Sunday, March 29, 2009
Realized, no matter how much I like chess, with a tough profession in IT and a family to maintain, I won't be able to play the whole weekend in tournaments. So the only option was to go for shorter time control with one day events. I do not do well in 60 mins or less but had no choice.
So started playing in G/60 events in Marshall Chess Club in New York. They have this every alternate weeks. So far I played 3 events (28-Feb, 14-Mar & 28-Feb). Scored 3/4, 3/4 and 2.5/4 in these and go the under 2000 prize in all 3 occasions. The rating jumped from recent low of 1944 to 1955-1969-1974.
Overall playing okay, still far from my best but getting there. Will publish the games in coming days.
No matter what, I am still missing the folks & culture of SWCC.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Paul Fricano won the even clear first with 4.5/5. Congratulations to Paul ! Garvin won the Class B as clear first. Thanks a lot to Ashish, Gregory Reese and others for offereing a chance to play in Milwaukee after a long time. Very well organized. It deserved even higher participation. Games from the event to follow.
Link to the results
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Christopher A. Bastin
White: Slav defense, Bg4 variation
Black: Nimzo-Indian, Samisch variation
Patrick A. Walsh
White: Trompowsky, Ne4-d5 variation
Black: Bogo-Indian, Nbd2 variation
Daniel L. Johnson
White: Trompowsky, Unusual (Nc6) variation
Black: Ruy Lopez, Anti-Marshall variation
Overall I really liked it. I could play Ruy Lopez from black side after a long time ! I used to play e5 to e4 when I started playing chess (before moving to Sicilian). I actually played the variations I play over the board. The best thing is I could analyze some positions for days which is different from normal tournaments. I hope when these positions will come up in live events, I would make use of this experience.
In summary, Corr chess is more like searching the truth in the position. If you love chess and like analysing the position, bringing the deep secrets out, Correspondence chess is the way to go. Following are the games from the event.
Roychoudhury,Souvik - Walsh,Patrick
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 b6 6.Bxe4 dxe4 7.Nc3 f5?! [7...Bb7 8.Qg4; 7...Bb4 8.Qg4 0-0 9.Bh6 Qf6 10.Qxe4] 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qh3 Nc6 [9...Bd6 10.0-0-0 Bxf4 11.exf4 0-0 12.Qe3 Nd7 13.f3 Bb7 14.fxe4 fxe4 15.Nh3 Nf6 16.Ng5 Qe7 17.h4 (17.Ncxe4 Bxe4 18.Nxe4 Nd5 19.Qg3 Nxf4 20.Rhe1) 17...h6 18.Ngxe4 Bxe4 19.Nxe4 Nd5] 10.0-0-0 Ba6 11.d5
Walsh,Patrick - Roychoudhury,Souvik
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 b6 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Bxd2 h6 7.g3 Bb7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 d6 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.e4 Bxe4 12.Qc3 c5
Roychoudhury,Souvik - Bastin,Christopher
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Qb3 Qc7 6.Ne5 Bh5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Bd2 Nc6 9.Na3 e6 [9...Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 (10...Qxe5 11.Qxb7 Rd8 (11...Rb8 12.Bb5+) 12.Nb5+-; 11.Rc1 Qb6 (11...Qd8 12.Qxb7; 11...Qb8 12.Nb5) 12.Nb5+-] 10.Rc1 Bd6 11.Nb5 Qd8
12.Nxd6+ Qxd6 13.Qxb7 0-0 14.Nxc6 Nd7 15.Bb4
Bastin,Christopher - Roychoudhury,Souvik
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.Bg5 Qa5 7.Qb3 [7.Qd3 cxd4 (7...Ne4 8.Bd2) 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Qxd4 e5] 7...cxd4 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Qb4 Nc6 10.Qxa5 Nxa5 11.cxd4 b6 12.e4 Bb7 13.Bd3 f5 14.f3 fxe4 15.fxe4 f5
16.Nf3 fxe4 17.Bxe4 Bxe4 18.0-0 Bxf3 19.Rxf3 Nxc4 20.Rc3 d5 21.Ra2 Kd7 22.Kf1 Raf8+ 23.Ke1 Rf4 24.Rd3 Rhf8 25.Kd1 Rf1+ 26.Kc2 R8f2+ 27.Kb3 Rb1+
Roychoudhury,Souvik - Johnson,Daniel
