Boulder Open 2003

Rook Rook

Boulder, Colorado
May 3-4, 2003
Game Selections by Mark Scheidies


Anderson,R- Petters,M
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.a4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 Nf6 9.Bc4 0-010.0-0 Be6 11.Re1 Rc8 12.Nd5 Ne8 13.Be3 Bg5 14.Bb6 Qd7 15.c3 Kh8 16.Ba2 f5 17.exf5Bxf5 18.Nc4 Qf7 19.Be3 Bxe3 20.Rxe3 Bg4 21.Qd2 Rd8 22.Ncb6 Be6 23.Rf3 Qg8[allowing a neat combination. 23...Nf6 instead leaves White with only a slightedge.] 24.Ne7! Nxe7 25.Bxe6 Qxe6 26.Rxf8+ Ng8 27.Qd5 Nc7 28.Qxe6 Nxe6 29.Rxd8Nxd8 30.Rd1 1-0

Weissbarth,A- Doykos,K
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Qb3 Bg7 7.cxd5 0-0 8.Be2 Nbd7 9.Bf3 Nb610.Nge2 a5 11.a4 Bg4 12.Bxg4 Nxg4 13.0-0 Nf6 14.d6 Qxd6 15.Nb5 Qd7 16.Bd2 Nbd517.Rac1 b6 18.Rfd1 Rac8 19.h3 Rxc1 20.Rxc1 Rc8 21.Rc4 Rxc4 22.Qxc4 e6 23.Nf4Ne4 24.Bc1 Nef6 25.Nd3 Ne7 26.Ne5 Qc8 27.b3 Nfd5 28.Ba3 Bf8 29.Nd6 Qxc4 30.bxc4Nc3 31.Kf1 Nf5 32.c5 bxc5 33.dxc5 Nxa4 34.Nxf5 gxf5 35.Nd7 Be7 36.c6 Bd8 37.Bd6Nb6 38.Nxb6 Bxb6 39.c7 Bxc7 40.Bxc7 a4 41.Bd6 Kg7 42.Ke2 Kf6 43.Kd3 e5 44.Kc4Ke6 45.Bc5 h5 46.Bb6 e4 47.Kb4 Kd5 48.Kxa4 Kc4 49.Be3 Kd3 50.Kb4 Ke2 51.g3 Kf352.Kc3 f4 53.gxf4 Kg2 54.h4 Kh3 55.Kd4 Kxh4 56.Kxe4 Kg4 57.f5 h4 58.Bf4 h359.f3+ Kh4 60.Ke5 1-0

Baffo,J- Rea,A
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nge2 Be7 7.g3 0-0 8.Bg2 c6 9.0-0 Re810.b3 Nbd7 11.Bb2 Nf8 12.Qc2 Qa5 13.a3 Ng6 14.b4 Qh5 15.h3 e5 16.dxe5 Nxe517.Nf4 Qf5 18.Ne4 g5 19.Bxe5 Qxe5 20.Nd3 Qf5 21.g4 Qg6 22.Ne5 Qg7 23.Ng3 Bd624.Nf3 Bxg3 25.fxg3 Bd7 26.Rad1 Re3 27.Rd3 Qg6 28.Rfd1 Rae8 29.Qb3 Rxd3 30.Rxd3h6 31.Qd1 Be6 32.Ne5 Qg7 33.Rd2 Nh7 34.Rd8 Qf8 35.Rd6 Bc8 36.Nf3 Be6 37.c5 Qe738.Nd4 Nf8 39.Qd3 Rd8? 40.Nxc6! bxc6 41.Rxd8 Bd7 42.Ra8 a5 43.Ra7 [43.Rxa5]43...axb4 44.axb4 Qe1+ 45.Kh2 Qxb4 46.Qd6 Kg7 47.Ra8 Ne6 48.Qxd7 Qxc5 49.Ra7Qf2 50.Rb7? Nd4 51.Rb1 Nf3+ 52.Kh1 Qxg3 53.Bxf3 Qxh3+ 54.Kg1 Qg3+ 55.Kf1 Qxf3+56.Kg1 -

