[Event "2014 Queen of Hearts"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.02.09"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Gardner, Bradley"]
[Black "Dietsch, Neil"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C01"]
[WhiteElo "1209"]
[BlackElo "1320"]
[Annotator "Fritz 13 (30s)"]
[PlyCount "39"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 {Editor: The much detested exchange variation!
There are many ways to play this system and its solidity is notorious. Black
must play very precisely in order to attain a position where a result other
than drawing is possible.} 4. Nf3 {Editor: The way I have always understood
the exchange French breaks down to a number of principles. 1)Try to achieve a
non symmetrical position in any reasonable way possible ie castle the opposite
way of your oppent. 2)Try to get to a favorable endgame of Knight Versus
Bishop in the closed pawn structure. There is a classical game in the 1990
Manilla Interzonal Gurevich-Short where Nigel shows flawless technique
dominating Gurevich's poor bishop with the dominating Knight.} (4. Bd3 {Is the
most popular theoretical continuation.} Nc6 5. c3 Bd6 6. Ne2 Qh4 {Kaidanov
being one of the main defenders of this position.}) (4. c4 {Breaking symmetry
and playing for a win!} Bb4+ 5. Nc3 Ne7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Be2 dxc4 {black forces
white to use another tempo with his bishop to re-capture the pawn} 8. Bxc4 Bg4
9. Be3 Nbc6 10. O-O Nf5 {is deemed better for white according to theory but
the isolated pawn is an eye-soar to me.}) (4. Nc3 Bb4 {When playing these
positions, I stress adamantly, create imbalances otherwise the game will go
nowhere.} 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Nge7 8. Qh5 Be6 9. Rb1 b6 10. Nf3 Qd7
11. Ng5 g6 12. Qf3 O-O-O {another reasonable position to play for a win}) 4...
Bg4 5. Be2 Nf6 {In hindsight I probably should have tucked the bishop behind
the d5 pawn here and sent the knight to e7 where it could move to f5 to help
put pressure on e4.} (5... Bd6 {Editor: This move would be my first choice
with the idea of eventually attacking the kingside where white's king is
headed.} 6. O-O Ne7 7. Ne5 Bxe2 8. Qxe2 f6 9. Nf3 Nd7 10. Nc3 c6 11. a3 Qc7 12.
b4 g5 {With a position that could be called interesting.}) 6. Bg5 h6 $11 7. Bh4
Nc6 8. c3 {Black has a very active position} (8. O-O g5 9. Bg3 Bg7 $11) 8...
Bd6 {Diagram [#]} 9. Bxf6 $6 {I'm not sure why, if he planned on exchanging
the bishop for the knight, he didn't do the exchange on the previous move.
This way the bishop has moved twice. I gain two tempos and a nice development
advantage. White probably saw the fork possibility of Qb3 and wanted to
remove the knight guarding the e5 pawn.} (9. Nbd2 $5 $11 {looks like a viable
alternative}) 9... Qxf6 $17 ({Not} 9... gxf6 10. Nbd2 Qd7 11. Nf1 $11) 10. Qb3
{I admit I didn't see the fork until after he played played this move, so I
was initially kicking myself, but once I came up with my next move, I felt
better.} (10. O-O $142 $5 $17) 10... O-O-O $19 {Ok, go ahead and take the
d-pawn if you dare. I'm castled and have five pieces developed to white's
three pieces and uncastled king. If Qxd5 the queen is exposed to a discovered
attack by the rook. I also have the threat of Rhe8 pinning the bishop.} (10...
O-O-O) 11. O-O $4 {Diagram [#] This is black's critical mistake. Tactically it
loses a piece, although I didn't see it; can you? To my credit I did see
that strategically it commits the king to the kingside where Black has an
overwhelming local force superiority. A cardinal rule of chess stategy when
the king's castle on opposite sides is the side that can launch a flank attack
first(usually with a pawn swarm) will win. Black's pieces are well positioned
for this. I looked closely at whether white had any queenside counterplay with
the queen and light-square bishop, but those two pieces alone wouldn't be
enough. Besides, he needs his bishop to defend his f3 knight.} (11. Qd1 h5 $19)
11... Rhe8 {Here I missed the tactical shot: 11...Bxf3 12 Bxf3 Qf4!
threatening ... Qxh2. White cannot advance the g pawn without losing the
bishop.} 12. Qd1 $17 h5 13. h3 Bf5 14. Bb5 $2 {White doesn't sense the danger.
