Mid-South Class Championships
Ron Minor Plays a Line Carlos Sims Use to Play!
Carlos Sims vs Ron Minor 04/29/2000

[The following game was sent in by Ron and I knew there were typo's. Here is the complete score.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bc5 6. e3 d6 7. exd6 cxd6 8. a3 a5 9. Nc3 O-O

[I thought White was somewhat better. Pylant]

10. Be2 Re8 11. h3 Nge5 12. O-O Nxf3+ 13. Bxf3 Ne5 14.Be2 Ng6 15. Bh2 Qg5 16. Qd5 Qf6 17. Qf3 Qh4 18. Qh5 Qxh5 19. Bxh5 Be6 20. Be2 Ne5 21. Nb5 Rec8

[The time control in this tournament was fast. 40 moves in one hour for the first control proved avantageous to the higher rated players.  Kenneth Howell knicked Ron the first round with a draw.

22. Rac1 Bd7 23. Nc3 Bc6 24. Rfd1 Rd8 25. Rd2 Re8 26.Rcd1 Re6 27. Nd5 Bxd5 28. Rxd5 b6 29. Rb1 a4 30. Rbd1 f5 31. Bxe5 dxe5 32. Rd8+ Re8 33. Rxe8+ Rxe8 34. Bf3 e4 35. Bh5 g6 36. Be2 Ra8 37. Rd7 Bf8 38. c5 Bxc5 39. Bc4+ Kh8 40. Bd5 Ra5 41. Rd8+ Kg7 42. Ra8 Rxa8 43. Bxa8 Be7 44. Bc6 Bf6 45. Bxa4 Bxb2 46. f3 exf3 47. gxf3 Bxa3 48. Kf2 Bc5

Why did the c pawn fall?  You are probably wondering. Why are these comments appearing in this game score? It is a web-editing thing.

49. Ke2 Kf6 50. f4 h6 51. Bb5 g5 52. Kf3 Bd6

Black should be comfortable by now. Ron is an endgame lover.  Rook and Pawn is his speciality, but this handling of a Bishop of Opposite color is great!

53. Bd3 Bc5 54. Bc4 h5 55. fxg5+ Kxg5 56. Bd3 Bd6 57. Bf1 Bh2 58. Kg2 Bd6 59. Bd3 f4 60. e4 Kh4

In these endings the only way to win is to have pawns on both sides of the board and a strong King doing his regal duties like a fighting machine.

61. Be2 Be5 62. Bf1 Kg5 63. Kf3 Kf6 64. Be2 Bd6 65. Kg2 h4 66. Kf3 Ke5 67. Bd3 Kd4 68. Ba6 Kc5

The bishop should have stay near the King. Black's King is mopping up.

69. Kg4 b5 70. Kxh4 f3 71. Bc8 f2 72. Bg4 f1=Q
( 0:1)

1.  d4  Nf6
2   c4  e5      ...Budapest

[Carlos use to play this line and gave it up after some weird pluses for White. Pylant]

3. dxe5  Ng4
4. Bf4   ...  

This variation limits blacks choices of moves.

4. ....  Nc6
5. Nf3   Bc5
6. e3     d6
7  exd6  cxd6

A lot of times in the Budapest black must be willing to play a pawn down.  

8.  a3     a5

A customary response

9.  Nc3   O-O
10  Be2   Re8
11  h3    Nge5  

White might have played h3 a move sooner with better effect.

12. O-O    Nxf3 +
13. Bxf3   Ne5
14. Be2    Ng6
15. Bh2    Qg5?!

This turns out to be a less than accurate move.
Correct was 15... Be6.

16. Qd5    Qf6
17  Qf3    Qh4  

Black is down material and therefore
doesn't want to trade queens.

18. Qh5    Qxh5

Finally forced or Black would have to retreat
all the way back. On 18... Qf6 19. Nd5  gives White a strong edge.

19. Bxh5   Be6  

At least Black gained time from the queen
exchange to attack the cpawn.                        
20. Be2     Ne5
21. Nb5     Rec8

Best possible response

22. Rac1   Bd7!  

A good move, because others fail.
I saw that if I tried to double
rooks on the c file white would exchange
bishop for knight followed by Bf3 to which
black does not have an adequate response.

23.  Nc3     Bc6
24.  Rfd1    Rd8 ?!

An incorrect move; Black should have played Re8

25. Rd2     Re8  

There isn't anything any better.

26. Rcd1    Re6
27. Nd5     Bxd5
28. Rxd5    b6  

If 28... Rd8 then 29 Rxc5.

29. Rb1     a4  

This is a forced move.

30. Rad1   f5
31 Bxe5    dxe5

This helps Black a bit.

32. Rd8 +   Re6 - e8
33. Rxe8    Rxe8
34. Bf3     e4  
35. Bh5     g6
36. Be2     Ra8

Black has to get behind the pawn
immediately or is lost.

37. Rd7     Bf8
38. c5      ...

Offering a pawn to open lines to
attack the black king.

38...         Bxc5
39.  Bc4+     Kh8
40.  Bd5      Ra5
41.  Rd8+     Kg7
42.  Ra8?!   ....  

Blacks chances are better with the rook on the board not off the board.  After this it ought to be a draw.

42. ....    Rxa8
43. Bxa8    Be7
44. Bc6     Bf6
45. Bxa4    Bxb2
46. f3      exf3
47. gxf3    Bxa3
48. Kf2     Bc5
49. Ke2     Kf6
50. f4      h6
51. Bb5     g5
52. Kf3     Bd6
53. Bd3     Bc5
54  Bc4     h5
55. fxg5    Kxg5
56. Bd3     Bd6
57  Bf1     Bh2
58. Kg2     Bd6
59  Bd3     f4
60  e5 ?!  ...

