Thursday, 25 October 2007

Alan Chancellor

On Tuesday, I played my first ever game for Spondon 'C'. I've only played for the D team before, but since the A & B team were also playing they were short of players so I was asked to play Board 4. I played Alan Chancellor of Derby & Mickleover 'C', he doesn't have a current grade as it looks like he took a break from chess, but he had grades between 1994 and 2006 over 100 with his last recorded grade being 128 (about 1890 fide). So I was happy to get a draw against him. Especially because I made a mistake in the middle game causing me to be two pawns down. I played well in the rook endgame to get a drawn position.

[Event "Derby & District League Division 3"]
[Date "2007.10.23"]
[White "Dean Madden, Spondon C"]
[Black "Alan Chancellor, Derby & Mickleover C"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B06"]

{B06: Modern Defence} 1. e4 g6 {I'd never seen this defence before, apparently it's the Modern defence. I decided to do what I do in most of these situations. Kings Indian attack!} 2. Nf3 Bg7 3. d3 d6 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 Qb6 6. c3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Nd7 9. d4 Ngf6 10. Nd2 O-O 11. O-O Qc7 12. Re1 b5 13. a3 Rac8 14. Qd3 a6 15. f4 c5 16. Nf3 cxd4 17. cxd4 Nb6 18. b3 Qc3 19. Qxc3 Rxc3 20. Rb1 Rfc8 21. Bd2 Rc2

I don't think the position above is too bad for me. He's got his doubled rooks, but I've got a strong pawn centre, and Fritz gives me a slight advantage. Stupidly I now played Rec1. I just presumed that the central pawns were already covered and didn't check. I think it was just carelessness and the fact that I'd been distracted quite a few times earlier by a moron whose car broke down near where we play. He'd asked to borrow my mobile phone, but then gave my number to umpteen people who rang back wanting to speak to him.

So anyway, losing the e4 pawn meant there was no easy way to defend the d4 pawn either.

22. Rec1 Nxe4 23. Rd1 Nxd2 24. Rxd2 Rxd2 25. Nxd2 Bxd4+ 26. Kh2 Rc2 27. Rd1 e5 28. Nf3 Rc3 29. Nxd4 exd4 30. Rxd4 d5 31. Bxd5 Nxd5 32. Rxd5 Rxb3

At the point above I came up with the idea of playing a4, letting him take the pawn, but would then be able to wedge my rook in between his pawns and hopefully stop them queening. An important thing to do after this would be to give my king space to move up the board, so he wouldn't be able to check my king down to the first rank, giving him time to push his pawn and protect it with the rook.

The last few moves and the unusual looking end position is below. Fritz thinks the last few moves were a definite draw.

33. a4 bxa4 34. Ra5 a3 35. h4 Rb2+ 36. Kh3 a2 37. Rxa6 f5 38. Ra7 $2 Kf8 39. g4 fxg4+ 40. Kxg4 h6 41. h5 gxh5+ 42. Kxh5 Rh2+ 43. Kg6 Ke8 44. f5 h5 45. f6 Rg2+ 46. Kf5 h4 47. f7+ Kf8 1/2-1/2

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Chess Improvement strategies

I do this blog mainly for myself, as I've such a bad memory I wouldn't know if I'm improving or not. I'd get disheartened if I thought I was standing still (even if I was actually improving). And it helps to look back if you played someone before as to how the game went, what your thoughts were etc. It's a bonus if someone else gets any help or info from it.

As of late, I've tended to just comment on the blog for OTB games, not a lot of my FICS games.

I take a lot of my improvement strategy from the Novice Nook articles by Dan Heisman at Chess Cafe. You can download all his articles from the archive section.

He places a lot of emphasis on long time controls, and generally playing people slightly better than yourself, hence the reason I play in the U1600 section in Teamleague (and U1650 is the lowest in OCL).

Of course the main thing at the 1400 level is tactics, understanding and recognising the patterns, and the 'seeds of tactical destruction' as Heisman calls them.

As of late I've also been 'spectating' some of the teamleague games as they're being played, mostly involving higher rated players than myself. The big thing I get out of these is listening to the other spectators, usually 1900+, commentating on the game and potential moves and strategy. It's very helpful, and you can query things you don't understand. This has helped me appreciate things a lot more, and made me think about a lot of things I've overlooked. Especially to fight a lot more in the endgame, after seeing lots of fascinating rook endings.

I suppose what I should do more of in the future is looking over annotated master games, probably starting with Morphy.

