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2006 Futurity Games

by on September 1, 2006


(1) Drobbin,Mitch (1984) – Viera,Jeffren (1872) [A47]
Futurity Jamaica (1), 07.07.2006


1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 b6 4.Nbd2 Be7 5.e3 Bb7 6.Bd3 h6 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.e4 d6 9.e5 I could only find 9 Qe2 and 9 c3 here. 9…dxe5 10.dxe5 Bg5 11.Ne4 Nc6 12.Qe2 Qe7 13.c3 0-0-0 14.0-0 14 g3 = 14…Bf4 15.Ba6 [15.Ba6] 15…Bxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Bxb7+ Kxb7 18.f4 Nc6 19.b4 White’s missing a center pawn, but can he make up for it with a frontal assault? 19…a6 20.a4 f5 21.b5 fxe4 22.bxc6+ Ka7 23.Qxe4 Qc5+ 24.Kh1 Rd6 25.Qe5 Qxe5 26.fxe5 Rxc6 The frontal assault thing is done. Black kept the lines to his king closed, and traded queens. Now can White take solace in the old maxim that all rook endgames are drawn? 27.Rf3 Rc5 28.Rf7 Kb7 29.Rxg7 Rxe5 30.Kg1 Rd8 31.Rg3 Rd2 32.h3 Ree2 33.Rc1 Kc6 34.Rf1 Ra2 35.Rf4 Re1+ 36.Rf1 Re4 37.Rg6 h5 38.Rf7 Raxa4 39.Rgg7 Rac4 40.Rxc7+ Kb5 41.Rg5+ Rc5 42.Rcxc5+ bxc5 43.Rxh5 At last material equality. 43…a5 But White is foiled again. Black wins the queen race by a tempo as he queens with check on a1. 44.Rh8 Rf4 45.g4 a4 46.Ra8 e5 47.Kg2 e4 48.g5 e3 49.Re8 a3 50.Rxe3 Kc4 51.g6 Rf6?? 51.. Rf8 keeps Black on top. 52.Rg3?? 52 g7 Rg6+ 53 Rg3 turns the tables and wins for White. 52…Rf8 Given a second chance, Black gets back on the path. 53.g7 Rg8 54.Kf3 a2 55.Rg1 Rxg7 56.Rxg7 a1Q 57.Rg4+ Kxc3 58.h4 c4 59.Rf4 Qf1+ 60.Kg3 0-1


(2) Guevara,Robert (2085) – Murphy,Rich (1910) [D00]
Futurity Jamaica (1), 07.07.2006


1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3 Nd7 4.Nd2 Qc7 4.. Ngf6 is most common, though 4.. g6 is also played. 5.Ngf3 e5 6.dxe5 Nxe5 7.Be2 Bd6 8.0-0 Ne7 9.c4 dxc4 10.h3 b5 [10…f6 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 and White goes down a pawn.] 11.Ne4 Nxf3+ 12.Bxf3 Be5 13.a4 Bb7 14.Qe2 0-0 15.Nc5 a6 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 17.Rxd8+ [17.Nxb7 Qxb7 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Bxc6=] 17…Rxd8 18.axb5 axb5 19.Ra7 Ra8! 20.Rxa8+ Bxa8 21.Qd2 Nd5 22.g3 Qa7 23.Bxd5 cxd5 24.Ne4 h6 25.Bf4 Qa1+ 26.Kg2 Qxb2 27.Qa5 Qa1 28.Qd8+ Kh7 29.Bxe5 Qxe5 30.Nd6 Qe6 31.Nxb5 Qe4+ 32.f3 Qc2+ 33.Kg1 Qd3 34.Kg2 Qd2+ 35.Kh1 c3 36.Qc8 Qd3 37.Kg2 c2 0-1


(3) Lawson,Brian (2005) – Kleinman,Jay (1922) [A11]
Futurity Jamaica (1), 07.07.2006


1.c4 c6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2 0-0 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.Qc2 Nb6 9.d3 Bg4 10.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.. Re8 is Hickl (2540) – Weischede (2275), 1-0 in 41 (1998). 11.Rfe1 Rc8 12.h3 Be6 If I have to trade bishop for knight, I hoped I could get something going on the f-file in the process. 13.Nd4 Qb6 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Nf3 e5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 Ne4 18.c5 The only move White has to defend. 18…Nxc5 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qc3+ Kg8 21.Qd4 Nd7 22.Qxb6 Here I couldn’t decide if I should recapture with the a-pawn or with the knight. I figured a minority attack was coming, but I didn’t know which capture was best to meet that. In the end, I just decided not to weaken my pawns. 22…Nxb6 23.Rec1 Rf6 24.Rc2 Rcf8 Doubling rooks seemed automatic. 25.e4 e6 26.f4 Now I was starting to feel squeezed. 26…dxe4 Figuring that if White recaptures with the bishop, I’d have a great square for the knight at d5. 27.dxe4 And if he recaptures with the pawn, I’d grab the d-file. 27…Rd8 Fritz points out 27.. e5! is best. 28.a4! Wow! I think I have 20 minutes left for the game while White has 40. I couldn’t resist my follow-up, though I didn’t really have enough time to check things out. 28.. a6 is safer than the text. 28…Rd3 29.a5 Nc8 30.a6! bxa6 31.Rxc6 Rf8 32.Bf1! Rxg3+ 33.Kh2 Rxb3 Yay! I’m two pawns up, but for only an instant. 34.Bc4 Rb2+ 35.Kg3 Nb6 36.Bxe6+ Kg7 37.Rxa6 Now I used up nearly all of my remaining time on this position. Very uneconomical considering I think my move is forced. 37…Ra8 38.Rc7+ Kf6 39.Bg4 h5?? White has a convincing reply, but Black was busted either way at this point. 40.e5# 1-0


(4) Simonaitis (1921) – Arluck (2048) [C02]
Futurity Jamaica (1), 07.07.2006


1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 5.. Nge7 is the most popular choice here. 5.. Nh6 comes in a close second, while 5.. cxd4 also gets played ocassionally. 6.Be2 Nge7 7.0-0 Nf5 8.Bd3 cxd4 9.Bxf5 exf5 10.cxd4 Be6 11.Nc3 Be7 12.Qe2 0-0 13.Rd1 Rc8 14.Ne1 g5 15.g3 Kh8 16.Ng2 Rg8 17.Kh1 Rg6 18.f4 g4 19.Be3 h5 20.Kg1 Qd7 21.Kf2 Rcg8 22.Rac1 h4 23.Qb5 R8g7 24.a3 Bd8 25.b4 Rh7 26.Qd3 26 Rh1= 26…Rgh6 27.Na4 hxg3+ 28.hxg3 b6 [28…Nxb4 29.axb4 Qxa4 30.Ra1 Qxb4 31.Rdb1 Qf8=/+] 29.Nc3 Rh3 30.Ne2 Ne7 31.b5 Qe8 32.Rg1 Qg8 33.Qd1 Rh2 34.Qa4 Bd7 35.Qa6 Qg6 35.. f6= 36.a4 Qe6 37.Qxa7 Kg7 38.Qb8 Fritz thinks 38 Ke1 gives White a winning advantage, presumably because he can run his king to safety on the queenside and consolidate his material edge. 38…Rh8 39.Qd6 Fritz still wants 39 Ke1 39…Qxd6 40.exd6 Nc8 41.Rxc8? [41.Nc3 Nxd6 (41…Be6 42.Nxd5! Nxd6=) 42.Nxd5 Ne4+ 43.Ke1 Nxg3 44.Nc3 Ne4 with an edge to Black but better for White than the game.] 41…Bxc8 42.Rc1 Be6 43.Rc6 Bd7 Black eventually won, the remaining moves not recorded. 0-1


(5) Tamarkin,Larry (2026) – Felber,Joe (2000) [A34]
Futurity Jamaica (1), 07.07.2006


1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Nc7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.d3 e5 8.0-0 Be7 9.a3 0-0 10.Be3 Rb8 Most popular is 10.. Be6, though other tries include Bd7, Ne6, Bg4, and f6. 11.Na4 b6 12.Rb1 Nd5 13.Bd2 f6 14.b4 cxb4 15.axb4 Be6 16.b5 Fritz finds the final position dead even. 1/2-1/2


(6) Arluck,William (2048) – Drobbin,Mitch (1984) [A08]
Futurity Jamaica (2), 2006


1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 c5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1 b6 8.. b5 is Fischer – Miagmasuren, a classic win for Fischer from 1967. According to Dunnington in “How To Play The King’s Indian Attack,” the text is best when Black is reserving the option of castling long. 9.e5 Nd7 10.Nf1 Bb7 11.Bf4 Qc7 11.. Rc8 is Maric-Mousisian (1993) 0-1 in 74. 12.h4 12 Ne3, threatening 13 Nxd5!, is also a common idea. 12…Rac8 13.N1h2 Nd4 14.Ng5 h6 15.Ng4?! White aims for a brilliancy! Is it sound? Fritz says no, but he’s not playing. 15…hxg5 16.hxg5 Nf5 [16…Qd8! 17.Nf6+ gxf6 18.gxf6 Nxf6 19.exf6 Bxf6-+] 17.Nf6+! Nxf6 [17…Bxf6 18.gxf6 g6 19.Qg4=] 18.gxf6 g6 [18…Bd8 19.Qh5+-] 19.fxe7 Qxe7 20.Qg4 Rfe8 21.Bg5 Qf8 22.Qh3 Qg7 23.g4 Ne7 24.Re3 d4 25.Bxb7 dxe3 26.Bf6 Qh7 27.Qxh7+ Kxh7 28.Kg2 g5 29.Bxe7 [29.Rh1+ Kg6 30.Be4+ Nf5 31.fxe3+-] 29…Rxe7 30.Bxc8 exf2 31.Kxf2 Kg6 32.Rh1 Rc7 33.Ba6 Re7 34.Ke3 Rd7 35.c3 Kg7 36.d4 cxd4+ 37.cxd4 Rc7 38.Bd3 1-0


(7) Felber,Joe (2000) – Guevara,Robert (2085) [B03]
Futurity Jamaica (2), 14.09.2006


