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Default Another exciting nearly mistake free blitz game by Ray Lopez

Nearly mistake free except at the very end in a problem like finish.
Look at the exciting finish--who mates first? I could have won
quicker with Bxg6 but this is blitz.

RL

[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "2010.06.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ray"]
[Black "Guest"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B70"]
[WhiteElo "1846"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2010.06.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Bg5 Bg7 7. Be2
O-O 8.
Qd2 Re8 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. h4 Qa5 11. Nb3 Qb4 12. Bd3 Nd4 13. Nxd4 Qxd4
14. h5
Bg4 15. f3 Be6 16. hxg6 fxg6 17. Bh6 Bh8 18. Qf4 Qb4 19. a3 Qb6 20.
Qe3 Qc7 21.
Nd5 Nxd5 22. exd5 Bf7 23. Be4 b5 24. f4 a5 25. f5 b4 26. fxg6 hxg6 27.
Qg5 bxa3
28. Bxg6 Bxb2+ 29. Kb1 Bf6 30. Bxf7+ Kh8 31. Bg7# 1-0

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Default Another exciting nearly mistake free blitz game by Ray Lopez

On Jun 6, 6:11*pm, raylopez99 wrote:
Nearly mistake free except at the very end in a problem like finish.
Look at the exciting finish--who mates first? *I could have won
quicker with Bxg6 but this is blitz.

RL

[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "2010.06.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ray"]
[Black "Guest"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B70"]
[WhiteElo "1846"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2010.06.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Bg5 Bg7 7. Be2
O-O 8.
Qd2 Re8 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. h4 Qa5 11. Nb3 Qb4 12. Bd3 Nd4 13. Nxd4 Qxd4
14. h5
Bg4 15. f3 Be6 16. hxg6 fxg6 17. Bh6 Bh8 18. Qf4 Qb4 19. a3 Qb6 20.
Qe3 Qc7 21.
Nd5 Nxd5 22. exd5 Bf7 23. Be4 b5 24. f4 a5 25. f5 b4 26. fxg6 hxg6 27.
Qg5 bxa3
28. Bxg6 Bxb2+ 29. Kb1 Bf6 30. Bxf7+ Kh8 31. Bg7# 1-0


To be frank, your opponent made it fairly easy for you, Ray, and you
did make a mistake early on. A few comments:

1) Black would have been winning after 10... Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Ng4 12.
Qa4 (if 12. Qd2 Nxf2) 12... Bd7 13. Qb3 Be6 14. Nd5 Nxf2.
2) 14 ... Nxh5 offered much better resistance than 14 ... Bg4?.
3) 25 ... b4 was dreadful; better 25... Qc4.
4) You missed a crushing win with 27. Bxg6!, and if 27 ... Bxg6 28.
Qe6+ Bf7 29. Qg4+ Kh7 30. Bd2+ Bh5 31. Rxh5#.
5) There was a lot of play left had Black played 29... Reb8 instead
of 29 ... Bf6??.
6) The finish, 30. Bxf7+ Kh8 31. Bg7#, is not at all "problem-like,"
as I'm sure our resident problemist Dr. Dowd can tell you.

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Default Another exciting nearly mistake free blitz game by Ray Lopez

On Jun 7, 1:33*am, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

* To be frank, your opponent made it fairly easy for you, Ray, and you
did make a mistake early on. A few comments:

* 1) Black would have been winning after 10... Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Ng4 12.
Qa4 (if 12. Qd2 Nxf2) 12... Bd7 13. Qb3 Be6 14. Nd5 Nxf2.


I know about 10...Nxd4, I saw that right after I posted; sorry. Rest
of your comments are also known.

To atone for this game, I offer three games I just played, hot off the
press, where I beat my opponent who was a rated player 123 points
greater than me! He challenged me three times, since he was ****ed at
losing. The third match I even opened with the King's Gambit (I never
play that as White) and still won! LOL he declined, thinking I knew my
King's Gambit (I don't).

First time I've ever done that; beat a player rated 123 points higher
than me three times straight...what are odds of that happening?
Actually easy to calculate...a chain probability problem (x)^3. Let
me quickly do the math...a 123 rating point difference means you have
about a 34% chance of winning as the weaker player (looking at Dr.
Arpad Elo's chart), so it's (0.34)^3 = 4% chance of doing it three
times in a row.