I played in the FICS STC Saturday swiss yesterday, it's surprising how much 3 back to back games take out of you mentally, it reminded me of the few tournaments I've played in and suppose playing it regularly would help me to acclimatise myself to those types of situations. I played people slightly better than myself, lost the first two and won the final game.

Check out the fascinating game (for me anyway) on BDKs blog. I'll have to try out that opening!

Friday, 19 October 2007


I've been off work sick for a few days, so have been reflecting on my chess journey. According to FICS I've been a member since 28th July 2006 - about a year and a quarter. I didn't start playing regularly there until about November 2006. My provisional standard rating on 22nd November 2006 was 1277. I got my rating deviation below 80 on 1st January 2007 - 1307. My current rating is now 1487.

So that makes an increase of 210 in just under 11 months, or 180 in about 9 and a half. I doubt I can keep the same increase and am bound to plateau in a bit. But so far it's been a constant improvement. My short term goal is to break the 1500 barrier and stay there. Then hopefully this time next year I might be 1600.

As with my OTB chess, my strategy for the next year is to just play as much long time control chess as I can, gaining experience in different openings, and especially endgames. As important as playing, is analysing the games afterwards.

Since the new season started in September I've played 12 OTB rated games, giving me a provisional rating decrease from 46 to 42. But as I've been playing mainly stronger players I'm not too surprised and hope I'll pick up a few more wins in the latter half of the season. In the same period online I've played 26 standard games, increasing my rating from 1458 to 1487.

For future reference, here are my current stats on FICS and Chess Tactics Server:

rating RD win loss draw total best
Blitz 836 73.9 42 123 8 173 980 (27-Mar-2007)
Standard 1487 57.4 85 90 14 189 1487 (18-Oct-2007)
Lightning 1016 123.2 1 19 0 20

Total time online: 15 days, 14 hrs, 26 mins
% of life online: 3.5 (since Fri Jul 28, 00:30 PDT 2006)

Success71.4 %
Highest rating1146
Date of highest rating2007-10-06 22:09:59
Latest action2007-10-18 22:11:55

My CTS rating hasn't really changed since the last time I checked a couple of months ago. I think the problem from my point of view is that it expects you to answer so quickly. Maybe it will come with time. My FICS blitz rating continues to plummet, I don't play it too often though.

I had an interesting discussion about the blog with some people on FICS channel 101, the teamleague channel. I explained I prefer to write about my losses as they're more instructive, but people advised I should do an equal amount of wins and losses.

I've also had comments from a few people in OTB chess that they've read the blog after searching for their own names. Hopefully I don't write anything nasty and get into trouble like this!

Someone asked me what I use to practice tactics. I've tried various things which are all still ongoing. Books I'd recommend in rough order of preference are: Chess Tactics for Kids by Murray Chandler, Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan and Learn Chess Tactics by John Nunn. Software I'd recommend trying are Chess Tactics for Beginners and Personal Chess Trainer. Good websites are Chess Tactics Explained and Chess Tactics Server. There are doubtlessly more I haven't come across yet.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Opera game

Thursday I played my first round game against Phil Smith in the Derbyshire Individual Championship. I'd played Phil twice before so I knew he'd play the Philidor defence, so I did a bit of research into it and realised he was playing the opening moves to the famous Opera game!

So my first seven moves were the same as Morphy, and his first six the same as the Duke and Count. I was up a couple of pawns due to this, but unfortunately didn't play the rest of the game like Morphy!

[Event "Derbyshire Individual Championship"]
[Site "Rolls Royce"]
[Date "2007.10.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Dean Madden"]
[Black "Phil Smith"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C41"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. dxe5 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 dxe5 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Qb3 Bd6 8. Bxf7+ Kf8 9. Qxb7 Nbd7 10. Bc4 Nc5 11. Qc6 Ncxe4 12. Nd2 Nc5 13. O-O Ke7 14. b4 Qd7 15. Qxd7+ Ncxd7 16. c3 Rhb8 17. Re1 Kf8 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19. Rxe4 Nf6 20. Re2 h6 21. Be3 Re8 22. Bb5 Re7 23. Bc6 Rd8 24. Bxa7 Nd7 25. Bxd7 Rexd7 26. Be3 Bxb4 27. h3 Bxc3 28. Bc5+ Kg8 29. Rc1 Rd1+ 30. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 31. Kh2 Kf7 32. Re3 Bd4 33. Bxd4 exd4 34. Rf3+ Ke6 35. a4 c5 36. Ra3 c4 37. a5 Rb1 38. a6 Rb8 39. a7 Ra8 40. Ra6+ Kd5 41. Ra5+ Kc6 42. Ra4 Kb5 43. Ra1 c3 44. Rb1+ Kc4 45. Rb8 Rxa7 46. Rc8+ Kd3 0-1

My problems came later on when I overlooked my weak back rank, and allowed him to get the two pawns back with what I thought was a mate threat. A simple h3 in a position like that below would have solved my problems

I didn't realise at the time, but I could have refuted his bishop sacrifice by taking it and at the position below, playing the un-natural looking Re1.

