Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Summer Cup - Some Round Two Action
Here are a couple of games from round two of the Summer Cup. The first one was quite an interesting game between me and Michael Sole. I sort of missed a win on move 29, when I should have played Rd1, as I originally intended, instead of Rf1. And then 30. Re6 throws away the win completely (should have created an airhole for the king with h3). After that I'm scrabbling for a perpetual check. Michael's 31. ... Qf2 is quite flashy, but with 31. ... Qxf4 (also quite flashy) he might have been able to go for a win!
The second game is Ryan Winter, white, versus the (joint) New Zealand champion Russell Dive, which Ryan lost on time on move 84. The final position should probably be a draw, although you sort of feel Russell would have managed to eke out the win.
After Russell's 23rd move the computer has Ryan up by well over 2 points, but somehow it gradually went downhill for him from there.
Ryan's 49. Rb6 was actually a blunder, but Russell missed the tactical win: 49. ... Ra2+ 50. Ke1 (or anywhere) Rxf2 51. Kxf2 Bxd4+ followed by taking the rook.