Sunday, 25 September 2016

Dane vs Nigel, Game 5 of the First DeVour Cafe Match-up Tournament

Move 23
This game was reasonably even until my (Black) 23rd move. I should have defended my pawn in the centre with my Bishop instead of threatening the Black Bishop with my pawn.

My 24th move was even worse - I should have shifted my Rook to avoid it getting taken on the next move. I was so focused on the middle of the board I didn't even see it coming. I played on for a few more moves hoping for a hasty blunder from Dane, but it was no use.

Current standing (first to 5 points): 
  • Dane: 1.5 
  • Nigel: 3.5

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O Bh4 8. Qe2 Qe7 9. c4 c6 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. Qxe7+ Bxe7 12. bxc3 O-O 13. Re1 Be6 14. cxd5 cxd5 15. Ng5 Bxg5 16. Bxg5 Nc6 17. Rab1 b6 18. f4 Na5 19. f5 Bd7 20. g4 Rfe8 21. Re2 Rxe2 22. Bxe2 Nc4 23. Bf3 h6? 24. Bxd5 hxg5?? 25. Bxa8 Ne3 26. h3 Nxf5 27. gxf5 Bxf5 28. Re1 Bxh3 29. d5 g4 30. Kh2 f5 31. d6 f4 32. d7 g3+ 33. Kxh3 Black Resigns

Not a good christening for my new chess pieces. I don't want to sound superstitious, but we've been using Dane's pieces lately and I've been doing well... better leave my pieces at home next time.

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