Simul vs. GM Larry Christiansen
GM Larry Christiansen gives a free simul for up to 25 challengers at Boston's South Station each month, normally on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5-7 PM, except this month was an exception, being on the 4th Tuesday. I had heard about it a while ago, but never had a chance to try it, but this week I'm on vacation with no specific plans other than occasional day trips and I happened to notice that this month the Simul coincided with my vacation. Well alright So, I took the bus down and arrived a few minutes before they started setting up the sets and took a seat when it was ready. I brought my scorebook to record my likely thrashing to come. I think I was the only one who recorded the game, except for Carissa Yip who was also there (She is the youngest U.S. Chess Expert and shown in the photo with Larry at her board). It was a lot of fun, if not the best chess on my part, although I am at least a little proud of not being tactically blown out of the water by the #12 player in the U.S. and a strong attacking player who wrote books with names like, Storming the Barricades, and Rocking the Ramparts. All oncomers are welcome to this event, which makes it fun and is aimed at hopefully peeking the wider public's interest in Chess. My neighbor seated on my right was waiting for his train back to Missouri, "Which piece do you use to check with?"
I helped him as much as I could, but I soon had my own difficulties to deal with. Larry played White on all boards and I believe he played 1.e4 everywhere but I'm not sure about that. I played the Sicilian Dragon, my usual choice as black when it's possible. The GM moved quite quickly around the boards, occasionally pausing at one if some tricky combination caught his eye. My new chess friend and student on my right frequently asked my opinion of his position and what should be done about it. I gave what quick advice I could, but nothing I would say was going to save either of us from the impending methodical dismantling of our positions. With the distractions, and Larry's quick shuffling around the circle, I lost track twice and missed my move. Despite this, I actually survived to move #47 and could have gone possibly to move #60 or more if I did not resign my hopeless position. I considered this some sort of accomplishment at least, although a part of me was actually hoping that the GM would release some fantastic tactical wizardry to checkmate me in an impressive and bewildering finale
Anyway, I had promised others that I would post the game score, so here it is below. However, this pgn may not load in many chess clients because of the 2 null moves where I missed my turn (moves 9 and 44).
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. Bc4 -- 10. h4 h5 11. O-O-O Ne5 12. Bb3 Bd7 13. Kb1 Rc8 14. Bg5 b5 15.
Ndxb5 a6 16. Nd4 Nc4 17. Bxc4 Rxc4 18. Nb3 Qc7 19. e5 Nh7 20. Bxe7 Bxe5 21.
Bxd6 Bxc3 22. bxc3 Qc8 23. Bxf8 Nxf8 24. Kb2 Bb5 25. g4 hxg4 26. h5 Qf5 27.
hxg6 Nxg6 28. Qd8+ Kg7 29. fxg4 Qf3 30. Qd2 Qf4 31. Nd4 Qxd2 32. Rxd2 Be8 33.
Rf2 Ne7 34. Rh5 Kg6 35. Re5 Rc7 36. Rfe2 Rb7+ 37. Kc1 Bb5 38. Rxe7 Bxe2 39.
Rxb7 Bxg4 40. Rb6+ Kg5 41. Rxa6 f5 42. Ne6+ Kf6 43. a4 Ke5 44. a5 -- 45. Rb6 f4
46. Nxf4 Kxf4 47. Rb4+ black resigns 1-0