He needs his bishop to defend his kingside, and he still has a knight to
develop that is blocking his queenside rook.} (14. Na3 $142 $17) 14... g5 $19 {
It's time to get on with the attack.} 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. Nh2 {Diagram [#]} g4 $1
17. hxg4 Bxh2+ 18. Kxh2 Qh4+ 19. Kg1 hxg4 20. g3 {At this point 20 ... Qh3
followed by Rh8 leaves White in a hopeless position facing a mating attack.
Fritz shows mate in 8 from this point.) White decided not to wait around for
the coup de grace and resigned.} 0-1
[Event "Queen of Hearts 2014"]
[Site "Stillwater"]
[Date "2014.02.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Andrews, Todd"]
[Black "Varagona, Scott"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "2353"]
[BlackElo "2242"]
[Annotator "Tillis,Bryan"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "2006.05.27"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 Ne4 7. Qc2 f5 8.
Nh3 Nc6 9. e3 d6 10. f3 Nf6 11. b4 $2 {this seems like a mistake as black is
ready to strike in the center with e5 and long-term will have a better pawn
structure} (11. Bd3 {is most popular in the database but seems a touch off due
to the counterplay black will get in many upcoming variations with a timely e5
and sometimes e4} e5 (11... Qe8 12. O-O e5 13. d5 Ne7 14. Bd2 $14) 12. dxe5 (
12. d5 Ne7 13. Bd2 e4 14. Be2 Qe8 15. O-O exf3 16. Bxf3 Ng6 17. Nf4 {balanced})
12... dxe5 13. Bxf5 Bxf5 14. Qxf5 e4 15. O-O Qd3 16. Qb5 exf3 17. Nf4 Qc2 18.
gxf3 {I prefer black in this position but the machine insists equality}) (11.
Be2 e5 12. d5 Ne7 13. Nf2 a5 14. b3 Bd7 15. O-O Ng6 16. Bd2 Qe7 17. Rae1 {this
reserved approach was seen in Sokolov - De Firmian and in my opinion is the
best and most reserved approach for white.}) 11... e5 12. b5 Ne7 13. dxe5 dxe5
14. Bb2 {this to me is not the most effective use of time or placement of the
bishop} (14. Nf2 Ng6 15. Be2 Nd7 16. O-O Nc5 17. a4 {this seems much more
intune with the position as white can play against the strong outposted knight
in various ways}) 14... Ng6 15. Nf2 Qe7 16. Be2 f4 17. e4 Nd7 18. O-O-O {gives
black a clear plan against the weak queenside shelter, going to the other side
seems objectively better, white is clearly worse now} (18. O-O Nc5 19. a4 {
again this is the right plan in the position} Qg5 20. Nd3 Nxd3 (20... Nh4 21.
Rf2 Bh3 22. Bf1 Nxd3 23. Qxd3 Rfd8 24. Qc3 $14) 21. Bxd3 Be6 22. c5 $14) 18...
a6 19. Kb1 c6 20. Rd2 axb5 21. cxb5 Nc5 22. Bc4+ Kh8 23. h4 h5 24. Rhd1 Na4 (
24... cxb5 25. Bxb5 Be6 26. Rd6 Rfc8 {coordinates faster}) 25. Ba1 Qxa3 (25...
cxb5 26. Bxb5 Be6 {white is quickly falling apart} 27. Bxa4 $2 Qxa3) 26. Rd6
Kh7 27. Qb3 Qc5 28. R1d2 $4 (28. Rxg6 $1 Kxg6 29. Nd3 Qe7 30. bxc6 bxc6 31.
Nxe5+ Kh7 32. Nxc6 Qb7 33. Qxb7 Bxb7 34. Rd5 Bxc6 35. Rxh5+ Kg6 36. Rg5+ Kh7
37. Rh5+ Kg6 38. Rg5+ $11 {an interesting line from the beast}) 28... Nb6 29.
Bf7 Ne7 (29... Nh8 {the backwards development as unnatural as it may be is
crushing}) 30. Bb2 Ra5 31. bxc6 bxc6 32. Nd1 Na4 33. Rd8 Rxd8 34. Rxd8 Nxb2 35.