I am getting seriously fed up of being up in material only to lose in the late middle or end game!

Wednesday, 10 October 2007


Last night I played Harry Ratner in the club championship. I played well up to the 30th move, and was up a pawn, but at the position below, I played Rgf8 which left me open for a bishop fork from d6. There were lots of other moves I could have made, but I was too stubbornly trying to defend the f7 pawn.

Below Harry missed a mate in 2: Nd7 Ka8 Rxc8. So I dragged it out another 20 moves to no success.

[Event "Spondon Club Championship 2007/08"]
[Date "2007.10.09"]
[White "Harry Ratner"]
[Black "Dean Madden"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Qa5 5. a3 c6 6. b4 Qc7 7. Bc4 Bf5 8. d3 e6 9. O-O Bd6 10. h3 Nbd7 11. b5 Ne5 12. Bb2 Nxc4 13. dxc4 O-O-O 14. Qe2 h6 15. Nd1 Be7 16. Ne3 Bh7 17. Be5 Qb6 18. bxc6 Qxc6 19. Nd4 Qe4 20. Nf3 Rhg8 21. Rfe1 Nd7 22. Bd4 Kb8 23. Bc3 Bc5 24. Bb4 Bxe3 25. Qxe3 Qxe3 26. Rxe3 Bxc2 27. Rc1 Bg6 28. Rd1 Nb6 29. Rc1 Rc8 30. Ne5 Rgf8 31. Nxg6 Nxc4 32. Nxf8 Nxe3 33. Rxc8+ Kxc8 34. fxe3 Kd8 35. Nh7 f6 36. Bf8 g5 37. Bxh6 Ke7 38. Kf2 a6 39. e4 b5 40. Ke3 a5 41. Kd3 e5 42. g4 Kf7 43. Bxg5 fxg5 44. Nxg5+ Kg6 45. Nf3 Kf6 46. h4 Ke6 47. h5 Kd6 48. h6 Kc5 49. Nxe5 b4 50. axb4+ axb4 51. h7 b3 52. Kc3 1-0

Saturday, 6 October 2007

My first swindle

My round 1 game against Introspection in T34 of teamleague, was the first time I can recall winning a longplay game were I was losing heavily and had considered resigning lots of times. On other days I would probably have resigned, but yesterday I stubbornly decided to make him force the win. Until the last move I was still expecting to lose, and was hoping against hope to snatch a draw. There were lots of people observing and commenting on the game (I am only able to read them once the game is finished), I really value the input of stronger players. Here's the game:

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2007.10.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "deanmadden"]
[Black "Introspection"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1456"]
[BlackElo "1404"]
[ECO "C54"]
[TimeControl "2700+45"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. d5 Na5 10. bxc3 Nxc4 11. Re1 Nd6 12. Ng5 O-O 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Rxe4 d6 15. Qb3 Bf5 16. Rf4 Re8 17. Bb2 Qe7 18. Qd1 Bg6 19. c4 Qe2 20. Qxe2 Rxe2 21. Bd4 Rae8 22. Bc3 Rc2 23. Bd4 Rxc4 24. g3 f6 25. Bxa7 Rxf4 26. gxf4 b6 27. Kf1 Ra8 28. Bxb6 cxb6 29. Re1 Rxa2 30. Re6 b5 31. Rxd6 b4 32. Rd8+ Kf7 33. Rd7+ Ke8 34. Rb7 Be4 35. Rb8+ Kd7 36. Rxb4 Bxd5 37. Rd4 Ke6 38. Ke1 Ra1+ 39. Kd2 Rh1 40. Ke3 f5 41. h4 Rxh4 42. Rb4 Rh3+ 43. Kd4 g6 44. Rb6+ Kf7 45. Kxd5 Rf3 46. Rb7+ Kg8 47. Rb8+ Kg7 48. Rb7+ Kh6 49. Ke5 Rxf2 50. Rb3 Kh5 51. Rh3+ Kg4 52. Rxh7 Re2+ 53. Kf6 Kxf4 54. Kxg6 Rg2+ 55. Kf6 Rg5 56. Rh4+ Rg4 57. Rh5 Rg5 58. Rxg5 {Introspection resigns} 1-0

I played the Moller Attack and my first nine moves were from memory. The tenth was where I had to think for myself and things usually go wrong :)

Above the book move would have been Bd3, not bxc3 that I played. I guess I was scared off falling behind in material but in this sort of sharp opening the idea is to attack and develop quicker than the opponent.

