Today I prepared for my game against Luca Rey Chimera from Spain just like my opponent yesterday. From the games online, it looks like he was going to play the closed Sicilian. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather, we got informed that today’s game was cancelled. We still played some chess because the Portuguese team challenged us. They had all their players which was about 10 including coaches against the Dutch team (me, Machteld and Tommy). We won the game quite easily. Afterwards, we also had 2 hours of group training with Peng, meaning we did get enough chess today.
Today was only round 3 (round 2 for me) even though the tournament is already 4 days underway. Today was just revision as we prepared the game yesterday already. Nothing special really happened until the game itself begun – that is something special to say as there were too many surprises already. After lunch it was finally good weather, so the team decided to walk to the playing venue, which took about 45 minutes. After half an hour of waiting, round 3 finally began. The game came with no big surprises, because all the steps in the opening have been prepared well. Some of the opponent’s moves are not very accurate, so that winning the game is not very difficult. The whole game is here:
e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. f4 d6 6. d3 Nf6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. O-O Rb8 9. h3 b5 10. Be3 b4 11. Ne2 Nd7 12. d4 cxd4 13. Nexd4 Nxd4
14. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 15. Qxd4 Qb6 16. Rad1 Ba6 17. Rfe1 Rfc8 18. Rd2 Qxd4+ 19. Nxd4 Nb6 20. b3 Rc3 21. e5 d5 22. Kh2 e6 23. g4 Kf8 24. f5 Ke7 25. Rf2 Nd7 26. Rf3 Rbc8 27. fxe6 fxe6 28. Rf6 Nc5?!
29. Bf1 Bb7 30. Bd3 Nxd3 31. Rxe6+ Kd7 32. Rd6+ Ke7 33. Re6+ Kf7 34. Rf1+ Kg8 35. cxd3 Rxd3 36. Rf4?? g5 37. Rf5 Rxd4 38. Rxg5+ Kh8 39. Re7 Rd3 40. Rf5 Rc2+ 41. Kg1 Rd1+ 42. Rf1 Rxf1+ 43. Kxf1 Ba6+ 44. Kg1 d4 45. Re8+ Kg7 46. Re7+ Kf8 47. Rd7 d3 48. e6 d2 49. Rxd2 Rxd2 50. h4 Ke7 51. h5 Kxe6 52. h6 Ke5 53. g5 Kf4 54. g6 Kg3 55. g7 Rd1# 0-1
In the present day, I was paired up against David Perez Bolanos again from Spain. I was white and I decided to play the Ruy Lopez (ever heard of that opening?). He was either going to play the Berlin Wall (Boooo!) or the Chigorin defence (yay!). As it later turned out, it was the Chigorin. We looked at both openings and I had confidence to crack the nut. As it was raining again we had to take the bust to the playing hall. Just when we arrived it started to hail. We had to run as fast as possible into the hall (at least my daily exercise done). I was completely soaked but I didn’t really mind. The game was a little bit boring until the last part. A funny thing is my opponent said “checkmate” on move 35 even though I could still play Kh1. I tried to claim it, but the Arbiter didn’t really understand what I meant as his English wasn’t perfect. In the end, I missed some good moves and the game ended up with a draw. In the evening, I had a phone call with my father in England to exchange some ideas with him.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 d6 8. c3 Na5 9. Bc2 c5 10. h3 O-O 11. d4 cxd4 12. cxd4 Nc6 13. Nc3 Bb7 14. Be3 Rc8 15. a3 Re8 16. Rc1 Bf8 17. Bg5 h6 18. Bh4 g5 19. Bg3 Bg7 20. d5 Nb8 21. Nd2 Nbd7 22. Nf1 Nb6 23. Ne3 Nc4 24. Nxc4 Rxc4 25. Bd3 Rc8 26. f3?! Nh5 27. Bf2 Nf4 28. Bf1 Qd7 29. Kh2 f5 30. g3 Nh5 31. exf5 Qxf5 32. g4 Qf4+ 33. Kg2 e4 34. gxh5 Be5 35. Bg1 Qg3+?? 36. Kh1 exf3 37. Qd3?? 37… f2 38. Qg6+?! 38… Kh8 39. Qxh6+ Kg8 40. Qg6+ Kh8 41. Qh6+ 1/2-1/2