1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 Bf5 9.Nc3 Bf6 10.Be3 Re8 11.Rc1 h6 12.h3 12 c5 is Dvoirys (2562) – Zilberman (2513), drawn in 40 (Cappelle, 1999). 12…Bh7 13.b4 c6 14.a4 d5 15.cxd5 cxd5 [15…Nxd5=] 16.Qb3 [16.a5! Nc8 (16…Nc4 17.Nxd5+-) 17.Bb5 Rf8 (17…Re6 18.Nxd5+-) 18.Ne5+/-] 16…Nc6 [16…a5=] 17.a5! Nc4 18.Nxd5 Nxe3 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.fxe3 Qe7 21.Rxc6 bxc6 22.Ne5 Be4 23.Bf3 [23.Rxf7 Bd5 24.Rxe7 Bxb3 25.Rc7+-] 23…Bxf3 24.Rxf3 Qe6 25.Qc3 f6 26.Nxc6 Joe notes that he offered a draw here which was declined. Fritz, however, thinks White is the one with the slight edge. 26…Rac8 27.b5 a6 [27…Rc7+/=] 28.Qd3 [28.d5!+-] 28…axb5 29.d5 Qd7 30.Qxb5 Kh8 31.a6 Re5 32.e4 Rxe4 33.Qb7 Rc7 34.Qb1 Qe8 35.Rf1 Re2 36.Kh1 Rd7 [36…Rxc6! 37.dxc6 Qxc6 Draw] 37.a7 Qa8 38.Qf5 [38.Qb8+! Re8 39.Ra1!! Rg8 40.Rb1 with a winning advantage, according to Fritz.] 38…Rxa7 39.Nxa7 Qxa7 40.Rc1 Re8 41.d6 Qa3 42.Rc8 Rxc8 43.Qxc8+ Kh7 44.Qf5+ Kg8 45.Qe6+ Kf8 46.Qe7+ [46.Qc8+! Kf7 47.Qc7+ and with the White queen on the h2-b8 diagonal Black has no perpetual.] 46…Kg8 47.Qe8+ Kh7 48.Qe4+ Kg8 49.Qd4 [49.Qc4+ Kh7 50.Qd5+-] 49…Qc1+ 50.Kh2 Qc8 51.h4 Qd7 52.Qd5+ Kf8 53.g3 h5 54.Qa8+ Kf7 55.Qd5+ Kf8 56.Qa8+ Qe8 57.Qd5 Qe2+ 58.Kh3 Qf1+ 59.Kh2 Qf2+ 60.Kh3 Qf1+ 61.Kh2 Qf2+ 1/2-1/2


(8) Kleinman,Jay (1922) – Tamarkin,Larry (2026) [B27]
Futurity Jamaica (2), 14.07.2006


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.e5?? As soon as I touched the pawn I knew I blundered, but it was too late. 5…Qa5+ 6.Nc3 Qxe5+ 7.Be2 Nc6 8.Nf3 Qc7 9.0-0 Bg7 10.Bg5 0-0 11.Qd2 d6? Fritz wants 11.. Qd8, when White appears to have little compensation for the pawn. 12.Bxf6 exf6 [12…Bxf6 13.Nd5 Qd8 14.Nxf6+ exf6 is also equal] 13.Nb5 Qb6 14.Qxd6 Bf5 15.c3 Rac8 [15…Rae8 16.Qd2 Rd8=/+] 16.Nfd4 16 a4 best, according to Fritz. 16…Rfd8 [16…Rfe8 17.Rfe1 (17.Nxf5 Rxe2 18.Qg3 Rd8-/+) 17…Nxd4 18.Qxd4 Rxe2 19.Rxe2 Qxb5-/+] 17.Qf4 [17.Nxc6? I looked at this but thankfully discounted the line after seeing that White doesn’t get enough for the queen. 17…Rxd6 18.Ne7+ Kf8 19.Nxc8 Bxc8 20.Nxd6 Qxd6-+] 17…Bd7 [17…Nxd4 18.Nxd4 Qxb2 19.Nxf5 Qxe2-/+] 18.Rab1 g5 19.Qg3 a6 20.Nxc6 Bxc6 21.Nd4 [21.Nd6 Ra8 gives White a slight edge, according to Fritz, but I didn’t see anything concrete and decided to plant the knight on d4 instead. (21…Bxg2) ] 21…Be4 Fritz thinks the final position is completely equal, utterly miraculous considering my 5th move. The Kleinman Gambit will not be seen again. [21…Bd5 22.a4 Ba2 23.a5 Qd6 (23…Qxa5 24.Ra1!) 24.Ra1 Fritz thinks White has a slight edge here, but it doesn’t look like anything special.] 1/2-1/2


(9) Murphy,Rich (1910) – Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) [D00]
Futurity (2), 14.07.2006


1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.Nge2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.a3 a6 9.b3 b5 10.e4 b4 11.exd5 exd5 12.axb4 cxb4 13.Na4 Bg4 14.Be3 Na7 15.f3 Bf5 16.Qd2 Nb5 17.Rfc1 Re8 18.g4 Bg6 19.Nf4 Bd6 20.Nxg6 hxg6 21.Bf4 Nc3 22.Be3 Qc7 23.Bf1 Rxe3 24.Qxe3 Bxh2+ 25.Kh1 Bf4 26.Qf2 Bxc1 27.Rxc1 Qf4 28.Re1 Nxg4 29.Qg2 Ne3 30.Qf2 Ncd1 31.Qh2 Qxf3+ 32.Kg1 Qg4+ 33.Kh1 Qf5 34.Bg2 Nf2+ 35.Kg1 Nfg4 36.Qg3 Re8 37.Bf3 Re6 38.Nc5 Rf6 39.Bxg4 Nxg4 40.Re8+ Kh7 41.Qh3+ Nh6 42.Qxf5 Nxf5 43.Nd7 Rc6 44.Ne5 Rc7 45.Rd8 Nxd4 46.Rxd5 Nxc2 47.Rd8 f6 48.Nd7 Na1 49.Nf8+ Kh6 50.Ne6 Rc1+ 51.Kg2 g5 52.Ra8 Rc2+ 53.Kg3 Nxb3 54.Rxa6 Nd2 55.Kg4 b3 56.Ra8 Kg6 57.Nf8+ Kf7 58.Nd7 b2 White resigns 0-1


(10) Viera,Jeffren (1872) – Lawson,Brian (2005) [B35]
QCC Futurity (2), 14.07.2006


1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Bc4 c5 4.Ne2 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.f3 Qb6 9.Qd3 The age-old question: How much poison does the b-pawn hold? 9…Ne5 10.Qe2 Qxb2 11.Kd2 Qb4 12.Bb3 d5 12.. Nc6 was played in the two games I found with this position. Black won both which would appear to indicate that in this particular line the b-pawn doesn’t hold that much poison. 13.Rab1 Qa5 14.exd5 Rd8 But now Fritz prefers 14.. Bd7 to keep up the pressure. 15.Qb5 Qc7 16.Ne4 16 Qb4 better. 16…Nxd5 [16…Nxe4+ 17.fxe4 Ng4-/+] 17.Bxd5 a6 18.Qb3 e6 [18…Qa5+ 19.Nc3 e6-/+] 19.Qc3 Qxc3+ 20.Nxc3 exd5 21.Bf2 Nc6 22.Nxc6 bxc6 23.Rb6 Bd7 24.Rhb1 Be5 25.Na4 Bc7 26.Rb7 Ba5+ 27.c3 Bf5 28.Bh4 Bxb1 29.Bxd8 Rxd8 30.Rxb1 d4 31.Kc2 Re8 32.cxd4 Re2+ 33.Kd3 Rxa2 34.Nb2 Bc7 35.h3 Kf8 36.Kc4 Ke7 37.Re1+ Kd7 38.Kb3 Ra5 39.Nc4 Rd5 40.Re4 40 Kc3 better 40…f5 41.Rh4 h5 42.Ne3 Rb5+ 43.Kc4 Bd8 44.Nxf5 Rxf5 45.Re4 a5 46.g4 Rxf3 47.gxh5 gxh5 48.Re5 Rxh3 0-1


(11) Drobbin,Mitch (1984) – Murphy,Rich (1910) [D00]
Futurity (3), 21.07.2006


1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3 Nd7 4.Nf3 Ngf6 5.Bd3 Ne4 6.Bf4 Qb6 7.Nbd2 Ndf6 8.0-0 Bg4 9.Nb3 1-0


(12) Guevara,Robert (2085) – Tamarkin,Larry (2026) [D00]
Futurity (3), 21.07.2006


1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 exf6 4.e3 f5 5.g3 5 Bd3 is most popular here, though c4, Nd2 and Nf3 are also played. 5…c6 6.Bg2 Qb6 7.Qc1 Be6 8.Ne2 Bd6 9.0-0 Nd7 10.Nd2 Qa6 11.Re1 g5 12.c4 dxc4 13.e4 f4 14.d5 Bg4 15.dxc6 Ne5 15.. bxc6= 16.cxb7 Rb8 17.gxf4 gxf4 18.Nxf4 Rg8 19.Nd5 [19.Re3+/=] 19…Rg6 [19…Bh3!! 20.Nf6+ Ke7 21.Nxg8+ Rxg8-+] 20.Re3 Rxb7 21.Qc3 f6 22.Rg3 [22.f4! Bc5 23.fxe5 Bh3 24.Nf4+-] 22…Nd7 23.f4 Bc5+ 24.Kh1 Bf2 25.Rxg4 Rxg4 26.Qf3 Rxg2 27.Qxg2 Bd4 28.Qg7 Qe6 29.Qxh7 Kf8 30.Qh8+ Kf7 If I’m reading the score correctly, Black offered a draw here which was declined. 31.Qh5+ Kf8 32.Re1 Rxb2 33.Qh8+ Fritz prefers keeping the attack going with 33 Nf3. 33…Qg8 34.Qxg8+ Kxg8 35.Nxc4 Rc2 36.Nd6 Rxa2 37.Ne7+ Kh7 38.Nef5 Ra1 39.Rxa1 Bxa1 40.Kg2 Nc5 41.Kf3 a5 42.Ke3 Fritz likes 42 Nc4 when White still has good winning chances. 42…Bb2 [42…a4 43.Nc4 Bb2 44.e5 a3 45.Nxa3 Bxa3 46.exf6 and draws] 43.Kd2 a4 44.Kc2 Ba1 45.Kb1 Bc3 46.Ne3 Bd4 47.Nd5 Nd3 48.Nb5 Bg1 49.Nxf6+ Kg6 50.Nd5 Bxh2 51.f5+ Kf7 52.Ka2 [52.Nd4 Nf2 53.Nf3 Nxe4 (Because 54 e5 is too strong, according to Fritz.) 54.Nxh2 Nc3+!! 55.Nxc3 Kf6 56.Nf3 Kxf5 and now we’ve reached the curious ending where if 57 Nxa4? the game is drawn, but if White refrains from chopping he retains winning chances. The idea, as stated in Fine, is to constrain the Black king to the corner with the king and one knight, and blockade the a-pawn with the other knight. At the right moment the blockade is lifted and the other knight moves with an eye toward checkmating the black king. Without the a-pawn, however, Black would be stalemated. Practically, though, this would be next to impossible in G/2 as the winning method can sometimes take 100 moves!] 52…Nc5 53.Nbc3 Bd6 54.Nb6 Kf6 55.Nbxa4 Nxe4! 56.Nxe4+ Kxf5 57.Nxd6+ 1/2-1/2