At move 25 above, I stupidly gave my bishop away after already being down two pawns. I took his pawn on a7 but just didn't think he could obviously play b6 to trap my bishop. I've done this a few times before and just don't think about it. In this particular case there was a chance of saving it by playing Rc1 after the other rooks were exchanged and attacking his backward pawn.

Up to the point above, I was down a bishop and pawn, but he made a mistake and allowed me to play Rb6, forcing his king away from his bishop.

After my move 57 above, the position was a draw according to fritz as he wouldn't be able to promote his pawn. But he firstly offered a draw, he only had about 5mins left on his clock, then while I was thinking about it he played the only losing move Rg5 which let me take the rook for free. I feel sorry for my opponent! I guess the moral for me is to never give up and just play games out.

In other news...

I played Nathan Atkins on Tuesday in the Spondon club championship, I've never beaten him so was pleased to be up a pawn early on. But he tactically outplayed me although I held on for longer than I have done before. An enjoyable wide open (for him) game:

[Event "Spondon Club Championship 2007/08"]
[Date "2007.10.02"]
[White "Nathan Atkins"]
[Black "Dean Madden"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Bd2 c6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. Nf3 Bf5 8. g3 e6 9. Bf4 Bd6 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 11. O-O Qb4 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Qxb2 14. a3 Qb6 15. Rfe1 Nbd7 16. d5 Nc5 17. Qd4 O-O-O 18. Rab1 Qa5 19. Ne5 Rhf8 20. d6 Ncd7 21. Nc4 Qc5 22. Qd3 g6 23. Na4 Qd5 24. Qc3 b5 25. Na5 bxa4 26. Nxc6 Nc5 27. Ne7+ Kd7 28. Nxd5 Nxd5 29. Qxc5 Rc8 30. Rb7+ Nc7 31. Rxc7+ Rxc7 32. Qxc7+ Ke8 33. d7+ Ke7 34. d8=Q# 1-0

For my own amusement, here's a record of all the comments in my teamleague game:

[Event "FICS standard game"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2007.10.05"]
[Time "18:00:12 GMT"]
[Round "-"]
[White "deanmadden"]
[Black "Introspection"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1456"]
[BlackElo "1404"]
[TimeControl "2700+45"]
[GameId "837882"]