Ponomarev,P- Scheidies,M
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Bxf6 gxf6 6.Nxe4 f5 7.Ng3 c5 8.dxc5 Qxd1+ 9.Rxd1Bxc5 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.Nh5 Ke7 12.c3 Rd8 13.Rxd8 Nxd8 14.Be2 b6 15.0-0 Bb7 16.Re1Nc6 17.Bc4 Bd6 18.Bb5 Rd8 19.Bxc6 Bxc6 20.Nd4 Kd7 DIAGRAM 21.Rd1 [21.Nf6+ Kc722.Nxh7 Bxh2+ 23.Kxh2 Rh8 is pretty drawish.] 21...Kc7 22.Nxc6 Bxh2+ [22...Kxc6is also pretty drawish, but I thought the text would give black anadvantage. I'm still not sure whethermy judgment was wrong, or I just misplayed the ending!] 23.Kxh2 Rxd1 24.Nxa7Rd2 25.Nb5+ Kd7 [25...Kc6 is a better line, but I was thinking (hoping?) Whitewould grab the h7 pawn. Instead, heplays to get his knights coordinated, after which White may have the bettergame. 26.Nd4+ Kd5 27.b3 Rxf2 28.Nf6+ Ke5 29.Nd7+ Kd6 30.Nxb6 Rxa2 and White'sposition seems preferable, although it looks to me like a draw is still themost likely outcome. It's a hardposition to analyze, however.] 26.b4 Rxa2? [26...Rxf2 is better, after which Ithink Black should be able to hold a draw. 27.a3 e5 28.Nf6+ Kc6] 27.Kg3 Kc628.Nd4+ Kd5 29.Kf3 Kc4 30.Ne2 Ra8 and here I just go off on the wrong idea,while Philipp plays very well. 31.Nf6 Rh8 32.Nd7 Kb5 33.Ne5 Rf8 34.Nd4+ Ka635.b5+ Kb7 36.Ndc6 Ra8 37.Nxf7 Ra3 38.Nfd8+ Kc8 39.Nxe6 Rxc3+ 40.Kf4 Rc2 41.Kg3Rb2 42.Ncd4 h5 43.Nxf5 h4+ 44.Kxh4 Rxf2 45.g4 Kd7 46.Ned4 Ke8 47.Kg5 Kf748.Nd6+ Kg8 49.Nc4 Rf1 50.Nxb6 Rb1 51.Nc8 Rb4 52.Ne7+ Kg7 53.Nef5+ It appearsto me that the young Ponomarev's endgame play has improved impressively. He also won from what I thought was aninferior endgame from Buck Buchanan in the first round! 1-0

Gitis,A- Weissbarth,A
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 0-0-0 6.c4 Qf5 7.Be3 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Nxd49.Bxd4 Qe6+ 10.Be2 c5 11.Qa4 cxd4 12.Qxa7 d3 13.Qa8+ Kc7 14.Qa5+ b6 15.Qa7+ Kc616.Nc3 dxe2 17.Nd5 Qd6 18.Qxb6+ Kd7 19.Qa7+ Ke6 20.Qe3+ Qe5 21.Nc7+ Kf6 22.Nd5+Rxd5 23.cxd5 Qxe3 24.fxe3 Ke5 25.Kxe2 Nf6 26.Rhc1 Nxd5 27.Rc8 g6 28.a4 Kd629.Rd8+ Ke6 30.Rd1 Nc7 31.Rc1 Nd5 32.Rcc8 1-0

Petters,M- Ponomarev,M
1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Nxd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 0-0-0 8.c3 e59.0-0 exd4 10.Nxd4 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Nxd4 12.cxd4 Qxd4 [12...Bd6] 13.Bg5 Bd6 14.Bxd8Rxd8 15.Rad1 Qh4 16.g3 Qf6 17.Rfe1 a6 18.b4 Qf5 19.a4 h5 20.Qc4 g5 21.b5 axb522.axb5 h4 23.Qa4 Kb8 24.Ra1 Kc8 25.Qa8+ Kd7 26.Qxb7 Qc5 27.Rac1 Qb6 28.Qd5[28.Qc6+ Qxc6 29.bxc6+ Kc8 30.Ra1] 28...Kc8 29.Ra1 Qc5 30.Ra8+ Kd7 31.Qxf7+ Be732.Rd1+ 1-0

Doykos,K- Barlay,I
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Nc3 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.d4 Ne4 9.Qb3 Nc610.Be3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Na5 12.Qb4 Nc4 13.Bf4 Re8 14.Rfd1 e6 15.Nd2 Bf8 16.Qb3 Nxd217.Rxd2 Bd6 18.Bxd6 Qxd6 19.e3 Re7 20.Rc1 Rc7 21.c4 dxc4 22.Rxc4 Rxc4 23.Qxc4Rb8 24.Rc2 b5 25.Qc7 Qxc7 26.Rxc7 a5 27.d5 exd5 28.Bxd5 Be6 29.Bxe6 fxe6 30.Kf1a4 31.Ke2 b4 32.Kd2 b3 33.axb3 axb3 34.Kc1 Ra8 35.Kb2 Ra2+ 36.Kxb3 Rxf2 37.Re7Rxh2 38.Rxe6 Rg2 39.Kc3 Rxg3 40.Kd4 Kf7 41.Ra6 h5 DIAGRAM 42.e4 h4 43.Ke5 h344.Ra7+ Kg8 45.Ra8+ Kg7 46.Ra7+ Kh6 47.Ra8 Rf3 48.Kd6 Kg5 49.Rh8 Kg4 50.e5 Rd3+51.Ke7 Rf3 52.e6 g5 53.Kd7 Rd3+ 54.Ke8 Kg3 55.Kf7 g4 56.Kf6 Kg2 [56...h2 is probablya simpler path to the win. 57.e7 (57.Kf5 Rd5+ 58.Kf6 Rd1 59.e7 Re1) 57...Re358.Rh5 Rxe7 59.Kxe7 Kg2] 57.e7 Re3 58.e8Q Rxe8 59.Rxe8 h2 [59...g3 also wins,in perhaps a simpler manner.] 60.Re2+ Kh3? [60...Kg1 wins, as does Kg3. The text, which looks good at first glance,instead allows White to find a very pretty saving resource, which is found inseveral endgame studies. 61.Kf5 g3 62.Kg4 Kf1! (62...g2 63.Kg3=) 63.Ra2(63.Kxg3 h1Q) 63...g2 64.Ra1+ Ke2 65.Ra2+ Ke3 and the Black queen will winagainst the White rook (although it's not easy!)] 61.Re1 Kh4 [61...g3 62.Kg5Kg2 (62...g2? 63.Re3#) 63.Kg4 Kf2 64.Rh1! Kg2 65.Ra1=] 62.Kf5 g3 63.Kf4 g264.Re8 This is the position White has been aiming for! With two pawns on the seventh ready toqueen, Black cannot escape the mating threats, and is therefore forced into adraw by repetition. 64...Kh5 65.Kf5 Kh6 66.Kf6 Kh7 67.Re7+ Kg8 68.Re8+ -

