Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fooled by a Fata Morgana

Here is my most recent game. For the first time in the Evans Gambit, I threw three pawns at my opponent for a heavy attack. He took them and already I saw myself on the winning side. But somehow I attacked the wrong targets and then let myself be fooled and made a crazy move that I knew would normally lose, but in this special case ... It was not special, of course.

[Event ""]
[Site ""]
[Date "2006.06.10"]
[Round ""]
[White "Mousetrapper"]
[Black "W.S."]
[WhiteElo "1670"]
[BlackElo "1650"]
[ECO "C52"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bc4 Bc5
4.b4 Bxb4
5.c3 Ba5
6.d4 exd4
7.O-O dxc3 {It is very dangerous to take all 3 pawns. One has to been returned soon.}
8.Qb3 {The famous target f7!} Nh6 {A helpless try.} (8. ... Qf6 {The normal reply.} 9.e5 {or Bf5})
9.Bxh6 {Simple Removal of the Guard.} gxh6
10.Bxf7+ Kf8
11.Bh5 {Threatening mate.} (11.Bd5 {Preferred by Deep Shredder.} Qe7 12.Nxc3 $11) 11. ... Qe7 $14 (11. ... Qf6 12.Rc1 d6 13.Nxc3 Bxc3 14.Rxc3 $11)
12.Nxc3 Bxc3
13.Qxc3 Rg8
14.Qe3 {I rejected the pawn push because it attacks nothing. Deep Shredder agrees. But Rfe1 or g3 may have been better. My plan was to attack the targets h6, f8 and c7.} (14.e5 Rg7 15.Rfe1 Kg8 16.Nd4 Nxd4 17.Qxd4 $14) 14. ... Qg7
15.Qf4+ Ke7
16.Nh4 $11 {Wrong plan. Not attack the Queen but the King who is in the center. The right plan is, once again, the thematic pawn push of the Evans Gambit e4-e5.} (16.g3 d6 17.e5 dxe5 18.Nxe5 Nxe5 19.Rae1 Kd8 20.Rxe5 $18) 16. ... d6
17.g3 Be6
18.Nf5+ {My plan was to force the Bishop to take, but the drawback is a weak pawn on f5, hampering my Bishop.} Bxf5
19.exf5 Raf8
20.Rae1+ {Why this Rook? Because the other one would have been tied to protect Ra1. I am happy that Deep Shredder shares my opinion. } (20.Rab1 {Winning a pawn because it cannot advance.} b6
21.Rfc1 Kd7 22.Qc4 $18 {Rule: Attack where your forces are superior. On the queen side: Two Rooks and Queen against Knight and pawns. All black forces are on the king side.} ) 20. ... Kd7 {Oops, my Queen and Bishop are unprotected and can be forked by the black Queen. Queen swap would favour Black.}
21.h4 {Weak and unnecessary against Qg5: I see ghosts, this was easy to parry. Now things turn in favour of Black.} (21.Re4 {I thought this was no option because of the double attack on Queen and Bishop. } Qg5 22.Qf3 $11 {no problem, the Queen retires and the Bishop is protected.} ) (21.Bf3) 21. ... Ne7 {I am back in the game!} (21. ... Qf6 $17 { I didn't see this powerful move.} ) (21. ... Nd4 $17 {this one I feared after having realized my mistake.} )
22.Qa4+ Nc6
23.Re4 {protecting pawn f5. Deep Shredder suggests giving this pawn by Bf3 and Re3.} Kd8
24.Rg4 {Another false plan.} (24.Rb1 $11) 24. ... Qe5
25.Rxg8 {Trading pieces when down a pawn? A consequence of my false plan. Trading is now forced more or less. } Rxg8
26.Qb3 Rg7
27.Qe6 {Crazy! Just suicide! I had lost too much time and did not take time to look properly at the position. Just saw a fata morgana of two connected passers marching for a win. In fact, I lose another pawn and the game. } (27.Qxb7 Rxg3+ 28.fxg3 Qxg3+ 29.Kh1 Qh3+ 30.Kg1 Qg3+ 31.Kh1 Qh3+ 32.Kg1 Qg3+ {I didn't want this draw.}) (27.f6 {Removal of the attacker.} Qxf6 28.Qxb7 {draw prevented, White standing better.}) 27. ... Nd4 {again I am back in the game.} (27. ... Qxe6 28.fxe6 Nd4 29.Re1 Ke7 30.Kg2 Nxe6 $19)
28.Qxe5 dxe5
29.f6 $11 {this pawn is not lost now} Rg8
30.f7 Rf8
31.Re1 Nc6
32.f4 Ke7
33.fxe5 (33.Kf2 {Always improve the piece standing worst! In the endgame, activate the King. I violated two rules here!} Kf6 34.Kf3 exf4 35.Re8 Kg7 36.gxf4 $11) 33. ... Ke6
34.Bg4+ {one more error in time trouble. The rest is a matter of technique ...} (34.Rc1 {pinning the Knight.} Kxe5 35.Kf2 a5 36.Ke3 $11) 34. ... Kxf7
35.Rf1+ Ke7
36.Rxf8 Kxf8
37.e6 Ke7
38.Kf2 Nd4
39.Ke3 Nxe6
40.Bf5 Nf8
41.Ke4 Kd6
42.Kd4 c5+
43.Kc4 a6
44.a4 Ng6
45.Be4 Ne5+
46.Kc3 b5
47.axb5 axb5
48.Bxh7 Kd5
49.Bf5 b4+
50.Kb3 Kd4
51.g4 Nf3
52.h5 Ng5
53.Bg6 Nf3
54.Bf5 Nd2+
55.Kc2 Nf3
56.Kb3 { ... except that I missed the triple repetition here and failed to claim a draw. White resigned on 67th move.} 0-1

In conclusion: White sacrificed three pawns for an overwhelming attack. But then, instead of going for the King, he went for the Queen without being able to bother her. Black threw all forces to defend his destroyed king's wing. The abandoned queen wing with a number of weak pawns would have been an excellent target. But instead of attacking it, White continued to play on the king's side where forces were traded. But White refused to accept that his winning chances had gone. Instead, he deliberately violated a golden rule due to a fata morgana, raised by the hope that he still could win. Black, with some kind help of White, managed to punish him.


At 6:32 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Nice wild game!
Well, what can I say?
Much space for improvement?:)
Especially 24 Rg4 is just physical painful to see.
If you overcome your fear for non-existing threats you will be much more powerful as attacker. You already have the guts to play the Evans gambit.


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