Friday, October 9, 2015

Can You Win Colle vs Cynthia?

You want to win a Colle System. Your opponent is an unrated 12 year old. Cynthia Cui ends up with a better pawn structure and offers a draw. Ray Haines describes it:

"This was an interesting game. We never have many women or young girls playing in our tournaments here in Houlton. Cynthia was just 12 years old and played very well for her age. I got the better game in the beginning. I won a pawn on the kingside and had good play on the kingside I knew that I could not spend much time on my moves, because of the fast time control of game/75."

"I made a quick plan based on my pawn advantage; I started trading down pieces with the idea of going to an endgame. The problem was that her rooks where on good squares and she got her pawns back. I would have been better o' keeping the pieces on the board. I could have traded my queen for both of her rooks at one point, but I did not do this l did not spend enough time looking at this idea and decided not to trade for the rooks. I see now that it would have been better to trade my queen for the rooks."

"She offered a draw and I agreed. I could have played on with the idea of wining on time. She had just 58 seconds remaining and I had 10 minutes. I just thought this would not be polite."

Haines - Cui, Houlton, ME (2), 19.09.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 c5 5.c3 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Qe2 Nc6 8.Nbd2 Qb6 9.h3 a6 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nd5 13.Nxc5 Qxc5 14.Qe4 Nf6 15.Qh4 Qh5 16.Qg3 h6 17.Re1 Re8? [17...Rd8 18.Bc2+/-] 18.Ne5 Bd7 19.Bf4 Ne7 [19...Kf8 20.Nc4+-] 20.Be2 Qf5 21.Bxh6 Qh7 22.Nxd7 [22.Bg5+-] 22...Qxh6 23.Nxf6+ Qxf6 24.Bf3 Nf5 25.Qc7 Rec8 26.Qxb7 Nh4 27.Qe4 [27.Qxa8 Rxa8 28.Bxa8+-] 27...Rab8 28.Rab1 Rc5 [28...Nxf3+ 29.Qxf3 Qxf3 30.gxf3+/=] 29.Qe2 [29.Bg4+-] 29...Rcb5 30.Rec1 [30.Be4+-] 30...Nxf3+ 31.Qxf3 Qxf3 32.gxf3 Rxb2 33.Rxb2 Rxb2 34.c4 Rxa2 35.c5 Rd2 36.c6 Rd8 37.Kf1 Rc8 38.Ke2 Kf8 39.Ke3 Ke7 40.c7 Kd7 41.Ra1 Rxc7 42.Rxa6  1/2-1/2

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1 comment:

  1. Ray Haines added: "She played a good game for someone as young as she is."


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