Kholodar,D- Ponomarev,P
The battle between the eventual tournament co-champions! 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3Nxc3 4.bxc3 d6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 Qd5 7.d4 c5 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.Be2 g6 10.0-0 Bg711.Bf4 0-0 12.Qd2 f6 13.c4 Qd8 14.d5 fxe5 15.Bh6 Nd4 16.Bxg7 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 Kxg718.Rae1 Qd6 19.Qc3 Rf5 20.Re3 Bd7 21.Rfe1 Raf8 22.Bg4 R5f7 23.Bxd7 Qxd7 24.Rxe5Kg8 25.Re6 Rf6 26.Rxf6 Rxf6 27.Qe3 Qf5 28.h3 Rf7 29.Qxc5 b6 30.Qd4 Qxc2 31.d6exd6 32.Re8+ Rf8 33.Qd5+ Kg7 34.Qd4+ Kf7 -

Weissbarth,A- Mink,C
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5 d5 6.exd5 Na5 7.Qxd4 Nxc4 8.Qxc4 Qxd59.Qe2+ Be6 10.0-0 0-0-0 11.Nc3 Qa5 12.Nxe6 Re8 13.Qb5 Qxb5 14.Nxb5 Rxe615.Nxa7+ Kb8 16.Nb5 Bc5 17.Bf4 Bb6 18.Rfe1 Rhe8 19.Kf1 Nd5 20.Bg3 Nb4 21.Rxe6Rxe6 22.Rd1 Kc8 23.c3 Nc6 24.Re1 Rxe1+ 25.Kxe1 f5 26.Ke2 g5 27.f4 g4 28.Bf2Bxf2 29.Kxf2 Ne7 30.Kg3 Kd7 31.Kh4 c6 32.Nd4 c5 33.Ne2 Nd5 34.Kg5 Ke6 35.h4gxh3 36.gxh3 b5 37.c4! a nice way to clarify an ending which looked like it mightgo on for a while! 37...bxc4 38.a4 1-0

Gitis,A- Ponomarev,P
1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Bc4 Be6 5.Bb3 g6 6.Nf3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Bd5 8.c4 Be69.Bb2 f6 10.d4 Bg7 11.d5 Bd7 12.0-0 c5 13.Re1 0-0 14.Qe2 Re8 15.Qe3 Qc7 16.Rad1Na6 17.Qc3 e5 18.dxe6 Rxe6 19.Rxe6 Bxe6 20.Re1 Re8 21.Ba4 Re7 22.Bb5 Nb4 23.a3Nc6 24.Bxc6 Qxc6 25.Qe3 Re8 26.Qc3 Qc7 27.Nd2 f5 28.Qxg7+ Qxg7 29.Bxg7 Kxg730.Nf3 Kf6 31.Ne5 Rd8 32.f4 Rd2 33.Rb1 b6 34.Nc6 Rxc2 35.Nxa7 Rxc4 36.Rxb6 Rxf437.Nb5 Ke5 38.Rb7 Bc4 39.g3 Rf1+ 40.Kg2 Rb1 0-1

Anderson,R- Kholdar,D
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd710.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 h5 13.Bh6 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Rhe1Qa5 17.Nb3 Qc7 18.g4 hxg4 19.f4 Rc8 20.e5 Nh5 21.Nd4 Bf5 22.Kb1 Qb6 23.Nd5DIAGRAM 23...Rxd4 24.Qxd4 Bxc2+ 25.Ka1 Bxd1 26.Qxd1 Qf2 27.Rf1 Qc2 28.Qe1 Ng329.Nxe7 [29.Rg1 Ne2 30.Rh1 Qe4 31.Nc3 Nxc3 32.bxc3 Qxe1+ 33.Rxe1 Rxc3]29...Nxf1 30.Nxc8 Ne3 31.exd6 Nc4 32.Qb1 Qxb1+ 33.Kxb1 Nxd6 34.Nxd6 g3 0-1

