster on the J train on my way to the tournament, which I figured was auspicious. I haven't played a tournament since last summer, and only a couple in the last few years, so I was mentally prepared for mediocrity.
(30) Bonin,Jay - Spiegel,Elizabeth [E09] g/75
I've played Jay maybe 20 times, and I think I'm 0-20. He's played this against me before, but I'd forgotten and had no idea what to do. Of course, I wanted to play 4...Bf5, but I was worried about 4...Bf5 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Qxb6 axb6 7.cxd5 cxd5, which the engine says is ok, but I thought would torturous and Jay would grind me down.
Later, at lunch, Matan told me I can just play 5...Qc7, and his Nd2 prevents Bf4 ? Rc1/ any annoying attacks with the knight.
4...e6 I play the semi-slav, and I was trying to console myself that ii would be a bit like that, but it really isn't. For one thing, I can't take on c4 and play b5-b4 hitting the Nc3.
5.Qc2 Be7 I thought it would be worse on d6 because of e4: 5...Bd6 6.e4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Nxe4 8.Qxe4 Nd7 9.Bd3 Nf6 10.Qh4
At this point I was starting to panic. How am I going to generate any play or develop my bishop? I thought it would be hard to play e5, and even if I did, it would weaken the long diagonal and his Bg2 somehow win the game easily. I should just calm down and play b6 and Bb7.
I was expecting 8. b3, when I was planning to take with the b pawn and play Ba6. I figured at least I'd have the b file?! But Jay immediately played
the computer wants to play ...a5 here, gaining a little space, but I was already feeling desperate and decided I had to open the position now, while I was still behind in development...
10.dxe5 Taking with the knight is even better: 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nd7 12.Nf3 and both captures lose: 12...Nxc5 13.Be3 Na4 14.b3 Nb6 15.Qxc6 wins a pawn, while 12...Bxc5 13.Ng5 g6 14.e6 is even worse
13.e4 dxe4 I rejected 13...Nf6 because of 14. f4 Nc4 15. e5 Nd7, but that's ok for me.
15.Qc2 Qc7 I had thought he was threatening Nxb5, but I can just play Ba6 and I'm winning an exchange.
So for a while I've been worse, but defending. I have used a ridiculous amount of time, and only have 7 minutes left when I suddenly see a ray of hope...
Amazing, I have three threats: Bxd4, Rb8 trapping the queen, and Nf3+! I can hardly believe my good fortune and tug on my hat with excitement.
I immediately, arrogantly, played 22...Nf3+? which loses two pieces for a rook. I spent the next six moves in deluded paradise, thinking I was up the exchange. It wasn't until move 28, when I realized something unexpected had happened, countingwise.
I should have played 22...Bxf2+! 23.Kxf2? (23.Kf1 Qb6 24.Qxb6 Bxb6 and I'm up a pawn but his bishops are very strong) 23...Nd3+ 24.Kg1 Rxe1+ 25.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 26. Bf1 Qf2+ 27. Kh1 Qxf1#. 23.Bxf3 Rxe1+ 24.Kg2 Qb4 25.Nxc5 Qxb7 26.Nxb7 Rxa1 27.Nxd8 Rxa2 28.Bxc6 Nb6 29.Be5 Kf8 and I lost in a few moves. Not such an accurate game, but I felt I came up with a few ideas and made it a fight. I need to learn the opening, manage my time better, calculate more accurately, and have a braver attitude.
Netx round, I was paired with a 1650.
Spiegel,Elizabeth - Grasso? [B51] g/75 ChessPub Guide
|my favorite opening: the Bb5 sicilian|
7... e5 My first instinct was to play d5, trade the light squared bishops, and enjoy my space advanatge and better bishop, but I also thought it might be hard to get at him.
|I've won several games with this idea.|
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