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Dual perspectives AGAIN - Game against Gunners2004. Cris Angel TRIES to show claws....







Cris Angel's perspective:

In this order, here are your instructions:

1.  Get a pillow.   Put it on the floor.

2.  Sit down in a comfortable chair.

2.   Lean  a TINY bit towards the direction of the pillow on the floor.

4.   Go ahead.  Look at the rating of each of us.  

The pillow will catch your faint.  

There.  You didn't hit your head, did you?   

Now comes reality.  I lost.  Of course I did.  You didn't expect anything less did you?

With that said, let's recall my goal in games, especially my games with stronger players. 

1.   Focus as much as possible.  Feel that I am doing my best.

2.  Do NOT give the opponent an easy win.  Make them fight for it.

Well, I did INDEED accomplish both of those goals!  So this is a big fat success for me!!

Worth noting, since it is not considered cheating, I DO use the game explorer for online games.   This is what I like to do (although I will admit to forgetting sometimes and jumping the gun).  I like to look at the position and come up with some candidate moves on my own.  THEN, I'll look at the game explorer (master games) and see if any of the moves I had in my mind are there.  If so, then I play it -- sometimes I look at the other moves as well to see if I can figure out anything better.   If my candidate move is not there, I look at the moves in the game explorer to see if I can figure out the meaning behind them.  In this game, the 3.  d4 move wasn't one of my candidates.  I therefore studied that a bit before I continued so I could see the meaning behind the move and then I played it. 

Gunners2004 is a very kind opponent and quite generous in his time when helping me.   He has helped me of late but in this game, I did NOT get much guidance at all, possibly because I wasn't asking for it.  I really wanted to try on my own as much as  possible and  I did all of the moves on my own.  I did express from time to time the doubts in my moves and sometimes I'd be reassured that I was doing okay.  At one point, the panic was starting to come out and I was writing in the chat: 

"oh dear... oh dear"  all over the place because I actually started to get nervous.  That was towards the end when I was doing well.

I did get chastized on one move where I was very simply told, "that wasn't the best move, Michaele".  ***sigh***  When doing this annotation, I can't remember where that was.... I'm still not sure where I went wrong.  This was very difficult.  

Gulp.

Well...

Here we go.  I'll try to explain my thought processes as I go along.  I don't think I'll have too many variations here unless it is a spot where I had several choices and I might just explore to see what I could have done. 

I AM still very much a beginner as you will see.  I did, however, try to develop, build a strong center, defend a strong center and put thought into my moves. 

It's not a TOTAL miracle since I didn't win or even draw.  But it's a VERY good showing by me against a much stronger player so it's definitely a victory for me. 

 

Gunners2004's perspective entitled:

 

"Bitter Sweet Symphony" or My game against Dr_Cris_Angel

 

I must admit that this game was a surprise. A pleasant surprise.

 

Anybody who has played Dr_Cris_Angel (or read her excellent blogs) will be familiar with some of the terminology that she uses to describe her play such as "I suck", "another cris_angel moment", "brain fog" and the classic "cris_angel blunder" (leaving a piece en prise, mostly the queen) and so on. She had a crisis of confidence recently and has taken a hiatus from competitive chess.

 

I'm hoping that the game I am including in this blog will encourage her to come back to the board.

 

As you will see from this game, the doc is a very capable player indeed.

 

Let me give you the background to this game.

 

It was decided that the time element would be removed from the equation so this is an online game with each player having 3 days for their next move. No assistance was given during the game, with the exception of one point very late in the game.

 

I was Black and I decided early on to move the game into unfamiliar waters, but the doc was unfazed and honestly, had me on the back foot for a large portion of the battle. It was only towards the end of the game did I manage to gain some advantage. Bottom line, I was a little fortunate to win the game.

 

Worth noting that a large part of this game was completed as Dr_Cris was watching the Miami Marlins, during which she danced for about 3 minutes - something to think about Michaele!

