Fishers of Men T-15

Fishers of Men T-15 Final Standings

#* Player Handle* Rtg Rd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Total
1FHUNFI1876W11W10W8W5L2 4.0
2XINGON1359L8W14W13W10W1 4.0
3NoBlitz-Oblige1553F13W13W6D8W7 3.5
4KINGFISHER751522W6D7L10W12W8 3.5
5EVAN72841639W14L8W7L1W10 3.0
6KINGSROOK1107L4X9L3W13X12 3.0
7WILLC1585W9D4L5W11L3 2.5
8GOJIRA1554W2W5L1D3L4 2.5
9EYECHESS1388L7F6D12W14W13 2.5
10RD19741560X12L1W4L2L5 2.0
11CHESSKIX1474L1D12Z14L7W14 2.0
12BIRDSMAN1367F10D11D9L4F6 1.0
13SDCOHLE1355X3L3L2L6L9 1.0
14STANBEERS1420L5L2Z11L9L11 0.5

[Event "T-15 FOM"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2020.11.19"] [Round "1"] [White "chesskix"] [Black "fhunfi"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A13"] [WhiteElo "1471"] [BlackElo "1842"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [TimeControl "2700+45"] {Kudos for Chesskix, that he is s playing a good chess ! I am a bit lucky to escape this game.} 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Nge2 g6 5. d3 Bg7 6. g3 Ne7 {White English System vs Black Hippopotamus System} 7. Bg2 f5 8. O-O O-O 9. Rb1 a5 10. a4 Na6 11. Bg5 h6 $2 { I am expecting Bg5 retreat, but alas.. I missed chesskix's strong reply} ({ Black should unpin Ne7, and I should be happy with my position, thanks to b4 square control, and active bishop pair at 2 keydiagonals} 11... Qe8 $1) 12. Bxe7 $1 Qxe7 13. Nf4 $1 {this is the move that I missed. Chesskix is playing really well. At first glance, Black will lose at least a pawn in all possible answers, as I listed below} Qe8 {seem the lesser evil of all choices} (13... Kh7 $2 14. exf5 $1 Bxg2 15. fxg6+ Kg8 16. Kxg2) (13... Qf6 $2 14. e5 $1) (13... Rf6 $2 14. e5 $1 Bxg2 15. exf6) (13... Rf7 14. exf5 Bxg2 15. Nxg6 Qf6 16. Kxg2 Qxf5 17. Nh4 Qh7) 14. Nxg6 $1 Qxg6 15. exf5 Bxg2 $1 {Black best practical chance. Black will exch his Q with some of White pieces, to create imbalance (messy, disorder, chaotic) position instead of passive position} (15... Qxf5 16. Bxb7 Ra7 17. Be4 Qf7 18. Nb5 Raa8 19. Bxa8 Rxa8 { W is a pawn up and exchange up. Black is hopeless}) (15... exf5 16. Bxb7 Ra7 17. Bd5+ Kh8 18. Nb5 Raa8 19. Bxa8 Rxa8 { W is a pawn up and exchange up. Black is hopeless}) 16. fxg6 Bxf1 ({ can also be considered is :} 16... Bf3 17. Qd2 Nb4 {For the Q, black has compensation of active bishop pair + rook pair, and strong Nb4}) 17. Kxf1 Rf5 { Objectively , W should be better, but from practical point of view, it is not too easy for W to crack black better pieces activity & placement. I am happy with my compensations here - at least I will not lose at once (If I keep my Q at move 15th but lose a pawn & exch )} 18. Ne4 Raf8 19. Qd2 Nb4 20. b3 d5 21. cxd5 exd5 22. g4 $1 {best defense ( tempo. & for empty g3 for Ne4 retreat )} ({ instead of} 22. Nc3 $2 Rxf2+ 23. Qxf2 Rxf2+ 24. Kxf2 Bxc3 25. Ke2 Kg7 26. Rc1 Be5 {Black is better with 2 minor & squares control}) 22... Rf3 23. Ng3 Nxd3 24. Nf5 ({passive} 24. Nh1 { can actually help W to walk into forced perpetual draw} Bd4 25. Qxh6 Rxf2+ 26. Nxf2 Rxf2+ 27. Kg1 Rb2+ 28. Kf1 Rf2+ 29. Kg1 Rb2+ {perpetual} 30. Kf1 { as Black cannot leave perpetual due to mate threat Qh7+ Kf8, Qf7#} Rxb1+ $2 ( 30... Rf2+ {perpetual draw =}) 31. Ke2 Bg7 32. Qg5 $1 c6 33. Qd8+ Bf8 34. Qf6 Bg7 35. Qf7+ Kh8 36. Qe8+ Bf8 37. Qxf8#) 24... Rxf2+ 25. Qxf2 Nxf2 26. Kxf2 { The smoke has been cleared. black must be happy with his -d- passed pawn, but W still has some aces ( strong Nf5 that bind Bg7 / Kg8 / h6 pawn strongly )} Re8 $2 (26... Rf6 $1 {the most accurate move ( remove g6 pawn at first chance ) }) 27. Rc1 (27. Re1 $1 {swap Rook} Rxe1 28. Kxe1 { and WK can slowly approach. W is not worse at all, because the very strong Nf5} ) 27... c5 28. Nd6 $2 (28. Re1 $1) 28... Re6 {White resigned here - as g6 will fall soon. Perhaps a little bit too early as we discussed after the game, as it still require some precise execution from black side, as the line below for instance :} 29. Nf5 Bf8 (29... Rxg6 $2 30. Ne7+) 30. h3 Rxg6 31. Re1 { W active R and N hold the balance} 0-1 [Event "Isolani pawn structure Motif"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2020.11.30"] [Round "2"] [White "fhunfi"] [Black "RD1974"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B24"] [WhiteElo "1861"] [BlackElo "1555"] [PlyCount "104"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [TimeControl "2700+45"] {Selected game from Round-2 FoM T-15. Nearly all of the analysis is taken from our real time post-game discussion.} 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nge2 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. d4 ({If I castle first (instead of immediate d2-d4 push), then Black will have chance for ..d5-d4 pushhimself} 7. O-O d4 $1 8. Ne4 Nxe4 9. Bxe4 Bd6 10. d3 O-O { easier play for Black, instead of isolani theme in actual game}) 7... cxd4 ({ another structure if Black push c5 :} 7... c4 8. Bg5 Be6 9. Nf4 { W is about to remove Nf6 , and catch the weak d5 pawn}) 8. Nxd4 {Isolani d5 . W long term advantage, and Black must seek compensation with active piece play} Bc5 9. Be3 Nxd4 (9... Qb6 $1 { hitting Nd4 and b2, looks like a critical test for W} 10. Na4 Qa5+ $1 (10... Qb4+ $2 11. c3 $1 Qa5 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Nxc5 {W is up a piece}) 11. c3 Bxd4 12. Bxd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 O-O 14. O-O b6 {with Na5 at the edge, Black will have better version of Isolani compared with actual game}) 10. Bxd4 Bxd4 11. Qxd4 Be6 (11... Qe7+ 12. Kd2 $1 {with Rook to e1 following}) 12. Qa4+ { Interesting in-between check} (12. O-O-O { sharp but might give black counter play at Q-side with ..Qa5 / Rd8}) (12. O-O { safer but a bit slower than 0-0-0}) 12... Qd7 (12... Bd7 13. Qb4 $1 { cut BK from ..0-0}) 13. Qxd7+ Kxd7 14. O-O-O Kc6 15. Rd2 Rhd8 16. h3 Rd7 17. Rhd1 Rad8 18. Ne2 Kc5 19. Nd4 {Re-routing N from c3 to d4 outpost. One of important theme against d5 isolani is : weak d4 square in front of it - Piece at d4 will be excellent outpost that cannot be driven away and will block isolani from advancing} b5 20. c3 a5 21. Kb1 { Anticipating ..b5-b4, W is ready to take over the open - c file} Kb6 22. Rc1 h5 23. Re2 