Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A good day ends with a good game of chess.😊

A good cup of coffee, pastry, and a journal.
I have just experienced one of those rare days when everything goes so smoothly.

It all started with a quiet moment of reflection at breakfast, followed by productive hours at the laptop, a good engaging staff meeting and an evening spent with the family on a public bus ride (it's fascinating to see how children are easily delighted by things we adults take for granted.)

And to top it off, I played one of my best-attacking chess game this year.


A game that I liked (ChessBase 14)
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.10.16"] [Round "?"] [White "myself"] [Black "opponent"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A45"] [WhiteElo "1897"] [BlackElo "1860"] [Annotator "Mark Liew"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [TimeControl "900+10"] {One of my best attacking games of the year combining opening preparation and attacking motiffs.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 Bg7 5. h4 $5 {a line that was bought into the limelight by GM Karjarkin} O-O $2 {invites a world of trouble.} (5... c6 6. Be2 h5 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. Ne5 Nxe5 9. Bxe5) 6. h5 $1 Nxh5 ( 6... gxh5 7. Rxh5 Nxh5 8. Qxh5 {transposes back into the game.}) 7. Rxh5 $1 gxh5 8. Qxh5 $14 {the opened h file and the attack on Black's king compensates more then adequately for the loss material. This is just one of those concrete positions where White has all the tactical play.} Be6 $2 {understandable that Black wants to preserve as much material as possible but this can hardly be considered a developing move. White builds up the attack} (8... Nd7 $1 { offered the best chances to hold.} 9. Bd3 Nf6 10. Qh4 (10. Qh2 {might be even better.} c5 11. dxc5 h6 12. Nf3 Ng4 13. Qg3 e5 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Bxe5 Qg5 16. Qxg5 hxg5 17. Bd6 Be6 $16) 10... c5 11. dxc5 Ne4 12. O-O-O e5 13. Qh2 $3 exf4 14. Bxe4 h6 15. Qxf4 Be6 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. Rxd5 Qa5 18. Nf3 $1 Qxa2 19. Ne5 Rad8 20. Qf5 Qa1+ 21. Kd2 Rxd5+ 22. Bxd5 Bxe5 23. Qxe5 Rd8 24. e4 Qa5+ 25. Ke2) (8... e6 9. Bd3 f5 10. Nf3 Nd7 11. O-O-O Nf6 12. Qh3 Bd7 13. Rh1 h5 14. Qg3 $1 $16 {and the attack continues.}) 9. Bd3 {mate on h7 is threatened.} f5 {forced} 10. Nf3 {with threats of Ng5 in the air.} Qe8 $2 (10... Nd7 11. g4 $1 (11. O-O-O {is good but not as concerte.}) 11... Nf6 12. Qh4 Qe8 (12... fxg4 $2 13. Ng5) 13. gxf5 Qh5 14. fxe6 Qxf3 15. Be2 Qg2 16. O-O-O $16) 11. Qh2 $6 ({ missing out on the simple} 11. Qxe8 Rxe8 12. Ng5 Bf7 (12... Bd7 13. Nxd5) 13. Nxf7 Kxf7 14. Nxd5 $18 {and White wins back material with interest}) 11... c6 $2 (11... c5 12. O-O-O Nc6 13. Rh1 $16) 12. O-O-O {[%csl Gd1,Gg1,Gh1][%cal Gd1g1,Gd1h1] now the rook joins into the attack} Qg6 $2 13. g4 $1 Nd7 (13... Qxg4 $4 14. Ng5 $18) 14. Rg1 {bringing all the pieces to the party} Qf6 15. g5 {straightforward but far from the best.} (15. gxf5 $1 Bxf5 16. Ne5 $1 { threatening to take on d7 winning material.} Qe6 (16... Bxd3 17. Nxd7 $18 { and Black again loses material.}) (16... Nxe5 $4 17. Bxe5 {is just bad.}) 17. Qg3 Bg6 18. Nxg6 hxg6 19. Bxg6 Rxf4 20. Bh7+ Kf8 21. Qxg7+ Ke8 22. exf4 $18) 15... Qg6 16. Nh4 Qh5 17. Be2 Qe8 18. g6 h6 19. Nf3 $2 {missing a cleaner win} (19. Bxh6 $1 Bxh6 20. Nxf5 $1 {and all lines lead to a further loss of material for Black. A sample line goes.} Rxf5 (20... Bxf5 21. Qxh6 Bxg6 22. Rxg6+ Qxg6 23. Qxg6+ Kh8 24. Bd3 $18) 21. Qxh6 Nf8 22. g7 Nh7 23. Rh1 Nf6 24. e4 dxe4 25. Nxe4 Kf7 26. Ng5+ Rxg5 27. Qxg5 Qg8 28. Bh5+ Nxh5 29. Qxh5+ Kxg7 30. Rg1+ Kf8 31. Rxg8+ $18 {and White should convert.}) 19... Nf6 20. Bxh6 Ng4 {I had anticipated this and} 21. Rxg4 $1 fxg4 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 $1 {my opponent finds the best move to resist.} (22... Qxg6 23. Qh8+ Kf7 24. Ne5+ $16) 23. Qh7+ Kf6 24. g7 Rg8 25. Ne5 Rxg7 26. Qh6+ Rg6 27. Qf4+ Kg7 28. Bd3 $1 {every move a threat} Rf6 (28... Qf8 $1 29. Nxg6 Qxf4 30. Nxf4 {was perhaps the best line}) 29. Qg5+ Kh8 $2 {allows for decisive penetration} (29... Kf8 30. Ng6+ Rxg6 31. Bxg6 $18 {And Black has no choice but to give up the queen to prevent mate.}) 30. Qh4+ Kg7 31. Qh7+ Kf8 32. Bg6 {And my opponent lost on time but White should have no problems here converting the win. What a game!} (32. Ng6+ { has the same result.} Rxg6 33. Bxg6 {Black loses the queen.}) 1-0

Today was just ..... great. I am extremely grateful for days such as these but mindful to guard my expectation for tomorrow and the rest of the week.

Life (and Chess, I might add) is always full of ups and downs and it's important to appreciate the journey and the process.

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