Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Crumbled by Bramley

I played Doug Bramley in the club championship last night, an enjoyable interesting game, but I was on the back foot for most of it.

[Event "Spondon Club Championship 2007/08"]
[Date "2008.05.13"]
[White "Dean Madden"]
[Black "Doug Bramley"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C00"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 dxe4 5. dxe4 Bc5 6. h3 O-O 7. Bd3 h6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Re1 e5 10. Nc4 Re8 11. Bd2 a6 12. Ne3 Ba7 13. Nf5 Nc5 14. N3h4 Bxf5 15. Nxf5 Nxd3 16. cxd3 Qxd3 17. Bxh6 Qxd1 18. Raxd1 gxh6 19. Nxh6+ Kg7 20. Nf5+ Kf8 21. g4 Red8 22. Rxd8+ Rxd8 23. Re2 Rd7 24. Kg2 Ne8 25. Kg3 Ng7 26. Nh6 Ne6 27. f3 f6 28. h4 Kg7 29. Nf5+ Kh7 30. Rg2 Rd3 31. Rh2 Be3 32. Re2 Bf4+ 33. Kg2 Nd4 34. Nxd4 Rxd4 35. Rc2 Rd2+ 36. Rxd2 Bxd2 37. Kh3 c5 38. h5 b5 39. Kg2 b4 40. b3 Kg7 41. Kf1 Kf7 42. Ke2 Bf4 43. Kd3 Ke6 44. Kc4 Kd6 45. Kd3 Kc6 46. Kc4 Bg5 47. Kd3 Kb5 48. Kc2 a5 49. Kb2 c4 50. a4+ bxa3+ 51. Kxa3 c3 0-1

It was the first time I'd played him as white, he played the French. I'd just been reading about the best way to play Kings Indian Attack against different openings a couple of days ago, but foolishly skipped the French section as hadn't played against it in ages, doh!

Above is what I was looking at on move 6, he's just played the bishop to c5. I was now worried about him playing Ng4 and taking on f2, so played the weak h3. Better would have been to move the bishop then castle. Letting him take the rook for two pieces would have been ok.

Later on I had chances to push to e5, but left it too late, this left me with a weaker position.

By move 14 above I'd decide on the plan of action to attack his kingside, no matter if it was viable or not (it wasn't). So instead of defending the e4 pawn decided on a fruitless attack.

By move 17 above, I'd realised I'd messed up so decide to take a punt (i.e. make it worse) and sacrifice the bishop to h6. A better move would have been Nxg7 as taking it would have allowed me a discovered attack on his Queen.

I played on as I had 4 pawns against 2 on the kingside but his extra bishop was too strong and I never got anywhere. I certainly learned a lot from the endgame, i.e. how to win it from his side.

I've been reading Silmans Endgame book recently and am trying to digest the Lucena and Philidor positions, so will probably have a post on them soon.

GM Nigel Davies has been blogging recently at Tigerchess, interesting stuff. However I think he's gone a bit overboard in the stuff he's been writing about regarding a post at the Streatham & Brixton blog. Amusing comments here.

There's also been a lot of aggravation going on at English Chess Federation forum, after a number of board members resigned recently.


ZwaartePaard said...

I have to say, the Nigel Davies posts are highly amusing : "overboard" is a mild way of putting it, although I think he may have regained his sense of humour by the end....
His attitude/reaction has put me off a bit. I don't own any of his books, but do own his excellent DVD on the Pirc.

I think his comments about opening books - how he views them - are revealing. At my level, I want to have a learning experience as well as repertoire variations.

I'll have to stick to those reviewed books that indicate that they are not just re-gurgitating opening lines ! ( or at the very least are well-written and with textual evaluation and guidance !)

Maybe we need a blog with just reviews ?

Mark Radford said...


Your KIA game posted on May 14th caught my eye. Would you mind if I publish my own analysis on my own blog (Chess Material)?

Dean said...

Hi zwaartepaard, I haven't bought any specific opening books as yet for those reasons.

Hi Mark, yes that would be great.