Wednesday, November 14, 2007

GM Christiansen crushes Retired Pawn

I played Grandmaster Larry Christiansen on November 4th. It went as expected...I lost! You can see me (Extreme left...with my hand covering my mouth) right after my move 7. Qf3.

Forbes,Todd (1294) - Christiansen,Larry Mark (2669)
The Chess Club Simultation Kansas City, Missouri, 11.04.2007

B33: Sicillian Defense, Pelikan and Sveshnikov variations

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nb3 Bb4

7.Qf3 (My intention with this move is to cover both c3 and e4 squares and develope a piece. Silly really. 7. Bd3 is better). 7...d5 8.exd5 Qxd5 9.Qxd5 Nxd5 10.Bd2 Bxc3 (Nothing new in the game, all of the previous moves have been tried before. Now all I have to do is take with the b pawn and Mr. Grandmaster has the pawn structure weakness he wanted. Being one not to cooperate, I make my move)
11.0–0–0?? Bxd2+ (White goes down a piece against a over!)

12.Rxd2 Nde7 13.Bc4 0–0 14.f3 Bf5 15.a3 Rfd8 16.Rhd1 Rxd2 17.Rxd2 Rd8 18.Rxd8+ Nxd8 19.Nc5 Kf8 20.Ne4 Bxe4 21.fxe4 f6 22.Kd2 Ke8 23.c3 Kd7 24.b4 Kd6 25.a4 b6 26.Ke3 g6 27.h3 Ne6 28.Bxe6 Kxe6 29.g4 g5 30.Kd3 Ng631.b5? Nf4+ 32.Kc4? Nxh3 33.Kb4 Nf2 34.a5 Nxe4 35.c4 Nc5 0–1