My first success in blitz

Jan 8, 2015, 10:36 AM |

On December 28th I played in tournament named “Chess Marathon” in local chess club. There played 21 players including 5 candidate masters. The rules of the tournament were very simple:  participants played with each other in 20 rounds. Rating of the favorite was 2438, so we decided that he would give us leg-up:  3.5 minutes against 5. I wasn’t sure in my chess strength because I’m very poor in blitz. I decided to write down each game I remembered after each round. In this tournament I played openings that I had never played before.

In the first round I played with black pieces against CM, who had the 4th rating in the tournament.

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.d3 d6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 g6 6. Bg5 Bg7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Nf3 N:e3 10.f:e 0-0 11.0-0 a6 12.a4 Nb4 13.h3 Be6 14.Kh2 Qd7 15.Rf2 g5 16.Raf1 g4 17.h:g B:g4 18.Nh4 Be6 19.Nf5 B:f5 20.ef and later I got pressure on g-file and won by combination.

In the second game I played against 7-year old girl, who played in 2013 European U-8 championship.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:d4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.B:f6 B:f6 10.Nd5 Bg5 11.c4 0-0 12.Be2 Be6 13.0-0 Bh6 14.Bg4 Bd7 15.B:d7 Q:d7 16.Nb6 and I won.

In the third game I played against her elder brother.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.Qe2 0-0 7.0-0 B:c3 8.b:c h6 9.Bb2 f5 10.e:f N:f5 11.Rfe1 a5 12.Ne5 Ne6 13.Ng6 Qg5 14.Be4 B:e4 15.Q:e4 Q:g6 16.g4 Ne7 17.Q:g6 N:g6 and I won.

In the 4th game I played against my friend.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.g4 Bd7 5.f4 e6 6.Nf3 c5 7.Be3 c:d 8.B:d4 Nc6 9.Nc3 N:d4 10.Q:d4 Qb6 11.Q:b6 a:b 12.Bb5 Bb4 13.B:d7+ K:d7 14.Nd4 Ne7 15.Ke2 Nc6 16.Ncb5 K:d4+ 17.N:d4 Bc5 18.Nb5 Ra5 19.a4 Rc8 20.c3 Rca8 21.b4 and I won in dramatic endgame.

In the 5th game I played against the 6th rated player of the tournament.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.c:d e:d  5.e3 Bd6 6.h3 0-0 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.0-0 Ne5 9.Be2 Ne4 10.N:e5 B:e5 11. d4 N:c3 12.b:c Bd6 13.a4 a6 14.Ba3 B:a3 15.R:a3 Qg5 16.Kh2 Bd7 17.Bf3 b6 18.Qb3 Be6 19.Qc2 f5 20.Qd3 f4 21.e:f R:f4 22.Be2 Raf8 23.Qg3 Qh6 24.f3 R8f5 25.Bd3 Rg5 26.Q:f4 R:g2+ 27.K:g2 Q:f4 28.Rf2 Qh4 29.Kf1 B:h3+ 30.Ke2 Qe7+ and I won.

Next  three games I also won:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d6 3.Nf3 e:f 4.d4 h6 5.Bc4 Bg4 6.0-0 B:f3 7.Q:f3 Qf6 8.c3 g5 9.g3 Rh7 10.g:f Nc6 11.f:g Q:f3 12.R:f3 h:g 13.B:g5 Nge7 14.Nd2 Nd5 15.Bd3 Rg7 16.Rg3 Ng6 17.d5 Be7 18.B:e7 K:e7 19.b4 Rag8 20.b:a and I won.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 b6 3.Bd3 Bb7 4.f3 Nh6 5.B:h6 Qh4+ 6.g3 Q:h6 7.Qd2 Q:d2+ 8.N:d2 Be7 9.c4 0-0 10.Ke2 Nc6 11.Ke3 a5 12.a3 Bf6 13.e5 Be7 14.Ne2 f6 15.f4 f:e 16.d:e Bc5+ 17.Kf3 N:e5X

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 B:c3+ 6.b:c Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Q:g7 Rg8 9.Q:h7 Nbc6 10.Qd3 Bg7 11.g3 0-0 12.Bg2 c4 13.Qd1 Rg6 14.a4 Qa5 15.Qd2 Rdg8 16.Ne2 Nf5 17.0-0 Nh4 18.Nf4 N:g2 19.N:g6 R:g6 20.K:g2 and I won.

In round9 I played against the oldest participant of the tournament.

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c5 4.d5 e:d 5.c:d d6 7.Qc2 0-0 8.e4 Re8 9.Be2 Bf8 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4 Bg4 12.0-0 g5 13.Bg3 Nh5 14.h3 N:g3 15.f:g Bh5 16.g4 Bg6 and later I won on time.

After 9 rounds I had 100% score and the 1st place.

In round 10 I played with white pieces against winner of the tournament rated 2169.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:d4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Kh1 Nbd7 10.f4 b6 11.Be3 Be7 12.Rc1 Nc5 13.Bb1 Nf:e4 14.N:e4 B:e4 15.B:e4 N:e4 16.Qa4+ Kf8 17.Qd1 and after few moves position became  

I decided to sacrifice a piece.

