Blitz Adventures#6: The Ruy Lopez

[Date “2017.11.24”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[ECO “C84”]
[WhiteElo “947”]
[BlackElo “990”]
[TimeControl “600”]

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This is probably one of my most accurate games to date, at least at the 10 minute time controls. I spent a little time today reviewing the typical opening variations of the Ruy Lopez and found a variation that I enjoyed and came up often in matches online. To be exact it is the “Ruy Lopez Opening: Morphy Defense, Closed, Martinez Variation, 6…b5 7.Bb3” which I had seen Fischer play a lot and incorporated the ideas that I wanted to go for when setting up an early position.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 [This entire move order is by the book and exactly what I had prepared for]

…O-O 8.Bg5 [The least popular move in the data base coming in at 12 with 1 game played, this also being the last move in a Grandmasters game. I was looking to trade the Bishop for the Knight to relieve some of the pressure on the center with ideas of attacking Queenside. My opponents next move might as well have been a wasted tempo as I was going to trade all along and put his Bishop in a passive position]

…h6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.c4 [ As I had said I was looking to open the Queen side as my opponents pieces were still undeveloped and passive on the back rank or King side]

….Na5 [At this point the position is slightly in Blacks favor however I expected this move and if the Knight were to swap for the bishop I would be able to develop my Queen with the recapture]

11.cxb5 axb5 12.a4 Nxb3 13.Qxb3 bxa4 14.Rxa4 Rxa4 15.Qxa4 [Having completed my idea to open my Queen side, I was looking to put the Rook in the center opposite the Queen and bring the Knight to c3 taking hold of the center and threatening some discovery on the Queen]

…d5 16.Rd1 dxe4 17.dxe4 [Here my Rooks protection from the Queen was overlooked and my opponent must have thought he had a back rank mate and quickly made the move]

…Qxd1+ 18.Qxd1 Rd8 19.Qc2 Bg4 [Completely fine as I needed an opening to escape to free my Queen from babysitting the back rank]

20.Nbd2 c6 21.h3 Bh5 [The best move was to capture the Knight and bring Blacks Rook to d6 to protect his c6 pawn which has some ideas of trying to promote]

22.Qxc6 Bxf3 [Wasted tempo on a move that should have been done in the first place]

23.Nxf3 Rd1+[Harmless check and it allows me to secure my King with ideas of marching up the g file with my pawns]

24.Kh2 Bg5 25.Nxg5 hxg5 26.Qc5 f6 27.b4 Rd4 28.f3 Kf7 29.b5 Ke8 30.b6 Kd7 31.b7 Rb4 32.Qxb4 Kc7 33.b8=Q+[The typical pawn escort followed by a quick mate in the center of the board]

…Kc6 34.Q4b5# 1-0

Rapid Time#3: Marshalling A Win

[Date “2017.10.22”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D35”]
[WhiteElo “1067”]
[BlackElo “1000”]
[TimeControl “900+10”]

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1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 [This defense to the QGD is quite common and already puts Black into a tough spot with either 3…Qxd5 or 3…Nxd5 4. Nc3]

3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.e4 [e4 puts to question the Knight on d5 and if the event of Nxc3 it follows pawn takes bxc2 giving white a stronger pawn structure]

…Nxc3 6.bxc3 e5 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.Be2 [A standard bit of attack and parry with a pin, typical of the QGD, the computer recommends that I instead move 8. Rb1 targeting the weak b7 pawn but complicates the position slightly.]

…Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nc6 10.Be3 exd4 11.cxd4 Bb4+ 12.Bd2 [ This was a blunder due to it allowing the line (12… Qxd4 13. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 14. Qd2 Qxd2+ 15. Kxd2 O-O-O+ 16. Ke3 Nd4 17. Rac1) with quite a nice flourish of the long castle into a check]

…Qe7 13.Rb1 Bxd2+ 14.Qxd2 O-O-O 15.Bg4+ Kb8 16.O-O Rxd4 17.Qb2 b6 18.Rfd1 [A mistake that dropped the balance to -2.01, I was intending that trades be made for the rooks to simplify the position and leave the g7 pawn exposed]

…Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Qxd8 21.Qxg7 Nd4 [This move centralized the Knight with the support of the Queen however it left the f7 pawn free for the taking, Kb7 was the best move for Black but not easy to see immediately]

