Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Dane vs Nigel, Game 1 of the Third Boris Chessky Cup Head-To-Head

Move 6 - my move in red,
the ideal move in green.
Played the first game of the third head-to-head for the Boris Chessky Cup on Sunday at the Grovetown Hotel.

Dane was White, and came out with the King's Gambit. Computer analysis showed I was ahead until my sixth move - I should've threatened his knight with my f pawn instead of moving my queen.

He dominated the game from that point. There were a couple of sneaky mates I was aiming for, which never eventuated.

Move 34 - my move in red,
the ideal move in green.
I never saw it at the time (obviously), but I should have been able to force a draw on move 34 by taking his knight with my rook instead of moving my king.

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ng5 Nh6 6. Bc4 Qe7 7. Nc3 c6 8. d4 d5 9. Bxd5 cxd5 10. Nxd5 Qd8 11. Bxf4 Bd6 12. e5 Qa5+ 13. Nc3 Bc7 14. Ne4 Ng8 15. Qe2 Be6 16. O-O-O h5 17. d5 Bd7 18. Nd6+ Bxd6 19. exd6+ Kf8 20. Qe5 f6 21. Qe4 Kf7 22. Rhf1 Na6 23. Bg5 Qb4 24. Rxf6+ Nxf6 25. Qe7+ Kg8 26. Qxf6 Rh7 27. Bh6 Rxh6 28. Qxh6 Rf8 29. Qg6+ Kh8 30. Qxh5+ Kg8 31. Qg6+ Kh8 32. Ne4 Bf5 33. Qh6+ Kg8 34. Nf6+ Kf7 35. Rf1 Nc5 36. Qh5+ Bg6 37. Nxg4+ Ke8 38. Qe5+ Kd7 39. Qe7+ Kc8 40. Qc7# 1-0

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Nigel vs Dane at the pub

Dane and I caught up around noon today for a game at the Grovetown Hotel. The plan was for a non-cup game that I'd still publish on Random colour start; I ended up with the white pieces.

Pretty hard to beat sitting in the sun on a mild winter's day with a nice pint of Renaissance IPA and a very enjoyable game of chess...

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 e5 5. d3 Be7 6. Bg2 d6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. Nd5 Be6 10. Nd2 Rb8 11. O-O b5 12. Nxf6+ Qxf6 13. Bxc6+ Bd7 14. Bxd7+ Kxd7 15. cxb5 Rxb5 16. Qa4 Rb8 17. Qxa7+ R8b7 18. Qa4 d5 19. Nb3 Qb6 20. Qg4+ Ke8 21. Qxg7 Qe6 22. Qg8+ Ke7 23. Qa8 Qb6 24. Qc8 Rd7 25. Rfc1 Qa7 26. Nxc5 Rc7 27. Qf5 Rbxc5 28. Qxe5+ Kd7 29. Rxc5 Rxc5 30. b4 Rb5 31. Qb2 Qb7 32. Rb1 Qc6 33. a4 1-0