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Subject: The Baron at CCT-6 (long post)

Author: Richard Pijl

Date: 23:55:08 02/02/04


Before starting with the report one request first.
As this is quite a long post: If you feel the urge on adding something that I
wrote, please only copy the relevant parts (and adjust the title of the post
accordingly). Everybody that will read it will be thankful for that :-)

After 10 place in CCT5 I was hoping for a repeat of that good result this year.
The field was certainly stronger with the participation of four commercial
programs against none last year. Repeating that 10th place was not likely, but
was the target for this year nonetheless. I like a challenge.

Unfortunately I could not attend most of the games the first day. I had to play
a chess league game myself, and my wife reminded me of theatre tickets we
ordered half a year ago for that evening. I enjoyed both though, especially when
I saw that the Baron scored very well that day.

The first game was played against Chiron. During this game I was struggling with
a failing attack at my league game myself, so the comments have been added just
now ...

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "1"]
[White "thebaron"]
[Black "ChironX"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2439"]
[BlackElo "2224"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 a5 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Ne5 Ra7
8. Bxb4 axb4 9. Nd2 d5 10. O-O Bb7 11. e3 Nbd7 12. a3 bxa3 13. Rxa3 Rxa3
14. bxa3 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Nd7 16. Qa1 c5 17. f4 Bc6 18. cxd5 exd5 19. Nc4 b5
20. Nd6 Qe7 {

[D] 3q1rk1/3n1ppp/2bN4/1pppP3/5P2/P3P1P1/6BP/Q4RK1 b - - 1 20

The Baron has a nice Knight outpost and shows a nice score. Chiron just played
20..Qe7? but probably Nb6 or f6 would have been better. Now the Baron plays
21.Qc3 to attack the black pawn front and fix the black pieces in defending
them. I'm analyzing with Ruffian 2.0.0 alongside the Baron. Although the Baron
already showed about +0,50 during the last moves, now also Ruffian's score rises
for white, and continues to rise the following moves. }

21. Qc3 Rb8 22. Rd1 Qe6 23. Qa5 h6?

{ A mistake that might have cost the game. Better was g6 that prevents the pawn
push f5 which wins a piece. }

24. Qc7 Ba8 25. f5 Qxe5 26. Qxd7 Qxe3+ 27. Kh1 Rf8 28. Qa7 Qb3 29. Rf1 c4 {

[D] b4rk1/Q4pp1/3N3p/1p1p1P2/2p5/Pq4P1/6BP/5R1K w - - 0 30

Now the Baron demolishes the black king position with a nice move }

30. f6 gxf6 31. Nxf7 Rxf7 32. Qxa8+ Kg7 33. Bxd5 Qd3 34. Kg2 Qe2+
35. Rf2 Qe5 36. Bxf7 Kxf7 37. Rd2 Qe6 38. Qb7+ Kg6 39. Qxb5 Qe4+ 40. Kf2 h5
41. Qd5 Qe7 42. Qg8+ Kh6 43. Rd5 Qa7+ 44. Kf1 Qe7 45. g4 hxg4 46. Qxg4 f5
47. Rxf5 Qe8 48. Qg5+ Kh7 49. Rf6 Qh5 50. Qxh5+ Kg8 51. Rf7
{ChironX resigns} 1-0

In the second round The Baron meets one of the favorites: Rebel 12.
Rebel was out of book after move 4 (!) and the Baron had a promising position.

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Rebel-12"]
[Black "thebaron"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2533"]
[BlackElo "2453"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. d4 c6 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 e5
7. dxe5 Qxd1+ 8. Kxd1 Nd7 9. Nf3 Nc5 10. Nd2 {

[D] r1b1kb1r/pp3ppp/2p5/2n1P3/4P3/2P5/P2N1PPP/R1BK1B1R b kq - 4 10

The Baron sacced a pawn and this looks like a nice position. The plan should be
to mobilize the black pieces to chase the white king with e.g. 10..Be6 and
11..O-O-O. Unfortunately the Baron decides otherwise and around move 15 the
Baron couldn't find a way to progress with its development while Rebel improved
its position move after move. }