22.Qxf7 Qh8 23.f4 Nc6 24.Qd7 Qa1+ 25.Qd1 [A mistake, Kf2 was the best move but felt risky to a normal human to leave the a2 pawn free with a check however after the check from 26…Qa3+ 27. Bf3 would be a suitable defender]

Qxd1+ 26.Bxd1 [Being the player I am, I wanted to trade Queens and utilize my passed e and f pawns to win me the game]

…a5 27.e5 Ne7 28.Bc2 c5 29.e6 Kc7 30.Bxh7 Kd6 31.f5 Ke5 32.g4 Kf6 33.h4 c4 34.Kf1 c3 35.Ke1 c2 36.Kd2 b5 37.Kxc2 b4 38.h5 a4 39.Bg6 b3+ 40.axb3 axb3+ 41.Kxb3 [ The previous line of moves wasn’t pretty or graceful but allowed me to have complete control over the game and with plenty of time on my hands I wanted to secure the pawn advance}

…Kg7 42.Kc4 Kh6 43.f6 Nxg6 44.hxg6 Kxg6 45.e7 Kxf6 46.e8=Q Kg5 47.Kd5 Kxg4 48.Ke5 Kf3 49.Qh5+ Ke3 50.Qh4 Kd3 [From here I found the quickest route to a mate in 6 which doesn’t also happen in the Queen and King end game]

51.Qd4+ Ke2 52.Ke4 Ke1 53.Kf3 Kf1 54.Qf2# 1-0

Blitz Adventures #5: Executing A Perfect Trap

I learned about this trap by browsing through the games of a random opponent after falling for it myself. I was determined to never again give White the satisfaction again. I actually had this position once before in a blitz game, however I wasn’t fortunate enough to pull it off. As I drug my Queen to capture his rook my mouse decided d5 was a better square and therefore released her there.  That being said, I’m quite happy to be able to have a recorded game where this line was played.

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White “Jtrot79”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “971”]
[BlackElo “894”]
[TimeControl “600”]
[ECO “D20”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc 4 3. e3 b5 [Here is where the line starts, Black trying to keep his pawn can lead to all sorts of tactical problems, the worst being further defense of the defender via c6]

4. a4 c6 [At this point unless Black wishes to sac his pawns and allow my wing pawn to come to the center with a move like 5…Bd7 a piece will be lost]

5. axb5 cxb5 6. Qf3 [Here trap in its fruition, Black must sacrifice the Knight in order to allow the Queen to defend the rook once the Bishop move to block the incoming Queen’s check]

…Nc6 7. Qxc6+ Bd7 8. Qa6 e6 9. b3 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Bxd2+ 11. Nxd2 c3 12. Ne4 c2 13. Bxb5 Bxb5 14. Qxb5+ Qd7 [These moves seem self explanatory, White is looking to trade off material and eventually castle while dealing with the pawn on c2]

15. Qxd7+ [Now this is the only mistake on White’s part this game, both moves are winning but it is recommneded to play (15. Nd6+ Ke7 16. Qxd7+ Kxd7 17. Nxf7 Nf6 18. Nxh8 Rxh8 19. Rxa7+ Kd6) Which is a line I actually looked at temporarily but never analyzed completely. I wanted my Knights to defend each other and block Black from defending the c2 pawn which made the idea less appealing to me.]

…Kxd7 16. Rc1 Rc8 17. Ne2 f5 18. N4c3 Nf6 19. Rxc2 Rc6 20. O-O Rhc8 [I was able to recapture the pawn and have my Knights coordinate quite well, over all a success on my part I felt having my short term plan completed]

21. Rd1 Ne4 22. d5 Nxc3 23. dxc6+[I really enjoyed the tactical complexity here, threats of doubled Rooks, pawns forking pieces, Knights being traded. In the end my opponent blundered and resigned. The best line would have left me up a pawn and a Rook to my opponents Knight. (22… Rxc3 23. Nxc3 Rxc3 24. Rxc3 Nxc3 25. dxe6+ Kxe6 26. Ra1 Nb5 27. Ra5)]

Daily Games #1: Unfamiliar Territory

In this game I play white in a Rossolimo Attack with 3…Nf6 which is unfamiliar territory for me. I was reviewing a few games by the great attacking Tal and this opening seemed to do well against the Sicilian and it fit my more aggressive opening style as of late.  In the opening book the 3…Nf6 with 4.Nc3 and e5 seems to give white fairly good winning chances and I would have to agree after the capture of Bxc6 forcing Black to stack pawns early on. The game is fairly even as I am better in the opening and my opponent in the middle game, however as the late middle game comes around the advantage switches back. Some critical mistakes are made in the end game and it allows me to find a mate in 5 as my opponent plays the losing move out of 2 possible moves.

