In Chess We Trust (FIDE 1285 – FIDE 1315)

Years and Years of playing the beautiful game of chess I’ve met some great people. Win lose or draw there’s that moment during a game when you have to make a choice – Go for Gold or sit back and take the hits hoping the opponent burns them self out .

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting an extremely strong laid back chess Champ in an OTB match last year. During the match I was keen to just hang on in there and hope to at least be in the game eight moves in…hey a plan is a plan no matter how small ha ha

So I have to admit, knowing that I was going to be facing a chess champ, I knuckled down to some research on their past games(first time ever), just to see if there were any underlying themes in their chess moves. Luckily I did find one piece of useful information that I hoped would help me face this chess monster.

So during the game I set about waiting for their shift towards my King side and mobilised as best possible to simply protect my King. Sounds simple right…but having watched their previous matches, a high percentage of players simply didn’t protect their King side and my opponent took good advantage of this weakness in their armour with brilliant effect.

So I offensively defended my way through the game, trying to block off my opponents attacks as best possible. I resisted the urge to try and blast them off the board and opted to take the hits hoping the opponent burns them self out.

I’ve included a copy of the match for my referencing on how to stay humble during a match especially when against a much stronger player

View 1st Match v Champ – OTB (I play Black)

OTB Game 1 pgn –

[White “Champ”] [Black “Sylvan”] [Result “Draw”] [UTCDate “2017.10.25”]  1. Nf3 Nf6 { A04 Réti Opening #2 } 2. d3 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. c3 O-O 5. Nbd2 d6 6. Be2 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. Qc2 e5 9. Nc4 Be6 10. Ng5 Bxc4 11. dxc4 h6 12. Nf3 Nh7 13. a3 Bg5 14. Nxg5 Nxg5 15. f4 Nh7 16. fxe5 dxe5 17. Be3 b6 18. Rad1 Qe7 19. Rf3 g5 20. Rg3 Kh8 21. Bg4 Nf6 22. Bf5 Rg8 23. Qa4 Nd8 24. b4 Ne6 25. Qc2 Rad8 26. Rf3 Rxd1+ 27. Qxd1 Ng7 28. Rf2 Nxf5 29. exf5 Ne4 30. Rc2 f6 31. Qh5 Qh7 32. Qf3 Nd6


Next Chess Battles with the Champ

Following this great game we were both excited about getting another game on that we met up online to continue our chess battle. I have recorded the matches below for my future reference.

Online Games v Champ

View 1st Online Game v Champ(I play White)

[Date “2017.11.06”]

[White “Sylvan”]

[Black “Champ”]

[Result “1/2-1/2”]

[EndDate “2017.11.07”]

[Termination “Game drawn by agreement”]

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 e5 3.d4 Nd7 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Bc4 c6 6.Ng5 Nh6 7.Nf3 Qf6 8.Bg5 Qg6 9.Nc3 Bd6 10.Qd2 O-O 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Nh4 Qf6 13.Nf5 Bc7 14.Qxh6 Qxh6 15.Nxh6+ Kg7 16.Nf5+ Kf6 17.O-O-O b5 18.Bb3 Nc5 19.f3 Nxb3+ 20.axb3 Bxf5 21.exf5 Kxf5 22.Rd7 Rac8 23.Rhd1 Kg6 24.Re7 Rfe8 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Rd7 Bb6 27.Rd6+ Re6 28.Rd7 f5 29.Ne2 b4 30.c4 Be3+ 31.Kc2 a6 32.Kd3 Bf2 33.Ng3 e4+ 34.fxe4 fxe4+ 35.Nxe4 Bg1 36.Rd6 Rxd6+ 37.Nxd6 Bxh2 38.Nb7 Be5 39.Na5 c5 40.Nc6 Bxb2 41.Nb8 a5 42.Nc6 Kg5 43.Nxa5 Kg4 44.Ke2 h5 45.Nb7 Bd4 46.Nd6 Kf4 47.Nb5 Be5 48.Na7 Kg3 49.Kf1 h4 50.Nc6 Bf6 51.Nb8 Kf4 52.Ke2 Ke4 53.Nc6 Kf5 54.Kd3 Ke6 55.Ke4 Kd6 56.Na5 Kc7 57.Kd5 Kb6  1/2-1/2