Be7 11. Kc2 b5? 12. f4 O-O 13. Be2 a5 14. Ba3 b4 15. Bb2 Rd8 16. Rhd1 Re8
17. g3 Bh3 18. Bf3 Na4 19. Nc4 Bc5 20. g4 Nxb2 21. Kxb2 Rf8 22. Rd3 Rab8
23. cxb4 Rxb4+ 24. Kc3 a4 25. f5 Rc8 26.
Rd7 Rbb8 27. Nd6 Rf8 28. Rd1 a3 29. Kc4 Be3 30. e6 fxe6 31. fxe6 Bg5 32.
Nf5 g6 33. Rg7+ Kh8 34. Rdd7 Bf1+ 35. Kc5 Rb5+ 36. Kxc6 Rc8+ 37. Rc7 Rxc7+
38. Rxc7 gxf5 39. gxf5 Rb2 40. e7 Bb5+ 41. Kd6 Rf2 42. Rc5 Ba4 43. Ra5 Bc6
44. Rxa3 Bb5 45. Ra5 Bc6 46. Bd1 Rxh2 47. Kxc6 Bxe7 48. e5 Rf2 49. Kd7 Bg5
50. Ke6 Kg7 51. a4 Kh6 52. Rd5 Bf4 53. a5 Bg5 54. Rd3 Bh4 55. Rh3 Kg5 56.
f6 Rb2 57. f7 Rb8 58. Rxh4 Kxh4 59. Kf6 Rd8
{thebaron resigns} 1-0

The third round was again played in my absence. My wife and I had tickets to the
play 'Cyrano de Bergerac', a very good performance that we enjoyed.
Unfortunately it meant I missed watching the following game live:

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "3"]
[White "thebaron"]
[Black "AvernoX"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2453"]
[BlackElo "2348"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. d4 d6 5. exd6 cxd6 6. Nc3 g6 7. h4 Bg7 8.
h5 Nc6 9. Be3 d5 10. c5 Nc4 11. Bxc4 dxc4 12. Nge2 Qa5 13. h6 Bf6 14. O-O
O-O? {

[D] r1b2rk1/pp2pp1p/2n2bpP/q1P5/2pP4/2N1B3/PP2NPP1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 3 15

Averno just castled into trouble. The Baron's score immediately rose by 0.3. A
much better alternative was Bf5. }

15. d5 Nb4 16. Ne4

{ I believe Averno makes the fatal mistake on the next move. When castling into
a position with an enemy pawn on h6, the black bishop should not be out on pawn
snatching expeditions where is risks to be traded. Now the black bishop is
forced to be traded off in deep tactics, and ultimately the matethreat on g7
causes a piece loss. But perhaps the fatal error was already made earlier, with
14..O-O.}

Bxb2 17. Rb1 Be5 18. Bd2 c3 19. Bxc3 Bxc3 20. N2xc3 Nxa2 21. Nxa2 f6
{AvernoX resigns} 1-0

The theatre performance wasn't finished until 23.30 (17.30 server time) so I
didn't expect to see the next game either. In fact I was hurrying home to be
able to see the 5th round from the start. But the 4th round took a little longer
than planned, so I saw the last moves of the game. And was quite pleased with
the position I found ...

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.01.31"]
[Round "4"]
[White "QuarkX"]
[Black "thebaron"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2576"]
[BlackElo "2453"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8.
h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Ngf6 11. Bf4 Qa5+ 12. Bd2 Qc7 13. O-O-O e6 14.
Ne4 O-O-O 15. g3 Nc5 16. Nxc5 Bxc5 17. c4 Bb6 18. Bc3 Rhe8 19. Qc2 Qe7 20.
b4

{ This doesn't seem like a good idea. Pushing either the b-pawn or c-pawn
  one further  would give the black knight a beautiful square on d5. The
  position looks equalized}

Bc7 21. Kb2 Bd6 22. a3 Kb8 23. Ne5 Nd7 24. f4 Bc7 25. Ka2 Nb6 26. Qb3 f6
27. Ng6 Qf7 28. Bb2 Nc8 29. a4 Ne7 30. Nxe7 Rxe7