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[Date “2017.07.13”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B30”]
[WhiteElo “1628”]
[BlackElo “1339”]
[TimeControl “1 in 1 day”]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 e5 5.Bxc6 bxc6 6.Nxe5 Bd6 7.Nf3 O-O 8.e5 Re8 9.O-O Bxe5 10.Nxe5 Rxe5 11.f4 Re8 12.d3 d5 13.h3 Qd6 14.a3 h6 15.Re1 Ba6 16.b4 c4 17.dxc4 Bxc4 18.f5 Qg3 19.Bb2 d4 20.Rxe8+ Rxe8 21.Qxd4 Bd5 22.Nxd5 Nxd5 23.Qf2 Qe3 24.Bd4 Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2 Re4 26.Rd1 Rf4+ 27.Kg3 Rxf5 28.Bxa7 Nc3 29.Rd8+ Kh7 30.Bd4 Ne2+ 31.Kh2 g5 32.Rh8+ Kg6 33.Rg8+ Kh5 34.g4+ Kh4 35.Rh8 Ng3 36.Rxh6+ 1-0

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 [A more aggressive opening against Blacks’s Sicilian. I believe this move is a good counter to the unbalance Black looks to create by playing on the Queen side, it removes the Knight which is a primary piece and in place will allow White to trade and stack Blacks pawns]

….Nf6 [This move makes sense to me. Black looked to play on the Queen side but the threat of White trading the Bishop off and dampening the initiative may make Black feel as he needs some pressure on the other side of the board]

4.Nc3 e5 5.Bxc6 bxc6 [Stacking pawns early gives me a weakness to target and I will nearly always look to inflict something early on to exploit later. The line recommended here is dxc6  and generally goes against the idea of always taking toward the center and if you will notice the pawn on e5 is hanging, the reason dxc6 is recommended is that it allows the Queen to enter the fight in the middle which will ensue. The main lines get incredible sharp and most people who play the Sicilian at a lower level may not know them. (5… dxc6 6. Nxe5 Nxe4 7. Nxe4 Qd5 8. d3 Qxe5 9. f4 Qd5 10. Qe2 Be7 11. c4 Qe6 12. Be3 b6 13. O-O Qg6 14. Ng3 Qg4 15. Rae1 Qxe2 16. Rxe2 Be6 17. Ne4)]

6.Nxe5 Bd6 7.Nf3 [I’ve gained a pawn and retreated to a position that suits the Knight better and will allow me to defend the e5 square again]

…O-O 8.e5 [As stated with in the previous move of Nf3]

…Re8 9.O-O Bxe5 10.Nxe5 Rxe5 11.f4 Re8 12.d3 d5 13.h3 Qd6 14.a3 h6 15.Re1 Ba6 16.b4 c4 17.dxc4 Bxc4 [These moves have all been slow and developing. Over the course of this however I gave Black some initiative back and the position looks better to be in their favor. Black has more active pieces and his Bishop is much better than mine is]

18.f5 [ A mistake on my part, this move really accomplishes nothing besides freeing the Bishop from guard duty which is what I wanted to accomplish. A better move would have been Be3 getting the Bishop to an active square and clearing out my back rank to where I can connect my Rooks]

…Qg3 [This is a mistake on my opponent, Black should have played d4 attacking the Knight and threatening to trade rooks with check. This would allow a piece to be won]

19.Bb2 [My initial plan when I moved 18.f5, I wanted the Bishop on the long diagonal towards Blacks King]

….d4 [My opponent plays d4 now but only for it to become a mistake, now I have the Rook check and force trade which allows me to capture the undefended pawn on  d4]

20.Rxe8+ Rxe8 21.Qxd4 [The aforementioned line which Black allowed me to play]

…Bd5 [Here Black threatens mate on g2, trading is in my favor as the Bishop was a very active piece and I wanted to free my own Bishop]

22.Nxd5 Nxd5 23.Qf2 [Blacks pieces were coordinating quite well and I wanted to relieve the pressure by forcing a Queen trade]

…Qe3 [Delaying the trade was actually a poor choice on his part it allowed me to get the Bishop active]

