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Paladin's Theme Tourneys of February 2011

Once again an OTB-theme tournament was held in Jyväskylä. Theme opening of the tournament was: Morra Gambit [1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3] or (Smith-Morra Gambit). Time control was 15+15 minutes.

Results:

15+15 min Theme Tourney, Jyväskylä 23rd February 2011 (The theme opening: Morra Gambit)

1. Eero Ruosteenoja (1818) 2/2

2. vvenkat_ram (1459) 1

3. Behemon (1477) 0

After the first tournament we decided to change colours and decrease the amount of thinking time.

10+10 min Theme Tournament, 23rd of February 2011 (The theme opening: Morra Gambit)

1. vvenkat_ram (1459) 2/2!

2. Ruosteenoja (1818) 1

3. Behemon (1477) 0

 

An example game from the latter tournament:

 

 

"vvenkat_ram" (1459) - Ruosteenoja, Eero (1818) 

Sicilian Defence: Morra Gambit [B21]: 

[Rybka 4 w32 (30s)]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. O-O Nc6 8.Bg5

 8. Re1 Be7 9. Bf4 e5 10. Bg3 O-O 11. h3 a6 12. a4 Qc7 13. Nd5 Nxd5 14. Bxd5 Bd7 15. Rc1 Rac8 16. Nh2 Qb6 17. Nf1 Nd4 18. Nh2 Nc6 19. Kh1 Nd4 20. Nf1 Rxc1 21. Qxc1 Rc8 22. Qd1 Nc2 etc. (0-1, 34 moves), Numanoglu, M. - Ruiz C,J. (2246), Kemer (2007). 

 8... Be7 9. Re1

9. Bb5 O-O 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Qd2 Qc7 13. Rad1 d5 14. exd5 cxd5 15. Rc1 Qa5 16. a3 Ba6 17. Rfe1 Rac8 18. Ne5 Rc7 19. Ng4 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Rfc8 21. Ne5 Qxa3 22. Qe3 Rxc3 23. Rxc3 Rxc3 etc. (1-0), Russell, J. - Tchifteyan, P., ICC (2009).

 9... O-O 10. Qc2 Black has a cramped position.

10. a3 Qc7 11. Bd3 Rd8 12. Rc1 Qb6 13. Qe2 Nd4 14. Nxd4 Qxd4 15. Kh1 b6 16. f4 Bb7 17. Nb5 Qa4 18. b4 Ba6 19. e5 dxe5 20. fxe5 Nd5 21. Bxe7 Nxe7 22. Bxh7+ Kxh7 23. Qh5+ Kg8 24. Nd6 g6 etc. (1-0), Camargo de Miranda, L. (2028) - Darr, J. (1453), Dos Hermanas (2004).

10... a6

{White has a very active position}

11. a3

{Black has a cramped position.}

11...Qc7 {White has a very active position.}

12. Rac1 Nd4 

Black threatens to win material: Nd4xc2. (12... h6!? 13. Bf4 Rd8 =+)

13. Nxd4 Qxc4 {Black has the pair of bishops} 14. Nf3 b5 {Black has a cramped position} 15. Red1 

 (15. Qd1 Qc7 16. Nxb5 Qb6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 +=)

15... Bb7 

 {Black threatens to win material: Bb7xe4} (15...h6 16. b3 Qc5 17. Be3 =+)

16. Rd4 

 {White threatens to win material: Rd4xc4} (16. Qb1!? = should be considered.)

16... Qc5 -+ {White has a very active position}

17. Qd2 Qb6 

17... Rfc8!? -+

18. Bxf6 = gxf6 19. Qh6 Kh8 20. e5?

Better is: 20. Na4 bxa4 21. Rb4 Qxb4 22. axb4 =+

20... Rg8??

Throws away a nice position. Better would be: 20... fxe5 21. Ne4 Bxe4 22. Rxe4 Rg8 [--].

21. Rh4 [++] Rg7 22. exf6 Bxf6 23. Qxf6 Rag8?? 

Sad, but how else could Black save the game? 23... Qd8 24. Qxd8+ Rxd8 [++].

24. Ng5  and black resigned (1-0).

The continuation could be: 24... Qxf2+ 25. Kxf2 Rc8 26. Rxh7+ Kg8 27. Qxg7#

[Comments: Rybka 4.]

 

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    talwnabe

    20. e5 ? is really a mistake, better is 20.Na4 or 20. Rd1?!? or perhaps even better 20. a4!? with an unbalanced position, e5 just loses a pawn and white is down two pawns with no attack after a correct defense.

  • 3 years ago

    talwnabe

    20. ..fxe5 Rg4 and black just plays Rg8 with a better position

  • 3 years ago

    vvenkat_ram

    If I am right, the plan was 20... fxe5 21. Rg4 Bxf3 is not possible due to Qg7#  ;) It was an interesting game in short time control... Thanks a lot for posting :)

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