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My First Ever WIN for my County's Team!!

Today, 2nd March, exactly 4 weeks after having an epic win with the black pieces, I get another - and my first-ever win for the County! I was privileged to play for Oxfordshire in our match against Hampshire where we were actually outgraded across all 16 boards...

I was on board 14 as our captain decided the board order by offical ratings. Smile My official rating still being only 116 ECF (1578 FIDE equ.)

I was hoping for some more queen's Indian action as my regular followers probably guessed lol Tongue Out - but faced 1.e4 and... I had done extensive preparation on my Sicialian Najdorf making sure I would at least enter the middlegame with near-equality and not get slaughtered by a race-attack position early on. This extensive preparation basically just involved looking over book lines to the Najdorf and then hoping to "try" and transpose my position into something more of my liking Wink

The game however was cut short - a horrific blunder by my opponent just gave me free material and a resignation a few moves later...

I have included in the game the line I had calculated after I lost a pawn by mistake (tactical blur lol) to reach what I thought would be equality.

 

 

So as you can see it was looking equal in the alternate exchange variation inblue or so I thought, this is what I had calculated as having compensation for the pawn and I stood extremely good drawing chances and even winning chances with accurate play as I have this bishop pair on an open board after some pawn exchanges...

Please feel free to comment on the game, the analysis, and most importantly (for me) the alternate line that I thought I saw equality - this will be a great help for my continued improvement Cool

So YES!! LUCKY NUMBER 4!! Number 4 has always been my lucky number, this was my 4th game for the County and after 2 draws and 1 loss, a win was well overdue, I wore my lucky blue trainers and jacket that I wore to Kidlington, everyone needs a good-luck charm lol and I had it all in my favour... and to get this result against another higher-rated player well lets just say I'm happy! Smile I hope to be called up again now more often in the future especially when the new grades come out as my performace this season over 20 rated games is roughly 135 ECF (1730 FIDE equ.) which I'm pleased with my consistent progress. Although luck has indeed played a part here, I have racked-up a fair few upsets this season and that requires dedication and skill not just luck.

I can't say much more than that apart from the outlook for my first board 2 outing for my club on Wednesday - I'm even more "PUMPED" Wink

Comments


  • 22 months ago

    Cruiseylee78

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  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Today's win with 1.b3! the Nimzo-Larsen attack is up in a blog post I actually went with my gut instinct and ignored what my head was telling me lol! Tongue Out The head was saying 1.d4 but I'll just play that the next game I have with white... maybe!

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    PUP TV you're adding an extra 'P' lol Wink For true PUMPED-UP style like me you need the 247 - PUTV247 - then you can "CRUISEY" your way to some great upsets like me!! Laughing I can't wait until July and you're constantly playing people over 120 ECF in a long time control, and you gotta be a true sportsman and post all the losses too - show the whole story not just the odd upset etc. That would "PUT" you in "PUP TVille" otherwise Laughing Not in PUTV247's league! Cool

    OMG!! That'll be my youtube channel - "pumpupTV" it's done! Cool

    And "pupTV" for novice players - you've hit an advertising niche lol Tongue Out Nice to see the comment not on someone else's comment but the game... ace feedback for future games. lol

  • 22 months ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Go PUP TV!!   ;)

  • 22 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    Nice one! The longest I spent was three minutes on the opening move, my opponent was intrigued, but having made the opening move I then rattled off the next 10 or so moves in seconds. That was a choice between e4 or d4. Good luck

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Yeah that is some sound advice thanks! I've decided on 1.b3 but just like the game where I played the 4-pawns attack last month on board 3, that was another time I was completely 50/50 on what to open with, and spent a whole minute on the first move as I still hadn't decided Laughing

    But although I've currently decided on 1.b3, anything could happen and I might be wise to change tactics... whatever I play and whatever the result the game it will be posted up when I get home Cool

  • 22 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    The one advantage of b3 is that you should encounter less variation of responses, d4 whilst my choice of opening over many years can be met with a whole host of responses, Kings Indian, Queens Indian, Benko, Benoni, Dutch QGA, QGD, Budapest, Stonewall Dutch, Nimzo etc. B3 is more likely to be out of book very quickly for many individuals and they may overextend themselves (as they have in a couple of games you've posted where you have secured a quick opening advantage winning a pawn) early on. The subtleties of the Nimzo Larsen attack can creep up on Black pieces before they know what has happened. For me personally I like the solidity of a D4 opening and do tend to get 'value' out of these games usually lasting 40 plus moves, and usually knowing the book responses for the first 15 moves or so of any of the usual black responses. B3 is definitely more of a rarity and I would probably lose a lot of time in the Opening. I think you need to ask yourself how much you want to win, how comfortable you feel playing out of book for most of the game, what is the d4, b3 win/loss ratio etc. Then on the day in question ignore this toss a coin, an hour before, warm up with some tactic training have no regrets whichever side the coin lands, and just enjoy and provide us with good entertainment....lol

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    13...Ne5!? ... it looks good but I'd have to check and practice with this new idea before using it otb, I'm currently undecided on whether to play 1.d4 or 1.b3 in my (possibly) last game as white this season... I'd kick myself for playing 1.d4 and losing and not giving 1.b3 another chance over a single loss... but then again I'd equally be kicking myself more if I lost with 1.b3 and didn't stick to the recently very solid 1.d4 - any thoughts??

    I know it's the player not the opening that decides the outcome of a game but there's a phychological issue here I've not faced yet... go with my head (1.d4) or my heart (1.b3!?) Undecided I'm up on board 2 for my club for the first time ever too!

