Ooi, Michael (1329) vs Kichavadi, Tejasvi (1271)
[Event "Chess @ Noon - Premier (800+ Rating)"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.07.18"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Ooi, Michael"] [Black "Kichavadi, Tejasvi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1329"] [BlackElo "1271"] [ECO "A10"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Dutch"] 1.c4 f5 2.d4 {This is called the Dutch Defence and it is a good aggressive defence fro Black against 1.d4 or 1.c4} Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e3 Be7 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bd3 O-O 7.O-O b6 8.Bd2 Bb7 9.h3 Nbd7 {This is a mistake as it leaves e6 weak } 10.Qc2 (10.Ng5 {Michael could have played this straight away. He swe it a few moves later}) 10...Kh8 11.Be2 c5 12.Ng5! {Now White will defenitely win a pawn and Black's position will be very difficult} Qc8 13.Nxe6 Re8 14.d5 g6 15.Nb5 {This wins an exchange, knight for rook} Nf8 (15...Rb8? {loses the queen} 16.Nxa7) (15...Rg8 {saves the rooks, but after} 16.Bc3 a6 17.Nbc7 Rb8 18.g4 {the pin on Black's knight on f6 will cost Black more material}) 16.Nec7 Qd7 17.Nxa8 Bxa8 18.Bc3 Kg8 19.Bxf6 {This is the first error by Michael. He gives up his good bishop for a not so good knight. We are told that when we are ahead we should trade material, but it is also worth remebering that we should NOT trade if it makes our position worse than it was before.} Bxf6 20.Nc3 g5 21.Bh5 Re7 22.e4 f4 23.a3 Ng6 24.Bg4 Qe8 25.b4 Ne5 26.Be2 {Now White is probably wishing he had his dark squared bishop as this bishop is struggling to find something good to do} Qg6 27.bxc5 bxc5 28.Nb5 g4 {Black is playing pretty well, trying to cause some headaches for White even though he is material behind.} 29.hxg4 Nxg4 (29...f3 {was an interesting try to open the g-file for Black's queen to attack} 30.gxf3 h5 { and White would have to play some good defensive moves}) 30.Bxg4 Qxg4 31.f3 Qg3 32.Qf2 Qg7 (32...Qxf2+ 33.Kxf2 Bxa1 34.Rxa1 {is very bad for Black. Although Black has won a rook for bishop, White has an extra pawn and Black's bishop is in a very bad position}) 33.Rab1 a6 34.Rfd1 (34.Nxd6 {was a trick that Michael missed} Bd4 35.Rb8+ Qf8 36.Rxf8+ Kxf8 37.Rb1 Bxf2+ 38.Kxf2 { leaves White 2 pawns ahead and with a better position}) 34...axb5 35.Kf1 (35.Rxb5 {was possible} Bd4 36.Rb8+ Kf7 37.Rxd4 Qxd4 38.Rxa8 {and White is still ahead}) 35...Bd4 36.Qe2 bxc4 37.Rb8+ Kf7 38.Rxa8 Qh6 (38...Rb7 { taking control of the open file was good for Black}) 39.Qxc4 Qh1+ 40.Ke2 Qxg2+ 41.Kd3 Qxf3+ 42.Kc2 Qxe4+ 43.Kb3 Qe3+ 44.Rd3 Qxd3+ (44...Qe2 { Black is attacking and shouldn't trade. Here Black's plan is simple: advance the f-pawn}) 45.Qxd3 Re3 46.Qxe3 (46.Kc2 {was better, bringing his king to the centre where it wants to be in the endgame}) 46...fxe3 47.Kc2 h5 48.Rb8 Kg6 49.Rb1 {This retreat was not needed.} (49.Kd3 {White's king can defend against Black's pawns while White's rook is best placed to defend from behind the pawns for the moment}) 49...Kg5 50.a4 c4 {A great move stopping White from moving their king to the centre} 51.Rd1 Bc5 52.Kc3 e2 (52...Kf4 { would have been difficult for White to defend. A good rule for the endgame is that if you can't calculate what to do, then moving the king to the centre is almost always good}) 53.Re1 h4 54.Kxc4 Kf4 55.Rxe2 Kf3 56.Kd3 h3 57.Re1 Kg2 58.Re2+ Bf2 59.Re8 h2 60.Rg8+? {This could have cost White the game} (60.Rh8 {White must sacrifice their rook for Black's h-pawn and then try to win Black's last pawn with their king}) 60...Bg3? {Black also doesn't find the best move!} (60...Kh3 {and Black will promote} 61.Rh8+ (61.Rf8 h1=Q 62.Rxf2 Qxd5+ {is just as hopeless}) 61...Bh4) 61.Rh8 {Now Michael finds the right plan to save the game} h1=Q 62.Rxh1 Kxh1 63.Kc4 Bf2 64.Kb5 Bc5 65.Kc6 Kg2 66.a5 Kf3 67.a6 Ke4 68.a7! {sacrificing this pawn so as to take Black's last pawn} (68.Kb7? Kxd5 69.a7 Bxa7 70.Kxa7 {Black's pawn will promote and win the game}) 68...Bxa7 69.Kxd6 {Now the game is a draw which the players agreed to after a couple of moves.} Bb8+ 70.Kc6 Be5 71.d6 Bxd6 72.Kxd6 {Agreed a Draw} {#d} 1/2-1/2
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WhiteOoi, Michael (1329)
BlackKichavadi, Tejasvi (1271)
OpeningA10 — English: Anglo-Dutch
DateJuly 18, 2020
TournamentChess @ Noon - Premier (800+ Rating)