Knight Keystor

A record of my journey of chess improvement.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Win Against a 1759

I'm back above 1700 (again) after a win today against a 1759 on PlayChess. I'd have to check to be sure, but I think this may be the highest rated player that I've beaten. Looking at his history, he's been as high as 1800+, so I feel pretty good. It wasn't an "error-free" game, but I still think that it was of a fairly high quality...especially in the opening and middlegame. My worst mistakes were in the king and pawn endgame, but he missed the biggest one and made one of his own, allowing me the win. Let me know what you guys think:

Keystor (1680) - Currymuncher (1759) [B21]
Rated game, 30m + 0s Main Playing Hall, 09.11.2006
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bc4 d6 7.0–0 Nf6 8.Qe2 Be7 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.Bf4 e5 11.Bg5 a6 12.Rac1 0–0 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nd5 Qd8 15.Rd3 Be6 16.Nxf6+ gxf6 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Rcd1 Qe7 19.Rxd6 Rfd8 20.Rxd8+ Rxd8 21.Rxd8+ Qxd8 22.g3 Nd4 23.Qd1 Qb6 24.Nh4 Qxb2 25.Qg4+ Kf7 26.Qh5+ Kf8 27.Qxh7 Qb1+ 28.Kg2 Ke8 29.Qh8+ Kd7 30.Qg7+ Kc6 31.Qxf6 Qxe4+ 32.Nf3 b5 33.h3 b4 34.g4 Qxf3+ 35.Qxf3+ Nxf3 36.Kxf3 Kd6 37.Ke4 a5 38.g5 a4 39.g6 Ke7 40.h4 b3 41.axb3 axb3 42.Kd3 Kf6 43.h5 e4+ 44.Kc3 e5 45.Kxb3 Currymuncher resigns 1–0


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and welcome back to the 1700's. I also play at My handle is Samuraipan, if you would ever feel like having a friendly game.


11/09/2006 7:11 PM  
Blogger Loomis said...

There was a neat tactic in an unplayed side line. If instead of 16. ... gxf6 your opponent plays Qxf6, 17. Rxd6 is punished by Bxc4.

The endgame was a good example of why it's so important to know endgames. Not only because the advantage was passed back and forth, but because your opponent should never have traded into that ending. You have to know which endings are won or lost to know whether it's ok to trade the last pieces.

11/12/2006 12:25 PM  
Blogger Ron said...


I'd love a game sometime...I'll keep an eye out for you.


11/13/2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger Ron said...


That is a fun little tactic...I actually saw that line during my analysis while playing the game, but he (obviously) ended up playing the gxf6 line instead.

On your endgame comment, I agree 100%...I was shocked when he traded down into the king and pawn ending, which I knew was won for me. I was then ready to slap myself when I turned it into a draw and then a loss. I saw the mistakes immediately after each of the moves, but fortunately my opponent didn't.

I tend to be pretty decent with K & P endgames...both of my mistakes in that ending were due to carelessness rather than lack of endgame knowledge. Since I was confident that the game was won, I played too quickly...bad, bad, bad!


11/13/2006 9:30 AM  

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