1.e4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 2.Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 3.Bc4 {[%emt 0:00:04]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: go Intro!!}
Bc5 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 4.c3 {[%emt 0:00:02]
Nitreb(1269) whispers: Go Go Deanmadden!}
Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:20]} 5.d4 {[%emt 0:00:03]} exd4 {[%emt 0:00:10]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: go go go Intro!}
6.cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bb4+ {[%emt 0:00:19]} 7.Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nxe4 {[%emt 0:00:31]} 8.O-O {[%emt 0:00:03]} Bxc3 {[%emt 0:00:16]} 9.d5 {[%emt 0:00:08]
FlorinC(2236) whispers: hae?
FlorinC(2236) whispers: ich denke der spielt sonntag?!
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: hello all
derMandarin(2059) whispers: sharp stuff
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Hi Ros
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: :)
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Bf6 and Ne5 both score well
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Let me know if you'd rather I didn;t relay Chessbase data
twinders(1656) whispers: I like Ne5
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: I'm not sure this game will last long eough to worry about that DT (though my preference is for for no comp moves)
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Anand has a history of both, and Karpov used to play Ne5
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: I know Ros. I generally refrain from Comp. analysis
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: I meant opening reference material
twinders(1656) whispers: doesn't Ne5 win a piece?}
Na5 {[%emt 0:07:26]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Of 11 moves in my Chessbase database, that wasn't one of them
derMandarin(2059) whispers: hm, Intro should try and castle asap otherwise it could become messy
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Ne5 did not lose a piece by the way
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Ne5 and if Nxd5 then Bxd5 and if bxc3 then Nxd5}
10.bxc3 {[%emt 0:04:39]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: But this is now new territory
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: this now transposes back into the Ne5 line}
Nxc4 {[%emt 0:00:50]
twinders(1656) whispers: I don't see it DT. But now, white is down a piece with Nxc4
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: after NxB and Qd4
twinders(1656) whispers: Qd4 and Nd6 no worries}
11.Re1 {[%emt 0:01:04]
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: then Qxg7 Rf8 Bh6 looks worrying
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: That was the main line given by Chessbase twinders, with hundreds of games: maybe I;m missing something about it
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Ros seems familiar with this line though
derMandarin(2059) whispers: anything but f5 now ;)
twinders(1656) whispers: I see Ros.
twinders(1656) whispers: so does black give up the N with 0-0 or play f5 and try to save it?
derMandarin(2059) whispers: f5 would be a bad idea I think
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: It looks very risky
twinders(1656) whispers: perhaps Ncd6 now then?
derMandarin(2059) whispers: looks like it loses the queen
derMandarin(2059) whispers: after Bg5
twinders(1656) whispers: ah yes derM very true
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: I think I'd want to leave the c4 N blocking that pawn, and move Nf6, but is Bg5 a painful pin then
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: he can't move that knight
Nitreb(1269) whispers: Pinning the knight was tempting, but what about Qd4?
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Doh! :))
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: its pinned against the king
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Of course :)
derMandarin(2059) whispers: there is not much else besides Nd6 here, I'd say. I am not that familiar with this line though.
derMandarin(2059) whispers: maybe it is even better to just castle and do not hang on onto the piece but black has some lack in development
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: in these sharp lines it trying to hang onto material that get you into trouble
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Ncd6 and 0-0 are both scoring weel for black
derMandarin(2059) whispers: exactly. in the end it is very often a matter of personal choice and taste}
Nd6 {[%emt 0:06:44]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: But 0-0 has the higher rated players
derMandarin(2059) whispers: hehe, yesss. 0-0 ;)
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: We're now down to a tiny sample in the database - only 6 games
derMandarin(2059) whispers: well black just has to return the piece and get the king out of fire.
derMandarin(2059) whispers: any tries with f5 or similar stuff causes trouble
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: But Ng5 is the best: Steffan Neilsen 2124 vs. Torstein Bae 2269 Politiken Cup 2004 1-0}
12.Ng5 {[%emt 0:03:02]
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: Nd2 seems to be the move as it leave the way open for check if blackplays f5
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: The sample size is too small by far to be of significance of course
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Ng5 is nice :)
derMandarin(2059) whispers: well now f5 is ok for black
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Then Qh5+ loosens the Kside even further for black
twinders(1656) whispers: f5 but then white has f3 and the N still falls
derMandarin(2059) whispers: yeah but say... f5, f3, h6? how about that.
derMandarin(2059) whispers: very messy stuff
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Did I misread the players' names: is this Florin?
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: lol
twinders(1656) whispers: sharp lines for 1400 rated players
FlorinC(2236) whispers: :-)}