Nxb2 (35. Bg8+ Kh6 36. Nxb2 Rb5 37. Qc2 Qg1+ 38. Rd1 Qe3 39. Bc4 {puts up more
defense but even still, white seems busted}) 35... Qg1+ 36. Rd1 Qa7 37. Be8
Ra1+ 38. Kc2 Qf2+ 39. Rd2 Qc5+ 40. Qc4 Qg1 41. Qf7 {mate in 9!} Rc1+ 42. Kb3
Qb6+ 43. Ka2 Qa5+ 0-1
[Event "K-12 National Championship (Grade 5) "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.12.13"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Collin Le"]
[Black "Sijing Wu"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E92"]
[WhiteElo "1589"]
[BlackElo "1332"]
[Annotator "Tillis,Bryan"]
[PlyCount "148"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. d5 (7. O-O Nc6
8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 f5 11. Ng5 Nf6 12. Bf3 c6 {the modern bayonett})
7... a5 8. Bg5 {Petrosian Variation} h6 (8... Na6 9. Nd2 Qe8 10. O-O Bd7 11. b3
Kh8 12. a3 Ng8 13. Rb1 f5 14. f3 f4 15. Bh4 g5 16. Bf2 Rf6 {With classical
play for both sides, white will break on c5 and get broken on g4. If black's
attack fails, he loses.}) 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Nbd7 (10... Nxe4 11. Nxe4 f5 12.
Nc3 f4 13. Nd2 Bf5 14. Nde4 Nd7 15. Bg4 Nc5 16. Nxc5 dxc5 17. Bxf5 Rxf5) 11.
Nd2 Nc5 12. f3 Nh5 13. Bf2 Nf4 14. O-O h5 15. Bg3 Nxe2+ 16. Qxe2 g4 17. Nd1 (
17. Bf2 b6 18. Rae1 Bd7) 17... gxf3 18. Nxf3 Bg4 (18... f5 19. Nc3 fxe4 20.
Nxe4 Nxe4 21. Qxe4 Bf5 {securing the bishop pair and a long-term advantage})
19. h3 Bd7 20. Bh4 Qe8 21. b3 f5 22. exf5 Bxf5 (22... e4 $1 23. f6 Rxf6 24.
Bxf6 Bxf6 $19) 23. Nb2 Bd3 (23... e4 24. Ng5 Bd4+ 25. Bf2 e3 $19) 24. Nxd3 Nxd3
25. Qxd3 e4 26. Qd2 Bxa1 27. Rxa1 exf3 28. gxf3 Qg6+ 29. Kh2 Kh7 (29... Rxf3
30. Qe2 Raf8 31. Qe6+ Qxe6 32. dxe6 Re3) 30. Rg1 Qf5 31. Qe2 Rae8 32. Qb2 Qe5+
{excellent technique spotting the opportunity to simplify into a completely
won ending} 33. Qxe5 Rxe5 34. f4 Rxf4 35. Bd8 Re2+ 36. Rg2 Rxg2+ (36... Rff2 {
more acurate keeping tension} 37. Rxf2 Rxf2+ 38. Kg1 Rxa2 39. Bxc7 a4 40. bxa4
Rxa4 41. Bxd6 Rxc4 42. Be7 {where white's passer is easily stopped by black
rook or king and blacks b-pawn is going to run to the finish line and pick up
his dress.} Kg7 43. d6 Kf7 $19) 37. Kxg2 Rf7 38. Kg3 Rd7 39. Bf6 Kg6 40. Bh4
Kf5 41. Kf3 c6 42. dxc6 bxc6 43. Be1 Ra7 44. Bd2 a4 45. b4 d5 46. Be3 Rb7 47.
cxd5 cxd5 48. a3 Ke5 49. Bc5 d4 50. h4 d3 51. Ke3 Rd7 52. Kd2 Kf4 53. Bf2 Ke4
54. b5 Rc7 55. b6 Rc2+ 56. Ke1 Rb2 57. b7 Rxb7 58. Kd2 Rb2+ 59. Ke1 Kf3 (59...