Ponomarev,M- Scheidies,M
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Qg4 Kf8 8.Nh3 Ba6 9.Bd3 c510.Ng5 Bxd3 11.cxd3 cxd4 12.Qf4! I missed the strength of this move. 12...Qe8[12...Nf5 which I considered, but rejected, turns out to be a better defense.13.g4 h6 14.Nxe6+ fxe6 15.gxf5 Qg5 16.Qxg5 hxg5 17.cxd4 Nc6 and Black very wellmay have a tenable position!] 13.Nxe6+ Kg8 14.Nc7 [14.Nxg7 also turns out to bevery good for White, which I did not even consider during the game. 14...Kxg7?15.Qf6+ Kg8 16.Bh6] 14...Qc6 15.e6! f6? [15...fxe6 is better, though still amiserable position for Black.] 16.Nxa8 Qxa8 17.cxd4 Nbc6 18.0-0 Qc8 19.Re1 Nd820.Qd6 Ndc6 21.Bf4 g5 22.Bd2 Kg7 23.Rac1 Rd8 24.Qg3 a5 25.h4 h6 26.hxg5 hxg527.f4 Qb8 28.Qg4 Rh8 29.g3 Kg6 30.fxg5 f5 31.Qf4 Nxd4 my one hope for a cheapshot in this game! 32.Qxb8 Rxb8 33.Kg2 Ndc6 34.Rh1 Kg7 35.Rh6 Rh8 36.Rch1 Rxh637.gxh6+ Kh7 38.Rb1 Nc8 39.Be3 N6e7 40.Kf3 Ng6 41.Bxb6 Kxh6 42.Bxa5 Kg5 43.Bd8+Nge7 44.Rc1 Kg6 45.Rc7 1-0

Under 1900 SECTION

Cohen,J- Grimm,P
1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.d3 c5 5.Ng3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.c4 Nge7 8.h4 Bg4 9.Be2 Qd710.Bd2 a5 11.Nxd4 Bxe2 12.Ndxe2 0-0 13.Be3 f5 14.exf5 Nxf5 15.Nxf5 Qxf5 16.Ng3Qe6 17.Ne4 b6 18.0-0 Be7 19.h5 Rad8 20.Qe2 Rd7 21.Rad1 Rfd8 22.a3 Bf6 23.Nc3Ne7 24.Rfe1 Qc6 25.g4 Bh4 26.Ne4 h6 27.Kg2 Nc8 28.Rh1 Be7 29.f3 Nd6 30.b3 Nxe431.dxe4 Rxd1 32.Rxd1 Rxd1 33.Qxd1 Kh7 34.a4 Bh4 35.Qd5 Qf6 36.Bd2 Bg5 37.Bxg5Qxg5 38.Qd7 Kh8 39.Qc8+ Kh7 40.Qf5+ Qxf5 41.gxf5 Kg8 42.f4 exf4 43.Kf3 Kf744.Kxf4 Kf6 45.e5+ Ke7 46.Ke4 Kd8 47.Kd5 Kd7 48.f6 1-0

Emery,N- Cohen,J
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Nxe4 dxe4 7.Qa4+ Nc6 8.Qxe4 Qd49.Qxd4 Nxd4 10.Bd3 Bc5 11.Ne2 Be6 12.Nxd4 Bxd4 13.Be4 0-0-0 14.f4 Rhe8 15.d3 f616.f5 Bd5 17.e6 g6 18.g4 gxf5 19.gxf5 Bxe4 20.dxe4 Be5 21.Be3 Bxb2 22.Rd1 Rxd1+23.Kxd1 Be5 24.Rg1 Bxh2 25.Rg7 Be5 26.Rxh7 b6 27.Rf7 Kd8 28.Bh6 Re7 29.Bf8 Re830.Bg7 a5 31.Bxf6+ Bxf6 32.Rxf6 Ke7 33.e5 Rf8 34.Rxf8 Kxf8 35.f6 b5 36.Kc2 b437.Kb3 c5 38.e7+ Kf7 39.e6+ Ke8 40.a3 c4+ 41.Kxc4 bxa3 42.f7+ Kxe7 43.Kb3 Kxe644.f8Q Kd5 45.Qxa3 Ke4 46.Qxa5 Kd4 47.Qc7 Kd5 48.Qc4+ Ke5 49.Qd3 Ke6 50.Kc4 Ke551.Qd5+ Kf4 52.Kd4 Kg4 53.Qf7 Kg5 54.Ke4 Kg4 55.Qg7+ Kh3 56.Kf3 0-1