 

Enjoy.....comments welcome

 

Dr_Cris_Angel (1193) vs Gunners2004 (2015)

1. e4, d5; 2. exd5, c6; 3. d4

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought she would play dxc6, retaining the extra pawn. The position which started as a centre counter gambit now deviates to a Caro-Kann variant.

 

 3.....cxd5; 4. c4, c6; 5. Nc3, Nf6; 6. Nf3, Be7

both sides continue developing

7. cxd5, exd5; 8. Bb5+!

gaining a tempo to faciliate castling

8.....Nc6; 9. O-O, O-O; 10 Bf4




 


















I decided here to play a little bit more aggressively to try an put the doc under some pressure

10......a6; 11. Ba4, b5; 12. Bb3, Bg4

this move tries to exploit the pin on the f3 knight and the pressure against the isolated white pawn on d4 - will white begin to feel the pressure?

13. Qd3

Releasing the knight from the pin, but at the expense of breaking open white's kingside defences as after Bxf3 white cannot capture with the Queen as she will lose the d4 pawn

13.......Bxf3; 14. gxf3, Qd7; 15. Rfe1, Rac8; 16. Re2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr_Cris regularly tells me that finding a plan is the part of the game that she finds most difficult, but this looks like a sound plan to me! She intends to play Rae1 and gang up on my bishop on e7, all this time her bishop and knight are aiming uncomfortably at my d5 pawn, I'm not liking this!

 16........Rfe8; 17. Rae1, Na5

We all know the phase "knight on the rim is dim" but I didn't care. Had to get rid of that bishop!

18. Bc2

Naturally retaining this bishop

18........g6

No "hanky panky" against h7 please!

19. Bg5!

Now she's probing my new weakness, the uncomfortable knight on f6

19......Bd8; 20. b4?

Oh thank you lord, she's given me a nice outpost for my dim knight

20.....Nc4; 21. a4?!



















21......Nb2

winning a pawn

22. Qd2, Rxe2; 23. Rxe2, bxa4!

could have easily recaptured with the knight here but i thought the presence of a passed a-pawn would unsettle white a little bit

24. Bb1, a3; 25. Ba2

With the dual purpose of halting my a-pawn and reminding me of how weak that darned d5 pawn is

25......Qc6?!

I'm carrying on in the same reckless manner as before, trying to apply more pressure on the c-file

26. Bxf6

At last putting the d5 pawn out of it's misery

26.......Qxf6; 27. Bxd5

This protects the pawn at f3, but in actuality I was more worried about Nxd5 (27. Nxd5, Qxf3; 28. Re3, Qg4+; 29 Rg3 with a long struggle ahead). The move played allows me to gain control over c1 at the same time reducing white's offensive capabilities

27.......Qg5+!; 28. Qxg5, Bxg5; 29. Ne4?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A perfectly logical move, attacking the bishop on g5, but in actuality loses white the game. It allows blacks rook to penetrate on c1, with devastating consequences. Na2 however ugly was necessary to cover c1.

29......Rc1+; 30 Kg2, Nd3!

The knight cannot be stopped from heading to f4, winning material or forcing mate.

31. Nxg5, Nf4+; 32. Kg3, Nxe2+; 33. Kg4, Rg1+; 34. Kh4, Kg7?

34......h6 would have been a quicker way to mate

35. Nxf7

If 35. Bxf7 i would have played 35....Rxg5; 36 Kxg5, Kxf7 and the a-pawn queens

35......h6; 36. Bc4, g5+; 37 Kh5, Nf4#


 

 

 





Comments


  • 17 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    AGggghhhh!!!  These things HATE MY GUTS.  

  • 17 months ago

    Gunners2004

    Gee this blog looks like the aftermath of an explosion in a candyfloss factory!

    I hope you guys believe that 95% of the colour used was not of my choosing, or else I may change my name to Capt Peptobismol!

  • 17 months ago

    Farnel

    While I remember, squarology I'd also like to know where to get that figurine font you used earlier. Is it a free/public domain one?