That's rare Taylor. Rare. Some rare chess below. Rare as hen's
teeth.

The first game is the best--you will see the theme of back rank mate
that you featured in one of your famous "comeback" games in the last
recent thread.

Going to bed now...good night and good fight!

RL

[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "2010.06.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ray"]
[Black "ThisPicture"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B32"]
[WhiteElo "1846"]
[BlackElo "1969"]
[PlyCount "69"]
[EventDate "2010.06.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7.
Bd3 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. f4 exf4 10. Bxf4 d6 11. Kh1 a5 12. Qe1 a4 13. Rd1 a3 14. b3
Bg4 15.
Rd2 Bh5 16. e5 dxe5 17. Bxh7+ Nxh7 18. Rxd8 Bxd8 19. Qxe5 Bg6 20. Ne4
Bxe4 21.
Qxe4 Bf6 22. Qxc6 Rfc8 23. Qb7 Re8 24. c4 Rad8 25. c5 Re2 26. c6 Ree8
27. c7
Rc8 28. b4 Nf8 29. Bg3 Ne6 30. b5 Nd4 31. b6 Ne2 32. Qc6 Re6 33. Qd7
Bd4 34.
Qxc8+ Kh7 35. Qxe6 1-0


[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "2010.06.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "ThisPicture"]
[Black "Ray"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D35"]
[WhiteElo "1969"]
[BlackElo "1846"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "2010.06.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 Be7 5. e4 dxe4 6. fxe4 O-O 7. e5
Nfd7 8. Nf3
f6 9. Be2 Nc6 10. d5 Ncxe5 11. dxe6 Nxf3+ 12. Bxf3 Ne5 13. Nd5 Bxe6
14. O-O c6
15. Nxe7+ Qxe7 16. b3 Rad8 17. Qc2 Nxf3+ 18. Rxf3 Bg4 19. Rg3 0-1



[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "2010.06.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ray"]
[Black "ThisPicture"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C30"]
[WhiteElo "1846"]
[BlackElo "1969"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2010.06.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d6 3. fxe5 dxe5 4. Nf3 c5 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. O-O Nf6 7. Nc3
h6 8. d3
Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 a6 11. a3 Na5 12. Ba2 b5 13. Nxe5 Be6 14. Bxe6
fxe6 15.
Bxh6 Qd4+ 16. Be3 Qxe5 17. Ne2 Ng4 18. Bf4 Qh5 19. h3 Nf6 20. Ng3 Qh7
21. Qxa5
Nh5 22. Nxh5 Qxh5 23. Qc7 Bf6 24. Bd6 Rfc8 25. Qd7 Bd4+ 26. Kh1 Qe2
27. Qxe6+
Kh8 28. Rf5 Re8 29. Qg6 1-0
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On Jun 6, 5:11*pm, raylopez99 wrote:
Nearly mistake free except at the very end in a problem like finish.
Look at the exciting finish--who mates first? *I could have won
quicker with Bxg6 but this is blitz.


Thanks for giving me another example for my files of the frequent
misuse of the expression "a problem-like finish."

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On Jun 6, 7:07*pm, raylopez99 wrote:

To atone for this game, I offer three games I just played, hot off the
press, where I beat my opponent who was a rated player 123 points
greater than me! ...
First time I've ever done that; beat a player rated 123 points higher
than me three times straight...what are odds of that happening?


Heck, if you want long odds, how about the odds of an underdog
beating two opponents, each rated /exactly/ 350 points higher, in the /
same/ round of the //same// tournament ///two years in a row///? I
don't know what they'd give for that in Vegas, but it happened.


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On 6 June, 23:11, raylopez99 wrote:
Nearly mistake free except at the very end in a problem like finish.
Look at the exciting finish--who mates first? *I could have won
quicker with Bxg6 but this is blitz.

RL

[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "2010.06.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ray"]
[Black "Guest"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B70"]
[WhiteElo "1846"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2010.06.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Bg5 Bg7 7. Be2
O-O 8.
Qd2 Re8 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. h4 Qa5 11. Nb3 Qb4 12. Bd3 Nd4 13. Nxd4 Qxd4
14. h5
Bg4 15. f3 Be6 16. hxg6 fxg6 17. Bh6 Bh8 18. Qf4 Qb4 19. a3 Qb6 20.
Qe3 Qc7 21.
Nd5 Nxd5 22. exd5 Bf7 23. Be4


A middlegame with only Bishops and major pieces. This is a critcal
middlegame position. I think black could have caused alarm and
despondency with 23...e6! After 24.dxe6 Rxe6 black has two main
threats: ...d5 and ...Qc4 (threatening ...Qa2). It is a very double-
eged position.

