Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Last round of Derbyshire Individual

I played Barry Archer last night, and got a draw in a very enjoyable game. That leaves my final score out of the 7 rounds standing at 4 draws and 3 losses. Doesn't sound great, but seeing as I was easily the lowest ranked player in the 16 entrants, I'm more than happy with it, as I was expecting to end on zero.

[Event "Derbyshire Individual 2007/08 Round 7"]
[Date "2008.05.06"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Barry Archer"]
[Black "Dean Madden"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B01"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 c6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Be2 Bf5 7. Bd2 Qc7 8. O-O e6 9. Nh4 Bg6 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. g3 Nbd7 12. Bf3 O-O-O 13. Re1 Qb6 14. Bc1 Nb8 15. Ne2 Bc5 16. c3 e5 17. b4 Be7 18. Qb3 e4 19. Bg2 Rhf8 20. Bg5 Rde8 21. Nf4 Bd6 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. Rxe4 Rxe4 24. Bxe4 Bxf4 25. gxf4 Qc7 26. f5 gxf5 27. Bxf5+ Kd8 28. c4 Qf4 29. Bc2 Rg8+ 30. Kf1 Qxh2 31. Rd1 Qh1+ 32. Ke2 Re8+ 33. Kd2 Qh6+ 34. Kc3 Re2 35. c5 Rxf2 36. Qxf7 Rf3+ 37. Kb2 Kc8 38. Re1 Re3 39. Bf5+ Kd8 40. Rxe3 Qxe3 41. Qxf6+ Qe7 42. Qxe7+ Kxe7 43. Kc3 b5 44. cxb6 axb6 45. Kc4 Kd6 46. a4 Kc7 47. b5 Kd6 48. bxc6 Nxc6 49. Be4 Na5+ 50. Kb5 Kc7 51. d5 Nb3 52. d6+ 1/2-1/2

Above, 9.Nh4 was a move I hadn't seen before in the Scandinavian. After a good think I chose the correct Bg6, as I figured that him taking the bishop would allow me to take back with the h-pawn and even though I had doubled pawns the open h-file for my rook would be worth it and would allow me a chance to castle longside and launch an attack on his kingside.

I overcommitted a bit in the early middle game, thinking I had more of an attack than was really justified, and left some weaknesses for him to exploit. By move 23 he was up a pawn, but was forced to weaken his kingside pawn structure in the process.

On move 29 I had the nice position above where I was able to harass his king and get a pawn back. But I let the attack fizzle out and again he exploited weaknesses and picked up another pawn, I was lucky he overlooked some more dangerous tactical opportunities.

By move 43, we reached the endgame position above, and I was expecting to lose. I just played on because I didn't particularly know how I would exploit it so was hoping to learn from his play.

The game ended when he played 52.d6 and offered a draw. This position is indeed a draw according to Fritz, but it looks like he threw it away with 51.d5.

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