(13) Lawson,Brian (2005) – Arluck,William (2048) [A38]
Futurity (3), 21.07.2006


[Event “QCC Futurity”] [Site “?”] [Date “2006. 07. [Round “3”] [White “Lawson, Brian”] [Black “Arluck, William”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “A38”] [WhiteElo “2005”] [BlackElo “2048”] [PlyCount “95”] [EventDate “2006. 07. 01”] [SourceDate “2006. 07. 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 c5 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0-0 e5 7.a3 0-0 8.Ne1 d6 9.Nc2 9 Rb1 was all I found here. 9…Rb8 10.Rb1 Bf5 11.d3 Qd7 12.Re1 Bh3 13.Bh1 Nd4 14.b4 h6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 f5 17.Bd5+ Kh7 18.bxc5 dxc5 19.Nxd4 cxd4 20.Rb5 b6 21.Qb3 e4 Fritz prefers 21.. f4 with equal chances. 22.dxe4 fxe4 23.Bxe4 Rbe8 24.Qd3 Qe6 [24…Qf7 25.Bf4 Bd7 26.Rb2 Bf5 gives Black more compensation for his pawn than the text.] 25.f3 Rc8 26.Bb2 Qf6 27.Rd5 Rfd8 28.Rd1 Be6 29.Rxd4 Rxd4 30.Bxd4 Bxc4 31.Bxf6 Bxd3 32.Bxg7 Bxe4 33.Rd7 Bc6 34.Rxa7 g5 35.Bd4+ Kg6 36.Rg7+ Kf5 37.g4+ Ke6 38.Rg6+ Kd5 39.Bxb6 Bb5 40.Kf2 Rc2 41.Rxh6 Bxe2 42.Rh5 Bc4+ 43.Kg3 Kc6 44.Bf2 Rc3 45.Rxg5 Bd5 46.Rf5 Rxa3 47.h4 Kd7 48.Rxd5+ 1-0


(14) Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) – Felber,Joe (2000) [B10]
Futurity (3), 15.09.2006


1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.d4 Ndf6 6.Bd3 g6 6.. Nxe4 is Simonaitis-Felber (2002 Queens Championship) and Simonaitis-Felber (2004 Queens Championship). Black lost those and so tries another way. 7.Ne2 Bg7 8.0-0 Bg4 9.Qf4 Bxe2 10.Bxe2 Nxe4 11.Qxe4 Qxd4 12.Qf3 Qf6 [12…Nf6=/+] 13.Qb3 Nh6 [13…0-0-0=] 14.Qxb7 0-0 15.Bf3 Rfc8 16.Bd2 [16.c3+/=] 16…Nf5 17.Bc3 e5 18.Rfe1 Nh4 [18…Nd4 19.Bxd4 (19.Be4=) 19…exd4=] 19.Be4 Qg5 20.Rad1 Rab8 21.Qxa7 Ra8 22.Qb7 Rab8 23.Qa7 Ra8 24.Qe3 [24.Qd7+-] 24…Qh5 [24…Qxe3 25.Rxe3 Rxa2 26.Rd7+/=] 25.g3 f5 26.Bh1 f4 27.Qe2 fxg3 28.hxg3 Qxe2 29.Rxe2 Nf5 30.Bxe5 Bxe5 31.Rxe5 Rxa2 32.Re6 Rxb2 33.Rd2 [33.c4+/-] 33…Rb1+ 34.Kh2 Ng7 [34…Kf7+/=] 35.Red6 Nf5 36.Rd8+ Rxd8 37.Rxd8+ Kg7 38.Bxc6 h5 39.Be4 Ne7 40.Rd7 Kf6 41.f4 Nf5 42.Rc7 Rc1 43.Rc6+ Kg7 44.Bxf5 gxf5 45.Kg2 Rd1 46.Kf3 Rh1 47.c4 h4 48.Rc7+ Kg6 49.Rc6+ Kg7 50.gxh4 Rh3+ 51.Kg2 Rxh4 52.Kg3 Rg4+ 53.Kf3 Rh4 54.Ke3 Kf7 55.Rd6 Ke7 56.c5 Rg4 57.Rd5 Ke6 58.Re5+ Kf6 59.c6 Rg3+ 60.Kd4 Rg1 61.Kc5 Rc1+ 62.Kd6 Rd1+ 63.Rd5 Black resigns 1-0


(15) Viera,Jeffren (1872) – Kleinman,Jay (1922) [B01]
Futurity (3), 21.07.2006


1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nbxd7? 4.. Qxd7 is book. 5.c4 Nb6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bf4 a6 9.Nf3 0-0 10.Qd3 Nbd7 11.0-0 Nh5 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 Re8 14.Rfe1 Nhf6 15.Re2 Nf8 16.Rae1 g5 17.Bg3 Ng6 18.Ne5 Nf8 19.Na4 b5 20.Nc6 bxc4 21.Qxc4 Qxd5 22.Qxd5 Nxd5 23.Nxe7+ Rxe7 24.Rxe7 Nxe7 25.Rxe7 Ne6 26.d5 Rd8 27.h4? 27 Kf1 looks drawish. 27…Bf6 28.dxe6 Bxe7 29.exf7+ Kxf7 30.hxg5 hxg5 31.Bxc7 We’ve emerged from the complications dead even in material. 31…Rd1+ 32.Kh2 Bd6+? [32…Rd4-+ As White will have to lose a pawn.] 33.Bxd6 Rxd6 34.Kg3 Kf6 35.Nc5 Kf5 36.b4 Rb6 37.Nd3 Ke4 The game is most likely a draw, but now Black starts pushing a little too hard. 38.Nc5+ Kd4 39.a3 Rc6 40.Kg4 Rf6 41.f3 Rg6 42.Kf5 Rg8 43.Nxa6 Kc4 44.Nc5 Ra8 45.Ne4 Rxa3 46.Nxg5 Kxb4 Fine, in BASIC CHESS ENDINGS, says that with the Black king in front of the pawns this tuype of ending is always a draw. If the Black king is far away, however, Black’s game is untenable. The current game would be an example of the latter. 47.g4 Kc4 48.f4 Kd5 49.Ne6 Ra7 50.Kf6 Ra6 51.f5 Ke4 52.Kg5 Kf3 53.Kh5 Ra1 54.g5 Ke4 55.f6 Kf5 Now if White isn’t paying attention he gets mated. 56.Ng7+ He’s paying attention. 56…Ke5 57.f7 Rh1+ 58.Kg6 Rf1 59.Ne8 Ke6 60.Nf6 1-0


(16) Arluck,William (2048) – Viera,Jeffren (1872) [A47]
QCC Futurity (4), 28.07.2006


1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Nbd2 d6 6.Bd3 Nbd7 7.c3 7 e4 is what I found here. 7…Be7 8.Qc2 h6 9.Bh4 9 Bxf6 best. 9…g5 10.Bg3 g4 11.Nh4 Ng8 12.Ng6 fxg6 13.Bxg6+ Kf8 14.f3 Bh4 15.0-0 Bxg3 16.fxg4+ Ngf6 17.hxg3 Kg7 18.Rae1 Rf8 19.Nf3 Nxg4 Grabbing a poisoned pawn. 19.. Qe7 keeps Black on top. 20.Bh5 Ngf6 21.Bg6 But this puts Black back on top. [21.Qg6+ Kh8 22.Qxh6+ Kg8 23.Qg6+ Kh8 24.Ng5+/-] 21…d5 22.Nh4 Ne4 23.Rxf8 Qxf8 24.Rf1 Ndf6 25.Rf3 Qd6 26.Bf5 Qd7 27.Bh3 Ba6 28.Rf4 Kf7 29.Nf3 Qb5 [29…Qd6-+] 30.c4 Qa5 [30…Qe8-/+] 31.Ne5+ [31.cxd5 Qxd5 32.Ne5++/-] 31…Kg7 32.Rxf6 Kxf6 33.Qd1 Kg7 34.Bxe6 Rf8 35.Bxd5 Qd2 [35…Nf2-/+] 36.Qg4+ Ng5 37.Qd7+ Nf7 and White won shortly, the remaining moves not readable on the only scoresheet I had. Quite a comeback! 1-0


(17) Felber,Joe (2000) – Drobbin,Mitch (1984) [C02]
QCC Futurity (4), 28.07.2006


1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nge7 6.Bd3 Qb6 7.0-0 Ng6 7.. cxd4 and 7.. Bd7 are the main alternatives. 8.Na3 Bd7 9.Nc2 Be7 10.Be3 0-0-0 Fritz would’ve grabbed the b-pawn, calculating that White’s attack would not be sufficient. We humans tend to more practical choices. 11.a4 c4 12.Be2 Na5 13.Nb4 13 Ra2= 13…Nb3 14.Ra2 Bxb4 15.cxb4 Qxb4 16.Bd2 Qe7 17.Qc2 Kb8 18.Qd1 f6 19.Qe1 Nxd2 20.Qxd2 Bc6 21.Rb1 fxe5 22.Nxe5 Nxe5 23.dxe5 Qh4 24.Bf3 Rhf8 25.Ra3 Qf4 26.Qe1 Rf5 27.Qa5 Rc8 28.b3 c3 29.Qxc3 d4 30.Qc1 Qxc1+ 31.Rxc1 Bxf3 32.Rxc8+ Kxc8 33.gxf3 Rxf3 34.Kg2 Rc3 35.Kf1 Kd7 36.a5 Kc6 37.Ra4 Kc5 38.b4+ Kb5 0-1


(18) Kleinman,Jay (1922) – Guevara,Robert (2085) [B02]
QCC Futurity (4), 28.07.2006


