I've been having difficulty with a couple of junior players of late. In part it is that they are simply getting better, but also because I've been caught up trying to improve the positional aspects of my game. The net result is a move away from a playing style I've used for the last 25 years, but for the moment, not completely towards a new and improved style.
I played one of these juniors at Street Chess (G/15m) today. The last time I played Joshua Bishop in a weekend event (Dubbo 2009) I went down in flames. Indeed the previous time I played him a weekender (ANU Open 2006) I also manage to lose. So for today's game I decided to "go the hack", and revert to type. This strategy was also motivated by the fact that we still play Street Chess outdoors (only moving inside when winter officially starts) and it must have been about 5 degrees in the wind. So a quick game was important, if only for personal survival.
Press,S - Bishop,J [A00]
Street Chess, 16.05.2009
1.Nc3 Nf6 2.e4 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.d3 a6 8.Qe1 b5 9.Bb3 Nc6 10.f5 b4 11.Nd5 a5 12.a3 Bb7 13.Qh4 Nd4 14.fxg6 hxg6 15.Ng5 Re8 16.Nxf6+ exf6 17.Bxf7+ Kf8 18.Bxg6 Ke7(D)
19.Rxf6 Kd7 20.Rxd6+ Kxd6 21.Nf7+ Kc7 22.Nxd8 Rexd8 23.Bf4+ Kb6 24.axb4 axb4 25.Rxa8 Rxa8 26.h3 Ra2 27.Qe7 Ne2+ 28.Kh2 Bd4 29.Qe6+ Ka7 30.Qxa2+ 1-0