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    I'd been playing Nbd7 too much without enough success and after re-looking at some Najdorf games and a lot of Sicilians in general I found the knight on c6 to be more active, and trading-off on d4 helps to relieve pressure if you are forced to defend.

    I think I'll stick to Nc6 unless my opponent has knights on c3 and f3 as I like to avoid complete symmetry... but if my opponent doesn't have knights on those squares and the position allows it, I'll go for the knights on f6 and c6 it works better I think - and in recent top-level games I keep seeing the b-knight developed to c6 not d7, that's a good enough reason for me to play it myself.

    I wouldn't play it without understanding the move though - I played the Sicilian because I was playing for a win right from the start, passive symmetry would possibly lead to another loss for me against a stronger player Wink

    It's good to see everyone's opinions though, it's a few ideas to look over and decide whether I ultimately prefered what I played!

  • 22 months ago

    MyRook

    Try 13...Ne5 next time I think you will find it in your favor when you take a bishop from the battle

  • 22 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    Well done PUPTV another cracking win. I hope I have at least one similar win this weekend at Blackpool! Isn't it funny how we sometimes wish/pray for our opponents to make such a blunder, then if they do we almost feel cheated of an intense taxing battle! As you will be aware you won't get too many one move blunders of this ilk the higher graded players you encounter so it is great to just enjoy the win per se and think that you gave him sufficient headaches (and of course the telepathic power to induce the mistake lol) to cause him to make the unforced error. White Psychologically and practically will always be trying to create minimal advantages, which to be fair he had done with the win of that pawn but unless he has the brain power of a silicon monster such small advantages are not often enough for victory, until you are playing the likes of Carlsen!

    Mac I share your viewpoint that this is by no means an easy win for white, but in your final diagrammed position with that queenside majority he does have a clear plan which I believe should be to immediately move the pawn to c4, as Blacks LSB is cramped so it is not exactly an open board type scenario. I think white should be able to exact a slow grinding win with accurate play.

  • 22 months ago

    mapearson1990

    Nice game. I agree that it's a shame that it was brought to an end due to a blunder by your opponent but obviously you still had to see the Bishop fork tactic and acheive the position in the first place. Your preparation clearly pays off.

    Regarding your alternative line without the blunder, I think the idea of getting the heavy pieces off is correct leaving you with the bishop pair and great drawing chances. The final position after 21. Bxd1 I can't find anything but a draw.

    A possible alternative would be for your opponent to avoid exchanging both Rooks and maintain some control over the open d-file.

     
  • 22 months ago

    Likhit1

    I think Nbd7 os better than Nc6 as you can later come to critical squares such as c4 or c5!

  • 22 months ago

    Badform

    Np and congrats

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    @ThePhoenix - ha! You can't resign against the French defence "chick" Kiss lol and e6 is a great move - just not on move 1 and yeah a resign on move 1 after 1.e4 e6?! would be Hi-LAR-ri-OUS!! Laughing

    @Badform - Tbh I dunno I think it leads to the same position anyway the line never even got discussed and his rating has almost been 1900 so if doubling rooks was a possibility then a trade-off I would have included it in my notes. But looking at it just as a first glance, no engine has been used here to analyze my game(s)... the prospect of doubling rooks looks legit, you could be onto something that we both missed.

    I just wanted to get the heavy pieces off and play a technical endgame which would have used a lot of time and been a very tense hard-fought battle, whoever would have won... I wish my opponent would have put up some more resistance than that, I wouldn't reign after being a rook down and queen's off - I'd make my opponent work for his win against me, but if he got a better endgame and queened then I would resign.

    Thanks for checking the game anywayz Cool

  • 22 months ago

    Badform

    Why doesnt white double his rooks instead of trading off his rook in the blue variation?

  • 22 months ago

    NakedChick

    I noticed a blunder he made in the opening that you didn't catch. He played 1. e4?? And you played 1. ... c5? But after 1. ... e6!! white could resign! :)

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks Smile  Like I said in a way it was a shame about such an easy win I thought I was headed into a slightly material imbalanced endgame with both decent drawing and maybe winning chances. Although a win is a win and I'm definitely happy, I'd rather win a long-fought struggle than get an easy win by move 21.

    This is why I like playing 1.d4 - the games are much longer by # of moves and are more rich in strategical ideas, more tense, deeper thoughts, more true chess understanding of a positional nature is needed than simple tactics and for me 1.d4 is real chess, I can't say I'm a fan of 1.e4 at all, despite its popularity... but I guess we all have our unique and favourite ways of thinking, it's what makes us human Laughing

    There is an exception though, as always, everything has exceptions - and mine is I LOVE THE KING'S GAMBIT!! This is the only 1.e4 opening I actually enjoy, if I knew I could play 1.e4 and get met with 1...d5 and get to play 2.f4!? I would play some 1.e4 as white sometimes... maybe in the future if I ever need to expand my repertoire I'll start by thrashing out some otb King's Gambits - they'll make good blogs and viewing for sure Wink

  • 22 months ago

    EN-johnpeter101

    nice game

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Yes what you say about the 2 bishops that's exactly what I say in the alternate variation just at the end - about having the 2 bishops advantage and so compensation for the pawn... did you look at it? I mention the power of the bishop pair on the board after the heavy pieces come off Wink

    Therefore the trades were calculated and justified... opinion on the line I showed?... Thanks for the comment though all thoughts are welcome Smile

    It's just I'm trying to figure out if he had played what I expected, traded off the heavy pieces, surely I have equality after a few pawn trades because of the bishop pair on the open board - my anaysis at the board stopped on the last move in the variation that's as far as my calculations went at the time.

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