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Subject: The Baron in CCT5

Author: Richard Pijl

Date: 09:39:51 01/20/03


CCT5 was the first time that the Baron participated in an online tournament and
from the seeding I understood that it would be one of the large group of
outsiders. Nonetheless I was hoping for a nice result

But opposition was tough. The first game against Movei was very equal until
Movei allowed the Baron's rooks (pigs according to IM Schroer) to reach the 7th
rank. The game was over soon after that.

The next game against Yace started promising with a kingside attack by Baron.
Unfortunately the attack was easily defended and Yace pushed back on the
queenside. Yace was successfull.

I could not really follow the third game as I had visitors, but occasionally I
could take a peek on the screen. It was kind of fortunate that I did as Wildcat
got disconnected and Baron was closed for matches. That was quickly corrected.
The game was kind of boring though. Baron never got the chance to gain a
decisive advantage and in the end sacrificed a piece to force the draw

The fourth game against Zappa seemed to be over quickly but Zappa was defending
the tactical shots Baron fired on it. I saw Baron attacking after a not so good
opening phase by Zappa. Baron sacrificed a pawn and got a major attack on the
black position and I was quite surprised (like the author of Zappa) that Zappa
survived. Remaining was a rook endgame where Baron had one pawn more.
[D]8/p2r4/2pk4/2R5/1P6/8/PKP5/8 b - -
In the game followed: 46..Rb7 47.Kb3 Rb5? 48.Rxb5 and the remaining pawn endgame
is a simple win. I'm not sure if Baron could have won after a different move in
the diagram position.

The fifth game against Arasan had a drawish outlook very soon and wasn't very
interesting after that.

The sixth game was a walk-over ... by Ruffian.

In the seventh game Butcher was grabbing the initiative and launched a promising
kingside attack after a strange move by the Baron (which I have to examine
further). But the attack failed soon and Baron was able to take over, winning a
pawn. Baron created a passed pawn which decided the game.

The eighth game featured a KR+7p against KR+7p closed position. Baron's pawn
structure was better, so it tried to break Aristarchs position. Both programs
managed to get a rook into the enemy position which dealt with a lot of pawns.
Although Baron ended up with one pawn more, the position was very hard to win,
and dangerous to push for the win too. Both engines did great in going for a
draw in the end.

The last game, against Bringer, brought the opening advantage to the Baron.
Baron exploited the bad positioning of Bringer's pieces and won the game. This
was an entertaining game I recommend anyone to look at:

[Event "ICC 45 10 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2003.01.19"]
[Round "-"]
[White "thebaron"]
[Black "BringerXX"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2450"]
[BlackElo "2263"]
[Opening "Sicilian: Taimanov variation"]
[ECO "B48"]
[NIC "SI.40"]
[Time "16:10:03"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. f4 b5 8.
Qf3 Bb4 9. Qg3 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 Nce7 11. Qxg7 Qxc3+ 12. Kf2 Qxa1 13. Qxh8 Bb7
14. Rg1 Qb2 15. Bd3 h6 16. Rd1 Qc3 17. e5 O-O-O 18. Ne2 Qb4 19. Bb6 Re8 20.
Qg7 Nd5 21. c3 Qe7 22. Bd4 f6 23. Qxe7 Rxe7 24. c4 bxc4 25. Rc1 fxe5 26.
Rxc4+ Kd8 27. Bxe5 Ngf6 28. Bd6 Rg7 29. g3 h5 30. Rc1 h4 31. Rb1 hxg3+ 32.
hxg3 Bc8 33. Rb8 Rg8 34. Kf3 Ne8 35. Be5 Ndc7 36. Bc3 d6 37. Nd4 Kd7 38. Bc2
d5 39. Ba4+ Nb5 40. Nxb5 axb5 41. Bxb5+ Kc7 42. Be5+ Nd6 43. Bxd6+ Kxd6 44.
Ba6 Bxa6 {Black resigns} 1-0

I enjoyed myself in watching the games and hope there will be a CCT6 soon.

Richard.



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