Friday, May 7, 2010

LindseyAnn vs. Steen Myrhoj 1-0

[Event " server game"]
[Site " "]
[Date "2010.4.1"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "lindseyann"]
[Black "Steen Myrhoj"]
[TimeControl "-"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1434"]
[BlackELO "1164"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3
{I love the Queen's Gambit. It's normally the only opening I ever play. This is the Marshall Variation, and it is customary for white to respond with 3. cxd5. That isn't really my style though, and I'll normally always play Nc3 on the third move.}
3...Nc6 4.Nf3 b6 5.e3 Bg4 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Be2
{Not the most aggressive placement of my bishop, but I hate pins.}
7...Nxc3 8.bxc3 g6 9.O-O Bg7 10.Qc2
{I made this move with the intention of playing Qe4. I knew there were a lot of defenses to this fork, but...}
10...O-O 11.Qe4 Qd6
{...he chose not to play the proper defense of Bd7 (although, this is another example of me relying on my opponents to make a mistake).}
12.Qxg4 a5 13.Qe4 f5 14.Bc4+ Kh8 15.Qh4
{According the computer, Qe6 is slightly better. But, I was going for a crushing king-side attack.}
15...e5 16.Ng5 h5
{This move I don't understand at all. 16...h6 would have gotten rid of my super powerful knight. Instead he's further weakened his king's position.}
{I was proud of finding this tactic, since this is the sort of thing that I miss a lot. After this I'm a bishop and an exchange.}
17...Rxf7 18.Bxf7 exd4 19.Qg5
{Sure, this move lets me take out the g-pawn, but his (eventual) c-pawn ends up being a pain for me later on. It would have been better to just take cxd4.}
19...dxc3 20.Bxg6 c2 21.Qxh5+
{Well, apparently I shouldn't have worried about his c-pawn, and I should have played 21. Bb2 because 21...Bxb2 would lead to a Mate in 3.}
21...Kg8 22.Bxf5 Qf6
{Bb2 would still be the best response, but I don't play it.}
23.Qh7+ Kf7 24.Bxc2 Qxa1 25.Bb3+
{Things are getting bleak for him. I'm not concerned about my missing rook, because my bishops and queen will dominate the rest of the game.}
25...Kf6 26.e4
{So, I missed a mate in 6 here. I'm not too distraught about that. I knew that getting my pawns in on the action would seal the deal.}
26...Qe5 27.f4 Qe8 28.Qh4+ Kg6 29.f5#
{I especially love it when pawns deliver mate.} 1-0

