Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My Student Defeats "Atomic Patzer"

Last month, my chess student 12-year-old Ziping Liu defeated chess blogger Atomic Patzer in the booster section at the United States Amateur East tournament in Parsippany, New Jersey. Here are the moves.

Round Five: Pirc Defense

Atomic Patzer (USCF 1307) - Ziping Liu (USCF 1461), U.S. Amateur East 5/28/2007

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be3 O-O 6.Qd2 Re8

Black plays this move to meet 7.Bh6 with 7...Bh8. But Black can exploit White's omission of h3 by harassing the dark-squared bishop with 6...Ng4.

7.Be2 e5

This pawn move looks premature. First, Black should complete his development by 7...Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nc6.

8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.Rd1 Rxd1+ 11.Kxd1 Nc6 12.Bc4 Bg4 13.h3 Bxf3+ 14.gxf3 Rd8+ 15.Kc1 Nd4

Despite some inaccuracies in the opening, Black has achieved a good middlegame position.

16.Rd1 Nh5 17.Nb5 a6 18.Na3 b5 19.Bf1 Rd6 20.c4 Rc6 21.Nc2 Nxc2 22.Rd8+ Bf8 23.Bh6 Ng7 24.Kxc2 Ne6

Black is living dangerously here. Instead, 24...g5 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 would break the bind and threaten 26...Bc5.

25.Rc8 Nd4+?

This should have lost a pawn after 26.Kb1 Ne6 27.cxb5 axb5 28.Bxb5.

26.Kc3 b4+ 27.Kd3 Ne6 28.Ke3 a5 29.b3 Rd6 30.Bxf8 Nxf8 31.Be2

White is too cautious. Instead, he gets the better endgame after 31.Rxc7 Rd1 32.Be2 Ra1 33.Rc5.

31...Rd7 32.Ra8 f5 33.exf5 gxf5 34.f4 exf4+ 35.Kxf4 Rd2 36.Ke3 Rxa2 37.Bd3 Ra3 38.Bc2 Kg7 39.Ra6 Kf7 40.Kd2

The correct move is 40.Kd4.

40...Ne6 41.Bxf5 Nc5 42.Ra7 Nxb3+ 43.Kc2 Nd4+ 44.Kb2 Nxf5 45.Rxc7+ Kg6 46.Rb7 Rxh3, White resigns.