Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Two League Games versus Don Stubblebine

Don Stubblebine in 2014

Last night was the scheduled final round of the Rawle Farley Memorial Spring League at the Rochester Chess Center. This is the first league I've participated in in the last few years. I was very surprised and happy to be given a Board 2 because I get to play against a lot of strong players - twice!

I finished overall with a 2-8-0 score - I was the lowest rated on Board 2. I can't report on the league, I confess I wasn't paying close attention, and as there are still a number of games to be made up and I don't know how the team scores will end.

So I'll just do some posts on my games for a bit. In the final round last night I was able to defeat Don Stubblebine. Don played an inferior variation of a probably already inferior gambit opening - the Englund Gambit. After the game he said he shouldn't have played that opening. It seemed to me that it gave me a free pawn and a much superior position almost from the beginning. I did not play really great chess or anything. I was lucky but at least I didn't muck it up and it seemed like a clean win to me. 

CCCR Spring League May 12, 2017

1. d4 Nf6 2 Nc3!? c5 3. d5 There's no preparing for Don - his opening game is very unconventional and he plays a lot of different stuff. I decided to treat this as I would a Benoni.

By move 15 I was clearly on the defensive, and after 17...Re8 it looked to me a lot like a Sicilian game gone very wrong. This was really unpleasant to play.

25...Nc6 26. Nf6+ is obviously bad for black - he's almost lost here. He might have stayed in the game though with 25...Bg7 26. Bh3 Rcd8 27. Nc7 with chances for both sides. Good win for Don.

CCCR Spring Leauge June 12, 2017 

Lucky for me Don played a bad opening, gambiting a pawn without compensation. This was an Englund Gambit with 1. d4 e5 2. dxe5. It's not played too often by grandmasters but I get the feeling Black has a lot of fun catching opponents who are unprepared. In this particular case, however, black never got in the game.

Practitioners of 1. d4 should be ready for 1...e5 - don't get caught without a plan. There are some famous Alekhine simuls and Tony Miles' games with 2. dxe5 that are worth going over.

2...Nc6 could just transpose with 2...Nc6 3. Nf3 d6.

Another good line for White is 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Bxe7 Ngxe7 6. exd6 cxd6 7. Nc3 with the better game.

6. e4 is a good move.

The exchanges White initiates on moves 7-9 may seem a little passive but Black is left a pawn down and saddled with a weak IQP. White is playing for a win.

18. c4 This is another good move.
I thought the longest over 21. c5. 21. Rf5 axb4 22. Rxf7+ Rd7 23. Rxd7+ Kxd7 24. axb4 Nxb4 chill for White.

After 27...Rd3 White has a nice position. 28...Nd8 makes for a passive knight.
29...Ka6? 30. Be2 is winning.
37. Kb4 white can push that a-pawn with check.

May 12, 2017, Stubblebine-Trowbridge and June 12, 2017 Trowbridge-Stubblebine

[Event "CCCR Spring League"]
[Site "Rochester Chess Center"]
[Date "2017.05.12"]
[White "Stubblebine, Don"]
[Black "Trowbridge, Jim"]
[Result "1-0"] [ECO "A43"]
[PlyCount "107"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. d5 d6 4. e4 g6 5. Bg5 Bg7 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. h3 a6 8. a4 O-O 9. Qd2 Nd7 10. g3 Re8 11. f4 e6 12. dxe6 Rxe6 13. Nge2 Nb8 14. O-O-O Be7 15. Bg2 Nc6 16. Nd5 Bf8 17. h4 Re8 18. h5 Be6 19. hxg6 fxg6 20. Ne3 Qa5 21. Qxa5 Nxa5 22. Nc3 Rac8 23. f5 Bf7 24. fxg6 Bxg6 25. Ned5 Nc6 26. Nf6+ Kg7 27. Nxe8+ Rxe8 28. Rhe1 Ne5 29. Nd5 Ng4 30. Nf4 Nf2 31. Rd2 Nxe4 32. Rde2 Nf6 33. Rxe8 Bxe8 34. Ne6+ Kf7 35. Nxf8 Kxf8 36. a5 Bc6 37. Bxc6 bxc6 38. Re6 Ne8 39. Kd2 Kf7 40. Rh6 Nf6 41. Kd3 Kg7 42. Rh1 Kf7 43. Ke3 Kg6 44. c4 Kg5 45. Kf3 h5 46. Re1 Kf5 47. Re7 d5 48. Ra7 Ne4 49. b3 Nd2+ 50. Ke2 Nxb3 51. Rxa6 Ke5 52. Ra8 d4 53. Re8+ Kf5 54. a6 1-0

[Event "CCCR Spring League"]
[Site "Rochester Chess Center"]
[Date "2017.06.12"]
[White "Trowbridge, Jim"]
[Black "Stubblebine, Don"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[PlyCount "83"]
1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 d6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bf4 Bf5 5. Nc3 h6 6. e4 Bg4 7. exd6 Bxd6 8. Bxd6 Qxd6 9. Qxd6 cxd6 10. O-O-O O-O-O 11. Bc4 Bxf3 12. gxf3 Ne5 13. Be2 a6 14. Rd2 Ne7 15. Rhd1 Kc7 16. Nd5+ Nxd5 17. Rxd5 g5 18. c4 b6 19. b4 Nc6 20. a3 a5 21. c5 dxc5 22. bxc5 bxc5 23. Rxc5 Rxd1+ 24. Bxd1 Kb6 25. Rf5 Rc8 26. Kb2 Rd8 27. Kc1 Rd3 28. a4 Nd8 29. Rb5+ Kc6 30. Rxa5 Kb7 31. Be2 Rc3+ 32. Kb2 Rc6 33. Rd5 Kc7 34. Bb5 Rd6 35. Kc3 Rxd5 36. exd5 Kb6 37. Kd4 f6 38. d6 Ne6+ 39. Kd5 Nf4+ 40. Ke4 Kc5 41. d7 Ne6 42. Kf5 1-0

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