Saturday 21 March 2009

Chess Karma

The chess adventures of my PNG team mate Craig Skehan get some coverage on this blog. Regular readers will know that Craig is still looking for that elusive first Olympiad victory, in part to shed an unwanted record. While I can't show you that (yet), I can at least show you a win of his from the recently completed ANU Chess Club Summer Swiss.

Skehan,C - Derwent,F [D05]
ANU Summer Swiss, 11.03.2009

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 c4 7.Bc2 b5 8.0-0 b4 9.Re1 Bd6 10.e4 e5 (D)
11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.exd5 Qxd5 14.f4 0-0 15.Rxe5 Qc6 16.Qf3 Qb6+ 17.Kh1 Bb7 18.Be4 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 f6 20.Be3 Qd8 21.Rd1 Qc7 22.Red5 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Qc6 24.Rd6 Qc7 25.Bd4 f5 26.Nf6+ gxf6 27.Rxf6 Rxf6 28.Qxa8+ Rf8 29.Qd5+ Qf7 30.Qe5 Qf6 31.Qxf6 Rxf6 32.Bxf6 b3 33.a3 a6 34.Kg1 Kf7 35.Bd4 Ke6 36.Kf2 Kd5 37.Kf3 h6 38.g4 fxg4+ 39.Kxg4 Ke4 40.f5 Kd5 1-0

For those who wish to quibble about the quality of the game it is worth noting this. While the above game was being played, I (FIDE 2076) managed to lose a game against a FIDE 1949 player, despite being a piece up.

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