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Brimoy vs. LindseyAnn 0-1

[Event " server game"]
[Site " "]
[Date "2010.3.28"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "brimoy"]
[Black "lindseyann"]
[TimeControl "-"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO " "]
[WhiteELO "1147"]
[BlackELO "1420"]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.f3 Bc5 4.Nh3
{Hmm, a knight on the rim is grim comes to mind. }
4...Nc6 5.Ng5
{While a knight on g5 can be decisive in middle and late games, there is no point in putting him there with no back-up so early in the game.}
5...O-O 6.Nc3 Nh5
{I played this move wanting to get my knight to f4 and hoping that he might not notice that this opened up a discovery...}
{...He did not notice. I've said before, it's never good to depend on your opponent
to make mistakes, but it certainly helps sometimes.}
7...Qxg5 8.Qe2
{It's pretty much downhill from here for white. He should have played Kf1 to defend the g2 pawn.}
{I'm not sure why I played this move. The obvious response was 8...Nf4, I'll get around to it eventually.}
9.d3 Nf4 10.Qd1
{Another misstep, giving me the g-pawn.}
10...Qxg2 11.Rf1 Bh3
{From here I was convinced that mate was guaranteed. It is for the most part, but he would make me work for it.}
{I think this move was important for him to make, because my knight was pretty dangerous. The computer thinks d4 is better, which makes sense because my dark-square bishop is also pretty dangerous.}
12...Qxf1+ 13.Kd2 Qf2+ 14.Kc1
{Qe2 with a trade would have gotten a lot of the pressure off of him. Instead he chooses to retreat.}
14...exf4 15.Nxf4
{I, thankfully, did not miss the fork...}
15...Be3+ 16.Kb1 Bxf4 17.b3 Bg2 18.Kb2
{And he's given me another beneficial exchange.}
18...Be5+ 19.Kb1 Bxf3
{I of course miss it, but for anyone who's interested: 19...Qd4 20.c3 Qxc3 21.d4 Bxd4 22.Qc1 Qxa1+ 23.Kc2 Qxa2+ 24.Kd3 Nb4+ 25.Kxd4 Qf2+ 26.Kc3 Na2+ 27.Kd3 Nxc1+ 28.Kc3 Na2+ 29.Kd3 Bf1#}
20.Qc1 Bxa1
{I went for the material advantage with Bxa1, however the computer recommended Nd4. Once the knight gets in the game it's pretty much an automatic loss, instead of a slow and painful loss for white. Once I find myself in a winning position, I tend to just try and trade down to fight it out in a overwhelmingly winning endgame (evenish endgames I avoid like the plague)... I was in this mentality at this point in the game.}
21.Kxa1 Nd4 22.a4 Rfe8
{I'm not sure why I didn't play Nxc2+. My whole intention after playing Nd4 was to take out the c-pawn (the only thing holding his pawns together at this moment). I eventually play it, I'm just wondering if there was a reason that I hesitated.}
23.Ka2 Nxc2 24.Kb2
{All I want now is to trade queens, take his pawns and mate him.}
24...Nd4+ 25.Ka3 c6 26.Qc3 d5
{I thought this was a clever way of getting rid of his last minor piece, but I missed a Mate in 12 here (not surprisingly): 26...Nc2+ 27.Ka2 Nb4+ 28.Kb1 Rxe4 29.Qxb4 Qg1+ 30.Kb2 Re2+ 31.Qd2 Rxd2+ 32.Kc3 Qc1+ 33.Kd4 Re8 34.Bxf7+ Kxf7 35.b4 Re4#}
27.Bxd5 cxd5 28.exd5 Rac8
{From here, mate is assured. }
29.Qb2 Qxb2+ 30.Kxb2 a5
{I don't take the fastest route to the win, but I like to get my pawn involved when putting together a mating net.}
31.h4 Re2+ 32.Ka3 Bxd5 33.b4 Rc3#
{White king mated}

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

LindseyAnn vs. TheSnarler 1-0

[Event " server game"]
[Site " "]
[Date "2010.4.9"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "lindseyann"]
[Black "thesnarler"]
[TimeControl "-"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO " "]
[WhiteELO "1416"]
[BlackELO "1075"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3
{This is a weird second move for me, usually I'll just continue with c4, but maybe just wanted to shake things up.}
2...Nc6 3.e4 Na5 4.Nf3 Nh5
{I've never seen such crazy opening moves. The funny thing is, he manages to win a fair number of games playing this way.}
5.Be2 e6 6.O-O
{I'm playing a bit conservatively. The position probably called for some more aggressive play, especially considering how poor his development is.}
6...Bb4 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3
{Yes, I would love to trade my knight for your bishop in what is sure to be an open game.}
8...Nc6 9.Ne5
{When I played this move, I thought it was more clever than it actually is. 9. d5
would have probably been a better choice.}
9...Nf6 10.Nxc6 bxc6
{I'll settle for doubling his pawns though.}
{The computer keeps suggesting that I push either the d or e-pawn, but the truth is, I like to keep the classical pawn center for as long as I can. I feel like it gives me a nice space advantage, and as long as they're not weakness, I don't see the point of splitting them up.}
11...d5 12.e5
{Now, I feel, was an appropriate time to push the e-pawn.}
12...Ne4 13.f3
{This move takes my bishop out of the game a bit. It may have been better to start attacking his weak c7 pawn, but I smell a pawn storm brewing--and, if I can kick his knight off that square in the process, I see no harm.}
13...Ng5 14.Bd2 f6 15.f4
{The computer thinks I should have started trying to penetrate on the queen-side, via the weak dark squares... but, I love a good king-side attack (probably to my detriment)}
15...Nf7 16.Qg3 g5
{He should have just castled and saved himself a lot of grief.}
17.fxg5 Rg8 18.Rxf6 h6
{As soon as I started putting pressure on his king-side, he never really defended properly. Nh8 would have actually been better for him here, because after Raf1 he's in big trouble.}
{And while this pretty much destroys him, it would have actually been better for me to just play 19. Rxf7 Kxf7 20. Rf1+, but things are still really bad for him.}
19...hxg5 20.Bh5
{Well, I missed a forced mate in 8 (20.Rxf7 Bb7 21.Bh5 Qe7 22.Rxe7+ Kxe7 23.Qa3+ Kd8 24.Rf8+ Kd7 25.Rf7+ Kc8 26.Qe7 Rg6 27.Qxc7#) However, I actually manage to mate him in the next 7 moves, so I'm not really sweating it.}
20...Kd7 21.Rxf7+ Qe7 22.Rxe7+ Kxe7 23.Bxg5+ Kd7 24.Rf7+ Ke8 25.Re7+ Kd8 26.Rg7#
{This is probably one of the longest mating patterns I've ever seen in advance. I missed the mate in 8, but after that I played perfectly (something very rare, indeed).}

