Friday, 18 April 2014

Bangkok Open Round 8

Well that was an exciting game, and a point gone begging. I had several chances to win, probably the most natural being 24... Qh2+ 25.Kf2 Ra4 and my opponent would have been a pawn down and being attacked. Of course I saw the check but did not see a clear continuation. All credit to my opponent who sacked the pawn to mess the position up a bit since he realised he was being outplayed.

He said as much after the game and realised he was in trouble. Only the insipid 27... Ba7 turns the game in white's favour. Still, I am not too disappointed because at least I made a fight out of it and gave a 2600+ player a proper scare :-) Enjoy. 

My only regret is that now I do not get to play Jan Gustafsson but since it is a morning round maybe its enough to be facing a 2451 GM, Gerhard Schebler, instead. Better set the alarm :-) 


  1. pgn

    [Event "Bangkok Open 2014"]
    [Site "Bangkok"]
    [Date "2014.04.18"]
    [Round "8"]
    [White "Socko, Bartosz"]
    [Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [WhiteElo "2635"]
    [BlackElo "2355"]
    [ECO "E46"]
    [EventDate "2014.04.12"]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Ne2 Re8 6.a3 Bf8 7.g3 d5 8.cxd5
    exd5 9.Bg2 a5 10.O-O c6 11.h3 Nbd7 12.g4 Nb6 13.b3 Bd6 14.f3 h5 15.
    Nf4 a4 16.Nxa4 Nxa4 17.bxa4 Qa5 18.Ne2 Bb8 19.g5 Nh7 20.e4 dxe4 21.
    fxe4 Nxg5 22.Qd3 Ne6 23.Qf3 Qc7 24.Be3 h4 25.e5 Rxa4 26.Qh5 Qe7 27.
    Kh1 Ba7 28.Be4 Nf8 29.Rg1 f5 30.Bc2 Rxa3 31.Rxa3 Qxa3 32.Rxg7+ Kxg7
    33.Bh6+ Kg8 34.Qg5+ 1-0

  2. Your move 5 Ne2 is inspiring, it changes the whole dynamic of chess, wish i could get away with moves like that :-) i'd be a GM too instead of your average garden variety wood-chucker