  • 17 months ago

    MarioChessNiraj

    Hehe, Farnel. Give me some too! ;-)

  • 17 months ago

    Farnel

    That Dr_Cris, she is a bad influence, at least when it comes to colours!? :-)

    I am going to have to stock up on my anti-pink tablets...

  • 17 months ago

    hreedwork

    @Farnel, I was wondering about Gunners using pink too... I thought maybe it was my imagination and I was confusing who posted what to whom... lol.

  • 17 months ago

    Farnel

    Yes, pink!? Too much pink methinks... I'm afraid for Gunners2004, it seems he has been seduced by the pink side. I hope it's not too late to save him!

  • 17 months ago

    MarioChessNiraj

    Pink! Woo hoo!

  • 17 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    Well, thank you very much. Abhishek, I certainly appreciate all you've written and tried to follow it. I understood your first and second points. Thank you very much. On the third point, You're absolutely right! I didn't realize it at the time but when I threatened the knight on the rim, I thought to myself what an idiot move. I'm simply forcing black to do what he probably wanted to do anyway. On the fourth point, I still don't understand what I did wrong there. Did that move invite the fork? I didn't see how.

    IM Squarology - of course! I knew there was a reason I did that. I'm trying to remember if Gunners helped me with that move. I've had a problem of late forgetting to keep my center pawns safe. I've lost many pawns that way and it stings! I also followed through on your suggestion and see why it would have been a nice position. Thank you kindly for commenting.

  • 17 months ago

    Abhishek2

    Good annotations.

    1) Don't be scared to fight for center control by playing c4! It's a thematic idea in queen's pawn openings. (1. d4 d5 2. c4 is the queen's gambit)

    2) 11. Ba4 allows the bishop to be hit again with b5. why not retreat the bishop to the open diagonal on d3?

    3) 20. b4? Remember that knights on the rim are dim. On c4 it's an outpost. So b4 is just a one move threat that forces the knight to a better square, which black was going to do anyway.

    4) 21. a4 watch out for forks! They can be tricky.

    After black managed to trade queens the passed a pawn was hard to deal with but black's active knight did the second fork.

    All in all, well played. Watch out for all tactical themes- skewers, checkmates, forks, pins, etc. Try practicing simple tactics on tactics trainer every day. Every other day look at the problems you got wrong and do them again. If you can learn to avoid these as much as possible your game will definitely improve.

    Lastly, don't be intimidated by your opponent because of their rating! Play your best and fight until the end.

  • 17 months ago

    hreedwork

    @squarology, where did you get the figurine chess font?

  • 17 months ago

    IM Squarology

    You took with the ♙(14.gxf3) because if you take with the ♕ then you lose the d4♙ (14.♕x♝f3 ♞x♙d4).

    So maybe instead of being in rush to connect your ♖s (by playing 13.♕d3), you can play 13.♗e5. Now if he plays 13...♝x♘f3 you can just take back with the ♕ and you won't lose the d4♙. If he doesn't play 13...♝x♘f3 then you can play ♕d3 on the next move and your position looks great.

  • 17 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    I started panicking around move 29.  Guns told me not to get upset, just a friendly online game... no pressure..... And I told him  that you often have to remind me to breathe!!

  • 17 months ago

    hreedwork

    @Dr, looks like you kept the plot, congrats! I didn't see any comments about "I'm panicing, I don't know what to do...".

  • 17 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    Oh goodness.  I'd only LOVE the opponent to do that then, eh?  Cripes.   Those are just my variations where I'm fooling around.  cripes, that was dumb wasn't it?  Oh well.  I have to see these things.  I should take that out.  No need to showcase my stupidity.

  • 17 months ago

    garydmaui

    After 14. Qxf3, Ne4 15. Nxe4, dxe4 16. Qxe4, Qc7??   17. Bxc7 looks pretty good to me!!

    After 28...Bxg5  he has doubled pawns as do you, but he has two pawn islands, you have 4. None of your pawns support each other.

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