Monday, February 23, 2009

TeamLeague T38: My 3rd Round Game

Now that FeedJournal posts have their own blog, I'll take a more liberal approach to what I post here. With the risk of losing subscribers, I am now starting to post about anything that relates to my life – because that is and will remain the “niche” for this blog. Today, I make the first post about chess, a new subject here.

I currently participate in TeamLeague #38, an online team chess tournament, playing for Poisoned Pawns, in the under 1800 division. After two rounds we're 1-1, and in the middle of the table.

In Round 3, my team plays the group leader, Arch Bishops. Here's my game, where my opponent goes for a rather dull choice of opening.

Novita (1835) - Martinsson,Jonas (1821) [D94]
TeamLeague T38 (Round 3), 22.02.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.e3

The Anti-Benoni gives Black a choice of defenses, typically transposing into a Queen's Gambit, a Tarrasch or even a Caro Kann. I find the Grunfeld setup to be an easy equalizer for Black.

3...cxd4 4.exd4 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 0-0 7.Nc3 d5 8.0-0 Nc6= 9.Be3 Bg4 10.Qd2?!

[RR 10.Ne5 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 dxc4 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Qxc4 Ng4 14.h3 Nxe3 15.fxe3 Rc8 16.Rad1 Qb6 17.Rf2 e5 1/2-1/2 Keres,P (2615)-Browne,W (2500)/Amsterdam 1971/MCL]

10...dxc4 11.Bxc4N

[RR 11.Rfd1 Nd5=/+ 12.Bh6 Nxc3 13.bxc3 b5 14.h3 Bf5 15.a4 Na5 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Nh4 Bd7 18.Qb2 Nb3 19.Ra3 a6 20.Bf3 Rb8 21.Be4 bxa4 22.Qe2 Bb5 23.Nf3 Qd6 24.Ra2 Rfc8 25.h4 e6 Lay,A-Reich,N/Hamburg 1998/EXT 1999/0-1]

11...Bxf3 12.gxf3=/+

White's pawn formation is severely damaged and the bishop pair is not sufficient compensation.

12...Rc8 13.Bb5 a6 14.Be2 Qa5 15.Rfd1 Nd5 16.Nxd5 Qxd5 17.Rac1 Qxa2

Perhaps increasing the pressure on the isolated d pawn with Rfd8 is slightly better, but Black enjoys an advantage in both lines.

18.Bc4

[18.d5! Nb8 19.Rxc8 Rxc8 20.Rc1=/+]

18...Qa5-/+ 19.Qe2 e6

[19...Nxd4! wins the pawn immediately, but I missed this continuation. 20.Bxd4 Qg5+ 21.Kf1 Bxd4 22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Rxd4 Rc1+-+]

20.d5 exd5 21.Bxd5

21...Nd4! 22.Bxf7+

[22.Bxd4 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Bxd4 24.Qe4 Bxf2+-+]

22...Kxf7 23.Bxd4 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Qg5+ 25.Kh1 Qxc1+

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