Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fireyrook Catches Fire in First Saturday Classical Chess 2010, February Edition

In the last round of the First Saturday Classical Chess February 2010 edition, Firey Rook met up with Low Jun Keat to determine the top five finishers of the tournament.

Firey rook had to try something new against this young player. Firey rook chose the Morra Gambit of the Sicilian against Low Jun Keat who has a National Rating of 1590. Here is how the game transpired, it ended  in 18 moves with a definite win for white.

[Event "First Saturday Classical Chess 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.02.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Firey rook, Morra Gambit"]
[Black "Low Jun Keat"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B21"]

{B21: Sicilian: 2 f4 and Morra Gambit} 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 Bg4 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7


First mistake of the game - Black played 6….Bg4 which is an opening trap in this scenario. The black bishop is a loose piece that can be won enprise. White followed up with 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7, 8.Ng5+ and the black bishop is lost to the Queen.

8. Ng5+ Ke8 9. Qxg4 Nf6 10. Qe6 Nd4 11.
Qf7+ Kd7 12. O-O h6 13. Rd1
(13. Qc4 hxg5 14. Qxd4 Qa5 15. Kh1 g4 16. g3 Qh5 17. h4 gxh3 18. Qd3 Ng4 19. Nd5 Ne5 20. Qb5+ Kc8 21. f4 Nc6 22. Qd3 e6 23. Ne3 Kc7 24. Bd2 Qg6 25. Kh2 d5 26. f5 dxe4 27. Qxe4 exf5 {Kou Yingya-Artemieva,V/ Heraklio 2004/EXT 2005/0-1 (59)}) 13... hxg5 14. Rxd4 Qb6 15. Be3 $146 (15. Rd1 g6 16. e5 Ng4 17. Rxd6+ {1-0 Garcia Mendez,B (1960)-Monterde Pastor,A (1725)/ San Jose 1998/EXT 2000}) 15... Qxb2 ?? {shortens the misery for Black.}


Second mistake of the game and it was fatal! Black played 15….Qxb2 ??, this allowed white to sacrifice the rook at d4 and checks the black King, leaving the black King defenceless in the middle of the board. The end came quickly.

(15... Qa5 $18) 16. Rxd6+ $3 {0 Mate attack} Kxd6 (16... Kxd6 17. Rd1+ {Mate attack}) (16... Kxd6 {0}) (16... Kc7 {0}) 17. Rd1+ Kc7 (17... Qd2 {hardly improves anything} 18. Rxd2+ Ke5 19. Bxg5 Rh4 20. Rd5+ Nxd5 21. Qxd5#) 18. Qc4+ (18.Qc4+ Kb8 19. Rd8#) 1-0


White played 18.Qc4+ with a mating attack, Black resigned.

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