Panther Open

Panther Open

Mar 31, 2013, 1:40 PM 1,186 Reads 2 Comments

Ana and I played in the Panther Open yesterday, run by Cub Noble, one of my favorite chess people.  It was a fun tournament, and we enjoyed traveling to Cedar Falls - it was nice to have a new venue!  I thought I'd make my boards in this post purple to honor UNI, where the tournament was held.  Ana played very well against her four opponents, all rated higher than her.  I didn't play so well...

My first game was against Nathan Arnold, who was playing in his first tournament.  I decided to play Petrov's Defense because I've been playing it a lot with Ana.  I did okay in the opening, but made my first major blunder with 9...d6, which trapped my knight.  I blundered again with 14...Nc6, which loses a bishop (15. Nc3 Ba6 16. Bd5 Nb4 17. Rxa6 bxa6 18. Bxa8), but he didn't follow that line so I didn't hurt myself too bad with that one.  25...Ke8 also loses a bishop, but he didn't see that either.  Another mistake with 31...Ra6, and then I sealed my fate with 32...Kh6, which led to a mate in one.  

My second game was a rematch against Tim Carson, who I won against last fall.  That was a big win for me, and I knew it would be difficult to repeat.  Once again, I played all right in the opening, but hung a pawn on 16.  The big blunder came with 24. Qe6.  This hung the pawn on e4, allowing a double attack on f3.  I attempted a dramatic comeback with my rook sac on 26, but I didn't play it accurately, and it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.  The game was just lost.  He missed a mate on 36, but it was just a matter of time at that point anyway.

Next I played Tim's daughter, Sarah Faith.  I've played her twice before - one loss and one draw.  She played a Philidor, and I got curious about whether the Fried Liver Attack would work with a Philidor, since I'd never attempted it before.  I thought, what the heck, I might as well give it a try.  If I lost, at least I'd have fun.  I guess I should have tried a little harder.  I miscalculated on 9.  I would have been okay there if I'd castled.  After the miscalculation, I simply played poorly. Especially with 16. Qxc6, which allowed her to checkmate me.

Finally, I played Rex Gray, who my daughter had beaten in the first round.  I had no such luck.  I tried to make things overcomplicated in the opening, which got me into big trouble.  I should have just taken on 9.  I was fairly proud of myself for finding 16...Qxe6, but I wish I hadn't gotten into that position in the first place.  Still, things weren't too bad until 20...b6.  I had this idea that after the exchange on f6, I could get my rook to g8 and my bishop to b7.  That never happened.  23...Ba6 was intended to connect my rooks, but ended up removing a protector from d7, so that move sunk me for good.  I thought I'd get my rook active by playing 27. a6 bxa6 28. Rxa6, but after I played a6, I saw that he could fork my king and rook if I took back.  This was really the nail in my coffin; now he had a passed pawn, and there was nothing I could do about it.  He sacked his queen, knowing he'd get a new one, and I resigned.

So all in all, quite a terrible chess day for me.  I had fun, though, and was quite proud of the way my daughter played, so it was well worth playing!!


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