Saturday, April 21, 2007

Another ICC Win

Below is my initial annotation with some diagrams. The flash player is at the bottom.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2007Quad.03.04"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2007.02.22"]
[Round "-"]
[White "shijith"]
[Black "FortyShorty"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E62"]
[Opening "King's Indian: fianchetto with ...Nc6"]
[NIC "KI.73"]
[Time "09:38:27"]
[ICCResult "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. d5
{I'm not enamored of the d5 push. He has d5 well controlled and I think a piece would be better placed there than the pawn. Also, I had forsaken the c5 push with Nc6 and he should have exploited that.}

7... Na5 8. Qd3 c5 9. O-O a6 10. e4 Bd7
{Perhaps b5 would have been better. I think this works though.}

11. a4 e5
{11...Nb3 12.Ra3 Nxc1 13.Rxc1 might have been better. It certainly is more forcing.}

12. Nd2
{Ne2 did not block the dark bishop.}

12... Rb8 13. b3 Qe7 14. Bb2 b6 15. Ne2

{Taking stock of the position at this point: His dark bishop is fairly blocked from useful play. His knights are on his second rank. One is tied to the defense of the b pawn. He has a very slight space advantage, but the center and q-side are locked down. My a5 knight, while on the rim, constantly threatens his q-side pawns and will be a force if allowed to settle on d4. My other pieces are poised for a k-side assault. I should be able to take the initiative with play on the k-side.}

15... Nh5 16. Rae1 f5 17. exf5

{I was more concerned about 17.f4. 17.exf5 allows me avenues of attack where I am strong.}

17... Bxf5 18. Qe3 Rbe8 19. f4

{I thought this was too late and bad strategy. He is opening up the position in the face of an attack.}

19... Qd7 20. fxe5 Bxe5 21. Bxe5 Rxe5

{This starts the Queen hunt.}

22. Qf2

{Was Ne4 better? It allows me to double rooks on the e file. Supporting the blocking knight with the other at c3 loses the b pawn and the q-side crumbles. Perhaps Qc3? Then the strongest piece for defense is out of the action. Be4 would elicit ...Qe8 and ...Nf6 piling pressure on the pinned piece.}

22... Nf6 23. Nf4 Ng4

{Continuing to harass a queen with no room to maneuver.}

24. Qf3 Rxe1

{The exchange is better here than on e5.}

25. Rxe1 Qg7
{Dual threats: Mate at g2 and an invasion of the q-side dark squares.}

26. Kh1 Qb2

{b3 is dead. The a5 knight will have little problems going to d4. White's pieces don't support each other. The back rank is threatened and his Queen still has little room and can be attacked and driven.}

27. Ne4

{Qe2 was worth a try, perhaps allowing White's Queen to make trouble at e7 after the exchange on b3.}

27... Nxb3 28. Nxd6 Nd4

{The knight finally arrives at d4 and White's Queen has only one square.}
29. Qf1

{There are no other alternatives.}

29... Bd3

{White Resigns. He does not care for the position after 30.Nxd3 Rxf1+ 31.Rxf1 Qc2 32.Nf4 g5 33.Nh3 Ne3 when his q-side pawns will fall and his King will be constantly harrassed.}

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