Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rookie Draw in Slav Defence

I managed to hold Rookie to a draw with the main line of the Slav Defence. Rookie chose 13.Nxd5 which is a common continuation. Often in this line I try to relocate my knight from d7 to c6 via b8. Here I did not play accurately. My plan to play 14...Rc8 before I moved the knight could have been punished by 15.Ng5!

By move 37 the game was easily drawn. Since my opponent was rated 400 points above me, a draw would net me rating points. If Black had been desperate to win, he might have been able to work up something with his knight by going to the kingside. He might be able to attack the White pawns and pick up something.

Of course in a blitz game against a chess engine, a human like myself would likely get into time trouble. That would increase the odds that I would blunder or lose on time.

I have noticed that a very strong computer would play for the win if the board was turned around. Many human players look at an equal position and assume a draw. Chess engines find winning chances beyond what most humans bother to try and imagine.

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Rookie (2560) - Sawyer (2133), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 27.07.2007 begins 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.e4 Bg6 11.Bd3 Bh5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qe3 Rc8?! [14...Re8=] 15.Bd2 [15.Ng5! h6 16.Nh7 Re8 17.Qg3+/=] 15...Qe7 16.Bxb4 Qxb4 17.Qd2 Qxd2 18.Nxd2 Bg6 19.Bxg6 hxg6 20.Rfc1 Nb8 21.Nb3 b6 22.a5 Rc6 23.Rxc6 Nxc6 24.axb6 axb6 25.Ra4 Rb8 26.h3 Kf8 27.f4 Ke7 28.g3 Kd7 29.Kf1 Kc7 30.Ke1 Kb7 31.Kf1 [31.Ra1 Rc8=] 31...Ra8 32.Rxa8 Kxa8 33.h4 Kb7 34.Ke2 Ka6 35.Kd3 Kb5 36.Kc3 [36.Nd2 Kb4 37.g4 b5 38.Ke3 Na5 39.Kd3 Nc4 40.Nxc4 bxc4+ 41.Kc2=] 36...Ka4 [If Black was desperate to win, he might be able to work up something with his knight. 36...Ne7!? 37.g4 Ng8=/+] 37.Na1 Kb5 38.Nc2 Ka5 39.g4 b5 40.b3 b4+ 41.Kd2 Kb5 42.Kc1 Kb6 43.Kb1 Kb5 44.Ka1 Ka5 45.Kb1 Kb5 46.Kc1 Ka5 47.Kb2 Kb5 48.Kb1 Ka5 49.Kc1 Kb5 50.Kb1 Ka5 51.Ka2 Kb5 52.Ka1 Ka5 53.Ka2 Kb5 54.Kb2 Ka5 55.Kc1 Kb5 56.Kb2 Ka5 57.Kb1 Kb5 1/2-1/2

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