Thursday, April 30, 2009

ICA Spring Open: Rd. 4

After losing round three to one of my perpetual nemesis', I came back with a nice win in round 4. This is the crucial position. I had just played 15...c5

Initially I was concerned with 16. exd6 exd6 17. Rxe8+ Qxe8, removing my queen from the defense of the d pawn. However White can't play 18. Bxd6 because I have 18...cxd4 attacking his pinned knight on c3. My tactical threat was more powerful then his. He can win my pawn, but I'm going to win his knight and have a very annoying passed pawn deep in his territory.

After 16. exd6 exd6 17. Rxe8+ Qxe8, he opted to play 18. Qa3, breaking the pin and threatening my bishop on a6.

Here's the entire game.



hitsujyun said...

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Polly said...

Thanks for the link even though I can't read or speak Japanese. Hopefully your readers' English is better then my readers' Japanese.

chesstiger said...

It's indeed a nice game. However one must admit that your oponent didn't make it to difficult for you. With dxc3 he gave you a covered freepawn and he also blundered his black bishop away which could have made it more difficult for you to promote that pawn on c1.

But no bad about your game, you did what you had to do to take advantage of your oponents mistakes.

erabin said...

do you have any idea if the msa program works for macs?

Polly said...

Evan: I'm not sure if it works with Mac. The programmer makes no mention of operating system requirements. Given my problems uploading text files created with Excel for Mac to the USCF website I suspect it may not work. I run the program on a Windows virtual system on my Mac. (Parallels or Boot Camp allows you to run Windows on a Mac that has an Intel processor.)