Friday, August 10, 2007

G. Smith-Pearson 08.09.07 1/2-1/2

When George Smith and I played just two weeks ago the result was a 17-move win for me, but last night at the Reno CC August Swiss he had White and we drew.

Comments: I played 10. ... Bxb1 to eliminate this knight so I could play a5 without fearing the knight occupying my queenside--looking back that was a pretty dumb reason to give up this bishop. On move 22 I played ...e5 and envisioned that the position that occurred in the game four moves later with just queens and opposite-colored bishops would offer me attacking chances against his king on the dark squares. It turned out that if I pushed it too much he would be the one attacking my king on the light squares...I always needed one more tempo to run him down. So a draw was a fair result.

White: George Smith (1506)
Black: Robert Pearson (1605)
Reno CC Swiss 08.09.07
30/90, G/60
Center-Counter (Scandinavian) Defense

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxd5 4. d4 g6 5. Be2 Bg7 6. 0-0 0-0 7. c4 Nb6 8. h3 Nc6 9. Be3 Bf5 10. a3 Bxb1 11. Rxb1 a5 12. b4 axb4 13. axb4 e6 14. b5 Ne7 15. Ra1 Nf5 16. Rxa8 Qxa8 17. Qc2 Rd8 18. Rd1 Qa3 19. Rd3 Qe7 20. g4 Nxe3 21. fxe3 Nd7 22. c5 e5 23. dxe5 Nxe5 24. Nxe5 Bxe5 25. Rxd8+ Qxd8 26. c6 b6 27. Qd3 Qh4 28. e4 Bd6 29. Kg2 Bc5 30. Qg3 Qe7 31. Qf3 Qe6 32. Qd3 Bd6 33. Qf3 Qa2 34. h4 Be7 35. g5 Qe6 36. Qd3 Bd6 37. Qd5 Qe5 38. Qxe5 Bxe5 1/2-1/2

I'm pretty much stumped as to why the pgn viewer isn't working with the above text (which I typed in) after move 4, but I'll try and fix it later by importing from somewhere else...

UPDATE 8/11/07: Game score fixed, you can now paste in the pgn viewer and see the game, thanks to Ernie Hong, sharp-eyed Secretary of the Reno CC.


Eric Shoemaker said...

Hi Robert, giving up the Bishop-Pair in that manner is rarely justified, that's why you don't see too much of this kind of tactic in master play.

To be fair though, George has gotten much better as a player and I was shocked to see him in the 1500's, which as you know is the National Average.

Still, the main thing is to string a series of games together without a loss, even if it means draws. Good work!


Ernest Hong said...

The PGN viewer is hiccuping because of the tiny period after 2...Nf6. At least ChessBase digests the game ok after the period is gone.

Wahrheit said...

Thanks Ernie! Went through it several times and never saw the period...that's why editors were invented.

CT said...

A nice explanation of your motives to play 10...Bxb1

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