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'1st Place' at the 'CICL Individual Championship'  won by RK's Jeff Caveney!

by RKCF

 

RKCF would like to congratulate, Expert Jeff Caveney. for winning 1st Place at the 'Chicago Industrial Chess League Individual Championship' on May 8, 2010. Jeff is an excellent chess teacher and an incredibly strong player. Jeff told us all his opponents played well, and he annotated his game against Expert Andrew Hubbard for the 'Knights News'. Thank you Jeff. 

 

CICL Individual Championship

Round 2, Board 1

White: Andrew Hubbard

Black: Jeff Caveney

  

1.e4 e5

2.Nf3 Nc6

3.Bb5 a6

4.Ba4 Nf6

5.O-O Be7

6.Re1 b5

7.Bb3 d6

8.c3 O-O

9.h3 Na5

10.Bc2 c5

11.d4 Qc7

12.Nbd2

 

This is the main line of the Ruy Lopez, and this position was just as familiar to chess players in 1910 as it is in 2010.

 

12...Rd8

13.Nf1 cxd4

14.cxd4 exd4

15.Nxd4

 

White also could have delayed this recapture and played 15.Bf4 first.

 

15...d5

16.e5 Ne4

17.Nd2

 

This is a mistake because it blocks in the bishop on c1.

 

17...Bc5

18.Bxe4 dxe4

19.N4b3 Nxb3

20.Qxb3 Rd3!

 

Activating the rook and pushing the queen back.


21.Qd1 Bxf2+!


With a big lead in development, White's pieces tied up, and no protection for his king, now is the time to sacrifice the bishop to expose and attack the king.


22.Kxf2 Qb6+

23.Kf1


23.Ke2 could have led to the same position as the game after 23...Re3+ 24.Kf1.


23...Rxh3!!


Temporarily sacrificing a rook too to strip away all the pawns in front of the king. Black will soon start getting his material back with interest.


24.Nf3


Hubbard fights hard to stay alive in a lost position. The main lines were 24.Nxe4 Rh1+ 25.Ke2 Bg4+ winning the queen and 24.gxh3 Bxh3+ 25.Ke2 Bg4+ 26.Kf1 Bxd1 27.Rxd1. White has a rook, bishop and knight for the queen, but Black also has 3 extra pawns, and most important all White's pieces are undeveloped and tied up doing nothing. A move like 27...Qh6 looks strong, threatening to harass the king with checks, the tactical point being 28.Nxe4 Qh1+ 29.Ke2 Qxe4+.


24...Rh1+

25.Ke2 exf3+

26.Kxf3 Bb7+

27.Ke2 Rh2

28.Rg1 Qg6

29.Qd4 Rxg2+

30.Rxg2 Qxg2+

31.Ke1


Amazingly White isn't dead yet, but the endgame will eventually be winning for Black if he plays accurately. The two extra passed pawns on the kingside are too much, even with opposite colored bishops.


31...Bf3

32.Qf2 Qh1+

33.Qf1 Qh4+

34.Qf2 Qe4+

35.Qe3 Rd8

36.Qxe4 Rd1+

37.Kf2 Bxe4

38.b3 h5

39.Ke3 Bd5

40.Bb2 Rxa1

41.Bxa1 g5


Here with under 5 minutes on the clock I stopped writing the moves down. The following are the rest of the moves as best I can remember them.


42.Bc3 Kh7

43.Kd4 Be6

44.Kc5 Kg6

45.Kb6 h4

46.Be1 Kf5

47.Kxa6 Bd7


Black didn't bother to protect the a6 pawn, since the king could drive the bishop away from that diagonal. But Black does bother to protect the b5 pawn, because the bishop has more room on this diagonal, and because two pawns would be much more dangerous counter play for White than one pawn on the queenside.


48.Kb6 Kg4

49.Bf2 Kf3

50.Bc5 Be6


Now Black can give up the b5 pawn because his own h-pawn is so close to queening. 50...Be6 stops White from playing e6 himself and then Bd6 covering h2.


51.a4 bxa4

52.bxa4 h3 White resigns 0-1.

 

  

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