James Watson (1854) vs Rauri Coffey (1151)
[Event "Spielgovel 2017"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Rauri Coffey"] [WhiteElo "1854"] [BlackElo "1151"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: Marshall, 4.Nf3"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.O-O Bd6 7.Re1 Nd7 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.Nf1 c5! {(JW) I hadn't been happy with how complacently I'd been playing and Rauri to his credit had been playing this very well, with this move he has equalized very easily and can maybe start playing for an edge} 10.c4?! Nf4 {(JW) I'd simply overlooked that this square was available to the knight this whole time. Infact black can already claim to have a preferabble position} 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.h3 Nxe2+ 13.Qxe2 Bxf3?! {(JW) The position is still essentially equal, though after this atleast felt I shouldnt end up being much worse.} 14.Qxf3 b6 15.Rd1 Qe7 16.Be3 Rac8 17.Qg4 Be5 18.Bd4 Bxd4 19.Rxd4 e5 20.Rd5 f5 21.Qe2 Rce8 22.Rad1 Qf6!? {(JW) After this it goes from roughly half a pawn advantage to black to a roughly half pawn advantage for white according to my engine} 23.Ne3 Rf7 24.f3 g6 25.b4 Ne6 26.Rd6 Nf4 27.Qd2 Qg5 28.Nd5 {(JW) Setting a trap which black falls in to, But I'd missed a detail so could probably mark the move as a mistake} Nxh3+ 29.Kh2 {(JW) Kf1 is sound for white for long term reasons that work out due to the pin. here I'd expected black to trade queens, but infact he can just drop the knight back to f4 with a small edge.} Qxd2?? 30.Rxd2 Ng5 31.Nf6+ Rxf6 32.Rxf6 e4! 33.Kg3! e3 34.Re2 Kg7 35.Rc6? {(JW) Suprisgly the engine claims this blows all whites advantage. White needs to bring the rook to d6} Re7? {(JW) Apprently missing some sort of resource} 36.f4?? {(JW) Very poor technique being displayed here. Though it is because I didn't notice the knight can come to c2 blocking access to my king} Ne4+ 37.Kh2 {(JW) Unfortunately Kf3 is a perpetual check so now black is back in the game} Nc3 38.Re1 e2 39.c5 bxc5 40.Rxc5 Nxa2 41.b5 Nb4 42.Re5 Rxe5 43.fxe5 Kf7 44.Rxe2 Ke6 {(JW) Black offered a draw.} 45.Re3 Nc2 46.Rc3 Nd4 47.Rc5 h5 48.Kg3 g5 49.Kf2 f4 50.Rc6+?? {(JW) A moment of complete insanity, Id been lamenting how I'd more or less blown any realistic winning chances when suddenly I remembered that passed pawns separated by a file protect themselves. What I'd forgotten is while they protect themselves, they need an extra file to promote themselves.} Nxc6 51.bxc6 Ke7? {(JW) giving white some chances} 52.Kf3 a5 53.Ke4 a4 {(JW) I paused for thought here, do I stay in the square of the pawn or force through a pawn promotion, I chose the wrong one} 54.Kd4?? {(JW) Kd4 or Kf4 gave white chances as we both end up promoting pawns. For some reason I thought I might be able to track the a pawn and still be in time to reconnect with my passers} a3 55.Kc3 f3 {(JW) A well deserved win by Rauri. I wasnt overly upset about the result as I knew I'd played poorly throughout and in the early stages had been simply outplayed. whilst I fluffed aroound with my winning chances Rauri had played overall quite reasonably where I'd played over all sub par} {#R} *
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WhiteJames Watson (1854)
BlackRauri Coffey (1151)
OpeningB01 — Scandinavian: Marshall, 4.Nf3
DateFebruary 23, 2017
TournamentSpielgovel 2017