Saturday, October 8, 2016

2016 Kung Fu Open Round 3 Christopher Johnson, 1737 - Anton Taylor, 1844 Dutch Defense (A80)

Christopher Johnson, 1737 - Anton Taylor, 1844
Dutch Defense (A80)

1. d4 f5 2. c3 e6 3. Qc2 d6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Nbd2 Nc6 from transposition we get into a rare Dutch setup. After the previous round's game I was mentally fatigued and that may explain the strange move order. I'm just not sure. 7. e4 fxe4 8. Nxe4 O-O Komodo prefers 8. ... Nxe4 to the text move preserving the pieces. I think in a human versus human contest preserving pieces reduces the chances of trading pieces into a draw. However, on the other hand perhaps wanting the trade eevrything off would have reduced the burden on my already overtaxed brain. 9. Bd3 h6 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Nxf6+ Qxf6 As you see I turned out alright ... White volunteered the tradeoffs ... these trades can only benefit black. 12. O-O Bd7 13. Rae1 Rae8 14. Re3 The engine prefers Nd2 here but I think after d5 Black rids himself of his one major weakness and is probably fine with an equal position. 14. ... Ne7 15. Nd2 Bc6 16. Be4 Nf5 This is the decisive mistake. The knight looks well posted on f5 but has no real future there AND the biggest drawback of this move is that it allows White to destroy Black's queenside which as you will see gets mopped up easily. 17. Rf3 Qe7 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Re1 Rf6 20. Nf1 Qf7 21. Ng3 Nxg3 22. Rxf6 Qxf6 23. hxg3 e5 24. Qa4 Rf8 25. Re2 exd4 26. cxd4 Qf5 27. Qxc6 Qb1+ 28. Kh2 Qd1 Qxa2 is a better try for equality but I considered putting the queen so far out of the play was bad. My opponent even mentioned this capture to me after the game. 29. Qe4 Qa4 30. b3 Qd7 And in enormous time pressure I crack blitzing moves by allowing the trade of the pieces. (which in this endgame meant death even with a slightly more active king. 1-0

This game teaches me a very important lesson about trading. Sometimes you should trade. I had at the time been listening religiously to GM Igor Smirnov's Youtube videos and his catchy advice is "To take is a mistake" ... of course he admits that there are reasons to make captures many times in games but I took the advice too literal and it cost me dearly in this game. My opponent had done well this tournament and won himself clear first (gaining numerous rating points after this tournament).

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