View 2nd Online Game v Champ(I play Black)

[Date “2017.11.07”]

[White “Champ”]

[Black “Sylvan”]

[Result “1-0”]

[EndDate “2017.11.09”]

[Termination “Champ won by checkmate”]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Ng5 d5 6.exd5 Na5 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Bxd7+ Nxd7 9.Qf3 f6 10.Ne6 Qc8 11.O-O Bd6 12.Nxg7+ Ke7 13.b3 Qg8 14.Ne6 h5 15.c4 exd4 16.Re1 Kf7 17.h3 Ne5 18.Qd1 Qg6 19.Nd2 Qf5 20.Re2 c6 21.Bb2 Bc5 22.Nxc5 Rae8 23.Ne6 cxd5 24.cxd5 Nd3 25.Bxd4 Qxd5 26.Bxf6 Rh6 27.Nc7 Qc6 28.Nxe8 Rg6 29.g3 Nf4 30.Re7+ Kf8 31.Qf3 Nxh3+ 32.Kh2 Qc8 33.Rae1 Nc6 34.Bg7+ Kg8 35.Qf8+ Kh7 36.Qh8#  1-0

View 3rd Online Game v Champ(I play White)

[Date “2017.11.09”]

[White “Sylvan”]

[Black “Champ”]

[Result “0-1”]

[EndDate “2017.11.16”]

[Termination “Champ won by resignation”]

1.f4 e5 2.Nf3 e4 3.Ng5 e3 4.dxe3 d5 5.Nc3 c6 6.b3 h6 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Bb2 Bb4 9.Qd3 Ne4 10.a3 Bxc3+ 11.Bxc3 Nxc3 12.Qxc3 O-O 13.O-O-O Re8 14.g3 Qe7 15.Kd2 Qxa3 16.Ra1 Qe7 17.Bg2 Nd7 18.Ra3 Qxa3 19.Bh3 Nf6 20.Bxc8 Raxc8 21.Ra1 Ne4+ 22.Kd3 Qd6 23.Qa5 Kh7 24.Ne5 f6 25.Nf3 g6 26.c3 a6 27.Kc2 Qc5 28.Qxc5 Nxc5 29.Nd4 Rxe3 30.Kd2 Rce8 31.b4 Nd7 32.Kc2 Nb6 33.Rd1 a5 34.Rd3 axb4 35.Rxe3 Rxe3 36.cxb4 Nc4 37.Kd1 Nd6 38.Ke1 Nf5 39.Kd2 Ra3 40.Ne6 b6 41.b5 c5 42.Ke1 Rb3 43.g4 Ne3 44.g5 fxg5 45.fxg5 hxg5 46.Nxg5+ Kh6 47.Nf7+ Kh5 48.Ne5 Rxb5 49.Kf2 Ng4+ 50.Nxg4 Kxg4  0-1

View 4th Online Game v Champ(I play Black)

[Date “2018.01.12”]

[White “Champ”]

[Black “Sylvan”]

[Result “1/2-1/2”]

[EndDate “2018.01.15”]

[Termination “Game drawn by agreement”]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.c4 e6 5.Qb3 Na6 6.Ne5 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 O-O 8.cxd5 Qxd5 9.Qc2 Bf5 10.Qe2 Ne4 11.Bd2 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nxd2 13.Qxd2 f6 14.c4 Qe4 15.Nd3 e5 16.f3 Qc6 17.e4 Bg6 18.d5 Qb6 19.g3 Nc5 20.Be2 Nxd3+ 21.Qxd3 Qb4+ 22.Kf2 f5 23.Kg2 fxe4 24.fxe4 Qc5 25.Bf3 Rad8 26.Rhb1 Rf6 27.Rb2 Rdf8 28.Rf1 b6 29.Rbf2 Bh5 30.Qe2 Bxf3+  1/2-1/2

