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Posted by Paul Anderson on September 11, 2020 at 5:50 PM

Game Of The Week

By Andy Rea

[editor:  This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event:  CSCC Illegal Landing Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10).  It was played by Andy Rea and DuWayne Langseth and actually comes from one of the players!]

It is not the best of form to nominate oneself for Game Of The Week, but I think my Round 3 win against DuWayne Langseth was fairly interesting and entertaining.  Not to be confused with sound, but then, I had sound and mundane and ordinary, think boring, in Rounds 1, 2, and 4.  The win in Round 3 also proved vital in winning the Illegal Sunday tournament!

I had White.

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 f5 4.Bf4 Bd6 5.Bxd6 Qxd6 6.Nc3 c6 ed 8.e3 Nd7 9.Be2 Ngf6 10.0-0 0-0 11.Qc2 Ne4

So far so good for Black.  The trend has him hitting Kingside while White is able to spectate and observe.

12.Rac1 Rf6 13.a3 Rh6 14.g3 Qg6

This has gotten serious.  It's as though Black is trying to win!   I spent a fair amount of time, considering its G/10, trying to find something sturdy and steely.  That sometimes works, as happened in Round 4.  Here though, Black is able to keep hitting the White King.  So, time to change the subject, even though the price is wrong!

15.Nxd5 cd 16.Qxc8+

Full commitment, for better or worse!

16...Rxc8 17.Rxc8+ Nf8

Black passes the first test, not allowing the annoying forkly pinly.

17...Kf7 18.Rc7. 18.Ne5 Qe6 19.Rd8

The whole idea is that if Black is not allowing himself to get bagged on the back ranks, then Be2 has to do something.  But there is good news:  Black is not attacking!  Sure, Black could play 19...Nd6 20.Rc1, there's still some fun stuff for White.  Albeit probably not ending well, but it would be interesting!  The really nice news is that Black doesn't play 19...f4 20.ef Qh3 21.Nf3 Nd2, reminding White that there is more than one King on the board...

19...Qe7? 20.Rxd5 Rd6

Black saves his King but I could hardly have done a better job of stopping his attack!  True, objectively Black is better, but White has plenty of potshots lurking out there, and for now Kg1 is not completely stressed out.

21.Rb5 a6 22.Rb4 Qc7 23.Bc4+

Turns out Black does not get the c-file after all.  This miscalculation very much keeps White alive if not still fully well.

23...Ne6 24.Rc1 Kf8 25.Nd3 Rc6

This looks bad but turns out to not be awful.

26.d5 Rd6 27.Bxa6 Qd8 28.Bxb7

Here, yes, Black cannot be a fan of Rc8xd8... but, there were other squares for the Queen.   Black is also nervous about an ending where White has 2 connected Queenside passers rendering an extra Black piece fairly harmless.   Anyway, I trust that our readers can find better than Blacks unfortunate choice.  Not that this is so easy when the players are in time pressure right from move 1 on!

28...Qf6? Rxd3 30.Bxe4 fe 31.Re4

And White's pieces have stumbled into the endzone, shades of The Man From New York Life, as our older readers may recall... In any event, trying to save this as Black with not a lot of time, best wishes.

31...Ke7 32.Rc7+ Ke8 33.e7 Qf5 34.Rf4 Rd1+ 35.Kg2 Qd5+ 36.e4

Some 4-5 moves ago I was down to 17 seconds, but the increment was helpful.   Black also was inside the last minute, and as happens in these time shortages, the mistakes on defense are more brutal, per previous note.   I am not seeing any escape here for Black.

36...Qg8 37.Rc8+ Kxe7 38.Rxg8

And here Black did not see any need to test White's endgame technique. 1-0

DuWayne has been playing well against me previously.  I am glad to finally get a win and to then win the final round to win the tournament, always a good deal, worth more than the price of admission! 

Postscript:  It can also be fairly observed DuWayne would have concerns about ...f5-f4 getting hit by Be2-g4.  I might have made it seem like he missed an obvious defense when that is not the case.  The chips were falling well for me that game.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Full Commitment


[Event "CSCC Illegal Landing Online"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.09.06"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Rea, Andy"]

[Black "Langseth, DuWayne"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D30"]

[WhiteElo "1644"]

[BlackElo "1591"]

[PlyCount "75"]

[EventDate "2020.09.06"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]


1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 f5 4. Bf4 Bd6 5. Bxd6 Qxd6 6. Nc3 c6 7. cxd5 exd5 8.

e3 Nd7 9. Be2 Ngf6 10. O-O O-O 11. Qc2 Ne4 12. Rac1 Rf6 13. a3 Rh6 14. g3 Qg6

15. Nxd5 cxd5 16. Qxc8+ Rxc8 17. Rxc8+ Nf8 18. Ne5 Qe6 19. Rd8 Qe7 20. Rxd5 Rd6

21. Rb5 a6 22. Rb4 Qc7 23. Bc4+ Ne6 24. Rc1 Kf8 25. Nd3 Rc6 26. d5 Rd6 27. Bxa6

Qd8 28. Bxb7 Qf6 29. dxe6 Rxd3 30. Bxe4 fxe4 31. Rxe4 Ke7 32. Rc7+ Ke8 33. e7

Qf5 34. Rf4 Rd1+ 35. Kg2 Qd5+ 36. e4 Qg8 37. Rc8+ Kd7 38. Rxg8 1-0

This Week In Chess

On September 6th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Illegal Landing Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).

Place, CSCC Illegal Landing Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10), Score

1 "#1 dzhierkiev64 (1866)" 3.5

2 "#2 msmcgough (1507)" 3.0

3 "#3 DuWayneL (1569)" 2.0

4 "#4 Czechmate1972 (1627)" 2.0

5 "#5 jfoxhoot (1600)" 2.0

6 "#6 Termenoil (1860)" 1.0

7 "#7 SHerman2 (1008)" 1.0

8 "#8 linuxguy1 (1420)" 0.5

9 "- Honeybrook (1350)" 1.0

10 "- cschessnews (1614)" 0.0

Categories: 2020

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