Sunday, 21 August 2016

Nigel vs Dane, Game 2 of the First DeVour Cafe Match-up Tournament

After a 10-minute ride on the motorbike in the fresh August morning air, I arrived at the cafe and ordered some hot tea to warm me after the ride.

I had a plan. I pretty much always lead as White with my King's Knight - which I still planned on doing - but this time, set up a King's Indian style defence instead of focusing on attack from the start.

My defensive start ended up letting Dane gain a big presence in the centre (to be expected), but I managed to obtain the better game. I think the key moves were: first, move 10 - we both made attacking moves with pawns, which I managed to come out a pawn up from once the dust settled; then, move 15, where I took his Knight with my Bishop, creating a doubled pawn for him.

I wouldn't be surprised if Dane wins every game from here, but I'm happy I've at least got one win under my belt.

Current standing (first to 5 points)
  • Dane: 0.5
  • Nigel: 1.5
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. b3 e5 5. d3 d5 6. O-O Bd6 7. Re1 Bg4 8. Nbd2 Qd7 9. Bb2 O-O-O 10. c4 e4 11. cxd5 exf3 12. dxc6 Qxc6 13. Bxf3 Bxf3 14. Nxf3 Rhe8 15. Bxf6 gxf6 16. Rc1 Kb8 17. d4 b6 18. Qd3 Qe4 19. Qxe4 Rxe4 20. dxc5 Bxc5 21. e3 h5 22. Rcd1 Rg8 23. h3 f5 24. Kh1 Kc7 25. h4 f6 26. Rd5 Black resigns 

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