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[previous round]

This game was pretty tough and tiring. I solved the opening without trouble, but could not figure out the middlegame, used up my time, and the game petered out to a draw.

Once again, Kostya is the last player. This time it was very very easy to post my game faster than he could finish his game.

Tomorrow, I'm looking forward to seeing Melik Khachiyan. He'll be on site to do live coverage of rounds 7 and 9 (the evening rounds) tomorrow and Sunday (www.chess.com/tv).

I plan to go to his commentary room and talk to him about my games as they finish.

Update, bc some people were asking: Kayden lost his first game in round 5, to Pedram Atoufi. Now in first place (and thus with the best chance of making an IM norm) is Roman Yankovsky who lost his first round game and then won 4 in a row.

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  • 3 years ago

    kyldyl

    :)

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    @nakaw03 -- If 8...Nxe4 then 9.Nxe4 Bxg5 and 10.Nxd6+ is good for white...

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks for the insightst wandering+jhb. i did not see the possibility of that line with the Knight on h3 and retreating the queen to c8! i've been noticing here that even when you think about a position for a while, one may be missing a significant option very early on in the position. that four rook endgame definitely looks to be of some interest to me, I bet black has multiple plans to try and press for an advantage (maybe it's drawn, but you can make white work).

    i feel pretty good that my instincts about the position weren't too far off: i was right to go for it on the kingside, i did reason not to take the perpetual, and i did not miss a win, i just couldn't find a good line to get an edge.

    btw wandering i thought that the position after b4 exf with the 3 on 1 and the 4 on 2 would favor black bc of the insecurity of the white king. i thought that was a very decent option for me, but since I did not see Qf2 in the game, i went for the game continuation instead, expecting rc1 qa4 qa6 qf4 qb7 qc1+ with again two extra pawns for him on the queenside, but i was planning to mate him :D

  • 3 years ago

    jhb701

    Jumping in with extra lines after 23. Qf1...

     

    Pure magic box stuff here on the deep positional analysis setting. Deep Rybka SSE42x64 Quadi7.

  • 3 years ago

    nakaw03

    8... 0-0?? // 8... Nxe4! and if white takes in e7 black takes in c3.

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Good tough battle dawg... I liked your game against Kostya (didn't post there, so telling you here). How did Kayden do?

    @omertatao -- Are you trying to come between David and I??? Cry I definitely didn't use the term "camel cake" today (I called him that last show Tongue out)... I am SURE I called him something MUCH worse today right before Hammer spanked me! Anyway, if you are going to start a fight, do it right!!!

  • 3 years ago

    WanderingWinder

    After a short analysis (almost certainly quite flawed), the best I can come up with for black on move 23 is to play Nh3+, forcing Kg2 (if Kh1 then Qh3+ and d1 is hanging), and then Rb8, so that in the lines where white plays the key defensive move f3, b2 hangs with check behind the knight. I can't quite work out whether that's a knockout blow or not - probably white is going to play f3 anyway, black's queen needs to retreat along the diagonal, either on c8 or e6. If c8, then the knight hits it when it retreats to d6, black can take with check on b2, and then it's too much for me to calculate clearly, though I think black should at least be better. If e6, this looks a little better; black can play Rd6 but then after Qc8, there's no Nd6. So it looks like black would probably go Nc5, but then Rxb2+ forces Kh1 and black can either go Qc8 and try to play against the weak c-pawn and slightly airy white king, with pretty much no risk, Nf2+ and trade into the four rook ending where black's rooks are more active (but white can maybe defend?) or go for Qb6. If Qb6 there are some complications but I think the threat of Nf2+ forces Qxh3 and then after Qxc5, the c, f, and a pawns are loose, and the second rank is pretty weak, so black should be close to winning.

    In the line you give with Ne2+, I think white just plays b4 at the end, and if you don't take on f4, white's going to, so I think you need to do that, and then white's 3 on 1 looks more dangerous than your crippled 4-on-2. Of course, his king is a bit airy, so you'll probably be have good drawing chances, as it's going to be hard for him to advance AND hold off perpetuals. But he can also trade on d8 and bring the other rook to d1 and this should help his king out a bit, and in any case, it looks like black is the one playing for a draw, which isn't really better than what you got in the game I don't think.

    Just my quick 45 minutes of analysis (with a board and pieces!)

  • 3 years ago

    vowles_23

    Pruess, in case you are still wondering, the position after 21...Qf1 is evaluated by Houdini to be a 0.40 advantage to black. Nh3+ then Rb8, apparently was the correct continuation.

  • 3 years ago

    shequan

    IM rensch was talking smack about you again. he called you a camel cake.

  • 3 years ago

    WanderingWinder

    Seems to me like the difference between this line and the Sveshnikov should be favorable for black - the knight on a3 actually makes it around to d5 more quickly than it does on b3, and it doesn't seem to be doing that much else on b3.

  • 3 years ago

    WanderingWinder

    djrojas, it should be at 6 PM Saturday and 5 PM on Sunday, both times Pacific.

  • 3 years ago

    djrojas

    Could you post the specific times that we can tune in on chess.com/tv?

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