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  1. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    10 Oct '15 04:56
    This is the first round game from a tournament I am playing in this weekend.

    I started working third shift hours at my job this last year, and it has played havoc with my OTB play- and my rating has taken a whipping.

    I took a little break to retool my chess and rest a bit, and this game is a welcome sigh of relief for me. It's OTB and has a little bit of first round inexact play, and it ends with a two-move cheapo, but these days I take them any way I can get them!

  2. 10 Oct '15 12:45 / 1 edit
    "A two move cheapo." No such thing. A Two move combination.

  3. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    10 Oct '15 13:43
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    "A two move cheapo." No such thing. A Two move combination.

    [pgn]
    [FEN "r1b1r1k1/1p2np1p/pq2pbpB/8/3NP3/P3Q1P1/1P3PBP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 19"]
    19. e5 {Instead of Bg7 play.....} 19... Bh8 {...so White does not have Bxg7 and Nf5 with a check.} 20. Nf5 {Play this anyway.} 20... Qxe3 21. Nxe7+ Rxe7 22. Rd8+ Re8 23. Rxe8[/pgn]
    Yeah, looks like Black's just busted after e5. Even Nd5 and Nf5 are covered.
  4. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    10 Oct '15 14:13
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    Yeah, looks like Black's just busted after e5. Even Nd5 and Nf5 are covered.
    I expected 19. ... Nd5. At first I had planned to whip it off and win the bishop on f6, but my queen would be exposed on the e-file:



    I think after 19. ... Nd5 then 20. Qe2 is my best bet, preserving the b-pawn and still maintaining an edge.

    If my opponent had been equipped with a mental "Greenpawn34 Post It Note", he would have

    1) Looked for loose pieces; and
    2) Checked all checks

    and avoided this fate. Those who refused to acknowledge and respect The Power of the Post It Note do so at their own peril...
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    10 Oct '15 17:52
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    This is the first round game from a tournament I am playing in this weekend.

    I started working third shift hours at my job this last year, and it has played havoc with my OTB play- and my rating has taken a whipping.

    I took a little break to retool my chess and rest a bit, and this game is a welcome sigh of relief for me. It's OTB and has a lit ...[text shortened]... g6 15. Bh6 Re8 16. Rac1 a6 17. e4 Ne7
    18. Qe3 Qb6 19. e5 Bg7 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Nf5+ 1-0[/pgn]
    How did you come up with this thread title?? Absolute genius!!
  6. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    10 Oct '15 19:26 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    I expected 19. ... Nd5. At first I had planned to whip it off and win the bishop on f6, but my queen would be exposed on the e-file:

    [pgn]
    [FEN "r1b1r1k1/1p2np1p/pq2pbpB/8/3NP3/P3Q1P1/1P3PBP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 19"]
    19. e5 Nd5 20. Bxd5 exd5 21. exf6 Rxe3 [/pgn]

    I think after 19. ... Nd5 then 20. Qe2 is my best bet, preserving the b-pawn and still ma ...[text shortened]... acknowledge and respect [b]The Power of the Post It Note
    do so at their own peril...[/b]
    I saw your game with a888888, why did you resign? Ah, never mind, I missed your last move, knight, rather than stop mate.
  7. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    11 Oct '15 23:43
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I saw your game with a888888, why did you resign? Ah, never mind, I missed your last move, knight, rather than stop mate.
    Yeah, I blundered (Post It Note is useless unless one applies it...). I was overdue.
  8. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    11 Oct '15 23:46
    Originally posted by Marinkatomb
    How did you come up with this thread title?? Absolute genius!!
    A "dead cat bounce" is a finance term, where a stock crashes, rallies briefly, and then crashes again- like a cat falling off a building...

    I was an Economics major and a Finance guy until I made a life/career change and went to work for Disney.
  9. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    12 Oct '15 02:32
    I ended up with 3.5 out of 5 and a 2007 performance rating- I feel that any time my tournament performance rating is higher than my RHP rating, it means I had a good tournament.
  10. 13 Oct '15 00:27
    Very nice ending there, Paul. Well done and congrats on your tournament result. Enjoy dinner !
  11. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    22 Oct '15 10:47 / 1 edit
    Paul,

    I sent you my notes on the game, I found a couple positions very interesting!



    Nb5 is interesting instead of Qa4 as d6 is pretty devastating weakness that could be exploited. However, the tactics would be more in the vein of a Sveshnikov Sicilian player so might not be very familiar.



    I wouldn't call this game a cheapo btw - yes in this position Black overlooked the one thing that trumps the loss of the Bishop - attacking the Queen! However, from the move c5 onward Black was pretty much strategically lost.

    It's interesting that if you had played Qc3 instead of Qe3 earlier, Black would have no saving tactic.