Friday, August 15, 2008

A Cruel Game

Chess can be so cruel. In a game played earlier this month Black parries everything White comes up with through 34 moves, and then with one unfortunate lapse throws it all away. Menac Comas,J (2096) - Almeida Quintana,O (2524) XXXIV Open Badalona ESP (1), 01.Aug.2008 Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, Teichmann Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qf3 c6 10.g5 Nfd7 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.Bd3 Bd6
[12...Be7 13.0-0 Rf8 14.h4 Nb6 15.Qg4 Nd5 16.Bd2 Nd7 17.Qxe6 Nc5 18.Qe2 Nxd3 19.Qxd3 Qd7 20.Qe4 Nxc3 21.bxc3 0-0-0 22.Rae1 Bd6 23.Qg2 Rde8 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Qf3 f5 26.gxf6 gxf6 27.a4 Rh8 28.Be1 f5 29.Bg3 f4 30.Be1 g5 31.hxg5 Qf5 0-1 Oppici-De Blasio, Italian Correspondence CS, 1992 (Game 1817 in BDG WORLD 65] 13.0-0 Qe7 14.Be3 Nb6 15.Ne4 Bc7 16.c4 N8d7 17.b4 0-0 18.a3 e5 19.Rae1 exd4 20.Bxd4 Ne5 21.Bxe5 Bxe5 22.h4 a5 23.c5 axb4 24.axb4 Nd5 25.Nd6 Bd4+ 26.Kh1 Qd7 27.Bc4 b6 28.b5 Bxc5 29.bxc6 Qxd6 30.Bxd5 Ra3 31.Bb3 Qd4 32.Bxf7+ Kh8 33.Qe4 Qd6 34.Be6 Rxf1+ 35.Rxf1 Re3??
36.c7 1-0. Threatening to queen the c-pawn, but more importantly, clearing the line for the White Queen to a8. This games says nothing about the BDG, other than it can produce tactical encounters, but we knew that.