24 May 2009

Human Chess

Mistakes were made. Humans are like that.

I'm playing in the Washington Open, Premier section. The first day went okay, starting with a hard-fought draw in which I blew an opening advantage. Then in round two, I won against a player against whom I have three previous losses. He's been playing as a mid-1700s player for many years, while I've recently improved to that level.

Buck,S (1744) - Stripes,J (1764) [A22]
Washington Open Premier, Spokane 23.05.2009

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nc6 5.e3 0–0 6.Bg2 Re8 7.Nge2


Too clever for my own good.

8.a3 Ne7?!

More undevelopment.

9.0–0 c6 10.d4 Qc7 11.b4 d5

12.cxd5 cxd5 13.Bb2




14.Qd2 e4 15.Rac1 Qd7

Black has a nice position.

16.Nf4 g5 17.Nfe2 Ng6 18.Qc2 Bh3

18...Bg4! 19.f4 exf3 20.Bxf3 Bh3 21.Bh1
(21.Bg2 Bxg2 22.Rxf6 Bh3)
21...Bxf1 22.Rxf1 Bg7

19.Qb3 Rad8


20.Qa4 Qg4

This position is more or less the fantasy I've sought most of the game to this point. But how will I maintain the attack after he moves the f-pawn? At this point, I'm hoping for a quick knockout with a mating combination.

21.f3 exf3 22.Bxf3


Beginning a sequence of double attacks--here the rook and pawn.

23.Rf2 Qxe3

Hiarcs 12 likes 23...a6

24.Nd1 Qd2

24...Qd3 looks to be a simple discovery against the knight on e2, but it gets complicated after 25.Qc2 Qa6 26.Ndc3 g4 27.Bg2 Bh6


Somehow I overlooked this move. I expected 25.Bg2 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 ( 26.Nec3 Qxd4) 26...Rxe2.

25...Qd3 26.Qxa7 Ne4 27.Bxe4 Rxe4 28.Qxb7 Rd7 29.Qc6 Rxe2 30.Rxe2 Qxe2 31.Nf2



31...Qf3! 32.Nxh3 Qe3+ 33.Kg2 Rd6 34.Re1 Qxe1 35.Bxe1 Rxc6-+

32.Re1 Qf3 33.Nxh3 Rd6 34.Qc8


My opponent suggested after the game that 34...Nh4 wins, but after 35.gxh4 gxh4 36.Bd2! White is winning

35.b5 Rf6 36.Bb4 Qd3 37.Bc5

37.Nf2! Qxd4 38.Re2±

37...Qxb5 38.Bxf8 Nxf8 39.Qc5 Qb3


Hiarcs 12 initially thinks a drawing line begins with 40.Nf4 gxf4 41.Re8. But this check begins a sequence of king harassment that proves decisive 41...Qd1+!

40...Ne6 41.Qa7 Qc3 42.Qb8+ Kg7 43.Qe5

43...Nxd4! 44.Nxg5 hxg5 45.Qxg5+ Kf8 46.Qe3

46...Qxe1+ wins simply

Technically correct is the mating sequence: 46...Nf3+ 47.Kf1 Nxe1+ 48.Ke2 Nd3 49.Kd1 Nb2+ 50.Ke2 Qc2+ 51.Qd2 Qe4+ 52.Qe3 Qg2+ 53.Ke1 Rf1#


Today I must try to play better on inadequate sleep.


  1. A wonderfull game with lots of play and blunders like you mentioned but the only thing i fall over is the opening, that was really weird.

  2. A good fighting game! I enjoyed the way your queen was "up in his grille" for much of the game. I'm going to try to analyze further your note to move 24.

  3. Thanks for the comments. Robert, I used your line about my queen being "up in his grille" in "Pressure".