May 2012

I never played with this guy before, it was a 30+ aged man. He played Italian game, here it is. His “novelty” 9. e5 didn’t look good to me and yes, his d4 pawn got under attack.

I saw 14… Nxd4 and decided that it’s better than boring Ne7 and that I probably will be able to defend that spare “d” pawn. He didn’t go for a principal 17. Qxb2, I saw 17. … Rb8 19. Qxa7 Rxb2, he saw that too and probably didn’t like it. I considered Nb4 when played Ba6 and thought that I can answer Be2, d3. Then after d3 I started to see a5, but played Rd4 because I miscalculated and thought that f3 gave him an additional strike on d3 with a king. Anyway he gave me a chance to win the piece, not seeing Rd7 and Bf5 I think, otherwise he would play 24. a3. The game was basically over after that and rooks exchange made a win technical.

My opponent was a man I never played before, I had White. He chose Ruy and played Bc5 after a6, here is the game . I had a pretty clear plan with c3, d3, but his Ne7 forced me to change it to d4. Interesting that I saw the standard sacrifice on f7 even before he played Bg4, just had a feeling that he could do it. He told me after the game, that as soon as he played Bg4 he saw Bxf7+. That explains why he replied Kf8 very fast.

The funny thing is I could get advantage even earlier by playing 10. Ng5, didn’t see it.  Anyway, I calculated the sacrifice, saw that I will lose d4 pawn (Friz shows a nice way to avoid it by 12. Bd5) and decided that I will be better. His king was a clear target and I started to develop attack. His Nf5 gave me a tempo, his position became very difficult to defend.

I saw his d4 with the idea of Queen’s check (he confirmed that after the game) before he played it, but reply 26. f6 looked strong enough. At this moment I knew that I am close to finish. Strange, that he let me make a move with a second queen, though he resigned right after that. It was a forced mate in a few moves.

I came to the club in a good shape and mood and left behind all the recent losses. They changed  time control and introduced 30 seconds increment in the middle section too, I thought it was good.

I got the guy with whom I had a draw in the past. I decided even before the start that I will play Queen’s Indian on his d4 and that’s exactly what happened, here is the game. It was actually Accelerated Queen’s Indian, because I wanted it even if he plays 3. Nc3, not just 3. Nf3. I tried to improve comparing with the game I played a week before. His decision to castle queenside looked suspicious to me. I started to prepare c5 which looked strong to me. He definitely saw it, didn’t like  and spent a lot of time thinking how to prevent it, but it was not possible. Computer suggests I could play it even earlier than I did.

His b4 definitely wasn’t a good idea. I finally played c5 and his position started to deteriorate. I missed 25… Nc3+, i.e. I saw it and thought that he will go to f1, didn’t see Qa1+. After 27. Ke1 I found the tactics, funny that being carried away by the idea of winning the rook I missed that in the middle of that line I could actually win the queen. Anyway it was enough to win.