1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5 5.d4 e6 6.Nc3 b6 7.cxb6 axb6 8.Bc4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Bb7 10.Qg4 A thematic move in this line. White makes it difficult for Black to develop the kingside. 10…Nc6 11.Ne2 11 Nf3 better, but I’d have to be a wizard to see that in advance. 11…Na5 [11…Nxe5! 12.dxe5 Ra4 13.Ng3 Qe7 (To enable the Black king to run to the queenside.) (13…Bxg2 14.Nh5+/=; 13…b5? 14.Nh5+-) 14.Nh5 Qc5-/+] 12.Bg5 Qb8 [12…f6 13.exf6 gxf6 14.Qh5+ Ke7 15.Bxf6+ Kxf6 16.Qe5+ Kf7 17.Qxh8 Nxc4 18.Qxh7+ Bg7=] 13.Bd3 h6 14.Be3 Bd5 15.Nf4 Bc4 [15…Nb3 16.Rb1 Rxa2?? 17.Nxd5+-] 16.Be4 c6 [16…Nb3! 17.Rd1 Rxa2=/+] 17.Nh5 Kd8 [17…Nb3 18.Nxg7+ Kd8 19.Rd1 Rxa2=] 18.Qd1 I didn’t want to give Black another chance for ..Nb3. 18…Qa7 19.Bd3 But now I give Black another chance for .. Nb3. 19…Qa6 [19…Bxd3 20.Qxd3 Nb3 Black wins a pawn, but White has comp in the form of Black’s uncertain king position.] 20.Nf4 Ba3 21.Bc1 [21.Bd2= to defend against …Bb2.] 21…Bxc1 22.Rxc1 g5 23.Bxc4 Nxc4 24.Nh5? This was a good move on Move 17, but you can’t go home again. 24 Nd3 was forced when White goes down a pawn but still has comp due to the Black king position. 24…Nb2 I missed this completely, expecting only 24.. Qxa2. Now White goes down the exchange. 25.Qf3 Nd3+ 26.Kd2 Nxc1 27.Rxc1 Qxa2+ 28.Rc2 Qd5 29.Qxf7 Qxg2 30.Nf6 Qxf2+ 31.Kd3 Qf1+ 32.Kd2 Ra7 33.Qg7 Qf2+ 34.Kd3 Qf5+ [34…Qf3+ 35.Kd2 Kc7!! 36.Qxd7+ (36.Qxh8 Ra1! White gets mated in 10, according to Fritz. Amazing!) 36…Kb8 37.Qd6+ Ka8 38.Qxe6 Rd8-/+ Black’s king has found refuge in the corner and now White’s king is the endangered one.] 35.Kd2 Re8 36.Qf7 Rh8 37.Qg7 Qf2+ 38.Kd3 Qf1+ 39.Kd2 Qg2+ 40.Kd3 Qh3+ 41.Kd2 Qxh2+ 42.Kd3 Qg3+ 43.Kd2 Qg2+ 44.Kd3 Qf3+ 45.Kd2 Re8 1/2-1/2


(19) Murphy,Richard (1910) – Lawson,Brian (2005) [B06]
QCC Futurity (4), 28.07.2006


1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.dxc5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Qa5 6.Qd4 Nf6 7.Qb4 Qxb4 7.. Qc7 is the only move I found here. 8.cxb4 Nxe4 9.Bb2 0-0 10.Bd3 d5 11.c4 Be6 12.Nf3 Fritz wants 12 Ne2 and then prefers White. 12…a5 13.Nd4 13 a3= 13…axb4 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Bxe4 dxe4 If, as Philidor said, pawns are the soul of chess, then this position needs some serious soul saving. I haven’t seen so many islands since my Carribean honeymoon. Most interesting is Black’s tripled e-pawn. In my experience, I think I’ve only seen tripled c- or f-pawns (probably due in part to bishops chasing knights). A tripled e-pawn is especially unusual. 16.0-0 Nd7 17.Bd4 Rf5 [17…Rfc8-/+] 18.h4 [18.Rfe1=/+] 18…Nxc5 [18…Ne5=/+] 19.g4 Rd8 20.gxf5 [20.Be3+/=] 20…Rxd4 21.fxg6 hxg6 Black has two pawns for the exchange and while his pawns are weak, so are White’s. Fritz calls it dead even. 22.Rfd1 This though hands Black an extra pawn and the initiative. [22.Rfc1=] 22…Nd3 23.Rd2 Rxc4 24.f3 Ne5 25.Rd8+ Kg7 26.fxe4 Rxe4 27.Rb8 Nf3+ 28.Kg2 Nxh4+ 29.Kh3 Nf5 30.Rxb7 Rh4+ 31.Kg2 Rc4 32.a4 bxa3 33.Rxa3 g5 34.Ra6 Kf6 35.Rb8 g4 36.Rg8 Rc2+ 37.Kg1 g3 38.Ra3 Rc1+ 39.Kg2 Nh4+ 40.Kh3 Rh1+ 41.Kxg3 Rg1+ 42.Kxh4 Rxg8 43.Rf3+ Ke5 44.Re3+ Kf4 0-1


(20) Tamarkin,Larry (2026) – Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) [C41]
QCC Futurity (4), 28.07.2006


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 M.C.O. 13 refers to the text as “an old move Mestel revived in the 1970s”, but one which is easily met. 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Nxh8+ 10 Bc4+ is the book move, but the text is also fine. 10…Kg7 11.Bg5 Nc6 12.Qg3 Kxh8 13.Qh4 Bg7 14.0-0-0 Bf5 15.d5 Nb4 [15…Nb4 16.a3 Nbxd5 17.Rxd5 Qxd5 18.Bxf6+/-] 1/2-1/2


(21) Arluck,William (2048) – Kleinman,Jay (1922) [D03]
QCC Futurity (5), 04.08.2006


1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Ne4 4.Bf4 Nd7 5.e3 Ndf6 6.c4 e6 7.Nc3 c6 7.. Nxc3 is Leikute (2160) – Ciuksyte (2045), 1-0 in 39 moves (1994). 8.Qc2 Bb4 9.Bd3 Qa5 10.0-0 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Qxc3 Silly me. I thought I was better here, but Fritz thinks it’s completely equal. Black’s pawn plus is completely negated by his lag in development. 12.Qe2 0-0 13.Rfc1 Qa5 14.Qc2 Qd8 15.Rab1 h6 16.Ne5 Nd6 17.c5 Nf5 18.g4 Ne7 19.g5 hxg5 20.Bxg5 Nd7 21.Qe2 f5? Focused only on White’s threats along the light squares, I completely missed the simple reply. [21…f6 22.Qh5 Nf5 23.Nxd7 Qxd7=] 22.Ng6 Nf6 23.Nxf8 Qxf8 24.Bxf6 Qxf6 25.f4 Qh4 26.Qf2 Qh6 27.Kh1 Kf7 28.Rg1 Ng8 29.Be2 Nf6 30.Bf3 Rb8 31.Rg5 b6 32.cxb6 Rxb6 33.Rbg1 Ne8 34.Bh5+ Ke7 35.Bxe8 Kxe8 36.Rxg7 Ba6 37.Rxa7 Bb7 38.Qg3 Qh7 39.Qg8+ Qxg8 40.Rxg8+ 1-0


(22) Drobbin,Mitch (1984) – Tamarkin,Larry (2026) [A80]
QCC Futurity (5), 04.08.2006


1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bg5 Nf6 4.Nbd2 Be7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.e4 0-0 7.Bd3 d6 8.c3 Kh8 8.. Nc6 and 8.. c5 are the only moves I found here. 9.Qc2 Bg5 10.h4 Bh6 11.0-0-0 Nc6 12.exf5 exf5 13.Kb1 a6 14.Rde1 b5 15.Nf1 Qf6 16.Ng3 Rb8 17.a3 Bd7 18.Ng5 Bxg5 19.hxg5 Qxg5 20.Rh5 Qg4 [20…Qg6+/=] 21.Reh1 h6 22.R1h4 Qg6 23.Rf4 [23.Nxf5+/=] 23…Ne7 24.Rfh4 Rf6 25.Rh2 c5 26.Qd2 a5 27.R5h4 c4 28.Bc2 Ng8 [28…b4! 29.axb4 axb4 30.cxb4 Nd5-+] 29.Nh5 Rf7 30.Nf4 Qf6 31.Nd5 Qd8 32.Nf4 Rf6 I only had one scoresheet from this game and it became impossible to follow from this point. Black eventually won. 0-1


(23) Lawson,Brian (2005) – Felber,Joseph (2000) [A34]
QCC Futurity (5), 04.08.2006


1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nc7 6.d3 Nc6 6.. e5 better. 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Qa4 Bd7 9.Nf3 e6 10.0-0 10 Ne5 is Todorcevic (2480) – Ascanio (2140), Las Palmas 1993, 1-0 in 20. 10…Be7 11.Ne4 0-0 12.Be3 Rb8 13.Bxc5 Rxb2 13.. f5 is Fritz’s choice, though White will still have the advantage. After the text White should be on his way to his 5th win in a row. 14.Qa3 Bxc5 15.Qxb2 Be7 16.Rac1 Nb5 17.Nc5 Bc8 18.a4 Bf6 19.Qb4 Nd4 20.Nxd4 Bxd4 21.Nb3 c5 22.Qa5 Qf6 23.Nxc5 e5 24.Kg2 Qf5 25.Qd2 [25.Qxa7+-] 25…Qh3+ 26.Kg1 h6 27.e3 Bxc5 28.Rxc5 Qg4 29.Rc4 Qf5 30.f4 Ba6 31.fxe5 Qxe5 32.Re4 Qd5 33.Rd4 Qe6 34.Qf2 Bb7 35.e4 Qc6 36.Qb2 Bc8 37.Rc1 Qf6 38.Qf2 Qe6 39.Rdc4 Bd7 40.Qxa7 Qh3 41.Qf2 [41.Rc7 Be6 (41…Bg4 42.a5 Bf3 43.Qf2+-) 42.d4+-] 41…f5 42.Qg2 Qh5 43.e5 Qe8 44.d4 f4 45.g4 [45.a5+-; 45.Rf1+-] 45…f3 46.Qg3 [46.Qf2 Bxg4 47.Kf1+-] 46…f2+ 47.Kg2 47 Kf1= is the best White can do now, but the text loses. 47…Qa8+ 48.Kh3 f1Q+ 49.Rxf1 Rxf1 50.Rc3 h5 51.Qg2 Bxg4+ 52.Kg3 Qf8 53.Qd5+ Kh8 54.Rc2 Qf4+ 55.Kg2 Bh3+ A remarkable turnaround. 0-1


(24) Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) – Guevara,Robert (2085) [C00]
QCC Futurity (5), 04.08.2006


1.e4 e6 2.d4 c6 3.c4 g6 Chess schools battle in this opening. The Classical approach (White) takes on the Hypermodern (Black). Fritz prefers 3.. d5 with an equal game, but gives White a strong advantage after the text. 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bf4 Ne7 7.Qd2 0-0 [7…h6+/=] 8.Bh6 Nd7 9.0-0-0 Qc7 10.h4 Re8 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.h5 Ng8 13.h6+ Kh8 14.Ng5 Nf8 15.e5 dxe5 16.dxe5 f6 17.Qd6 Re7 18.Qxc7 Rxc7 19.Rd8 fxg5 20.Rxf8 b6 21.Ne4 Bb7 22.Rxa8 Bxa8 23.Nxg5 c5 24.f3 Re7 25.Be2 Bc6 26.Kd2 Be8 27.Ke3 Rd7 28.Ne4 Ne7 29.g4 Rd4 30.Nd6 Bd7 31.f4 a6 32.Rd1 Nc6 33.Bf3 Rxd1 34.Bxd1 Ne7 35.Bf3 Kg8 36.Bb7 a5 37.Ne4 Ba4 38.b3 Bc6 39.Nf6+ Kh8 40.Bxc6 Nxc6 41.Nd7 Nb4 42.Nxb6 Nxa2 43.Na4 Nb4 44.Nxc5 Nc6 45.Nxe6 Kg8 46.Ke4 Ne7 47.c5 1-0