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Nc6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 Be7 5.Qd2 b6 6.Nf3 Bb7 7.d5 exd5 8.exd5 Nb4 9.0-0-0 [9.Bc4 0-0 10.0-0] 9...Nbxd5 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.Bc4 Nf6 [11...Bxg5 12.Nxg5 Nf6; 11...h6] 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 [12...gxf6 13.Qh6] 13.Rhe1+ Be7 14.Qg5 Kf8 15.Qf5 d5 16.Bxd5 Bxd5 17.Rxd5 Bd6 18.Ne5 f6 19.Nd7+ Kf7 20.Qe6+ Kg6 21.Ne5+
Johnson,Daniel - Roychoudhury,Souvik
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.h3 Na5 9.d3 0-0 10.Nc3 Bb7
11.Bd2 Nxb3 12.axb3 c5 13.Ne2 Nh5 14.Ng3 Nxg3 15.fxg3 f5 16.exf5 Rxf5 17.Rf1 Qb6 18.Kh2 Raf8 19.Rb1 d5 20.Be3 Bd6 [20...Qe6 21.Qe2 e4 22.dxe4 dxe4 23.Nd2 Bd6; 20...e4 21.dxe4 (21.Nd2 Rxf1 22.Nxf1 d4 23.Bg1 e3) 21...dxe4 22.Nd2 Qe6 (22...Qg6 23.Bf4 h5 24.Qe2 h4) 23.Qe2 Bd6 24.Rxf5 Rxf5 25.Rf1; 20...Qe6 21.Qe2 (21.Nd2 Rxf1 22.Nxf1 d4 23.Bg1 e4 24.dxe4) 21...e4 22.dxe4 dxe4 23.Nd2 Bd6 24.Rxf5 Rxf5 25.Rf1 Rxf1 26.Nxf1] 21.Qe2 Qc7 22.Nh4 Rxf1 23.Rxf1 Rxf1 24.Qxf1 d4 25.Bd2 [25.Bf2 e4 26.Nf5 (26.dxe4 Bxe4) ] 25...e4 26.Nf5 Bf8 27.Bf4 Qf7 28.g4 g6 29.Ng3 exd3 30.cxd3 Qxb3 31.Qe2 Qf7 32.Bd2 c4 33.dxc4 bxc4 34.Be1 d3 35.Qd2 Qd5 36.Nf1 Bb4
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Compare that with say Football. You play better 3 quarters and scored a lot of points. Nobody can take back those points from you. Alas, Chess is a different sport.
I still love it. Love it and Hate it. That it does not pay back for all the hard work before and during the game, so often. Following are some of my recent games where I was winning clearly and then came the villain move and I had to go back empty handed, with a lot of emotional pain along with.
This is against Erik Santarious (2220) in Midwest team championship. I had a fotress and with draw secured. Bu I saced a piece as I wanted to win. And was winning as well. Simple Ne3+ followed by cxb4 and then Bxd5 (if needed) wins clearly. I saw that, thought for 10 mins and do not know why, played fxg6. Now my pawns on kingside are broken and lost their mobility. Erik blocked them and then in my time trouble won.
Against William Williams (2200) from a closed position, I outplayed him and got a winning position. g5 traps the Rook.. Ne5 will be answered by de when his Queen is attacked. After Rh3, Bg4 wins the exchange with the threat of mate. I saw it when I played earlier Bf3+ but when the moment came, I just played Rg5 and then lost due to in time trouble. I would have crossed 2000 if I would have won this game.
Again from Midwest team championship. Frist round against Yeng (1800). My team lost as I lost. If I would have won, we would have won (Sorry Parker, Paul, Cardenas). I outplayed my opponent in Nimzo India defense. Wanted to play Ra8 to exchange and simplify. But suddenly the flash buld (wrong one) was fired and I played c4 to avoid any check on light squared only to see Nf5 with Rg7 threat wins a Rook. Still I was very much on the game as his Bishop was bad, I have a pawn for exchange and all prospects to get through the closed queenside. But there followed the aftershock and lost as I opened the kingside to get back teh exchange.
Latest one. Against Paul Fricano (1968) in ongoing SWCC club championship. I have a clear winning position. I planned to play Bc5 pinning the Knight, ensuring exchange of one (or more) pieces and then safely getting home with 2 connected, unobstructed pawns on queenside. But suddenly my hand went for Rook and I played Rxc3 to allow his Queen back to game. It was still okay and I got the following position
Just needed to play Qc8 and black still wins. But It was not to be this way. Played exf and some more errors in time toruble cost me the game which I felt I played better 98 mins but the last 2 mins shadowed the same. One consolation is Paul didn't lose the pawn, he saced it. So in one way, he deserved the same.