O-O {[%emt 0:04:33]
twinders(1656) whispers: so black stays content to remain a pawn up
Rosmerta(1766) whispers: as the FTl Mister Sharp what you your view on this line FlorinC?
twinders(1656) whispers: with K safety. :-)
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Florin despises moves like 0-0 and 0-0-0}
13.Nxe4 {[%emt 0:01:19]
FlorinC(2236) whispers: I just like this line and dont think, that black better here}
Nxe4 {[%emt 0:00:10]
FlorinC(2236) whispers: even one pawn up}
14.Rxe4 {[%emt 0:00:27]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: There we go - letting go of the knight was inevitable perhaps}
d6 {[%emt 0:00:37]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: so far these guys had one encounter which was won by dean
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: b6 and Bb7 for black's QB development?}
15.Qb3 {[%emt 0:02:56]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Or Bd7 and c7 perhaps
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Bd7 and c6 sorry
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: I guess that's wrecked the Bd7 c6 plan}
Bf5 {[%emt 0:02:58]} 16.Rf4 {[%emt 0:02:30]
squib(1857) whispers: r e8 you never know !!!!!
derMandarin(2059) whispers: hehe}
Re8 {[%emt 0:01:35]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: tricky Intrp, lol}
17.Bb2 {[%emt 0:01:00]
dstrout(1690) whispers: qc8 here for black?
rustic(0) whispers: qg5
FlorinC(2236) whispers: hey baby :-)
rustic(0) whispers: lol
FlorinC(2236) whispers: lol
KiranY(2014) whispers: what happened to your rating rustic?}
Qe7 {[%emt 0:02:22]
dstrout(1690) whispers: black is taking another shot at back rank mate
rustic(0) whispers: it got flattened out
squib(1857) whispers: this nmonkey is a tryer lol}
18.Qd1 {[%emt 0:01:17]
FlorinC(2236) whispers: the question is: why Bb2?
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Bc2 is a possibility
KiranY(2014) whispers: be3 would have been so much better
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Qg5 perhaps?
dstrout(1690) whispers: qe5?
Nitreb(1269) whispers: Qe2, exchange and then double the rooks?
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: the bishop is hanging
FlorinC(2236) whispers: for sure, kirany
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: I was thinking Qg5 Raway Be4
dstrout(1690) whispers: qe2 loses the black bishop
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: yeah qe2 lose the bishop!
Nitreb(1269) whispers: yes but the Bb2 will be hanging too
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Indeed
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: that bishop is useless
dstrout(1690) whispers: ...bc2 qxc2 leads to back rank mate, right?
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Bc2 maybe Qf1
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: But after Qe2 Qx Rx RxB Rxb, white will lose another pawn
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Maybe not
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: But it is a 7th. rank rook
FlorinC(2236) whispers: Qf6 and white have some troble
dstrout(1690) whispers: black could ...g6 to secure the bishop then qf2 to start exchanging pieces
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: anyway black is up a pawn
dstrout(1690) whispers: i meant qe2
FlorinC(2236) whispers: hmm
FlorinC(2236) whispers: why to change B?
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: I think black wins a pawn with Qg5 Raway Be4}
Bg6 {[%emt 0:06:00]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: No - it would have been Qg5 Rd4 and then Be4 and the pawn on d5 would have been adequately defended
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: c3 is a automatic move now
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: It would havestill opened up whites' K position a little though (g3 forced)}
19.c4 {[%emt 0:02:30]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Never mind - my visualisation is bad tonight}
Qe2 {[%emt 0:02:07]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Bh5 would have been fun
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Sorry folks - my brain isn;t working tonight - I'll be quiet :)}
20.Qxe2 {[%emt 0:02:02]} Rxe2 {[%emt 0:00:07]
squib(1857) whispers: well thats great for black
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Bd4 i would play}
21.Bd4 {[%emt 0:02:25]
KiranY(2014) whispers: bd4 rc2 be3 bd3?
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: then maybe Rf3 is needed....}
Rae8 {[%emt 0:01:28]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Maybe the direct approach is best ...
derMandarin(2059) whispers: go Intro go!!
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: only black can win from here
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: black has Rb1 the counterattack though...i mean white
KiranY(2014) whispers: be3 rc2 rd4..
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: hahaah rb1 Bxr}
22.Bc3 {[%emt 0:01:50]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: interesting move
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Rc2 and both rooks enter the second rank
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i don't understand the purpose of Bc3
boonen(1613) whispers: Rxa2?
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: It was a cumsy attempt to cover e1 I think
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: wow
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: *clumsy
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Rxa2!}
Rc2 {[%emt 0:01:25]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Rxa2 Rxa2
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: no...the bishop is there
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Nice pacey :)
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Ack!}
23.Bd4 {[%emt 0:01:05]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: cash in?
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: No - double 7th. rankers Nimzo would say
derMandarin(2059) whispers: now Rxa2 works
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Rxc4 is also a possibility
