I haven't been able to play at the chess club since December so I've had to settle for online games. I was in a coffee shop a couple weeks ago and saw two players playing on a real chess board. I asked if I could get next. They said sure and I sat at the table next to them studying for my Discrete Mathematics class. One of them was clearly a stronger player and would smugly comment and say stuff like, "Ha. Your knight's pinned." The stronger player won the first of two games, the second one he just barely drew where the weaker player blew a won position (something I know lots about). I wanted to show him up. I quickly smashed his pride in front of his hideous girlfriend twice. Thanked him for the games and went to class where I also smashed my teacher's quiz. Being awesome doesn't come easy.
Anyway, the game I'm annotating unfortunately wasn't a live game. This game comes from a blitz game on FICS. I was playing as black against a fellow named psrock rated at 1478. We quickly rattle off main line King's Indian Defense to about move 9 or so. The game ends with psrock resigning after move 31 because a very simple trap I set. Hopefully you guys can enjoy the game and the annotations. I've hosted the game again on chessvideos.tv and would like to have the board available above my annotations.
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[Event "FICS 2 12 Blitz Game"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7
(King's Indian Defense. Before I switched to KID 3-4 months ago, I primarily used Queen's Gambit Accepted as my response to 1. d4. My positions and results against Queen's pawn games have significantly improved as Black. QGA was just too drawish.)
4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5
(Quickly spewed out main line KID.)
(King's Indian Defense Petrosian Variation. A favorite of former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. I really enjoy main line KID where it goes 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 a5 10. Ba3 Ne8?! where Black quietly lets white make progress on the queenside and Black for an f5 push and a violent push towards White's king.The Petrosian Variation just aims to make Black's thematic KID f5 push a little more difficult.)
7. ... c6 8. Bg5
(Everything seems pretty normal KID here.)
(Boring but I saw an easy way to equalize so I got rid of the tension. I thought of 8. ... Qb6 9. Rb1 Na6 10. O-O Nc5 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 and perhaps getting my f5 push in after Be7 but after 12. b4 Nd7 13. dxc6 dxc6 14. Nd5 I felt there would be not much counterplay. It's blitz after all so I decided to simplify into equality.)
9. cxd5 Bd7
(White took with the correct pawn. Why not e-pawn takes d5? My light-squared bishop can suddently find an active home on f5 and my knight can easily go from b8-a6-c5 and suddenly Black's position has come alive.)
10. Qd2 Na6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6
(Bishop takes is better. A queen on f6 is not gonna influence where the action is going to be. 11. ... Bxf6 12. O-O Qb6 is a much more lovely spot for the powerful lady. With an open c-file the action will most likely be on that file and on the queenside.)
12. O-O Nc5
(Premature. 12. ... Rac8 or 12. ... Rfc8 both are better choices. The next move is quite obvious to kick the knight away.)
13. b4 Na4 14. Rac1
(Probably White's first real inaccuracy. Not a big one though. I have the two bishops but 14. Nxa4 Bxa4 15. Rac1 Rac8 16. Qe3 and though it's still pretty even, White has good control over the queenside with a nicely placed queen and bishop.)
14. ... Nxc3 15. Rxc3 Rfc8 16. Rfc1 Rxc3 17. Rxc3 Qd8 18. Qc2 Rc8 19. Rxc8 Qxc8 20. Qxc8+
(Strategically, White just gave up the game here. It's like White is not even playing for the win. Black has a slightly cramped position. By trading off all the major pieces, he's made my position easier to uncramp. Plus he hasn't done jack about my possession of the two bishops.)
21. Nd2 f5!
(Better late than never. Attacking white's pawn center at it's chain and hoping to free up some space to give my bishops the room they deserve.)
22. f3 Kf8 23. Nc4 Ke7 24. a4?
(Fighting the two bishops, you should try to entomb your opponent's pieces or close the position.)
24. ... Bh6!
(Finally some air for this bad boy.)
25. Kf2 Bf4! 26. g3 Bc1
(The idea of Bf4 was to invoke g3 and open up some light squares. If the queenside does get closed, then my light-squared bishop won't have to deal with a g2-h3 pawns preventing it from getting into the game. I thought that this was a clever move from me. :D)
27. b5 fxe4 28. fxe4 Bd7
(Getting ready for perhaps any poor ideas from White. :3)
(If he means to attack my b-pawn, it's easy enough to trap the white knight if he goes for it then it's easy enough to trap the knight by taking away the a5 square, the knight's only retreat option. I decide to lay a simple trap. It is blitz chess after all so setting traps in blitz can lead to easy wins.)
29. ... Bd2! 30. Nxb7?? Bc8
(I had my bishop hovering over c8 in case he took the bait. He fell for it. XD)
31. Nxd6 Kxd6
White resigns 0-1
(Pleasantly surprised but it's not over! White is only down a pawn and Black has to play carefully due to the short distance white's pawns on the queenside and passed center pawn have to queening. Meh, felt pleased that I set a trap and got a win. Thanks for reading. Until next time.)