Saturday, 5 May 2007

Online tournaments

I played two games in online fics tournaments today. The first was in the teamleague 45-45 tournament against manyhorses. This is the 3rd round of it, but the first time I'd had an opponent turn up. I started off the game well, up a knight. But he got back level and smashed through my kings defences:

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2007.05.05"]
[Round "?"]
[White "deanmadden"]
[Black "manyhorses"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1362"]
[BlackElo "1210"]
[ECO "A07"]
[TimeControl "2700+45"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. O-O e5 5. d3 Ng4 6. Nbd2 Bc5 7. e4 Nxf2 8. Rxf2 Bxf2+ 9. Kxf2 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Bg4 11. h3 Bf5 12. Qe1 Nb4 13. Qxb4 Qd7 14. Qxb7 O-O 15. Nxe5 Qd4+ 16. Be3 Qxe5 17. c3 Rab8 18. Qxa7 Rxb2+ 19. Kg1 Bxe4 20. Bxe4 Qxg3+ 21. Kf1 Qxh3+ {deanmadden resigns} 0-1

The second match was against a stronger opponent and I was predictably destroyed. This was in the 1st round of a 90-30 'mamer' fics tournament, my first. Here's the game:

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2007.05.05"]
[Round "?"]
[White "xboard"]
[Black "deanmadden"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1740E"]
[BlackElo "1346"]
[ECO "B09"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Nc6 7. d5 Nb4 8. a3 Na6 9. Bxa6 bxa6 10. e5 Nd7 11. Qd4 dxe5 12. fxe5 e6 13. O-O exd5 14. Nxd5 Bb7 15. Bg5 Qc8 16. Ne7+ {deanmadden resigns} 1-0

My opponent, xboard, was kind enough to give me some advice after the game. He suggested dropping the pirc defence and going with an open game so as to concentrate on tactics. I intend on following his advice. The big blunder in the game was obviously 15 ... Qc8, allowing the Knight fork.

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