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December 20, 2018

Christmas blitz 2018

There was a blitz tournament in O’Keefes last Tuesday for the Christmas season. Players were split into two groups, with the winner of each group meeting in the final. Yours truly won the tournament, drawing my game with James O’Sullivan but winning the rest. Nick Larter finished second. I’ll post full results when I get them.

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February 16, 2017

Heinrich -Nilsen

For those of you playing in Bunratty this weekend here is a nice game to warm you up for the tournament. For anyone else just enjoy a well played game. Jan Heinrich had a nice victory in the recent Gonzaga event with a win over a 2400+ rated FM. He has kindly sent on the game with some annotations.

Heinrich, J.(1980) – FM Nilsen, J.B.(2428) Gonzaga, 2017 [Notes by Heinrich]
1.d4 f5 2.b3  (my intention was not to go for main lines. I saw this idea from IM Alex Lopez in his game against Kieran Moynihan at Mulcahy Chess Congress 2017) 2… Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 b6 5.Be2 Be7 6.Bf3 c6 7.Ne2 0-0 8.h4 d6 9.c4 e5 10.g3 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Nbc3 Qe8 13.Qd2 Na6 14.h5  (other options are 14.0-0-0 or 14.Bg2) 14…Nc7 15.0-0-0 e4 16.Bg2 b5! (a very good move. Black is trying to open the queenside for his pair of bishops and play against the weak white king) 17.cxb5 cxb5 18.Nf4 a5 19.Kb1 Qf7 (maybe 19..Bb7 or 19..a4  are stronger options) 20.Bf1 Bd7 21.Rc1 Rfc822.Be2 d5 23.Rhg1 Bg5 24.Rc2 a4 (another move is 24…b4 25.Na4 Nb5 26.Rxc8+ Rxc8 27.Rc1 Na3+28.Kb2 with a fairly equal position) 25.b4 a3 26.Rgc1 Be7 (probably 26.-Bxf4 is better not allowing white his next small combination )

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Heinrich -Nilsen (2017) 27. White to play

27.Nxe4! dxe4 28.Rxc7 Rxc7 29.Rxc7 Bd6 30.Rc5 (I missed 30.Rb7! which is much stronger than 30.Rc5. Now I am offering my opponent to take my Rook on c5 with his bishop.) 30… Bxc5 31.bxc5 (so I’m the exchange down for a pawn but my connected c and d pawns are becoming monsters! )

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Heinrich – Nilsen (2017) Position after Whites exchange sacrifice.

30…Bc6 32.Bd1 Kh7 33.Bb3 Qe7 34.d5 Be8 35.d6 Qf6 (I have to watch the b2 square but centralising my queen to d4 will be very strong)  36.Nd5 Qf8 37.Nc7 Rb8 38.Ne6 (in my time trouble I missed the quickest win after 38.Nxe8 and d7 and c6 ) 38… Qf6 39.Qd4 Bd7 40.Qxf6 gxf6 41.Bd5 Rc8 42.Nc7 Kg7 43.c6 Rxc7 44.dxc7 Bc8 45.Kc2 Kf8 46.Kb3 Ke7 47.f3 Kd6 48.fxe4 fxe4 49.Bxe4 Kxc7 50.Kxa3 Bg4 51.Kb4 Kb6 52.c7 Kxc7 53.Kxb5 Kd6 54.a4 Ke5 55.Bc6 Bxh5 56.a5 Kd6 57.Bg2 Be2+ 58.Kb6 Ke5 59.Bc6 Kd6 60.Bb5 Bf3 61.a6 Be4 62.a7 Bd5 63.Ba6 1-0

January 15, 2017

Pieces beat the Queen

Here is another puzzle from a game I played in the Leinster League at the weekend. It’s not too difficult (there’s a clue in the title 🙂 )

Rad-Quinn (2016) Black to play

Rad-Quinn (2017) Black to play

Most moves for Black are good here. In the game I played Qd6 and won but there is a quicker win. Can you find it?

January 10, 2017

Larter – Nyander

Nick Larter sent on this excerpt from his game against Joakim Nyander in the Mulcahy last weekend.

N. Larter 1715 v J. Nyander 2223, Mulcahy Memorial 2017, Rd. 2
Opening: B20 (1.e4 c5 2.c4 b6).

Position after 36..Rd2

Black has just played 36...Rd2. How should White respond?

Black has just played 36…Rd2. How should White respond?

The critical position from my most interesting game at this year’s Mulcahy. Black’s threat now is just to take the bishop, so I have to act. Here I misread the board and played the very poor 37.Rxf6? and after 37…gxf6 38.Qh7+ Kf8, if I were to try and bring another piece into the attack, Black would quickly mate me, so I had to bail out with 39.Nxe6+ Qxe6 40.Qh6+ Kg8 41.Qxd2 – an exchange down – eventually losing the game in another 20 moves or so, playing on increments.

On the other hand moving the target away with 37.Bg4! would have given me a +1.5 advantage according to the engines and (since Black cannot take the bishop with his knight on account of the mate) launch me on a king hunt after 37…Qd4+ 38.Kh1 Qb2 39.Bxe6+. Such are the margins!

March 26, 2016

Protected: Rzemek – Larter (Cork, 2016)

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March 25, 2016

Protected: Game from Cork Congress

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January 30, 2014

Protected: Limerick Club League update

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May 18, 2013

Protected: A lucky escape

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April 6, 2013

Protected: Some more Ennis Open details.

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March 6, 2013

Protected: A game from Bunratty

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