Saturday, September 12, 2009

Game with a Stranger

This is a game I played with a pleasant chap named Eddy at the Starbucks on Lincoln & Wilson in Chicago, across from the Old Town School of Folk Music. I resigned on move 24 because I had to pick up my son from his guitar lesson, but Eddy was up a pawn, clearly better overall, and I was headed for defeat anyway.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 d6
This was my crucial blunder, I think. Developing the king's knight was clearly the thing to do here, and may failure to do so invited White's next move, which caused me much grief.

5. Ng5 d5
I misread the position; I thought it was like the Fried Liver Attack, but it wasn't.

6. Bxd5 Be6 7. Nxe6 fxe6 8. Bxe6 Qf6 9. Bf5 Nge7 10. O-O Nxf5 11. exf5 Qxf5 12. Be3 b6 13. Bxc5 bxc5 14. Nc3 Rd8 15. Nb5 Qf7 16. b3 a6 17. Nc3 Nd4 18. Rc1 O-O 19. Ne4 Ne6
A generally weak and mediocre level of play on both sides, but White has had an advantage since early in the game, and Black has dome nothing to change the balance.

20. Qg4 Rd4 21. Rce1 h5 22. Qg3 Nf4 23. Nxc5 Qf6 24. Ne4 Black resigns 1-0