(25) Viera,Jeffren (1872) – Murphy,Rich (1910) [B20]
QCC Futurity (5), 04.08.2006


1.e4 c5 2.b3 d5 3.exd5 Nf6 4.c4 e6 5.dxe6 Bxe6 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bb2 8 0-0 is all I found here. 8…0-0 9.0-0 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.Na3 11 d4! relieves the pressure on the d-pawn. 11…Ne4 12.d3 Ng5 13.Nc2 Bf6 Fritz wants 13.. Ne6 when White has just a slight edge. 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Nxg5 Bxe2 16.Ne4 Bxd1 17.Nxf6+ gxf6 18.Raxd1 White’s up a pawn and Black has an isolated and doubled f-pawn. This would ordinarily mean White would win. On several boards on this particular night, however, the appearance of an early solid advantage meant you were bound to lose. 18…Rad8 19.Ne3 Ne7 20.Rfe1 Rd7 21.Ng4 Kg7 22.Re3 Nf5 23.Rf3 Nd4 24.Re3 Rfd8 25.Kf1 Nf5 26.Rf3 Nh4 27.Nxf6 Nxf3 28.Nxd7 Rxd7 29.gxf3 Black’s rid himself of his doubled pawn, but at the expense of another pawn. Fritz still thinks White is comfortably on top. 29…Kf6 30.Ke2 Kf5 31.Rg1 h5 32.h4 f6 33.Rg8 Re7+ 34.Kd2 Kf4 35.Rf8 35 Rh8 is Fritz’s choice to keep up the pressure. 35…f5 36.b4 b6 [36…cxb4=] 37.bxc5 bxc5 38.Rh8 Kxf3 39.Rxh5 Re2+ 40.Kd1 f4 41.Rxc5 Rxa2 42.d4 [42.Rc7+/=] 42…Rxf2 [42…Kxf2=] 43.d5 Ke3 44.d6? [44.Ra5+/=] 44…Rd2+ 45.Ke1 Rxd6 46.h5 Rh6 47.Re5+ Kd4 48.Rf5 Black won shortly, the remaining moves not readable on the scoresheets. 0-1


(26) Felber,Joe (2000) – Viera,Jeffren (1872) [C23]
QCC Futurity (6), 11.08.2006


1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Nf3 Qf6 4.d3 4 c3 is Nieman (2240) – Mandarin (2130), 1-0 in 42 (France, 1989). 4…h6 5.Be3 Bxe3 6.fxe3 Qb6 7.0-0! Offering a pawn with check! 7 Qc1 would enable White to keep things equal, but anyone who knows Felber knows he’d never play it that way. Instead, he bets that Black’s loss of time in development will more than make up for the pawn. [7.Bxf7+!! Ke7 (7…Kxf7 8.Nxe5++-) 8.Kd2 Kxf7 9.Nxe5+ Ke8 10.Qh5++-] 7…Qxe3+ 8.Kh1 d6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 [9…Kd8+/= Black is a bit better off in this line than in the note after White’s 7th move because here White doesn’t have Nxe5.] 10.Nxe5+ Ke6 11.Qg4+ Kxe5 12.Rf5+ Ke6 13.Rf3+ Ke7 14.Qxg7+ Ke6 15.Qf7+ 1-0


(27) Guevara,Robert (2085) – Drobbin,Mitch (1984) [D00]
QCC Futurity (6), 11.08.2006


1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.Bd3 Nbd7 5.. 0-0 followed by 6.. c5 is the typical way Black continues in this opening. 6.f4 b6 7.c3 Bb7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 c5 10.Ne2 Qc7 11.g4 Qc6 12.Ng3 0-0-0 13.a4 a6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.0-0 Bh4 16.b4 c4 17.b5 axb5 18.axb5 Qd6 [18…Qxb5 19.Rfb1 Qc6=] 19.Bc2 Bxg3 20.hxg3 e6 [20…h5 21.g5+/=] 21.Ra7 f5 22.Rfa1 Nf6 [22…Qc7 23.gxf5+/=] 23.Nxc4! Qc7 24.Ne5 Qxc3 25.Bd3 Kb8 26.Qd1 Nxg4 27.Nxg4 fxg4 28.R7a3 Qb4 29.Qxg4 Qd6 30.Qd1 Qb4 31.Ra4 Qd6 32.R4a2 Kc7 33.Ra7 Rb8 34.Rc1+ Kd8 35.Qg4 Rg8 36.Qh4+ Ke8 37.Qxh6 Kf7 38.Rc6 Qd8 39.Qh7+ Rg7 40.Bxg6+ Kf8 41.Qh8+ Rg8 42.Qh6+ Rg7 43.Rxe6 Qd7 44.Qh8+ 1-0


(28) Kleinman,Jay (1922) – Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) [C77]
QCC Futurity (6), 11.08.2006


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Bc5 With the text Black gambits a pawn, but his lead in development leaves White with just a slight edge. 6.Bxc6 Legends of the past such as Bird, Blackburne, and Spielman have passed on the pawn here and played 6 c3. In more current times, Judit Polgar also played 6 c3 here. 6…dxc6 6.. bxc6!? is Yudasin (2630) – Khalifman (2655), ultimately drawn (1995). 7.Nxe5 Qd4 8.Nd3 Bb6 8.. Ba7 is more popular, but the text seems fine too. 9.Nc3 0-0 10.f3 [10.Nf4 Chavira (2230) – Chapin (2080), 1998 U.S. Masters, 1-0 in 27.] 10…Re8 11.b3 Bf5 Flashy, but this probably doesn’t accomplish much. Fritz prefers 11.. Qd6, again leaving White with a slight edge. 12.Bb2 Qd8 Interestingly, I had done all of this before just a few months ago. 12.. Qd7 is Kleinman-Viera, Polgar March G/90, drawn in 25. 13.0-0-0 Bd4 14.g4 Bg6 15.Nf4 b5 16.h4 h6 17.g5 Nd5 18.Qh2 [18.Nxg6 fxg6 19.Nxd5 Bxb2+ 20.Kxb2 cxd5 21.d4+-] 18…Nxf4 19.Qxf4 Be5 20.Qg4 h5 21.Qg2 a5 22.Ne2 Bxb2+ 23.Kxb2 a4 24.d4 axb3 25.axb3 Qe7 26.Ra1 c5 27.Qf2 c4 28.d5 28 Nf4 keeps White’s edge. Now Black’s slightly better. 28…cxb3 29.cxb3 29 c3 best, according to Fritz. 29…Rxa1 [29…f5!=/+ Instead, with the text White is back in the driver’s seat.] 30.Rxa1 Qe5+ 31.Nd4 Not a pleasant decision, but forced. The king can’t move, and if 31 Qd4 the Black queen invades the White kingside on the dark squares. Thankfully for me, Black has no way to exploit the pin on the knight. 31…Qf4 32.Qe1 Qe5 33.Rd1 Ra8 34.Qc3 Qh2+ 35.Rd2 Qxh4 36.Rc2 [36.Qc6+/=] 36…Qxg5 [36…Qh1! 37.Rc1 Qg2+ 38.Qc2 Qxg5 39.Qxc7=] 37.Nxb5 [37.Qc6+/= Instead, the text gives Black another shot at equalizing.] 37…Qg1 38.Na3 Qa7 39.Qc5 Qa6 40.Qe7 h4 41.Rh2 Qa5 [41…Bh5=] 42.Rxh4 Qd2+ 43.Nc2 Ra2+ 44.Kxa2 Qxc2+ 45.Ka3 Qc1+ 46.Kb4 Qe1+ 47.Kb5 f6? Rooney had less than a minute at this point. Though Black comes very close, there was no perpetual check. [47…Qe2+ 48.Kc6 Qa6+ 49.Kd7 Qb5+ 50.Kxc7 Qa5+ 51.Kb8 Qb6+ 52.Qb7 Qd6+ 53.Qc7 Qb4+ 54.Kc8 and now the only queen check left results in a queen exchange.] 48.Qe6+ Bf7 49.Qc8+ Be8+ 50.Qxe8# 1-0


(29) Murphy,Rich (1910) – Arluck,William (2048) [C00]
QCC Futurity (6), 08.09.2006


1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 Be7 6.Bd3 c5 7.dxc5 Nc6 8.Bf4 Nxc5 9.0-0 a6 10.Re1 Bd7 10.. g5 is Marcoli (2150) – Caruso (2155), 1-0 in 19 (Milan, 1996). 11.Bf1 0-0 12.a3 f5 13.exf6 Bxf6 [13…Rxf6+/=] 14.Bd6 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Ne4 16.Bxf8 Qxf8 17.Qd3 Qc5 18.Qe3 Qxc3 19.Qxc3 [19.Bd3+-] 19…Nxc3 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.Rxe5 Rc8 22.Bd3 g6 23.h4 Kf7 24.h5 Kf6 25.Re3 [25.f4+/-] 25…e5 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.Rf3+ Kg7 28.Rg3 e4 29.Bf1 Ba4 30.Rc1 b5 31.f3 Na2 Fritz wants Black to play on with 31.. Kf6 with a strong advantage. 32.Rd1 Nc3 33.Rc1 Na2 34.Rd1 Nc3 35.Rc1 Na2 36.Rd1 Nc3 37.Rc1 1/2-1/2


(30) Tamarkin,Larry (2026) – Lawson,Brian (2005) [A43]
QCC Futurity (6), 11.08.2006


1.Nc3 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.d4 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Bb5+ Nd7 6.a4 Ngf6 7.Nf3 0-0 8.h3 Ne8 9.0-0 Nc7 10.Bc4 10 Be2 is Lipski (2250) – Swic (2320), 1-0 in 50 (Poland, 1987). 10…Rb8 11.Bf4 a6 12.a5 b5 13.axb6 Rxb6 14.Ra2 Rb4 15.Qd3 f5 16.e5 Nxe5 [16…Nb6 17.b3 Nxc4=] 17.Bxe5 Bxe5 18.Nxe5 dxe5 19.d6+ Ne6 [19…Rxc4 20.Qxc4+ Ne6 21.dxe7 Qxe7+/-] 20.dxe7 Qxe7 21.Nd5 Qh4 22.Nxb4 cxb4 23.Rxa6 Rd8 24.Qe2 Qf6 25.Rb6 Kh8 26.Bxe6 Bxe6 27.Qa6 Re8 28.Rd1 Qe7 29.Qb5 e4 30.Qe5+ Kg8 31.Rdd6 Ba2 32.Qd4 Qg5 33.b3 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Qxc2 35.Rxg6+! 1-0


(31) Arluck,William (2048) – Felber,Joe (2000) [D03]
QCC Futurity (7), 18.08.2006