Rd6 24. Rce1 Ne4 {Black decided to sac a pawn for more active defense} ({alternatively} 24... Re8 {for passive defense}) 25. Bxe4 dxe4 26. Nxe6 Rxe6 27. Rxe4 Rxe4 28. Rxe4 Rd2 29. Rf4 f6 30. h4 Kc6 31. Rf5 a4 32. a3 Rd5 { bold decision : to enter pawn endgame with a pawn down , with 1 compensation : the more activeBK} 33. Rxd5 $6 {We discussed after the game, that with precise play from both sides, the pawn end should draw} ({ W should keep Rook to keep his edge} 33. Rf4 Kc5 (33... Rd2 34. c4 $1) 34. Kc2) 33... Kxd5 34. Kc2 Kc4 35. f3 f5 $2 {the only Black blunder in this game} ( 35... g5 $1 {save the game} 36. f4 gxh4 37. gxh4 f5 38. b3+ axb3+ 39. Kb2 Kd3 40. Kxb3 Ke4 41. c4 bxc4+ 42. Kxc4 Kxf4 {in this f4-h4 formation (without g3), it take shorter tempo for Black to have -f- passed pawn} 43. Kd3 (43. a4 Kg3 44. a5 f4 45. a6 f3 46. a7 f2 47. a8=Q f1=Q+ {draw =}) 43... Kg3 44. Ke2 Kg2 ({ Black possible blunder} 44... f4 $4 45. Kf1) 45. Ke3 ({W possible blunder} 45. a4 $4 f4 46. a5 f3+ 47. Ke3 f2 48. a6 f1=Q) 45... Kg3 $11) 36. f4 g6 37. b3+ $1 {temporary pawn sac} axb3+ 38. Kb2 {W regain b3 on next move} Kc5 (38... Kd3 39. Kxb3 Ke4 40. c4 bxc4+ 41. Kxc4 Kf3 { In this g3-f4-h4 formation, it took BK extra tempo to remove g3 first} 42. a4 Kxg3 43. a5 Kxh4 44. a6 Kg4 45. a7 Kxf4 46. a8=Q) 39. Kxb3 Kb6 40. c4 Kc5 41. cxb5 Kxb5 42. Kc3 ({ the prettiest way to win this extra pawn endgame : Creating Zugzwang situation } 42. a4+ Ka5 43. Ka3 Ka6 44. Kb4 Kb6 45. a5+ Ka6 46. Ka4 Ka7 47. Kb5 Kb7 48. a6+ Ka7 49. Ka5 Ka8 50. Kb6 Kb8 51. a7+ Ka8 52. Ka6 $1 { and it is not stalemate, as Black still has valid move with his g6 pawn} g5 53. hxg5 h4 54. g6 h3 55. g7 h2 56. g8=R#) 42... Kc5 43. a4 Kd5 44. a5 Kc5 45. Kd3 Kd5 46. a6 Kc6 47. Kc4 Kb6 48. Kd5 { The technique known as : Fox (K) entering chickens (pawns) house} Kxa6 49. Ke5 Kb6 50. Kf6 Kc7 51. Kxg6 Kd7 52. Kxh5 Ke6 {Black resigns} 1-0 [Event "London system K-side attack"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2020.12.06"] [Round "3"] [White "evan7284"] [Black "WillC"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D00"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1565"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [TimeControl "2700+45"] {A nearly flawless London system K-side attack by White} 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 b6 4. c3 Bb7 5. Nd2 e6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. Ngf3 Nbd7 8. Ne5 c5 9. Qf3 Rc8 10. O-O O-O 11. Rad1 cxd4 12. exd4 a6 13. Rfe1 b5 {Middle game plan right out of London system for both sides here are : White is clearly aiming at K-side attack toward Black King, while Black is preparing Minority Attack counter play at Q-side (as lack has 2 pawn there vs White has 3 pawns) - Black is preparing ..b5-b4 thrust here, to break W solid Q-pawn structure a2-b2-c3-d4 into some weakness} 14. a3 Nb6 15. Qh3 Nc4 16. Ndxc4 bxc4 17. Bb1 {as a result of Black Q-side operation, W has b2 weakness. It takes time for Black to exploit it, while W attack at K side can run very fast} Ne4 18. f3 Nf6 19. g4 g6 20. Qg3 ({An idea of