{ The knight is off the board, so the pawn storm can continue }

31. Rde1 Bb6 32. c5 Bc7 33. b5 Qe8 34. b6 axb6 35. cxb6 Bd6 36. Qc3 Qg8
37. Qc4 Ree8 38. a5 Be7 39. Bc3 Rd5 40. Ka1 Bd8 41. Qa4 Qh7 42. Re3 Qf5
43. Qa3 Qg4 44. Rb1 Qxh5 45. a6 Qf7 46. a7+ {

[D] 1k1br3/Pp3qp1/1Pp1pp1p/3r4/3P1P2/Q1B1R1P1/8/KR6 b - - 0 46

  This looks like a mistake. The Baron's King can now hide behind the
  white pawn on a7 and is perfectly safe there. A better attempt would probably
  be 46.Bb4! bxa6 (Rxd4?? Bd6) 47.Qxa6 Qb7 48.Qc4! leaves black with a permanent
  weak king position.
  After 46.a7+ Black's position is clearly better as it is a pawn up without
  compensation for white. Quark's position slowly deteriorates from now on }

Ka8 47. Qa4 Qd7 48. Ree1 g5 49. Rb2 gxf4 50. gxf4 h5 51. Rg1
Rb5 52. Ba5 Rxb2 53. Kxb2 h4 54. Rh1 Rh8 55. d5 exd5 56. Qd4 h3 57. Rh2 Be7
58. Qg1 d4 59. Ka1 c5 60. Qf1 d3 61. Qf2 Rg8 62. Be1 Qa4+
{QuarkX resigns} 0-1

The pairing of round 5 was established after some difficulties. This fortunately
did not affect the Baron's pairing. It was a long game though and made me stay
up late. The Giuoco Piano exploded soon after Baron's queenside castle ... The
Baron sac's a pawn for a strong looking attack, but Falcon's king runs for its
life to the queenside where it was safe. After many more moves, the game ended
in a draw as Falcon didn't manage to do its advantage with the extra pawn.

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "5"]
[White "FalconX"]
[Black "thebaron"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2200"]
[BlackElo "2453"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 Nf6 5. c3 d6 6. Bb3 Bg4 7. h3 Bd7 8.
O-O Qe7 9. Be3 Bxe3 10. fxe3 O-O-O 11. Nbd2 Rhg8 12. Nh4 g5 13. Nf5 Bxf5
14. Rxf5 Rg6 15. Qe2 Rdg8 16. Raf1 g4 17. hxg4 Nd8 18. g5 Nd7 19. Nf3 Nc5
20. Bc4 Nce6 21. Qf2 h6 22. gxh6 Rxh6 23. Rd1 Rg4 24. Ne1 Ng5 25. Kf1 Rh2
26. Ke2 Kb8 27. Kd2 Nge6 28. b4 Rg6 29. Kc1 Qe8 30. Bd5 c6 31. Bc4 Qh8 32.
b5 cxb5 33. Bxb5 Nc5 34. Bc4 f6 35. Bd5 Nc6 36. d4 Na4 37. Qd2 Nb6 38. dxe5
Nxe5 39. Be6 Qf8 40. Qxd6+ Qxd6 41. Rxd6 Rh1 42. Rd1 a6 43. Kd2 Ka7 44. Bb3
Nbd7 45. Ke2 Rh2 46. Rd6 Kb8 47. Rd4 Kc7 48. Rd5 Rg4 49. Kf2 Rxe4 50. Rf4
Rh4 51. Rxh4 Rxh4 52. Nf3 Rh5 53. Nd4 b5 54. Ne6+ Kc6 55. e4 Nb6 56. Rd8
Ned7 57. Ke3 Kd6 58. Kd4 Rh2 59. Nf4 Rh4 60. g3 Rh2 61. g4 Rd2+ 62. Ke3 Rh2
63. Re8 Nc5 64. Bf7 Nbd7 65. Bd5 Ne5 66. Rd8+ Ncd7 67. Be6 Ke7 68. Ra8 Nc5
69. Bf5 Nc4+ 70. Kd4 Kd6 71. Rd8+ Ke7 72. Rh8 Rxh8 73. Ng6+ Kd6 74. Nxh8
Ne5 75. Ng6 Nc6+ 76. Ke3 Na5 77. c4 Nxc4+ 78. Kd4 Ne6+ 79. Bxe6 Kxe6 80.
Nf4+ Kf7 81. Nd3 Kg6 82. Nc5 a5 83. Nd7 Nd2 84. e5 Nf3+ 85. Kd5 Nxe5 86.
Nxe5+
{Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

The first day wasn't a bad day at all. 3.5 points out of 5. Just 2 more out of 4
to score the same result as last year ...

