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Subject: Arasan at CCT6

Author: Jon Dart

Date: 16:38:59 02/01/04


a few notes on Arasan's games:

In Round 1, Arasan had White against Butcher. Arasan opened
with 1. Nf3, and was out of book after 4 .. f5 (this is a bit
provocative; Arasan likely wouldn't play it). Starting around move
33, there was a series of exchanges, at the end of which
Arasan was down a pawn. Butcher won easily in the endgame. Arasan
has a pretty even score against Butcher on ICC, so this wasn't
entirely unexpected: but still, starting at -1 isn't fun.

Round 2, Arasan had Black against ban (Junior). Arasan chose the
Caro-Kann, was out of book at move 11, and was very soon afterwards
in trouble. Arasan was prevented from castling and Junior wiped
it out.

Round 3, White against Noonianchess. Noonian was worse out of the
opening, but not dramatically so. 20 .. b5 led to opening the
the c-file. Arasan doubled rooks on it and was able to post a
rook on the 7th. At this point:

[D] 1r6/2R1pk1p/p2p2p1/1q1Pbp2/8/1P3Q2/P2B1PPP/6K1 w - -

Arasan played g4, and White had a strong attack.

In Round 4, against Chepla, Arasan was out of book here:

[D] rnbq1rk1/ppp1bpp1/4pn1p/3p4/2PP3B/2N2N2/PP2PPPP/2RQKB1R b K -

and played 7 .. g5, which was a stinker, weakening the Kingside.
Arasan wound up with an extra piece, but it was useless: Chepla
had Arasan's Knight and Rook tied down to the first rank. Very
disappointing game for me, but good play by Chepla.

Round 5, against nullmover, Arasan had the White side of a Sicilian
Scheveningen, and played a very nice Kingside attack, culminating in
42. Bxh6:

[D] 2r4k/p1q1b1p1/1p1pbnPp/4p2P/4P3/P1N1BB2/1PPQ1R2/1K6 w - -

Round 6, against Alarm, Arasan had the Black side of an English
opening. It was ahead from the opening and won smoothly.

In Round 7, Arasan-Avernox, at this point:

[D] r1b1kb1r/3n1ppp/p1pp4/5p2/3BP3/q1N5/P1PQB1PP/1R3RK1 b kq -

Averno played 14 .. f4 and after 15. Qxf4 f6 Qf5 was in trouble.
Arasan expected 14 .. fxe4 Nxe4 and I think Black is ok then. Averno
resigned at move 18, possibly a bit early (Arasan's score was
+3.27 at that point).

Round 8, Arasan was paired with Rebel and wound up in a main-line
Najdorf (Winawer Poisoned Pawn), which is not a good choice against
a booked-up commercial prog! Rebel played 13. f5, which is book, but
seems a bit unusual (other moves are Bf3, Kb1). Arasan was out book and
responded h4, which looks strange (Chess Tiger has 13.. Nc5 in its book).
Arasan was in trouble just a few moves later and was soon wiped out.

Round 9, Arasan was Black against Amateur in a Nimzo-Indian Defense,
Rubinstein. Arasan looked like it was in trouble for a while. Amateur
had control of the b-file and a couple of connected center passers.
Amateur's score got up to about +2.0 at one point, but Arasan still
evaluated it as even. Finally Arasan got the upper hand in the
endgame: White's king was immobile, Black had better King position,
and Arasan picked off one a couple of pawns to wind up with its own
dangerous passers.

So Arasan ends with 5/9, which is close to where it's been for the
last few CCTs. It's better than a few years ago, but so is the
opposition.

Thanks to everyone who participated, to Volker, and to IM Schroer for
commentary.

--Jon

Games:

