The Armstrong Team had it's first match of the season on Thursday against Celbridge. We managed to win 4.5-3.5 which is a great start. Here's the scorecard:
Well done everyone, let's keep it up!
Also, Viktor has kindly annotated his game for everyone to see. Here it is below (I've added in a few diagrams, but the rest is Viktor's analysis).
Korennoi,Viktor (2251) - Dempsey,Paul (2198) [D15] Leinster League Dublin, Ireland (1.1), 07.10.2011 [Ęîðåííîé,Âčęōîð] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.Bg5 dxc4 [5...Ne4 is the most popular move here] 6.a4 Nd5 7.e4 Nxc3 8.bxc3 b5 9.Qd2
fxe6 15.Qc2 Bg7 16.Bxg5ą E.g. 16...hxg5 17.Qg6+ Kf8 18.Nxg5 Qe8 19.Nxe6+ Kg8 20.Qxg7#]
14...e6 15.Qc2 Now the idea is to play Nf3-d2-e4, Bh5 and f2-f4 and use the weakened white squares of black's position. Maybe, it was better to play Qb2, preventing c6-c5. If I tried to restrict black's knight by moving a4-a5, black could play c6-c5, Qc7 and long castle, making it's king safe. Then he plays Nd7-b8-c6, attacking all my pawns (on a5, d4 and e5). And I obviously have no attacking opportunities on Queen's side ever. 15...Nb6 [15...c5!] 16.Nd2 h5? Black has no attacking opportunities on the king's side. Eventually, this move only weakens black pawns [16...Nxa4?! 17.Rxa4 bxa4 18.Qxa4ē;
16...c5!=] 17.h3 [17.f4 is rash 17...h4 18.Be1 gxf4 (18...Nd5 19.fxg5 Ne3 20.Qb2 Nxf1 21.Bxf1 Qxg5 22.Nxc4ģ) 19.Ne4 Nd5ģ; Computer doesn't find white's advanrage after 17.Ne4 h4 (17...Be7 18.Nd6+ Bxd6 19.exd6ą) 18.Nf6+ Ke7 19.Qc1 b4 20.Qxg5 hxg3 21.fxg3 Bh6 22.Nd5+ Ke8 23.Qxd8+ Rxd8 24.Nxb6 Be3+ 25.Kh1 bxc3 26.Nxc4 Bxd4 27.Nd6+ Rxd6 28.exd6 f5=] 17...c5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Qb2 Bc6 [After 19...Rxa1 20.Rxa1 (20.Qxb5+ Qd7 21.Qxd7+ Kxd7 22.Rxa1 cxd4 23.cxd4 c3ģ) 20...Bc6 21.Bf3 Qd7 22.Ra6 white still makes some pressure] 20.Bf3 Nd5 [20...Bxf3 21.Qxb5+ Qd7 22.Qxb6ą] 21.Ne4 My opponent admitted, he didn't see the idea behind this move. Even if he did, black is already in trouble now.
21...cxd4 [21...Qb6 22.Rxa8+ Bxa8 23.Qa3 Bb7 24.dxc5 And I can play Nd6+ at any moment, creating a strong pawn tandem; 21...Rxa1 22.Nf6+ Qxf6 (22...Ke7 23.Rxa1ą; 22...Nxf6 23.Bxc6+ Nd7 24.Rxa1+-) 23.exf6 Ra8 24.Bxd5 exd5 25.Qe2+ Kd7 26.Qe5+-] 22.Nf6+! Ke7 [22...Nxf6? 23.Bxc6+ Nd7 24.Rxa8+-] 23.Bxd5 exd5 24.cxd4 With such a weakened king and no coordination among the pieces black can hardly protect this position. I have two basic ideas: 25. Qd2 Bh6 26. Qb4+ and 25. f2-f4 with the idea 26. Qb4+ Ke6 27. f4-f5 # 24...h4 [24...Qb6 25.Rxa8 Bxa8 26.Qa3+ Winning bishop on a8] 25.f4 Now I can move Bg3-e1-b4, changing black-squared bishop - the last King's defender
25...Qb6 [25...hxg3 26.Qb4+ Ke6 27.f5#] 26.Rxa8 b4 [26...Bxa8 27.Qa3+ b4 (27...Ke6 28.f5#) 28.Qxa8 hxg3 (28...Bh6 29.Nxd5+ Ke6 30.f5+ Kd7 31.Nxb6++-; 28...Qxd4+ 29.Bf2 Qxf4 30.Nxd5++-) 29.Nxd5++-] And the final move is nice 27.Re8+! Black resigned because of 27...Bxe8 28.Nxd5++- 1-0
Hope you enjoyed that, I know I did :D
See you down at the club,