|Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:50 PM|
Game Of The Week
This week I am publishing “1 Games from VANCE DAVIS”. If you are like me, you are probably wondering who is Vance Davis. Well, I did some checking and it turns out he is a film star whose career stretched from 1971 to 1990.
Still doesn’t ring any bells? Maybe you remember some of his TV appearances such as “Police Officer” in a 1982 Different Strokes episode or “Guard” in a 1982 Knight Rider episode. But if that doesn’t spark your memory, I am sure you will all remember “Don King look-a-like” from a 1995 Cybill episode.
No? Well, me either. So why am I publishing this game? It turns out that Shaun MacMillan bought a computer from Vance Davis and doesn’t know how to change the name in the computer to his own. So Fritz labels his email attachments as coming from Vance Davis.
Shaun is a former expert who consistently held his 2005 rating for almost 10 years. Then he started playing again and became one of the three experts who were nice enough to let me beat them. I can’t decide if he is nicer than the other experts or not. He did let me beat him 5 times (G15) before going under the 2000 mark, but never in an USCF-rated game.
So, I don’t have any copies of my wins against him to publish as part of my tribute to all the experts I’ve beaten before. But he was nice enough to send me one of his loses to someone else so that I didn’t have to publish one of my USCF-rated losses to him. He put a lot of time and effort into his analysis, but this is one of his games after he fell from the expert ranks. So, I think he is still a little embarrassed about it and part of the reason why he chose to publish it under his alias:
[Shaun MacMillan a.k.a. Vance Davis]
THE COMMENTS IN CAPS ARE POST GAME. THE LOWER CASE IS AS CLOSE TO MY THOUGHTS DURING THE GAME AS I CAN RECALL.
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0
Hhhmmm I can't recall if e3 or e4 is appropriate here. I would like to see how he is going to set his pawns first (e3 OR e4 IS FINE JUST A DIFFERENT STRATEGY WITH e3 THE PLAN IS Nge2 AND AN EVENTUAL d4 WITH e4 ADD THE POSSIBLILITY OF f4. PLAYING h3 SHOWS A LITTLE FEAR OR GREAT RESPECT FOR THE OPPONENT).
OK! now I know a likely plan, e4,d3, Be3, Ne2 and push d4 (FLAWED, WITHOUT e5 BY BLACK THE e4 PLAN ALLOWS TOO MUCH ACCESS OF d4 BY BLACK BECAUSE THE B IS NOT BLOCKED BY THE e5 PAWN).
6.d3 [6.e3 Nc6 7.Nge2 b6 8.d4 ] 6...Nc6
I have played a number of games with similar set ups, I'm pretty sure striving for d4 without blocking f4 by Nf3 is the thing to do
7.e4 d6 8.Nge2 Rb8
I seem to recall this is a little premature but OK.
Wish I had the tempo lost by h3 gee, if I play d4 is my b2 exposed to his Bg7? I better stop the a4 and play Rb1
ARRGH! WHAT HAPPENED TO MY d4 PLAN?? I SET IT ASIDE ON A WHIM-FRITZ SAYS . . . [Fritz 5.32: 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Be6 13.Nd5 b5 14.cxb5 Rxb5 0.06/14]
Dang, I should have played d4, now he has too much on it.
11.0-0 Nd4 12.Rb1 Nxe2+
Yipee! I get control over d4 again.
13.Nxe2 b5 14.axb5
I OVERLOOKED 14 cb ab 15 b5 ba 16 Qxa4
14...axb5 15.b3 Bb7
(AN INNACCURACY, THIS ALLOWS cb AND b4 LIQUIDATING MY Q-SIDE PAWNS) What is he up to? I can exchange out the pawns but is he going to get more pieces on the q-side (AGAIN, FEAR OF MY OPPONENT)?
16.Qd2 bxc4 17.bxc4
now d4 will isolate my c pawn. Gee, he may have opportunities on d5 with some preparation.
ahh! he doesn't want to allow trading of the Bg7.
f4 IS MUCH STRONGER. THIS IS WHERE I STARTED TO LOSE THE THREAD
18...Qc7 19.Nc3 Qa5
Oh-no! what have I overlooked. I didn't even consider this!
Wait, can't I play Rxb8? He can't unprotect his e-pawn! That will put his knight back and keep his rook passive giving me time to play Ne2. If he does capture with the rook he could play Rb3 threatening my knight, but doesn't Nb1 save it?
21.Rxb8 Rxb8 22.Bxe7 Rb3 23.Nb1 Qa1
Uh oh, overlooked that.
