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jstack 123 ( +1 | -1 )
my upset win I played in a G30 tuesday night. At the time my rating was 1495. In the first round I was paired against an opponent with a rating of 1952. I have beaten 1900+ rated opponents in quick hess(G10) before but this was the first time in a slow game, so this game was a milestone for me.
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Bedell,L (1952) - Stack,J (1495) [C10]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 Nf6 8.Bd3 c5 9.0-0 Be7 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Qe2 0-0 12.Rd1 Qc7 13.h3 b6 14.Bg5 Bb7 15.Ne5 Be7 16.Bf4 Qc5 17.c3 Rad8 18.Rac1 Ba8 19.b4 Qc8

Here something very interesting happened. My opponent had a substantial time advantage on me...about 10 minutes. He left the board for several minutes. I assumed the reason was to rest a minute clear his head and play a very strong move...but instead...

20.g4? This seems weak to me. Seems to give me complete control of the light squares. I would like to know what the forum thinks about this.



Qb7 21.f3 Bd6 22.Kf2 Nd5 23.Bg3 b5 24.g5 Qb6+ 25.Kg2 Ne3+ 26.Kh2 Nxd1 27.Rxd1 a6 28.f4 (stopped taking notation) after this there was time pressure. I blundered away 2 exchanges but then found a tactic which forced the elimination of all pieces except the lightsquare bishops. The ending was better for me and I was able to queen a pawn. I checkmated my opponent with 4 seconds left on my clock. Thank god for time delay :) 0-1



ionadowman 59 ( +1 | -1 )
20.g4?... ...has all the hallmarks of a player who took you too lightly when beginning his K-side attack. He didn't really look closely into Black's resources, one suspects.
It's a pity the rest of the game isn't available, as at the final annotated position, White still has some attack, though for how much longer is hard to say. Black could have considered 28...Bxe5 to get rid of the well-posted knight, then place R or B on d5 depending on White's recapture. As White's threats on h7 will have been localised and easy to parry, Black ought to have little to fear in the sequel.
Cheers,
Ion
peppe_l 150 ( +1 | -1 )
Some quick analysis 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 Nf6 8.Bd3 c5 9.0-0 Be7 10.dxc5 Bxc5

Don't know much about French Defense...but this looks very much like Caro-Kann 4...Nd7 variation. The moves so far seem logical to me.

11.Qe2 0-0 12.Rd1

Or Re1? Not sure. Controlling e5 is important.

12...Qc7 13.h3 b6 14.Bg5 Bb7!

Very nice...I missed 14...Be7 15.Bxf6 Bxf6? 16.Qe4. I suppose two bishops compensate for weak pawns in case White plays Bxf6.

15.Ne5 Be7 16.Bf4 Qc5

I am wondering if your opponent was playing for direct threats in the hope of you missing something? 12.Rd1, 16.Bf4...he really wanted to "chase" your queen. Interestingly, cold-blooded 16...Rfd8 seems to be ok (17.Nxf7 Qc6!).

17.c3 Rad8 18.Rac1

What is the rook doing here?

18...Ba8 19.b4?

Weakening move. Was he preparing for QUEENSIDE pawn march? Looks optimistic. Or perhaps this was another one-move threat?

19...Qc8 20.g4?

Now he wants to attack on KINGSIDE. It is more and more looking like White was frustrated by his (lower-rated) opponent's good & careful play, and thus he goes all out for attack. Will Black crumble under pressure? Not at all!

20...Qb7(!) 21.f3 Bd6(!) 22.Kf2 Nd5(!) 23.Bg3 b5

Moves 20, 21, 22...spot on. But here 23...Qc7 was more effective.

24.g5?

And there goes the rook!

24...Qb6+ 25.Kg2 Ne3+ 26.Kh2 Nxd1 27.Rxd1 a6 28.f4 etc



So yeah. I'd agree with ionadowman. This looked like classic case of underestimating the opponent. But then again, IMO you played very well. Had I only seen the moves (perhaps this is something White should have thought about!?), I'd guess your rating is significantly higher than 1500-.

Congrats, well played game!
jstack 230 ( +1 | -1 )
like the Kann Yeah the only difference I can tell is that in the french position black can play pawn to c5 in one move. I wonder how important this is. I s black better because of this or having the pawn on c6 better giving black more flexibility in what plan he can choose.
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speaking of the Kann I played another game that seemed very Kann like...so much so I wonder if we transposed into a variation of the Kann. It started as a center counter Scandinavian defence.
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Stack,J - LUGONJA ,D [B01]
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1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d4 c6 6.Bf4 e6 7.Nf3 looking like the kann to me so I decide to play it like a kann...rooks on e and d files N at e5 Bishop either on the a2 g8 diagonal or the b1 h7 diagonal. dark square bishop at a square to be named later.
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Bb4 8.Bd2 0-0 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.Re1 Qc7 11.Ne4 Be7 12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.c3 b5 14.Bb3 Bb7 15.Qe2 a5 16.Bc2 Rfe8 17.Ne5 Nf8 18.Bf4 Qb6 19.Qh5 g6 20.Qg4 c5 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Be3
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[more accurate would be 22.Bg3 cxd4 23.cxd4 allowing an isolated pawn in order to prevent black from trading off pieces and neutralizing the attack]
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22...Qc7 23.Bf4 Qc8 24.Bg3 Bg7 25.h4 h5 26.Qf4 Bxe5 27.Qxe5 cxd4 28.Rxd4 Rxd4 29.Qxd4 Rd8 30.Qe3 b4 31.Be5 Nd7 32.Bf4 bxc3 33.bxc3 Nf6 34.Be5

[ 34.Bg5 Ng4 35.Qe2 Qc7 36.g3 Rd7 37.f3 Qb6+ 38.Kg2 with complications
I think I prefer 34. Be5 as blacks knight looks dangerous here]
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34...Ng4 35.Qf4 Nxe5 36.Qxe5 Qc4 37.Bb3 Qc6 38.Qg3 a4?
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[Maybe a better defence would be 38...Kg7 39.Qe5+ f6 40.Qg3 e5 41.Bc2 Qe8 42.Rb1 Bd5 43.c4 Bc6 44.Rb6 Rc8 45.c5 although white has pressure here]
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39.Bxe6! Re8??
[Of course 39...fxe6 40.Qxg6+ Kf8 41.Qf6+ Ke8 42.Rxe6+ loses)
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but black can try to defend the endgame where white is up a clear pawn39...Qxg2+ 40.Qxg2 Bxg2 41.Bxf7+ Kxf7 42.Kxg2 Rd3 43.Re4 Rxc3 44.Rxa4+-]
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40.Qxg6+ Kh8 41.Qxh5+ Kg7 42.Qxf7+ Kh6 43.Qf6+ Kh7 44.Bf5+ Kg8 45.Rxe8+ Qxe8 46.Qg6+ Qxg6 47.Bxg6 Kg7 48.f4(48)

my notation ended here and of course it is an easy win for white. But I screwed it up. Don't ask me how. But somehow I was not paying attention to blacks moves and he was able to take the a pawn. I had to sacrifice my bishop for his pawn and the game ended in a draw. I guess this is the kind of thing that explains why my rating is only about 1500. Anyway I would like some comments on the game if someone has some time. I am particularly interested in the position at move 22. Is my plan correct(22. Bg3 in my note)? Should I allow an isolated pawn to prevent the exchange of pieces. The pawn looks week there to me and maybe would lose the game for me if black could beat back the attack and reach an endgame. I felt like it was the right thing to do but would like some input on this.
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thanks in advance

-James