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  1. 06 Oct '15 09:20 / 2 edits
    I recently moved from NYC to NZ and joined the chess club in the city I'm now living in. The set up in NZ in terms of how club champs and games are played is a bit different to what I'm used to (games are played with a time allowance and then a per move increment rather than a set time for a set number of moves followed by a set amount of time to finish the game). This is my first reasonably serious OTB chess in over 5 years. Anyway, I played in a 5 round club tournament (25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move) to qualify for the club champs. I played the first round of the champs (60 minutes plus 30 seconds per move) yesterday. I'm black against a guy FIDE rated 2235. Here is a position I reached as black with me to move. In my opinion its the crucial position of the game. There are a number of candidate moves for me as black. What would you have played ?

  2. 06 Oct '15 11:10
    Originally posted by st40
    I recently moved from NYC to NZ and joined the chess club in the city I'm now living in. The set up in NZ in terms of how club champs and games are played is a bit different to what I'm used to (games are played with a time allowance and then a per move increment rather than a set time for a set number of moves followed by a set amount of time to finish the ga ...[text shortened]... ck. What would you have played ?

    [fen] 4r1kb/p3p3/2pppnp1/q7/3BP1P1/2N2P2/PrPQ4/R3K2R [/fen]
    White is threatening Rxh8+ so I think I'd play Kf7 followed by Rg8 if really necessary, though I'd be looking to play more aggressive moves such as c5 by preference.
  3. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    06 Oct '15 11:25
    ..c5, getting the bishop off the long diagonal and unpinning the knight of f6. There must be tactics on c3..
  4. 06 Oct '15 12:48
    Interesting.

    If Black plays c5 then Rxh8+ looks OK for White. So Black probably has to play e5.

    I assume White can still castle, there may be a 0-0-0 in there hitting the b2 Rook
    and brining the a1 Rook right into the game.

    Any chance we can see the whole game.
  5. 06 Oct '15 19:11 / 1 edit
    I will post the whole game later, the candidate moves I looked at were :

    a) e5
    b) c5
    c) Bg7
    d) Reb8
    e) Kf7

    yes, white can still castle
  6. 06 Oct '15 20:29
    Here is the full game

  7. 06 Oct '15 21:03
    Is this the chance that you missed? I've had a good look and I think White is winning anyway, but I might have overlooked something.
  8. 06 Oct '15 21:53
    Hi DF,



    was the line we looked at after the game but I guess we were a bit tired !, your line looks forced.
  9. 07 Oct '15 01:32
    Good game, e5 instead of c5. The h8 Bishop will moan but at least
    it's not allowing the sac and an easier game for White to play.

    He's got the perpetual and his moves were not difficult, you on the other
    hand are in blunder land and need to play some exact spot on stuff and
    at 30 seconds a move it's a major accident waiting to happen.

    Out came Qc7 and he played Nd5.

    He could have wrapped it up neater. Had a blitz finish just like a few days ago.

  10. 07 Oct '15 08:32
    If I can go back to the original position, rather than e5 I can't (now) see anything wrong with Bg7





    (sorry can't get the FEN / PGN combo thing to work)

    with a c5 to follow, I believe Qh2 (and/or the h file attack in general) for white is harmless as long as I have the dragon bishop

    thoughts ?
  11. 07 Oct '15 14:34
    I agree. After 18. ... Bg7, White has nothing. In which case 18. ... c5 deserves two question marks!