Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Battle of the Bloggers

At least temporarily, my blog has cracked the top ten, surpassing The Chess Coroner by John Moldovan.

On Sunday morning, at Chess Mates, the bloggers squared off.

Round One: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

John Moldovan (USCF 1815) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 4/28/2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 Nc6 5.Nf3 a5 6.Qd5 Nc5 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Bf4 O-O 9.Nc3 b6 10.e3 Bb7 11.Be2 a4 12.Qd1 d6 13.exd6 cxd6 14.O-O f6

15.Nd5 Ne5 16.Nxe5 dxe5 17.Bg3 Nb3 18.Rb1 Bc5 19.Bf3 Rf7 20.Qe2 Qe8 21.Qc2 Rd8 22.Rfd1 f5 23.Be2 f4 24.exf4 Nd4 25.Qe4 Bxd5 26.cxd5 exf4 27.Rxd4 Bxd4 28.Qxd4 fxg3 29.Bf3 gxf2+ 30.Kxf2 Qd7 31.Re1 Qd6

32.Re5 Qc5 33.Qxc5 bxc5 34.Ke3 Rb7 35.Kd3 Rxb2 36.Kc3 Rb3+ 37.Kc4 Rxa3 38.Kxc5 Rc3+ 39.Kb4 Rb3+ 40.Kxa4, draw.

With less than five seconds left, I accepted the draw offer.  Black is winning after 40...Rb7 41.d6 Ra8+ 42.Ra5 Rxa5+ 43.Kxa5 Rd7 44.Kb5 Rxd6.