Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stay Focused or Get Fried Caro-Kann

My attitude cost me a chance at brilliance. I met Corey Acor a third time in the fifth round of the 2009 Southern Open. Acor drew Grandmaster Julio Becerra in an earlier round. In my previous meetings, Corey Acor edged out my London System with his King's Indian Defence. So I was due for Black.

I only played two of the five rounds. We had company visiting that weekend, so I put in for half points byes in rounds 3-4. I got a bye win in round 1 due to their being an uneven number of players entered into the schedule I chose. This is my final round game.

Corey Acor defeats my Caro-Kann Defence after I missed a good shot. Corey was outplaying me when all of a sudden I had an opportunity for a brilliant sacrificial attack. The problem is that I did not look deep enough at the combination. I was discouraged about the trend of the game and tired. I glanced at the sacrifice, figured it did not work and I pretty much I gave up. The lesson is stay focused to achieve the best results.

Acor (2350) - Sawyer (1943), Southern Open (5), 02.08.2009 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Bc4 e6 8.h4 h6 9.Qe2 Ngf6 [9...Bd6=] 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nd5 12.a3 Be7 13.h5 Bh7 14.Qg4 Rg8 15.Bb3 Qc7 16.f4 0-0-0 17.Bd2 Qb6 18.Qf3 Bc5 19.0-0-0 Ne3 20.Rde1 Nf5 [20...Nxc2! 21.Bxc2 Bxc2 22.Kxc2 Rxd2+ 23.Kxd2 Qxb2+ 24.Kd3 Rd8+ 25.Kc4 (25.Qd5 Rxd5+ 26.Kc4 b5#) 25...Rd4+ 26.Kxc5 Qb6#] 21.Nxf5 Bxf5 22.g4 Bh7 23.f5 Rge8 24.Rh2 Kb8 25.f6 g5 26.hxg6 Bxg6 27.Rxh6 Rd4 28.Rxg6 Rxd2 [28...fxg6 29.f7+-] 29.Kxd2 fxg6 30.f7 Rd8+ 31.Kc1 Bf2 32.f8Q Bxe1 33.Q8f4 Qg1 34.Qf1 1-0

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