Saturday, June 12, 2010

Got Him Again

#Chess .

Back in January I wrote about a guy who was gaming the time controls on the ICCF server.  I had claimed a win against him when he was caught in a server outage and had let his time go critical.  Hey, if you can't get your ten moves done in fifty days, that's on you, Bud.  Exacerbating this is that seems to be this guy's strategy to get easy points.  He wears some players down and gets them to agree to a draw.

Well, we were involved in a second game and for whatever reason he did not make his move today.  I claimed and was awarded the win.


Here are the two games.  The first is the one that ended back in January and the second is the one he DQ'd on today.

[Event "WS/H/195"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2009.7.30"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Owens, Steve"]
[Black "Sladek, Vaclav"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2027"]
[BlackElo "1978"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.b3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O
6.O-O c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.cxd5 Nxd5
11.d4 Rc8 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Qd2 Qd6 14.Rac1 Rfd8 15.Ba3 Nb4
16.Bh3 Rc7 17.Bxb4 cxb4 18.Ne5 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 g6 20.Rc2 f6
21.Nd3 f5 22.Qc1 Rb8 23.Ne5 Bd8 24.Bg2 a6 25.h4 Ra8
26.h5 a5 27.hxg6 hxg6 28.Bf1 a4 29.Bb5 axb3 30.axb3
I think I have a very comfortable game here. I own the c-file and the 6th and 7th ranks are open for my rook.  My Knight has an awesome outpost.  His Bishops are buried and his Rook can only demonstrate on the a-file.  Bc6 will force it back to protect the Light Bishop in any case.

The second game:

[Event "WS/H/187"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2009.6.8"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Sladek, Vaclav"]
[Black "Owens, Steve"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2085"]
[BlackElo "2020"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Nd2 Bf5 4.Ngf3 Nbd7 5.e3 h6
6.Bh4 e6 7.c4 c6 8.Qb3 Qb6 9.c5 Qxb3 10.axb3 Ne4
11.b4 g5 12.Bg3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 Bg7 14.Nb3 Kd8 15.Be2 Kc7
16.b5 Rhb8 17.O-O cxb5 18.Bxb5 a6 19.Ba4 g4 20.Nfd2 h5
21.f3 Nf6 22.Kf2 Bg6 23.Na5 Ng8 24.Rfc1 e5 25.Ndb3 Ne7
26.dxe5 Bxe5 27.Nd4 Rh8 28.Rh1 Nf5 29.Nxf5 Bxf5 30.Rad1 Be6
31.Rd2 Bf6 32.Ke2 gxf3+ 33.gxf3 Rag8 34.Kf2 h4 35.g4 h3
36.Nb3 Be7 37.Ke1 Rh4 38.Rdh2 Rgh8 39.Kf2 f5 40.gxf5 Bxf5
41.Nd4 Bxc5 42.Nxf5 Rxa4 43.Kg3 Rg8+ 44.Kxh3 Rf8 45.Rc2 Kb6
46.Nd4 Bxd4 47.exd4 Rxf3+ 48.Kg4 Rd3 49.Rh6+ Ka7 50.Rd6 Raxd4+
51.Kf5 Rb4 52.Rg2 a5 53.Ke5 d4 54.Rh6 a4 55.Rh1 Re3+
56.Kd5 d3 0-1
This game went twenty six moves longer.  I could tell the guy was upset that he DQ'd on the first game; he let this game go until mere minutes were left for many moves before he eventually over stepped his time again.  This game is again clearly to my advantage.  One of the pawns will Queen.  It's only a matter of time.

Old Klingon Saying:  Revenge is a dish best served cold.  The point puts me into a tie for first in the event with one game yet to be finished between two other players.


  1. Interesting. I just realized today that I haven't heard from one of my opponents in a CCLA section since April; he's within a week of defaulting on both games. I hate it when that happens, to be honest. The gift rating points aren't why I paid my fee.

    So, have you switched mostly to a Reti? I've decided the Colle is too easily countered in correspondence play, so now I'm experimenting with the Catalan and (by accident) English Openings.

  2. "The gift rating points aren't why I paid my fee." Me either, but the way this guy manages his time is very annoying.

    I tried straight QGs in the latest event and had some success. I think I'm going to use a mix of QG and Catalan/Reti/English. Although I've been playing some Scotch against the game on the BlackBerry... :D


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