Sunday, 11 August 2019

My first gold medal on chess.com for blitz


Managed to secure an nice 1st placing over the long weekend in an online blitz tournament (Time control: 3|2) on chess.com. Granted, the pool of competitors were generally much lower rated then my current rating , but it was nice just to play consistently and bagged the honors based on my seeding.

4 games were played in total and I really enjoyed my final round against my opponent from Ukraine. Attached is the game score with annotations from myself. Please enjoy.


A game that I liked (ChessBase 15)
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2019.08.10"] [Round "?"] [White "Matviei27"] [Black "dr_chessdad"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "1401"] [BlackElo "1897"] [Annotator "Liew,Mark"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "2019.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:02:12"] [BlackClock "0:01:59"] {In the last round of the blitz 3|2, I needed a win to secure first place. Granted, my opponent was much lower rated but this is blitz and anything can happen.} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 {French, Steinitz Variation. Highly topical at top level where White scores well in practice.} Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. a3 O-O 9. Be2 f6 $1 {well timed. Theory puts this position as equal for both sides.. maybe a slight plus for White.} 10. exf6 Nxf6 11. dxc5 $6 Ng4 $1 {after this move White has problems.} 12. Bf2 ({Correct was} 12. Bg1 $1 {White has to sacrifice a pawn to stay in the game} Rxf4 13. Qd2 $1 Rf7 14. O-O-O {with an interesting game for both sides.}) (12. Qd2 $2 Nxe3 13. Qxe3 d4 {White loses a piece}) (12. Bd2 $2 Bxc5 {White is going to lose the exchange.}) 12... Nxf2 13. Kxf2 {White's king has lost the right to castle.} Rxf4 14. Qd2 Rf8 ({stronger was} 14... Bxc5+ 15. Kf1 Rf8) 15. b4 a5 $1 16. Rab1 $2 {loses tactically} axb4 17. axb4 Nxb4 $1 18. Rxb4 Bxc5+ 19. Rd4 e5 $1 { White can't save the rook} 20. Nxd5 $4 Qxd5 $1 {the rook can't move} 21. c4 Bxd4+ 22. Kf1 Ra1+ {Black pieces get fully active.} 23. Bd1 Rxf3+ $1 {Black crashes thru. It's just wave after wave of piece attacks after this.} 24. gxf3 Qxf3+ 25. Ke1 Qxh1+ $2 {still wins obviously but misses the mate in 3. Something I'm a little annoyed with} ({the quickest end} 25... Rxd1+ 26. Qxd1 Qf2#) 26. Ke2 Bg4+ {it's really beautiful how Black's pieces all coordinate together in the attack} 27. Kd3 Rxd1 {White's queen is lost.} 28. Qxd1 Qxd1+ 29. Ke4 {and my opponent resigned without waiting for 29.. Qf3#} 0-1

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