24.Bd4 Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2[The line Black chose gave me the opportunity to get my Bishop to a more active square and also my King closer to the center which is important in an end game situation]

…Re4 26.Rd1 [Simply defending and brining my Rook to a more active file, simple yet effective]

…Rf4+ 27.Kg3 Rxf5 28.Bxa7 Nc3 29.Rd8+ Kh7 30.Bd4 Ne2+ 31.Kh2 [A fairly standard line of moves both sides taking pawns and bettering the position]

…g5 [A key move which had long term consequences]

32.Rh8+ Kg6 33.Rg8+ Kh5 [It was here in which the mate in 5 became possible, the alternative move would have been Kh7 which lead to an endgame where I was up two pawns but Black still has chances]

34.g4+ Kh4 35.Rh8 Ng3 36.Rxh6+ 1-0

Rapid Time#2: Bringing Down the Castle

Over the last week or so I’ve thrown just about all my free time into understanding and developing a bond with aggressive and tactical ideas instead of my previous ideas of slow and positional play. While the latter is certainly a way to go I don’t think it quite fits me as well as I thought it did. I like the idea of the logical chess board, steady development, control in the center, a safe king, good pawn structure, these are all great things. In practice however,  no matter how much I love the idea of going through the opening and setting up to a perfect position it just doesn’t have that spark of ingenuity and excitement.

GM Simon Williams always say that Chess is like a story you tell, in the opening, middle game and end game all your pieces play the role of that story you are telling. Everyone knows a good story needs drama and suspense with a daring protagonist and his unrelenting antagonist fighting along the way. While positional and slower chess sets up for a story more like Lord of the Rings, tactical and aggressive styles feel more like the swash buckling Three Musketeers or the ever cunning Locke Lemora. So it is here now that I found a deeper appreciation for tactical and daring play styles of Tal, Morphy and Alekhine. The successful execution of pieces in combination or daringly sacrificing everything to expose the enemy King and claim victory is something I admire much more than a slow and smothering win.

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[Black “Jtrot79”]
[WhiteElo “1000”]
[BlackElo “1030”]
[TimeControl “900+10”]
[EndTime “17:36:46 PDT”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O b6 6.d3 Ba6 7.Bg5 Nf6 8.c4 Qd6 9.Nc3 O-O-O 10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Ne2 Bd6 13.f4 Qh5 14.f5 Qxh2+ 15.Kf2 Qh4+ 16.g3 Qh2+ 17.Ke1 Bb4+ 18.Qd2 Bxd2+ 19.Kxd2 Qh6+ 20.Kc2 b5 21.cxb5 Bxb5 22.Rh1 Bxd3+ 23.Kb3 Qd2 24.Rhd1 Qxe2 25.Kc3 Qc2+ 26.Kb4 Rd4+ 27.Ka3 Qa4# 0-1

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O [This has been a standard game so far to this point, nothing very inspiring. With White castling already I had a target painted on h2]

…b6 [With this move here I looked to get out of the typical lines of the Ruy Lopez and get both Bishops pointed towards my opponents Kingside, additionally it pinned the pawn to the Rook on f1]

6.d3 Ba6 7.Bg5 Nf6 8.c4 Qd6 9.Nc3 O-O-O [I feel as though any real attacking position has opposite side castling with the aggressor going long, it allows both Rooks to control a file very quickly]

10.Nxe5 [I’m not sure the idea behind this move, perhaps my opponent wanted to chase the Queen while developing forward]

…Qxe5 [With this move I had 3 pieces pointed toward my opponents King]

11.Bxf6 gxf6 [This trade was completely in my favor as I wanted to add pressure to the White King, taking back with the pawn opened the g file for my Rook]

12.Ne2 Bd6 [Here I am threatening mate on h2 and looking to create weaknesses in the White Kings defenses allowing for exploitation later on]

13.f4 [Upon initial view this move seems to attack the Queen and block h2 from being hit. It also give the King and escape square in the event of h2 falling]

…Qh5 [Keeping pressure on the h2 pawn and Kingside in general]

14.f5 Qxh2+ [The King chase begins]

15.Kf2 Qh4+ 16.g3 Qh2+ 17.Ke1 Bb4+ 18.Qd2 Bxd2+ 19.Kxd2 [I was looking for the most forcing line and attempting to push the White King towards my other pieces]

