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  1. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    08 Jan '08 04:44 / 1 edit
    Look at this game I just played. Probably the best game of my life, until I completely get whamslamboozled in this ending. I was looking forward to playing e2 mate, and look what happens. Embarassing. Slimed. GAHHHHHHHH!

    [Event "ICC 40 45 u"]
    [Site "Internet Chess Club"]
    [Date "2008.01.07"]
    [Round "1"]
    [White "B00"]
    [Black "TonyRo"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "B78"]
    [WhiteElo "2600"]
    [BlackElo "2233"]
    [PlyCount "142"]
    [EventDate "2008.??.??"]
    [TimeControl "2400+45"]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Bc4 O-O 9. Qd2 Bd7 10. O-O-O Ne5 11. Bb3 Rc8 12. Qe2 a6 13. h4 h5 14. g4 Nfxg4 15. fxg4 Bxg4 16. Qg2 Bxd1 17. Rxd1 Ng4 18. Bg1 Qa5 19. Nd5 Rfe8 20. Kb1 e6 21. Ne3 Ne5 22. Nf3 Nxf3 23. Qxf3 Qe5 24. c3 Rxc3 25. bxc3 Qxc3 26. Qf2 Rc8 27. Nc4 Qa1+ 28. Kc2 Qb2+ 29. Kd3 Qc3+ 30. Ke2 Rxc4 31. Bxc4 Qc2+ 32. Rd2 Qxe4+ 33. Kf1 Qxc4+ 34. Qe2 Qxh4 35. Qf3 d5 36. Rc2 Be5 37. Rc8+ Kg7 38. Bf2 Qf4 39. Qxf4 Bxf4 40. Rd8 g5 41. Rd7 b5 42. Ra7 h4 43. Rxa6 h3 44. Rb6 g4 45. Rxb5 g3 46. Bd4+ e5 47. Bg1 h2 48. Bxh2 gxh2 49. Kg2 d4 50. a4 d3 51. a5 d2 52. Rb1 e4 53. a6 Bb8 54. Rd1 e3 55. Kf3 Ba7 56. Ke2 Kg6 57. Rh1 f5 58. Rxh2 f4 59. Rh1 Kf5 60. Kf3 Ke5 61. Ke2 Ke4 62. Rh4 Ke5 63. Rh1 Kd4 64. Rh4 Ke4 65. Kd1 Kd3 66. Rh2 f3 67. Rxd2+ Ke4 68. Rh2 Bb8 69. Rb2 e2+ 70. Rxe2+ fxe2+ 71. Kxe2 Kd5 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

    Looking it over with Junior afterwards, it looks like I played absolutely great when push came to shove, then I botched the ending, missing about 8-10 wins, then played just about the only move that lets White draw.
  2. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    08 Jan '08 04:51
    "basic chess endings" is only 24 bucks man......you make me sick.
  3. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    08 Jan '08 04:56
    I own it. And Silman's two books, and Dvorestky's book, and Shereshevsky's book.
  4. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    08 Jan '08 04:59
    Why can't I be 1800 like you tony?
  5. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    08 Jan '08 05:04
    You haven't worked hard enough. STUDY STUDY STUDY, PLAY PLAY PLAY, ANALYZE, ANALYZE, ANALYZE!
  6. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    08 Jan '08 05:05
    you're right.
  7. 08 Jan '08 05:19
    Nice handling of the Yugoslav. I enjoyed playing over that game.

    66...f3? looks like the killer, no?
  8. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    08 Jan '08 05:28
    Yeah that was the final straw. As a sidenote, I didn't actually mean to play 38..Qf4, trading queens. I meant to play Qb4, and keep the queens on, maybe looking to pick up the a-pawn at some point. Unfortunately I typed Qf4 and hit enter! Also, 58..Kg6 isn't the best move either. The obvious 58..f5! is.
  9. 08 Jan '08 05:37
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    Yeah that was the final straw. As a sidenote, I didn't actually mean to play 38..Qf4, trading queens. I meant to play Qb4, and keep the queens on, maybe looking to pick up the a-pawn at some point. Unfortunately I typed Qf4 and hit enter! Also, 58..Kg6 isn't the best move either. The obvious 58..f5! is.
    Yeah, I wondered about the trading of the queens. It seemed to dampen the initiative you worked so hard to gain. Thought you might have preferred simplification at that point though.

    The look on the board after the trading of black's pawns vs. white's was impressive.
  10. 08 Jan '08 07:34
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    Look at this game I just played. Probably the best game of my life, until I completely get whamslamboozled in this ending. I was looking forward to playing e2 mate, and look what happens. Embarassing. Slimed. GAHHHHHHHH!

    [Event "ICC 40 45 u"]
    [Site "Internet Chess Club"]
    [Date "2008.01.07"]
    [Round "1"]
    [White "B00"]
    [Black "TonyRo"]
    [Result "1/2-1 ...[text shortened]... 8-10 wins, then played just about the only move that lets White draw.
    Very good game especially given the caliber of your opponent! Was this a simul or really one on one?

    I like how you were careful not to let him get any real attacking chances. The knight sacrifice ensured he wouldn't get much, but I think you could have done well even if he did get some initiative after hxg4. With White unable to attack Black's king, there is no advantage and after Rxc3, it's clear Black has all the chances. I think you may have actually underestimated your attack by offering a queen trade, but of course, the endgame did become winning for you anyway. Too bad.
  11. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    08 Jan '08 21:56
    Yeah, it was something like a 10 or 15 person simul. It's funny, because most humans, me included, would not play Qf4, but Junior thinks it's unequivocally best. I guess I can be happy I can't type moves correctly! I just enjoyed having 6 pawns for a rook, and am pretty sad I blew it.
  12. 08 Jan '08 22:13
    I don't think that anybody has mentioned that the move 45...g3? is a blunder yet, because of 46.Rb4!

    Of course, 66...f3 seems to be where it's really over, and it's too bad, because that was an awesome game. But really, 67.Rxd2+!! is pretty hard to see.