Interesting draw with a FM

  • #1

    So here's a game which had a few interesting positions and was worth a share.

    Apparently his FIDE rating is just a little over 2400, but in our online game he constantly moved quite quickly (as opposed to me as I just finished my last year of school and am on 4 months of holiday time) and had not played any online games before. Anyway, here's the game with annotations:

    p.s. The ending in particular was very interesting as I tried to push for a win in a rook and queen endgame.

  • #2

    Yeah if you go to his profile you can see his FIDE rating is 2406: http://www.chess.com/members/view/Greenhaven#

    But as I said before he was unrated in online chess on chess.com so when we drew his rating became 1400. 

    Any other questions? 

  • #3

    why after 31. Kh2 rxf2 instead of Qxf2? Woulndt that create a mate threat?

  • #4

    Zarvox, Qxf2 is too slow, as it gives up the d5 and c4 squares for the White queen's checks.

  • #5

    gotcha, thanks :)

  • #6

    I think the best way to draw a stronger player is to try and trade pieces correctly. Clearly they're likely to have better endgame skills, but you'll stand a better chance than in the middlegame where you'll likely be outclassed.

  • #7
    sammynouri wrote:

    I think the best way to draw a stronger player is to try and trade pieces correctly. Clearly they're likely to have better endgame skills, but you'll stand a better chance than in the middlegame where you'll likely be outclassed.

    Yes, when there is practically no chance of winning I think that's right - but for this game I did try to win. But that strategy is what I'm currently using against Nakamura on chess.com (I deliberately traded into opposite coloured bishops just to prevent his winning chances) - and I would like to say (albeit hesitantly), that it's working? P.s. of coarse, he wasn't playing me at anywhere near his greatest play, while I was sitting in front of a board for a solid 30 minutes each move! Here's the link: http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=82586492

  • #8

    Also: I will post more interesting games as soon as I get the chance!

  • #9

    Of course you're a pawn up, and even his pawn structure is bad. I think the first think you should try is to get rid of the queens. Makes things a lot easier

  • #10

    According to the computer analysis after the game, the only way I could continue would be to allow 41. ...Ra8+ 42. Rf8 Rxf8 43. Kxf8 Qh8+ 44. Ke7 Qxh7+. At the time I just thought that allowing the Queen into h8 was losing so I completely missed the fact that as my pawn is closer to queening, I would be winning. 

  • #11

    White will theoretic never win, unless black makes a huge mistake, black can play for a win. But it's very tricky

  • #12

    True true, I just thought that allowing Ra8+ was a huge mistake ha.

  • #13

    But I think a FM will be able to keep the draw

  • #14

    The computer said I had a "decisive advantage".

  • #15

    Ok that's interesting, but you couldn't find it, I had a same problem, once. I had King, Knight and Bishop against King once against a 1900 player, but I couldn't find the mate, so I had to claim a draw...

  • #16

    Yeah, another hard one which I saw an IM couldn't solve was K+Q vs K+R endgame. I think there is a chess.com video on it.

  • #17

    But I will definitely post my game with Nakamura as soon as it's over!

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