LindseyAnn vs. John1007 1-0

[Event " server game"]
[Site " "]
[Date "2010.4.9"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "lindseyann"]
[Black "john1007"]
[TimeControl "-"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO " "]
[WhiteELO "1402"]
[BlackELO "1359"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e3
{e4 would have probably been a better move here.}
5...Bg4 6.Bxc4 Bh5 7.O-O Qd6 8.b3
{b3 would have been a nice place for my queen to go.... not anymore.}
8...Bg6 9.Nb5 Qd7 10.Bb2 e6 11.Re1
{I'm not playing great moves, but I'm also not playing terrible moves. When I'm playing against someone close to me in skill-level, I tend to try and make the best moves possible until they make a mistake. The only problem ends up being my "best moves possible" usually aren't subjectively the best moves and I tend to build up small weaknesses. My only hope is that my opponent slips up soon.}
11...Nb4 12.Re2
{Fending off 12...Nc2, however 12. Ne5 accomplishes the same goal with a bit more dynamic play.}
12...a6 13.Nc3 b5
{A now white position is getting a bit cramped.}
14.a3 Nc6 15.Bd3 O-O-O 16.b4 Bd6 17.Nxb5
{A really crazy move on my part, but apparently the right one. I needed some space on the queen-side and I realized that trading a knight for two pawns and a weak enemy king was probably a good idea.}
17...axb5 18.Bxb5 Kb7 19.Rc1 Be4 20.Ng5 Bf5
{This was the worst mistake that black made and it probably cost him the game. He didn't need to retreat the bishop, because it was protected by his knight. He did however need to get his king out of the way, because now I win his queen.}
21.Bxc6+ Qxc6 22.Rxc6 Kxc6 23.e4
{I did miss Nxf7, which makes me pretty made because if there's one thing I usually always look for it's knight forks.}
{He had the chance to protect the f7 square with Bg6, but it doesn't matter because I'm still oblivious to it.}
24.Qc1+ Kd7 25.Rc2 Rdf8 26.e5
{At least I didn't miss this fork.}
26...h6 27.Nf3
{I miss the forced mate (27.exd6 cxd6 28.Rc7+ Kd8 29.Qc6 e5 30.Qxd6+ Nd7 31.Ra7 Ke8 32.Ra8+ Nb8 33.Rxb8+ Bc8 34.Rxc8#)}
27...Bxe5 28.dxe5
{and I miss another forced mate.}
28...Rc8 29.exf6 g6
{I couldn't begin to tell you why he didn't play Bxf3.}
30.Ne5+ Kd6 31.Nxg4
{Wow, I also missed a mate in one... that's pretty shameful. Rd2 would have been checkmate. No worries though, I just extended the game by one extra round of moves.}
31...h5 32.Qd1#
{Black king mated}

LindseyAnn vs. Carlos05 1-0

[Event " server game"]
[Site " "]
[Date "2010.3.31"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "lindseyann"]
[Black "Carlos05"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black king mated"]
[WhiteElo "1397"]
[BlackElo "1109"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2010.5.5"]
[ECO "D20"]
[Board "6750393"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.Bd2 Qxd4 6.Nf3 Qd6 7.Bxc4 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Qc5 9.Bxg7 Qxc4 10.Bxh8 Qxe4+ 11.Qe2 Qb4+ 12.Bc3 Qf4 13.O-O Nc6 14.Rfd1 Bd7 15.Rd3 Nf6 16.Rad1 e5 17.Nxe5 Ng4 18.Nxg4+ Be6 19.Bd2 Qa4 20.Nf6+ Kf8 21.Nxh7+ Ke7 22.Bg5+ Ke8 23.f4 Nd8 24.f5 Qc6 25.fxe6 Nxe6 26.Qe5 f6 27.Qxf6 Nxg5 28.Qf8+ {Black king mated} 1-0