Master Trek 3/2013 Round 1

A Master Trek tournament is a site to see. The lower sections consist of about 50 or so kids in a large auditorium. The Open section consists of the more advanced kids, teeenagers and adults. When they have enough participants in the Open section they split it into two or three sections. I was in the "Open 2" section which translates to <1700. In the first round I was paired with a kid around 10 or 12 rated 1500+. It was a great game unfortunately I made a mistake in scoring around move 35 but I think you'll get the picture. Time control was G/60 with a 5 sec delay.


  • 4 years ago


    Here's my thoughts reviewing the game (for what they're worth)

    12.d4 blunders a pawn after 12..Bxf3 etc..

    I like your 16. e5 even if it's not the best.. shows aggression.

    18.Na4? isn't good.  It's planless, puts the knight on the edge, and you still have rooks not doing anything. You have problems with this knight the rest of the game.

    20. Nb6?? simply loses the game (as Mike mentioned) He can just take your knight with the rook.  Are these the right moves?  20.Nc5 seems best, getting the knight back in the game.

    22.g4 preparing either g5 or Bxe4 seems best.

    Your reasoning behind trading down to an endgame is a little faulty.. that only works when you're behind material if you're sure you can reach a theoretical draw.  Otherwise you're usually just increasing your opponent's advantage.

    his 27...Rbc8? is horrible.. c5 is better.

    29. Rd3? ends up getting your knight shut out of the game.. as you saw. Doubling rooks is usually right though. So good instinct.

    33.Rd7! was probably your best alternative.

    You missed an opportunity with 36.Rd5!  - you at least win back a pawn with probably a better position.


    38.a3?  Your chances lie with tactics on the kingside.. Something like 38.R3e3 Re7 39. Re5 winning your pawn back. 


    As Mike mentioned 40.cxd5 simply wins the knight so you must have messed up the moves around here.

    A lot of your instincts were good. But practice with tactics and just more experience will iron out the bumps.

  • 4 years ago


    @Kat, interesting game. I see what you mean about him using a different closed Sicilian move order than in our training game today. Still the bit about trying to prevent black ...Nf6, ...Ng4, with h3 or equiv. everything @ncmike2011 says makes sense. I would add that next time try to avoid trapping your knight on the rim. It was stuck on the queenside for half the game. Keep posting. Your games are great to analyze.

  • 4 years ago


    After 9....Kxg7 instead of the normal looking Nf3 a better plan may have been to play it to e2 and castle q-side and advance your k-side pawns at his weakened K.

  • 4 years ago


    thanks for posting your game Katrina.I see you have an understanding of piece development,pawn structure and King safety.That being said I noticed some things that both you and your opponent may have done better.When you setup the darksquared battery with 6.Be3 and 7.Qd2 usually a strong answer to black's fianchettoed KB there should be care taken to deny the possibility of Ng4.This enables black to trade off knight for your DSB increasing the power of his now unopposed DSB.He played 7...a6 missing this chance and you wisely continued with Bh6 and then Bxg7.Noticing that 16.e5 was a mistake is good(though not as good as seeing that beforehand)protection of b pawn there would have been better.On move 20.Nb6 should have lost immediately to Rxb6.His move 39...Nd5 seems to hang knight to c4 pawn,perhaps this was a scoresheet mistake.I realize that after this many moves in g/60 scoresheet accuracy tends to suffer.Keep posting your games.Smile

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