This disadvantage of scoring well is of course that another top opponent was
paired against the Baron the next day. Junior was the next opponent.

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "6"]
[White "thebaron"]
[Black "ban"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2453"]
[BlackElo "2689"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qc7 7. a3 d6 8.
Be3 b6 9. Rc1 Nbd7 10. Be2 Bb7 11. f3 Be7 12. O-O O-O 13. Kh1 h6 14. Qe1
Rfc8 15. Qg3 Kh7 16. Rfd1 Ne5 17. Na4? {

[D] r1r5/1bq1bppk/pp1ppn1p/4n3/N1PNP3/P3BPQ1/1P2B1PP/2RR3K b - - 7 17

The Baron is moderately happy with the opening so far and prepares to sac two
pieces for a rook and two pawns. But Junior does the unexpected: 17..g5!? and
Baron takes the bait, continuing with the exchange. This proved to be a bad
idea. Ruffian 2.0 suggests 11.Qh3 with a +1.0 score as the alternative. }

g5 18. Nxe6 fxe6 19. Nxb6 Nh5 20. Qf2 g4!?

{ Another interesting move by Junior. It goes for the Baron's King and doesn't
make a secret of it. The Black king is surpisingly safe. Black's minor pieces
will rule soon }

21. Nxa8 Bxa8 22. fxg4 Rf8 23. Qe1 Nf4 24. Rd4?

{ This doesn't help. The rook is misplaced on d4. 24.Qd2 looks like a better
attempt to get counter play }

Bg5 25. Bxf4 Bxf4 26. Rcd1 Nf7 27. Bf1 Bc6 28. g3 Be5 29. R4d2 Ng5 30. Bg2 Qb7
31. Re2 Qb3 32.Rc1 Rc8 {

[D] 2r5/7k/p1bpp2p/4b1n1/2P1P1P1/Pq4P1/1P2R1BP/2R1Q2K w - - 9 33

Baron played Qd2 in this position, a mistake. Better is to move the Queen
directly to b4, which give equalizing chances. Qd2 just loses a tempo. Now the
Baron's position is clearly deteriorating with every move. Junior's pair of
bishops are going to rule the queenside. }

33. Qd2 Ba4 34. Qb4 Kg6 35. Qxb3 Bxb3 36. Re3 Rxc4 37. Rce1 Bc2 38.
b3 Rc7 39. b4 Bc3 40. Rf1 Bd4 41. Ree1 Nf7 42. h3 Kg7 43. Kh2 Ne5 44. Rh1
Rc3 45. Re2 Nc4 46. Ra1 Be5 47. Kh1 Bd3 48. Rea2 Bxg3 49. a4 Rb3 50. b5
axb5 51. axb5 Rxb5 52. Bf3 Kf6 53. Rd1 Rb3 54. Rg1 Bf4 55. Re1 Ke5 56. Ra4
Rb2 57. Rd1
{thebaron resigns} 0-1

In the next game against Bringer, the Baron struggled after the opening phase to
equalize. When Bringer recaptured a knight with 31.fxe3? Baron's king attack
chances rised. on Bringer's position, looking for a win, the Baron missed a
tactical twist, which resulted in a loss:

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "7"]
[White "BringerXX"]
[Black "thebaron"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2283"]
[BlackElo "2453"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8.
h3 d6 9. c3 Nd7 10. d4 Bf6 11. a4 Na5 12. Bc2 Bb7 13. Na3 bxa4 14. Bxa4
exd4 15. cxd4 Nc6 16. Bf4 Ne7 17. e5 Ng6 18. exf6 Nxf4 19. fxg7 Kxg7 20.
Nc4 Kh8 21. Na5 Bd5 22. Bc6 Rg8 23. Bxd5 Nxd5 24. Nc6 Qf6 25. Nh2 Nb8 26.
Na5 Nd7 27. Ng4 Qg5 28. Qf3 N7b6 29. Nc6 f5 30. Ne3 Nxe3 31. fxe3 Nc4 32.
Re2 Rae8 33. Rae1 Re4 34. b3 Nb6 35. Nb4 Rge8 36. Nxa6 Nd5 37. Rc1 Nxe3 38.
Rxc7 Rxd4 39. Rc1 d5 40. Nc5 f4 41. Kh1 {

[D] 4r2k/7p/8/2Np2q1/3r1p2/1P2nQ1P/4R1P1/2R4K b - - 1 41

This looks like the critical position. The Baron has Der Bringer cornered, but
it is unsuccessful in finding the correct continuation. It looks like Rc8 offers
some chances, but I'm not sure about that. Anyone got an idea? }

Qe7 42. Qf2 Rc8 43. Ree1 Kg8 44.
Qb2 Qg7 45. b4 Re8 46. b5 Qg3 47. Nd7 Rb4 48. Qd2 Rd4 49. Qe2 Qg7 50. Nc5
Qg6 51. Qf3 Kh8 52. Rg1 Qh6 53. Rb1 Qb6?

[D] 4r2k/7p/1q6/1PNp4/3r1p2/4nQ1P/6P1/1R4RK w - - 15 54

{ This is a vital mistake. Besides that, the purpose of Qb6 escapes me. The
correct moves for white are not difficult to find, but it is not immediately
clear that black loses here. }

54. Qh5 Re7 55. Ra1! {

[D] 7k/4r2p/1q6/1PNp3Q/3r1p2/4n2P/6P1/R5RK b - - 18 55

I know, I've been generous with diagrams, but this position deserves one. A
knight sac out of the blue. It is not difficult to see for engines that this
will at least draw for white. But in fact white is winning here. Black has no
option than to take the knight }

Qxc5 56. Ra8+ Kg7 57. g3 f3 58. Qg5+ Kf7 {

[D] R7/4rk1p/8/1Pqp2Q1/3r4/4npPP/8/6RK w - - 2 59

Can't help it: Another Diagram :-). Bringer offers the rook here: Rf1!
Peter and I were completely lost and could not think of anything else than that
there must have been a forced mate somewhere }

59. Rf1! Ke6 60. Qxe3+ Kd6 61. Qh6+ Kd7 62. Rfa1
Rc4 63. b6 Ra4 64. R8xa4

{thebaron resigns} 1-0

The final position is a mate is 8 moves.

With only 3.5 out of 7 points it was nearly impossible to reach the 10th place
now. The only remaining target was to try to score 2 points out of the remaining
games. Frenzee was friendly enough to mishandle the opening and the Baron won,
the risky way. As it is already past bedtime when writing this, no comments on
this game.

