Mystery game: Invite your comments, then I will reveal!

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  • Mystery game: Invite your comments, then I will reveal!

    Here is a bare game score, for a good quality, interesting game. I am inviting posted comments from site readers until January 25, then will reveal all the particulars! It is not in any database that I know of. Something like 'Master's Forum', which the CFC magazine used to run! Provide your analysis, and guess players' strengths, identities, date, time controls, circumstances, etc.

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 Be7 11.Bc2 O-O 12.Re1 Qd7 13.Nf1 f5 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Be3 Nb7 16.Ng3 Bg4 17.Qd3 g6 18.Bh6 Bxf3 19.Bxf8 Ne5 20.Rxe5 Bxe5 21.Qxf3 Rxf8 22.Qe2 Qd6 23.Re1 Re8 24.Qg4 Re7 25.Rd1 Bxg3 26.hxg3 c6 27.b4 Qf6 28.Qd4 Qxd4 29.cxd4 Re2 30.Bb3 Nd6 31.Kf1 Rb2 32.Rc1 Nf5 33.Rd1 Kf7 34.g4 Nd6 35.f3 Nc4 36.Rd3 Kf6 37.g3 h5 38.gxh5 gxh5 39.Kg1 Kg5 40.Kh1 Nd6 41.a3 Nf5 42.f4+ Kg4 43.Bd1+ Kh3 44.g4+ Ng3+ 0-1.

  • #2
    Last edited by Fred Harvey; Wednesday, 15th January, 2020, 08:40 AM.
    Fred Harvey


    • #3
      Anderson and Bluvshtein were strong Ruy Lopez players but these two lose track of book around move 10. Black's f5 was a bit loose. White tries for the h7 attack and flounders, making poor exchanges. Although the exchange sac was nice. White's king couldn't get off the back rank and loses to a surprise tactic, perhaps in time trouble. Perhaps back in 2000 they were 1700 juniors on their way up?


      • #4
        At this stage, I will say only that Erik's guess on the players' ratings in this game is significantly low!!! From my research, I believe that Black's 13...f5!? may be new. However, 13...f6 was played in a game 50 years ago, with Black winning that game.


        • #5
          Mystery game revealed: W: Frank Dixon (CFC 1864) vs B: NM Christopher Pace (CFC 2267), Kingston (Canada) Chess Club Championship (2), 2020-01-13, TC: G|60'+30", 0-1.

          First, a few brief comments: Chris surprised me with the Open Spanish; I was expecting the Modern, his regular choice, and had prepared an interesting, offbeat line for that. He had played into a sideline of a Closed Spanish in our first-ever encounter, G|5 at KCC in September 2018, and I won that game! With one other G|5 win over Chris, that marks my success against him, having lost every tournament and friendly game since, although we have had some very interesting battles. My rating had been as high as 2090, 20 years ago, but some major health problems since, along with age, have knocked it down quite a bit.

          The opening in this game was familiar to me, from the game Frank Dixon vs Donald Dixon (my late father, 1932-2014), Deep River friendly, G|120, June 1976. I won that game; we had reached the same position after White's 13th (in FD vs CP) through a slightly different move order. Dad had played 13...f6, and I captured 14.exf6, now reaching Dixon vs Pace, 2020. FD vs DD then went 14...Bxf6 15.Be3 Nb7 16.Ng3 Bg4 17.Qd3 g6 18.Bh6, which was also reached in Dixon vs. Pace. My game with Dad had continued 18...Rf7 19.a4 b4 20.Ng5 Re7, and now 21.f3! proved very strong, after ...Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Bh5 23.Nxg5 hxg5 24.Qxh7+ Qxh7 25.Nxh7; White is a pawn up with kingside pressure, but the queens have been exchanged. I won after a hard struggle. My father never played CFC-rated chess, but he had been a Base champion in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the early 1950s, and drew against NM Dr. Nathan Divinsky in a Vancouver simul while an engineering student at UBC in the late 1950s, where Divinsky was a mathematics professor. The Open Spanish was one of Dad's favourite lines; he was probably 1600 strength in 1976. Returning now to the game with Chris, after thinking for several minutes, Chris now uncorked 18...Bxf3!! 19.Bxf8 Ne5!, and I felt I had to return the Exchange with 20.Rxe5! Bxe5. Perhaps 21.Bh6 or 21.Ba3 now would have been better than 21.Qxf3 Rxf8 22.Qe2; but Black's play here avoided all the difficulties from the prior game, and I was a bit disheartened! White then lost with 27.b4??, when 27.f4! would have still been very interesting, aiming at Black's g6 weakness. Black played the endgame precisely, playing for zugzwang to create an entry for his king, and then finished with a sweet tactic!! Congratulations, Chris!!