Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Last minute salvation

Club game, yesterday, G-120, unrated. I was Black against a King's Indian Attack. Interesting game, lots of threats, but both sides played it carefully most time. Deep Shredder Score within +/- one pawn unit most of the time.

Then came the endgame. I had a winning position but not much time left. So I grabbed the wrong plan. Dream of a phantom mate with 7 blocked squares but one escape left. I overlooked this. I made my move and, shame on me, thought that I had won. My opponent said: oh, this is bad! I was so excited that I forgot to write my last move. Even worse: I forgot to press the clock!

Time ticked away, slowly. My opponent just sat there and stared at the position. I waited. Time was ticking. My reserve had been 6 minutes, and it had been ticking down to 2 when all of a sudden I realized my time blunder and pressed the clock!

Now comes the interesting part of the story. The part that will tell you that CTS training pays off! He chased away my King from my Knight and I lost it. But in a fraction of a second I spotted a skewer that won back my Knight in 3 plies. Next moves I played a tempo, and I managed to hold material more or less even. His time reserve had also been melting away, and with both of us less than a minute we agreed a draw.

One more experience, earlier in this game: I had to defend a mating attack with careful pawn and king moves. In the times before CTS training I was very nervous in such situations and threw away many games. Now, after many CTS problems with near-mate King escapes, I am much fitter to handle such situations.

Here is the game:

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.d3 d5 5.Nbd2 e6 6.O-O Be7 7.e4 dxe4 8.dxe4 O-O 9.Qe2 e5 10.h3 Nd4 11.Nxd4 cxd4 12.f4 Bc5 13.Kh1 exf4 14.gxf4 g6 15.Qc4 Bb6 16.e5 Be6 17.Qd3 Nd5 18.Ne4 Bf5 19.c4 Nb4 20.Qb3 Nc6 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Qg3 h6 23.Bd2 Bc5 24.a3 Be7 25.Nd5 Bh4 26.Qf3 Qd7 27.b4 d3 28.Bc3 f6 29.exf6 Rf7 30.b5 Nd8 31.Qe3 Ne6 32.Be4 Bxe4+ 33.Qxe4 Nc5 34.Qf3 Raf8 35.Rg1 Kh7 36.Rg4 Bxf6 37.Bxf6 Rxf6 38.Rag1 Rd6 39.Qg3 Qf5 40.h4 Qe4+ 41.Qg2 d2 42.h5 Qxg2+ 43.R4xg2 Ne4 44.Kh2 Rf5 45.hxg6+ Kg7 46.Rd1 Rh5+ 47.Kg1 Rxg6 48.Rxg6+ Kxg6 49.Kg2 Kf5 50.a4 Rh4 51.a5 Rg4+ 52.Kf1 Rg3 53.Ke2 Rg2+ 54.Kf3 Rf2+ 55.Ke3 Rg2 56.Ne7+ Kg4 57.Kxe4 Re2+ 58.Kd3 Rxe7 59.Rxd2 Rd7+ 1/2-1/2


At 3:34 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

That sounds like quite an exciting game. Can you post the moves?

You've got stronger nerves than I do. I usually blow the game when I get in too much time pressure!

At 4:48 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

Aww, man! Too bad you were in such time pressure, because that looked like a won ending for you with that outside passed pawn.

At 8:56 AM, Blogger King of the Spill said...

Definitely a dramatic story.


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