Monday, July 25, 2011

Memorable Game 11: I Make Only One Mistake! 1984 Reno City Ch.: S. Rand-R. Pearson 0-1

A little backgound on my opponent: Steve Rand was a great guy, a wealthy retired fellow who had probably been around 2000 USCF for many years. I will always remember a tournament he graciously hosted over a weekend in his home, which featured a living room large enough for five or six games to go on at the same time. He was a friend of the late Grandmaster Larry Evans, who dropped in on the tournament and even chatted with me a bit.

By the time of this game Steve Rand was in his 70s, I suppose, but still sported an 1838 rating. He overlooks one tactical shot and I find all the right moves, which after 16. .Nxf4! admittedly aren't all that hard, but still, since I haven't played many games where I only make one single mistake, nor knocked off that many players rated over 500 points above me, here is Memorable Game 11:


LinuxGuy said...

I would have played Bf3 instead of f4, but I didn't see your discovery either until you played Nxf4. That one missed tactic lead to all of that by force, amazing isn't it?

This must have turned you onto chess even more, but that is why 1800 player must study tactics, so as not to miss one to 1300 player! :-D

Nice game! I play the Q.I.D. and Nimzo sometimes as Black too, so it's always fun to see Black stomp. hehe. Although, White should have equalized into drawish lines at times there, which is why I'd rather play ..Be7 there if going for the win.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how once you start seeing themes in annotated games, they start popping up all over. A "reveal" type move (moving a piece which then reveals other piece(s) behind it that are attacking, sometimes in mating threats) is now something I've seen in a couple other games over the past week.

I'm guessing your opponent couldn't see the lineup of the B+Q on g2 until it was too late because of the Qg5 location. That sort of threat is much more obvious when there's a direct battery and the pieces are physically lined up together; the "long bishop" is a lot harder to spot when it's off by itself.

Another good reminder for me as well, since my board sight for long-range threats isn't always that good, sometimes it seems like I only see maybe 6 squares wide on the board instead of the 8 that I should!