Friday, February 23, 2007

Pearson-Kesti Match Game 2, 1-0

Victory is sweet.

I evened the match with Steve Kesti at 1-1 (Game 1 here) last night for the Reno CC Class B Ch. in a rather strange, long and tiring game that I don't have time to get into postable form right now; but some highlights:

The game began 1. d4 c5 2. d5 b5 3. e4 Ba6--my opening preparations have zero to do with the match so far! :)

Around move 15 he had a chance to force a repetition with a perpetual knight attack on my queen, which couldn't break the pattern without disadvantage, but he chose to avoid it, which allowed to me gain some space on the kingside. Pushing forward, I blundered--he could win a piece, and my attack was not enough compensation. However, after he took the piece and I played gxh7 ++, instead of just hiding on h8, which should win, he took the h7 pawn and I was able to win back the piece and eventually reach a rook ending two pawns to the good. With the second, sudden death, time control approaching, I'm sure I didn't play perfectly, but I played fast enough and well enough to bring home the point.

So despite the flaws and mistakes, of which I'm taking careful note, this is my best victory since my return to tournament chess 15 months ago, in terms of rating (he's at 1764).

On to game 3 next Thursday!

UPDATE: Here's the game:

[Event "Reno CC Class B Ch."]
[Site "Reno, NV"]
[Date "2007.02.22"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Pearson, Robert"]
[Black "Kesti, Steve"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1600"]
[BlackElo "1764"]
[ECO "A43"]

1. d4 c5 2. d5 b5 3. e4 Ba6 4. Nf3 d6 5. Be2 Nf6 6. Nbd2 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. c3
O-O 9. b3 Nfd7 10. Qc2 b4 11. Bxa6 Nxa6 12. Bb2 bxc3 13. Bxc3 Nb4 14. Qb2 Nd3
15. Qc2 Nb4 16. Qb2 Nd3 17. Qc2 N3e5 18. Nxe5 Nxe5 19. f4 Ng4 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21.
Qc3+ Kg8 22. Qg3 Nf6 23. f5 Qb6 24. Kh1 Qb4 25. fxg6 Qxd2 26. gxh7+ Kxh7 27.
Rf4 Nh5 28. Rh4 Kh6 29. Qh3 Rg8 30. Rxh5+ Kg7 31. Qf5 Kf8 32. g3 Qd4 33. Rf1
Qg7 34. Rh7 Qf6 35. Qxf6 exf6 36. Rxf6 Rg7 37. Rh8+ Rg8 38. Rxg8+ Kxg8 39. Rxd6
Re8 40. Kg2 Rxe4 41. Kf3 Rd4 42. h4 a5 43. Ra6 Rxd5 44. Rxa5 Kf8 45. Ke4 Rd4+
46. Ke5 Rg4 47. Rxc5 Rxg3 48. Kf4 Rd3 49. h5 Kg7 50. Ke4 Rd1 51. a4 Re1+ 52.
Kd3 Rf1 53. a5 f5 54. b4 f4 55. Ke2 Ra1 56. Kf3 Rf1+ 57. Kg4 f3 58. Rf5 f2 59.
Kg3 Rb1 60. Rxf2 Rxb4 61. Ra2 Rb5 62. a6 Rb8 63. a7 Ra8 64. Kf4 Kh6 65. Ke5
Kxh5 66. Kd6 Kg6 67. Kc7 Kf5 68. Kb7 Rg8 69. a8=Q Rxa8 70. Rxa8 1-0


Francis W. Porretto said...

So where's the record of the game? I'd like to play through the games you describe, but you don't seem to post the records.

Wahrheit said...

Thanks Fran, for your interest--game 1 is below in viewable form, and I'll get this one posted as soon as I can.

XY said...

If you wanted an ending with Queen Vs two rooks, I think you could have went for:

35. Rxf7 Kxf7
36. Qe6+ Kg7
37. Rxf6 exf
38. Qxd6

Wahrheit said...

xy, right you are--I found this later, as well. It was stronger than what I played, which was still fortunately good enough to win.

Thanks for pointing it out.