Monday, October 30, 2006

Annotated Game From Stevenson Tournament

Well.. it's 2 a.m. on Monday morning and I have two english projects and a physics lab to do, so I decided to annotate my last round game from the Stevenson tournament instead of doing all that... So, I hope you all enjoy it. This was the last round game from the tournament.

(1) Thariath,Michael - Day,Andrew [B07]
Stevenson Tournament, 28.10.2006
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.f3 0-0 6.Qd2 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.0-0-0 Ne8??

The position was roughly equal before this blunderous move. Black undevelopes, and allows white to obtain an initiative in the kingside. 9.h4 f5 10.Bh6?! Better was: [10.Bg5!! Bf6 (10...Ndf6 11.h5) 11.Bh6 Bg7 12.h5 This variation would be better for white, since white has managed to push the h-pawn and also maintains the initiative and an attack.] 10...f4 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.g4 Ndf6 13.Bh3

The idea of this move was to play g4, then place the bishop on g4, after which trading the bishop for either black's knight or light-squared bishop would be advantageous. 13...a5?! Black cannot attack on the queenside, because all of black's pieces are stuck on the kingside, and white can easily close up the queenside. 14.Nge2 a4 15.g5 Nh5 16.Bg4 a3 17.b3 b6 Black really can't do anything, because white's pawn on d5 severely cramps black, and white has a huge initiative. 18.Bxh5 gxh5 19.Rdg1 Kg6 20.Nd1

The idea of this move was to play Nf2-d3, and then maybe sacrifice a knight on f4, taking advantage of black's awkwardly placed king. 20...Qd7 21.Nf2 Ba6 22.Rh2!? Although white still retains an advantage, better would have been to play 22. c4, after which black cannot trade knights, and white can still sacrifice on f4. The c4-pawn also could have helped prevent black from gaining any counterplay in the queenside. 22...Bxe2 23.Qxe2 Ra5 24.Nd3 Ng7

Black must now try to activate all of his pieces to try and gain some counterplay. 25.Nb4 Rc8?! This move gives white a solid advantage, and a crushing initiative. 26.Nc6! Rc5 27.Qa6!

White is threatening Qxc8, and after black takes the queen, Ne7+ gives white a clear advantage. 27...Rxc6 One of black's only options. Black also could have played Kf7, but after g6, white's open g-file will provide vast amounts of counterplay. 28.dxc6 Qxc6?? Simply drops the rook on c8. 29.Qxc8 Qc3 30.Qh3?? White was in severe time trouble, and simply was fatigued. [30.Rf1!! Kf7 31.Kd1 Qa1+ 32.Ke2 Qxa2 33.Qxc7+ This variation prevents black from getting any perpectual checks, since the f-pawn is protected by the rook, and white is on a light square.] 30...Qa1+ 31.Kd2 Qxg1 And a draw was agreed. 1/2-1/2


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