Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Little buggers

You might remember that little braggart I beat a few months back., well as luck had it, I was paired against him last night at the club. His rating has snuck past mine and he needed the win to pull him over 1700.

I wasn’t going to let him. I had white against him.

[Event "Groundhog Day Swiss (MCC)"]
[Site "Sudbury"]
[Date "2007.02.27"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Duval, George"]
[Black "Nicholas, Jesse"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C47"]
[Annotator "Duval,George"]
[PlyCount "29"]

{79MB, Fritz10.ctg, GEORGEHOME} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5.
Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 bxc6 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 d6 11. Bg5 h6
12. Bh4 Re5 13. f4 Rc5 14. e5 dxe5 15. Bh7+ 1-0

He resigned in this position:
BLACK: Little Bugger ( Jesse)
WHITE: BlunderProne

Sorry kid, watch your back rank next time you contest with a graduated Knight Errant. ( Huzzah!)

Then he had the audacity to ask if I wanted to play another rated game! Ahh… not tonight kid.
Well, I am gearing up for teh eastern class championship. My "official" rating may allow me to shoehorn in to the next lower section. I just may do that this time since I mostly play up.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Blunder of the week

I threw away a great game against at 1700 player last night. I had white and was playing a Smith-Morra Gambit and I reached this position by move 29:

Black: 1700 guy

White: BlunderProne ( to move)

Salivating over trapping the Black queen. Black just countered with 29...axb4. Instead of first making sure I wasn't dropping more pawns left and right.. I went "Oh Boy... a Queen!" So I wiped the drool off my face and played 30.Rc1 thinking I just won a queen.

But Noooo! 30...bxa3 and I have to deal with my queen and now I am down 2 pawns. I lasted to move 64 before resigning to connected pawns on the 3 and 4 ranks with no way to stop the storm.

Had I played 30 axb4... the black queen would have had to address her situation and I would have had a better game ( perhaps... only to blunder in another part of the game).

Oh well... the good with the bad.