1.f5 e5 2.Ne6+ f:e 3.f:e+ Kg8 4.Rf7 Rf8 5.Rcf1 Qc8 6.R:e7 R:f1+ 7.K:f1 Q:c4+ 8.Kg2 Qg4+ 9.Kf1 Qc4+

We repeated this moves few times and I lost by time.

Nest game I won playing with black pieces.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:f4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nf5 N:e6 7.N:g7+ B:f7 8.K:e4 d5 9.Nc3 Be6 10.Bb5+ Nc6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Re1 Nd4 13.Bd2 K:b5 14.N:b5 f5 15.Re3 a6 16.Na3 f4 17.Rc3 e4 18.Qh5 Rf5

In round 12 I played against the rating favorite.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d5 10.N:c6 b:c 11.e:d c:d 12.N:d5 N:d5 13.Q:d5 Qc7 14.Q:a8 Bf5 15.Q:f8+ B:f8 16.Bd3 Be6 17.Kb1 Bg7 18.a3 h5 19.Be2 Qe5 and I resigned.

In next game I played against 2110 CM.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d3 0-0 5.0-0 c5 6.e4 d6 7.Re1 Nc6 8.Nbd2 Qc7 9.Nf1 b5 10.h4 h5 11.Bg5 Ng4 12.N1h2 a5 13.c3 b4 14.d4 e5 15.d5 Nb8 16.c4 f5 17.Bd2 f:e 18.R:e4 Bf5 19.Ng5 B:e4 20.Ne6 Qe7 21.N:g4 B:g2 22.N:f8 Q:f8 23.K:g2 h:g and I won.

In round 14 I also won.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d6 3.f:ed:e 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bc4 h6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.deBe6 9.Bb3 Nc6 10.Qe1 Bg4 11.Nh4 Nd4 12.h3 Bd7 13.Nf5 N:f5 14.e:fc6 15.Ne4 Qe7 16.Qg3 Rad8 17.B:h6 Nh5 18.Qg4 g6 19.B:f8 (Q:g6+ withmate) andIwon.

In round 15 I played with black pieces against one of my friends.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.c:d N:d5 5.e4 N:c3 6.b:c Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Qa5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Be3 Nc6 11.f4 Bg4 12.Rc1 B:e2 13.B:e2 c:d 14.c:d Rfd8 15.e5 Nb4 16.Bf3 Nd5 17.B:d5 R:d5 18.Qb3 b6 19.f5 g:f 20.R:f5 e6 21.Rf3 Rad8 22.Rcf1 R5d7 and I won on time.

In round 16 I won.

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 6.f3 c6 7.0-0-0 Qe7 8.g4 Rd8 9.h4 e5 10.d:e Ne8 11.e:d R:d6 12.Qe1 Be6 13.R:d6 Q:d6 14.Qd2 B:c3 15.Q:c3 Qg3 16.h5 Nd7 17.h:f f:g 18.Bc4 Ng7 19.Bh6 B:c4 20.Q:g7X

4 rounds before the end of the tournament I realized that I had almost provided prize chances. So I decided to play next games just for draw because I knew that leaders would win next games.

In round 17 I played against one of my friends.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.c:d N:d5 5.e4 N:c3 6.b:c Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.e5 Nc6 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 Bg4 11.Be3 f6 12.e:f B:f6 13.Rc1 B:f3 14.B:f3 c:d 15.B:c6 d:e 16.Bd5+ Kh8 17.f:e Qb6 18.Qd2 Bg7 19.R:f8+ R:f8 20.a4 Bh6 21.Re1 Bg7 22.Kh1 Qf6=

This draw helped him to get the 1st place in U-14 category.

In round 18 I played with white pieces against CM who didn’t play in tournaments for few years.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 e:f 3.Nf3 d5 4.e:d Q:d5 5.Nc3 Qe6+ 6.Be2 Nc6 7.0-0 Bd7 8.d4 Nb4 9.B:f4 0-0-0 10.Qd2 Nf6 11.Ng5 Qe8 12.Bc4 Be6 13.Rae1 Nbd5 14.N:d5 N:d5 15.Bg3 Qd7 16.K:e6 f:e 17.c3 Bd6 18.B:d6 Q:d6 19.Qg5 Rhf8 20.Q:g7 R:f1+ 21.R:f1 Ne3 22.Bd3 N:f1 23.B:f1 Qd7 24.Qe5 and game ended with draw.

In round 19 my opponent got better position, offered a draw and I accepted it.

In last round I played against a very talented 9-year-old boy. I think that he has great future in chess.

Here is the end of the game.

1…Rdc8 2.Be3 R:c1 3.R:c1 R:c1 4.B:c1 Qc7 5.Bh6 Bf8 6.Nh5 g5 7.f:g B:h6 8.g:h+ Kf7 9.Qg8+ Ke7 10.Qe6+ Kd8 11.h8=Q+ Bf8 12.N:f6? Qc1+ 15.Kh2 Qf4+ and he gave me perpetual check.

So, I got 16 points and took the third place with 2.5 points from next participants. And I got a prize – money =). The tournament gave me great emotions before the new 2015 year.