attack :} 20. Bh6 Re8 21. g5 Nh5 22. Nxf7 $1 { Nf7 is taboo here, because :} Kxf7 $4 (22... Qc7 23. Ne5 {W is a pawn up}) 23. Qxe6#) 20... Nd7 21. Nxd7 Qxd7 22. h4 Qd8 23. g5 Rc6 ({ One of creative defense resource for Black :} 23... h5 {closing the K side - unless W did en-passant g5 x h6, then Black has ..Bxh4 skewer} 24. gxh6 Bxh4 { W still has attacking initiative though, ie Qg4 for Bxg6 sac idea} 25. Qg4 Bxe1 26. Rxe1) 24. Rd2 Bd6 25. Bxd6 Rxd6 26. Rh2 f6 27. f4 ({immediate} 27. h5 { is also destroying} f5 28. hxg6 hxg6 29. Kf2 { opening of h-file is decisive factor for W attack} Kf7 30. Rh7+ Ke8 31. Qe5 Bc8 32. Bc2 {and Black has no cure against Bc2-a4+}) 27... Bc8 28. h5 f5 29. hxg6 hxg6 30. Qh4 Kf7 31. Qh7+ Ke8 32. Qxg6+ Kd7 33. Rh7+ Kc6 34. Qh5 Qe8 35. Qh4 Rd7 36. Rxe6+ Qxe6 37. Rh6 Qxh6 38. Qxh6+ {Black resigns} 1-0 [Event "Sicilian Accelerated Dragon"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2020.12.13"] [Round "4"] [White "noblitz-oblige"] [Black "Gojira"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B34"] [WhiteElo "1533"] [BlackElo "1564"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [TimeControl "2700+45"] {Tense game where Black initiated some tactical blow, but W responded well - both sides deserve the draw} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Nf3 {more common here : Bc1-e3 or Nd4-b3} Nf6 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. O-O O-O 9. h3 {Bb3 or Re1 or Qe2 will prevent 9...b5 trick} e6 ({this little trick, will exchange W e4 center pawn with black b5 pawn, for Black favor} 9... b5 $1 10. Bxb5 (10. Nxb5 Nxe4) 10... Nxe4 11. Nxe4 (11. Bxc6 Nxc3 12. Bd2 Nxd1 13. Bxa5 dxc6 14. Raxd1 Bxb2) 11... Qxb5) 10. Be3 (10. Bb3 { will carefully avoide Black next ..Nxe4 center fork trick}) 10... Nxe4 $1 { pseude / temporary pawn sac, to activate all black pieces} 11. Nxe4 d5 12. Bxd5 Qxd5 ({black keep the Q will be interesting alternative} 12... exd5 13. Nd6 Bxb2 14. Bh6 Rd8 15. Rb1 Rxd6 16. Rxb2 b6 17. Re1 Ba6 { with chances for both sides}) 13. Qxd5 exd5 14. Nd6 Bxb2 15. Rab1 Bc3 16. Nxc8 Rfxc8 17. Rxb7 Nb4 18. Rxa7 Nxa2 19. Rd1 Nb4 20. Rxa8 Rxa8 21. Bc5 Nxc2 22. Rxd5 Rc8 23. Bb6 Bf6 24. Rc5 Rxc5 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2 [Event "Endgame lesson"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2020.12.20"] [Round "5"] [White "sdcohle"] [Black "Eyechess"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "1307"] [BlackElo "1392"] [PlyCount "122"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [TimeControl "2700+45"] {Lessons from a dramatic pawn endgame} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 {French defense, Exchange variation} 4. Nf3 Bd6 5. Bd3 Ne7 6. O-O {solid short castle. W sometime can play sharper by preparing long 0-0-0 ( Nc3/ Be3/ Qd2 setup)} O-O 7. c3 c6 (7... Bf5 {is Black key move after ..Ne7 ( to exchange his light bishop)}) 8. Qc2 g6 9. Be3 (9. Bg5 {or Bh6 is how W will exploit Black slight weakness due to ..g7-g6 earlier} f6 10. Bh6 Re8 11. Nh4 {anticipating ...Nf5 or ..Bf5, that W will exchange all at f5 and black will