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Hmm ... white's f4 rook is reducing the effectiveness of twin 7th. rankers though}
Rxc4 {[%emt 0:01:24]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: which is better?
FlorinC(2236) whispers: Bd3!
derMandarin(2059) whispers: yeah well...
KiranY(2014) whispers: he wants the d pawn as well i guess..}
24.g3 {[%emt 0:02:11]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Be4 now
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Be4 Re1?
twinders(1656) whispers: why not Re2 first?
KiranY(2014) whispers: or re4
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Be4 Re1 Rxd4
derMandarin(2059) whispers: howevery, many moves work quiet well here
squib(1857) whispers: r e4 2 pawns up cant lose :)
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i think Kh8 is one move that doesn't work
derMandarin(2059) whispers: yeah of course
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i guess you can lose on time
derMandarin(2059) whispers: and Rc1+ ain't that good either of course}
f6 {[%emt 0:02:36]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: interesting...what is the purpose?
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Hmm - Bf7 -> Bxd5}
25.Bxa7 {[%emt 0:00:56]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: ??
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: the bishop is trapped is it?
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Rxr then b6?}
Rxf4 {[%emt 0:00:26]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: suicide chess}
26.gxf4 {[%emt 0:00:12]} b6 {[%emt 0:00:22]
squib(1857) whispers: 0-1 monkey power
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Is Intro aware of the b6 trap
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: He is
fernbap(1739) whispers: rc1
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: that's it....unless black resign
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: wahahah rc1....god
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Rc1 saves, yes}
27.Kf1 {[%emt 0:01:14]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: man....
derMandarin(2059) whispers: ouch
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: well thats it
fernbap(1739) whispers: oho
derMandarin(2059) whispers: good example for too quickly moved
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: hey is white better after rc1?
pollock(2045) whispers: why didnt play rc1 i dunno
KiranY(2014) whispers: they play openings well but not the game..whats the use :)}
Ra8 {[%emt 0:00:48]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i think black play quite well}
28.Bxb6 {[%emt 0:00:41]} cxb6 {[%emt 0:00:06]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: yeah, a strong positional game
derMandarin(2059) whispers: btw, nice to see so many spectactors here
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: yeah we have nothing to do}
29.Re1 {[%emt 0:00:43]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i think Bf7 the quiet move is enough}
Rxa2 {[%emt 0:04:23]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: finger note 9 of introspection}
30.Re6 {[%emt 0:00:42]} b5 {[%emt 0:01:45]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: go Intro go!!}
31.Rxd6 {[%emt 0:00:28]
squib(1857) whispers: kill intro kill}
b4 {[%emt 0:02:31]
dstrout(1690) whispers: go Intro!!}
32.Rd8+ {[%emt 0:01:40]} Kf7 {[%emt 0:00:26]
dstrout(1690) whispers: black has to give the g7 pawn if white pursues repetitive rook check
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: b3 and he's home and dry}
33.Rd7+ {[%emt 0:01:28]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Whoops - just back - thought it was black's move - sorry}
Ke8 {[%emt 0:00:55]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Rxg7 lose?
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Yes
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Rxg7 b3 and 0-1}
34.Rb7 {[%emt 0:00:49]} Be4 {[%emt 0:00:30]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: still a lot of work to do}
35.Rb8+ {[%emt 0:00:37]
squib(1857) whispers: throws dean a bannanna as a consolation prize}
Kd7 {[%emt 0:00:30]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Is this a monkey ploy to frustrate the opposition}
36.Rxb4 {[%emt 0:01:04]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Nah nah - I win - have a banana :p
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Rh1=
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Rh1+
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: And goodnight
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Ra1+ sorry}
Bxd5 {[%emt 0:02:10]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Aaargh!
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: No - I was wrong - again :(
squib(1857) whispers: lol}
37.Rd4 {[%emt 0:01:23]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:01:06]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: I do think black shuld have made more effort to keep the b pawn}
38.Ke1 {[%emt 0:00:57]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i think this lose a pawn at h2}
Ra1+ {[%emt 0:02:33]
dstrout(1690) whispers: how about ...Ra3 followed by ...Rh3?
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Ke2....Rh1...then h4 the final trick
derMandarin(2059) whispers: ouch
derMandarin(2059) whispers: this is evil!}
39.Kd2 {[%emt 0:00:43]} Rh1 {[%emt 0:00:40]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: here we go}
40.Ke3 {[%emt 0:00:44]} f5 {[%emt 0:01:10]} 41.h4 {[%emt 0:00:58]} Rxh4 {[%emt 0:00:52]} 42.Rb4 {[%emt 0:00:36]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: go Intro!!}
Rh3+ {[%emt 0:01:21]} 43.Kd4 {[%emt 0:00:23]
dstrout(1690) whispers: how about Rb3 here?
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i think Rf3 is more straight forward
derMandarin(2059) whispers: I would go for Be4
dstrout(1690) whispers: i am thinking Rb3 is chasing a rook swap, which is what black needs}
g6 {[%emt 0:02:33]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: oh my god}
44.Rb6+ {[%emt 0:00:23]
rustic(0) whispers: this was so unnecesqary
Introspection(1404) whispers: oops