Smith,A- Quint,D
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nf6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.0-0 Bg7 8.d3 0-0 9.Qe1 Nc610.h3 Ne8 11.f5 e6 12.Qh4 exf5 13.exf5 Qxf5 14.Ng5 Bd4+ 15.Kh2 Qe5+ 16.Bf4 Qg717.Nd5 h6 18.Ne4 g5 19.Nxg5 hxg5 20.Bxg5 Qh7 21.Qg4 Kh8 22.Rf5 Ne5 23.Qf4 Ng624.Qf3 Ng7 25.Bf6 Bxf6 26.Nxf6 Nh4 27.Qf4 Nxg2 28.Kxg2 Ne6 29.Qf3 Qg6+ 30.Kh1Nd4 31.Rh5+ Kg7 32.Qf2 Qxf6 33.Rh7+ Kxh7 34.Qxf6 Rae8 35.Rg1 1-0

Willson,B- Albano,P
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Ne7 6.e5 c5 7.Bd3 Nbc6 8.Nf3 Qc7 9.h4 Bd710.Bd2 cxd4 11.cxd4 Na5 12.Bb4 Nc4 13.Rb1 b6 14.Qe2 Nxa3 15.Ra1 Nc4 16.0-0 a517.Rfb1 Ra7 18.Bxe7 Kxe7 19.Bxc4 dxc4 20.Nd2 b5 21.Ne4 Rb8 22.Qh5 h6 23.Nd6 Be824.Qg4 Kf8 25.Re1 Bc6 DIAGRAM. Now white proceeds to play on the kingside, andblack on the queenside, in a battle tosee who gets there first! 26.Re3 Qe7 27.Rg3 f5 28.Qg6 Kg8 29.Qxh6 Bd5 30.Qg6 b431.h5 b3 32.cxb3 cxb3 33.h6 Qf8 34.h7+ Kh8 35.Rxa5 b2 36.Rxa7 b1Q+ 37.Kh2 f438.Nf7+ Qxf7 39.Rxf7 fxg3+ 40.Qxg3 Qxh7+ 41.Qh3 Qxh3+ 42.Kxh3 Kg8 43.Rf4 Rf844.Rxf8+ Kxf8 45.g3 Kf7 46.Kh4 Be4 47.Kg5 Ke7 48.g4 Kf7 49.f4 g6 50.Kh6 Bd351.Kg5 Kg7 52.f5 exf5 53.gxf5 Bxf5 54.d5 Be4 55.d6 0-1

Carson,A- Splichal,L
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Bg4 4.c4 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nc6 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bc4 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3Nxc3 10.bxc3 0-0 11.a4 Na5 12.Ba2 c5 13.Ba3 Rc8 14.Rfd1 c4 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Rdb1Qa3 17.Bxc4 Qxc3 18.Rc1 Qb4 19.Bb5 Rxc1+ 20.Rxc1 Qd2 21.Rc7 a6 22.Be2 Qe1+23.Bf1 Qa1 24.d5 exd5 25.Qxd5 Qxa4 26.g3 b5 27.Ra7 Nc4 28.Ra8 g6 29.Rxf8+ Kxf830.Qd8+ Kg7 31.Qd4+ f6 32.Qd7+ Kg8 33.Qe8+ Kg7 34.Qe7+ DIAGRAM 34...Kh6? Blackshould go back to g8 and be happy with a draw. 35.Qf8+ Kg5 36.f4+ [36.h4+ wins for White, although there's some very difficult moves to find in some of the lines. 36...Kf5 (36...Kg4 37.Qxf6 with a mating net) 37.Qe8!! and the threat of Bh3# is impossible to parry without giving up major material. 37...Kg4 (37...Ne538.Qc8+! Ke4 39.Qb7+! Kf5 40.Bh3+ Ng4 41.Qd5#; 37...Qd1 38.f3!! Qxf3 39.Bh3+)38.Be2+ Kh3 39.Qd7+ f5 40.Bf1+ Kg4 41.Qd4+ Kh5 42.Qf4] 36...Kf5 37.Bd3+ Ke638.Qe8+ Kd5 39.Be4+ Kc5 40.Qe7+ Kb6 41.Qxf6+ [41.Qd8+ gives a draw by repetition] 41...Ka5 42.Qd8+ Nb6 43.Qd2+ b4 44.Bc2 Qa1+ 45.Kf2 Qh1 46.Qd1 Qxh2+47.Kf3 Qh5+ 48.Kg2 Qxd1 49.Bxd1 Nc4 50.Kf2 Kb5 51.e4 Kc5 52.e5 Nb6 53.Ke3 a554.g4 a4 55.e6 Kd6 56.f5 b3 57.Kd4 gxf5 58.gxf5 h5 59.Kc3 h4 60.Bg4 Nd5+ 61.Kb2Ne3 62.Bh3 Nc4+ 63.Ka1 a3 64.f6 Ne3 65.Bf5 Nxf5 66.e7 0-1

