Sunday, 22 November 2015

Nigel vs Dane, Devour Cafe, Game 2, November 21, 2015

This game was fairly even until I made my 24th move. The idea of using my bishop to push back Dane's queen seemed sound at the time, but of course he could (and did) then safely take the bishop with his queen - if I took his queen with my queen, he could fork my king and queen and keep his lead. It was all downhill for me from there.

1.Nf3 c5 2.b3 Nf6 3.Bb2 Nc6 4.c4 d6 5.e3 e5 6.d4 cxd4 7.exd4 Bg4 8.Be2 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 e4 10.Be2 d5 11.O-O Bd6 12.Nd2 Qc7 13.g3 Qe7 14.cxd5 Nxd5 15.Bc4 Nb6 16.Re1 O-O-O 17.Nxe4 Nxc4 18.bxc4 Rhe8 19.Nxd6+ Qxd6 20.Rxe8 Rxe8 21.d5 Ne5 22.Rc1 Qc5 23.a4 g6 24.Bd4 Qxd4 25.c5 Qxd1+ 26.Rxd1 Kc7 27.Kg2 Nd7 28.Rc1 Re5 29.c6 bxc6 30.Rxc6+ Kb7 31.Rd6 Nb6 32.f4 Rxd5 33.Rxd5 Nxd5 34.Kf3 Kb6 35.g4 Ka5 36.f5 Kxa4 37.Ke4 Nf6+ 38.Kf4 Kb4 39.fxg6 fxg6 40.Kg5 Nxg4 41.Kxg4 h6 White resigns.

Dane vs Nigel, Devour Cafe, Game 1, November 21, 2015

Dane definitely 'won' the opening on this game, I think mainly due to (me not foreseeing) his pawn advance on move 9. He then miscalculated with his knight on move 24, allowing me to equalise piece-wise. As soon as I was looking slightly better (rook and king each, with me one pawn up), I offered a draw, which was accepted. I've played Dane a handful of times previously, only getting a draw and a win on one day - the rest he's won, so I'm happy getting a draw.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Nxe5 Be6 6.O-O Bd6 7.d4 Qh4 8.f4 O-O 9.f5 Ne3 10.Bxe3 Bxc4 11.g3 Qe7 12.Nxc4 b5 13.Ne5 Bxe5 14.dxe5 Qxe5 15.Qd4 Nd7 16.Qxe5 Nxe5 17.Nd2 Rfe8 18.Rad1 Rad8 19.a3 a6 20.h3 Rd5 21.b3 h6 22.f6 g5 23.Kg2 Nd7 24.Ne4 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Rxe4 26.Rxd7 Rxe3 27.Kf2 Rc3 28.Rd2 Rc6 29.Ke3 Rxf6 30.Ke4 Kg7 31.Rd3 Rc6 32.c3 Kg6 33.g4 Re6+ Draw offered by black and accepted.