View 5th Online Game v Champ(I play white)

[Date “2018.01.15”]
[White “Sylvan”]
[Black “Champ”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Termination “Sylvan won by resignation”]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 { B02 Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation, Geschev Gambit } 4. dxc6 e5 5. Bb5 Nxc6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. Nge2 Bc5 8. O-O O-O 9. d3 Bb7 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Ng3 c5 12. Nf5 Qc7 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. Bxf6 Qxf6 15. Ne4 Qg6 16. Re1 f5 17. Ng3 f4 18. Ne4 f3 19. g3 Qh5 20. Re3 Rf7 21. Qf1 Raf8 22. Nxc5 Ba8 23. Ne6 Re8 24. Nc5 Bd5 25. c4 Be6 26. Nxe6 Rxe6 27. Rae1 Qf5 28. d4 e4 29. d5 Re5 30. d6 h5 31. Rd1 Rd7 32. Rd4 h4 33. c5 Rxc5 34. b4 Re5 35. Qc4+ Kh7 36. Rexe4 Rxe4 37. Rxe4 hxg3 38. Rh4+ Kg6 39. Rg4+ Kh5 40. Rxg3 Qb1+ 41. Qf1 Qe4 42. Qh3+ Qh4 43. Qxd7 { Black resigns. } 1-0

Online Game – 6 ( I play Black)

I recently played our 6th online game using my real chess board (see pic below), I was hemmed in with nowhere to go. I could shuffle a few pieces hoping to improve my position or I could press hard to exert some kind of authority.

Either way it looked like I was gonna have to suck it up, try and work my pieces together whilst surviving the mighty attack from stalwart Champ.

View the game so far here

Part 2 of Chasing Champ – Having side stepped the avalanche attack, it looked like I was ready to sac for a better position but what does Champ have in store for me????? Suffice to say it was starting to make for an interesting match.

View the game so far here

I kept on shuffling my pieces to try and get a better position on the board. I xrayed his Queen, I attacked his loose pawn and I even threw in a big distraction move with my Queen because I needed to break his rhythm of play somehow.

I’m definitely not a tactics player, I just like to try and have a decent position on the board. Champ had complete control of the board so it was all I could do but to keep shuffling and hope for a miracle. I attach the game below for the result of this match, great game

6th Online Game v Champ (Lichess)

[Date “2018.02.01”]

[White “Champ”]

[Black “Sylvan”]

[Result “0-1”]

[EndDate “2018.02.05”]

[Termination “Sylvan won by checkmate”]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.c4 e6 5.Qb3 b6 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nc6 Qc8 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.e4 N5f6 10.f3 Bh5 11.Nc3 Be7 12.Be3 Qb7 13.Nxe7 Kxe7 14.Rc1 Rhc8 15.Be2 Kf8 16.O-O Kg8 17.Rc2 Bg6 18.Rfc1 c5 19.Nb5 Ne8 20.dxc5 Nxc5 21.Qb4 a5 22.Qe1 Rd8 23.Bxc5 bxc5 24.Rxc5 Qb6 25.Kh1 a4 26.Rc6 Qe3 27.R1c2 Rab8 28.R6c3 Qb6 29.b3 axb3 30.axb3 Qa5 31.Qf1 Rxb5 32.Bxb5 Qxb5 33.Qxb5 Rd1+ 34.Qf1 Rxf1#  0-1

So my ‘Chasing Champ Final Results’ are – 2W – 2L – 3D(including OTB match). I’m very pleased to have been given the opportunity to play against the Champ and hope games like these help to keep on developing my game, bye for now.

In Chess We Trust


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