have double pawn}) 9... Bf5 {Compared to immediate 7..Bf5 - Black has slight weakness here as he has advance ..g7-g6} 10. Nbd2 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 Nf5 12. Rfe1 Nd7 13. Nf1 Qc7 14. Re2 Nxe3 15. Rxe3 Rae8 16. Rae1 Rxe3 17. Rxe3 Nf6 18. h3 Bf4 19. Re2 Ne4 20. N3d2 f5 21. g3 Bxd2 22. Nxd2 Nxd2 23. Rxd2 $6 (23. Qxd2 $1 {is a more careful move ( Re1 sit on important -e- file)} f4 {will be answered by :} 24. g4 Qd7 25. Re5 {W is better because control of -e- file and Black f4 weakness}) 23... f4 24. Qf3 fxg3 25. Qxg3 Qe7 (25... Qxg3+ 26. fxg3 {if Q is exchanged, this is completely equal Rook endgame, as no pawn weaknesses that can be exploited from each side} Rf3 27. Kg2 Re3 28. Kf2 Re7) 26. f3 $2 ({W is position is more difficult. all because of previous 23.Rxd2?! ( instead of Qxd2), but W can still hang on after :} 26. Qd3 Qe1+ 27. Kg2 Rf5 28. Qe3) 26... Rxf3 $1 { Black spotted this tactic what win a pawn} 27. Qxf3 Qe1+ 28. Kg2 Qxd2+ 29. Qf2 $2 ({difficult decision. but by principle, W should keep his Q to keep the draw chance, no matter how small it is} 29. Kg3 Qxb2 30. Qe3 Qxa2 $2 {for instance if black too greedy} (30... Kf7 $1) 31. Qe8+ Kg7 32. Qe7+ Kh6 33. Qh4+ {perpetual draw}) 29... Qxf2+ 30. Kxf2 Kf7 {Black 2 vs 1 King side majority will be exchanged with White -h pawn, and Black will have a passed pawn at K side soon} 31. Ke3 g5 32. Kf3 Kg6 33. b4 Kf5 34. a4 h5 35. b5 g4+ 36. hxg4+ hxg4+ 37. Kg3 Ke4 {Black did 'Fox into chicken house' technique (BK is leaving the K side pawn and swept W Queen side)} ({the most elegant way (and also at the same time the shortest way) to win this endgame is using Zugzwang technique, as follow :} 37... Kg5 38. bxc6 bxc6 39. a5 a6 40. Kg2 Kf4 41. Kf2 g3+ 42. Kg2 Kg4 43. Kg1 Kf3 44. Kf1 g2+ 45. Kg1 Kg3 $1 {Black locked WK, but it is not stalemate because W still has c2-c3 valid move} 46. c4 dxc4 47. d5 c3 48. dxc6 c2 49. c7 c1=Q# (49... c1=R#) ({Black can even mate with fancy under-promote to Rook or even Knight or Bishop} 49... c1=N 50. c8=Q Ne2#) (49... c1=B 50. c8=Q Be3#)) 38. bxc6 bxc6 39. Kxg4 Kd3 40. Kf4 Kxc3 41. Ke5 Kc4 42. a5 a6 43. Kd6 Kxd4 44. Kxc6 Ke4 45. Kb6 d4 46. Kxa6 d3 47. Kb6 $2 {This is a mistake, that can be explained clearly later after we saw 49...Qd5! move} (47. Kb7 $1 d2 48. a6 d1=Q 49. a7 Qd5+ 50. Kb8 {compared that if WK is at b6, then W did not have this Kb8 move, and BQ will just sit on a8 key square next (49... Qd5! that Black did not find in real game)}) 47... d2 48. a6 d1=Q 49. a7 Qb3+ $2 (49... Qd5 $1 {key move. BQ control b7 and a8 promotion square, & will even sit on a8 square} 50. Kc7 Qa8 51. Kb6 Kd5 52. Ka6 Kc5 53. Ka5 Qxa7#) 50. Ka6 Qa4+ 51. Kb6 Qb4+ 52. Ka6 Qd6+ 53. Kb7 Qd7+ 54. Kb8 Qb5+ 55. Kc8 Qa6+ 56. Kb8 Qb6+ 57. Ka8 {draw by theory, as Black can never bring his K closer due to stalemate idea (W hide his K at corner)} Qa5 58. Kb8 Qb5+ 59. Ka8 Qe8+ 60. Kb7 Qd7+ 61. Ka8 $4 {unfortunately it's anti-climax finish for W after defending difficult position tenaciously} (61. Kb8 {still hold the draw position}) 61... Qc8# {White checkmated} 0-1