Sunday, July 12, 2009

#25 Kansas

July 11 - 12, 2009
Kansas Open - Open Section
Lindsborg, KS
0 wins
3 draws
2 losses

I had played in the Kansas Quick Championship on Friday. As I mentioned at Castling Queen Side, my first round opponent was a no show. That would not be the case this time. I had to play the same guy who crushed me in round two of the quick event. The opening was the same, but at last I avoided some of the mistakes I made on Friday night. Unfortunately the result was still the same. I had my typical difficulties against d4 Colle type lines. I never got the light squared bishop out, and I let him get way too much play on the king side. I put up a little more fight then I had on Friday night, but it still was too short a game for my taste.


After drawing in the second round I played another one of my quick chess opponents. Like Friday night I lost to this guy too. He was the player that I was winning against, but tossed my advantage in an ADD loss of focus moment. However I guess I had made him nervous enough on Friday that he switched to e4 for our rematch on Saturday. The game is posted here.

Sunday would be kid's day. I would be paired against two of the teenaged 1600s that had also opted to play up instead of playing in the Under 1800 section. Both games would end in draws. The first one would be a fairly quick draw. The other one would be a long draw. Those two games can be seen here.


Anonymous said...

1.5/5 in Open is not bad.
Regarding the game - fianchettoing bishop to g7 is one of the ways playing against Colle, it makes your position much more defensible.

Anonymous said...

I was going to say, I too, much prefer g6 to h6 as a king's defense there.

I wouldn't dream of playing Bd6 OTB against the Colle, Be7 instead is how I play it. That c5 pawn hung around there way too long for my taste, simply cxd.

At one point in that game, I like cxd, and then ...e5 dxe ..Bxe NxB, QxN but at least the bishop on c1 is then activated before it is too late; the complexion of the game took on an open nature that necessitated that sort of thinking, IMHO.

Polly said...

I guess if I delay g6 until it's clear they're going to play the Colle, the fianchetto is a good way to go. Sometimes I've played g6 too soon, and suddenly find myself defending a four pawns attack against the Kings Indian.

My opponent and I looked at the game afterward, and he thought Be7 was probably better then d6.

Sophie said...

Against the Colle you could play ...b6 and ...Bb7 at some point to develop your bishop.