Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sevan at the Reti

I suppose I should issue a bad-pun alert before posting a headline like that, but be that as it may, here’s an interesting game from Sunday’s simul at the Illinois Chess Association banquet. IM Angelo Young played all diners, taking the Black pieces in every game, and in this one he and Sevan Muradian agreed to a draw after move 33. To the best of my knowledge it was the only draw of the afternoon; Angelo beat everyone else. Comments or annotations, anyone?

Sevan during Sunday’s game

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Anonymous said...

Man I look good :)

I've been experimenting with Nf3 for the past year on ICC to see how it flows with me so I decided to use it here. Doesn't help that Angelo knows my standard opening sequence.

Throughout the game I know I kept losing tempo here and there and it came to show when my e-pawn was going to fall. I didn't feel like I had any other option but to push e5 and drop a piece on e4 in order to blockade his dark squared bishop.

I knew also that I couldn't simplify the position and had to maintain my pieces on the board. In a K-P endgame not only is the lack of a pawn but playing a powerful master that will doom me (not to mention horrible endgame skills).

If I avoided significant exchanging of material I could have survived another 20 moves at least.

At the end of the day I had fun as did everyone else at the event. And I can say I was the last one standing :) I had to outlast Bill Brock just out of sheer principal.


Tom Panelas said...


Sunday's bragging rights are certainly yours. Well done.

Question: Would 26...dxe5 have been bad for Black?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand your question Tom. Black played dxe5 on move 26.

Or are you asking that dxe5 was bad for black?


Tom Panelas said...

Never mind. I was confused. I meant something; I just can't recall exactly what.