Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chess Log: This Win Was More Luck Than Skill

I played Black. White was rated about 50 points higher than I was, and played like it, pushing me around for most of the game.

1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 a6 6. ♗d3 e5 7. ♘f3 h6 8. ♗d2 b5 9. ♘d5 ♗b7 10. ♘xf6 ♕xf6 11. ♗c3 ♘c6 12. ♕e2 b4 13. ♗d2 ♗e7 14. c3 a5 15. O-O O-O 16. ♗b5 ♘b8 17. cxb4 axb4 18. ♗xb4 ♗a6 19. ♗xa6 ♘xa6 20. ♗c3 ♘c5 21. ♖fe1 ♕g6 22. a3 ♖a4 23. ♗b4 ♘e6 24. ♖ad1 ♘f4 25. ♕f1 ♖e8 26. g3 d5 27. exd5 ♗xb4 28. axb4 ♖xb4 29. ♖xe5 ♖xb2 30. ♖xe8 ♔h7 31. ♔h1 ♕g4 32. gxf4 ♕xf3 33. ♕g2 ♕xd1 34. ♕g1 ♕f3 35. ♕g2 ♖b1 36. ♖e1 ♖xe1 0-1 {White checkmated}

After I blundered and went a Rook down with 29. ... ♖xb2?? 30. ♖xe8, I thought for a second about resigning, but I have this principle: "Don't resign." With players around my low skill level, you really never know what we're going to do, ergo, a position which would be hopeless in a grandmaster game can still result in a win. Shortly after my blunder, White blundered with 32. gxf4?? , allowing me to checkmate a few moves later. (Notice how White also did not resign -- quite reasonable, after my 29th move.)

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