Thursday, 23 September 2010

2010 Olympiad - Day 3

Clearly I am a player not in form, although today I had a result that might turn it around. PNG was paired against Suriname for the 4th time in 6 Olympiads, and I was up against Dewprakesh Gajadin, who I beat with the Traxler in 2004. Continuing my policy of playing openings I haven't used before, I tried the Bishops Opening, bashing out moves on auto-pilot. Unfortunately this lead me into a position which I then misplayed, allowing my opponent a psuedo Queen sac, which just won him a piece. However I did get some pawns for the piece, and more importantly, a huge lead on the clock. By move 20 he was down to 2 minutes, and a blunder on move 31 gave me back the piece. The resulting rook and pawn ending looked better for me (winning according to Brian Jones), but we agreed to a draw shortly after the first time control.
Rupert Jones also had a draw on Board 4, but Helmut Marko lost, and Joselito Marcos was losing when I left the playing hall. So in all probability a 1-3 result for us, and we slide further down the rankings.

Press,Shaun - Gajadin,Dew [C27]
Olympiad 2010, 23.09.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f4 d6 6.f5 Na5 7.Bb3 Nxb3 8.axb3 d5 9.Bg5 Bb4 10.Kf1 d4 (D) 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.Bxd8 Ne3+ 13.Ke2 Nxd1 14.Bxc7 Ne3 15.c3 Bc5 16.b4 Be7 17.Bxe5 f6 18.Bxd4 Nc2 19.Rc1 Nxd4+ 20.cxd4 g6 21.fxg6 hxg6 22.Nf3 Kd8 23.Rc4 b5 24.Rc2 Bg4 25.Ra1 Rxh2 26.Kf2 Bxf3 27.Kxf3 Bxb4 28.Rc6 Be7 29.Rca6 Rc8 30.Rxa7 Rc2 31.Rb7 b4 32.Ra8+ Rc8 33.Rxc8+ Kxc8 34.Rxe7 Rh1 35.d5 Rb1 36.Re6 b3 37.Rb6 Rxb2 38.Ke3 Kc7 39.Rb4 Rb1 40.Kd2 Rb2+ 41.Ke3 g5 42.g4 ½-½


ChessExpress Fan said...

Many thanks for photos of the Kiwi players !!!

Hope you pick up couple of nice wins for your kindness !

Paul said...

IM Gary Lane wrote a good book on the Bishop's Opening Shawn. "Winning With the Bishop's Opening" (1993).It was put out by Batsford.