…Qh6+ [I missed a tactic here, 19…Bxc4 would have allowed for capture of a pawn however the line suggested by the computer allowed White to get pieces onto the defense and muddies the water potentially allowing mistakes on my part. I prefer my move which forces the King towards my side]

20.Kc2 b5 21.cxb5 Bxb5 22.Rh1 Bxd3+ 23.Kb3 Qd2 [My strongest pieces makes her way back into the fight. The computer again recommends a move Qe3, that seems to allow White some wiggle room and sharper lines on my part. Granted it is mate in 6 with Qe3 it isn’t the easiest to find and I already had a winning position and idea]

24.Rhd1 Qxe2 [Removing a defender of some squares to allow more control. This is the slower positional player in me coming to light]

25.Kc3 Qc2+ 26.Kb4 Rd4+ 27.Ka3 Qa4# 0-1 [In the end my plan worked as I had hoped with the enemy King on my side of the board where his squares were the most restricted]

Rapid Time#1: Dancing Pieces

I’ve moved from blitz primarily to rapid time controls, either 15|10 or 15|5 if possible, because it has more educational value. In the long run making deeper and more thought provoking moves will benefit me more over the board in tournaments in the months to come. I realized from the adventures in blitz I often traded pieces and was too passive in most positions, in the game here I refused to trade only looking to complicate the position more. I made two primary mistakes,  a loss of a pawn in the beginning of the middle game due to me being a step ahead of myself and  the other was a knight in the end game while there was sub 30 seconds on the clock and time scramble was relevant.  In the end I was able to add enough time to the clock to work through a way to draw the game if my opponent wasn’t careful. Lucky for me he was in a rush to promote his pawn and overlooked the stale mate that was coming.  As this is a rapid game that played to a draw it is much longer than most others that I have posted.

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[Date “2017.07.20”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “1073”]
[BlackElo “1103”]
[TimeControl “900+10”]
[ECO “D50”]
[Termination “Game drawn by stalemate”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d5 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. Bg5 e6 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qxc4 Nc6 7. e4 e5 8. d5 Na5 9. Qd3 a6 10. Nf3 h6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. b4 Bxb4 13. a3 Bd6 14. Rb1 b5 15. Qd2 O-O 16. Bxb5 axb5 17. Nxb5 Nb7 18. Qc3 Nc5 19. Nxc7 Rac8 20. Nb5 Nxe4 21. Qd3 Nc5 22. Qe3 Rb8 23. Nc3 Bf5 24. Rxb8 Rxb8 25. O-O Rb3 26. Nd2 Rxa3 27. Nc4 Rb3 28. Nxd6 Qxd6 29. Rd1 Ne4 30. Qd3 Rxc3 31. Qe2 Rc5 32. f3 Nc3 33. Qe1 Nxd1 34. Qxd1 Rxd5 35. Qe2 Rd1+ 36. Kf2 Rd2 37. Qxd2 Qxd2+ 38. Kg3 Qf4+ 39. Kf2 g5 40. g3 g4 41. gxf4 exf4 42. Kg2 h5 43. fxg4 hxg4 44. h3 f3+ 45. Kg3 Kg7 46. hxg4 Bxg4 47. Kf2 f5 48. Kg3 Bh5 49. Kf2 Kg6 50. Kg3 Kg5 51. Kf2 f4 52. Ke1 Kg4 53. Kf2 Kh3 54. Kg1 Kg3 55. Kh1 f2 1/2-1/2

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.Bg5 [A slight inaccuracy as I should have played e3 and attacked the pawn immediately however I noticed in other Queens gambit games I have a problem with the bishop being trapped behind my pawn chain]

…e6 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qxc4 Nc6 7.e4 e5 8.d5 Na59.Qd3 a6 10.Nf3 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.b4 [Here is the first inaccuracy that I feel was a major part of the struggles to come. In the QG the pawn attack on the Queen side is very important. Taking turns castling after Be2 was the way to go instead as the uncastled king is a bit of a problem later on while the pieces are dancing about]

…Bxb4 13.a3 Bd6 14.Rb1 b5 15.Qd2 O‑O16.Bxb5 [Here is where I decided to let loose and see how my opponent would handle the sac of the bishop. I wanted to castle and I wanted to clear the way in extravagantly]

…axb5 17.Nxb5 Nb7 18.Qc3 Nc5 19.Nxc7 [The computer doesn’t like this move and neither do I but I wanted to continue to be a little outlandish and see if my opponent would slip up at any point]

