Saturday, April 16, 2011


(Metrolirot standing to have a better view of the screen in his
game against Epistle. On his left is Nofre Reyes pondering his
move against Doji ) Note: Due to the excitement and pressure, I
was somewhat nervous at the start of the game thus I was standing
from time to time.

This game was played during the 1st Philippine Internet Chess Team
match between Metro Toril Chess Club-Davao vs. BW-Manila held last
April 16, 2011 at Before the start of the match I
had no idea who my opponent would be. The only thing I know is that
our team would be playing black in the 1st round.

( Epistle making his move vs. deadly in a friendly blitz game )

[Event "ChessCube Game"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2011.04.15"]
[Round "-"]
[White ""]
[Black ""]
[ChessCube rating: 2012]
[ChessCube rating: 2043]
[Result "0-1"]
[Time "19:35:08"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]


1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 e5

7. d5 a5 8. O-O Na6 9. a3

More common is 9. Bg5 transposing to the Petrosian system.
Another try for white is 9. Ne1. The game Mahmud,S 2260 vs.
GM Torre, E, 2535 Hongkong zonals went 9. Ne1 Nc5 10. f3 Nh5
11. Nd3 b6 12. Be3 f5 13. exf5 gxf5 14. Qd2 Bd7 15. Rad1 Kh8
16.f4 Nxd3 17. Bxd3 Nxf4 18. Bxf4 exf4 19. Ne2 Qf6 with slight
advantage for black.

Nc5 10. Nd2 a4!

Locking the queen side making it more difficult for white to
commence his thematic queen side expansion.

11. f3 Nh5 12. b4 axb3 13. Nxb3 Nxb3 14. Qxb3 b6

At this point, the excitement and anxity generated by the match
has already settled down. I am now quite happy with my position
having solved my opening problems. My confidence was slowly
building up going towards the middle game.

15. Ra2 f5 16. f4?

This is a positional blunder which caused white's eventual downfall.
In the Kings Indian Black's main problem is his bad bishop at g7.
White's last move opens the dark square diagonal enabling black's
problem bishop to join the fray.

Nxf4 17. Bxf4 exf4 18. Rxf4 Bd4+ 19. Kh1 Qg5 20. Rf1 Qe3

21. Rc2 Bd7

Threatening 22... Ba4. I have now all the fun while my opponent
was probably squirming in his seat.

22. Qb4? Bc5 23. Nd1 Qxe4 24. Qd2 Rxa3 25. Bf3 Qd3

26. Qxd3 Rxd3 27. Re2 Re8 28. Rxe8+ Bxe8 29. g3 b5

30. cxb5 Bxb5 31. Be2

The most critical position of the game.


31...Bc4! I simply miss this tactical shot which would probably
caused white's immediate resignation as there is no defense to
Bxd5. If 32. Bf3 Rxf3! 33. Rxf3 Bxd5!

32. Bxb5! Rd4

I could not exchange rooks otherwise I would enter into an opposite
bishop ending which would have given white ample drawing changes
due to my backward pawn at c7.

33. Kg2 Rd2+ 34. Kh3 Kg7 35. Bc6 Re2 36. Rd1 g5 37. Rf1 Kf6

38. g4 f4 39. Bd7 Re5 40. Bc6

Better is 40. Bc4 as the white bishop has no future at c6.

Re3+ 41. Kg2 Ke5 42. Rf3 Re2+ 43. Kh1 Be3 44. Rh3?

The last blunder. 44.Rf1 is the only move to prolong the game
but black would still have a winning advantage.

44...Ke4! 45. Bd7? Re1+ 46. Kg2 Rg1# 0-1

Final position.

Replay the game below

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