1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 d5 4.Nbd2 Be7 5.e3 h6 6.Bh4 Nbd7 7.Bd3 b6 8.c3 Bb7 9.0-0 Ne4 10.Bg3 10 Bxe7 is what I found here. 10…0-0 11.Ne5 Nxe5 [11…Nxg3 12.hxg3 Nxe5 13.dxe5 c5=/+] 12.Bxe5 f5 13.f3 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 c5 15.Rae1 Bd6 16.f4 Bc6 17.Qe2 Qd7 18.Rf3 Bxe5 19.fxe5 a6 20.Qf2 Qe7 21.Kh1 Bb5 22.Bc2 a5 Black offered a draw here which was declined. Fritz thinks the position is dead even. 23.a4 Bc4 24.Rg1 Rac8 25.g4 fxg4 26.Rxg4 Rxf3 27.Qxf3 Rf8 28.Rf4 Rxf4 29.Qxf4 Qf7 30.Kg2 Qh5 31.Qf3 Qg5+ 32.Qg3 Qh5 33.Qf3 Qg5+ 34.Kf2 Qh4+ 35.Qg3 Qh5 36.Kg2 Qe2+ 37.Qf2 Qg4+ 38.Qg3 And now the draw was agreed. Again Fritz calls it completely even. 1/2-1/2


(32) Drobbin,Mitch (1984) – Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) [D00]
Futurity Jamaica (7), 18.08.2006


1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bf4 c6 4.c3 Qb6 4.. Bf5 is Semenova (2280) – Markovic (2266), 1999 European Union Women’s Cup, 1-0 in 60. 5.Qc2 Nf6 6.Nd2 e6 7.e3 c5 8.Ngf3 Nc6 9.Bd3 Bd7 10.0-0 Be7 11.Rfe1 Rc8 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Nb3 Be7 14.Qe2 0-0 15.Rad1 Na5 16.Nbd4 Nc4 17.Bxc4 Rxc4 18.Ne5 Rcc8 19.Nxd7 Nxd7 20.e4 dxe4 21.Qxe4 Qxb2 22.Nf5 [22.Nxe6!=] 22…Bc5 23.Nxh6+ gxh6 24.Re2 Nf6 [24…Qxc3=/+] 25.Qe5 [25.Qf3+/=] 25…Rfd8 26.Rde1 Bxf2+! 27.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Ng4+ 29.Kf3 Nxe5+ 30.Bxe5 Rd2 31.a4 Rc4 32.Rb1 b6 33.a5 bxa5 34.Rb7 Rd5 35.Bd4 e5 36.Bxa7 Rd3+ 37.Ke2 Rdxc3 38.Kd2 Rc2+ 39.Kd3 R4c3+ 40.Ke4 Rxg2 41.Kxe5 a4 42.Bd4 Rc4 43.Kd5 Rc8 44.Ra7 Rd8+ 45.Ke5 Rg5+ 46.Kf6 Rxd4 47.Ra8+ Kh7 48.Kxf7 Rg7+ 49.Kf6 Rg6+ 50.Kf7 Rg7+ 51.Kf6 Rf4+ 52.Ke5 Rh4 53.Kf6 Rg6+ 54.Kf5 Rg5+ 55.Kf6 Rf4+ 56.Ke6 Kg6 57.Rg8+ Kh5 58.Rb8 Kh4 59.Rh8 h5 White resigns 0-1


(33) Lawson,Brian (2005) – Guevara,Robert (2085) [A13]
QCC Futurity (7), 18.08.2006


1.c4 e6 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 c6 5.0-0 Bd6 6.d4 0-0 7.Nbd2 Re8 7.. Nbd7 is all I found here. 8.Ne5 Nfd7 9.f4 f6 10.Nd3 Bc7 11.Kh1 dxc4 12.Nxc4 Nb6 13.Nxb6 axb6 14.Be3 Nd7 15.Qb3 Kh8 16.Bg1 Nf8 17.Rad1 Bd7 18.a3 Qb8 19.Qc3 Ng6 20.Rc1 Ne7 Fritz likes 20.. Qd8 with a slight edge for White. 21.Qc2 Ra5 22.Be4 g6 23.Bg2 Kg7 24.e4 h5 25.Qc3 Ra8 26.d5 [26.e5 Rf8 27.exf6+ Rxf6 28.d5 Nxd5 29.Bxd5 exd5 30.Bd4+/=] 26…exd5 27.exd5 [27.Bd4+/-] 27…Bd6 28.Bd4 Rf8 29.dxc6 [29.Ne5! Be8 30.dxc6 fxe5 31.fxe5 Rxf1+ 32.Rxf1 Bc5 33.e6+ Bxd4 34.Qxd4+ Kg8 35.cxb7+-] 29…bxc6 30.Qb3 c5 31.Bc3 Bc6 32.Bxc6 Nxc6 33.Qd5 Ne7 34.Qf3 Ra7 35.Nf2 Qa8 36.Ne4 Bc7 [36…Nf5=] 37.Rcd1 Nd5 38.Rfe1 Nxc3 39.Qxc3 Bd8 [39…Bxf4! 40.gxf4 Re7 41.Qc4 f5 42.Rd5 fxe4 43.Rxe4=] 40.Kg1 Re8 41.Ng5 My scoresheet ends here. The rest is all I can remember. 41…Rae7 [41…Rxe1+ 42.Rxe1+/=] 42.Rxe7+ Rxe7 43.Nf3 [43.f5! gxf5 44.Rd6 Re8 45.Ne6++-] 43…Bc7 44.Qd3 c4 45.Qc3 Qe4 46.Re1 Bd6 47.Rxe4 Rxe4 48.Nh4 And White mated on b4 after a king-hunt with Rob finishing with 1 second left while I had a leisurely 23 seconds on the time-delay clock. 1-0


(34) Murphy,Rich (1910) – Kleinman,Jay (1922) [A25]
Futurity Jamaica (7), 18.08.2006


1.c4 e5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.a3 a5 5.Nf3 Be7 6.d4 exd4 6.. d6 is Franklin (2280) – Richardson (2280), drawn in 13 (London, 1996). 7.exd4 d5 8.c5 0-0 9.Bb5 Bg4 10.Be3 Na7 11.Be2 Nc6 12.Qd3 Qd7 13.0-0 Rfe8 14.Rad1 Rad8 15.Qb5 Ne4 16.Rfe1 [16.Qxb7 Rb8 17.Qa6 Rxb2=] 16…Bxf3 17.Bxf3 Nxc3 18.bxc3 Nxd4! 19.Qxd7 [19.Qxb7 Nxf3+ 20.gxf3=/+] 19…Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 Rxd7 Black’s up a pawn and White’s pawn structure is shattered. Shouldn’t be much left to see here. 21.Rb1 c6 22.Bd4 Kf8 The immediate 22.. f6 saves a tempo. 23.Kg2 f6 24.Rb2 Bd8 25.Reb1 Ree7 26.h4 Kf7 27.Be3 Kg6 28.Bf4 Bc7 29.Bd6 Bxd6 30.cxd6 Rf7 31.Re1 Rxd6 32.Re8 Rdd7 33.Ra8 b5 34.Ra6 Pesky. 34…Rc7 35.a4 Still pesky. Black’s been winning for a long time. Too long. White won’t go without a fight. 35…bxa4 36.Ra2 Ra7 37.Rxc6 Rfc7 38.Rd6 Rxc3 39.Rxd5 a3 40.Rd1 Rb7 41.Rd5 Rb2 42.Ra1 a2 43.Rxa5 Rcc2 44.h5+ Kh6 45.Kg3 Rxf2 46.Kg4 Rh2 47.Kg3 Rxh5 [47…g5! 48.hxg6 Kxg6! And Fritz wants to run another passer up a rook file.] 48.R1xa2 Rxa2 49.Rxa2 Both players are extremely short of time. The rest of the game is played at lightning pace. 49…Rb5 50.Ra7 f5 51.Rc7 g6? Now the Black king can’t move without hanging the h7 pawn. 52.Ra7 Rb1 53.Rc7 Rh1 54.Kg2 Rh5 55.f4 Rh4 56.Kg3 Rh1 57.Kg2 Re1 58.Kg3 Re6 59.Kf3 Rf6 60.Kg2 Rf8 61.Ra7 Rg8 62.Rf7 Rg7 Freeing the king. 63.Rf6 Kh5 64.Rf8 Ra7 Of course 64.. Kg4 would win another pawn, but I couldn’t see anything at this point. 65.Rh8 h6 66.Rg8 g5 67.fxg5 hxg5 68.Rh8+ Kg6 69.Rb8 The game cont inued for another few moves which weren’t recorded. In those few moves I managed to hang one of my pawns, and a draw was agreed with both flags hanging. A great save for White. 1/2-1/2


(35) Viera,Jeffren (1872) – Tamarkin,Larry (2026) [B20]
QCC Futurity (7), 18.08.2006


1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2 e5 4.d3 Nf6 5.g4 5 g3 is Bezsilko (2280) – Meulders (2275), drawn in 32 (1999). 5…h6 6.h4 [6.Bg2=/+] 6…d5 7.f3 Bd6 8.Bh3 g5 [8…d4-/+] 9.hxg5 hxg5 10.Qd2 Rg8 11.Nc3 d4 12.Nce2 Be6 13.Bg2 Rc8 14.Nh3 Nd7 15.Kf2 Qf6 16.Kg3 [16.Ke1=/+] 16…Qg6 17.Nf2 Ke7 18.Rh5 f6 [18…Nf6-/+] 19.Rah1 Rg7 20.a3 Qf7 21.Nd1 Nf8 22.Kf2 Ng6 23.Ng3 Kd7 24.Rh6 Nf4 25.Nh5 Nxh5 26.R1xh5 Kc7 [26…Bc7=/+] 27.Bc1 Kb8 28.Qe1 Ne7 29.Nb2 Ka8 [29…Ng6=/+] 30.Nc4 Bc7 31.b4 [31.Ke2=] 31…Bxc4 32.dxc4 Ng8 33.Rh8 Qxc4 34.Qd2 cxb4 35.Bf1 Qc3 36.axb4 Bd6 37.Qxc3 Rxc3 38.Bd3 b5 39.Bd2 Rc8 40.Ke2 a6 41.Kd1 Kb7 42.Kc1 Ne7 43.R8h6 Ng6 44.Kb2 Rf8 45.Rh1 Ne7 46.c4 dxc3+ 47.Bxc3 Nc6 48.Kb3 Nd8 49.Rd1 Kc7 50.Bc2 Rff7 51.Kb2 Nc6 52.Bb3 Rf8 53.Rc1 Kb6 54.Rd1 [54.Bd5 Nxb4 55.Bxb4 Bxb4 56.Rc6+ Ka7 57.Rhxf6 Rxf6 58.Rxf6 a5-/+] 54…Bxb4 55.Bxb4 Nxb4 56.Rd6+ Kc5 57.Rdxf6 Rxf6 58.Rxf6 a5 59.Re6 a4 [59…Kd4-+] 60.Bd1 [60.Rxe5+ Kd4 61.Rxb5 Nd3+ 62.Kc2 axb3+ 63.Rxb3 Ne5-+] 60…Kd4 61.Ka3 Nd3 62.Rd6+ Ke3 63.Rd5 b4+ [63…Kd2-+] 64.Kxa4 Nb2+ [64…Rc7-+] 65.Kxb4 Nxd1 66.Rxd1 Kxf3 67.Rf1+ Kxe4 68.Rf5 Kd4 69.Kb3 e4 70.Kc2 e3 71.Kd1 Kd3 72.Rd5+ Ke4 73.Rf5 Rd7+ 74.Ke1 Rd5 75.Rf8 Ra5 Though Black is completely won in this position, the game was drawn in another 5 moves which I couldn’t make out. 1/2-1/2