Recent loss from Waukesh tournament against Ivan Wijetunga (1830). I do not think I will lose another game again with 2 pawns up and exchange up position ! Have you ever done anything similar ? Black is winning and it does not need any expert analysis. When I went for this position, i planned c5 to free the Bishop. In case of dxc Rc8 or Qa3 gets the pawn back. When the position came, I felt Rc8 is even better. Bxc4 is met by Na3 when one pair of pieces exchanged leaving white not much stuff to justify an attacke for still pawn down and exchange down position. I saw castle allows Ng5 etc for a kingiside attack. White had nothing at this position and giving him something was meaningless, especially when black had some many options. But I still castle and do not still know why.
But an exchange and pawn is a lot of material. So I still had teh chance. I could still have played c5 or even the dumb Bc8 to avoid the Nxe6 sac. But I played Nd6 - Second Blunder .He took on g6 and saced on e6. It was still an equal position but I managed to lose.
Finally this one also from the nightmareish team tournament where I lost 3 game in 5 round, all from winning position. His queen is overloaded, defending both d5 Rook and G4 Bishop. Simple g6 followed by Rxd5 gets the piece. This way I get an escape route for my King. I thought for a while but again for unknown reasons, play Rxd5 directly. Won the piece but he had mate threats and eventually in time trouble I managed to lose.
Whom, if not me or God, shall I blame for this ? May be nobody. This is the name of the game. Chess is indeed a Cruel game.
I know it must have happended to all of you. Do share your thoughts....
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I could have lost the game ! Missed a knight fork and had terribly bad position - passive and underdeveloped. I was committed to try my best. My young opponent played a very good game and missed his chance narrowly. Well played Veech !
Roychoudhury,Souvik (1976) - Veech,John (1813) [A45]
SWCC Club Championship, Hales Corner (3.3), 24.07.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 The most common response 3.Bf4 c5 Sharpest variation....can be said the main line 4.f3 Qa5+ 5.c3 Nf6 6.Nd2 I liked to play d5 here which is a complex, tactical game and have won a convincing game again Fricano on this line. But against a young player, wanted to play positionally. 6...cxd4 7.Nb3 Qb6 8.Qxd4 cxd is just bad. White's kingside is cluttered and black gets a free game 8...Nc6 9.Qxb6 axb6 10.Nd4 e5 11.Nxc6 exf4 12.Nd4 This is all theory and we played it within 1 min. One funny point is if you put this position to Fritz or Rybk, it wl show aslight advantage to black. I must repeat white has NO ADVANTAGE in Tromp. Then why do I play this ? I play this because the positions are complex enough and one can play for win. My 70+% score in Tromp is because I played the middle gamm better than my opponent. When they were better (like Amanov, Santarious), I lost. 12...d5 Few other common response here are Nd5 (which I feel best) and Bc5. d5 is also comon. It frees the c8 Bishop and stops white's Nh3 move. 13.e3!?
Here I planned Kd2 followed by Nd2. But suddenly saw that I am losing an exchange and a pawn and the game by a knight fork on b3 !! The a1 rook is undefended. 22.Kc2 Black is clearly winning here. Fritz assessment is black is 3 pawns up ! HOWEVER, I recently realizzed that I generally did not lose games with just one blunder. I always had another shot and when I lost, I lost for the second blunder. I was committed to apply that lesson and try hard and wait for my chance. 22...b5? Unnecessary waste of time. Ra3 wins easily. 23.b4 I was desparate to complicate the position 23...Nd7? Na4 attacking c3 is much simpler. Black gave few tempo to white. Black has slight advantage only now. 24.Kd2? Counter favor. Kd1 was better as on d2, white gets into the knight check from c4. Black has again clear plus 24...Ne5 25.Ne2 Nc4+ 26.Kd1 Ne3+ 27.Kd2 Nc2!! I saw it is coming few moves back but could do nothing to stop it. If Veech played very well in this game. Excellent move.
