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alberlie 73 ( +1 | -1 )
It's just a simul game... with 30min +30sec increment/move and with 30 boards, the guy had little more than a few sec per game. But still - I did like my own play, up to move 40 or so... And since for me it's not an everyday thing to outplay an IM, here it is...

[Event "ICC 30 30 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2006.03.27"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Schroer"]
[Black "alberlie"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C18"]
[WhiteElo "2708"]
[BlackElo "1518"]
[PlyCount "141"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]
[TimeControl "1800+30"]

1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3
Nbc6 9. Qh5 Ng6 10. Nf3 c4 11. Be2 Bd7 12. a4 Qa5 13. Bd2 Nf4 14. Qg5 Nxe2 15.
Kxe2 f6 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. Qg3 Raf8 18. Rhf1 Ne7 19. Ne5 Nf5 20. Qg4 Be8 21. f3
Nh6 22. Qh3 Nf7 23. Ng4 Rg6 24. Rfe1 Bd7 25. Ne5 Nxe5 26. dxe5 Qc7 27. f4 Rh6
28. Qg3 Rf5 29. Be3 b6 30. Bd4 Rfh5 31. h3 Be8 32. Reb1 Bg6 33. Kd2 Be4 34. a5
Rg6 35. Qe3 Rxg2+ 36. Kc1 Rxc2+ 37. Kd1 Bf5 38. axb6 axb6 39. Rxb6 Rxh3 40.
Ra8+ Kf7 41. Qg1 Rd3+ 42. Kxc2 Rg3+ 43. Kd2 Rxg1 44. Bxg1 Kg6 45. Rg8 Qe7 46.
Bd4 Qh4 47. Rb7 Qxf4+ 48. Kd1 Qf3+ 49. Kd2 Qd3+ 50. Ke1 Qg3+ 51. Kd2 Qf4+ 52.
Ke1 h6 53. Rbxg7+ Kh5 54. Rg1 Be4 55. Kd1 Qf3+ 56. Ke1 Bd3 57. R8g2 Qe4+ 58.
Kd2 Qf4+ 59. Be3 Qh4 60. Bf2 Qf4+ 61. Kd1 Qf3+ 62. Kc1 Qh3 63. Rg3 Qh4 64. Rxd3
Qf4+ 65. Re3 d4 66. cxd4 c3 67. d5 exd5 68. e6 d4 69. e7 dxe3 70. e8=Q+ Qf7 71.
Qxf7#
ionadowman 15 ( +1 | -1 )
A good fighting game... ...Well done! You always seem to have drawing prospects, until the rooks' intervention on the g-file... An interesting and epic battle!
Cheers,
Ion
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drtimer 2 ( +1 | -1 )
well fought! you should be proud
mattdw 1 ( +1 | -1 )
Good game! Nice! :)
alberlie 488 ( +1 | -1 )
a few notes... 1. d4 e6

Can't hurt to try for the french. If he agrees - I can feel as if I have won the "battle" of the choice of opening, if he declines, I can play the Dutch and can thus steer into territory he probably didn't have in mind by playing d4. So, it's a win - win situation ;o)

2. e4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3
Nbc6 9. Qh5 Ng6 10. Nf3 c4

This is where theory ended for me. Usually black plays 10. ... Qc7 first, and then after 11. 0-0 c4.

11. Be2?

Bad. It's passive, for starters, but also allows the cute little maneuver I pulled off two moves later. Should have done it right away as my move gave him the chance to castle out of danger as long as it was still possible. I figured at the time that it was probably psychology - after all he's rated more than 1000 points above me and the more pieces on the board, the more chance for me to go wrong...

... Bd7 12. a4 Qa5 13. Bd2 Nf4!

Of course, he can't take, for after 13. Bxf4 Qxc3 with a fork on the rook.

14. Qg5 Nxe2 15. Kxe2 f6 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. Qg3 Raf8 18. Rhf1 Ne7??

My turn to blunder. The e5 square is vital here - after all there was a point in playing f6 earlier. Fritz suggested 17 ... e6 right away. Probably good ;o) I was thinking of the discovery on the a4 pawn at the time but as it turned out, I didn't have the balls during the whole game to actually take it - I feared that he would be too strong with his two rooks bearing down on my queenside...

19. Ne5!

*urgh That knight is a pain... Now my rooks are more or less immobilized and there is this Nd7 threat that is no fun to deal with. Also, Bg5 is acutely threatened. So I had to get some cheapo quick!!