(36) Felber,Joe (2000) – Murphy,Rich (1910) [B45]
QCC Futurity (8), 25.08.2006


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Be2 7 Be3 is Bojkov (2280) – Petrov (2405), drawn in 11 (1997). 7…d5 8.exd5 exd5 9.Qd3 Bd6 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bg5 Re8 12.Rfe1 Rb8 13.Rab1 h6 14.Bh4 Rb6 15.Bf3 [15.a3=] 15…Rxe1+ [15…Rxb2!! 16.Rxe8+ Qxe8 17.Rxb2 Qe1+ 18.Qf1 Bxh2+! 19.Kxh2 Qxf1-+] 16.Rxe1 Rxb2 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Nd1 Rb7 [18…Rxa2-+] 19.Ne3 [19.c4=/+] 19…Re7 [19…Be6=/+] 20.Rb1 Qa5 [20…Be6=/+] 21.c3 [21.c4=] 21…Be5 [21…Qxa2-/+] 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.Qxf5 Re8 [23…Qxa2-/+] 24.Qg4+ [24.Qd7=/+] 24…Kf8 25.Qh4 Qxa2 26.Qb4+ Kg7 27.Qg4+ Kh8 28.Rd1 Bxc3 [28…Re6 29.Qb4 (29.Qh5 Kg7 30.Qg4+ Kf8-+) 29…Bd6-+] 29.Qd7 Rb8 30.Qxf7 [30.Qxc6 Qc2=/+] 30…Qa6 Fritz thinks Black maintains a slight edge after 31 Qg6 Qb7. [30…Qc2 31.g3 Be5-/+] 1/2-1/2


(37) Kleinman,Jay (1922) – Drobbin,Mitch (1984) [C01]
Futurity Jamaica (8), 08.09.2006


1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.Qe2+ Qe7 7.Qxe7+ Bxe7 8.Bf4 c6 9.Nbd2 h6 9.. Nbd7, Bg4, and 0-0 are the usual choices here. 10.0-0-0 Be6 11.h3 Nbd7 12.Bc7 Rc8 13.Bh2 c5 14.c3 c4 15.Bc2 b5 16.Nf1 b4 17.Ne3 g6 18.Ne5 bxc3 19.bxc3 Ba3+ 20.Kd2 0-0 21.Rb1 Black’s opening of the b-file has backfired on him. 21…Nb6 22.N3g4 The immediate 22 Rb5 (played in a few moves) is best here. 22…Kg7 23.Nxf6 Kxf6 24.Rb5 Bf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Ra5 Bd6 27.Nd7+ Nxd7 28.Bxd6 Rg8 29.g3 Rc6 30.Bf4 Kg6 31.f3 Nf6 32.g4 [32.Rxa7 Nh5 33.Rg1+/-] 32…Rb6 [32…a6+/=] 33.Kc2 [33.Rxa7 Rb2+ 34.Kd1+/-] 33…Re8 [33…a6+/=] 34.Be5 [34.Rxa7 Re2+ 35.Bd2 Rf2+/=] 34…a6 35.Rb1 Rbe6 36.Rb7 fxg4 37.hxg4 h5! Black’s been under pressure for a long time, but he never stops finding counterplay. 38.Ra7 [38.gxh5+=] 38…hxg4 39.fxg4 Nxg4 40.R7xa6 Kf5 41.Rxe6 fxe6 42.Bd6 Rd8 [42…Ne3+ 43.Kd2 Ke4-+] 43.Bc7 Rd7 [43…Rg8-/+] 44.Rc5 [44.Ra7=/+] 44…Nf2 45.a4 Nd3 46.Rc6 Rg7 47.a5 Rg2+ 48.Kb1 Rb2+ 49.Ka1 Rb3 50.a6 An exception to the maxim that states passed pawns must be pushed. [50.Bd6! Rxc3 51.Rb6+/-] 50…Rxc3 51.Bd6 Rc1+ 52.Ka2 Rc2+ 53.Ka3 Rc3+ [53…Rg2! 54.a7 Rg8 55.Bb8 Rg1!!=] 54.Ka4 Nb2+ 55.Ka5 [55.Kb5! Rb3+ 56.Ka5 Rh3 57.a7 Rh8 58.Bb8 Rh1 59.Ra6+-] 55…Rc1 56.a7 Ra1+ 57.Kb6 c3 58.Kb7 [58.Bb4 Nc4+ 59.Rxc4 dxc4 60.Bxc3 Rxa7 61.Kxa7 Ke4=] 58…Nc4! 59.a8Q [59.Ra6 Rxa6 60.Kxa6 c2 61.a8Q c1Q-/+] 59…Rxa8 60.Kxa8 c2 61.Rxc4 dxc4 62.Ba3 Ke4 The remaining score wasn’t kept in the time scramble, but Black got a new queen and mated White. A rich game with many twists and turns. 0-1


(38) Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) – Lawson,Brian (2005) [B06]
QCC Futurity (8), 25.08.2006


1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.dxc5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Qa5 6.Qd4 Nf6 7.Bd2 7 Qb4 is Murphy-Lawson from Rd.4 of the current tournament. 7…Nc6 8.Qe3 d6 9.cxd6 0-0 10.dxe7 Re8 11.Bd3 Rxe7 12.f3 Be6 13.Ne2 Qa4 14.Qg5 Nd7 15.Bb5 Qxc2 16.Bxc6 f6 17.Qh6 bxc6 18.0-0 Bc4 19.Nd4 Qa4 20.Rfb1 c5 21.Nb3 a5 22.Be3 Qc6 23.Nd2 Bd3 24.Rb2 Nb6 25.a4 [25.c4+/-] 25…Nxa4 26.Rba2 [26.Rb3+/=] 26…Nxc3 27.Rxa5 Rxa5 28.Rxa5 Ne2+ 29.Kf2 Nd4 30.Qf4 Rf7 [30…Kf7+/=] 31.Qb8+ Rf8 32.Qb2 [32.Qa7+/-] 32…Ne6 33.Bh6 Ng7 [33…Re8 34.Qxf6 Qc7+/-] 34.Ra7 Rf7 35.Qb8+ [35.Qa2 c4 (35…Qe6? 36.Ra8+ Rf8 37.Rxf8+ Kxf8 38.Qxe6) 36.Rxf7 Kxf7 37.Qa7++-] 35…Ne8 36.Ra8 Re7 37.Qb3+ [37.Qd8+/-] 37…c4 38.Qa3 Kf7 39.Ra6 [39.Be3=] 39…Qc7 40.g3 g5 41.f4 gxf4 [41…c3!! 42.Qb3+ Kg6 43.Qg8+ Kh5 (43…Kxh6?? 44.Qxg5#) 44.Bg7 h6 45.Qh8 Rxg7 46.Qxe8+ Qf7 47.Qxf7+ Rxf7 48.Ra3 Rc7-+] 42.Bxf4 Qb7 [42…Qd7-/+ with the threat of 43.. Qg4] 43.Ra4 Ng7 [43…Qc6=/+] 44.Qc3 [44.Nxc4+/-] 44…Ne6 [44…Qc6=] 45.Bd6 [45.Nxc4+/-] 45…Qb6+ 46.Kf3 Qxd6 [46…Ng5+ 47.Kg2 Qe3-+] 47.Nxc4 Ng5+ 48.Ke3 Rxe4+ 49.Kd2 Re2+ [49…Bxc4+-+] 50.Kc1 Rc2+ [50…Qd5 51.Nd2 Qh1+-+] 51.Qxc2 Bxc2 52.Nxd6+ Ke6 53.Ra6 Bg6 54.h4 Nf3 55.Nc8+ The game was eventually drawn by three-fold repetition with both flags hanging. 1/2-1/2


(39) Simonaitis,Arunas (1921) – Lawson,Brian (2005) [B06]
QCC Futurity (8), 25.08.2006


1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.dxc5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Qa5 6.Qd4 Nf6 7.Bd2 7 Qb4 is Murphy-Lawson from Rd.4 of the current tournament. 7…Nc6 8.Qe3 d6 [8…Ng4+/=] 9.cxd6 0-0 10.dxe7 Re8 11.Bd3 Rxe7 12.f3 Be6 13.Ne2 Qa4 14.Qg5 Nd7 15.Bb5 Qxc2 16.Bxc6 f6 17.Qh6 bxc6 18.0-0 Bc4 19.Nd4 Qa4 20.Rfb1 c5 21.Nb3 a5 22.Be3 Qc6 23.Nd2 Bd3 24.Rb2 Nb6 25.a4 [25.c4+/-] 25…Nxa4 26.Rba2 [26.Rb3+/=] 26…Nxc3 27.Rxa5 Rxa5 28.Rxa5 Ne2+ 29.Kf2 Nd4 30.Qf4 Rf7 [30…Kf7+/=] 31.Qb8+ Rf8 32.Qb2 [32.Qa7+/-] 32…Ne6 33.Bh6 Ng7 [33…Re8 34.Qxf6 Qc7+/-] 34.Ra7 Rf7 35.Qb8+ [35.Qa2 c4 (35…Qe6? 36.Ra8+ Rf8 37.Rxf8+ Kxf8 38.Qxe6) 36.Rxf7 Kxf7 37.Qa7++-] 35…Ne8 36.Ra8 Re7 37.Qb3+ [37.Qd8+/-] 37…c4 38.Qa3 Kf7 39.Ra6 [39.Be3=] 39…Qc7 40.g3 g5 41.f4 gxf4 [41…c3!! 42.Qb3+ Kg6 43.Qg8+ Kh5 (43…Kxh6?? 44.Qxg5#) 44.Bg7 h6 45.Qh8 Rxg7 46.Qxe8+ Qf7 47.Qxf7+ Rxf7 48.Ra3 Rc7-+] 42.Bxf4 Qb7 [42…Qd7-/+ with the threat of 43.. Qg4] 43.Ra4 Ng7 [43…Qc6=/+] 44.Qc3 [44.Nxc4+/-] 44…Ne6 [44…Qc6=] 45.Bd6 [45.Nxc4+/-] 45…Qb6+ 46.Kf3 Qxd6 [46…Ng5+ 47.Kg2 Qe3-+] 47.Nxc4 Ng5+ 48.Ke3 Rxe4+ 49.Kd2 Re2+ [49…Bxc4+-+] 50.Kc1 Rc2+ [50…Qd5 51.Nd2 Qh1+-+] 51.Qxc2 Bxc2 52.Nxd6+ Ke6 53.Ra6 Bg6 54.h4 Nf3 55.Nc8+ The game was eventually drawn by three-fold repetition with both flags hanging. 1/2-1/2