23...b5 24. f4 a5

23...b5 was a good idea but this is too slow! He had to give up some
pawns for open lines; 24...b4! and he has a counterattack.

25. f5 b4 26. fxg6 hxg6 27.
Qg5 bxa3
28. Bxg6 Bxb2+ 29. Kb1 Bf6 30. Bxf7+ Kh8 31. Bg7# 1-0


GG.

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On Jun 7, 5:05*am, Taylor Kingston
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On Jun 6, 7:07*pm, raylopez99 wrote:


To atone for this game, I offer three games I just played, hot off the
press, where I beat my opponent who was a rated player 123 points
greater than me! ...
First time I've ever done that; beat a player rated 123 points higher
than me three times straight...what are odds of that happening?


* Heck, if you want long odds, how about the odds of an underdog
beating two opponents, each rated /exactly/ 350 points higher, in the /
same/ round of the //same// tournament ///two years in a row///? I
don't know what they'd give for that in Vegas, but it happened.


When and where? Was that you?

What about the guy who paid Kasparov $100k or so for an appearance fee
(this was in the late 90s when K was peaking), had either two pawn or
Knight odds, and lost? A counterexample to the underdog winning.

RL

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On Jun 7, 5:20*am, raylopez99 wrote:
On Jun 7, 5:05*am, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

On Jun 6, 7:07*pm, raylopez99 wrote:
To atone for this game, I offer three games I just played, hot off the
press, where I beat my opponent who was a rated player 123 points
greater than me! ...
First time I've ever done that; beat a player rated 123 points higher
than me three times straight...what are odds of that happening?


* Heck, if you want long odds, how about the odds of an underdog
beating two opponents, each rated /exactly/ 350 points higher, in the /
same/ round of the //same// tournament ///two years in a row///? I
don't know what they'd give for that in Vegas, but it happened.


When and where? Was that you?


Yes. At the Cincinnati Open in 1992 and 1993. Here are the games:

[Event "Cincinnati Open"]
[Site "Cincinnati, OH, USA"]
[Date "1992.07.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Yanez, Jorge"]
[Black "Kingston, Taylor"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B08"]
[WhiteElo "2137"]
[BlackElo "1787"]
[Annotator "Kingston,Taylor"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "1992.07.18"]

1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4 Bg7 5. Be2 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7. e5
dxe5 8. dxe5 Ng4 9. e6 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 Bxb5 11. exf7+ Kxf7 12. Ng5+ Ke8
13. Qxg4 Nd7 14. Qe6 Qb6 15. Qf7+ Kd8 16. Ne6+ Kc8 17. Qxe7 Bc4 18.
Ng5 Nf6 19. Be3 Re8 20. Qg7 Qb2 21. Qxf6 Qxa1+ 22. Kd2 Qxh1 23. Ne4
Qxh2 24. Bf4 Qh5 25. Nd6+ Kd7 26. Nxe8 Qd5+ 27. Kc1 Rxe8 28. Kb2 Qc6
29. Qg7+ Re7 30. Qh6 Qb6+ 31. Kc1 Re1+ 32. Kd2 Re2+ 33. Kd1 Qb1+ 0-1

Hardly an error-free game. I mistakenly let the opening transpose
into a Pirc, a defense I do not know well. With 5...c5? I tried to
steer toward a Sicilian, but that was incorrect and White took
advantage. White was better until 16.Ne6+?!; instead with 16.c4! he
could have retained an advantage
However, his big mistake was 18.Ng5??. Instead 18.Ng7 Qf6 19.Qxf6
Nxf6 was equal. And after 20.Qg7?? he was really busted (about -10.36
says Rybka), though the main alternative, 20.Qxe8+, was tantamount to
resignation.
I could have wrapped things up sooner with 21... Qxc2, forcing mate
quickly, e.g. 22. Qf3 Qxc3+ 23. Kd1 Rd8+ 24. Bd2 Qxd2#, but of course
gobbling up the two rooks looked like the obvious course, and was
still quite good enough to win.
But now, playing over the game 18 years later, I see I almost blew
it with 23...Qxh2?; should have played 23...Qxg2 or 23...Rxe4 24.Qf8+
Kc7 25.Qxa8 Re5 etc. After 23...Qxh2? 24. Bf4 Qh5, White could have
forced a draw with 25.Qg7! (threatening mate at c7) 25...Qd5+ 26.Kc1
Qd7 27.Nd6+ Kd8 28.Nxb7+ Kc8 29.Nd6+ etc. But, he played 25.Nd6+? and
the rest was easy.