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: anyone read introspection note 9?
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Yeah :)
derMandarin(2059) whispers: read his other notes too}
Kf7 {[%emt 0:01:32]
squib(1857) whispers: head butts his desk arrrgggghhhhhhhhhhh that hurt
Introspection(1404) whispers: Oh nevermind!
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: objeectively still winning}
45.Kxd5 {[%emt 0:00:31]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Rf3}
Rf3 {[%emt 0:00:53]} 46.Rb7+ {[%emt 0:00:35]} Kg8 {[%emt 0:00:22]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: only chance is to checkmate black
squib(1857) whispers: its won for black his just doing it the monkey way :)}
47.Rb8+ {[%emt 0:01:00]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:00:09]
squib(1857) whispers: or should i say the hard way !!!}
48.Rb7+ {[%emt 0:00:10]} Kh6 {[%emt 0:00:09]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: yes!!
dstrout(1690) whispers: i'm new to MonkeyClub - are we obligated to make our games unnecessarily difficult?
stalebread(1583) whispers: white missed his chance}
49.Ke5 {[%emt 0:00:43]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: shouldn't do should just beat the opponent for good}
Rxf2 {[%emt 0:00:33]
squib(1857) whispers: dstrout he is just trying to make it intresting so we all enjoy watching lol
derMandarin(2059) whispers: yeah, it is like the same with squib and sacking at least two minor pieces each game ;)}
50.Rb3 {[%emt 0:00:58]
squib(1857) whispers: its what makes chess fun :)
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: if black is not careful he can checkmate the black king
squib(1857) whispers: lol
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Rh2 and Kh5 should be fine
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: again we need to read his note 9 lol}
Kh5 {[%emt 0:01:51]
stalebread(1583) whispers: oh no
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: its dangerous looking
derMandarin(2059) whispers: for white}
51.Rh3+ {[%emt 0:01:31]
squib(1857) whispers: its the twilight zone
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: lose another pawn..?
derMandarin(2059) whispers: trade a pawn
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: but win one back
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i think this is the wrong move
derMandarin(2059) whispers: well two connected passers, a king guarding those two pawns
derMandarin(2059) whispers: still a long way}
Kg4 {[%emt 0:01:13]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: he's making his life so difficult}
52.Rxh7 {[%emt 0:00:15]
squib(1857) whispers: its chess jim but not as we know it !!!
derMandarin(2059) whispers: Rxf4 now
derMandarin(2059) whispers: beam me up squibby!}
Re2+ {[%emt 0:00:21]
squib(1857) whispers: he he
derMandarin(2059) whispers: ouch
derMandarin(2059) whispers: not good}
53.Kf6 {[%emt 0:00:24]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: interesting
derMandarin(2059) whispers: now he lost a pawn
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: wow this is tough
derMandarin(2059) whispers: and this is tough to win now}
Kxf4 {[%emt 0:00:37]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: why is note 9 so true?
derMandarin(2059) whispers: why do you keep pointing at note 9?
squib(1857) whispers: self destuct countdown
squib(1857) whispers: :-B
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: is it a book draw?
derMandarin(2059) whispers: read note 9
derMandarin(2059) whispers: ;)
stalebread(1583) whispers: hey Intro you're making this too exciting - I've got to watch my heart
squib(1857) whispers: lol}
54.Kxg6 {[%emt 0:01:55]
derMandarin(2059) whispers: you are not the only one stale...
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: dean has nothing in his note 9}
Rg2+ {[%emt 0:00:45]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: dean should now offer him a draw}
55.Kf6 {[%emt 0:00:33]
squib(1857) whispers: intro has overdosed on bannanas
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: offer the draw dean!
WilkBardzoZly(1931) whispers: Kg4 not Rg2
WilkBardzoZly(1931) whispers: now Rh5 thread
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: Kg4 and we have a draw
rustic(0) whispers: only chance with giving check from c6}
Rg5 {[%emt 0:02:12]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i wonder if Rg7 is a draw king and pawn
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: doesn't look like it...
rustic(0) whispers: rh1 could be drw
derMandarin(2059) whispers: ok, this cannot be won now without the help of dean
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: 0:00 is crafty
WilkBardzoZly(1931) whispers: Rh4 Rg4 Rh5
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: man...}
56.Rh4+ {[%emt 0:01:58]
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Rg7 Rxg7 Kxg7 Kg3 Kf6 f4 and pawn is home ahead of K
stalebread(1583) whispers: only 5 and a half minutes left on blacks clock}
Rg4 {[%emt 0:00:38]
squib(1857) whispers: what a game 10 out of 10 for entertainment
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: i saw the board the other way round
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: 0 out of 10 for accuracy though
squib(1857) whispers: he he true}
57.Rh5 {[%emt 0:00:43]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: book draw
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: Therefore black has to play every 60 seconds
Introspection offers a draw.
stalebread(1583) whispers: draw
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: INdeed}
Rg5 {[%emt 0:01:08]
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: THIS IS LOST!
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
derMandarin(2059) whispers: :(
Dreadtower(1387) whispers: INtro needs to be told abut the draw option on the draw command
deanmadden declines the draw request.
rustic(0) whispers: tsk
paceytallblack(1673) whispers: man this is amazing}
58.Rxg5 {[%emt 0:00:38]
stalebread(1583) whispers: Jeeesuus!
derMandarin(2059) whispers: unbelieveable}
{Introspection resigns} 1-0