Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Phil Smith

I played Phil Smith (ECF 75, 1625 fide) in the first round of the Spondon Summer Open last night. It ended up being a draw with just kings left on the board. I was pleased with my performance and didn't seem to make massive tactical mistakes, but did overlook a few things I could have done. A draw was definitely a fair result though and ensures I don't remain on zero for the 8-round tournament :)

He played the Philidor defence and I was making stuff up from move 3, thankfully it looks like I chose the right moves to start with. The time control was 1hr 15mins for first 30 moves, then 20mins extra till end of game. I ended up with just about 2 mins on the clock, I've never used up so much time in a game before.

Here's the game:

[Event "Spondon Summer Open 2007"]
[Date "2007.06.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Dean Madden"]
[Black "Phil Smith"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C41"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Be2 Bxf3 5. Bxf3 Nc6 6. d5 Nd4 7. Be3 Nxf3+ 8. Qxf3 g6 9. Nc3 a6 10. O-O Bh6 11. Bxh6 Nxh6 12. Rfe1 O-O 13. h3 Kg7 14. Rad1 f5 15. Qe2 fxe4 16. Nxe4 Qd7 17. Ng5 Rf5 18. Ne6+ Kg8 19. Qe3 Nf7 20. Qd3 c6 21. c4 Nd8 22. Nxd8 Rxd8 23. Re2 Rdf8 24. f3 c5 25. Rf1 b5 26. b3 bxc4 27. bxc4 Qa4 28. Qb3 Qxb3 29. axb3 Rb8 30. Ra2 Rxb3 31. Rxa6 Rf6 32. Rfa1 Rc3 33. Rc6 Rxc4 34. Ra8+ Kg7 35. Ra7+ Kh6 36. Rd7 Rd4 37. Rcxd6 Rxd6 38. Rxd6 e4 39. fxe4 Rxe4 40. Rc6 c4 41. Rc5 Rd4 42. Kf2 Rd2+ 43. Ke3 Rxg2 44. Rxc4 Rg3+ 45. Kf2 Rd3 46. Rc5 g5 47. Ke2 Ra3 48. Rc6+ Kh5 49. d6 Ra8 50. d7 Rd8 51. Rd6 g4 52. hxg4+ Kxg4 53. Ke3 Kf5 54. Kd4 h5 55. Kd5 h4 56. Kc6 h3 57. Rh6 Kg4 58. Kc7 Rg8 59. d8=Q Rxd8 60. Kxd8 Kg3 61. Rxh3+ Kxh3 1/2-1/2

An apparent blunder was move 19. The position was below:

I played Qe3, but fritz says I should have played g4. I can understand this attacks the rook, but would have thought it weakened my king. Fritz says his best move is then Rf8, losing his rook for a knight. Will look into this later.


It's suddenly clearer now. After g4, he can't play rook to f3, f4, g5, or h5 because it will be taken straight away. If he plays Rf7 then Qe3 attacks the knight leaving it nowhere to move to. Finally if he played Rf6 then g5 forks the rook and knight.

There were a few different things I could have tried in the endgame, but it would probably have still been a draw.

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