Sakhatov,M- Emery,N
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Bg3 Nc6 7.c3 Be6 8.Nd2 Qd7 9.Ne2 h5 10.Nb3 Bxg3 11.hxg3 Qd6 12.Qc2 Nd7 13.0-0-0 0-0-0 14.Rde1 g5 15.f4 f6 16.Bg6 Bg4 17.Bf5 Bxf5 18.Qxf5 Ne7 19.Qd3 Kb8 20.Nc5 Nxc5 21.dxc5 Qxc5 22.Nd4 Rde823.Ne6 Qd6 24.Re2 Nc6 25.Rhe1 gxf4 26.gxf4 Re7 27.g3 h4 28.gxh4 Rxh4 29.Qg6 Rh830.Qxf6 Rhe8 31.f5 Nd8 32.Qg5 b6 33.Qg4 Nxe6 34.Rxe6 Rxe6 35.fxe6 c5 36.Qf5 Kc737.a3 d4 38.cxd4 cxd4 39.Kd2 Kb7 40.Re5 Re7 41.Kd3 Qc6 42.Kxd4 Qa4+ 43.Ke3 Qb3+44.Kf4 Qxb2 45.Qd3 Qh2+ 46.Ke4 Qh7+ 47.Kd4 Qxd3+ 48.Kxd3 Kc6 49.Ke4 Kd6 50.Kf5a6? [50...Re8 should result in a draw] 51.Kf6 Re8 52.e7 b5 53.Re6+ Kd7 54.Kf7Rxe7+ 55.Rxe7+ Kc6 56.Ke6 a5 57.Ke5 Kc5 58.Rc7+ Kb6 59.Rc8 b4 60.a4 Kb7 1-0

Doykos,T- Willson,B
1.d4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.0-0 d6 9.Qe2 Nbd710.e4 e5 11.d5 Nxd5 12.Bxe7 Nxe7 13.Nc4 Qc7 14.Rad1 Rfd8 15.Bc2 Nf6 16.Rd2 b517.Na3 a6 18.b3 Qa5 19.Nb1 Qxa2 20.Rfd1 Qa5 21.Rxd6 Rxd6 22.Rxd6 Ng6 23.c4 Ne824.Rd1 Nf4 25.Qe3 Qc7 26.Nc3 Ne6 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.exd5 Nd4 29.Be4 Nd6 30.Nxe5Nxe4 31.Qxe4 Re8 32.Re1 f6 33.f4 fxe5 34.fxe5 Nxb3 35.cxb5 axb5 36.d6 Qf7 37.e6Rxe6 38.Qxe6 Qxe6 39.Rxe6 Nd4 40.Re5 c4 41.Rxb5 Kf7 42.Rc5 c3 43.d7 Ke7 44.d8Q+Kxd8 45.Rd5+ Ke7 46.Rxd4 1-0

Schultz,J- Grimm,P
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.g3 e6 6.Bg2 dxc4 7.a4 Nbd7 8.0-0 a6 9.Bg5 Be710.Re1 0-0 11.Nh4 Bg4 12.h3 Bh5 13.g4 h6 14.Bxh6 Nxg4 15.hxg4 Bxg4 16.Bxg7 Kxg717.Nf3 Rh8 18.Nh2 DIAGRAM 18...Rxh2 19.Kxh2 Bd6+ 20.Kg1 Qh4 21.f3 [21.Kf1 keepsthe game going, and White's material advantage may come into play. 21...Rg822.Qc2 Bh3 23.e3 Bxg2+ 24.Kxg2 Kf8+ 25.Kf1] 21...Bh2+ [21...Qh2+ 22.Kf1 (22.Kf2Bg3+ 23.Ke3 Qh6+ 24.Ke4 f5#) 22...Bh3 23.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 24.Kf2 Bg3+ 25.Kg1] 22.Kf1Bh3 23.Ne4 [23.e4] 23...f5 24.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 25.Kf2 fxe4 26.Rg1+ Kh8 27.Rh1 Qh4+28.Kf1 [28.Ke3 Bf4+ 29.Kxe4 Nf6#] 28...e3 0-1

Aandahl,V- Cohen,J
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.d3 d5 6.Nbd2 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.Re1 e5 9.e4 dxe410.dxe4 Qc7 11.Qc2 h6 12.Nf1 Be6 13.h3 Rad8 14.Bd2 b5 15.Rad1 Qa5 16.b3 b417.Ne3 Rc8 18.c4 Nd4 19.Nxd4 cxd4 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.exd5 Bxd5 22.Bxb4 Qxb4 23.Bxd5Rfd8 24.Qd2 Qxd2 25.Rxd2 Rc5 26.Rf1 DIAGRAM. An exchange sac which gets rid of the opposite-colored bishops, creatingpotential for either side to win. 26...Rcxd5 27.cxd5 Rxd5 28.Rc1 f5 29.Rc8+ Kh730.Rc7 a5 31.f3 e4 32.fxe4 fxe4 33.Re7 Re5 34.Rxg7+ [34.Rxe5 probably offersWhite hope for nothing more than a draw. 34...Bxe5 35.Rd1; Another interesting possibility is 34.Rd7 e3 (34...d3 35.Rd1) 35.Rd1 Re6 36.Rc1 g537.Kf1 (37.Rcc7? e2 38.Rxg7+ Kh8 39.Rh7+ Kg8 40.Rcg7+ Kf8 41.Rf7+ Ke8 42.Rf1exf1Q+ 43.Kxf1 d3) 37...Kg6 38.Ke2 where White might entertain winningchances.] 34...Kxg7 35.Rxd4 Kf6 36.Rd2 [Putting the rook into this passiveposition is sowing the seeds for defeat. The more active 36.Kf2 Rf5+ 37.Ke3 Rf3+ 38.Kxe4 Rxg3 39.Rd3 Rxd3 (whatelse?) 40.Kxd3 leads to a drawn king and pawn ending.] 36...e3 37.Re2 Kf538.Kf1 Ke4 39.Ke1 Kf3 40.Rc2 Kxg3 41.Rc6 Rg5 42.Re6 Kxh3 43.Rxe3+ Kg2 44.Re4 h545.Ke2 Rg4 46.Re5 h4 0-1

