Monday, January 29, 2007

Update after the break

If you wondered what happened to Margriet, she scored 2/8.
Previous year she had a blunder streak (10 lost pieces in 14 games, although she managed to score 8/14) so she played in a very cramped way. Although she didn't blunder this year she played unusual passive which costed her six games. I trust she will get past this psychological barrier. To be honest, I'm already afraid of her. Behind the chessboard, that is.

Ninth game 4.5/9

I played the GPA and was an exchange up. The problem was that black had a mate threat if I would try to cash in, and he would lose a piece if he tried to break out. 1/2 - 1/2

Eighth game 4/8
I tried to ape Karpov with the Queens Indian defense against 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3
I soon equalized. The balance was never broken: 1/2 - 1/2

Seventh game 3.5/7
I played with white the Alapin Diemer gambit against the french defense. I score bad with this gambit lately, so it will be the first one I will replace with a more solid opening.
Black defensed correctly without panicking. I had great pressure, but I didn't want to make the desicive knight sac since that would be a gamble and I don't like that.
I clearly felt that there are 3 extra weapons that a defender has against a gambit of questionable soundness. If he plays well. These extra weapons are:
  • The endgame, since he is a pawn up.
  • The trade of pieces. The gambiteer must avoid the trade of pieces at all cost since it diminishes his advantage. Often this cost is too high.
  • Time. This was the only game I was in time trouble because as gambiteer you MUST find the best moves otherwise the advantage slips away.
Since I drawed back my knight instead of to sacrifice it in an unsound manner as a gamble, black could take over the initiative. In timetrouble I lost a piece and the game.


  1. In your last post you said it is time to say goodbye to gambits. Now you play another gambit and lose. I have been in the same situation some months ago when I stopped to play a dubious gambit against the french defense. I did so without a single glance into a french theory book, and my opponents were french specialists. But even without any theory I always had decent play. So, why not stop immediately these gambits?

  2. Mouse,
    Four years ago, before I started with the gambit, I scored very bad against the French defense. So I feel a bit uncertain to give it up immediately without studying an alternative. I will take my time to prepare a new opening.

  3. I really wish I could make to Corus sometime. My friends and I check out everything and think it would be fun to go sometime.