…Rac8 20.Nb5 Nxe4 21.Qd3 Nc522.Qe3 Rb8 23.Nc3 Bf5 24.Rxb8 Rxb8 25.O‑O Rb3 26.Nd2 Rxa3 27.Nc4 Rb3 28.Nxd6 Qxd6 29.Rd1 Ne4 [White played decently well throughout this whole time, the advantage remained on his side with a fluctuation from -10 to about -4 at this move. If I had played more accurately myself the game would have taken an even more interesting depth]

30.Qd3 [This is just bad, time started kicking in and I was looking to attempt to run his clock down more and complicate the position but in the end I just lost a piece]

…Rxc3 31.Qe2 Rc5 32.f3 [Unfortunately I miss the fork coming between my Queen and Rook, it’s quite obvious but having less than 30 seconds on the clock and definitely cause problems]

…Nc3 33.Qe1 Nxd1 34.Qxd1Rxd5 35.Qe2 Rd1+ 36.Kf2 Rd2 37.Qxd2 Qxd2+ 38.Kg3 Qf4+ 39.Kf2 g5 40.g3 g4 41.gxf4 exf4 42.Kg2 h5 43.fxg4 hxg4 44.h3 [All these moves were made in the goal to simplify the position and attempt to gain some time while forcing my opponent to consider if the recapture was sound or not]

…f3+ 45.Kg3 Kg7 46.hxg4 Bxg4 47.Kf2 f5 48.Kg3 Bh5 49.Kf2 Kg6 50.Kg3 Kg5 51.Kf2 f4 52.Ke1 Kg4 53.Kf2 Kh3 54.Kg1 Kg3 55.Kh1 [The idea with these moves was to keep my King in the corner and hopefully Black would fall for the stalemate that I could see as my only way out]

….f2 [A draw in the end was good enough for me considering I had quite a bit of fun sacing and throwing my pieces everywhere]

Blitz Adventures #4: Questionable Kings

[Date “2017.07.15”]
[Black “Jtrot79”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “987”]
[BlackElo “942”]
[TimeControl “600”]
[ECO “A07”]

Today I decided to jump into a little blitz fun, having chosen to stop playing the Sicilian quite as much I wanted to see what would feel natural against 1.d4 2.Nf3 without really looking into the books. The last two games I got as black transposed into the King’s Indian Attack from the Black Mustang Defense and overall felt really good on this side of the board, less passive and similar to the lay out I’m comfortable with.

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1. Nf3 Nc6 2. g3 e5 3. d3 d5 4. Bg2 Bg4 5. h3 Bxf3 6. Bxf3 Nf6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. O-O d4 10. Bxc6+ Qxc6 11. c3 Rd8 12. Nd2 b5 13. f3 Be7 14. g4 Bg5 15. Ne4 Bf4 16. Re1 g6 17. h4 f5 18. gxf5 gxf5 19. Nd2 Rg8+ 20. Kf1 Qg6 21. Ne4 Qg2#

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.g3 [With white playing this I was able to equalize immediately in the center]

…e5 3.d3 [ I don’t feel as though white wanted to play d3 but even less would be black playing e4 killing his light squared bishop and gaining space]

…d5 4.Bg2 Bg4 [These two moves are why I enjoy this opening so much, it allows for black to have both pawns in the center and a bishop attacking the knight]

5.h3 Bxf3 6.Bxf3 [Removing the Knight was a plan I wanted to do early on as I felt like an attack on the King side would be the goal in the middle game with White having already weakened it]

…Nf6 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 [While not the most accurate line I wanted the Queen on the King side in preparation for an attack]

9.O‑O d4 [I should have castled long here, no doubt about it considering the King side attack and defending the d pawn]

10.Bxc6+ Qxc6 [Keeping the pawn structure intact]

11.c3 Rd8 12.Nd2 b5 [Looking to keep the Queen side under control before switching to the King side]

13.f3 Be7 14.g4 Bg5 15.Ne4 Bf4 16.Re1 g6 17.h4 f5 [I never castled short as I was looking to put the rook on the g file and bring a piece into the attack if White took. The other plan after 18.Nd2 would be to castle into the f file]

18.gxf5 gxf5 19.Nd2 [My opponent played Nd2 but only after it was too late and mate in 4 was unstoppable]

…Rg8+ 20.Kf1Qg6 21.Ne4 Qg2#

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