Re2+ 60. Kf1 Kf3 61. Be1 d2 62. Bxd2 Rxd2 63. Kg1 Rb2 64. Kh1 Kg3 65. Kg1 Rb1#)
60. Bd4 Re2+ 61. Kd1 Rh2 62. Bc5 Rxh4 63. Bd4 Rxd4 64. Kd2 h4 65. Kc3 d2 66.
Kxd4 d1=Q+ 67. Kc5 h3 68. Kc6 h2 69. Kb7 h1=Q 70. Kb6 Qh5 71. Kc7 Qc2+ 72. Kd6
Qcg6+ 73. Kc7 Qhh7+ 74. Kb8 Qgg8# {Solid technique in the endgame by up and
coming player Sijing Wu, his sister recently won the Reserve Section of
Montgomery tournament: XXXX so the entire family has discovered the formla for
chess improvement, expect great things from these players!} 0-1
[Event "Alabama op"]
[Site "Alabama"]
[Date "1973.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Momic, Milan"]
[Black "Browne, Walter S"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B98"]
[Annotator "Tillis"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "1973.??.??"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2004.11.15"]
1. e4 {The first master of Alabama chess.} c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 (7... Qb6 {The Poison Pawn Variation a favorite
of the Uncompromising Legends: Fischer and Kasparov} 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10.
f5 Nc6 11. fxe6 fxe6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. e5 dxe5 14. Bxf6 gxf6 {the topical
position of the Posion Pawn}) 8. Qf3 h6 {ideas with h6 have been recently
essayed in the Grandmaster Repertoire book **} (8... Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4
b5 11. Bxf6 {with every take being possiblity this is one of the major
theoetical positions of the entire opening}) 9. Bh4 Nbd7 (9... g5 10. fxg5 Nfd7
11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. Qh5+ Kf8 13. Bb5 Rh7 14. O-O+ Kg8 15. g6 Rg7 16. Rf7 Bxh4 17.
Qxh6 Rxf7 18. gxf7+ Kxf7 19. Rf1+ Bf6 20. Qh7+ Ke8 21. Qg6+ Kf8 22. e5 dxe5 23.
Ne4 Qb6+ 24. Kh1 axb5 25. Nxf6 Ke7 26. Qg7+ Kd8 27. Qg8+ Kc7 28. Ne8+ $11 {was
agreed drawn in Balogh-Negi, 2011, 1/2-1/2 the game would have continued:} Kd8
29. Nd6+ Kc7 30. Ne8+ Kd8 {with a repetition}) 10. O-O-O Qc7 11. Bg3 {an
interesting sideline then and now!} (11. Bd3 g5 12. fxg5 Ne5 13. Qe2 Nfg4 {
Which was covered extensively in the aformentioned GM Repertoire text.}) 11...
b5 12. e5 Bb7 13. Qe2 Nd5 {Interesting was:} (13... dxe5 14. fxe5 Nd5 15. Nxd5
Bxd5 16. Nf5 Bxa2 {black has been doing well lately from this position}) 14.
Ne4 Nxf4 15. Bxf4 dxe5 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Qh5+ Kf8 18. Ng5 Bxg5 19. Bxg5 Rc8 20.
c3 Nc5 $2 {takes away the crucial defender} (20... Nf6 21. Qh4 (21. Bxf6 gxf6
22. Qg6 Qe7 23. Be2 Rg8 24. Qxh6+ Qg7 {=/+}) 21... Ke7 22. Bxf6+ gxf6 23. Be2
Qc5 24. Rd3 {-/+}) 21. Be3 Bd5 22. Be2 Ne4 23. Rhf1+ Kg8 24. Rxd5 exd5 25. Bg4
Nd6 $4 (25... Rf8 {must be played} 26. Be6+ Kh7 27. Bf5+ Kg8 28. Qg6 Rxf5 29.
Rxf5 b4) 26. Be6+ Kh7 27. Rf6 $1 Nf7 28. Qg6+ Kg8 29. Bxf7+ Kf8 30. Bc5+ Qxc5
31. Be6+ Ke7 32. Qxg7+ Kd8 33. Qd7# {Flawless calculation to find the mate in
8 in a very Tal-like fashion against the multiple time US-Champion.} 1-0