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "8"]
[White "thebaron"]
[Black "Frenzee"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2453"]
[BlackElo "2380"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5
8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Bg4 11. f3 Na5 12. Bxf7+ Rxf7 13. fxg4 Rxf1+
14. Kxf1 cxd4 15. cxd4 Qd7 16. h3 b5 17. Kg1 Nc4 18. Qd3 e6 19. Bg5 Ne5 20.
Qd2 Nc4 21. Qc3 Rf8 22. Rf1 Rxf1+ 23. Kxf1 h6 24. Bc1 g5 25. e5 Qf7+ 26.
Kg1 Qe7 27. Qf3 Qb4 28. Kf2 Nb6 29. Qb7 Qa5 30. a3 b4 31. Qe7 bxa3 32. Bxa3
Kh8 33. Bc5 Qa2 34. Qe8+ Kh7 35. Qf7 Qd5 36. Qxa7 Nd7 37. Bd6 Qc6 38. Qa2
Nf8 39. Ng3 Qb7 40. Nh5 Qf7+ 41. Kg1 Ng6 42. Qa8 Nf4 43. Qf3 Kg8 44. Nxf4
gxf4 45. Qe4 Kh8 46. Bc5 Kg8 47. Kf2 Bh8 48. Kf3 Bg7 49. Qa8+ Kh7 50. Qc6
Kh8 51. d5 Qg6 52. Qa8+ Kh7 53. dxe6 Qxe6 54. Qe4+ Kh8 55. Bd6 Qb3+ 56.
Kxf4 Qa2 57. Kg3 Qe6 58. Qf5 Qb3+ 59. Kh4 Qd5 60. g5 hxg5+ 61. Qxg5 Qd4+
62. g4 Qf2+ 63. Kh5 Qf7+ 64. Qg6 Qd7 65. Qf5 Qe8+ 66. Kh4 Qc6 67. Kg5 Kg8
68. Qe6+ Kh7 69. h4 Qb5 70. Qf5+ Kg8 71. e6 Qxf5+ 72. gxf5 Bf8 73. Bxf8
Kxf8 74. h5 Ke7 75. h6 Kd6 76. h7 Kc5 77. e7 Kb4 78. e8=Q Kb3 79. h8=Q Kc2
80. Qc6+ Kb1 81. Qb8+ Ka1 82. Qca8#
{Frenzee checkmated} 1-0

The last game with black against Movei. I had some bad feelings from the start
about this one. Movei has been a tough opponent for the Baron for quite some
time now. Somehow it always manages to find Baron's weaknesses. Also in this
game, although I blame Baron's opening play here the most to begin with.

[Event "CCT-6"]
[Site "chessclub.com"]
[Date "2004.02.01"]
[Round "9"]
[White "MoveiXX"]
[Black "thebaron"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2363"]
[BlackElo "2453"]
[TimeControl "2700+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. c4 Bd6 {

First move out of book and I don't like it. I would rather have played something
like Nge7 myself to prevent the white bishop from being locked in. Or also Nd4
would have been an alternative }

5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. e5 {

The white bishop is doomed to have a miserable life as a big pawn. I was
beginning to fear the worst }

Bc7 7. d3 b6 8.Qe2 Ne7 9. O-O Nf5 10. Qe4 Qd7 11. Nc3 O-O 12. Bf4 Bb7
13. Ne2 Bd8 14. Rad1
Be7 15. Bg5 Rad8 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Qg4 Rd7 18. Nf4 Rfd8 19. Ng5 Rd4 20. g3
b5 21. Nf3 R4d7 22. Nd2 Ba6 23. Ne4 Kh8 24. Rc1 bxc4 25. dxc4 Rd4 26. Qe2
Kg8 27. b3 Qc7 28. Nxc5 Rd2 29. Qe4 Bc8 30. a3 R8d4 31. Qf3 Qxe5 32. Qxc6
Rd8 33. Rfe1 Qd4 34. Ne4 Rb2 35. Rc3 Rxf2 36. Rd3 Rd2+ 37. Rxd4 Nxd4 38.
Nf6+ gxf6 39. Qe4 f5 40. Qa8 Ra2 {

[D] Q1br2k1/p4p1p/4p3/5p2/2Pn1N2/PP4P1/r6P/4R1K1 w - - 2 41

Baron has managed to deal with the development problems by exchanging its queen
for two pieces, with the possibility to gobble some pawns. But Movei doesn't
intend to let it slip and inhibits the Baron's Kingside with the next move.
While watching the game I questioned this move, but saw its real power a few
moves later. The pins on undefended pieces are killing the Baron here.
Any other engine that plays Nh5 within reasonable time? }

41. Nh5! Rxa3 42. Rd1 e5 43. Qb8 Rf8 44. Rf1 Ra5 45. Qd6 Ne2+ 46. Kg2 Ra2
47. Rf2 Bb7+ 48. Kf1 Nxg3+ 49. hxg3 Ra1+ 50. Ke2 Ra6
{thebaron resigns} 1-0

This means I'm a little disappointed with the results of the Baron. 'Only' 50%
was not what I hoped for. Fortunately it is only 10 days before the next
challenge, in Paderborn. I'll be happy with 50% in the crowd there! I hope you
will be watching there too.

Richard Pijl



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