(40) Tamarkin,Larry (2027) – Arluck,William (2048) [C17]
9th Queen’s Futurity (8), 06.09.2006


1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2!? This is a line that is highly recommended by my chess-hero Roman Dzindzichashvilili! and works very well for me in this particular game! 5…cxd4 6.Nb5 Be7 [6…Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 Nc6 8.f4 (8.Nf3 Nh6 9.Nbxd4 0-0 10.0-0-0 f6 11.Re1 Nf7 12.exf6 Qxf6 13.Qc3 Re8 14.Nxc6 Qxc3) 8…Nge7 9.Nd6+ Kf8 10.Nf3 f6 11.0-0-0 Qa5 12.Qxa5 Nxa5 13.Nxd4 fxe5 14.fxe5 Nec6+- + 1.67 Junior 10 ctg.] 7.Qg4 [7.Nxd4 Nc6 8.Ngf3 Bd7 9.Bd3 Qb6 10.c3 f5 11.0-0 Nh6 12.Re1 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 0-0 14.Qc1 Nf7 +0.79 Junior 10 ctg.] 7…Kf8 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.Nf3 f6 10.Nbxd4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 + 1.26 Junior 10. 11…b6 [11…Qb6 12.Qxb6 axb6 13.0-0 Kf7 14.Rfe1+- + 1.54 in White favor – The game continuation is even more in White’s favor!] 12.0-0-0 f5 13.h4 [13.g4!? Bc5 14.Qf4 Nh6 15.Rdg1+-] 13…Bd7 14.g4 g6 [14…Bc5 15.Qf4 Nh6 16.gxf5 Nxf5 17.h5 h6 18.Nh4 Rc8 19.Nxf5! exf5 20.Bxf5 Bxf5 21.Qxf5+ Ke7 22.b4+-] 15.h5 g5 16.gxf5 Bc5 17.Qg4 Nh6 18.Qxg5 [18.Qg3!? Nxf5 19.Bxf5 exf5 20.e6! f4 21.Qg4 Bc8 22.Bc3+-] 18…Nxf5 [18…Qxg5 19.Nxg5 Nxf5 20.Bxf5 exf5 21.e6 Bc6 22.b4 Be7 23.Nf7 Rg8 24.Ne5 Rc8 25.Bh6+ Ke8 26.Rhg1+-] 19.Qf4 Qe7 20.b4 Bxf2 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Ng5 [22.Rh2 Is a simpler way to win.] 22…h6 23.e6 hxg5 24.Qxf5+ Kg8 25.exd7 Qg7 26.Qxd5+ Kh7 27.Qe4+ Kh6 28.Qc6+ Kh7 29.Bc3 Qf7 30.Qe4+ Kh6 31.Rd6+ I played the last few games in this event with a little more energy then in the first half where I drew so many games – But its always hard to play black and last week Thomas Murphy played very well against me and totally killed me (My first loss in 2 played Queen’s Futurities). Bill was very gracious in our analysis after the game; I remember in last year’s Queen’s championship he beat me in just as decisive a way as I beat him here. Bad losses often happen when you are not well-prepared, especially with the black pieces. I think I now have a good chance to finish 2nd in this event (Not so good for the #1 Fide-rated player here, as my FIDE-rating continues to go down) , as Lawson has already won so many games that he clinched first. In general I think I am still improving near the age of 50 by watching many DVD’s and subscribing to, but not anywhere as much as I’d like too – It has to be admitted that at our age ones neurons are so ‘hard-wired’ that the kind of chess improvement you see in all these kids is just not possible, but at least it is possible to improve a little. 1-0


(41) Arluck,William (2048) – Guevara,Robert (2085) [D02]
QCC Futurity (9), 01.09.2006


1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5 Qd6 3.. Be7 and 3.. f6 are the main moves here. 4.e3 Qb6 5.Nbd2 Bd6 6.Bd3 h6 7.Bh4 Nd7 8.0-0 c5 9.c4 Ngf6 10.Qe2 cxd4 [10…g5 11.Bg3 Bxg3=] 11.exd4 Bf4 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.Nc4 Qb4 14.a3 Qf8 15.Nfe5 Bg5 16.Bg3 Bf4 17.Qf3 [17.Ng6! fxg6 18.Qxe6+ Ne7 19.Bxf4 Qxf4 20.Nd6+ Kf8 21.Nxc8+-] 17…g5 18.Rfe1 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Qe7 20.Nd6+ Kf8 21.Be4 Bd7 22.Bxd5 exd5 23.Bxf4 gxf4 24.Qxf4 Bc6 25.e6 f6 26.Nf5 Qh7 27.Re3 Ke8 28.Rae1 Rg8 29.g3 Rg5 30.Nd4 Qe7 31.h4 Rg6 32.Nf5 Qd8 33.e7 Qb8 34.Nd6+ 1-0


(42) Felber,Joe (2000) – Kleinman,Jay (1922) [B34]
QCC Futurity (9), 01.09.2006


1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 a6 Departing from 6.. Nf6 which I played against Joe in last year’s Club championship. Either one is playable and the game can transpose to the same or very similar positions. 7.Be2 d6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Kh1 0-0 10.f4 Bd7 We’ve reached a very common position. Now the most popular 11th moves for White are a4, Bf3, Nb3, Nf3, Bf3, and Qd2. Less commonly played are Nxc6, h3, and f5. 11.Qe1? The text hangs a pawn to a tactic (explaining why it’s never played in this particular position). In last year’s game Joe played this move in a very similar position. In that one Black had his rook on c8 and White had his knight on b3. The Nb3 is the key difference between the two positions. The moral of the story? Always look out for transpositions that result in similar but not quite identical positions. 11…Ng4? [11…Nxe4!] 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Bg1 [13.Bxg4 Bxg4 14.f5 gxf5 15.exf5 Qd7= Though it looks shaky, Black’s Bg4 is a step ahead of attempts to trap it.] 13…Qa5 14.Bxg4 Bxg4 15.Nd5 Qxe1? [15…Qd8= If 16.Qh4? cxd5 17.Qxg4 dxe4-/+] 16.Nxe7+ Kh8 17.Raxe1 Bxb2 18.Nxc6 Rac8 19.Rb1 Bg7 20.Rb6 Rfe8 21.e5 [21.Re1 Bf5 (21…d5? 22.e5+/=) 22.Ne5 dxe5 23.exf5 gxf5 24.fxe5 Rxe5 25.Rxe5 Bxe5 26.Rxa6 Rxc2=] 21…dxe5 22.Nxe5 Be6 [22…Bxe5 23.fxe5 Kg8=] 23.c4 [23.Rc1 Bh6=] 23…Bxe5 Fritz agrees the game is dead equal here. 1/2-1/2


(43) Lawson,Brian (2005) – Drobbin,Mitchell (1984) [A11]
QCC Futurity (9), 01.09.2006


1.c4 c6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 dxc4 4.Na3 The database has many options for Black here, but the text is not one of them. 4…b5 5.Nxb5 e5 6.Nc3 Qb6 7.Nf3 Bd6 8.0-0 [8.Qa4+/-] 8…Ne7 9.d4 cxd3 10.Qxd3 Bc7 11.Be3 Qa6 12.Qd2 0-0 13.Bc5 Rd8 14.Qc2 Ng6 15.h4 [15.Rfd1+/=] 15…Nd7 16.Ba3 Nf6 17.Na4 Bg4 18.Nc5 Qb5 19.Rfe1 Bb6 20.Nh2 Rd4 [20…Bf5=] 21.Rac1 Ba5 22.b4 [22.e3 Rdd8 (22…Rd2 23.Qb3+-) 23.Nxg4 Nxg4 24.Red1+/-] 22…Bxb4 23.Bxb4 Qxb4 24.Nxg4 Rxg4 25.Bxc6 Rd8 26.Nb3 [26.Qb3=] 26…Nxh4 27.Kf1 Ng6 28.Bf3 Rg5 29.Qc7 Qb6 30.Qxb6 axb6 31.Rc6 e4 32.Bg2 e3 [32…b5-/+] 33.Rxb6 exf2 34.Kxf2 Ng4+ 35.Kf3 N6e5+ 36.Kf4 f6 37.a4 Nc4 [37…Nf2-+] 38.Rb5 Nge3 39.Be4 Rxb5 40.axb5 Rb8 [40…Nd5+=/+] 41.Nd4 Rd8 42.Nc6 White won after several more time pressure moves. 1-0


(44) Murphy,Rich (1910) – Tamarkin,Larry (2026) [B06]
QCC Futurity (9), 01.09.2006


1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.g3 b5 6.a3 Bb7 7.Bg2 Nd7 8.Nge2 h5 8.. Ngf6 is Swanson (2283) – McFarland (2267), 1/2 in 52 (England, 1999) and Hansen (2455) – Karlsson (2520), 0-1 in 61 (Copenhagen, 1988). 9.h3 Rc8 10.0-0 c5 11.f4 b4 [11…Nb6=] 12.axb4 cxb4 13.Na4 [13.Nd5 a5 14.e5+/-] 13…Qc7 14.Rc1 Ngf6 15.d5 0-0 16.c3 bxc3 17.Rxc3 Qa5 18.Ra3 Qc7 19.Qa1 [19.Nd4+/-] 19…Qc4 20.Nec3 e6 [20…h4 21.g4 (21.gxh4 e6 22.Rc1 Nh5 23.Kf2+/=) 21…e6 22.g5+/=] 21.Rc1 Qd3 22.Bf2 exd5 23.Nxd5 Rxc1+ 24.Qxc1 Qe2 25.Nac3 Qc4 26.Bf1 Bxd5 27.Bxc4 Bxc4 28.Nd5 Bb5 29.Re3 Nc5 30.Nxf6+ Bxf6 31.e5 Be7 32.b4 Nd3 33.Qc7 dxe5 34.Qxe7 exf4 35.gxf4 Nxf4 36.Qh4 Nd5 37.Qg5 Nxb4 38.Re6 Nd3 39.Rxg6+ fxg6 40.Qxg6+ 1-0


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