28.Nd4!? White sacs the exchange but stays in the game as he will get the b5 pawn back and has a fortress in center. Maaaaay beee some complication can bring him back to the game. [28.Kxc2 Rxe2+ 29.Kb3 Rxg2 Black is a pawn up and white has nothing to show in return. Passive and bad.; 28.Rac1 Rxa2 29.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 30.Kxc2 Rxe2+ 31.Kd3 Rxg2-+] 28...Nxd4?! Too smart [28...Nxa1 29.Nxb5+ Kd7 30.Rxa1 Re6 Black should have played this line. Soften the kingside and open the lines for rook.] 29.cxd4 Ra3 I personally felt Rc8-c4 is better 30.Rhc1 Though now I see black is still clearly better but at this point I was much relieved over the board 30...Ree3 31.Rc5 I was thinking I am getting the b5 pawn back. I missed something. 31...Rad3+?! [31...b6! My rook will be trapped if I take on b5 ! neither of us saw it over the board.] 32.Kc2 Rxd4 33.Rxb5 Re2+ 34.Kc3 Rc4+ 35.Kd3 I was thinking Kb3-followed by Rd1 to get the d-pawn but black will take on king side pawns and win 35...Rxg2 36.Rxb7 White is very close to being saved here. Rook endings are easier to defend for losing side. 36...Rxh2?! Rf4 defending the f7 while attacking the f3 was better. 37.Rxf7 I was thinking whether to play a4-a5 trying to get the pawns first. They say, in Rook ending the activity is more important than material. But today I had enough for trying subtle moves. Played simple. Actually a4-a5 or b5 ideas loses as black will also roll with h5-h4 and might get some mating attack for the cut off king with f5-f4. 37...Rxb4 38.Rxg7
Sunday, July 20, 2008
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Pokorski,Jeff (1652) - Roychoudhury,Souvik (1976) [A45]
SWCC Club Championship Waukesh (2.4), 17.07.2008
2.e3 was premature and discloses white plan too early. Colle is ineffective against g6 set up. I should have played 2....g6 here. 3.Bd3 d5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 c4 followed by Bf5/Bg4 was also good. I wanted to keep the tension in the center. 6.h3 Bxf3 [6...Bh5 I was afraid in this case white can take the c5 pawn and keep the same. Analyzed for some time but I was wrong in my assessment. 7.dxc5 e5 8.g4 Bg6 9.Bb5 This is the move I was worried 9...Bxc5 10.Nxe5 0-0 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bxc6 Rc8 13.Bb5 Ne4
1.d4 Nf6 2.e3?! c5!?
Black is down a pawn but fully developed. White's queenside is jammed and not developed. His kingside is loose due to extended pawn moves. Queen can jump to h4, pawn breaks line h5 or f5, bringing Rooks to action, sac on f2/e3 - black has a lot of play. Actually black has an advantage here.] 7.Qxf3 e6 [7...e5 I wanted to play this move but felt it would simplify things for white. May be a6 was a better profileactic move. 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Bb5+ Nc6 10.c4=] 8.0-0 a6 Too clever...playing for tempo so that if white takes on c5, I can take in one move. a6 is an useful move stopping Bb5/Nb5 and weakness of b6 can not be exploited given the current position. I was also thinking of cxd but that would allow white to play Bc1 first before developing the Knight on d2. 9.Nd2 Now ehite plans to take on c5 and play e4 when he can take with Knight. He has a Bishop pair with no weakness. It would be very difficult for black to extract win. 9...cxd4?! Bad move as it hands over a good structure to White. I took a risk to sharpen the game. What is my plan to win if I play the right move like Bd6 ? Here I have changed the structure to match Queen's gambit exchange variation and can play for minority attack. Since Knight is blocking the Bishop on c1, I'll be able to play Bd6 and h6 to ensure C1 bishop does not get a good square. But mu assessment was wrong as I found later. 10.exd4 cxd is bad as Bc1 will be locked and black will be the first to use the c-file. 10...Bd6 11.Re1 Here I realized something. I was thinking th Knight had no good squares but it can now go to f1-g3-h5. White has two bishops and open diagonals. The rook can be lifted. This is like Caro Kann exchange variation. This types of positions I play a lot and know there are a lot of attack white can generate. 11...0-0 12.Bc2!? Too blant. 12...Qc7?! I was also equally crude. The threat was to play Nd4 when c2 Bishop is hangling. later I realized white can also get a pawn by intermediate Bxh7+. I should have played for counterplay before white completes his development through b5-b4 [12...e5 This was found to be best move considerinbg the counterplay black gets in return of the isolated pawn. Saw a recent game by Eugene Perelstyne like this. 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Qd1 Re8 I was not comfortable to go for this. Not my strength.] 13.Nb3! Missed this move ! This little move defends d4, opens up Bc1 and keeps the queenside tight. I was also worried about Nc5 followed by b4 to close the queenside. 