Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hamilton Quads 3/21/2009

Yesterday, at the Hamilton quads, I started playing a Pirc against NM Mark Kernighan [pictured above, as White, in his second round game against NM David Grasso]. But the game turned into a defense resembling a Ruy Lopez!

Round Three: Pirc Defense

Mark Kernighan (USCF 2203) - Jim West (USCF 2217), Hamilton NJ 3/21/2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bf4 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 O-O 6.Bc4 Nc6

7.d5 e5 8.Bg5 Ne7 9.Qd2 a6 10.a3 b5 11.Be2 Rb8 12.Bd3 Bg4 13.Qe3 Bd7 14.h3 c5 15.O-O c4 16.Be2 Qb6 17.Qd2 a5 18.Qe1 h6

19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Nh2 Bg7 21.Bg4 f5 22.Bf3 g5 23.Nd1 Ng6 24.Ne3 Nh4 25.exf5 Nxf3+ 26.Nxf3 e4 27.Nd2 Bxb2 28.Nxe4 Rbe8 29.Rb1 Rxe4 30.Rxb2 Rxf5 31.Qc3 Rfe5 32.Kh2 Qd4

33.Qxd4 Rxd4 34.c3 Rf4 35.Rfb1 h5 36.a4 bxa4 37.Rb7 Be8 38.Kg1 g4 39.hxg4 hxg4 40.g3 Rfe4 41.Rc7 a3 42.Ra1 a4 43.Rxa3 Kf8 44.Ra1 Re7 45.Rxc4 Rxc4 46.Nxc4 Rc7 47.Nxd6 Bd7

48.Ra3 Rc5 49.c4 Ke7 50.Nb7 Rxc4 51.Re3+ Kf6 52.f3, draw.