Round 4: A bishop knightmare
Yesterday I played with white against FIDE-master Petter Stigar from Norway. He played the closed variation of the Catalan opening and made a suprise move on move 6. He put the bishop to d6 instead of e7. I exchanged the dark bishops to weakening his dark sqaures, but that allowed him to make a me a double-pawn.
He developed and defended well in the middlegame and we went to an equal endgame.
He blundered-sacrificed a pawn, which I accepted. He won back the pawn, because my knight was too far the defend.
My bishop became strong after the pawn exchange and I hoped to push for a win.
I made an attacked a pawn which he defended with the king, but not from c7, but from c5 and in that moment his position started to be better. I made good defensive moves mixed with a few small mistakes, but he also played weaker moves, so the position was again equal.
Then he offered the exchange of our knights, which I happily accepted.
I got a bishop against his knight and my bishop was pointing to his weak pawn when the knight was defending it and my king was already back in the game.
That time we were both short of time and in one moment I made a mistake to allow him to escape, but he did not find the way, so I won at the end.
What I learnt from this game?
1. I need to study the Bd6 systems in the Catalan
2. Look for ultra agrerssive counter-attacking moves also in the endgames
Kazbek Primbatov from Kazakhstan played a draw and Mark Lyell won, the others played draws, so I share first place.
|Round 4 on 2017/04/04 at 14.30|
|1||10||2401||GM||Ilincic Zlatko||½ - ½||IM||Nemeth Zoltan||2267||7|
|2||8||2249||FM||Lyell Mark||1 - 0||FM||Rydstrom Tom||2313||6|
|3||9||2277||WFM||Terbe Julianna||½ - ½||Zlatin Alexander||2195||5|
|4||1||2330||IM||Turzo Attila||1 - 0||FM||Stigar Petter||2235||4|
|5||2||2297||Primbetov Kazbek||½ - ½||Hill Alistair||2209||
The rank after 4 rounds:
The pairing for today:
|Round 5 on 2017/04/05 at 14.30|
|1||3||2209||Hill Alistair||GM||Ilincic Zlatko||2401||10|
|2||4||2235||FM||Stigar Petter||Primbetov Kazbek||2297||2|
|3||5||2195||Zlatin Alexander||IM||Turzo Attila||2330||1|
|4||6||2313||FM||Rydstrom Tom||WFM||Terbe Julianna||2277||9|
|5||7||2267||IM||Nemeth Zoltan||FM||Lyell Mark||2249||8|
I will play with black agains the youngest player of the tourney Alexander Zlatin from Israel.
I plan to play the Petroff-Russian defense.