This was my first big upset, and first win over anyone rated 2000+.
And it happened again, a year later, with a different expert:

[Event "Cincinnati Open"]
[Site "Cincinnati"]
[Date "1993.07.17"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Perks, Grant"]
[Black "Kingston, Taylor"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A21"]
[WhiteElo "2136"]
[BlackElo "1786"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Nf3 f5 4. e4 Nf6 5. d3 Be7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 Na6
8. O-O Nc5 9. b4 fxe4 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. bxc5 exd3 12. Ba3 c6 13. Ne4
Nxe4 14. Bxe4 Bf5 15. Re1 Qd4 16. Bxf5 Rxf5 17. Qd2 Raf8 18. Rf1 Bg5
19. Qb2 Qxb2 20. Bxb2 Be7 21. Rad1 Bxc5 22. Rxd3 Rxf2 23. Rxf2 Rxf2
24. Rd8+ Rf8+ 0-1

This time it was White who screwed up the opening. 10.Nxe5? was
dreadful; he should have played 10.dxe4 Ne6 with a slight advantage
for Black. Note: /not/ 10...Ncxe4?? 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Qd5+ winning a
piece. Perhaps better than my 10...dxe5 was 10...Na6, when the Ne5
simply has nowhere to go and is lost.
However, after 10... dxe5 11. bxc5 exd3 12. Ba3 c6! my positional
advatage and advanced extra pawn were about as good as being up a
piece. The game pretty much just played itself from then on.
I had a killer combination at move 19, which I strongly considered
but did not play because I couldn't work it out fully in my head:
19... Be3! 20. fxe3 (or 20. Qxd4 Bxd4 21. Rad1 Rxf2 22. Rxf2 e4) 20...
Qxe3+ 21. Kg2 d2 with mate shortly, e.g. 22.Rfd1 Qe4+ 23.Kg1 Rf2 etc.

Anyway, two exactly 350-point upsets in the same round of the same
tournament in two successive years. One of the few highlights of my
three years in Ohio, a state which aside from the chess scene I did
not much care for.
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On Jun 7, 6:22*pm, Taylor Kingston
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* Anyway, two exactly 350-point upsets in the same round of the same
tournament in two successive years. One of the few highlights of my
three years in Ohio, a state which aside from the chess scene I did
not much care for.


I'll analyse it later and if I find anything other than what you said
I'll post here.

"hey, ho, way to go Ohio" - lyrics, My City Was Gone, Chrissie Hynde,
Pretenders.

RL
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On 7 June, 10:20, raylopez99 wrote:
On Jun 7, 5:05*am, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

On Jun 6, 7:07*pm, raylopez99 wrote:
To atone for this game, I offer three games I just played, hot off the
press, where I beat my opponent who was a rated player 123 points
greater than me! ...
First time I've ever done that; beat a player rated 123 points higher
than me three times straight...what are odds of that happening?


* Heck, if you want long odds, how about the odds of an underdog
beating two opponents, each rated /exactly/ 350 points higher, in the /
same/ round of the //same// tournament ///two years in a row///? I
don't know what they'd give for that in Vegas, but it happened.


When and where? Was that you?

What about the guy who paid Kasparov $100k or so for an appearance fee
(this was in the late 90s when K was peaking), had either two pawn or
Knight odds, and lost? *A counterexample to the underdog winning.


Terence Chapman - you can see the games at
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess...940&pid2=58505. In
brief:
1: Kasparov won as black without a and h pawns
2: Kasparov drew as white without a and d pawns
3: Kasparov lost as black without a and b pawns
4: Kasparov won as white without a and e pawns
Incidentally, it was in 2001, and the money went to the Garry Kasparov
Chess Academy. Also. Chapman had a time advantage: 90 minutes to
Kasparov's 60.

There's an article about it at http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/event/ka...kaspchap1.html.
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