[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Arasan 7.4"]
[Black "Butcher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2557"]
[BlackElo "2379"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 f5 5. d3 Nf6 6. Be2 Be7 7. d4
cxd4 8. exd4 d6 9. d5 Nb8 10. c5 O-O 11. O-O e4 12. cxd6 Bxd6 13. Nd4
Be5 14. g3 a6 15. Bc4 Qd6 16. Ne6 Rf7 17. Be3 Nbd7 18. Bb3 b5 19. Nd8
Rf8 20. Ne6 Rf7 21. Qd2 Bb7 22. Rad1 Rc8 23. Ne2 Ng4 24. Bd4 Nb6
25. Bxb6 Qxb6 26. N2d4 Qd6 27. Ng5 Rf6 28. Nc6 Re8 29. Nxe5 Nxe5
30. Qe2 Rb8 31. Kh1 Rc8 32. Ne6 Nd3 33. f3 Bxd5 34. Rxd3 exd3
35. Qxd3 Rc4 36. Nf4 Bf7 37. Bxc4 Bxc4 38. Qxd6 Rxd6 39. Rc1 Bxa2
40. Rc8+ Kf7 41. b4 g5 42. Rc7+ Kf6 43. Nh3 h6 44. Rh7 Ke5 45. f4+
gxf4 46. Nxf4 Kd4 47. Rc7 Bc4 48. Ng2 Kc3 49. Ne3 Kxb4 50. Nxf5 Rf6
51. Ne3 a5 52. Kg2 a4 53. Nxc4 bxc4 54. Rb7+ Kc5 55. Rc7+ Rc6 56. Rf7
 0-1 {ArasanX resigns}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "ban"]
[Black "Arasan 7.4"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B18"]
[WhiteElo "2689"]
[BlackElo "2557"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3
Nf6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Nbd7 12. f4 c5
13. O-O-O cxd4 14. Ng6 Rg8 15. Nxf8 Nxf8 16. Rhe1 Qd5 17. Qa3 Ng6
18. Bc3 Nxh4 19. Bxd4 Qd8 20. Be5 Nd5 21. Ne4 Nxg2 22. Re2 Qe7
23. Bd6 Ngxf4 24. Bxe7 Nxe2+ 25. Kb1 Nxe7 26. Nd6+ Kf8 27. Qf3 f6
28. Qxe2 g6 1-0 {ArasanX resigns}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Arasan 7.4"]
[Black "NoonianChess"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2557"]
[BlackElo "2107"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 d6 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 Bg4 7. d5
Ne5 8. Be2 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 g6 10. O-O Bg7 11. Be2 O-O 12. b3 Nfd7
13. Qc2 f5 14. Bf4 a6 15. Qd2 Qa5 16. Rac1 Nf7 17. Rc2 Rfc8 18. Qe3
Re8 19. Qd2 Rac8 20. Be3 b5 21. Rcc1 bxc4 22. Bxc4 Nfe5 23. Be2 Nf3+
24. Bxf3 Bxc3 25. Qe2 Ne5 26. Rc2 Nxf3+ 27. Qxf3 Be5 28. Bd2 Qb5
29. Rfc1 Rxc2 30. Rxc2 Rb8 31. Rc7 Kf7 32. g4 Bf6 33. gxf5 Rg8
34. Rc4 g5 35. Qe4 Rf8 36. h4 gxh4 37. Bh6 Rg8+ 38. Kh2 Be5+ 39. f4
Qa5 40. fxe5 dxe5 41. Qf3 e4 42. Qh5+ Rg6 43. fxg6+ hxg6 44. Qe5
Qxa2+ 45. Kg1 Qb1+ 46. Bc1 Qxc1+ 47. Rxc1 h3 48. Rc8 h2+ 49. Kxh2 g5
50. Qe6+ Kg7 51. Rg8+ Kh7 52. Qg6# 1-0 {NoonianChess checkmated}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "chepla"]
[Black "Arasan 7.4"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D53"]
[WhiteElo "2323"]
[BlackElo "2557"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. Rc1
g5 8. Bg3 Ne4 9. a3 f5 10. cxd5 Nxc3 11. Rxc3 f4 12. Qc2 Qe8 13. dxe6
c6 14. e3 fxg3 15. hxg3 Kg7 16. Bc4 Bf6 17. Qf5 Be7 18. Qe4 Qg6
19. Qxg6+ Kxg6 20. Ne5+ Kg7 21. Nf7 b5 22. Ba2 b4 23. axb4 Bxb4
24. Nxh6 Rf6 25. e7 Bxe7 26. Ng8 Bb4 27. Nxf6 Bxc3+ 28. bxc3 Kxf6
29. Rh8 Bf5 30. Rf8+ Kg6 31. f4 Be4 32. Kf2 gxf4 33. gxf4 a5 34. g4
Bd5 35. c4 Kg7 36. Rd8 Be4 37. d5 cxd5 38. cxd5 a4 39. g5 Kh7 40. Kg3
a3 41. d6 Ra6 42. Re8 Bg6 43. Re7+ Kh8 44. Re6 Bf7 45. d7 Nxd7
46. Rxa6 Bxa2 47. Rxa3 Bc4 48. f5 Bb5 49. Kf4 Nf8 50. e4 Kg7
 1-0 {ArasanX resigns}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Arasan 7.4"]
[Black "nullmover"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B82"]
[WhiteElo "2557"]
[BlackElo "2213"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. f4 Nc6 7. Be3
Be7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O O-O 10. f5 Nxd4 11. Rxd4 Bd7 12. g4 Rac8
13. g5 Ne8 14. Rc4 Qd8 15. Rxc8 Bxc8 16. h4 b6 17. Bd3 Bb7 18. fxe6
