Sunday, 24 December 2017

Second double round day in Bhopal. rounds 5&6

Before we turn to the chess, let me show you some more pictures of the lake we went to yesterday. I, and everyone else, am having big internet issues, as the wi-fi in the Hotel is intermittant at best and even when it is half working, is very slow. I also have a local sim, which is supposed to provide me with a Gig a day but seems to run out very quick. No, I am not watching any videos or doing anything else that is data intensive. 

I have disabled dropbox so the remaining suspect is this annoying Windows onedrive, which I have so far not been able to delete from my computer. Tomorrow is a single round day so I'll see if it is possible. Meanwhile, here are a couple of snaps I was unable to upload yesterday. My attempt now is to simply turn off mobile data while writing. Lets see if that works.

This lake is very busy, with lots of boats and people. Unfortunatly not one of the cities many lakes is clean enough for swimming. 

The train is some sort of attraction that one buys tickets for but I didn't find out what. Maybe a restaurant? Anyway, lets get to the chess.

Round 5

GM Timur Gareyev, who also writes a blog, holds the world record for simultaneous blind games, at 48 played, winning 35, drawing 7 and losing only 6. His opponents strength averaged about 1700 with some as high as 2200. Truly an impressive feat.

I didn't get much time to prepare because of the excursion but since Timur plays everything it wouldn't have made much sense anyway. I played a line of the Ponziani, which has served me well but burned half an hour calculating 8.Ne5, desperately trying to make it work. It doesn't give white anything in this particular position. I missed my chance for a small edge with 14.d4. Flank attacks should be met with a strike in the centre. A few more passive moves and his pieces slithered into my kingside. Oh well, 2600's at 10am are never pushovers.

[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[Site "Bhopal"]
[Date "2017.12.24"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Gareyev, Timur"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2370"]
[BlackElo "2606"]
[ECO "C44k"]
[EventDate "2017.12.21"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nbd2 a5 6.Be2 Bc5 7.O-O O-O 8.
Qc2 Re8 9.Nb3 Be7 10.a4 h6 11.Re1 Be6 12.Bf1 Bf8 13.h3 Nh5 14.Be3 Qf6
15.exd5 Bxd5 16.Nbd2 Nf4 17.Kh2 Qf5 18.Ng1 Rad8 19.Ne4 Ne6 20.g4 Qh7
21.Bg2 Ne7 22.Ne2 Ng6 23.Rg1 Be7 24.Rad1 Nh4 25.Bh1 Bg5 26.N2g3 Qg6
27.b3 Bf4 28.Bxf4 exf4 29.Ne2 f3 30.N2g3 Nf4 31.c4 Be6 32.Nh5 Ne2 33.
Rge1 f5 34.Neg3 fxg4 35.hxg4 Bxg4 0-1

Round 6

A quick lunch and half an hour rest and it was back to the board for me. I am staying true to the principle of setting a good example to my students by playing classical openings. My opponent played the opening swiftly and I was worried I may run into a theoretical trap but when Arjun stopped blitzing after 11...Bb6, it was clear who knew the position better. I had in fact just recently analysed this with one of my Padawans as far as 13...Bd5, with the conclusion that the line is unplayable for white.

The conclusion was correct but as usual, I got a bit carried away and missed a refutation to my piece sac. luckily so did my desperately short on time opponent. 24.Ra4 instead of Re2, protecting the f pawn would have made my eyes water.

[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[Site "Bhopal"]
[Date "2017.12.24"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Tiwari, Arjun"]
[Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2205"]
[BlackElo "2370"]
[ECO "C55x"]
[EventDate "2017.12.21"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.O-O Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4
8.Re1+ Be6 9.Ng5 Qd5 10.Nc3 Qf5 11.Nce4 Bb6 12.Nxf7 O-O 13.Nfg5 Bd5
14.b3 cxb3 15.axb3 h6 16.g4 Qg6 17.c4 hxg5 18.cxd5 Ne5 19.Bxg5 Rae8
20.h3 gxf6 21.Bf4 f5 22.Ng3 fxg4 23.Bxe5 d3 24.Ra2 gxh3 25.Qh5 Qxh5
26.Nxh5 Rf5 27.Kh2 Rexe5 28.Rxe5 Rxe5 29.Nf4 Rf5 30.Nxd3 Rxd5 31.Nc1
Rh5 32.Re2 Bc5 33.Nd3 Bd6+ 34.f4 Kf7 35.Re3 Kf6 36.Rxh3 Rxh3+ 37.Kxh3
Kf5 38.Kg3 Ke4 39.Nf2+ Kd4 40.Kf3 a5 41.f5 b5 42.Ne4 Bb4 0-1

Is it too late at my age to learn restraint? I have managed in other spheres of life but in chess this virtue still eludes me. :-)

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