Under 1500 SECTION

Kreitzman,M- Smith,P
1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 d5 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.Ne2 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.f4 Re8 8.h3 h5 9.Bxc6 bxc610.a4 Ba6 11.Rf2 Ne4 12.Rf3 exf4 13.Nxf4 Ng5 14.Rf2 h4 15.Qh5 Ne4 16.Qg4[16.Bxg7! Fritz found this very nice move 16...Kxg7 17.Ne6+!] 16...Be5 17.d4Nxf2 18.Kxf2 Bc8 19.Qf3 Bd6 20.Nd2 Bf5 21.c3 Qg5 22.Rg1 Bxf4 23.Qxf4 Qxf4+24.exf4 Re6 25.Re1 Rxe1 26.Kxe1 Be4 27.Kf2 f5 28.a5 Kf7 29.b4 Rg8 30.Nf1 g531.fxg5 Rxg5 32.Ne3 Ke7 33.Bc1 Kd7 34.Bd2 Rg3 35.Be1 f4 36.Ng4 Rxg2+ 37.Kf1 f338.Bxh4 Bd3+ 39.Ke1 Re2+ 40.Kd1 Bf5 41.Ne5+ Kd6 42.Nxf3 Re3 43.Bg3+ Ke6 44.Ng5+Kf6 45.Bf4 Rxc3 46.h4 Rd3+ 47.Ke2 Rxd4 48.Ke3 Rxb4 49.h5 Re4+ 50.Kf3 Kg7 51.h6+Kxh6 52.Nxe4+ Kg6 53.Nc5 Kf6 54.Bxc7 d4 55.Ke2 d3+ 56.Nxd3 Bxd3+ 57.Kxd3 andhere White has achieved the classic draw against a bishop and rook pawn of the wrong color. 57...Ke6 58.Kd4 Kd759.Bb8 a6 60.Kc5 Kc8 61.Bg3 Kb7 62.Bf4 Ka8 63.Kxc6 Ka7 64.Be3+ Ka8 65.Kb6 Kb866.Kxa6 Ka8 67.Kb6 Kb8 68.Kc6 Ka8 69.Kd7 Kb8 70.Kd8 Ka8 71.Bf4 Ka7 72.Kc8 Ka8and White has no way to force the a-pawn to a8. The dark-squared bishop cannot edge the Black king out of thecorner. -

Brunner,D- Robins,R
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.e4 Bg6 6.Bxc4 e6 7.a3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.e5 Ne410.Bxe7 Nxe7 11.Qa4+ c6 12.Qd1 Nd5 13.Nxe4 Bxe4 14.0-0 b5 15.Bb3 Nf4 16.Qd2Bxf3 17.Qxf4 Bd5 18.Bc2 h6 19.Qg4 Qg5 20.Qg3 0-0 21.f4 Qh5 22.f5 Qe2 23.f6 g624.Rf2 Qh5 DIAGRAM 25.Raf1 [25.h4! threatening Bd1, trapping the queen 25...g526.Qd3 Qg6 27.Qe2! Bc4 28.Qd1 Bb3 and Black has to give up his bishop to savehis queen. White finds this idea on hisnext move.] 25...Rfd8 26.h4 Bc4 27.Bd1 Bxf1 28.Bxh5 Bc4 29.Bxg6 Kf8 30.Bxf7 1-0

Aragon,J- Cordova,C
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Bf5 5.0-0 e6 6.b3 Bd6 7.c3 e5 8.Ba3 e4 9.Nfd2 Bxa310.Nxa3 Qd7 11.Re1 0-0-0 12.e3 Bh3 13.Bh1 h5 14.c4 Nb4 15.c5 h4 16.Nc2 Nd317.Re2 hxg3 18.hxg3 Bg4 19.f3 Rxh1+! 20.Kxh1 exf3 [20...Rh8+ 21.Rh2 (21.Kg2Bxf3+ 22.Nxf3 Qh3+ 23.Kg1 Qh1#) 21...Nf2+ 22.Kg1 Rxh2 is quicker] 21.Rh2 Ne422.Nxe4 dxe4 23.Ne1 f2 24.Qxd3 exd3 25.Rxf2 Rh8+ 26.Kg1 Qd5 27.Ng2 Qh5 28.Nh4g5 29.Rh2 d2 30.Rxd2 gxh4 31.Rh2 Qd5 32.Rf1 Qe4 33.Rxf7 Qxe3+ 34.Rff2 Rf835.gxh4 Qe1+ 0-1

