Saturday, 2 April 2011

Straight down the middle

It is a very rare game where I can follow a single plan from (almost the) start until the finish. Normally such plans will either be undone by my opponents own plans, or by me deciding I've found a better one (which often isn't correct).
I did get to play such a game last week in a rapid (G/20m+10s) tournament at my club. As early as move 10 I envisaged a minority attack, doubling my rooks on the c file and then playing a5-b4 to wreck White's pawn structure. I even won a pawn due to to White's misplaced rooks. However chess is still a touch game, and having won the pawn I still needed to win the ending. In fact I almost mucked it up, and was fortunate that I had the f6 idea in the position.

Robertson,Keith - Press,Shaun [A48]
2011 ANU Autumn Rapid (2), 30.03.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Bd3 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.c3 c5 7.Nbd2 cxd4 8.exd4 e6 9.Re1 b6 (D)
10.Ne4 Bb7 11.Nxf6+ Bxf6 12.Bh6 Bg7 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Qe2 Nd7 15.Be4 Bxe4 16.Qxe4 d5 17.Qe2 Qc7 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Qxe5+ Qxe5 20.Rxe5 Rfc8 21.Rae1 Rc7 22.g4 Rac8 23.h4 b5 24.a3 a5 25.R5e3 Rc4 26.R1e2 b4 27.Rc2 bxa3 28.bxa3 Rxd4 29.cxd4 Rxc2 30.Rd3 Rc4 31.Kf1 Kf8 32.Ke2 Ke7 33.f4 Rc2+ 34.Rd2 Rxd2+ 35.Kxd2 Kd6 36.g5 Kc6 37.a4 Kd6 38.Kc3 f6 39.Kd3 e5 40.gxf6 e4+ 41.Ke3 Ke6 0-1

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