Friday, 25 March 2016

Doeberl Cup rounds 3&4

University house is a nice venue. I was less impressed with yesterdays playing hall, not that it wasn't perfectly acceptable, clean quiet etc, but it did not have the class befitting a grand event. But the main hall definitely does. It was booked for a function on the first day.

One of the reasons I decided to play was that I had not seen some friends for years and all and sundry come to Canberra for this traditional tournament. They even leave the hills of the Shire for this annual pilgrimage.

Round 3

I have no reason to complain about this result. My opponent just played well and Stockfish agrees. I guess I do need to update my openings.

(Edit) As rapidly pointed out by readers (thanks David, Jeff) the game replayer has malfunctioned so here is the pgn for those whose life is meaningless without my games. :-)

[Event "Doeberl Cup Premier 2016"]
[Site "University House"]
[Date "2016.03.25"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Litchfield, Frederick"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2056"]
[BlackElo "2334"]
[ECO "C10c"]
[EventDate "2016.03.24"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Be3 Bb4 5.Ne2 dxe4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 Nf6
8.Qd2 Bd7 9.h3 h6 10.g4 Ne7 11.Bg2 Bc6 12.O-O-O Qd7 13.Qe2 O-O-O 14.
h4 Kb8 15.g5 hxg5 16.hxg5 Nfd5 17.Nxe4 Nxe3 18.fxe3 b6 19.Nc3 Nf5 20.
Rxh8 Rxh8 21.Bxc6 Qxc6 22.e4 Nd6 23.g6 fxg6 24.Qg4 e5 25.Qxg6 exd4
26.Qxg7 Re8 27.Rxd4 Nxe4 1/2-1/2

Round 4

The Alekhine defense used to be my main defense and I felt the need for familiar territory. The Be3, Rc1, b3 line has been annoying Alekhine's players for decades now. I had this idea of re-routing the b6 knight to f6 for a while and today it worked out ok. Perhaps Jonas should not have allowed ....d5 and his b4 was also suspect.

And tomorrow, the dreaded morning round.

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