First serious mistake in the ending.
If Black wants to draw correct is to exchange
this pawn and sacrifice the bishop for the
knight pawn after which the wrong colored rook
pawn and bishop cannot queen.

60.  ...    Kh4

And yet white is not lost yet.

61.  Be2    Be5
62.  Bf1    Kg5
63.  Kf3    Kf6
64.  Be2    Bd6
65.  Kg2    h4
66.  Kf3    Ke5
67.  Bd3    Kd4
68.  Bf1    Be5
69.  Ba6?!  ...

There is no reason to position the bishop the other side ot the pawn.

69.  ...     Kc5
70.  Kg4     b5
71.  Kxh4    f3

(now the pawn cannot be stopped)

72.  Bc8    f2
73.  Bg4   f1/queens 0:1

And a  win in opposite colored bishop endings requires some help by the defending side.
Ron Minor Wins Top Section
Crosstabe appears below for both sections.

The Rat
Sorry, I had to search for a rat all Saturday afternoon in my house but here is my game with Ed Bolt.  For the last few weeks I had been reading an old book on the ending by Mikhail Botvinnik. It sure helped!

Pylant- Bolt
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bc4 e6
6. d3 Be7 7. O-O a6 8. a4 O-O 9. Qe1 Qc7 10. e5

I don't know what I was thinking. This move is probably premature.

10. ... Nd7 !

Black is happy with his position.

11. exd6 Bxd6 12. g3 Nf6 13. Ne4 Be7 14. Bd2 b6

His handling of the weak pawns is remarkable.

15. Bc3 Nd5 16. Bd2 Rd8 17. Neg5 h618. Ne4 Bb7

White will start to get the point with this move.

19. Qe2 Nf6 20. Bc3 Nd4 21.Bxd4 cxd4 22. Ne5 Rac8

Ed said he was influenced by Karpov who still prefers to get all of the warriors out, instead of going after material gains.

23. Nxf6+ Bxf6 24. Nf3 b5 25. axb5 axb5 26. Bb3 Bd5 27. Bxd5 Rxd5

Black is winning.

28. Ne1 b4 29. Qe4 Ra5 30. Rxa5 Qxa5 31. f5 exf5

White is doing nothing and has no real hope of obtaining an attack.

32. Rxf5 Qc7 33. Kg2?

Ed and I both thought this was really awful.  Where is the King to go?

33. ...b3!

The wave comes crashing through! White's pawns are now like ripe fruit indeed.

34. cxb3 Rb8 35. Qf4

This moves makes it worse, but time was running out for both of us in the best part of the game.

35. ... Qxf4

Why not!  Ed's endgame is looking good.

36. Rxf4 Rxb3 37. Rf2 Be7 38. Rc2 Bb4 39. Nf3 Rxd3

It looks like I have to wish for a miracle.

40. Rc4 Be7 41. b4 Rb3 42. Nxd4 Rxb4 43. Rc8+ Kh7 44. Nc6 Rb2+ 45. Kh3

This looks like a blunder, but I realize that the King must be mobile.

45. ... Bf6

I really wish that this Bishop was gone.

46. Ra8 Kg6 47. Ra4 Rc2 48. Ra6 Kh7 49. Nb4 Rd2 50. Nc6 h5 51.Ra4 Kh6 52. Ra6 g5 53. g4

Mate is next if I don't do this.

53...hxg4+ 54. Kxg4

Here goes!

54... Rxh2 55. Ne7 Rh4+ 56. Kg3 Rf4? 57.Nd5


Greg Krog (Tourney Info) : 901-366-7642

Gary Pylant (Info and send me games!)

Memphis Chess Club Class Championships -- Open               Cross Table, Page 1

  No. Gr    Name(Team)                  Rate Rd 1  Rd 2  Rd 3  Rd 4  Score

   1.  A Ron Minor (2)................. 1933 D9    W6    W4    D3      3.0

   2.  D Sam O'Bar (10,StBen).......... 1278 L6    W7    W9    X10     3.0

   3.  B Ravichandar Namasivayam (6)... 1670 L4    W9    W6    D1      2.5

   4.  A Edward Boldt (1).............. 1955 W3    D5    L1    -H-     2.0

   5.  A Gary Pylant (3)............... 1872 W7    D4    -H-   -N-     2.0

   6.  A Carlos Sims (4)............... 1813 W2    L1    L3    D9      1.5

   7.  C Jeff Bulington (9)............ 1451 L5    L2    W10   -H-     1.5

   8.  C Gregory Krog (7).............. 1579 -N-   W10   -N-   -N-     1.0

   9.  C Ken Howell (8)................ 1548 D1    L3    L2    D6      1.0

  10.  B Jack Smith (5)................ 1790 -H-   L8    L7    F2      0.5

Memphis Chess Club Class Championships -- Class D and Below  Cross Table, Page 1

  No. Gr    Name(Team)                  Rate Rd 1  Rd 2  Rd 3  Rd 4  Score

   1.  E Jonathan Wade (4)............. 1065 D8    W3    W7    W2      3.5

   2.  D Michael Sansom (2)............ 1243 D3    W8    W5    L1      2.5

   3.  E Doug Golonka (5).............. 1050 D2    L1    W6    W5      2.5

   4.  E Jason Spires (6).............. 1050 L5    D6    W8    W7      2.5

   5.  E Robert Nelson Weaver (3)...... 1169 W4    W7    L2    L3      2.0

   6.  G Nathan Ramia (8)..............  789 L7    D4    L3    W8      1.5

   7.  D Kenneth Bryant (1)............ 1305 W6    L5    L1    L4      1.0

   8.  F Jay Zalowitz (7)..............  809 D1    L2    L4    L6      0.5

Last Update: 05/19/2000 6:55am

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