... Nf5 20. Qg4 Be8

that takes care of any Nd7-fork for the time being

21. f3 Nh6 22. Qh3 Nf7

Well, that is the fourth knight move in six moves - archieving basically nothing but getting the e5 square again but disconnecting my rooks in the process...

23. Ng4 Rg6 24. Rfe1 Bd7

all of this looks strangely familiar :o/ But there was a point in this - the x-ray on the queen if I would be allowed to play ... e6 now

25. Ne5?!

That's at least dubious. Now white has nothing - the king in the middle, the queen misplaced, my two rooks just itching to chase her around ...

... Nxe5 26. dxe5 Qc7

... and my queen finally finds into the game.

27. f4 Rh6 28. Qg3 Rf5 29. Be3 b6 30. Bd4

I have no idea what this move does - but what else?

... Rfh5 31. h3 Be8 32. Reb1 Bg6 33. Kd2 Be4 34. a5

... finally getting some counterplay. But a bit late. Fritz suggests the same move but for the last three moves. Now, with my bishop actively posted, white looses - or should at least if it's not me, behind the black pieces...

... Rg6 35. Qe3

Interposing axb6 would have been a bit better: 35. axb6 axb6 Ra8+ Kf7 and Qsomewhere but it's still very ugly for white. The text is just plainly lost. Fritz gives something like -4...

...Rxg2+ 36. Kc1 Rxc2+ 37. Kd1 Bf5 38. axb6 axb6 39. Rxb6 Rxh3

Threatening mate on h1 or dire material loss

40. Ra8+ Kf7

It's kinda funny - even though he has the two rooks in a "wide open" corner, they can't really do anything - at least not in time to stop the Rh1 threat.

41. Qg1 Rd3+

As can be expected, Fritz screams and yells at me for trading two rooks for the queen. But I felt that I would much rather play this guy without his queen than with it. And since I was up two pawns...

42. Kxc2 Rg3+ 43. Kd2 Rxg1 44. Bxg1 Kg6 45. Rg8

The last blunder by white. Fritz gives - 6,4 for Kh5. Amazing how badly one can loose.

... Qe7 46. Bd4 Qh4 47. Rb7 Qxf4+ 48. Kd1 Qf3+ 49. Kd2 Qd3+ 50. Ke1 Qg3+ 51. Kd2 Qf4+ 52. Ke1 h6

Finally I decideed to stop fooling around with my queen and try to get my king to something like safety. The sad thing is, that I even saw the line Fritz suggested all along, namely Kh5, followed by Bg6 and blacks rooks are completely shielded off. But I didn't see how I then would get queen and bishop coordinated enough for mate or anything constructive.
Actually, the winning plan wasn't THAT easy to see, but then again also not that hard to find. Above, after 50. Ke1, Qe4+ would have been the move. Then, there's a bit of shuffeling around with the queen, but the gist of all is this is, that the king will either get driven towards the kingside (and mated by king+queen) or caught on the backrank. Then, next step, this Kh5-maneuver, defending against any rook harrassement and after Rxg7 Bg6, there is very little white can do. Either I simply walk my king up the board (*grrr I never thought of THAT - gee, the king is a piece too), or (if he moves his rooks,) I threaten mate by Bd3 (or a similar move depending on where his king is) and if he moves with the bishop, I simply eat all the pawns.

53. Rbxg7+ Kh5 54. Rg1 Be4

Well, let's simply disregard the rest... :o(( Funnily enough, Fritz is still happy with a -2,5 evaluation. But to win _this_ endgame would have been way over my head in any case...

55. Kd1 Qf3+ 56. Ke1 Bd3 57. R8g2 Qe4+ 58.
Kd2 Qf4+ 59. Be3 Qh4 60. Bf2 Qf4+ 61. Kd1 Qf3+

Here, I still could have saved the draw, by simply keeping to check the king: 62. Kc1 Qf4+ 63. Kb2 Qd2+ Ka3 Qxc3+ etc. But I was so completely horrified, that I honestly forgot that I can take my opponents pieces! :o)) That's also the reason behind...

62. Kc1 Qh3 63. Rg3 Qh4

... this last brilliancy of mine. I actually was unter the impression to defend against mate on g5!!!!. Just a complete breakdown...

64. Rxd3 Qf4+ 65. Re3 d4 66. cxd4 c3 67. d5 exd5 68. e6 d4 69. e7 dxe3 70. e8=Q+ Qf7 71. Qxf7#