Coralville Classic

Oct 24, 2013, 5:30 PM |

We started the game with the Sicilian, which turned into the Kopec variation, which ended on move three.

My main idea in the opening was to develop my pieces, protect my king, and get a decent attack going.

I had the advantage in the game until move 8, where I should have played qxd4 instead, but he didn’t have too much of an advantage, but taking would have put me up a pawn, and developed my queen, the reason I didn’t do this is because I have learned from experience that proper king safety (a firm castle in which the pawns aren’t wrecked) is usually more important than going up a pawn, and I thought that if I took the pawn, he would surely take my knight on f3, in which I would respond with g2xf3, ruining my castle. One of the problems with taking on f3 with the queen on move 10, was the knight that he moved to e5, which was a huge menace to all of my plans,I mean, it had a nice outpost, it was in the center, it attacked the kingside, and attacked two major pieces that I was working with at the time, one of which he ended up taking.

I didn’t really have any big plans after that until move 19, when I moved rd1, pinning the pawn on d6. My plan there was to try and get a few of my pieces on his side, gain a bit of material, and get an attack going.

On move 25, I thought that it might be a good idea to start pushing my pawns, but after he moved kd7 on move 31, I spent about 6 minutes trying to find ways to possibly checkmate, and eventually came up with another plan that didn’t work, but it did put me in a pretty good position.


After I took his rook I had basically just won the game, but I hadn’t checkmated with a rook and a king in so long, that I had forgotten how to checkmate with them! But luckily after a while, I remembered.



In the opening, he played the bird, (which I found very odd) and so I decided to start developing my pieces.

On move 14, when I moved my bishop to h3, I had figured that he would probably do something like, rf2, or rd1, because rf3 just pins the rook to the queen and loses it. So when he moved it to f3, I was in total shock. I didn’t have to take it unless he moved his queen, so I decided to wait and see what other damage I could do.

After I took his rook things where looking pretty good, but the n I moved my bishop, and only after I let go did I realize that he had a rook covering that square.

After that I got flustered and lost the position, and I got even more flustered, and basically that’s how I lost the game

My game with Steve Patterson started with a sveshnikov, my coach has been encouraging me to play this as black, and my mom has played it against me as black, but I did not expect to play it in a tournament as white.

We got through the full opening, then he did a very interesting move; Rg8. This move surprised me, and I immediately started planning and analyzing ways that I could possibly win his rook, which I did do in the end.

On move 30, I probably should have moved Qb4 instead of moving Qc7, after analyzing the game, I looked at the scores, and on move 29, I had a score of 4.99, after I moved Qc7 though, the score went down to 0.00, I should have done this because it puts him in check, and gives me a move to protect the a pawn, but I wasn’t too worried about the score, because his move brought the score back up to 5.78.

On move 34, I didn’t see his rook and thought that I was getting a free queen, turns out, all I accomplished from that move was lose a rook.

After I lost the rook, I didn’t see the checkmate, but he did, and I got checkmated 4 moves later.