fxe6 19. Qg4 Bc8 20. Kb1 e5 21. Qg3 Be6 22. h5 Nc7 23. Rg1 Qd7
24. Bd2 Qd8 25. Ka1 Qc8 26. Kb1 Qd8 27. Ka1 Qc8 28. Be3 Na6 29. g6 h6
30. a3 Nc5 31. Be2 Nd7 32. Qg2 Nf6 33. Bf3 Qc4 34. Kb1 Rc8 35. Rf1
Qa6 36. Be2 Qb7 37. Bd2 Kh8 38. Bf3 Qc7 39. Be3 Bd7 40. Qd2 Bh3
41. Rf2 Be6 42. Bxh6 gxh6 43. Qxh6+ Kg8 44. g7 Qc5 45. Bg4 Bxg4
46. Qh8+ Kf7 47. Qh7 Ke8 48. Rxf6 Kd7 49. Rg6 Qf2 50. Rxg4 Qf1+
51. Ka2 Qc4+ 52. Ka1 Qf1+ 53. Nb1 b5 1-0 {nullmover resigns}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alarm"]
[Black "Arasan 7.4"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A10"]
[WhiteElo "2423"]
[BlackElo "2557"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. g3 e5 4. Bg2 d6 5. e3 Nc6 6. Nge2 Nge7 7. d3
Bg4 8. Qb3 Rb8 9. Bd2 O-O 10. O-O-O Be6 11. Qa3 d5 12. cxd5 Nxd5
13. Ne4 a5 14. Nc5 Bg4 15. f3 Bc8 16. f4 Bg4 17. Rhe1 exf4 18. gxf4
Re8 19. Be4 f5 20. h3 Bh5 21. Bh1 Nxe3 22. Ng3 Nxd1 23. Nxh5 Rxe1
24. Qb3+ Kh8 25. Bxe1 gxh5 26. Kxd1 Nd4 27. Qf7 Qd6 28. Nb3 Nxb3
29. Qxb3 Qxf4 30. Qc2 a4 31. Bf2 Qh2 32. Bf3 Qxh3 33. Qe2 h4 34. Bg1
f4 35. Bf2 Bf6 36. d4 Qf5 37. Be4 Qe6 38. Qf3 Rd8 39. Bd3 Bxd4
40. Qh5 h6 41. Qxh4 Rd6 42. Bxd4+ Rxd4 43. Kc2 a3 0-1 {Alarm resigns}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Arasan 7.4"]
[Black "AvernoX"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B40"]
[WhiteElo "2557"]
[BlackElo "2348"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 d6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O
a6 8. f4 Qb6 9. Be3 Qxb2 10. Qd2 Qa3 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Rab1 Nd7
13. f5 exf5 14. Bd4 f4 15. Qxf4 f6 16. Qf5 Ne5 17. Qh5+ g6 18. Qh4
 1-0 {AvernoX resigns}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rebel-12"]
[Black "Arasan 7.4"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B97"]
[WhiteElo "2533"]
[BlackElo "2557"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4
Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9. Nb3 Qa3 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Be2 h5 12. O-O Nd7
13. f5 h4 14. fxe6 fxe6 15. Qd4 h3 16. Rxf6 Nxf6 17. Qxf6 Rh6
18. Bh5+ Rxh5 19. Qg6+ Kd7 20. Qxh5 hxg2 21. Qf7+ Be7 22. Rd1 b6
23. e5 d5 24. Ne4 Kd8 25. Nd4 Qe3+ 26. Nf2 Bb7 27. Nxe6+ Kd7 28. Qf5
Kc6 29. c4 dxc4 30. Qh7 b5 31. Qxe7 Kb6 32. a4 Rc8 33. Nd8 Rxd8
 1-0 {ArasanX resigns}
[Event "?"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Amateur"]
[Black "Arasan 7.4"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E58"]
[WhiteElo "2427"]
[BlackElo "2557"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O
Nc6 8. a3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qc7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. a4 Re8 12. Ba3 c4
13. Bc2 Ne4 14. Bxe4 Rxe4 15. Rb1 Bf5 16. Re1 Rg4 17. Rb5 Be4 18. g3
a6 19. Rb2 Bd3 20. Nd2 f5 21. Nb3 b5 22. Nc5 bxa4 23. Qxa4 Rg6
24. Nxd3 cxd3 25. Reb1 Na5 26. Bc5 Nc4 27. Rb7 Qd8 28. Qd1 d2 29. Qf3
Kh8 30. Qxf5 Rf6 31. Qh5 Qg8 32. R7b4 a5 33. Rxc4 dxc4 34. Qe2 Rb8
35. Rd1 Rb3 36. Qxd2 Qd5 37. Qe2 Qe4 38. Qd2 Qb7 39. Rf1 Rb2 40. Qd1
Qf3 41. Qxf3 Rxf3 42. Be7 Rd2 43. Kg2 Rf7 44. Bc5 Re2 45. h3 h5
46. h4 Kh7 47. Bb6 Rf5 48. Bc7 a4 49. Bd6 Rf6 50. Be7 Rf5 51. Bb4 Kg6
52. Bd6 Kf7 53. Bb4 Ke6 54. Kg1 Kd5 55. Bc5 Ke4 56. Bd6 Ra5 57. Ba3
Rc2 58. Kg2 Ra8 59. d5 Rxc3 60. Bb2 Rd3 61. Bxg7 a3 62. Rc1 Kxd5
63. e4+ Kc5 64. Bf6 a2 65. Bg7 Rb3 66. Bf6 Rb1 67. Rc2 a1=R 68. Bxa1
Rbxa1 69. Rd2 c3 70. Rd7 R8a6 0-1 {Amateur resigns}




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