24.Qc2 Rb2 25.Qd1 Bd4 26.Nd2 [26.Nc3 Qa3 27.Nb1 (27.Ne2 Rxe2 28.Qxe2 Qxc1+ ) 27...Qb4 ]
THE REST IS MOP UP
27.Ra1 [27.Bg5 f6 28.Bf4 g5 ] 27...Rxd2 28.Rxa2 Rxd1+ 29.Bf1 f5 30.Ra6 Bb7 31.Ra7 Rb1 32.Bxd6 Ne5 33.Rxb7 Rxb7 34.Bg2 Rb1+ 35.Kh2 Nxd3 36.exf5 gxf5 37.h4 Nxf2 38.Bd5+ Kg7 39.Kg2 Ng4 40.Kf3
WHAT DID I LEARN? I TEND TO FEAR A HIGHER RATED PLAYER, THE GAME WAS ACTUALLY EVEN UNTIL ABOUT MOVE 19 EVEN WITH NOT STICKING TO A PLAN.
A Game From Vance Davis!
[Event "Colorado Springs Open"]
[White "MacMillan, Shaun"]
[Black "Kholodar, Dennis"]
1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. h3 c5 6. d3 Nc6 7. e4 d6 8. Nge2
Rb8 9. Be3 a6 10. a4 Nd7 11. O-O Nd4 12. Rb1 Nxe2+ 13. Nxe2 b5 14. axb5 axb5
15. b3 Bb7 16. Qd2 bxc4 17. bxc4 Re8 18. Bg5 Qc7 19. Nc3 Qa5 20. Rfc1 Bc6 21.
Rxb8 Rxb8 22. Bxe7 Rb3 23. Nb1 Qa1 24. Qc2 Rb2 25. Qd1 Bd4 26. Nd2 Qa2 27. Ra1
Rxd2 28. Rxa2 Rxd1+ 29. Bf1 f5 30. Ra6 Bb7 31. Ra7 Rb1 32. Bxd6 Ne5 33. Rxb7
Rxb7 34. Bg2 Rb1+ 35. Kh2 Nxd3 36. exf5 gxf5 37. h4 Nxf2 38. Bd5+ Kg7 39. Kg2
Ng4 40. Kf3 0-1
This Week In Chess
Tuesday June 1, 2004
On 5/25, the CSCC had 24 members in attendance. Participants chose between the USCF-rated matches (G90) or the club-rated ladder matches (G15). In the G90, Shaun MacMillan quickly dispatched Alex Arustamyan, Andy Chow outlasted Richard Cordovano, Tom Mullikin beat Philip Meyer, and Gary Frenzel got the win over John McIntyre. In the G15, Paul Anderson scored 6 points with impressive wins over Shaun MacMillan (2-0), Virgil McGuire (2-0), and Charles Martin (2-0). Dan Southard earned 5 points by beating Jeff Brewer (2-0) and Charles Martin (2-0) and splitting with Jeff Gilchrist (1-1). George Raikas took home 3.5 points with victories over Devin Smith (2-0) and Dean Brown (1.5-0.5). Chris McCarty got 3 points from his win against Ken Pfeil (2-0) and an even match with Jeff Brewer (1-1). Sam Meyer was able to get 2 points with a win against Jeff Gilchrist (1-0) and a split with Jeff Fox (1-1). Devin Smith rebounded from an earlier loss to get 2 points from Gary Frenzel (2-0). Also, Shaun MacMillan did the same from his devastating early loss to beat George Raikas (2-0). Both Virgil McGuire and Charles Martin earned their 1.5 points from Jeff Gilchrist (1.5-0.5). Finally, Dean Brown split his match with Renae Delaware (1-1) to finish with 1.5 points for the night.
T-shirt Design Contest
Toot! Toot! That is the sound of my horn. I was fortunate enough to win the design contest for the club t-shirt. The club officers (Shaun MacMillan, Dean Brown, and Buck Buchanan) spent countless hours reviewing and deliberating about the design entries and have come to a decision. You can view the top 3 designs online at the website. The next step will be to find someone to produce the shirts and then announce the sale of the shirts, hopefully, later this summer.
6/1 Speed Tournament, CSCC
6/7 Kids’ Chess Club, Borders
6/8 Eccentric Swiss, CSCC
6/12-6/13 Southern Colorado Open, CSCA
6/19-6/20 Chess Camp, Chess For Juniors
Roommate for World Open, PA (Imre Barlay)
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