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This game is one in which I’m supposed to be too embarrassed to publish. For one, I wasn’t calculating well enough, and I had a preconceived idea about how the opening should be played without actually knowing why each move is played that way. And so, I lost control of the play in the opening itself (although you won’t notice till later). Perhaps I should say it’s one of my best-worst games ever. Are you wondering what I mean by “best-worst”? Well, you are about to find out.
This was my 3 rd round game at the National Friends of Chess Championship 2013 event held at the Chevron Recreational Club in Gbagada Lagos which I eventually emerged winner to get my first ever trophy. Please don’t wonder how after you’ve gone through this game. (laugh)
I played as black. And here we go…
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 this is a typical King’s Indian Defense with a slight variation 3. Nf3
…Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e3 the more aggressive e4 would have gained more space in the center
…d6 6. h3 Nbd7 7. Bd3 c5 8. d5 apparently these are moves fighting to gain as much control as possible in the center.
…a6 9. O-O Nh5 g4 here isn’t such a bad option
10. Bd2 f5 11. Be2 I think black was fairly ok up until my next move h6? I was trying to stop the move Ng5, afraid of the same knight jumping into e6 square eventually. I guess I was just afraid of shadows here because knight to b6 easily solves that problem. The better move here was Nhf6
12. Nh4 wins a pawn immediately
…Ne5 and I was relieved to see my opponent play 13. Bxh5? #phew. 13. f4 was the practical move here. Wins the pawn by force.
. …gxh5 14. Qxh5 Nxc4 and there I was with slight advantage and a chance to fight
15. Bc1 Rf7 the appropriate move here is Qe8 which at least removes whatever threats the opponent queen poses in that space
16. Ng6 Qe8 17. Nf4 e5 18. dxe6 Bxe6 19. Qg6 Rf6 20. Qg3 Ne5 trying to bring the knight into play here. But I think it would have been better to take time to move my king away from the pin on the g-file
21. Rd1 Bd7?? And so I blundered. Obviously, I was trying to remove the bishop from the line of the rook to defend my pawn on d6, but I dint see the next move coming. I was really down on time yes, but that’s no good excuse for this move. If I was playing the same game today, I would go for Qc6 instead. This would give prospect to my rook on a8, and a fighting chance on the queen side, and the threat of my opponent’s next move is taken away.
22. Ncd5 Qf7 I was going to lose an exchange one way or the other, but it would get worse to lose an exchange and a pawn. There were other moves on the board eg Kh8, Kh7, and Rf8. maybe they were better moves, but I did not really consider them as I was already agitated about losing an exchange for no tangible compensation. And again, I was so down on time at this point, with my opponent having more than one hour ahead of me. Oh yes, we started at the same time (in case you were asking).
23. Nxf6+ Qxf6 24. Nh5 Qf7 25. Nxg7 Qxg7 26. Qxg7+ Kxg7 and this position seems to further taunt me for my blunder on move 21. I have a faraway rook, my pawn on d6 is hanging, and I am having all kinds of disjointed positions of all my pieces.
27. Rxd6 and my pawn drops
Rg8?? Another blunder, leaving a piece hanging. He that is down needs fear no fall (laughs). What I was thinking here was to quickly bring my rook into play since that had been my initial plan when I played Qf7 the first time to defend my rook on f6 in move 22. But thankfully my opponent did not capitalize on it.
28. b3? f4 was begging to be played Kf7?! Some of my friends call this “taitis” (fake tactics). laughs. I was just trying to be dubious here hoping my opponent would fall for some unreal tactics, and…
29. Bb2 Nf3+? 30. Kf1???????????? Of the two possible options on the board, my opponent chose the only damaging move. I want to point out here that it did not take her up to 5seconds to make this move. She did not think it through apparently, and probably wanted to bring the king into play, it’s the end game after all.
…Bb5+ 31. Resigns 0-1
Yea, I know you can’t believe my luck. I couldn’t too. (Laugh) And so, in a game of 30 moves, between my opponent and me, we played a total of 8 bad moves. But in chess, as well as in life, 1 extra bad move could be too much to make. Now you see why I call it one of my “best-worsts”. My opponent was Madam Racheal Dappa Edward. And she’s one female chess player in Nigeria I respect a lot. Explains why I played so fearfully fishy. I hope you enjoyed reading this. See you next week and have a wonderful weekend ahead. Cheers.