Berman,L- Abresch,M
1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 c5 3.c3 e6 4.Bd3 d5 5.f4 Nc6 6.Nd2 Bd6 7.Ngf3 0-0 8.0-0 Ne7 9.Ne5 Nf510.Rf3 Qb6 11.Kh1 Bd7 12.Qg1 cxd4 13.exd4 Kh8 14.g4 Bxe5? 15.fxe5 Ne4 16.gxf5exf5 17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.Nxe4? [18.Rg3] 18...fxe4 19.Rg3 Rg8 20.h3 f6 21.exf6 Qxf622.Be3 Bb5 23.Qf2 Qd6 24.Qh2 Be2 25.Qg1 Bf3+ 26.Kh2 Rae8 27.Qc1 Re6 28.Bf4 Qe729.Qe3 Rc8 30.Kg1 Qf7 31.Kf2 Rf8 32.Be5 Rg6 [32...Bd1+] 33.Rag1 Bh5+ 34.Ke1Qxa2 35.Qc1 Rxg3 36.Rxg3 Bg6?? 37.h4 [White misses his chance... 37.Rxg6! hxg638.Qh6+] 37...Qa6 38.Rg1 Rf7 39.Qd1 Qb6 40.b4 Qc6 41.Qb3 Kg8 42.d5 Qa6 43.c4Rf3 44.Bc3 Qa1+ 45.Bxa1 Rxb3 46.b5 e3 47.Kf1 Bd3+ 48.Kg2 Bxc4 49.Kh2 g6 50.h5Kf7 51.hxg6+ hxg6 52.Rc1 Bxd5 53.Rc7+ Ke6 54.Rg7 e2 55.Rxg6+ Kf5 56.Rg1 Rf357.Bd4 Rf1 58.Bc3 Kf4 59.Bd2+ Kf3 60.Rg3+ Kf2 0-1

Cordova,C- Sunderland,G
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 Na5 8.b3 cxb3 9.c4 dxc410.Nxc4 Nxc4 11.Bxc4 Bc6 12.Bxb3 Ne7 13.Bb2 Nd5 14.0-0 Be7 15.Rc1 0-0 16.Nd2Bg5 17.Rc2 Nf4 18.Nf3 Bh6 19.Rc4? Bb5 20.Bc1 Bxc4 21.Bxc4 Rc8 22.Qb3 Ne2+23.Bxe2 Rxc1 24.Qxb7 Rxf1+ 25.Kxf1 Qb8 26.Qe4 Rc8 27.g3 Qc7 28.Kg2 Qe7 29.a4Rd8 30.Bb5 Rb8 31.Qc6 Qb7 32.Qc5 Rc8 33.Qd6 Qc7 34.Qa6 g6 35.Ne1 Rb8 36.Kf1 Qb637.Nc2 Qxa6 38.Bxa6 Kf8 [38...Rb2] 39.Ke2 Ke7 40.Kd3 Rb3+ 41.Ke4 f5+ 42.exf6+Kxf6 43.Ne3 Bxe3 44.fxe3 Kg5 45.Be2 Kf6 46.h4 a5 47.Kf4 h6 48.g4 g5+ 49.hxg5+hxg5+ 50.Ke4 Rb4 [we were thinking black probably should have a win, with aline going something like this. Black also can be aware of chances to sack therook for the bishop on the b5 square in a position where there white king isoutside the square of the black a-pawn. 50...Ke7 51.Bb5 Kd6 52.Bd3 Rb2 53.Bb5Rb3 54.Bc4 Ra3 55.Bb5 Ra1 56.Be8 Rg1 57.Kf3 e5 58.dxe5+ Kxe5 59.Bd7 Rb1 60.Bf5Rb4 61.Bd7 Kd6 62.Be8 Kc7 63.Kg3 Re4] 51.Bb5 Rb2 52.Kf3 Rd2 53.Ke4 Rg2 54.Kf3Rd2 draw agreed. -

Abresch,M- Chandler,W
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Bb5+ Nbd7 5.Qd3 Nxd5 6.c4 N5f6 7.Nf3 c6 8.Ba4 Nc5 9.Qd1Nxa4 10.Qxa4 Bxf3 11.gxf3 Qxd4 12.Nc3 e6 13.Be3 Qe5 14.0-0-0 Bc5 15.Bxc5 Qxc516.Rd2 Qg5 [and here Black lets a wonderful position get ruined by failing tocastle. 16...Rd8 17.Rxd8+ Kxd8 18.Rd1+Kc8 is also a safe and sane alternative here.] 17.Qb4 Rb8 18.Qd6 Rc8? 19.Ne4Nxe4 20.Qd7+ Kf8 21.Qxc8+ Ke7 22.Qxb7+ Kf6 23.fxe4 Rd8 24.Rhd1 1-0

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