13...Rfc8 Here I realized that h6 to stop Bg5 allows white to sac the Bishop. Thought he can not do that immediately. It also makes difficult to play a later imminent g6 when white plays Qd3 as h6 will be loose. The purpose of my move was to respond Qd3 with Nb4! when I get the powerful c2 Bishop and can safely got for minority attack. 14.Bg5! White is clear better here. If I get this position, 60-70% chance I would win. 14...Be7 15.Bf4 Bd6 16.Bg5 Claer he is happy with draw. But I can not. So I took a big risk here. 16...Nd7! I would defend from trenches. This avoids exchanging one piece. I plan to play Nf8 later. This also controls e5 & c5. Just see, I have no piece in my kingside and everything is jammed on queenside. But I knew I could bring them back quickly and some of them can controlling kingside from distance. I was also thinking of Ne8 when it covers g7 square and can be activated via Nd6. This also keeps 7th rank free for Queen to cover the key kingside squares. But somehow I felt Nd7 is a better defensive move. 17.Qd3 g6 Blunts the d3 Bishop. Nf8 would locked the knight for protection. 18.Rac1! I liked this move as now my Nb4 trick does not work! 18...b5 [18...Bf4 I thought for this move or after intermediate Bh2+. This forces exschange of the Bishop but I was not sure whose Bishop was better. All my pawns were on light squares and this bishop was defending the dark squares. Plus exchanging on f4 white gets a tempo to play Re3-f3 and may be Qd2-f4/h6 etc. I felt I should start my counterplay quickly.] 19.h4! Good move. This position with g4 begs for this move. 19...b4 20.h5 Nf8?! I was afraid of hxg followed by Re6 sac. Last week only I lost a game to Ivan from a clear winning position by missing the Ne6 sac. [20...bxc3 21.hxg6 hxg6 22.Rxe6
22...Bh2+ 23.Kh1 Nf8! 24.Rxc6 (24.Re2 cxb2 25.Rb1 Nb4 26.Qh3 Re8!!-/+ A lot of analysis still needs to be done.) ] 21.Qh3 Bf4 Now it is clear that Bf6 is a big threat with Queen aiming the h8 and I must exchange this powerful Bishop before it is too late (say allows him to sac the exchange) 22.Bxf4 [22.hxg6? Bxg5 23.gxh7+ Kh8 24.Qg4 Qf4 25.Qh5 bxc3 26.bxc3 Qf6-/+] 22...Qxf4 23.hxg6 hxg6 I thought for a long for Ng6 but that isolates my pawns and the Knight remains pinned to h7. White still has an advantage. 24.g3 Aiming as Kg2 followed by Rh1. 24...Qf6 The Queen defends the kingside very well and can not be forced out from her trench (f6 or g7). 25.Kg2 bxc3 26.bxc3 After a long forced moves, I got a breathing time. Thought for a long here. e5 was one idea and same is Rb8. Recently I lost a few games by trying to be over aggressive. Today I wanted to play like Petrosian and win through accurate defense. I felt I must move the Nc6 to open the Rc8 to c3 pawn. After all the key is to have a counterplay. I can't just defend and win. White has not sacrificed anything (yet). 26...Nb8 Not the best move but practical choice. The knight heading to d7 controlling the c5 square in case white plays Nc5 to block the c-file. But this is too slow. 27.Rh1? At last the blunder comes. I was hoping for a false step from my opponent from a long time. He was taking a lot of time but was playing solid. Here He had less than 10 mins. But I think Bb1 first to keep the c3 pawn was better. Position is again becomes unclear. 27...Rxc3! I thought for a long time here as white has a strong threat of Bg6 when my Rc3 is undefended. But eventually I saw I could defend the position. 28.f4 Prevents the Qf3+ [28.Bxg6? Qf3+! Black queen abandones the kingisde to get counterplay. Leaves the defensive duty to the brave knight on f8 alone. All other move loses. 29.Kg1 Rxc1+ 30.Nxc1 Nxg6 was better but I planned this move. 30...fxg6 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.Rh7+ Ke8 Nh7 was better but in the trees analysis I was this move though really risky but wins. I am sure I would have played otherwise when the position would have come on board.] 28...Rc4 Qg7 was better but somehow I was anxious to not keep my Rook loose for long. 29.Rh2? Bad move. Nd2 was better. [29.Nd2 Rxd4? White gets a tempo on Nf3. Rc8 was better. 30.Nf3] 29...Nc6 I was anxious to develop my queenside and here I needed to bring the knight back on c6 toi attack the d4. Note c6 is a loose square but my opponent was in time trouble and I wanted to complicate things more for him. 30.Nd2 Here I felt Nd2-Nf3-Ng5 is a strong concept. May be white could have gone for this earlier. 30...Rxd4 White gets a tempo on Nf3. Rc3 was better. 31.Nf3 Rc4 32.Ne5 Bad move again as it losses a pawn and opens the f-file for Queen. White lost a tempo on Rh which allowed me to play Nc6. If he would have gone for Nd2 straight away, Ne5 could have been a strong move. 32...Nxe5 33.fxe5 Qxe5 34.Bxg6 Allows mate with 1 sec on clock. 34...Qe2+ 35.Kg1 Rxc1+ 0-1 MATE